Corner Gas: The Movie Debuts Exclusive In-Cinema Experience for Audiences As New Feature Hits Theatres December 3
Theatrical Release To Include CORNER GAS Comedy Warm-Up Show, Special Closing Credit Sequence, Surprise Cast Appearances, and Random Giveaways
Tickets On Sale November 14
– Movie rolls out with three red carpet galas in Saskatoon, Regina, and Ottawa on November 24, 25, and December 1 – Milestone feature film will be distributed on multiple screens across Canada this holiday season beginning with Cineplex Front Row Centre Events’ theatrical debut, followed by premieres on The Movie Network, CTV, and The Comedy Network, then a DVD release –
TORONTO (November 6, 2014) –Corner Gas: The Movie is set offer a new in-theatre experience for moviegoers. When the film opens December 3 to 7, 2014 at select Cineplex Theatres, audiences will be treated to more than a movie. For five nights only, moviegoers will be entertained by a CORNER GAS experience exclusive to cinemas: a CORNER GAS warm- up show. Hosted by Brent Butt and produced by the Executive Producers of CORNER GAS, the 20-minute warm-up show is packed with CORNER GAS fun facts, games, quizzes, random giveaways, footage from the Canada-wide CORNER GAS Sing-A-Long, and lots of laughs. The warm-up show wraps with an exclusive rendition of “O Canada” performed by award- winning singer-songwriter, Del Barber, and his band The Profiteers.
Tickets for the exclusive Cineplex Front Row Centre Events go on sale November 14. Fans can visit cornergasthemovie.com to purchase tickets or check local listings.
Also exclusive to the movie-going audience is the film’s closing credit sequence. In addition to bloopers and out-takes from the making-of the film, the closing credits will include footage of hundreds of fans across the country singing the CORNER GAS theme song “Not A Lot Goin’ On”, and crowds dancing and singing in the streets of “Dog River” led by CORNER GAS song- writer Craig Northey and two of its stars, Brent Butt and Fed Ewanuick. Capping off the credits is a special message from the CORNER GAS producers, a tip of the hat to fans for a decade of their support.
“Audiences are getting a new experience with Corner Gas: The Movie – where they are part of the movie,” said Executive Producer, Virginia Thompson. “It’s been great fun! We invited the public to get involved through Kickstarter, opened our sets during production, and engaged fans with the CORNER GAS Sing-A-Long. Now comes the theatrical experience, the icing on the cake, where fans get to see a movie they participated in.”
Over the 5-day theatrical event, CORNER GAS cast will make surprise appearances in select theatres across the country. One hundred random giveaways will be available to movielovers from coast-to-coast through the Selfies for Swag promotion (not available in Quebec). Fans will be encouraged to take selfies and post them to #CornerGasMovie for a chance to receive CORNER GAS posters, hats, and t-shirts. No purchase necessary. Full details will be available at cornergasthemovie.com on December 3.
Kicking off the theatrical release will be three red carpet galas attended by the cast, director, and executive producers of Corner Gas: The Movie. Festivities begin with a private world-debut screening and fundraiser at Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon on November 24. The fundraiser is organized by Saskatoon philanthropist Bart Hunter who turned the top Corner Gas: The Movie Kickstarter Prize into a charity event, making it the reward that keeps on giving. A public world premiere follows at the Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios in Regina on November 25. Capping off the festivities is a red carpet gala for Ottawa dignataries at the National Museum of History in Ottawa on December 1.
Following its theatrical release, the 90-minute feature will make its network broadcast debut in December on CTV and CTV GO, following a special preview for The Movie Network and TMN GO subscribers. The movie will also air on The Comedy Network in December (all broadcast dates to be announced), complemented by a special collector’s edition DVD available for purchase before the holidays.
Headlined by creator and comedian Brent Butt, Corner Gas: The Movie stars the original award-winning ensemble cast including Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Janet Wright, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, and Nancy Robertson. Written by Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, and Andrew Wreggitt, and directed by David Storey, who served as key director on the series, the movie was shot in Saskatchewan from June 22 to July 22, 2014.
It’s been five years, and there’s still not a lot going on 40 kilometers from nowhere. But that’s all about to change as the fine folks of Dog River, Saskatchewan face their biggest crisis ever. Brent and the gang discover that the town’s been badly mismanaged, leaving residents with little choice but to pack up and leave. As residents make one last rally to save Dog River as they know it, they discover a devious plan by a corporate giant that would change life for Dog Riverites forever.
CORNER GAS the television series was originally developed by Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, David Storey, and Virginia Thompson for CTV and The Comedy Network. It premiered January 22, 2004 on CTV with 1.15 million viewers and was a runaway hit. Dog River became a favourite Canadian television destination. During its entire six-season run, CORNER GAS was the #1 Canadian sitcom in Canada, maintaining an impressive average audience of 1.4 million viewers over its 107-episode run. The series finale made television history when a record- breaking 3.02 million viewers tuned into the series finale on April 13, 2009. It was a new audience high for CORNER GAS and is still the largest audience on record for a Canadian scripted television series.
Corner Gas: The Movie is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Corner Gas The Movie (ON) Inc. and Corner Gas The Movie (SK) Inc. in association with Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Cineplex Entertainment, Tourism Saskatchewan, Creative Saskatchewan, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell Fund, Cogeco and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. CORNER GAS is distributed worldwide by Prairie Pants Distribution. The Collectors DVD will be distributed across Canada by Video Services Corp. (VSC).
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About Prairie Pants Distribution
Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. is the world-wide distributor of Corner Gas: The Movie. The company is owned and operated by CORNER GAS Executive Producers Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films: CORNER GAS, INSECURITY, RENEGADEPRESS.COM and INCREDIBLE STORY STUDIO), Brent Butt (Sparrow Media: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS and NO CLUE) and David Storey (Aslan Entertainment: CORNER GAS, HICCUPS and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP KID: THE DON CHERRY STORY, BLACKFLY).
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