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Universal's 'The Five-Year Engagement' to Open Tribeca Film Festival

The Five Year Engagement Jason Segel Emily Blunt on couch - H 201
Universal Pictures

The comedy with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt will kick off the festival's 11th edition.

NEW YORK - Universal Pictures' The Five-Year Engagement will open this year's Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, organizers said Wednesday.

Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the comedy that was also produced by Judd Apatow and stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie. The 11th edition of the festival will run through April 29.

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“The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the festival.
 
“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,” said Stoller. “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 festival is set to announce its feature film slate on March 6 and 8.

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