'Abby' coupled with Magnolia


Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Jennifer Westfeldt's romantic comedy "Ira & Abby."

Westfeldt, who made a name for herself writing and starring in 2001's "Kissing Jessica Stein," served as exec producer and writer of "Abby," which was directed by Robert Cary ("Standard Time").

Westfeldt also stars in "Abby," the tale of a neurotic New Yorker (Chris Messina) who falls in love with a free spirit (Westfeldt).

The cast includes Frances Conroy, Judith Light, Robert Klein, Jason Alexander, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell and Darrell Hammond.

"We are thrilled to be able to work on this film," said Ray Price, marketing chief at Landmark Theaters, Magnolia's sister company under the 2929 Entertainment banner. "Staking out the comedic travails of sex, love and misunderstanding, Jennifer Westfeldt continues to establish herself as a chronicler of her generation."

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia head of acquisitions Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego with Rena Ronson and Phil Alberstat of William Morris Independent and producer Brad Zions. Foreign sales will be handled at the Cannes Market by Odd Lot International.