Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.
Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako). Her father came from a long showbusiness legacy, as the son of actors John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, while her mother was the daughter of Hungarian refugees.
Despite a troubled and much-publicized adolescence, and a string of "bad girl" parts in lurid crime dramas such as Poison Ivy, Barrymore's star was officially on the rise during the mid-1990s, with notable appearances in Boys on the Side, Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, and the game-changing horror hit Scream.
An eclectic mix of high-profile and low-key film projects followed - such as The Wedding Singer, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, Donnie Darko, Riding in Cars with Boys, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - proving to once-cynical audiences that Barrymore was not only a capable leading lady, but also a gifted and versatile actor.
Next came headlining parts in Duplex, 50 First Dates, Fever Pitch, Music and Lyrics, Lucky You, He's Just Not That Into You, and the much-lauded Grey Gardens, for which she earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of Edith Bouvier Beale.
In 2009, Barrymore - whose production company, Flower Films, has spawned several lucrative features - made her long-awaited directional debut with the comedy-drama Whip It, emerging as "a sensitive director who knows how and when to let an emotional moment linger on the screen" (TIME).
Alongside a recurring guest spot - as the voice of Jillian - on the cult animated series Family Guy, recent acting roles have included Everybody's Fine, Going the Distance, Big Miracle, Blended, and Miss You Already.
Stefan Kapicic is known for his work through Eastern Europe and USA. He speaks fluent English, Russian, German and 5 other ex Yugosavian languages including many dialects. He is adept in both comedy and drama and has played everything from a comedic stoner to a ruthless drug lord to a heartbreaking Savant. He is 6'4" and a perfect assassin. In his career he played more than 70 roles on film, television and theatre. A few years back he starred as Charleston in Luc Besson's film, Charleston and Vendetta(a.k.a. Tears For Sale) directed by Uros Stojanovic (CAA) and is getting a lot of attention in France and is screened at the Toronto film festival. This film is what brought him to the U.S.
He has guest starred on hit shows including 24 (FOX), The Unit (CBS/FOX), Numbers (CBS), The Eevent (NBC), he did a hero role in Universal Pictures feature film "Big Miracle" starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.
He recently comes off starring on a feature and TV series in Serbia, and was last on the stage performing Tybalt in "Romeo & Juliet" on prestige theatre festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia for which he got amazing critics.
Entertainment Weekly just announced that Stefan Kapicic has joined the cast of Deadpool (FOX/Marvel) as Colossus. This film will be released in February 2016.
Born in Scotland, trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was named most promising drama student. Scott's early work was in Scottish national theatre and television, first appearing in the series Soldier Soldier as well as on the stage in the Tim Fleming directed production of Wallace. Early television credits to follow included The Rover, Taggart: Nest of Vipers, Lovejoy, and Soldier Soldier. Scott followed this up with impactful turns in the films You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Black Beauty, and Another Nine & a Half Weeks. Shortly thereafter, Scott could be seen opposite Drew Barrymore in the hit film Ever After, opposite Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, and Vanessa Redgrave in the film Deep Impact, as well as the second installment in the hit Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible 2. Scott also appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Michael Apted's Enigma as well as the 2002 film Ripley's Game, opposite Ray Winstone. Starring opposite Jennifer Connelly in the 2005 film Dark Water and the 2007 film Hit Man, Scott soon appeared in US television for the first time in the ABC miniseries The Ten Commandments as well the Hallmark TV movie Arabian Nights.
US television audiences next saw Scott in the NBC series Heist as well as the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. He followed these impressive turns with the BBC miniseries adaptation of the cult classic novel The Day of the Triffids. Scott was most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed movie My Week With Marilyn, the hit Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the Cinemax series Strike Back. Scott can next be seen in the films Last Passenger and Lionsgate's The Vatican Tapes.
Scott's impressive theatre resume includes the 2000 Donmar premiere of To The Green Fields Beyond, directed by Sam Mendes, The Rover, directed by Jules Wright, and The Power and the Glory, directed by Tim Luscombe.
One of Brazil's most talented and famous actors, Rodrigo Junqueira dos Reis Santoro was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Maria José Junqueira dos Reis, an artist, and Francesco Santoro, an engineer. His father is Italian, while his mother, who is Brazilian, has Portuguese ancestry.
Santoro is known for his performance in Warner Bros. 300, based on the Frank Miller's graphic novel, which broke box office records throughout the world. Rodrigo starred as Xerxes, the Persian King who sent his massive army to conquer Greece in 480 B.C. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. Rodrigo has also gained attention for his role of Paulo in ABC's hit series Lost.
In 2008, Santoro was featured in writer/director David Mamet's film Redbelt, the story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, instead choosing to pursue a life by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Also in 2008, Rodrigo was honored to receive the Ischia award for International Contribution at the 2008 Ischia Global Film Festival in Italy. In 2007, at the Cancun International Film Festival Rodrigo received a Best Actor award for his portrayal of an obsessive photographer in the Brazilian film "Nao por acaso" (Not By Chance).
Santoro can be seen as Raul Castro, in Steve Soderbergh's film, Che. He can also be seen in Lion's Den by Pablo Trapero, which competed against Che at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, Rodrigo starred in Fox Searchlights' Post Grad along side Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett. You will also see Rodrigo in I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as Jim Carrey's first love.
Rodrigo was part of the star-studded ensemble cast of Universal's romantic comedy Love Actually, starring alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson. In the role of Karl, he starred opposite Laura Linney as co-workers grappling with the dicey protocol of an office romance. Prior to this film, Rodrigo made his American debut in the highly sought after role of Randy Emmers in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
Rodrigo has also been seen starring as the "mystery man" opposite Nicole Kidman in the Baz Luhrmann directed commercial for Chanel.
In 2004 Rodrigo's starred in the Brazilian film, Carandiru, directed by Hector Babenco, which broke all Brazilian box office records for Brazil's entry in the Foreign Film category for the Academy Awards. Carandiru premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Rodrigo received the Chopard Award for Male Revelation of the year. For his role in Carandiru he was also nominated for the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize of Best Actor and won for Best Supporting Actor at the Cartagena Film Festival. The movie was distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Classics and was a groundbreaking portrayal of the largest penitentiary in Latin America, the Sao Paulo House of Detention, and the lives of the people in it. Dr. Dráuzio Varella based the movie on the best-selling book "Carandiru Station".
Rodrigo has won a total of eight Best Actor awards, including the first ever award for Best Actor from the Brazilian Academy of Arts and Film, for his portrayal of a young man forced into a mental institution by his parents in Brainstorm, the critically acclaimed film by director Lais Bodansky.
For Rodrigo's role in Bicho de Sete Cabecas (2001) he won five of his eight Best Actor awards including, Best Actor for the Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Best Actor for the Cartagena Film Festival, Best Actor for Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Actor for Recife Cinema Festival, and Best Actor for the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.
He has also been celebrated for his performance in the Miramax film Behind the Sun directed by Walter Salles (Central Station), in which he played Tonio, the middle son of a Brazilian family caught in the middle of an age-old family feud in 1910. He is forced by tradition and honor to kill a member of the neighboring family, positioning him next in line to be killed. The heart of the movie finds Tonio and his little brother discovering a world outside their family and home. Behind the Sun was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film.
Previous to that Rodrigo appeared opposite Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez and Anne Bancroft in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, for Showtime. Based on the novella by Tennessee Williams, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone was nominated for five Emmy Awards in 2003.
Rodrigo Santoro resides in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was more than a mouse, but rather quite the little artist. Her favorite thing to do when she was very young was draw. She also has three brothers: Scott, Shane, and Stewart.
Shelley graduated from Waltrip High School in Texas and at first became a cosmetics salesperson. It was in 1970 when Shelley was discovered by talent scouts at a local party. Director Robert Altman wanted to cast Shelley in a film that he was making during the time. Shelley had experience in acting in high school plays at the time and took Altman's offer and she appeared in her first film Brewster McCloud. Altman was so fascinated by her performance that she appeared in his next films including: McCabe and Mrs. Miller in 1971, Thieves Like Us in 1974, and Nashville in 1975. Aside from these three successful films, Duvall's acting blossomed in her leading role as Mille Lammoroux in 3 Women in 1977. Duvall's acting was so superb that she won Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. Shelley also starred as Bernice in Joan Micklin Silver's Bernice Bobs Her Hair in 1976, and had a cameo in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977. In the same year, Shelley also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
When the 1980s hit, Duvall's career was just beginning. She is famously known for playing the role of "Wendy Torrance" in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with Jack Nicholson. During the making of this film, Kubrick and Duvall would often become very frustrated with each other. The most obvious example is when Kubrick shot the famous "baseball bat scene" with Duvall and Nicholson 127 times, which is the world record for most number of takes in any film set. Despite their differences, Duvall admitted that she learned more from Kubrick than any of her previous films and that she "wouldn't trade the experience for anything." Kubrick also knew that he pushed Shelley and treated her the way he did for a significant reason, as the role of "Wendy Torrance" was even said by Jack Nicholson, "the hardest role anyone has ever had to play."
In January of 1979, Robert Altman would offer Duvall yet another role in one of his films. Only the role was a certain role that Altman believed she was born to play. That certain role was "Olive Oyl" in the real life version of Popeye. Shelley was skeptical at first on accepting the role, due to bad memories as a child of negatively being called "Olive Oyl" in grade school. She fortunately decided to take the role and performed admirably. Shelley also sings several songs in this film. The most famous ones would be "He's Large" and "He Needs Me" which also appeared in the film Punch Drunk Love.
As the 1980s rolled on, Shelley's career never slowed down. She appeared as a supporting actress in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits in 1981; she played "Susan Frankenstein" in Tim Burton's Frankenweenie , and co-starred in the hit comedy film Roxanne in 1987 starring Steve Martin. From 1982 to 1986, Shelley continued her filming career but from a different aspect. Since Shelley was 17, she had a collection of a variety of illustrated classic fairy tale books. During the making of Popeye, she showed her collection to Robin Williams. One particular fairy tale she showed Robin was "The Frog Prince". Picturing Robin as the real life Frog Prince, Shelley created Platypus Productions, her own production company. Shelley went to Showtime with the idea for airing a television program that was based on fairy tales. She produced Fairy Tale Theater which Showtime aired that was a hit television series that was based on several classic fairy tales. Fairy Tale Theatre was on television from 1982-1987. Each episode was a one-hour series and there were a total of twenty six episodes, all hosted by Shelley Duvall. Shelley also starred in four out of the twenty six episodes. In 1985, Ms. Duvall created Tall Tales and Legends that was aired for three years until it ended in 1988. Similar to Fairy Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends was also a one-hour series hosted, produced, and guest starred by Duvall. Although it only consisted of nine episodes, Shelley was nominated for an Emmy from the series. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Shelley discovered Think Entertainment; another production company which helped Shelley create more programs and movies that were made for television that aired on common cable channels. Shelley produced three more programs from these production companies that aired on Showtime: Nightmare Classics, Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Her Bedtime Stories program earned her a 2nd Emmy Nomination. Shelley sold Think Entertainment in 1993 and retired as a producer.
Shelley Duvall's later career found her a number of different roles. She appeared in the family comedy Home Fries in 1998 playing "Mrs. Jackson", Drew Barrymore's character's mother. Other comedic films Shelley appeared in were Suburban Commando in 1991, and Changing Habits in 1997. She also had cameos in several TV series' such as: Frasier, L.A. Law, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Wishbone, and several others. Shelley returned to the horror genre when she played "Martha Stewart" in The 4th Floor in 1999 and played the role of "Mrs. Stein" in Big Monster On Campus in 2000; which consisted of both the comedy and horror genre.
Since 2002, Shelley Duvall has not acted in any films, but lives a quiet and peaceful life in Blanco, Texas. She has lived in Blanco since 1994, after her home in Los Angeles got damaged by an earthquake. For the last couple years, there have been several rumors about Duvall being a "recluse" and not being in touch with reality. However, a recent interview in 2010 was conducted by MondoFilm VideoGuide that had heavy proof that Shelley is as normal and aware of reality as ever. She has also noted in this interview that she takes care of several animals at her home in Texas and writes a lot of poetry, and that returning to acting is always a possibility.
Jeremy Davies attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. He made his film debut starring in David O. Russell's acclaimed first film, the Indy classic, "Spanking the Monkey", which became a surprise Sundance Film Festival winner, earning Jeremy an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance.
Davies' portrayal of Tom Hanks' interpreter, 'Private Upham', in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film, "Saving Private Ryan" also earned him considerable critical acclaim and subsequent Oscar buzz.
Davies' other film credits include Steven Soderbergh's "Solaris", with George Clooney and Viola Davis; "Going All the Way" with Ben Affleck; "The Locusts" with Vince Vaughn; Wim Wenders' "Million Dollar Hotel"; Lars von Trier's acclaimed avant-garde films, "Dogville" and "Manderlay" with Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard; "Rescue Dawn" with Christian Bale and Steve Zahn, and directed by the legendary Werner Herzog; "Nell" with Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson; "Half Nelson" writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden's "It's Kind of a Funny Story"; "Guncrazy" with Drew Barrymore, and Jan de Bont's "Twister" with Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
In television, Davies was invited to join the cast of JJ Abram's groundbreaking show, "Lost", and soon after, his character, 'Daniel Faraday', quickly became an integral part of the "Lost" mythology and a favorite of critics and fans (to the extent that ABC began selling Faraday bobbleheads).
After "Lost", Davies joined Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and Margo Martindale on Graham Yost's acclaimed, Emmy winning FX show, "Justified", based on a short story by the great Elmore Leonard. Wildly against his better judgment, Yost generously granted Jeremy unusual freedom to develop the character of Mags Bennett's middle son, and Davies' subsequent ferocious and fragile Richard the Third-esque portrayal of Harlan, Kentucky outlaw 'Dickie Bennett' was so far removed from 'Daniel Faraday', his work earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor.
Davies' television work also includes the Emmy-honored HBO film, "The Laramie Project".
Davies was raised without television, and experienced a vividly nomadic (non-military brat), low-income childhood, growing up throughout the US and abroad, including Vermont, Seattle, Oregon, Kansas, Michigan, New Orleans, Latin America, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the Kingdom of California.
Emma Fuhrmann is an up and coming young talent with a deep body of work seldom seen in someone of her age. At just 9 years old she worked opposite Morgan Freeman in the Rob Reiner directed feature, "The Magic of Belle Isle", playing a girl who just wanted to learn more about imagination and where it comes from. She went on to star in a Warner Brothers/Happy Madison feature film, "Blended", with Drew Barrymore & Adam Sadler playing the quirky, deeply emotional middle daughter, Espn.
Emma's first big break came when award winning director, David Nutter, hired her for the role of "Sissy Peele" in the pilot episode of NBC/Bruckheimer's "Chase." From there, she booked the film "Are We Listening?" in which she was nominated as best actress in a short by the Gideon Film Festival. Soon followed a heavy guest star role in an episode of NBC's "Prime Suspect" as Amanda Patterson, the only witness to her parent's murder. Emma then took that huge leap in her career, booking the lead role in Rob Reiner's film, "The Magic Of Belle Isle" starring alongside Morgan Freeman & Virginia Madsen. She then went on to play a lead role in the Warner Brothers/Happy Madison film "Blended" as Espn, the emotional middle child of Adam Sandler. The movie filmed for 7 weeks in South Africa and released in May of 2014. The indie film "Lost in the Sun" starring Josh Duhamel and Lynn Collins released in the fall of 2015. Emma continues to pursue other film and television projects under the skilled direction of her team at Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.
Emma has made it her personal endeavor to encourage and support non-profit organizations tied to under-privileged youth, military families, and animals both domestic and international. She has partnered with Gentle Barn, The Humane Society of the United States, the Alzheimer's Association, Swim Today/USA Swimming, Brat Pack 11 and has been a part of several DoSomething.org campaigns.
Molly Shannon has successfully become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen.
Shannon was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, to Mary Margaret (Keating), a teacher, and James Francis Shannon, a sales manager. Her parents were both of Irish descent. She earned a BFA in drama from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
Prior to joining "SNL", Molly appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles in "The Rob and Molly Show", an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir. Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live, primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as "Mary Katherine Gallagher" and "Sally O'Malley". She is also praised for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky and Meredith Vieira.
Shannon starred as "Betty Lou Who" in Ron Howard's worldwide blockbuster, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and the title role in Paramount's hit comedy, Superstar, portraying everybody's favorite Catholic schoolgirl, "Mary Katherine Gallagher". Additionally, she also starred in the following feature films: A Night at the Roxbury, a spin-off of the popular head-bopping, nightclubbing brothers on Saturday Night Live; Warner Bros. comedy, Analyze This, opposite Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro; Todd Solondz's controversial Happiness; and Fox 2000's Never Been Kissed, opposite 'Drew Barrymore'; Good Boy!, a CGI-animated live-action comedy; My Boss's Daughter with Ashton Kutcher; Miramax's romantic comedy, Serendipity, opposite John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale; Osmosis Jones, the animated comedy co-starring Bill Murray; the independent feature film, Wet Hot American Summer, opposite Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce; and a featured cameo opposite Tim Allen in Disney's The Santa Clause 2.
Shannon's recent film credits include a cameo in Evan Almighty, the sequel to the hilarious comedy, Bruce Almighty, opposite Steve Carell; Keenen Ivory Wayans' Littleman; Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with Will Ferrell and an appearance in the box-office smash hit, Scary Movie 4. Molly's independent film credits include Sue Kramer's Gray Matters opposite Heather Graham and Bruce Leddy's Shut Up and Sing.
On television, Shannon has been seen opposite Christopher McDonald and Jason Schwartzman in the off-beat comedy series, Cracking Up, created by her Year of the Dog director, Mike White. Molly also starred in USA Networks original movie, The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve, and appeared in the remake of the classic musical, The Music Man, co-starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. Additional television guest appearances include memorable roles on Will & Grace, Sex and the City and Seinfeld, among many others.
Shannon returned to television in 2008, starring in the US version of the popular Australian sitcom, Kath & Kim, for NBC with Selma Blair. "Kath and Kim" earned a "Favorite New Comedy" nomination from the People's Choice Awards in its first season.
The very busy Shannon also lent her voice to Exodus Film Group's CG animated feature, Igor, a comedy that brought a new twist to the classic monster genre, along with Jeremy Piven, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese.
Shannon was also seen in the Lifetime Original movie, More of Me, playing multiple versions of an overwhelmed and overextended career woman who struggles to find balance in her roles as a wife, mother and working professional. In her most recent big screen appearance, Shannon starred in the quirky Paramount Vantage comedy, Year of the Dog, for writer-director Mike White.
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Alyvia Alyn Lind grew up in Los Angeles, and it is no wonder that at eight years old, the little blonde actress impresses any adult four times her age. "I have a lot of fun being an actress, but I also know how serious it is" is the exact attitude that has helped Alyvia land several recurring roles and six films. Alyvia is best known for her portrayal of the living legend, Dolly Parton, in the NBC Universal telefilm, "Coat of Many Colors." Aly was recognized by the prestigious Critics' Choice Awards by being nominated for best actress alongside Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Kirsten Dunst, and she was also nominated and won the Movieguide's Grace Award for Best Actress. Not only did the MOW break records with 18.6 million viewers, which made COMC the highest-rated movie or miniseries on the broadcast networks in six years, the film walked away with numerous awards, including The Tex Ritter Award and the coveted Epiphany Prize given by the Movieguide Awards. One of Alyvia's favorite parts of working on the film was singing her solos, and recording "Angel Hill" an original duet with Dolly Parton. Alyvia is also known for the much publicized, campy Lifetime movie, "A Deadly Adoption" where she had the time of her life playing Will Ferrell's and Kristen Wiig's kidnapped daughter. The young actress can be seen in the Warner Bros. film "Blended" alongside Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Bella Thorne. Alyvia plays the precocious and sweet 'Lou Friedman,' the youngest daughter of Sandler. Alyvia got her start on the hit ABC series "Revenge" as the five-year-old Amanda Clarke. She can be seen in the television daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" as 'Faith Newman,' as well as the sweet but wisecracking 'Charlotte' on the Nick @ Nite comedy "See Dad Run" with Scott Baio. Alyvia appeared on the big screen in Dimension Film's "Dark Skies" (2013) with Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton. Last year she was seen in Universal Pictures' "Mockingbird," a thriller starring Spencer List and Audrey Marie Anderson ("Arrow" and "The Unit") and the feature film "Shangri-La Suite" opposite Ashley Greene and Emily Browning in which Alyvia portrays Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Currently, Alyvia is juggling two series, recurring on the hit Amazon show "Transparent" as Gracie, and also the critically acclaimed "Masters of Sex" for Showtime, playing Masters' daughter. She also recently wrapped the TNT period pilot "Miami Project" for Michael Bay, squeezed in a guest appearance on the comedy "Teachers" playing Annika, a foreign exchange student (she learned to speak Swedish for the role), and just finished working with some of her favorite Disney actors on "Gamers Guide" playing a trash talking gamer. Alyvia grew up with two older sisters, Natalie and Emily, (both actresses)
Tyson Ritter is the lead vocalist and bass guitarist of The All American Rejects, a model and an actor.
Growing up, Ritter lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His early love for the stage took him to the local Town And Gown theatre where he played everything from Conrad Birdie to The Cowardly Lion. It was a bass guitar and his unique voice that ultimately took him away from home and around the world playing to millions. After over a decade of doing so, he has recently returned to his love for acting.
Tyson made his debut film performance in the Anna Faris comedy, 'the House Bunny' and his debut TV performance guest starring in an episode of "House". Most recently he appeared in the feature film "Love & Mercy" based on the life of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson starring Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, & John Cusack, in addition to doing a 2 season arc on NBC's "Parenthood" and a recurring role in the Amazon series "Betas." Tyson just wrapped shooting Catherine Hardwicke's Miss You Already starring Toni Colette and Drew Barrymore.
Evan Williams was born in Alberta, Canada, and spent most of his childhood in Calgary. He credits his father, an engineer, and his mother, a professional artist, for their generosity in supporting him as he sought out his own creative outlet. He performed first in choir and musical theater productions with the local church, traveling to Moscow as part of a street performance troupe. Evan began to think seriously about a career in acting after being cast as the title role in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in high school. He then joined the Summerstock Conservatory where he performed a number of musicals in downtown Calgary, and was the recipient of the Phyllis Pope Award for Best Performance for his portrayal of the eccentric Rabbi in 'Fiddler On the Roof' in 2004. A graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, Evan gained recognition internationally on 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' in the role of Kelly Ashoona. In addition, Evan has appeared in a number of popular television shows including 'The Border', 'Instant Star', and 'Being Erica' as well as appearing in films such as "A Flesh Offering" and HBO's "Grey Gardens" in which he appears alongside Drew Barrymore. Evan starred as Baxter McNab in the series 'Baxter' which is set in a performing arts high school, allowing Evan to display some of his musical ability both vocally and on the piano/guitar. Evan was also the lead in Hallmark Channel's "The National Tree" appearing opposite Andrew McCarthy. On the stage, Evan has most recently starred as Chet in Sam Shepard's "Cowboys #2" with the Candles Are For Burning Co-op. Evan currently resides in Los Angeles.
Luna Blaise was born October 1, 2001 in Los Angeles. She was born on the Eve of The Harvest Full Moon. Her father, Director Paul Boyd is from Glasgow, Scotland. Her Mother Angelyna Martinez hails from Texas and is of Hispanic decent. She started working professionally at the age of 5 doing commercials and modeling, working on many advertising campaigns for brands that included McDonalds, KFC, Dunkin Hines, Target, Gap, Juicy Couture just to name a few. From a very early age her parents and family friends observed that Luna had a natural love for acting. From the time she could talk she was always orchestrating story lines and creating exciting characters to bring to life. She has always loved to dress-up and engaged in dramatic play. Her breakthrough in film came in 2013 when she was cast as Nina in the Independent film "Memoria" based on the Palo Alto short stories by James Franco, Franco also serves as Executive Producer. In 2014 Luna made her network television debut on ABC's critically acclaimed comedy "Fresh Off The Boat" in the recurring role of Nicole. The sassy next door neighbor of The Huang Family. Her favorite thing to do is watch films from the trailers, to behind the scenes, making of, directors commentary and of course the movie it self. Luna aspires to work with Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Drew Barrymore.
A graduate of NYC's Professional Performing Arts High School, Iacono is best known for his portrayal of the title character on MTV's, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger."
Iacono was first featured on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," after she discovered his unique talents for impersonating Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman, at age 8.
Starting out as child actor in the NYC theater scene, Paul has appeared in over 100 theatrical productions, including Noël Coward's "Sail Away" at Carnegie Hall with Elaine Stritch and Marian Seldes, "Mame" opposite Christine Ebersole at the Papermill Play House and John Guare's "Landscape of the Body" at Signature Theater with Lili Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott.
On the big screen, Paul starred in MGM's remake of "Fame," "No God, No Master" with David Strathairn and Darren Stein's teen comedy, "G.B.F." Upcoming films include Drew Barrymore's, "Animal," "Rhymes with Banana" with Zosia Mamet and Judith Light, and "Unreachable By Conventional Means," with Alexandra Daddario and Tovah Feldshuh.
As a creator, Paul wrote and produced the NY play, "Prince/Elizabeth," and is in development on his second pilot, "GIF'ted."
Paul is a Leukemia survivor, having been diagnosed in 1997. He works closely with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helping raise hope and awareness for the disease.
Iacono is openly gay and a major LGBTQ activist, having publicly come out in Michael Musto's Village Voice Column in April 2012. He was named one of OUT Magazine's 100 most influential gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people for 2013.
Wielding a fiery personality with hair and wits to match, actress Nicole Laliberte marches to the beat of her own drum and continues to find herself exactly where she's supposed to be.
Getting her start at the tender age of 12, Nicole moved from her upstate New York hometown to Manhattan on a scholarship to the School of American Ballet. Introduced to Warhol associate Paul Morrissey through her manager, she was cast in his classic film "News From Nowhere," giving Nicole her first Venice Film Festival experience. Another introduction, this time to notable director Gregg Araki, lead to a role in the widely acclaimed "Kaboom," leading her to both Cannes and cult status. Extensive television and film credits followed including turns in 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Rescue Me,' ' Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'The Mentalist,' 'CSI,' "Zoolander," "Dinner For Schmucks," "Shouting Secrets" and "Nous York." Nicole's career gained steam with the high-profile role of hipster vixen Lulu on the HBO Original Series 'How to Make It in America' and she was most recently featured on Showtime's smash hit 'Dexter' as the mysterious Arlene Shram.
She will next appear in the film "Girls Against Boys," out in February. In it she portrays serial killer Lu. Lu who, alongside naïve college student Shae, helps plot revenge on the men that have abused them. The controversial thriller made the festival circuit rounds, playing the South by Southwest Film Festival and Sitges. Picked up by Anchor Bay Films, it was one of the first distribution deals at SXSW and has been cited as being both "provocative" and "stylish."
Nicole has a long love of fashion and has been shot by such acclaimed photographers as David LaChapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier to name a few, and has been featured in publications ranging from Vogue to Interview. Just last year she was photographed by Drew Barrymore for a V Magazine portfolio. Modeling since her teens, she has appeared in campaigns for Coach, L'Oreal, Maybelline and Ready to Wear designer Christian Siriano.
She also possesses a flair for music. Signed to the label Chrysalis as a teenager, she turned her focus to other artistic pursuits before returning to her passion. She is presently recording in Los Angeles, where she currently resides.
Born in Hollywood, Florida, Nathalie moved to New York to begin her professional career on Broadway in Les Miserables. She attended Professional Children's School and NYU. She went on to act in three Broadway productions most notably replacing Natalie Portman as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank after a nationwide search at the age of 13. She played Young Alma in Summer and Smoke opposite Jesse Eisenberg to critical acclaim and was awarded best dramatic actress in the New Jersey Star Ledger as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Her television roles include All My Children's Bianca Montgomery in the critically acclaimed anorexia storyline and the recurring role of Sunny in John Wells' Third Watch with Bobby Cannavale. Notable film credits include Larry Clark's Bully, with Michael Pitt, Nick Stahl, and Kelli Garner, Vadim Perelman's The Life Before Her Eyes with Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, and Bringing Rain with Adrian Grenier.
Nathalie originated the role of Monica in John Guare's Lake Hollywood at The Signature Theatre and Matryosha in Elizabeth Egloff's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Devils at New York Theatre Workshop. She had the honor of playing Frankie Addams in The Member of the Wedding to opening night guest Julie Harris at The Ford's Theatre.
Known to top casting directors in NY and LA, Nathalie has also had the privilege of being cast in film readings with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Slattery, Hugh Grant, and Drew Barrymore. Her favorite experience thus far was when the late Mali Finn included her audition reel in the top 10 for James Cameron for the lead role in a project called Battle Angel which later became Avatar.
In addition to acting, Nathalie is a trained singer and has been coached by some of NYC's best vocal coaches including Liz Caplan and privately at The Metropolitan Opera. She was vocal soloist with the Boca Pops and sang at the MTV Music Awards with Michael Jackson. She has studied dance at The School of American Ballet and Broadway Dance.
Majoring in Philosophy, but drawn to the theater, Jude began acting at Brown University in 1968, under the tutelage of James O. Barnhill. Upon graduation, and before charting his course, he did two years of social work at the Department of social Services in Albany, New York. In 1971 he headed for Graduate School, and after receiving an MFA in Acting from Temple University in 1973, studying with Arthur Wagner and Joel Friedman, he spent a number of years performing on stage locally in Philadelphia; at Temple University, The Philadelphia Company, Etage, The Hal Prince Theater at Penn, Back Stage at the Annenberg Center ( a group which he co-founded), and in a number of Frank Roberts' historical productions-all the time earning his keep as a stage hand at the Annenberg Center and with the IA. He also performed at the Brown University Summer Theater (which he co-founded in 1969) and at Penn State University. In these years the roles included, among others, Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Teach in "American Buffalo," Roat in "Wait Until Dark," Lenny in "The Homecoming," The Gentleman Caller in "The Glass Menagerie," Benson in "The Happiness Cage," and Green Eyes in "Deathwatch." At nights The Head House Tavern provided Jude with a musical venue, where he developed his singing and song writing skills on the cobbled streets of Second and Pine in the Society Hill section of Philly. Jude finally arrived in NYC for keeps with $1500.00 in his pocket and all of his union cards in the Fall of 1981. He did the usual stints in the "showcase" world, got agent representation, and embarked on the professional actor's journey. He was fortunate to study with Curt Dempster and become a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, where he performed in many readings and shows, including pieces by David Mamet, Jim Ryan, and Earnest Thompson in the popular yearly Marathons. Later on, in the mid 90's, Jude would be invited to be a member of The Actors Studio, where, in doing scene work, he would gain valuable thespic insight from Arthur Penn, Frank Corsaro, and Estelle Parsons. Supporting himself by moving furniture (on call 7 days a week), and after countless auditions, he finally began to get paid as an actor---in commercials. His first actual union theater job as an actor in NYC was as an understudy in "Yellow Fever" at the Pan Asian Repertory Company in the summer of 1983. Then in 1985 he was cast as Ellis in Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class," with Kathy Bates. This proved to be a huge grass roots hit, and led to work on TV in "The Equalizer, the pilot "Police Brass" (with Carroll O'Connor), and the movie of the week "Out Of The Darkness" (with Martin Sheen). It was the mid-eighties, and Jude began to work regularly at this point. Films started to come. After small roles in "Shakedown" (with Peter Weller) and in Nicholas Roeg's "Insignificance," he had significant parts in "Critical Condition" (with Richard Pryor) and in John Sayles' "City Of Hope." In between continuous TV work ,which included, among other shows, "Spenser For Hire," movie of the weeks "With Murder In Mind" (with Elizabeth Montgomery), "Inflammable" (with Kris Kristofferson and Marg Helgenberger), "Alone In The Neon Jungle" ( with Suzanne Pleshette), "Harrison" (with Edward Woodward), "Janek" ( with Richard Crenna), three episodes of "Law And Order," "Dellaventura" (with Danny Aiello), the pilot "It's True" ( in which he co-starred with Dean Stockwell), "Walker: Texas Ranger," "Martial Law," "100 Center Street," "The Others," "ER," and "The Agency," some exciting film opportunities also presented themselves. Jude worked with Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross," with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," with Drew Barrymore in "Mad Love" and "Boys On The Side" (also including Mary Louise Parker), with Andy Garcia in Sidney Lumet's "Night Falls On Manhattan," with Bruce Willis in "Mercury Rising," and in Jonathan Demme's "Beloved" (with Danny Glover). Before heading to LA at the millennium's end, Jude had appeared in a number of rewarding New York Stage productions, which included Gary Richards' "The Root" (directed by Matt Penn) at the Atlantic Theater company, David Rabe's "Those The River Keeps" (with Paul Guilfoyle and Annabella Sciorra and directed by Mr. Rabe), Richard Dresser's "Below The Belt" (with Judd Hirsch and Robert Sean Leonard and directed by Gloria Muzio), the Signature Theater Company's production of "Curse Of The Starving Class" (playing Weston this time), and "Jersy City" (directed by Risa Bramon). Business continued to be kind at the turn of the century. Some fabulous Big Screen work opened up for him, along with some very significant TV work. "24" gave him the part of Chief of Staff Mike Novick, one of the iconic characters on the very popular show. He also played the SECNAV on "NCIS" with Mark Harmon and the principal in Chis Rock's "Everbody Hates Chris." Among other shows, he guest starred on "The Guardian," "Medium," "CSI," "CSI New York," "NYPD Blue," "House," "The Mentalist," "Monk," "Life," "Burn Notice," "Detroit 187," "Body Of Proof," "Boston Legal," "Prison Break," "Touch," and the TV movies "Codebreakers" (with Scott Glenn) and "Perfect Day" (with Rob Lowe). Films included Carl Franklin's "High Crimes" (with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd), "Star Trk: Nemesis" (with Tom Hardy), Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" (with Bruce Willis), Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate" (with Meryl Streep), Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" (with Nicholas Cage), Steven Spielberg's "Terminal" (with Tom Hanks), Chris Rock's "Head Of State," and Joel Schumacher's "Flawless" (with Robert DeNiro). Jude has also remained on stage on the west coast. Having co-founded "The Eumenides Group" with friend Bill Bolender, he has performed leads in John Tuttle's "Drift," Richard Dresser's "The Pusuit Of Happiness," and Steve Tesich's "The Speed Of Darkness," all plays directed by the talented Mr. Bolender. Jude also co-produced a production of Laura Maria Censabella's "Last Call" with the Pacific Resident Theater. This was later made into an award winning short (best film, best director, best actress (Dana Dewes) and two best actor awards for Jude) directed by Robert Bailey. Jude serves on the Board of Directors of the exciting Whitmore Eclectic Theater. Recent film work includes the co-lead in the cult horror flick "Serving Up Richard" (with Ross McCall), "Event 15" (with James Frain), "Mentryville" (with Danny Glover), "Julia" (with the Tilda Swinton), "The Babymakers," and the sequel to Frank Miller's "Sin City," "Sin City 2: A Dame To Die For," where Jude returns as Liebowitz. He also worked with director Jon Avnet on the web series "Susanna," with Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace. In Los Angeles Jude keeps himself artistically fortified with regular attendance at Lou Antonio's sessions at The Actors Studio. He has also produced a fourth original CD in LA, with plans for another one in 2014. His band is one of the most popular at Viva Cantina in Burbank. Jude likes to say that they play the soundtrack of his life the music he grew up with. Including ace musicians Candy Chase, Doug Livingston, Craig Stull, and band leader Bill Severance, there are occasional well received guest appearances by The Hormones (Sylva Kelegian and Cathy G), John "not of this earth" Timmons, and Ethan John Phillips. Jude is married to the beautiful and talented actress Sylva Kelegian.
|Kyle Red Silverstein
Even before costarring with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in Warner Brothers' Memorial Day comedy Blended, Kyle Silverstein was a film and television veteran. Probably best known for his portrayal of Ethan Dawson on Grey's Anatomy, Kyle's many other credits include Happy Endings, From the Shadows, Cold Case, and his breakthrough role as Jona on House.
Kyle began his career at age two, when he landed a job with BabyStyle magazine, and has appeared in more than twenty commercials for Apple Computer, Eggo Waffles, McDonalds, Volkswagen and numerous others.
Kyle lives in Sherman Oaks, California, with his parents, his sister Lily, and his dogs Bob Marley and Buster. Besides achieving a perfect score on the California State Standards Test in math, his interests include the Rise Above Theater Movement, soccer, boogie boarding, playing bass guitar and clarinet, and hanging out with his friends.
Since shooting Blended, Kyle now has a new passion. While on location with the movie in South Africa, Kyle and the other cast members got to go on safari, and learned about the many species being threatened by poachers and the environment. Kyle now supports the Los Angeles Zoo Keepers Association and will participate in their annual "Bowling for Rhinos" event this May, which raises money to protect endangered African rhinos.
With over 30 movies and TV credits to her name, Simona Fusco has graced the covers of countless magazines worldwide and has been described as "Hollywood's new IT Girl", by the New York Post, "A modern day Bo Derek", by Esquire magazine, "Blonde Bombshell" by Maxim, "Golden Goddess" by People magazine and "The most spectacular looking Blonde since Marilyn Monroe", by Beverly Hills magazine, etc.
Simona recently added film producing to her credits with the movie Beverly Hills Christmas starring Dean Cain scheduled for release Christmas 2015.
Not only a silver screen beauty, film producer and cover-girl, Simona is also an award winning business owner. In 2012, Simona was presented and honored, among other honorees, dignitaries and royalty, by the Mayor of Los Angeles Mr. Eric Garcetti, with a Global Excellence Award in Women's Entrepreneurship. Simona was recognized as a Prominent Business Woman and World Renowned Entrepreneur of the year for her achievements with her company Perfect 12(TM) Introductions. Perfect 12 is an executive matchmaking and personal recruiting firm based in Beverly Hills, CA.
Simona was born in Milan, Italy, the fashion mecca of the world. It wasn't long before talent scouts and agents took notice of this classic beauty and at the very young age of 8 Simona started modeling and acting. Following her success in Europe, at the tender age of 14 Simona moved to Los Angeles to continue her career as a model and actress. At 21 Simona was discovered by the late legendary Starmaker Jay Bernstein, who was known for discovering beautiful blonde icons such as Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Linda Evans, Heather Locklear, Mary Hart, Pamela Anderson, Drew Barrymore, and hundreds more.
Simona's passions include philanthropy, real estate, horses and exotic cars.
Joe Dallesandro's still hangin' . . . after battles with drug addiction and alcohol, brushes with the law, three broken marriages and numerous love affairs, plus the suicide of his only sibling Bob. One of the most beautifully photographed wild guys to come out of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey "Factory" era, the slight and slightly androgynous Dallesandro became an improbable pioneer of the male sexual revolution and the first film actor to be glorified as a nude sex symbol. The Morrissey/Warhol movies were known for their bizarre, amateur standing, yet Joe and his completely uninhibited, walk-on-the-wild-side demeanor managed to hold an entire underground audience captive. Joe's dangerous street mentality and raw erotic power became a definitive turn-on to both gay and straight audiences and his fame eventually filtered somewhat into the mainstream.
Born humbly as Joseph Angelo D'Alessandro III in Pensacola (located on Florida's panhandle) on New Year's Eve in 1948, his parents, Joe II and Thelma, were teenagers when Joe was born; his father was a Navy man stationed there and his mother had a wild streak of her own. Joe (then age 5) and younger brother Robert were placed into a New York adoption facility after Thelma was given a five-year prison sentence for auto theft and the father decided he was unable to care for them alone. Brought up in a series of foster homes, Joe became notorious for his delinquent behavior at school -- which was often ignited by his short stature and even shorter temper. Frequent runaways, he and his brother eventually returned to live with their grandparents but Joe quickly drifted towards a life of crime (thievery, burglary, etc.) via his association with street gangs.
At 15 "Little Joe" was caught stealing a car and sentenced to a juvenile rehab facility in New York's Catskill Mountains. During this time he started his famous "Little Joe" tattoo body markings. He escaped from the facility and lived a nomadic life in Mexico for a time before returning to the US (Los Angeles), where he gained unexpected acceptance in the California gay scene. The wanderlust teen found it profitable to exploit his sulky good looks and smoothly-muscled physique by posing nude for various photographers in the mid-'60s. Sometimes billed as "Joe Catano", Dallesandro hit many of the underground studios in both California and New York, working most notably for Robert Henry Mizer, who founded the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), and Bruce Bellas, aka Bruce of Los Angeles. A little magazine called Physique Pictorial, which was passed off as a bodybuilding publication, was, in truth, geared heavily toward its gay subscribers. Many were clients of Mizer, who photographed thousands of buff young men (some even out-of-work military servicemen) in various stages of undress from 1945-1993. Joe became Mizer's most famous model and can be seen featured in Thom Fitzgerald's docudrama Beefcake, which chronicles the Mizer AMG era.
Back in New York during the summer of 1967, the 18-year-old, while visiting a friend in Greenwich Village, was invited to sit in and watch Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey shooting an impromptu marathon movie in Warhol's building apartment. Morrissey's camera quickly found its way toward the ambivalent, good-looking Joe and the rest is history. Joe wound up shooting a wrestling scene with another guy clad only in his underwear. A year later that 23-minute footage found its way into The Loves of Ondine, an 86-minute mishmosh of Warhol's eccentric ideas. Joe's image in his jockey shorts was used for the primary ads in The Village Voice. The movie, which featured his extended improvised wrestling scene, was reviewed by Variety and Joe himself, surprisingly, received raves for his charismatic good looks and natural acting ability, and was touted as a possible legit performer.
Young Dallesandro instead became Morrissey's protégé. Although Joe displayed beefcake appeal in Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys, which was investigated by the FBI for rumors of an on-screen rape, and San Diego Surf, the only Warhol feature film never released, it was Morrissey's film trilogy that led to Joe's subsequent idol worship. The first, Flesh, placed Joe front-and-center as a male hustler á la Midnight Cowboy. Intended for female and gay audiences, Joe hit counterculture fame as the first actor to offer extensive full-frontal nudity and the movie also managed to filter successfully out to mainstream audiences.
Morrissey's second feature, Trash, was anointed a "masterpiece" and "best film of the year" by none other than Rolling Stone magazine. In it Little Joe plays a heroin junkie living in New York squalor with girlfriend Holly Woodlawn (Warhol's well-known transvestite actress). The last of Morrissey's trilogy, Heat takes place in the vicinity of L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard with a long, pony-tailed Joe as a cold-hearted ex-child star who beds down everyone, including seamy "Midnight Cowboy" actress Sylvia Miles and her lesbian daughter, in order to resuscitate his long-dormant career. This attention led to Joe's making the cover of Rolling Stone in April 1971. He was also photographed by some of the top celebrity photographers of the time, including Francesco Scavullo, and Richard Avedon. Singer/songwriter Lou Reed utilized Little Joe's identity in his pop hit "Walk on the Wild Side". In Europe Morrisey's films were praised even more, while Dallesandro was placed on an erotic pedestal.
Acting pay was practically non-existent so Dallesandro, now a husband (to wife Leslie, who was the daughter of one of his dad's girlfriends) and father (their son Michael), received "Factory" pay by answering phones, checking in and checking out film prints, acting as a projectionist, handling security and even running the building's elevator. Morrissey's hot trilogy was followed by the European cult films Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula, both eclectic X-rated blood spillers and ultimate cult items.
Tired of being just a gear in the Factory machinery, Joe stayed on in Europe after filming the two 1974 gorefests and decided to see if his Warhol Superstar status could trigger foreign box-office career a la the recently transported Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. Joe made 18 feature films overseas throughout the rest of the 1970s. They were a mixture of styles: the sex-farce One Woman's Lover; the gritty, grimy crime yarn The Climber ["The Climber"]; _Louis Malle's adult version of Alice in Wonderland, Black Moon; La marge ["The Streetwalker"] co-starring softcore erotica star Sylvia Kristel; the sexually taunting Madness as a car thief-turned hostage taker; Jacques Rivette's surrealistic Merry-Go-Round; Nocturnal Uproar ["Nocturnal Uproar"] as a self-absorbed actor; and Queen Lear, a Franco-Swiss co-production in which he plays a bisexual.
The best of Joe's European films, and his personal favorite, is the sexually-charged Je t'aime moi non plus ["I Love You, I Don't"], Serge Gainsbourg's film wherein he plays a gay garbage truck driver who has the hots for a very boyish café waitress Jane Birkin (Gainsbourg's wife at the time).
Returning to the States in 1980, Joe's work became more erratic than erotic, but some of his roles have earned a bit of attention. More noteworthy was his gangster Lucky Luciano in Francis Ford Coppola"s The Cotton Club; another gangster in the Bruce Willis starrer Sunset; his religious zealot in John Waters' mainstream Cry-Baby; his psychotic paratrooper in Private War; his trailer park scum who lusts after 'Drew Barrymore' in Guncrazy; his sleazy photographer in _L.A. Without A Map (1998)_, and his brain-damaged hit man in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey. On TV he made standard guest appearances on such popular shows as Miami Vice, Wiseguy and Matlock.
The Teddy Award, an honor recognizing those filmmakers and artists who have contributed to the further acceptance of LGBT lifestyles, culture, and artistic vision, was awarded to Joe in February of 2009. A biography, "Little Joe: Superstar" by Michael Ferguson was released earlier in 2001 and a filmed documentary, Little Joe, has been released with Joe serving as writer and producer. The thrice-married and divorced actor has two sons, Michael and Joe, Jr. Glimpsed here and there these days, he later managed a hotel in the Hollywood area.
Began her career directing music videos for acts like Tone Loc, Depeche Mode, NWA and Sonic Youth and made her first feature in 92 with Guncrazy starring Drew Barrymore. Ms Barrymore received a Golden Globe Nomination. She then went on to direct feature films starring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle and Britney Spears. After having 2 kids with her husband Mike D of the Beastie Boys she started a career in Network Television and has a popular online web show. A documentary feature film she is directing about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat will be released early 2010.
|John Drew Barrymore
American actor with a sporadic career, the son of stage and screen legend John Barrymore. His father and mother, actress Dolores Costello divorced in his infancy and he claimed to remember seeing his father only once. His mother attempted to keep him from the acting life, sending him to St. John's Military Academy and intending that he attend college. But young Barrymore rebelled and signed a movie contract at 17. He chose not to apprentice in the theatre in small roles, leaping blindly into leading roles then bailing out of them at least twice before ever managing to make his stage debut. Although his family, especially his aunt Ethel Barrymore, was humiliated by the embarrassment these failures brought to the Barrymore name, he received encouragement from them as well. His rebellious nature began to cause him great personal and professional difficulty. He had repeated scrapes with the law and was jailed numerous times for drunkenness and spousal abuse. (He had married actress Cara Williams.) In 1958 he changed his name to John Drew Barrymore and had a brief resurgence in film, appearing in leading roles in several not completely uninteresting projects. But his social behavior continued to derail any professional progress and he had further incarcerations in the Sixties for drug activity. Although he continued to appear occasionally onscreen, he became more and more reclusive, eventually disappearing into the wilderness to live a mystical existence that has also been described as derelict. He was long estranged from his family, including his son John Blyth Barrymore (who has repeated many of his father's career and personal patterns) and daughter, actress Drew Barrymore.
Sara Downing was born in Washington D.C. then moved around quite a bit, from Los Angeles to Virginia, to San Francisco, then to Boise, Idaho. She started acting at the early age of 7 in Shakespeare festivals and local plays. In 11th grade she met a model scout and soon after meeting her went to IMTA and won model of the year, she immediately left for New York with Ford modeling agency. In New York she landed her first acting job, a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercial, then she took off to model around the world. On her way to Japan in 1999, she stopped off in LA for a couple of days and auditioned for a film called Never been Kissed, then left for Japan. Soon after she got to Japan she got a callback to meet with Drew Barrymore and flew back to LA immediately. She got the job.
With that, she decided to move to LA and start working on that coast. She guest-starred in Boy Meets World, Titus, The Army show, then she started a film called Wishcraft. While filming this movie she got a recurring role on the show Roswell as the alien "Courtney". She filmed both projects simultaneously. While still filming Roswell, she was cast in a new WB show from the writers and producers of High Fidelity and Gross Pointe Blank called Dead Last, in which she played a rocker named "Jane Cahill". When Dead Last had completed shooting 13 episodes she flew to Bulgaria to film two movies back to back, one of them, Hard Cash, also starred Val Kilmer, Christian Slater and Daryl Hannah. Upon returning home she took some time off and traveled around the U.S. with some friends. When she got back she flew to West Virginia to star in an independent film called Burning Annie, a college age comedy in which she played the "Annie" role of "Julie". When she finished filming she booked a guest-starring role on Smallville as "Jessie Brooks" in the memorable episode when Clark Kent goes bad. Then went on to Toolbox Murders, directed by Tobe Hooper who directed the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She played "Saffron Kirby" the druggie rocker neighbor who "hangs around her apartment." She just finished an independent film shot in Tennessee which is currently untitled. She played the lead character Kate Bender, a smart sexy con artist. The story took place in 1948 in which she plays opposite John Savage, Jeremy London, Max Kasch and Billy Burke.
Trenton was born on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and moved to Los Angeles in 2005. He got his start when he was 4 &1/2 years old acting in student films at NYU film school. In 2007 Trenton has filmed Pilots, TV episodes, National commercials, National Print ad, Radio Ad's, worked on Animated Features for Disney. Trenton has filmed 3 feature films , "He's Just Not That Into You" with Jennifer Anniston, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore, "Opposite Day" with Pauley Shore, "Babysitters Beware" with Danny Trejo, Rico Rodriguez and Dee Wallace. He worked in voiceover on many Disney projects including the voice of Leo the team leader in "Lil Einstein" as well as his pride and joy being able to voice "Charlie Brown and Schroeder in the new animation "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown". Trenton is so happy to join the Shultz legacy by being involve with such a classic children's animated icon.
When Trenton is not working he stays busy with school and many extra curricular activities He is a black belt in karate, loves to swim, play soccer, skateboard and bike, reads every book he finds, enjoys singing, music, hip-hop, gymnastics, mimics all types of characters, and playing with his friends. Trenton has been doing his own writing and filming as a hobby and hopes to be a director and producer himself one day.
He loves to read and is favorite books are the Harry Potter Series as well as Percy Jackson and his favorite movie of all time is "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"(he hopes to meet Steven Spielberg one day). He loves living in Los Angeles and taking advantage of all the wonderful cultural activities the city has to offer(not to mention also taking advantage of all the great theme parks and festivals as well).
Most recently seen in the blockbuster film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Canadian born actor, Chad Todhunter, began his career as a member of the Vancouver Youth Theatre. Whether on stage, television or the big screen, Todhunter has been working steadily in the entertainment industry since the age of thirteen. Best known for his portrayal of Cody, actress Lacey Chabert's love interest on Fox's "Party of Five", Chad has guest starred on most of today's hit dramas. He has been seen in more than thirty television shows including Showtime's "Dexter", opposite Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow, CBS' "The Mentalist", "NCIS", "CSI: NY", "Shark", and "Without a Trace". Chad was a series regular on NBC's "LAX" and played opposite Jimmy Smits in the CBS series "Cane". In addition to his work on television, Chad has also starred in the feature films "Never Been Kissed", with Drew Barrymore, and "Brokedown Palace" with Claire Danes and Paul Walker. The film "What's Cooking," in which he starred along with Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Chad starred in the successful horror film, "Penny Dreadful", part of the inaugural "8 Films to Die For" series. Todhunter was featured as the sociopath UNSUB, Greg Phinney, on the CBS series "Criminal Minds". While portraying Cole Phelphs' former friend and key antagonist, Courtney Sheldon, in the recently released video game "LA Noire" for Rockstar Games, Chad can also be seen in a recurring role on the hit HBO series "True Blood".
|Vincent De Paul
Vincent De Paul was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a mortuary scientist and owned funeral homes in Maryland. His mother, a Maryland socialite, dedicated her time to Chairing committees for the March of Dimes, Children with Birth Defects and Relief to Earthquake victims in Naples. De Paul's acting career began with his first role as Beowolf, in one of the oldest Scandinavian epics. De Paul is a Miami, New York, Los Angeles bi-coastal film and television actor. He's been in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland (Studying Epidemiology, Biomedical ethics and Bio statistics), Vincent De Paul moved to Miami Beach to work at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. While working at the Miami Beach Hospital he was discovered and began doing fashion shows for the late Gianni Versace . www.vincentdepaul1.com Represented by Wilhelmina Creative, Vincent has worked internationally and has appeared, and been interviewed in, numerous magazines including, GQ, Vogue (Spain), Cosmopolitan (Greece, Spain, Poland, Russia) 8 covers of Men's Health (Peru, Ecuador, USA edicion en Espanol, Mexico, & Columbia), Men's Exercise, Vanidades, Complot and Metrosource magazine. Vincent has been featured in the following Campaigns worldwide, L'Oreal (France) w/Stephanie Seymour directed by Patrick Dermachelier, El Corte Inglese (Spain with Ricky Martin, Christian Dior (Latin America) Oscar De la Renta (Mexico) and FUJI (Mexico) Avon Campaign USA, Guy La Roche Campaign (USA & Canada). His film career spans more than a decade. The first feature film was Hairspray in which he played one of the original Corny Collins Dancers (Dir. John Waters), Riding in Cars with Boys with Drew Barrymore as a Line Backer directed by Penny Marshall. His TV career includes appearances on West Wing, Frasier, Charmed, Sex in the City, HBO's Six Feet Under as a Hollywood junkie snorting the ashes of his best friend, and most recently appeared on NBC's Medical Investigation. He has re-occurred for the last 4 years on As The World Turns as Charlie the Bartender at the Metro. He has served on the Audrey Hepburn Red Rose Award committee with Sean Hepburn Ferrar. He volunteers his time at the House of Camillus for battered women.
Emma Jane Fletcher was born in London, England. She was raised by her maternal grandparents and occasionally found herself in the care of her baby-sitter, the popular Irish singer Dana. Her birth mother was a model for Christian Dior, whilst her father was a member of the band The Gobbledegooks. The band found success in the 60's with a number of chart hits and toured as support act to the legendary soul singer Dusty Springfield and also to The Rolling Stones at The Royal Albert Hall.
Born into a show-business dynasty (her cousins are actor Warren Mitchell Till Death do us Part and In Sickness and in Health and writer Ronald Wolfe, On the Buses and The Rag Trade, her uncle Martin Drew was the drummer in Ronnie Scott's quintet and her great-uncle married legend Josephine Baker), Emma was bitten by the acting bug from a young age and became inspired by the art of performing early in life. From the age of five, she became actively involved with amateur dramatics, acting and singing and was later classically trained in piano.
Emma's career in the public eye started as a teenager, with a successful modelling career. Modelling various shoots for Cosmopolitan photographer Angelo Valentino and for the TV show The Clothes Show, she also appeared on the catwalk in the prestigious London department store Selfridges and at The Ministry of Sound, in conjunction with Flame Modes, Scene and OK! Magazines and Sky TV, alongside FHM's super-model, Lucy Becker. Emma recently modeled for a calendar shoot for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Firefighters' Benevolent Fund.
She later went on to train at the prestigious acting school East 15, on their classical theatre course. Immediately after graduating in October 2006, Emma understudied for both Sabina Franklyn (Full House) and Sarah Manners (Moving Wallpaper and the The Bill), in a national tour of Ian Dickens' production of The Decorator starring Leslie Grantham (EastEnders).
After The Decorator Emma was offered her first commercial, becoming the face of the advertising campaign for Activia Yoghurt in the UK, alongside British presenter Nell McAndrew. On the back of this advert, she found herself being offered a number of acting roles and it wasn't long before she started carrying out many high profile productions, both on stage and in film.
Since this time, her theatre credits include: the lead of Elfriede Geiringer at London's famous Criterion Theatre and UK tour of the award winning play And then they came for me - Remembering the World of Anne Frank. This production of the show, which was directed by politician Nic Careem in association with Anne Frank's stepsister Doctor Eva Schloss, was the first theatre production to perform at London's Scotland Yard. Emma reprised her role in 2011 for a special one-off performance filmed for British Television. Other theatre performances include Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, in association with The Helen Bamber Foundation (chaired by actress Emma Thompson), at London's Gatehouse theatre and a main character in the play The Muddy Pool, by new writer Jill Bristow. The play was chosen by acclaimed author Fay Weldon for an award, as part of The Windsor Marriott awards. Emma also reprised this role in 2011 as part of the renowned Lost Theatre Company's annual festival. She also appeared as Wanda in The Power and the Glory at London's prestigious Soho Theatre in a night of one-act plays, alongside actress Alicia Duvall. More recently she has appeared onstage as co-lead to legendary actress Hildegard Neil (Antony and Cleopatra and The Professionals) and television star Ben Onwukwe (London's Burning) in Stephen Hunt's play Impossible Steps (a.k.a. I Am Not An I) and as part of the ensemble in Ditch, at Kevin Spacey's The Old Vic Theatre in London. She has also taken the lead in a rehearsed reading for director Peter-Frank Dewulf, for the new play Into the darkness at the famous Shakespeare Globe in London.
Television commercial credits have seen Emma appear as lead in a number of prolific TV commercials such as: The No! No! hair removal, Wink Bingo, Balfor Legal and Claims Today Solicitors, Andrea Bocelli's album release, The Circulation Booster, Nintendo, Gamucci, Lytess Body Shaper, Relate, Juvederm, JML, Lightwave, the Light n Easy range (UK & US airings), The Snore Wizard and Scale Wizard, Tampap, My WUN, We Read For You, Lyons Learning, AMV Internet dating and more recently in a commercial for a new game show produced by international entrepreneur Youcef Aden. She was also in the series of popular British television adverts for the 118 118 telephone campaign and more recently could be found promoting a new product called the Ecoegg, alongside Britain's famous Queen of Clean, Kim Woodburn (commercial nominated for an award). Emma also filmed a commercial against DVD and Film piracy, for well known film company Constantine Film AG. Virals include: BT, JD Wetherspoon, Virgin, Twinings Tea, Kraft Foods, Homebase, Argos, Hypnia, Zleeps, the Ministry of Defence and a series of infomercials for the NHS. She also carried out a TV ident for American owned channel Current TV and a viral for Simple TV in association with the British Film Institute. More recently she filmed an ident for Bizcrowd and CNBC, in sponsorship with The Business Class Show. Photo-stills include: Halifax and T-Mobile international campaigns, Sony VAIO, Pilsner beer, The War Against Rape and a series of shots for Getty Images. Additionally Emma has also recently been turned into a 3D CGI character for a commercial for Bold washing powder, which was aired in both Britain and the US. One of Emma's latest television appearances also saw her playing a cheeky wedding guest in a mock-up of Will and Kate's Royal Wedding, for a series of short vignettes filmed for the competition slot, for the popular British morning television show, The Lorraine Show, on ITV's Daybreak.
Emma's film & television credits include cameo appearances alongside Frazer Hines in full-length feature Two Days in the Smoke, starring Matt Di Angelo, Velibor Topic and Stephen Marcus and Darkly Dreaming Billy Ward, which was partly directed by award-winning director Ian David Diaz. She has also taken lead roles in two of director Paul Burton's films for satellite television, Amy and Resentment, playing alongside Vicki Michelle (Allo Allo! and Emmerdale) in the latter. More recently Emma played the controversial Tudor, Queen Elizabeth, in Season 2 of Parthenon's ever popular, award winning television series The Mystery Files, which aired on both the National Geographic Channel in the UK and Discovery Channel in the USA. Emma has also appeared as one of the main characters in a DramaNet and Evans & Finch Production of the children's soap Children of Herne. In 2011 she played a school teacher in director Obi Emelonye's multi-award winning feature The Mirror Boy. The film, which was profiled by CNN on their New Nigeria Cinema trail on the Inside Africa programme and also by Afrobuzz and The Magazine Show on Ben TV, won 17 awards, including 3 African Movie Academy Awards (AMMAs). The film sold out on its first day of release, making it the biggest opener for Odeon Cinemas in the UK. Other film work has seen Emma play the sufferer of Bi-Polar disorder in a feature length film for award winning company Artefacts Edutainment, in association with the famous British theatre the Albany, titled Hoods n Halos.
She can also be found on screen in various music videos for bands Diamond Chique, playing a 40's movie star alongside Leon Lopez (Brookside), the lead role in the chart-topping dance video Hold On for the band Tune Shock, playing the lead of a nefarious mother in rock band Sanguine's music video For love and a brief appearance in If You Allow Him, by up and coming new rap artist Lemoy the Siamese Empress. Emma also played a Hillbilly in KTD's first music video release, Intimacy Dies, directed by Matthew Cummins and prestigious, world renowned, DP Genki McClure (Captain America: The First Avenger). She more recently appeared as a dancer in a music video with up and coming, exciting new band Rebel Control, for their new single Whine Your Body Down. Emma was also featured in Dizzee Rascal's comeback video 'Bassline Junkie' and Kwes' music video 'Bashful' and plays a lead role in Laady MJ Warrior's video 'Keep on Fighting' as well as in Shawn Ward aka FM Attack's re-release of his track 'Sleepless Nights'.
Emma's singing credits include: Friday nights at Bill and Tom Kenwright's restaurant Azzuro, singing her own compositions at the London Palladium, at Cutting Crew Tony Moore's famous Kashmir Klub and also at the premiere of Drew Barrymore's film Never Been Kissed. She also appeared again at the London Palladium in the charity performance Broadway Melodies.
She also found herself following her father's footsteps and treading the famous tiles of the Royal Albert Hall stage in 2011, for a charity performance in aid of MacMillan Cancer. The performance For Dusty was in memory of the late, great 'white lady of soul' Dusty Springfield. The show was directed by renowned musical director Matthew Jones and celebrated Dusty's work with performances from a host of stars, ranging from both past and present alike, including: Mike Hurst and The Springfields, Joanna Marie, Lucie Silvas, Kenny Lynch, Mica Paris, Julie Felix, Rick Astley, Hazel O'Connor, Dennis Locorriere, Shelby Lynne, Carol Decker and Boy George. Other music work includes producing studio recordings for the BBC and working with music producer and composer Roger Limb from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She has also worked with prolific record producer Denis Ingoldsby (First Avenue Records) and Guy Sigalov (OptiMusic).
Emma has also presented on television for the channels R.E.D. TV and Legal TV and hosted Vox Pops for actress Aisylene Horgan Wallace's Celebrity Stars at Work.
In February 2011 Emma launched her autobiography If the Shoe Fits both in the UK and the USA. The book launch in the States took place at the Doctor Who Catch 22, Gallifrey One Convention. She also appeared in the live game-show for TV and radio Just a Minute, at the convention, alongside fellow actors Chase Masterson (Star Trek and Deep Space) and Ian McNeice (Doctor Who and Winston Churchill), comic writers Richard Dinnick and Tony Lee (Doctor Who) and Ken Deep.
She was offered lead roles in television commercials for All Bran Cereal and The Saturday Times and approached to star in the Minxy Bingo TV commercial. She was also offered a featured role in a music video for the band Lightspeed Champion. She had to turn all four roles down due to other acting commitments. The latter was to be filmed by director Saam Farahmand at Partizan Films, who is renowned for shooting videos for Janet Jackson. More recently Emma was approached by director Obi Emelonye to play a pilot in his film The Last Flight to Abuja, alongside leading Hollywood star Hakeem Kae-Kazim (24, Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean and X-Men: Wolverine). Unfortunately Emma had to turn the role down due to a prior commitment to another acting project.
Taylor Kalupa was born and raised in San Dimas, CA. She began dancing at the age of 3 and became involved with competitive dancing at the age of 7. She danced and competed at Just Plain Dancin & Co which was named the Number 1 dance studio in North America. She was discovered by International Fashion and Editorial Photographer Kimberly Metz during a photo shoot for a specialized dance troupe called Team Rave L.A. which was designed to perform at non-competitive, non-profit venues in California. Shortly after she signed with Bobby Ball Talent Agency's kid division for dance and modeling. She was cast as a principal actress in Dave Navarro's music video Rexall which was produced by Emmy Award winning Honey. She was picked by renowned fashion photographer, Robert Erdmann, for a Japanese Vogue photoshoot with actor Tobey Maguire. Taylor was then cast in the BBC's Drew Barrymore Story as one of Drew Barrymore's childhood friends in dance class. In 2015, Taylor along with actress Gabriela Lopez (Teen Spirit, The 5th Wave) wrote, produced, and acted in the film Unrelated which has been very successful in the film festival market. Taylor is the lead in the feature film Dance in Flight. Taylor is in the upcoming Pure Flix feature film I'm Not Ashamed which is based on the life and journals of Rachel Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine shootings. Taylor plays one of Rachel's best friends. The film will be in theaters everywhere September 9, 2016.
Taylor is represented by The House of Representatives (theatrical Los Angeles), Houghton Talent (theatrical Atlanta), BBA (commercial), MSA (dance), and Vision Los Angeles (print).
She has worked with such photographers as New York's Sinden Collier, internationally published fashion photographer, Michael Almeida, Rodney Ray, Nick Horne, and Internationally published fashion photographer Dominic Petruzzi. She appeared in an episode of Lifetime's "Blush: The Search for America's Greatest Makeup Artist" in which she was made to look like Marilyn Monroe. Taylor has studied acting at Playhouse West, Doug Warhit's On-Camera Cold Reading & Scene Study, Leigh Kilton Smith's Scene Study & Audition Theory Class, Jonathon Trent's Scene Study Class, IO West Improv, and Upright Citizen's Brigade. Taylor also sings and has trained with Berklee School of Music graduate Dustin Hyatt.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Rafael Petardi has been working extensively on the stage and screen since the age of nine.
After spending time in Montreal's local theatre scene, Petardi joined the corporate world, building a successful career, but missing the Creative Arts. Following his passion, Petardi returned to the University of Montreal where he was awarded a scholarship to study theater in Italy. After gaining experience in Italy with several theater roles, as well as a film role, Petardi returned to Montreal, ready to further his career on television.
His first audition in Montreal landed him a leading role in a mini series alongside several Quebecois stars. He has also starred in many award nominated and award winning television shows such as "La vie, La vie" (Recurring Character) and "Rent-a-Goalie" (Series Regular). His acting efforts on these programs resulted in three Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) nominations, three years in a row.
Today, Petardi continues to pursue film and television roles. He has appeared as a recurring character on top TV series such as ABC's "Flash Forward," a guest star on CBS' "The Unit" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." In addition, he has played roles in hit feature films such as Angel's & Demons with Tom Hanks and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (starring Drew Barrymore and Andy Garcia). Most recently, Petardi completed principal photography on the thriller, Freezer starring opposite Dylan McDermott, the feature House of Versace starring opposite Gina Gershon, as well as the French-Canadian mini-series La Marraine in which the supporting role Petardi played required him to be fluent in English, French and Spanish. He also joined the cast of the second season of "Bomb Girls," the Canadian television drama starring Meg Tilly. In the series, Pascal plays the charming, but anti-authoritarian Frank Di Carlo.
Petardi is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and has working knowledge of Russian and Mandarin Chinese. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Mem Ferda is an established British Screen Actor and International Award Winning Film Producer with over 20 years industry experience. Born October 1963, in South West London, this talented son of a Turkish Agricultural Minister became fascinated with the art of acting from a very young age. Having landed many TV roles and commercial work through a local agent whilst still in education, it was not until he had achieved a BSc Honors degree in Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.), that he went on to act professionally after graduating from the prestigious The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), with a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Acting. His pulsating enthusiasm to perfect his craft, led to further classes at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), and to further workshops and explorations into various acting techniques.
Over the span of his impressive career to date, Mem has achieved no less than one hundred Film and Television credits. His dedication to his craft and continually expanding Filmography, has resulted in building a formidable Fan-Base across Europe and also in the US.
Mem's charming and hypnotic presence on screen has seen him star alongside Hollywood 'A' list stars. Equally comfortable as hero or villain, he has appeared with Ray Liotta and Jason Statham in Guy Ritchie's 'Revolver' (2005), alongside Idris Elba in 'Legacy' (2010), with Dominic Cooper in the sensational 'The Devils Double' (2011) and more recently with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in 'Miss You Already' (2015).
Mem is bilingual, speaking English and Turkish fluently. He is a master of Eastern European and American accents as well as native regional English accents. At 6 ft 2' with a powerful physique and rugged appeal, he often commands audiences into dangerous places of gangsters, psychopaths and killers, 'having such allure that leads one to believe he has the word 'charisma' tattooed across his chest'.
Mem's real life background, is as colorful, as some of the characters he leaves burnt into our memories. As a child he witnessed an assassination attempt on his father, as a student he was held at the Serbian border as a suspected drug smuggler and in Istanbul he was threatened at gunpoint. During his rebellious teens he narrowly avoided being the getaway driver in a real life heist!
He's life experience has been invaluable in bringing audiences such authentic characters in each and every performance. Such appetite for more from fans, will now be realized, as we see Mem bringing lead roles in genre films to the screen. The first of these being Hard Tide (2016) and London Heist (2016) followed by The Extremist (2017) and Gunfather (2017).
Mem is truly compassionate about his craft and in helping others to succeed. He is also an active and generous supporter of many international charities.
Dennis Widmyer graduated from Long Island University's film program in 1999 with four short films and five feature film scripts under his belt. Within a year he began production assistant work on small independent films. In 2000 he graduated to working on studio films and served as an art department assistant on the Ben Stiller vehicle 'Zoolander.' A few years later he followed this up with another Ben Stiller film 'Duplex,' with co-star Drew Barrymore. In-between he worked on the Heather Graham sex comedy 'The Guru' as well as a handful of commercials from directors like Martin Scorsese.
In 2003 he co-founded Parallactic Pictures with long-time collaborator Kevin Kolsch. Parallactic Pictures came out of the gate with the back-to-back production of two feature-length projects: 'Postcards From The Future,' a highly popular documentary on bestselling writer Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) and 'Absence,' a dark kidnapping mystery. The projects share a common bond in that 'Absence' was shot on a shoestring budget (under $30,000) with revenue earned from sales of the documentary.
Dennis Widmyer spent the next few years shooting short films, commercials, music videos and festival bumpers. In 2011 his short film 'Curtain' placed at a number of prestigious film festivals including Fantastic Fest, Cinequest and The Telluride Horror Show.
In 2013, he and Kevin Kolsch followed up this string of shorts with their third feature film, 'Starry Eyes,' for Snowfort Pictures and Dark Sky Films. After premiering at SXSW the film went on to tour the world, playing such festivals as Sitges, Fright Fest UK, Fantasia and more. The film is currently on VOD and all streaming platforms, as well as available in select countries in Blu-ray and DVD.
The two followed this feature with another short project, this time the opening segment in an upcoming anthology for XYZ Films titled 'Holidays' which also features entries from Kevin Smith, Scott Stewart and Gary Shore.
In-between being on set, he and Kevin have continued to write upcoming projects and are in talks to co-direct a number of feature films from 2016 on.
Michael Barbuto is an award-winning actor, producer and writer based in Los Angeles. Hailing from Toronto, Barbuto completed his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre at the University of Guelph in 2003. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, CA. During his time at the Academy, Barbuto seasoned as an actor and performed in several plays once joining the Academy's elite Company program in 2005-2006. It was during this time that Barbuto starred in the North American Premiere of Aaron Sorkin's remake of "A Few Good Men."
Currently, Barbuto is starring as "Lane Stanley in YTV's newest hit sitcom "The Stanley Dynamic". Previous credits include a starring role in Hallmark Channel's Original Movie, "Banner 4th of July" where Barbuto starred opposite American Idol's Brooke White and Oscar winner, Mercedes Reuhl. Michael also starred in Hallmark Channel's Christmas film "Collision" released last holiday season. He has guest starred on Lifetime's hit sitcom "Sherri" and FX's hit drama "Nip/Tuck." Barbuto has also appeared in a number of Hallmark Channel Original Movies, including, "The Note" and "An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving" with 'Orphan Black' star, Tatiana Maslani. Other credits include the Lifetime original film, "Unstable" where Barbuto shared the screen with 'ER's Shiri Appleby.
Barbuto is also the Founder of Hogtown Productions that has produced Feature Films, Television, as well as award winning shorts. Hogtown's first short film, "Ride with a Girl" took home the prestigious Bronze Remi Award and the Best Picture prize at the Houston International Film Festival. Hogtown's feature credits include critically acclaimed horror film, "Happy Camp" that was co-produced with Drew Barrymore and Flower Films and released across North America last year. (Barbuto penned the script and starred in the lead role.) Other feature credits include, Luminol Entertainment's "Bleed Out" that was co-produced by Hogtown and starred Barbuto alongside "Girlicious" Pop Star Sensation, Nichole Cordova. Hogtown's television credits include the half hour comedy series, "Ash Global" where Barbuto penned the pilot and also co-starred alongside comedy greats Adam Rey, Maronzio Vance and long time screen legend, Lorenzo Lamas.
Barbuto is currently repped by Butler Ruston Bell Talent, & Candu Mgmt.
|Peter Austin Noto
Peter Austin Noto is an actors actor who has performed with the biggest stars in Show Business. In 1985 Peter Austin Noto stopped working as a Design Architect on the upper east side of New York City to pursue a modeling career. In 1987 Peter landed a part in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage and met David Giardina and in time would form a partnership. Until that pairing began Peter worked on all (6) New York Soap Opera's and there were (6) in 1987 along with small parts in the movie's Fisher King, Last Exit To Brooklyn and lanes, Trains & Automobiles.
By 1990 Peter Austin Noto and David Giardina started discussing putting there untamed comedy into a project cultivated working on movies together called Pete & Dave In Show Business. The two with full force just created and created. Filming began in early 1990 and reached into 1991. Once the comedy master piece was complete Pete & Dave went on a extensive tour promoting the show on radio, TV and to anybody who would listen. Both began doing stand up comedy for Pete & Dave at Caroline's in New York City as well as the NY Comedy Club, McQuiers Comedy Club, Governors Comedy Club with extensive radio appearances on the Ray Heatherton Radio Show. As the momentum grew so did the tension and culminated with the last appearance of Pete & Dave on the Michael Blinderman TV Talk Show in New York City. Both have yet to work or talk since. The Pete & Dave project just sits on the back burner waiting to be awaken, only time will tell.
Since the end of Pete & Dave in 1992 Peter Austin Noto has worked on TV, Film, Theater, Commercials and Modeling Ads. Starting in 1993 Peter Austin Noto was part of Radio City Music Hall's Jesus Was His Name Show that toured America and the rest of the world for over 3 years.
In 1996 as fate would have it Peter was cast as the Time Warner Cable Thief the biggest commercial on the East Cost for 1996. Peter Austin Noto received great critical acclaim for the Time Warner Cable Thief and the doors started to open. In 1996 Saturday Night Live started working with Peter as a regular supportive player and that marriage continuos till this day. Peter Austin Noto started playing Striker on USA Up All Night with Rhonda Sheer. In 1997 Peter was a regular sketch performer on The Chris Rock Show until the show ended in 2000.
During that time Peter Austin Noto started working on two unknown shows from the begging, one called Sex In The City as Samantha's Friend played by Kim Cattrall from 1999 to 2004 and the other called The Sopranos as Tony's Friend played by James Gandolfini from 1999 to 2002. In -between Peter managed to be work on the Nationally Syndicated TV Talk Show The John King Show as CO-Host from 1995-2005. even as this momentum was blazing along Peter had been a regular comic on Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1994 to the end of the show's run in 2009.
During this time Peter had parts in the films, Uncle Marvin's Apartment 2009, The In-laws in 2005, Collinsville in 2003 Riding In Cars With Boys in 2001 who Peter has since performed with Drew Barrymore 3 times on Saturday Night Live.
Peter has also worked on the cult classic Strangers With Candy as Candy's pizza boy and currently HBO's The Flight of the Conchords.
With his ability to capture a plethora of characters, he relentlessly demands the people all around him there full attention as soon as he appears.. This highly magnetic actor is continuously being praised and admired for his inspiring and powerful ways along with a natural sexuality.
Christine Horn was born in New York and raised in Atlanta. She studied with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is a Broadway/Film Actress, Singer and Producer known for, "Complications" (2014), "Reckless" (2014) and The Retrieval (2013).
In 1992, Horn relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and attended the renowned Tri-Cities High School for the Visual & Performing Arts. While in high school, Horn became a major player in the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA). Horn rapidly developed her acting skills at YEA and upon graduation, enrolled at the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, where she immediately became a standout performer. At AMDA, Horn honed her skills in acting and musical theater. Horn's experiences in both YEA and AMDA exposed her to the mainstream theatrical scene.
Christine has performed at The White House for President Bush and with the Broadway, Las Vegas and US National Touring companies of Disney's "The Lion King." Regional theatre credits include working with great directors at Celebration Theatre, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Alliance Theatre, Jomandi Productions, Actor's Express, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Horizon Theatre & 7 Stages Theatre to name a few.
Horn's associations in the thespian community presented her with the opportunity to hone her craft in the film world, where she has shared the screen with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Columbus Short, Nate Parker, Billy Dee Williams and Megan Good to name a few. She has also co-starred in a variety of television shows (Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Not's," Matt Nix's "Complications," and the new crime drama from CBS, "Reckless.")
Although acting became Horn's first love, music was never far behind. She started her own record label and production company (Chocolate Superstar Productions) and released two successful projects on iTunes: her debut album, Walk With Me and her internationally released sophomore album, Therapy. Christine's use of melody, language, dialect and drama enables her to touch those who are searching for that extra bit of enlightenment, individuality and entertainment in their music. Horn's third studio release, "Woman Rebuilt" is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2014.
In addition to being a talented performer, Christine Horn is a self-proclaimed Health Advocate and devotes her spare time to educating children and parents about the benefits of healthy eating. This passion for health led her to create and produce a new television series, "Veggie Headz(TM)" which is attracting attention from around the globe. Horn is eager to continue to bring awareness and solutions to the health epidemic among young people.
Through her acting, singing, writing and producing, Christine Horn is determined to make a difference in the entertainment industry.
Axel Kuschevatzky is a movie producer, with an extensive background in film journalism, TV production and scriptwriting.
He was associate producer of Juan José Campanella's acclaimed feature "The Secret in Their Eyes" (El Secreto de sus ojos, 2009), Oscar-winner picture in the of Best Foreign language category in 2010. "The Secret in Their Eyes" sold more than 2.500.000 tickets in Argentina (breaking a 35 year old record) and 1.000.000 admissions in Spain. It also won two Goya awards; Best Latin-American Picture and Best Newcomer actress (Soledad Villamil), with seven other nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Among other previous awards were nine Clarín(including Best Picture), thirteen Sur awards from the Argentinean's Academy of Motion Pictures, five awards at La Habana Film Festival (including the Audience Award), and a nomination an Ariel as Best Spanish-Speaking feature from Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. The film was released in the US by Sony Pictures and it was sold to more than 15 countries including UK, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, France and Italy.
He was also associate producer of "The Widows of Thursdays" (Las Viudas de Los Jueves, 2009), Marcelo Piñeyro's thriller based on the best seller written by Claudia Piñeiro and starring Pablo Echarri, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Ernesto Alterio; and also produced the animated movie "Plumíferos - Aventuras Voladores" (2010), the first feature made with open source software featuring the voices of Luisana Lopilato and Mariano Martínez.
In March 2009 he became head of film production at Telefé, Argentina's biggest TV network.
Since 2004 Axel has been the co-host of CNN/TNT's Latin-American Oscar preshow along Ana Maria Montero. CNN/TNT's Latin-American Oscar preshow is seen by more than 120 million people in the region, from Puerto Rico to Tierra del Fuego.
Axel Kuschevatzky was born in the Almagro neighborhood in Buenos Aires in October 1972. His mother is a child psychologist and his father a pediatrician and piano player.
He studied copywriting and did appear as a teenager on TV answering about Horror Movies in a Quiz Show.
After that he was the host of a weekly movie series, Cine Bizarro in the local cable network CV 5, and was part of the prestigious interview show "Los Hacedores", focused on performing and visual arts.
Axel defines himself as a movie reporter and not as a film critic, more of a movie buff.
He also hosted movie shows in Argentina like "Alucine" (América TV), "Cinescape" (CVN), "Apasionados: El especial" (2002), "Telefé Cortos", and presented weekly series "Terrormania" (Telefé), and "Nosotros También Nos Equivocamos" (Telefé), two Oscar specials for Canal 9, and movie features in "América Noticias", "Telefé Noticias", "Zoo" (América TV), and "Maru a la Tarde" (Telefé), besides doing interviews and TV specials.
He also interviewed filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, George Lucas, Sam Raimi, M. Night Shyamalan, John Woo, John Lasseter; actors Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Willem Dafoe, Kurt Russell, Ewan McGregor, Will Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chris O'Donell, Adam West, Martin Landau, Robin Williams, Danny de Vito, Edward Norton, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel Jackson, Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks, Daniel Radcliffe, Ruppert Gint, Richard Harris, Sharon Stone, Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock, Mark Wahlberg, Guy Pierce, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Keanu Reeves, Sean Connery, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Matt Damon, among many others.
He co-adapted the scripts for "La Niñera", based on the US hit show "The Nanny". It was the first sit-com made in Latin-America, co-produced by Sony y Telefé Contenidos, winner of the Clarín award as best TV comedy in 2004. For the same companies - Sony y Telefé Contenidos - he co-adapted "Married with Children" into the hugely successful "Casados Con Hijos", winner of the Martin Fierro award as best comedy in 2005 and also nominated for the Clarín Award. Both sitcoms were broadcasted in Venezuela, Spain, Perú and Puerto Rico.
He was Telefé's head producer for "Fear Factor" (Factor Miedo).
He also acted in small roles in shorts and features like "Ceibo y Taba" (2002), "Plan" (2000), "Graciadió" (1997) y "No seas cruel" (1996, both directed by Raúl Perrone), "Who Is Alejandro Chomski?" (2002, along Emir Kusturica, Julie Delpy and Jim Jarmush) and in the telefilm "Manos libres - El caso del bebé de los Perales" (2005, directed by Carlos Sorín).
He played the voice of the character "Jay Limo" in the Argentinean Spanish dubbing of "Cars" (2006).
Was interviewed for the documentary "Biography - Adam West: Behind the Cowl" (2000) for US cable network A&E.
Since 1995 have been editor and publisher of the movie magazine "La Cosa", the longest running of its kind in Spanish.
He also wrote for newspapers like "Clarín", "La Nación" and "El Cronista Comercial", and magazines like "Playboy", "Miradas", "Veintitrés", "RSVP", "Madhouse", and "El Lápiz Japonés" among others.
His radio work includes "El León de la Metro", along Bebé Sanzo and Ronnie Arias, "La Cornisa" with Luis Majul, and "Cambio de Aire", with Román Lejtman.
He also did research for the books "Un Diccionario de Cine Argentino" and "Un Diccionario de Cine Argentino, Volumen 2", written by Raúl Manrupe and María Alejandra Portela.
Axel won the journalism award TEA Estimulo, has been jury for the Clarín Cine awards, film and creative consultant for Telefé since 2000 and jury of the 3º Festival Nacional De Cine Con Vecinos in Saladillo.
Axel Kuschevatzky lives in Buenos Aires with his wife, son and daughter.
|Bobbie Shaw Chance
American International always cast plenty of female pulchritude in the beach party films, but one of the most beautiful actresses to work at AIP is Bobbie Shaw. She made just a few films during her all-too-brief film career; Shaw starred in the final AIP beach party films, including Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Pajama Party in a Haunted House The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, along with a handful of others, Shaw was often teamed with the iconic comedian Buster Keaton,
Bobbie co-starred with David Carradine in "You and Me". She co-starred with Rob Reiner, Academy Award Winning Richard Drefuss and Larry Bishop. In the first improvisation comedy group and starred in the Steve Allen Comedy Show. She co-starred with Gladys Knight in "Pipe Dreams". And several other independent features. Bobbie has gone on to become the "acting guru" of whose, whose in Hollywood. Some of the celebrities she has coached, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Steven Dorff, Kathryn Morris.... Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Anthony Hopkins, and too many others to mention have worked out on Bobbie's Expressions Unlimited Stage. Bobbie has done 10 reality shows for many different networks and has been named Hollywood Acting Coach To The Stars by 'E' Entertainment.
Shannon Eagen was born in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She was cast in her first professional role as a senior in high school, when she played Sigourney Weaver's daughter in the Lifetime Movie, "Prayers for Bobby." Following that role she played the underdog pageant contestant, Amber Blythe, in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It!"
In the meantime, Shannon pursued dual degrees at the University of Michigan in Acting and Communication Studies, where she eventually graduated with highest honors in both fields. She moved to New York upon graduating, and made her Broadway debut in the Tony Nominated Play, "Airline Highway," directed by Joe Mantello.
Shannon currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Dan Karaty currently serves as a talent Judge on numerous versions of "So You Think You Can Dance" around the world and as a Jury Member or Mentor on "Everybody Dance Now," "X Factor," "Holland's Got Talent," "The Ultimate Dance Battle," "My Name Is," "Idols," "SYTYCD: The Next Generation" and "Best of Dance" in Europe. Karaty's brutally honest and thought-provoking critiques have made him a worldwide viewer favorite. Previously, Karaty served as Producer and Choreographer on NBC's top-rated "America's Got Talent" and his music video choreography helped Cascada earn an MTV Video Music Award nomination for "Best Dance Video" for Evacuate The Dance Floor.
On the big screen, Karaty made his feature acting debut in the #1 box office hit "Soof," starring with Lies Visschedijk. Karaty has also expertly choreographed major feature films including Disney's "Prom," "Music & Lyrics" with Drew Barrymore and "Did You Hear About The Morgans with" Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Karaty was born just outside New York City to Broadway veterans Tom and Jane Karaty so it's no surprise dance is a huge part of his life. Although his theater roots remain a tremendous influence on his work, Karaty initially chose sneakers and hip-hop over a career in theater. His unique path allows Karaty to infuse his work with the spirit of classic inspirations like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and trailblazers in the hip-hop and pop culture like Michael Jackson.
During college at New York University, Karaty spent his free time teaching at the popular Tremaine Dance Conventions where he met friend and collaborator Wade Robson. During his junior year, Karaty made his Broadway debut in the smash hit "Footloose" and soon began dancing with Britney Spears on the MTV Video Music Awards and The Billboard Awards.
After graduating from NYU with a B.A. in journalism, Karaty decided it was time to make the move to Hollywood where he and Robson continued to collaborate. Their rise was fast and furious; including high-profile projects like Spears' first Pepsi commercial and the *NSYNC world tour.
Karaty then branched out on his own, choreographing Jessica Simpson's Irresistible and Little Bit music videos and serving as Artistic Director for Simpson's 2001 world tour. He also worked with Kylie Minogue on many of her television appearances, as well as a long list of cutting edge artists like Justin Timberlake and Usher. Although he quickly became known for his work in pop music, Karaty broadened his reach by choreographing or appearing in ground-breaking commercials for iPod, Best Buy, Mattel, Miller, Dance Central 2, Xbox Kinect and many more.
Beyond his role as a Judge on numerous television series around the world, Karaty has his sights set on producing and directing films, television and theater. He is currently in development on several film and television projects and even a Broadway production of his own.
Austin had his first professional photo shoot just two months before his 4th birthday for the Chiquita Company's 2005 annual report. So began Austin's modeling career at age three which gradually turned into television commercials and shows, to voiceover projects and on-screen principal roles, and live theater performances beginning at age 6. "Whip It", directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page, was a wonderful first film experience as Austin played Kristin Wiig's 6 year old son Riley. Though his lines were cut from the film he was given the opportunity to film 4 different scenes with all three of these terrific ladies rather than the original two planned. Drew Barrymore was the perfect first director for Austin since they could bond about having been so young in their first films. Austin also loves to perform musical theater, comedy, and action adventure, dreaming of someday doing more extensive film adaptations of the Young Indiana Jones book series from age 9 through the teen years. One day, Austin hopes to perform his own stunts and direct films. Austin's other interests and hobbies include ventriloquism, piano, singing, photography, and various sports including archery, basketball, soccer, fencing, golf, swimming, and diving.
|Hunter G. Williams
Born June 23rd in Tarzana Ca, Hunter is the son of celebrated hair stylist Marlene D Williams and stunt man Richard Williams. Growing up on set was intriguing to young Hunter, getting to meet many of Hollywood's A list.
He excelled in sports, and after high school traveled Europe playing minor league soccer. After a serious ankle injury, he returned home to Los Angeles. It is said that when one door shuts, another opens. An old friend asked Hunter if he wanted to go to an open casting call for a Drew Barrymore film, and he agreed. While standing in a line of two hundred hopefuls, Hunter was spotted by the casting director and offered a role in Never Been Kissed (1999).
The production atmosphere seduced him, he quickly moved his soccer career to the back burner and dedicated his time to acting. Over the next few years Hunter was in countless casting rooms, tirelessly auditioning all over town. He was a reoccurring character on Spy Tv (2001), Who knows the Band? (2001), and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (2002). He also did several photo shoots, appearing in ads for Levis and O'Neil. With his ankle now healed, Hunter went back to competitive soccer while still searching for his break out role.
In 2007 his dream of playing pro soccer seemed ready to take flight when he was asked to try out for the LA Galaxy. Just days later, he was offered his first lead role in the suspense thriller, Divine Unrest (2008). The cross roads can be a lonely place, and the direction we choose may change things forever. Hunter took the role of Fin Griffin, a man tormented by guilt and addiction. The experience calcified his perception of the craft, and justified his many years of hard work. He has never looked back.
Next he landed roles in several shorts, including G.S.I. Ghost Services International (2007), Diagonal (2009), and another lead in the feature length film Theft by Deception (2010).
Hunters parents met on the set of Little Big Man (1970). And it goes with out saying that Hollywood has changed a bit in the last forty years. In 2009 Hunter decided to take charge of his career, and formed Busted Knuckle Productions. He surrounded himself with industry professionals and raw talent. His competitive nature and personable demeanor allow him to wear the producer's hat with confidence and grace. Consummate networking skills and efficient use of resources helped him produce, co-write and star in their first feature, Cornered (2011).
Also due out this year is the paranormal thriller, The Whispering Dead (2011), and a short film titled The Riverside Shuffle (2011). Today Busted Knuckle Productions is a fully functioning production company, with complete top of the line camera and lighting departments, and a wide range of talent to pull from in all areas. Their up coming slate of projects is looking strong. Pre production has begun on The Last Best Place (2011), and Killing Angels (2011).
Hunter is quickly proving he is worth his salt in many ways, although he truly is an actor first. With Busted Knuckle Productions as the vehicle, and Hunter at the helm, we have only seen the beginning of a career bound for greatness.
A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Ryan Rowe has written feature screenplays for Universal, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, New Line, and Miramax, among others. His produced feature credits include co-writing the indie classic "Tapeheads" starring John Cusack and Tim Robbins and co-scripting the first "Charlie's Angels" movie starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, and directed by McG. In the world of TV movies, Ryan wrote the remakes of "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" and "The Love Bug" for ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney." Ryan has also performed uncredited work on such feature films as Zach Snyder's "Legend of the Guardians" and "Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," as well as punch-up work on numerous TV shows and TV movies. His award-winning short film "I'm On Fire" played on the Fox Movie Channel and at festivals around the world, including the prestigious New York Film Festival. As of 2011, Ryan is re-writing an animated feature for an Australian company, as well as co-writing two TV pilots - one for NBC International, and the other for HBO, with David Fincher attached to direct.
The winner of the second season of NBC's hit reality series "Last Comic Standing," comedian John Heffron has become a comic to watch and love. The Detroit funnyman, who Phyllis Diller referred to as "the cute one," won a talent contract with NBC as well as other great opportunities. When asked about his experience on the show, John said, "It's a lot like high school ... there are good and bad memories, in the end, I think I will only remember the good ones."
John started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform stand-up comedy. He got his first gig as an emcee at the Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. After making his way to graduation, John immediately began working in his field of choice. He started touring the college circuit, performing at more than 80 colleges a year. By that time, he was already a seasoned comic with more than four years of experience. The college audience related to his type of humor, which talked about his days in college, the retro music that he and his classmates listened to and the Pop Rocks that he played with as a kid. This material made him a hit on college campuses, where he recorded his first comedy CD, "Kid With A Cape."
By the age of 25, John was a successful headlining comedian who decided to also put his degrees in communications and psychology to work by taking a job as radio sidekick to Danny Bonaduce on a highly-rated Detroit morning show. He worked for five years before making his way back to Los Angeles. Since arriving in LA and making his home in Hollywood, he has made numerous television appearances including NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," two of his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" specials and many others. In addition, John has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Bermuda, as well as the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen.
Also an entrepreneur, John -- along with partner Joel Zimmer -- created a card game called The "That Guy!" Game, which puts girls on a scavenger hunt for guys. According to InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and Glamour magazines, it became an immediate hit when Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and SNL's Rachel Dratch were spotted buying the game. Entrepreneur magazine even featured John and Joel in its 2001 "Hot 100" issue. John took the idea a step further by developing a pilot based on the concept, which received a significant amount of industry attention. "The idea took nearly three years to come to fruition," John said. "It was while we were both recovering from breakups that we decided to really focus in on it."
|Max Renaudin Pratt
Max was born in Paris, France and was raised there until the age of 13. He attended bilingual schools and excelled in extra-curricular activities (Judo, Fencing, Horseback Riding). Thanks to his parents, Max started his acting career at the age of 3 in the Dubbing Industry as the French voice of Drew Barrymore's son in "Riding In Cars With Boys". From then on, Max is one of the most demanded child dubbing actors of his generation. When Max is 4, his was chosen to play Antoine, a child kidnapped by Roms, in the French TV Movie "Par Amour Pour Toi" ("For The Love of You"). His passion for acting is born. A few months later, Max is asked to act in an institutional movie called "Listen..." ("Ecoutons...") to promote awareness of battered children/domestic violence. When he is 5, the director Marie Donnio writes for and shoots with Max a series of short TV vignettes called "Et Pourquoi...?" ("But why...?"). Max plays the role of Elliot, a very hyper active child who gives his single dad a hard time by always asking "But why...?". When he is 6, Max plays the part of another Elliot in the short film "Chicago Blues", directed by Sylvain Dardennes, where he is confronted with the death of his grand mother. At 7, Max is chosen by another famous director, Safy Nebout, to play the part of Young Ingmar Bergman in the short movie compilation Feature Film "Enfances" ("Childhoods"). For this, Max wins 'Best Actor' at the 2007 Contis Film Festival in France. The next year, Max is chosen to play the part of Marceau, one of the main children characters, in the epic TV series on WW2 "Un Village Français" (A French Village). At the age of 10, Max is cast as Fabrice Luchini's son in the Feature Film comedy "Les Invités de mon Père" (My Father's Guests) as well as Dominique Pinon's son in the mini series "Le Romancier Martin". He then plays Zack, the youngest son, in the TV sitcom "Les Parent". When he isn't shooting, Max continues to work as a dubbing actor and is the French voice of Max on "Parenthood", Luke on "Modern Family", Tom Riddle in Harry Potter 6 and Albus Severus Potter in Harry Potter 7.2. He is also the French lead voice of Badou, Babar's grandson, in the BBC cartoon series "The New Adventures of Babar". Max also creates voices for various productions. He is the English voice of Shaun Mars and Scott Shepard in the video game "Heavy Rain", for which he also did the Facial Motion Capture, and is the narrator of the English version of the Fiat Punto Evo car commercial. He is the voice of SamSam in the original French cartoon series SamSam, as well as the lead voice in the highly acclaimed French Animated Feature Film "Zarafa" (released in France on Feb 9th 2012), directed by celebrated French director Rémy Bezançon. At 13, Max spends 2 years in Los Angeles, perfecting his English. He goes to the Lycée Français de Los Angeles and attends the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School. At 15, he returns to Paris, France to finish high school. He is chosen to be the French voice of Carl in Shameless as well as Robyn Arryn & Olly in Game of Thrones. After high school, Max returns to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
The incredibly wide and diverse audience that Tom Boyd reaches through his oboe performances on over 1400 motion picture film scores makes him one of the most heard oboe players on the planet today.
Mr. Boyd attended The Julliard School and shortly thereafter won the Principal Oboe position in The Honolulu Symphony at the age of 21. After performing the standard orchestral repertoire of beloved greats such as Beethoven and Brahms (and surfing almost every day for ten years!), he decided to move to Los Angeles to see if he could break into the commercial studio scene. Three weeks later he found himself under the baton of John Williams playing principal oboe on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Mr. Boyd was a professor of music at the University of Hawaii for ten years and has become the new Professor of Oboe at Azusa Pacific University. He teaches and coaches many young and up and coming musicians throughout the United States.
Some of his larger films include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, King Kong, the Jurassic Park and Lethal Weapon series, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away. Most recently, he can be heard on The Bucket List, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Rush Hour 3 (composed by Lalo Schifrin), The Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Water for Elephants, and the upcoming film Big Miracle staring Drew Barrymore. Mr. Boyd is also no stranger to television and has performed in many well-known ceremonies including the Grammys, the Oscars, and the Latin Grammys, and has been on The Tonight Show several times including an appearance in the orchestra with Neil Diamond. Mr. Boyd has also performed on many albums including those by singing legends such as Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole. He is currently involved in a recording project of John Denver songs with several world-class singers including Plácido Domingo and arrangements by Lee Holdridge. Those are just a few of the many enjoyable moments he has had in his musical career.
Sam Irvin is a veteran film and television director, producer, screenwriter, author, journalist and educator.
After beginning his career as the assistant to Brian De Palma on "Dressed to Kill," Irvin has directed many movies, including "Guilty as Charged" (Rod Steiger, Lauren Hutton, Heather Graham, Isaac Hayes), "Acting on Impulse" (C. Thomas Howell, Linda Fiorentino, Nancy Allen, Paul Bartel Isaac Hayes, Cassandra Peterson), "Out There" (Billy Campbell, Rod Steiger, Billy Bob Thornton, Jill St. John, Paul Dooley, Robert Picardo, Julie Brown), "Fat Rose and Squeaky" (Louise Fletcher, Cicely Tyson, Julie Brown, Lea DeLaria), "Magic Island" (Zachery Ty Bryan, French Stewart, Isaac Hayes, Martine Beswick), "Oblivion" and its sequel "Oblivion 2: Backlash" (George Takei, Julie Newmar, Isaac Hayes, Meg Foster, Maxwell Caulfield), "A Very Cool Christmas" (George Hamilton, Donna Mills), "Deadly Skies" (Antonio Sabato Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Moriarty), "Proof of Innocence" (Joely Fisher, Denise Richards, Patrick Muldoon, Jim O'Heir, Debra Wilson), "My Santa" (Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, Julie Brown, Jim O'Heir, Paul Dooley), and "Kiss of a Stranger" (Mariel Hemingway, Dyan Cannon, David Carradine) for which he also wrote the original screenplay.
Irvin has also produced a dozen additional films, including co executive producing Bill Condon's Academy Award winning motion picture, "Gods and Monsters"(Sir Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave).
For television, Irvin directed three entire seasons of the supernatural series "Dante's Cove"(Tracy Scoggins, Charlie David, Thea Gill, Stephen Amell, Booboo Stewart, Reichen Lehmkuhl), for which he also co wrote the theme song. Irvin has also directed all episodes of the comedy series "From Here! On OUT" (Terry Ray, T. J. Hoban, Juliet Mills, Suzanne Whang, Julie Brown). He also directed several episodes of Comedy Central's "Strip Mall"(Julie Brown, Cindy Williams, Stella Stevens, Maxwell Caulfield, Jim O'Heir, Carolyn Hennesy).
Irvin's first book "Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise" was published by Simon & Schuster and honored by Kirkus Reviews and the Theatre Library Association Awards as one of the "Best Biographies of the Year." While researching the life of Thompson, Irvin served as a historical consultant for the Tony Award winning Broadway event "Liza's at the Palace"(a recreation of Thompson's nightclub act performed by her goddaughter Liza Minnelli). Irvin also produced and annotated the 3 CD compilation "Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party"(Sepia Records).
Between projects, Irvin is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches graduate courses on directing. He resides in Los Angeles.
Biography in more detail:
Sam Irvin was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1964, when he was eight years old, Irvin went on a family trip to California where he was able to tour various movie studios. At Warner Brothers, he watched an elaborate sequence being filmed for Blake Edwards's "The Great Race" starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. In a giant water tank on a sound stage, Irvin watched with wide eyes as a nighttime storm scene unfolded, featuring antique cars floating across the Bering Strait on icebergs. From that moment on, he decided he wanted to direct movies. Commandeering his father's Super 8mm home movie camera, Irvin directed numerous horror movie shorts, including one starring his younger brother, Tim, as Dracula wearing a black beach towel for a cape, plastic fangs, and lots of ketchup.
Like the young boy in "Cinema Paradiso," Irvin spent much of his youth in movie theaters. His grandfather, Warren Irvin, was the district manager for Wilby-Kincey Theaters, a chain of cinemas throughout the Southeast. And his father, Sam Irvin Sr., co owned Irvin-Fuller Theaters, a competing chain with cinemas in North and South Carolina. During his youth, Irvin worked in these theaters in every capacity, from popping popcorn to tearing tickets to organizing horror movie kiddie matinées (with an emphasis on Vincent Price, Roger Corman, and Hammer Films). Later, during his college years, he worked for Irvin-Fuller Theaters as its Advertising and Publicity Manager, spearheading a record breaking year long run of "Silver Streak"(Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor) at the Gamecock Cinema in Columbia, South Carolina.
As a teenager, he edited and published Bizarre (1972 to 1975), a fanzine on fantasy, horror and science fiction films, for which he traveled to England to conduct in-person interviews with the likes of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee (on the set of the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun"), Peter Cushing, Diana Rigg, Ingrid Pitt, Jane Seymour, Joan Collins, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, and Sir James Carreras and his son, Michael Carreras (of Hammer Film Productions), among many others. (See retrospective 13 page spread on the history of Bizarre in Richard Klemensen's Little Shoppe of Horrors, issue number 27, October 2011.)
In 1978, Irvin graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts. While attending the university, he was the film critic for the Gamecock, the campus newspaper, and won a student film award for his thesis short film. He was also chairman of the University of South Carolina Film Committee that ran a year round cinema program at the campus theater.
During his summer break in 1977, Irvin interned on the Chicago location shooting for Brian De Palma's "The Fury" (Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Amy Irving, Charles Durning). He worked on the feature as a production assistant and extra, and also wrote a journal on the making of the movie that was published in Cinefantastique magazine, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1978. Irvin also conducted an exclusive interview with Amy Irving in which, for the first time anywhere, she discussed her relationship with Steven Spielberg; it was published in Cinefantastique, Vol 6, No. 4 and Vol. 7, No. 1 (a special double "Star Wars" issue, 1978).
Irvin next served as Associate Producer and Production Manager on Brian De Palma's "Home Movies" starring Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen, and Keith Gordon. Then, Irvin worked as De Palma's assistant on "Dressed to Kill" starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon.
He also worked closely with De Palma on several projects in development, including "Blow Out"(which eventually De Palma directed, starring John Travolta and Nancy Allen), and "Prince of the City"(which was originally going to star Robert De Niro from a script by David Rabe, but was ultimately directed by Sidney Lumet starring Treat Williams).
Irvin gave up his position as De Palma's assistant to produce "The First Time," a coming of age comedy for which De Palma served as a credited Creative Consultant. Executive produced by Robert Shaye and released by New Line Cinema, the film starred Tim Choate, Wendie Jo Sperber, Wallace Shawn, Cathryn Damon and Jane Badler.
During the 1980s, Irvin served as Vice President of Marketing for three film distributors: United Artists Classics, Spectrafilm, and Vestron. During this period, Irvin won Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards for designing the movie posters for Francois Truffaut's "Confidentially Yours" and Paul Verhoeven's "The Fourth Man." He also helped spearhead the record breaking year long run of Jean-Jacques Beineix's "Diva" in New York City.
Irvin's first directorial effort, which he also wrote and produced, was the 1985 dark comedy short "Double Negative" starring Bill Randolph, Justin Henry, Wayne Knight, and William Finley. It premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently played theatrically in New York and Los Angeles. Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote that it was "an exceptionally promising first effort." This short film has been included as an extra bonus featurette on the 2013 European Blu-Ray DVD release of Brian DePalma's "The Fury."
Irvin went on to direct many feature films, including:
"Guilty as Charged" starring Rod Steiger, Lauren Hutton, Heather Graham, and Isaac Hayes. (The film won the Gold Special Jury Award for Best Independent Feature at Houston Worldfest.)
"Out There" a Showtime Original Movie starring Billy Campbell, Billy Bob Thornton, Rod Steiger, Jill St. John, Paul Dooley, Robert Picardo, David Rasche, Bill Cobbs, and Julie Brown.
"Acting on Impulse" a Showtime Original Movie starring C. Thomas Howell, Linda Fiorentino, Nancy Allen, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Isaac Hayes, and Cassandra Peterson.
"Fat Rose and Squeaky" a Showtime Original Movie starring Louise Fletcher, Cicely Tyson and Julie Brown.
"A Very Cool Christmas" (aka "Too Cool for Christmas") starring George Hamilton and Donna Mills.
"Deadly Skies"(aka "Force of Impact") starring Antonio Sabato Jr., Rae Dawn Chong and Michael Moriarty.
"Elvira's Haunted Hills" starring Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Richard O'Brien. (The film won the Audience Award at the 2002 Provincetown International Film Festival.)
"My Santa" starring Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, Julie Brown, Jim O'Heir, and Paul Dooley.
"Proof of Innocence" starring Joely Fisher, Denise Richards, Patrick Muldoon, Jim O'Heir, and Debra Wilson.
From his own original screenplay, Irvin directed the Showtime Original Movie "Kiss of a Stranger" starring Mariel Hemingway, Dyan Cannon, Corbin Bernsen and David Carradine.
Irvin directed the cult science fiction westerns "Oblivion" and its sequel "Oblivion 2: Backlash" starring Julie Newmar, George Takei, Isaac Hayes, Meg Foster and Maxwell Caulfield. ("Oblivion" won the Gold Award for Best Fantasy / Science Fiction Feature at Houston Worldfest.)
He also directed the Disney Channel time travel pirate fantasy "Magic Island" starring Zachery Ty Bryan and French Stewart.
For television, Irvin directed several episodes of Comedy Central's "Strip Mall" starring Julie Brown, Cindy Williams, Stella Stevens, Maxwell Caulfield, Jim O'Heir, and Carolyn Hennesy.
Irvin has directed all episodes of the comedy series "From Here! On OUT" starring Terry Ray, T. J. Hoban, Juliet Mills, Suzanne Whang, Julie Brown.
Irvin directed three full seasons of "Dante's Cove" starring Tracy Scoggins, Charlie David, Jenny Shimizu, Thea Gill, Stephen Amell, Booboo Stewart, and Reichen Lehmkuhl. (Irvin also co wrote the series' international hit theme song, "Dying to Be with You").
Also for television, Irvin directed the opening of the 100th Anniversary of the World Series (2003), for Fox Television (a "through the ages" montage featuring the music of and starring Sheila E.).
Irvin directed several segments for the 2004 Super Bowl including a comedy sketch starring Eugene Levy as a scientist trying to improve the entertainment value of football. Other vignettes included Will Smith, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.
And, for the Fox Sports opening of the 2007 Sugar Bowl, Irvin directed "Dueling Musicians," shot on the streets of New Orleans.
After directing several American financed films in Romania, Irvin was invited by Romanian based Mediapro Studios to direct "Garcea si oltenii," a spin-off of Romania's most popular television show, starring a Monty Python-like sketch comedy group known as Vacante Mare. It became the highest grossing motion picture in Romanian history up to that time, beating previous record holder, James Cameron's "Titanic."
Also in Romania, Irvin directed "I Will Return a Man," a rock opera performed by the Romanian rock group Vama Veche, broadcast live on television from the National Theater in Bucharest. It was an anti war musical in the same genre as Pink Floyd's "The Wall."
His credits as a producer include:
Associate producing Brian De Palma's "Home Movies" starring Kirk Douglas, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon. (Irvin also served as Production Manager.)
Co-executive producing Bill Condon's Academy Award winning film "Gods and Monsters" starring Sir Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave. (Irvin also co directed with David Skal the "Making of" documentary for the DVD, entitled "The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale.")
Co-producing Greg Berlanti's "The Broken Hearts Club" starring Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Zach Braff, John Mahoney, Nia Long and Justin Theroux.
Co-executive producing Bob Clark's "I'll Remember April" starring Haley Joel Osment, Pat Morita, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber and Paul Dooley. (Irvin also was the second unit director.)
Co-executive producing "Big Monster on Campus" (aka "Boltneck: Teen Frankenstein") starring Ryan Reynolds, Shelley Duvall, Matthew Lawrence and Judge Reinhold.
Associate producing "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human" starring Mackenzie Astin, David Hyde Pierce, Carmen Electra and Lucy Liu.
Co-producing "Error in Judgement" starring Joanna Pacula, Joe Montegna, Kate Jackson and Paul Dooley.
Co-producing "When Time Expires" starring Richard Greico, Mark Hamill and Chad Everett.
Associate producing "Sticky Fingers" starring Helen Slater, Melanie Mayron, Eileen Brennan, Carol Kane, Christopher Guest and Loretta Devine.
Producing "The First Time" starring Tim Choate, Wendie Jo Sperber, Wallace Shawn, Cathryn Damon and Jane Badler. Creative Consultant: Brian De Palma.
Irvin's first book "Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise" was published by Simon & Schuster (November 2010) and was honored by Kirkus Reviews, The Theatre Library Association Awards, Robert Osborne, and Leonard Maltin as one of the "Best Biographies of the Year." Acclaimed by columnist Liz Smith as "a smashing work" and by entertainer Michael Feinstein as "one of the best showbiz bios I've ever read," this comprehensive biography covers the life and career of the legendary singer, actress, composer, arranger, author, fashionista Kay Thompson. She was the mentor and best friend of Judy Garland, the vocal guru to Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, the mentor and longtime lover of Andy Williams, and the godmother and Svengali to Liza Minnelli (who recreated Thompson's nightclub act in the 2009 Tony Award winning event "Liza's at the Palace").
In connection with his research on the life of Kay Thompson, Irvin served as a historical consultant on the Tony Award winning Broadway event "Liza's at the Palace"; he produced and annotated the 2009 3 CD box set compilation "Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party"(Sepia Records); and he appeared in and consulted on Paramount Home Entertainment's documentary "Kay Thompson: Think Pink!" (an extra included in Paramount's Centennial Collection DVD edition of Stanley Donen's "Funny Face" starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson).
As a journalist, Irvin has recently written articles for Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine, including an interview he conducted with Richard O'Brien of "Rocky Horror" fame.
Between projects, Irvin is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches graduate courses on directing.
He resides in Los Angeles with Gary Bowers, his partner since 1982.
Avi Nesher's award-winning films have played a major part in Israeli cinema's rise to prominence during the last decade. During that period, remarkably enough, four Israeli movies were nominated for Best Foreign Picture. During that era Nesher was singled out and honored several times as one of Israel's all-time greatest filmmakers.
In 2008, Nesher received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2009, he received the Cinematic Excellence Award at the Haifa Film Festival and a star on the Avenue of the Stars, an honor rarely bestowed on directors. In 2010 Nesher received the prestigious Landau Award for Excellence in the Arts.
That year, Nesher's "The Matchmaker", which premiered as an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival and later on that year won the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. "The Matchmaker" was nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and won three, including Best Actor and Best Actress. It will open in U.S. theaters later this fall.
In 2007, Nesher's "The Secrets" also premiered as an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival. It was hailed by the Hollywood Reporter as "...witty and wise, sensual and emotionally overpowering - one of the best Israeli movies in recent years". Legendary movie critic Andrew Sarris declared "The Matchmaker" "One of the most remarkable movies of the year". It was nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards, and won two.
In 2005, Nesher directed the highly experimental political documentary "Oriental", which won the Spirit of Freedom Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. "Brilliant and original" raved the Jerusalem Post. "Avi Nesher is clearly Israel's most innovative filmmaker".
In 2004, Nesher wrote and directed "Turn Left at the End of the World", -- a surreal deconstruction of Israel's immigration mythology. "Turn Left" became Israel's biggest box office success, as well as becoming one of the best reviewed films of the era. It was nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards and won three.
Nesher's earlier credits also include many films of note. His very first film, "The Troupe" was a controversial hit that shocked the Israeli establishment by ridiculing the IDF; it has gone on to become an Israeli cult classic and most recently was adapted as a very successful stage play by the Israeli National Theater.
Following his auspicious debut, Nesher wrote and directed "Rage and Glory", which tells the controversial story of a Jewish terror organization during the 1940s. "Rage and Glory" caused a political storm, was lauded by international critics, and in 2001 was selected by the Lincoln Center Film Society as one of the most important films in 50 years of Israeli cinema.
After seeing "Rage and Glory", producer Dino De Laurentis convinced Nesher to come to Hollywood. Consequently Nesher wrote and directed the sci-fi mystery "Timebomb" for MGM (produced by Rafaella De Laurentiis) and the sensual, supernatural mystery "Doppelganger" for 20th Century Fox, starring Drew Barrymore, both of which won prizes at the Avoriaz Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival.
Nesher's American success allowed him to produce, write, and direct the independent feature "The Taxman" which opened to extraordinary reviews: The New York Times called it "A delight...a charmer of a mystery" and Jeffrey Lyons of NBC hailed it as "A cinematic gem...not to be missed!"
Charles Newirth most recently Executive Produced the blockbuster film Iron Man Three (2013). Newirth was also responsible for overseeing the physical production of all of Revolution Studios' motion pictures starting in 2001. He continued with Revolution Studios until he returned to working as an independent producer on the films Hugo (2011) and Zookeeper (2010). .
During his tenure, Revolution Studios released 47 films, including America's Sweethearts (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), xXx (2002), Anger Management (2003), Daddy Day Care (2003), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Hellboy (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Click (2006) and Rocky Balboa (2006). At Revolution Studios, Newirth also served as Executive Producer on The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007), Across the Universe (2007), Freedomland (2006), Christmas with the Kranks (2004), Peter Pan (2003), Maid in Manhattan (2002), The One (2001) and America's Sweethearts (2001).
Prior to joining Revolution Studios, Newirth produced 1999's sleeper hit Galaxy Quest (1999). He also produced the popular Robin Williams hit Patch Adams (1998) and Home Fries (1998) starring Drew Barrymore.
Newirth's additional credits as an Executive Producer include: Brad Silberling's City of Angels (1998) starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan; Rob Reiner's true-life drama Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) with Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg and James Woods; The American President (1995), also for director Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening and Jon Turteltaub's Phenomenon (1996) starring John Travolta. In addition, Newirth co-produced Robert Zemeckis' Academy Award-winning blockbuster Forrest Gump (1994). He also served as a co-producer on the Barry Levinson films Toys (1992), the multiple Oscar-nominated Bugsy (1991) and as an associate producer on Barry Levinson's Avalon (1990).
Raised in Scarsdale, New York, Newirth received a B.A. in Cinema from Ohio State University. He broke into the film industry as a location manager on such films as Flashdance (1983), Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He later moved up to production manager on Throw Momma from the Train (1987) and RoboCop (1987) before getting his first producing credit as an associate producer on Andrew Davis' The Package (1989).
Paula Milne, one of Britain's leading screenwriters, left school when she was fifteen years old with no academic qualifications. She studied Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design as well as film-making at the Royal College of Art. Her career in television began as a script reader at ATV, followed by two years at the BBC as script editor in the series department where she created the ground breaking hit show Angels.
In the 90s Paula was part of a cultural delegation which visited Central America, in particular Nicaragua and Honduras. Later she spent some time in the Brazilian rain forests researching a feature film Terra Roxa. Paula also spent time in Minnesota, researching a feature film Blue Earth about Aids and has extensively traveled in the United States researching her other feature films.
Paula's first feature film in Hollywood was made - Mad Love, a road movie starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell. It was followed by the critically successful Hollow Reed which led Variety to comment, "One cannot be unmoved by sensitive portrayal the terrible pain at the story's center, especially when it's caused by good intentions." The film scooped the Prix de Publique at the Dinard Film Festival. Loosely based on a true story it portrays a gay custody case. When a young boy is being physically abused by his step father, his gay father fights for custody and comes up against institutionalized homophobia in the justice system.
Paula also wrote I Dreamed of Africa, which was shot in Africa and stars Kim Basinger, directed by Hugh Hudson about a husband and wife attempting to build a new life for themselves in the Rift Valley. Once again, Paula spent extensive time researching the film in Kenya with Kuki Gallman on whose life the movie is based.
She also wrote a script for Tom Cruise, a Cruise/Wagner/Paramount production, entitled BoltFlash, based on a doctor who suffered a devastating stroke and later became an acclaimed artist. Other Hollywood projects include her adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel for Fox 2000.
She also wrote a feature film in Hollywood, based on her highly acclaimed mini series Second Sight, to star Clive Owen.
Her award winning movie screenplay Endgame is a dramatized account of the secret highly charged negotiations in the UK between the ANC in exile and leading Afrikaaners which contributed to the fall of Apartheid in South Africa. Paula spent time in South Africa meeting key players in the negotiations, including the then President Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma (the current President) and others. This film, directed by Pete Travis, was shown in the Premier division at Sundance in January 2009 to unanimous critical acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter said of it... "This is a hypnotically gripping account of secret talks held in the secluded English countryside that laid much of the groundwork for negotiations that brought racial warfare to an end. Writer Paula Milne meticulously selects the vital personalities and scenes to movingly recount this episode." It was produced by David Aukin/Hal Vogel for Daybreak/Mentorn Productions. It stars William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi and Timothy West. It aired on PBS in the U.S. in the autumn of 2009 and received cinema distribution in the U.S. that year also. Chewetel Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Thabo Mbeki. Endgame was nominated for an RTS Award, a prime time EMMY and won the Grierson Award for Best Factual Drama as well as the George Foster Peabody Award.
Paula also has a vampire movie script in development - a contemporary Gothic reworking of Jane Eyre called The Red Room.
Paula recently won the UK Film Council and Women in Film and Television award for her "outstanding contribution to screenwriting".
Among her numerous original dramas is the critically lauded Die Kinder a six part political thriller for the BBC about the Baader Meinhofs which starred Frederic Forrest and Miranda Richardson and her 9 hour feminist serial Driving Ambition and Swalk her six part serial for C4. Her numerous television plays include A Sudden Wrench, John David, Queen of Hearts and CQ for Channel Four. Her films for the BBC include Frankie and Johnnie directed by Martin Campbell which was followed by her highly popular detective series Chandler & Co which the Daily Telegraph declared was, "...a splendidly irresistible drama series."
Her work with Channel Four Television in the UK has been phenomenally successful. The Politician's Wife, her three-part drama series starring Juliet Stevenson and Trevor Eve, won her an enviable clutch of awards including an Emmy award, the BAFTA award for Best Drama Serial, the Annual Writers' Guild Award for Best Original Serial, the Original Creativity Award from Women in Film and Television, the Best Independent Production award and the prestigious George Peabody Award in the United States. She then went on to write the highly acclaimed The Fragile Heart, a powerful serial tackling medical ethics starring Nigel Hawthorne. It too received many nominations and scooped prestigious BAFTA and BANFF awards.
In 2000/1 Paula created and wrote Second Sight, starring Clive Owen as a detective progressively going blind, who uses his disturbing hallucinations to help solve a homicide case. The mini series aired on Sunday nights on BBC 1 and a six hour series was produced based on Paula's concept and was transmitted on BBC 1. It was voted Best Mini series by the Los Angeles Times in 2002 and led PBS winter schedules in America to huge critical acclaim and helped launch Clive Owen's Hollywood career. It has recently been commissioned by CBS to be made as a pilot directed by Michael Questa (Homeland).
Paula has also written a four hour political thriller mystery for ITV called Thursday 12th. This serial was transmitted in the United States to excellent notices. Her two part thriller State of Mind was transmitted on ITV in January 2003.
She has written a screenplay based Anne Robinson's autobiography Memoirs of An Unfit Mother for Tiger Aspect/BBC with Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) producing.
Her 4 x hr epic serial The Virgin Queen based on Elizabeth 1st for BBC 1 was made on location and at Shepperton Studios. It stars Ann Marie Duff and was transmitted on PBS in November 2005 and on BBC 1 in January 2006 - once again to critical acclaim. It received an Emmy nomination for outstanding Mini Series of 2006 and was nominated for a BAFTA.
Paula's TV film Whatever it Takes, a contemporary morality tale about our celebrity obsessed culture and phone hacking that was transmitted on ITV in the summer of 2009.
Her critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic Orange winning novel Small Island about the first wave of "Windrush" immigrants was the centerpiece of the BBC 1 Autumn schedule in 2009. It starred Naomi Harris, David Oyelowo, Ashley Walters and Ruth Wilson. It aired on PBS in the U.S. in April 2010 and won the Broadcast Award, an RTS nomination and an International EMMY for Best Mini-series.
In 2010 Paula's adaptation of Sarah Waters The Night Watch was transmitted on BBC 2 to universal acclaim.
In 2012 her original six part serial for BBC TWO entitled White Heat which traces a group of people through the political maelstrom of the sixties until the present day was transmitted in 2012 and The Politician's Huband (Emily Watson, David Tennant) was transmitted in the spring of 2013 to further critical acclaim.
Her most recent credit was one off the film Legacy in November of 2013 on BBC2 - her screenplay attracted another stellar British cast, including Simon Russell Beale, Andrew Scott and Romala Garai, with Pete Travis directing, based on the book by Alan Judd about Cold War espionage.
She is also the creator and writer for a 6 part drama serial The Same Sky, about spies and a family divided by the Berlin Wall, set in 1973 which starts filming in August 2015, Oliver Hirshbeigal directing.
The BBC have also commissioned Paula to write an original 3 part Gothic drama based on the famous love story of Elizabeth Barratt and Robert Browning called Love Among the Ruins.
The BBC are also currently negotiating the rights on Pat Barkers award winning first world war trilogy Regeneration for Paula to dramatize.
Her three part horror drama Him, a teenage male version of Carrie, has been green lit by ITV and goes into pre-production in November 2015.
She is currently (as of November 2015) writing the pilot for another original series Palace of Dreams a family saga based around a London musical theatre in the 19th century and the Shakespearean power struggle between estranged identical twins.
Sharon Roggio has been honing her expertise in film and television producing for 15 years and has worked on award winning films and series, including "House of Cards", "Parks and Recreation", "W/ Bob and David", "Whip It", "Red Dawn", and "Flipped", with A-List stars such as Kevin Spacey, David Fincher, Robin Wright, Drew Barrymore, Chris Hemsworth, Rob Reiner, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Poehler, Tyler Perry, Bob Odenkirk, Sigourney Weaver and Jimmy Fallon. She also had the privilege to work and meet crews from across the country having done several national commercial campaigns and is a member of 3 IATSE film unions, currently listed under Mid-Atlantic Studio Local 487 (D.C./Baltimore/Virginia) and previously listed under Local 38 Detroit and Local 161 New York.
While attending film school at Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey, Roggio secured an internship with Banyan Productions, one of the nation's leading producers of non-scripted, reality television for networks like, TLC, FOX, Travel Network, Discovery Network, The Food Network, Discovery Kids, Discovery Health, Lifetime, Nick @ Nite, PBS, Style and HGTV.Com. Her internship quickly turned into associate producing responsibilities for "A Wedding Story" on TLC and later led to contract work for "Ambush Makeover" on FOX.
Wanting to expand her experience, Roggio left Banyan and delved hard into independent film and theatre with the launch of Sweetbread Studios in Philadelphia. As Co-Founder of the company, Roggio produced multiple short films, music videos, commercials, live events and theatre productions. The company's first short film, "Billville", won Director's Choice and Best Experimental Short from the Cape May Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Festival, respectively. Sweetbread Studios has a total of 10 award winning short films, including 22-minute drama, "Sugar Cookie", which continues to screen internationally after participating in film festivals in Bologna, Athens, Paris, Melbourne, Brisbane, Rome, Philadelphia and Tucson. The non-scripted concept reality series titled Hill House, a Washington based "insider" show, received press in The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Vanity Fair amongst others.
In 2006, Roggio moved to Detroit to work as a producer for Radish Creative Group. While at Radish, Roggio worked a number of projects including; PSAs, industrials, radio commercials, educational documentaries, short films, sizzle reels, print advertisements, children's programming, and TV commercials including the award winning commercial titled Cancer Opera for St. John's Health which won a Telly Award in 2008 and a Silver HMR Award in 2009. Roggio also had an opportunity to go to Los Angeles on behalf of the company to pitch a concept to Showtime along with attending the Kid Screen Summit in Canada, meeting industry leaders in children's programming, merchandising, and content creators from around the world. She also values her time with Radish as an opportunity to hone her line producing skills having managed and assembled multiple campaign budgets ranging from short to long format, union crew/talent vs. non-union crew/talent and budgets reaching up to a million dollars.
While living and working in Michigan, Roggio had an opportunity to immerse herself in the film industry with the passing of the largest tax incentive in the nation. Roggio landed a production-coordinating job on the first project to attach to the program and her feature film career took off. In May of 2014, Roggio left her crew position at House of Cards and moved to Los Angeles to produce film and television full time. As a producer, Roggio announced the pre-production of two feature film projects slatted for principal photography in 2016, "Before the Darkness", a horror movie filming in Wellington New Zealand and "Motel", a psychological-thriller filming in Los Angeles.
Joan was born in New Orleans, Lousiana in the 1960s. She was destined to become an actress ever since her first play, at the age of five, when she played a pair of roller skates. In later years, Joan did move on to more serious roles. She acted throughout school, and in several regional theatre groups. She studied at the Herbert-Berghof Acting Studio, in New York City, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Michael Beckett and several other gifted teachers. She also attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, Cal-State University-Northridge and completed her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg in 1996. She received a BFA in Theatre, with an emphasis in Acting and Directing.
She then began pursuing her acting career in film and television. She has had Co-Starring roles on such TV shows as; "Tracey Takes On...," "Rude Awakening," "Malcolm In the Middle," "Judging Amy," "Monk," "ER's 200th Episode," "My Name Is Earl" and "Criminal Minds." She has had diverse roles in films including: "Mr. Chick Magnet," "Echos of Enlightenment," "Donnie Darko," "Daddy Daycare" and "Surviving Christmas." She can also be seen in "Baadasssss," Mario Van Peebles' film about his father Melvin's struggle, to make the first "black hero" film in 1970. "Baadasssss" was a part of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it received standing ovations at every screening. It was released by Sony Pictures Classics and is now available on DVD. Joan is proud to be a part of this important piece of film history. "Baadasssss" also received a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award, as Best Picture of the Year.
Joan also played a Supporting Lead Role in the Indie Feature Film, "Boppin' at the Glue Factory." She portrays Jady Hemmingway. The film was produced by Brooklyn Reptyle Productions. In 2007, Joan shot a Supporting role in the hit comedy film, "He's Just Not That Into You" starring Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Aniston. Joan plays the Emotionless Cashier. The film premiered in US theaters on February 6, 2009. It is now available on DVD. In 2010, Joan has completed guest roles on two new TV comedies. She appears on "Important Things With Demetri Martin" as a woman in a Near-Death Experience Support Group. Joan appears in the show's second season on Comedy Central. She also guests in "Warren the Ape" as a Soccer Mom. "Warren the Ape" will premiere in June, 2010 on MTV.
Joan is also involved in several charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica and the Screen Actors Guild's Bookpals, which reads books to school children. Joan also sponsors a child through Save the Children.
Brett first performed in local youth theater productions of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as Linus, The Wizard of Oz, The Emperor's New Clothes and Fiddler on the Roof. Brett has also appeared in a number of commercials for Disney World, Ocean Spray, General Mills, an award winning Major's Dept. Stores spot, Cambell's, The New York Post, Papa Gino's, host of the 2004 Nomar Garciaparra "Nomar Bowl" and a PSA for Project Liberty in NYC directed by Bob Balaban.
Brett most recently can be seen with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the feature film "Fever Pitch" directed by The Farrelly Brothers. Brett plays the role of Ryan and has one of the best lines in the movie when asking his teacher Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon) ..."you love the sox, but have they ever loved you back?".
On ABC's sit-com Hope and Faith,with Kelly Ripa, Faith Ford and Ted McGinley, Brett played the recurring role of Edwin, Haley's (Macey Cruthird) "study partner" and the younger brother of Henry (Stark Sands). Other television work has included The Denis Leary Merry Christmas on Comedy Central, a spoof commercial role with Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live and a guest starring role on the 2006 Fox drama pilot "Damages".
Although his first love is acting, Brett plays baseball for a select travel team, and is an avid Red Sox fan. In addition to baseball, Brett loves all sports, especially basketball and football. Brett is an honors student and in his spare time likes to draw, read, and play video games with his friends. He has one older brother and one older sister.