Entertainment,  Movies

ATTN Moviegoers: Are you ready for SING Saturday?!



First 200 Moviegoers in Line at 200 AMC Theatres Nationwide
Can Enjoy

Biggest Advance-Screening Program in Universal’s History

Sing Saturday” Launches
Event Film Starring Oscar® Winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese
Witherspoon, as Well as Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly,
Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly

City, CA, November 14, 2016—
Entertainment, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced a Thanksgiving
weekend event for audiences of all ages: “Sing Saturday,” a celebration of free screenings of the new event film
from Illumination at 200 AMC Theatres nationwide, on November 26.  From the creators of Despicable Me, Singin which Academy Award® winners Matthew
McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon lead an all-star cast—arrives nationwide on December 21, 2016. 

Tickets for “Sing Saturday” screenings are available on a
first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 moviegoers in line at participating
AMC Theatres on Saturday, November 26 (10 a.m. local time).  Audiences
are encouraged to bring their family and friends of all ages and experience the
film Variety calls “a game
changer.”  Moviegoers must be in line to
receive a ticket for the screening.

“We are so proud that ‘Sing Saturday’ marks the biggest
advance-screening program in the history of Universal Pictures and are honored to join AMC as we
kick off the holiday season with Illumination’s gift for moviegoers of every
generation,” said Nick Carpou, President of Distribution, Universal. 

“For the past several years, Sing has been a labor of love for
everyone at Illumination, as well as the tireless performers who have poured
their hearts into this movie,” said Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of
Illumination.  “We know audiences of all
ages will embrace the heart and the humor of this extraordinary film and can’t
wait for movielovers to experience Sing
over Thanksgiving weekend, throughout the holiday season and beyond.”

“For AMC movie-loving audiences of
all ages who have cooked through Thanksgiving Thursday and shopped through
Black Friday, AMC is thrilled to offer a holiday-entertainment treat with Sing Saturday,” said Elizabeth Frank,
EVP and Chief Content and Programming Officer, AMC Theatres.

For more information and a list of
AMC Theatres participating in “Sing
Saturday,” please visit www.SingSaturday.com
Broadcast quality clips from Sing
are available at www.epk.tv, and stills are available at www.image.net.

About Sing

Illumination has captivated audiences all over
the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,
Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing
animated movie in history.  Following the
release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets,
Illumination presents Sing
this holiday season.  

With its highly relatable characters, heart and
humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son
of Rambow
, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination
founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from
the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award®
winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane,
Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated
Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited
by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon
(McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has
fallen on hard times.  Buster is an
eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all
and will do anything to preserve it.  Now
faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to
restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest
singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane),
a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage
elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an
overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a
young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash
(Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend
and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing
that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants
closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the
theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his
longtime collaborator Janet Healy. 
Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the
studio’s inception.  Released by Universal
Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on
December 21, 2016.  www.singmovie.com

About Illumination Entertainment

Entertainment, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment
industry’s leading producers of event animated films.  Illumination, which has an exclusive financing
and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the
hugely successful Despicable Me
franchise, which includes Minions,
the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as Despicable Me 2, an Academy Award®
nominee for Best Animated Feature of 2013.  In all, Illumination’s films, which also
include the 2016 record breaking The
Secret Life of Pets
, 2011’s Hop
and 2012’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, have
grossed more than $4 billion in worldwide box-office revenues and feature some
of the world’s most renowned talent. 

films include Despicable Me 3,
starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, which is set for June
2017; and a newly-imagined version of Dr.
Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the
title role of The Grinch, which is set for November 2018.  In addition,
“Despicable Me: Minion Rush” (more than 750 million downloads) has become one
of the world’s most popular apps, and Despicable
Me: Minion Mayhem
attracts huge crowds at Universal Orlando Resort and
Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Pictures

Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com).  Universal Studios is part of
NBCUniversal.  NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and
entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of
entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal
owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a
premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a
leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast

About AMC Theatres

(NYSE: AMC) is the guest experience leader with 388 locations and 5,295 screens
located primarily in the United States.  AMC
has propelled innovation in the theatrical exhibition industry and continues
today by delivering more comfort and convenience, enhanced food & beverage,
greater engagement and loyalty, premium sight & sound, and targeted
programming. AMC operates the most productive theatres in the country’s top
markets, including No. 1 market share in the top three markets (NY, LA,
Chicago).  http://www.amctheatres.com

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