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Canada's biggest celebrity-driven entertainment magazine announces 1st annual Entertainer of the Year nominees

MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - MovieEntertainment, Eastern Canada's monthly "A-list" magazine about stars, styles, fashion, beauty, music and movies, announced its first Entertainer of the Year Awards in its October issue, now in homes.

"MovieEntertainment is by far the biggest celebrity-focused magazine in the country, including People," says Marvin Boisvert, ME's President and Publisher. "ME's readers know the real stories are as much behind the screen as on it, and they have their favourite Canadian stars."

In the November issue, out in a few days, readers in 875,000 Canadian households will be able to check the five nominees in each of four categories put forward by the ME panel of celeb-savvy judges.

The final four winners of the MovieEntertainment Entertainer of the Year Awards will be announced in December's issue.

A donation to each winner's favourite charity is the main prize, plus a plaque commemorating their achievement

Readers can also nominate their choices for the ME Readers' Awards online at www.movieentertainment.ca. The list of nominees will also be published in the December issue.

The final nominees for the MovieEntertainment Entertainer of the Year Awards, selected by ME's panel of judges, are, in alphabetical order:


Jim Carrey
Marie-Jose Croze
Roy Dupuis
Rachel McAdams
Donald Sutherland


Kim Cattrall
Ken Finkelman
William Shatner
Kiefer Sutherland
Luc Picard


Blue Rodeo
Diana Krall
Sarah McLachlan
Simple Plan


David Cronenberg
Cline Dion
Norman Jewison
Guy Lalibert (Cirque du Soleil)
Michael J. Fox

MovieEntertainment Entertainer Of The Year judges are:

- Malin Akerman, Lisa Kudrow's co-star in HBO's sitcom, The Comeback.
The gorgeous and talented Toronto actress and musician is also the lead
singer in the rock band The Petalstones;

- Barry Avrich, marketing guru at Endeavour Advertising. Besides being
the well-respected agency's president, Barry is a noted filmmaker and the
author of three books on entertainment marketing;

- Peter Howell, the erudite, connected and tall movie critic at Canada's
largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star. Peter is also a regular
contributor to ME magazine;

- Ben Mulroney, suave host who juggles both eTalk Daily and Canadian
Idol for CTV, is also one of the best red-carpet interviewers in the biz;

- David Novek, Oscar-voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, parts crowds at every Canadian film festival, usually with
an A-list entourage in tow. David is also an ME contributor;

- Jay Stone, the legendary film critic for CanWest News Service, is a
regular ME contributor;

- David Sherman, editor of MovieEntertainment magazine, is also a
screenwriter, and playwright-in-residence at Montral's Centaur Theatre.

MovieEntertainment's radically expanded editorial content gives a uniquely Canadian twist to stories on the stars, their styles and lifestyles, as well as the local haunts where they shop, schmooze and sip the latest in martinis. The magazine also carries premium TV information on The Movie Network, MPIX, A&E, Vu! and Viewers' Choice Pay-Per-View.

"Our readers keep the magazine right in front of them all month long, and constantly browse it for what to watch and when," says Boisvert. "But it's the details in our stories that really ice the cake for them. Canada offers so much to the stars, both local and homegrown, and readers want to know where to eat, drink and buy the right stuff, just like their favourite celebrities.

"MovieEntertainment tells all the secrets."

Media Contact: David Sherman, Editor, MovieEntertainment, Phone: (514) 939-5024, Fax: (514) 939-8027, Email: dsherman@feature.ca, www.movieentertainment.ca

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