By Ray Pride

“BEHAVING BADLY” Acquired by Vertical Entertainment

Nat Wolff/Selena Gomez Comedy set for August 2014 release


Los Angeles, April 9, 2014 – Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Tim Garrick’s BEHAVING BADLY, starring Nat Wolff (“The Fault in our Stars”) and Selena Gomez along with Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Jason Lee, Heather Graham, Cary Elwes, Gary Busey, and Patrick Warburton.  The deal was announced by the company’s President, Rich Goldberg, who plans to release the film in theaters in August 2014.


In this outrageous comedy BEHAVING BADLY directed by Tim Garrick, Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to try and win the heart of Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez) – even if this means making a bet with a mobster’s son! The pressure is on, but the mob isn’t the only thing that’s standing in his way.  If he ever hopes to land the girl of his dreams, he’ll also have to deal with a group of strippers, his best friend’s horny mother (Elisabeth Shue), his drug-abusing boss (Dylan McDermott), a perverted principal (Patrick Warburton), a priest with a really bigsecret (Jason Lee), a sultry defense attorney (Heather Graham), and a patron saint who dispenses cryptic advice (Mary-Louise Parker).  No one ever said love was easy.


Rich Goldberg, President of Vertical Entertainment, said this about the acquisition: “This film spoke to us on many levels and we are excited to show audiences how funny this cast can be together.  It is a return to the classic comedies of the late 80’s and early 90’s as Tim Garrick and his team did a wonderful job capturing that fine line between endearing and off-the-wall.”


BEHAVING BADLY is directed by Tim Garrick, with the screenplay written by Tim Garrick and Scott Russell that was based on Ric Browde’s book “While I’m Dead…Feed The Dog”, produced by Andrew Lazar and Miri Yoon, executive produced by Barry Quart and Kevin Tang, with original music by David Newman, and editing by Matt Friedman.  The film stars Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez along with Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Jason Lee, Heather Graham, Cary Elwes, Gary Busey, and Patrick Warburton.  For more information about the film, please


The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey at Vertical Entertainment, with Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Voltage Pictures and Kevin Iwashina and Zac Bright of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers. BEHAVING BADLY was fully financed by Starboard Entertainment and is a Mad Chance production.



Vertical Entertainment is a full service content marketing and distribution company, providing highly effective end-to-end solutions.  It focuses on the acquisition and distribution of studio quality films, servicing a variety of revenue streams throughout North America including theatrical distribution, DVD, Blu-ray, digital, electronic sell-through, streaming, VOD, PPV, Pay and Free TV.  Vertical Entertainment’s long standing relationships in both the content and retailer communities, along with the company’s marketing and sales expertise, creates a dynamic advantage for content partners.  Recent titles include “Anna (Mindscape)”, “Hairbrained”, and “Boys of Abu Ghraib.”



Founded in 2005, Voltage Pictures is an international sales, finance and production operation run by Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier. In nine years, Voltage has built a library of over 175 films. Voltage’s first in house production was “The Hurt Locker” which went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture. The company has since produced a number of films, including “The Company You Keep”, directed by Robert Redford, starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf, and “Don Jon,” written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also starred alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, and had a wide release in the fall of 2013 by Relativity Media.


Voltage was recently up for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, for “Dallas Buyers Club.” The film won three Oscars; Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor in a Lead Role, Jared Leto for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Hair/Makeup.


Voltage is currently in production on the Ethan Hawke film “Good Kill,” which also stars January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood and Jake Abel. Production will soon begin on the Gabriele Muccino-helmed “Fathers and Daughters,” starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Quvenzhane Wallis, Octavia Spencer and Diane Kruger.


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