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60 Top Celebrities to Debut Never-Before-Seen Material on Amazon.com This Holiday Season

Participants include Bruce Springsteen, Will Ferrell, Jeff Bridges, Dr. Phil, Foo Fighters, Bill Cosby, Justin Timberlake, Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Barbra Streisand, R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks and more

SEATTLE--Nov. 3, 2003-- Signifying the official launch of the online holiday shopping season, Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today debuted the "Holiday A-List," an online event created in collaboration with 60 world renowned celebrities. Each day from November 3 to January 1, a celebrated actor, author, director, musician, or media personality will provide Amazon.com customers with a gift of exclusive content such as never-before-released songs and new short stories written exclusively for Amazon.com customers.

Participating celebrities and their exclusive holiday gifts to Amazon.com customers include the following:

  • Bruce Springsteen: Fresh off of his sold-out world tour, Bruce Springsteen will ring in the holiday season and kick off Amazon.com's "Holiday A-List" by offering the perfect gift to his fans -- "Night of the Living Boss," a preview of an exclusive concert video taken from the forthcoming DVD, "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live In Barcelona."
  • Dan Brown: The author of the breakout worldwide bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code," will provide a holiday story written exclusively for Amazon.com customers about the author cracking a mysterious code from his childhood.
  • Michael J. Fox: The television star and founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research will share a new side of his talent with Amazon.com customers -- his artwork. Michael J. Fox shares a piece of original art he created for his children.
  • The Counting Crows: A full-length Counting Crows concert -- filmed exclusively for Amazon.com customers -- will be made available via video stream on Amazon.com.
  • Tom Brokaw: The highly respected news anchor and bestselling author will share a personal holiday memory in the form of a never-before-released World War II Christmas story.
  • David Chase: The writer, director, and executive producer of "The Sopranos" will provide Amazon.com customers with an exclusive scene from "The Sopranos" vault. Originally intended to be part of season three, the scene -- which has never before been broadcast or released on DVD -- will be offered via an exclusive video stream, and will feature a brief written commentary from David Chase.
  • Paige Davis: The host of "Trading Spaces" offers Amazon.com customers an exclusive home video, taken on Christmas morning 1997, featuring the then-undiscovered Paige Davis and her future husband opening gifts during one of their first Christmas together as a couple. In addition to this intimate footage of the popular television host, Paige Davis has written an essay to complete her "Holiday A-List" package.
  • Bob Guiney: The star of ABC's "The Bachelor," will provide fans with a glimpse of his musical talent in the form of exclusive video footage of Bob Guiney in studio recording his upcoming album, "Three Sides."

In keeping with the element of surprise that is an integral part of this project, Amazon.com will not pre-announce the scheduled line-up beyond the first week of the promotion.

"Amazon.com's Holiday A-List gave me a chance to share my artwork with the world," said Jack Black, actor and lead singer of Tenacious D. "I wanted the picture I drew to capture the essence of my band, so I drew my band-mate Kyle and I as brave warriors riding a unicorn that represents the uncontrollable power of Tenacious D."

"The holidays for me have always been about appreciating the real magic in our lives -- poker and whiskey," said Will Ferrell, actor and star of New Line's upcoming feature film, "Elf." "I really appreciate Amazon.com letting me give the gift of laughter to their millions of customers."

"Amazon.com offered a compelling way for us to share an exclusive sneak peek of our new single, 'Bad Day,' with music fans worldwide," said Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M. "We hope visitors to Amazon.com will enjoy the footage we've given to them, which was taken during a spring 2003 rehearsal in Vancouver, British Columbia. I chose this video exclusively for Amazon.com because it feels tentative and sweet, especially considering the lyric and what the song addresses."

"I started my relationship with Amazon.com by buying books -- but as the years went on and their inventory expanded, I started buying movies and video games and DVDs and wiffle balls and high-pressure garden hoses -- eventually, I've been able to quit reading altogether!" said Jimmy Kimmel, the host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "The greatest purchase I made this year was a high pressure water hose. I liked it so much I bought another one for my father. If you've never seen a man wielding 1400 pounds per square inch of water power, you might want to watch my video on Amazon.com. I think you'll agree it is nothing short of awe-inspiring."

Artists scheduled to appear during the first week of Amazon.com's "Holiday A-List" follow:

  • Monday, November 3: Bruce Springsteen
  • Tuesday, November 4: Jack Black
  • Wednesday, November 5: Dan Brown
  • Thursday, November 6: R.E.M.
  • Friday, November 7: Will Ferrell
  • Saturday, November 8: Michael J. Fox
  • Sunday, November 9: Bill Cosby

Amazon.com's "Holiday A-List" is available daily on Amazon.com's homepage, which is located at www.amazon.com. To learn more, or to interview Amazon.com's entertainment editor, contact Amazon.com's media relations line: 206-266-7180.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and sellers list millions of unique new and used items in categories such as apparel and accessories, sporting goods, electronics, computers, kitchenware and housewares, books, music, DVDs, videos, cameras and photo items, toys, baby items and baby registry, software, computer and video games, cell phones and service, tools and hardware, travel services, magazine subscriptions and outdoor living items.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to potential future losses, significant amount of indebtedness, competition, commercial agreements and strategic alliances, seasonality, potential fluctuations in operating results and rate of growth, foreign exchange rates, management of potential growth, system interruption, international expansion, consumer trends, inventory, fulfillment center optimization, limited operating history, government regulation and taxation, fraud, and new business areas. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, and all subsequent filings.


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