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'INNOCENT BLOOD,' DIRECTED BY JOHN LANDIS, BEGINS PRODUCTION IN PITTSBURGH

-- ENTERTAINET - TO ENTERTAINMENT AND FILM EDITORS:
 'INNOCENT BLOOD,' DIRECTED BY JOHN LANDIS,
 BEGINS PRODUCTION IN PITTSBURGH
 BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros.' "Innocent Blood," directed by John Landis and starring Anthony LaPaglia, Anne Parillaud, Robert Loggia and Don Rickles has begun principal photography on location for 10 weeks in Pittsburgh. Lee Rich and Leslie Belzberg will produce the Lee Rich Production of a Landis/Belzberg Film written by first-time screenwriter Michael Wolk. The announcement of the picture was made by Bruce Berman, Warner Bros. president of Worldwide Theatrical Production.
 An original screenplay by Wolk, a New York-based playwright and novelist, "Innocent Blood" offers classic horror in a dark romantic thriller about a female vampire (Parillaud) who teams with an undercover cop in the mob (LaPaglia). The film will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros.
 "Innocent Blood" is John Landis' first horror film since his 1981 innovative monster movie, "An American Werewolf In London," which he wrote as well as directed. In addition, Landis' career includes "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Trading Places," "Coming to America" and "Kentucky Fried Movie." For Warner Bros., he directed "Spies Like Us" and, with Steven Spielberg, produced "Twilight Zone: The Movie," for which he wrote and directed the prologue and first episode. Landis also directed "Oscar" and co-wrote (with Dan Aykroyd) and directed "The Blues Brothers." He has also directed the most widely seen and best-selling music video of all time, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," as well as Jackson's recent music video, "Black or White." On television, Landis executive produces HBO's acclaimed half-hour sitcom, "Dream On," which recently won 14 ACE awards.
 LaPaglia first gained attention with his standout performance as Stevie Dee in the comedy "Betsy's Wedding." His other film credits include "29th Street," "One Good Cop" and the upcoming psychological thriller "Sessions." Most recently, he starred in the HBO telefilm "Criminal Justice."
 Parillaud makes her American film debut in "Innocent Blood." The French-born actress recently won international acclaim, France's Cesar Award and Italy's Donatello Award for her title performance in the 1990 French thriller "La Femme Nikita." She recently completed her first English-speaking role in "Map of the Human Heart."
 Loggia, who portrays mob chieftain Salvatore Macelli, received an Oscar nomination for his role as a private detective in the hit suspense thriller "Jagged Edge." Among his other credits are "Prizzi's Honor," "Big," "Scarface," "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "S.O.B."
 Rickles, who plays Macelli's attorney Manny Bergman, is well-known for his nightclub headlining appearances in Las Vegas. His film credits include "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Rat Race," "Enter Laughing" and "Kelly's Heroes."
 First-time screenwriter Wolk has published two novels: "The Big Picture" and "The Beast on Broadway." His plays "Femme Fatale" and "Heartstopper" have been performed in Los Angeles and New York. Wolk is currently at work on a screenplay entitled "18B."
 Rich is co-founder of Lorimar and former chairman of MGM/UA. In feature films, Rich is responsible for a wide range of impressive motion pictures, including the Oscar-winning "Rain Man," "Moonstruck," "A Fish Called Wanda," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, and "Willow." Steven Seagal's recent "Hard to Kill," the first feature to be produced under Rich's independent production deal with Warner Bros., became the largest-grossing February release ever.
 Belzberg produced "Oscar" and served as executive producer of Landis' "Coming to America." She has also served as associated producer on three other Landis films -- "Spies Like Us," "The Three Amigos" and "Into the Night" -- after first working with Landis on "Trading Places." Belzberg's first film project, a documentary entitled "Genocide," on which she was associate producer, received an Academy Award in 1981 as Best Documentary Feature.
 "Innocent Blood" is a Lee Rich Production of a Landis/Belzberg Film.
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