September 8, 2006
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Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Patricia Clarkson are among the stars who will attend the world premiere of Columbia Pictures' "All the King's Men" Sept. 16 at Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium. Based on Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "All the King's Men" tells the story of an idealist's rise to power in the world of Louisiana politics and the corruption that leads to his ultimate downfall.
Written for the screen, directed and produced by Steven Zaillian, who won an Academy Award for his adaptation of Schindler's List, All the King's Men features an all-star cast, including Oscar winner Sean Penn ("Mystic River," "The Interpreter"), Jude Law ("Closer"), Kate Winslet ("Finding Neverland"), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Mark Ruffalo ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April") and Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins ("Silence of the Lambs").
"All the King's Men" is a complex saga of human nature, power, corruption, idealism, romance and betrayal. Using politics as a framework to delve into the more profound dilemmas of human existence -- sin, guilt and redemption -- it explores the nature of corruption in a way that is timely and relevant today.
Warren's acclaimed exploration of morality was inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey P. Long and other political demagogues, and has had a profound effect on contemporary literature. Zaillian's stylized treatment captures the essence of Warren's novel, infusing it with classic noir elements. The movie was filmed on location in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Valerie Van Galder, President of Marketing for Columbia Pictures, said it was important that the premiere take place in New Orleans.
"We wanted to give something back to the community that was so gracious to us during the filming of the movie," said Van Galder. "All of the stars were eager to come back to this beautiful city."
Tulane University President Scott Cowen said the university community is thrilled by the prospect of the premiere. "This film and premiere are evidence that New Orleans has reclaimed its title as 'Hollywood South.' More and more film projects are becoming attracted by the historic setting our city has to offer as well as its compelling stories," Cowen said. "This premiere will shine the spotlight, in a very positive way, on the continued recovery of our city and university."
Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu called the film "an economic boon" for Louisiana. "Sony Pictures production of All the Kings Men was an economic boon for Louisiana, employing local cast, crew and small businesses," Landrieu said. "We look forward to premiering this gripping film in New Orleans. Tulane has long been a driving force in our community, and we appreciate their efforts to support Louisiana's vibrant film industry."
"All the King's Men" will premiere at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of September 16. Tickets for the premiere are reserved for Tulane students and guests of Columbia Pictures. However, the university community and public are invited to view the celebrities as they make their way up the red carpet along McAlister Drive starting at 4:30 p.m.
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