HOLLYWOOD, California, PHOENIX, Arizona, SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 1, 1999 - The cold war may be over, but the browser war is just heating up, thanks to Dr. Evil, infamous villain from the Austin Powers movie series.

Beginning today, consumers can make Web browsing Evil with the official "Dr. Evil Browser", available free for downloading at http://www.austinpowers.com. The new browser features a unique design with Dr. Evil sounds and images and a built-in channel bar that lets users surf to thousands of Web sites with the click of a mouse.

Developed for New Line Cinema by NeoPlanet, Inc. (http://www.neoplanet.com) and Lot21 Interactive Advertising (http://www.lot21.com), the Dr. Evil Browser offers a new way for fans to bring the fun of the Austin Powers movie to the Internet.

"We want the audience for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me to be able to carry our brand with them throughout Cyberspace by surfing with the Dr. Evil Browser," says Gordon Paddison, Director of Interactive Marketing, New Line Cinema. "We're glad to work with NeoPlanet and Lot21 to give Austin fans a more Evil time online."

"NeoPlanet has always been about making the Internet fun and Dr. Evil is about as fun as it gets," says Drew Cohen, president and CEO, NeoPlanet, Inc. "Our partnership with New Line Cinema and Lot21 showcases how NeoPlanet can bring the Internet entertainment experience closer to consumers."

"Austin Powers is not your everyday movie and it wouldn't be justified marketing it that way," said Kate Everett-Thorp, president and CEO of Lot21. "Looking for the next generation tool, NeoPlanet's browsing technology is the best desktop branding utility providing a high-performance new media experience."

A free 1.8MB file, the Dr. Evil Browser can be downloaded in about eight minutes on a 28.8 modem.

On the date of the premiere of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", New Line Cinema released the "Austin Browser", featuring a hip retro-60's design, built-in Austin Powers channels, and images and sounds straight from the movie. Fans who've already downloaded the Austin Browser can switch to "Dr. Evil" by simply downloading the Evil skin at http://www.austinpowers.com.

Both the Dr. Evil Browser and the Austin Browser feature full support for the latest version of Macromedia's Flash v 4.0. Both work with Windows 98 and Windows 95/NT with Internet Explorer 3.02 or higher installed.

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