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Monday, October 31, 2005

Superscape Games Available on T-Mobile in the US

Superscape Games Available on T-Mobile in the US

HOOK, England, November 1/PRNewswire/ -- Superscape, the world's leading 3D mobile games publisher, announces that
three of its titles - Van Helsing, Fight Club and Alien vs. Predator - have
been selected by T-Mobile and are now available for download by T-Mobile
consumers throughout the USA.

T-Mobile is one of the fastest growing wireless service providers in the
US, and is the first mobile communications company to offer services on both
sides of the Atlantic with one single brand name and one single digital
technology standard.

Van Helsing, based on the blockbuster movie from Universal Pictures, sees
fabled monster slayer, Van Helsing, do battle with a raft of enemies
including The Wolf Man, Dracula's Brides, Mr. Hyde and Count Dracula. The
game features dramatic Transylvanian landscapes and Dracula's laboratory,
with players collecting rewards as they overcome their opponents.

Fight Club, from the cult 1999 movie of the same name, includes a wide
range of combat moves, a choice of character and five levels of intense
fights against increasingly powerful challengers.

Alien vs. Predator allows players to take part as the Human, Predator or
Alien. In this atmospheric fifteen level game, players can choose from an
arsenal of weapons as they assume the combat style and skill of their chosen

Kevin Roberts, CEO, Superscape Group plc said: "These three games, based
on hugely popular movies, are proving to be just as compelling on the small
screen of the mobile phone. Each of the games take strong elements of the
original movies and then introduce new twists and turns to provide some great
mobile entertainment for all players."

About Superscape

Superscape is the world's leading publisher of 3D mobile games. The
company was the first in the world to develop and launch international
standard (JSR 184) compliant solutions for the delivery of innovative games
on mass-market handsets. Superscape is quoted on the London Stock Exchange
and has corporate offices in Hook, Hampshire (UK) and San Clemente,
California (USA), together with development and production facilities in

Source: Superscape Group plc

For further information, please contact: Maggie Templeman, Director Corporate Communications, Superscape Group plc, Telephone: +44-1256-745769, Email:

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NTN Communications Announces Third Quarter 2005 Earnings Release and Conference Call

NTN Communications Announces Third Quarter 2005 Earnings Release and Conference Call

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NTN Communications, Inc. (AMEX:NTN), a leader in interactive communications and entertainment products for the home and for the hospitality industry, will release its third quarter 2005 results on Tuesday, November 8, 2005. The Company plans to issue a press release after the market closes on November 8 announcing its results. A conference call to review the third quarter earnings is also scheduled for the same day at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The call is open to the public and will be hosted by Stanley B. Kinsey, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Investors may access the teleconference call by dialing (800) 540-0559 approximately 15 minutes prior to the starting time and ask to be connected to the NTN Communications Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call. International callers please dial (785) 832-0326. This call is also being simultaneously webcast and can be accessed at NTN Communications' web site at

A replay will be available beginning on November 8, 2005 following the conclusion of the call through November 22, 2005 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please dial (800) 839-9302 International callers please dial (402) 220-6082.

An archive of the webcast will also be available on the Company's Web site at

About NTN Communications

Based in Carlsbad, CA, NTN Communications, Inc. is the parent corporation of the NTN Hospitality Technologies(TM) segment and Buzztime Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary. The NTN Hospitality Technologies segment, which focuses on the out-of-home hospitality industries, is comprised of the NTN interactive Television (iTV) Network, NTN Wireless Communications, Inc., and NTN Software Solutions, Inc. Buzztime Entertainment, Inc. produces Buzztime(R), the play- along games channel, live sports prediction games such as QB1(R) and many other games that allow one or many players to participate. In addition to the NTN iTV Network, Buzztime's games are available on cable TV, satellite TV, mobile phones and plug-n-play home versions. For more information, please see

For further information, please contact Andy Wrobel, Chief Financial Officer of NTN Communications, Inc., +1-888-752-9686, ext. 1177,

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Fred S. Fox, Veteran Comedy Writer for Golden Age of Radio and Television, Dead at Age 90; Wrote for Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball

Fred S. Fox, Veteran Comedy Writer for Golden Age of Radio and Television, Dead at Age 90; Wrote for Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred S. Fox, a veteran comedy writer for some of Hollywood's greatest legends, Bob Hope, George Burns, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis, has died at the age of 90. A native of St. Louis, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 1938 and remained a resident of California until his death in Encino on October 23 from pneumonia.

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Fox's career spanned 50 years during the golden age of radio and television. It began in 1939, as a writer-producer at KYA and KSFO, both CBS radio affiliates in San Francisco. His own Freddie the Fox show on KSFO became a #1 hit, but was cancelled when too many mothers complained their children were imitating his stutter.

At the onset of WWII Fox worked for the Office of War Information as a writer/producer for a year and a half, then moved to Hollywood in 1943 on the rumor that comedians were looking for fresh, new writers. He began working immediately for Burns and Allen, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Bill Goodwin, Spike Jones, Doris Day and Bing Crosby. He joined Bob Hope's staff in 1944, writing the Bob Hope Pepsident Show for NBC radio. He worked on the "Road" movies with Hope and Crosby, and toured with Hope for the WWII War Bond effort. Thus began a relationship with Hope that spanned 40 years.

Apologizing for making Fox work throughout his honeymoon after marrying Mercedes Bigue in 1946, Bob and Dolores graciously offered their Palm Springs home to the newlyweds. When Fox later announced that he and Mercedes were going to have twins, Hope immediately quipped "Fred not only stutters when he talks". He later co-wrote many of the Bob Hope Specials featuring celebrity guest stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Phyllis Diller, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more. He also wrote many of Hope's Christmas Show's Specials which where performed for the U.S. troops around the world.

Fox's early writing television credits include "The Real McCoy's", "Jeannie Carson Show", "Tugboat Annie", "The Thin Man", "So This is Hollywood" and "Spectaculars" for Phil Harris and Betty Hutton. He moved to New York in 1952 to write for "The Garry Moore Show" and write for Jackie Gleason. He was a staff writer for "The Red Skelton Hour", "The Andy Griffith Show", "Here's Lucy" and "The Lucy Show", "The Jackie Gleason Show", "The Jerry Lewis Specials", "The George Burns Specials", "Love Boat", "The Danny Thomas Show", and wrote episodes for "The Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis", "F-Troop", "The Jefferson's", "Maude", "Diff'rent Strokes", "Alice", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and "All in the Family". He received a Writer's Guild Award for the "George Burn's Comedy Hour", and co-wrote "Oh God, Book II"; and was recognized by TV Guide for having three prime-time television shows on air back to back on the same evening: "Bob Hope Special", "George Burns Special" and "Love Boat".

Fox ended his career writing for the two comedians who gave him his start, Bob Hope and George Burns, and they were the closest to his heart, "Those two were the greatest" Fox would always say, "They didn't need writers, they were brilliant on their own". When his son Fred Jr. followed in his father's footsteps, he was touched by how well liked and respected his father was in the industry.

Fox is survived by his brother, Henry Fox, his twins, Jan Fox, a marketing specialist with Fox&Ward in Encino, CA, and Fred Jr., a recognized television writer/producer in Hollywood, CA, his beloved granddaughter, Francesca Fox, and his writing partner of many years, Seaman Jacobs.

A memorial celebrating his life will be held Sunday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the Writer's Guild Theater, 135 So. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice.

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Los Angeles Times Opens The Envelope

Los Angeles Times Opens The Envelope

Newspaper Launches Website Covering Major Entertainment Industry Awards In-Depth and In-Focus

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Times announces today that on November 1st, 2005 it will launch The Envelope (, the entertainment industry's most comprehensive, year-round awards show Website. Providing essential, up-to-the-minute insider coverage throughout the awards season and beyond, The Envelope will feature breaking news and analysis of all things awards: business, fashion, celebrities, predictions, trends and pre- and post-show coverage.

An insider's resource, The Envelope is an original content, multimedia Website featuring exclusive in-depth reporting, photo galleries, videos, podcasts, lists, forums, polls, expert roundtables, archives and analysis of awards shows by some of the biggest names in entertainment journalism, including writers from the Los Angeles Times. The Website will also provide access to more than 80 years of unparalleled awards show coverage from the archives of the Los Angeles Times.

"The Envelope will be the destination for everything awards, from sharp commentary to the glamour of the red carpet," says Joel Sappell, the Los Angeles Times executive editor/interactive. "The Envelope represents the most ambitious online initiative launched by the company since the Web version of the Los Angeles Times was introduced in 1996."

In addition, The Envelope will be home to exclusive content from Hollywood awards expert Tom O'Neil, whose popular awards Website,, was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Times as the ideal complement to The Envelope's news coverage. O'Neil is a respected entertainment journalist, on-air personality and author, whose books Movie Awards, The Emmys and The Grammys make him the ultimate awards show authority.

The Envelope will be all things awards: Fashion -- who is wearing what and how they are wearing it; Celebrity -- who are the biggest names and the brightest lights during the awards season; Industry -- every aspect of the business of entertainment and awards shows; Dish -- all the behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue of the awards races; Shows -- the Web's best start-to- finish coverage.

The Envelope will be the most extensive awards show resource -- online or offline -- for all the major awards shows, including The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The Grammy Awards, The Screen Actors Guild Awards and The Independent Spirit Awards. Plus, The Envelope will provide extended coverage of leading indicator shows, including The Writers Guild Awards, The Producers Guild Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Awards and The Directors Guild Awards.

The Envelope will draw on The Los Angeles Times' top critics, feature writers and entertainment business reporters, as well as a new cast of insider analysts and bloggers, for content exclusive to the Website. The Envelope's executive producer is Scott Robson, a former founding editor and editor-in- chief at E! Online, and a contributing writer and editor for Variety and The New York Times.

Featured editorial contributors to The Envelope will include:

Elizabeth Snead, veteran fashion and entertainment writer (USA Today, Washington Post) whose columns on E! Online and the LA Daily News set the standard for awards show fashion commentary and party coverage.

Brandon Gray, founder, publisher and editor, whose commentary and analyses are closely followed by industry insiders.

Steve Pond, former Premiere magazine Academy Award tracker, and a long-time Academy Award chronicler, will blog on all things Oscar.

James Bates, Los Angeles Times' entertainment business editor, will offer weekly insight and perspective on the critical business trends, issues and players as they relate to the major awards.

About The Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 37 Pulitzer Prizes, including two this year. The Times publishes five daily regional editions, for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County, Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, and the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as a National edition. Additional information about The Times is available at

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WorldSpace Delivers 'Voice From Home' to U.S. and Coalition Forces

WorldSpace Delivers 'Voice From Home' to U.S. and Coalition Forces

Company Kicks Off Marketing Campaign with 'Comics on Duty World Tour' Sponsorship; Troops Now Able to Receive Satellite Radio in Areas of Operation

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WorldSpace, Inc., (NASDAQ:WRSP), one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, today announced that it has launched a multi-faceted marketing effort aimed at delivering a "voice from home" to over 380,000 U.S. troops and Coalition Forces stationed abroad. The central element of the campaign is the corporate sponsorship of "Comics on Duty World Tour." The sponsorship will contribute to boosting troop morale and will increase WorldSpace brand awareness among military personnel stationed abroad.

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WorldSpace provides over 35 channels of diverse, commercial-free radio content -- news, sports, information, and music -- on a 24X7 basis. WorldSpace will deliver a voice from home to U.S. and Coalition troops through a package of content that includes Fox News, the BBC, CNN, NPR, talkSPORT and Virgin Radio U.K. WorldSpace also provides music from home, offering Top 40, hip- hop, jazz, pop, classical, country, classic rock and alternative rock.

"Staying abreast of news, entertainment trends and other timely information from home can make all the difference to military personnel stationed overseas for extended periods," said Judith Pryor, WorldSpace's senior vice president for corporate affairs. "By delivering the voice from home that they would otherwise miss, WorldSpace is keeping troops connected, entertained and informed at a monthly subscription cost that is less than the average CD or DVD purchase price."

WorldSpace is also establishing a presence within military exchange stores. The company has already implemented point-of-sale displays at exchanges in Italy and plans to expand its presence across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia where its targeted audience is located. The marketing campaign will also include print media placements, other sponsorships like the "Comics on Duty" activity, and Web-based prospect targeting designed to raise awareness about the WorldSpace Satellite Radio Network and the popular Western content it offers.

"Comics on Duty World Tour brings with it friendly faces and laughter in parts of the world where it may be lacking," said Bill Rock, director, Expatriate and Military Marketing, WorldSpace. "WorldSpace is pleased to be a part of this effort as we too are a companion for military traveling or stationed overseas, delivering a voice from home when it is most needed."

The Comics On Duty World Tour will reach an estimated audience of 100,000 military personnel. The Tour is produced by Davis Entertainment Group, with a mission to provide the highest "network-caliber" comedy program to the U.S. Armed Forces while affording host installations, regions and commands with the cost-saving benefits of a joint-force, multi-market, turnkey promotion.

"WorldSpace sponsorship directly impacts our ability to deliver high- quality entertainment to our troops and supports the overall reach of our program worldwide," said Rich Davis, CEO, Davis Entertainment Group. "The company's contribution and its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our military personnel is to be commended."

WorldSpace sponsorship includes three tours spanning the month of November and the entire 2006 season. Comics are currently scheduled to entertain troops at bases in Kuwait, Iraq and the Mediterranean during that period. WorldSpace representatives are touring with the comics wherever possible to introduce troops to the satellite radio network, coordinate promotional activities and facilitate sales. The company will also support the tours and troops with on-air segments to be broadcast on WorldSpace-branded channels.

About WorldSpace, Inc.

WorldSpace (NASDAQ:WRSP) is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WorldSpace delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WorldSpace subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WorldSpace content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio, NDTV and RFI. WorldSpace's satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage area. WorldSpace is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit

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25 Years of Boxing Experience, Insight and Expertise - At Your Fingertips on

25 Years of Boxing Experience, Insight and Expertise - At Your Fingertips on

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Allows Fans to 'Ask Al'; Viewer Questions to be Addressed by Al Bernstein During LIVE Broadcasts

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Producer Jay Larkin announced today that SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, America's No. 1 boxing network, has launched a new online feature entitled "Ask Al" where online participants at will be able to pose boxing-related questions to be answered on-air by broadcasting legend Al Bernstein. This feature is the first in a series of online and interactive features that the network will roll out in 2006.

Bernstein, who is celebrating 25 years as a boxing announcer, will take his first questions on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005 at 9 p.m. ET (delayed on the west coast) when SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcasts a world title doubleheader LIVE from Caesars Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nev. In the main event, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy will face Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton. The co-feature will pit IBF Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez against No. 1 contender Silence Mabuza in a highly-anticipated match up.

The "Ask Al" feature will continue during all SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcasts indefinitely. Other interactive and online features being planned for 2006 include podcasts of audio and video features during fight week; online voting for 'best of,' categories; LIVE streaming video of pre-fight and post-fight events (press conferences, official weigh-in, etc.); as well as LIVE streaming video of ringside components during bouts.

"Through our 'Ask Al' interactive segment, viewers to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will now have the opportunity to interact directly with one of the most respected analysts in the fight game, allowing them to become a part of our boxing telecasts," said Ken Hershman, General Manager of Showtime Sports & Event Programming. "And this is just one of many interactive features that we expect to roll out for future boxing events, all of which are being designed with one mission in mind -- to make SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts the most enjoyable, immersive viewing experience for our boxing audience."

Online participants are encouraged to post boxing-related questions at anytime, including during the LIVE telecasts, at Then viewers can tune in to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on the first Saturday of every month to see if their question has been selected. Producers will select several questions to be addressed by Bernstein throughout each show.

In nearly 20 years of broadcasting boxing, Showtime Networks has been THE innovator in premium network sports programming.

* At the recent Corrales-Castillo II Pay-Per-View, SHOWTIME partnered
with DirecTV to deliver the first Interactive TV (ITV) Boxing portal.

* In 2004, SHOWTIME became the first network to begin regular telecasts
of boxing in high-definition.

* In 2002, SHOWTIME was the first to launch an Enhanced TV Boxing
application in the United States, an Emmy Award Finalist.

* In 1998, the network featured the first live webcast when Evander
Holyfield defeated Vaughn Bean on Sept. 19 in Atlanta.

* The following year, SHOWTIME broke new ground when it produced the
first broadband pay-per-view of a live sporting event (Mike Tyson vs.
Orlin Norris, October 1999). SHOWTIME provided online users access to
five cameras and four audio feeds, essentially allowing fans to direct
their own webcast.

* In 1996, SHOWTIME was the initial boxing network to feature online
scoring on its website.

About Al Bernstein

In May 2003, SHOWTIME signed long-time boxing broadcaster Bernstein to work alongside its blow-by-blow announcer, Steve Albert, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Since manning the mike at SHOWTIME, Bernstein has provided commentary for 25 world championship contests, including one of boxing's all-time greatest, the lightweight unification match-up between Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales on May 7, 2005.

SHOWTIME has benefited greatly from Bernstein's presence on the telecast.

"Without question, Bernstein is television's pre-eminent boxing expert," said David Dinkins Jr., who produces the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts. "He is a broadcaster without peer, and is to boxing what John Madden is to football -- a rare talent who both informs and entertains. The addition of Bernstein to SHOWTIME has elevated the quality of our productions."


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Dave Matthews & Friends to Anchor Rock & Roll Cruise

Dave Matthews & Friends to Anchor Rock & Roll Cruise

Tickets On Sale Monday, October 31st for 3-Day Jaunt Featuring Special Performances by Bob Weir and Ratdog, G. Love and Special Sauce, Mike Doughty's Band, North Mississippi Allstars and Others

Tickets Go On Sale Today, October 31st for 3-Day Rock & Roll Jaunt

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that Dave Matthews & Friends will headline an intimate, exclusive concert in the Bahamas as part of a 3 day rock and roll cruise next February. The Dave Matthews & Friends Caribbean Cruise Getaway will set sail on February 3, 2006, on two elite Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the Sovereign of the Seas and the Majesty of the Seas, and will arrive at an undisclosed Private Island location where Dave Matthews & Friends will headline a live concert. On the open seas, fans will be entertained by such artists as Bob Weir and Ratdog, G. Love and Special Sauce, Toots and the Maytals, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Mike Doughty's Band, and others. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ships sail from Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida and converge in the Atlantic to sail tandem to the Bahamas. The cruise schedule has been uniquely devised to integrate great live music with traditional sailing and island activities. From special television channels and movies, to twilight concerts on the outside pool decks to headliner concerts indoors, the 3 day adventure will be packed with music, parties and incredible cuisine.

Carrying fans and musicians together, the cruise begins with onboard live concerts which will go late into the evening. The ships dock in Nassau on February 4 for shopping, exploring, and island adventure before tenders ferry fans to a secret island for an evening performance by Dave Matthews & Friends in a secluded beach setting. An after-show Secret Island Party will close out the evening's activities before the late night tenders return passengers to their ships for more music, great cuisine and casino action on board.

Sailing overnight, the ships will dock on February 5 at Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay, where a variety of adventure and activities await the passengers. With nature trails and aquatic facilities, CocoCay offers activities for every taste, from parasailing to snorkeling all above a reef abundant with wildlife. The ships dock in their home ports on February 6.

Tickets go on sale at 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31. Cruise reservations and accommodations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on this unique fan adventure, go to the official website at or at

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Submarino Acquires, Leader in Online Ticket Sales

Submarino Acquires, Leader in Online Ticket Sales

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Submarino S.A. [Bovespa: SUBA3] announces the acquisition of 100% of the stock capital of (""), a leading online retailer of movie, theater and entertainment tickets. With this acquisition, Submarino enters a new and attractive market while also offering its customers a new differentiated service. The price paid for the acquisition, adjusted by's cash position, was R$ 8.3 million, equivalent to 7.0 times the 2005 projected EBITDA. has two business units:
* Online ticket sale: Through its website,,
the company sells tickets for movies, theaters and entertainment
events and is currently the only company selling movie tickets through
the Internet in Brazil. In 2004, the company sold approximately one
million tickets to its active client base of 131,000 clients.

* Automation of movie theater and music hall box offices:'s
box office software runs 881 theaters nationwide.

In 2004,'s revenue reached R$ 4 million, representing a 77% growth over 2003. In that year, the company's EBITDA was R$ 969,000 (a 28.3% margin over net revenues).

The Market

The movie theater market in Brazil was estimated at R$ 770 million in 2004 with 115 million tickets sold. The market grew at an annual average rate of 22% from 2001 to 2004. We estimate that the level of penetration in Brazil is 0.6 tickets/year, while it is 1.4 in Mexico and 1.1 in Argentina. Online sale penetration is 1% over the total number of tickets sold. In the USA, online and telephone sales account for 10% of total tickets sold.

The Company believes that the market of other entertainment tickets (theaters and shows) is around R$ 280 million, equivalent to 7 million tickets sold in 2004. For comparison purposes, the entertainment ticket market in Mexico sells approximately 20 million tickets per year, in spite of having a population 43% lower than to Brazil.

Why the Company Acquired

We believe there is tremendous potential for operating together with Submarino. The main reasons that motivated the acquisition are:

* The Company will provide a differentiated service to our clients. is currently the only company selling movie theater
through the Internet in Brazil. Besides offering our clients the
widest selection of books, music and DVDs, the Company will, from now
on, provide them with the convenience of purchasing tickets at home.
Their film preferences will give us valuable information, which the
Company can use to offer them customized suggestions.

One of Submarino's priorities is to offer its customers a unique
shopping experience.

* The Company will enter a new and attractive market. Resale of tickets
represents a R$ 1 billion market with a very low online penetration.'s growth will be driven by the growth of the
entertainment industry plus any gains in online penetration from
today's 1%. We believe penetration can increase since consumption of
tickets is concentrated in class A and B consumers, most of whom
already have Internet access.

The Company believe that wider awareness of's services
will increase the number of tickets sold online, especially
considering that the low number of movie theaters often leads to long
lines and sold-out shows during weekends and for blockbuster films.
Additionally, the Company believe that can grow in other
segments of entertainment (musical shows, soccer) as well as develop
the technology to sell tickets via alternative media (e.g. mobile

* The Company will obtain sale synergies.'s users (131
thousand active users by the end of 2004) are potential clients to
purchase merchandise from Submarino's assortment. Additionally,
Submarino's clients (approximately 1.2 million active clients) will
also be able to use the services provided by

* The Company likes the team. The company has a highly
qualified team, with deep knowledge of the entertainment market and
will continue to manage day-to-day operations of Jorge
Reis and Mauro Goncalves, founding partners of, are great
entrepreneurs who will help us expand the business as well as the
range of services that we offer.

Did The Company Pay a Fair Price?

The price to be paid for is equivalent to R$ 8.3 million (base price, equivalent to the price of R$ 8.8 million less cash position of R$ 0.5 million), plus an additional amount of up to R$ 2.1 million due in December 2007 if the company substantially exceeds the financial projections used to justify the price.

The base price represents a multiple of 7.0 times the EBITDA project for 2005. When calculating the base price, we did not take into account the synergies between Submarino and

Launching of a New Business

Starting today, the sale of tickets will be provided by Submarino. During November, the clients of will receive a coupon welcoming them to the Submarino community. In the near future, our selection of DVDs and movie sound tracks will be offered on web pages.

About Submarino

Submarino is the leading pure-play online retailers in Brazil. The company built a strong brand and a premium customer base by offering a superior breadth and depth of product selection with best-in-class customer service. Through its website , the company offers more than 700,000 items across 24 product categories that are sourced from more than 1,100 suppliers, in addition to e-commerce services. Submarino delivers to the main cities in Brazil in up to two days and provides same-day delivery for certain items to the Sao Paulo metropolitan area.

For additional information please contact Submarino's investor relations area: .

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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to the prospects of the business, estimates for operating and financial results, and those related to growth prospects of Submarino. These are merely projections and, as such, are based exclusively on the expectations of Submarino's management concerning the future of the business and its continued access to capital to fund the Company's business plan. Such forward-looking statements depend, substantially, on changes in market conditions, government regulations, competitive pressures, the performance of the Brazilian economy and the industry, among other factors and risks disclosed in Submarino's filed disclosure documents and are, therefore, subject to change without prior notice.

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Dreams Come True for 13 Colorado Children

Dreams Come True for 13 Colorado Children

Starz Entertainment Group Donates $50,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreams will come true for 13 local kids and their families as Starz Entertainment Group (SEG) celebrates its 7th year of giving to the Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado with a donation of $50,000. The donation, funded by contributions from both the company and its employees, will be presented Monday, November 7th during a gala event held for the wish kids and their families at the Pepsi Center.

The wishes from the children range from requesting a service dog or a bedroom set, to visiting friends and family, going on Disney trips and attending the People's Choice Award. "Starz Entertainment Group has helped more children realize their dreams than any other Colorado company," said Joan Mazak, president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado. "We send a sincere thanks to Starz and their employees for their continued generosity that has enriched the lives of many children and their families."

In addition to the presentation of the funds, SEG will invite the children to spend "A Night in the Spotlight," at its annual celebration held for the kids and their families at the Pepsi Center. A highlight of the evening's entertainment will be when the children "star in their own movie." The event will include a variety of other games, prizes, and an opportunity to meet local personalities including Denver Nuggets alumni; the Denver Nuggets SuperMascot, Rocky; the Colorado Rapids mascot, Rapidman; Denver Bronco cheerleaders; and some special surprise guests.

"Starz Entertainment Group and its employees are pleased to continue their tradition of giving to Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado," said Robert B. Clasen, president and CEO for SEG. "We present this gift in the spirit of giving and as a symbol of our support as they face battles with some pretty tough diseases."

Since 1999, SEG and its employees have partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado to brighten the lives of 77 children and their families. This marks the fifth consecutive year SEG has teamed with the Kroenke Sports Charities and Levy Restaurants to produce the event. Other sponsors of the event include: Atmosphere High-Lighters Event Productions; Buena Vista Television; Ceavco; Color Me Mine; Colorado Rapids; Denver Bronco Cheerleaders; Denver Nuggets; E-Count; Film Video, Inc.; Game Exchange of Colorado; Jackman Brothers Productions; Lighting Services, Inc.; Starz Café; and Think Big Solutions.

"Kroenke Sports Enterprises has a long history of giving back to our community and we are honored to once again join with Starz Entertainment Group to touch the lives of some extraordinary Colorado children and their families," said Paul Andrews, executive vice president, chief marketing officer for Kroenke Sports Enterprises. "We are honored to support the hard work and dedication of the Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with life-threatening medical conditions all through individual and corporate donations and the work of thousands of volunteers.

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 179 million pay units. SEG offerings include the Starz Encore Movie Pack with 13 digital movie channels and more than 750 movies per month, Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand, and Starz Ticket, an on-demand premium Internet movie subscription service available on the broadband platform. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation,

Michelle Ellis Rhiannon Burns
Starz Entertainment Group Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) of Colorado
(720) 852-6269 (303) 750-9474

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John Robert Powers Sponsors Hollywood Film Awards

John Robert Powers Sponsors Hollywood Film Awards

CEO and President of John Robert Powers Introduces Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- At the closing gala ceremonies of this year's 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival, John Robert Powers had the opportunity to sponsor the event and present the Hollywood Film Awards' Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award. As the award season front-runner, the gala awards ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, brought out the best of Hollywood's A-List stars both behind and in-front of the cameras to honor this year's cinematic achievement in acting and film making.

The 2005 Hollywood Breakthrough Actor and Actress of the Year awards went to Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, the emcee of the evening, welcomed CEO and President of John Robert Powers, Ron Patterson, onstage to introduce the award to Rachel McAdams. Ms. McAdams was honored for her breakthrough work in such films as (The Family Stone, Red Eye, The Notebook and Mean Girls).

In addition to sponsoring the Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award, John Robert Powers also held a nationwide contest where aspiring actors had the opportunity to show off their acting skills in hopes to win a trip to Hollywood and attend the Gala Awards. Contestants were encouraged to submit a tape of their monologue or scene to various John Robert Powers judges who were able to narrow down the thousands of submission tapes to five finalists. Based on his great energy and attitude from his audition tape, fourteen year old Casey Cagle from the John Robert Powers La Jolla/San Diego school was selected as the winner who, along with his supportive mom received the Hollywood treatment provided by John Robert Powers. They were invited to stay as guests of the Beverly Hilton and attend the Gala Ceremony where Casey walked down the red carpet in his tuxedo and had the opportunity to meet with Hollywood agents and casting directors.

"We at John Robert Powers have always believed in the importance of developing young talent which is why we have over eighty-six schools around the nation to help young talent perfect their acting skills." Ron Patterson said. "We are proud to sponsor such an award in the hopes one day our students will become the next Jake Gyllenhaal or Rachel McAdams."

The Hollywood Gala Ceremony prides itself as being a true celebration of cinema bridging the gap between Hollywood and the global creative community, recognizing Hollywood professionals, and contributing to the renaissance of Hollywood.

This year, the Hollywood Film Festival honored the following: Actor of the Year: Joaquin Phoenix; Actress of the Year: Charlize Theron; Supporting Actor: Matthew Broderick; Supporting Actress: Susan Sarandon; Lifetime Achievement: Diane Keaton; Directing: Sam Mendes; Hollywood Breakthrough Acting Awards: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams; Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year: Paul Haggis; Ensemble; "Crash" Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Larenz Tate, Thandie Newton, Jennifer Esposito; Leadership: Tom Ortenberg; Producing: Lucy Fisher & Doug Wick; Screenwriting: Akiva Goldsman; Visual Effects: Dennis Muren; Cinematography: Pawel Edelman; Editing: Walter Murch; Hollywood Composer of the Year: Harry Gregson-Williams; Production Design: Grant Majors ; Costume Design: Colleen Atwood ; Make-Up Artist of the Year: Greg Nicotero; Sound: David G. Evans ; Casting: Avy Kaufman

Celebrity attendants as presenters this year included: Jodie Foster, Halle Berry, Rob Marshall, Peter Sarsgaard, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard, Colin Hanks, Quentin Tarantino, Cameron Crowe, Dermot Mulroney, Keanu Reeves, Mena Suvari, Kathleen Kennedy, Paula Wagner, Geena Davis and Goldie Hawn.

John Robert Powers is an internationally recognized school system with locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. For over eighty years, John Robert Powers has been training students in acting, singing, dancing, modeling and etiquette. Emphasizing personality development, John Robert Powers provides every student with the schooling, guidance, and confidence to further their individual potential and reach their highest career goals. Famous alumni thru either the school or the John Robert Powers agencies include people such as First Ladies, Jackie Kennedy and Betty Ford, Princess Grace of Monaco, Raquel Welch, Lucille Ball, Ann Margaret, Diana Ross, Faith Ford, and models Janice Dickinson, Beverly Peele, Nikki Taylor, Ryan Locke, and Josh Duhamel.

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Discovery Health Channel Provides Viewers an Exclusive Look at the Largest Iraqi Medical Hub in World Premiere of IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER

Discovery Health Channel Provides Viewers an Exclusive Look at the Largest Iraqi Medical Hub in World Premiere of IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER reveals the complex realities of the largest Iraqi medical hub, Balad Air Base, located 50 miles north of Baghdad in the hotly contested Sunni Triangle, one of the most attacked areas in Iraq. Premiering Sunday, November 6 at 10 PM (ET/PT), this one-hour special, produced on location with exclusive access, documents seven wounded soldiers and the rarely seen medical heroes who diligently work to save their lives and the lives of many other American soldiers.

Facing the stream of wounded soldiers and Iraqi civilians who arrive at Balad for around-the-clock treatment, American military medical teams respond to life-threatening emergencies, often requiring complex care as the hospital literally is under attack. At Balad, there is scarce time for second guessing and no time to wait. As mortar rounds rain down around the hospital, watch as these medical professionals consistently provide medical care when their base is under attack, putting their lives at risk to save their patients as imminent danger looms.

During this one-hour special, viewers follow seven wounded American soldiers who survive the attack at the Balad Air Base as they are evacuated to Germany and finally reconnect with their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The soldiers adjust and cope with their life- altering injuries as they are reunited with friends and families in their hometowns.

IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER provides unique insight into the medical professionals who work alongside volunteer doctors and nurses, spending 120 life-changing days away from their homes, families and civilian practices. Witness the compromises, the camaraderie and the compassion of those who serve in this dramatic environment, and learn about the cutting-edge medicine used on the battlefield to treat patients.

IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER also airs on The Military Channel on Monday, November 7 at 10 PM (ET/PT).

IRAQ: FRONTLINE-ER is produced for Discovery Health Channel by LMNO Productions. Eric Shotz is the executive producer for LMNO Productions. Executive producer for Discovery Health Channel is John Grassie.

Discovery Health Channel takes viewers inside the fascinating and informative world of health and medicine to experience firsthand, compelling, real-life stories of medical breakthroughs and human triumphs. Currently in 59 million homes, Discovery Health Channel is the only 24-hour network and Web site -- -- devoted to what matters most -- health.

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Un Chin Magazine Celebrates 400 Years of Quixote

Un Chin Magazine Celebrates 400 Years of Quixote

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Un Chin Magazine continues a 400-year celebration of Cervantes' immortal interpretation of the artist, the dreamer, the entrepreneur -- brought to life through the work of top photographers designers and writers in their end-of-year issue: Quixote. Quixote serves as the umbrella novel for the literacy issue. As Editor in Chief Ramon Veras explains, "It was the first novel printed in Cuba after the Cuban revolution for distribution to the masses; and for the 400-year-anniversary, the Venezuelan government printed a million copies to be distributed for free. So this is very much a book for the people. While Cervantes is compared to Homer and Shakespeare, his work ranks with the Iliad and Hamlet as far as international acclaim and relevance also making it the ideal book for the New Culture."

The Quixote issue features actress Michelle Rodriguez on the cover, photographed by renowned shutterbug Cesar Vera. Rodriguez is currently starring in the hit Emmy Award-winning TV series LOST. Quixote also features Tego Calderon as the Atlantic Knight as he talks about his latest venture. "To put together a literacy issue in a country with such abundant resources meant that we needed to push the envelope. We wanted to encourage our audience to stay informed considering the pervading political atmosphere," states Veras. The Quixote issue is a creative play on literacy, bringing to life some of our old-time favorite books in an edition packed with mesmerizing photo spreads, creative story boards, and the usual dose of new faces."

Un Chin will bring the issue to life through Quixotic Music, a live music showcase that will take place in Los Angeles after the Latin Grammy Awards.

The celebration will feature performances by Adassa, Orixa, Ali Vegas, and De Sol. Footage of the making of the cover plus all the behind the scenes of the making of the Quixote issue will be playing throughout the night. New York City's DJ Finesse will provide a mix of electrifying vibes. 2005 Grammy nominees expected to attend the event include 3 time nominee JD Natasha, singer and producer Robi Draco Rosa, actress Angela Alvarado Rosa, and musical group Ozomatli. Reggaeton artist Tego Calderon, reggaeton's number one producer DJ Nelson, Hollywood actress Paula Garces, musical groups Enanitos Verdes, Orishas, Circo and L.A. Lakers NBA player Lamar Odom are also among the confirmed guests. Odom will be there alongside teammates, celebrating his birthday and home opener which also takes place earlier that evening. The presenting sponsor is Lamar Odom's soon-to-be-launched record label Rich Soil, 42 Below Vodka is among the supporting sponsors. With celebrities, great music and special performances, it promises to be the hottest event closing out the Grammy's.

Quixotic Music takes place on Nov. 3, at Day After, 6757 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, Calif. Doors open at 9 p.m., with performances starting at 10 p.m. sharp.

Un Chin is in the vanguard of the media bringing underground to the mainstream, producing an awakening of the senses and a positive vision of the future. To learn more about us, please visit

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Mega Superstars Join in Celebrating BET's Silver Anniversary

Mega Superstars Join in Celebrating BET's Silver Anniversary

Whitney Houston, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Usher, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, New Edition, John Legend and others Commemorate the Network's Monumental 25-Year Milestone

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 26 at LA's famed Shrine Auditorium, BET celebrated 25 years of ground-breaking programming with the production of a star-packed 3-hour telecast, 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. This once-in-a-lifetime gala featured performances and appearances by a mix of veteran acts, contemporary artists and A-list celebrities such as Diddy, Bobby Brown, Alicia Keys, Usher, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Serena Williams, John Legend, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Arsenio Hall, Hammer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Method Man, Donnie Simpson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and New Edition among many other illustrious entertainers, including a surprise appearance from Whitney Houston. This landmark special premieres on BET Tuesday, November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT.

The night began with a star-studded red carpet arrivals scene, featuring high-wattage celebs in high glam gear strolling down it's length including: Quentin Tarantino, Gayle King, Michael Keaton, Golden Brooks, Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon, Megan Goode, Duane Martin, Tisha Campbell Martin, Tommie Davidson, Laila Ali, Delroy Lindo, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Christopher "Kid" Reid, Mike Jones, Victoria Rowell, Howard Hewett, Jimmy Jam, Tito Jackson, Judge Mablean Ephraim, Paul Wall, Tamala Jones, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, LisaRaye, Mary Mary, Kenya Moore, F. Gary Gray, Big Gipp, Da Brat, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Elise Neal, Flex Alexander, Kel Mitchell, Khamani Griffin, Tempestt Bledsoe, Warren G, and others. The BET 25 STRONG: PRE-SHOW hosted by Terri J. Vaughn, Tony Rock and Aly Al (formerly "Hits") kicks things off at 8 p.m. ET/PT tomorrow night with red carpet interviews, fashion footage, an exclusive premiere by Bow Wow, performing his new single "Fresh Azimiz," as well as collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Dem Franchise Boyz.

"It's an incredible night filled with special memories and tributes, wrapped around some of the best performers ever to appear on BET during our 25 years," said BET President and CEO Debra Lee. "We hope viewers will not only remember this fabulous night for the entertainment, but also for the special meaning it has for all of us as BET Founder Bob Johnson receives some well- deserved recognition for his amazing career and contributions."

As soon as the lights went up at the Shrine Auditorium, the night clearly belonged to BET -- from beginning to end the celebration had the standing- room-only crowd of 5,000-plus on its feet. BET has a reputation for pulling out all the stops in their specials, and this event was certainly no different. In addition to celebrating more than two decades of unforgettable entertainment, BET bid farewell to retiring Founder and Chairman, Robert L. Johnson in a special tribute.

The A-list assortment of celebrities inside the house to fete BET's silver anniversary milestone also included Mike Tyson, Tyrese, Bill Duke and Viacom CEO Tom Freston, as well as current and former BET hosts Ananda Lewis, Big Tigger, AJ Calloway, Jacque Reid, Ed Gordon, Melyssa Ford, Joe Clair, Kym Whitley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Julissa, Mari Morrow, Tanya Hart, Chris Thomas, Aly Al (formerly "Hits"), Anthony "AD" Dorsett, Liza Michelle, Joe Torry, Michael Colyar, Rachel, Madd Linx, Laz Alonso, Kitty Troy ("Cita"), Big Lez, Dr. Rovina "Ro" Brock, who also made appearances.

BET again teamed with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards(R) and five record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. 25 STRONG was filled with emotion, wonderful surprises, exciting performances and memorable moments from BET's past 25 years, divided into five-year segments hosted by Queen Latifah (1980 - 1985); Arsenio Hall (1985 - 1990); Usher (1990 - 1995); Diddy (1995 - 2000); and Bow Wow (2000 - 2005), as well as tributes to recently fallen Civil Rights legend Rosa Parks and the unforgettable Luther Vandross.

"If you've been alive for the past 25 years, it's impossible for you to not love this show," said Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment. "Nights like this, I think I have the best job in the world."

John Legend serenaded the crowd from his piano with an unbelievable tribute to Vandross, which was introduced by Steve Harvey and the incomparable Whitney Houston. Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins rocked the house with songs from the roller-skating era to the present in a funk-inspired old school/new school pairing. New Edition -- joined by former member Bobby Brown in a well-received national television performance comeback -- had the crowd reminiscing of the "Candy Girl," days, and Alicia Keys crooned some of the hits that made her an award- winning superstar.

Hip hop soul diva Mary J. Blige joined Method Man in a rare performance of their classic hit duet "You're All I Need," and also world-premiered a performance of her song "Can't Hide From Love." LL Cool J "Rocked The Bells" from the 80's to the present with a hard-hitting set backed by break dancers, and of course, it wouldn't be a BET celebration without singing the praises of gospel music. The gospel medley featured Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and our very own Dr. Bobby Jones. By the time Nelly blazed the stage accompanied by Jermaine Dupri, Big Gipp, Paul Wall and Ali in a Dirty South-flavored, bling-laced collaboration of his world premiere single "Grillz," the show was a lock as THE hot topic for 'morning- after' water cooler conversation.

"It was clear even in rehearsals that the performers were insistent on bringing their A-game to this production," said Stephen Hill, Executive Producer and BET Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming. "The love they have for BET...and we for evident and ongoing. There were performances of classics, the electric reunion of New Edition and Bobby Brown, and world premieres from Mary J. Blige and Nelly. And after hearing Nelly's new song," Hill joked, "I think I'ma go visit Paul Wall and get me a grill."

BET wraps up the evening with a half-hour telecast of 25 STRONG: THE POST SHOW at 12 midnight ET/PT hosted by BET News' Jacque Reid and introduces BET's newest face, former CNN Pop Culture correspondent Toure. The show features back stage one-on-one interviews with top celebs such as Usher, Diddy, LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg, and also takes a look at the changing face of BET through intimate conversations with past and present hosts including Ed Gordon, Ananda Lewis, new ComicView host Sheryl Underwood, Dr. Bobby Jones and Donnie Simpson as they recall their own personal favorite BET moments; red carpet highlights; a special feature look at some of the most prolific music video directors of today, Billie Woodruff, Hype Williams and F. Gary Gray; and a post-event analysis of the biggest moments of the night. is giving online users a window into the inner workings and backstage highlights of this huge telecast with their ALL ACCESS feature on the site, hosted by former BET host Big Lez. Extensive photo galleries and other online features put users virtually in the mix with a next-best-thing- to-being-there experience at the hottest ticket of the year. A BET historical interactive timeline chronicles the history of the network since its founding in 1980. The timeline, developed by New York-based digital marketing and branding agency Thrust360, takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through the many milestones of the network through text, photos and exclusive video clips -- from groundbreaking interviews and one of a kind network performances, to flashback clips from BET shows and events.

And the network is marking a quarter century of serving the African American community in other ways as well -- in the most extensive graphic and attitudinal makeover ever by the network, BET is unveiling an all-new look and image campaign whose timing coincides with the premiere of 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Tuesday, November 1. The galvanizing anthem "It's My Thing" remains the network's signature tagline, but is now spread across connective tentacles of culture, style, voice, network, choice and the world as seen through the individual and collective eyes of BET viewers. "Bold . . . Black . . . Beautiful . . . Confident" are just a few of the touchstone phrases motivating the campaign, which launches in massive force with new television advertising on BET and other networks, along with print and on-line creative with leading trade magazines, websites and African-American publications.

BET will air encore performances of 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special on Friday, November 4 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT; Thursday, November 10 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT; and Thursday, November 24 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; and BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production.


Cossette Productions is Hollywood's most unique and comprehensive production company, with more than 35 years of experience offering diverse and creative consultation, direction and execution of entertainment production. To its credit, Cossette Productions has produced 33 years of the Grammy Awards telecast; eight weekly television series totaling more than 500 episodes; numerous award-winning Broadway theatrical plays and musicals; 50 major performance specials, award shows and celebrity tributes; corporate events for the nation's largest companies; and countless made-for-television motion pictures and mini-series.


The Shrine Auditorium, located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., comprises the single largest theater in North America, with some 6,300 seats and an adjoining 54,000 square foot Expo Center. Over six decades old, the Shrine is owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company (part of the Shrine Al Malaikah Temple). On January 11, 1920 the Shrine Auditorium burned to the ground. It took another six years of planning and funding before the new Auditorium was completed. Once rebuilt, it was unique among the theater structures of the world because of its size, versatility and unique interior and exterior design. It is a major cultural center on the West coast and is recognized as a historical monument for its contributions to Los Angeles' history. Playing a dual role as Southern California headquarters for the Shrine fraternity, as well as a public rental facility for live and televised arts and entertainment productions, theater productions, operas, movie screenings, meetings, conferences, trade shows and conventions, today's Shrine Auditorium continues to be improved and renovated and remains one of the most admired and respected Auditoriums in the world.

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The Weinstein Company and L'Oreal Paris Create a Beautiful Alliance

The Weinstein Company and L'Oreal Paris Create a Beautiful Alliance

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weinstein Company is proud to announce a multi-year marketing alliance with L'Oreal Paris, the world's largest beauty brand. This first ever, long-term partnership between a motion picture company and a major cosmetic brand is being established to further the natural association between the worlds of film and beauty. The strategic alliance will include product integrations as well as promotional support, with the co-hosting of premieres and special events such as Weinstein Company parties at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. In addition, L'Oreal's expert makeup and hair teams will support all promotion of Weinstein Company films. The announcement was made today by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen, The Weinstein Company, and Carol Hamilton, president and general manager, L'Oreal Paris.

The alliance was launched last night with L'Oreal Paris' sponsorship of "Derailed," the psychological thriller starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, on Sunday, October 30th in New York City.

As part of the partnership, L'Oreal will be the official exclusive beauty sponsor of all of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films' US theatrical premieres over the next two years, beginning in January 2006.

"We are proud to be teaming up with L'Oreal and believe that this is just the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship between our companies," said Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company.

"We are tremendously excited to enter into this alliance with The Weinstein Company," says Carol Hamilton, president and general manager, L'Oreal Paris. "The film world is a great source of inspiration for L'Oreal Paris, and we're thrilled to continue our tradition of working with extraordinary talent. While it may seem to be an obvious relationship, especially in the marketing world of omnipresent integrations, this relationship will be truly ground-breaking in its scope and vision."

Lori Sale orchestrated the deal on behalf of The Weinstein Company.


The Weinstein Company was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corp. in 1979. The Weinstein Company is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1st, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that began with Miramax, will also be included under The Weinstein Company banner. The Weinsteins are actively working on the production, development and acquisition of projects for The Weinstein Company. While at Miramax, the Weinsteins released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films of the past decade. They received 249 Academy Award nominations and a record 16 Best Picture nominations over the past ten consecutive years. Some of these films include: "The Aviator," "Finding Neverland," "Chicago," "Gangs of New York," "In the Bedroom," "Chocolat," "The Cider House Rules," "Shakespeare In Love," "Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella)," "Good Will Hunting," "The English Patient," "Il Postino (The Postman)," "Pulp Fiction," "The Piano" and "The Crying Game."

The Weinsteins have acquired the following titles to be released by The Weinstein Company: "Decameron," "The Libertine," "Last Legion," "Young Hannibal," "Hoodwinked!," "Transamerica," "Nomad," "Outlander," "Stormbreaker," "Lucky Number Slevin," and "Master of the Crimson Armor." Other titles to be released by The Weinstein Company include "Derailed," "The Matador," "Wolf Creek," "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Kill Bill:NC 17," "Fast Track," "Breaking and Entering," "Scary Movie 4," "Sin City 2," "Pulse," "Passion of The Clerks," "Killshot," "Come Closer," "Awake," "Unknown," the fourth movie in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series, "School for Scoundrels," and "Grind House."

"Scary Movie 4," "Passion of the Clerks," "Killshot," "Awake" and "School for Scoundrels" are currently in production.


The L'Oreal Paris Brand Division of L'Oreal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company with well-known products for the entire family, including Couleur Experte, Preference, Excellence Creme, Feria, ColorSpa Moisture Actif, Color Pulse and Hi-Light Styliste haircolors; Studio Line styling products, the VIVE line of shampoos and conditioners, the L'Oreal Kids grooming line, Dermo-Expertise skincare, Men's Expert Skincare, Sublime Bronze Self Tanners, Sublime Slim Anti-Cellulite Gel, and L'Oreal Color Cosmetics.

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CBS 2 CHICAGO's Savini to Present Lincoln Awards

CBS 2 CHICAGO's Savini to Present Lincoln Awards

The Lincoln Foundation to Bestow Awards at Tellabs December 8th

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Savini, award-winning investigative reporter for CBS 2 CHICAGO, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2005 Lincoln Awards for Excellence on Thursday, December 8. The event will begin with a reception at 4:00 p.m. and the award program will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the state-of-the-art cafetorium at Tellabs. Tellabs is located at One Tellabs Center, 1415 West Diehl Road in Naperville, Ill.

The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence recognizes candidate organizations in search of excellence in five sectors: industry, service, health care, education, and government.

"Savini's dedication to excellence as an investigative reporter, coupled with his consistent reporting processes and focus on comprehensive results, makes him the perfect fit to emcee the Lincoln Awards," said Paul Kuchuris, President and CEO of The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence. "The heart and soul of the Lincoln Award is recognizing those organizations and people that successfully drive continuous improvements in making Illinois a better place to work and live."

Savini has been honored for excellence throughout his career with 21 Associated Press Awards, including three for best reporter, nine Emmy Awards, a national Clarion Award, the Herman Kogan Award from the Chicago Bar Association and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

Before joining CBS 2, Savini worked at WMAQ-TV in Chicago as an investigative reporter (1993-2004). In 2003, Savini won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for his series "Code Blue, Code Red," which investigated law enforcement officials and exposed 250 drunk driving offenders among Chicago police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Savini was born and raised in Chicago and is a 1985 graduate of Weber High School. He went on to earn a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton in 1989. Savini, who is an avid chef, lives with his wife and two children in Naperville.

Joining Savini at the Lincoln Awards as host will be Michael J. Birck. Birck, who is a founder and current chairman of the board at Tellabs, also serves on the board for The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence.

This year's featured keynote speaker is Christy Stephenson from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton. The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a 2004 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient. The Lincoln Awards are patterned after the distinguished Malcolm Baldrige criteria and are the Illinois partner of the national awards.

The Lincoln Award recipients will be announced at a press conference at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, on Monday, November 14.

About The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence

The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence is a non-profit organization backed by both private and public funding. The Lincoln Foundation seeks to help Illinois organizations continuously improve their performance by encouraging, developing and highlighting excellence among all five sectors of the economy: industry, service, health care, education, and government. For more information, please call 630.637.1595 or visit .

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Source: The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence

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Netflix Announces Upcoming Schedule of Events With the Financial Community

Netflix Announces Upcoming Schedule of Events With the Financial Community

LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) today announced participation in the following upcoming events with the financial community during the month of November:

Pacific Growth Equities Top Pick in Tech Conference 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
New York, NY
7:30 a.m. Pacific Time / 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Barry McCarthy, CFO

Lehman Brothers Second Annual Small Cap Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Carlsbad, CA
10:40 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Barry McCarthy, CFO

CSFB Annual Technology Conference
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Scottsdale, AZ
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Presenter: Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder

Live webcasts of the Netflix presentations will be available on the investor relations page of the Netflix web site at . A replay of the webcasts will also be available from the investor relations page of the Netflix web site.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world's largest online movie rental service, providing more than 3.5 million subscribers access to over 50,000 DVD titles. Under the company's most popular program, for $17.99 a month, Netflix subscribers rent as many DVDs as they want and keep them as long as they want, with three movies out at a time. There are no due dates, no late fees and no shipping fees. DVDs are delivered for free by the USPS from regional shipping centers located throughout the United States. Netflix can reach more than 90 percent of its subscribers with generally one business-day delivery. Netflix offers personalized movie recommendations to its members and has more than 1 billion movie ratings. Netflix also allows members to share and recommend movies to one another through its Friends(TM) feature. For more information, visit

Source: Netflix, Inc.

CONTACT: investors, Deborah Crawford, Director of Investor Relations,
+1-408-317-3712, or media, Ken Ross, VP, Corporate Communications,
+1-408-317-3931, both of Netflix, Inc.

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Ralph J. Roberts, Founder of Comcast Corporation, to Receive Temple's Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership

Ralph J. Roberts, Founder of Comcast Corporation, to Receive Temple's Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralph J. Roberts, founder of Comcast Corporation, will receive the 2005 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management on Wednesday, November 2. Mr. Roberts will receive the award at the ninth annual Musser Awards Dinner, which will be attended by many in the Greater Philadelphia business community. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Court in Mitten Hall, at Broad St. near the Berks Mall walkway on Temple's main campus.

The Fox School chose Mr. Roberts for this prestigious award because of his outstanding business success and leadership in the local and national business community as well as his work to create a culture of giving back to the communities that Comcast serves.

Announcing the award, Dean M. Moshe Porat of The Fox School said, "Through his entrepreneurship, his dedication, his deep community involvement and his values, Ralph Roberts represents the best in leadership excellence Philadelphia has to offer.

"For any aspiring entrepreneur, his story offers great inspiration. He bought a small, struggling cable television company and from it, created Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider," Porat added.

Upon being selected, Ralph J. Roberts said, "I am honored to have been chosen as the 2005 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award recipient. Temple University and The Fox School are vital parts of Philadelphia and have a history of teaching young people to become informed, responsible members of society. It is important for the city and its businesses to work together to help our young people become the best they can be."

Mr. Roberts founded Comcast in 1963 with the purchase of a 1,700 subscriber cable service in Tupelo, Mississippi. From those humble beginnings, Comcast has grown into a media giant, with 21.5 million subscribers in 35 states, and has changed America's T.V. viewing habits.

Mr. Roberts has used his many business and professional leadership skills to serve the needs of the Greater Philadelphia community. He currently serves on the boards of the Council of Emeritus Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy, as well as the Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is also active in his support for Project H.O.M.E., an outreach program for the homeless in Philadelphia founded by Sister Mary Scullion.

Mr. Roberts epitomizes the Musser Award's ethic that exceptional achievement in business and exceptional effort on behalf of the community are compatible, mutually supportive goals. The Musser Award, now in its ninth year, was named to honor its first recipient, Warren V. (Pete) Musser, founder of Safeguard Scientifics and current chairman of the Musser Group, who endowed the award in 1998.

Roberts joins a distinguished list of previous Musser Award recipients that includes, in addition to Musser, James E. Nevels, chairman and CEO of the Swarthmore Group; Dennis Alter, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Advanta; Sidney Kimmel, founder and former chairman of Jones Apparel Group; Willard G. Rouse III, former chairman, CEO and president of Liberty Property Trust; William Avery, retired chairman and CEO of Crown Cork & Seal; Felix Zandman, chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc; and John C. Bogle, founder and former chairman of The Vanguard Group.

In addition to honoring Mr. Roberts, the Musser dinner will also recognize achievement by members of The Fox School community in teaching, faculty service, administrative service, student leadership and alumni leadership.

Proceeds from the 2005 Musser Excellence in Leadership Awards ceremony support the Dean's Fund for Excellence. The Fund supports programs that add significant value to the learning experience at The Fox School, among them the Dean's Undergraduate Research Scholars Program which leverages The Fox School's international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. This program enables highly motivated and meritorious business honors students to conduct meaningful research throughout their undergraduate career. Mentored by experienced research faculty, these undergraduate research scholars receive annual scholarships to work on research relevant to their career goals. They enjoy unique opportunities to access high-level internships, prepare for advanced work at the graduate level and earn research course credits that will enhance their applications to top graduate schools.

The Dean's Fund for Excellence also supports students in the MBA program, the flagship program at The Fox School. The Fund helps to ensure Fox School graduates continue to distinguish themselves in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond as talented business leaders and as significant contributors to the advancement of knowledge in business disciplines.

The Fox School of Business and Management, at Temple University, is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the Greater Philadelphia region and among the largest in the world, with more than 5,500 students, 150 full- time faculty and 45,000 alumni. Recently, The Fox School's MBA program was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for "Value for Money" by Financial Times, which also ranked Fox's MBA program as one of the top 50 in the nation and the top 75 in the world. Accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), The Fox School's programs also are ranked internationally and nationally by leading business publications, including U.S. News & World Report and Entrepreneur magazine. For more information, visit

Source: Comcast Corporation

CONTACT: Jennifer Fitzgerald, Temple University, +1-215-204-9142, or

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Progress for America Announces TV Ad, Grassroots and Internet Campaign Supporting Judge Alito

Progress for America Announces TV Ad, Grassroots and Internet Campaign Supporting Judge Alito

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Progress For America Inc. (PFA) today announced a one-week $425,000 advertising buy, $50,000 e-campaign and 20 state grassroots effort to persuade opinion leaders in Washington, DC and across America that Judge Samuel Alito is a tremendously qualified judge who deserves to be confirmed.

"Although some liberal extremists will inevitably urge Senate Democrats to obstruct Judge Alito's nomination, they should set bitter partisanship aside," said Brian McCabe, PFA's president. "No one can argue that Judge Alito is anything but extremely well qualified for the Court and his unanimous confirmation to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will undermine any attempt by liberals to argue that he is an ideologue."

* National television advertisements beginning Tuesday, November 1st
on FOX and CNN

* One of America's most respected judges ... Samuel Alito ...
nominated for the Supreme Court.
* Alito has served presidents of both parties.
* He argued more than a dozen cases before the Supreme Court.
* As a tough, highly praised U.S. Attorney, Alito prosecuted
terrorists and corporate criminals.
* Alito won the ABA's highest rating and the Senate unanimously
confirmed him to be a federal judge.
* Now President Bush has nominated Alito for the Supreme Court.
* Urge the Senate to give Samuel Alito a fair up or down vote.


* Banner ads to create over 25 million impressions directing clicks to Ads will be featured on the top sites of
Washington's opinion-elites, including,,,, and
top nationwide blogs.
* Viral marketing campaign promoting to over
10 million people.

* 20 targeted states: Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana,
Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Source: Progress For America Inc.

CONTACT: Laura Dlugacz, +1-202-572-6231, for Progress For America Inc.;
or Jessica Boulanger of Progress For America Inc., +1-202-777-1569

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2005 Online Journalism Awards

2005 Online Journalism Awards

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- took three Online News Association Awards at the organization's sixth annual celebration of the best in online journalism held over the weekend in New York. The site won in the categories of general excellence, breaking news and outstanding use of multiple media for large sites.

"As good as we are we must continue to get better, all of us. We've got to get there before Yahoo! and before Google gets there," quipped Len Apcar, editor-in-chief of received two awards: enterprise and general excellence for small sites. NewWest, a news site devoted to covering the Rocky Mountain West, has been in existence for only eight months. Slate Magazine also took two awards: for online commentary for large sites and for Enterprise Journalism (large) for its report on torture.

The contest was coordinated by Rebecca Fairley Raney, Annenberg contest project manager, and John Granatino, Assistant General Manager, Belo Interactive Media and chairman of ONA's Awards Committee.

The finalists and the winners were selected through a two-step process. First, a group of 70 journalists screened entries in each category and narrowed them to a set of five to ten nominees. These nominees were then reviewed by the OJA judges, a group of 11 journalists with extensive experience in new and old media, who met at USC to pick the finalists and the winners.

The Online Journalism Awards received 600 English-language entries from Web sites in the United States and abroad. The judges followed a strict recusal policy, leaving the judging room during discussions and not voting in any category in which their own sites came up for review.

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the USC Annenberg School for Communication ( ) is among the nation's leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture and society. With an enrollment of more than 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students, USC Annenberg offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations.

The Online News Association is an association composed largely of professional online journalists. The Association has more than 600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism.

Here are the winners for the 2005 Online Journalism Awards.

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large)
-- The New York Times,

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Medium)
-- Spokesman Review,
General Excellence in Online Journalism (Small)
-- New West,

Breaking News (Large)
-- "Asia's Deadly Waves," New York Times,

Breaking News (Small)
-- "McGowan Family Tragedy," The Palm Springs Desert Sun,

Online Commentary (Large)
-- "Ad Report Card" by Seth Stevenson, Slate Magazine,

Online Commentary (Medium)
-- " blogs,"

Online Commentary (Small)
-- "The Business Electric," Arthur O'Donnell, Energy Pulse

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Large)
-- "Class Matters," New York Times,

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Small) (Tie)
-- "Mission to Mante," Boulder Daily Camera,
-- "State of the Hudson, Poughkeepsie Journal,

Specialty Journalism (Large)
-- The Chronicle of Higher Education,

Specialty (Small)

Service journalism (Large)
-- "Your Right to Know," Journal News,

Service Journalism (Small)

-- "Unsafe Haven, The Crisis in Home Health Care," Winston-Salem Journal, c=Page&cid=1031780628526

Enterprise Journalism (Large)
-- "What is Torture?" Slate Magazine,

Enterprise (Small)
-- "Sex, Money and Meth Addiction," New West,

Best student website
-- No finalists

Student Journalism
-- "Global Messengers," University of North Carolina,

Source: Online News Association

CONTACT: Tom Regan, Executive Director of Online News Association,
+1-617-698-5252, or fax, +1-617-698-5252, or

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Picturehouse Picks Up Robert Altman's 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Picturehouse Picks Up Robert Altman's 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Film Based on Garrison Keillor's Celebrated Radio Show Starring Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsey Lohan and More

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to Academy Award-nominated director Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keillor's legendary radio variety show and starring Keillor (as himself), with Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Academy Award-nominees Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Virginia Madsen, "Saturday Night Live's" Maya Rudolph, and Lindsey Lohan it was announced today by Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse.

From a script penned by Keillor, "A Prairie Home Companion" was produced by Altman's Sandcastle 5 Productions and executive produced and co-financed by GreeneStreet Films and River Road Entertainment. Capitol Films is handling foreign sales.

A Prairie Home Companion" is a fictionalized account of Keillor's award-winning show, which currently runs on more than 558 public radio stations. The film follows the show's cast of characters preparing for the final live broadcast on the eve of being shut down after 30 years. As passions erupt, secrets emerge and a mysterious stranger lurks in the shadows, the vigilant stage manager must hold it all together since the "show must go on."

"With his signature style, Robert Altman has crafted a hilarious and endearing film," said Bob Berney. "'A Prairie Home Companion' is a masterfully-acted ensemble piece that captures the humor and heart of Garrison Keillor's radio show with great cinematic flair. Fans are in for a real treat when they see Meryl Streep and the cast belt out their favorite songs."

Begun in 1974 by Keillor and still running today, the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" is part music, part comedy, part storytelling. The program is currently heard by more than four million listeners each week on more than 558 public radio stations and is heard abroad on the BBC, RTE (Ireland), Armed Forces Radio worldwide, and satellite and cable services across Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand reaching more than 35 million homes. Each week, Keillor tells homespun stories of Lake Wobegon, a fictional Midwestern town, interspersed with musical interludes.

The deal was brokered on behalf of Picturehouse by Ben Zinkin, Senior Executive VP Worldwide Business and Legal Affairs, New Line Cinema and Sara Rose, Senior VP Acquisitions at Picturehouse and negotiated on behalf of the film by Cinetic and CAA.

Attorney George Sheanshang played an instrumental role in the genesis of this film by introducing Altman and Keillor to one another and then brought the project to GreeneStreet.

River Road Entertainment is an integrated entertainment company whose principal business is the development and production of feature films and documentaries. River Road's current slate of films includes Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and the Madonna documentary "I'm Going To Tell You A Secret." River Road projects currently in production or pre-production include "Fur, An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr., Brett Morgan's new documentary "C7," about the violent clash between activism and the establishment during the 1968 Democratic Convention, and Steven Soderbergh's "Che," starring Benicio del Toro as the controversial revolutionary.

GreeneStreet Films (GSF) is the NY based finance, development, production and sales outlet. Currently GSF is producing and co-financing with The Weinstein Company the thriller "Awake," starring Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen and Terence Howard, written and directed by Joby Harold. It is now shooting in New York City. GreeneStreet is also shooting in New York Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy, "The Pleasure of Your Company," starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.

This fall, GreeneStreet had two of its most recent productions in the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. The musical "Romance & Cigarettes," written and directed by John Turturro, starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Winslet had its world premiere in Venice and NA premiere in Toronto. "Slow Burn," starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Taye Diggs and Chiwitel Ejiofor premiered in Toronto.

Launched in April 2005, Picturehouse is the joint venture of two leaders of the entertainment community -- HBO and New Line Cinema. Picturehouse currently has in release the critically acclaimed Israeli comedy by Gidi Dar, Ushpizin ("The Guests"). Upcoming films include Michael Winterbottom's "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Jeremy Northam; Mary Harron's "The Notorious Bettie Page" starring Gretchen Mol; "Factotum" starring Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor; and Steven Shainberg's "Fur," which recently wrapped production and stars Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr.

For additional information contact:
Marian Koltai-Levine, Picturehouse -- 212.649.4829 - 914.672.2418 (cell)
Nina Baron, Picturehouse -- 212.649.6112
Vicky Eguia, Picturehouse - 310.246.7608

Source: Picturehouse

CONTACT: Marian Koltai-Levine, +1-212-649-4829, or cell,
+1-914-672-2418, or Nina Baron, +1-212-649-6112, or Vicky Eguia,
+1-310-246-7608, all of Picturehouse

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