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Movie Makes World Premiere at Hastings Museum

Titans of the Ice Age at Hastings MuseumJan. 16, 2013, Hastings, NE – Large format 3D film “Titans of the Ice Age” will likely make its world premiere exclusively in Hastings. The movie was originally scheduled to make its debut in select theaters on Jan. 15, and open in Hastings on Jan.19, as part of the Museum’s Winter Celebration. Very near the end of production, filmmakers decided to make changes to the movie’s narration and music.

On Jan. 9 Giant Screen Films announced Academy Award® winning actor Christopher Plummer had signed on to narrate “Titans of the Ice Age.” That pushed the worldwide premier to Jan. 25, and the premiere date of the film in Hastings into question. According to Hastings Museum Director Rebecca Matticks, she doesn’t mind at all.

“It’s a good problem to have,” she said. “There was a time we couldn’t get these large format movies until months after their premieres, and now that’s not the case. We’re scheduled so early, we’re sweating it out with much larger venues across the country to see exactly when the film is complete.” Giant Screen Films has already completed a 20-minute version of the film with a different narrator that will be shown during the Museum’s Winter Celebration, should the full-length version not be ready.

“We’ll start showing the full-length version of the film as soon as it is complete. If that is prior to Jan. 25, the Museum will have the film’s first worldwide premiere. At the very least, we’ll get it on the same day as some other much larger venues,” she said. “Normally the Museum hosts a special free preview for media, area teachers, museums staff and volunteers, but in this case there just isn’t time.”

“Titans of the Ice Age” takes viewers back in time 20,000 years to a harsh and beautiful world populated by saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, cave bears, and woolly mammoths. “The computer-generated imagery is so vivid. Up close on our 65-foot screen, it’s going to be impressive,” Matticks said.

“Titans” is just one of the attractions that will be featured at the Museum’s Winter Celebration Sat., Jan. 19, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Polar Obsession” is a National Geographic photography exhibit featuring 57 images of the world’s polar regions and their inhabitants. Sponsored by the Hastings Community Arts Council, the exhibit opened earlier this month in the Museum’s East Gallery. “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” will premiere in the Museum’s Planetarium. It takes viewers on a trip to the stars with Big Bird and Elmo—two stars in their own right.

Public showings of “Titans” and “One World One Sky” are at 3 p.m. Special showings for Premiere Museum Members are at 1 p.m., all other Museum Members are welcome at 2 p.m. showings. See HastingsMuseum.org for more details.

Winter Celebration is open to the public and free for Museum members. Non-members pay regular Museum admission. Tickets also must be purchased for “Titans of the Ice Age.”

“Polar Obsession” and all Planetarium shows are free with Museum membership or daily Museum admission.

Also free during the Winter Celebration, ice cream sundaes from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the education room, sponsored by Allen’s Superstore and Roberts Dairy.

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Founded in 1927, Hastings Museum in Hastings, Neb., is the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. Featuring a super screen theatre and planetarium, the Museum houses dozens of animal species set in their natural habitats. It also chronicles the history of the early inhabitants of the Nebraska plains and how Kool-Aid, the famous soft drink invented in Hastings, came to be such a success. More Museum info can be found at HastingsMuseum.org.

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