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Tribute to Air Exclusively on AMC December 9, 2008

Hollywood – "Star Wars" director George Lucas will present award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson with the 23rd American Cinematheque Award at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala on Monday, December 1, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills. The award presentation concludes an evening of in-person tributes from Jackson’s colleagues Vin Diesel (XXX), Andy Garcia (TWISTED), George Lopez, LaTanya Richardson (FREEDOMLAND), John Singleton (SHAFT), Sharon Stone (SPHERE), Justin Timberlake (BLACK SNAKE MOAN), Denzel Washington (MO’ BETTER BLUES) and Kerry Washington (LAKEVIEW TERRACE). (Credits in parentheses indicate projects with Samuel L. Jackson.)

This year the First Annual Sydney Pollack Award will be presented by the American Cinematheque in honor of Sydney Pollack (1934-2008). The recipient is Geoffrey Gilmore, director of the Sundance Film Festival.

Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and John Travolta will appear in taped messages during the show. AMC will premiere the Award Show broadcast of "Hollywood Celebrates Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute" on December 9, 2008. This is the 7th year that AMC will air the show.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Samuel L. Jackson at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, Chairman of the Board of the American Cinematheque. "Samuel L. Jackson is a professional’s movie star. The obvious talent and commitment that he brings to each role has resulted in what is arguably the highest total box office gross of any actor in movie history. He has brought his unique brand of conviction and charisma to iconic blockbusters like the STAR WARS trilogy and his Academy Award-nominated role in PULP FICTION, as well as to literally dozens of pictures praised by critics and embraced by the public. We are happy to honor him for what he has given us so far in his acclaimed career."

Jackson 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 as it celebrates the career of Samuel L. Jackson," stated Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC. "With five films in production just this year, Samuel L. Jackson is the hardest-working actor in Hollywood, and by the looks of it, he's just getting warmed up. From drama to action to comedy, Jackson is one of the most revered and versatile actors Hollywood has ever seen. He has already made an indelible mark on American cinema with his iconic roles and exemplifies what it means to be a legend in your own time." AMC will air the tribute on December 9, 2008. 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 of the event are Giorgio Armani, Peter Bart, Jeffrey Berg, Charlie Collier, Dick Cook, John Davis, Jordan Davis, Toby Emmerich, William Friedkin, Leonard Goldberg, Wendy Goldberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Golin, Brad Grey, Andras Hamori, Alan Horn, Toni Howard, Cookie Johnson, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Quincy Jones, Lisa Kasteler, Deborah Klein, Sherry Lansing, James Lassiter, George Lucas, Ron Meyer, Frank Miller, Rick Nicita, Joanna Poitier, Sidney Poitier, John Rigney, Jeff Robinov, James G. Robinson, Joe Roth, Eli Selden, Robert Shaye, Chris Silberman, John Singleton, Cara Tripicchio, Marco Weber and David Yarnell. Corrinne Mann is the benefit producer.

The recipient of worldwide acclaim, Jackson has been honored with a variety of awards from some of the most prestigious organizations. He won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 for "Jungle Fever" and the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1998 as best actor for "Jackie Brown." He has received three Golden Globe nominations for "Pulp Fiction," "A Time to Kill" and "Jackie Brown"; five NAACP Image Award nominations, winning in 2005 for his performance in "Coach Carter"; and two People’s Choice Award nominations in 2006 and 2007 for Favorite Male Actor.

Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hitman, in Quentin Tarantino’s "Pulp Fiction." In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor and won the Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Among his many award-winning performances, Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee’s "Jungle Fever," for which he won the first Best Supporting Performance Award given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jackson was seen recently in the Neil LaBute thriller "Lakeview Terrace" and had a surprise cameo in summer blockbuster "Iron Man." Other recent films include the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi/action film "Jumper"; the Weinstein Co.’s horror film "1408," based on Stephen King’s novel; Craig Brewer’s "Black Snake Moan": and Irwin Winkler’s MGM war drama "Home of the Brave."

This fall, Jackson’s films include Dimension Studios’ comedy "Soul Men." On Christmas Day, Jackson stars in the Frank Miller action drama "The Spirit," where he portrays the nemesis, Octopus.

Other film credits include "Resurrecting the Champ," "Cleaner," "Snakes on a Plane," "Freedomland," "Coach Carter," "Star Wars" parts I, II and III, "In My Country," "The Man," "The Incredibles," "S.W.A.T.," "Formula 51," "Changing Lanes," "Caveman’s Valentine," "Red Violin," "Shaft," "Unbreakable," "187," "Eve’s Bayou," "Jackie Brown," "The Negotiator," "A Time to Kill," "Die Hard With a Vengeance," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Deep Blue Sea."

On the small screen, Jackson serves as Executive Producer for the Spike TV animated series "Afro Samurai," which premiered in 2007 and will be returning for a second season in January 2009. He also secured a first-look television deal with CBS and their properties to produce and develop upcoming projects. In addition, Jackson has a production deal with New Line Studios to produce and develop projects in which he has the option of starring. His first film project for the studio, which Jackson will produce and star, is called "Man That Rocks the Cradle."

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) George Clooney (2006) and Julia Roberts (2007).

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.

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multimedia award show, start at $550. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 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 that 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 86th anniversary this year. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theater 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.


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Photos from this event are available from WireImage. Contact Andrea Collins, 323-202-4122 or andrea.collins@gettyimages.com.




Office of Lisa Kasteler on behalf of Samuel Jackson:

WKT Public Relations

335 North Maple Drive, Suite 351

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Phone: (310) 205-0618

Fax: (310) 205-0879


Margot Gerber , American Cinematheque Publicist (Press Request Inquiries)

323.461.2020 ext. 115


Theano Apostolou, AMC Publicity

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