here! Films/Regent Releasing Acquire Family Film 'Breakfast With Scot'

Tue Jul 8, 2008 2:58pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- here! Films, the theatrical
distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, is pleased to
announce that it has acquired North American distribution rights to "Breakfast
With Scot," a family comedy from director Laurie Lynd.  The film is the
Opening Night selection of Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian
Film Festival and will be released in select theaters this Fall by sister
company Regent Releasing.
    "We are very pleased to bring Laurie Lynd's accomplished feature to
theaters this Fall," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and EVP,
Distribution and Acquisitions, Regent.  "In the vein of 'About a Boy' and 'The
Parent Trap', this hilarious family comedy not only entertains but makes an
important contribution to popular American culture by showing gay parenthood
as a healthy and natural extension of the modern family."
    Adapted from the novel by Michael Downing, "Breakfast with Scot" is a
touching comedy that tells the story of a very 'straight' gay couple, Eric
(Tom Cavanagh), an ex-NHL hockey player-turned-sportscaster and Sam (Ben
Shenkman), a lawyer, who end up with temporary custody of recently orphaned
Scot, (Noah Bernett), a budding queen of an 11 year old.
Tom Cavanagh stars as Eric, a handsome ex-hockey player turned
sportscaster, who is living the perfect gay life at home with his lawyer
boyfriend.  However, their closely-closeted paradise is threatened when they
receive news that Sam's brother Billy's (Colin Cunningham) ex-girlfriend has
died, leaving custody of her son Scot (Noah Bernett) to Billy.  Ed never
wanted kids, and certainly never expected one like this. When 11 year-old Scot
arrives and they open his duffle bag, they find a pink musical hairbrush, a
pink poodle belt and white sock-ettes with lacy fringe at the top. Scot throws
Ed and Sam's life into complete disarray, but they soon find that they can't
bear to part with him. "Breakfast With Scot" contrasts the realities of family
life against its funniest stereotypes and uncovers how it feels to be a boy
who doesn't quite fit into the role society has prepared for him.
    Officially sanctioned by the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, "Breakfast
with Scot" represents the first time a professional sports league has allowed
their logo and uniforms to be used in a gay-themed movie. During production,
in an interview with the Toronto Star, Tom Cavanagh said: "You have to give
full credit to the NHL and the Leafs for signing on."
    In a recent New York Times interview, Bernadette Mansur, executive
director for the NHL Foundation said, "From our standpoint, this is about a
modern family helping to raise a young boy."
    "Breakfast with Scot" is the second feature for director Laurie Lynd,
whose 3 short films, "Together and Apart," "RSVP," Genie-winner "The Fairy Who
Didn't Want to be a Fairy Anymore" and first feature, "House," all played at
TIFF and SUNDANCE. Lynd has also had two television films open the Sprockets
International Children's Film Festival -- "Virtual Mom," and the BBC
mini-series "I Was a Rat," which won the YTV Silver Sprocket audience award as
well as Best Children's Program at the 2002 Banff International Television
Festival.
    "Breakfast with Scot" is the fifth film that producer Paul Brown ("I Love
a Man in Uniform," "The Assistant," "Soul Survivor," "Virtual Mom," "Zeyda and
the Hitman") and director Laurie Lynd have collaborated on, beginning with
their award-winning short film, "RSVP", in 1991.  "Breakfast with Scot" also
stars Graham Greene, Megan Follows, Fiona Reid, Colin Cunningham, Sheila
McCarthy, Anna Silk, Benz Antoine, Shauna MacDonald, Robin Brule, Kathryn
Haggis, Travis Ferris and Jeananne Goossen.
    "We are totally thrilled that Michael Downing's fantastic novel will reach
broad audiences," said producer Paul Brown.  "With the support of the NHL, a
breakthrough script and a fantastic cast, we know that Regent is the ideal
company to distribute our film."
    The film was produced by Paul Brown and executive produced by Nadine
Schiff. Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President
of Distribution and Acquisitions for here! Films negotiated the deal with
Miracle Pictures' Paul Brown. Regent Releasing will handle the film's
theatrical release during the Fall of 2008.
    For more information, please visit http://www.breakfastwithscotmovie.com.
    About here! Films
    here! Films is the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of
here!, America's premium gay television network, established in 2002 by Regent
Entertainment co-founders Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow.  here! Films'
North American theatrical distribution is handled by its sister company,
Regent Releasing.
    Notable releases from here! Films include the award-winning here! Original
Film "Shelter," a heartwarming story of a young man's growth into a true,
intimate relationship;  "Beautiful Boxer," the true story of Thailand's famed
transgender kickboxer Nong Toom; "Nina's Heavenly Delights," a surprising
story of two young women, gourmet cooking and romance and "HellBent," the
shocking and provocative gay terror film from the co-creator of "Nightmare on
Elm Street". Other high quality gay-themed entertainment from around the world
includes films such as "Summer Storm," (Germany), "Queens," (Spain), "Looking
for Cheyenne" (France), and "No Regret" (Korea). Recent acquisitions include
"Cthulhu" and "Antartica."
    For more information, please visit http://heretv.com/AFilmsPage.php and
http://www.regentreleasing.com.
    About Regent Releasing
    Regent Releasing was founded by acclaimed film producers Paul Colichman
and Stephen P. Jarchow as a division of Los Angeles-based Regent
Entertainment, a 21st century independent, multi-platformed studio which
utilizes its affiliates, including Regent Studios, Regent Releasing, here!
Networks and Gaywired Media, to finance, produce and distribute award-winning
and profitable theatrical and television content.
    As one of the premiere independent distribution companies worldwide,
Regent Releasing has provided its discerning audience with a wide array of
powerful and thought-provoking films.  Notable titles include the Academy
Award-winning "Gods and Monsters" starring Sir Ian McKellen and Brendan
Frasier; Sundance Film Festival Award winner "Stephanie Daley," a gripping
social drama starring Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn and Timothy Hutton; the
multiple award-winning "Aurora Borealis," starring Donald Sutherland, Joshua
Jackson, Juliette Lewis and Louise Fletcher; "ShowBusiness: The Road to
Broadway," an entertaining look behind Broadway's curtain during one of its
most prolific musical years from three-time Tony-winning Broadway producer
Dori Berinstein; the powerful documentary "The Hunting of the President,"
based on the book concerning the right-wing agenda to destroy Bill Clinton;
"Callas Forever," a stunning fictionalized account of the last days of opera
singer Maria Callas and her relationship with manager Larry Kelly, starring
Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons and Joan Plowright and "The Hottie & the Nottie," a
romantic comedy starring Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore and Christine Lakin.
For more information, please visit http://www.regentreleasing.com
SOURCE  Regent Releasing

Jonathon Aubry of Regent Releasing, +1-310-806-6382,
jaubry@regentreleasing.com; or Rene Ridinger of 42 West, +1-310-477-4442,
rene.ridinger@42west.net, for Regent Releasing
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