"The Kids Are All Right" Cast Donate Shirts Off Their Backs for Online Charity Auction

Tuesday February 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES, February, 2011 - Original costumes from The Kids Are All Right, the Focus Features movie that is Academy Award-nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Annette Bening), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg), will be auctioned off online through the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, with the proceeds to benefit children's charities. The auction commences effective immediately at www.clothesoffourback.org and runs through Monday, February 28th - the day after the Oscars ceremony. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

The news follows the successful online charity auction last month, through the SAG Foundation, of the wedding rings worn in The Kids Are All Right by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in their film roles as a married couple. To raise additional monies for charity all five principal actors from the film have autographed one T-shirt apiece donated by the production; Ms. Bening, Ms. Moore, Mr. Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson all wore the respective T-shirts in-character in the movie. The five items will be posted as separate auctions, and not as a lot. Details on the T-shirts, many of which are prominent in memorable scenes from the movie, are as follows;

• Charcoal-colored Coachella brand graphic T-shirt autographed by Annette Bening
• Forest green-colored Free City T-shirt with orange hummingbird autographed by Julianne Moore
• Gray Calvin Klein T-shirt autographed by Mark Ruffalo
• Gray cotton T-shirt with motorcycle imprint autographed by Mia Wasikowska
• Light blue Ben Sherman T-shirt autographed by Josh Hutcherson

Mr. Schamus said, "What a privilege for all of us at Focus to be able to continue to spread the love that The Kids Are All Right has inspired through this auction."

...and of the shirt, suit, and tie worn by Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning performance as real-life openly gay civil rights hero Harvey Milk in Focus' Milk.

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation has in past years successfully hosted the online auctions of Keira Knightley's iconic green dress from Focus' Atonement; and of the shirt, suit and tie worn by Sean Penn in his Academy Award-winning performance as real-life openly gay civil rights hero Harvey Milk in Focus' Milk.

Each year, the entertainment and fashion communities come together for The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends, have helped improve the lives of children across the globe. In addition to the five The Kids Are All Right items, Clothes Off Our Back is also currently auctioning celebrity clothing and accessories from the winter awards shows, and more.

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

In addition to The Kids Are All Right, the Focus Features slate includes Kevin Macdonald's Roman epic adventure The Eagle, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell; Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic drama Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender; Joe Wright's adventure thriller Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett; Mike Mills' comedy/drama Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer; writer/director Dee Rees' contemporary drama Pariah, which world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; John Madden's espionage thriller The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, and Jessica Chastain; and Lone Scherfig's romance One Day, based on the bestselling novel, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International are part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.