Empire Presents Big Screen Update

Empire Presents...BIG SCREEN – Bringing Hollywood to London
The Live Movie Event
Confirmed so far for Empire Presents BIG SCREEN

Bauer Media and Clarion Events are thrilled to unveil the plans for the most exciting movie event of the year as, Empire Presents....BIG SCREEN confirms just a taste of its amazing line-up.

With a choice of over 250 incredible things to do, including a chance to meet the stars, see live performances, a feast of premieres, exclusive screenings, worldwide debuts of new film footage, movie master classes, never before seen glimpses behind the world’s biggest films, Empire Presents ... BIG SCREEN truly promises something for movie fans of all ages.

The movie extravaganza is being backed by all the big studios including Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros Pictures, Universal Pictures, Optimum Releasing, Pixar, Momentum Pictures, Lionsgate and Icon - and promises never before seen access to the inner workings of Hollywood and the biggest names in movies.

The star studded movie extravaganza which runs from 12th-14th August at the 02 will open with the eagerly awaited UK premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Cowboys And Aliens with the cast of the film in attendance. The film, which is directed by Jon Favreau, (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and is tipped to be one of the hottest films of the year. As well as the star studded premiere, there will be special screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - audiences will truly be able to see it first and exclusively at BIG SCREEN.
And for Star Wars™ fans everywhere, attendees will hear from key members of the team from Industrial Light and Magic as they take us on a journey behind the scenes of the beloved films while revealing new content which will be found in the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray. Visitors will also have a special opportunity to be photographed on part of a replica Star Wars set and take part in the Star Wars: Padawan Training School, a must for would-be Jedi everywhere!

Empire Presents BIG SCREEN is also delighted to announce that the coveted spot of closing night film has been confirmed as the UK premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ Fright Night. The fangtastic movie stars Colin Farrell. David Tennant, who co-stars in the movie, will be there in person to welcome fans.

Audiences will be thrilled that, courtesy of Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, the geniuses behind the iconic Wallace And Gromit will be present to introduce highlights from their two brilliant new blockbusters Arthur Christmas and The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and demonstrate first-hand how they bring these incredible characters to life.

The many exclusive screenings will also feature a chance for audiences to see before anyone else a host of huge upcoming blockbusters. Already confirmed are a very special screening of the much anticipated film adaptation of the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Help courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures, future comedy smash The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, courtesy of Universal Pictures; 5-star Empire reviewed new film The Guard followed by a Q&A with director John Martin McDonagh, and a screening of the refreshingly original new horror movie from Norway, TrollHunter, also supported with a cast Q&A. And Lionsgate will have an exciting presence with the eagerly awaited Conan The Barbarian 3D and will reveal all at a later date.

Audiences will get to see exclusive sneak peaks of a huge array of forthcoming blockbusters, including the likes of Guillermo Tel Toro-produced horror Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: James Cameron’s Titanic 3D, the Justin Timberlake sci-fi In Time, Alien invasion movie The Darkest Hour, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While fans of huge home-grown talent will be treated to exclusive footage from Daniel Radcliffe’s up-coming ghostly hit The Woman in Black and a sneak peak at the hugely anticipated adaption of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

Indeed, the weekend offers something for everyone with everything from animal shows starring the world’s most loved furry movie stars, to an exclusive performance by celebrated dance group Flawless who will be teaching fans a routine from Street Dance, to demonstrations by the industry’s most respected visual effects houses.

We are delighted to announce that the director of Real Steel, Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Date Night), will be attending in person to present a sneak peek from the October 7th release. In addition to showing footage from the movie, Shawn will also be discussing the amazing techniques he used in bringing the movie to the big screen. It promises to be a hugely entertaining experience, with the chance to see one of Hollywood’s top directors describing in person how he created what promises to be one of the most thrilling movies of the year.

Guests will delight at the industry’s greatest animators Pixar unveiling To Infinity And Beyond: Celebrating 25 Years of Pixar Animation Studios - a celebratory screening of all of the Pixar films and shorts, which will include a preview of the next film Brave. They can also enjoy a special satellite conversation with The Muppets who are going to reveal a clip of Disney’s The Muppets not out in cinemas until February 2012.

In addition, each of the three days of this incredible event will feature a SECRET SCREENING of a hotly anticipated forthcoming movie.

And if that taster of what is to come, isn’t enough to whet appetites, BIG SCREEN will also boast a range of themed screens and areas, offering some amazing treats for all types of film fan.

Visitors will have the chance to enjoy some of their favourite films on the big screen as part of THE MODERN GREATS SCREEN. Screenings will range from classics such as Apocalypse Now to Clerks (celebrating its 15th anniversary, to Stand By Me (celebrating its 25th anniversary), to the Scream trilogy, Sin City and Dark Star.

In addition, The London Film Museum, the only museum of its kind in Great Britain, will be showcasing some of the most iconic movie costumes ever seen including the Bourne Ultimatum, Highlander, Ali G Inda House, Indiana Jones, Golden Compass, Johnny English and Conan, as well as costumes worn by Peter Sellers, Christopher Lee and Sir Alec Guiness. There will also be a stunning displays of props from various film and television shows including Thunderbirds, Merlin, Borrowers and Doctor Who.

Small Screen will preview the best in top class TV shows from the US and UK, including panels from the show’s makers and stars.

In Conversation With… offers film fans the chance to hear stories from a huge array of movie legends including the world’s greatest stunt man Vic Armstrong - whose 80 credits span from Indiana Jones, to Superman to James Bond, as well as the artists behind The Making Of Alien, which goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest movie series ever created.

How They Do It offers a masterclass from the likes of premier film composer and musical director David Arnold whose credits include five of the James Bond films and. And with BIG SCREEN’S Pitch Your Movie competition audiences can try out for our ‘X-Factor of movie pitching’ in front of a panel of the industry’s biggest names.

Comic-Book World includes a discussion with comic book genius Mark Millar, creator of Kick Ass and the man who brought Spider-Man, Superman and Captain America into the 21st century. And you can join renowned author and Empire critic Kim Newman in his Chamber Of Horrors, where he hosts three days of horrors screenings, Q&As and signings including screenings of Quatermass And The Pit and Don’t Look Now, as well as panels on the history of the iconic British studio, Hammer Studios and the eternal fascination with Dracula.

And finally, Empire Comes Alive! offers a humorous and interactive opportunity to see the magazine brought to life. Legendary features such as How Much Is A Pint of Milk? And Movie Mastermind will be brought to the stage with special guest appearances and the chance to give your views to the critics.

This is just a taste of the truly amazing line-up that awaits fans this August. Over the coming weeks more will be revealed including details on further premieres, screenings and events. Whether it be a movie spectacular in the Special Effects Arena, master classes with world renowned filmmakers or the chance to get up close and personal with Hollywood’s biggest stars – there will be something for everyone, big and small.

Nicola Gunstone, Group Show Director of Empire Presents BIG SCREEN and Stuart Williams, Managing Director of Live Events & Strategic Partnerships at Bauer Media commented: “We are delighted to be working together on the most exciting live movie event seen in London to date. This three day ground-breaking event provides an exciting extension to the Empire brand and offers a unique experience to movie fans in the UK and Europe”.

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Thanks to James and Romley Davies.