Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - American Express Brings the Magic of The
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to Toronto with a Gala Screening featuring an
appearance by Oscar-nominated director Terry Gilliam

TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     American Express exclusive gala screening of The Imaginarium of
              Doctor Parnassus featuring an appearance by Oscar-nominated
              director Terry Gilliam

    WHEN:     Friday, December 11th
              -  Media accreditation at 5:30 p.m.
              -  Red carpet step and repeat begins at 6:00 p.m.
              -  Event begins at 7:00 p.m., including a Q&A with Terry

    WHERE:    The Carlu
              444 Yonge Street, Toronto

    WHO:      The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and director Terry Gilliam

    MORE:     This is an exclusive engagement, requiring tickets and media
              check in. There will be no rush seating. Media credentials

    SYNOPSIS: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality
              tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Doctor
              Parnassus and his extraordinary Imaginarium, a travelling show
              where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity
              to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.

              Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations
              of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An
              inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with
              the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries
              later, on meeting his one true love, Doctor Parnassus made
              another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth,
              on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday,
              she would become the property of Mr. Nick.

              Cast includes Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude
              Law, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, Andrew
              Garfield, and Tom Waits.

              Film opens nationwide on December 25, 2009.

About American Express in Canada

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express Cards in Canada. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel, Travel Services Network and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast.

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kkkids content, licensing and distribution. E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

SOURCE American Express

For further information: For further information: or to reserve your exclusive tickets please contact: Killeen Kelly, For American Express, Phone: (416) 644-2273, Email:; Jessica Myers, For American Express, Phone: (416) 644-2263, Cell: (416) 455-6501, Email:; For more information on the film please contact: Charlene Coy, E1 Entertainment Canada, Phone: (416) 646-4980, E-mail:

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