PICTUREHOUSE PICKS UP ROBERT ALTMAN’S “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION”
Film based on Garrison Keillor’s celebrated radio show starring Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Lindsay Lohan and more
NEW YORK, October 30, 2005 — Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to Academy Award-nominated director Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” based on Garrison Keillor’s legendary radio variety show and starring Keillor (as himself), with Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Academy Award-nominees Lily Tomlin, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Virginia Madsen, “Saturday Night Live’s” Maya Rudolph, and Lindsay Lohan it was announced today by Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse.
From a script penned by Keillor, “A Prairie Home Companion” was produced by Altman’s Sandcastle 5 Productions and executive produced and co-financed by GreeneStreet Films and River Road Entertainment. Capitol Films is handling foreign sales.
“A Prairie Home Companion” is a fictionalized account of Keillor’s award-winning show, which currently runs on more than 558 public radio stations. The film follows the show’s cast of characters preparing for the final live broadcast on the eve of being shut down after 30 years. As passions erupt, secrets emerge and a mysterious stranger lurks in the shadows, the vigilant stage manger (Tim Russell) must hold it all together since the “show must go on.”
“With his signature style, Robert Altman has crafted a hilarious and endearing film,” said Bob Berney. “‘A Prairie Home Companion’ is a masterfully-acted ensemble piece that captures the humor and heart of Garrison Keillor’s radio show with great cinematic flair. Fans are in for a real treat when they see Meryl Streep and the cast belt out their favorite songs.”
Begun in 1974 by Keillor and still running today, the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” is part music, part comedy, part storytelling. The program is currently heard by more than four million listeners each week on more than 558 public radio stations and is heard abroad on the BBC, RTE (Ireland), Armed Forces Radio worldwide, and satellite and cable services across Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand reaching more than 35 million homes. Each week, Keillor tells homespun stories of Lake Wobegon, a fictional Midwestern town, interspersed with musical interludes…
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