Canadian Entertainment Network Awards

Mar 10th 2005
MINNIE DRIVER
MAKES CANADIAN SINGING DEBUT AT
THE CANADIAN ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK
2nd ANNUAL AWARD SHOW

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2005 – Toronto –The Canadian Entertainment Network is thrilled to announce international recording artist and accomplished film and television actress Minnie Driver will make her Canadian singing debut at The Canadian Entertainment Network Awards (CENA) on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at The Carlu (444 Yonge St. in College Park).

Driver is currently promoting her debut CD Everything I've Got in My Pocket (Rounder/Universal) and is primarily known to audiences around the world as an actress in such critically acclaimed feature films as Good Will Hunting, Circle of Friends, Grosse Pointe Blank and recently, Phantom Of The Opera. Driver, an accomplished singer-songwriter, has been singing since she was a teenager and was signed to a development deal with Island Records prior to her film career success.

The Canadian Entertainment Network Awards is the only one of its kind to celebrate the best in the Canadian Home Entertainment industry and in particular DVDs, which have grown exponentially over the last five years. CENA is dedicated to acknowledging the success of DVD sales and rentals, which in 2004 accounted for over $25 billion in consumer spending. This year's event is already sold-out and promises to solidify CENA as one of Canada's premiere entertainment award shows.

SECOND ANNUAL CEN AWARDS A SELLOUT
The second annual Canadian Entertainment Network Awards will adorn the elegant Carlu Grand Ballroom in Toronto April 26, 2005. The event was a huge success in its inaugural year and, tickets having sold out quickly, promises to be even bigger and better this year. The black-tie affair, which features a pre-awards cocktail party, a three-course dinner, the gala awards ceremony, and an exciting after-party, will see awards bestowed in over thirty categories. Honours will go to DVD titles, retailers, a readers' choice and more, and this year's edition sees the addition of awards for the Best Canadian Music DVD, Best Sports Action DVD and the VideoScan Award for the country's highest-selling DVD. Guests at the glamorous, entertaining, and fast-paced event will receive special awards souvenir programs and gift bags from event sponsors. It will certainly be a night to remember.


JESSICA HOLMES TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL CEN AWARDS
Jessica Holmes returns to the podium this year to host the second annual CEN Awards after charming the attendees at the inaugural event. The Ottawa native has ascended to Canadian comedy prominence over the past few years, first as the star of The Holmes Show on CTV, and now as a full-fledged member of CBC mainstay The Royal Canadian Air Farce. The Gemini and Canadian Comedy Award-nominated comic got her start on the stand-up circuit, and was quickly recognized for her razor-sharp wit and spot-on impressions. She appeared a number of times at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and was a competitor at the World Improv Championships. She later joined the Second City troupe in Toronto before starting out on television in a number of series and comedy specials. Her Gemini award-winning CTV special, Holmes Alone, spawned the creation of her own sketch comedy series, The Holmes Show. After guest starring on a number of episodes of Air Farce, she was invited to join the cast on a permanent basis, and she continues to garner accolades for her work with the long-running show.


CEN AWARDS 2005 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The nominees for the second annual Canadian Entertainment Network Awards, which honour the best in the Canadian home entertainment industry, have been announced.

As was the case last year, films in The Lord of the Rings franchise led all nominees. The theatrical cut and extended versions of The Return of the King and the special extended version of The Two Towers combined to collect ten nominations. The special edition of Gone With The Wind earned five nominations. Finding Nemo and Shrek 2 garnered four nominations. The Matrix: Ultimate Collection, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Star Wars Trilogy each received three nods. Alien: Quadrilogy, the Ultimate Edition of Dawn Of The Dead, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hero, Live Aid, Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 and the Special Edition of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly rounded out the multiple nominees with two apiece.

Five first time studio nominees also make the list this year. Morningstar Entertainment (The Greatest Canadian), Microfilms (Project Grizzly), ADV Films (Lady Death and Evangelion: Platinum One), SMA Distribution (Stott Pilates: Body and Soul), and ThinkFilm (The Hebrew Hammer) all see themselves in contention for the first time at this year's CEN Awards.

Here's a complete rundown of the nominees:

CEN READERS' CHOICE AWARD
Finding Nemo (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Gone With The Wind: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Version (Alliance Atlantis)
Pirates Of The Caribbean (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Star Wars Trilogy (Fox)

VIDEOSCAN BEST SELLING DVD OF THE YEAR
Finding Nemo (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Alliance Atlantis)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Alliance Atlantis)
Pirates Of The Caribbean (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Shrek 2 (Dreamworks/Universal Studios)

BEST MOVIE RELEASE DVD
(RELEASED BY A MAJOR STUDIO)
Finding Nemo (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (Alliance Atlantis)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Alliance Atlantis)
Pirates of the Caribbean (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Shrek 2 (Dreamworks/Universal Studios)

BEST MOVIE RELEASE DVD
(RELEASED BY AN INDEPENDENT STUDIO)
Hero (Alliance Atlantis)
Lady Snowblood (Koch Ent.)
Open Water (Lions Gate Home Ent.)
The Passion Of The Christ (Warner Home Video)
The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes De Belleville) (Alliance Atlantis)

BEST CANADIAN DVD – ENGLISH
Corner Gas: Season One (Video Services Corp.)
Mambo Italiano (Warner Home Video)
Owning Mahoney (Alliance Atlantis)
Project Grizzly (Microfilms)
Snow Walker (Lions Gate Home Ent.)

BEST CANADIAN DVD – FRENCH
Les Invasions Barbares (Alliance Atlantis)
Machine Gun Molly (Monica La Mitraille) (Alliance Atlantis)
Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande Séduction) (Alliance Atlantis)
Seraphin: Heart of Stone (Un Homme Et Son Péché) (Alliance Atlantis)
The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes De Belleville) (Alliance Atlantis)

BEST TV SERIES DVD
24: Season Three (Fox)
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (Sony Wonder/SMV)
The OC: The Complete First Season (Warner Home Video)
The Office: Complete Series One and Two (Warner Home Video)
Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

BEST BOX SET RELEASE DVD
Alien: Quadrilogy (Fox)
Live Aid (Warner Music)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Version (Alliance Atlantis)
The Matrix: Ultimate Collection (Warner Home Video)
Star Wars Trilogy (Fox)

BEST SPECIAL EDITION DVD
Dawn Of The Dead: Ultimate Edition (Anchor Bay Ent.)
Gone With The Wind: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Edition (Alliance Atlantis)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Special Extended Edition (Alliance Atlantis)
Showgirls: V.I.P. Edition (MGM Home Ent.)

BEST DVD REISSUE OF THE YEAR
Dawn Of The Dead: Ultimate Edition (Anchor Bay Ent.)
Dr. Strangelove: 40th Anniversary Special Edition (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
Gone With The Wind: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
Goodfellas: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Collector's Set (MGM Home Ent.)

CANADIAN MUSIC DVD
Blue Rodeo: In Stereovision (Warner Music)
Diana Krall: Live in Montreal (Universal Music)
Great Big Sea: Great Big DVD (Warner Music)
Oscar Peterson: Night in Vienna (Universal Music)
Rush: In Rio (Universal Music)

BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DVD
Coldplay: Live 2003 (Capitol/EMI Music)
Evanescence: Anywhere But Home (Wind Up/Warner Music)
Live Aid (Warner Music)
Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii (Universal Music)
U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle Ireland (Island/Universal Music)

BEST DVD AUDIO
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Universal Music)
Led Zeppelin: How The West Was Won (Warner Music)
R.E.M.: In Time, The Best Of (Warner Music)
Simple Plan: Still Not Getting Any (Warner Music)
The Who: Tommy (Universal Music)

BEST DVD PREMIERE
And Starring…Pancho Villa (Warner Home Video)
The Hebrew Hammer (ThinkFilm)
Lion King 1 1/2 (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Species Three (MGM Home Ent)

BEST ANIME DVD
Evangelion: Platinum One (ADV Films)
Ghost in the Shell: Volume One (Sony Wonder/SMV)
Ghost in the Shell: Volume Two: Special Edition (Sony Wonder/SMV)
Lady Death: The Motion Picture (ADV Films)
Tokyo Godfathers (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

BEST CHILDREN'S/FAMILY DVD
Elf (Universal Studios)
Finding Nemo (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Home Video)
Iron Giant: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
Shrek 2 (Dreamworks/Universal Studios)

BEST NON-THEATRICAL (2-5 YEARS OF AGE) CHILDREN'S DVD
Baby Einstein: Baby Noah (Buena Vista Home Ent.)
Barbie as Princess and The Pauper (Alliance Atlantis)
Barbie of Swan Lake (Alliance Atlantis)
Dora The Explorer: Fairytale Adventure (Paramount Home Ent.)
Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration (Universal Studios)

BEST TRADITIONAL SPORTS DVD
CFL Traditions: West (Video Services Corp.)
Heritage Classic: A November to Remember (Warner Home Video)
It's Our Game (Koch Ent.)
Super Bowl XXI – XXX: Collector's Set (Warner Home Video)
Ultimate Gretzky (Warner Home Video)

BEST SPORTS ACTION DVD
Ric Flair: The Ultimate Collection (Koch Ent.)
The Rise and Fall of ECW (Koch Ent.)
Tony Hawk's Secret Skatepark Tour (Ventura Canada/Koch Ent.)
Wrestlemania XX (WWE/Koch Ent.)
Yeah Right! (Warner Music)

BEST FITNESS/HEALTH DVD
Ali McGraw: Yoga Mind and Body (Warner Home Video)
Billy Banks: Tae Bo Cardio (Koch Ent.)
Kathy Smith: Flex Appeal – A Belly Dance Workout (Sony Wonder)
Pilates: Weight Loss for Dummies (Anchor Bay Ent.)
Stott Pilates: Body & Soul (Stott Pilates/SMA Distribution)

BEST DOCUMENTARY DVD
Capturing the Friedmans (Alliance Atlantis)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Alliance Atlantis)
Supersize Me (Alliance Atlantis)
Touching the Void (Alliance Atlantis)
Winged Migration (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

BEST EDUCATIONAL DVD
Chased by Dinosaurs (Warner Home Video)
The Greatest Canadian (Morningstar Ent.)
Leapfrog: Letter Factory (Warner Home Video)
Poker for Dummies (Anchor Bay Home Ent.)
Winnie the Pooh 123's Discovering Numbers and Counting (Buena Vista Home Ent.)

BEST MENU DESIGN/AUTHORING
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Home Video)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Alliance Atlantis)
The Matrix: Ultimate Collection (Warner Home Video)
Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 (Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Shrek 2 (Dreamworks/Universal Studios)

BEST PICTURE TRANSFER
Alien: Quadrilogy (Fox)
Gone With The Wind: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
Hero (Alliance Atlantis)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Alliance Atlantis)
Spiderman 2: Superbit (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)

BEST SOUND/AUDIO PRESENTATION
Black Hawk Down: Superbit (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
The Bourne Supremacy (Universal Studios)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Unrated Director's Cut (Universal Studios)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Alliance Atlantis)
The Matrix: Ultimate Collection (Warner Home Video)

BEST RESTORATION
Adventures of Robin Hood: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
Gone With The Wind: Special Edition (Warner Home Video)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Special Edition (MGM Home Ent.)
Lawrence of Arabia: Superbit (Sony Pictures Home Ent.)
Star Wars: Trilogy (Fox)

BEST CANADIAN RETAILER
Bay St. Video – Toronto
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Metro Video – Montreal
Music World
Rogers Video

BEST CANADIAN WEB RETAILER
cdplus.com
chapters.indigo.ca
dvdboxoffice.com
dvdsoon.com
rogersvideo.ca

BEST RENTAL RETAILER (CHAIN)
Blockbuster Canada
Jumbo Video
Le Super Club Vidéotron
Rogers Video
VHQ Entertainment

BEST RENTAL RETAILER (INDEPENDENT)
Bay St. Video – Toronto
Queen Video – Toronto
Suspect Video – Toronto
Videomatica – Vancouver
Video Quest – Bradford, Ontario

BEST RETAILER SELL-THROUGH (CHAIN)
Best Buy/Future Shop
CD Plus
Groupe Archambault Inc.
HMV
Music World

BEST RETAILER SELL-THROUGH (INDEPENDENT)
Bay St. Video – Toronto
Metro Video – Montreal
Sam the Record Man - Toronto
Starstruck Entertainment – Toronto
Virgin Megastore – Vancouver

BEST GAME RETAILER (CHAIN)
Best Buy/Future Shop
Blockbuster Canada
EB Games
Le Superclub Vidéotron
Microplay

BEST GAME RETAILER (INDEPENDENT)
Game Center – Toronto
Gamerama Video Games – Toronto
Game Zilla – Moncton, NB
Megapower – Kanata, Ontario
X-Treme Games Interactive – Toronto


The winners in each category will be announced during the second annual Canadian Entertainment Network Awards gala at the Carlu Grand Ballroom in Toronto, April 26, 2005.

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