Proceeds to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California
– One of this spring’s most highly anticipated movie releases, The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Academy Award nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes, will have an original object from the production auctioned off online to benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California. The auction item is a red leather motorcycle jacket, as seen on Mr. Gosling in the film as part of his portrayal of high-wire motorcycle stunt performer Luke.
The auction will be hosted by Profiles in History at www.profilesinhistory.com, starting Friday, March 29th, which is also the day that Focus Features releases the Derek Cianfrance-directed movie in exclusive engagements in New York City, at Landmark Theatres’ Sunshine Cinema and AMC Theatres’ Lincoln Square, and Los Angeles, at Landmark Theatres’ The Landmark and the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. The ArcLight Cinemas is currently displaying the actual jacket on-site, until Friday, April 5th. The auction will end Monday, April 8th. Proceeds from the auction will go to help inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children with special needs in Southern California.
The jacket (pictured above on Mr. Gosling in-character in a scene from the film) is a Firstgear red leather motorcycle jacket with snap pockets at the front, black corduroy at the collar, zipper vents at both front and back with black leather in the vent, elastic at both cuffs and bottom, and zips to close. The lining from the auction item has been removed because of wear from extensive location filming of sequences in which Luke rides on his motorcycle.
Following its initial exclusive engagements, Focus will release The Place Beyond the Pines in select cities on Friday, April 5th; and will expand the release to theaters across the country on Friday, April 12th. MPAA-rated “R,” The Place Beyond the Pines is the daring new movie from the director of Blue Valentine, a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Also starring Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn, and Ray Liotta, the Focus Features and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment presentation of an Electric City Entertainment production in association with Verisimilitude is scripted by Mr. Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, and Darius Marder, from a story by Mr. Cianfrance and Mr. Coccio. For more information please visit www.ThePlaceBeyondThePinesMovie.com.
Elizabeth O’Neil, Executive Director of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, said, “Our charity is proud to continue its longstanding association with Focus Features, which has allowed movie fans to own pieces of cinema history from so many fine films while contributing greatly appreciated extra funds to children in need.”
About Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, founded in 1941, is a 501(c)3 organization made up of men and women primarily in the entertainment industry who raise the much-needed funds to provide lifesaving support for disabled, abused, physically-challenged and underprivileged children in the Southern California community. The Southern California chapter is part of a worldwide network, Variety International. Founded in 1928, Variety has raised over $1.8 billion to aid children with special needs worldwide. For more information please visit www.varietysocal.org.
In November 2005, the charity launched its “Variety’s Kids” Auction Program and has since raised over one million dollars by auctioning off unique Hollywood items, including signed movie memorabilia; the iconic shirts worn by the stars of Focus’ Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain; the famed green dress worn by Keira Knightley in Focus’ Atonement; the suit worn by Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning portrayal of real-life hero Harvey Milk in Focus’ Milk; the 1966 Dodge Coronet used in Focus’ A Serious Man; and, most recently, two props used in the animated feature ParaNorman. Proceeds from the auctions go directly to helping children.
About Focus Features
Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world. In addition to The Place Beyond the Pines, current and upcoming Focus Features releases include Paul Weitz’s comedy/drama Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; The World’s End, the third installment of Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; and the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan.
Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, 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 television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.