[05/25/05 - 12:00 AM]
Universal Hd Brings on Summer Films for the Whole Family in June

[via press release from Universal HD]


Bring It On, Casper, The Musketeer and Mercury Rising Make Their World HD Premiere

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- May 25, 2005 -� This June, NBC Universal Cable brings several exciting new films and special events to its ever-growing Universal HD lineup.

June 6 marks the Universal HD debut of "The Musketeer," an eastern-influenced update of Alexander Dumas' classic adventure novel. In 17th Century Paris, dashing swordsman D'Artagnan (Justin Chambers) attempts to avenge the murder of his parents and release France from civil unrest by joining the king's legendary elite guards, The Royal Musketeers. The film also stars Catherine Deneuve, Tim Roth, Stephen Rea, and Mena Suvari.

Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku headline "Bring It On," premiering on June 11. In this engaging comedy, a high school cheerleading captain (Dunst) must motivate her team to a championship victory after learning that her predecessor had stolen their award-winning routines from a rival squad, led by Gabrielle Union.

June 18 will be fun for the entire family with the debut of "Casper." When a ghost hunter (Bill Pullman) is hired to exorcise a group of malevolent ghosts from an old house, his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) befriends the youngest, Casper, who turns out to be not so nasty after all. This film, which also stars Cathy Moriarity and Eric Idle, will delight children and adults alike.

On Father's Day, June 19, Universal HD unleashes the thriller "Mercury Rising," starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. When a 9-year-old autistic boy cracks a top secret US Government code, he becomes a target for assassins and must be protected by a rogue FBI agent (Willis).

Universal HD, an NBC Universal Cable network, launched in fourth quarter 2004 is currently available in systems reaching more than 25 million homes in 100% 1080i HD, 24/7. Universal HD offers the best of NBC Universal's library in HD. Programming includes unedited and uninterrupted films, "Backdraft," "Carlito's Way," "Apollo 13" and "The Fast and the Furious;" award-winning series and franchises such as "Monk," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Battlestar Galactica;" performing arts and special events, "Music in High Places" and sports programming including the US Open and the 2004 Summer Olympics.

About NBC Universal Cable
NBC Universal Cable, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's preeminent media companies, drives the company's cable strategic development and growth including video-on-demand, pay-per-view, HDTV and retransmission consent, and oversees the cable distribution, marketing and local ad sales of fourteen properties (Bravo, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Weather Plus, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, Trio, Universal HD, USA and the Olympics on cable). NBC Universal Cable also directs and manages the company's cable and new media investments including A&E, The History Channel, History Channel International, The Biography Channel, National Geographic International, the Sundance Channel and Tivo.

  [may 2005]  


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