Jeff Goldblum Headlines STARZ! Pictures June Original ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN

Herbert Biberman's Triumphant Struggle Against the Blacklist to Make Landmark

Suppressed Film: SALT OF THE EARTH



Poignant Drama Also Features Emmy(R) Winning Actress Greta Scacchi



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from STARZ! Pictures

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- STARZ!
 Pictures(R) presents acclaimed actor Jeff Goldblum in the world premiere of
 ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN, the inspiring real-life drama about blacklisted
 "Hollywood Ten" writer/director Herbert Biberman's courageous and triumphant
 struggle to make the landmark independently produced drama SALT OF THE EARTH.
 The groundbreaking movie was a progenitor of today's American independent film
 movement and the inaugural project of the Independent Productions Corporation
 (IPC).  Biberman and his blacklisted IPC partners -- Paul Jerrico, Michael
 Wilson and Adrian Scott -- made SALT OF THE EARTH in 1953, during the hysteria
 of the Cold War and the height of McCarthyism.  Punished for holding left-wing
 views by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC), the IPC were
 convinced that they could circumvent Hollywood's blacklist by working outside
 the studio system.  The agents of the blacklist -- studios, the technical
 workers union, FBI, American Legion, and other groups -- worked diligently to
 prevent the movie from being made, and failing that to prevent its
 distribution.  As a result, SALT OF THE EARTH was eventually suppressed in the
 U.S.  ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN also stars Greta Scacchi as Biberman's wife,
 Academy Award(R)-winning actress Gale Sondergaard.  The film will premiere on
 STARZ!(R) Sunday, June 24, 2001, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (with subsequent plays
 throughout the month).
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010424/LATU026 )
     In 1992, SALT OF THE EARTH was among the first 100 films to be placed on
 the Library of Congress' National Registry of culturally and historically
 significant motion pictures made in America.  The film never received wide
 release, but did manage to play briefly in New York and San Francisco in 1954
 to critical acclaim before being banned in the U.S.  It was released in Canada
 and in Europe to widespread acclaim, and was briefly reissued in the U.S. in
 1965.  In 1997, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) honored the late director
 by restoring his membership in the guild, which had been stripped from him in
 1950 after he was sentenced to prison for contempt of Congress.  Biberman, who
 died in 1971, was one of the founders of the guild.
     The story begins at the 1937 Academy Awards(R) ceremony in Los Angeles,
 when actress Gale Sondergaard (Scacchi), wife of director Herbert Biberman
 (Goldblum), wins the first ever Best Supporting Oscar(R) for her performance
 in ANTHONY ADVERSE, heralding her arrival as a leading character actress of
 Hollywood's golden age.  As studio heads fight to offer their congratulations,
 she singles out her loving husband, Herbert, as the inspiration behind her
 career and urges her fellow artists to join the fight against the rise of
 fascism in Europe.
     In 1947 Hitler has been defeated, but a new enemy has been found in Cold
 War anti-Communist paranoia.  Hounded by the FBI, Biberman is called to
 testify before the HUAC, where he refuses to denounce his fellow filmmakers
 and is imprisoned for six months for contempt of Congress.  For Herbert and
 the rest of the "Hollywood Ten," the price of loyalty to friends and
 principles is their freedom.  Despite the Oscar(R) gracing her mantel and an
 Academy Award(R) Best Supporting Actress nomination for ANNA AND THE KING OF
 SIAM, Sondergaard's unflinching support of her husband leads to her being
 blacklisted as well.  At the height of her career, Sondergaard finds herself
 unable to work as an actress and with a husband in jail.
     Released from prison, Biberman, with Sondergaard at his side, affirms his
 commitment and courage in the face of the blacklist by planning to make the
 independent film SALT OF THE EARTH.  The film's $250,000 budget is quietly
 funded by outspoken left-wing activist Los Angeles theater-owner Simon M.
 Lazarus.  Written by Academy Award(R)-winner Michael Wilson (A PLACE IN THE
 SUN) -- who would later gain fame for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE BRIDGE ON THE
 RIVER KWAI -- the uplifting story is based on the successful 1950 year-long
 strike by Mexican American miners from Mine-Mill Local 890 in Silver City, New
 Mexico against the Jersey Zinc Company.  Spurned by the Screen Actors Guild
 (SAG), Biberman can hire only two professional actors: blacklisted Will Geer
 (who later went on to play Grandpa on "The Waltons") and, in a defiant break
 from Hollywood tradition, Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas (Spanish actress
 Angela Molina) as the Hispanic lead.  Out of necessity, the miners and their
 wives play themselves and the crew is made up of blacklisted technicians.
 Biberman and his blacklisted IPC partners -- Wilson, Paul Jerrico and Adrian
 Scott begin production in 1953.  Unfortunately, SALT OF THE EARTH proves
 anything but easy to make.  Word about the film soon leaks to Hollywood, where
 industry leaders like Walter Pidgeon, then president of SAG, and various
 public and private agencies cooperate in a campaign of coercion and
 intimidation to suppress the movie and destroy the IPC.  The IPC is quickly
 barred from laboratories, sound studios and any of the normal facilities
 available to filmmakers, and is hounded by the press and politicians.  The FBI
 swings into action, directing a wave of anti-Red hysteria that culminates with
 the Immigration Service deporting Ms. Revueltas, and bribed, gun-toting
 vigilante thugs torching the sets and terrorizing the filmmakers as the entire
 Hollywood establishment and Federal government tries to destroy the film by
 any means necessary.  Ultimately they fail and SALT OF THE EARTH is completed.
     Writer/director Karl Francis was engrossed with Herbert Biberman, and
 especially the life-threatening difficulties he faced while shooting SALT OF
 THE EARTH.  "What interested me initially was to see how much interference,
 physical intimidation and mayhem there had been in the making of SALT OF THE
 EARTH.  The reason I remained interested had to do with my own experiences
 coming from a coal-mining background, as a filmmaker, with censorship, and
 with seeing how working class people have been treated on film."
     To prepare for the role, Jeff Goldblum threw himself into researching
 Biberman's story, including studying books about him and the political and
 social upheavals of the period, reading the actual correspondence written
 between Biberman and Sondergaard, and watching reel upon reel of historical
 footage.  According to Goldblum, Biberman was "rock solid, wildly upright, a
 fighter and driven to pursue the good way, the decent way, the moral way."
     "It's a fascinating story, as true stories often are," Greta Scacchi says
 of the film.  "It's a story that hasn't often been looked back on.  It brings
 up a lot of aspects of film work, of the reason why we do our work --
 principles, convictions that are still relevant today ... this witch hunt is
 something that we look at as part of the past, but in fact I think the
 reverberations are still very apparent in how Hollywood works today."
     "All period films present a creative challenge," explains producer Stuart
 Pollack, "however, for ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN, the story ranges over a
 period of fifteen years -- from the glamour of the 1937 Academy Award(R)
 ceremony to the impoverished Latino communities in New Mexico.  The narrative
 opens with a splash of Hollywood glamour set in a politically oppressive era
 and slowly builds to celebrate freedom in rural poverty."  Pollack goes on to
 say that the film "combines pure entertainment elements with a timely message
 about principles and living a life of integrity.  It is an American story that
 touches on universal truths faced everywhere."
     For more information on Herbert Biberman, the 1947 HUAC hearings and the
 "Hollywood Ten" visit www.hollywood10.com.
     Jeff Goldblum is one of the most recognized actors of his generation.  He
 started in feature films in 1974 and offered memorable cameos in films like
 ANNIE HALL and THE RIGHT STUFF.  His stellar performances in THE BIG CHILL and
 THE FLY launched his career as mega-star.  Since then, Goldblum has starred in
 three of the top grossing films of all time: JURASSIC PARK, INDEPENDENCE DAY
 and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK.  He can be seen in the upcoming feature
 CATS & DOGS scheduled for release on May 25, 2001.  Italian-born Greta Scacchi
 is an accomplished film, television and theater actress recognized as much in
 the United States as she is across Europe.  She began acting as a teenager.
 Her first film was in director Dominik Graf's DAS ZWEITE GESICHT, in 1982.
 Among her feature film credits are titles such as JEFFERSON IN PARIS, THE RED
 VIOLIN, EMMA, THE PLAYER and PRESUMED INNOCENT opposite Harrison Ford.  Her
 television credits include "Macbeth," "The Odyssey," "Rasputin" (for which she
 won the 1996 Emmy(R) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a
 Special), "Camille" and "Waterfront."  She can be seen next in the Australian
 television mini-series "The Farm."
     ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN was written and directed by U.K. film and
 television veteran Karl Francis (STREETLIFE, REBECCA'S DAUGHTERS).  Francis,
 Madrid-based Juan Gordon (INFERNO) and Los Angeles-based Stuart Pollack acted
 as producers.  The film was shot in Los Angeles, Madrid and the provinces of
 Almeria and Murcia in Spain.
 
     About STARZ! Pictures and Starz Encore Group LLC
     STARZ!(SM) regularly plays never-before-seen STARZ! Pictures(R) films that
 feature some of Hollywood's most outstanding talent.  Recent STARZ! Pictures
 include: MAZE directed by and starring Rob Morrow and Laura Linney; FOREVER
 LULU starring Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze and Penelope Ann Miller; BRUNO
 directed by and starring Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates and Gary Sinise and
 RELATIVE VALUES starring Julie Andrews.
     Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore), currently celebrating its 10th
 anniversary, is the largest provider of cable and satellite-delivered premium
 movie channels in the United States.  Starz Encore owns 15 domestic channels
 and currently counts approximately 88 million pay units.  Starz Encore offers
 up to 14 channels of the Starz Super Pak(SM), which comprises STARZ!(R),
 Encore(SM), Action(SM), Mystery(SM), BLACK STARZ!(R), Westerns(SM), STARZ!
 Family(R), Love Stories(SM), True Stories(SM), STARZ! Theater(R), WAM!(R),
 STARZ!(R) Cinema(SM) and, to be offered in 2002, STARZ!(R) Comedy(SM) and
 STARZ!(R) Kidz(SM).  Additionally, Starz Encore has the only low priced movie
 pak for price-sensitive consumers, the Encore Movie Pak(SM), featuring up to
 seven theme channels.  Find programming information on the Web at
 www.starzencore.com and archived press releases at
 www.prnewswire.com/micro/NCOR.  Starz Encore is a wholly owned subsidiary of
 Liberty Media Group (NYSE:   LMGa, LMGb).
 
     For further information, please contact Marc McCarthy of STARZ! Pictures,
 303-267-5851, marc.mccarthy@starzencore.com; or Richard Hoffman of Warren
 Cowan & Associates, 310-275-0777, rhhoffman@warrencowan.com, for STARZ!
 Pictures.
 
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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- STARZ!
 Pictures(R) presents acclaimed actor Jeff Goldblum in the world premiere of
 ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN, the inspiring real-life drama about blacklisted
 "Hollywood Ten" writer/director Herbert Biberman's courageous and triumphant
 struggle to make the landmark independently produced drama SALT OF THE EARTH.
 The groundbreaking movie was a progenitor of today's American independent film
 movement and the inaugural project of the Independent Productions Corporation
 (IPC).  Biberman and his blacklisted IPC partners -- Paul Jerrico, Michael
 Wilson and Adrian Scott -- made SALT OF THE EARTH in 1953, during the hysteria
 of the Cold War and the height of McCarthyism.  Punished for holding left-wing
 views by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC), the IPC were
 convinced that they could circumvent Hollywood's blacklist by working outside
 the studio system.  The agents of the blacklist -- studios, the technical
 workers union, FBI, American Legion, and other groups -- worked diligently to
 prevent the movie from being made, and failing that to prevent its
 distribution.  As a result, SALT OF THE EARTH was eventually suppressed in the
 U.S.  ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN also stars Greta Scacchi as Biberman's wife,
 Academy Award(R)-winning actress Gale Sondergaard.  The film will premiere on
 STARZ!(R) Sunday, June 24, 2001, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (with subsequent plays
 throughout the month).
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010424/LATU026 )
     In 1992, SALT OF THE EARTH was among the first 100 films to be placed on
 the Library of Congress' National Registry of culturally and historically
 significant motion pictures made in America.  The film never received wide
 release, but did manage to play briefly in New York and San Francisco in 1954
 to critical acclaim before being banned in the U.S.  It was released in Canada
 and in Europe to widespread acclaim, and was briefly reissued in the U.S. in
 1965.  In 1997, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) honored the late director
 by restoring his membership in the guild, which had been stripped from him in
 1950 after he was sentenced to prison for contempt of Congress.  Biberman, who
 died in 1971, was one of the founders of the guild.
     The story begins at the 1937 Academy Awards(R) ceremony in Los Angeles,
 when actress Gale Sondergaard (Scacchi), wife of director Herbert Biberman
 (Goldblum), wins the first ever Best Supporting Oscar(R) for her performance
 in ANTHONY ADVERSE, heralding her arrival as a leading character actress of
 Hollywood's golden age.  As studio heads fight to offer their congratulations,
 she singles out her loving husband, Herbert, as the inspiration behind her
 career and urges her fellow artists to join the fight against the rise of
 fascism in Europe.
     In 1947 Hitler has been defeated, but a new enemy has been found in Cold
 War anti-Communist paranoia.  Hounded by the FBI, Biberman is called to
 testify before the HUAC, where he refuses to denounce his fellow filmmakers
 and is imprisoned for six months for contempt of Congress.  For Herbert and
 the rest of the "Hollywood Ten," the price of loyalty to friends and
 principles is their freedom.  Despite the Oscar(R) gracing her mantel and an
 Academy Award(R) Best Supporting Actress nomination for ANNA AND THE KING OF
 SIAM, Sondergaard's unflinching support of her husband leads to her being
 blacklisted as well.  At the height of her career, Sondergaard finds herself
 unable to work as an actress and with a husband in jail.
     Released from prison, Biberman, with Sondergaard at his side, affirms his
 commitment and courage in the face of the blacklist by planning to make the
 independent film SALT OF THE EARTH.  The film's $250,000 budget is quietly
 funded by outspoken left-wing activist Los Angeles theater-owner Simon M.
 Lazarus.  Written by Academy Award(R)-winner Michael Wilson (A PLACE IN THE
 SUN) -- who would later gain fame for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE BRIDGE ON THE
 RIVER KWAI -- the uplifting story is based on the successful 1950 year-long
 strike by Mexican American miners from Mine-Mill Local 890 in Silver City, New
 Mexico against the Jersey Zinc Company.  Spurned by the Screen Actors Guild
 (SAG), Biberman can hire only two professional actors: blacklisted Will Geer
 (who later went on to play Grandpa on "The Waltons") and, in a defiant break
 from Hollywood tradition, Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas (Spanish actress
 Angela Molina) as the Hispanic lead.  Out of necessity, the miners and their
 wives play themselves and the crew is made up of blacklisted technicians.
 Biberman and his blacklisted IPC partners -- Wilson, Paul Jerrico and Adrian
 Scott begin production in 1953.  Unfortunately, SALT OF THE EARTH proves
 anything but easy to make.  Word about the film soon leaks to Hollywood, where
 industry leaders like Walter Pidgeon, then president of SAG, and various
 public and private agencies cooperate in a campaign of coercion and
 intimidation to suppress the movie and destroy the IPC.  The IPC is quickly
 barred from laboratories, sound studios and any of the normal facilities
 available to filmmakers, and is hounded by the press and politicians.  The FBI
 swings into action, directing a wave of anti-Red hysteria that culminates with
 the Immigration Service deporting Ms. Revueltas, and bribed, gun-toting
 vigilante thugs torching the sets and terrorizing the filmmakers as the entire
 Hollywood establishment and Federal government tries to destroy the film by
 any means necessary.  Ultimately they fail and SALT OF THE EARTH is completed.
     Writer/director Karl Francis was engrossed with Herbert Biberman, and
 especially the life-threatening difficulties he faced while shooting SALT OF
 THE EARTH.  "What interested me initially was to see how much interference,
 physical intimidation and mayhem there had been in the making of SALT OF THE
 EARTH.  The reason I remained interested had to do with my own experiences
 coming from a coal-mining background, as a filmmaker, with censorship, and
 with seeing how working class people have been treated on film."
     To prepare for the role, Jeff Goldblum threw himself into researching
 Biberman's story, including studying books about him and the political and
 social upheavals of the period, reading the actual correspondence written
 between Biberman and Sondergaard, and watching reel upon reel of historical
 footage.  According to Goldblum, Biberman was "rock solid, wildly upright, a
 fighter and driven to pursue the good way, the decent way, the moral way."
     "It's a fascinating story, as true stories often are," Greta Scacchi says
 of the film.  "It's a story that hasn't often been looked back on.  It brings
 up a lot of aspects of film work, of the reason why we do our work --
 principles, convictions that are still relevant today ... this witch hunt is
 something that we look at as part of the past, but in fact I think the
 reverberations are still very apparent in how Hollywood works today."
     "All period films present a creative challenge," explains producer Stuart
 Pollack, "however, for ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN, the story ranges over a
 period of fifteen years -- from the glamour of the 1937 Academy Award(R)
 ceremony to the impoverished Latino communities in New Mexico.  The narrative
 opens with a splash of Hollywood glamour set in a politically oppressive era
 and slowly builds to celebrate freedom in rural poverty."  Pollack goes on to
 say that the film "combines pure entertainment elements with a timely message
 about principles and living a life of integrity.  It is an American story that
 touches on universal truths faced everywhere."
     For more information on Herbert Biberman, the 1947 HUAC hearings and the
 "Hollywood Ten" visit www.hollywood10.com.
     Jeff Goldblum is one of the most recognized actors of his generation.  He
 started in feature films in 1974 and offered memorable cameos in films like
 ANNIE HALL and THE RIGHT STUFF.  His stellar performances in THE BIG CHILL and
 THE FLY launched his career as mega-star.  Since then, Goldblum has starred in
 three of the top grossing films of all time: JURASSIC PARK, INDEPENDENCE DAY
 and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK.  He can be seen in the upcoming feature
 CATS & DOGS scheduled for release on May 25, 2001.  Italian-born Greta Scacchi
 is an accomplished film, television and theater actress recognized as much in
 the United States as she is across Europe.  She began acting as a teenager.
 Her first film was in director Dominik Graf's DAS ZWEITE GESICHT, in 1982.
 Among her feature film credits are titles such as JEFFERSON IN PARIS, THE RED
 VIOLIN, EMMA, THE PLAYER and PRESUMED INNOCENT opposite Harrison Ford.  Her
 television credits include "Macbeth," "The Odyssey," "Rasputin" (for which she
 won the 1996 Emmy(R) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a
 Special), "Camille" and "Waterfront."  She can be seen next in the Australian
 television mini-series "The Farm."
     ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN was written and directed by U.K. film and
 television veteran Karl Francis (STREETLIFE, REBECCA'S DAUGHTERS).  Francis,
 Madrid-based Juan Gordon (INFERNO) and Los Angeles-based Stuart Pollack acted
 as producers.  The film was shot in Los Angeles, Madrid and the provinces of
 Almeria and Murcia in Spain.
 
     About STARZ! Pictures and Starz Encore Group LLC
     STARZ!(SM) regularly plays never-before-seen STARZ! Pictures(R) films that
 feature some of Hollywood's most outstanding talent.  Recent STARZ! Pictures
 include: MAZE directed by and starring Rob Morrow and Laura Linney; FOREVER
 LULU starring Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze and Penelope Ann Miller; BRUNO
 directed by and starring Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates and Gary Sinise and
 RELATIVE VALUES starring Julie Andrews.
     Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore), currently celebrating its 10th
 anniversary, is the largest provider of cable and satellite-delivered premium
 movie channels in the United States.  Starz Encore owns 15 domestic channels
 and currently counts approximately 88 million pay units.  Starz Encore offers
 up to 14 channels of the Starz Super Pak(SM), which comprises STARZ!(R),
 Encore(SM), Action(SM), Mystery(SM), BLACK STARZ!(R), Westerns(SM), STARZ!
 Family(R), Love Stories(SM), True Stories(SM), STARZ! Theater(R), WAM!(R),
 STARZ!(R) Cinema(SM) and, to be offered in 2002, STARZ!(R) Comedy(SM) and
 STARZ!(R) Kidz(SM).  Additionally, Starz Encore has the only low priced movie
 pak for price-sensitive consumers, the Encore Movie Pak(SM), featuring up to
 seven theme channels.  Find programming information on the Web at
 www.starzencore.com and archived press releases at
 www.prnewswire.com/micro/NCOR.  Starz Encore is a wholly owned subsidiary of
 Liberty Media Group (NYSE:   LMGa, LMGb).
 
     For further information, please contact Marc McCarthy of STARZ! Pictures,
 303-267-5851, marc.mccarthy@starzencore.com; or Richard Hoffman of Warren
 Cowan & Associates, 310-275-0777, rhhoffman@warrencowan.com, for STARZ!
 Pictures.
 
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