Happy Earth Day,
In the spirit of Earth Day, I have some extremely important information to pass along to you. The Obama Admin (NOAA) is proposing an agreement among fellow member nations of the International Whaling Commission that would significantly undermine the protection of whales. It has been illegal to kill whales now for a generation, and tens of thousands of whales have been saved as a result. However, this deal would make it legal once again to kill them for profit. The United States needs to oppose this deal – and oppose it vigorously. The way forward for the IWC must not be a step backward into legalized killing of whales. During his campaign, President Obama said he would oppose the killing of these superlative creatures. Whales are the largest and most magnificent creatures ever to inhabit the Earth. They are not just commodities, but an integral part of our ecosystem. It is immoral and wrong to kill them. We owe it to our children and future generations to protect them. Please call the White House and take a stand for the whales this Earth Day.
You can also celebrate this Earth Day 2010 by taking your family to see "Oceans," a documentary I narrate, produced by Disney Nature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film "Earth." Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud feature spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, offering an unprecedented look at the mysteries that lie beneath the seas while exploring the harsh realities and amazing creatures that live within. In honor of every guest who sees "Oceans" during opening week (April 22-28, 2010), Disney Nature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to help save coral reefs.
Thank you for your support at the box office. I am pleased that "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" opened in February at #2 at the box office and that it has delighted young fans across America. "The Ghost Writer," based upon the book "The Ghost," written by Robert Harris and directed by Roman Polanski has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone. On March 12th, "Remember Me" starring Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and myself opened nationwide. Kirk Honeycutt for The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Remember Me" is a smart, engaging drama about young love flourishing amid sadness and loss. Claudia Puig for USA Today said "Remember Me" is a touching love story, but its broader tale of familial relations packs a greater emotional punch.
Also in theatres, "The Greatest," starring one of the most beautiful and candid women in cinema, Susan Sarandon and the luminous Carey Mulligan, which I produced with Beau Marie St. Claire, my partner at Irish DreamTime, and Lynette Howell. "The Greatest" which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, was written and directed by Shana Feste, who made her debut as a first time director with this inspired independent feature film.
This spring I begin production on a new film titled "Salvation Boulevard" based on a novel of the same name, written by Larry Beinhart, (who also wrote "Wag the Dog"). "Salvation Boulevard" follows a former Deadhead-turned-born again Christian who finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega church who will do anything to protect their larger-than life pastor (yours truly). Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Marisa Tomei, Sam Elliot, Jim Gaffigan, and Jennifer Connolly round out this all-star cast. The film will be directed by George Radliff.
Wishing you a great year ahead. See you at the movies.
Love and only love,