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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 27, 2004

Contact: Margot Gerber

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

 

BRIAN GRAZER AND RON HOWARD TO PRESENT 19TH AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD TO STEVE MARTIN

CLAIRE DANES, DANA DELANY, EUGENE LEVY, JON LOVITZ, KEVIN NEALON, CATHERINE O'HARA, CARL REINER, MARTIN SHORT, ROBIN WILLIAMS AND RITA WILSON

TO TRIBUTE STEVE MARTIN AT NOVEMBER 12th AWARD PRESENTATION

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

Hollywood - Brian Grazer (producer, HOUSESITTER, BOWFINGER, SGT. BILKO, PARENTHOOD, American Cinematheque Board of Directors Member) and Ron Howard (director, PARENTHOOD, 1990 American Cinematheque Award recipient) will present Steve Martin with the 19th American Cinematheque Award at the November 12th award show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Claire Danes (co-star, SHOPGIRL), Dana Delany (co-star, HOUSESITTER), Eugene Levy (co-star, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Part 1 and FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Part 2), Jon Lovitz (actor/comedian, THE THREE AMIGOS and "Saturday Night Live"), Kevin Nealon (comedian, ROXANNE and "Saturday Night Live"), Catherine O'Hara (co-star, A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE), Carl Reiner (actor, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID and THE JERK (as well as director), plus co-writer of several Martin films), Martin Short (actor/comedian, THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Part 1; FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Part 2; THE THREE AMIGOS; "Saturday Night Live"), Robin Williams (Co-starred with Martin in a Lincoln Center production of "Waiting for Godot," 1988 American Cinematheque Award recipient) and Rita Wilson (co-star, MIXED NUTS) will appear in person to pay tribute to Steve Martin.

Lawrence Kasdan (director, GRAND CANYON), Shawn Levy (director, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN and THE PINK PANTHER), David Mamet (director, THE SPANISH PRISONER), Frank Oz (director, BOWFINGER, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, HOUSESITTER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) Adam Shankman (director, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE), and Jon Stewart are scheduled to send taped messages that will be shown during the event. The information in parentheses indicates projects each of these individuals worked on with Steve Martin. Additional guests will be announced as they are confirmed. The presentation and gala benefit takes place Friday, November 12th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom in Beverly Hills.

The tribute will air on AMC on Sunday, January 23, 2005. Additional in person presenters will be announced as they are confirmed.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Steve Martin at this year's celebration," said Rick Nicita. "Steve Martin is a unique Hollywood star - a renaissance man - actor, comedian, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, producer, art collector. His eclectic award-winning career has brought him to the forefront of Hollywood as both a writer and actor in some of the most memorable comedies of the past 20 years. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening honoring this extraordinary artist."

Martin 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 show is executive produced by Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith and produced by Irene Crinita. Co-chairs of the event are: Ashok Amritraj, Peter Bart, Gil Cates, Dick Cook, Wendi Doyle, David Geffen, Michael S. Gendler, Jim Gianopulos, Brian Grazer, Barry L. Greenfield, Alan Horn, Ron Howard, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing, Edward F. Limato, Michael Lynne, Chris McGurk, Ron Meyer, Rick Nicita, David Picker, Rob Reiner, Tom Rothman, Robert Shaye, Stacey Snider, Steven Spielberg and Alex Yemenidjian.

 

Steve Martin, one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today -actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer - has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history.

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) and Nicole Kidman (2003).

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 soon-to-open 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 2004 the American Cinematheque will expand its programming to the 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 Thursday, November 4, 2004.

A photo (via e-mail) of Steve Martin (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber.

CONTACTS:

Alan Nierob

Rogers & Cowan

(Representing Steve Martin)

(310) 854-8139

 

Margot Gerber

American Cinematheque Publicist/ (Press Request Inquiries)

323.461.2020 ext. 115 or publicity@americancinematheque.com

 

Lynn Weiss AMC LLWEISS@rainbow-media.com

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