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Starz Originals Presents
Anime: Drawing a Revolution

Premieres Monday, December 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Exclusively on Starz

Part of Starz Inside, a new monthly series of original specials from Starz Entertainment hosted by film critic Richard Roeper.

Starz continues its monthly series Starz Inside with the premiere of the special on Monday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Anime: Drawing a Revolution will take a provocative, in-depth look at the astonishing art of anime and its influence on worldwide culture and leading Hollywood filmmakers. Starz Inside is hosted by film critic and author Richard Roeper.

Before twin-engine race cars there was “Speed Racer.” Before toy robots were in nearly every child’s home there was “Astro Boy.” Before The Matrix there was Ghost in the Shell. From the entertainment we enjoy, to the clothes we wear, the vehicles we drive, the games we play, the style of music we listen to and the daily habits that make up a lifetime – anime, a distinct and dynamic form of stylized animation from Japan, has played a part in influencing our global culture.

What began as a Japanese phenomenon has now evolved into an artistic movement of cultural and philosophical significance. Now one of the most downloaded forms of entertainment on the planet, anime has grown into an industry worth several billion dollars and one that has a tremendous influence on our everyday lives. The Starz Originals special Anime: Drawing a Revolution, premiering on Starz December 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), takes a provocative, in-depth look at the astonishing art of anime and its influence on worldwide culture and leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Credits:

Featured in the special are actors Michael Madsen (Sin City, Kill Bill), Michelle Rodriguez (“Lost,” The Fast and the Furious), Lauren Holly (Spirited Away), Crispin Freeman (Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society), Wendee Lee (Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society), Hal Sparks (“Tak & the Power of Juju”), Veronica Taylor (“Pokemon”), musician Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects), directors Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Colin Brady (upcoming Astro Boy), Kevin Munroe (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Peter Fernandez (“Speed Racer”), David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics and COO/Chairman of POW! Entertainment Stan Lee, Anime News Network Columnist Bamboo Dong, and others. Films and shows highlighted include “Pokemon,” Ghost in the Shell, Akira, The Matrix, Animatrix, Afro Samurai and many others.

Executive Producers
Christopher Black
Michael Ruggiero

Producers
Jeffrey Eagle
Eric Sherman

Associate Producers
Christine P. Flynn
Andrea Kaufman

Supervising Producer
Stacey Jade Smart

Consulting Producers
Scott Greenberg
Kaoru Mfaume

Written and Directed by
Karen Somers

Starz Inside is hosted by film critic and author Richard Roeper. A slate of additional specials (to be announced) will premiere in 2008.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 16 million and 30.3 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo®. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

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