Paramount Pictures Nabs Chris Rock's Acclaimed TIFF Entry 'Top Five'
by Ethan Anderton
September 10, 2014
Another great film has been picked up from the Toronto International Film Festival, and as a fan of great comedy, it's one that I'm particularly excited about. Chris Rock has directed the comedies Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife, but now it sounds like he might have his crowning achievement behind the camera with Top Five, a film that sees Rock playing 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. Rock also wrote the film, and it's been getting rave reviews.
Here's some photos from Chris Rock's Top Five from the TIFF film program guide:
Now Paramount Pictures has picked up Top Five, likely for release sometime in 2015. Variety calls it "a candid, fresh, ferociously funny snapshot of life in the celebrity bubble" and THR succeeds in "offering up a witty celebrity satire that doubles as a love story set during one long and eventful New York City day." The film also features a whole slew of comics like Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah, not to mention a reportedly crazy cameo by Jerry Seinfeld. I haven't heard a bad thing about this film yet, so I can't wait to see what Rock has here. Sound good?