(December 26, 2006 - Burbank, CA) — Inspired by the upcoming romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics,” Warner Bros. Pictures is partnering with music and pop culture channel VH1 to give songwriting hopefuls the chance to have their original love song professionally recorded in the “Your Music, Your Lyrics” songwriting contest. Beginning December 26, 2006 and running through January, 20, 2007, contestants can write, record and upload an original love song to Talentload.tv/musicandlyrics. Videos of the entries will be streamed via the website and assessed on the basis of theme, lyrics and overall musicality. Entries will be rated by online users, and the top-rated videos will be judged by a panel of experts from VH1 and representatives from the film, “Music and Lyrics.” The winning song will be selected on February 3, 2007. The lucky winning songwriter will be flown to Los Angeles for the red carpet premiere of “Music and Lyrics” and will also have their song professionally recorded. For more information, additional details, restrictions regarding the song’s content, as well as the full contest rules and prize considerations please visit Talentload.tv/musicandlyrics. Opening nationwide on February, 14, 2007, “Music and Lyrics” is the story of Alex Fletcher (HUGH GRANT), a washed-up ‘80s pop star who’s been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning pop diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there’s a problem—Alex hasn’t written a song in years, he’s never written lyrics…and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher (DREW BARRYMORE), Alex’s beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship with the newly famous novelist Sloane Cates (CAMPBELL SCOTT), Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears—and the music—if they want to find the love and success they both deserve. The film also stars Brad Garrett as Alex’s steadfast manager and Kristen Johnston as Sophie’s sister, Rhonda, who happens to be one of Alex’s biggest fans. Newcomer Haley Bennett plays young pop princess Cora Corman. Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Reserve Room Production: Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in “Music and Lyrics,” also starring Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston and Campbell Scott. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, “Music and Lyrics” is produced by Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. The executive producers are Nancy Juvonen, Hal Gaba and Bruce Berman. The co-producers are Scott Elias and Melissa Wells. The director of photography is Xavier Pérez Grobet. The production designer is Jane Musky. The film is edited by Susan E. Morse, A.C.E. and the music is by Adam Schlesinger. The soundtrack is available on Warner Sunset/Atlantic Records. “Music and Lyrics” will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. The film has been rate PG-13 for some sexual content. www.musicandlyrics.com 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 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1’s broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at 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.
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