Jake Gyllenhaal, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Orlando Bloom and Nic Cage confirmed for all-star Bruckheimer tribute


BY SEAN O’CONNELL
Details have emerged regarding next month’s star-studded “Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer, which is scheduled for May 17, and will coincide with the Hollywood premiere of the producer’s latest action adventure “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

As part of the all-star Bruckheimer tribute, five of his most memorable blockbusters will screen. In addition, several high-profile actors and directors tied to the films in question will appear to intro the screening and speak of their collaborations with Bruckheimer.

The films and artists confirmed to take part in the celebration are:

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) – Hollywood Premiere
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Talent from “Prince of Persia” and the other Bruckheimer films screening during the evening will walk the red carpet beginning at 6 p.m. “Prince of Persia” opens in theaters nationwide May 28, 2010.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
El Capitan Theatre, 7 p.m.
Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce and director Gore Verbinski will reunite to introduce the film that kicked off one of the most successful franchises in movie history, and a cultural phenomenon.

“Armageddon” (1998)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Bruce Willis and Michael Clarke Duncan will introduce this blockbuster film which raised the bar for action and visual effects.

“National Treasure” (2004)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight and Justin Bartha join director Jon Turteltaub to present Jerry Bruckheimer’s most recent franchise-launching motion picture, which helped to make American history exciting again to millions of people around the world.

“Top Gun” (1986)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
The film’s director, Tony Scott, will introduce the smash hit that helped launch Tom Cruise’s career. Actor Tom Skerritt will also be on hand to celebrate this classic.

“Beverly Hills Cop” (1984)
Mann Chinese 6, 7 p.m.
Eddie Murphy will present the much-imitated but never improved upon action comedy that catapulted him to superstardom.

“Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most prolific producers of our time, and Disney is thrilled to be a part of this event,” said Rich Ross, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. “His history of success and collaboration with the Walt Disney Studios is unparalleled and in honor of Jerry’s accomplishments, Disney has established an endowed scholarship in his name at the AFI Conservatory.”

Event tickets can be purchased at www.Disney.com/BruckheimerCelebration starting today (April 23). Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Film Institute.

“Across the history of American film, few film producers have earned a place in the cultural pantheon as a household name. Jerry Bruckheimer is one of those rare exceptions,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “His name is synonymous with the kind of heart-pounding, cinematic spectacle that has driven masses of film lovers around the world to experience the pure and explosive joy of the movies. And most significantly, his legacy will continue in support of the art form thanks to Disney’s establishment of a Jerry Bruckheimer scholarship at the AFI Conservatory.”

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