Movie Central and The Movie Network present HBO Films' Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee



    New Adaptation of Dee Brown's 1971 Best-Seller Directed by Canadian Yves
    Simoneau and Starring Canadian Actors Adam Beach, Colm Feore and Oscar
    (R)-Winner Anna Paquin

    Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on
    The Movie Network

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western
Canada) and Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern Canada) present HBO
Films' Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, premiering day-and-date with HBO Sunday,
May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central (MC3) and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

    Based on Dee Brown's 1971 best-seller that sold almost four million
copies, this story explores the economic, political and social pressures that
underpinned the opening of the American West and the tragic impact its
expansion had on American Indian culture during the latter half of the 19th
century. Through the perspectives of three main characters Charles Eastman,
Sitting Bull and Senator Henry Dawes, this film recounts the heartbreaking
demise of a proud race, brought on by politicians, soldiers and citizens who
colonized the West.

    During the opening of the American West in the latter part of the 19th
century, schoolteacher Elaine Goodale Eastman (Anna Paquin) is working to
improve life on a reservation, joined by Sioux doctor Ohiyesa (Adam Beach),
who has been forced to take an English name - Charles - as "proof" of the
virtues of assimilation. Meanwhile, in Washington, Senator Dawes (Aidan Quinn)
lobbies against the antagonistic stance of the military towards Indians. But
hopes for a promising future end after the 1890 assassination of Lakota chief
Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg) and the subsequent massacre of hundreds of
Native men, women and children by the Seventh Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek.

    With a roster of well known talent in front of and behind the camera,
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is directed by noted Canadian talent Yves
Simoneau (Napoléon, Perfectly Normal), and stars Aidan Quinn (Empire Falls),
and features Canadian cast members Anna Paquin (The Piano), Adam Beach (Flags
Of Our Fathers), Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and August Schellenberg (Eight
Below). The film also stars J.K. Simmons (Oz), Wes Studi (Comanche Moon), and
Fred Thompson (Law & Order). The epic adaptation was executive produced by Tom
Thayer and Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and was filmed in and around Calgary,
Alberta.

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee will be available on Movie Central On
Demand and The Movie Network OnDemand the Tuesday following its network
premiere, and will be simulcast on Movie Central and The Movie Network's high
definition channels.

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee will repeat on Movie Central's MC1
Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. PT.

    Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service
available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with
major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination
for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to
the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence
fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is
recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television
production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central
High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being
first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie
Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.

    Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and
digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. The company's multimedia entertainment brands
include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and
radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A
publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York
(CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

    The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada.
With premiere access to blockbuster movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and
Showtime series, and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television
service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment
available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels
- M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining
programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie
Network also offers The Movie Network HD and MMore HD, two dedicated
high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie
Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in
select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit
www.themovienetwork.ca.

    Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in
specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising.
Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests
on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted
media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com.





For further information:

For further information: Movie Central (western Canada), Molly Merrick,
(416) 530-2247, molly.merrick@corusent.com; The Movie Network (eastern
Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com

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