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First Look: Alexander

First Look: Alexander

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Release Date: November 5, 2004
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Film Genre: Action
Country: United States
Director: Oliver Stone
Screenwriter: Oliver Stone
Cast: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, & Jonathan Rhys Meyers

ALEXANDER, Oliver Stone's sweeping historical saga that charts the life and legend of one of the greatest figures in world history. The story is an epic that is as daring and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side with the later day expansion of his empire, and its ultimate downfall. From his youth, fueled by dreams of glory and adventure, to his lonely and mysterious death as a ruler of a vast state, from the tumultuous relationship with his parents-a powerful king and a queen determined to put her child on the throne at any cost-to the rousing brotherly bonds with his closest companions and vast army, as they fought from the sun-scorched battlefields of the Persian Empire across the snow-peaked mountains of India, the film chronicles Alexander's journey to become a living legend, a man who embraced the ideal that power has a destiny.

Website: http://alexanderthemovie.warnerbros.com/

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In conjunction with the highly anticipated release of Oliver Stone’s action-adventure drama Alexander, starring Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great alongside Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins, Warner Bros. Pictures is unveiling a unique interactive desktop application that charts Alexander’s epic journey across the known world. 

Fans can explore his path to immortality in great detail by downloading a special application from the official Alexandermovie website, www.alexanderthemovie.com , which then appears as their computer’s desktop wallpaper.  Interactive features tell the story of Alexander’s conquests against a backdrop of social, historical, and military information.

When fans download the application, the illustration of an ancient map appears on the user’s desktop, charting the route of Alexander’s unstoppable army as it marches from battle to battle, transforming the static desktop into a fully animated, interactive and connected experience.  Clicking on various “hot spots” reveals more detail about particularly important battles, people and events, launching a photo or storyboard.  The application also features trailers, story information and streaming video from the film, as well as displaying local movie showtimes once Alexander is released on November 5, 2004.

The application automatically updates itself on a weekly basis, gradually revealing the army’s trajectory from the years 338 BC to 325 BC in ten installments, charted on the interactive timeline at the bottom of the screen.  From the timeline, the user can follow the Macedonian army each week to a new, historically significant battleground, where fans can learn interesting details and background about the life and times of the world’s most notorious conqueror.  Written and developed in consultation with noted Alexander the Great historian and biographer Robin Lane Fox, the application is produced by Xtreme Desktops, LLC


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