Check in at 'The Terminal' on Star Movies

Mumbai, January 03, 2006: Almost everybody has been stuck in an airport for a few hours? But try to imagine those hours stretching into days?weeks?and even months!!! This Friday at 9p.m., make sure you tune in to the premiere of The Terminal on Star Movies, starring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones under the direction of Hollywood's most successful filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

"The Terminal" tells the story of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe, whose homeland erupts in a fiery coup while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant named Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). But Viktor has long worn out his welcome with airport official Frank Dixon (Emmy award winner Stanley Tucci), who considers him a bureaucratic glitch, a problem he cannot control but wants desperately to erase.

This partnership of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks results in a combination of first-rate performances and a stirring visual style, which will keep you, glued to your seat through out! Tom Hanks is as brilliant as ever in the lead role. He is convincing and admirable in his heroic ways. Catherine Zeta Jones also delivers a powerhouse performance as Hanks' love interest. The Terminal leads the viewer through funny moments, very serious thought provoking moments and some pretty sad moments.

So tune in to the exclusive premiere of the lighthearted comedy, The Terminal only on Star Movies this Friday, January 6 at 9 p.m.

The Terminal set was a near-full-size replica built in a former hangar, with three working sets of escalators, and populated by many familiar stores (e.g. Burger King, Mrs. Fields, W.H. Smith). Some of these brands were recruited by Dreamworks, while others approached the studio when word of the production got out. Many of the stores and restaurants were built by the construction crews that build actual mall and airport stores for the respective companies, and some had fully-functioning equipment (e.g. ovens, cash registers, etc).

The film was shot with two endings. The original version of the film, previewed in Orange, California on 26 May 2004, had the other ending, in which Catherine Zeta-Jones's character Amelia goes into Manhattan with Viktor.

The main character of this movie was originally scripted to arrive from Slovenia but this was changed after the advice from the former consul of Republic of Slovenia in the United States Mark Rijavec. Since Slovenia is by some considered to be Switzerland of the Eastern Europe it would not look credible would a civil war be started in one of the new members of the European Union.

During the credits, everyone's name is their autograph.

When "the war is over" and where Tom Hanks and other people sing the national anthem they sing The Albanian National Anthem in "gibberish" words.

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.

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