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 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM chairman and chief executive officer Frank Mancuso has announced the studio's new release schedule for 1994, reflecting films that are rich in talent, diversity, and broad-based audience appeal. Beginning in May, the line- up represents a steady flow of product, well positioning the studio for the highly competitive Summer season.
 The early months of 1994 will see the expanded release of "Six Degrees Of Separation," the much anticipated screen version of John Guare's award-winning play. Directed by Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne," "The Russia House"), the film stars Stockard Channing, reprising her original Broadway role, along with Donald Sutherland and Will Smith ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Made in America") in an outstanding dramatic performance.
 On May 6, the new slate is launched with the release of "Clean Slate," starring Dana Carvey. Half of the enormously popular "Wayne's World" duo and the Emmy-winning star of "Saturday Night Live," Carvey takes on the central role of this clever comedy about a cop-turned- private eye suffering from a rare type of amnesia. Valeria Golino ("Hot Shots I & Part Deux"), Kevin Pollak ("A Few Good Men") and James Earl Jones ("Field of Dreams") also star. The film was directed by Mick Jackson, following his blockbuster hit "The Bodyguard," from a screenplay by Robert King. Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, the Academy Award-winning producers of "Driving Miss Daisy," produce under their Zanuck Company banner.
 Also coming in May is "That's Entertainment! III," continuing the tribute to the great MGM musicals that began with the enormously successful "That's Entertainment! I & II." The limited release is planned as part of the studio's 70th Anniversary celebration. Legendary stars Gene Kelly, Lena Horne, Esther Williams, Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse and Howard Keel host segments of the anthology, which promises to be even bigger and better than its predecessors. Never-before-seen outtakes of musical numbers will be interspersed with memorable moments from the famed MGM musicals, not featured in the earlier "That's Entertainment!" films.
 Father's Day becomes "Dad's Day" when MGM releases "Getting Even With Dad" on June 17th, teaming two of today's biggest names. Young superstar Macaulay Culkin ("Home Alone I & II," "The Good Son") and Emmy winner Ted Danson ("Made in America," television's "Cheers") star in this engaging comedy about an enterprising youngster who resorts to blackmail to force his ex-con father to turn over a new leaf. Howard Deutch ("Pretty in Pink") directs from a screenplay by Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein ("The Flintstones"). Katie Jacobs and Pierce Gardner are producing under their Jacobs/Gardner Production banner.
 Fireworks won't hold a candle to the onscreen pyrotechnics of "Blown Away," scheduled for a Fourth of July weekend release. The taut action- thriller features a high-powered combination of talent on both sides of the camera and an explosive story, which have already made it one of the most talked about films for next year. Four-time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges ("American Heart," Peter Weir's "Fearless") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive," "J.F.K") go head-to-head in the suspense-filled story about the leader of a big-city bomb squad who races against time in a match of wits and skill with an ingenious bomber. The impressive cast also includes Forest Whitaker ("The Crying Game"), Lloyd Bridges ("Hot Shots I & Part Deux") and Suzy Amis ("The Ballad of Little Jo"). "Blown Away" is being produced for MGM by Trilogy Entertainment ("Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Backdraft") and is directed by Stephen Hopkins ("Judgment Night," "Predator 2").
 In August, MGM plans the release of "My Summer Story," the follow-up to the perennial holiday favorite "A Christmas Story," starring Charles Grodin ("Beethoven"), Kieran Culkin ("Nowhere to Run") and Academy Award-winner Mary Steenburgen ("Melvin and Howard," "Back to the Future III"). Taking another glimpse into the lives of the Parker family during one memorable summer, the film reunites the creative team behind "A Christmas Story," including director Bob Clark, producer Rene DuPont and screenwriters Clark, Jean Shepherd and Leigh Brown.
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