SOURCE: Hollywood Studios International

January 29, 2010 16:54 ET

"The Kids Are All Right" Premieres at Sundance Film Festival to Rave Reviews; Focus Features Wins Bidding War Between US Distributors

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2010) - Hollywood Studios International (PINKSHEETS: HYWS) -- Director Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2010 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, resulting in the festival's most visible bidding war. Rumored suitors included Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, The Weinstein Company, and Summit Entertainment; however, Focus Features (the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures) confirmed on Thursday that they had picked up distribution rights for the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany.

The film stars three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening, four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska (starring in the upcoming "Alice in Wonderland"), Josh Hutcherson (starring in the upcoming "Red Dawn"), and Mark Ruffalo (starring in the upcoming "Shutter Island").

Artist International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hollywood Studios International (HYWS), was a production company for "The Kids Are All Right," with HSI CEO Steven Saxton serving as an Executive Producer. Artist International Managing Director Joel Newton was on the project as a Co-Producer.

"Lisa delivered a wildly entertaining and important film, one we are very proud to be part of," commented Saxton.

"'The Kids Are All Right' fits perfectly in our mission to make films that succeed both artistically and commercially," said Joel Newton.

In a written statement, Focus Features' James Schamus said:

"Lisa has made an extraordinary gem of a film that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth. Not only is 'The Kids Are All Right' infectiously funny and touching, but it's also entirely accessible. We're confident that audiences everywhere will fall in love with this family, as brilliantly brought to life by a remarkable cast of actors."

Positive Reviews

Positive reviews continue to pour in from a number of media sources about "The Kids Are All Right." Here are just a few of the great reviews already written about the film:

--  The Hollywood Reporter said "Sundance 2010 has been waiting for a
    breakout hit... it finally happened" and that the film was "much more than
--  New York Magazine wrote "Annette Bening and Julianne Moore Wow the
--  The Wall Street Journal called the film a "heart-warming look at
    modern families"
--  The Los Angeles Times wrote the film "becomes a Sundance sensation"
--  Indie Wire said the film "shines at Sundance"
--  Screen Daily International said the film is "a consistently amusing
--  Daily Variety called "The Kids Are All Right" one of Sundance's
    "hottest acquisition titles."

About Artist International

Artist International is a management/production company with offices in Beverly Hills and New York. The company provides professional representation to actors, writers, directors, athletes, music performers, artists, and other entertainment properties. Its four divisions -- music, literary, sports, and talent -- operate with the singular focus of understanding the goals, passions and talents of clients and maximizing their potential. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Studios International, Artist International is positioned to partner with artists to bring new content to life, whether by internal means or external partnerships.

About Hollywood Studios International

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