27 Dresses (2008)
The bloodsucker film was named best movie drama in the ceremony at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre, with its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart taking home best actor trophies.
The hit 2008 picture also secured wins in a string of off-beat categories including best romance and best liplock, while Cam Giganget was named best villain and Taylor Lautner lauded as the year's fresh face male.
Pattinson was also named choice male hottie alongside choice female hottie Megan Fox.
Other big winners in the acting categories were Hugh Jackman who picked up two prizes for his comic book blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Zac Efron who landed two honours for his role in 17 Again and a further award for his turn in High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
Teen drama Gossip Girl ruled the TV section, picking up four awards, including best drama show and best actor awards for Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford. Ed Westwick was named best TV villain.
Miley Cyrus landed four surfboard trophies in the acting categories - two for her big screen outing in Hannah Montana: The Movie and two for her Hannah Montana TV show. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus was named TV's top parental unit for his part in the teen franchise and her co-star Emily Osment was named best TV sidekick.
Cyrus also led the way in the music categories with her hit track The Climb being named single of the year and her Jonas Brothers collaboration Before the Storm winning best summer song.
Taylor Swift was named best female artist and handed the best female album award for her hit record Fearless while Jason Mraz landed the male equivalent in both categories, winning best male album for We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.
Other music stars to pick up honours included Kanye West (rap artist), Beyonce (R&B artist) and Paramore (rock group).
The Jonas Brothers, who hosted the show and performed their track Much Better, won five surfboards, including male red-carpet icons and breakout TV show (Jonas).
The night also saw performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Kingston and Miley Cyrus, who went on to present Britney Spears with the coveted Ultimate Choice award, telling the crowd, "I'm a big fan of hers!"
The list of main winners is as follows:
Movie Action Adventure: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Movie Drama: Twilight
Movie Bromantic Comedy: Marley & Me
Movie Comedy: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Movie Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Movie Horror/Thriller: Friday the 13th
Movie Music/Dance: High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Movie Hissy Fit: Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Movie Actor Drama: Robert Pattinson, Twilight
Movie Actress Drama: Kristen Stewart, Twilight
Movie Actor Action Adventure: Hugh Jackman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Movie Actress Action Adventure: Jordana Brewster, Fast & Furious
Movie Actor Comedy: Zac Efron, 17 Again
Movie Actress Comedy: Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars
Movie Actress Music/Dance: Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana: The Movie
Movie Actor Music/Dance: Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
TV Show Drama: Gossip Girl
TV Show Action Adventure: Heroes
TV Show Comedy: Hannah Montana
TV Actor Drama: Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl
TV Actress Drama: Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl
TV Actor Comedy: Jonas Brothers, Jonas
TV Actress Comedy: Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana
TV Breakout Show: Jonas
TV Villain: Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl
TV Parental Unit: Billy Ray Cyrus, Hannah Montana
Music Single: Miley Cyrus, The Climb
Choice Music Hook-Up: Lady Ga Ga and Colby O'Donis, Just Dance
Music Male Artist: Jason Mraz
Music Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Music Rap Artist: Kanye West
Music R&B Artist: Beyonce
Music Rock Group: Paramore
Music Album Male Artist: Jason Mraz, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Music Album Female Artist: Taylor Swift, Fearless
Choice Award: Britney Spears.
Burns, most recently seen in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses," is prepping his ninth indie feature, following his 2007 film "Purple Violets."
Moss is nominated for a SAG Award in the lead actress in a drama series category for her role as Peggy Olson on AMC's "Mad Men." The actress, whose series credits also include "The West Wing" and "Invasion," stars on Broadway in the revival of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." She continues to be managed by Gay Ribisi.
The action film claimed Favorite Superhero, Favorite Movie, Favorite Onscreen Match-Up, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Cast at the climax of the event.
Batman Christian Bale and co-star Aaron Eckhart and director Christopher Nolan were given a lengthy standing ovation as they took to the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, and then Bale remembered his Joker, Heath Ledger, in his brief acceptance speech.
He said, "Here's to Heath," as he raised one of the awards the cast and crew were presented with to the heavens.
The Dark Knight was the last film Ledger completed before his tragic death a year ago.
Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood was a triple threat at the prizegiving, claiming a trio of big prizes as America's awards season got serious.
The country star claimed the Favorite Country Singer, Favorite Country Song and Favorite Star Under 35 accolades, and also performed at the glitzy Shrine Auditorium prizegiving.
R+B star Chris Brown, Will Smith, Hugh Laurie and The Secret Life of Bees were all double winners, while Meryl Streep won a rare musical honour when her rendition of Abba's Mamma Mia, from the movie musical of the same name, earned her the Favorite Song From A Soundtrack award.
Queen Latifah, who hosted the event, was stunned when her film The Secret Life of Bees won the Favorite Film (Drama) award, while Wall-e was named Favorite Family Movie and 27 Dresses claimed the night's Favorite Film (Comedy) prize.
In the TV categories, Two + A Half Men was named Favorite TV Comedy, while medical show House picked up the Favorite TV Drama honour.
The award winners were:
Favorite Funny Male Star - Adam Sandler
Favorite Star Under 35 - Carrie Underwood
Favorite Competition/Reality Show - Dancing With The Stars
Favorite Talk Show Host - Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Combined Forces - No Air by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown
Favorite Male Singer - Chris Brown
Favorite Movie Comedy - 27 Dresses
Favorite Female Movie Star - Reese Witherspoon
Favorite Family Movie - Wall-e
Favorite Male Movie Star - Will Smith
Favorite R+B Song - No One by Alicia Keys
Favorite Leading Man - Brad Pitt
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show - Heroes
Favorite Male Action Star - Will Smith
Favorite Female Action Star - Angelina Jolie
Favorite Pop Song - I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry
Favorite Game Show - Deal Or No Deal
Favorite TV Drama Diva - Kyra Sedgwick (as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson in The Closer)
Favorite Hip-Hop Song - Low by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
Favorite Funny Female Star - Tina Fey
Favorite Song From A Soundtrack - Mamma Mia by Meryl Streep
Favorite Animated Comedy - The Simpsons
Favorite Rock Song - All Summer Long by Kid Rock
Favorite Male TV Star - Hugh Laurie
Favorite Female Singer - Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Song - Carrie Underwood
Favorite Scene-Stealing Guest Star - Robin Williams (for Law + Order: SVU)
Favorite Leading Lady - Kate Hudson
Favorite Movie (Drama) - The Secret Life of Bees
Favorite Independent Movie - The Secret Life of Bees
Favorite Female TV Star - Christina Applegate
Favorite TV Drama - House
Favorite New TV Comedy - Gary Unmarried
Favorite New TV Drama - The Mentalist
Favorite TV Comedy - Two + A Half Men
The pop trio was named Choice Breakout Group, Choice Male Hottie and Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Male, while their track When You Look Me in the Eyes won them two awards - Choice Music Single and Choice Music Love Song. Another single, Burnin' Up, earned the siblings the Choice Summer Song gong.
Another major victor was the cast of TV show Gossip Girl - the programme also took home six awards at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The show was announced as the winner of the Choice TV Show Drama category, while actress Blake Lively was named Choice TV Breakout Star Female and Choice TV Actress Drama.
Gossip Girl actors Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford joined in the celebrations after winning Choice TV Villain and Choice TV Breakout Star Male, respectively.
Other multiple winners at the annual prizegiving included Will Smith, Juno star Ellen Page, R+B singer Chris Brown, and the event's host, Miley Cyrus.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Choice Movie Action Adventure: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Choice Movie Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Choice Movie Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Choice Movie Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Choice Movie Comedy: Juno
Choice Movie Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Choice Summer Movie Action Adventure: Hancock
Choice Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Choice Movie Actor Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Choice Movie Actress Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Choice Movie Actress Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Choice Movie Actor Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Choice Movie Actress Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Choice Movie Actor Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Choice Movie Actress Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Choice Movie Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Choice Movie Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Choice Movie Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie
Choice TV Show Drama: Gossip Girl
Choice TV Show Action Adventure: Heroes
Choice TV Show Comedy: Hannah Montana
Choice TV Reality Dance: America's Best Dance Crew
Choice TV Reality Music Competition: American Idol
Choice TV Celebrity Reality: The Hills
Choice Summer TV Show: The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Choice TV Actor Drama: Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill
Choice TV Actress Drama: Blake Lively, Gossip Girl
Choice TV Actress Action Adventure: Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
Choice TV Actor Comedy: Steve Carrell, The Office
Choice TV Actress Comedy: Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana
Choice TV Breakout Show: Gossip Girl
Choice TV Breakout Star Female: Blake Lively, Gossip Girl
Choice TV Breakout Star Male: Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl
Choice TV Male Reality/Variety Star: David Cook, American Idol
Choice TV Female Reality/Variety Star: Lauren Conrad, The Hills
Choice TV Villain: Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl
Choice Music Single: Jonas Brothers, When You Look Me in the Eyes
Choice Hook-Up: Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, No Air
Choice Music Male Artist: Chris Brown
Choice Music Female Artist: Miley Cyrus
Choice Music R+B Artist: Chris Brown
Choice Breakout Group: Jonas Brothers
Choice Music Love Song: Jonas Brothers, When You Look Me in the Eyes
Choice Music R+B Track: Chris Brown, Forever
Choice Summer Song: Jonas Brothers, Burnin' Up
Choice Male Hottie: Jonas Brothers
Choice Female Hottie: Vanessa Hudgens
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Female: Carrie Underwood
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon Male: Jonas Brothers
Choice Comedian: Adam Sandler
Choice Male Athlete: David Beckham
Choice Female Athlete: Shawn Johnson
Choice Action Sports Male: Ryan Sheckler
Do Something Award: Chad Bullock
Choice Most Fanatic Fans: David Archuleta
Choice MySpacer: Ryan Sheckler
Choice Music Rap/Hip-Hop Track: Lil Mama featuring T-Pain and Chris Brown, Shawty Get Loose.
MGM has picked up the original comedy pitch Still You from screenwriter April Blair for $300,000 against $625,000. Jennifer Eatz, Walt Becker and Aline Brosh McKenna are producing. MGM executive vp production Cale Boyter and vp production Becky Sloviter will oversee for the studio.
Blair's story line revolves around a family vacation complicated by the appearance of the wife's flashy ex-boyfriend.
"Metaphorically speaking, your past occupies a part of every relationship," Blair said. "In our story, it's sort of the physical manifestation of your ex-boyfriend literally in the third row of your minivan."
Blair and McKenna met in a Mommy & Me group and developed an idea they took to Becker and Eatz, who had worked with McKenna on her previous movie, 27 Dresses.
McKenna is finishing up a draft of Morning Glory for Bad Robot at Paramount. Becker is completing postproduction on the Disney comedy Old Dogs and could move on to the MGM comedy The Zookeeper, to which he is attached as director and producer.
The actress insisted her name be left off the official ballot because she felt her character was awful during the most recent season of the medical drama.
But the move has disgruntled workers on the programme.
A source tells America's Entertainment Weekly, "The show bent over backwards to accommodate her film schedule, and then she criticises the show for lack of material?
"It's an ungrateful slap in the face to the very writers responsible for her Emmy win in the first place."
Heigl won the Best Supporting Actress prize at the Emmys last year. She has since established herself as a movie star with roles in Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.
At the same time, the prehistoric epic 10,000 BC, the international market's top draw for the past three weeks, came in a strong second with $12.5 million from 6,000 prints in 62 markets. Also making a play was the French stunner, "Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis," which placed third at its fifth weekend with an estimated $12.2 million from about 1,000 screens in France and in neighboring French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland.
There were signs, however, of the beginning of a boxoffice downswing -- the traditional lull before the summer outbreak on May 1, which this year will witness a week-after-week blockbuster blitz of Paramount's Iron Man, Warner Bros.' Speed Racer, Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
In the meanwhile, a batch of entries slowly making its way around the globe had a chance to grab the limelight in strewed foreign markets. 27 Dresses grabbed the No. 1 spot in U.K. with $3.5 million from 426 screens, highlighting its weekend performance of $5.8 million from 1,451 screens in 21 countries, lifting its international gross to $58.9 million.
Jumper, with a $5.7 million weekend from 1,778 screens, hit No. 1 in about nine countries, with Germany delivering $2.3 million from 205 screens; Mexico, $2 million from 591; and Brazil, $1.2 million from 213. The international cume has reached $118.6 million.
The Kite Runner made it to the top in Italy with almost $3 million from 404 screens, raising its overseas cume to about $35.9 million.
Disney is distributing the film that stars Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Anne Fletcher directs from a script by Peter Chiarelli. The story centers on a publishing executive (Bullock) who forces her assistant (Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation to Canada.
Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing; Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producing.
Production is slated to begin this month.
Akerman (27 Dresses) is repped by Endeavor and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Steenburgen (The Brave One) is repped by Gersh and Management 360. Nelson (Blades of Glory) is repped by Paradigm and Forward Entertainment. Mandvi ("Music & Lyrics") is repped by Leading Artists in New York and Silver Massetti & Szatmary in Los Angeles.
Rambo, in which the Weinstein Co. holds 50% equity, performed roughly as expected. But Spartans, a New Regency co-production that spoofed last year's 300, took advantage of an eleventh-hour surge in young male interest to capture the frame.
Fox's Katherine Heigl starrer 27 Dresses fell a modest 41% in its second frame to ring up $13.6 million and finish in third place. Paramount's monster film Cloverfield, which topped the domestic chart last weekend, fell a big 68% in its sophomore session to $12.7 million in fourth place with a $64.3 million cume.
Sony's serial-killer thriller Untraceable, starring Diane Lane, debuted fifth with $11.2 million, while Paramount Vantage's urban step-dancing film How She Move debuted outside the top 10 with $4.2 million.
The Overture comedy Mad Money fell a modest 40% in its second weekend to ring up $4.6 million in 10th place, pushing its 10-day cume to $15.3 million.
Industry boxoffice marked a sixth consecutive improvement compared with the same session a year earlier, Nielsen EDI said. Year-to-date, 2008 is up 15% over the same portion of last year.
Oscar best-film nominees dominated the weekend's specialty action.
Fox Searchlight's comedy Juno rung up another $10.3 million in sixth place to take its cume to a distributor-record $100.2 million.
Paramount Vantage's Daniel Day-Lewis starrer There Will Be Blood, a Miramax co-production, added 496 theaters for a total of 885 and grossed $4.9 million in eighth place. That represented a sturdy $5,522 per venue, with Blood now boasting a $14.8 million cume ahead of an anticipated expansion Friday to more than 1,400 theaters.
The Miramax-distributed "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," a Par Vantage co-production, added 16 playdates for a total of 123 and grossed $402,000, or $3,268 per engagement, with a $3.1 million cume.
Dan Fogler, Judy Greer and Martin Sheen are packing their bags for "Traveling", Universal's Stuber/Parent comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.
Joe Anderson ("Across the Universe") and John Carroll Lynch ("K-Ville") also have joined the cast. "Traveling" is being directed by Brandon Camp and produced by Scott Stuber and Mary Parent as well as Mike Thompson.
The script, written by Camp and Thompson, follows a widowed self-help author (Eckhart) headlining a grief seminar in Seattle who rediscovers love and happiness after meeting a hotel florist (Aniston).
Fogler is the guru's overzealous manager, while Greer will play the florist's employee and friend. Anderson is the florist's musician boyfriend and Lynch is a reluctant seminar attendee.
Sheen will play the author's father-in-law with whom he has a strained relationship.
J. Miles Dale and Rick Solomon are executive producing.
Fogler, repped by WMA, was last seen in "Good Luck Chuck" and headlined "Balls of Fury".
CAA-repped Greer can be seen in "27 Dresses". Sheen is repped by ICM.
Similarly cashing in on what's become a key winter boxoffice session for the industry, Fox's wedding-themed romantic comedy 27 Dresses put $22.4 million into its gift purse, bowing in second place.
The 2001 military action film Black Hawk Down had marked the previous best MLK weekend. It posted a three-day gross of $28.6 million, which it stretched to $33 million through that year's Monday holiday.
Paramount executives expect Cloverfield to fall just short of $50 million through Monday.
Also during the weekend, Overture debuted the first of its slate of modestly budgeted films, bowing the female-ensemble comedy Mad Money about as expected with $7.7 million in seventh place.
Elsewhere, Warner Bros.' Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman starrer The Bucket List dropped a tiny 22% from the previous weekend -- its first in wide release -- to gross $15.2 million in third place, shaping a $42.7 million cume.
Fox Searchlight's platforming comedy Juno added 86 engagements for a total of 2,534 and grossed $10.3 million in fourth place, good for an $85.4 million cume.
Sony/Screen Gems' Ice Cube starrer First Sunday dropped 56% in its second session to gross $7.8 million in sixth place, toting a $28.5 million cume. Universal's animated The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie tumbled from the top 10 despite a modest 35% decline from the previous weekend to $2.8 million, with a $7.7 million cume.
In a limited bow, the Weinstein Co. unspooled Woody Allen's latest drama, Cassandra's Dream, in 107 theaters. Starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor, the film grossed $400,000, or an acceptable $3,740 per venue.
Elsewhere in the specialty market, Focus' Keira Knightley-James McAvoy starrer Atonement added 341 theaters for a total of 1,291 and grossed $4.8 million to finish 10th overall. With a sturdy $3,687 per venue, the latest grosses brought the cume for the Working Title-produced period drama to $31.9 million.
Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are attached to star in the project, which is being produced by Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
The deal with Fletcher puts the project into gear for a spring start date.
The script, written by Peter Chiarelli, follows a publishing executive (Bullock) who forces her assistant (Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation to Canada.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are executive producing.
Kristin Burr and Casey Wolfe are overseeing for the studio.
Fletcher is a choreographer whose list of work ranges from the cheerleading moves in Bring It On to the Age of Aquarius musical number in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She made her directing debut with 2006's Step Up, Touchstone's surprise hit dance movie that grossed more than $65 million.
Fletcher hopes to put her choreography skills into play for Proposal by adding physical comedy into the mix.
" 'The Proposal' has great physical comedy, which I for one, and I think a lot of other people, love seeing Sandy in," Fletcher said.
Based on the best-selling novels by Sophie Kinsella, the movie centers on a compulsive shopper (Fisher) in Manhattan up to her neck in debt who becomes a financial-advice columnist.
Dancy stars as the editor of the financial magazine where Fisher works. Ritter plays Fisher's best friend.
Tim Firth, Tracey Jackson and Kayla Alpert worked on the script.
The movie is scheduled to go before cameras next month in New York and Connecticut.
Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Ron Bozman are executive producing. Jason Reed oversees for the studio.
Shopaholic makes the third movie Dancy has done for Bruckheimer, following King Arthur and Black Hawk Down. His other credits include Ella Enchanted and The Jane Austen Book Club. He is repped by WMA and Untitled.
Ritter, repped by Innovative, appears in 27 Dresses.
But while Heigl is terrific, this uninspired romantic comedy is considerably less so.
A tired pastiche of the 27-odd wedding-themed vehicles that preceded it, the film essentially slaps together all the stuff that worked so well the first or second time around, minus any of the original charm or verve.
That it manages to function at all is mainly Heigl's doing, but judging from the half-empty theater reserved for the picture's post-Christmas sneak preview, even her fans might get the sense that they've walked down this aisle many times before.
Heigl's not-so-plain Jane is the owner of those 27 dresses, a perennial bridesmaid who has kept all of them -- no matter how hideous -- squished into the closet of her already-cramped New York apartment with the hope of one day being the main attraction.
She has always been there for her friends and longtime boss (Edward Burns), for whom she has harbored an unrequited crush, but her charitable instincts are about to be put to the supreme test when her bratty, globetrotting kid sister (Malin Akerman) comes to town and proceeds to strike up an instant love connection with said employer.
Meanwhile, Jane also has been fending off the perpetual advances of a cynical writer (James Marsden), who, unbeknown to her, pens those Commitment columns in the New York Journal, which she has been secretly clipping out for years.
Will Jane finally find happiness with the right guy or is she destined for Bridesmaid's Dress No. 28? Does the devil wear Prada?
It so happens that the person responsible for the 27 Dresses script is none other than The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, but in fashion world parlance, this one's a shameless knockoff.
Jerky boss? Check. Sardonic best friend? Check (played by Judy Greer). Scene in which everybody takes part in an impromptu golden oldie sing-along? Check. (Here it's Elton John's Bennie and the Jets.)
Just as McKenna's script brings absolutely nothing new to the wedding movie table, matters aren't helped any by Anne Fletcher's flat, pedestrian direction. The former choreographer who made her directorial debut with the inner-city dance drama Step Up, fails to lend this New York story (filmed extensively in Rhode Island) a much-needed visual shot of vitality.
While Peter James' camera clearly loves Heigl and the actress looks to have a promising motion picture career ahead of her, 27 Dresses, with its recycled sentiments and empty gestures, won't be the one to build on that Knocked Up momentum.
Here, she and Marsden do what they can to work with a chemistry that feels dictated rather than organic, but at the end of the day, they're hopelessly stuck with hand-me-down material that is really beginning to look and feel its age.
A Fox 2000 Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment presentationof a Birnbaum/Barber production
Director: Anne Fletcher
Screenwriter: Aline Brosh McKenna
Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman
Executive producers: Bobby Newmyer, Becki Cross Trujillo, Michael Mayer, Erin Stam
Director of photography: Peter James
Production designer: Shepherd Frankel
Music: Randy Edelman
Costume designer: Catherine Marie Thomas
Editor: Priscilla Nedd Friendly
Jane: Katherine Heigl
Kevin: James Marsden
Tess: Malin Akerman
Casey: Judy Greer
George: Edward Burns
Hal: Brian Kerwin
MPAA rating PG-13, running time 107 minutes.
The promotion will take place Dec. 27, when Fox holds sneak previews of the movie at selected theaters ahead of its Jan. 11 opening.
Anne Fletcher ("Step Up") is set to direct from a script by "The Devil Wears Prada" scribe Aline Brosh McKenna. "Dresses" centers on a young woman (Heigl) who has made a career out of being a bridesmaid but never a bride and faces her worst nightmare when her sister (Akerman) becomes engaged to the man of her dreams. Luckily, the wedding brings around the man (Marsden) who will change her bridesmaid status for good.
Production is set to begin in May in New York and Rhode Island.
Spyglass' Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman will produce. Rodney Farrell is overseeing the production for Fox 2000.
Marsden, best known for his role as Cyclops in the "X-Men" films, next appears in New Line Cinema's "Hairspray", set to bow in the summer. He also will appear in Buena Vista's musical "Enchanted", set for an end-of-year bow.
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