Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966) is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.
He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Pras Michel and Usher Raymond. He was nominated for MTV's Best Rap Video for Heavy D & the Boyz. He also won two Music Video Production Awards: The Young Generators Award, for his work on Coolio's rap video "Gansta Paradise" and the Sinclair Tenebaum Olesiuk and Emanual Award for the trailer to the hit feature film Dangerous Minds. Among his many commercial credits are Wings for Men, Big Star Jeans, Miller Genuine Draft, Reebok, Toyota, Armani and Stanley Tools.
A venture capitalist by trade, Dan Bilzerian (a.k.a. "Blitz") has made a name for himself as a high-stakes poker player, thrill seeker and, more recently, Hollywood actor. His lavish lifestyle, penchant for danger and carefree attitude has gotten him attention around the world as an international playboy.
Bilzerian, 32, is a regular on the high-stakes poker scene, playing in private games with the rich and famous where every hand is more than most people's yearly salary. He has played in games where the minimum buy-in has been millions of dollars.
Bilzerian is a relentless gambler who makes some of the most outrageous bets that are regularly the talk of the gambling world. From swimming across an alligator infested lake or jumping off a 90-foot cliff to simply betting on a random person's opinion or the flip of a coin, Bilzerian will take almost any wager. He made headlines when he competed in what has to have been the highest-stakes drag race in history, winning $385,000 at the Las Vegas Speedway. Bilzerian was driving a 1965 A/C Cobra and beat a 2011 Ferrari 458, which was considered at the time to be one of the fastest cars in the world.
As an actor and stuntman, Bilzerian's credits include "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, as well as three films to be released in 2014:"Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg; "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington; and "The Other Woman," starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.
True to his nature, Bilzerian spends his free time doing extreme sports around the world as well as training MMA, scuba diving, mountain biking, snowmobiling and racing cars.
Bilzerian was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Along with his brother Adam, Bilzerian invests in and manages business interests across a wide array of industries, including real estate, oil and entertainment. He enlisted in the Navy for four years and went directly into SEAL training. After completing 2 hell-weeks and 500 days of training, Bilzerian was dropped from the program for a safety violation two days before graduation. He received an honorable discharge and spent the following four years at the University of Florida majoring in business and criminology. Bilzerian left college after achieving significant financial success and focused his time on funding start up companies. Bilzerian divides his time between homes in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Allen Maldonado is one of young Hollywood's busiest men. The multi-talented actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur has starred in several blockbuster films and TV projects including Sony Pictures action thriller, THE EQUALIZER. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN), Maldonado stars as 'Marcus' opposite Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. The film is adapted from the television series of the same name and follows 'Robert McCall' (Washington), a solitary, monastic figure with a mysterious past who despises injustice and devotes himself to helping victims. The film was released and opened at #1 in the box office. Maldonado can also be seen in the feature CAKE alongside Jennifer Aniston, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick and William H. Macy. CAKE won a Golden Globe and several other awards. He then joined the cast of Universal's NWA biopic 'STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, produced by Ice Cube and helmed by F. Gary Gray, which opened at #1 in the box office and stayed there for 4 weeks straight. Last September TV One aired the TV movie, RINGSIDE, in which Maldonado starred as Spencer Collier, the egotistical welterweight boxing champion of the world. In addition, he has 4 films in post-production slated to be released in 2017; First Match, Smartass, Quest, and Where's the Money?
Maldonado has also taken the small screen by storm making memorable appearances on Major Crimes and Rosewood, and is a recurring character on 3 TV shows including "You're The Worst", which centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship. He stars as 'Honey Nutz' in this sitcom which puts a dark twist on the romantic comedy genre. Maldonado is also on "Black-ish" which is centered on a family man who struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. He stars as 'Curtis' the super cool millennial assistant in the offices of Stevens & Lido. Lastly, "Survivor's Remorse" is a hit comedy on Starz that follows Cam Calloway and his family as they deal with his recent rise in fame and money as a professional basketball player. Maldonado stars as 'DeShauwn May,' a wild and spontaneous ex-drug dealer turned sports manager. For season 3 of "Survivor's Remorse," he was brought on as a writer and quickly earned a "story by" credit, showing he's just as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it. He is currently still writing for season 4.
Of African American and Puerto Rican descent, Maldonado is a native of Rialto, CA, a city just outside of Los Angeles. Allen was raised by his single mother, having lost his father to cancer at a very young age. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, he was inspired by his mother's passion and determination. This platform of support has proven invaluable for him to achieve his goals. At the age of 21, Maldonado landed a year-long role in the daytime series "The Young & the Restless" until his career was briefly interrupted when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident with a drunk driver.
Outside of his acting career, Maldonado is a successful entrepreneur as he runs a record company- Get It Done Records; a production company- Only Son Productions; and a T-shirt line- Vineyards Phinest, where a portion of the proceeds go to his foundation. As a staunch advocate for higher education, community service, and encouraging youth to pursue the arts, Maldonado is the founder of Demo Nerds, a foundation that provides free acting classes, tools, and services for at-risk youth and foster children in the inner cities of Los Angeles. Additionally, the organization frequently collaborates with other city programs such as "The Boys & Girls Club," "The Dream Center," and the "New Village Girls Academy". After a brief, yet arduous recovery, Maldonado began to build his resume landing roles in the Emmy® nominated CBS drama "Judging Amy," and FX's "The Shield," "Detroit 187," "Chase," and "Rizzoli & Isles," to name a few. Additionally, his film credits include LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, THE UGLY TRUTH, THE NEXT THREE DAYS, and the Marvel Studios short film ALL HAIL THE KING.
During his rare free time, Maldonado enjoys working out, boxing, playing basketball, and spending time with his family.
|Ashley Nicole Hudson
Ashley Hudson is a successful stunt woman in the film industry doubling for actresses Anna Kendrick, Melissa Leo, and the late Brittany Murphy. Her stunt career allowed her opportunities to work on blockbuster films such as Furious 7 (2015), Terminator Genisys (2015), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Green Lantern (2011), and recently with Anna Kendrick on The Accountant (2016) opposite Ben Affleck.
Hudson's commitment to the industry has brought her experiences in all aspects of film production such as writing and directing and has allowed her to study from some top directors. She attributes her career accomplishments to her hard work, dedication, and love of film.
|Terry Dale Parks
Terry Dale Parks is a film and television actor originally from Southern Oklahoma where now owns the family ranch he grew up on which is dear to his heart since his family settled on the land in the early 1930s. His son, Coy, is named after his Grandfather who originally purchased the property where the family has farmed and raised cattle and horses for the past 80 years.
His past film and television include, Thor, Olympus Has Fallen, When The Game Stands Tall, GiJoe2, Man of the House, Friday Night Lights, Homeland, Nashville, Justified, Bonnie & Clyde, Revolution and many more
Since Terry grew up on a horse and cattle ranch, he learned to love animals and care for them so naturally nature and conservation are extremely important for him and his family. For several years he trained horses on the ranch.
His love for acting extends back to his childhood. , with few resources that were artistic in nature in his rural area, Terry relied on his imagination and love of the Carol Burnett Show and Andy Griffith for entertainment. During his 6th grade year at Pernell, the new English teacher started the Pernell Speech and Oral Interpretation Team. While most kids thought the new teacher and his team were strange, Terry was fascinated. When his older brother joined, even though he was too young to compete, Terry traveled to watch the team in action and imagined himself competing as an actor. As soon as he was eligible to join the team as a freshman, he did. By his junior year of high school, he was competing on the national level. In 1989, he placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation at the National Forensic League's National Tournament. His love of speech continued into college at the University of Oklahoma, where he and his brother started OU's speech and debate team. Within two years, the team was ranked as one of the top five teams in the nation, with Terry winning numerous national championships in several interpretation events. Terry even taught competitive drama for a few years in Texas and several of the kids he mentored went on to become national finalists and even national champions.
After college, Terry continued to chase what fascinated him. He set his sights on film and tv work, moving all he owned out to Los Angeles in his '83 Chevy pickup. As he pursued a career in film work, he inherited the ranch where he grew up. The years in LA pursuing acting had left him a bit weary and homesick for the lifestyle on the ranch he loved so much, so he moved back to the ranch in Oklahoma started working with animals again and started an oil and gas business.
Within a few months he met a casting director while tagging along to a workshop. A few weeks later she cast him in his first feature film. He continued to build a film and television resume as well as his oil and gas business in Oklahoma for many years until the entertainment business pulled him back to the Los Angeles area.
Nowadays, Terry splits his time between the film business in LA and New Orleans, and the ranch in Oklahoma where he lives with his beloved wife, Amber, 16 month old son, Coy, two dogs, Leo and Lilly, and cat, Pearl.
2 Time EMMY Award winning composer Trevor Morris is a dual Citizen of Canada and Great Britain, living and working in Los Angeles. Trevor composes music for Feature Film, Television and Video Games. He is most recognized for his Television work on "The Tudors", "The Borgias" and "Vikings". As well as such feature films as "London Has Fallen", "Olympus Has Fallen" and "Immortals". Trevor has collaborated with many of the top names and in the business, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony and Ridley Scott, and Antoine Fuqua. As well as collaborations with other top composers James Newton Howard, Danny Eflman and Hans Zimmer. Trevor conducts selections of his composition live in the many Film Festivals around the world, recently conducting his music with full Orchestra and Choir to over 12,000 fans at the Krakow FMF. Trevor lives and works in Calfornia with his wife and 3 children.
|Michelle Celeste Assil
Michelle has always loved performing whether it was in front of the camera or on the volleyball court. Growing up she was an all star athlete that was awarded a full athletic college scholarship for volleyball. She loved volleyball but dreamed of one day being on the big screen and having her own line. She attended a specialized broadcast school & was featured as a radio personality at one of the top radio stations in Houston. Michelle modeled, hosted live events, & starred in commercials before she made her transition into film and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She spent a lot of time perfecting her craft by reading books and training in class. She then began to land various t.v. and film roles. Her most exciting and highest grossing films she was a part of were Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Homefront starring Jason Statham. She has since found her true passion becoming an entrepreneur, designer, and humanitarian. She is the founder of Love For Humanity Organics a Beauty With Purpose organic skincare and cosmetics brand. She is also the founder and designer of LFH Swim an eco- luxury swimwear line. Both lines are made in America and help feed starving children in America. By: Talent Agency
Tina Guo has developed an international multi-faceted performance and recording career as a cellist, electric cellist, erhuist, and composer known for her distinctive sound, mastery in a wide range of genres, and improvisatory style in major motion picture, television, and game scores.
As a classical cello soloist, Tina Guo has appeared as guest artist with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Petrobras Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. She also performed with violinist Midori Goto in Dvorak's American String Quartet at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and completed four national tours of Mexico and Italy performing the Shostakovich, Dvorak, Haydn, and Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos. Tina toured as a featured guest with Al Di Meola, one of the most prominent virtuosos and influential guitarists in the contemporary jazz field, with Japanese superstar Yoshiki of X Japan on his Classical World Tour, and recently appeared with the Tenerife Symphony and Choir in the Canary Islands performing "Batman: The Dark Knight" Suite at the Tenerife International Film Festival, featured on Electric Cello. Tina performed at the 2015 Krakow Film Music Festival, playing music from Vikings, Dexter, Game of Thrones, and Chicago Fire live as soloist with the Krakow Symphony and Polish Radio Choir.
Tina is featured on screen in commercials for Mazda6, and United Airlines, and was also a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson "The Immortal" World Tour from 2011-2013 performing in sold out arenas around the world. Tina performed to 2 million audience members worldwide with the tour, and they topped the charts for 2 years as the highest grossing tour in America and sold out shows in arenas worldwide. Tina is also featured on the Epic Records/Jackson Estate release "Immortal," replacing the original guitar solo in "Beat It" with an Electric Cello/Guitar Battle-style duet with guitarist Greg Howe.
Tina performed alongside Johnny Marr of the Smiths and Hans Zimmer at the Premiere of Inception, and in a sold-out concert for Dreamworks with Hans Zimmer and John Powell, featuring her as soloist on electric cello and erhu. She performed for the League of Legends World Championship to a sold out arena at Staples Center in Los Angeles and an audience of 33 million streaming online. Tina was featured on the Electric Cello in a super-band for the event with The Crystal Method, Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Danny Lohner (NIN), Joe Letz (Combichrist), and the Hollywood Scoring Orchestra. Tina has also been a featured performer at Comic Con, Blizzcon, and with Video Games Live. She was the guest soloist in Baroque-Rock group Vivaldianno's "City of Mirrors" Tour appearing throughout Europe in Summer 2015, and will tour with Blues legend Joe Bonamassa in January 2016, including two concerts at Carnegie Hall to be broadcasted on PBS and for future DVD Release.
Tina was the cello soloist on the scores of Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, The Monkey King 2, Clash of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, Abduction, Olympus Has Fallen, Escape Plan, CSI:NY, Vikings, The Borgias, Sleepy Hollow, Dominion, Iron Chef, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (as Octavia,) Blizzard's Diablo III and Hearthstone, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Revelation Online by Chinese game giant Netease, and Journey, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack. Tina can also be heard on the soundtracks of Inception, Hancock, Battle: Los Angeles, The Hangover Part II, Predators, Fast Five, Arthur, No Strings Attached, Beginners, Public Enemies, Rango, The Rite, X-Men: First Class, Your Highness, Yogi Bear, The Mentalist, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, commercials for Apple iPhone, Under Armour, and many others. Tina also contributed Electric Cello to the creation of elements that were used to create the sound of the Kaijus in Pacific Rim. Her arrangement and performance of "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" was featured in the end credits for The Heartbreak Kid and she was an additional composer on the feature film Persecuted. The Tina Guo Sample Library by Cinesamples is one of the most popular cello solo libraries available on the market today, used by composers and producers in countless media music projects. Tina is currently in the studio with Hans Zimmer and his team working on two upcoming major motion pictures as Electric Cello and Acoustic Cello Soloist and will tour with Hans in 2016 throughout Europe in his live shows.
Tina was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show playing "Beat It" on electric cello, and also performed at the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, on Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana and India Arie, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, the Lopez Show with Far East Movement, the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, on American Idol, at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. She also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Playboy Mansion, and has shared the stage with The Tenors, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, John Legend, LeAnn Rhimes, Chris Isaak, Il Divo, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Jennifer Hudson, and Michael McDonald. Corporate clients have included Microsoft, Cephalon Biopharmaceutics, Adecco and the PGA. Tina has recorded on hundreds of albums, with artists such as John Legend, Ciara, David Archuleta, and Big K.R.I.T.
Tina's musical education began at the age of 3, when she began her piano studies in Shanghai, China. After coming to America at the age of 5, she began violin lessons with her mother and later began studying the cello under the instruction of her father, Lu-Yan Guo at the age of 7. Tina continued her professional cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music on full scholarship, and was also a Governor's Scholar for academic excellence.
The instrumental metal music video for her song "Queen Bee" won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Her songs "Queen Bee" and "Forbidden City" are also available for download to play for Rockband on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Metal Hammer Magazine UK described Tina as "an international sensation" and she was also featured in Glamour Magazine Russia with a 2 page spread. Tina was the 2014 Innovation Award Recipient from the Asian Heritage Awards. An avid writer, her first published work is "Event Horizons of Yin and Yang," a collection of philosophical prose and poetry. Tina holds a Bachelors in Metaphysics.
Tina is the co-founder and CEO of MG Music Int'l, a production company in partnership with her husband, music producer R. Armando Morabito. MG Music has provided music for Mercedes, Call of Duty: Ghosts MTX 4, the Official Launch Trailer for video game ArchAge "A Way Home," and the Official Trailer for feature film "The Best Offer." Their music can be heard on WWE Smackdown, WWE Monday Night Raw, NHL Rivals, Chopped, Mission October on Fox Sports, Inside the PGA Tour, Road to Ferrari, and Against the Odds on the American Heroes Channel. Together, Ray and Tina are involved in philanthropy with the Humane Society of the United States and ChildFund International; their other endeavors include Real Estate, Business, and Private Investments.
Tina performs on her Gand & Bernadel Cello made in Paris, France in 1880. On electric cello, she plays a customized Yamaha SVC-210 as a Yamaha Performing Artist. Tina also plays an Erhu made in Shanghai, China.
Tina endorses Sennheiser, Focusrite, ENGL Amps, Voodoo Lab Pedals, Coffin Case, Zoom, Samson, Reunion Blues, Analysis Plus Cables, Pickworld, Yamaha, and Apogee Electronics.
Zygi Kamasa is the CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe, one of the leading independent distributors in Europe.
In 1998 Zygi co-founded the independent film distribution company Redbus Film Distribution and amongst his early successes he invested in and co-produced Bend it Like Beckham. In October 2005, Redbus was sold to Lionsgate Entertainment, netting Zygi and his business partner Simon franks $35million and it subsequently changed its name to Lionsgate UK.
Through Redbus to Lionsgate UK, Zygi has overseen the investment, production, and distribution of over 500 films and has had over 200 UK Top Ten Box Office hits including, most recently, The Expendables franchise, The Hunger Games movies, Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning Hurt Locker, Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London has Fallen, Magic Mike, Sicario and Deepwater Horizon.
Zygi has made investing in UK projects a key part of the company strategy, and has co-financed and Executive Produced over 30 British Films.
His notable successes include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes & Helena Bonham Carter, Filth starring James McAvoy, The Railway Man starring Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman, A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, Locke starring Tom hardy, Brooklyn starring Soarse Ronan, and Eddie the Eagle starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman.
Across all of his films, Zygi has garnered over 45 Bafta nominations and 40 Oscar Nomination and he has committed to invest in an additional 25 British films over the next four years.
Steve Kim, born in Seoul, Korea as Heung Sup Kim flourished from a shy kid to an accomplished artist, martial artist, and stuntman. Steve moved from Korea to Boston, Massachusetts with his family at age 13 without knowing a lick of English.
Following high school, he was accepted (based on his portfolio) to the prestigious New England School of Art and Design. Next, he made a daring move that would change his life. He jumped in a two door Chevy hatchback with two buddies and fled to Hollywood.
While living in Los Angeles he began training Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo with his best friend Mike Mitch McClanahan who was his first instructor. Mitch introduced Steve to Judo Gene LeBell in 1995. Gene LeBell is a one of a kind who was a Judo champion, Pioneer mixed martial artist and very accomplished Hollywood stuntman. Gene LeBell has played many other vital roles in Steve's life. He is Steve's mentor, father figure, and lifelong friend.
Steve thrived while training at The Hayastan Submission Grappling Academy landing him a rare black belt in 2007 given by both sensei Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivichyan. Steve's bumps and bruises also earned him a 1st degree Black Belt in Karate tested by Moo Do Won on October 31st 1998 followed by a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shorinjo Ryu Ju-jutsu received from Santos Flaniken on April 20th, 2006. Steve also learned a great deal of knowledge from his sensei's, George R. Gardoni, and Lari Beebe (RIP Lari).
Before Steve new it, his first national commercial and stunt job on a tv show fell into his lap. This was the beginning of his unsuspecting career as a stuntman. His knowledge of martial arts and guidance from Gene LeBell helped him tremendously. A few of Steve's most memorable stunt jobs are:"Olympus Has Fallen"; fighting Chris Hemsworth in "Cyber", getting to work with Will Smith in "Focus" and Mark Wahlberg's movie "The Gambler" also transforming into an animated character (judo fighter) in the video game MMA Supremacy!
If Steve is not on set, he is either teaching, training, spending time with his family, or creating his next masterpiece! Steve is survived by his son Journey Kim, his wife Meggin Penkal Kim, his mother, sister, and two brothers.
|John C. Coffman
John C. Coffman is a Louisiana based actor known for his ability to make even a small role memorable.
The acting bug caught John late in life. A friend sent an email with a casting call for Olympus Has Fallen. "They're describing you. You should apply!" After some convincing, he sent some photos and resume. The next week he was on his way to Shreveport, La. for a week on the set. It was supposed to be a one-time thing just for the experience but the great crew and cast whetted his appetite for more.
Born in Jasper, Texas, John grew up as a self-described "pipeline brat." His father worked in the gas pipeline industry and they moved around quite a bit. Name any town along the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and he's lived within sixty miles of it. The moves were always just far enough that everyone talked differently. As a result, John developed a talent for mimicking accents and speech patterns.
After seven years in the Army, John worked for a couple of years in the same industry as his father. Afterwards he obtained his B.S. in Accounting from McNeese State University and his J.D. in Civil Law from Loyola University in New Orleans. He's practiced law for over twenty years as both a Defense and Prosecuting Attorney. He's now in semi-retired private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a schedule relaxed enough to follow up movie roles.
He's married to the ever-patient Tina Mosca and has one son, John B. Coffman.
Born in the United Kingdom and raised on the numerous film sets that his father Alan Marshall produced, Jamie grew up observing and learning from the ever-evolving world of filmmaking. Jamie quickly climbed the ranks as a First Assistant Director and successfully completed multiple projects working for award winning directors - Martin Campbell, Antoine Fuqua, John Woo, Adrian Lyne, Terry Gilliam, Catherine Hardwicke, Gavin Oconnor, Tarsem and Scott Cooper to name a few. Taking advantage of his experience as a 1st Assistant Director, Jamie started to get involved as a producer on various projects the first one being the very profitable "Twilight" and shortly thereafter numerous producer credits on Warrior, Immortals, Snow White, Out of the Furnace, Marauders, Hunter Killer and most recently "The Foreigner" directed by Martin Campbell.
In 2011 he made his transition to directing and helmed 2nd Unit on Antoine Fuqua's action film "Olympus Has Fallen" and following that he ventured into the world of directing music videos and commercials to continue to build his skills to develops his own material with the goal to direct a feature. In 2014 Jamie successfully set up his first feature that he produced and directed the film "Dirty Lies" which just has just received international distribution and and ITN is handing domestic.
Jamie recently just wrapped filming the "The Foreigner" which he directed the 2nd Unit as well as serve as a producer on the highly anticipated thriller staring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
Michaels earned his first stripes as a personal assistant to Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. supervising the productions of various iconic cult films such as "Sid and Nancy". After experiencing first-hand the rewards associated with quality filmmaking, he sought more personal creative freedom and set out to create his own identity.
This led to a position as the Senior Vice President for Lancit Media Entertainment, where he supervised the development and production of three television series which accumulated six Emmy wins during his tenure. He also ran its motion-picture division and acquired the subsidiary rights of children's picture books and young adult novels and subsequently developed them for the big and small screens. These projects include "The Giver" (Walden Media, Weinstein Company), "The Watsons" (CBS, Sony, Hallmark, Walden Media), "Taxi Dog" (Warner Brothers, Radar Pictures), "Reading Rainbow" (PBS/Lancit Media Entertainment), "The Puzzle Place" (KCET/PBS/Lancit Media Entertainment), and "Outward Bound" (Discovery Channel/Lancit Media Entertainment).
Functioning as both executive and producer, he continued to acquire and develop a large number of intellectual properties for film and television. During this time he effectively packaged projects with Robin Williams, Cameron Diaz, Jeff Bridges, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito, Cathy Schulman, Rick Yorn, Michael Menchel, Pamela Abdy, David Lynch, Howard Rosenman, Stacey Sher, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. These projects include "The Marx Brothers" (Universal Pictures, Jersey Films), "Fenwick's Suit" (Fox 2000, John August), "Dry Fire" (HBO, Penny Marshall), "Sleepless Beauty" (Warner Brothers, Larry Wilson), "The Guardian Angels" (MGM, John Avildsen), "Surveillance" (Magnolia Pictures, Mark Cuban, Warner Brothers), "Shelter Island" (Showtime Networks), and "Murder at the Cannes Film Festival" (Merv Griffin, E! Entertainment). "Surveillance" premiered to critical acclaim on the red carpet in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
Ultimately finding his foothold, Michaels took the leap as an independent producer and screenwriter. Since this pivotal moment, he has acquired, developed, packaged, and set for production a number of films in partnership with Michael Benaroya (Queen of the Desert, Margin Call), Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Sandy Stern (Being John Malkovich), Alan Siegel and Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen). These projects include "Seasons of Dust" (w/Chloe Grace Moretz, James Franco, Robert Redford), "Last Summer" (w/Andy Garcia, Abby Cornish), and "A Fall From Grace" (w/Forest Whitaker, Tim Roth, and Vincent D'Onofrio).
He has also partnered with producer Laila Nabulsi to launch a live multimedia stage adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", and he's executive produced the award-winning documentary "Despite the Gods" which follows filmmaker Jennifer Lynch as she fights an array of daunting obstacles while attempting to film a movie in Bollywood (India). His interest in documentaries continues as the writer-director of "The Federation", a definitive look into the creation and secrecy of Fidel Castro's infamous Cuban Boxing Federation and its current leader Raul Fernandez Liranza.
As a screenwriter, Michaels' inaugural effort entitled "M" has inspired a number of high-profile actors to passionately join the project. These thespians include Woody Harrelson, Anjelica Huston, Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Eddie Izzard, Juno Temple, Tim Roth, Alanis Morissette, Jason Lee, Katie Holmes, Lili Taylor, and Jim Broadbent. In addition, Butch Vig (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) will produce the soundtrack while Grammy award-winning musician Dave Matthews has already written and recorded 6 original songs based on that screenplay. Michaels' screenplay "Sold" has recently been greenlit for production by French studio Gaumont. Award-winning director Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose, Grace of Monaco) will direct.
When not working, Michaels continues to mentor the exceptional talent pool of students emerging from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and he also curates art-driven charitable events which benefit the David Lynch Foundation.
Michaels is currently represented by the United Talent Agency. His legal team consists of Phillip Rosen (Rosen Law Group) and Craig Emanuel (Loeb & Loeb).
Cody Daniel was born in Arlington, Texas to Mark and Sheila Daniel. His father is a nuclear engineer for a popular Texas power company. His Mother was in marketing. He has a younger brother (Brayden) and a younger sister (Kaydence).
While he was only in the sixth grade he auditioned for the high school play, "MAME" and landed the lead role of Patrick. Cody then decided to play hockey as a goaltender. He won his first hockey National Championship at the age of 14. Cody attended a prestigious goal tending academy at the age of 16. He later progressed to a professional career in hockey and he played until the age of 24.
While listening to the radio one day, he heard about TV shows in Dallas needing background actors and the fire for acting was reborn. He landed several small roles in commercials and independent films. While working on the TV shows Chase and The Good Guys, he began taking acting, stunts and weapons training classes. Cody would spend three seasons working on the TV show Dallas. During season 2 of the show "Dallas" Cody landed a speaking role on the last episode which would give him the SAG Eligibility that he had worked so hard to earn. Cody later went on to work on the movie Olympus Has Fallen doing stunts. He currently works on various TV Shows, films, commercials and print work.
Gregory Carlos Washington was born on April 8th 1983. The only child of Lydia Sanchez and Donald Washington, two American soldiers stationed together in Korea, he credits his military childhood as being the catalyst for his love of entertaining. In a culture where everything is right or wrong and everything (from uniforms to houses) is identical to the one next to it, he found a deep desire to be what stood out. Greg found that school came naturally and that the times he felt most comfortable was when he had the attention of those around him. He quickly learned that in a military household a well placed one liner could mean the difference between a laugh and lecture. Growing up the way he did Mr. Washington was forced to move almost annually for a good portion of his childhood and this forced him to be the perpetual "new kid". Greg turned to his natural ability to entertain to expedite the integration process and found that a combination of teacher impersonations, jokes with slightly mature material, and a few well rehearsed monologues, (complete with hand gestures, dramatic pauses, and simple choreography) could establish his credibility in almost any social group in less than a week. He also found the thing in life that he wanted most. To spend his life entertaining others. Greg graduated from Ovey Comeaux high school in Lafayette, LA and went on to study Theatre at Northwestern. During college he learned that his love of film wasn't limited to simply being on stage or in front of a camera, he found that in writing he was able to share the stories of the people and places that influenced him most. He found that his ability to manage assets, to visualize the product before it existed, as well as interpret the needs of those he worked with let him excel in projects that required him to produce. All thoughts on which aspect of the film industry interested him the most however were put on hold after the U.N. officially put troops in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Gregory enlisted in the United States Army and became a Combat Medic. Although his time in the Army isn't something he often discusses with people he works with on set it is a time in his life he is very proud of. His choice to join an Army at war wasn't surprising to his family, as both of his parents and eventually his brother and sister were all soldiers. "I won't say the military didn't change me, anyone who does is lying. I can say that in my case it changed me for the better. The Army gave me an opportunity to do things that I would have never dreamed of doing on my own much less excelling at. Most importantly the military taught me that failure is never an option, you don't get a second chance, there is no "Plan B". To me that is true of all life and of everything you do in it. During his initial training the same soliloquy type rants that entertained his childhood classmates, entertained the trainees around him quickly making him pseudo-famous as the "sermons" by "Reverend Washington" provided much needed comedic relief for the men cut off from television and radio. While the name was shortened with time many of the soldiers who trained with him still call him "Rev" when they see him.
Upon his return to Shreveport, Greg worked on many projects in varying roles on both sides of the camera. Having earned his EMS credentials in the military he even added set medic to his growing list of skill sets. Among those skill sets he also added father to his resume. Victor Gabriel Washington was born wide eyed and a ball of unending optimism Victor is the Greg Washington for the next generation and easily his father's biggest fan. Of fatherhood Greg simply says, "people will tell you that being a parent is the greatest roll you will ever play, I disagree. When I am with my son the rest of the world doesn't matter, I don't care if I am covered in dirt and look like an idiot. That isn't for the benefit of anyone else. When we are together I am totally and completely present. It is the only time in my life that I know no part of me is acting or even thinking about acting, it is the time that I am the most myself. I will say that being a father is the coolest thing I have ever done and I have got to do some pretty cool things...".
His most prominent projects to date have been Olympus Has Fallen, The East and The Iceman. His favorite project to this date has honestly been Infamous Web Series. "it is just the project I feel I learned the most on, it was like a crash course on independent film making. Taking every aspect of things I've learned or heard about over the years and applying them." He hopes to continue learning on both sides of the camera and entertaining the masses.
|Michael P Gardner
Michael is best known for his co-starring role as Officer Rosenthal on the Emmy winning Television series, American Crime. Michael says "working for Oscar winner John Ridley was such an honor. He's the best." With the face of a grizzled Marine Officer, Michael is a go to guy for films and TV shows that seek that strong authoritative character. That being said, he's also been the bad guy on many occasions. "Michael is one of the most intense actors to hit the big screen in a long time, people are going to know Michael very soon." - Eric Burton - Producer. Michael started his acting career as a background actor, just for fun, at age 45. Within six months he found himself in a principal role on a TV show and Michael has been steadily working ever since and in 5 years time has worked on over 50 productions in film, TV and commercials. He's worked on productions including hit TV shows like TNT's Dallas and WGN's Salem. He's been on blockbuster films like Olympus Has Fallen and appeared in National TV Commercials for Hasbro, Subway and Nike.
Hair Stylist, M/U artist, know for The Key, American Bully, Escapee, The Day I Finally Decided To Kill Myself, The Aftermath. Actor in Drive Angry 3D, The Aftermath, Salem WGN. Writer and host, You Style with Dan Forest, KALB TV. Background actor, The Gates (ABC), Straight A's, Olympus Has Fallen, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Salem WGN
|Mary Alfred Thoma
Mary Thoma's on screen portrayals are known for her signature qualities of strength, tenacity, and heart. Thoma earned a solid reputation in stage productions before transitioning to film and television. On screen, she is most commonly recognized as Morgan Freeman's White House Aide in Olympus Has Fallen, the zany, dog lover in Finding Normal, and the grieving mom in Blind Turn.
|David Lee Valle
Mini Bio: David Lee Valle has been working exclusively in the Louisiana film industry for seven years. He has a BFA degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Criminal Justice Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo Michigan.
David grew up in Boston. After graduating college he moved to Michigan where he served as a Public Safety Officer prior to his career in the film industry. For 5 years David has been working on a WWII project named GQ Johnny: The Heart of a Warrior which is based on a true story. The project is in the final stages of development and is planning for production the summer 2014.
David has worked on a variety of productions from small independent films like "Beasts of the Southern Wild" to major film productions recently "Snitch" and "Olympus has Fallen." David has also worked as a tactical and weapons instructor on a variety film and television productions. He continues his love of acting and has recently started performing in theater productions.
Joshua Robertson was born on March 18, 1975 in Dallas,TX. He graduated from Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas, in 1993. He is a father of 3 beautiful girls, and is pursuing his career in Acting after his 14 year career of law enforcement.
Joshua has done films and a couple commercials, such as the feature film "Olympus Has Fallen" Directed by Antoine Fuqua(2013),and Indie Feature Film "Confessions of Isabella" Directed by Trina McGee, "Sacrifice" Directed by Katie Young(2013). He has also been on "One Heart"(2013), "Charlie: A Toy Story" (2012), and two episodes of the television series "Dallas" (2012).
His youngest daughter, Madison McGuire, decided at her young age to follow in his footsteps in the entertainment industry.
Born in Rapid City South Dakota, to Rebekah and Cliff Stallings, Michael was raised along with his 3 other brothers Matthew, John and Josh. Growing up Michael always had a passion for acting but it wasn't until he joined the Air Force that he was able to pursue those dreams. Upon graduating from high school Michael joined the Air Force and became a fuels airman. In 2010 he was stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida and thats when he began to study acting. Early 2011 brought Michael to the theatre world as he had heard about a local theatre group called Stage Crafters. He auditioned for the part of Daniel Warren in Sin Sex and the CIA and won the roll. This was Michael's first time acting and was reviewed favorably. July 2011 began a hiatus for Michael as he was selected to a year long deployment in Afghanistan as a fuels mentor. Upon his return from the deployment he was an extra in Sons of Liberty as a special ops team member. In December 2012, Michael received his big break as an extra on Olympus Has Fallen. While on set, his skills in the military came in handy as the director consulted with him about certain military specific situations. During one of the scenes the director (Antoine Fuqua) asked what kind of briefing a military person would give to a higher ranking individual. Michael was able to come up with something on the fly and the director asked him if he would be able to say it on film. This led to Michael's first time speaking role on the big screen. As of February 2013 Michael is studying acting and trying to hone his skills and become more involved with film and theatre.
Featured in the nationwide television commercial for Shingles Awareness as himself, Steve has a diverse background.
Since the beginning of 2011, he has studied at various schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area and Phoenix, has worked as a background actor on a variety of film and television projects including "Dallas", "Big Rich Texas", "Iceman", Olympus Has Fallen, and Love the Way You Lie.
Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Steve made a career in law enforcement as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, an Inspector and Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to various divisions of the Marshals Service including Air Operations (aka Con Air), and Judicial Security Branch working in Chicago, Houston, and El Paso where he supervised daily operations of a busy office. His work ethic and skills earned him numerous awards.
Simultaneously, Steve served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, and saw duty in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Germany and Iraq working as a military police investigator and counterintelligence special agent, among other duties.
Following his military and law enforcement careers, Steve opened a successful private investigation business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
After having successfully worked in an undercover capacity for over a year, Steve felt that if he could be successful working undercover, he might be able to successfully pursue acting which has become his passion.
Joseph Farrugia is an award winning veteran screenwriter with an impeccable track record of profitable films across a variety of genres. He holds the rare Hollywood distinction of being able to boast a perfect record, in that every one of his movies has been profitable.
An Alumni of Bard College where he was a recipient of the prestigious Maya Deren Filmmaking Scholarship, Joseph also privately studied the craft of writing with Sloan Wilson, author of the literary classic "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit".
Joseph's entree into Hollywood came via the legendary producer and Lifetime Achievement Academy Award winner Roger Corman. While working with Roger Corman, Joseph wrote the films "Baby Face Nelson" which co-starred Academy Award winning actor F. Murray Abraham as well as the gritty thriller "Born Bad".
As a Script Doctor, Joseph has worked for a variety of companies such as HBO, Dimension Films, Capital Arts, Saban Entertainment, and Millennium Films. Joseph's most recent film is the foreign Box Office hit Spiders 3D which stars Christa Campbell, Patrick Muldoon and William Hope.
Directed by Tibor Takacs, Spiders' 3D won Best Native 3D feature film at the Los Angeles 3D Film Festival where it beat a film produced by his mentor Roger Corman, as well as the Weinstein brothers before going onto reap foreign box office gold by attaining the number one box office spot in a number of territories throughout Asia and the Middle East.
Spiders 3D was produced by Avi Lerner, who is recognized as one of the most experienced, prolific, and successful independent filmmakers of all time. Lerner also boasts a lengthy list of profitable films such as The Expendables, Leaves of Grass, Rocky 5, Conan the Barbarian and Olympus Has Fallen, in a filmography of over one hundred profitable films.
As an accomplished musician, as well as a screenwriter, Joseph Farrugia is descended from a family steeped in the musical tradition. Joseph's great grandfather Theodore Randazzo wrote the song "Randazzo's Ragtime Band", before selling it to Irving Berlin in 1911 where it was released as the retitled classic " Alexander's Ragtime Band". Joseph's cousin Teddy Randazzo is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame for penning hit songs such as "Goin' Out of My Head", "It's Gonna Take a Miracle", "Pretty Blue Eyes", and "Hurt So Bad". Joseph's father Frank Farrugia is an accomplished singer who also penned the lyrics to the hit single "Sorry, I Ran All The Way Home" for the Impalas in the nineteen sixties. Joseph's grandfather Louis Maione was uncle to Gia Maione who sang with, and was married to, the legendary Louis Prima until his death.
While at Bard, Joseph played bass with an early incarnation of the legendary band "Beastie Boys" that included Adam Yauch (MCA) and Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock). As a Jazz / Funk bass player Joseph had little interest in the Beastie Boys' raw punk/ rap sound, eventually loaning his bass to his dorm neighbor Adam Yauch, and then giving him his first bass playing lessons.
Nathan Tremaine known for his work on. "Olympus has Fallen" ,"Dallas", "Jurassic World", and "Same Kind of different as me"
Nathan Tremaine (born on June 22, 1987) is an American actor, Musician and Photographer, born and raised in northeast Louisiana. Nathan started out as a musician, playing in bands most of his early life. His wife, who is also from Monroe and an pursuing acting herself, encouraged him to pursue acting. Nathan knew of the growing need for extras and talent in Louisiana due to the booming film industry. He followed his wife's advice and was cast as an extra relatively quickly. That was the fuel he needed to ignite his passion for all things related to film.
Elijah Miskowski was born in Cambridge, England. His parents, both Air Force Veterans, returned to the states when he was three years old. Elijah started acting for his big sister in her short YouTube films before he landed a part on the big screen. Elijah's favorite part of being in the movies is "the awesome food". His entire family was cast in Olympus Has Fallen.
Mario Tomchev was born on 5 April 1990 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is grandson of painter Diko Tomchev Sr. and son of literary antiquarian and amateur photographer/collage artist Tsvetan Tomchev. At different points in his secondary education he studied English, Italian, and also spent a year of Preschool Education in Sofia University. In 2012 he worked six months on the Hollywood blockbuster "Olympus Has Fallen" as an artist support in Visual Effects. In early 2013 he met actor Nickolay Hadjiminev with whom he started taking acting/directing lessons. Later, he was selected as one of five members who represented the Young Jury at the 17th Sofia International Film Festival. He has one brother, culinary specialist Diko Tomchev Jr.
Austin Abel was born in Grand Prairie,Texas to Chris Abel and Felecia Hays. He lived in Arlington for 7 years and then moved to Cedar Hill. While growing up, Austin enjoyed playing basketball, photography, and watching films.His parents would take him to different theater productions throughout the DFW area. Each time, he would gain a greater respect for the arts.
Starting in middle school Austin got involved in theater. He worked behind the scenes and help design the sets. Once high school came around, he continue on working the technical side of theater. Austin decided to take a big step and go to film school in Los Angeles. He attended the New York Film Academy. It would not be until 2012 that Austin would work on a big film production but as a background extra.
After hearing about legacy casting from a friend. Austin got the chance of a lifetime. He was contacted to be a background extra on the film Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Legacy casting not only casted for films, they casted for television as well. This led Austin to his next extra role on the show of Dallas (2012).
Graduating from UCLA with a degree in English Literature, Cid Swank's professional career has spanned the spectrum of marketing positions while pursuing her love for travel. The diversity includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she taught English as a second language in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and then transferring into sports marketing for the surf industry, representing FREE STYLE USA, where she traveled for sporting events to promote their products.
Since 1991, Swank has been a freelance unit publicist for feature films and television, working on productions in the Bahamas, Britain, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Morocco, Namibia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, and Tahiti, as well as around the USA. In addition, she has served as a publicity consultant for independently-produced movies, advertising agencies, and small businesses, as well as taking on writing assignments.
Swank has served as the unit publicist on over one hundred projects. Some of her credits include her first movie, Guncrazy, starring Drew Barrymore & James Le Gros, the cult classic Bound, which was the directorial debut of the Wachowski Brothers, Breakdown, starring Kurt Russell, U-571, starring Matthew McConaughey, Proof of Life, starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, The Last Castle, starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, Antwone Fisher, which marked Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington's directorial debut, the heist flick, The Italian Job, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance, The Great Debaters, also directed by Denzel Washington, the critically-acclaimed Get Low, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek, and Summit Entertainment's Drive Angry, a supernatural action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard & William Fichtner.
Swank also worked on Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, that starred Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman & Christina Hendricks. In addition, she oversaw unit publicity on Antoine Fuqua's action thriller, "Olympus Has Fallen," starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman & Angela Bassett, "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington, "Focus," starring Will Smith & Margot Robbie, and David O. Russell's "Joy," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Virginia Madsen and Diane Ladd..
Next up for Swank is Tom Cruise's upcoming film, "Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back," directed by Ed Zwick and due for release Oct. 21, 2016.
In addition, Swank is featured in "100 Careers in Film and Television", written by Tanja Crouch, that was published in 2003.
Born and raised in Laredo, TX to Juan and Elma Marquez. Cesar was the youngest of three. Serving as the prankster of the family. Since an early age Cesar liked to entertain by putting on magic shows and making friends and family laugh by playing characters from his favorite films. His antics spread to the classroom quickly making him the class clown. After high school, Cesar had a brief marriage which spawned the inspiration to his life. His beautiful little miracle named Victoria Marquez. Without a direction in life Cesar decided to follow in his father's footsteps and joined the Army. Cesar became a combat medic and quickly learned how to pick oneself up from tragedy and move forward. After the Army Cesar had a slew of jobs not really knowing what he wanted to do. He even became a licensed funeral director and embalmer for a while. Sometime passed and Cesar decided to start doing the only thing in life that really made him happy. ACTING! he began researching acting classes and starting taking lessons and also went to film camps to learn the art of filmmaking. He has never looked back since. Cesar has now appeared on TV, and even got to work on the major motion picture "Olympus Has Fallen" starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman.
Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Rob was coerced into the film industry by his wife. Answering a Facebook casting call for a "distinguished military type", she sent in his picture. The casting director for Olympus Has Fallen, passed it to the director who made Rob a featured extra and eventually gave him his first line in a scene with Morgan Freeman. Rob has also worked with Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb. While acting is a hobby, Rob's true passion is his family, University of Michigan football and fishing. Rob resides in Louisiana with his wife and two kids and serves as Senior Pastor of Intentional Church in Shreveport.
Ryan Littlefield, born 1987 in San Antonio, TX, is a detail-oriented visual effects artist/photographer with a technical background and swift learning curve. Highly self-motivated, great eye for detail and perspective, practices strong leadership skills and works well with others in a production environment. Is always willing to learn and utilize a wide variety of software packages as required by a studio or commercial environment.
Skill Set: *Autodesk Maya *Pixologic Z Brush *The Foundry Nuke *Adobe Photoshop *Windows *MAC
Professional Achievements as Visual Effects Artist for the following feature films: *Expendables 3 (2014) *The Legend of Hercules (2014) * Olympus Has Fallen (2013) *Texas Chainsaw 3D (2012) * Stolen (2012) * Homefront (2013) * Playing for Keeps (2012) * The Big Wedding (2013) * Iceman (2012)