Jason Segel has been having a pretty good run lately. On Sunday night, Man or a Muppet from the film that he co-wrote and starred in, The Muppets, won an Academy Award for best original song. Not only that, he stars in one of the top shows on TV, How I Met Your Mother and his latest writing/acting venture, The Five Year Engagement has been chosen to open the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York!
The film stars Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple whose wedding is constantly being postponed. Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller (who teamed with Segel on Forgetting Sarah Marshall) couldn't be more thrilled at the announcement. He stated:
When Jason and I met during the production of Undeclared, we couldn't have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca. We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.
The Tribeca Film Festival was started in the wake of the World Trade Center Attacks in 2001. It was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff and was an attempt to reinvent lower Manhattan, which was the epicenter of economic ruin for the city. Since then, over 1,300 films have been screened from around the world and $725 million has been generated.
For more information on the Judd Apatow produced Five Year Engagement, visit www.tomandviolet.com/blog/.
he rest of the Tribeca line-up will be announced on March 6th.