For Immediate Release THE SOPRANOS AND ENTOURAGE RETURN WITH NEW EPISODES APRIL 8, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2007 - HBO has confirmed the debut date for new episodes of the hit series THE SOPRANOS and ENTOURAGE. The Emmy(r)- and Peabody-winning series THE SOPRANOS returns for the second part of its sixth and final season with nine new episodes, starting SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Series creator David Chase will write and direct the final episode of the show. The drama series stars three-time Emmy(r) winners James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Edie Falco as Tony's wife Carmela, plus Lorraine Bracco as therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, Emmy(r) winner Michael Imperioli as Tony's nephew Christopher Moltisanti, and Dominic Chianese as Uncle Junior. Also returning to the series are regulars Robert Iler as Anthony Soprano, Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano, Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts, and Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante. THE SOPRANOS recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama (Edie Falco). The Emmy(r)-winning series ENTOURAGE returns for the second part of its third season, comprising eight episodes, on the same date - SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) - with the new episodes to debut immediately following THE SOPRANOS. The comedy series stars Adrian Grenier as Vince, who is enjoying life in the limelight as a hot young actor; Kevin Connolly as Eric, Vince's manager, who tries to help him make the right choices; Kevin Dillon as Vince's half-brother Drama, whose own career has been eclipsed by Vince's success; Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, the least savvy of the group; and Emmy(r) winner Jeremy Piven as Ari, Vince's aggressive, high-powered agent. ENTOURAGE recently received two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Jeremy Piven).
****** NEW HBO DRAMA SERIES JOHN FROM CINCINNATI, FROM DAVID MILCH, SET FOR SUMMER DEBUT LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2007 - The new HBO drama series JOHN FROM CINCINNATI will kick off its 11-episode first season this summer, it was announced today by Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment. The series is created by David Milch (creator of the acclaimed HBO series "Deadwood") & Kem Nunn. "David Milch is one of the most original storytellers working in any format today," said Strauss. "We are honored to have him as part of the HBO family. The sky is the limit for his new series." "I am delighted the show is going forward, and am grateful for HBO's continuing visionary support," said Milch. Set in Imperial Beach, California, the last great surf-break before Tijuana, where the U.S. meets Mexico, and water meets land, JOHN FROM CINCINNATI tells the story of the Yosts, a family of surfers whose awesome athletic talents have for generations seemed to come with a curse attached. The gifts of 13-year-old Shaun rival those of Butchie, his addict derelict father, and his now-ascetically-withdrawn grandfather Mitch, both of whom defined the sport in their heydays. In shaping Shaun's career, his grandmother Cissy strives to achieve a commercial and athletic success that will compensate for the frustrations and failures of her life with her husband and son. Into this world, where even simple joy has been turned into a commodity, steps a mysterious stranger named John. Soon after, things begin to happen to the Yosts, and those whose lives they touch, that test the boundaries of past and present, the mundane and the miraculous, the natural world and what lies beyond it. Cast regulars on JOHN FROM CINCINNATI include (in alphabetical order): Rebecca De Mornay ("Wedding Crashers"), Garret Dillahunt (HBO's "Deadwood"), Greyson Fletcher, Willie Garson (HBO's "Sex and the City"), Bruce Greenwood ("Capote"), Luis Guzman ("Anger Management"), Keala Kennelly ("Blue Crush"), Austin Nichols ("Glory Road"), Ed O'Neill ("Married with Children"), Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Brian Van Holt ("House of Wax") and Matt Winston ("Little Miss Sunshine"). The pilot episode was written by David Milch & Kem Nunn, and directed by Mark Tinker. Additional members of the writing team are Regina Corrado, Alix Lambert, Steve Hawk and Nichole Beattie Rapaport. JOHN FROM CINCINNATI is produced by HBO Entertainment in association with David Milch's Red Board Productions; created by David Milch & Kem Nunn; executive producers, David Milch, Gregg Fienberg, Zvi Howard Rosenman and Mark Tinker; co-executive producers, Kem Nunn, Peter Spears and Scott Stephens; consulting producers, Herbie & Dibi Fletcher and Bill Clark; producer, Ted Mann, casting directors, Junie Lowry Johnson, C.S.A. and Libby Goldstein.
****** For Immediate Release HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS SETS PROVOCATIVE LINEUP FOR EARLY 2007 -------- Presentations Include James Gandolfini's ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ, Rory Kennedy's GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, FRIENDS OF GOD: A ROAD TRIP WITH ALEXANDRA PELOSI And ADDICTION, Featuring Leading Documentary Filmmakers -------- LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2007 - HBO has a diverse slate of documentaries set for the first half of 2007. From stories of wounded soldiers in James Gandolfini's ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ, and GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, an inside account of the atrocities at the notorious Iraqi prison, to FRIENDS OF GOD: A ROAD TRIP WITH ALEXANDRA PELOSI, and an unprecedented multi-media project on the myths, causes and treatments of ADDICTION, featuring the work of leading documentary filmmakers, HBO documentaries take subscribers to worlds others never get to see. Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order): FRIENDS OF GOD: A ROAD TRIP WITH ALEXANDRA PELOSI (debuting Jan. 25) looks at America's estimated 50 to 80 million evangelical Christians, who have become a formidable cultural and political force. Intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO's Emmy(r)-winning "Journeys with George") travels the country to meet a cross-section of Evangelical America, including pastor Ted Haggard and Rev. Jerry Falwell. BASTARDS OF THE PARTY (Feb. 6) explores the world of contemporary black gangs in Los Angeles, detailing the complex history of gangs' origins, their eventual political affiliations, and the lives they destroyed. Director Cle "Bone" Sloan, an inactive member of the infamous Los Angeles gang the Bloods, uses interviews with past and current Bloods and Crips gang members, as well as historians, former FBI agents, and members of the Black Panther community, to present a comprehensive history of the evolution and healing of Los Angeles gang culture. Produced by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day"). GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB (Feb. 22), directed by Rory Kennedy (HBO's "Indian Point"), looks at the abuses that occurred in the notorious Iraqi prison in fall 2003. Through narratives of perpetrators, witnesses and victims of the abuse, it probes the psychology of how seemingly ordinary men and women came to commit these atrocious acts. The film also explores the history of policy decisions, including the disregard for the Geneva Conventions, that helped make the abuse a reality. A selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition. ADDICTION (March). One in four Americans has a primary family member who is struggling with addiction. Partnering with the National Institute on Drug Addiction, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HBO launches an unprecedented multi-media project devoted to dispelling the myths about addiction and its causes, while showing that it is a serious but treatable brain disease. For the first time ever, HBO will use all of its digital platforms, including the main HBO service, multiplex channels, HBO On Demand, podcasts, web streams and DVD sales to support a campaign that includes a 14-part documentary series, a robust web site, and a national community grass roots outreach campaign funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All films will initially be offered during the free HBO preview the weekend of March 15 in participating cable systems. The centerpiece is the 90-minute documentary ADDICTION, debuting March 15, comprising nine segments directed by many of today's leading documentary filmmakers, including: Jon Alpert; Joe Berlinger; Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; Susan Froemke; Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy; Eugene Jarecki; Barbara Kopple; Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; and Alan Raymond. THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT (April 26) documents the 20-year aftermath of a harrowing rape-murder and wrongful conviction in the modern American south. Told from the point of view of the principal subjects - Mark Rabil, an unyielding defense attorney, and Darryl Hunt, the wrongfully convicted man - the film offers an eye-opening, provocative and haunting examination of a community and criminal justice system subject to racial bias and tainted by fear. An official selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and recent Independent Spirit Award nominee. WIDE AWAKE (May 22). Alan Berliner puts his struggle with insomnia under the microscope in this groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed personal documentary, which was a hit at Sundance last year. The innovative, visually provocative film probes a debilitating affliction that affects many individuals at some point in their lives. SHOT IN THE DARK (June 3). Before his success on HBO's "Entourage," Adrian Grenier began making a personal documentary. Raised in New York City by his mother, the actor grew up without really knowing his biological father, but resolved to reconnect with him just before his 23rd birthday. Grenier's film explores the meaning of being fatherless and the necessity of the father-son relationship. ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ (working title) (July 4). This moving documentary surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of the day in Iraq when they survived near-fatal wounds. In a war that has left 22,000 wounded, with more than half the injuries too severe to permit a return to active military service, the documentary looks at the advances in military medicine that allow soldiers to return home and celebrate what they call their "alive day." James Gandolfini executive produces and conducts interviews in which the soldiers share their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to the country. Academy Award(r) and Oscar(r) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
****** For Immediate Release PAUL GIAMATTI AND LAURA LINNEY TO STAR IN HBO FILMS' JOHN ADAMS, A PLAYTONE-PRODUCED EPIC MINISERIES EVENT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY TOM HANKS AND GARY GOETZMAN, BASED ON DAVID MCCULLOUGH'S PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING BIOGRAPHY ------- DIRECTED BY EMMY(r) AWARD-WINNER TOM HOOPER ------- Stephen Dillane To Co-Star ------- LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2007 - Academy Award(r) nominees Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man") and Laura Linney ("Kinsey," "You Can Count on Me") will portray John and Abigail Adams in the HBO Films miniseries JOHN ADAMS, with production beginning in February. Stephen Dillane ("The Hours") will co-star as Thomas Jefferson. Based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the American founding father, the seven-hour miniseries will be directed by Emmy(r) Award-winner Tom Hooper (HBO's "Elizabeth I") and produced by Playtone. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO's Emmy(r)-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers") will executive produce. Kirk Ellis (Emmy(r)-nominated for "Anne Frank: The Whole Story") writes and serves as co-executive producer. Frank Doelger (HBO's "The Gathering Storm") and David Coatsworth ("Man of the Year") will produce. JOHN ADAMS will shoot through July 2007 and will air on HBO in 2008, with much of the production to film in Colonial Williamsburg. The producers have received unprecedented cooperation from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which for the first time will allow a film production to shoot on its 301-acre historic area of restored, reconstructed and historically furnished buildings. Filming will also take place in other locations, including Richmond, Va. and various sites in Europe. Kary Antholis, senior vice president, miniseries, HBO Films, is the executive in charge of the production. As told through the eyes of Adams and his wife Abigail, JOHN ADAMS is the story of the birth of the American republic and its first 50 years. Adams was the leader of the American independence movement, the nation's first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, and the second American President. "JOHN ADAMS chronicles the stirring life journey of one of the most important Americans ever to grace the pages of history," notes Callender. "Set against the backdrop of a nation's stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this great country was built." Paul Giamatti (John Adams) earned Academy Award(r) and Golden Globe(r) nominations, as well as a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Ron Howard's "Cinderella Man." He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed "Sideways." His previous HBO credits include "American Splendor," "Winchell" and "If These Walls Could Talk II." Giamatti's extensive list of film credits also includes "Private Parts," "Man on the Moon," "The Hawk Is Dying," "The Negotiator," "Saving Private Ryan," "The Truman Show," "Donnie Brasco," "Storytelling," "Planet of the Apes," "Duets," "Robots," "Big Momma's House," "Confidence," "Paycheck," "The Ant Bully" and "Lady in the Water." Most recently, Giamatti starred in "The Illusionist"; his upcoming films include "Shoot 'Em Up," "Fred Claus" and "The Nanny Diaries." Laura Linney (Abigail Adams) was nominated for an Academy Award(r), a Golden Globe(r), a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Independent Spirit Award for "You Can Count on Me." She also received Oscar(r) and Golden Globe(r) nominations for "Kinsey," and a Golden Globe(r) nomination for "The Squid and the Whale." Linney has won Emmy(r) Awards for Frasier" (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series) and "Wild Iris" (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries). On the stage, she was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Actress in "The Crucible" and "Sight Unseen." Her previous work on the network includes HBO Films' "The Laramie Project." Linney's extensive list of film credits also includes "Mystic River," "Love Actually," "Absolute Power," "The Truman Show," "The House of Mirth," "Primal Fear," "Lorenzo's Oil," "The Life of David Gale," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Driving Lessons" and "Man of the Year." Her upcoming films are "The Nanny Diaries," "Breach," "The Savages" and "The Hottest State." Stephen Dillane's (Thomas Jefferson) credits include the feature films "The Hours," "King Arthur," "Spy Game," "Hamlet," "The Truth About Charlie," "The Greatest Game Ever Played," "Two If by Sea," "Ordinary Decent Criminal," "The Parole Officer," "The Gathering," "Goal!," "Haven" and "Nine Lives." His extensive and acclaimed stage career includes "The Real Thing," for which he won a Best Actor Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award, as well as "Hamlet," "The Coast of Utopia," "Uncle Vanya," "Angels in America" and "Macbeth." Tom Hooper (director) recently won an Emmy(r) Award for directing Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons in the HBO Films miniseries "Elizabeth I." The HBO/Channel 4 miniseries won a total of nine Emmy(r) Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries. His most current project is HBO Films' "Longford," starring Jim Broadbent, which debuts in February. He was also nominated for a Best Director Emmy(r) for "Prime Suspect 6 - The Last Witness." Hooper also directed Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the BAFTA-nominated film "Red Dust." His TV work includes "Daniel Deronda," which won the Best Miniseries award at the 2003 Banff TV Festival, "Love in a Cold Climate," "Cold Feet II," two one-hour specials for "Eastenders," which won back-to-back BAFTA Awards for Best Soap, "Byker Grove," "Quayside" and "Painted Faces." In addition to Hooper's extensive background in commercials and corporate film and video, he directed "The Trial" and "A View from the Bridge" for the stage. Tom Hanks (executive producer) has an impressive list of producer credits along with his massive list of acting credentials. He has produced such films as "Cast Away," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "The Polar Express," "The Ant Bully" and HBO Films' "Starter for Ten." His TV producing credits include the award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth To The Moon" and "Band of Brothers," and the current HBO series "Big Love." As an actor, Hanks has been Oscar(r)-nominated five times and won twice, for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump." His feature film acting credits also include "The Da Vinci Code," "The Polar Express," "The Terminal," "The Ladykillers," "Catch Me If You Can," "Road To Perdition," "Cast Away," "The Green Mile," both "Toy Story" films, "You've Got Mail," "Saving Private Ryan," "That Thing You Do!," "Apollo 13," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "A League of Their Own." Gary Goetzman's (executive producer) producing credits include "The Polar Express," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Beloved," "That Thing You Do!," "The Ant Bully," the Academy Award(r)-winning "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Miami Blues," "Amos and Andrew," "Storefront Hitchcock," "Magnificent Desolation" (filmed in 3D, Imax), "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," "Stop Making Sense," HBO Films' "Starter for Ten," and HBO's Emmy(r) and Golden Globe(r)-winning miniseries "Band of Brothers." He also currently executive produces the HBO series "Big Love." Kirk Ellis (co-executive producer, writer) received an Emmy(r) nomination, won the Writers Guild of America Award, and earned a Humanitas Award for the TV miniseries "Anne Frank: The Whole Story." In addition, Ellis received multiple awards for the Emmy(r) and Golden Globe-nominated TV series "Into the West." His other credits include the feature film "The Grass Harp," the award-winning TV miniseries "The Beach Boys: An American Family," "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" and "The Three Stooges." HBO and Playtone previously collaborated on the acclaimed 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers," which received six Emmys(r), including Outstanding Miniseries, and the Golden Globe for best miniseries. In addition, Hanks was the executive producer of the 1998 HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," which received three Emmys(r), including Outstanding Miniseries.
****** For Immediate Release CINEMAX(r) SETS "SEE IT SATURDAY" FILMS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2007, WITH LINEUP TO SPOTLIGHT ATL, V FOR VENDETTA, THE SENTINEL, JUST MY LUCK, INSIDE MAN AND THANK YOU FOR SMOKING ---------- CINEMAX "Vanguard" Titles Include LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD And BRICK ---------- LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2007 - Every Saturday at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), CINEMAX premieres "See It Saturday" movies, spotlighting top Hollywood films. Among the standout films making their national pay-cable TV debuts on CINEMAX in the first half of 2007 are ATL, V FOR VENDETTA, THE SENTINEL, JUST MY LUCK, INSIDE MAN and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Misfit teenagers struggle to survive life on the harsh streets of Atlanta in ATL. Rapper T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross and Lonette McKee star in this affecting hip-hop film, debuting SATURDAY, FEB. 10 at 10:00 p.m. In a tightly regulated futuristic society, a violent freedom fighter known as "V" rescues a girl from the secret police, and gains an unlikely ally in V FOR VENDETTA. Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea and John Hurt star in this riveting thriller, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 3 at 10:00 p.m. THE SENTINEL follows an ex-Secret Service agent as he tries to uncover a conspiracy to assassinate the President. Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria star in this dramatic thriller, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 10 at 10:00 p.m. (Directed by Clark Johnson; based on the novel by Gerald Petievich; screenplay by George Nolfi.) A chance encounter with a down-and-out young man causes the seemingly "luckiest girl in the world" to swap her good fortune for his in JUST MY LUCK. Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine star in this romantic comedy, debuting SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 10:00 p.m. (Directed by Donald Petrie; story by Jonathan Bernstein & Mark Blackwell & James Greer and I. Marlene King; screenplay by I. Marlene King and Amy B. Harris.) A seemingly perfect heist proves to be anything but when negotiations between a tough cop, a quick-witted criminal and a power broker heat up in INSIDE MAN. Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the suspenseful thriller, directed by Spike Lee, when it debuts in April. (Written by Russell Gewirtz.) A tobacco lobbyist must spin the negative image of cigarettes while remaining a role model for his son in THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, the dark satire stars Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe and William H. Macy, debuting in April. (Written for the screen and directed by Jason Reitman.) Every month, CINEMAX goes outside the Hollywood mainstream for the best in independent "Vanguard" films from America and abroad. Included on the slate for the first half of 2007 are LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD and BRICK. The U.S. government sends a comedian to the Middle East to improve relations by finding out what makes Muslims laugh in LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD. Albert Brooks writes, directs and stars in this provocative comedy, debuting SUNDAY, FEB. 11 at 2:20 p.m. In BRICK, the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend prompts a teenage loner to infiltrate the harsh criminal ring of his Southern California high school. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary, Noah Segan, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin, with Richard Roundtree and Lukas Haas, star in this dark drama, debuting MARCH 11 at 3:10 a.m. (Written and directed by Rian Johnson.)