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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"SERIOUS MOONLIGHT" -- Magnolia Takes North American Rights to Cheryl Hines' Directorial Debut

New York – July 28, 2009 – The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Cheryl Hines’ directorial debut, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT. Warmly received at Tribeca this year, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT stars Meg Ryan, Timothy Hutton, Kristen Bell and Justin Long, and is especially notable for being written by sadly missed writer/director Adrienne Shelly (Waitress).

SERIOUS MOONLIGHT is about a troubled marriage on the precipice, centering on a high-powered female attorney who learns that her husband is about to leave her for a much younger woman, and holds him captive until he promises to stay with her and love her forever. The film is a labor of love for Hines, one of the stars of Shelly’s Waitress. SERIOUS MOONLIGHT will be released through Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program, launching the film this November on VOD platforms in 50-million households one month prior to its theatrical release in early December. The film is produced by Andy Ostroy, Ms. Shelly’s husband, and Michael Roiff, who produced Waitress, through their respective companies: all for A films and Night & Day Pictures.

“Cheryl Hines has done a fine job bringing Adrienne Shelly’s final script to life,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “SERIOUS MOONLIGHT is a fitting tribute to a sorely missed talent and we’re happy to be bringing it to North American audiences.”"We're very impressed with Magnolia's distribution model, their savvy team, and their overall vision for SERIOUS MOONLIGHT," said Ostroy. "I know Adrienne would be proud of this film and thrilled to have another movie of hers in theatres for audiences to see."

"I'm excited about where Magnolia's going to take us," said Hines. "SERIOUS MOONLIGHT is a dark, funny film, which I think audiences are going to really enjoy, especially Meg and Tim's incredible performances."The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Senior Vice President Tom Quinn and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson, with Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company and attorney John Logigian.

About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures ( is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also include the Landmark Theatres chain, the production company 2929 Productions, and high definition cable networks HDNet and HDNet Movies. Magnolia's 2008 slate included such critically acclaimed films as James Marsh's Man On Wireand Tomas Alfredson's Let The Right One In. Magnolia's 2009 slate includes James Gray's Two Lovers, The Great Buck Howard starring John Malkovich, Guillermo Arriaga's The Burning Plain, documentary and festival favorite Food, Inc with Michael Pollen and Eric Schlosser, Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, Kirby Dick's Outrage, Anne Fontaine's The Girl From Monaco, Erick Zonca's Julia, Lynn Shelton's Humpday, Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad, The Answer Man starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham, Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse and much more.


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