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“Mission: Impossible III” explodes onto Xbox 360

HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 14, 2005 — The premier online games and entertainment network teams up with one of the most highly anticipated films of 2006 as Xbox 360 hosts the exclusive “Mission: Impossible III” teaser trailer. Xbox 360 users can download the high-definition online trailer, which is available immediately.

Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in “Mission: Impossible III.” Director J. J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”) brings his unique blend of action and drama to the billion-dollar franchise. The film will be released in theaters worldwide on May 5, 2006.

Xbox Live, the premier online games and entertainment network, allows gaming and movie enthusiasts to view the teaser trailer in high definition for the very first time, free of charge. Xbox Live members can download the “Mission: Impossible III” teaser directly from Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Live Marketplace is a digital download center providing free and premium content for Xbox 360 games, plus music videos and trailers for all Xbox Live subscribers.

The premiere of “Mission: Impossible III” follows the successful unveil of Paramount Pictures’ “Aeon Flux” high definition trailer on Xbox Live Marketplace, which debuted during the North American launch of Xbox 360.

“The high-definition premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible III’ on Xbox 360 will be a must-see for gamers,” said Peter Moore, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing for Xbox at Microsoft. “We are thrilled to unveil of one of the most anticipated movies of 2006 to the Xbox Live online audience of millions.”

“‘Mission: Impossible III’ is exactly the kind of movie that Xbox users are looking for: thrilling, exciting, action-packed and smart. The teaser trailer gives just a taste of what Tom Cruise and J. J. Abrams have in store for moviegoers on May 5,” said Amy Powell, Vice President, Interactive Marketing for Paramount Pictures. “We’re ecstatic that this high-defintion teaser is available for download. Paramount is a leader in providing content for new media – younger audiences are looking for one-stop shopping for all their entertainment needs and Xbox Live creates a platform to serve those needs.”

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