Movie Central and The Movie Network present PU-239, an HBO original film executive produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh



    
        -  A powerful story about how far one man will go to ensure the
                             safety of his family

     -  Premieres Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and
                       9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (western
Canada) and Astral Media's The Movie Network (eastern Canada) announce the
Canadian premiere of HBO Films' dramatic thriller Pu-239, airing day-and-date
with HBO on Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET
on The Movie Network.
    Pu-239 is executive produced by Oscar(R)-winners George Clooney and
Steven Soderbergh of the Section Eight Company (Good Night, and Good Luck,
Syriana, Far From Heaven) and is based on a fictional short story by Salon
Book Award-winner Ken Kalfus. Shot in Romania and Kiev, Pu-239 was adapted for
the screen by Scott Z. Burns (writer of The Bourne Ultimatum and producer of
An Inconvenient Truth), who was also director of this film.
    Set in 1995 post-Soviet Russia, this darkly humourous film tells the
story of Timofey (Paddy Considine, Cinderella Man, The Bourne Ultimatum), a
Russian nuclear power plant worker who labours in a deteriorating and
dangerous facility. After risking his life to stop a plant disaster he is
exposed to a deadly dose of radiation. With only a few days to live and no
compensation from his employers for his family's impending loss, Timofey
becomes desperate for a way to provide security for his wife (Radha Mitchell,
Finding Neverland, Melinda and Melinda) and young son. He steals a small
amount of Pu-239, weapons grade plutonium, and heads to Moscow to make a quick
sale. He soon becomes involved with a wannabe gangster, Shiv (Oscar Isaac, The
Nativity Story) and is drawn into the "New Russia", of hoods, hookers and the
black market. But one misstep after another leads to deadly consequences.
    Pu-239 will also be available on Movie Central On Demand the week
following its network premiere and The Movie Network OnDemand the Tuesday
following its network premiere. The film can also be seen on Movie Central and
The Movie Network's HD channels.

    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 a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor advertising and the Internet.
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.
    For access to Movie Central's press site or The Movie Network's media
room, please visit http://pressroom.corusent.com or http://tv.astral.com.





For further information:

For further information: Movie Central (western Canada), Alex Chapple,
(416) 530-2249, alex.chapple@corusent.com; The Movie Network (eastern Canada),
 Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, nbalen@tv.astral.com

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