Magnolia Acquires BEST MAN DOWN

Magnolia takes North American Rights to BEST MAN DOWN


New York, NY– February 6, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired North American rights to BEST MAN DOWN, a warmly funny new comedy from writer/director Ted Koland, starring Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin and Frances O’Connor. The film was produced by David Abbitt, Jen Roskind and Sharyn Steele. 

When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Weixler) and Scott (Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realize that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye.

“We are pleased to be handling BEST MAN DOWN, a charming film that features excellent performances from a completely winning cast,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

"It's incredibly exciting to partner with Magnolia on my first film, a company that's made a brand for itself by bringing unique, compelling stories to the screen," said writer/director Ted Koland

Magnolia plans a summer release through their Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms a month prior to its theatrical release.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Director of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemberg with Preferred Content and Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers. BEST MAN DOWN was financed by Koda Entertainment.


About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) 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 includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Kevin Macdonald’s biopic Marley, David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Craig Zobel’sCompliance, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, the exciting noir-thriller Deadfall, and the Academy Award nominated A Royal Affair. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, documentaries A Place at the TableNo Place on Earth, Blackfish, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, √Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, and many more.

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