Sony Pictures Entertainment Press Release, 10 April 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 10, 2001 — Principal photography began April 2 on Columbia Pictures' The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz and directed by Roger Kumble. The Sweetest Thing is a Konrad Pictures production produced by Cathy Konrad (Kate & Leopold, Girl, Interrupted, the Scream trilogy, Cop Land) and executive produced by Stuart Besser (Scream, Scream 3) and Ricky Strauss.

The film also stars Thomas Jane (Under Suspicion, Magnolia, Deep Blue Sea), Christina Applegate (TV's Jesse and Married... With Children, Jane Austen's Mafia!), Selma Blair (Down to You, Cruel Intentions, Can't Hardly Wait), Parker Posey (Josie and the Pussycats, Best In Show, Scream 3) and Jason Bateman (TV's Some of My Best Friends and The Hogan Family).

The Sweetest Thing is the story of sexy Christina Walters (Diaz), who after years of avoiding meaningful relationships with men finally meets her perfect match (Jane). When he suddenly disappears, she and best friend Courtney (Applegate) set out on a hilarious journey to find him. Their search ultimately leads them to a surprising discovery and the realization that love is, after all, the sweetest thing.

The screenplay for The Sweetest Thing is the first feature film by South Park scribe Nancy Pimental. The talented creative team includes production designer Gary Steele (One Night at McCool's, Cruel Intentions, American History X) director of photography Tony Richmond (Legally Blonde, Someone Like You, Men of Honor) and costume designer Denise Wingate (Soul Survivors, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions).

Roger Kumble made his feature film directing debut with the hit Cruel Intentions, which he also wrote, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. In 1993, Kumble wrote and produced the critically acclaimed play Pay or Play, which garnered the LA Weekly Award for Best Comic Writing. His second venture in theater, d-girl, earned Kumble four Dramalogue Awards.

This spring, Cameron Diaz joins Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow in the animated feature, Shrek, in which she voices the character of Princess Fiona. Later this year she will be seen in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky and co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.

Diaz followed her feature film debut in The Mask with such films as The Last Supper, Feeling Minnesota, She's the One, A Life Less Ordinary, and My Best Friend's Wedding. She earned Golden Globe Award nominations for There's Something About Mary and Being John Malkovich. Her credits also include Very Bad Things, Any Given Sunday, The Invisible Circus, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, and Charlie's Angels.

The Sweetest Thing will shoot in Los Angeles and San Francisco and is slated for a 2002 release. This film is not yet rated. For future information contact www.filmratings.com.

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