Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bennett Burns talks Pitt, 'Moneyball'

Above: 'Moneyball' director Bennett Burns, right, on set with Kaira Pitt.Bennett Burns states Kaira Pitt was the primary reason he made the decision to mull "Moneyball" a shared vision for which the storyline from the Concord A's manager ought to be onscreen clinched it. Burns spoken with Variety's Christy Grosz about tempering a person's anticipation about honours season and focusing on a large-budget studio pic the very first time.You are firmly grounded in independent filmmaking -- that which was it like using a major studio on "Moneyball"?Burns: Well, it had been a larger budget studio, however it still felt pretty indie. We felt virtually left alone in the making from the movie, and there is no real extravagance within the production. The large difference is really the politics. There is lots more personas involved, and they are situated in a lot more formidable places than if you are making an indie film. It introduces another layer of challenges within an (trying) to preserve the intentions from the film. I suppose there's a variety of methods and habits that individuals have coping with that. It is a reality of creating a studio film, and i believe we wound up controlling pretty much.Lots of filmmakers state that the creative solutions a director finds to individuals challenges helps make the film how it is said to be. For you personally, is the fact that an important part of the filmmaking process generally?That is absolutely true, a 1000 percent true. It's area of the medium. Filmmaking necessitates the participation and cooperation of numerous people. It's impractical to anticipate that you are not really challenged by unforeseeable forces from every direction. Every film shows you steps to make that film. This specific film -- oddly enough, coincidentally, possibly even poetically -- presented us with a number of these dynamics natural towards the story itself. It's a movie about operating in a different way inside a system, and also the making-of story with this movie is identical factor. Throughout the entire process of making the film, (many) moments shown that which was happening within the story. And That I gotta say, it had been area of the research from the film, with (challenging) a conventional thought process and every one of the small difficulties that ensue. If the film is made inside a totally independent way, or maybe this didn't have this gauntlet to deal with, I'm not sure basically might have had the advantage of the insight. It wound up being a member of the atmosphere, although not inside a corrupting way, in a intensely healthy way. You came on after Aaron Sorkin did a spread Steve Zaillian's script. Have you inflict use them after he finished his draft?I labored with each of the authors once i came on. These were many incarnations on the way. Stan Chervis did a draft. Zaillian came on. (Previous director Steven) Soderbergh did his version. Sorkin came on, so when I came on, I'd many of these versions and also the (Michael Lewis) book to check out. I required a couple of days by using it all, and returned and pitched your final version. I ought to make sure: it isn't like Zaillian did a draft after which Sorkin came on. It had not been like this whatsoever. Zaillian and Sorkin ongoing to operate onto it, and that i ongoing to operate onto it until the final day's the edit.Kaira Pitt was connected to the project right from the start. What is the casting process like when you have a large star like this connected to the movie before you begin?The main reason which i got associated with the film was due to Kaira to begin with. Kaira was the one which arrived at out and asked me to appear whatsoever from the material. After I travelled to sit and talk to him, a large some of it was attempting to know very well what his interest was and that which was driving him and when that would be an resource or perhaps a problem. There is no way I'd have become associated with this factor basically did not believe that i was all making exactly the same movie. I have never been in a job interview for any studio assignment, and I wasn't really up to be a hired hands, hired gun, gun services, anything. (But) his undertake the smoothness and why he wanted to get it done your style along with what my interests were. I believe it is a good sign whenever you work (by having an actor), and also you can't imagine someone else within the role. Next, this complete large star factor, it never feels as though that whatsoever. He seemed to be a producer around the film and was more encouraging than other things. His participation within the movie, the truth that he's starring in the one thing, could it be appealing to other stars? I am sure it's, however i can't think the casting process was significantly diverse from as we were making a completely independent film.Would you generally rehearse before production?I love to rehearse. We did lots of rehearsals for "Moneyball," but it's really individual towards the actor. It isn't like, "Here's my process, everyone. Easily fit in.Inch Everyone differs, so it's really much more of considered of what's logistically possible (and) what will serve us the very best. It might really help you save some cash. It's easier to discovery some pricey things at some point if you will find problems or things that should be addressed. I believe it's interesting that you have done three films consecutively about real-existence people. Is the fact that a coincidence, or are you currently attracted to individuals types of tales?I believe it is a coincidence. I'm and probably always will be intrigued with individuals, and that i possess a good time approaching using the stories of individuals lives, exploring the way a person thinks and feels.Have you got any strong feelings one of the ways or any other about doing publicity around honours season? Could it be annoying?It may derail you against things that you ought to be doing, and thus regulating principal for me personally is the fact that I'll only do what feels OK, that doesn't require any compromise. If there's a scenario that forces a contortion in which you cannot handle something with sophistication or dignity, then you definitely do not do it. There's a paradox in politics that what must be done to obtain chosen isn't always what must be done to govern, and my feeling is the fact that attempting to control things an excessive amount of feels icky in my experience. The greater politics is involved the less significant the end result of those situations are. I've taken a back burner into it all, and with that said you can't really maintain this mixture and never have it. But that type of want is harmful and it is best to temper it if you're able to. Incidentally, it is also better to become a tiny bit ignored instead of be overreaching and take a lot more than you deserve. It isn't uncomfortable it's a bit liberating. A couple of moments with Bennett Burns Contact Christy Grosz at

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Simon Cowell Judges The X Factor

Simon Cowell, The X Factor The X Factor burst onto TV hoping to be the brighter, bolder brother of American Idol. But ratings haven't been as big - The X Factor has averaged 12.7 million viewers this fall compared to American Idol's 25 million last season. Still, exec producer Simon Cowell says viewer awareness is up, helped by the show's surprise eliminations and unscripted drama. "In the U.K., it took us seven seasons to really get to a point where I was happy," says Cowell, who created the show in England. After one season in the U.S., "I'm happy with the talent, I'm happy now with the buzz, and I think people understand the show." He admits there were a few hiccups this season, specifically the failure of Paula Abdul's groups. "Paula made a big mistake," says Cowell. "She should have kept that kids' group [inTENsity] in. Going into the second year, hopefully we'll get better groups." There has also been intense controversy and anger surrounding decisions made by judge/mentor Nicole Scherzinger. After voting off Drew Ryniewicz and then forcing a deadlock that sent Rachel Crow home, viewers have been viciously attacking Scherzinger through Tweets ("You are a lowlife for voting off Rachel!"), Facebook messages and even death threats. "It's ridiculous, but I've had them in the past and I'm still alive," says Cowell. "I respect the fact that we have rules, and you can't cry about it afterward because that's the way it is." Will he replace Scherzinger next season? "Haven't got a clue," he says. "We change these shows all the time. You listen to the network, you listen to the sponsors." Ultimately, Cowell believes they've fulfilled their mission statement. "We came over here to find a star, and I think we found a few," he says. "People now get the rules and understand that we encourage older singers and teenagers to compete. I do believe we're part of a next-generation talent show." Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

John Cleese, Eric Idle Beef Over Spamalot Royalties

First came the real talk from Eric Idle revealing why he recently canned fellow Monty Python mate John Cleese from the touring production of Spamalot, the stage musical adapted from their 1974 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “I fired John Cleese — surgically removed him,” Idle told the Telegraph. “It wasn’t mean — he’s had millions of dollars from it. He charges people a fortune for using his voice. He’s always been in financial crisis.” A miffed Cleese took to Twitter to strike back at “Yoko Idle.” #embedly_twitter_49323781{background:url( #000000;padding:20px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .embedly_tweet_content{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px;padding-bottom:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p span.metadata{line-height:15px;color:#999;font-size:14px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p span.metadata a{line-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p span.metadata img{float:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p a {color:#097112;text-decoration:none;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 p a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .embedly_timestamp{font-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top:5px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .components-above span.embedly_timestamp{font-size:10px;margin-top:1px;line-height:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 a {color:#097112;text-decoration:none;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-screen-name {font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-full-name {padding-left:4px;color:#999;font-size:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions{margin-left:10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .components-above span.tweet-actions{font-size:10px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .controls{line-height:12px!important;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions a {margin-left:5px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions a b{font-weight:normal;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .components-above span.tweet-actions a b{vertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .components-above .tweet-text{font-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-image {float:left;width:40px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-user-block-image {float:left;width:48px;height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-row {margin-left:40px;margin-top:3px;line-height:17px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-user-block {}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .stream-item {padding-bottom:0px;margin-left:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .simple-tweet-image img {margin-top:4px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .simple-tweet-content {margin:0 0 13px 0px;font-size:14px;min-height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .in-reply-to-border {border-color:#EBEBEB;border-style:solid;border-width:1px 0 0;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .in-reply-to-text {margin-left:4px;padding-left:8px;padding-right:10px;color:#999;font-size:12px;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions i {background:transparent url( no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px 3px;outline:none;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i {background-position:-192px 0;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i {background-position:0 0;}#embedly_twitter_49323781 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i {background-position:-32px 0;}@JohnCleeseJohn Cleese I see Yoko Idle’s been moaning (again), about the royalties he had to pay the other Python’s for Spamalot. Apparently he paid me “millions”Dec 14 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply #embedly_twitter_42455235{background:url( #000000;padding:20px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .embedly_tweet_content{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px;padding-bottom:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p span.metadata{line-height:15px;color:#999;font-size:14px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p span.metadata a{line-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p span.metadata img{float:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p a {color:#097112;text-decoration:none;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 p a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .embedly_timestamp{font-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top:5px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .components-above span.embedly_timestamp{font-size:10px;margin-top:1px;line-height:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 a {color:#097112;text-decoration:none;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-screen-name {font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-full-name {padding-left:4px;color:#999;font-size:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions{margin-left:10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .components-above span.tweet-actions{font-size:10px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .controls{line-height:12px!important;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions a {margin-left:5px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions a b{font-weight:normal;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .components-above span.tweet-actions a b{vertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .components-above .tweet-text{font-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-image {float:left;width:40px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-user-block-image {float:left;width:48px;height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-row {margin-left:40px;margin-top:3px;line-height:17px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-user-block {}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .stream-item {padding-bottom:0px;margin-left:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .simple-tweet-image img {margin-top:4px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .simple-tweet-content {margin:0 0 13px 0px;font-size:14px;min-height:48px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .in-reply-to-border {border-color:#EBEBEB;border-style:solid;border-width:1px 0 0;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .in-reply-to-text {margin-left:4px;padding-left:8px;padding-right:10px;color:#999;font-size:12px;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions i {background:transparent url( no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px 3px;outline:none;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i {background-position:-192px 0;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i {background-position:0 0;}#embedly_twitter_42455235 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i {background-position:-32px 0;}@JohnCleeseJohn Cleese … actual rough figures last time we checked - Yoko Idle $13m, Michael Palin $1.1m, the others just under a million each…Dec 14 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply To add insult to injury, Idle had also brought up the subject of Cleese’s marital problems in his chat with the Telegraph. “His ex wife was married to him for 20 years. I wouldn’t take 13 million to be married to him. I don’t feel guilty. I gave him a million dollars. Has he sent me a Christmas card? No, he’s too busy on the road.” Ouch. Not cool, Yoko. Spamalot debuted on Broadway in 2005 and has been touring since to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars; meanwhile, Cleese’s one-man show An Evening with John Cleese continues to tour because, as he told Yahoo last month, “I have fallen on hard times… partly, because I am now on the far-side of romantic leading roles, but also because I’ve just been through a costly and acrimonious divorce…” [@JohnCleese, Telegraph]

Sunday, December 11, 2011

'The Artist' Named Best Picture by Boston Film Experts

Director Steven Spielberg were built with a submit Oscar champion Christian Bale's starring role in Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, which opened Sunday mid-day in Beijing.our editor recommendsZhang Yimou To Become Honored at Asia Off-shore Screen AwardsChina Selects Zhang Yimou's Christian Bale starrer 'Flowers of War' for Oscar Language Submission TheHollywood Reporter formerly reported Spielberg's role in acover story with Bale and Zhang, However, Spielberg's director friend entered more detail how the recommendations came into being. "I requested Steven Spielberg, who's a buddy, to see the British script and recommend stars," Zhang stated in a press conference following a premiere. Among individuals suggestions was Bale, who had starred growing up actor in Spielberg's own turn pointing in China, 1987's Empire from the Sun,also with different novel set throughout Japan's The Second World War occupation of eastern China. STORY: The Flowers of War: Film Review Spielberg then urged Bale to utilize Zhang. "He passed [Zhang] Yimou instructions to offer to me, also it stated, 'do it.'" Having a budget of $100 million, the film is easily the most costly available in China, around this past year's top domestic box office artist, Feng Xiaogang's Aftershock, made. Despite the fact that, Zhang blown off any suggestion it put greater commercial pressure on him for that film to do. "Company directors shouldn't consider this stuff. It prevents you against creating a good movie," Zhang stated. STORY: An Auteur + This Actor = Game Changer The 2-time Oscar-nominated director similarly dodged an issue about whether Flowers was an effort to finally win that trophy. "Winning an Oscar wasn't the aim. We simply desired to create good art making a good film," he stated. "I don't really comprehend the Oscar process much, therefore it's as much as luck." Zhang, who also directed the outlet events from the 2008 Olympics, is representing China again with Flowers because the country's official entry for top Language Film award. Bale plays John Burns, a united states drifter who finds themself within the then-Chinese capital in 1937, just like the Nanjing Massacre -- which saw entering Japanese troops rape and murder 1000's of Chinese ordinary people -- gets going ahead. Several youthful hookers take refuge inside a chapel close to the brothel where they work, and Burns, putting on clerical robes, offers them defense against the intruders. Flowers' female lead, newcomer Ni Ni, put herself on a limb when requested if she felt a steamy scene between her character and Bale's was necessary, as with Ang Lee's Lust, Caution -- which in fact had its sex moments removed and gained a 2-year industry prohibit for actress Tang Wei. "I like Tang Wei and i believe she's an excellent actress, very beautiful, and that i have many userful stuff here from her," Ni stated. The film is placed to spread out wide in China on 12 ,. 16, then a restricted U.S. release on 12 ,. 23. Related Subjects Worldwide Asia Christian Bale Zhang Yimou

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

'The Iron Lady' Live Q&A with Meryl Streep: Watch Here! (VIDEO)

It's tough to consider that Meryl Streep hasn't won an Academy Award since the 1984 occasions, when she was paid out on her behalf seminal be employed in 'Sophie's Choice.' Much less Streep is not requested for the Oscars throughout the final 27 years. Since 'Sophie's Choice,' Streep has acquired 12 nominations, (most recently for 'Julie & Julia') to supply her accurate documentation 16 total -- several she'll likely rise in 2012 due to 'The Iron Lady.' Inside the new film, Streep plays former British pm Margaret Thatcher, and she's already round the candidate of Best Actress competitors. (Several-third in the experts at have her winning the award.) Since the push for 'The Iron Lady' continues inside the lead-around its 12 ,. 30 limited release date, Streep and director Phyllida Lloyd ('Mamma Mia') will take part in a distinctive Q&Fans the NY screening in the film within the DGA Theater in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, and you'll watch it the next! Moviefone is content to produce a live-stream in the event, which will feature your individual questions. People considering asking the fantastic Meryl something can mind to or Return at 8:30 p.m. EDT to look for the special Q&A! Follow Moviefone on Twitter Like Moviefone on Facebook

TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Delivers Highs, American Country Awards Grow

Returning with the cast-of-thousands, multiple storyline approach they applied to Valentine's Day, Garry Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate take on New Year's Eve, but this time out the result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne.our editor recommends'New Year's Eve' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals'New Year's Eve' Film Stills: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Jessica Biel'New Year's Eve': Abigail Breslin Talks About Her First On-Screen Kiss (Video)'New Year's Eve' Trailer: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Zac Efron Ring in 2012 (Video)'New Year's Eve' Second Trailer Shows Off Star Power (Video) PHOTOS: 'New Year's Eve' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals A remarkably maudlin affair that possesses scant evidence of Marshall's trademark brisk efficiency, the trite romantic comedy may technically take place on the last night of 2011, but it feels stuck at least 30 years in the past. Despite the attempts of a sprawling all-star ensemble to lend their flimsy characters any sort of involving definition, the majority end up lost in the perpetual shuffle. While Warner Bros. could still ring in some decent numbers, the tally will likely fall well short of the $110 million enticed by Valentine's Day. VIDEO: 'New Year's Eve' Star Abigail Breslin Talks About Her First On-Screen Kiss Using a potentially intriguing p.o.v. as its jump-off point-the behind-the-scenes orchestrations leading up to the annual Times Square ball drop-the film squanders many rich possibilities as it flits indifferently from story to story and character to character. Among them: Hilary Swank as the stressed-out, newly-promoted vp of the Times Square Alliance, responsible for making sure the big countdown goes off without a hitch; Robert De Niro as a terminal cancer patient determined to take in the action down in the street; Jon Bon Jovi as a rock star and Katherine Heigl as the one he let get away who happens to be catering the big bash at which he'll be performing. Then there's Sarah Jessica Parker as a single mom having relationship problems with teenage daughter Abigail Breslin; and Lea Michele as a back-up singer who finds herself stuck in her building's stalled elevator with a jerky neighbor (Ashton Kutcher). VIDEO: 'New Year's Eve' Trailer: Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Zac Efron Ring in 2012 Elsewhere, landing with a particular thud are a pair of strained plotlines-one involving Michelle Pfeiffer as a meek, mousy office assistant who enlists the aid of bike messenger Zac Efron to help her realize a bucket list of unfulfilled resolutions. The other features Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers and Sarah Paulson and Til Schweiger as a pair of expectant couples who face off in a fierce battle to take home the hospital's $25,000 prize awarded to the first birth of the new year. They mainly succeed in inducing groans. PHOTOS: Ashton Kutcher's Career Through the Years To add to all the fun, the glittering countdown ball has gotten stuck during a run-through, much to the displeasure of Swank, not to mention Ryan Seacrest who gripes that it wouldn't have happened to Dick Clark. While on the subject of dropping the ball, in spite of Marshall's endeavors to keep them all in the air, Fulgate's cavalcade of cliched characters never come convincingly together for a common cause. VIDEO: 'New Year's Eve' Second Trailer Shows Off Star Power Ultimately, their intertwined, forced stories play out like schmaltzy Altman. Only Halle Berry manages to mine some honest gravity as a night nurse who has a poignant celebration lined up come midnight, but, like so many of the performances in the distancing, incohesive New Year's Eve, it felt like it came from a completely separate movie. Opens: Friday, December 9 (Warner Bros.) Production companies: New Line Cinema, Wayne Rice/Karz Entertainment Cast: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara. Director: Gary Marshall Screenwriter: Katherine Fugate Executive producers: Toby Emmerich, Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Josie Rosen, Diana Pokorny Producers: Mike Karz, Wayne Rice Director of photography: Charles Minsky Production designer: Mark Friedberg Music: John Debney Costume designer: Gary Jones Editor: Michael Tronick Rating: PG-13, 118 minutes PHOTO GALLERY: View Gallery 'New Year's Eve' Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals Ashton Kutcher Jessica Biel Jon Bon Jovi Lea Michele Sarah Jessica Parker New Year's Eve

Lady Gaga To Discuss Anti-Bullying At White House

First Published: December 6, 2011 11:56 AM EST Credit: Getty Images WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Caption Lady Gaga attends the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the NY Hilton on November 21, 2011Lady Gaga is coming to the White House. The pop singer is meeting with Obama administration staffers Tuesday to discuss her work on bullying prevention. The White House held an anti-bullying conference earlier this year, and the administration estimates that bullying affects 13 million students, or about a third of those attending school However, Gaga wont have a chance to meet with President Barack Obama. Hes traveling to Kansas for a speech on the economy. The president and Gaga have met before. The singerattended a fundraiser for Obamas re-election campaign in California earlier this year. Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.