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Star Movies to premiere Jackie Chan's 'Around The World In 80' Days on 16 December

Mumbai, December 13, 2005: This Friday night, get set to have a wondrous, global adventure as Star Movies premieres, Jackie Chan's Around The World In 80 Days on December 16, 2005 at 9 p.m. An adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel, the movie stars Jackie Chan and Steve Coogen. Celebrity cameos punctuate the film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a polygamous Turkish ruler and Owen and Luke Wilson playing the hilariously squabbling Wright Brothers. In addition to the lavish sets and nonstop action, this version of the classic remains true to the idea that one should hold on to dreams, no matter how improbable or outlandish.

In this Disney adaptation of Jules Verne's classic adventure novel Around The World In 80 Days , Steve Coogan plays Phileas Fogg, a quirky inventor at the turn of the 20th century. After suffering rejection by England's Royal Academy of Science, Fogg strives to prove his scientific worth by accepting a challenge to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. Fogg, his cohort Passepartout (Jackie Chan), and his new love Monique (Cecile de France), find trouble and excitement as they make their way from Turkey to Morocco to the United States, and ultimately Fogg discovers that scientific validation is not all he needs for a successful life.

Jackie Chan shines in his role as Passepartout, who masquerades as Fogg's valet in an attempt to escape authorities after he robs the Bank of England. As he evades his enemies and keeps Fogg in the dark about his true background, Chan provides stellar comedic action and performs daring stunts.

"It's fairly fast, zips some good zingers at the audience through Steve Coogan, and is just the sort of instantly forgettable fun parents can have with their kids. "-- Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, Il)

"An energetic and enormously good-natured family movie." -- Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle.



So, for a fun night with the family, don't forget to tune-in to this week's Friday Night Premiere of the action-packed adventure Around The World In 80 Days on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 9:00 p.m. only on Star Movies.

STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 50 television services in eight languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR channels cover all genres including general entertainment (Star Plus, Xing Kong, Star Chinese Channel, Star One, Star Utsav, Star World, Vijay, Phoenix Chinese), sports (ESPN, Star Sports), movies (Star Chinese Movies, Star Gold, Star Movies), music (Channel [V]), and news and current affairs (Star News, Star Ananda, Phoenix InfoNews Channel). STAR controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world's largest contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies in Asia, STAR businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems and wireless and digital services. STAR is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation. www.startv.com



For further information please contact:

In Mumbai

Zeenat Khan Shiraz Bhavnani / Aditi Chada

Communications Department Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

STAR (India) Ltd. Tel: 91-22-5656 8787

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