Apr 23, 2008
<p><strong>WARNER BROS. PICTURES' AND VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES' SPEED RACER PREMIERES APRIL 26th IN BRAND NEW DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES THEATRE</strong></p> <p>April 23, 2008</p> <p>Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will host its first-ever movie premiere when the upcoming feature film Speed Racer screens at the downtown Los Angeles 7,100-seat live music and entertainment venue on Saturday, April 26th. The state-of-the-art theatre--which opened in October and hosts a full schedule of live concerts, comedy shows, corporate events and award shows--will now add motion picture world premieres to its world-class roster of programming.</p> <p>&#34;We are incredibly excited and anticipate a remarkable evening when we host the premiere of Speed Racer as our first-ever movie premiere,&#34; said Lee Zeidman, General Manager, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. &#34;The great sight lines and acoustics of Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will create the perfect setting and experience for our guests that evening. We thank Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, and all of the filmmakers for allowing us the opportunity to host the premiere of one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer.&#34;</p> <p>From the Wachowski brothers and producer Joel Silver, creators of the groundbreaking The Matrix trilogy, comes the live-action, high-octane film Speed Racer, which follows the adventures of the young racecar driver Speed in his quest for glory in his thunderous Mach 5. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Benno F�rmann, Hiroyuki Sanada, Asian pop superstar Rain, and Richard Roundtree. The Wachowski brothers directed the film from their own screenplay. Joel Silver, who previously worked with the Wachowski brothers on The Matrix movies and V for Vendetta, produced the film under his Silver Pictures banner. Grant Hill, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski are also producers, with David Lane Seltzer, Michael Lambert and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. The live-action Speed Racer showcases the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowski brothers' films. The film is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures Production, in association with Anarchos Productions. For more information, visit:</p> <p>Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE hosts more than 120 music, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches annually. Since opening its doors in October 2007, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE has hosted the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Sugarland, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young, Anita Baker, the American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige, the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Tour, John Mayer, Bj�rk, John Fogerty, Tori Amos and George Lopez. Other upcoming events include the finale of American Idol, and the ESPY and Emmy Awards shows.</p> <p>Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE is centrally located within L.A. LIVE, the 4-million square foot sports, residential and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles. Located adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE is destined to become the region's primary event center for people seeking sports and entertainment offerings in a unique urban environment.</p> <p align=&#34;center&#34;># # #</p> <h1><strong>MEDIA CONTACTS</strong> </h1> <blockquote> <p><strong>Michael Roth</strong>, AEG/Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE 213-742-7155 <a href=&#34;mailto:[email protected]&#34;>[email protected]</a><br /> <strong>Cara Vanderhook</strong>, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE 213-742-7273 <a href=&#34;mailto:[email protected]&#34;>[email protected]</a><br /> <strong>Jan Craft</strong>, Warner Bros. Pictures Publicity 818-954-2279 <a href=&#34;mailto:[email protected]&#34;>[email protected]</a></p> </blockquote>