SOURCE: First Look Studios

August 15, 2007 14:24 ET

Michael Douglas Reigns 'King' at the Toronto International Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - After captivating audiences with his raw comedic performance at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Michael Douglas' KING OF CALIFORNIA takes center stage at the 32nd annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2007. The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on September 14, 2007.

The film stars Michael Douglas as a fresh-out-of-the-institution father, and Evan Rachel Wood as his emancipated teenage daughter. The two venture together on a quest for an ancient Spanish treasure buried beneath their local Costco in this darkly funny and surprisingly hopeful take on the modern family and the American dream. KING OF CALIFORNIA is directed and written by first-time filmmaker Mike Cahill.

"We're honored the festival has chosen to show KING OF CALIFORNIA. Michael Douglas' performance is superb," says film producer and President of Millennium Films, Boaz Davidson. "The film is funny, yet exceptionally poignant. Mike Cahill has proven to be a director to watch in the future."

KING OF CALIFORNIA is presented by First Look Studios and Millennium Films in association with Emmett/Furla Films, an Alexander Payne and Michael London production. The film is executive produced by Danny Dimbort, Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short, John Thompson, George Furla, Elisa Salinas and Vance Owen and produced by Avi Lerner and Randall Emmett.

"As a first-time director I am very privileged to have worked with such a talented cast," says director Mike Cahill. "This film is quite special and I am thrilled it will be seen at the festival."

KING OF CALIFORNIA will also be featured at the Deauville Film Festival, where Douglas will be honored with a career tribute.


First Look Studios (PINKSHEETS: FRST) is a leading independent studio which includes its theatrical, home video and television operations. The studios' CEO is Trevor Short; Dean Wilson is COO. The company is owned and operated by First Look Holdings, LLC.

First Look Holdings, LLC was created in March of 2007 to acquire a controlling interest in First Look Studios. First Look Holdings, LLC is owned by Nu Image and Henry Winterstern. Its principals are Avi Lerner, Henry Winterstern, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short.

About Nu Image, Inc. & Millennium Films

Nu Image, Inc. and Millennium Films are a full-service production company and distributor servicing the domestic and international markets. Nu Image/Millennium Films currently develop, finance, produce and distribute approximately 15-18 films a year, with locations shooting around the world. Nu Image was founded in 1992 with partners Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Danny Lerner. Originally dedicated to the action and thriller genres, Nu Image formed Millennium Films in 1996 to address the theatrical market's growing need for quality art films and higher budget action features. The two divisions have produced more than 230 films in less than ten years, including the recent theatrical releases, "The Black Dahlia," "88 Minutes," "The Wicker Man" "Lonely Hearts" and "16 Blocks." Upcoming Nu Image/Millennium releases include "John Rambo," "The Cleaner," "Mad Money," "Blond Ambition," "The Contract," "Day of the Dead" and "Major Movie Star."

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