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Stars of cult classic ‘The Room’ reunite in ‘Best F(r)iends,’ screening in NEPA theaters March 30-April 2

Stars of cult classic ‘The Room’ reunite in ‘Best F(r)iends,’ screening in NEPA theaters March 30-April 2
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From a press release:

Following national screenings of the cult classic film “The Room” in January, including in Northeastern Pennsylvania theaters, a new project starring Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, “Best F(r)iends,” debuts in select movie theaters nationwide this spring.

The new Wiseau/Sestero dark comedy thriller is written by Sestero, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Disaster Artist,” which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated Hollywood film. Inspired by a road trip made by Sestero and Wiseau after the production of “The Room” in April of 2003, “Best F(r)iends” will be released in two volumes, for two nights each, in nearly 600 movie theaters.

The first part of this bizarre road trip adventure will play on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2, with “Best F(r)iends: Volume Two” following on Friday, June 1 and Monday, June 4, all at 8 p.m. In addition to viewing the feature content, attendees will also see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes.

Tickets for “Best F(r)iends” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Local movie theaters showing the film through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network include Cinemark 20 (40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic), Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX (3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City), and Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg).

When a drifter (Sestero) is taken in by a peculiar mortician (Wiseau), the two hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician’s old habits. But greed, hatred, and jealousy soon come in turn and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leaving the mortician adrift. An expedition across the Southwest introduces wild and crazy characters through a series of twisted and dark foibles as both men learn a valuable lesson about friendship and loyalty.

“When we unveiled the ‘Best F(r)iends’ trailer at our cinema screenings of Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’ in January, fan response was overwhelming,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh. “This spring, we are excited to bring this reunion of friends to fans of Wiseau and ‘The Room’ everywhere.”

“Best F(r)iends” also stars Paul Scheer (“The League,” “Human Giant,” “Veep”) and features a musical score created by Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons.

Starring Tommy Wiseau, directed by Tommy Wiseau, written by Tommy Wiseau, and produced by Tommy Wiseau, “The Room” follows the story of Johnny (Wiseau). Johnny is a bank employee who, seemingly, lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with Lisa, his fiancée. One day, she gets bored with Tommy and seduces his best friend, Mark (Sestero). Johnny screams, “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” and, with that, nothing, or no one, will ever be the same. Referred to as “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies,” “The Room” is receiving a remarkable resurgence due to the popularity of James Franco’s new film “The Disaster Artist,” which chronicles the making of this cult hit.

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top designated market areas and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events, such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera; dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live; sporting events like Copa America Centenario; concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush, and Mötley Crüe; the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series; and inspirational events.

Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras, including audience Q&As, backstage footage, and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs.