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It's Like ... VH1 Films and Paramount Home Entertainment Present an Outrageously Rad Send-Up of Everyone's Favorite 80s Movies from the Co-Creator of 'Chappelle's Show'
VH1 will premiere the direct-to-DVD film on November 4, three days before its DVD release.

[via press release from VH1]

It's Like ... VH1 Films and Paramount Home Entertainment Present an Outrageously Rad Send-Up of Everyone's Favorite 80s Movies From the Co-Creator of 'Chappelle's Show'

TOTALLY AWESOME The New Comedy Film Premieres on VH1 November 4 With a Debut on DVD November 7

Cast Includes Chris Kattan, Brittany Daniel, Dominique Swain and Tracy Morgan

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 23 -- Return to a time when the pink was pretty and the dancing was dirty as VH1 Films and Paramount Home Entertainment take you back to the 80s with the original movie TOTALLY AWESOME. Directed by Neal Brennan, the co-creator of "Chappelle's Show", TOTALLY AWESOME lampoons some of the most enduring and endearing moments of the 80s movies we all know and love. The film features a bodacious cast including Chris Kattan ("SNL") Tracy Morgan ("SNL"), Dominique Swain (Lolita), Mikey Day ("Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out"), Nicki Clyne ("Battlestar Gallactica"), Brittany Daniel (Little Man), James Hong ("The King of Queens") and 80s icon Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). TOTALLY AWESOME marks VH1's first foray into the multi-screen release arena as it will premiere on VH1 on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. and an unrated version of the film will debut on DVD Tuesday, November 7 featuring commentary from Neal Brennan and Tracy Morgan, deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes and more. In addition, VH1'S broadband channel VSPOT and VH1 Mobile will run film selects, DVD extras and outtakes on their respective platforms. TOTALLY AWESOME was written by Neal Brennan and Michael Schur, directed by Neal Brennan, executive produced by David Miner and Michael Rotenberg and produced by the Weinstein Company.

The project is the first in a series of multi-platform events from VH1 Films. Exclusive features and content for TOTALLY AWESOME will be available on all VH1 platforms including on-air, Mobile, VOD, VSPOT and VH1.com. The on-air broadcast will be presented without commercial interruption and will include a behind-the-scenes intermission featuring interviews with the cast. VH1 also will air a new five-hour countdown, "100 Greatest Songs of the 80's", around the film's release. In addition, TOTALLY AWESOME will have a star-studded, red-carpet premiere event in Los Angeles followed by an 80's-themed party.

"'Totally Awesome' is the blueprint for the multi-screen approach that will propel the re-energized VH1 Film franchise forward, says Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President and General Manager of VH1," like television, film is no longer limited to one screen and Maggie Malina and the VH1 Films and Scripted Series team have delivered a hilarious film that will take full advantage of every release platform."


Narrator Ben Stein reveals that "Totally Awesome" was made back in the 80's in the wake of other successful films, but never released. Now for the first time, this potential masterpiece will be shown.

On the first day at his new school, Charlie (Mikey Day) is identified by the school's "coolness rankings" as the least popular guy in the senior class. He is befriended by the senior class's least popular girl, Billie (Nicki Clyne), but falls for Kimberly (Brittany Daniel), the most popular girl in school. Thinking his only chance to win Kimberly is to one-up her jock boyfriend, Kipp, Charlie decides to enter the school Decathlon and begins training with his elderly Japanese gardener Yamagashi (James Hong). Meanwhile, Charlie's sister Lori (Dominique Swain) is dismayed to discover that dancing has been banned in her new town. She meets Gabriel (Chris Kattan), the school janitor and former dance instructor, who invites her to attend secret group dance lessons at his house/garage. After just a few dances, she's in love with Gabriel and helps him come up with a plan to bring dancing back to the school. Whether you were preppy or new wave, this movie will be awesome ... TOTALLY AWESOME.


The TOTALLY AWESOME Unrated DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.99 U.S./C$21.99 in Canada. It is encoded with the Macrovision(TM) AntiCopy process. The DVD also includes the following totally righteous bonus material:

* Commentary with Neal Brennan and Tracy Morgan

* Deleted Scenes

* Bloopers & Outtakes

Title Length MPAA Rating Presented In:

TOTALLY 93 minutes Not rated 16:9 format; Dolby Digital 5.1 AWESOME English Surround

About VH1

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.VH1.com. VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

About DVD Studio

MTV Networks Program Enterprises Group and Paramount Home Entertainment have joined forces to launch a new cross-network DVD Studio that will capitalize on MTV Networks' programming experience, audience connection and access to rising talent, as well as Paramount Home Entertainment's expertise in the creation of original programming. Committed to the development, production and promotion of films across all genres suited for each respective channel, the new DVD Studio will leverage talent already thriving on-camera and behind-the-camera on all of MTV's networks in music-based, dramatic and comedic films, as well as documentaries. The new division will also distribute films acquired in conjunction with Paramount Home Entertainment, as well as original content.

About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.


  [october 2006]  


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