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JASONPATRICKBRUCE WILLIS JOHNCUSACK
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RAIN JESSICA LOWNDES JOHNATHAN SCHAECH GIA MANTEGNA
And CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON
Produced by RandallEmmett, GeorgeFurla, Samuel Y. Ha,
Huh Soo Young,Adam Goldworm
Written by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore
Directed by Brian A.Miller
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JASON PATRIC (My Sister’s Keeper),BRUCE WILLIS (Red 2) and JESSICA LOWNDES (90210) lead a venerable group of veterans and newcomers in The Prince, an unrelentingaction film that forces a retired crime boss back into the seedy underworld he’d left behind. For twenty years Paul Brennan (Patric), a retired New Orleans crime boss, has lived a quiet life off the grid, running an auto repair garage in remote Mississippi. When his teenage daughter goes missing, Paul is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies. With the help of his daughter’s friend Angela (Lowndes),Paul comes face to face with Omar (Willis), the city’s most powerful man whose family he mistakenly took out, in an explosive final standoff that may offer redemption for Paul’s past mistakes. Starring alongside Patric, Willis, and Lowndes in The Prince are JOHN CUSACK (2012), RAIN (Ninja Assassin), JOHNATHON SCHAECH (The Legend of Hercules) GIA MANTEGNA (The Frozen Ground), and CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON (Escape Plan).
Prolific producer, Randall Emmett read the script and immediately knew it was a winner in the vein of his previous action packed dramas like The Frozen Ground, Catch .44, or Narc. “Bruce really fell for the material, as well as Jason, and then John came on board and I felt that actors of this caliber would bring something really special to the characters and to the storyof a man having to face his old demons when his daughter disappears in the same crime universe that he used to live in.” says Emmett.
Writing partners Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmorewere looking to explore the concept of whether the person you are inside is inevitably who you are. "That thought brings up questions like, do you have the will and determination to change who you are," explains Fabrizio.“Much like Eastwood's Unforgiven, The Prince exploresthat but in a modern setting.” “The story began to take shape when we were back in film school,” adds Passmore, of the duo’s first script they wrote together. “The Prince is about a man becoming this monster that he once was in order to save to the one thing that he cares about which is his daughter."
Director Brian A. Miller dives headlong into the gritty underworld of territorial gangsters and revenge in the action-thriller, The Prince.Paul Brennan is a former mob enforcerwith two decades between him and an awful mistake that took the lives of a very powerful man’s family. “When Paul’s daughter goes missing in the city where he is a wanted man, he has to go back into this past,” begins Miller. “Bit by bit, as we pull that string, it leads us to all these new dimensions, back into the sins of his past life as he seeks redemption for the mistakes he had made. It’s a genre story turned upside down on its head, and that really attracted me to the script.”
Several cars are parked in front of Royal Automotive,the business Paul opened when he moved to a small town in Mississippi to escape his past. He is looking forward to his daughter Beth’s upcoming Christmas break visit and quickly flips open the shop’s large bay doors while thumbing through a stack of bills,when a letter from State College catches his attention.Confused by the Past Due Notice, Paulopens his computer to Skype Beth. A man answers, his face partially blocked, and in the background other people talk and there is a faint pulse of techno music. Paul asks for Beth and after a pause the man laughs and the line goes dead. Beth’s cellphone goes straight to voice mail,leaving Paul clearly unnerved.
“I play a single father who all of a sudden finds out that his daughter has disappeared, and in searching for her discovers she has a secret life,” explains Patric. “As the story unfolds, you find out Paul also had a secret life.I think we all have our pasts, parts of ourselves that we hide, for our betterment we believe.With every character I always find those parts of myself that I understand or that I have lived.In this case there is a darkness that this man has buried because he wants to have something better.”
Wasting no time, Paul is soon peering apprehensively out a taxi window as it pulls to a stop in front ofBeth’s apartment where he searches for clues. His eyes come to rest on a bunch of photos stuck to her bedroom wall: in addition to Beth, the common thread is an attractive blonde and a neon sign for the Brickyard Bar. Paul works his way through the crowd, scanning faces,when a group of kids enter from the back door and he finally sees the girl from the photo, Angela. She’s drunk and definitely wired, and would probably fall over if it weren’t for the guywalking next to her.
Under the fluorescent lights of the all-night diner across the street, Angela looks like crap, pupils the size of Wyoming as she struggles to down some coffee and explain that Beth has been partying pretty hard, and recently began dating a guy from New Orleans. Paul noticeably tenses at the mention of the Big Easy and details of the boyfriend’s drug-filled lifestyle. He stands abruptly, tosses cash on the table and tells Angela they’re heading to New Orleans. She balks but is the only one that can point out Eddie.
“When Angela first meetsPaul he is just Beth’s dad, this mechanic from Mississippi; I don’t really know what I got myself into,” begins Lowndes, whose character comes off as the quintessential party girl, always chasing the next high.“Paul offers up this road trip to New Orleans and Angela thinks why not,lets go party and have fun. But it turns out we have people chasing us and he is this bad ass and he’s killing people.”
After a warning to leave town and a beat down and in a seedy strip club parking lot by associates of Eddie’s, Paul slowly rises to his feet and insists no one’s going anywhere until he finds Eddie. Almost stunned at what they’re seeing, the men return to finish Paul off when he knocks out the first man, and in a series of lightening fast moves he delivers bone-crunching hits on the other three.“As they get closer to finding Beth, Angela is slowly unveiling who Paul is and we see more and more of his past and what his character has gone through,” continues Lowndes. “The arc of the story is following Paul, watching him change from the man he has become since leaving the citytwenty years ago, back into the man that he was twenty years ago,” adds Miller. “That’s really the mystery of the story, watching it unfold through his eyes and through Angela’s reactions,as the search for his daughter intensifies.”
Paul and Angela find Eddie in an old-school hangout that hasn’t gotten a facelift since it’s heyday. Eddie sizes up Paul and unwittingly suggests he look for Beth spinning on a pole in the club across the street when Riley, who knew Paul back in the day,invites himself to their table and recounts his last memory of Paul taking down seven people in Stewarts. Through a slow, smoke-y haze, a young Paul dressed all in black advances, pistol firing, muzzle flashes, bullets ejecting. All seven bodies hitting the floor and I went down too, but I wasn’t shot yet, recalls Riley. Eddie is uncomfortable at what he hears but Paul just stares into Riley, who pours himself another drink. A younger Riley closes his eyes waiting for the shot but, When I finally got the courage to open them again, you were nowhere to be seen, Riley says to Paul.
Eddie finally admits that he went out with Beth but dropped her when she got into heroin. Last he knew she was with a dealer named Tony Martinez, also known as The Pharmacy,who sells drugs out of an abandoned warehouse. Riley shakes his head knowing that’s some serious trouble that even the cops know to stay away from. As each new bit of information gets Paul closer to Beth, it also exposes him to Omar (Bruce Willis), “avery powerful man in the city of New Orleans who put a price on Paul’s head the day Paul mistakenly killed Omar’s wife and daughter,” explains Miller. “Like Open Range or Unforgiven, this is a modern day western where this gun slinger’s daughter goes missing in this city where he is a wanted man.”
“Bruce isan old school pro that can just turn on the charm; I would whisper in his ear and wound him up a little bit, and then just let him go,” recalls Miller, of the character thatdoes little to hide his thirst for vengeance. Omar, finely dressed with an air of power about him, tightens his grip on the phone,as a car follows Paul’s Explorer through an industrial part of town. The voice on the other end assures Omar that everyone in the bar knew The Prince the second he walked in the door.
Omar instructs his henchmen to bring Paul to him, but Mark (Rain), measures his words carefully before counseling, Let him do whatever it is he came here for and crawl back to whatever rock he’s been hiding under. “Mark is cool headed and charismatic,” says South Korean actor and singer Rain, who plays Omar’s quick-on-the-draw, right hand man. With finality, Omar glances at a photo of Susan and Rachel,sits down at his desk and declares, If The Prince is here, he’s mine.“Brucejust turns it on and becomes this character that you will see unfold on screen,” Miller says with a smile.
Paul is able to evade Omar's men, sending their sedan crashing into a ditch and leaving Angela trembling in her seat in a state of total shock. Sirens are heard in the distance, as Paul slams a thug's head into the car doorjamb and sends a warning to Omar that he's just passing through and it’s better that he lets him be. Whether Angela wants to know or not, Paul's past as a trained killer eventually spills forth, as he relives that moment standing at a bus stop, watching Omar’s wife and daughter walk past their station wagon and getting into Omar’s sedan. He runs toward them waving his hands, begging them to back away, but it’s too late and Paul is illuminated as the car explodes.
“I play Sam, an old friend or associate of Paul’s, and when he comes back to town and gets into trouble he asks Sam for a favor because of their prior relationship,” begins John Cusack, whose character is reminiscent of Rickin Casablanca.“It’s a troubled relationship because of Paul’s past.” Paul and Angela make their way through the luxurious lobby of the Sam’s Goldmine Casino and Hotel. In the presidential suite, Paul explains that his daughter has gotten herself in with a bad crowd and someone called The Pharmacy. Sam knows the lunatic and can’t get involved, much less even be seen with Paul, who understands and explains he just needs a safe place for Angela. As Paul leaves, Sam warns that a lot of their guys are now with Omar.
A blinking neon sign thatreads Mike’s Gun Store illuminates the barred windows of a run down building. Paul asks for Big Mike and Frank nods his shaved head toward a photo indicating that his dad passed away a few years ago. Forewarned that anyone who walks in with tattoos like Paul’s brings hell with him, the young man levels a sawn-off pump shotgun at Paul’s gut,declaring he’d better be ready to draw. “When this former gunslinger comes into town we really needed to establish for the audience that when The Princewalked into the room he could literally can take you down in a millisecond,” explains Miller. “We brought in Jonathan Schaech to play Frankbecause we needed somebody that could give us the intensity while at the same time conveying to the audience the fear.Frank one of those characters who knows who this guy is and that when you draw on this guy you’re drawing on Doc Holliday.”
Paul pulls up in front of the abandoned factory. A security guy tells him he’sgot the wrongaddress, but Paul yanks the door and insists that he has some life saving information for The Pharmacy. He relinquishes his Glock and waits in a dimly lit hallway, side rooms filled with young junkies and prostitutes. A steady stream of twenty-something girls file past, zombie-like, and for a second he thinks he sees Beth’s face. The Pharmacy sits sprawled on a sofa surrounded by four toughs and a handful of girls. On a nearby couch, a girl seems to be asleep but track marks run along the inside of her arm and The Pharmacy innocently claims he didn’t do anything that Beth didn’t ask for. A dark, bottomless rage rises within Paul, as he moves to take Beth home. But Paul’s Glock appears at his temple, held by the security guard, and with taunting glee The Pharmacy reveals that Omar has requested he keep Paul and his daughter on ice till he gets there.
“The factory is where it all goes down, where we make it and shake it and we bake it; it all comes together baby,” says 50 Cent, who plays the powerful underground figure known as The Pharmacy.“Everybody that’s here wants to be here, nobody’s arm is being twisted, they love it. If they aren’t in love with the actual scenery itself they are in love with what we have.”
With almost inhuman speed, Paul twists the guard’s arm backwards and blows his head off. Before the other three thugs can reach their guns, he gets shots off and only The Pharmacy remains, frozen mid-reach for a gun on the coffee table. He raises his hands in surrender, but Paul looks him in the eyes and pulls the trigger.
Chaos erupts in the hallway; Paul grabs a gun off the floor and when the door crashes open he fires with both pistols, mowing down the gunmen. He holsters a pair of guns from the downed men, puts an arm around Beth and leads her down a long narrow corridor, blowing away gunmen as soon as they jump out in front of him. There is muffled screaming as the music that filled the warehouse grinds to a halt. Gunshots and flashes continue, then everything goes quiet. Finally the warehouse door blasts open and two gunmen drop to the ground as Paul emerges with Beth in tow. He carries her to the waiting Camaro and races off down the street.
It’s dawn and Paul stands in front of a bathroom mirror and barely flinches, stitching himself up. He takes a long pull from a bottle of whiskey before putting on a shirt and heading to the bedroom to find Beth with Angela by her side. He knows it will get worse as the heroin wears off and Angela, realizing they need a moment, takes her cue and leaves. Paul is ready to take Beth home, but she’s not sure she even knows what home is anymore.
"Paul is the ultimate father, a tough guy but also a teddy bear deep down inside," explains Gia Mantegna who plays Beth, Paul's wayward daughter who runs with the wrong crowd when she leaves home for college. "Beth is the driving force for Paul’s return to New Orleans where he is forced back to his old territory and faces his enemies."
"The Prince is an incredible action thriller, but at the same time there is a heart in there," concludes Miller. "There is the revenge that Omar has been seeking over the last twenty years and has built up through to the big finale at the end. And there's the very realistic father daughter relationship that I think people are going to relate to. Like a lot of people, Paul and his daughter had a very disconnected relationship. When he goes on this journey, it brings them closer together. It’s also a wakeup for all the characters who go through their own personal arcs. When people walk away at the end of this movie they are going to be blown away."
BRIAN A. MILLER (Officer Down) directs The Prince from a screenplay that is written by Andre Fabrizio (television’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive) and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn). Supporting Miller is a vibrant, young behind-the-scenes team led by director of photography YARON LEVY (Getaway, Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning), production designer NATEJONES (Getaway, Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning), editor RICK SHAINE (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn the Treader), costume designer CAMILLEJUMELLE (ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2), and composers The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Setup).
The Prince is produced by RANDALL EMMETT (2 Guns, Lone Survivor), GEORGE FURLA (End of Watch, Rambo), SAMUEL Y. HA (War of the Arrows), HUH SOO YOUNG (Snowpiercer), andADAM GOLDWORM(Silent Night, television’s Masters of Horror).Executive producers of the film are BARRY BROOKER, JEFF RICE, RICHARD RIONDA DEL CASTRO, STAN WERTLIEB, PATRICIA EBERLE, FRED SONG, and HO-SUNG PAK.TIMOTHY SULLIVAN and BRANDONGRIMESare the film’s co-producers, with casting for The Prince done by ANNEMCCARTHY and KELLIEROY.
Grindstone Entertainment and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films in association with Union Investment Partnerspresents an Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films Production in association with Aperture Entertainment of The Prince. The film is represented domestically by Grindstone Entertainment and internationally by Hannibal Pictures. The Prince has not yet been rated by the MPAA.
Director Brian A. Miller plants the audience firmly in the gritty underworld of revenge seeking gangsters with the action-thriller The Prince, which shot on locations throughout Mobile, Alabama. “I have to say, the production value that wegot from Mobile is quite spectacular,” says Miller enthusiastically of the city that turned itself into a back lot and doubled as New Orleans for a large portion of the shoot.Adds producer Randall Emmett, “Brian fell in love with Mobile and thought it was just ideal for The Prince. The city worked with us and the community really embraced us, so it made our production really work.”
“When I first landed and started going through the city, it was important to find locations that were distinctive,” explains Miller. “We were able to find a richness in each of our locations that really elevated the production to the next level: from the 35-story high-rise towers for Omar’s compound to Paul’s automotive shop that looks like something from Gone in 60 Seconds, filled with all these amazing automobiles and muscle carsfrom the 60’s and 70’s.”
The task of refining the film’s look and recreating New Orleans in Mobile went to production designer Nate Jones. “Mobile was actually the first capitol of New France, so some of the same architecture is available there,” explains Jones of Mobile’s original name of Fort Louis de la Louisiane. “The opportunity to tell a story about someone coming back home to New Orleans really spoke to me because my Dad's family is from there. I actually thought about my time outside of the traditional places people recall when they think about New Orleans. The town has an energy all it's own and sometimes people seem to forget that there is a very seedy underbelly to some of it. It's like any major city, if you're looking for trouble, you're gonna find it,” affirms the designer who is no stranger to the action genre with credits like Transit and Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning.
“Brian is action packed, so I usually put on my seatbelt and hung on,” recalls Jones of his first experience working with Miller. “He has a very direct vision about what he sees in every scene, so it made it easy for me to create his vision. Paul's shop was a big one for us and I really wanted to convey how much he really digs into his work in an attempt to forget everything he has done in the past. There is something about working on a car that takes you out of everything else in your life and forces you to concentrate on the task at hand. With Omar's we were first showing the dichotomy of the two characters lifestyles and financial levels. Secondly, I wanted to show the delicate balance, with patterns and symbolism, of how one may wish to be perceived but the truth will eventually show through in the end,” says the designer who focused on “vibrancy and intensity on this film rather than a specific color scheme,” in this reteaming with cinematographer Yaron Levy.
Sam’s Goldmine Hotel and Casino was staged in Mobile’s historic Battle House Renaissance Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building’s marble and brick façade, and lobby decked out with trompe-l’œil paintings and a domed skylight set the mood for the showdown between Paul and Omar’s thugs. Not far from the hotel is Dauphine Street, which “has a French Quarter type feel,the architecture matches,” affirms Miller.“Mobile has that big city feel and it’s a lot easier to shoot Mobile from New Orleans then a lot of people would have imagined.”The Prince shot on locations in and around Mobile Alabama for three weeks, with two days of establishing exteriors shot in New Orleans.
BRIAN A. MILLER (Officer Down) directs The Prince from a screenplay that is written by Andre Fabrizio (television’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive) and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn). Supporting Miller is a vibrant, young behind-the-scenes team led by director of photography YARON LEVY (Getaway, Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning), production designer NATE JONES (Getaway, Universal Soldier: A Day of Reckoning), editor RICK SHAINE (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn the Treader), costume designer CAMILLE JUMELLE (ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2), and composers The Newton Brothers (Oculus, Setup).
Jason PATRIC (Paul Brennan)
Jason Patric’s feature film debut came in 1987 when he appearedin the comedy-thriller THE LOST BOYS, directed by Joel Schumacher. He then starred in the war drama THE BEAST OF WAR; James Foley’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s crime thriller AFTER DARK, MY SWEET; and LiliFini Zanuck’s undercover cop film RUSH, which earned Patric critical acclaim.
Patricfollowed up with starring rolesin GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND, THE JOURNEY OF AUGUST KING, SLEEPERS, and YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, which was the first feature Patric produced for his production company, Fleece.Additional featured roles for Patric include:Joe Carnahan’s critically acclaimed drama NARC;THE ALAMO for director John Lee Hancock; the thriller DOWNLOADING NANCY with Maria Bello; the romantic comedy EXPIRED; opposite Cameron Diaz in MY SISTER’S KEEPER, the audience-grabbing drama directed by Nick Cassavetes; and the CIA special forces actioner THE LOSERS.
Patric starred on Broadway in the revival of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, with Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan, directed by Gregory Mosher. Originally presented in 1972,the play was written byPatric’s father Jason Miller. Patricalso starred as Brick in the Broadway production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and some of his other theatre credits include: Neil LaBute’sBASH, BEIRUT, OUT OF AST ON LOVER’S LEAP, THE TEMPEST, HENRY V, and LOVE’S LABOR LOST.
Bruce WILLIS (Omar)
Bruce Willis has demonstrated incredible versatility in a career that has included such diverse characterizations as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION, 1994 Palme D'Or winner at Cannes, the philandering contractor in Robert Benton's NOBODY’S FOOL, the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam's 12 MONKEYS, the traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison'sIN COUNTRY, the compassionate child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan's Oscar® nominated THE SIXTH SENSE, for which he won the People's Choice Award, and his signature role, Detective John McClane, in the DIE HARDseries of feature films.
Following studies at Montclair State College's prestigious theater program, the New Jersey native honed his craft in several stage plays and countless television commercials, before landing the leading role in Sam Shepard's 1984 stage drama FOOL FOR LOVE, a run which lasted for 100 performances off-Broadway.
Willis next won international stardom and several acting awards, including Emmy® and Golden Globe® honors, for his starring role as private eye David Addison on the hit television series MOONLIGHTING, winning the role over 3,000 other contenders. At the same time, he made his motion picture debut opposite Kim Basinger in Blake Edwards' romantic comedy BLIND DATE.
In 1988, he originated the role of John McClane in the blockbuster film, DIE HARD, one of the highest-grossing releases of that year. He later reprised the character in four sequels: DIE HARD: Die Harder, DIE HARD: With A Vengeance, 1995's global box-office champ, LIVE FREE, DIE HARD, one of the box-office hits of summer 2007, and the recently releasedA GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
His wide array of film roles includes collaborations with such respected filmmakers as Michael Bay in ARMAGEDDON, M. Night Shyamalan in THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE, Alan Rudolph in MORTAL THOUGHTS, and BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, Walter Hill in LAST MAN STANDING, Robert Benton in BILLY BATHGATE and NOBODY’S FOOL, Rob Reiner in THE STORY OF US, Edward Zwick in THE SIEGE, Luc Besson in THE FIFTH ELEMENT, Barry Levinson in BANDITS and WHAT JUST HAPPENED, Robert Zemeckis in DEATH BECOMES HER, and Robert Rodriguez in SIN CITY and GRINDHOUSE.
Other motion picture credits include 2010's RED, where he originated the role of Frank Moses; THE JACKAL, MERCURY RISING, HART’S WAR, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS and its sequel THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, THE KID, TEARS OF THE SUN, HOSTAGE, 16 BLOCKS, ALPHA DOG, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, and PERFECT STRANGER. He also voiced the character of the wise-cracking infantMikey in LOOK WHO’S TALKING and LOOK WHO’S TALKING TOO, as well as the lead characters RJandSpike in the animated hit features OVER THE HEDGE and RUGRATS GO WILD! In 2012, Willis successfully added to his credits two critically acclaimed films: director Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, for which Willis and the film received Independent Film Award nominations, and director Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller LOOPER, co-starring Joseph Gordon Levitt.
In addition to his work before the cameras, Willis produced HOSTAGE and THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, and executive produced BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's best-selling novel. With his brother David Willis and business partner Stephen Eads, he co-founded Willis Brothers Films, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
Willis also maintains a hand in the theater. In 1997 he co-founded A Company of Fools, a non-profit theater troupe committed to developing and sustaining stage work in the Wood River Valley of Idaho, and throughout the U.S. He starred in and directed a staging of Sam Shepard's dark comedy TRUE WEST at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho. The play, which depicts the troubled relationship between two brothers, was aired on Showtime and dedicated to Willis' late brother Robert.
An accomplished musician as well, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album THE RETURN OF BRUNO, which went platinum and contained the No. 5 Billboard hit Respect Yourself. Three years later, he recorded a second album IF IT DON’T KILL YOU, IT JUST MAKES YOU STRONGER. In 2002, he launched a U.S. club tour with his musical group, Bruce Willis and the Blues Band and he traveled to Iraq to play for U.S. servicemen.
John CUSACK (Sam)
With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, John Cusack has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and respected actors of his generation, garnering both critical acclaim as well as prestigious accolades for his dramatic and comedic roles. In April 2012, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented Cusack with the 2,469th Hollywood Walk of Fame star, honoring his long, ground-breaking career in film.
Cusack first gained the attention of audiences by starring in a number of 1980s film classics such as THE SURE THING, SAY ANYTHING, and SIXTEEN CANDLES. Following these roles, Cusack successfully shed his teen-heartthrob image and demonstrated his ability to expand his film repertoire by starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers and comedies including THE GRIFTERS, EIGHT MEN OUT, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, HIGH FIDELITY, and GROSSE POINTE BLANK.
Most recently, Cusack starred in the independent film ADULT WORLD, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by IFC Films early in 2014. He also starred alongside Robert De Niro in the crime thriller THE BAG MAN, which will open on February 28, 2014. In 2013, Cusack was seen in the psychological thriller THE FROZEN GROUND, in which he reunited with Nicolas Cage, and in Lee Daniel’s THE BUTLER, as President Richard Nixon.
Cusack is currently on location in Atlanta filming the sci-fi thriller CELL. Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same title, he stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Additionally, Cusack recently finished filming LOVE AND MERCY, in which he plays iconic Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson opposite Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. Cusack will also star in David Cronenberg’s latest film, MAPS TO THE STARS alongside Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.
In 2012, Cusack appeared in Lee Daniels’ drama THE PAPERBOY. He co-starred opposite Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey as Hillary Van Wetter, an inmate on death row. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. That same year, Cusack starred in the independent thriller THE RAVEN, where he portrayed the infamous author Edgar Allen Poe. The film, directed by James McTiegue and produced by Marc D. Evans, tells fictionalized account of the last days of Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.
Cusack also starred in HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, an R-rated comedy centered on a group of adult men, portrayed by Cusack, Rob Cordry (WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS), Craig Robinson (THE OFFICE) and Clark Duke (GREEK) who take a trip back to the ski lodge where they partied as youths and are transported back in time to 1987 by the hot tub, a bubbly time machine. Cusack produced the film through his New Crime Productions banner. The film was released by MGM in March of 2010.
Additionally, in 2009 he starred in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic thriller, 2012. Released by Sony Pictures, the international blockbuster went on to gross more than $766 million worldwide. In this science fiction film, Cusack and co-stars ChiwetelEjiofor, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt face natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers as a result of the world and Mayan calendar ending in the year 2012.
In spring of 2008, Cusack starred, wrote and produced the political satire, WAR INC. The film also starred Joan Cusack, Marissa Tomei, Hilary Duff and Sir Ben Kingsley and was produced under his New Crime Productions banner. The film was shot in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was directed by Joshua Seftel. Cusack wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Pikser and Mark Leyner. In the film, Cusack plays the role of a hit man hired to kill the CEO of a major corporation. Set in the future in the desert town of Turagistan, Cusack finds himself torn between obligation and love. Additionally in 2008, Cusack’s voice was featured in MGM’s animated feature IGOR.
In 2007, Cusack starred in GRACE IS GONE, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was recognized with the Audience Award. In the film, Cusack plays Stanley Phillips, a young father who takes his two daughters on an impulsive road trip upon learning that his wife, Grace, has been killed in service in Iraq. The film was written and directed by James C. Strouse, produced under Cusack’s New Crime Productions banner and distributed by The Weinstein Company. That same year, Cusack starred opposite Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, and Joan Cusack as a writer who, crushed by the death of his fiancé, adopts a six year old boy who is convinced he is from Mars in the romantic comedy MARTIAN CHILD. The film was directed by Menno Meyjes and written by Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins.
Cusack also starred in the box office hit 1408 for Dimension Films. In this film, Cusack plays the role of Mike Enslin, a supernatural phenomena specialist who sets out to prove that a haunted New York hotel is just an urban legend. As research for his novel, Enslin stays in the notorious room 1408 only to discover the hard way that these myths and coincidences are in fact anything but. The film was directed by Mikael Hafstrom, and the story was adapted by Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski from the Stephen King novel of the same title.
In 2005, Cusack starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the dark comedy, THE ICE HARVEST. Based on a Scott Phillips novel, Harold Ramis directed the film for Focus Features. The previous year in RUNAWAY JURY, he stared opposite Hollywood legends Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. The film was based on John Grisham’s best selling novel of the same title and was directed by Gary Fleder. In 2003, Cusack joined Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina and Ray Liotta in the thriller IDENTITY, directed by James Mangold for Columbia Pictures.
In the controversial film MAX, directed by Menno Meyjes and released by Lionsgate in December 2002, Cusack portrayed Max Rothman, an elegant, sophisticated former cavalry officer who returns to his native Munich to set up an art gallery, when he meets another aspiring artist, a young Adolf Hitler (played by Noah Taylor). The film, which Cusack also produced, garnered strong reactions at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival and has been debated extensively throughout the country because of its controversial subject matter.
In 2001, Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his role in the feature version of Nick Hornby's English novel, HIGH FIDELITY, for Touchstone Pictures. In addition to starring in the film, Cusack also co-produced and co-wrote the script with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis. The film also stars Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Joan Cusack.
In 1999, Cusack starred in the dark comedy BEING JOHN for USA Films. Cusack’s performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Actor. That year, Cusack also co-starred in CRADLE WILL ROCK, an ensemble drama written and directed by Tim Robbins, portraying Nelson Rockefeller opposite an ensemble cast that included Emily Watson, Cary Elwes, Angus McFadden, Susan Sarandon, Hank Azaria, John Turturro, Ruben Blades and Vanessa Redgrave. He also starred with Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett in Mike Newell’s comedy PUSHING TIN. In the same year, he starred in HBO’s THE JACK BULL, a traditional Western written by his father Dick Cusack. John served as executive producer on this film, along with Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis under his New Crime Productions banner.
In December 1998, Cusack appeared in the World War II combat epic, THE THIN RED LINE, based on the James Jones novel about the Battle of Guadalcanal. Directed by Terrence Malick for 20th Century Fox, the ensemble cast included George Clooney, Woody Harrelson, Nick Nolte, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Bill Pullman and John Travolta.
In 1997, Cusack starred opposite Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd and Minnie Driver in Buena Vista Pictures, GROSSE POINTE BLANK. He received rave reviews for the comedy about a hit man who goes through a spiritual crisis during his high school reunion, which he also produced and co-wrote. This was the first project New Crime developed and produced under their banner. The same year, Cusack starred with Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi in Buena Vista's blockbuster, CON AIR from director Simon West. Later that year he starred with Kevin Spacey in the Warner Bros. feature, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on John Berendt's nonfiction bestseller of the same name, Cusack portrayed John Kelso, the movie version of the author/narrator. Additionally, Cusack lent his voice to FOX's full-length animated feature ANASTASIA, opposite the voices of Meg Ryan as Anastasia, Christopher Lloyd as Rasputin and Kelsey Grammer as Vladimir.
In 1995, Cusack starred opposite Al Pacino in Castle Rock's political thriller, CITY HALL, directed by Harold Becker for Columbia Pictures. In 1994, he re-teamed with Woody Allen, who cast him in the 1991 film SHADOWS AND FOG, to portray playwright David Shayne in the acclaimed BULLETS OVER BROADWAY for Miramax. The ensemble cast included ChazzPalminteri, Jennifer Tilly, Dianne Wiest and Tracey Ullman. Some of his other feature film credits include THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE, TRUE COLORS, BROADCAST NEWS, STAND BY ME, and BETTER OFF DEAD. Cusack also starred in several romantic comedies, including Miramax’s SERENDIPITY, directed by Peter Chelsom and co-starring Kate Beckinsale; as well as starring with Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Billy Crystal in AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS for Sony Pictures.
Cusack divides his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.
Rain, known as a superstar musician in Asia, crossed over into acting with his debut in the hit South Korean television seriesSANG-DOO (Let’s Go to School). He solidified his position as an actor with his lead role in the Korean mini-series FULL HOUSE,and became recognized throughout Asia as not only as a singer, but an actor as well. The drama was aired throughout most of Asia, including Japan and China, with an average program rating of over 50 percent. This was the start of Rain Fever that seemed to cross borders throughout the east and Southeast Asia.
During his latest Korean television mini-series, A LOVE TO KILL, Rain’s headstrong approach to trials and challenges made him more versatile as an actor. One of the most acclaimed filmmakers in Korea, Chan Wook Park, known internationally for his VENGEANCE Triology (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance),choseRain to star in I’M A CYBORG, BUT THAT’S OK. It was a great honor and opportunity for Rain to finally break into films, and he was featured alongside stars Ji-Hoon Jung and SooJeongIm. The film won the Alfred Bauer Award for Particular Innovation in Filmmaking, one of the eight main awards at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, andRain received the Best New ActorAward for his role in the film at the 43rd Baek Sang Arts Award in Korea in 2007.
For his Hollywood debut, Rain was cast as a rookie racer in the Andy and Lana Wachowski’saction adventure filmSPEED RACER, based on the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida. This movie boasted the kind of revolutionary visual effects and cutting-edge storytelling that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowskis’ films, taking SPEED RACER into the 21st century and giving Rain his first chance to leave his mark in the American entertainment industry. Impressed by Jung’s work ethic and his huge talent, the Wachowskis’ chose Rain for the leadin their next movie, NINJA ASSASSIN. In the 2009 release, Rain plays Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world.
Jessica LOWNDES (Angela)
Award winning actress Jessica Lowndes (pronounced Lounds) captivated audiences and critics alike with her powerfully dynamic portrayal of drug addicted pregnant teen actress Adriannaon the CW's hit series 90210. Originally written as a three episode arc, Jessica's character quickly became a series regular and a central character throughout the show’s five-season run. Adriana became a pop star on the show and Lowndes wowed audiences with her incredible vocal abilities, singing original pop songs on the show. In 2009 she received a Prism Award nomination for Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline for the role.
Lowndes was recently nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for her work in Lifetime's A MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE. She will next be seen in the screwball comedy LARRY GAYE: RENEGADE MALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT,opposite Mark Feuerstein, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander and Molly Shannon,and the thriller GARDEN OF EDEN.
Lowndes made her feature film debut alongside Chace Crawford in the 2008 horror film THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY, and subsequently starred as the lead of the supernatural thriller ALTITUDE. She also starred as Tamara in Darren Bousman's rock opera, THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL.
The Canadian actress was discovered in Vancouver in 2005 by the producers of Showtime's anthology series MASTERS OF HORROR after she landed the starring role of Peggy in Tobe Hooper's apocalyptic installment, DANCE OF THE DEAD.
Johnathon SCHAECH (Frank)
Ruggedly handsome, talented and philanthropic actor Johnathon Schaech takes Hollywood by storm this year starring in several films including the recently released HERCULES 3D, alongside Kellan Lutz and the brand new CW series STAR CROSSED, which premiered this February.
Schaech recently starred in the Showtime smash hit series RAY DONOVAN as Sean Stevens, a major movie star with a mysterious connection to Ray Donovan, a professional fixer for the rich and famous. Ray, played by Liev Schreiber, comes to experience his own problems when his father, played by Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison. Schaech will also star in CBS Films sci-fi thriller 7500 alongside Ryan Kwanten, Jamie Chung, Amy Smart, Jerry Ferrara and Leslie Bibb. Directed by Takashi Shimizu (THE GRUDGE), Schaech plays Captain Haining, the pilot on a flight across the Pacific Ocean to Japan that suddenly encounters a supernatural fource.
Born on September 10, 1969 in Edgewood, Maryland, Schaech attended the University of Maryland as an Economics major, but soon discovered a passion for acting while filming various commercials in Baltimore. He decided to make the big move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and trained under legendary acting coach Roy London. For his first film project, Schaech was sent to England to train with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for the 1993 film SPARROW, and soon landed his breakout role alongside Winona Ryder in the 1995 film HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT. Shortly after, he played the role of Xavier Red in Greg Araki’s 1995 indie film THE DOOM GENERATION, and from there received his big break when he starred alongside Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler as Jimmy Mattingly in the 1996 hit THAT THING YOU DO. This finally put him on Hollywood’s radar when he was featured as one of the most promising leading men on a 1996 VANITY FAIR cover also featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Benicio Del Toro.
Acting has proved to be an extremely successful career path for Schaech and he has since decided to use his stardom to further his philanthropic endeavors. His unsurpassed passion, intelligence and devotion to saving arts education in public schools have earned him a spot on the board of directors for the charity Adopt the Arts, alongside Matt Sorum, Billy Bob Thornton, Juliette Lewis and John Stamos. Schaech has partnered with A-listers Jane Lynch, Steven Tyler, Matt Sorum, KISS and some of the largest YouTube sensations to create the short film EPIC BATTLE SCHOOLin order to shed light on arts education and to give children a voice. He also actively supports Talking About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.
Schaech also recently made an appearance in Tornado, the music video of the critically acclaimed, platinum-selling country group, Little Big Town.In his rare free time, Schaech enjoys reading, writing, producing and directing and maintains his fit physique by boxing, spinning, hiking, and practicing pilates and KravMaga. Schaech also frequently trains with friend Bob Harper from THE BIGGEST LOOSER.
Gia MANTEGNA (Beth)
American actress, Gia Mantegna, was born on April 17, 1990 in New York, New York to actor Joe Mantegna and Arlene Vrhel, relocating to Los Angeles at a young age. Despite growing up around the Hollywood sets and influence of her father, Mantegna originally had other career ambitions. With a fascination for scanners and buttons, she aspired to become a cashier, but opted for training in ballet, gymnastics, and music instead.
At age 13, Mantegna embarked on her acting career, making her debut in the 2003 film UNCLE NINO, alongside Anne Archer, Trevor Morgan, and her father, Joe Mantegna. Later, she appeared in 13 GOING ON 30, eager to act and gain experience on set. Each year, she immersed herself in a number of films, for both television and theater, and was cast as one of the main roles in the 2005 film MURDER BOOK for Fox, and portrayed Grace Conrad in Warner Brothers’ 2006 winter feature, UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. In 2008, Mantegna made a guest appearance in a Season 3 episode for the television show, CRIMINAL MINDS, transitioning her acting career towards television, where she was cast in a recurring role as Patty Mary on ABC Family’s THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER. After a guest appearance on the television series, MEDIUM, Mantegna landed a role in the TeenNick show, GIGANTIC, as the character Vanessa King.
With many impressive roles under her belt, Mantegna was announced as the 2011 Miss Golden Globe on December 9, 2010 for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Award Ceremony. After playing a lead role in the 2011 film, Getting That Girl, she made her move back to film, acting in the 2013 film, EMPIRE STATE, opposite Liam Hemsworth and THE FROZEN GROUND, alongside Nicolas Cage and John Cusack. Playing another lead role as Chloe Vandersteen in the 2014 filmCALIFORNIA SCHEMING, she has proven that her acting repertoire and range of roles are broad and her persistence immense. With two more films due to be released this year, Gia Mantegna has shown that she has moved out from under the shadow of her Hollywood upbringing and made a name for herself by playing by her own rules.
Mantegna currently resides in Los Angeles.
Curtis “50 Cent”JACKSON (The Pharmacy)
50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor and actor from Queens, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his 2003 album GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’, which has sold more than 8 million copies. The Grammy Award winner has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded numerous accolades including 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards, to name a few. He was ranked as the #1 rap artist and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s by Billboard Magazine, as well as that decade's sixth-best artist and fourth top male artist of that decade. His fifth studio album, ANIMAL AMBITION, will be released in summer 2014.
What began as music chart dominance for the rap music phenomenon quickly transformed to success in corporate America as a multi-tiered business mogul to be reckoned with. 50 Cent has also carved out a successful and acclaimed career as an actor, appearing in more than 21 films including THE FROZEN GROUND, with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack; ESCAPE PLAN, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is currently serving as executive producer, and has a reoccurring role on the highly anticipated series POWER, set to air on Starz in 2014. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has managed to leverage his star power into record breaking brand extensions encompassing a broad spectrum of businesses including artist management, film production, footwear and apparel, fragrance, video games, publishing, headphones and health drinks and supplements.
Brian A. MILLER (Director)
Brian A. Miller is a Los Angeles based feature film writer/director who began his career in acting and theater in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. He later graduated from film school at Grand Valley State University, and after several years of traveling moved to Los Angeles. Miller focused his attention on writing and developing projects that were both character driven and visually stylized, merging the theater world in which he grew up with his love for movie making.
In 2011, producer Jeff Most (THE CROW) broughtMiller on board to direct the feature film OFFICER DOWN, a complex, film-noir action-thriller. The film gave Miller the opportunity to work with a phenomenal cast of respected actors, including Stephen Dorff, James Woods, Stephen Lang, David Boreanaz, Dominic Purcell, Annalynne McCord, and Walton Goggins. OFFICER DOWN premiered at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival and later received a limited theatrical release, before its DVD/Blu-Ray and On Demand release by Anchor Bay.
The following year, Miller and British actor Craig Fairbrass developed a cutting edge, action-thriller titled THE OUTSIDER. The film markedFairbrass' first leading role in an American made movie, and boasted another great cast of top actors, including Jason Patric, James Caan, Johnny Messner, and Melissa Ordway.
Andre FABRIZIO (Writer)
Born in Milan, Italy, Andre Fabrizio was raised in Australia where he graduated from law school and practiced briefly before moving to Los Angeles to study film at the University of Southern California.
Andre began his film career on the production side, co-producing the Sundance hit SPECIAL, starring Michael Rapaport, before moving into television as an associate producer on the popular Discovery Channel show, I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE.
Eventually Andre teamed up with fellow USC alum Jeremy Passmore to write several studio features and TV shows. Building on a writing career that began as a writer's assistant on the TV shows BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, Andre has several films in development and two films slated to shoot this spring: SAN ANDREAS, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson at New Line, and VICE starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane.
Jeremy PASSMORE (Writer)
Born and raised in Washington State, Jeremy Passmore moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at the University of Southern California. His first film, SPECIAL, starring Michael Rapaport, which he co-wrote and co-directed, premiered at Sundance in 2006 and was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. Since then, he's been working as a screenwriter, primarily with his writing partner Andre Fabrizio. Together they have several films in development and two films slated to shoot this spring: SAN ANDREAS, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson at New Line, and VICE starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane. Passmore also wrote MGM's remake of RED DAWN starring Chris Hemsworth. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Randall EMMETT (Producer)
One of the entertainment industry's most prolific film producers, RandallEmmett has produced over 50 feature films since his start as Mark Wahlberg’s assistant in the 1990’s. Combining financial acumen with an incisive creative sensibility, Emmett is partner and co-founder alongside George Furla of Emmett / Furla Films, a production company dedicated to the development, financing and production of top tier filmed entertainment for the theatrical marketplace with its own equity fund. Also, he is founder and partner of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's production company, Cheetah Vision Films.
In the last decade, Emmett’s ability to package films with well-known actors and filmmakers resulted in major box office success – netting more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the US box office alone. He forged strong partnerships with major Hollywood studios to finance and distribute commercial films worldwide. Additionally, Emmett has produced smaller, critically acclaimed indie features such as NARC andWONDERLAND, which played in renowned film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Venice, and Telluride.
Emmett’s most recent films include LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg; 2 GUNS, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; ESCAPE PLAN, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger; BROKEN CITY, starring Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones; and END OF WATCH, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He is currently shooting VICE, starring Thomas Jane, Ambyr Childers, and Bruce Willis. On the slate for 2014, Emmett will start production of the highly anticipated Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, in addition to other high-profile titles including TUPAC, EXPIRATION, and MONOPOLY.
George FURLA (Producer)
After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration, George Furla began his career with Cantor Fitzgerald and Company. At Cantor Fitzgerald he served as an equity trader from 1982 to 1985. After his run with Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Furla worked with Jones and Associates for three years in a similar capacity. In 1988, Mr. Furla left Jones and Associates to run a hedge fund, which he also established, specializing in risk arbitrage and equity trading. Mr. Furla ran the hedge fund for ten years, after which he jointly formed a film production company with his partner, Randall Emmett.
At Emmett/Furla Films, Mr. Furla utilizes his hedge fund approach to model out film financing scenarios. Mr. Furla and Mr. Emmett share responsibility in both concept development and arrangement of the financing of the films. Emmett/Furla Films has produced a large number of films including BROKEN CITY, END OF WATCH, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, RIGHTEOUS KILL,RAMBO, THE WICKER MAN, and 16 BLOCKS. They recently released: LONE SURVIVOR, ESCAPE PLAN, 2 GUNS, and EMPIRE STATE.
Samuel Y. HA (PRODUCER)
Samuel Y. Ha has financed and co-produced over ten movies in Korea, including the hit movies SCANDAL MAKERS and WAR OF THE ARROWS. He has also packaged and invested in several international Korean co-productions, working with established producers from the U.S., Korea and China. Currently, Ha is working as a fund manager for Union Investment Partners, Korea’s leading private equity firm investing into movies and various content.
Huh Soo YOUNG (Producer)
Huh Soo-Young has worked in the Korean film industry since 2000, covering every aspect of moviemaking including production, investments and marketing. She has invested and co-produced many films and animations both on a local and international front. Huh’s most recent producing credits include the international hit movie SNOWPIERCER, starring Chris Evans, and the biggest Korean co-production hit in China, A WEDDING INVITATION, distributed by China Film Group.
Adam GOLDWORM (Producer)
Adam Goldworm is a literary and talent manager at Aperture Entertainment, a boutique management/production company that he founded in March 2009.Goldworm is currently producing several films including VICE starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER starring Vin Diesel, and LORE starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.He is also currently executive producing the NBC miniseries NEMESIS: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, and JACKASS OF ALL TRADES for TBS.
Prior to Aperture Entertainment, Goldworm spent five years at Industry Entertainment, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, Television, and playing an instrumental role in creating and overseeing the company's independent television division. He produced several high profile television anthology series, including Showtime's MASTER OF HORROR, ABC's MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION, and NBC's summer series FEAR ITSELF.
Goldworm obtained his MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and received a BA from the UCLA School of Film & TV. He has also written numerous news stories for Variety and Daily Variety, where he started as an intern writing obituaries. Goldworm was one of the 35 executives under the age of 35 selected for The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation 2008. Goldworm was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he has no plans to change his name.
Barry BROOKER(Executive Producer)
Barry Brooker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Grindstone Entertainment Group, a division of Lionsgate Films (LGF). Brooker started Grindstone in 2007 with his business partner Stan Wertlieb, and Mandate Pictures, which was acquired in September of 2007 by Lionsgate. Since then, he has grown the Grindstone business model significantly and their film production and distribution library of over 300 films have become among the top performing ROI divisions of Lionsgate. As well as overseeing all Grindstone operations, Brooker has also executive produced over 25 films, several of which are co-productions with Emmett/Furla Films, with whom Brooker facilitated two ten-picture deals worth $200 million. Recent films in those mult-picture deals include: THE FROZEN GROUND, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Vanessa Hudgens; EMPIRE STATE, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Liam Hemsworth, and Emma Roberts; and VICE,which begins shooting March 15, 2014, starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane.
Mr. Brooker began his career in the entertainment industry shortly after graduating with a Business degree from the University of Manitoba, when he began working for Astral Communications, Inc. After 12 years at Astral, where he held various management positions including National Sales Manager and VP of Sales and Marketing, Booker moved on to CFP/Lionsgate in Toronto. His tenure with CFP/Lionsgate proved fruitful, as he was responsible for the set up and oversight of U.S. Home Entertainment Operations and created Sterling Home Entertainment, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Scanbox that successfully operated for two years before being purchased outright by Lionsgate.
In 2000, Mr. Brooker moved to Los Angeles with his family when he became the President of Saturn Home Entertainment, and was instrumental in the startup and oversight of the company’s North American Home Entertainment division, which included distribution with Sony, Paramount, Fox, Lionsgate and Alliance in Canada. Four years later, Booker’s balanced experience as a high level corporate executive as well as a startup entrepreneur came together when he became the President/CEO of Silver Nitrate Entertainment, a joint venture with Ash and Sundip Shah. The company was responsible for releasing some of the most successful independent films on DVD to date, including MEMENTO, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, and DONNIE DADRKO. Barry oversaw distribution channels with Sony and Lionsgate of all new releases on DVD, TV and Digital until its significant catalogue of over 200 titles was sold to Mandate Pictures in 2007.
Stan WERTLIEB (Executive Producer)
Stan Wertlieb is a Partner in and Head of Acquisitions of Grindstone Entertainment Group, a fully integrated entertainment company releasing up to 40 films per year for DVD/VOD/PPV and TV through its partnership with Lionsgate. As a partner in Grindstone Entertainment Group, Wertlieb acts as a producer or executive producer for four to six films a year, depending on the production schedule. His longstanding partnership with Barry Brooker has led to a distribution library of over 300 films, and productions outperforming company expectations in light of an economic downturn.
Partnerships with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert in Ghost House Underground established a powerful horror genre label. Presently a partnership with Emmett/Furla Films, as well as Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Cheetah Vision, has led to two 10 picture deals worth $200 Million, with the most recent productions including:THE FROZEN GROUND, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens, and EMPIRE STATE, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts. VICE, the next film in the slate, is set to star Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane, and begins shooting March 15, 2014.
Wertlieb began his career in entertainment inMunich, Germany, during the video heyday of Europe, where heestablished himself as a leading acquisitions executive and recognized figure at all international film festivals and markets between 1985 and 1995. There, he started and oversaw operations for two independent video distribution companies: Summit International Pictures and Paradise Visuals Entertainment. He also acted as acquisitions consultant to leading German film distributor VPS FilmEntertainment. During this time, Wertlieb also expanded into television distribution for the German speaking market by co-founding RRS Entertainment GmbH, a supplier of film product to all of the leading German broadcasters.
Having moved back to Los Angeles in late 1991,yet continuing his European businesses for another five years, Wertlieb also became an acquisitions consultant to the Home Entertainment division of Lionsgate between 1996 and 2000. He then began his working relationship with Brooker as an acquisitions consultant, acquiring films for Saturn Home Entertainment and Spartan Home Entertainment, seeing these films through to distribution in North America via Sony, Paramount, Fox, Lionsgate, and Alliance in Canada. When Brooker formed Silver Nitrate Home Entertainment in 2004, Wertlieb continued as an acquisitions consultant and played a major role in building their library of films that was later sold to Mandate Pictures in 2007. In May 2007, Wertlieb became a Partner in and Head of Acquisitions for Grindstone Entertainment Group, a distribution and production entity that was set up with Mandate Pictures. When Lionsgate purchased Mandate in September 2007, Grindstone became a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate.
A native Washingtonian, Wertliebgrew up in Chevy Chase, MD, graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 1971, and began his college education in the Theatre Arts Department of Emerson College in Boston. He graduated in 1976 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and Acting. Before becoming involved in filmed entertainment, Wertliebwas a leading restaurant and nightclub management figure in Beverly Hills, California.
Yaron LEVY (Cinematographer)
Yaron Levy left Israel at the age of 21 to pursue his dream of working in the film industry. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and a Masters of Fine Arts from AFI in Cinematography, he jumped head first into the Los Angeles independent film community. Working both as a director of photography and as a gaffer on various small productions, Yaron soon met director Ted Smith and was brought on to shoot Ted’s feature film GUARDIAN OF THE REALM. From there, he went on to serve as gaffer and additional cinematographer on the smash hit thriller SAW, as well as the cult hit THE GRAVEDANCERS.
More jobs quickly followed and Yaron further expanded his arsenal of cinematography credits shooting westerns, action, drama, and thriller features. Yaron recently wrapped production on Bob Castrone’s comedy FLOCK OF DUDES, as well as Juan Luna’s crime thriller TELL. Other recent credits include: Paul Soter’s DARK CIRCLES; UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: Day of Reckoning, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme; Tom Elkins’ THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2; GHOSTS OF GEORGIA; GETAWAY, starring Ethan Hawke; FRIGHT NIGHT 2; and FAVELA
Levy’s other credits as cinematographer include the films NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, SECONDS APART, FLYPAPER, FERTILE GROUND, TRANSIT and EL GRINGO, to name a few.
Nate JONES (Production Designer)
Setting the stage to create dynamic movies, Nate Jones has taken the forefront of design by producing spaces that flow with the imagination of the sets, the actors and the story. Jones designs environments that elevate the movie and moviegoer’s experience, and has had several projects in the film festival circuit like. He has worked in several countries and finds the impact of taking new challenges as a positive and necessary movement.Jones’ sharp eye and ability to create worlds that bring the viewer closer in to the moment is what drives him to continue his journey in the world of Production Design.
Camille JUMELLE (Costume Designer)
Camille Jumelle was born and raised in New York City. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and later, Parson's School of Design. After graduation, Camille went on to work for Ralph Lauren and then the Ann Taylor clothing company in New York City.
In 1995 she moved to Los Angeles and started selling her sportswear and elegant hand beaded evening gowns to the ABC soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL. Soon after, she started receiving offers to do costume design for films, and was later inducted into The Costume Designer's Guild, of which she has now been a member for 14 years. Her designs have been featured in countless celebrity photo shoots and have been worn to The Golden Globes and The Academy Awards. Jumelle has dressed such Hollywood Icons as: Sophia Loren, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Costner, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams and Bruce Willis. The E! Entertainment network once aired a special segment that featured her award-winning gowns and many celebrity customers.
Jumelle was recently offered the opportunity to design all the costumes for IN CHARACTER: A Tribute to Preserving American Cinema. The Art Deco inspired coffee table book will feature 50 top celebrities dressed as their favorite film icons, and will pay special tribute to how they became movie stars. A percentage of the proceeds from this book will go to the Martin Scorsese Film Preservation Fund.
Couture Junkie is Jumelle’s clothing brand for which she creates custom gowns,sportswear, and accessories. She is represented by the Gersh Agency.
AboutEMMETT / FURLA / OASISFILMS
Founded in 1998 by company principals Randall Emmett and George Furla, Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films is an independent film production company, dedicated to the development, financing and production of top tier filmed entertainment for the theatrical marketplace. The company is a major supplier of quality commercial projects for the studios and major independents worldwide, and has produced 75 films, which have generated over $600 million in worldwide box office dollars to date.
Films produced by Emmett / Furla/Oasis include: 2 GUNS, LONE SURVIVOR, THE FROZEN GROUND, ESCAPE PLAN, END OF WATCH, ALEX CROSS, BROKEN CITY, EMPIRE STATE, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, RAMBO, RIGHTEOUS KILL, 16 BLOCKS, and BAD LIEUTENANT, amongst many other titles.
Grindstone Entertainment Group operates in partnership with Lionsgate to release over 30 acquired and/or produced films per year. As a fully integrated company with marketing and technology expertise, Grindstone excels in turnkey acquisitions while utilizing the Lionsgate brand to maximize results on all platforms. A leader in high-quality filmed entertainment, Grindstone's production partnerships enable them to enlist the highest-caliber talent, resulting in such recent successes as FIRE WITH FIRE, starring Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson; THE FROZEN GROUND, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens; EMPIRE STATE, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Liam Hemsworth. Upcoming releases include VICE, starring Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane, and Ambyr Childers.
About HANNIBAL CLASSICS
Hannibal Classics, founded in 2010 by Richard Rionda Del Castro, specializes in the production, financing and distribution of feature length theatrical motion pictures with budgets starting at $20 million US.
The independent studio’s forthcoming release slate includes TOKAREV, starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, and RATCHET AND CLANK 3D, based on Sony’s worldwide best-selling family video game. Upcoming films are: RED SQUARE, directed by John McTiernan; USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men of Courage, directed by Mario Van Peebles; and SLEIGHT OF HAND. Earlier features include SET UP, starring Bruce Willis and Curtis “50 Cent”Jackson, and the inspirational TOUCHBACK, starring Brian Presley, Kurt Russell.
Hannibal Classics sister company, Hannibal Pictures, filmography includes the award-winning CASINO JACK, ALL THINGS FALL APART, GIALLO, THE BIG BANG, and GIVE ‘EM HELL MALONE.
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