Regent hot for Hilton romantic comedy


NEW YORK - The Paris Hilton vehicle "The Hottie and the Nottie" will hit theaters just in time for Valentine's Day.

Regent Releasing has picked up all North American rights to Tom Putnam's romantic comedy and set a Feb. 8 release in ten major markets around the country.

The heiress and former inmate plays Cristabel Abbott, who's been eyed since the first grade by an obsessed Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore). To finally win her affections, Nate is forced to first find a boyfriend for her less-than-beautiful friend June Phigg (Christine Lakin).

Hadeel Reda's Purple Pictures developed and produced the film, written by Heidi Ferrer. Myles Nestel, Victoria Nevinny and Neal Ramer are the producers, with Hilton and Hans Syz serving as executive producers.

Regent has also secured distribution for Central America, the Caribbean and Greenland.

Regent Worldwide Sales will be selling select international rights for the film at the American Film Market,

Stephen P. Jarchow and Hadeel Reda negotiated the deal on behalf of Regent Releasing and Purple Pictures, respectively. Jon Shiffman negotiated the deal on behalf of Media Rights Capital.