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SHOW DOGS stars a charming and lovable cast of talking canine characters, including our hero Max (voiced by Ludacris), a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler NYPD police dog. Max and his human FBI partner (Will Arnett) are investigating the kidnapping of a baby panda by an underground network of illegal animal traders when they get a tip that the crime ring is planning to sell the panda at the prestigious Canini Invitational Dog Show. The uber-macho Max must undergo a makeover with the help of a seasoned trainer (Natasha Lyonne) – mud baths, ballet lessons, a Brazilian waxing – to go undercover in order to thwart the plot. In the hands of his new human handler Frank, Max gets in touch with his inner show dog, and also learns that trusting the help of others can sometimes be more rewarding than working alone.




Actor Will Arnett (Lego Batman, BoJack Horseman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flaked on Netflix) will star in the live action family comedy SHOW DOGS, co-produced and co-financed by Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures. Raja Gosnell ( The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo) is directing. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures.

Starring opposite Will Arnett will be Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) along with an all-star voice cast featuring Ludacris, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias and Shaquille O’Neal.

SHOW DOGS commenced principal photography on November 28th at Pinewood Studio Wales in the United Kingdom.

Open Road International, through its partnership with FilmNation Entertainment, will handle international sales on SHOWDOGS, with Riverstone Pictures, Wales Screen (advised by Pinewood Pictures) and Pinewood Films providing financing.

SHOW DOGS is written by Max Botkin and is a Riverstone Pictures and Open Road Films production in association with Kintop Pictures and Alive Entertainment. Producers are Deepak Nayar and Philip von Alvensleben. Tom Ortenberg, Nik Bower, Max Botkin, Raja Gosnell and Scott Lambert are executive producers, with Yu Fai Suen and Robert Norris.

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 and enormous critical response. The company was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. The uniquely formed company is widely known as a filmmaker-focused distributor that supports both box office hits and top prestige titles.

Open Road Films led the 2016 critically acclaimed film, Spotlight, to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, becoming the youngest studio in history win the big prize. The film, which earned almost $45 million at the U.S. box-office, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup was directed by Tom McCarthy, who also won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, with his co-writer (and executive producer) Josh Singer. Spotlight has won numerous high profile critics and guild awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film. Spotlight also appeared on over 250 critics’ Top Ten lists for 2016.

Other notable Open Road Films 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 Open Road Films releases include: Sleepless (‪1/13/17), starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Collide (2/3/2017) starring Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult; Before I Fall (3/3/2017) based on the bestselling novel of the same name, starring Zoey Deuth, Halston Sage and Logan Miller: Spark (4/14/2017), an animated family film featuring the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Biel; The Nut Job 2 (‪5/19/17), the sequel to the 2014 hit animated film, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Gabriel Iglesias, Sebastian Maniscalco and Peter Stormare; Midnight Sun (7/14/2017), an emotional drama starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger; All I See Is You (8/4/2017), directed by Marc Forster and starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke; Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson from director Reginald Hudlin; Home Again, written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, produced by Nancy Meyers and starring Reese Witherspoon; and Show Dogs(‪11/10/17), a live action family comedy from the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.

The company, led by industry veteran CEO Tom Ortenberg, is based in Los Angeles.

Riverstone Pictures is a Reliance Entertainment company and is backed by Ingenious. The company was founded in 2014 by veteran Hollywood producer Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower, former MD of Media at Ingenious. Based in London and Los Angeles, Riverstone produces and finances theatrical feature films and international television. Its projects to date include Michael Grandage’s first film Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney; Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; Peter Landesman’s Watergate drama Felt, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane; and Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Geoffrey Rush. Riverstone has also recently financed the independent action movies Sleepless starring Jamie Foxx and Replicas starring Keanu Reeves. Riverstone has a growing development slate led by Jeremy Baxter, former head of acquisitions and development at Protagonist.

Ingenious is the leading independent investor in the UK’s creative industries, founded by Patrick McKenna in 1998. Ingenious Investments is the manager of a wide range of businesses spanning the media & entertainment, clean energy and real estate sectors.

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Reliance Entertainment is part of India's Reliance Group, and has a significant presence in filmed entertainment, radio and TV broadcasting, new media ventures and state-of-the-art integrated film and media services. Internationally, Reliance Entertainment partnered with legendary producer-director Steven Spielberg in the formation of DreamWorks Studios.

The Reliance Group is led by Chairman Anil D. Ambani, and is amongst India's largest business houses, with interests in telecommunications, energy, defense, financial services, infrastructure and media and entertainment.

Pinewood Pictures is part of the Pinewood Studios Group, funding TV and film productions, as well as games, on behalf of the Isle of Man Media Development Fund and The Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget. It also invests Pinewood’s own funds into projects and distributes films in the UK.

Projects include SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD and PRESSURE, which it distributed in the UK, BELLE, DOM HEMINGWAY, GENIUS, Amazon TV series, THE COLLECTION, the upcoming action comedy MINDHORN, DON’T KNOCK TWICE and THEIR FINEST.

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Pinewood Pictures has a range of funding options available to UK Film and TV productions, including equity finance investment, gap finance and discounting of the UK tax credit and pre-sales of a project.

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