News In The Arts: Film produced by Fred Smith's daughter has local premiere

Category: P.S. I Love You News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: December 15, 2007 | Publication: | Author: John Beifuss
Publication/Article Link:Commercial Appeal

"P.S. I Love You," the first movie produced by Molly Smith, daughter of FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith, had its Memphis premiere Friday night on all four screens of Malco's Ridgeway Four in a "red carpet" event attended by actor Harry Connick Jr.

Connick co-stars in "P.S. I Love You" with Gerard Butler ("300"), Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, native Memphian Kathy Bates and Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy"). The lead star is two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank as a young widower who discovers her late husband has left her a series of messages intended to ease her pain and galvanize her new life.

Also attending the premiere and the after-party at the Hilton Memphis hotel on Ridgelake Boulevard were director Rochard LaGravenese (who also directed "Freedom Writers" with Swank and was a scripter of such films as "Beloved" and "The Horse Whisperer") and Broderick Johnson, a producer of the film along with Molly Smith, 26.

Johnson is a co-founder of Alcon Entertaiment, a production company financed in part by Fred Smith that has produced such films as "My Dog Skip," "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in addition to "P.S. I Love You." The movie is being distributed by Warner Bros. It opens in Memphis and nationwide Dec. 21.