(June 23, 2000 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Online (www.warnerbros.com) will host two exciting exclusive Internet events tied to the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Perfect Storm” -- a live streaming Webcast of the movie’s world premiere and the sale on eBay of the film’s sister boat that was used to depict the actual vessel caught in the torrential storm, the Andrea Gail. Warner Bros. Online’s Webcast coverage of the premiere begins at 7 PM, PT, Monday, June 26 with the sale on eBay beginning June 28. "The Perfect Storm" tells of the courageous men and women who risk their lives every working day, pitting their fishing boats (including the Andrea Gail) and rescue vessels against the capricious forces of nature. Their worst fears are realized at sea one fateful autumn, when they are confronted by three raging weather fronts, which collide over and forever change the lives of the residents of Gloucester, Massachusetts and the surrounding communities. Warner Bros. Online (www.warnerbros.com) will stream exclusive live coverage of the film’s premiere Monday, June 26 at 7:00 PM, PT, including interviews with the star-studded cast as they make their way down the red carpet. Following the live Webcast, this exclusive footage will be available on Warner Bros. Online’s Web site throughout the film’s release. On hand for the event will be “The Perfect Storm's” stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, Karen Allen, Allen Payne, Bob Gunton, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John C. Reilly. “The Perfect Storm” opens nationwide on Friday, June 30. On Wednesday, June 28, Warner Bros. Online and eBay will promote and begin the sale of the Lady Grace fishing boat, the sister vessel to the Andrea Gail and the boat used to depict her in “The Perfect Storm.” The bidding for the boat begins Wednesday, June 28 and ends Friday, July 7. In addition to the Lady Grace, items offered on eBay will include wardrobe produced for the film, props used in the film as well as signed scripts. An exclusive world premiere package including tickets to the invitation-only screening in Los Angeles, airfare and accommodations already sold on eBay for $4050. Interested bidders can go directly to www.ebay.com or www.warnerbrosauction.com. A portion of the proceeds from the online sale of the Lady Grace will be donated to The Gloucester Fund, a grassroots organization comprised of local charities serving Gloucester, Massachusetts and surrounding communities – the areas most affected by the storm. “This storm of 1991 had a huge impact on the residents of Gloucester, and it is our hope that ‘The Perfect Storm’ honors the memories of these local heroes as well as help people understand the importance of disaster preparedness,” said Brad Ball, President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. Movie fans can find more information by visiting the official "The Perfect Storm" Web site at www.perfectstorm.com. The movie site showcases a six-part exclusive presentation of some of the groundbreaking state-of-the-art visual effects created specifically for the film by Industrial Light & Magic's leading software designers. It also features an exclusive Web-only original documentary about the Gloucester residents who survived the cataclysmic 1991 storm and the fishermen who continue to navigate the area's dangerous and unpredictable seas. Additionally, the site offers an interactive opportunity to tour the deck of the Andrea Gail fishing boat in full 360-degree perspective, as well as view exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and original production design paintings and photos, interviews with the cast and filmmakers, and a very graphic visual simulation of the impact of a 100-foot wave. Users can also obtain facts about storms and the technology used to study them, Coast Guard footage of a real rescue at sea and interviews with the rescuers, as well as extensive profiles on the people, history and culture of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Warner Bros. Pictures Presents A Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures Production In Association with Radiant Productions, A Wolfgang Petersen Film starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, “The Perfect Storm.” Music is by James Horner. The film is edited by Richard Francis-Bruce, A.C.E. William Sandell is the Production Designer. John Seale, ACS, ASC, is the Director of Photography. The Executive Producers are Barry Levinson and Duncan Henderson. Based on the book by Sebastian Junger, the screenplay is by Bill Wittliff. Paula Weinstein, Wolfgang Petersen and Gail Katz produced “The Perfect Storm,” which is directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
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