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3 October 2008 (USA) See more »
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Brace yourselves, America. See more »
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A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(11 articles)
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Boys Own bull - badly written, and with an embarrassed cast. See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kelan Pannell ... Young Sidney

Janette Scott ... Sidney's Mother (archive footage)

Simon Pegg ... Sidney Young

Megan Fox ... Sophie Maes

Gillian Anderson ... Eleanor Johnson
Kelly Jo Charge ... Apollo Awards Presenter
Christian Maier Smith ... Apollo Awards Guest

Katherine Parkinson ... PR Woman
Felicity Montagu ... Clipboard Nazi

Thandie Newton ... Herself

John Lightbody ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Ian Bonar ... Post Modern Review Staff

James Corden ... Post Modern Review Staff

Fenella Woolgar ... Post Modern Review Staff

Chris O'Dowd ... Post Modern Review Staff
Hugh Thompson ... Post Modern Review Staff
Emily Thorling ... Post Modern Review Staff

Jeff Bridges ... Clayton Harding
Miquel Brown ... Clayton's Assistant

Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Kowalski

Nathalie Cox ... Woman in Bar

Kirsten Dunst ... Alison Olsen
Sam Douglas ... Barman
Charlotte Devaney ... Bobbie
Gillian King ... Sharps Assistant

Danny Huston ... Lawrence Maddox

Margo Stilley ... Ingrid
Isabella Calthorpe ... Anna

Hannah Waddingham ... Elizabeth Maddox
Diana Kent ... Rachel Petkoff

Max Minghella ... Vincent Lepak
Emily Denniston ... Maddox's Assistant

Jefferson Mays ... Bill Nathanson

Ashley Madekwe ... Vicky

Lisa McAllister ... Sophie Maes' Assistant
Julia West ... Mother Superior - Trailer
Brona C. Titley ... Nun - Trailer
Charles De Bromhead ... Young Priest - Trailer

Jane Perry ... Mrs. Harding
Connie Wheeler ... Harding Child
Lara Edmunds ... Harding Child
Allen Lidkey ... July 4th Party Guest

Robert B. Weide ... July 4th Party Guest

Nathan Nolan ... July 4th Party Waiter
Andy Lucas ... Wizard / Dentist

Bill Paterson ... Richard Young

Alexandra Aitken ... Nightclub Girl
Sarah Mennell ... Flight Desk Attendant
Liat Baruch ... Couple on Blanket
Eivind Karlsen ... Couple on Blanket
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Debbie Attwell ... Red Carpet Fan (uncredited)
Michael Berendt ... Award Winner (uncredited)
Cristóbal Blanco García ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Cris Blanco ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Jemma Bolt ... Sharpe's Girl (uncredited)
Serena Catapano ... Waitress (uncredited)
Heather Snow Clark ... Beautiful Girl (uncredited)

Toni Collette ... Herself (uncredited)

Daniel Craig ... Himself (uncredited)
Giada Dobrzenska ... Fashion Party Girl (uncredited)

Elli ... Newsstand Vendor (uncredited)
James Fiddy ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Tim Glanfield ... Bafta Awards Official (uncredited)

Brian Austin Green ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Chris Jameson ... Apollo Awards Guest (uncredited)

Forbes KB ... Hotel Security (uncredited)

Thor Knai ... Sharp's Party Celebrity (uncredited)
Edward Lemont ... Sharps Magazine Receptionist (uncredited)

Oliver Martin ... Maddox's Friend at Party (uncredited)
Ben Morris ... BAFTA Crowd Member (uncredited)
Sarah-Jane Paige ... Female Fan (uncredited)
Daniel Pellegrino ... Himself (uncredited)
David Petrucci ... Guest at party (uncredited)
Tracy Redington ... Model (uncredited)

Jenny Rieu ... Girl on Blanket (uncredited)
James Schram ... Doorman / Bouncer (uncredited)
Robert Stone ... BAFTA Security (uncredited)

Ashton Swinford ... Glamorati (uncredited)
Vesna Vujat ... Sharpe's Girl (uncredited)

Kate Winslet ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert B. Weide 
 
Writing credits
Peter Straughan (screenplay)

Toby Young (book)

Produced by
Laurie Borg .... co-producer
Jon Diamond .... executive producer: LipSync
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Carrie Fix .... line producer: New York
Brian Gilmore .... executive producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer: LipSync
Richard Hewitt .... line producer
Elizabeth Karlsen .... producer
Norman Merry .... executive producer: LipSync
Robin O'Hara .... associate producer
Jimmy Price .... line producer: second unit, NYC
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Gary Smith .... executive producer
Paul White .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Lila Yacoub .... line producer: second unit, LA
Toby Young .... co-producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
 
Film Editing by
David Freeman 
 
Casting by
Justine Arteta  (as Justine Baddeley)
Kim Davis-Wagner  (as Kim Davis)
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
John Beard 
 
Art Direction by
Ray Chan (supervising art director)
Anthony Gasparro 
 
Set Decoration by
Sara Parks 
 
Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge 
 
Makeup Department
Ursula Adelhelm .... daily makeup trainee
Sophia Burnage .... daily assistant makeup artist
Jane DiPersio .... additional makeup artist: New York
Tamsin Dorling .... hair stylist
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup artist
Nana Fischer .... dailies hair stylist
Nana Fischer .... makeup artist
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud .... makeup artist: NewYork
Mandy Gold .... crowd makeup supervisor
Persefone Karakosta .... additional makeup artist: New York
Peter King .... hair designer (as Peter Swords King)
Peter King .... makeup designer (as Peter Swords King)
Flora Moody .... trainee makeup assistant
Jeffrey Rebelo .... additional hair stylist: New York (as Jeffery Rebelo)
Susan Schectar .... additional hair stylist: New York
Janine Schneider .... hair stylist (as Janine Schneider-Marsan)
Janine Schneider .... makeup artist (as Janine Schneider-Marsan)
Lucy Sibbick .... makeup dailies
Nuria Sitja .... key makeup artist: New York
Anthony Veader .... key hair stylist: New York
Jane Walker .... hair designer: Simon Pegg
Jane Walker .... makeup designer: Simon Pegg
Colleen Wheeler .... hair stylist
Lucy Willis .... make-up and hair: dailies
 
Production Management
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor
Sacha Guttenstein .... post-production delivery supervisor
Louise Lovegrove .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ethan Anderson .... additional second assistant director
Simon Downes .... second assistant director
Mark Hopkins .... crowd third assistant director
Stuart Jones .... daily assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... third assistant director: second unit
Henry Mackintosh .... assistant director
Michelle McGrier .... dga trainee
Kate McLaughlin .... second assistant director: crowd
Matthew Penry-Davey .... first assistant director
Charlie Reed .... third assistant director
Rosemary Rodriguez .... second unit director
Lance Roehrig .... key second assistant director
Alfonso Trinidad .... second assistant director: second unit
Mick Ward .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Peter Allburn .... scenic artist: New York
Mat Bergel .... props
Steve Bohan .... construction manager
Tim Browning .... assistant art director
Dan Bryant .... dressing props
Jeff Butcher .... property master: New York
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... chargehand dressing props
James Collins .... stand-by art director
Chris Cull .... property master
Olenka Denysenko .... third props
Paul Duff .... construction supervisor
James Enright .... prop making supervisor c/o propshop
Ray Fisher .... leadman: New York
Kley Gilbuena .... assistant property master: New York
Gavin Gordon .... supervising carpenter
Sean Haines .... second on-set dresser
Stuart Headley-Read .... dressing props: dailies (as Stuart Read)
Dan Johnson .... set dresser
Scott Keery .... props
Carol Kupisz .... graphic designer
Dougie Lankston .... props daily
Stephanie LaVigne .... art department coordinator
Tom Martin .... assistant construction manager (as Thomas Martin)
Eugene Melvin .... on-set dresser: New York
Marcus Migliore .... set dresser
Keith Perry .... rigger
Sandra Phillips .... draughtsman
Adrian Platt .... dressing props
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Tom Roberts .... stand-by props
Sam Rosedietcher .... set dresser
Rebecca Thomas .... art department assistant
Lloyd Vincent .... prop storeman
Catherine Whiting .... junior draughtsman
Lee Wiseman .... props
Saviel Rivera .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Niv Adiri .... sound effects editor
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Rachel Carberry .... assistant adr recordist
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer
James Corless .... sound mix technician
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Norman Durance .... sound mixer
Steve Finnigan .... adr recordist
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Glen Gathard .... assistant foley mixer
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Lee Herrick .... dialog & adr editor
Lawrence Loewinger .... sound mixer
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
Nadine Richardson .... assistant sound
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Richard Street .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler .... foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Zack .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... digital lab operator
Alberto Buron .... digital lab operator
James Clarke .... digital lab supervisor
Tom Collier .... digital compositor
Neil Culley .... lead compositor
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects
Yanni Goudetsidis .... systems engineer
Scott Goulding .... assistant colourist
Katja Hollmann .... producer: Lipsync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Lorea Hoye .... visual effects producer
David Margolis .... digital compositor
Aileen McIntosh .... digital lab operator
Andrew Morley .... head of 3D: Lipsync Post
Dylan Owen .... digital compositor (as Dylan Wyn Owen)
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Kate Porter .... lead compositor
Abigail Scollay .... digital compositor
Angela Stanley .... digital compositor (as Angela Rose)
Jon Stanley .... senior systems engineer
Paul Venn Stirling .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... digital lab operator
Samantha Tracey .... visual effects coordinator
Sheila Wickens .... visual effects supervisor
Blake Winder .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
 
Stunts
Dani Biernat .... stunt performer
Loyd Catlett .... stunt double
Nick Chopping .... stunt double
Jamie Edgell .... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Bradley Farmer .... stunt performer
Paul Herbert .... stunt coordinator
Jason Hunjan .... stunt performer
Jo McLaren .... stunt performer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator: New York
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip: New York
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator: "a" camera
Pete Cavaciuti .... steadicam operator
Wailoon Chung .... electrician
Howard Davidson .... electrician
David Dutkus .... electrician: new york
James J. Ferris .... electrician
Mark Funnell .... best boy
Sam Garwood .... daily first assistant camera
Robert Hamilton .... video operator
Oliver Hickey .... jimmy jib operator
Andrew Jones .... camera trainee
John Jordan .... first assistant camera
Scott Lipkowitz .... camera loader: New York
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... key grip
William Louthe .... electrician
Jim McConkey .... camera operator: New York
Joseph Metzger .... second assistant camera
Simon Muir .... grip trainee
Paul Niccolls .... grip
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Phil Penfold .... rigging gaffer
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer
Ray Richards .... electrician
John Saunders .... rig electrician
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Ryan Taggart .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Oliver Upton .... still photographer
Peter Versey .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Wall .... electrician
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Jeremy Weishaar .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: New York
Tom Wilkinson .... second assistant camera
Neil Blackman .... underwater gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... local extras casting
Erin Mayhugh .... extras casting associate
Adam Vincentz .... local extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Anzalone .... costume supervisor
Rebecca Hofherr .... assistant costume designer
Kate Laver .... costume assistant
Janine Marr .... costume assistant: simon pegg
Holly Smart .... wardrobe assistant
Gabrielle Spanswick .... costume supervisor
Lawrence Tarzy .... costumer
Aaron Timperley .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Mark Burton .... first assistant editor
Stuart Fyvie .... digital colorist
Sabine McDonald .... negative cutter
Angus Munro .... avid engineer
Kelly Smith .... negative cutter
 
Location Management
Tony Clarkson .... location manager
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager: New York
Lucy Foulds .... location coordinator
Lauren Fritz .... assistant location manager
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Mark Grimwade .... location scout
Justin W. Hill .... location manager: los angeles
Gine Lui .... location scout
Jimmy Price .... location manager
Sascha Springer .... assistant location manager
Jason Wheeler .... location scout
 
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Stephen Hilton .... musician: programming and keyboards
Rob Playford .... music programmer
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Simon Burgess .... facilities captain
Ergun Halil .... unit driver
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Jeff Hudson .... unit driver
Tony Jayes .... driver: Kirsten Dunst
Nick Kenyon .... driver: cast
Pete Newman .... unit driver
Steve Rivenell .... unit driver
Barrie Williams .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Peter Anders .... caterer
Aaron Anderson .... executive: uk film council
Hannah Andrews .... set runner
Susan Chika Anisiobi .... assistant accountant
Nick Atkinson .... development executive: uk film council
Hanly Banks .... assistant: Robert Weide, New York
Liat Baruch .... assistant: Kirsten Dunst
James Bednark .... production secretary
Julia Bembenek .... production assistant
Max Berger .... production intern
Sam Blackmore .... set production assistant: dailies
David Blyth .... floor runner: dailies
Katherine Butler .... head of development: Film4
Neil Chaplin .... production accountant
Robin Davies .... assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Ross Ferguson .... Assistant to Robert B Weide
Jo Fernihough .... unit publicist
Hollie Foster .... assistant production coordinator
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Eli Gurevich .... first assistant accountant
Julia Hall .... title designer
Ella Harris .... production runner
Samson Haveland .... set runner (as Sam Haveland)
Ali Jazayeri .... vice president finance
Eivind Karlsen .... assistant: Stephen Woolley, NYC
Annabel Kennedy .... development executive
Joanna Laurie .... assistant: Stephen Woolley
Sam Lavender .... developmental editor: Film4
Kate Lawrence .... development executive
Joseph Lombardi .... production accountant
Liz Magee .... production assistant
Brad Marro .... production assistant
Daniel McAuley-Burnett .... floor runner: dailies
Wesley Mills .... production intern
Dan Mudford .... documentary filmmaker
Paul Myers-Davis .... production assistant
Richard Neale .... on-set computer technician: CompuHire
Peter Ogunsalu .... second assistant: Stephen Woolley
Margaret Parvin .... legal services: Number 9 Films, Davenport Lyons
Ana S. Pelaez .... production coordinator: New York
Nicole Real .... production assistant: New York
Joe Robinson .... assistant production coordinator
Paul Secker .... floor runner: dailies
Jon Shaw .... set production assistant
Yu-Fai Suen .... investors representative
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Helen Varty .... assistant: Tessa Ross
Mark Walledge .... unit manager
Howard Watkins .... title designer
Morag Webster .... unit nurse
William Henderson White .... stand-in: Danny Huston
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor
Garry Marriott .... second unit medic (uncredited)
Ellie Torrez .... Megan Fox's stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Toni Collette .... thanks
Daniel Craig .... thanks
Richard Dacre .... thanks
Fabrizia Dal Farra .... thanks
Ricky Gervais .... thanks
Leonard Maltin .... thanks
Janette Scott .... thanks
Dawn Sedgwick .... thanks
Kate Winslet .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug material
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110 min
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Trivia:
Toby Young, the man around whom the film is based, was banned from the set as he was reportedly annoying actors and interrupting Robert B. Weide as he tried to direct scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the group is leaving the first party, Eleanor Johnson talks to Sophie Maes before getting into the car. The shot then turns back to Sophie with her saying "Yea" when clearly her lips were not even moving.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Young:Einstein said, Try not to become a man of success rather to become a man of value!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Bionic Woman" (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Change for YouSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Boys Own bull - badly written, and with an embarrassed cast., 8 May 2011
Author: eileen-osullivan1 from United Kingdom

A puerile and predictable, self indulgent meander through a faux glamorous media world that doesn't exist. Presumably Toby Young wrote this as he was about to get sacked - he is now a complacent Brit TV food critic and that is just about his speed. Impossible to identify with the main lead - even though Simon Pegg is great with his own material, you wonder if his overacting was just to show his disdain for the tosh he was forced to deliver.

Kirsten Dunst is dull and disapproving, and clearly uninspired - not surprisingly. What is Jeff Bridges doing here?? He seems to be wondering this himself. When you have to rely on pigs, dogs, goldfish, farting chairs and being sick on stylish women - you know you're in trouble, so no wonder it staggers along under the weight of its own embarrassment.

Having said that, anything about the inside world of magazines interests me, even if you're left with The Devil Wears Prada and this film - ie people at the bottom of the pile with nothing to lose, rubbishing those at the top in the hope of a book and film deal - and amazingly, sometimes people fall for it.

And believe me, I'm an expert in this field, so listen to me! I know (imagine smiley emoticon here).

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