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'CONEHEADS' BEGINS PRODUCTION FOR PARAMOUNT

    HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- "Coneheads," a comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, newcomer Michelle Burke and Laraine Newman, began principal photography on Feb. 1 for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures.  Lorne Michaels is the producer and Steve Barron will direct the screenplay written by Aykroyd, Tom Davis, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner.  Michael Rachmil is executive producer. Making the announcement was John Goldwyn, president of the Motion Picture Group/Production.
    Based on the characters made famous in the classic "Saturday Night Live" sketches, Aykroyd and Curtin will reprise their roles as Beldar and Prymaat Conehead, continuing their misadventures in suburban America.  Joining Aykroyd and Curtin will be Burke as their teenage daughter, Connie. Newman, who created the role of Connie, will portray Laarta, Prymaat's sister.
    Michaels, a seven-time Emmy winner, created "Saturday Night Live," now in its 18th season.  He executive produced the series from 1975-80 and continues as executive producer since returning to the show in 1985.  Michaels produces the Paramount hit "Wayne's World," which has grossed more than $175 million worldwide.  Michaels co- wrote and produced "Three Amigos," starring "Saturday Night Live" alumni Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short; and co-wrote and produced Gilda Radner's feature "Gilda Live," which he also directed on Broadway.  In 1979, Michaels founded Broadway Video Inc., a New York City production company, whose productions include "The Kids in the Hall" currently on CBS, and formerly, "Night Music" for NBC. Currently, Michaels is preparing to begin production on the sequel to "Wayne's World," set for release this Christmas.
     Aykroyd was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy."  One of the original members of "Saturday Night Live's"  Not Ready for Primetime Players, Aykroyd has gone on to star in such films as "Chaplin," "Sneakers," "My Girl," "Nothing But Trouble," which also marked his directorial debut, "Ghostbusters" and "Ghostbusters II," "Dragnet," "Spies Like Us," "Trading Places," and "The Blues Brothers."
    Curtin received two Emmy Awards as Best Actress in a comedy series for the hit CBS series "Kate & Allie."  She recently starred in the NBC series "Working It Out."  Curtin was an original member of the famed Not Ready for Prime Time Players on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for five years.  Her other credits include the television films "Common Ground," "Suspicion," "Maybe Baby," "Divorce Wars," and the Lifetime comedy special "Retaining Laughter," for which she won an ACE Award as Best Host of a Comedy Special.  Her film credits include "How to Beat the High Cost of Living" and "O.C. and Stiggs."
    Fresh from Defiance, Ohio, Burke was literally discovered by her manager at the popular West Hollywood eatery Barney's Beanery and was promptly signed by the William Morris Agency.  Upon being cast for the coveted role as Aykroyd and Curtin's teenage daughter, Burke said, "It feels like I'm walking in my dreams."
    Newman was an original member of "Saturday Night Live's" Not Ready for Prime Time Players during the award-winning series' first five years. She has had numerous guest-starring roles in television. Newman is also a founding member of the acclaimed "Groundlings" comedy troupe.
    Barron directed the first breakout "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, which grossed $300 million worldwide.  His first feature "Electric Dreams" won him Best Director honors at the Madrid Film Festival and the public prize for Best Film at the Avoriaz Fantastique Film Festival in France.  Barron won an Emmy Award for "Hans My Hedgehog," the pilot for NBC's acclaimed "Storyteller" series.
    Rachmil produced the films "Mo' Money," "L.A. Story," "No Holds Barred," "Punchline," "Roxanne," "Quicksilver," and "Runaway." His films as an executive producer include the recent Jean-Claude Van Damme film, "Nowhere to Run," "Flatliners," "Hard to Kill," and "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark."
    Davis was half the comedy writing team of Franken and Davis. Besides his work for "Saturday Night Live" from 1975-80 and 1986 to the present, his credits include "Steve Martin's Best Show Ever" and "The Paul Simon Special."
    Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner co-wrote the screenplay for the hit "Wayne's World" with Mike Myers.  The Turners have won two ACE Awards, an Emmy and four additional nominations for their work on "Saturday Night Live."
    Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCI).
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    CONTACT:  Carol Sewell, director of national publicity of Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5588
    (PCI) CO:  MOTION PICTURE GROUP OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES IN:  ENT ST:  CA


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