Naruto movie premiere a hit with Starlight Foundation and celebrities

Jun 5th 2007
Teen Stars from “High School Musical” to “Roll Bounce” Celebrate with Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation at NARUTOTM Premiere

San Francisco, CA, June 05, 2007 – Teen stars celebrated this weekend at the SPECIAL GALA PREMIERE of NARUTO™ THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW benefiting STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 2nd.

The capacity crowd included numerous industry guests such as Dominic Scott Kay from Pirates of the Caribbean, Chris Warren Jr. and Kaycee Stroh from Disney's High School Musical, Justin Chon (Just Jordan), twins Bridger and Brecken Palmer (Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Marcus Paulk d Take the Lead and Bounce, Aimee Lynn Chadwick (Dead Girls Club) as well as additional teen talent from Nickelodeon's Zoey 101, Ned's Declassified and Discovery Kids' Flight 29 Down and more. Joining these teen stars were the cast voice talent from NARUTOTM.

The guests left the screening offering universal praise for the film. Even more importantly, the premiere was a ‘Great Escape’ for Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Viz Media and Hollywood's hottest teen talent united to welcome over 100 Starlight Starbright children and their family members to enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendship. Great Escapes provide families with the chance to spend quality time together — away from the hospital and medical treatments — so that they can relax, regroup, and return home with a new-found sense of strength and hope.

Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing, Viz Media put it this way, “Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for millions of seriously ill children and their families, and we are excited about the opportunity to utilize the tremendous popularity of anime and NARUTO to further this mission.”

NARUTO THE MOVIE is rated "T" for Teens and will play in select theaters in every major market in the country through National CineMedia's Fathom on one night only, Wednesday June 6th at 7:00 p.m. local time. A complete list of cities is located at www.Naruto.com.

Note: Photos are available from this event for publication. Please contact our office with photo and/or interview requests ([email protected])

NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW is a theatrical side story based on the continuity of the animated TV series and was a box office hit upon its initial release in Japan. New and existing fans of the hit title will not want to miss this exciting latest chapter in the NARUTO saga.

Note: A New York screening also took place on June 2, 2007 at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 at 1998 Broadway with a special pre-show reception at 10:30am and the film's debut at 12:00pm.

About Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For more than two decades, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight Starbright's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Serving more than 180,000 children each month, Starlight Starbright's array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings provide ongoing support for children and families — before, during and after medical treatment. To learn more visit www.starlight.org.

About Viz Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co, Ltd. (Sho-Pro Japan), Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact Viz Media:, 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone: (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.



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