Bid To Win a Denzel Washington Autographed Sony VAIO Notebook PC Used in the Upcoming Movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Corporation of America, in partnership with charity auction site Charityfolks.com, is auctioning off an autographed Sony VAIO Notebook PC that appears in the upcoming Sony Pictures movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. The computer has been signed by Denzel Washington, who stars in the film.

The auction is being held exclusively on CharityFolks.com/pelham123, and will run through June 25, 2009. In addition to the autographed and fully-functional VAIO Notebook PC, the winner will also receive a pair of tickets to any upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment movie. Fans interested in bidding can also link to the Charityfolks.com auction site through http://www.sony.com.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which is dedicated to enabling all young people to reach their full potential through programs and services that enhance the development of boys and girls as well as providing safe places for them to learn and grow. Active supporters include corporations and celebrities, such as Sony Electronics and Boys & Girls Clubs of America national chair Denzel Washington. The Taking of Pelham 123 opens today, Friday, June 12. It stars Denzel Washington as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train.

John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there’s one riddle Garber can’t solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?

Paris Housing Projects Shuts Down Travolta Action Flick

Paris has gained quite the reputation the last few years as having some pretty rough hoods. Travolta’s flick has now joined the list of those who have the felt the wrath of the poor from Les Bosquets. Read the full story below:

The filming set in the project known as Les Bosquets was scheduled to start this week.

The filming set in the project known as Les Bosquets was scheduled to start this week.

PARIS — A John Travolta movie has suspended plans to film in one of the Paris area’s toughest housing projects after 10 cars to be used in the movie were burned, the production company and local officials said Tuesday.

Filming of the action movie “From Paris With Love” has been in progress for around two weeks. The filming set in the project known as Les Bosquets was scheduled to start this week. Around 90 residents were cast in roles as extras.

Cars are regularly burned in French housing projects, most famously during rioting that raged for three weeks in 2005 in poor neighborhoods across the country.

It was not immediately known who was responsible for setting alight the eight cars parked at a local stadium and two nearby early Monday, said Timm Rigal, aide to Mayor Xavier Lemoine of Montfermeil, where the housing project is located.

The Europacorp production company refused to confirm the mayor’s claim that the project scenes were being definitively canceled.

A production official said Europacorp chief Luc Besson, the French director, writer and producer, was reviewing the situation. The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and asked not to be named.

The filming of the English-language movie, directed by Pierre Morel and also starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, continues with indoor scenes programmed this week, according to the production official.

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Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley contributed to this story.