Media Alert– Academy to Celebrate Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Centennial Salute

News | AMPASAcademy to Celebrate Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Centennial Salute

LOS ANGELES (RPRN) 5/18/2009–Oscar®-winning actors Sidney Poitier and Martin Landau will join Mankiewicz’s family and friends in a special onstage salute. In celebration of the legendary writer, director and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the Academy will present a recently restored print of “Suddenly, Last Summer,” the psychological drama starring Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. WHO: Introductions by Sid Ganis, Academy President

Program host, Ben Mankiewicz, nephew; film critic and weekend daytime host for Turner Classic Movies and co-host of “At the Movies.”

Doc Erickson, production manager on “Cleopatra”
Martin Landau, directed by Mankiewicz in “Cleopatra”
Sidney Poitier, directed by Mankiewicz in “No Way Out” (will not be available for interviews – pool feed of discussion provided)

Rosemary Mankiewicz, widow
Tom Mankiewicz, son; screenwriter of “Live and Let Die,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “Ladyhawke” WHEN: Thursday, May 21
6:15 p.m. Reception – Coverage welcome (5:45 p.m. press call)
7:30 p.m. Event – Photo/Video coverage not permitted

Note: Cameras and/or recording devices are not permitted in the theater. A pool feed of the panel discussion will be available in standard definition NTSC analog composite, SDI (480i) and HD-SDI (1080i). Audio signals will be available on balanced XLR connectors (+4dBu).

High-resolution photos will be posted for download at http://photos.oscars.org WHERE: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills CONTACT: Teni Melidonian, publicist, 310-247-3090; tmelidonian@oscars.org

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