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  • Universal Pictures Acquires WorldWide Distribution Rights To Outkast's HBO Movie!

    Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to HBO Films' untitled original motionpicture musical starring multi-platinum and Grammy-winning LaFace/Zomba Label
    Group artists OutKast, it was announced today.

    OutKast's Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton both star in the film, which will feature new songs from the duo's next album, which will be a soundtrack album. Bryan Barber, the award-
    winning director and longtime OutKast music video collaborator, makes his feature film directing debut on the film. The film's soundtrack will feature all new songs by OutKast and will be released on LaFace/Zomba Label Group in the fourth quarter of 2005. Universal Pictures will wide release the film in 2006.

    "Seeing a very rough cut of this film was an incredibly exciting experience," announced Adam Fogelson, President, Universal Pictures Marketing and Eddie Egan, Co-President, Universal Pictures Marketing. "We very much
    wanted to be part of bringing this film to a wide audience, and we're delighted to be partnering with HBO Films and Charles Roven."

    "Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton are artists without parallel on the cultural landscape," said HBO Films President Colin Callender. "Together with director Bryan Barber, their videos have taken the synthesis of music, cinema and style to a whole new dimension. We are proud and excited that they have chosen to work with HBO to bring their unique vision of an original musical to the screen, and we are delighted to be working with Universal Pictures --whose unbridled enthusiasm for the film promises to turn this into a major motion picture event."

    Set amidst the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, the film follows two characters, Percival (Andre Benjamin), the club's piano player, and Rooster (Antwan Patton), the club's lead performer and manager, through intersecting stories of love and ambition.

    The cast also includes Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Terrence Dashon Howard (Hustle & Flow), Faizon Love (Elf ), Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Paula Jai Parker (She Hate Me), Jackie Long (Lovewrecked), newcomer Paula Patton and legendary recording artist Patti LaBelle (On the One). Also cast in the film are singer Macy Gray (Training Day), Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (Why Do Fools Fall In Love) and Oscar(R) nominee and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson (Fried Green Tomatoes).

    The as-yet-untitled film was shot on location in Wilmington, North Carolina and at Universal City, CA.
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