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Date: July 11, 2000

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

 

  

BRUCE WILLIS TO RECEIVE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD

AT THE 15TH ANNUAL MOVING PICTURE BALL

ON SEPTEMBER 23RD AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Bruce Willis at the 15th annual Moving Picture Ball, the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala, event co-chairs Joe Roth and Arnold Rifkin, announced today. The Moving Picture Ball will be broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT), on Wednesday, September 27th (8:00 PM & 9:30 PM), following the live event on Saturday, September 23rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills.

"The American Cinematheque salutes Bruce Willis for his extraordinary career which combines breathtaking artistic risks with international box-office superstardom," said Roth. "I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working with Bruce for the past 17 years, and have witnessed his extraordinary growth as an actor during this time. Over the course of his career, he has always been an artist whose goal was to bring forth the best performance possible, whether it was as David Addison in "Moonlighting," John McLean in the DIE HARD trilogy, or Dr. Malcolm Crowe in THE SIXTH SENSE. It is that dedication to his craft that has allowed him to excel in all mediums and genres of film," says Arnold Rifkin.

Willis was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, which has, since 1986, annually honored an extraordinary artist (actor, producer, 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 film and television.

Since 1988 Bruce Willis has starred in some of the most successful films in motion picture history, including the DIE HARD series, 1998’s action-adventure blockbuster, ARMAGEDDON, and 1999’s box office phenomenon, the critically acclaimed drama THE SIXTH SENSE.

Willis first emerged as a major star in the popular hit television series, "Moonlighting," for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. His first star turn came in 1984, in Sam Shepard’s play "Fool for Love," just before he was chosen to star in "Moonlighting."

Willis made his feature film debut in the Blake Edwards comedy BLIND DATE which also starred Kim Basinger. His next film, DIE HARD, was his first blockbuster, one of the top grossing movies of 1988. In 1989 Willis demonstrated his versatility by providing the voice of the wise-cracking baby in LOOK WHO’S TALKING, one of the top grossing comedies in box office history, as well as playing a Vietnam War vet haunted by combat memories in Norman Jewison’s IN COUNTRY.

In 1990, Willis starred in DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER, one of the biggest box office hits of the summer. He went on to star in the disturbing psychological drama, MORTAL THOUGHTS.

In 1994 Quentin Tarantino directed Willis in the drama PULP FICTION, the Grand Prize winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also seen in NOBODY’S FOOL, co-starring Paul Newman, and starred in the box office hit, DIE HARD 3. He went on to star in the hit motion picture TWELVE MONKEYS, followed by THE FIFTH ELEMENT for acclaimed French director Luc Besson. THE FIFTH ELEMENT became one of the highest grossing films in the history of French cinema.

In 1998 Willis starred in the action-adventure blockbuster, ARMAGEDDON, which turned out to be Disney’s highest grossing film of that year. Willis’ production company independently produced Alan Rudolph’s BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (based on the best-selling novel by Kurt Vonnegut), in which he also starred.

Following the critically acclaimed box office phenomenon, THE SIXTH SENSE, in 1999, he co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in THE STORY OF US. Once again turning his attention to the independent marketplace, Willis produced and starred in the hit black comedy THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. Willis will next be seen in Disney’s THE KID, which is currently in theaters. He and his SIXTH SENSE director M. Night Shyamalan re-teamed for the drama UNBREAKABLE, which will be released theatrically in Fall 2000.

The Moving Picture Ball is produced by Robert Dalrymple and Paul Flattery, who are also executive producers of the television show. Sandy Shapiro is the executive producer for Turner Network Television (TNT).

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 (1993); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999).

Twelve hundred entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Moving Picture Ball. This annual event is the American Cinematheque’s largest 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.

Tickets to the Moving Picture Ball, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award show with tributes to the honoree by friends and colleagues, start at $500. Call Frances Kidd at 310.559.9334.

Journalists wishing to reach Bruce Willis for comment should contact Paul Bloch at Rogers & Cowan: 310.201.8803. Walter Ward is the media contact for TNT: 404.885-0298.

To apply for credentials to cover this event, please send a fax on letterhead from the outlet that is assigning the story to you. 323.461.9737. You will be contacted closer to the event with details.

Established in 1984, 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. The Cinematheque presents 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 re-opened (on December 4, 1998), the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre as its permanent home. 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.

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