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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Columbia Pictures Publicity Launches SURFSUP.SONYPICTURESPUBLICITY.COM for Coverage of Surf's Up

Columbia Pictures Publicity Launches SURFSUP.SONYPICTURESPUBLICITY.COM for Coverage of Surf's Up

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of the June 8, 2007 release of Surf's Up, the new animated action-comedy from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, the studio has launched a website with press kit stills, production notes, and photos from special events, including the world premiere. For the latest coverage of the film, including images from the Hawaii special screening (available now), the world premiere in Los Angeles on June 2, and the Feet & Flippers event in New York City on June 5, please visit

About Surf's Up:

Surf's Up is an animated action-comedy that delves behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive surfing. The film profiles teenage Rockhopper penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer, as he enters his first pro competition. Followed by a camera crew to document his experiences, Cody leaves his family and home in Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Along the way, Cody meets Sheboygan surfer Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), famous surf promoter Reggie Belafonte (James Woods), surf talent scout Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone), and spirited lifeguard Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), all of whom recognize Cody's passion for surfing, even if it's a bit misguided at times. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desires, but when he unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a washed-up old surfer (Jeff Bridges), Cody begins to find his own way, and discovers that a true winner isn't always the one who comes in first.

About Columbia Pictures:

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 on the World Wide Web at

About Sony Pictures Animation:

Sony Pictures Animation was established in May 2002 to enable Sony Pictures Entertainment to tap into the vast imagination of the creative community, develop characters and stories that are best realized through digital production and bring entertainment for audiences of all ages to the screen. The division's first film, Open Season, was released in September, 2006. Sony Pictures Animation currently is in production on Surf's Up (due in theaters June 8, 2007) and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (spring 2009).

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Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

CONTACT: Steve Elzer, Senior Vice President, Media Relations, Columbia
TriStar Motion Picture Group, +1-310-244-7142, for Sony Pictures

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