Movie Premiere Press Release - Final Fantasy



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Press Release

ADVISORY/The World Premiere of Columbia Pictures & Square Pictures' ``Final Fantasy''

WHAT:    The world premiere of Columbia Pictures & Square Pictures'
         ``Final Fantasy''

WHEN:    Monday, July 2
         7 p.m.

WHERE:   Mann Bruin
         948 Broxton Avenue, Westwood

WHO:     Ming-Na                     Dean Devlin
         Ving Rhames                 John Woo
         Donald Sutherland           LeAnn Rimes
         James Woods                 China Chow
         Peri Gilpin                 Aisha Tyler
         Chris Lee                   Andrew Keegan
         Hironobu Sakaguchi          Lara Fabian
                                     Jonathan Jackson
``Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within'' emerges from its successful interactive game roots to deliver an exciting new breed of motion picture adventure. A fresh, provocative take on the sci-fi genre, the film blends spiritual underpinnings and the universal concerns of man vs. nature with the energy of the digital gaming medium and the scope of the motion picture environment.

``Final Fantasy'' game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's vision to take the latest in computer graphic technology and the best artists in the world to create a brand new form of entertainment now comes to the big screen -- a visual feast of concept, motion, design and imagination with all-new, hyperReal characters embarking on an all-new adventure.

Columbia Pictures and Square Pictures present ``Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.'' Hironobu Sakaguchi directs from an original screenplay written by Al Reinert and Jeff Vintar. Story by Sakaguchi. Motonori Sakakibara co-directs. The film features the voices of actors Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Ming-Na, Ving Rhames, Donald Sutherland and James Woods, among others. Sakaguchi, Jun Aida and Chris Lee are producers.

The film's creative team includes director of photography Motonori Sakakibara, animation director Andy Jones, conceptual director Tani Kunitake, character technical director Kevin Ochs, senior animator Roy Sato, VFX supervisor Remo Balcells and composer Elliot Goldenthal.

``Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within'' has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence.


In Theatres Wednesday, July 11

     Columbia Pictures
     Tammy Sandler, Domestic, 310/244-8099
     Jasmin Chavez, International, 310/244-2190

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