Friday, February 6, 2009

Do you have "Gifted Hands?" TNT Premiere Movie, Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Premiering February 7, 2009 is the TNT 's Inspirational Story, Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. is "Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story".




As Per TNT:

Oscar® Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise

Star in TNT’s Inspirational GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY,

A JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® Movie

GIFTED HANDS, Based on Pediatric Neurosurgeon’s Moving Memoir,

To Premiere Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

A frustrated young boy with problems in school overcomes the obstacles in his life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon in the new TNT Original movie GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY. This uplifting and inspirational JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and two-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters, The Manchurian Candidate). It is based on the true story of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, whose lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a best-selling author and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The movie premieres Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT.


In GIFTED HANDS, Gooding plays Carson as an adult, while Elise plays Carson’s mother, Sonya, who inspired her son to study and work hard so he could rise above their inner-city roots. Also starring in the movie are Aunjanue Ellis (The Practice), as Carson’s wife, Candy; Jaishon Fisher (Lakeview Terrace), who plays Carson as a young boy; and Gus Hoffman (Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins), who portrays Carson as a teenager.


GIFTED HANDS was adapted by award-winning writer John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) from the memoir penned by Carson and Cecil Murphey. The film is directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter). It comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television, Thomasfilm and The Hatchery LLC. Dan Angel (TNT’s Door to Door), Margaret Loesch (Benji: Off the Leash), Bruce Stein (The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It), Erin Keating and Carter serve as executive producers on the project.


The film opens with Carson’s childhood in Detroit. The young Bennie struggles in school after his father abandons the family and his mother, who suffers from bouts of depression, is forced to be the family’s sole provider, despite the fact that she can’t read and has only a third-grade education.


Seeing that her son is having problems in school, Sonya soon realizes it is because he has troubles seeing. With a new pair of glasses and encouragement to spend time at a library, Bennie dives into the world of books. The joy Bennie gets from reading and the undying love and support he receives from his mother pave the way for him to overcome his impoverished background and graduate from high school, college and medical school. To fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor, he also must face down racial prejudice and other obstacles that threaten to derail him.


Along the way, Carson gets married and starts a family. But his home life becomes strained when his work starts to consume his every waking hour, especially as he faces the challenge of becoming the first doctor ever to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. In the end, however, Carson’s family comes to understand that his work is vital in helping other families, including a young couple whose twins’ lives are saved thanks to Carson’s remarkable skills, knowledge and courage.


Today, Carson stands at the top of his field as one of the most respected pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. He is living proof that, with perseverance, a devotion to knowledge and the loving support of family and friends, one can overcome any obstacles. Like his mother did for him, Carson now pours everything he has into helping young people overcome their medical limitations and fulfill their own dreams.


The book GIFTED HANDS was originally brought to TNT by The Hatchery LLC, which has held the option on the property since 2003 and subsequently partnered with Sony Pictures Television to produce the film adaptation. The Hatchery develops and produces family entertainment for all media. Its slate of projects in the works includes R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, a trilogy of movies based on the best-selling author’s hit book of the same title; a multiple television-movie adaptation of the V.C. Andrews series of novels Flowers in the Attic, Ruby and The Runaways; the world’s largest and longest-running paperback original franchise; a movie and television series based on one of the top 100 best-selling book series The Great Brain; and a theatrical remake of Leslie Bricasse’s beloved musical Scrooge, based on the Dickens’s classic. In December 2004, American Greetings Corp. (NYSE: AM), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of social expression products, acquired a significant ownership stake in The Hatchery.


GIFTED HANDS is the 10th TNT Original to be produced under the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® movie banner. Past presentations include the critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning Door to Door, starring Emmy® winner William H. Macy; Miss Lettie and Me, starring Mary Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds; Wilder Days, starring Peter Falk and Tim Daly; The Winning Season, with Matthew Modine and Kristin Davis; the Emmy-nominated The Wool Cap, which re-teamed Door to Door’s Macy and writer/director Steven Schachter; 14 Hours, with JoBeth Williams, Rick Schroder and Kris Kristofferson; The Engagement Ring, a romantic comedy/drama starring Patricia Heaton; The Ron Clark Story, starring Emmy nominee Matthew Perry; and A Perfect Day, a holiday tale starring Rob Lowe.


2 comments:

Dee Dee said...

Beth, I ate lunch with Dr. Carson and his wife at a glycomics conference in 2006. He is such an humble man. From what I understand they will mention the supplements that I promote in his movie when he discusses his life threatening health challenge. I have heard him speak several times at our company events (he donates his time to us) but the Glycomic Conference was more of a thinktank for doctors and researchers to share what they are learning. I was blown away - nutrition can help your body repair DNA. If you're geeky like me, do a search for nutrigenomics. There is hope...it is just outside the box. :)

Joy said...

My daughter and I worked as extras on Gifted Hands for one day, and it was a pleasure to be a small part of the movie of this gentleman's life.