Monday, April 29, 2013

This is My Mirror of Nollywood

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR, a new quarterly publication that will showcase Nollywood, the largest film industry in Africa is launching in May, 2013.

The maiden edition is a special focus on the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held on Saturday April 20, 2013, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
It is loaded with features and pictures on Nollywood, recognizing those who have been supporting the fastest growing film industry in the world, including Prince Tonye Princewill who has been supporting the productions of movies like Kajola and Figurine, Bank of Industry's funding of the film adaptation of Half of A Yellow Sun, the historical fiction on Biafra by best selling author Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie and Film House cinemas and how much Mnet's Africa Magic has done to make Nollywood movies popular on cable TV in Africa.

The cover shows the AMAA symbol and Kenneth Gyang, the Nigerian director whose debut feature Confusion Na Wa won the highly coveted awards for Best Nigerian Film and Best Film.

Nollywood Mirror will be published in paperback, hardcover and e-copy versions for global distribution. The paperback sells for only $10 per copy, the hardcover is $30 per copy and the e-copy is only $5 per copy. Local and international distributors should contact the publishers, International Digital Post Network Limited by email only. E-mail:

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Have You Seen Her?


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Friday, April 26, 2013

“Mood Indigo” Opens in Theatres Today

Altuglas®, a partner of the film “Mood Indigo” of Michel Gondry

PARIS, April 26, 2013, PRNewswire - Altuglas International, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group is a partner of the film Mood Indigo coming to theater today. This is the film adaptation of the eponymous book of the french author Boris Vian published in 1947.

Michel Gondry, the famous Director has swarmed futuristic and surreal ideas. Altuglas International brought his personal touch by providing nanostructured Altuglas ShieldUp produced in France at St Avold (57) for Limovian, the fully transparent limousine.

This is Michel Gondry who imagined this Transparent limousine. Dubbed LimoVian (The Limousine of Boris Vian), the amazing car crosses the movie like Chloe (Audrey Tautou), Colin (Romain Duris) and Chick (Omar Sy), a full-fledged character.

More than six months of work were required to design team from Peugeot to assembly the limo. They grafted pieces and accessories Peugeot 404 and realize its interior.

The transparent parts were made in Altuglas ShieldUp. This acrylic (polymethylmethacrylate) combines two components – PMMA and an elastomer, structured at the nanoscale – which provides complete transparency while optimizing other properties such as mechanical and chemical resistance. Altuglas ShieldUp is the result of 10 years of Research and won last year’s prize Potier for innovation.

Heated to 180° C for fifteen minutes to be softened, it has either been forced under vacuum or blown with compressed air (8 bar). It took many attempts for the plastic transformer ABP to obtain the ideal shape for each part.

On theatre in France, Belgium and Switzerland since Wednesday April 24th. Furthermore Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, Aissa Maiga, Charlotte Le Bon, Philippe and Alain Chabat Torreton are showing this film

See the trailer for “Mood indigo”: link on the facebook page:

Press contact Altuglas International Arkema Group :
Béatrice Troudet
Phone: +33-1-78-66-23-21
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Have You Seen Ghanaian Movie Star Prince Osei in The Dead?

Prince David Osei is a scene from zombie war movie "The Dead".

Popular Ghanaian actor Prince David Osei and I met at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last weekend in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. He was the toast of the red carpet as his fans were shouting and wolf-whistling his name at the Ox-Bow Lake boat regatta and traditional wrestling event in the morning and also later in the evening for the main awards last Saturday. Most of them were girls and women who posed for pictures with him and one pretty actress from the University of Benin asked me for his contact details. David played leading roles in two Ghanaian movies ‘Wannabe’ directed by Pascal Amanfo and "Off The Hook" directed by Andy Boyo which were submitted for the 2013 AMAA, but surprisingly did not make the nominations. He told me that his best international movie so far is "The Dead", a 2010 zombie war thriller that is a must see for anyone who has not seen it.

The Story:
When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

On the run in a hostile and inhospitable parched landscape, where sudden death lurks around every sun-burnished corner, Murphy has to use his wits and ingenuity if he is to get home alive to his family.

When Murphys path clashes with that of Sergeant Daniel Dembele (PRINCE DAVID OSEI), whose village has been torn apart by the reanimated dead, they join forces.

The two desperate men from two very different cultures fight side by side to survive across the incredible vistas of Africa as the world succumbs to the deadliest of viruses.

In the first zombie road movie set against the spectacular vistas of Africa, the Dark Continent becomes a dead zone. A stunningly shot horror fantasy announcing the arrival of the Ford Brothers on the global genre scene, THE DEAD is as much an emotional journey through terror terrain as it is a physically demanding and beautiful-looking one. Shot in life-threatening, never-before-seen locations in Burkina Faso, French-speaking West Africa, and Ghana, including the Sahara Desert, on 35mm film by the award-winning Ford Brothers, THE DEAD is one of the most unique zombie movies of all time.

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~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Esurance to Give Away 30,000 Movie Tickets to Star Trek Into Darkness

New National Ad Campaign Features Original Trek-themed TV Commercial

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, is continuing its promotional collaboration with Paramount Pictures by giving away 30,000 tickets to see Star Trek Into Darkness, the highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams ' 2009 hit film, in theatres May 17.

Starting today, Esurance will give away 500 pairs of tickets every day through May 19. Star Trek fans can go to the Esurance Facebook page, "Like" Esurance, and then simply enter their name, email address, and ZIP Code for a chance to win two tickets to see Star Trek Into Darkness.

Winners of the movie tickets will receive instant notification with a special code to redeem their tickets, which are good for one regular or 3-D viewing of Star Trek Into Darkness. Those who don't instantly win are encouraged to enter every day for their chance at two tickets.

"We are thrilled to offer movie fans a chance to see Star Trek Into Darkness with this massive free ticket program, and the unique, behind-the-scenes Star Trek content we have on our Facebook page is something that those fans will really enjoy," said Esurance Vice President of Marketing Darren Howard .

Esurance is supporting the movie ticket giveaway with a national ad campaign that includes a television spot created by agency Leo-Burnett and produced by Kelvin Optical, a division of Bad Robot Productions, film director J.J. Abrams production team. The comedic spot features an original Star Trek alien character created by the film's design team especially for Esurance. Promoting the film tie-in and ticket giveaway, the commercial will run prior to the movie release on national TV, online media, and in movie theatres.

"We developed a close collaboration with Esurance and our filmmaking team on this marketing program," commented LeeAnne Stables , Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount. "The creative television campaign is sure to build even more excitement around the release of Star Trek Into Darkness."

In addition to the 30-second TV commercial, the campaign includes a special, long format commercial hosted on the Esurance Facebook page. Other components include digital out-of-home, print, and streaming radio that will also run nationally. To view the TV commercial, go to

Movie fans visiting the Esurance Facebook page can enjoy other special content including:

Outtakes – six unique video snippets that capture humorous, off-the-cuff moments during the filming of Esurance's TV commercial
Inside Looks – behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the commercial, including content featuring the Star Trek alien character and a time-lapse sequence of creating the Starfleet "bridge" set
"The Vulcanizer" – upload and share photos of themselves magically "transformed" into Vulcans
Free downloads – download movie-themed wallpaper for screensavers, icons, and movie posters, and share with friends

"STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams . Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions' David Ellison , Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

"STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS" opens in theaters everywhere May 17th, 2013.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes begins 12:00 p.m. PT 4/19/13. Ends 5/19/13. Open to legal residents of any U.S. state or DC who are at least 18 & age of majority. Internet access, a Facebook account in good standing, and a "Like" of Sponsor's page are required. Void where prohibited. SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL RULES located on the Sweepstakes tab at Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., 650 Davis St., San Francisco, CA 94111-1922.

About Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Esurance®

Esurance provides auto insurance direct to consumers online, over the phone, and through select agents, including sister company, Answer Financial. With an easy-to-use mobile app, quick comparison quotes, and online repair monitoring, Esurance is the smart choice for today's web-savvy consumer. As a member of the Allstate family with an A+ rating from A.M. Best, Esurance is a reliable choice for car insurance, offering anytime, anywhere service just a click, call, or tap away. For more information, visit or call 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262).

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Nominees and Winners of the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards

The 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) with the theme "AFRICA ONE" held last Saturday April 20, 2013, at the Gloryland Cultural Center in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State. The event was co-hosted by Nollywood diva Dakore Egbuson, comedian Ayo Makun, Adjetey Anang and Ama K Abebrese British/Ghanaian television presenter and actress who won AMAA Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2011. The red carpet event included spectacular live performances by famous Nigerian singers P-Square, Banky W, Flavour Nabania, Bayelsa State Cultural Troop, Khlena Demza, Kwelatebza (South Africa), Groove Magic (Malawi), Waje (Nigeria), Timi Dakolo (Nigeria) and comedians included AY Makun, G Bone and Funny Bone. Timi Dakolo's awesome song "Great Nation" got more applause than the national anthem of Nigeria as the audience gave him a well deserved standing ovation.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi" with Malawian beauties Flora Suya (in Afro), one of the nominees for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her movie "Last Fishing Boat" which won the AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack and Thelma.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima with Amaka Anioji at the 2013 AMAA Banquet hosted by Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson in the government house Yenagoa, Saturday night after the star studded event.
The beautiful fast rising Nollywood diva Amaka won the Most Outstanding Actress award at the 9th edition of the Abuja International Film Festival, beating established actresses like Ini Edo, Funke Akindele, Nse Etim-Ikpe, Uche Jombo among others for her leading role in Tope Oshin-Ogun's “Till Death Do Us Part” which shot her into the limelight.

The awards were presented by popular Nollywood stars and other celebrities; Doris Simeon, Brian Okwara, Beverly Naya, Ivie Okujaiye, Alex Ekubo, Lydia Forson, Femi Brainard, Jude Orhorha, Fathia Balogun, Uti Nwachukwu, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpota and President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Ibinabo Fiberesima.
The famous Mexican born American actor and director Mario Cain Van Peebles, son of film-maker Melvin Van Peebles known for his 1991 hit movie New Jack City was one of the invited special guests from Hollywood.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima with Kenneth Gyang.

Tom Rowlands-Rees and Kenneth Gyang, the producer, director and co-screenwriters of Confusion Na Wa with their two AMAA trophies.


Genre Social comedy-drama
Studio Cinema Kpatakpata
Starring Ramsey Nouah, Ali Nuhu, OC Ukeje
Directed By Kenneth Gyang
Written By Tom Rowlands-Rees and Kenneth Gyang
Produced By Tom Rowlands-Rees, Kenneth Gyang and Yinka Edward

The list of all the nominees and winners of the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards, Saturday April 20, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short Film

1. Dead River : Namibia
2. Elegy For A Revolutionary : South Africa
3. Yellow Fever : Kenya
4. Kwaku Ananse : Ghana - WINNER
5. Nhamo : Zimbabwe
6. Big Daddy : Nigeria
7. Release : South Africa
8. Burnt Forest : Kenya

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Documentary

1. Fuelling Poverty : Nigeria - WINNER
2. Gun To Tape : Kenya
3. Swimming The Zambezi : South Africa
4. Give Me Back My Home : Kenya
5. The African Cypher Fly On The Wall: South Africa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Feature

1. Against The Grain : United States
2. Between Friends: Trinidad / Tobago
3. Stones In The Sun : Haiti / United States - WINNER

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary

1. Fan Do Brasil : Guadeloupe / Brasil - WINNER
2. My Thiero Boys : United States
3. Red, White, Black And Blue : United States

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Animation

1. Tageni’s Dol : Namibia
2. Adventure Of Zambezia : South Africa - WINNER
3. Mission Impossible : Nigeria
4. Oba : Nigeria
5. Lion Of Judah : South Africa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film By An African Abroad

1. Turning Point : United States / Nigeria
2. Assasins Practice : United Kingdom / Nigeria
3. Last Flight To Abuja: United Kingdom / Nigeria - WINNER
4. Bianca : United States / Nigeria
5. Woolwich Boys : United Kingdom / Nigeria

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Production Design

1. Virgin Magarida
2. Elelwani/South Africa - WINNER
3. The Twin Sword
4. The Contract
5. Blood And Henna
6. Okoro The Prince

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Costume Design

1. Twin Sword
2. Elelwani
3. Virgin Magarida
4. Blood And Henna/Nigeria - WINNER
5. The Meeting
6. Cobweb

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Make:up

1. The Meeting/Nigeria - WINNER
2. Twin Sword
3. Elelwani
4. Ninah’s Dowry
5. Okoro The Prince
6. Uhlanga, The Mark

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack

1. Journey To Self
2. Okoro The Prince
3. The Last Fishing Boat/Malawi - WINNER
4. Hoodrush
5. Nairobi Half Life
6. The Twin Sword

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects

1. Okoro The Prince
2. The Twin Sword/Nigeria - WINNER
3. Elelwani
4. Last Flight To Abuja
5. Uhlanga, The Mark
6. Awakening

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Sound

1. Last Flight To Abuja
2. Streets Of Calabar
3. Hereos and Zeros
4. Zama Zama
5. Virgin Magarida
6. Nairobi Half Life/Kenya - WINNER

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Cinematography

1. Virgin Magarida
2. Nairobi Half Life
3. Uhlanga, The Mark/South Africa - WINNER
4. Swirl In Bamako
5. The Twin Sword
6. Elelwani

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing

1. Last Flight To Abuja
2. The Contract
3. Elelwani
4. Nairobi Half Life
5. Uhlanga The Mark
6. Hereos And Zereos/Nigeria - WINNER

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Lighting

1. Zama Zama
2. The Flower Girl
3. Moi Zaphira/Burkina Faso - WINNER
4. Elelwani
5. Uhlanga The Mark

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay

1. The Contract
2. Ninah’s Dowry
3. Hereos And Zereos/Nigeria - WINNER
4. Alan Poza
5. Blood And Henna
6. Zama Zama

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Nigerian Film

1. Blood And Henna
2. Hereos And Zereos
3. The Meeting
4.Confusion Na Wa/Nigeria - WINNER
5. The Twin Sword
6. Kokomma
7. Okoro The Prince

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film In An African Language

1. Moi Zaphira/Burkina Faso - WINNER
2. Elelwani : South Africa
3. The Last Fishing Boat : Malawi
4. Nairobi Half Life : Kenya
5. Blood And Henna : Nigeria
6. Sherifa : Togo
7. Kokomma: Nigeria

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Child Actor

1. Cobweb
2. The Ugandan/Uganda - WINNER
3. Imbabazi, The Pardon
4. Ninah’s Dowry
5. Swirl In Bamako
6. Salimatu Traore (moi Zaphira)

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Promising Actor and Actress

1. Belinda Effah : Kokomma/Nigeria - WINNER
2. Sumela Maculuva : Virgin Magarida
3. Joseph Wairimu : Nairobi Half Life/Kenya - WINNER
4. Shonelo Mbutho : Ulanga The Mark
5. Karoumwi Olakunle : The Twin Sword

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Supporting Role

1. Gabriel Afolayan : Hoodrush/Nigeria - WINNER
2. Ali Nuhu : Blood And Henna
3. Olwenya Maina : Nairobi Half Life
4. Alfred Atungu : Twin Sword
5. Ikponmwosa Gold : Confusion Na Wa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role

1. Hermelinda Cimela : Virgin Magarida/Mozambique - WINNER
2. Patience Ozokwo : Turning Point
3. Linda Ejiofor : The Meeting
4. Crista Eka : Ninah’s Dowry
5. Foluke Daramola : Cobweb

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role

1. Oc Ukeje : Alan Poza
2. Bimbo Manuel : Hereos And Zereos
3. Lindani Nkosi : Zama Zama
4. Justus Esiri : Assasins Practice/Nigeria - WINNER
5. Hlomla Dandala : The Contract
6. Femi Jacobs : The Meeting
7. Amurin Wumnembom : Ninah’s Dowry

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role

1. Yvonne Okoro : The Contract
2. Florence Masebe : Elelwani/South Africa - WINNER
3. Mariam Ouedraogo : Moi Zaphira
4. Rita Dominic : The Meeting
5. Mbutung Seikeh : Ninah’s Diary
6. Flora Suya : Last Fishing Boat

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director

1. Kenneth Gyang : Confusion Na Wah
2. Shemu Joyah : Last Fishing Boat
3. Shirley Frimpong Manso: Contract
4. Niji Akanni : Hereos And Zeroes/Nigeria - WINNER
5. David 'Tosh' Gitonga : Nairobi Half Life
6. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli : Elelwani

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film

1. Nairobi Half Life : Kenya
2. Ninah’s Dowry : Cameroon
3. Last Fishing Boat : Malawi
4. Virgin Margarida : Mozambique
5. Elelwani : South Africa
6. Last Flight To Abuja : Nigeria
7. Confusion Na Wa /Nigeria - WINNER
Special Jury Award - Ninah’s Dairy (Cameorun) 
 Lifetime Achievement Awards - Tunde Kelani | Chief Eddi Ugboma | Sir Ositadinma Okeke Oguno (Ossy Affason) | Ayuko Badu | Chief Pete Edochie.
Film/Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN).
Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood @ 20 - Emem Isong | Kanayo O. Kanayo | Kenneth Okonkwo.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

See Jurassic Park in 3D

15 Apr 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Jurassic Park 3D
Jurassic Park 3D
APRIL 23, 2013

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience one of the most influential films in motion-picture history with director Steven Spielberg's ultimate thrill ride Jurassic Park 3D. To commemorate the film's 20th anniversary, the epic blockbuster has been remastered with advanced 3D formatting that presents the Academy Award®-winning visual effects in a fashion that was unimaginable during the film's first release. Jurassic Park 3D will be available on Blu-ray™ 3D, a 2D version of the film on Blu-ray™, DVD, UltraViolet™ and Digital Download with an all-new 3D bonus feature on April 23, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


Based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park 3D stars Sam Neill (The Piano, The Hunt for Red October), Laura Dern (HBO's "Enlightened," Little Fockers), Jeff Goldblum ( Independence Day, The Switch) and Richard Attenborough (Elizabeth, The Great Escape) as they embark on a larger-than-life adventure that can now be experienced in 3D for a visceral in-home experience.

The 3D Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to view Jurassic Park 3D anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ 3D disc, a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

Blu-ray™ 3D features a stunning hi-def 3D pictures and 7.1 hi-def sound. It can be viewed with home theater systems that include a compatible 3D HDTV, a Blu-ray™ 3D player or PlayStation 3 and compatible glasses.
Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.
Digital Copy provides consumers with a choice of digital options to watch on devices such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android, computers and more.
UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.


The World of Jurassic Park 3D: In this 3D exclusive feature Steven Spielberg provides an in-depth look at the 3D conversion of Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park takes you to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, discover the breathtaking adventure you will want to experience again and again.

Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen
Screenplay By: Michael Crichton and David Koepp
Based on the Novel By: Michael Crichton
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards

Street Date: April 23, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61125857/ 61126579 (CDN)
Running time: 2 Hour, 07 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for intense science fiction terror
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English DTS Digital Surround 5.1, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

CONTACT : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Jennifer Black
Vice President - Publicity
(818) 777-0546

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Beyonce is Lending Her Voice for GOOD

15 Apr 2013 13:30 Africa/Lagos

Beyonce is Lending Her Voice for GOOD

Beyonce partners with Goodwill® to Transform Lives

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries International is pleased to announce that Beyonce Knowles-Carter will lend her voice to help raise awareness about Goodwill's mission of transforming lives through the power of work. The announcement comes just as Beyonce gets ready to kick off The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour today in Serbia.



"Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives," said Beyonce.

Beyonce will encourage fans to support Goodwill by promoting donation drives at her North American concerts beginning on Friday, June 28, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities, collecting clothing, electronics and small household goods. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwill agencies in their work to help people with disabilities and disadvantages, and anyone facing challenges to finding employment.

Beyonce will also help build awareness of Goodwill's mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site will auction special ticket packages for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, with the revenue benefitting Goodwill.

Every 38 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill is placed in employment. Goodwill promotes independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families. When people donate to their local Goodwill, they play a vital role in fulfilling this mission. Financial donations and the revenue generated from the sale of used goods helps to sustain skills training, career placement services and job opportunities, and support services such as career counseling, access to free tax preparation and financial coaching. Members of the public can do their part to support Beyonce's efforts by giving goods, giving financially, or giving their voice to increase awareness of Goodwill's mission of transforming lives through the power of work.

Beyonce will also support and advocate on behalf of other local charitable agencies involved in job creation and employment services during the overseas portion of her tour, to bring to light the importance of economic independence and an increased quality of life for those in need around the globe.

"We face a jobs crisis in the U.S. and around the world that threatens the future and the potential of our families and communities. Through Beyonce's platform, we will be able to increase knowledge of the positive impact Goodwill has on communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people we serve each year through education and skills training, many of whom have been unemployed or underemployed for long periods of time," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to Beyonce for her generous support of Goodwill and for showcasing Goodwill's far-reaching programs and services that change lives each day."

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America's top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than five million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

To find a Goodwill near you, use the online locator at, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl or @GoodwillCapHill, or find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

About Charitybuzz
Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world's most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $75 million for charity.

For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @Charitybuzz.

To learn more about the partnership, visit

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CONTACT: Goodwill Media Contact: Lauren Lawson-Zilai, (240) 333-5266,; Beyonce: Schure Media Contact: Yvette Noel-Schure, (212) 302-8400,

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ending Corruption in Nigeria: Every Help is Needed

12 Apr 2013 16:20 Africa/Lagos


BERLIN, 11 April 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Abuja, the capital of the oil rich nation Nigeria, a “planned city” built in the 1980s, is one of the wealthiest and most expensive capitals in Africa.

Very few Nigerians can afford living there. Shanty towns with mass poverty, high unemployment, and poor sanitation is a much more common environment for the vast majority of the population.

The reason for this? Weak governance and endemic corruption.

Nigeria's corruption troubles are well known. Graft is costing the federal government billions of dollars each year. It deprives ordinary citizens of basic services and exacerbates social problems like crime and insecurity. Because of a lack of effective and appropriate sanctions against offenders, many in Nigeria see corruption and embezzlement as risks that are worth taking.

Tackling corruption in Nigeria was the subject of a meeting in February, hosted by the Open Society Institute for West Africa.

The meeting provided an arena to discuss these issues and how Transparency International could support anticorruption efforts in Nigeria. Participants, a mix of activists, academics, and community leaders spoke hard truths: the magnitude of systemic corruption, the lack of adequate strategies and resources to confront corruption, and the need for a strong anticorruption movement in Nigeria. They stressed that TI could play a key role in amplifying local voices against corruption, strengthening advocacy capacity, and offering expertise and knowledge.

Soji Apampa from Integrity Nigeria strongly felt that Nigerian civil society organisations needed to learn from the wider anticorruption movement to make a stronger impact at home.

Yet, there were also reasons not to lose hope. The millions of Nigerians who took the streets in 2012 to protest removal of the fuel subsidy and poor management of oil revenues demonstrated that people from all walks of life were ready to speak up against corruption with a connected voice through rallies, strikes and technology.

For an organisation like Transparency International, this is good news. Empowered citizens can engage in the fight against corruption. From Kenya to Madagascar, this is what Transparency International chapters are doing. By giving a voice to victims and witnesses of corruption, educating the youth on integrity, and helping journalists expose graft, Transparency International works to ensure that everyone feels responsible for making change happen.

“Every help, big and small, is needed to succeed, and citizens should be part of the solution”, according to Auwal Musa Rafsanjani from the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre in Nigeria.

Change will not happen overnight in Nigeria. It will require collective resolve and decisive action.

Lilian Ekeanyanwu of the Technical Unit on Governance & Anti-Corruption Reform concluded that any serious effort to end corruption should focus both on “building public pressure and reforming institutions and professional bodies”.

Nigeria was ranked 139 out of 174 countries in the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index. Expectations are high that Transparency International will lend a helping hand. Transparency International stands ready to take this challenge and work with local stakeholders for a corruption-free Nigeria.

SOURCE : Transparency International

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

HBO's "MARY AND MARTHA" Premiere at the Carter Center on Tuesday, April 16

11 Apr 2013 19:00 Africa/Lagos

HBO And Malaria No More In Partnership With The Carter Center And Emory University's Institute For Developing Nations To Premiere "MARY AND MARTHA" At The Carter Center On Tuesday, April 16

Post-Screening Discussion on Malaria to Follow Screening


The invitation-only, Atlanta premiere of the HBO Film MARY AND MARTHA, presented by HBO and Malaria No More in partnership with the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program and Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations.

Oscar® winner Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby," "Boys Don't Cry") and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn ("Little Voice," "Secrets & Lies") star in HBO Films' MARY AND MARTHA, the story of two mothers who find a way to make a difference, one child at a time. Swank plays an American interior designer who takes her little boy on an extended trip to Africa; Blethyn is an English housewife whose own son heads to Africa as a volunteer. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), Frank Grillo ("End of Watch"), Lux Haney-Jardine ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") and James Woods (HBO's "Too Big To Fail") also star. Phillip Noyce ("Salt") directs from a script by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually").

Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria with approximately 90% of all reported cases. In Africa, one child in 10 dies from this preventable parasitic disease that kills one million people each year, mostly children. Malaria is transmitted from person to person by the female Anopheles mosquito, which bites only at night. The disease infects the human liver and red blood cells, causing high fevers and flu-like symptoms*.


The following are available for interviews:

• Paul Emerson, Ph.D., Co-director, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program and Director, the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program

• Amy Patterson, Ph.D., M.H.S., Assistant Director, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

• Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Ph.D., Director, Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations

Panel Discussants:

• Dr. Paul Emerson

• Dr. Mari Webel, Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies and in Global Health, Culture and Society, Emory University

• Dr. Sujatha Reddy, (moderator) -- Medical Correspondent, WXIA NBC 11 and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine


Tuesday, April 16, 2013:


On-site media interviews in green room


Reception in Ivan Allen III Pavilion


Screening in Cecil B. Day Chapel


Panel discussion on malaria


Coffee and Dessert Reception


The Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.


MARY AND MARTHA debuts exclusively on HBO on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and replays on World Malaria Day, April 25 and other dates in April and May. For more on the film, visit and @HBO #MARYandMARTHA.

About the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

Launched in 2007, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program today works in partnership with the national programs in Ethiopia and Nigeria—two of the world's most affected countries—to prevent and treat malaria as well as to develop a better understanding of how to fight the disease in the local context. Visit to learn more.

About Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations

Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) advances engaged scholarship in partnership with Carter Center programs that promote human rights and alleviate human suffering. By connecting the academic mission of Emory University with The Carter Center's work, IDN initiatives underscore the importance of knowledge to positive social transformation. IDN fosters collaboration among academics, practitioners and policy makers through support for research, learning, the open exchange of ideas and capacity building.

Advance phone and onsite interviews available
Media requests should be directed to : Valerie Harris, HBO,
404-966-2445 or

*Clip reels are available for broadcast media*

*Statistics courtesy of the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

/PRNewswire -- April 11, 2013/


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Technology Cannot Disconnect My Personal Relationship With You

Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives.
~ Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief at The Huffington Post Media Group.

Technology cannot disconnect me from my personal relationships.
I don't look at the computer at home after work. And this is my choice.
My laptop is my news desk or story board and not rendezvous. And cannot replace unwinding at the club or local pub.

From the street to the internet the heart still beats from our brains and not from our computers.

I don't blame technology for our distractions, but ourselves, because we made technology and technology did not make us and so like the light bulb, radio and TV, we can always turn it on or turn it off. What causes addiction to technology are not the tools and toys (gadgets), but our defeatism and escapism. Like blogging to me is another form of writing and social networking is the new Pen Pal. So, no matter how absorbing technology may be, you have the power to use it as a tool or a toy to even enhance your interpersonal communication and boost your intimate and corporate relationships with others and use technology to break down all barriers and limits of communication which is what we are doing here anyway and if we can get multiple orgasms from mobile phone sex, then technology cannot stop us from having our best life now. Man made the machine, the machine did not make man. Enjoy.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nigeria and 80 Other Developing Countries Are Lagging Behind in Science

Nigeria is among the following 81 science-lagging developing countries identified by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), for the advancement of science in developing countries.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Angola
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Belize
  6. Benin
  7. Bhutan
  8. Botswana
  9. Burkina Faso
  10. Burundi
  11. Cambodia
  12. Cameroon
  13. Cape Verde
  14. Central African Republic
  15. Chad
  16. Comoros Islands
  17. Congo, Dem. Rep.
  18. Congo, Rep.
  19. Côte d'Ivoire
  20. Djibouti
  21. Dominican Republic
  22. Ecuador
  23. El Salvador
  24. Equatorial Guinea
  25. Eritrea
  26. Ethiopia
  27. Gabon
  28. Gambia
  29. Ghana
  30. Guatemala
  31. Guinea-Bissau
  32. Guinea
  33. Guyana
  34. Haiti
  35. Honduras
  36. Indonesia
  37. Jamaica
  38. Kenya
  39. Kiribati
  40. Korea DPR
  41.  Kyrgyzstan
  42. Lao PDR
  43. Lesotho
  44. Liberia
  45. Madagascar
  46. Malawi
  47. Maldives
  48. Mali
  49. Mauritania
  50. Mongolia
  51. Mozambique
  52. Myanmar
  53. Nepal
  54. Nicaragua
  55. Niger
  56. Nigeria
  57. Papua New Guinea
  58. Paraguay
  59. Peru
  60. Rwanda
  61. Samoa
  62. São Tome and Principe
  63. Senegal
  64. Sierra Leone
  65. Solomon Islands
  66. Somalia
  67. South Sudan
  68. Sudan
  69. Suriname
  70. Tajikistan
  71. Tanzania
  72. Timor-Leste
  73. Togo
  74. Tuvalu
  75. Uganda
  76. Uzbekistan
  77. Vanuatu
  78. Vietnam
  79. Yemen
  80. Zambia
  81. Zimbabwe

About TWAS
TWAS is an autonomous international organization based in Trieste, Italy. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South.


Highly Recommended: The Elsevier Foundation, OWSD and TWAS Call for 2014 Chemistry Award Nominations for Early Career Women Scientists in Developing Countries.

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Friday, April 05, 2013

Josie Maran and Ian Somerhalder To Build A Sanctuary for Animals in 2013 Model Citizen Campaign.

Behind the scenes of the Model Citizen video shoot with Josie Maran.


Los Angeles, CA — April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/

THINK: Indulge yourself with chicological beauty essentials, and help build a safe haven for animals.

Josie Maran and Ian Somerhalder, 2013 Model Citizen Campaign.

WHAT IT IS: A limited-edition collection of Argan Oil bestsellers, the proceeds of which will benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and the ISF Animal Sanctuary. Swoon-worthy actor Ian Somerhalder, star of The Vampire Diaries, is the latest celebrity to partner with eco-maven Josie Maran on her Model Citizen campaign. In commemoration of Earth Day (Monday, April 22, 2013), Josie and Ian have created a limited-edition, Honey-Chamomile-Lavender scented collection of Argan Oil-infused beautifiers for face, hair, and body. The collection sales will help build the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and its Animal Sanctuary for abused animals. Josie embodies the definition of a model citizen, and, with her second annual Model Citizen campaign, she continues to prove that celebrating the good deeds of others is truly a beautiful thing.

Committed to providing a healing, educational journey for all living creatures, Ian is the perfect celebrity for Josie’s 2013 campaign. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) believes in the interconnectedness of all living things. By collaborating with other like-minded organizations, the foundation channels its efforts into transforming our planet for the better. ISF focuses on initiatives that preserve natural habitats, promote “greener” technologies, and protect our animal population.

With the help of friends like Ian who want to better our world, Josie is inviting each of her customers to be model citizens: Ten percent of the purchase price of every limited-edition set will be donated to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

The limited-edition collection contains a trio of Argan-infused bestsellers, scented with intoxicating Honey-Chamomile-Lavender oils and enhanced with a radiant, luminescent shimmer:

100% Pure Argan Oil + Radiance: A multi-purpose favorite, this shimmering luxe oil can be used as an ultra-nourishing moisturizer for the face, a conditioning treatment for split ends, or an all over body hydrator.
Argan Oil Hair Serum + Radiance: An ultra-replenishing treatment, this innovative, heat-protective serum instantly smoothes and repairs hair while also fighting frizz for long-lasting softness and radiant shine.
Whipped Argan Oil Illuminizing Body Butter: This velvety body butter soothes irritated, itchy patches, leaving behind touch-ably soft skin from head to toe. It offers intense hydration, delivering essential antioxidants and a hint of shimmer for supple, smooth, and radiant skin.

ABOUT ARGAN OIL: From her cult favorite tinted moisturizer to her must-have mascara, Josie Maran formulates products in her naturally luxe, chicological line with 100% Pure Argan Oil, Morocco’s legendary skin-soothing, complexion-clearing cure-all. An antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger, Argan Oil protects the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment. Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, Argan Oil has been shown to minimize fine lines, restore elasticity, improve skin tone, reduce inflammation and protect the skin. Gentle enough to use on all skin types, Argan Oil tones and firms as it hydrates and nourishes.


100% Pure Argan Oil + Radiance, $48
Argan Oil Hair Serum + Radiance, $30
Whipped Argan Oil Illuminizing Body Butter, $35

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

86 Investigative Journalists Discover 2.5 Million Secret Files

3 Apr 2013 23:05 Africa/Lagos

International Consortium Of Investigative Journalists Lifts Veil On Offshore World


WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a project of the Center for Public Integrity, released today its first of many reports from a 15-month investigation that cracks open the historically impenetrable world of offshore tax havens.

Drawing from a leaked trove of 2.5 million digital files, ICIJ led what may be the largest cross border journalism collaboration in history.

ICIJ's investigation opens the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con artists, and the mega-rich in more than 170 countries. Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze , ICIJ's largest investigative reporting project in its 15-year history, is available at

The stories released today by the ICIJ and its partner outlets around the world are the first installment in an ongoing series. An initial group of stories will run between April 3 and April 15, 2013 with more reporting to follow throughout the year as ICIJ and its partners continue the investigation.

"This investigation lifts the curtain on the offshore system and provides a transparent look into the secret world of tax havens and the individuals and companies that use and benefit from them," said Gerard Ryle, Director of the ICIJ. "We already knew how secret and inaccessible the offshore industry is, but we were surprised by how vast and far reaching it is. It draws its clients not only from the world's super-wealthy, but also from everyday professionals from all around the world."

The files identify the individuals behind the covert companies and private trusts based in the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands, Singapore and other offshore havens. They include American doctors and dentists and middle-class Greek villagers as well as Russian corporate executives, Eastern European and Indonesian billionaires, Wall Street fraudsters, international arms dealers and families and associates of long-time dictators.

Among the investigation's key findings:

Government officials and their families and associates in Azerbaijan, Russia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts.

The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.

Many of the world's top's banks – including UBS, Clariden and Deutsche Bank – have aggressively worked to provide their customers with secrecy-cloaked companies in the British Virgin Islands and other offshore hideaways.

A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.

Ponzi schemers and other large-scale fraudsters routinely use offshore havens to pull off their shell games and move their ill-gotten gains.

While reporting by the ICIJ and its partners shows that many users of offshore are engaged in legitimate transactions, the project team's investigations raise questions about the lack of transparency, lax law enforcement and illegal practices that are prevalent in the offshore world.

"This investigation was the most extensive in our history. It would not have been possible without the cooperation of our international partners," said Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity. "Because of the magnitude of this cross-border collaboration we are able to provide a window onto the offshore world, an important step toward bringing transparency and accountability to an industry that over the last several years has grown beyond regulation and control."

The collection of leaked information, totaling more than 260 gigabytes of data, includes corporate files, emails, account ledgers, and other records that show cash transfers, incorporation dates and links between individuals and companies. It is believed to be one of the largest collections of leaked data gathered and analyzed by journalists.

The files illustrate how offshore financial secrecy has spread aggressively around the globe, allowing the wealthy to avoid taxes, fueling corruption and economic woes in rich and poor nations. The current banking crisis in Cyprus is one example of how the offshore system can impact an entire country's financial stability.

The ICIJ worked with 86 investigative journalists from 46 countries and used data mining software and old fashioned shoe leather reporting to unveil the previously hidden but thriving world of fraud, tax dodging and political corruption.

To analyze the documents, ICIJ collaborated with journalists from The Guardian and the BBC in the U.K., Le Monde in France, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Germany , The Washington Post, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and 31 other media partners around the world.

The reporters and editors on the project team thoroughly fact-checked the data and cross-referenced it with other information, including court records, government reports and financial databases. Team members interviewed hundreds of experts, government officials, attorneys, offshore clients and other sources around the world.

Among the countries included in the data are: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

About the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is a global network of reporters who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories. Founded in 1997, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center's style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers. With 160 members in more than 60 countries, ICIJ is dedicated to investigating cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Backed by the Center and its computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, ICIJ reporters and editors provide real-time resources and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to journalists around the world.

About the Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent digital news organization specializing in original investigative journalism on significant public policy issues. Since 1990, the Washington, D.C.-based Center has released more than 500 investigative reports and 17 books to provide greater transparency and accountability of government and other institutions. It has received the George Polk Award and more than 50 other major journalism awards, including honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Online News Association, Overseas Press Club, Society of Environmental Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists.

SOURCE International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Center for Public Integrity

CONTACT: Emily Lenzner,, 202.997.7776; Maureen Higgins,, 202.207.3662

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

IMAX® & Los Angeles Times Offer Fans Early Hero Complex Screenings Of Universal Pictures' Oblivion

Oblivion is an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko.

In US theaters on April 19, 2013.

Worldwide release dates here

2 Apr 2013 15:00 Africa/Lagos

IMAX® & Los Angeles Times Offer Fans Early Hero Complex Screenings Of Universal Pictures' Oblivion


LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA), and Los Angeles Times today announced that the next feature in The Times' Hero Complex IMAX® Screening Series will be Universal Pictures' Oblivion . An interactive, live Q&A with Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski, moderated by Times film writer Rebecca Keegan, will follow the screening in the IMAX® theatre at New York City's AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on Monday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Oblivion opens nationwide on April 19, with special IMAX previews starting April 18 at 8:00 p.m. local time. 

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The post-screening Q&A will be simulcast via satellite to nine additional IMAX theatres in Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and Virginia Beach. The discussion will also stream live at the Hero Complex as well as IMAX's Facebook page. Audiences in all 10 cities and online viewers will be able to submit potential questions in real time via Twitter by using #oblivion.

Tickets and additional details will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on April 3 at Attendance is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We're excited to team up with our partners at Universal and Los Angeles Times for this exciting Hero Complex event – offering fans who are feverishly anticipating this cinematic spectacle an early way to connect with the film by speaking directly with Tom Cruise and Joe Kosinski," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "It will also allow audiences to experience the film the way in which it was intended to be seen – in IMAX."

"Whenever possible, we involve moviegoers in the fascinating world of filmmaking, and this Hero Complex event will bring fans into the breathtaking universe that Joe and Tom created with Oblivion," said Nikki Rocco, President of Distribution, Universal Pictures. "We offer our thanks to IMAX and Los Angeles Times for supporting this simulcast screening and join audiences across the country as we're transported into this fantastic adventure."

"Bringing together Oblivion, the 'wow' factor of IMAX theatres, Los Angeles Times' editorial expertise and a nationwide simulcast will create the kind of spectacle Hero Complex fans crave," said Times Executive Vice President, Advertising, Michael J. Tannourji. "The Times is pleased to collaborate with Hollywood in developing inventive experiences that engage and thrill audiences."

The IMAX presentation of Oblivion has been specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the entirety of the film. Exclusively in IMAX, this aspect ratio has been optimized to take advantage of the IMAX screen, allowing audiences to see more of the image and result in a full panorama of the action – further immersing them into the vast scale and scope of the film.

The award-winning Hero Complex debuted on in 2008 and has evolved to become the go-to resource for all things geek, covering every aspect of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and pop culture entertainment. Its Screening Series, presented by IMAX, kicked-off in 2010 with Kosinski's TRON: Legacy.

Oblivion has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.

Oblivion was shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2012, there were 731 IMAX theatres (598 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

About the Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.5 million and 2.6 million on Sunday, more than 23 million unique visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.1 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 131 years.

The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates also include The Envelope, Times Community News, and Hoy Los Angeles which, combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5.2 million or 39% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns California Community News , LLC, operates Tribune Direct LA, and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information please contact:

IMAX Corporation , New York
Ann Sommerlath

Los Angeles Times , Los Angeles
John Conroy

Entertainment Media:
Principal Communications Group , Los Angeles
Melissa Zukerman/Paul Pflug


IMAX Corporation – New York

Teri Loxam


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