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About the Cast Release Date: April 4, 2007
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Steve Carr
Hank Nelken
Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long
Genre: Comedy, Family
MPAA Rating: PG


STEVE CARR (Director/Executive Producer)
HANK NELKEN (Screen Story and Screenplay by)
TED HARTLEY (Producer)
TODD GARNER (Producer)
HEIDI SANTELLI (Executive Producer)
AARON RAY (Executive Producer)
DEREK DAUCHY (Executive Producer)
NEIL MACHLIS (Executive Producer)
JACK GREEN, ASC (Director of Photography)
NINA RUSCIO (Production Designer)
JORI WOODMAN (Costume Designer)
SPRING ASPERS (Music Supervisor)


STEVE CARR (Director/Executive Producer) began his career in the music industry with his own graphic design firm, The Drawing Board Graphic Design Company. Over the next decade DBGD created the most influential and recognizable album art in hip-hop for Def Jam Records and such artists as Public Enemy, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Puffy, and Notorious B.I.G., among others.

John C. McGinley (left) and Director/Executive Producer Steve Carr (right) on the set of Columbia Pictures'/Revolution Studios' Are We Done Yet?

After starting Drawing Board Pictures with partner Heidi Santelli, Carr directed music videos for such artists as Moby, Method Man, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Timberland, and Redman. Carr won MTV's Music Video Award for Best Rap Video on Jay-Z's "Can I Get A." Carr was recently nominated for three additional MTV awards for his videos featuring Nelly and Ludacris.

Carr's video direction led to his first feature film assignment, Next Friday, starring Ice Cube. Dr. Dolittle 2 and Daddy Day Care, both starring Eddie Murphy, quickly followed. Carr then directed Rebound, starring Martin Lawrence, before reconnecting with Ice Cube for Are We Done Yet? Carr's upcoming projects include directing Racing the Monsoon and Iron Fist, and producing Mama's Boy.
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HANK NELKEN (Screen Story and Screenplay by) interest in filmmaking started at an early age; by sixth grade, he was shooting and editing his own productions. While at University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he directed many short films, including Let's Do Love, an award-winning social satire, and Fifteen Minutes, which premiered at the USC First Look Festival in 1996 to rave reviews.

From 1998 to 2001, Nelken partnered with Greg DePaul and wrote a television pilot for Fox, rewrote two feature-length scripts, and sold four original screenplays, including the cult classic Saving Silverman starring Jack Black, Amanda Peet, and Jason Biggs.

Nelken next wrote the upcoming feature Mama's Boy, starring Jon Heder, Diane Keaton, Jeff Daniels, Anna Faris, and Eli Wallach. He is currently working on Something Borrowed, a high-concept romantic comedy he wrote, which will mark his feature directorial debut, and All My Life for Sale, a script he wrote for Warner Bros.
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TED HARTLEY (Producer), as RKO's CEO, is responsible for leading RKO's development and production activities in movies, television and for the expansion of the RKO brand to the stage and other entertainment and distribution venues. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Hartley produced the 1998 RKO classic Mighty Joe Young with Disney, Ritual with Miramax, Magnificent Ambersons Shade, and Laura Smiles.

Hartley produced the Broadway musicals "Never Gonna Dance," an adaptation of the RKO classic "Swingtime" (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), "Curtains," scored by Kander & Ebbs, and is in development with partners on a musical version of "Zhivago" for 2008.

Prior to his graduate studies at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University, Hartley graduated from Annapolis. During his Navy career he was a carrier-based jet fighter pilot (F9F8s, F11Fs) with shore tours as an aide at the White House, and in military legislative liaison with the U.S. Senate. A carrier accident with substantial injuries sent him to the disability retiree list and to civilian life. He worked on Wall Street for two years as a deal maker for Gulf and Western (later Paramount Pictures Corp.) and through a strange circumstance ended up in Hollywood as an actor.

Hartley had a long-running stint as Reverend Jerry Bedford in the television series "Peyton Place," and later as the lead in ABC's "Chopper One," as well as a succession of movie roles opposite such stars as Cary Grant, Robert Redford, and Clint Eastwood.

By 1991 he had merged Pavilion Communications, a private entertainment finance group, with RKO Pictures Corporation. Hartley recapitalized the company, brought in a new management team which has led to the reemergence of RKO Pictures, LLC as an important independent studio.

Hartley is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Screen Actors Guild, The Producers Guild, The League of Theater Owners and Producers, Harvard Business School Association, and various industry organizations. His board assignments include the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation, The Story Project, and the Foundation for International Screen Artists, which he founded.
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MATT ALVAREZ (Producer) has been partnered at Cube Vision with actor/producer/writer Ice Cube since 1998. The company produced the highly successful Barbershop franchise (Barbershop, Barbershop 2) and Beauty Shop for MGM and the Friday franchise (Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next) and All About The Benjamins for New Line. The company has also ventured into television with the series "Black.White." for FX. Their latest project is the recently announced feature version of "Welcome Back, Kotter."

Cube Vision signed a three-picture production deal with Revolution Studios in 2003, where they are currently developing the features Willie, Clash, and Neighborhood Watch. Other projects they are developing include Defense, Going on Tilt, and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Television projects currently in development are an untitled Cohn/Miller one-hour drama for Fox, an animated series for MTV based on the popular Friday franchise, and a series based on the Barbershop franchise for Showtime. Additionally, they are developing a half-hour drama for HBO about a young hip-hop artist and the music industry entitled "Be Careful What You Wish For."

In addition to his producing responsibilities and overseeing day-to-day operations of Cube Vision, Alvarez is responsible for nurturing new writers and directors, acquiring and developing new music projects, as well as overseeing the company's expansion into other areas of entertainment.

Alvarez got his start as acquisitions and co-productions manager at Fine Line Features, where he oversaw the production of such films as Mother Night starring Nick Nolte, and Roseanna's Grave. Born in Fresno, California and raised in Foster City, Alvarez graduated from the University of California, Davis, where he earned a B.A. in English and Art History.
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(left to right) Executive Producer Ice Cube, Director/Executive Producer Steve Carr, Producer Matt Alvarez, Producer Todd Garner, and Nia Long on the set of Are We Done Yet?

TODD GARNER (Producer) is a veteran Hollywood creative executive with a gift for creating and nurturing mainstream, commercial motion pictures. In various capacities throughout his career, Garner has developed, overseen, executive-produced, or produced well over 100 movies, many of them major hits for their respective studios. Known for his strong relationships with top actors, directors, and writers, Garner has numerous projects in various stages of post-production, production, pre-production, and development through Broken Road Productions, the company he founded in summer 2005.

Garner began his career at Paramount Pictures in finance then as a freelance editor with credits on several commercials and music videos. Garner then left Paramount in 1990 to begin a lengthy relationship with the Walt Disney Company, where he first served as a creative executive at Touchstone Pictures and was subsequently promoted to director of production, vice-president of production (1995-96), and senior vice-president of production (1996-98). He was then promoted to executive vice-president (1998-99) of the Buena Vista Motion Picture Group, which owns Touchstone Pictures, then finally co-president. Among the highly successful films he oversaw while at Buena Vista were Pearl Harbor, Remember the Titans, Gone in 60 Seconds, Con Air, Coyote Ugly, and The Waterboy.

In May 2000, Garner left Disney to join Revolution Studios as a partner. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of development and production for the company's motion pictures during its remarkable first five years. Garner oversaw such hit Revolution films as Black Hawk Down, Hellboy, and Daddy Day Care, and developed and served as executive producer on such films as xXx, xXx 2: State of the Union, Anger Management, Radio, 13 Going on 30, The Forgotten, The Fog, Little Man, Zoom, Are We There Yet?, and the sci-fi thriller Next.
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HEIDI SANTELLI (Executive Producer) began her career as a production assistant in feature films after graduating with a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.

After moving to New York, she met graphic artist Steve Carr. Sharing an interest in film and a love of hip-hop music, Santelli produced the music videos Carr directed for Def Jam Records. Santelli later took a job as Video Commissioner with Def Jam, supervising the production of videos by such directors as Hype Williams and Brett Ratner, and for such artists as Public Enemy, Method Man, Redman, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z.

A job as executive producer of the music video division of Edward Zwick's commercial production company, Bedford Falls, brought Santelli back to Los Angeles. When she accepted an offer to start a music video division for Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart, she convinced Carr to join her there. At A Band Apart, Santelli produced the MTV award-winning videos that Carr directed for rapper Jay-Z and the Moby hit "Bodyrock."

When Carr started his second movie, Santelli joined him and worked as coproducer of Dr. Dolittle 2 and then executive producer of Daddy Day Care and Rebound.

In partnership with Carr, Santelli is producing the upcoming feature comedy Mama's Boy starring Jon Heder, Diane Keaton, Jeff Daniels, and Anna Faris. Together they are developing Racing the Monsoon with Michael Douglas' Furthur Films and Gateway to the Gods with Nickelodeon. She is also producing Quick Shots of False Hope with Laura Kightlinger, based on Kightlinger's autobiographical book of essays Quick Shots of False Hope: A Rejection Collection.
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AARON RAY (Executive Producer) is a partner at the Beverly Hills based management / production company The Collective. The company handles writers, directors, actors, musical artists, and productions needs.

Ray is also actively involved in the financing, distribution, and sales of projects at the Collective, in all phases of development and production.

Ray served as co- producer on the hit Big Momma's House and Black Knight. He also served as executive producer on The Drake and Josh Movie and the upcoming feature The Ministers, starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel.

Ray has been named one of the "Dealmakers of the Town" by The Los Angeles Business Journal, one of the "35 under 35" Next Generation leaders by The Hollywood Reporter and one of "The Hundred People You Need to Know in Hollywood" by Fade In magazine.
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DEREK DAUCHY (Executive Producer), part of the creative team at Revolution Studios, has helped develop and oversee feature films including The Benchwarmers, XXX franchise, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care, Radio, The Animal, and Darkness Falls (which he also executive produced). He recently oversaw and executive produced The Fog, XXX: State of the Union, Are We There Yet?, Man of the House, and the upcoming feature Across The Universe. Dauchy previously spent three years working for Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein at their Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, where he helped develop such blockbusters as The Perfect Storm and Analyze This.
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NEIL MACHLIS (Executive Producer) has enjoyed a film career spanning more than 30 years, during which he has emerged as one of the entertainment industry's busiest and most highly respected producers, working with some of the top directors of his generation including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Ron Howard, and Joel Schumacher. Machlis' list of producing credits is equally impressive including such films as Zoom (as executive producer), Garfield, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, The Ring Two, The Birdcage, Dr. Dolittle 2, Primary Colors, Honeymoon in Vegas, Bedazzled, What Planet Are You From?, I.Q., Lenny, and Postcards From the Edge.

Born and raised in Belle Harbor, New York, Machlis earned a B.A. degree from American University and began his film career at Astra Films in Washington. During the social unrest of the late `60s, Machlis found himself at the 1968 Democratic National Convention filming commentary for the U.S. Senate.

The following year, Machlis moved back to New York and entered the Directors Guild of America's training program as one of only 10 trainees accepted from more than 1,500 applicants. Under the guidance of the program, he began his formal training in filmmaking. He went on to associate produce the hit films Grease, American Gigolo, Johnny Dangerously, and Cujo, then co-produced The Monster Squad before making the leap to executive producing with Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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JACK GREEN, ASC (Director of Photography) started out, as most directors of photography do, as a camera assistant (on Win, Place or Steal), then worked his way up to operator (Fighting Mad) before landing the coveted spot behind the camera as director of photography (Heartbreak Ridge). After working on back-toback films for director Buddy Van Horn, The Dead Pool and Pink Cadillac, both starring Clint Eastwood, Green forged a lengthy collaboration with the star turned director. Green and Eastwood shot nine films together including The Rookie, Unforgiven, The Bridges of Madison County, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and True Crime.

Green's many other feature credits include two films for director Jan de Bont, Twister and Speed 2: Cruise Control; Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie; 50 First Dates, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; Against the Ropes, starring Meg Ryan; The 40 Year Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell; Serenity; and Click, starring Adam Sandler.
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NINA RUSCIO (Production Designer) most recently designed the comedy hits Fat Albert, Cheaper by the Dozen, Just Married, and Big Fat Liar. She has also designed the feature films The Annihilation of Fish, Breakfast of Champions, and Cool as Ice. For television, her work includes "If These Walls Could Talk II," "Toothless," "State of Emergency," "Blindside," "Intimate Stranger," "When Billie Beat Bobby," and the series "Nash Bridges." As an art director, her feature work includes Spy Game, Enemy of the State, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, and A Rage in Harlem.
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CRAIG P. HERRING (Editor) has previously edited such films as Scary Movie 4, Rebound, Sleepover, Good Boy!, The Tuxedo, Dr. Dolittle 2, Bedazzled, Analyze This, Multiplicity, and Groundhog Day.

Herring began his career as an assistant to legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer before making his move to the editing room, where he worked on numerous films with his father, three-time Oscar® nominee Pembroke Herring. Together they worked on Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa, Ivan Reitman's Legal Eagles, Amy Heckerling's European Vacation, and Colin Higgins' 9 to 5. Through his career, Herring has worked on over thirty feature films and has collaborated with nine other Academy Award®-winning or -nominated film editors.
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JORI WOODMAN (Costume Designer) most recently designed costumes for director Keenan Ivory Wayans' Little Man, Frank Marshall's adventure Eight Below, and for the Wayans Brothers on their hit comedy White Chicks.

Woodman has worked on numerous other feature films including Final Destination, Final Destination 2, The Guilty, Lake Placid, Bliss, and Mystery Date. She co-designed the costumes for the Emmy-nominated miniseries "Titanic," starring Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as John Woo's thriller, Paycheck. Woodman's television credits include many movies of the week, pilots, and miniseries.
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TEDDY CASTELLUCCI (Composer) scored the motion pictures Wild Hogs, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Little Man, Just My Luck, The Longest Yard, Rebound, White Chicks, 50 First Dates, My Boss's Daughter, Anger Management, Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Big Daddy, The Animal, The Guest, Good Advice, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Repli-Kate, Little Nicky, and The Wedding Singer.

As a studio musician, his long list of recording and performing credits include such diverse artists as Michael Jackson, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Smokey Robinson, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lionel Hampton.
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SPRING ASPERS (Music Supervisor) Vice President of Soundtracks & Supervision at Island Def Jam Records,Spring Aspers works with several film studios in creating film soundtracks.

Her extensive credits include An American Crime; Stick It; Something New; Alpha Dog; Yours, Mine and Ours; Are We There Yet?; Taxi; Garfield; The Whole Ten Yards; Daddy Day Care; The Fighting Temptations; Friday After Next; All About the Benjamins; Dr. Dolittle 2; Tomcats; Big Momma's House; Next Friday; The Whole Nine Yards; Detroit Rock City; and Nights at the Golden Eagle.

Aspers is currently working on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Lars and the Real Girl.
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