‘America The Beautiful’ – R Rating / Hufington Post

IN THIS BLOG -

-ATB theater announcements.
The ATB LA Premiere.
Why we got an R rating for the film.
My new writing assignment.
An update regarding our congressional screening in D.C. next month. We’re going to try and get help for every teenage girl suffering from an eating disorder in this country.

THEATER ANNOUNCEMENTS -

This weekend we’re in 4 cities. If you know anyone that lives in either of these 4 cities, forward this email and ask them to support “America the Beautiful.” Make sure you tell them that attending the theater is crucial between this Friday the 29th and Sunday the 31st.

Our numbers this weekend will determine if we stay a second week or not. Forwarding these emails actually work. Last Friday the Monte Nido Treatment Center and the Shoreline Treatment Center in California sent out email blasts for the evening shows on the 22nd in Los Angeles which ended in them being sold out. We can make a difference!

The 4 cities and theaters where we open this Friday:
Check theater listings for showtimes!

LOS ANGELES (second week):

Mann Beverly Center 13
8522 Beverly Boulevard
Suite 835
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836-5511

SAN DIEGO:

Regal Horton Plaza
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

LAS VEGAS:

Regal Village Square
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sundance Kabuki
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115

AND ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH,
WE OPEN IN:

PORTLAND, OR

Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
846 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

DALLAS, TX:

Angelika Theater
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206

Now for some ATB news!

LA Premiere -
We had the Los Angeles Premiere of “America the Beautiful,” on Tuesday August 19th at the Mann’s Chinese Theater. It rocked! All 500 seats were occupied and the response was phenomenal. This was possible because of the support of the YWCA.

Faye of the YWCA Los Angeles branch and Lorraine of the YWCA national branch did a fabulous job.

Rapper David Banner, Gerren and Dr. Anthony Griffin of “Extreme Makeover,” attended the premiere.

I got the chance to do an interview with “Access Hollywood.”

The next day I was interviewed by Tatiana Ali. She played Ashley, the young girl on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

Gerren is 18 now. She got a car a month ago. I even heard she was dating. It seems like yesterday when she was 12 on the couch saying “ooooh, boys suck!”

Some people that came out to the premiere. The asian lady told me that she would have voted for me on Beautifulpeople.net –If you haven’t seen the movie yet, never mind.

Actor Michael Beach “Waiting to Exhale, Soul Food, ER & Third Watch,” came with his wife. She’s on his right. Two nights later she made dinner for Mike and I. She’s a good cook. I’m eating some of her leftover sweet potato pie as I type this.

Two women at the premiere. I didn’t get a chance to meet them and no I’m not relapsing!

WHY WE RECEIVED AN R RATING FOR ATB -

Those of you that have seen the film will know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to give it away because it’s one of the biggest laughs in the movie.

There’s a scene where a woman walks into a plastic surgery office and asks to have her privates shaped to look like a picture in Playboy Magazine. Then we cut to Eve Ensler “The Vagina Monologues,” who looks into the camera and tells men what to do if they don’t like women the way that are. She uses 1 word of profanity. 1 word! And they gave me an R for it. Have you seen “Dark Knight,” or “Hellboy 2?” I walked into “Hellboy 2,” the other day and the first thing I saw was someone getting a sword to the head and I get an R for 1 swear word.

I was given the chance to take it out and get a PG-13 so that teenagers could see the film. I declined because I felt that women have been expected to assimilate into a male dominated society for hundreds of years and Eve was saying there’s nothing wrong with women, maybe there’s something wrong with men. I took that to be a statement of empowerment for women, so I left it in. But when we leave the theaters, I’m going to take it out so I can get a PG-13 and release the film to every high school in the country.

THE ATB MARCH ON D.C. -

Next month on September 10th, we’re having a congressional screening of the film sponsored by Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN). The purpose of screening the film for congress is to get them to pass an important bill on the books that would require insurance companies to cover eating disorders on parity with other mental illnesses. Right now insurance companies don’t have to cover eating disorders and parents are taking out second mortgages on their homes to cover the $25,000 a month for their child to get treatment.

Two bills have been introduced in Congress in an effort to provide access to care for people with mental health conditions such as eating disorders. The bills promote mental health parity, in which some insurance policies would be required to cover treatment for eating disorders equal to the coverage offered for medical conditions. The Senate bill and the House bill vary, but the Eating Disorders Coalition supports BOTH. The original 1996 mental health parity bill must be reauthorized by Congress. Compared to the new U.S. Senate version of the bill (S 558), the new House version of the bill (HR 1424) is more responsive to the needs of people seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

If you’re in the Washington D.C. area on September 10th and would like to support us on this hopefully historic day, go to this website to get the information and come on out:

Washington D.C. Screening

MY NEW WRITING ASSIGNMENT:

For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been blogging to keep you up to speed with what’s been happening with ATB as well as making you privy to the inner workings of the film industry.

Well my blogs will be wider read because I’m now writing for “The Huffington Post.” For those of you that don’t know Arrianna Huffington, she’s a very well respected social critic. The Huffington Post regularly breaks major news stories, sometimes before the daily papers.

Here is my first post and I’ll keep you up to speed on future posts that I make:

The Huffington Post

Until next time, have a great, wonderful and fantastic day!

Darryl Roberts
“America the Beautiful”

2 Comment(s)

  1. The Latest Senate “Compromise” on mental health insurance parity would permit each group plan to decide which mental illness to cover. The House Bill requires the same determination of mental illness covered as our 8.5 Million+ federal employees have had since 2001 in the FEBHP.BR/Its sad that “special interests” are able to limit REAL mental health insurance parity.

    Parity for All NOW | Sep 6, 2008 | Reply

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    NWAFOR AMASI | Oct 30, 2008 | Reply

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