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July 15, 2005

Photos: left, Jason Ritter (as Otis) and Tom Arnold (as Frank) in "Happy Endings."
Right, Maggie Gyllenhaal (as Jude) and Tom Arnold (as Frank) from "Happy Endings."

Actor Tom Arnold To Screen Movie 'Happy Endings' At UI July 20

Actor, Iowa native and University of Iowa alumnus Tom Arnold will host a free screening of Lions Gate film "Happy Endings" at the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union Wednesday, July 20.

The screening in the Main Lounge on the first floor of the Union is open to the public; doors open at 7 p.m., with the film starting at 7:30 p.m. The movie has been rated R; children under 17 require an accompanying parent or an adult guardian.

The film and Arnold's visit is presented by the UI Lecture Committee, The Bijou and the James Gang as a promotional event for the new Saturday Night Free Movie Series, a collection of free outdoor movies open to the community held on Saturday nights on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

Arnold will also be on hand to participate in a question and answer session with the audience immediately following the screening.

The comedy, which opens in select markets today (Friday, July 15), tells 10 stories with intertwining characters played by Arnold, Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern and Steve Coogan and many other actors. One story, involving Arnold's character, Frank, is about a father and son who are dating the same woman. Another features a woman who long ago gave her baby up for adoption but is now being blackmailed by a documentary filmmaker who claims to know the now-grown child's whereabouts.

Don Roos ("The Opposite of Sex," "Bounce") directed the film, which producer Lions Gate Films says "deftly weaves together multiple stories to create a sharp, witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself. A feast of buried secrets, missed opportunities and welcome second chances, this wildly original comedy proves that the happiest ending of all is the one you least expect."

Now living in Los Angeles, Arnold was born in Ottumwa and pays frequent visits to his home state. He has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, and in September 2002, he was in Iowa City to cover the Iowa-Iowa State football game for Fox Sports. While here Arnold toured the newly opened J. Hayden Fry Center for Prostate Cancer Research.

As a writer, producer and actor, Arnold has established himself with both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award for writing, and a Golden Globe for writing and producing.

He currently hosts the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Net. In the show, which airs Monday through Friday, Arnold joins former NBA All-Star John Salley, Ex-MLB manager Kevin Kennedy, 14-year NFL veteran Ray Crockett and host Chris Rose for a one-hour sports/entertainment television show combining the sports and comedy worlds in a unique "guy talk" format.

Arnold is working on two scripts for MGM, "There Goes the Neighborhood," about a wealthy woman who gets revenge on her cheating husband with a neighborhood car detailer, and the newly completed action comedy "The Kid and I" that Arnold wrote for a wealthy entrepreneur who was looking to create a starring opportunity for his physically challenged son.

Arnold was last seen in "Soul Plane" for MGM as well as the Warner Bros. film, "Cradle to the Grave," with DMX and Jet Li.

Arnold began his career in comedy at the UI before moving to Minneapolis, where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the highly successful television series, "Roseanne," before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in three installments of his own HBO special entitled "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth," and then wrote, produced and starred in three of his own television series "The Jackie Thomas Show," "Tom" and "The Tom Show."

Arnold's other film credits include "Nine Months" with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore and Robin Williams; James Cameron's "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger; "Hero" with Dustin Hoffman; "Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery" with Mike Myers and in "Animal Factory," directed by Steve Buscemi, for which he received great critical notice for his portrayal of a convict.

The series and this event are also sponsored by M.C. Ginsberg, The University of Iowa, University Life Centers and the Office of Student Life, the Downtown Association of Iowa City, the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, West Music, Iowa City Press Citizen, Englert Theatre, Big Ten Rentals, Newman Catholic Center, and Hawkeye Weld and Repair.

Visit the official "Happy Endings" website at http://www.happyendingsthemovie.com/. For local information visit: www.thejamesgang.ws/movies.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Soukup, UI Office of Student Life, kelvin-soukup@uiowa.edu, 319-335-3059; Writer: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu