By Terri Lee Sylvester

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Last spring, Hollywood glamour came to Ann Arbor in the form of A-list stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

Segel, Blunt, and the rest of the filmmaking crew delighted Ann Arbor residents as they ate in area restaurants, joined locals for a few rounds of karaoke, and filmed key scenes on a Main Street covered in unseasonable (fake) snow. Now the results of these efforts are hitting the big screen in the soon-to-be-released romantic comedy, The Five-Year Engagement.

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what happens when an engaged couple, played by Segel and Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the way to the long walk down the aisle. The film is partially set in Ann Arbor and features notable local landmarks like Zingerman’s Deli (where Segel’s character works) and Liberty Square Plaza.

On Friday, April 20, 826michigan will host a pre-release benefit screening at the Michigan Theater featuring very special guests writer-director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, Gulliver’s Travels) and writer-producer Rodney Rothman (The Late Show with David Letterman, Get Him To The Greek). Stoller and Rothman will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Proceeds from the pre-release screening of The Five-Year Engagement will benefit 826michigan, a nonprofit serving over 2,300 students aged 6-18 in Washtenaw County. Located in the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair storefront in downtown Ann Arbor, 826michigan provides free after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and support for public school students in overcrowded classrooms. 826 was founded in San Francisco in 2002 by award-winning author and screenwriter Dave Eggers and has expanded over a ten-year period to encompass eight chapters nationally.

“We could not be more honored to bring The Five-Year Engagement to Ann Arbor one week before its official release,” said 826michigan Executive Director Amanda Uhle. “Anticipation for this film has been building for over a year and we are as excited as everyone else in Ann Arbor to see the results.

Tickets to 826michigan’s pre-release benefit screening of The Five-Year Engagement are available on Brown Paper Tickets. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; VIP tickets are $100. VIP tickets include movie admission with reserved seating and an exclusive post-screening wine and cocktail party with Stoller and Rothman.

To learn more about The Five-Year Engagement, visit

For more information about 826michigan or to purchase tickets, visit call (734) 761-3463.

Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriJLee


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