Movie Premiere Press Release - Annapolis


Seeing Stars: Movie Premiere


World Premiere of ANNAPOLIS

Monday, January 23rd at the El Capitan

WHO: From the film: James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Donnie Wahlberg, Vicellous Shannon, McCaleb Burnett, Wilmer Calderon, Roger Fan, Chi McBride, producers Mark Vahradian, Damien Saccani and director Justin Lin.

Special Guests: Kristen Kirchner, Tony Gonzalez, Will Demps, Luis Castillo, Willie McGinset, Jon Voight and more ...

WHAT: To celebrate the Los Angeles Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' ANNAPOLIS to benefit the Scholarship Fund of California State Summer School for the Arts.

California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark) is a pre-professional residential training program in the visual, performing, literary arts and film for talented high school students, representing the socio-economic diversity of California, who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries.

When he won a coveted admission spot to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, local kid Jake Huard (JAMES FRANCO, "James Dean") thought all his dreams had come true - but his battle to become the man he wants to be is only just beginning.

Now, uncertain if a regular kid from a poor blue collar family can fit into the Academy's pressure-cooker atmosphere, and barely making the grade as a Freshman "plebe," Jake has one last shot at proving he has what it takes to become an officer in an institution that boasts a venerable 137-year history of focused discipline and determined excellence. With nothing left to lose, Jake decides to enter the notoriously fierce Navy boxing competition known as the Brigade Championships -- and face off against his arch-nemesis, Midshipman Lt. Cole (TYRESE GIBSON). Everything Jake has ever hoped for stands in the balance: the chance to make his father proud, to validate his Lieutenant's faith in him, to stand up for his fellow plebes, and most of all, to forge a different future.

Directed by critically acclaimed indie director Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow"), comes this exhilarating comeback story of a courageous young sailor who discovers that some opportunities in life are worth fighting for. Jake's fellow classmates are comprised of a dynamic young cast that includes Jordana Brewster as the alluringly tough, female commander who helps to train Jake; Donnie Wahlberg as Lt. Cmdr. Burton, the officer who first decides to take a chance on Jake; and Chi McBride as the boxing coach who takes Jake from amateur swinger to focused warrior.

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2006
              5:30PM Press Arrivals
              6:30PM Celebrity Arrivals
              7:30PM Screening

WHERE: El Capitan
               6838 Hollywood Blvd
               Hollywood, CA 90028

CONTACTS: Domestic press R. Stankevich 818/560-2039 International press T. Adriani 818/972-3566


TOUCHSTONE PICTURES' ANNAPOLIS Opens Friday, January 27, 2006

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