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
Release Date: February 16, 2001
Directed by: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
Produced by: Sean Daniel, Jim Jacks, Michael Rotenberg
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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