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May 24

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Will Open the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival

Our friends over at Paramount Pictures have just issued a couple of press releases. The first one is announcing that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is going to open the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. This is pretty big news for Paramount Pictures and, hopefully, this means that the third film is indeed better than the second film because you would assume that the Moscow International Film Festival would have some kind of selection process. Fingers crossed.

According to Leonid Vereschagin (General Producer, MIFF), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon at the opening of the MIFF is an exception event. This is the first time the MIFF is opened not just by an American blockbuster with a Hollywood cast but by a world premiere of the film. This event will have global coverage attended by more than 150 journalists from all over the world. All this indicates the recognition of not only the MIFF but the Russian film market in general by the world film industry”.

According to the release director Michael Bay, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, as well as the film’s stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich will present the film at The MIFF Opening Gala which will take place in Moscow at Pushkinsky Cinema Theater on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

Paramount also sent out another press release to tell us about a free Linkin Park concert event in Moscow scheduled for June 23rd. The event, titled “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON PRESENTS LINKIN PARK – LIVE IN MOSCOW”, is a celebration of the collaboration between Linkin Park and the “Transformers” films. This free concert will be part of their European tour that will take place between June 11th and July 4th. So if you are in Moscow around that time, you might want to book a ticket to this event. The full details are in the press release below.

Below you can find more details from the press releases:

PRESS RELEASE 1

The Michael Bay Film

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

will open the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival

May 24, 2011

Paramount Pictures, Central Partnership and Moscow International Film Festival are delighted to announce that TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, directed by Michael Bay, will open the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. Directed by Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, the film is produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian The MIFF Opening Gala will take place in Moscow at Pushkinsky Cinema Theater on Thursday, June 23, 2011.

The third installment in this highly anticipated franchise will be presented in Moscow by director Michael Bay, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, as well as the film’s stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich. The world premiere of TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON will be presented in 3D. Media from around the globe is expected to cover the event.

When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon will release in Australia on June 29th.

©2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. 2011 Hasbro.  All Rights Reserved.

Press Release 2

For Immediate Release

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON PRESENTS LINKIN PARK – LIVE IN MOSCOW

on JUNE 23rd IN SUPPORT OF MOVIE’s WORLD PREMIERE IN RUSSIA

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 23, 2011) – In celebration of Paramount Pictures’ TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, Linkin Park will perform a special outdoor concert at Vasilyevsky Spusk of the Red Square in Moscow – with the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Basilica as the backdrop – on June 23rd at 9PM. The 3D Michael Bay film will open the Moscow International Film Festival on the same night.

Linkin Park will perform several of their hit songs including the single, “Iridescent,” which is the end title song in the upcoming third Transformers film. The movie opens worldwide beginning June 29th.  Stars from the film are scheduled to attend, along with director Michael Bay.

Tickets for this free concert will be available beginning June 1st through June 21st, to learn more about obtaining ticket information go to www.energyfm.ru or www.linkinpark.com beginning June 1st.

One of the most successful collaborations between music and film, the previous Linkin Park singles to appear in the first two Transformers films,  “What I’ve Done” from the first Transformers film, has sold over 4 million downloads worldwide, and “New Divide” from 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, crossed the 3 million mark. Both songs were top selling singles for the band, and went to #1 on the modern rock radio charts (with “New Divide” spending 14 weeks there).

The special show in Moscow is produced by Live Nation and will occur during Linkin Park’s upcoming European tour, which begins June 11th in Austria with stadium, festival or arena shows in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Switzerland, Italy & Belgium.

Linkin Park European Tour Dates:

June 11 Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival

June 12 Donington, UK  @ Download Festival

June 14 Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Global Arena

June 16 Helsinki, Finland @ Kaisaniemi Park

June 18 Leipzig, Germany @ Festweise

June 19 Oberursel, Germany @ Hessentag

June 21 Hamburg, Germany @02 World Arena

June 25 Munich, Germany @ Messegelaende Riem Stadium

June 26 Imola, Italy @ Sonisphere Festival

June 28 Arendal, Norway @ Hove Festival

June 30 Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Wercher Festival

July 1 Arras, France @ Arras Main Square Festival

July 2 St. Gallen, Switzerland @ OpenAir Festival

July 4 London, UK @ iTunes Festival

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is the third film in the Transformers franchise and the first shot in 3D. It is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The movie opens in the United States on June 29, 2011.

©2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon will release in Australia on June 29th.

HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

©2011 Hasbro.  All Rights Reserved.

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