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In the emotional comedy LOVE & OTHER DRUGS, Anne Hathaway portrays Maggie, an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie Randall, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with women and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Most relationships proceed from love to sex. This one goes the opposite direction and thus makes an unexpected film from an unconventional love story. The film's pairing of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway sees both actors at the top of their game, taking unexpected risks in bringing their richly delineated characters to life. Gyllenhaal's Jamie is a charismatic underachiever who's finally found his niche, as a rep for a drug called Viagra that has just hit the market, launching a thousand jokes as it becomes a pharmaceutical – and cultural – phenomenon. Anne Hathaway is Maggie, a beautiful and talented artist. Edward Zwick directs, produces and co-wrote the screenplay for this unconventional and realistic romance that explores the nature of love and sex, how sex/lust evolves into love, and the ways people try and figure it all out. "LOVE & OTHER DRUGS presents two people who are desperate not to go to a deeper, more profound place in their connection to one another," says Zwick. "But their appeal to each other and the nature of the love are so powerful they defeat the couple's impulses to resist connecting. Jamie and Maggie just can't help but fall in love no matter how much they try to avoid it. They surrender to something stronger than their intentions. And that's fun to watch because it provides comedy and emotion." Those themes certainly resonated with the film's two leads. "LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is about what it takes to let love in," says Anne Hathaway. "Love is hard work and it's scary – and it's all totally worth it!" Adds Jake Gyllenhaal: "It's a comedy and a love story about two people who are running away from the same things: intimacy, connection, and caring. These are some of the most difficult things you can ask of another human being. But the movie is first and foremost a comedy; that's what we were trying to bring out in almost every scene." LOVE & OTHER DRUGS has thematic ties to Zwick's feature directorial debut, About Last Night, a critical and box-office hit that, like LOVE & OTHER DRUGS, presents a realistic, non-glossy romance that begins one way, then evolves into something quite unexpected. In between these two films, Zwick helmed several epic dramas set in such locales and periods as 19th-century Japan (The Last Samurai), contemporary African diamond mines (Blood Diamond) and displaced persons camps and Eastern Europe forests during the Holocaust (Defiance). But even painting on these larger canvasses Zwick always focused on character and relationships. For television, Zwick and writing-producing partner Marshall Herskovitz, who co-wrote and produces LOVE & OTHER DRUGS, helped redefine character-driven narratives. "I think many people had forgotten that I started my career with stories of this intimate nature, especially on television, whether it was thirtysomething or My So-Called Life," says Zwick. "Since I hadn't played with this voice in movies in a long time, when this opportunity materialized, I was drawn to it. I am interested in what is epic in the personal; sometimes the smaller struggles loom just as large with stakes that are just as high." "Ed and I are drawn to projects for multiple reasons," adds Herskovitz, "and it's the thematic complexity that brings us to a specific project. We've wanted to do a motion picture comedy for a long time and we were quite intrigued by the world of pharmaceutical reps and the kind of silly, almost absurdist aspects of that subculture. With LOVE & OTHER DRUGS, we saw a real and very interesting relationship between these two people who have avoided connections and serious relationships. You see that possibly neither one has the capability to be in a relationship so therefore you are pulling for them." Producer Scott Stuber notes that "the truth of any good love story comes from how the characters grow up and that's really what this movie is about. It's about two people who have to step out on the cliff that is love. Jamie's got to mature and Maggie needs to let someone love her with all of her flaws." Another longtime Zwick collaborator, producer Pieter Jan Brugge, who first worked with the director on Glory, notes, "Ed possesses the ability to fuse different tonal elements with remarkable skill and ease, which is not an easy thing to do. LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is not just a romantic comedy or drama or love story or social satire. It has many different elements and Ed's ability to fuse these tones into a seamless whole is his gift as a director. To accomplish this he needed great collaborators, principally in the cast. What sets our actors apart is their ability to play multiple things at the same time." The fictional world of LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is based on the nonfiction Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, by Jamie Reidy (published in 2005), in which a cocky young Pfizer salesman chronicles his experiences as he played and beat the pharmaceutical industry at its own game in the late 90s. Hoping to adapt the book, Charles Randolph (who ultimately was a co-writer and producer on LOVE & OTHER DRUGS) brought the tome to Scott Stuber in 2006. "It was actually the first thing that I bought as a producer," recalls Stuber, who had been co-president of production at Universal. "Jamie wrote about experiences I thought were analogous to films like Jerry Maguire, Wall Street or any movie where a young man goes into the workplace with ideas of what the world is going to be and the world beats them out of him. That's a very appealing theme." Randolph recalls that he was more intrigued with Jamie Reidy and his world then he was in the book itself. "I was interested in Jamie as a person. He's fun and interesting. I wanted the story of LOVE & OTHER DRUGS to be more about the tone of his life and some of the experiences he's had, then a strict adaptation of his book." "Charles wanted the adaptation to be a love story set amidst this world of pharmaceutical sales, which inspired the creation of the Maggie character," Stuber elaborates. "Charles' story brought Jamie's journey together with the one Charles invented for Maggie, as her affliction [of early-onset Parkinson's disease] brings her into Jamie's world." Randolph worked on several script drafts until Stuber thought it was ready to go out to directors. Stuber was delighted that not only was Zwick interested in helming the project he and Herskovitz had some strong ideas for the story and characters. "Ed and Marshall added a lot of texture to the characters, but their real breakthrough was to weave together Jamie's work life and love life into what feels like one story. They brought in their voices so that Ed could direct the film within his own voice." JAKE & ANNE / JAMIE & MAGGIE
"I think one of the joys of doing what I do," confides Zwick, "is finding and working with people whose gifts are only coming into their full flower; I think that can be said of both Jake and Annie's work in LOVE & OTHER DRUGS. I was the ‘midwife' to that moment, and allowed it to happen. And they were not just extraordinarily brave and open with me; they were remarkable with each other." Zwick says the roles of Jamie and Maggie represent significant steps for the two actors. "[As Jamie] Jake's not just romantic, interesting and charming, he's enormously funny. Jake's sense of humor is nothing new to those who've known him socially, but up to now we've never quite had the opportunity to see that on film. He has a great leading man quality and is extraordinarily at ease, and that comes of maturity and experience. Jake's work in this film allows us to witness a younger actor become a leading man, and that's very exciting for a filmmaker and, I think, an audience. "Anne has long been taking extraordinary risks with her performances in films like Rachel Getting Married [for which she was Oscar®-nominated] and through her work in Shakespeare in the Park," Zwick continues. "Maggie in LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is another in a series of brave choices she has made again and again. Anne reveals yet another aspect of her talents, takes more risks and pushes more of her boundaries. "I think there's great pleasure to be taken not only in experiencing these moments in Jake and Anne's professional lives but also seeing how they combust on screen with one another. These are two actors who worked opposite one another on Brokeback Mountain, who knew each other, who had real fondness and trust and confidence and faith in each other as well as great Gyllenhaal's Jamie is the black sheep in a successful family. He's the ultimate seducer, and would have been perfectly happy to float through life minus the burden of responsibility or connecting to anyone…until he meets Maggie. "He's bright but a bit self-destructive," says the actor. "He's content to be successful with his life as a salesman of a revolutionary drug – a job for which he's perfectly suited – and continue to succeed at fake connections. He's an expert at those because he's a great performer." But Jamie's shell of charm and carefree seduction begins to crack after he meets Hathaway's equally free-spirited Maggie. Maggie is a fine arts painter who is finding it increasingly difficult to continue her work, due to her being afflicted with early-onset Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills and speech. "When Maggie meets Jake, she is at a transitional moment in her life," says Hathaway. "She hasn't accepted her challenges, and more importantly, she hasn't been able to accept herself. " Hathaway and the filmmakers made sure that Maggie's condition shapes the character's attitude and was always in the service of the character. Her illness provide Maggie with unexpected richness and poignancy, especially with her relationship with Jamie, which began as casual sex and evolved into something so much more. "I loved how seemingly fearless Maggie is," says Hathaway. "I was moved by the challenges she faces and by the façade she presents to the world, as an idealized sex goddess who is fine with everything and anything. But there's an aching and yearning there; she's scared and vulnerable, and a wonderful person under all of that. As an actress, you dream of opportunities to explore those things." Hathaway notes that her previous collaboration with Gyllenhaal, on Brokeback Mountain, was a critical factor in their work together on LOVE & OTHER DRUGS. "We learned [on Brokeback Mountain] that were really good scene partners, and good at listening to one another. We go much deeper with that in this movie." The actor's professional rapport was a key factor in creating the film's uninhibited love scenes, which bring both comedy and heart to the Jamie-Maggie relationship. "Sexual and intimate situations can be very funny," says Zwick. "I think audiences will be surprised by the revealing situations in which we discover that humor. Chemistry is something that is very hard to talk about and, like love and attraction, it is unpredictable; but you know it when you see it. It's not just that Anne and Jake are intrinsically funny and deeply smart and emotional not to mention attractive, but they share another quality that I think is possibly more important -- they're both very brave. Some of the scenes and some of the choices that I asked of them demand that bravery, and the more I saw it the more I feel willing to ask it." LOVE & OTHER DRUGS also stars Oliver Platt as Bruce Winston, Jamie's beleaguered boss, who is desperate to relocate to more fertile sales territory in Chicago; Hank Azaria as Dr. Stan Knight, an ethically-challenged physician who'll write a prescription for whatever ails you; Josh Gad as Josh, Jamie's successful younger brother and roommate; and Gabriel Macht as Trey, a successful pharmaceuticals salesman whose competition with Jamie is complicated by his earlier relationship with Maggie. Jamie's boss and mentor Bruce Winston, "takes Jamie out into the field and completes his training," says Platt. "Bruce immediately becomes aware that Jamie is extremely bright, instinctive and talented, although not necessarily in the most conventional ways, and sees Jamie as Bruce's ticket to a coveted sales slot in Chicago." Hank Azaria's Dr. Stan Knight is Jamie's prime sales target. Azaria describes Stan as "a successful family practitioner who has become really jaded. He began his career as a very idealistic guy who wanted to be a doctor and a healer but over time, has been ground down by the system – seeing fifty patients a day, prescribing like crazy and essentially feeling like the shill of the pharmaceutical companies. It may seem as if he's got it all going for him, but he's become an unhappy, prurient, thrill-seeking and self-serving guy whose favorite part of being a doctor is being rich and getting laid." While Dr. Knight knows Jamie, and inadvertently introduces him to Maggie, it's not until the young salesman starts peddling Viagra that the bond between the two is solidified. "For middle-aged guys who want to drink and run around with a lot of different women, you couldn't ask for anything better that Viagra," Azaria laughs. Jamie's brother Josh plays a key role in the former's life. As Josh Gad observes, "Jamie has always been the black sheep, but he is much cooler—hey, he's Jake Gyllenhaal! So when Josh is thrown out of his house by his wife, he comes to Jamie like this wounded deer that Jamie needs to help back up on its feet, older brother to younger brother. But Josh gets under Jamie's skin enough for him to constantly beat on him--much like any good sibling rivalry. It was a lot of fun discovering this great relationship." Gabriel Macht's Trey Hannigan is the top local sales rep for a competing product and firm. Trey is not happy with Jamie's emergence as a rising star on the Big Pharma scene, or with Jamie's burgeoning relationship with Maggie, with whom Trey recently had a deep love affair. "Trey is married and has two kids," notes Macht, "and while he's now back on the straight and narrow, he continues to care deeply for and feel protective of this young woman who's changed THE…RISE…OF BIG PHARMA
LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is set in the late 90s, a moment, says Zwick, "when the fabric of American life changed forever" because for the first time, drugs became commercialized, via ads in magazines and on television. Drugs were now being sold directly to consumers. At the top of the sales and advertising charts was a little blue pill called Viagra, a new treatment for erectile dysfunction. Viagra became a phenomenon was that pure gold for the company marketing and selling it, Pfizer, and for its legions of sales reps crisscrossing the country extolling its virtues. Viagra's blockbuster sales trigger Jamie's ascension to the top of the heap as a Big Pharma sales rep. "The commercialization of drugs is commonplace now, but then it was revolutionary," Zwick explains. "I think that phenomenon bespeaks deeper cultural trends that are part of LOVE & OTHER DRUGS' story about a guy who wants his piece of the greatest accumulation of wealth in modern memory, and the way he's going to get it is to partake in something that is happening for the first time in American culture—the selling of these drugs. Then, because of Jake's relationship with Maggie, he goes deeper into the world of medicine and drugs and the different strands of the story knit together and, I hope, resonate off each other." Jamie Reidy, author of the film's source material, has first-hand experience with the pharmaceutical industry's cutting-edge marketing tactics. After spending time on the set of LOVE & OTHER DRUGS, Reidy was impressed by the film's focus and attention to detail. "The production design of the medical offices was spot-on – and Jake and Oliver look exactly like real drug reps," Reidy says. "A moment when I noticed that something was a bit off, like when Oliver was carrying a briefcase into the office – a person of Bruce's position would never carry a briefcase – I mentioned to Ed [Zwick] and on the very next take the briefcase was gone." To help prepare Gyllenhaal for the role, Reidy met with the actor several times before production. "Jake was great about asking advice on how a drug rep would handle certain situations," says Reidy. "For example, he didn't understand how a rep could walk in cold into an office and approach the receptionist to try and leave samples or talk to a doctor. I told him it is just like being in a bar and walking up to a woman you don't know. We talked about the lean-in – that when you walk to the reception counter, you don't just stand there, you lean in, just like you would when you talk to a woman at a bar." While Gyllenhaal consulted with Reidy, Anne Hathaway received advice from another real warrior in the drug wars, Lucy Roucis, a professional actor with Parkinson's disease (diagnosed when she was in her late twenties) who now works in Denver with an acting troupe called PHAMALY (the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League, Inc.). In the film, Roucis plays a comedian with Parkinson's whose shtick at a convention for Parkinson's patients helps Maggie begin to come to terms with her condition. Also critical in defining the characters and their world was the work of director of photography Steven Fierberg, ASC, production designer Patti Podesta and costume designer Deborah L. Scott. Podesta describes how "Maggie's loft is the complete opposite of the corporate, sterile world that Jamie's been dumped into. It's a big, open factory space with large windows – complex and boundless – where she seems to be almost squatting. It's a free space, yet it's a kind of limbo because as her disease progresses, she won't be able to live there [without assistance]. Ed and I talked a lot about how the medical spaces in the film would be sort of cold and rectilinear, not soft and round so that when we get to Maggie's space we'd see every kind of shape. Jamie is attracted to her home, like he's attracted to everything that she offers – this world that he's never really been opened up to." While Jamie's tailored business suits are a type of uniform, Maggie's outfits are a more self-conscious expression of her individuality. "Maggie's an artist and she's quirky," says Deborah L. Scott. "You imagine her having collected whatever pieces of clothing she liked or found; she doesn't have much money. A lot of her things come from thrift stores and a few are vintage pieces – some of it from my own closet. It's fun to dress Maggie, because you have no boundaries like you have with Jamie. She's not someone whose outfits you can create on paper. It's really hard not to let a quirky character like that get over the top. Initially we explored what Maggie having short hair that was tinted blue, but Anne is so gorgeous, we all decided early on that Maggie should be gorgeous." Scott further notes that Jamie's back to the basic clean-cut well-tailored suit fits into an established formula for drug reps. "But Jamie is a complex character that undergoes a subtle transition in the film," she notes. "While he starts off a bit lackadaisical about the way he dresses, he slowly takes on the uniform of a pharma rep and then takes it a step further to where he kind of owns it before realizing that's not really who he is. " LOVE & OTHER DRUGS was shot in the fall of 2009 entirely in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week of shooting coincided, without incident, with the G20 Summit hosted by President Obama. Over the past two decades, after the collapse of the steel industry, the city completely reinvented itself. Pittsburgh is now a center of the U.S. medical industry, with vibrant biotech research companies, big universities, and impressive resources. Says Brugge: "I'd worked in the city before when I produced and directed my film The Clearing and I'd come to really like Pittsburgh and the fantastic work ethic of its people. We were able to work with an entirely local construction, grip and electric departments; we brought in very few people in order to make LOVE & OTHER DRUGS." After principal photography wrapped in Pittsburgh, Zwick and his post-production teams worked for months before the film was ready for its initial previews and screenings. The results met or even surpassed everyone's expectations, including the film's director/co-writer/producer: "What's most pleasing is how people relate to it," says Zwick. "They see something of themselves in the Jamie-Maggie relationship, which describes something people have, want to have, or something they once had and lost. When you tell a story that's this personal, this kind of response is very gratifying." ABOUT THE CAST
JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Jamie Randall), an Academy Award® nominee, has
established himself as one of the most promising actors of his generation. His diverse performances have garnered the attention of audiences and critics alike. Winner of the 2006 Best Supporting Actor awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the National Board of Review, Gyllenhaal earned Oscar and SAG Award™ nominations for his poignant performance as Jack Twist in Ang Lee's Brokeback Upcoming for Gyllenhaal is Duncan Jones' Source Code, opposite Michelle Monaghan. Gyllenhaal recently starred in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, in the lead role of Prince Dastan. Other film credits include Jim Sheridan's Brothers, opposite Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire; Gavin Hood's Rendition, opposite Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Reese Witherspoon and Peter Sarsgaard; David Fincher's critically acclaimed Zodiac, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo; Sam Mendes' Jarhead, opposite Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard; John Madden's Proof, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow; Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl, opposite Jennifer Aniston and John C. Reilly; Brad Silberling's Moonlight Mile, opposite Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon; Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing, opposite Catherine Keener; Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko; and Joe Johnston's October Sky, opposite Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. On stage, Gyllenhaal starred in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This is Our Youth, opposite Anna Paquin and Hayden Christensen. The show ran in London's West End for eight weeks and garnered Gyllenhaal the Evening Standard Theater Award for outstanding newcomer. ANNE HATHAWAY (Maggie Murdock) shot to stardom when she starred opposite
Meryl Streep in the sleeper hit The Devil Wears Prada. In 2008, she secured her place among the highest echelon of actresses when she starred in Jonathan Demme's critically acclaimed Rachel Getting Married. Her performance in the film garnered nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe®, Independent Spirit and SAG Award in the lead actress category. She was awarded best actress by the National Board of Review, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Hathaway starred in two of this year's biggest box office hits – the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, in which she reunited with longtime friend and director Garry Marshall for a third time, followed by Tim Burton's much-anticipated Alice in Wonderland, in which she played the White Queen. Upcoming is Focus Features' One Day, also starring Jim Sturgess. The project was shot in London. Other film credits include: Gary Winick's comedy Bride Wars, with Kate Hudson; Get Smart, alongside Steve Carell; the Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane, opposite James MacAvoy; Rodrigo Garcia's Passengers; Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain; Garry Marshall's The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement; Barbara Kopple's indie project Havoc; Tommy O'Haver's Ella Enchanted; a film rendition of Charles Dicken's Nicholas Nickleby, directed by Douglas McGrath; and Mitch Davis' The Other Side of Heaven. Hathaway lent her voice to the highly successful animated feature Hoodwinked for The Weinstein Company, along with Glenn Close, Andy Dick, Anthony Anderson, and Jim Belushi. Hathaway first gained Hollywood's attention for her acclaimed turn in the series Get Real, for which she was nominated for a 2000 Teen Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Hathaway's theater credits include: Shakespeare in the Park's 2009 production of Twelfth Night; The Lincoln Center Encore series presentation of Carnival, for which she won the prestigious 57th Annual Clarence Derwent Award; Andrew Lloyd Webber's workshop of Woman In White; and Forever Your Child. In 2004-2005, Hathaway participated in the Encores Concert Gala as well as the Stephen Sondheim Birthday Gala. Hathaway has lent a hand to several philanthropic initiatives around the world. She traveled to Cambodia in January 2005 on behalf of the documentary, A Moment in the World, organized by Angelina Jolie. The project placed roughly 25 participants in various locations on a specific day, each instructed to videotape their surroundings at the same specific, moment in time. In addition, she has been involved with the Step Up Women's Network, a foundation created to strengthen community resources for women and girls. Anne also serves on the advisory board for Lollipop Theater Network, an organization that screens movies in hospitals for pediatric patients suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness. Hathaway studied acting at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and at the award winning Barrow Group in New York City. In April 2005, she was honored for her achievements by the Barrow Group. She was the first and only teen ever admitted to their intensive acting program. She also studied in the musical theater program with the Collaborative Arts Project, CAP 21, affiliated with New York University. Further illustrating her versatile talents, Hathaway is an accomplished dancer who studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Additionally, she is a first soprano and has performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as a member of the All-Eastern US High School Honors Chorus. OLIVER PLATT (Bruce Winston) has enjoyed success in film, television and on stage.
He currently stars in the Showtime Original Series The Big C, opposite Laura Linney, which debuted in August 2010 to the channel's highest premiere ratings in eight years. Platt recently appeared opposite Catherine Keener in Nicole Holofcener's Please Give, which won critical acclaim at the 2010 Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. Additional upcoming projects include The Oranges, where he stars opposite Catherine Keener and Hugh Laurie. He is in production on X-Men: First Class with James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence. The film is set for a June 2011 release. Additional film credits include Roland Emmerich's 2012 and Ron Howard's Frost / Nixon, plus Year One, Casanova, The Ice Harvest, Funny Bones, Bulworth, Married to the Mob, Working Girl, Flatliners, Postcards From the Edge, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, A Time to Kill, Doctor Dolittle, Simon Birch, Lake Placid, Don't Say a Word, and Pieces of April. Platt made his producing debut on the indie film Big Night, which was co-directed by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later reteam with Tucci in The Impostors. On television, Platt was seen playing the role of George Steinbrenner on the hit ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, opposite John Turturro and Daniel Sunjata. His performance earned him a Platt graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway in such productions as The Tempest and John Guare's Moon Over Miami. He also starred in the Lincoln Center production of Ubu and Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols, and received rave reviews for his performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick's Twelfth Night. Platt received a Tony® nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Conor McPherson's Shining City, which was also nominated for Best Play. Other accolades include a Golden Globe and back-to-back Emmy® nominations for his portrayal of Russell Tupper in Showtime's Huff as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal as White House Counsel Oliver Babish on the popular political drama The West Wing. He was also nominated again for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role on Nip/Tuck, playing the flamboyant TV producer The son of a career diplomat, Platt was born in Washington, D.C. and spent part of his childhood in Asia and the Middle East. Platt now resides in New York with his wife and three HANK AZARIA's (Dr. Stan Knight) ability to transform himself into a multitude of
characters has made him one of the most sought-after actors today. He has won four Emmys and received nine Emmy nominations, one Screen Actors Guild Award®, four SAG nominations and a Tony nomination. Azaria is the voice for several key characters in the animated hit comedy series The Simpsons. He has won three Emmys for his work on the show. His upcoming film projects include Warner Bros.' animated feature Happy Feet 2 and Sony Pictures' The Smurfs. Azaria produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Showtime series Huff, which received seven Emmy nominations, including one for Azaria for outstanding performance by an actor. He also received a SAG nomination for Huff in 2004 for outstanding performance by an In 2007, Azaria returned to Broadway to star in The Farnsworth Invention, from award- winning writer Aaron Sorkin. He previously appeared as Sir Lancelot in the Tony Award- winning musical Spamalot, directed by Mike Nichols. His performance garnered Azaria a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. During the summer of 2003, Azaria starred with Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver in David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, performed at London's Comedy Theatre. Azaria has also added director and producer to his credits. He co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the short film Nobody's Perfect, which debuted in 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival and won Best Short at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He also received an Emmy Award and a SAG nomination for his starring role in ABC's acclaimed film Tuesdays with Morrie. Azaria was nominated for an Emmy for his role as David (Phoebe's scientist boyfriend) on NBC's hit Friends, and for his recurring role as Nat the dog walker on NBC's Mad about You. Azaria's other television credits include the Golden Globe®-nominated CBS telefilm Fail-Safe, and the NBC miniseries Uprising. He received a Screen Actors Guild award nomination for his memorable turn as Agador Spartacus, the scene-stealing Guatemalan houseboy in Mike Nichols' The Birdcage. Other feature credits include Night at the Museum: Battle of Smithsonian, Year One, The Simpsons Movie, Run Fat Boy, Run, The Aristocrats, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Eulogy, Along Came Polly, Shattered Glass, Bark, America's Sweethearts, Cradle Will Rock, Mystery Men, Mystery, Alaska, Godzilla, Great Expectations, Celebrity, Quiz Show, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Now and Then, and Pretty Woman. Azaria voiced a key role, as Bartok the bat, in Fox's animated feature Anastasia. He reprised the role in the video sequel Bartok the Magnificent. Azaria trained at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and played Hamlet in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Columbia University. He continued his theater studies at Tufts University, appearing in such plays as Uncle Vanya, The Merchant of Venice, The Ballad of the Sad Café and The Dumb Waiter. After moving to Los Angeles, Azaria studied under Roy London and appeared in the documentary on London's life, Special Thanks to Roy London, which debuted at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Experimenting in improv and sketch comedy, he became a favorite at the local comedy clubs and co-wrote An Evening on Thin Ice, which was presented at Theatre- Theatre. Azaria also won a Dramalogue Award for his performance in Conspicuous JOSH GAD (Josh Randall) began his career in theatre, graduating from the Carnegie
Mellon School of Drama. He then turned his sights to comedy, joining the famed Groundlings Improv troupe and founding his own – The Lost Nomads Comedy Troupe. He has already graced both the small and large screens alike, raising the bar for fellow comedians and thespians. Gad co-starred with Kelsey Grammer, Fred Willard, and Patricia Heaton in the Fox comedy Back To You. Previous screen credits include a guest role on the NBC drama E.R., and the independent feature Watching the Detectives, with Lucy Liu. In 2008 Gad starred in Twentieth Century Fox's The Rocker, alongside Rainn Wilson and Emma Stone. The music-themed comedy follows failed, down-and-out drummer (Wilson) who twenty years after being kicked out of his now-famous group gets a second chance – with his nephew's (Gad) high school rock band. Gad starred in the hit film 21, alongside Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, and Kevin Spacey, about six MIT students trained to become experts in card counting who subsequently win millions of dollars in Las Vegas casinos. In 2008, Gad was seen in Crossing Over, a multi- character drama about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film starred Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd. Gad's most notable tenure on Broadway was perhaps also the most daunting. Having huge shoes to fill in the Tony Award-winning production of The 25TH Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gad received rave reviews for his portrayal of the disheveled, magic-foot-using spelling champion. Other theatre credits include All in the Timing: (at the Elephant Asylum), The Crucible (at PPT), Skin of Our Teeth (CMU), and Axis of E (The York Theatre). GABRIEL MACHT (Trey Hannigan) recently starred in the feature Middle Men,
opposite Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi. In 2009 he starred in Whiteout, opposite Kate Beckinsale, and in the title role of Frank Miller's The Spirit. Macht first came to the attention of mainstream audiences through his breakthrough performance in A Love Song For Bobby Long, opposite John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. Director Robert De Niro cast Macht in The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon and Angelina Macht has appeared in many action films, including The Recruit, with Colin Farrell and Al Pacino; Bad Company, with Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock; and Behind Enemy Lines, with Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. Macht's other film credits include American Outlaws, The Object Of My Affection, and the highly praised independent film, The Adventures Of His television credits include Steven Spielberg's The Others, the HBO hit series Sex And The City, and ABC's Spin City. Macht starred in the BBC production of Archangel, also starring On stage, Macht portrayed Elvis Presley in Steve Martin's off-Broadway smash hit, Picasso At The Lapin Agile. In addition, he starred in Joanne Woodward's La Ronde, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and in Turnaround, written and directed by Roger Kumble at the Coast Playhouse. Macht graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
EDWARD ZWICK (Director, Co-Screenwriter, Producer) began directing and acting in high school and trained as an apprentice at the Academy Festival in Lake Forest. While studying literature at Harvard, he continued writing and directing for the theatre. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship to study in Europe with some of the major innovative theatre Zwick was accepted as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute in 1975. Timothy and the Angel, Zwick's AFI short film, won first place in the student film competition at the 1976 Chicago Film Festival and caught the attention of the producers of the television series, Family. He served as story editor on Family and subsequently became a director and For his work on the television movie Special Bulletin (as director, producer and co- writer), Zwick received two Emmy Awards. It also marked the beginning of his collaboration with Marshall Herskovitz, with whom he then created the Emmy Award winning television series, thirtysomething. Together Herskovitz and Zwick created The Bedford Falls Company as their home for film and television projects, including the critically acclaimed television series My So-Called Life, Relativity, and the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning series Once and Zwick began his feature film career directing About Last Night. He went on to direct the Academy Award winning films Glory and Legends of the Fall. Zwick also directed the films Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, and Defiance. Zwick and Herskovitz also produced the Academy Award nominated film I Am Sam, as well as Traffic – winner of two Golden Globes and four Academy Awards -- directed by Steven Soderbergh. Zwick has been honored with three Emmy Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Writer's Guild of America Award, two Peabody Awards, a Director's Guild of America Award, and the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Award from the American Film Institute. He received an Academy Award as a producer of 1999's Best Picture, Shakespeare in Love. CHARLES RANDOLPH (Co-Screenwriter, Producer) is a screenwriter and producer
who has worked with many of Hollywood's most important filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Milos Forman and Ridley Scott. Randolph wrote the 2005 Universal film The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, as well as the 2003 Universal film The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney and Kate Winslet, directed by Alan Parker. Randolph is currently writing Running Ronnie Biggs for Sony and Neal Moritz. He'll next adapt Michael Lewis' acclaimed book The Big Short for Plan B and Paramount Pictures. For television, Randolph wrote and was an executive producer on the 2009 HBO pilot The Wonderful Malady's. His next script for HBO is a pilot entitled The Missionary, about Berlin spies in the 1970s. Randolph is executive producing with Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers), Mark Wahlberg, and Steven Levinson (Boardwalk Empire). He lives in New York City with his wife, actress Mili Avital, and their son, Benjamin. MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ (Co-Screenwriter, Producer) is a writer, producer, and
director based in Los Angeles who has won many awards for his work in television and film. Born in Philadelphia, Herskovitz attended Brandeis University, moving to Los Angeles in 1975, where he attended the American Film Institute and met his longtime creative partner Edward Zwick. In the years since, Herskovitz helped create such series as thirtysomething, My So- Called Life, and Once and Again. Among the films he has produced are Legends of the Fall, Traffic, The Last Samurai, and Blood Diamond. Herskovitz directed the films Jack the Bear and Dangerous Beauty. In 2007 Herskovitz migrated to the internet with quarterlife, the ground-breaking online series and social network dedicated to artistic, activist twentysomethings. A year after launch, the website – www.quarterlife.com – has become an international destination with members in 60 countries, and the series is now the most successful scripted program in internet history. Herskovitz, a longtime environmentalist, has served on the board of several organizations dedicated to preserving America's precious natural resources. He is a founding member of the national 1Sky campaign. SCOTT STUBER (Producer) is one of Hollywood's busiest and most successful
producers working today. His company Stuber Pictures has been based at Universal Pictures Stuber Pictures has a prolific and varied slate that includes tentpole action films, comedies, star-driven dramas and thrillers, as well as projects based on high-profile books and original scripts by some of Hollywood's most respected writers. In addition, Stuber Pictures has development and production deals with the industry's foremost directors, writers and actors. Recent Stuber Pictures releases include Couples Retreat, featuring comedy heavyweights Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman, which grossed over $100 million domestically; and The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins. In April 2011, Universal will release the company's comedy Your Highness, from writing team Danny McBride and Ben Best, directed by David Gordon Green, starring McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Stuber is currently in production on the live-action feature Battleship, based on Hasbro's naval combat board game. Directed by Peter Berg, the film is headlined by Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker. Starting in the spring of 2011 are the thriller Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash); and the epic period film 47 Ronin, written by Chris Morgan (Wanted), starring Keanu Reeves, to be directed by Carl Rinsch. Development projects include Ted, the feature-film directorial debut from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane; action-comedy Central Intelligence, starring Ed Helms, to be directed by Dean Parisot (Fun With Dick and Jane); the film adaptation of the hugely popular EA videogame Army of Two, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) and Moby Dick, a reimagining of the Herman Melville whale tale that Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will direct. Stuber's first production under the Stuber/Parent banner, summer 2006's romantic comedy The Break-Up, starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, grossed more than $200 million at the global box office. That summer also saw the release of the comedy hit You, Me and Dupree, starring Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson. These two comedies were followed by Peter Berg's critically acclaimed film The Kingdom; the Martin Lawrence comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, and the David Wain sleeper hit Role Models, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. During Stuber's eight years at Universal—five of which he spent running production with Mary Parent—he was responsible for many of the studio's critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including King Kong, Jarhead, A Beautiful Mind, Seabiscuit, Cinderella Man, Munich, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, About a Boy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 8 Mile, Spy Game, The Family Man, The Nutty Professor, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, The Mummy franchise, the American Pie franchise, The Fast and the Furious franchise, Friday Night Lights, Bring It On and many others. More than 20 of the films Stuber supervised have grossed over $100 million domestically. PIETER JAN BRUGGE (Producer) was born and raised in The Netherlands and
graduated from De Nederlandse Film & Televisie Academie in 1979. He received a scholarship from the former Dutch Ministry of Cultural Affairs to continue his studies in the United States at The American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles. Upon receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production, he returned to The Netherlands and produced his first theatrical motion picture, De Astand, directed by Jean van de Velde for De Eerste Amsterdam Film Associatie van 1980. In 1981 Brugge returned to the United States to pursue a career in the American film industry and settled in Los Angeles. Since then he has worked with many of Hollywood's most distinguished directors and actors. LOVE & OTHER DRUGS marks his third collaboration with Edward Zwick, with whom he co-produced the Civil War classic Glory (1989; awarded three Academy Awards for cinematography, sound, and supporting actor Denzel Washington); and produced the highly-acclaimed Defiance (2008), the epic story of Jewish brothers fighting to survive in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell. Brugge produced the international box-office hit The Pelican Brief (1993) with acclaimed writer/producer/director Alan J. Pakula (Klute, All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice); based on John Grisham's best-selling novel, it starred Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. With writer/producer/director Warren Beatty, Brugge produced the political satire Bulworth (1998). In 1995 Brugge began a series of collaborations with writer/producer/director Michael Mann, including the crime saga Heat, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Brugge also produced The Insider, which earned seven Academy Award nominations, and Miami Vice (2006) starring Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Gong Li. In 2004, Brugge fulfilled his long-term goal and ambition when he produced and directed his first film, The Clearing, starring Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe. He conceived the story, based upon a true event that occurred in The Netherlands, and Justin Haythe wrote the screenplay. Brugge has taught classes and seminars in film production at AFI's Center for Advanced Film Studies and The Dutch Film & Television Academy in Amsterdam. ARNON MILCHAN (Executive Producer) is widely renowned as one of the most
prolific and successful independent film producers of the past 25 years, with over 100 feature films to his credit. Born in Israel, Milchan was educated at the University of Geneva. His first business venture was transforming his father's modest business into one of his country's largest agro-chemical companies. This early achievement was a harbinger of Milchan's now-legendary reputation in the international marketplace as a keen businessman. Soon, Milchan began to underwrite projects in areas that had always held a special interest for him - film, television and theater. Early projects include Roman Polanski's theater production of Amadeus, Dizengoff 99, La Menace, The Medusa Touch and the mini-series Masada. By the end of the 1980s, Milchan had produced such films as Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, Sergio Leone's Once Upon at Time in America and Terry Gilliam's Brazil. After the huge successes of Pretty Woman and The War of the Roses, Milchan founded New Regency Productions and went on to produce or executive produce a string of successful films including J.F.K, Sommersby, A Time to Kill, Free Willy, The Client, Tin Cup, Under Siege, L.A. Confidential, The Devil's Advocate, The Negotiator, City of Angels, Entrapment, Fight Club, Big Momma's House, Don't Say a Word, Daredevil, Man on Fire, Guess Who, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Big Momma's House 2 and Date Movie. More recently came Bride Wars, Marley & Me, What Happens in Vegas, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Jumper Fantastic Mr. Fox, Knight and Day, and the blockbuster comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Upcoming is Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, starring Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson; What's Your Number? an edgy comedy starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans; a thriller, The Darkest Hour, now shooting in Moscow; Untitled Monte Carlo Project, a romantic comedy starring Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester; and the Untitled Andrew Niccol Project, an adventure-thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. Along the way, Milchan brought on board two powerful investors and partners who share his vision: Nine Network and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox distributes Regency movies in all media worldwide (excluding an output arrangement Regency has in Germany), including on U.S. pay television, and international pay and free television. Milchan also successfully diversified his company's activities within the sphere of entertainment, most specifically in the realm of television through Regency Television (Malcolm in the Middle, The Bernie Mac Show). Regency recently acquired a stake in Channel 10, BabyFirstTV, and an Israeli TV network. In addition, Regency holds television rights to Sony Ericsson Women's Tennis Association events. MARGARET RILEY (Executive Producer) is a manager and producer with Brillstein
Entertainment Partners. Riley was an executive producer on the romantic comedy Gray Matters, written and directed by Sue Kramer, starring Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Sissy Spacek, Alan Cumming, Tom Cavanagh and Molly Shannon. It was financed and distributed by Bob Yari She was a producer on UPN's television series Haunted. The show was co-created and written by Rick Ramage and Andrew Cosby, and starred Matthew Fox. Riley began her career working in production on commercials, features and documentaries. In 1992 she served as director of development for Virtual World Entertainment, a gaming/interactive company where she wrote and produced CD-ROMs and developed science fiction properties into movies for New Line Cinema. In 1995, Riley became a producer and manager at Addis Wechsler and Associates (which later became Industry Entertainment), a production/management company whose credits include Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Drugstore Cowboy; and Requiem for a Dream. She also ran her own company Margaret Riley Management Riley is a graduate of The University of Kansas and The American Film Institute. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. STEVEN FIERBERG, ASC (Director of Photography) created the look and feel of
HBO's hit series Entourage, for which he shot the first 25 episodes. Since that time, he has worked with esteemed directors Edward Zwick, Joel Schumacher, Bryan Singer, Baz Luhrmann, Steven Shainberg, Alex Cox, and Sally Potter. Fierberg shot the tragic drama Twelve for director Joel Shumacher, as well as Alex Cox's Repo Chick, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Cox's existential road movie Searchers 2.0 premiered at the Venice and AFI film festivals, winning accolades (and an ovation) for the cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter singled out Fierberg's stunning visuals. Sally Potter's new black comedy on the fashion industry in the age of globalization, Rage, starring Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi, premiered in competition at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. Fierberg's dramatic cinematography has also been seen in Steven Shainberg's provocative Secretary, winning a special jury prize at Sundance 2002 for originality, as well as via additional photography on Shainberg's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. His work on the epic mini-series Attila earned him the 2002 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Fierberg worked with Baz Luhrmann on additional photography for Moulin Rouge! Fierberg also shoots commercials and music videos, winning the Latin Grammy® for Best Music Video of the Year for Robi 'Draco' Rosa's Mas Y Mas. A native of Detroit, Fierberg went to Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar before moving to New York City, where he shot independent and "punk noir" films for directors Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and (additional photography for) Alex Cox. Eventually relocating to Los Angeles, Fierberg shot A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 for director Renny Harlin, one of the first films to use the Hong-Kong action style in the U.S. He continued making independent films, including Paul Bartel's Scenes from the Class Struggle in Expanding into studio features and television, Fierberg worked with director Bryan Singer on the pilot of Football Wives; shot all the episodes of Kingpin, the groundbreaking NBC series about the Mexican drug trade; Darren Star's pilot for the NBC series Miss/Match; George Gallo's 29th Street and Patrick Hasburgh's Aspen Extreme; as well as Andy Wolk's Criminal Justice, Dick Lowry's Texas Justice and Atomic Train; Brad Battersby's The Joyriders; and several dramas for Hallmark Hall of Fame. In the upcoming Days of Wrath, starring Laurence Fishburne and Wilmer Valderama, Fierberg captured a vision of Los Angeles that indicts the racism behind a brutal gang war. His music videos include work with Dr. Dre, Fab Five Freddy, Queen Latifah, David Lee Roth, F. Gary Grey, Tim McGraw and Snoop Dogg. He has done Robi Draco Rosa's concert DVD and other number one videos Dancing in the Rain, Crash/Push and Lie Without a Lover; as well as several Addy winning commercials. Fierberg has taught visual storytelling and other workshops for more than a decade at the Maine Photographic Workshops, as well as classes at NYU and AFI. PATTI PODESTA (Production Designer) designed Recount, directed by Jay Roach for
HBO Films, which reconstructs the events of the Florida 2000 Presidential Election. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and the Art Director's Guild Award for her work on the film. Podesta's spare, moody design for the critically acclaimed film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan, launched her career. Recent projects include Tell Tale, directed by Michael Cuesta, Smart People, directed by Noam Murro, and Bobby, the award winning film directed by Emilio Estevez dramatizing the day Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles, for which Podesta recreated the Ambassador Hotel circa 1968. Podesta earned early notice for two films with director Greg Araki -- Nowhere and Splendor. Other films include Annapolis, The Chumbscrubber, and Spin. She began her work in the movie business designing title sequence, most notably for Bound, and for designing the slide-show-sequence in Jurassic Park. Before discovering the world of production design, Podesta was well known as a media artist and brings this background to her designs for film. Her experimental video works have been screened at museums and festivals in the U.S. and Europe and have been recognized with numerous awards including three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Podesta is a faculty member of the Graduate Art Program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she has taught for over 20 years. STEVEN ROSENBLUM, A.C.E. (Editor) began his career at the American Film
Institute, as a cinematographer. When it became apparent that his abilities lay more in the realities of story and storytelling than in the abstractions of shadow and light, he shifted his attention to film editing through his work on classmate Edward Zwick's thesis film. Thus began a long friendship and collaboration with Zwick. Their first project together was the television series thirtysomething (1987), for which Rosenblum received an Emmy Award and the American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award for Best Editing. Subsequently, Rosenblum and Zwick collaborated on a feature film, the Civil War drama Glory (1989), which brought Rosenblum his first Academy Award nomination and earned him his second Eddie. While working with Mel Gibson, Rosenblum earned his second Oscar nomination (and third Eddie) for the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Braveheart (1995), and in 2006 Rosenblum received a third Oscar nomination for his work on Zwick's Blood Diamond. Rosenblum has had notable film collaborations with other directors having edited Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers (2002), Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001) and Bryan Singer's X-Men (2000). His most recent efforts include his first 3-D project, Eric Brevig's Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and the George Tillman directed musical biopic Notorious (2009) about the rapper Notorious B.I.G. In addition, Rosenblum edited Legends of the Fall(1994), Courage Under Fire(1996), Dangerous Beauty(1998), The Siege(1998), The Last Samurai(2003), Failure to Launch(2006) and Defiance(2008). JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (Music) is one of the most versatile and respected
composers currently working in films. To date, Howard has received eight Oscar nominations, including six for Best Original Score for his work on Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides and My Best Friend's Wedding. He was also nominated for Best Original Song for the films Junior and One Fine Day. Howard, along with Hans Zimmer, won the 2009 Grammy Award for the score for The Dark Knight. He has also received Grammy Award nominations for music from Blood Diamond, Dinosaur, Signs and the song from One Fine Day. In addition, he won an Emmy Award for the theme to the series Gideon's Crossing, and received two additional Emmy nominations for the themes to the long-running series ER and the series Men. Howard has been nominated four times for Golden Globe Awards -- for his massive orchestral score for Peter Jackson's blockbuster remake of King Kong; for the songs from Junior and One Fine Day; and for his provocative symphonic score for Defiance. He received the 2008 World Soundtrack Award for Film Composer of the Year for his work on the films Charlie Wilson's War, Michael Clayton and I Am Legend. Howard received the Soundtrack of the Year Award from the Classical BRIT Awards for The Dark Knight (2009) and Blood Diamond (2008). In 2009, he received the Special Fifth Anniversary GoldSpirit Award for Best Composer of the Last 5 Years (2004–2008) from the International Film Music Conference in Úbeda, Spain. Howard, who has been honored with ASCAP's prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, now has more than 100 films to his credit. Among them are all of M. Night Shyamalan's films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening), five films for director Lawrence Kasdan (Grand Canyon, Wyatt Earp, French Kiss, Mumford, and Dreamcatcher), four Julia Roberts comedies (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, My Best Friend's Wedding, and America's Sweethearts) and three animated films for Walt Disney Studios (Dinosaur, Treasure Planet, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire). His wide-ranging credits also include Duplicity, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Great Debaters (with Peter Golub), Batman Begins, Collateral, Snow Falling on Cedars, Outbreak, Hidalgo, Peter Pan, Falling Down, Primal Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross, Waterworld, The Devil's Advocate Howard's success reflects the experiences of a rich musical past. Inspired by his grandmother, a classical violinist who played in the Pittsburgh Symphony in the '30s and '40s, he began his studies on the piano at age four. After studying as a piano major at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and at the USC Thornton School of Music, he completed his formal education with orchestration study under legendary arranger Marty Paich. Though his training was classical, Howard maintained an interest in rock and pop music, and it was his early work in the pop arena that allowed him to hone his talents as a musician, arranger, songwriter and producer. He racked up a string of collaborations in the studio with some of pop's biggest names, including Barbra Streisand, Earth, Wind and Fire, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Toto, Glenn Frey, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Olivia Newton-John, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Cher, and Chaka Khan. In 1975, Howard joined pop superstar Elton John's band on the road and in the studio. Howard left the band in 1976 to do more record production. He rejoined the band in 1980 for another tour and again in 1986 to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for John's Live in Australia tour, which later became a platinum-selling album. When Howard was offered his first film in 1985, he never looked back. As a change of pace, Howard reunited with Elton John for a multicity tour in the summer of 2004, which included sold-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New His recent releases include M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, and Phillip Noyce's Salt. One of his upcoming films is Kelly Asbury's Gnomeo and Juliet. In February 2009, Howard had his first concert piece, titled I Would Plant a Tree, performed by the Pacific Symphony as part of their American Composers Festival. DEBORAH L. SCOTT's (Costume Designer) first opportunity as a feature film costume
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