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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 17, 2005
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

 

JEREMY PIVEN TO HOST 20TH AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

AWARD PRESENTATION TO AL PACINO

BRUCE WILLIS TO PRESENT AWARD

 

JAMES CAAN, ANDY GARCIA, JOHN GOODMAN, ED HARRIS, MICHAEL MADSEN, KEANU REEVES, CHARLIZE THERON, MARISA TOMEI, JON VOIGHT,

TO TRIBUTE EIGHT TIME OSCAR NOMINEE AL PACINO

AT OCTOBER 21st AWARD PRESENTATION

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

 

Hollywood – Emmy nominee Jeremy Piven (actor, TWO FOR THE MONEY, star of "Entourage") will host the 2005 American Cinematheque Award Presentation to eight time Oscar nominee Al Pacino at the 20th Annual American Cinematheque Award Show on Friday, October 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Bruce Willis will present the award to Pacino at the conclusion of the evening. Appearing in person to pay tribute to Al Pacino are: James Caan (actor, THE GODFATHER I & II), Andy Garcia (actor, THE GODFATHER III & THE GODFATHER TRILOGY), John Goodman (actor, SEA OF LOVE), Ed Harris (actor, Glengarry Glen Ross), Michael Madsen (actor, DONNIE BRASCO), Keanu Reeves (actor, THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE); Oscar Winner Charlize Theron (actress, THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE), Marisa Tomei (actress, in stage production of "Salome"); Oscar Winner Jon Voight (actor, HEAT) and Bruce Willis (2000 American Cinematheque Award Recipient). Additional presenters will be announced as they are confirmed. Appearing via taped messages that will be shown during the award show are: Robert DeNiro (actor, GODFATHER II, HEAT), Colin Farrell (actor, THE RECRUIT), and Meryl Streep (actress, ANGELS IN AMERICA). The information in parentheses indicates projects each of these individuals worked on with Al Pacino. The presentation and gala benefit takes place Friday, October 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills. AMC will premiere the Award Show broadcast of "Hollywood Celebrates Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute," on Saturday, January 22, 2006 at 10 PM ET/PT. This is the 4th year that the show will be broadcast on AMC.

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"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 movie-goers.

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, who won an Oscar for his work in SCENT OF A WOMAN, 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 2007.

The show is executive produced by Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith and produced by Irene Crinita. Michael Dempsey is the director. Co-chairs of the event include: Peter Bart, Gail Berman, Martin Bregman, Colin Callender, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Garbus, Jim Gianopulos, Brad Grey, Taylor Hackford, Alan Horn, Michael Lynne, Michael Mann, Garry Marshall, Ron Meyer, Rick Nicita, Sydney Pollack, Edward R. Pressman, Rob Reiner, James Robinson, Tom Rothman, Robert Shaye, Stacey Snider, Oliver Stone and Irwin Winkler.

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).

One thousand 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.

 

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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. A registration form will be FAXED back to you upon receipt of your fax. You must fill it out and send it back no later than noon on Friday, October 14, 2005.

A photo of Al Pacino (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber. Broadcast quality clips from previous year’s shows are available for anyone wishing to run a 20 year highlights segment to commemorate our 20 year anniversary.

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SATELLITE COORDINATES:

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.

 

CONTACTS:

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
LLWEISS@rainbow-media.com

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