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DENZEL WASHINGTON TO PRESENT JULIA ROBERTS WITH
THE 22nd AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD
TOM HANKS, MARCIA GAY HARDEN, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, GARRY MARSHALL, DERMOT MULRONEY, MIKE NICHOLS, BLAIR UNDERWOOD, BRUCE WILLIS
TO TRIBUTE JULIA ROBERTS IN PERSON AT GALA EVENT
ON OCTOBER 12 AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL
Tribute to Air Exclusively on AMC December 5, 2007
Hollywood Denzel Washington will present his THE PELICAN BRIEF co-star, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, with the 22nd American Cinematheque Award at the Cinematheques annual benefit gala on Friday, October 12, 2007 at the Beverly Hilton Hotels International Ballroom in Beverly Hills. The award presentation concludes an evening of in-person tributes from Roberts colleagues Tom Hanks (CHARLIE WILSONS WAR, ANT BULLY); Marcia Gay Harden (MONA LISA SMILE); Shirley MacLaine (STEEL MAGNOLIAS); Garry Marshall (director of PRETTY WOMAN); Dermot Mulroney (MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING); Mike Nichols (director, CHARLIE WILSONS WAR, CLOSER); Blair Underwood (FULL FRONTAL, ANT BULLY); and Bruce Willis (OCEANS TWELVE, THE PLAYER). Additional presenters will be announced as they are confirmed. (Credits in parentheses indicate projects with Julia Roberts.) AMC will premiere the Award Show broadcast of "Hollywood Celebrates Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute," on December 5, 2007. This is the 6th year that AMC will broadcast the show."The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Julia Roberts at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, Chairman of the Board of the American Cinematheque. "Julia Roberts is a true movie star who has delighted audiences and critics in so many pictures, from her first screen appearance in "MYSTIC PIZZA" through mega-hits like "PRETTY WOMAN" and "RUNAWAY BRIDE" to her Academy Award-winning performance in "ERIN BROCKOVICH" and many, many more. Moviegoers are eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the career of this beloved actress and we are looking forward to thanking her for all that she's already given us."
Roberts was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, which since 1986 has annually honored an extraordinary artist (actor, director or writer) in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.
"AMC will once again provide our viewers with front row seats to one of the greatest Hollywood events of the year," stated Charlie Collier, Executive Vice President and General Manager of AMC. "The American Cinematheque Award presentation is a great time to come together each year and celebrate the great actors of our generation. Early on, it was clear that Julia Roberts was destined to become a Hollywood icon and we are thrilled to be part of this career honor and tribute." AMC will air the tribute in December 2007. The network has been the exclusive broadcast partner of the annual event since 2003.
The executive producers of the show are Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith. Irene Crinita is the producer. Co-chairs and presenters of the event will be announced as they are confirmed. Corrinne Mann is the benefit producer.
Julia Roberts will soon be reunited with her CLOSER director Mike Nichols in the upcoming film CHARLIE WILSONS WAR alongside actor Tom Hanks. Recently, she made her Broadway debut in Richard Greenbergs "Three Days of Rain." Roberts and Red Om Films have produced MONA LISA SMILE, in which she also appeared, and executive produced Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and most recently, Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront. Roberts can also be heard as the voice of Charlotte in CHARLOTTES WEB and also appeared in OCEANS ELEVEN, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Previously she appeared in George Clooneys directorial debut CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND and FULL FRONTAL, her third role in a Steven Soderbergh film. She received the Academy AwardŽ and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, directed by Soderbergh. In addition, she starred in last years ensemble crime caper, Oceans TWELVE, also under his direction.
Erin Brockovich followed the success of two box-office smashes: Notting Hill, directed by Roger Michell in which she co-starred with Hugh Grant and Runaway Bride, in which she was reunited with Richard Gere, her Pretty Woman co-star and their director, Garry Marshall.
Roberts also starred in The Mexican, with her Oceans Eleven co-star Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini and Americas Sweethearts, in which she starred alongside Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack and Hank Azaria.
Roberts has starred in many of Hollywoods most successful films. She first came to the attention of audiences with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza, and then in Steel Magnolias, which led to her first Academy AwardŽ nomination. Her next film, Pretty Woman, was the top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy AwardŽ nomination. Her memorable performance in that film was followed by a series of notable films including Flatliners, Sleeping with the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief, and Something to Talk About.
In 1997, Roberts starred in the box-office smash My Best Friends Wedding, directed by P.J. Hogan and the Richard Donner directed thriller Conspiracy Theory co-starring Mel Gibson. Following that Roberts starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus film, Stepmom. Collectively, her films have grossed more than two and a half billion dollars worldwide.
Eddie Murphy received the first American Cinematheque Award in 1986. Previous honorees are as follows: Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003), Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005) and George Clooney (2006).
One thousand entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual
event is the American Cinematheques most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organizations programs throughout the year and operation of the historic landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue.
Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award show start at $550. Call Mann Productions for further information at 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Graumans first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur.
The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
AMC is a multi-platform network that celebrates classic movies and high-quality scripted series. Among the elite services reaching over 91,000,000 homes, AMC defines what it means to be a classic movie network today, creating a distinctive viewing experience that celebrates all that is enduringly cool, personal and powerfully relevant about movies. AMC's comprehensive library of popular movies strike a meaningful chord with its audience, and its critically-acclaimed slate of originals all have a cinematic quality that allow them to complement and be complemented by some of the best movies of all time. A division of Rainbow Media Entertainment Services, AMC's sister divisions include WE tv and the IFC Companies. AMC is THE FUTURE OF CLASSIC.
A photo of Julia Roberts (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber or Jordana Tal at Engleman and Company.
Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here:http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. )
There is limited space on the red carpet at this event. Please follow the credential instructions and submit your complete request prior to the deadline. Incomplete or late requests will not be able to be honored. Please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737 or 323.467-0163 by Friday, September 28, 2007. Registration forms will be sent out in late August. Credentials will be confirmed in October. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored.A photo of Julia Roberts (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber or Jordana Tal at Engelman and Company.
CONTACTS:Marcy Engelman, 212-645-9222
Engelman and Company (Representing Julia Roberts)
Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque Publicist (Press Request Inquiries)
323.461.2020 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(To reach Rick Nicitas office for further comment: 310.288.4545)
Theano Apostolou AMC Publicity, 917.542.6361 or Theano@rainbow-media.com
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