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Friday, July 24, 2015

#OPENROADFILMS ACQUIRES “MOTHER’S DAY”

OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES “MOTHER’S DAY” FOR APRIL 29, 2016 U.S. RELEASE
GARRY MARSHALL WILL DIRECT ALL-STAR CAST FEATURING JULIA ROBERTS, JENNIFER ANISTON, KATE HUDSON AND JASON SUDEIKIS AND MORE

 Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the romantic comedy MOTHER’S DAY, to be directed by Garry Marshall and produced by Wayne Rice and Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz. The film will star Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis, with other cast expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The script was written by Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander, Matt Walker and Tom Hines. The film will shoot in Atlanta in August.

Open Road Films will release MOTHER’S DAY wide on April 29, 2016. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

“We jumped at the chance to be a part of this film,” stated Tom Ortenberg. “Audiences everywhere will surely enjoy seeing moms celebrated by this fantastic cast and talented filmmaking team.”

Rice and Karz, who produced VALENTINE’S DAY and NEW YEAR’S EVE, are delighted to be back for another holiday. “We could not be more excited about producing a comedy about Moms directed by Garry Marshall, starring four of the biggest stars on the planet,” said Rice.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Elliott Kleinberg, and Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions Peter Lawson. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which packaged the film, represented the domestic distribution rights and brokered the deal on behalf of the producers with executive producer Matthew Hooper of IME Law. Hooper also arranged the financing for the film. Daniel Diamond, who also serves as a producer, is handling international sales through his Diamond Pictures. Jared Underwood and Danny Mandel of Aperture Media Partners are providing the debt financing.

ABOUT OPEN ROAD FILMS
Open Road Films is a leading, independent, theatrical motion picture company, releasing a diverse slate of star-driven films which has included multiple #1 releases. It was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. Open Road and its lenders recently extended the company's $100,000,000 credit facility through 2018.

Current and past releases include: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which took the #1 spot at the box-office during its opening week and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, along with a Golden Globe nomination – it was named one of the best films of 2014 by the AFI and National Board of Review and top critics nationwide; the hit film Chef,written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film; The Grey, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, which opened #1 at the box office; End Of Watch, directed by David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, which opened #1 at the box office; Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; and Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

Upcoming releases include: Rock The Kasbah (10/23/2015), starring Bill Murray along with Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride and Scott Caan, directed by Barry Levinson; Spotlight (11/6/15), directed by Thomas McCarthy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci; Snowden (12/25/15), written and directed by Oliver Stone starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley; Fifty Shades Of Black (1/29/16), starring Marlon Wayans; Triple Nine (3/4/16), a thriller directed by John Hillcoat starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer and Clifton Collins, Jr.; Sleepless Night, starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller, Katey Sagal and Aaron Eckhart, directed by Ben Younger; and Blazing Samurai (4/14/2017).

ABOUT GULFSTREAM PICTURES
Gulfstream Pictures is a Warner Bros.-based development, financing and production company focused on making tentpole films. Headed by Mike Karz and Bill Bindley, the company was formed in 2012, and is funded by Korea-based 3D stereoscopic leader Redrover Co., Ltd., and a consortium of U.S. private equity funds.

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