Film: Mamma Mia!

Worldwide Phenomenon Mamma Mia! The Movie Takes in “Money Money Money” with DVD Ringing in $30 Million on First Day

The Most Successful Film Musical of All Time Worldwide Becomes The Must-Have Home Entertainment Title of 2008

Mama miaConsumers said “Gimme Gimme Gimme” to Mamma Mia! The Movie, the most successful film musical of all time worldwide, as first day domestic DVD and Blu-ray™ consumer spend totaled over $30 million. Universal Studios Home Entertainment sold over 2.25 million units of the Golden Globe® -nominated blockbuster on December 16, 2008.

An unprecedented worldwide box office phenomenon, Mamma Mia! The Movie has already been proclaimed the fastest selling DVD of all time in the U.K. after first-day sales reached 1.6 million units, surpassing the previous decade-long record holder Titanic on November 24, 2008 by over a half-million units, or 50 percent of total sales.

Overflowing with high-spirited fun, Mamma Mia! The Movie is the ultimate film for every “Dancing Queen” to enjoy at home this holiday season, and makes the perfect gift for the whole family. The film recently garnered two Golden Globe ®nominations including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress in Musical or Comedy for Meryl Streep.
 
Mama mia movie “Adding spectacular star power to the record-breaking popularity of the global stage hit and the unforgettable music of ABBA has made Mamma Mia! The Movie the must-see film event of the year,” said Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platform. “That unbeatable combination has created extraordinary demand for the new DVD and Blu-ray releases, as demonstrated by its phenomenal success in the U.S. and all over the world.”
 
In the U.K., Mamma Mia! The Movie continued its winning streak, selling 3.2 million units in its first week, beating Titanic's 10-year record by 35 percent. In Australia, the DVD became the biggest DVD release of the past two years, holding the number-one spot for four consecutive weeks. The title is now poised to become one of the continent’s top- five DVDs of all time.  It is also Universals’ biggest home entertainment release ever in Germany, with one million units shipped to date. In Nordic territories, the title has broken all industry records to date, with 1.2 million units shipped in its first week.
 
Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s hit songs, Mamma Mia! The Movie is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family. Two-time Oscar® winner Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) head up an all-star cast that also includes Amanda Seyfried (“Big Love”), Colin Firth (Love Actually), Stellan Skarsgård (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Julie Walters (the Harry Potter films), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys) and Christine Baranski (Chicago).

The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit—global producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd—reprise their roles in bringing this joyful, musical story to the big screen. Craymer shares producing credit with Gary Goetzman (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Charlie Wilson’s War). Executive producers are Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Mark Huffman.
 
Seen by more than 32 million people around the world, the stage production of Mamma Mia! is celebrating more than seven years on Broadway and is currently playing record-breaking engagements in Las Vegas and on national tour in the United States.  There are currently eight productions of Mamma Mia! running around the world.
 
Available for a limited time only, the most infectiously fun movie of the year comes in two-disc Special Edition widescreen DVD and two-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def with digital copy. Both versions are packed with bonus materials including a deleted musical number, “Name of the Game,” and a sing-along feature that provides onscreen lyrics to the film’s 22 musical numbers.  And, only on Blu-ray, fans can create their own video, audio or text track to watch with the movie and share with friends.

Universal City, California, December 17, 2008 –

Mamma Mia! 'ABBA Gold' Tops Chart!s

(L to R): JULIE WALTERS as Rosie Rice, MERYL STREEP as Donna Sheridan and CHRISTINE BARANSKI as Tanya Chesham-Leigh in the musical romantic comedy that celebrates mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found--"Mamma Mia!"
Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Genre: Musical Romantic Comedy

Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Screenplay by: Catherine Johnson
Based on the Musical MAMMA MIA! With Music by: ABBA
Producers: Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman
Executive Producers: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson

Movie Synopsis

PIERCE BROSNAN as Sam Carmichael and MERYL STREEP as Donna Sheridan in the musical romantic comedy that celebrates mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found--"Mamma Mia!" Photo Credit: Peter Mountain. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Summer 2008 is the season for Mamma Mia!

The three women who created the worldwide smash stage hit--global producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd--repeat their roles in bringing this joyful, musical story to the big screen. The Mamma Mia! film is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman.

Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in this celebration of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads.

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends--practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)--from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Mamma Mia! 'ABBA Gold' Tops Chart!

LOS ANGELES, July 23, 208 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of the feature film "Mamma Mia!" which opened in theatres this past weekend, "ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits," the compilation CD released by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1992 has hit #1 on the national catalog chart. The announcement was made today by Bruce Resnikoff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

The hit songs on "ABBA Gold" were recorded between 1973 - 1981, and the album has long been the best seller of all ABBA releases. Currently, it is one of the Top 40 best selling albums of all time worldwide, with sales topping 26 million. The album contains popular ABBA hits such as "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "The Winner Takes It All," "S.O.S.," "Fernando," "Voulez-Vous," and "Waterloo."

"ABBA Gold's #1 chart position this week speaks to the everlasting popularity of the group and their music," stated Resnikoff. "This resurgence in interest shows that their music can stand the test of time over and over."

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.

Source: Universal Music Enterprises

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Mamma Mia! The Movie

Ultimate edition includes 2 disc special edition with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and bonus soundtrack! Bonus features: Sing-along! On-screen lyrics for every musical number! Deleted musical number "The Name of the Game." Feature commentary with director Phyllida Lloyd. The Making of Mamma Mia! The Movie. Anatomy of a musical number: "Lay All Your Love On Me." Becoming a singer. Behind the scenes with Amanda. On location in Greece. A look inside Mamma Mia! The Movie. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" music video. Bjorn Ulvaeus cameo. Deleted scenes and outtakes. Digital Copy

Actors: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters
Directors: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Benny Andersson, Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Mark Huffam
Format: Widescreen, DVD-Video, Color, Limited Collector's Edition
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Universal Studios
Run Time: 109 minutes

Mamma Mia! The Musical Based on the Songs of ABBA: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Recording (1999 London Cast)

Put together by Abba's own Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! manages to cram over 20 of the Swedish supergroup's songs into a threadbare plot. It goes a little like this: Young Sophie is getting married and she's trying to identify which of three men is her father. That's about it. Wisely, the musical doesn't mess around with the songs, save for the insertion of some dialogue or for having some of them performed by a man (it works amazingly well). Abba fans will jump on this import of the London production, but traditional fans of musical theater should consider it as well. After all, Andersson and Ulvaeus's songs have always felt as if they were more than isolated pop gems and actually belonged to a longer narrative. --Elisabeth Vincentelli, Amazon

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