Jason Segel’s ‘Engagement’ will open Tribeca Film Festival


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The Tribeca Film Festival is going to the comedy well this year, announcing that the Jason Segel marital pic “The Five-Year Engagement” will kick off its annual gathering April 18.

“Engagement” follows a couple (played by Segel and Emily Blunt) who seem to have it all figured out but soon find plenty of bumps on the road between their engagement and their wedding. The movie marks a reunion for Segel and director Nicholas Stoller, who last collaborated on the 2008 hit “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” The pair co-wrote the new film, on which Judd Apatow served as a producer.


Stoller deadpanned in a statement that, “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.” Stoller’s movie opens commercially April 27.

The festival has moved in different directions with its opening-night slot, one year going serious with “United 93” and another year taking the animated route with “Shrek Forever After.” It last opened with a live-action comedy in 2009, when Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works’ kicked off the festival.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the 11th annual affair, runs through April 29 in downtown Manhattan.


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