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Pop / Rock 26/01/2007

Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore to Help Judge Nearly 400 Aspiring Songwriters' Entries in the 'Your Music, Your Lyrics' Contest Created by Warner Bros. and VH1

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NEW YORK, NY. (Top40 Charts/ VH1) - Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore are taking their roles in their latest movie, "Music and Lyrics," to heart by personally judging entries submitted to the "Your Music, Your Lyrics" songwriting contest created by Warner Bros and VH1.

Inspired by the upcoming romantic comedy "Music and Lyrics," Warner Bros. Pictures partnered with the music and pop culture network to give songwriting hopefuls the chance to have their original love song professionally recorded in the "Your Music, Your Lyrics" songwriting contest.

Running from December 26, 2006 through January, 20, 2007, the contest asked contestants to write, record and upload an original love song to a special VH1 site. The contest site ultimately received nearly 400 entries while the actual contest page tallied 750,000 page views during that period.

"The entry response to our 'Your Music, Your Lyrics' contest is fantastic and well beyond our expectations," said Mark McIntire, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, VH1. "And having Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore as judges, makes this user-generated contest a world-class event."

Videos of the entries will be streamed via the website and assessed on the basis of theme, lyrics and overall musicality. Entries are currently being rated by online users until February 2 at https://www.talentload.tv/musicandlyrics, and the top-rated videos will be judged by a panel of experts from VH1 and Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. 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.

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 Perez 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. https://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 https://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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