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PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS ON 'HEART AND SOULS'

 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles on the Alphaville/Stampede Entertainment production of Universal Pictures' "Heart and Souls," directed by Ron Underwood ("City Slickers"), it was announced by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group, and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures. Robert Downey Jr. heads a stellar ensemble cast that includes Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgwick, Elisabeth Shue, Tom Sizemore, David Paymer and Alfre Woodard.
 "Heart and Souls" is a fantasy/comedy about four departed souls who get one last chance to resolve their earthly lives -- and the reluctant mortal who is destined to help them. The Capraesque story chronicles the adventures of Thomas Reilly and his "unique family" in their search for second chances. Nancy Roberts and Sean Daniel produce with Jim Jacks and Cari-Esta Albert serving as executive producers. Underwood directs from a screenplay by S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock, based on an original screenplay by Erik Hansen & Gregory Hansen. Dirk Petersmann line produces and Dixie J. Capp is the associate producer.
 Downey stars as the star-crossed mortal, Thomas, a hard-driving businessman who finds himself saddled with four spirits who entered his life the night he was born. Downey will next be seen in the coveted role of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin." His other film credits include "Soap Dish," "Air America," "Chances Are" and "True Believer."
 The colorful departed souls are played by an ensemble cast of accomplished performers.
 Grodin recently starred in the hit film "Beethoven" and is familiar to movie-goers for his roles in such popular films as "Midnight Run," "Heaven Can Wait" and "The Heartbreak Kid."
 Sedgwick is best-known for her starring roles in "Singles," the Academy Award-winning "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge." She also starred in the highly acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Miss Rose White."
 Currently seen in the hit film "Passenger 57," Tom Sizemore made his first feature film appearance in 1989's "Lock Up." Other credits include "Born on the Fourth of July," "Guilty by Suspicion," "Flight of the Intruder" and "Point Break."
 Woodard was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the feature "Cross Creek." Woodard is the recipient of two Emmy Awards (for her work on "Hill Street Blues" and "LA Law"), five Emmy nominations and an ACE award for the HBO film "Mandela." Her recent films include "Grand Canyon" and the upcoming "Bopha."
 Paymer reteams with director Underwood for whom he starred in the hit film "City Slickers." Paymer's extensive screen credits include "Mr. Saturday Night," "The In-Laws," "No Way Out," and "Crazy People." His most recent role was as Billy Crystal's brother in the critically acclaimed "Mr. Saturday Night."
 Shue plays Thomas' girlfriend Anne. "Heart and Souls" reunites Shue with her "Soap Dish" co-star Downey. Other credits include the hit films "Cocktail," "Adventures in Babysitting" and "The Karate Kid."
 Director Underwood directed one of 1991's top-grossing films, "City Slickers," which made $250 million worldwide. He made his feature directorial debut on the acclaimed '50s style sci-fi comedy "Tremors," following an award-winning career in television and educational films.
 Producer Roberts is managing partner of Stampede Entertainment, a production company she co-founded with director Underwood and screenwriters/producers Maddock and Wilson. Maddock and Wilson's credits include "Short Circuit I and II," "Batteries Not Included" and "Tremors." "Heart and Souls" is the company's first film.
 Producer Daniel is currently a partner of Alphaville Productions, based at Universal Studios. Prior to becoming a producer, Daniel spent 12 years at Universal Pictures rising to the position of president of production. During his tenure, he oversaw such hit films as "Field of Dreams," "Do the Right Thing," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Blues Brothers," "Missing," "Coal Miner's Daughter," and "National Lampoon's Animal House." As an independent producer, his credits include "American Me" and the upcoming releases "Hard Target," "CB4," and "Dazed and Confused." "CB4" is being co- produced with Brian Grazer. "Hard Target" and "Dazed and Confused" are joint productions with fellow Universal alumnus Jacks.
 The top technical team includes director of photography Michael Watkins (the upcoming "The Specialist"), production designer John Muto ("Home Alone"), costume designer Jean-Pierre Dorleac (Oscar nominated for "Somewhere in Time") and editor O. Nicholas Brown ("City Slickers").
 "Heart and Souls" is scheduled for release by Universal Pictures during the summer of 1993.
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