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Date: October 5, 2006
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JULIA ROBERTS TO PRESENT THE 21st AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

AWARD TO GEORGE CLOONEY AT CINEMATHEQUE BENEFIT

ELLEN BARKIN, DON CHEADLE, JOHN CUSACK, MATT DAMON, DANNY DEVITO, MORGAN FREEMAN, SALMA HAYEK, BONNIE HUNT, RICHARD KIND, DAVID LETTERMAN, JULIANNA MARGULIES, CARL REINER, GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, DAVID STRATHAIRN, JERRY WEINTRAUB, BRUCE WILLIS, NOAH WYLE, RENEE ZELLWEGER AND CATHERINE ZETA-JONES TO TRIBUTE OSCAR WINNER GEORGE CLOONEY

AT OCTOBER 13th AWARD PRESENTATION

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

 

AMC To Premiere The Awards Program On

Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 PM ET/PT

 

Hollywood – Julia Roberts, George Clooney’s co-star in OCEAN’S ELEVEN and OCEAN’S TWELVE, as well as in Clooney’s directorial debut, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, will present the 2006 American Cinematheque Award to George Clooney at the close of the 21st Annual American Cinematheque Award Show on Friday, October 13th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Colleagues appearing in person to pay tribute to George Clooney are: Ellen Barkin (actress, OCEAN’S THIRTEEN), Don Cheadle (actor, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, OCEAN’S TWELVE, OUT OF SIGHT, "Fail Safe"), John Cusack (actor, THE THIN RED LINE), Danny DeVito, Morgan Freeman, Salma Hayek (actress, SPY KIDS 3-D, FROM DUSK TO DAWN); Bonnie Hunt, Richard Kind (actor, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, WAITING FOR WOODY); Julianna Margulies (actress "ER"), Carl Reiner (actor, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, OCEAN’S TWELVE), Jerry Weintraub (producer, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, OCEAN’S TWELVE, OCEAN’S THIRTEEN), Bruce Willis (OCEAN’S TWELVE) and Noah Wyle (actor, "ER"). Additional presenters will be announced as they are confirmed. Appearing via taped messages that will be shown during the award show are: Matt Damon (actor, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, SYRIANA), David Letterman, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Strathairn (actor, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.), Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, OCEAN’S TWELVE).

Singer/pianist Peter Cincotti will perform live as part of the show. The information in parentheses indicates projects each of these individuals worked on with George Clooney.

The presentation and gala benefit takes place Friday, October 13th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom in Beverly Hills. AMC will premiere the Award Show broadcast of "Hollywood Celebrates George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute," on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 8 PM ET/PT. This is the 5th year that AMC is the exclusive broadcast presenter of the Award Show.

"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.

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 Paul Selvin Award (with Grant Heslov) from the WGA for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

Coming up is THE GOOD GERMAN (to be released December 8, 2006), Tony Gilroy’s MICHAEL CLAYTON, which co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton, due out in 2007 and Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S THIRTEEN, which begins production this summer.

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. 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.

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).

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 and are currently sold out. 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

AMC, a division of Rainbow Media's Entertainment Services, which also includes WE tv and IFC Companies, is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches over 87,000,000 homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed slate of original programming that is a diverse, movie-based mix of original series, documentaries and specials. AMC has garnered many of the industry's highest honors, including 14 Emmy awards.  AMC is "TV for movie people."

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 Monday, October 2, 2006. Registration forms will sent be upon receipt of a letter of request. Credentials will be confirmed in October. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored. Updated information about the event will appear at www.americancinematheque.com

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:

Stan Rosenfield Stan Rosenfield & Associates (Representing George Clooney)

310.407.3444

Margot Gerber American Cinematheque Publicist/ (Press Request Inquiries)

323.461.2020 ext. 115 or publicity@americancinematheque.com

(To reach Rick Nicita’s office for further comment: 310.288.4545)

Theano Apostolou AMC Publicity

917.542.6361 or Theano@rainbow-media.com

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