Seeing Stars: Movie Premieres

PRESS RELEASE


Tuesday February 6, 6:50 pm EST

Press Release

SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

Premiere of 'Down to Earth'

WHAT: Premiere of "Down to Earth"

WHO: ``Down to Earth'' cast members attending include: Chris Rock,

Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison,

Greg Germann, Jennifer Coolidge and Wanda Sykes

Filmmakers attending include: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Sean

Daniel, Jim Jacks, Michael Rotenberg and Barry Berg

From the soundtrack: Monica

Other guests attending include: Jack Nicholson, Morgan

Freeman, Magic Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Steve Harvey, Coolio,

Missy Elliot, Kina, Joe Torre, John Henton, Vivica A. Fox,

Kenneth ``Babyface'' & Tracey Edmonds, Erika Alexander, Nia Long,

Brian McKnight, Mike D, Gabrielle Union, Al B. Sure, Holly

Robinson-Peete, Sinbad, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans,

Marlon Wayans, Bill Bellamy, Eddie Griffin, Elise Neal,

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Luke Wilson and more to follow

    WHEN:      MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2001 PROMPTLY AT 7:30pm
               Arrivals to begin at 6:30pm

    WHERE:     Mann Chinese Theatre
               6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood

ABOUT ``Down to Earth'':

When amateur comedian Lance Barton (Chris Rock) finds himself at Heaven's door, he is convinced there has been a mistake. Miraculously he is right. Since returning to his own body is not an option, a heavenly agent places him into the corpse of a rich Manhattan mogul who has just been bumped off by his wife -- until a more suitable replacement can be found. Ironically, it is as this strange new person that Lance ultimately discovers his true self, falls in love and improves his comedy act in the process.

Comedian Chris Rock plays Lance Barton in the romantic comedy, ``Down to Earth,'' his first starring role in a feature after establishing himself as one of today's premiere comedic performers. With multiple Emmy and Grammy awards for his concerts, CDs, television specials and HBO series, Rock brings a deft comedic touch seen already by millions in previous films such as ``Lethal Weapon 4,'' ``Nurse Betty'' and ``Dogma.''

Paramount Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures present in association with NPV Entertainment, an Alphaville and 3 Arts Entertainment production, ``Down to Earth.'' Directed by Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, and produced by Sean Daniel, Michael Rotenberg and James Jacks, the film stars Chris Rock, Regina King, Mark Addy, Eugene Levy, Frankie Faison, Greg Germann, Jennifer Coolidge and Chazz Palminteri. Chris Rock and Barry Berg are the executive producers. ``Down to Earth'' is based on the film ``Heaven Can Wait,'' screenplay by Elaine May and Warren Beatty, from a play by Harry Segall. The screenplay for ``Down to Earth'' is written by Chris Rock & Lance Crouther & Ali Le Roi & Louis CK. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., which is one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music. Village Roadshow Pictures is the Motion Picture Production division of Village Roadshow Limited, an international entertainment company whose operations also include Cinema Exhibition, Film Distribution, Radio and Theme Parks. Village Roadshow Pictures co-produces ten to twelve titles annually with major studio partners, including Paramount.

The film is MPAA rated PG-13 for language, sexual humor and some drug references

  • Release Date: February 16, 2001
  • Directed by: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
  • Produced by: Sean Daniel, Jim Jacks, Michael Rotenberg
  • Executive
  • Produced by: Barry Berg
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and

brief drug references.

ALL PRESS MUST BE ACCREDITED TO COVER ARRIVALS TO THE EVENT

For further information, please call: Photo - Mike Berman, 323-956-4602, TV - Tim Menke, 323-956-5503, Print/Radio/Online -- Susan Indri, 323-956-5915, International - Alfred Pignat, 323-956-5551

SOURCE: Paramount Pictures





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