Cast and filmmakers of Columbia Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code ride Eurostar to Cannes

16 May 2006

Cast will travel on unique Eurostar service to Cannes film festival· Eurostar train will be named "The Da Vinci Code"· First time cast and filmmakers have been re-united· New Guinness World Record will be attempted today
The cast and filmmakers of Columbia Pictures' The Da Vinci Code will travel today by Eurostar train to the Cannes Film Festival as they re-unite for the first time since making the movie.
Before setting off for Cannes, from London's Waterloo International station, leading cast members will name a Eurostar train "The Da Vinci Code". It will be the first time that a Eurostar train – which normally operates between London, Paris and Brussels – takes travellers from London to Cannes.
In another first, the Eurostar will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop international train journey, over a distance of 1,421kms from London to Cannes. An official from Guinness World Records will be onboard to certify the record-breaking attempt.
The cast and filmmakers are travelling to Cannes the day before the global premiere of The Da Vinci Code at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17th. The film will be released worldwide on May 19th 2006.
"The deluxe Eurostar train ride for the cast and filmmakers from England through France is an ideal prelude to The Da Vinci Code's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and we couldn't be more excited about it," said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and Vice-Chairman, Sony Pictures Releasing.
The Chairman of Eurostar, Guillaume Pépy, added: "It's an historic day for Eurostar and for The Da Vinci Code. The cast will travel in style to Cannes before the film is shown for the first time. As a global partner, Eurostar is delighted to be at the heart of what's likely to be this year's biggest box-office success."
From director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, (the Oscar®-winning team of A Beautiful Mind), and producer John Calley (the Oscar®-nominated The Remains of the Day), comes the film version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular and talked about novels of our time, with a cast headed by two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Bettany and Jean Reno. Produced by Grazer and Calley, The Da Vinci Code (www.SoDarkTheConOfMan.com) involves a thrilling murder investigation that unearths the biggest cover-up in human history.
The Eurostar train, which will also be wrapped in the movie's branding, will be unveiled at Waterloo International by stars Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, and director Ron Howard.
Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Marne la Vallée and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last eight years at the World Travel Awards.
3. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
4. In 2007, Eurostar will switch its UK operations to London's St. Pancras International. Journey times will fall further with London-Paris only 2h 15m; London-Brussels 1h 51m and London-Lille just 1h20m.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186186 or contact your travel agent.
6. Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found at www.sonypictures.com
7. Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 20 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe.
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Steve Elzer,Senior Vice President, Media RelationsColumbia TriStar Motion Picture Group(310) 244-7142steve_elzer@spe.sony.com
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