Seeing Stars: Movie Premieres

PRESS RELEASE


Tuesday November 30, 5:11 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

Columbia Pictures Announces "The End of the Affair" Premiere

The World Premiere of Columbia Pictures' ``The End of the Affair'' will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Loews Cineplex Century Plaza Theatres, 2040 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, with a party immediately following at Jimmy's II Restaurant, 201 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills.

Attending from the film will be Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Oscar®-winning director Neil Jordan, and producer Stephen Woolley.

Celebrities expected to attend are:

Hank Azaria               Anjelica Huston      Jeremy Northam
Obba Babatunde            Richard T. Jones     Elizabeth Perkins
Jason Biggs               Jamie Kennedy        Seth Peterson
Andrew Bowen              Ali Landry           J.R. Richards
Jake Busey                Marco Leonardi       China Jesustita Shavers
James Debello             Ron Lester           Kerr Smith
Alex Desert               Rob Lowe             Alan Thicke
Kirsten Dunst             Julian McMahon       Jeanne Tripplehorn
Shannon Elizabeth         Judson Mills         Bree Turner
Leslie Grossman           Dan Montgomery       John Turturro
Jon Huertas               David Moscow         Justin Walker
Helen Hunt                Lochlyn Munro        Brad Whitford

From Oscar® winner Neil Jordan comes ``The End of the Affair,'' a brilliant and powerful story of love, betrayal and sexual jealousy.

A passionate woman trapped in a sterile marriage, Sarah Miles (Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore) is immediately and irresistibly attracted to brooding novelist Maurice Bendrix (Oscar® nominee Ralph Fiennes) when they meet at a party given by Sarah's worthy but unexciting civil servant husband, Henry (Oscar® nominee Stephen Rea).

They begin a passionate, illicit and sexually liberating love affair. But during the Blitz in London, Bendrix's house is hit by a bomb while the couple are in bed, and he is nearly killed. Inexplicably and without warning, Sarah breaks off the relationship.

As for Bendrix, he is utterly bereft.

Two years later, on a rainy night in 1946, Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled, and he succumbs to his jealousy and arranges to have her followed. Haunted by passionate memories of their affair, he re-enters her life, confronting once more the consuming love they had for each other. In a stunning surprise admission, he will learn the reason for its annihilation.

Stephen Woolley and Jordan are producers on the film, which is the tenth they have made together. The screenplay is by Jordan. Co-producer is Kathy Sykes. The creative team, all of whom have worked with producer Woolley and director Jordan before, include editor Tony Lawson A.C.E., production designer Anthony Pratt and director of photography Roger Pratt B.S.C. The costume designer is Sandy Powell, who received a 1999 Oscar® for her work on Shakespeare in Love. Music is composed and conducted by Michael Nyman. The film also stars Ian Hart, Jason Isaacs, James Bolam and Samuel Bould.

``The End of the Affair''

opens in limited release on Friday, Dec. 3



Contact:

Columbia Pictures Worldwide Marketing
Tammy Sandler, 310/244-8215 (domestic media)
Jasmin Chavez, 310/244-2190 (international media)





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