World Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'The Mummy Returns' Sunday, April 29 At Universal Amphitheater to Benefit USC-School of Cinema-Television

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Universal Pictures

    LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The world
 premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Mummy Returns," the highly-anticipated
 sequel to the worldwide box office smash "The Mummy," will benefit the USC
 School of Cinema-Television, Dean Elizabeth Daley announced today.
     Like its predecessor, "The Mummy Returns" was written and directed by USC
 alumnus Stephen Sommers and executive produced by fellow alumnus Bob Ducsay.
 James Jacks and Sean Daniel produced both films.  The premiere is scheduled to
 begin with a 6 PM screening Sunday, April 29 at the Universal Amphitheater
 followed by a celebration atop the hill in Universal City.
     The event is co-chaired by Stacey Snider and Gary Jones, Kelly Chapman and
 Ron Meyer and Jana and Stephen Sommers.  Tickets, which include admission to
 the new Universal Studios' Mummy-themed Chamber of Doom, are still available
 through Kidd & Co. at 310-559-9334.  "The Mummy Returns" stars Brendan Fraser,
 Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, The Rock, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia
 Velasquez and screen newcomer Freddie Boath.
     "Steve Sommers is an incredible talent who in a very short time has made
 an indelible mark in Hollywood and on audiences around the world with the
 unique and spectacular vision he displayed in 'The Mummy'," said Elizabeth
 Daley.  "We are proud to have him as part of the USC School of
 Cinema-Television family and we are grateful to Steve, Bob and Universal
 Pictures for making this benefit possible."
     Stacey Snider, chairman, Universal Pictures said, "The USC School of
 Cinema-Television has produced some of the most talented and successful
 filmmakers working today, and Stephen Sommers easily fits into that category.
 We are thrilled to have him as part of our family and delighted to host the
 premiere of "The Mummy Returns" as a benefit for his alma mater."
     "The USC School of Cinema-Television is where I got my start as a
 filmmaker," said Stephen Sommers.  "I met people there I still work with
 today.  It's a real thrill to be able to give something back to such a great
 institution."
     Set in 1933, "The Mummy Returns" begins eight years after the events of
 "The Mummy."  Rick O'Connell (Fraser) is now married to Evelyn (Weisz), and
 the couple has settled in London, where they are raising their son Alex
 (Boath).  When a chain of events finds the corpse of Imhotep (Vosloo)
 resurrected in the British Museum, the mummy Imhotep walks the earth once
 more, determined to fulfill his quest for immortality.  But another force has
 also been set loose in the world ...one born of the darkest rituals of ancient
 Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep.  When these two
 forces clash, the fate of the world will hang in the balance, sending the
 O'Connells on a desperate race to save the world from unspeakable evil, and
 rescue their son before it is too late.
     The premiere of the film will benefit students at USC's School of
 Cinema-Television.  For more than 70 years, the School has provided training
 for graduate and undergraduate students in all areas of cinema-television
 study, from hands-on production to academic analysis.  The School has produced
 many gifted graduates who, like Sommers and Ducsay, have become leaders in
 their field.  In addition to its world-renowned programs in film, the School
 boasts expanded curricula in television studies, animation and digital arts.
 This year, the School celebrated the opening of the revolutionary Robert
 Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, the first educational facility to embrace
 all aspects of digital production from concept through post-production.
 
     Universal Pictures is a unit of Universal Studios
 (www.universalstudios.com), a part of Canal +, the TV and Film division of
 Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications.
 
     For further information please contact Jeff Sakson of Universal Pictures,
 818-777-4791; or Kristin Bordella of Bumble Ward & Associates, 323-655-8585,
 for USC.
 
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    LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The world
 premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Mummy Returns," the highly-anticipated
 sequel to the worldwide box office smash "The Mummy," will benefit the USC
 School of Cinema-Television, Dean Elizabeth Daley announced today.
     Like its predecessor, "The Mummy Returns" was written and directed by USC
 alumnus Stephen Sommers and executive produced by fellow alumnus Bob Ducsay.
 James Jacks and Sean Daniel produced both films.  The premiere is scheduled to
 begin with a 6 PM screening Sunday, April 29 at the Universal Amphitheater
 followed by a celebration atop the hill in Universal City.
     The event is co-chaired by Stacey Snider and Gary Jones, Kelly Chapman and
 Ron Meyer and Jana and Stephen Sommers.  Tickets, which include admission to
 the new Universal Studios' Mummy-themed Chamber of Doom, are still available
 through Kidd & Co. at 310-559-9334.  "The Mummy Returns" stars Brendan Fraser,
 Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, The Rock, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia
 Velasquez and screen newcomer Freddie Boath.
     "Steve Sommers is an incredible talent who in a very short time has made
 an indelible mark in Hollywood and on audiences around the world with the
 unique and spectacular vision he displayed in 'The Mummy'," said Elizabeth
 Daley.  "We are proud to have him as part of the USC School of
 Cinema-Television family and we are grateful to Steve, Bob and Universal
 Pictures for making this benefit possible."
     Stacey Snider, chairman, Universal Pictures said, "The USC School of
 Cinema-Television has produced some of the most talented and successful
 filmmakers working today, and Stephen Sommers easily fits into that category.
 We are thrilled to have him as part of our family and delighted to host the
 premiere of "The Mummy Returns" as a benefit for his alma mater."
     "The USC School of Cinema-Television is where I got my start as a
 filmmaker," said Stephen Sommers.  "I met people there I still work with
 today.  It's a real thrill to be able to give something back to such a great
 institution."
     Set in 1933, "The Mummy Returns" begins eight years after the events of
 "The Mummy."  Rick O'Connell (Fraser) is now married to Evelyn (Weisz), and
 the couple has settled in London, where they are raising their son Alex
 (Boath).  When a chain of events finds the corpse of Imhotep (Vosloo)
 resurrected in the British Museum, the mummy Imhotep walks the earth once
 more, determined to fulfill his quest for immortality.  But another force has
 also been set loose in the world ...one born of the darkest rituals of ancient
 Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep.  When these two
 forces clash, the fate of the world will hang in the balance, sending the
 O'Connells on a desperate race to save the world from unspeakable evil, and
 rescue their son before it is too late.
     The premiere of the film will benefit students at USC's School of
 Cinema-Television.  For more than 70 years, the School has provided training
 for graduate and undergraduate students in all areas of cinema-television
 study, from hands-on production to academic analysis.  The School has produced
 many gifted graduates who, like Sommers and Ducsay, have become leaders in
 their field.  In addition to its world-renowned programs in film, the School
 boasts expanded curricula in television studies, animation and digital arts.
 This year, the School celebrated the opening of the revolutionary Robert
 Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, the first educational facility to embrace
 all aspects of digital production from concept through post-production.
 
     Universal Pictures is a unit of Universal Studios
 (www.universalstudios.com), a part of Canal +, the TV and Film division of
 Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications.
 
     For further information please contact Jeff Sakson of Universal Pictures,
 818-777-4791; or Kristin Bordella of Bumble Ward & Associates, 323-655-8585,
 for USC.
 
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