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AMUSE is the film and television division of Universal Uclick (the world's largest independent newspaper syndicate) and Andrews McMeel Publishing (the world's largest humor publisher). AMUSE represents UU and AMP properties, as well as other properties and individuals, for film, television, video and stage and its services include development, sales, production, post-production, and licensing of content to third parties for production and development.

Small Apartments

Universal Uclick & AMUSE announces release and Kansas City debut of their produced film, "Small Apartments"

"Small Apartments" stars Hollywood legends Billy Crystal and James Caan. This dark and hysterical comedy features "Bridesmaids" and "Little Britain" actor Matt Lucas in the lead role as Franklin Franklin, a lonely alp-hornist living in a run-down apartment complex in Los Angeles. The rest of the ensemble cast includes 2013 Sundance Film Festival darling Juno Temple, Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Golden Globe-nominated Amanda Plummer, Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), James Marsden (NBC's 30 Rock) and Kansas City's own David Koechner (Anchorman).

The movie is based on Chris Millis's novel of the same name. Chris is the assistant to syndicated cartoonist John McPherson who creates the Close to Home comic strip, distributed by Universal Uclick to more than 400 global newspaper clients.

"Small Apartments" won the annual "3-Day Novel" contest run by Canadian publisher Anvil Press. After its contest victory, Mr. Millis showed the book to Bridget McMeel, who runs AMUSE. She instantly thought it would make a great independent film. Says McMeel, "It was dark, funny and sad but ultimately uplifting. Chris did a great job in creating memorable, quirky and unique characters. The actors did a great job of capturing the essence of each of them."

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Small Apartments' Franklin Franklin is a fully realized and sympathetic protagonist in the vein of Ignatius Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces), a simple man who yearns for "a land of pastoral serenity" devoid of the irritants of contemporary urban life. An off-beat tale, Small Apartments is accented along the way by murder, strange fingernail collections, and the occasional blast from a treasured alphorn.

Screen Play by Chris Millis, Executive Producer(s): (AMUSE) John Glynn, Bridget McMeel, Chris Millis