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Date: June 6, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

GEORGE CLOONEY TO RECEIVE

21st AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD

AT GALA TRIBUTE ON OCTOBER 13

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

 

Tribute to Air Exclusively on AMC in December 2006

 

Hollywood – The 21st American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Academy Award winner George Clooney at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala, American Cinematheque Board chairman Rick Nicita announced today. The presentation takes place Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor George Clooney at this year’s celebration," said Rick Nicita. "George Clooney is truly a Renaissance man. In a relatively short time he has proven his talents as an actor, director, writer and producer. He has managed to blend entertainment with political commentary as well as combining charm, eloquence and good old-fashioned movie star charisma. His personal commitment to trying to make the world a better place is reflected both on screen and in his off-screen social activism. With his considerable accomplishments so far, it is obvious that not just moviegoers but citizens of the world are going to happily see and hear George for years to come."

Clooney 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 Executive 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 December 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 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.

Platinum Sponsors of the event include Acura, AMC, Budweiser, Copely Newspapers, Giorgio Armani, Vanity Fair, Lyn and Norman Lear, Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company, Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Brothers.

Benefit Co-chairs include: Giorgio Armani, Paul Attanasio, Ellen Barkin, Peter Bart, Bruce Berman, Gail Berman, Tim Bevan, Gail & Ira Brodsky, Colin Callender, Graydon Carter, Don Cheadle, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Dick Cook, Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Eric Fellner, Scott Frank, Jim Gianopulos, Tony Gilroy, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Grant Heslov, Alan Horn, Barry Levinson, Bryan Lourd, Michael Lynne, Barry Meyer, Ron Meyer, Rick Nicita, Brad Pitt, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Julia Roberts, Jeff Robinov, James Robinson, Tom Rothman, Steve Samuels, Joel Schumacher, Michael Shamberg, Robert Shaye, Stacey Sher, Jeff Skoll, Stacey Snider, Steven Spielberg, Linda May & Jack Suzar, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Academy Award winner George Clooney has gone from television actor to motion picture actor to producer, executive producer and director. He was honored with three Academy Award nominations, the first time in history an individual has garnered three Oscar nominations for two different films in the same year: as Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck and as Best Supporting Actor in SYRIANA. Clooney received the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America for Good Night, and Good Luck. The award honors films that demonstrate social justice.

Coming up is Tony Gilroy’s MICHAEL CLAYTON, which co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton, due out in 2007 and Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S 13, which begins production this summer. Clooney will produce "13" with Soderbergh and Jerry Weintraub.

Clooney and Soderbergh, as partners in the film and television production company Section Eight, have produced numerous films including Good Night, and Good Luck, SYRIANA, OCEAN’S TWELVE, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, THE JACKET, FULL FRONTAL and WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD. Clooney was an executive producer of two critically acclaimed Section Eight films, Warner Bros.' INSOMNIA and Focus Features’ FAR FROM HEAVEN.

In Section Eight’s television division, Clooney was an executive producer and directed five of the episodes of "Unscripted," a reality-based show that debuted on HBO in 2005. He also was an executive producer and cameraman for HBO’s "K-Street."

Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Miramax), for which he won the Special Achievement in Film award from the National Board of Review. He followed it up in 2005 with Good Night, and Good Luck, which he also co-wrote and co-stars in. He was recognized for his performance on both sides of the camera by nearly every major film critic’s organization. He won the Paul Selvin Award from the Writer’s Guild of America, the Freedom Award from the Broadcast Film Critic’s Association, and was nominated for two Oscars, three Golden Globes, four BAFTA’s, a SAG award, an Independent Spirit Award, a WGA and DGA award among others.

That same year Clooney co-starred in and was executive producer of SYRIANA for Warner Bros. The film again garnered him accolades from all over the world including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his supporting role as a CIA agent. He was also nominated for a SAG award, a BAFTA and two Critic’s Choice awards.

Clooney also starred in the Warner Bros. blockbuster hits OCEAN’S ELEVEN and OCEAN’S TWELVE. In 2000 he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his work in the Coen brothers' "O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?" for Disney. He also earned critical acclaim in the award-winning drama THREE KINGS (Warner Bros.) and in the critically acclaimed OUT OF SIGHT (Universal).

He has starred in several television series but is best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama "ER." His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice and Emmy nominations.

Clooney was executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of "Fail Safe," an Emmy-winning tele-film developed through his Maysville Pictures. "Fail Safe" was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The film was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.

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) and Al Pacino (2005).

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 $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. 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.

 

About AMC

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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 Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Registration forms will be sent out in August. Credentials will be confirmed in October. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored.

A photo of George Clooney (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber or Melissa Sun in Stan Rosenfield’s office.

 

CONTACTS:

Margot Gerber        American Cinematheque Publicist/ (Press Request Inquiries)

323.461.2020 ext. 115 or

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Theano Apostolou AMC Publicity

917.542.6361 or Theano@rainbow-media.com

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