De Niro takes cut of Primus' '20%'

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NEW YORK -- Robert De Niro is executive producing writer-director Barry Primus' upcoming dramatic comedy "20% Fiction."

The film centers on a respected acting coach dissatisfied with his superficial life in Los Angeles. He finds love and self-fulfillment after moving to a small town and working with its quirky residents.

De Niro produced and co-starred in Primus' 1992 sophomore directorial effort, "Mistress." Primus has served as De Niro's acting coach, and the two longtime friends have acted together in such films as "New York, New York," "Night and the City" and "Guilty by Suspicion."

Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler and Ari Palitz of Insomnia Media Group are financing the film and producing with Deco Entertainment's Nicholas Celozzi and Freddy Braidy. Principal photography is slated to begin in late September in Los Angeles.

Insomnia's recent projects include Zak Penn's "The Grand." Braidy produced the Paris Hilton starrer "Bottoms Up."
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