GTNâ€™s Hottest Movie Tie-In Programs: Visionary Directors, Authors, Producers and the True Stories that Inspired Them
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The following programs are available together or separately The Father: Sean Tuohy Behind The Blind Side: Overcoming Obstacles in the Face of Adversity Sean invites audiences to go behind-the-scenes of the Tuohy household with a heartwarming message: “In our house, we believe in miracles.” Sharing personal anecdotes with his signature southern charm, Sean brings The Blind Side to life. A dedicated father and inspirational coach, Sean asks us to consider a simple question: why are kids just like Michael Oher are falling through the cracks every day?
The Mother: Leigh Anne Tuohy Every Team is a Family: How to Make an Impact on Your Community At the podium, Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the potential in those around us—and to do something about it. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family. She asks audiences to explore how we can make an impact big enough to change a broken system.
2010 Academy Award Winner for Best Actress
The Tuohy Children: Michael Oher, Collins & Sean Jr. The Difference Trust Makes: Supporting One Another Through Change and Transition
“Who knows where I’d be?” says Oher, who with the love and support of the Tuohys has become the most sought after player in football. Michael Oher, along with
Collins and Sean, Jr., inspire audiences to see their greatest challenges as opportunities. “As I look back, it’s crazy how I got here,” he says. “But it didn’t seem tough at the time. I just lived day to day, did the best I could.”
In Conversation: The Tuohy Family “She cried the second she met him, and it was over,” Sean recalls. At the podium, Sean, Leigh Anne and Michael Oher share their intimate, personal story that inspired The Blind Side. As a family, they each share their individual perspectives on the story, and they pose the bigger question: what is the definition of family, and how can we all make a difference to those who need us most?
The Tuohy Family
In Conversation: Subject & Author Author Michael Lewis and Sean Tuohy have known each other since childhoold: they were classmates for 13 years in their hometown of New
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Orleans. Together on stage, Michael and Sean inspire audiences with the humor and insight that only two long-time friends can share. They intimately discuss the evolution of The Blind Side and what it means for the Tuohy family—and the American education system as a whole.
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Michael Lewis & Billy Beane Author & Subjects of Moneyball
ith Brad Pitt as the leading role, the film version of Michael Lewis’ 2003 New York Times bestseller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game has taken audiences by storm. Offering an unprecedented behind the scenes look at a Major League Baseball franchise, Moneyball details the effect that an innovative personnel approach has had in allowing the small-budget Oakland Athletics to consistently rank among baseball’s best. Combining baseball and business strategies and offering an unprecedented look inside the inspiring true story, Billy Beane and Michael Lewis discuss the Moneyball philosophy and its lessons for businesses everywhere. Audiences will be inspired and uplifted by this rousing sports-underdog story.
The Real-Life Subject: Billy Beane Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane has molded the Oakland Athletics into a perennial postseason contender since assuming the general manager’s duties shortly following the 1997 season.
At the podium, Beane conveys his
innovative, winning style of management and leadership, which involves identifying undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. By striking parallels between baseball and business, Beane inspires audiences across industries with his unforgettable winning underdog story.
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Behind the Scenes With The Author: Michael Lewis A shrewd observer of sports, politics, finance and the American scene, Michael Lewis combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today’s leading social commentators. In his best-selling book, Moneyball, Lewis draws on his unique knowledge of money, science, entertainment and ego to illustrate the strategies employed by a club gleaning lessons from corporate America. On stage, Lewis discusses the exploration of the nature of talent, the assumptions people hold and how they get in the way of success,
Michael Lewis Author of Moneyball
and how to identify talent and maintain and edge in a competitive field.
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Executive Producer of the Entire BATMAN Series
The Man Behind BATMAN
ichael Uslan is best known as the originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie series, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film, and continuing to 2012’s box office hit, The
Dark Knight Rises. Less well known is that the first Batman film was the culmination of Uslan’s more than two decades of work to bring a serious, dark version of the character to the big screen. Uslan’s start in the world of comics was as unlikely as his success in bringing Batman to the theaters. Born into a blue collar family in New Jersey, Uslan was instilled at an early age to find work to be passionate about. Knowing he loved comics and films, he set about creating a career. In 1979, Uslan secured the film rights to Batman from DC Comics. He was turned down by every studio in Hollywood. The reason he was consistently given: Batman was from the funny pages and wasn’t supposed to be taken “seriously.”
Bringing Batman to the Silver Screen In an inspiring program, Uslan takes audiences along on the journey of creating his career to bringing Batman successfully to the big screen. He shares the principles that allowed him to persevere despite repeated rejection and encourages audiences everywhere to reach for their dreams and believe in themselves. In a separate program, Uslan address the founders of the comic book industry and how, not coincidentally, the majority of them are Jewish immigrants or first generation American Jews. Personally familiar with these legends, Uslan shares their anecdotes. Along with many of these creators, Uslan appears in the documentary The Legends Behind the Comic Books. Uslan also reveals the connection of the superheroes created by these men and women to Jewish lore and traditions—from how “The Golem” spawned “The Hulk” and just how similar “Superman” and “Moses” really are.
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Renowned Hollywood Director, Producer & Entrepreneur
More than $1 Billion in Box Office Sales
ubbed “a born storyteller” by LA Weekly, Brett Ratner first dreamed of making movies as a child growing up in Miami Beach, Florida. Throughout elementary school, Ratner made movies in lieu of traditional homework—a
talent which helped him skip ahead two grades. After graduating high school early, Ratner was determined to attend New York University Film School but was told that his unimpressive GPA would prevent him from getting in. Ratner refused to accept no for an answer, and after barging into the Dean’s office with his application he was accepted into the program. At only 16 years old, Ratner became the department’s youngest film major in history. Now the 16th highest grossing film director in history with more than $1 billion in career box office sales, Ratner is also the quintessential entrepreneur. In addition to his directorial work, he runs Rat Entertainment, a successful film production company in partnership with Paramount Pictures; Rat Press, a book publishing company with international distribution through Perseus Books Group; Rat Records, a record label; and Brett Ratner Brands, the corporate branding company behind Activision’s Guitar Hero Risky Business campaign and Wynn Resorts’ “Encore” campaign.
From Hip Hop to Hollywood At the podium, Ratner’s archetypal journey from Miami dreamer to Hollywood mogul comes to life through his signature charm and action-packed storytelling style. Famous for his effortless comedic timing and humorous perspective on success, Ratner encourages audiences to look beyond obstacles and never take no for an answer. Also a prominent and influential figure in the Jewish community, Ratner shares how his shameless chutzpah propelled him into overwhelming success.
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Best-Selling Author of Sex and the City & Lipstick Jungle
A Novelist and the City
andace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling novelist whose first book, Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series.
Bushnell captured the country’s attention with Sex and the City by breaking down the bedroom doors of New York City’s rich and beautiful to expose true contemporary stories of sex, love and relationships. The book introduced the nation to “modelizers,” “toxic bachelors” and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of a starstudded social scene. Through her books and television series, Bushnell’s work has influenced and defined two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix award for books (other winners include Joan Didion and Amy Tan), and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award. Bushnell grew up in Connecticut and attended Rice and New York Universities.
From Characters to Icons From Sex and the City through her four successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute. With each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy.
The Carrie Diaries Meet Carrie Bradshaw, in her teenage years. Bushnell teen novel, The Carrie Diaries, “takes readers back to Carrie Bradshaw’s formative years in high school, giving an inside look at Carrie’s friendships, romances and how she realized her dream of becoming a writer.” The second installation in the teen series, Summer in the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel, follows Carrie on her first summer of adventures and mishaps in the city that would become her Sex and the City stage. The Carrie Diaries, has been picked up as
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a TV series by The CW and is set to premiere in early 2013.
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Acclaimed Actor & Leading Social Activist
From Lethal Weapon to Dreamgirls...
ctor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster
Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. He can be seen in the critically acclaimed feature 2012 for director Roland Emmerich, Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon, Poor Boy’s Game for director Clement Virgo, Shooter for director Antoine Fuqua and Be Kind, Rewind for director Michel Gondry. At the same time, Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program.
The Role of Arts in Community Activism In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films, dedicated to the development of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries including the recently released Bamako, which premiered to superb reviews at the Cannes International Film Festival. In
presentations focusing on the arts, literacy and community involvement, Glover regularly teams with longtime friend and actor Felix Justice in “An Evening with Martin and Langston.”
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Bestselling Author of The Notebook & Safe Haven
A Cultural Phenomenon
cultural phenomenon in his own right, literary sensation Nicholas Sparks is the author of 17 New York Times #1 bestselling books. In l994, at the age of 28, he wrote The Notebook over a period of six months.
In October 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner Books. It was published in October 1996, and he followed that with 16 novels, including Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), Dear John (2006), The Last Song (2009), and The Best of Me (2011) to name a few. All of his books were domestic and international best sellers, with almost 80 million copies sold worldwide, translated into more than 45 languages.
From Best Sellers to Motion Pictures Coupled with the undeniable success of his many books, the movie adaptations of Sparks’s books have become the most iconic romantic feature films for a whole new generation. Beginning with Message in a Bottle in 1999, Sparks’s novels continued to grace the silver screen with adaptations of A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), and Nights in Rodanthe, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane (2008). Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and The Last Song, starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear, were released in 2010 to great success. Sparks continued to dominate the box office with the release of The Lucky One starring Zac Efron in April 2012. Production is currently underway for a February 2013 release of what’s sure to be another blockbuster smash hit, Safe Haven starring Julianne Hough and Josh
A Great Storyteller At the podium, Sparks takes audiences deeper into the sleepy towns and poignant relationships that ignite the pages of his romantic pageturners. Drawing large and appreciative crowds of fans, Sparks in person displays the traits that make his books so beloved: great storytelling, a unique voice, and a charm that connects through the power of words. His relatable talks weave his own personal story of hard
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work, rejection, anxiety, and triumph for inspiring authors — and romantics — everywhere.
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Preeminent Zombie Expert & Best-Selling Author
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
en years after the human victory over the world wide Zombie epidemic, referred to as World War Z, the world’s foremost Zombie preparedness expert, Max Brooks, scoured the world collecting the stories and experiences of those who have survived the conflict that almost eradicated humanity. In the gripping motion picture, based on Brooks’ New York Times Best-Seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, the incredible tale of the zombie epidemic is brought to life with an allstar cast that includes Brad Pitt in June 2013.
The Global Zombie Threat As we all know, the world we live in has become a rather scary place, and the global increase in the number of Zombie attacks isn’t helping matters any. According to the Office of Homeland Security, Brooks is the preeminent authority on dispatching the relentless, flesh-eating armies of Zombies that seem to be everywhere these days. “People have asked me, ‘Did you write this as a metaphor for the paranoia that’s sweeping the nation?’ No. I’m not that smart, I’m just really scared of zombies.” — Max Brooks
Inside the Epidemic Brooks’ New York Times best-seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2007), tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. Publishers Weekly called the novel “surprisingly hard to put down.”
The Expert The son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Max Brooks is completely dedicated to the cause of raising awareness on the issue of Zombie survival. Brooks is ready to come to your campus or community to help prepare your audience with the latest Zombie survival techniques.
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The Former “Wolf of Wall Street” and Renowned Entrepreneur
A Born Entrepreneur
ordan Belfort built one of the most dynamic and successful sales organizations in Wall Street history. As the owner of Stratton Oakmont, Belfort employed over 1,000 stockbrokers, raised over $1.5 billion and started more than 30 million-dollar-companies from scratch, coining him, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” During the peak of his reign, Belfort indulged heavily in the highflying Wall Street lifestyle and fell victim to a serious drug addiction that inevitably led to his fall from grace. In 1998 Belfort was indicted for securities fraud and money laundering. After cooperating with the FBI, he served 22 months in federal prison and was fined $100 million. Best-Sellers to a Blockbuster Belfort’s two international bestselling memoirs, The Wolf of Wall Street and Catching the Wolf of Wall Street, have been published in over 40 countries and translated into 18 languages. Martin Scorsese is currently turning Belfort’s life into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey. It is scheduled for release in 2013.
“Jordan stands as an example of the transformative qualities of ambition and hard work. There is nothing quite like his public speaking.”
— Leonardo DiCaprio
A Cautionary Tale By day Belfort made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. In the 1990s, Jordan Belfort had it all — and had it all come crashing down. Taking invaluable lessons from the mistakes he made and the prices he paid, Belfort has reemerged as a globally recognized potent force behind extraordinary business success. At the podium, he shares with audiences his cautionary tale of fast times and fast money. With his years of experience, Belfort can take virtually any company or individual, regardless of age, race, sex, educational background or social status,
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and empowers them to create massive wealth, abundance, and entrepreneurial success, without sacrificing integrity or ethics.
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Decorated Navy SEAL & Best-Selling Author of Lone Survivor
Portrait of a Patriot
arcus Luttrell’s 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor, tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. An unparalleled motivational story of survival, the book is also a moving tribute to the friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain. A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism and community that forged these American heroes, Lone Survivor is an incredible account of teamwork, fortitude and modern warfare. From Real Life to the Big Screen In 2013 Luttrell’s amazing story will make the leap to the big screen in what promises to be a blockbuster success. Sharing the same name as his best-selling book, the Lone Survivor movie will be directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock) and is slated to feature Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed) in the starring role. Other high profile actors such as Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana have signed on to play members of the SEAL team. Inspiring and Moving Audiences At the podium, Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training and what it takes to join the America’s elite fighting force, to the battle on the mountain, into his family’s experience of community support and generosity, and back to his own incredible story of survival and grace. In a powerful narrative, he weaves a rich account of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, community and destiny that audiences will find both wrenching and life-affirming. Marcus Luttrell Decorated Navy SEAL & Best-Selling Author of Lone Survivor www.greatertalent.com/MarcusLuttrell
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