Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BIG UPS to comedian Chris Rock!

The award-winning television and film star is teaming up with Paramount Pictures for the worldwide release of his upcoming film, TOP FIVE.  The news was announced Wednesday and comes on the heels of the film’s producer Scott Rudin, and his IACF partner Barry Diller, earning rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Written, directed by, and starring Rock, TOP FIVE  tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  The film features an all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Jay Pharoah, Karlie Redd and Ben Vereen.

The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

Check out a video of Chris Rock and the TOP FIVE cast on the red carpet at TIFF 2014, courtesy of L’Oreal Paris Canada:

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