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'Five-Year Engagement' to open Tribeca film festival

Feb. 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- "The Five-Year Engagement" has been selected as the opening night movie for the 11th edition of New York's Tribeca Film Festival, organizers said.

The Universal Pictures comedy reunites the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" team of director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel. Starring Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie, it will premiere April 18 at the festival, which is to run through April 29.

The movie is about what happens when an engaged couple, Segel and Blunt, keep getting sidelined on their way to the altar. It is to open in U.S. theaters April 27.

"The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than 'The Five-Year Engagement,'" Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, said in a statement Wednesday. "We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition."

"When Jason and I met during the production of [of the TV comedy series] 'Undeclared,' we couldn't have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca," Stoller said. "We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk."

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