Thursday, October 31, 2013

Twilight's 5th Anniversary and The Blu-Ray/Dvd Launch Of Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga


31 Oct 2013 18:10 Africa/Lagos


Exclusive New York Event Will Also Include Musical Performances, Fan Contests, Exclusive Prizes & Memorabilia Giveaways
Planet Hollywood Times Square's Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit Will Remain on Display Through End of the Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, and Planet Hollywood International revealed details today for the Twilight Forever Fan Experience taking place in New York on November 3 rd and 4th commemorating the fifth anniversary of The Twilight Saga's original theatrical debut and the eagerly anticipated November 5 th Blu-ray and DVD launch of Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga . The two-day event features guest appearances by Cullen family vampires Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), musical performances, fan contests and photo opportunities as well as exclusive prizes and memorabilia giveaways from the blockbuster franchise. After the official festivities end, The Twilight Forever Fan Experience lives on with the actual exhibit, a film props installation, remaining on display at Planet Hollywood Times Square through the end of the year.




"We are proud to present the Twilight Saga Fan Experience and the Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga Blu-ray and DVD set, honoring the people who made this fifth anniversary possible - the fans," said Nancy Kirkpatrick, Summit Entertainment President, Worldwide Marketing. "It is their enthusiasm for Bella and Edward's love story which fueled the saga over the years, and we look forward to bringing the Twilight family together to celebrate once more."

"We are thrilled to turn Planet Hollywood Times Square into Planet Twilight Forever and to work with our friends at Lionsgate and Summit on The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ," said Robert Earl, Planet Hollywood International, Inc. founder and Chairman. "We look forward to welcoming fans of the Twilight franchise from around the world to Planet Hollywood so they can have an up-close look at this fantastic collection of memorabilia from their most cherished movies."

As previously announced The Twilight Forever Fan Experience begins Sunday, November 3 rd with a marathon screening of all five films in Summit's Twilight Saga franchise, along with fan contests and chances to win exclusive prizes and Twilight memorabilia throughout the day. Doors open to guests starting at 9:00 a.m. at New York's Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cineplex (247 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036).

The Twilight Forever Fan Experience continues on Monday, November 4 th when guests get a chance to rub elbows with actors Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone as they unveil the new Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit at Planet Hollywood Times Square (1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036), which will remain on display through the end of the year. Starting at 6:00 p.m., fans will be treated to the first opportunity to see the Twilight props installation, a chance to interact with the Twilight cast and a musical performance by Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald, whose song, "All I Ever Needed," is featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack.

This is also the evening where the fans become the stars of The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ! For a chance to win exclusive prizes and memorabilia giveaways, guests are encouraged to dress up as characters from the Twilight Saga -- perhaps as a vampire, a werewolf or as the heroine bride of everyone's favorite immortal love story -- for special fan events (subject to change), including crowning The Twilight Forever Fan Experience ULTIMATE TWILIGHT FAN, a TWILIGHT CHARACTER LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST and more!

Attendance for The Twilight Forever Fan Experience is open to the public on a first come, first served basis. More information and additional contest details are available at and Below is the timeline of events (appearances and times subject to change):

Sunday, November 3 – Twilight Forever Fan Experience Marathon


Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 Cineplex, 247 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036

Doors open at 9:00 AM
Films include:

Twilight (122 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (130 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (124 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition (124 minutes)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (115 minutes)

Monday, November 4 – Twilight Forever Fan Experience Exhibit Launch

Planet Hollywood Times Square, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Doors open at 6:00 PM


Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, a musical performance by Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald

Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga encompasses all five films, over 2 hours of brand new exclusive content and over 10 hours of every special feature ever created for the multi-billion dollar franchise. The ultimate collector's set, this is an immersive experience for every Twilight fan to recapture and relive the most epic romance of the century. Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga is available as a 10-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) set for the suggested retail price of $74.99, and as a 12-disc DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) set for $64.98, both debuting November 5, 2013 from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. For artwork, please visit

About THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series

THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story Twilight, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was released November 20, 2009, followed by the third installment The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on June 30, 2010. The final two installments, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, were released on November 18, 2011 and November 16, 2012 respectively. All films, which together grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, were written by Melissa Rosenberg based on the novels in author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 30 television shows on 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville , the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series Orange Is The New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Planet Hollywood


Planet Hollywood International, Inc. is the creator and worldwide developer of a consumer brand that capitalizes on the universal appeal of movies, television, sports, music and other leisure-time activities. The Company's worldwide operations offer products and services in the restaurant, retail, resort, leisure and entertainment sectors.

Planet Hollywood Times Square is the company's New York Flagship and is headquarters for great food and drink, stylish merchandise, authentic and unique Hollywood memorabilia and exclusive celebrity appearances. Open daily from 11:30am until 11pm Sunday thru Thursday and 11:30 am until midnight on Friday and Saturday, Planet Hollywood Times Square is located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. For more information visit like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter @planethollywood.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Sandler
Heather Forziati & Annalee Paulo
310.477.4442 &

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Movie Poster of the Month: IMAX The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oh no! Miley Cyrus is the Celebrity Zombie of the Halloween!

29 Oct 2013 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Can you Recognize the Celebrity Zombie?
A New update for PuzzleFace App Arrives to the Apple AppStore Just in Time For Halloween!

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oh no! Miley Cyrus, Simon Cowell, Barack Obama and Albert Einstein have suddenly all been turned into zombies….just in time for Halloween! A new category in Puzzleface, the App that challenges you to recognize your favorite celebs before your opponent beats you to it, The Halloween Zombie-face update is here now!

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Available as a free download at The AppStore (, the game pits two or more players in successive matches that challenge them to recognize the celebrity being unveiled piece-by-piece right before their eyes! There are ghoulish twists and turns in every round, as the pictures slowly become more and visible.

The winner of the round is whoever guesses the celebrity in the least amount of time -- and gets rewarded with valuable coins. The coins unlock potential hints and shortcuts by either revealing more of the zombie face or using your 50/50 option to eliminate choices until the answer is revealed. Your coins can also buy you extra time for guessing.

If you'd like to make the competition a bit more "social" you can log on with your Facebook account and take on those on your friends list.

Available in multiple categories including movie stars, sports icons, animals, business, modern music, TV stars, NFL and landmarks among others, the Zombie category is sure to make this a fantastic Halloween!.

About Planet of The APPs

Planet of the Apps is a design, development, and marketing shop creating and facilitating casual and social gaming using mobile platforms. Founded by a group of tech-savvy gamers whose aim is to create adventurous, intellectually challenging and fun opportunities for competition and learning, Planet of the Apps is fun for all ages.

In addition to making great games, Planet of the Apps provides mobile-related services that include conceptualization, design, development and marketing of mobile applications and promotional apps.

Scott Eisenstein
212 297 2762

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top 20 Films at Independent Box Office, October 18-20, 2013

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CAPTURING OSWALD Provides New Insight Into JFK's Assassination

File:Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby as Oswald is being moved by police.

28 Oct 2013 15:56 Africa/Lagos

Military Channel's CAPTURING OSWALD Provides New Insight Into JFK's Assassination from the Men Responsible for Capturing Lee Harvey Oswald, Including Jim Leavelle - a.k.a. "The Man in the White Stetson"
-- Co-Produced by Alan Martin and Kate Griendling, Granddaughter of Jim Leavelle, CAPTURING OSWALD Premieres on the Military Channel on Tuesday, November 12 at 10/9c -

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, retired homicide detectives and officers from the Dallas Police Department (DPD) break their silence about the events of November 22, 1963, in the Military Channel's all-new documentary CAPTURING OSWALD. Many of them haven't spoken publicly in years about the tragic events which unfolded on that fateful day but now, for the first time ever, they come together to provide a collective, detailed account of the DPD investigation that had JFK's alleged assassin in custody within 90 minutes of the shooting. These deeply personal accounts of the tumultuous 48 hours following JFK's untimely death are the focus of CAPTURING OSWALD, a powerful one-hour documentary premiering Tuesday, November 12 at 10/9c only on the Military Channel. Co-produced by Kate Griendling, the granddaughter of Jim Leavelle, who was the detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot him, CAPTURING OSWALD provides unique access and a fresh perspective on the all-out manhunt for Kennedy's killer.

"The heroism displayed by the Dallas Police Department during one of the most defining moments in our country's recent history is often overshadowed by political conspiracies," said Kevin Bennett, General Manager of Investigation Discovery and Military Channel. "CAPTURING OSWALD takes a hard look at the facts, explaining what really happened in the minutes, hours and days after Kennedy's assassination through the eyes of the local law enforcement officers on the ground and in the streets of Dallas. Without the help of modern technology, these detectives and officers were able to put into play some of the most brilliant police work our nation has ever seen, and Military Channel is honored to tell their entire side of the story for the first time."

In just 88 minutes, the Dallas Police Department had solved the crime of the century – detaining Lee Harvey Oswald. Yet, suspicions of a second gunman and possible espionage left the department's reputation tarnished. Through the collective participation of five former DPD officers and detectives essential to the manhunt, along with key eyewitnesses, experts and journalists, CAPTURING OSWALD reveals a detailed timeline of events from the first shot fired at Kennedy to the last shot fired at Oswald.

Often referred to as "The Man in the White Stetson," Jim Leavelle was handcuffed to Oswald when the suspect was unexpectedly shot and killed by Jack Ruby, amid the media chaos trying to catch a glimpse of JFK's alleged assassin. Photos from this horrific moment are etched into the collective memory of the Kennedy assassination. In an intimate interview for CAPTURING OSWALD, Leavelle recalls details of Oswald's first interrogation as well as his final moments while en route to the hospital after being shot. He even admits to telling his captain that he thought it was a bad idea to escort Oswald through the basement and throngs of reporters, and recalls his captain's response: "If you're so concerned Jim, you escort him."

Paul McCaghren, a lieutenant assigned to the pre-planning team that was charged with securing the president's motorcade, faults several federal agencies for withholding information from the DPD —including Oswald's identity, threats he made against the United States, and the fact that his place of employment was on the parade route.

Elmer Boyd was one of the first detectives to search the Texas School Book Depository. In CAPTURING OSWALD, Boyd recalls the initial search of the depository and one officer's brief run-in with the then unknown suspect Lee Harvey Oswald.

In addition to Leavelle, McCaghren and Boyd, CAPTURING OSWALD features interviews with the following principals:

Hugh Aynesworth, Reporter, Dallas Morning News
Jim Ewell, Reporter (Ret.), Dallas Morning News
John Brewer, Witness and Shoe Store Manager
Jimmy W. Courson, Motorcycle Officer (Ret.), Dallas Police Department
Ray Hawkins, Investigator (Ret.), Dallas Police Department
Jack Davis, Detective (Ret.), Dallas Police Department
Temple Bowley, Witness and Dallas Citizen
Dave Perry, JFK Assassination Consultant
Oliver "Buck" Revell, Associate Deputy Director (Ret.), FBI

CAPTURING OSWALD makes its world premiere debut on Military Channel on Tuesday, November 12 at 10/9c , with an encore presentation on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Friday, November 22 at 10/9c .

CAPTURING OSWALD is produced for Military Channel by Discovery Studios with Kate Griendling and Alan Martin as writers and co-producers, and Michael Masland as executive producer. For Military Channel, Max Culhane is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.

About Discovery Studios
Discovery Studios is the full-service production house within Discovery Communications, the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 2 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery Studios is dedicated to satisfying curiosity by developing and producing innovative, high-quality original programming in any format on any platform. For more information visit:

About Military Channel

The Military Channel brings viewers compelling, real-world stories of valor, heroism, and courage from pivotal moments in American history, whether they were on the battlefield, in popular culture, or behind closed doors. Currently available in more than 62 million homes, the network incorporates the best state-of-the-art CGI animation, never-before-seen footage, and gripping interviews to offer in-depth explorations of the armed forces as well as seminal world events and iconic figures that shaped our nation's history, including the Cold War, the struggle for Civil Rights, and the Space Race. For more information, please visit,, or Military Channel is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.

Please visit the Press Website at for additional press materials, online screeners, and photography.

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CONTACT: Reenie Kuhlman, 240-463-5068, or Erin Griffin, 202-316-9707,

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Production Starts On Neill Blomkamp's Chappie Movie

Neill Blomkamp.

28 Oct 2013 19:00 Africa/Lagos

Sony Pictures Entertainment And MRC Announce Start Of Production On Chappie

CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have begun production in Johannesburg, South Africa on Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and MRC. Chappie is co-produced and co-financed by Sony Pictures and MRC; the film will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

Blomkamp will direct Chappie from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. Blomkamp's latest film with MRC and Sony Pictures, Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, which Blomkamp wrote and directed and also produced with Bill Block and Simon Kinberg, has grossed an estimated $283M worldwide to date.

After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret.

Hannah Minghella and Rachel O'Connor will oversee Chappie for Sony; Brye Adler will oversee for Media Rights Capital.

About MRC:
Media Rights Capital (MRC) is a leading independent film and television studio, specializing in the creation of premium entertainment content in partnership with the industry's foremost creative talent and distributors. In film, MRC has financed and produced 16 films distributed by Universal, Sony and Warner Bros., as well as leading international distributors. Ted is currently the #1 highest grossing R-rated original comedy of all time worldwide. In television, MRC's projects have been licensed to a number of broadcast and cable networks including ABC, HBO, Netflix, Lifetime, Comedy Central and CBS. MRC's latest series, "House of Cards," won 3 Emmy® awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series. For additional information, visit

About Sony Pictures:
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to

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CONTACT: For Sony Pictures Entertainment: Todd Kaplan, (310) 244-2505,; or For Media Rights Capital: Megan Duzi, (212) 843-9354,

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Maria," the Young Child Found Living In the Roma Camp in Greece

Greece's Mystery Girl's Mother Found.

25 Oct 2013 15:00 Africa/Lagos

Statement By Ernie Allen On The Global Effort To Identify "Maria," The Young Child Found Living In The Roma Camp In Greece

Why Her Story Has Become So Important

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children issues the following statement.

"The publicity surrounding the discovery of the little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl called "Maria" in the Roma camp in Greece has brought hope to tens of thousands of parents around the world who have children that are still missing. However, her story is about more than one child. Little Maria has become a symbol of a larger problem – the well being of millions of children.

Maria was found resulting from the quick actions of law enforcement in Greece. Her extraordinary story has prompted a worldwide effort to determine who she is, where her family is and whether she is an abducted or trafficked child. Her story has awakened a global audience and she has millions of people anticipating the resolution of her mystery. The search for her identity is providing hope for many others as thousands of searching parents of other missing children are hoping that their child might still be out there and recoverable.

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, (ICMEC), commends the quick actions that were taken by law enforcement in the region of Larissa, Greece that led to the discovery of little Maria. While the search goes on, the Greek Public Prosecutor removed Maria from the Roma camp and she is now being housed and cared for in a Smile of the Child facility in Greece.

Working with national authorities, The Smile of the Child is leading the global effort to identify this little girl. The Smile of the Child is an extraordinary organization that provides services to children in crisis. The organization is also a partner of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. The President of The Smile of the Child, Costas Yannopoulos, is a member of the ICMEC Board of Directors and was the driving force behind the creation of the Southeastern European Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We are proud of the work our dear friend and colleague, Costas Yannopoulos and The Smile of the Child is doing, as well as the efforts of another ICMEC partner, Missing Children Europe.

An estimated 8 million children are reported missing each year around the world. Another 2 million children will be victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The discovery of Maria reinforces the important role law enforcement plays in discovering these child victims.

To address the unique issues surrounding international abductions and child sexual exploitation, ICMEC provides advice, training and support to governments, policy makers, law enforcement, prosecutors, industry, civil society and others across the globe. ICMEC has built a Global Missing Children's Network which currently includes 22 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws on child pornography.

Together with our partners at The Smile of the Child and Missing Children Europe, we urge people everywhere to look at the photo of Maria, provide any information they might have to authorities and help us identify her and bring her home."

About the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is the leading agency working internationally to combat child abduction sexual abuse and exploitation. The organization has built a Global Missing Children's Network of 22 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws on child pornography, ICMEC works in partnership with INTERPOL, the Organization of American States and the Hague Conference on Private International Law among others. For more information about ICMEC, please visit

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Bombay Sapphire Gin Announces Four Winners of the Imagination Series: Film Competition

Bombay Sapphire Gin Announces Four Winners Of The Imagination Series: Film Competition; Public To Vote For A Fifth Winner
Four filmmakers have won the chance to have their imagination made into a film
The public gets the chance to vote for a fifth film by visiting

LONDON, October 24, 2013, PRNewswire – BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, the world’s fastest-growing major gin brand by volume and value1, in association with Tribeca Film Festival®, today announced the four winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition. The competition offers budding filmmakers the chance to realise their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher.

Now in its second year, Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher assembled a cross section of imaginative heavy weights from the world of film to judge the entries, which featured Academy Award® winning actor, Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill, who between them selected nine films for their originality and imagination.

Geoffrey Fletcher - Imagination Series Judging.

The winners are:

Anthony Khaseria, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Reflections’

Maite Fernandez, a bookseller and comedian from Spain, for her film ‘Grafitti Area’

Chris Cornwell, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Exit Log’

Kiara Jones, a film student from the U.S., for her film ‘The Other Side of the Game’

Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher commented on the competition: “At a time when it’s difficult for new voices and creative visions to find funding and broad exposure, Bombay Sapphire is providing a platform and launch pad for new stories to be told on screen. We hope the films we create inspire audiences and are as resonate as they are imaginative."

Academy Award winner Adrien Brody said, “The range of creativity of the entries we received to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition this year was vast, making it extremely difficult to distil into only four winners. Regardless, I hope for many it was a motivational experience and I believe we’ve uncovered some exciting new talent who we hope will go on to make an impact within the film industry. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how we bring the winners imaginations to life through film on the big screen in April.”

With imagination at the heart of both Bombay Sapphire and filmmaking, the competition looks to explore endless creativity and the brand’s belief in the power of imagination and that it can take you anywhere.

Bombay Sapphire Global Marketing Manager Luca Vescovini added: “We are committed to sparking people’s imagination and uncovering new talent through the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition. It’s exciting to see how the Imagination Series has grown and after only two years it has almost doubled its entries receiving more than 1,300 submissions from 68 countries across the world.”

Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, commented on the association with Bombay Sapphire: "It’s great to partner with a brand who embraces creativity and imagination in the same way we do. The Imagination Series, fuelled with the passion and support of the Bombay Sapphire team provides a great opportunity for the discovery of new storytellers.”

Starting today, Bombay Sapphire is giving members of the general public the chance to vote for a fifth film to be made through its open vote selection. By visiting a vote can be cast, with the winning film announced on 14 November 2013.

The wild cards are:

Karen Pessina, Italy – ‘Tea Time’ is a thriller involving two men who pull over with a flat tire. When they seek help at a nearby house, an old lady offers them tea and muffins. One suddenly drops dead after eating a poisoned muffin. His partner is reunited with the old lady.

Allyson Morgan, USA – ‘Need for Speed (Dating)’ is a comedy about two friends that attend a speed dating event. They face a gaggle of unsavory guys one after the other and begin to think that all hope is gone. Fate intervenes and they each find a great match somewhat closer to home.

Giles Borg, UK – ‘The Search’ is a drama about a man who fears he’s the last man left on earth. He employs an old computer terminal, BOB, to scan CCTV footage for other signs of life. BOB finds other humans but, being lonely himself, does not tell John, who leaves, hopeless.

Effie Woods, UK – ‘Cutie Pie’ is a comedy about a man, Peter, who returns home to find he has been bought an adorable kitten by Maggie. Peter wants Maggie to return it when the kitten destroys the house. Despite their efforts to shake off the little monster, it continues to haunt them.

Hiroshi Momose, Japan – ‘The Value of Freedom’ is an animation set in the zoo. Two birds look out through bars at the sky beyond. One bird enlists help to escape the confines of the cage. Choosing to fly off into the unknown, the other bird chooses to stay, reassured by what it knows.

The winners will now participate in producing and directing their own individual films, which will be premiered in early 2014. To see the winners and hear more about their films and experiences during the production process visit


Bombay Sapphire the world’s fastest growing major gin brand by volume and value1. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion which results in the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® – Infused with imagination™

Bombay Sapphire aims to inspire people into expanding their minds, thinking differently to reveal more about themselves and their Imaginations. The team at Bombay Sapphire believes everyone has imagination and therefore aims to give everyone the opportunity to be inspired, and to infuse their imagination with Bombay Sapphire.

For further information please contact:
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

"American Hustle," by David O. Russell, to be honored with the "Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards"

17 Oct 2013 16:45 Africa/Lagos

"American Hustle," by David O. Russell, to be honored with the "Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards"

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "American Hustle," the new film directed by David O. Russell, will be honored with the Hollywood Costume and Production Design Awards, it was announced today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. The honor will be bestowed to Michael Wilkinson and Judy Becker, costume designer and production designer of the film, respectively, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Commenting on the announcement, de Abreu said, "As David O. Russell does so well, 'American Hustle' focuses on the emotional lives of characters who are conning each other, but also conning themselves as they remake themselves in classic American fashion. For this film, Judy Becker and Michael Wilkinson have created the perfect backdrop for these characters with an authentic and glamorous vision of the 1970s, its spaces and clothes, also manage to look entirely original on the screen. We're thrilled to be honoring Judy and Michael with these awards."

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers, and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.

The 2013 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will be honoring the prolific and legendary producer Jerry Weintraub with the Hollywood Legend Award, Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year's Hollywood Career Achievement Award, actor Matthew McConaughey with the Hollywood Actor Award, Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Hollywood Actress Award, Oscar®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, Academy Award®-winning actress Julia Roberts with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award, actor Jared Leto with the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award for "Dallas Buyers Club," actress Lupita Nyong'o with the New Hollywood Award for "12 Year A Slave," director Lee Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award, director Steve McQueen with the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, producer Michael De Luca with the Hollywood Producer Award, and screenwriters Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater with the Hollywood Screenwriter Award. Other honorees include director Dan Scalon for "Monsters University" with the Hollywood Animation Award, and the movie "Pacific Rim" for visual effects.

Last year's awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.

The work of Michael Wilkinson includes the hit films 300 and Tron: Legacy; Wilkinson was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award and a Saturn Award for both projects. Previously, Wilkinson won the Saturn Award for Zack Snyder's widely praised action thriller Watchmen, and was nominated for the CDG Award for his contemporary designs seen in the international ensemble drama Babel. Wilkinson's most recent work includes the costumes for Man of Steel and Darren Aronofsky's epic re-imagining of the biblical Noah. Wilkinson's additional film credits include Sucker Punch, Terminator Salvation, Jonah Hex, The Nanny Diaries, Friends with Money, Party Monster, American Splendor, and Garden State. For television, Wilkinson designed the HBO project "Luck," directed by Michael Mann. Earlier in his career, Wilkinson worked as a design assistant for such films as The Wachowski Brothers, The Matrix, and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. Beyond film, Wilkinson's theater work includes award-winning costume designs for the Sydney Theater Company, Opera Australia, the Australian Dance Theater, Radio City Hall, and the Ensemble Theatre. He has also works in special events, having created hundreds of designs for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Judy Becker is a frequent collaborator with David O. Russell, including on The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. Amongst the numerous accolades she received for The Fighter was the Art Directors Guild Nomination for Excellence in Production Design. She has worked with some of today's most acclaimed directors, including with Todd Haynes on I'm Not There, with Ang Lee on Brokeback Mountain, and with Lynne Ramsay on We Need to Talk About Kevin. Becker has served as production designer on many other notable films, including Zach Braff's Garden State, Steve McQueen's Shame, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Ruby Sparks. Becker received an Art Directors Guild Award for her design of Lena Dunham's groundbreaking HBO show "Girls."

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, "American Hustle" defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. The film is directed by David O. Russell, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, and Megan Ellison.

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Award-Winning Documentary 'Call Me Kuchu' on Gay Activism in Uganda Screening in West Hollywood

18 Oct 2013 20:04 Africa/Lagos

Award-Winning Documentary 'Call Me Kuchu' Spotlights LGBT Activism amid Brutal Persecution in Uganda at Upcoming Screening in West Hollywood

Filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright to join celebrated Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha for panel discussion and reception after the film

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The David Kato Vision & Voice Award has partnered with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), and the City of West Hollywood to co-sponsor an upcoming screening of the critically acclaimed film, "Call Me Kuchu." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright, as well as celebrated Ugandan LGBT activist Frank Mugisha, recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, who is featured in the documentary.


Named as a potential Oscar contender by both The Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire, "Call Me Kuchu" follows Uganda's first openly gay man, David Kato, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo as they work against the clock to defeat an "Anti-Homosexuality Bill," inspired in part by American evangelical missionaries. As they work to combat the Bill, which proposes death for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual, they must also fight vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. "Call Me Kuchu" is a stirring portrait of human courage in the face of insurmountable odds.

Since premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, "Call Me Kuchu" has received more than 20 awards, including the prestigious Teddy Award in Berlin, and was selected as a New York Times Critics' Pick following its theatrical release in the US earlier this year. Both the Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire Magazine have named the film as a potential Oscar contender for the documentary category. The film and the activists it follows have also received praise from human rights advocates worldwide, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "The hardest work is done by local activists like those you will see in this film," Mr. Ban said in a public statement. "To them I want to say: You are an inspiration to me."

This screening is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations will be collected to support the David Kato Vision & Voice Award (DKVVA), which is awarded annually to an individual who demonstrates courage and outstanding leadership in advocacy for the sexual rights of LGBT people in hostile environments. Founded in commemoration of David Kato's life and work, the DKVVA provides recipients with $10,000 to further their efforts to advance LGBT rights in their own communities. Past recipients of the award include Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson and Ali Erol, founder of the Turkish advocacy organization Kaos GL.

More information about the film can be found on the "Call Me Kuchu" website at . More information about the David Kato Vision & Voice Award can be found on the DKVVA website at .

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Friday, October 18, 2013

There Are Many African Filmmakers, But There Are No African Cinemas

‘There are many African filmmakers, but there no African cinemas’
The need for an independent net of distribution and for an alternative funding, key aspects of the first FCAT Espacio Professional

Córdoba, 15th October 2013. FCAT Espacio Profesional, a spaced conceived for the critical debate on African cinemas, has started today at the African Film Festival of Cordoba. The activity has consisted of a twofold panel – on the one hand, the presentation of the book Les cinémas d'Afrique dans les années 2000 by the expert on African Film Criticism, Olivier Barlet; and a round table with African filmmakers and Barlet himself revolving around the present of African cinemas.

Olivier Barlet, has been accompanied by Carlos Domínguez, director of FCAT Espacio Profesional, eager to prompt the translation and publication of this book, into Spanish, firstly and secondly, in English; María Sylveyro, Head of the Editorial Ocho y Medio in Spain, who has stated that the idea of Ocho y Medio is to have this book published into Spanish by this date next year; and Marion Berger, FCAT Curator, who has highlighted from the book the questioning of the Western thoughts on Africa and the dynamism of the notions revolving around Africa. Olivier Barlet is one of the most prolific and relevant film critics specialized in the cinemas of Africa, as well as a key promoter of the film critic profession and genre in Africa. According to him, Les cinémas d'Afrique dans les années 2000, is a book following Mbembe’s idea of Europe not being the centre of the world any longer. ‘Africa teaches us how to understand the world, since Africa has already encountered the other, and they are used to the unexpected. Their capacity of action is very different and can teach the Western world a lot’, Barlet has stated. The book, whose departing points are not Western but Africans, has two aims – to understand the world and to learn about cinema.

In addition to Olivier Barlet, the second panel has hosted some of the most relevant experts on this field to discuss the current situation of African cinemas. Among them, South African filmmaker, Arya Lalloo, whose documentary film Jeppe on a Friday (2012) is in the official selection of FCAT Cordoba 2013; Algerian filmmaker, Lamine Ammar Khodja, and Senegalese filmmaker William M’baye, whose documentary film Président Dia (2012) is also lined up for the official selection of this festival. The panel has revolved around the need for finding new ways of funding both popular cinema and ‘cinéma d’ateur’ and for finding a solution to the lack of distribution that most of African countries are experiencing today.

“There are many African filmmakers, but there are no African cinemas”

Ousmane William M’ Baye, director of the documentary film Président Dia (2012, 54’), has provoked the very engaged audience and speakers at FCAT Espacio Profesional, by stating – ‘There are many African filmmakers, but there are no African cinemas’. M’Baye was referring to the presence of worldwide acclaimed filmmakers, that are usually framed as ‘African’, but the lack of exhibition of African cinemas in the continent. In the end, African films are screened elsewhere in European film festivals. This statement has very much entailed with Barlet’s reflection on the digital era, where Africans can easily create their own films, as ‘the image has always been a key aspect for communications in Africa’. However, there is not a learning process on this image and thus, the resulting images can be highly problematic and misrepresentative of Africa’. M’baye has claimed ‘an aesthetical wave in Africa, which is how we should respond to crisis’. In this way, the contribution of Arya Lalloo have been of great relevance, as she has highlighted the importance of ‘audience participation’, so we answer to the questions of ‘what cinema are we doing and for whom? There have been many changes, but the solution in cinema must be addressed through the film language itself’. This is why cinema as a mirror is not as relevant any more as cinema as a reflection. The South African filmmaker has highlighted the importance of a creation of an alternative circuit, as today the reason for the large number of co-productions is the lack of funding for independent creations.

The need for an independent distribution network

Algerian filmmaker, Lamine Ammar Khodja, shared as well his concern of the lack of distribution in Africa in general and in Algeria, in particular, where ‘there is just a State cinema with over 100 films per year, yet where people do not watch independent cinemas’. This is a frustrating situation, according to him, that could be solved if the State leave cinema for filmmakers, and engaged in the promotion of a fluid net for the ways of funding those cinemas.

Finally, Olivier Barlet has demanded as well the need for the co-existence of the duality popular cinema and cinema d’auteur – ‘The filmmaker must think of the artistic side of his work’. Barlet explained that the creation of new cinemas has nothing to do with the success regarding audience. For instance, in Chad there was a creative boom, a very big cinema was build up in the capital, but it barely gathered 21 spectators per day. He indicated as possible solutions the creation of schools of cinema and Film Reviews magazines in order to mobilise the audiences.

Further panels at FCAT Espacio Profesional 2013

FCAT Espacio Profesional will be running until Friday the 18th of October, every morning at Casa Árabe. Tomorrow, the panel will be aimed at women, with Arya Lalloo, Laurence Attali (filmmaker and producer from France/Senegal), Latifa El Berki (Moroccan producer) and Narimane Mari (Algerian-French filmmaker and producer) chaired by Guadalupe Arensburg, author specialist in African films.

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‘The future of African cinema lies on reinventing smart cinema’

The online distribution platform cements its collaboration with the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT, offering five titles from the 18th October
Cordoba, 18th October 2013. The professional forum at the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT, known as FCAT Espacio Profesional, has given voice today to the filmmakers of emerging projects aimed at the online distribution. The round table, ‘An outlook on the audiovisual sector in Africa’, has started with an outlook of the history of African film festivals, the relation with festivals and the digital, and the capacity of the festivals of building audiences and allowing the existence and distribution of African films. These points, supported by Dr Lindiwe Dovey, founder of London Film Africa, and professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (U. London). This panellist has been followed by Enrico Chiesa, director of, who has been contributing to the festival since the foundation of the online site in 2011. Chiesa has explained that they have just launched an initiative consisting on providing audiences with a series of films taken from the FCAT film archive. This initiative, that will start on the 18th of October, dovetailing with the closing and awards ceremony of the festival, will allow audiences to stream and watch these films in their own computers. ‘African film must enjoy the great advantages of the new ITCs in order to meet the enormous audience’, Enrico Chiesa has stated. The VoD (Video on Demand) site, funded by the ACP States and the European Union, aimed at promoting the African film sector and the cooperation among professionals in Africa, Spain and beyond. The project, based in Dakar, is also available in Mali and France, other than in Senegal. During his speech, the director of has highlighted the importance of reinventing smart cinema to prompt a popular cinema.

The five selected films to be provided out of charge to the surfers for a week are Ezra, by Nigerian filmmaker Newton I. Aduaka; the German-Kenyan coproduction Soul Boy, by Hawa Essuman; Surfing Soweto, by Sara Blecher; Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry, by Cheik Fantamady Camara, screened at the festival; and Jimmy Dakar Soul, by Marina Aguirre and David García, an international premier at FCAT Cordoba 2013.
However, is not the only one aimed at the online distribution of African cinemas. The round table has also counted on Russell Southwood, who has presented Smart Monkey Tv , a Youtube channel linked to Balancing Act, an online site devoted to information and communication of African issues and cultures. Southwood has shared Chiesa’s point on the necessity of enjoying the new tools, such as the smartphone, which has become the “medium of choice in Africa”.
FCAT Espacio Profesional concludes today with the forum of production and co-production in Africa and Spain. The festival will celebrate its closing and awards ceremony this evening, revealing the five winners out of the 27 films on competition.

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Sudan and Spain Together for the Creation of the First Image for the FCAT

Sudan and Spain together for the creation of the first image for the FCAT

A Spanish production company captures the process of creation of the FCAT poster made by the Sudanese painter Dar Al Naim Mubarak Carmona.

Dar Al Naim Mubarak Carmona.

Cordoba, 4th October 2013. The Sudanese-Spanish artist Dar Al Naim Mubarak Carmona has featured the first image of the tenth anniversary of the African Film Festival of Cordoba, contributing with her painting to the creation of the poster.

Dar Al Naim Mubarak Carmona and Mane Cisneros (FCAT Director).

The 10th African Film Festival of Cordoba will start in a week with over 66 screenings, filmmakers and producers invited for round tables, conferences and the FCAT Espacio Profesional, as well as an exhibition that has travelled from Malaga to Gorée Island and now, to Cordoba, and a wide range of parallel activities. From the 11th to the 19th of October, Cordoba will travel to our neighbouring continent, and even to the Middle East, through the screen.

The artist Dar Al Naim Mubarak, originally from Khartoum (Sudan), but with a multicultural professional and personal career, has been the one responsible for the creation of the image of the poster of the festival, filmed by Julio Castaño, from Yunaki Films, and whose Director of Photography has been the graphic designer of the FCAT, José Wela.

“I see Africa as a unit, as a very smart figure that one can recognise very easily”, this plastic artist highlights, while pointing out the nuances of her statement. “We, as Africans, are a very big community, and thus, very different, in fact, we are all different”. During the process of creation of the poster, Dar Al Naiam never lost sight of audiences, and decided to represent this diversity through a design which is rich in details, sizes and shapes, all of them surrounded by a corporal unit that could be seen as ‘Mama Africa’. However, it is difficult to determine whether this shape corresponds to a female or a male body. The artist seems to be hence incorporating man in the process of emancipation of women. This is not just a common feature in films made by female eyes, but also, by men directors such the Senegalese Ousmane Sembène or Cheick Oumar Sissoko. In fact, the painter herself has not described the figure as a man or woman so far. Instead she refers to it as a ‘unique and static figure, with patterns and details that induce some movement’.

For Yunaki Films, it has been a daunting challenge to represent the level of detail and the laborious method of Dar Al Naim’s work. Yet this challenge has been successfully met, since the video, enriched by Rasha’s music – a Sudanese artist coming from a numerous family of artists and intellectuals – manages to portrays the environment of creation of the artist, and anticipates the spirit of the festival, where the boundaries between Córdoba, Africa and the Arab World melt, reminding us of a very rich and multicultural historic legacy.

Dar Al Naim, who studied in Oxford and has exhibited in that city, as well as in London and Khartoum, among others, has postponed her trip back to Khartoum in order to be with us during the festival. The opening ceremony will enjoy her participation, where she will present the awards to the winners of the children’s painting competition based on the painting that she designed for the FCAT poster.


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Thursday, October 03, 2013

"Flower Girl" Opens at UK Cinemas from October 4 and Premieres in U.S

Michelle Bello's much loved exciting romantic comedy Flower Girl opens in the UK from October 4th, 2013 at the following popular cinemas:

VENUES: Odeon Greenwich Odeon Surrey Quays Odeon Streatham VUE Stratford Cineworld Enfield Cineworld Wood Green TICKETS: from Adults £9, Students £8, Child £7, Family £25.
The U.S. Premiere of "Flower Girl" is on Thursday October 3 at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Kemi (DAMILOLA ADEGBITE) is dying to get married. Umar (CHRIS ATTOH) is dying to get ahead in his career. When their relationship hits troubled waters, Kemi seeks the help of movie superstar Tunde (CHUKS CHUKWUJEKWU) and they hatch a plan to get Kemi what she wants - but the plan doesn’t quite work out as they anticipate and soon they realize why people say "Love Is A Funny Thing".

"Flower Girl" is a movie for lovers, couples, family and everyone who appreciates the beauty of love and life.

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Hollywood Icons Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman And Kevin Kline Grace The Cover Of AARP

2 Oct 2013 14:51 Africa/Lagos

Hollywood Heavyweights Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman And Kevin Kline Grace The Cover Of AARP The Magazine And Talk About Friendships, Fatherhood, Aging In The Spotlight And More

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline had never worked together before their upcoming movie Last Vegas, but they still seem like the closest of friends. With a total of six Academy Awards and countless iconic films between them, the quartet speak candidly in the October/November issue of AARP The Magazine about their lives as grown men who still embrace everything life throws at them. "When you get to this stage, you celebrate—period," said Freeman. And that is definitely what these men are doing.



Below are excerpts from the October/November issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at

On the freedom that comes with age

Freeman: "Doesn't matter if it's morning or night. Friend hands you a glass, you look him in the eye and say 'Cheers.'"

On working in Hollywood as a 50+ actor

Freeman: "You feel like you feel. Age is arbitrary. Some days on the golf course, I feel like I'm 90. Other days, 50."

Kline: "It's not how old you are but how you are old, as the saying goes. Actors don't have ages—we have age ranges. But I have to wear a hearing aid in this movie and let my hair and beard go white, so I felt every bit my age."

On the passage of time

Douglas: "You don't change that much. The kid in you is still there. You're supposed to get wise and more mature, but you have the same foibles, insecurities, good things, bad things."

Freeman: "I never thought I would reach this age. Really. I was fairly certain that with my lifestyle, it would have been truncated some time back. I was always the one who dared to jump out the second-story window."

De Niro: "You know the end is near, not that you think it's going to happen to you. You read the obits and see somebody passed who shouldn't have. You feel, "Wow, he was so young." It's a bit of luck just being here.

On their on-set chemistry

Director, Jon Turteltaub: "I was worried about these legends gelling, but one boisterous dinner together was all it took. Michael was instantly team quarterback, Kevin was class clown, Morgan was the lovable troublemaker and Bobby was the cool, aloof one. It was a lot like other friendships between men. The more they got to know each other, the more they insulted each other."

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With more than 34 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

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