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Date: June 6, 2005
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115






Tribute to Air Exclusively on AMC in January 2006

Hollywood – The 20th American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Academy Award winner Al Pacino at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala, American Cinematheque Board chairman Rick Nicita announced today. The presentation takes place Friday, October 21, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Al Pacino at this year’s celebration," said Rick Nicita. "Al Pacino is truly a screen icon. His stardom has shown brightly through four decades of memorable performances that have defined standards of acting excellence for generations of moviegoers. The intensity and gritty realism of his characterizations have insured that his legendary status will endure forever. Few actors can claim the number of classic screen characters and unforgettable moments that he has created, from Michael Corleone to Tony Montana to Shylock and all those in between. Rather than rest on his laurels, Al Pacino continues to challenge himself and to thrill us with more bold and daring work. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening honoring this extraordinary artist."

Pacino 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.

"The American Cinematheque continues to be an important cultural and community touchstone of Hollywood," said Rob Sorcher, AMC’s Senior Vice President, Programming & Production. "As the

broadcast partner of this cherished event, we look forward to honoring such an accomplished star, and providing our viewers with exclusive access to one of Hollywood’s hottest events." AMC will air the tribute in January 2006. The network has been the exclusive broadcast partner of the annual event since 2003, and recently announced that it has signed a deal to continue to exclusively air the event through 2006.

The show is executive produced by Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith and produced by Irene Crinita. Co-chairs and presenters of the event will be announced as they are confirmed.

Eight time Academy Award nominee Al Pacino made his film debut in 1971 in The Panic In Needle Park. Following Best Actor nominations for ... And Justice For All, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and Serpico (which also earned him a Golden Globe Award), Al Pacino won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in Scent Of A Woman (for which he also won a Golden Globe Award).

He received three nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Dick Tracy (he also won a 1990 American Comedy Award for this role), and in David Mamet's screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross. In 2005, Pacino starred as Shylock in the Shakespearean adaptation of Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford. In 2004, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO’s television adaptation of Tony Kushner’s play "Angels in America" for director Mike Nichols. Earlier that year he was seen on-stage as King Herod in Oscar Wilde’s Salome both off-Broadway in Brooklyn

and on Broadway and as Arturo Ui in Bertolt Brecht's The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui at Pace University. His other recent film credits include Miramax Film’s People I Know for director Dan Algrant and Disney’s The Recruit in which he starred with Colin Farrell.

In 2002 Pacino starred with Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in Christopher Nolan's Insomnia and in writer-director Andrew Niccol's Simone. In late 1999, Pacino was seen in The Insider for Touchstone Pictures. In the film, he played 60 Minutes reporter Lowell Bergman and starred opposite Russell Crowe and Christopher Plummer. Michael Mann directed this film, which received 7 Academy Award nominations. Pacino also starred in Oliver Stone's football saga, Any Given Sunday, where he portrayed a football coach and starred opposite Cameron Diaz, James Woods, and Dennis Quaid.

In 2000 Pacino completed his second directorial effort, Chinese Coffee, a film in which he also stars and produces. This film is based on a play written by Ira Lewis that Pacino performed at Circle in the Square in 1992. The story revolves around a conversation between a Greenwich Village writer and his friend, as they talk about friendship, love, and dreams.

He also directed and starred in Looking for Richard, a meditation on Shakespeare's Richard III, which he conceived and directed (and for which he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Documentary award from the Director's Guild of America). The film also starred Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, and Aidan Quinn.

Pacino's other film credits include Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, a film which co-starred Johnny Depp; The Devil's Advocate, with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron; Miramax's Two Bits, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; Heat, with Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, directed by Michael Mann; City Hall, which also starred John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, and Danny Aiello; and in Brian de Palma's Carlito's Way.

Additional films include Frankie & Johnny, The Godfather, Part III, Sea Of Love, Revolution, Scarface, Author! Author!, Bobby Deerfield, and Scarecrow, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.

Pacino produced, starred in and co-directed the independent film adaptation of the play The Local Stigmatic, presented in March 1990 at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Public Theatre.

After studying with Herbert Berghof and later with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio, Pacino made his professional acting debut in off-Broadway productions of The Connection and Hello, Out There. He then won an Obie Award for Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants The Bronx.

Pacino has won two Tony Awards for his starring roles in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? He is a longtime member of David Wheeler's Experimental Theatre Company of Boston, where he has performed in Richard III and in Bertolt Brecht's Arturo Ui. In New York and London, he acted in David Mamet's American Buffalo. Also in New York, he appeared in Richard III and as Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at the late Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.

During the spring and summer of 1994, Pacino appeared in repertory at Circle in the Square. He presented the New York debut of Oscar Wilde's Salome and the premiere presentation of Ira Lewis' Chinese Coffee. He directed and starred in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, which opened in early July 1996 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, and moved to Circle in the Square in New York in mid-July where it continued its run through the end of August.

Pacino won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Independent Feature Project (IFP) at their 1996 Gotham Awards. In 2000, Pacino was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He also received the Cecil B. De Mille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001.

In late 2005, Pacino starred as Walter Abrams in Universal’s Two for the Money. The film also starred Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo.


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) and Steve Martin (2004).

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Twelve hundred entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual

event is the American Cinematheque’s most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organization’s 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 $500. 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. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s 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.

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. Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737 by Friday, October 7, 2005. Registration forms will be sent out Mid-Summer.

A photo of Al Pacino (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber.




Friday, October 21

930 - 10 pm (Red Carpet Arrivals feed)

Satellite: AMC9/ Transponder 04/ Ku-band
Downlk Freq: 11780MHz (V)

1130 - midnight (full feed)

Satellite: AMC9/ Transponder 04/ Ku-band
Downlk Freq: 11780MHz (V)

Saturday, October 22 (Full feed)

10 - 1030 am re-feed of entire package

Satellite: IA5/ transponder 23/ C-band
Downlk Freq: 4160MHz (V)


PHOTOGRAPHS: Available upon request. Pacino receiving his award; Rick Nicita (American Cinematheque Chairman); Henry Shields, Jr. (Cinematheque President) and Barbara Smith (American Cinematheque Executive Director); plus arrivals. Available from all major photo agency such as: Getty, Reuters, WireImage, etc. Outlets must cover their own photo fees. The Cinematheque will have photos later.



Pat Kingsley PMK/HBH (Representing Al Pacino) 310.289.6200

Margot Gerber
American Cinematheque Publicist/ (Press Request Inquiries)
323.461.2020, ext. 115
(To reach Rick Nicita’s office for further comment: 310.288.4545)

Jamie M. Saberito
AMC, Trade Publicity 917-542-6246

Lynn Weiss
AMC, Consumer Publicity

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