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cast and crew
Jordana Brewster (Chrissie)
Jordana Brewster most recently appeared opposite James Franco in the Disney film Annapolis. The film, directed by Justin Lin, is a drama set against the backdrop of boxing at the Annapolis Naval Academy.
Jordana can also soon be seen in Nearing Grace, an indy film adapted from Scott Sommer’s novel Nearing’s Grace, due out October 13th. Nearing Grace is the tale of an eccentric teenager who nearly drops out of life after the death of his mother, but who rediscovers life in the arms of a woman named ‘Grace’ (Jordana). Jordana was also recently seen in the Sundance 2004 hit D.E.B.S., based on Angela Robinson’s comedy short, which was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in March 2005.
Prior to that, Jordana starred in Universal Pictures’ box office hit The Fast and The Furious for director Rob Cohen. She also starred in The Invisible Circus for director Adam Brooks. The film, which premiered at Sundance 2001, also starred Cameron Diaz, Blythe Danner and Christopher Eccleston. Brewster also starred as ‘Delilah’ in the science fiction thriller The Faculty, for director Robert Rodriguez and Miramax’s Dimension Films. She also received critical praise for her work in the highly rated NBC mini-series, The Sixties.
Brewster sharpened her acting skills on the daytime drama As the World Turns. She divided her time between high school and her role as ‘Nikki Munson’ on the Emmy Award winning series.
Brewster took four years off after The Fast and The Furious to complete her degree at Yale University and graduated in 2003. She has lived in Brazil, England and New York.
Taylor Handley (Dean)
A veteran of the summer stock program in his native Santa Barbara, 21-year-old Taylor Handley began acting at age 8. During the first season of Fox’s smash hit, “The O.C.,” he starred as the charming, yet enigmatic ‘Oliver’ who many viewers loved to hate. No stranger to memorable recurring arcs, Handley previously starred on The WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” and can soon be seen starring in CW Network’s mid-season Kevin Williamson drama series ‘Hidden Palms,” which focuses on the strange on-goings within a popular resort community of the rich and famous.
Handley most recently wrapped work on back-to-back features -- The Standard, a high school drama, followed by Chris Cain’s September Dawn, about a deadly clash between a wagon train of settlers and a group of renegade Mormons. He also starred in the indie film Zerophilia, a romantic comedy that takes an unusual look into gender roles and gender identity.
Additional television roles include turns on “C.S.I.,” “Becker,” “Touched by An Angel,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Fraiser.” In addition to starring in various pilots, Handley was a regular as Kiernan Culkin’s happily oblivious best friend on the NBC sitcom “Go Fish.” He also starred as Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden’s emotionally traumatized nephew in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm, In From The Night. He made his motion picture debut opposite Michael Keaton in Warner Bros.’ Jack Frost, and went on to appear as the lead in the Disney Channel original telefilm, Phantom of the Megaplex.
Handley, whose father founded the popular sportswear company, Pornstar, has older twin brothers with whom he shares a passion for extreme sports including surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. In his spare time, he also sings in a band he started with friends.
Diora Baird (Bailey)
Although painfully shy as a child, Diora began her career in show business in Miami, Florida when she was just a few months old doing campaigns for Osh Kosh and Kmart. By the time she was ten, her mother, in an effort to help her overcome the shyness, pushed her into theater. By high school, she had fallen in love with the trade and packed her bags for Los Angeles.
While taking classes with the prestigious comedy troupe The Groundlings, Baird performed her obligatory out-of-work actor jobs, from catering, washing dishes, being a clown at children’s parties, and working construction. It was on one of the construction jobs, however, where she was discovered by her now-manager, and her world soon changed. Baird was selected to model for a Guess® campaign, from which the pictures can currently be seen on billboards and buses throughout the United States.
Baird beguilingly taunted audiences in her first studio feature appearance, New Line Cinema’s Wedding Crashers, in which she had a small cameo as one of Owen Wilson’s conquests in an opening sequence of the film. She then appeared on several episodes of UPN’s “South Beach” produced by Jennifer Lopez.
Baird can currently be seen in seen in the teen comedy Accepted, opposite Justin Long, Jonah Hill, and Blake Lively.
She will next be seen in the ABC comedy “Big Day” in a recurring role opposite Marla Sokoloff and Wendie Malick. The series, chronicling the chaotic and hectic nature of wedding day events in a “24”-esque 1 hour = 1episode fashion, will debut later this year. Baird is also a voice of one of the Femme Fatales in the Scarface videogame, based on the famed Al Pacino feature, which is being released by Vivendi/Universal this October. Baird’s previous film credits include Fifty Pills with Kristen Bell and the independent Hot Tamale with Carmen Electra and Jason Priestly that recently won the award for “Best Narrative Feature” at the Boston International Film Festival. Baird currently resides in Los Angeles.
Matt Bomer (Eric)
Matt Bomer recently appeared in the hit thriller, Flight Plan, starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Sean Bean.
Currently Bomer is filming a lead role in the ABC television series, “Traveler,” which will premiere in January 2007. Bomer plays a wrongly accused graduate law student on the run. The show is produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and costars Logan Marshall-Green and Aaron Stanford.
The son of former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer and his wife Sissi, Matthew is a native of Spring, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, Bomer moved to New York, where he worked on stage and before long landed a recurring role on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. He next joined the cast of CBS’ Guiding Light for a successful two-year run as series regular Ben Reade.
Other television roles include a season on the Fox series Tru Calling, about a young woman with the extraordinary ability to repeat the same day over again in hopes of preventing needless tragedies, opposite Eliza Dushku. Most recently he starred with Tom Berenger, Bill Bellamy and Ashley Williams in the one-hour Fox pilot for Amy Coyne.
His stage work includes appearances in Roulette, written by Paul Weitz (About A Boy) for director Jace Alexander at New York Stage & Film in New York City; Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Mayer at the Sundance Theatre Lab; A Streetcar Named Desire at the Alley Theatre in Houston; plus several adaptations of Romeo & Juliet, including one for director Terence Mann in New York, another for director Peter Frisch at Heinz Hall, and with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, for which Bomer also starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Bomer has two siblings, brother Neill, an engineer, and a sister Megan, who is a college student. His hobbies include sports (especially football and golf) and music.
Lee Tergesen (Holden)
Lee Tergesen played Peter McMillian in the hit ABC show “Desperate Housewives.” Previously, Lee costarred as ‘U.S. Marshal Eddie Drake,’ part of an elite team selected from various law-enforcement agencies to track down the 100 most heinous criminals in the TNT series “Wanted.” Gary Cole, Ryan Hurst, Rashida Jones, Benjamín Benítez and Josey Scott also starred.
He has worked extensively in both television and film, exhibiting a wide range of characters -- from his role as Wayne and Garth’s sidekick ‘Terry’ in the hit comedy Wayne’s World to his riveting portrayal of inmate ‘Tobias Beecher’ in the critically acclaimed HBO series Oz.
More recently, he portrayed ‘Vincent Corey’ who sets Aileen Wournos (played by Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron) on her killing spree by raping and torturing her in the critically acclaimed Monster. Among Tergesen’s other credits are roles in The Forgotten, Wayne’s World 1 and 2, Shaft, Bark!, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Boys of Sunset Ridge and Diamonds, to name a few.
On television, Tergesen temporarily replaced series star Dennis Leary in three episodes on the F/X series “Rescue Me,” which aired this past summer. He was a series regular on the USA Network’s “Weird Science” (1994-1997) and on UPN’s “The Beat” (2000) and also had a recurring role on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Tergesen appeared in such telefilms as Darkness Before Dawn for NBC, Black Iris for Showtime and Shot in the Heart for HBO, as well as in numerous guest-starring roles on “JAG,” “C.S.I.” and “Third Watch” among others.
Lee has also taken to the New York stage, starring with Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout Theatre’s production of “The Foreigner.”
Born July 8 in Ivoryton, Connecticut, Tergesen is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. While working part time on stage and part time as a waiter in New York, he met producer Tom Fontana, which led to his first television credit in 1990 on an episode of the long-running series “Law & Order.” In 1991, he landed his first big part in the feature film Point Break and has worked steadily ever since.
R. Lee Ermey (Hoyt)
After more that 25 years in the entertainment industry, Golden Globe nominee and Boston Society of Film Critics award winner for Best Supporting Actor in director Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, R. Lee Ermey is one of the most successful and talented actors working in film and television today.
His numerous roles in feature film include the 2004 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for New Line Cinema; Switchback, starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover; Dead Man Walking; Seven; Leaving Las Vegas; Murder In The First; Life; The Frighteners and Sommersby; as well as his critically acclaimed role opposite Jared Leto in Prefontaine. He also lends his voice to a wide variety of projects, from The Simpsons to Toy Story and Toy Story 2.
Ermey served 11 years active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He rose to the rank of staff NCO, served two years as a drill instructor and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam. Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I. Bill benefits, and enrolled at the University of Manila in the Philippines where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming Apocalypse Now in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role. He has since gone on to star or appear in approximately sixty films.
Ermey is no stranger to prestigious television either. He has starred in numerous telefilms including HBO’s Weapons of Mass Distraction, TNT’s The Rough Riders and TNT’s You Know My Name, starring Sam Elliot, as well as Showtime’s The Apartment Complex.
Ermey starred with Elizabeth Pena in the feature On the Borderline. Just before that, he was in the feature film Skipped Parts, with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Drew Barrymore.
Recently, Ermey starred in Man of the House with Tommy Lee Jones, The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer, Saving Silverman, with Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet. He appears opposite Jeff Bridges in Scenes of the Crime and with Harvey Keitel in Taking Sides. For New Line he appeared in Run Ronnie Run, and starred in the remake of Willard opposite Crispin Glover. Ermey also is hosting “Mail Call” for the History Channel, which focuses on military technology past, present and future.
Andrew Bryniarski (Thomas Hewitt / Leatherface)
Andrew Bryniarski reprises his role as ‘Leatherface” from 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He has combined brawn and humor in his performances to singular effect. His motion picture roles have included Scooby-Doo, Rollerball, Pearl Harbor, Any Given Sunday, Necessary Roughness, Tim Burton's Batman Returns, John Singleton's Higher Learning, The Program, Hudson Hawk, Street Fighter, Cyborg III and the upcoming Be the Man.
Bryniarski's numerous television appearances have included guest spots on Cheers, L.A. Law, Renegade, Lois & Clark, Barefoot in Paradise, Conan the Adventurer, The Sentinel and a recurring role on Nightman.
Terrence Evans (Monty)
Terrence Evans has turned in numerous memorable performances during his long career, creating colorful characters on the large and small screen for over three decades. His film credits include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Pumpkin Karver, Mr. Fix It, Down in the Valley, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Crocodile, The Silencing, The Runner, Thick as Thieves, The Last Embrace, What’s Love Got To Do With It and Pale Rider, not to mention his role as ‘Monty’ in the 2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
His many television credits include “Cold Case”, “ER,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “The Golden Girls,” “Hill Street Blues,” “The A-Team,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Incredible Hulk.”
Kathy Lamkin (Tea Lady)
Kathy Lamkin is a veteran professional actress. You see her often and know her face. She plays a wide variety of characters in film and commercials. Many people recognize Kathy from Texas Chainsaw Massacre as the Tea Lady and from her guest star appearance in season 3 “Nip/Tuck” as Momma Boone.
This veteran professional actress has performed in numerous dinner and community theatres, industrials, films and commercials in California, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Maryland, and Tennessee. Kathy has acted in over 100 stage productions, 40 film and TV shows. Sometimes her body is enhanced so the real life Kathy is NOT 400-800 pounds!
She was a mental patient in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer, a Texas rancher in the ABC pilot “Comfort Texas” with Brian Benben and Bruce Dern. She’s been a bar owner, a bar fly, a temperance woman in the old west, a maternity nurse, a Dairy Queen Owner, a construction worker, a warm caring mom and the evil mother.
Kathy is equally at home on set and on stage. Over the years Kathy has shifted from theatre to doing more feature films and television as well as independent films. Kathy was submitted for both 2006 Emmy and SAG Best Actress Awards for her performance as Momma Boone on the “Nip/Tuck” season 3 opener. Kathy is featured in Judy Kerr’s new book Acting is Everything.
She’s recently started producing films and has 12 short films to her producer credits, and she has directed 80 plus stage productions. She has taught for many years the skills needed for successful film and commercial acting and many of her students are performing successfully on stage, film, and television. Kathy is the founder and Artistic Director of UNICORN School of Acting and USA Theatre in Houston. She currently teaches and coaches privately at Actorsite in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with emphasis in Radio, TV, and Film.
Upcoming releases include Astronaut Farmer with Billy Bob Thornton, No Country for Old Men with the Coen Brothers and the Untitled Farrelly Brothers Film with Ben Stiller.
Marietta Marich (Luda Mae)
Marietta Marich, the daughter of theatre parents, made her stage debut at the age of five and has since spent a life covering a wide spectrum of the arts. She has been a dancer, singer, actress, producer, director, scenic and costume designer, radio and film actress, writer, composer and painter.
As a child, Marietta performed with USO shows at army, naval, and air bases and military hospitals, entertaining servicemen. During high school she had her own TV and radio shows in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area. She attended S.M.U. majoring in Fine Arts and sang with the S.M.U. Jazz band when she was heard by the great Tommy Dorsey, who invited her to become featured vocalist for his orchestra's upcoming concert tour. It was while she was singing in Hollywood, she was offered a movie role and began film and television acting.
She appeared in stage plays and musical comedies, in roles such as Lola in "Damn Yankees," Anna in "The King and I," Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun" and many others. While playing Daisy Mae in "Lil' Abner," daughter, Allison (a toddler) was introduced as one of the "Scraggs." Allison plays the role of the younger "Luda Mae" in our prequel. Marietta's numerous screen credits include Rushmore, Children of the Corn IV, Leap of Faith, Simple Men and television dramas including “Picnic,” “Two Mothers for Zachery,” “A Woman of Independent Means” and “The Fulfillment of Mary Gray.”
Marietta is most proud of hosting her own talk show, “Midnight with Marietta” for NBC in Houston, which enjoyed a very long run during the' 50's and ' 60's, interviewing experts, celebrities, and politicians, covering a myriad of social and controversial subjects during this turbulent period in our history.
She and husband, Robert, an actor/producer, are celebrating 54 years of marriage. Marietta wishes to dedicate her performance in this film to their late son, actor, Michael Marich.
Cyia Batten (Alex)
A classically trained ballerina, Cyia Batten expanded her studies to include acting and never looked back. Applying the same drive and focus needed to become a professional dancer, her career in television and film took off immediately and continues to flourish. Batten is currently shooting the Mike Nichols film Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts; and she recently completed guest star appearances on the new NBC series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” opposite Matthew Perry, as well as the 100th episode of “CSI: Miami.” In 2005, she won the Best Actress Award for her performance in the surreal thriller Cookers at Screamfest in Los Angeles. The film also won several awards at the Milan Film Festival. Her other feature film appearances include American Crime with Annabella Sciorra, Cary Elwes, Kip Pardue and Rachel Leigh Cook, and Senseless, starring Marlon Wayans and David Spade. As a dancer, she can be seen in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Sweetest Thing and Bubble Boy. She has also starred in several telefilms, including At Any Cost with James Franco, and Sins of the Mind with Jill Clayburgh; and has guest starred on such series as “CSI,” “CSI: NY,” “NYPD Blue,” “Strong Medicine” and “The Guardian.”
As an original member of the enormously popular Pussycat Dolls, she danced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to that, she danced at Lincoln Center in “The Nutcracker” and danced the title role in “Festival of the Siren,” which aired live on television throughout Europe. She studied dance at the prestigious School of American Ballet, and the New York State School of the Arts, in which she was one of 50 students accepted from over one thousand applicants.
Batten is also co-owner of the recently launched line of jewelry "T.Cyia" that has been featured in Lucky, InStyle UK, In Touch and Us Weekly magazines. The line has become a sought-after favorite among the Hollywood crowd.
Lew Temple (Sheriff Wintson)
Most recently Lew Temple co-starred in Tony Scott’s controversial film, Domino, starring Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken, and in The Devil’s Rejects, written and directed by Rob Zombie, starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and William Forsythe.
Born in the Bayou Country of Louisiana and raised in Texas, Temple attended Rollins College in Florida and later studied acting at Brooklyn College. After graduation he spent four years playing baseball in the minor league organizations of the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros, working his way through the Astros system to become Assistant Director of Minor Leagues and Scouting. Once he decided to seriously pursue acting, he left baseball only to find himself at the award-winning Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, working alongside such luminaries as Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Julius Caesar,” as well as with celebrated writer/directors Michael Wilson, Terrance McNally and Edward Albee. Temple began working in television and eventually landed a recurring role on the CBS series “Walker, Texas Ranger” as well as small roles in such films as The Newton Boys and Angels in the Outfield. He quickly became a favorite of independent filmmakers and mainstream directors alike because of his chameleon-like ability to evolve into so many diverse characters. Temple’s films include the critically acclaimed 21 Grams, directed by Alejandro Inarratu, with Sean Penn, Benecio Del Toro and Naomi Watts; Rolling Kansas, directed by Thomas Hayden Church, starring Kevin Pollack and Rip Torn; and On the Borderline costarring Marley Shelton and R. Lee Ermey.
He will next be seen in director Robby Henson’s dramatic thriller, The Visitation, starring Martin Donovan, Edward Furlong and Kelly Lynch; and Heavens Fall, the dramatic true account of the Scottsboro Boys trial in 1930s Alabama, starring David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski and directed by Terry Green. Temple just wrapped a lead role in the feature House, a thriller for 20th Century Fox and Ralph Winter, directed by Robby Henson and co-starring Michael Madsen and Bill Moseley.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Jonathan Liebesman (Director)
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jonathan Liebesman was always interested in the arts and dreamed of someday working in the film industry. After high school, he attended the South African School of Film and Drama before moving to the U.S. to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at the prestigious university, Jonathan wrote and directed the award winning short film Genesis and Catastrophe based on Roald Dahl’s short story. His short thesis film won top awards at both the Hollywood Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival and has been used as a teaching tool at his alma mater.
In 2003 he directed his first feature film, Darkness Falls, for Revolution /Sony Studios which debuted at #1. The film was nominated for Best Horror/Thriller at the Teen Choice Awards, while the film’s star, Emma Caulfield (Caitlin Greene), won Face of the Future from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films that year. Liebesman’s next film, Rings, which he co-wrote with Ehren Kruger, was a short that garnered high praise from fans of both feature length films, The Ring and The Ring 2, as it offered an insightful transition between the two movies.
Producer Michael Bay hand picked Jonathan to direct Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning for New Line.
Sheldon Turner (Writer)
Sheldon Turner wrote Paramount Pictures’ 2005 summer hit The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler. The popular remake grossed more than $189 million worldwide. He also did an un-credited rewrite on Platinum Dunes’ Amityville Horror, which has earned box office receipts over $106 million to date and is still in theatres.
He is presently developing a thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio to star, entitled In Dark Woods, as well as writing a drama, Wanted, for Meryl Streep and Jennifer Aniston, both for Warner Bros.
Delving into the world of television, he has recently partnered with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions on “The Business,” chronicling the gritty life of a private eye. They are in talks with NBC to distribute.
Born and raised in northern California, the 31-year-old presently resides in Los Angeles. With a law degree from New York University, the former college football player chose to try his hand at screenwriting after graduation, undeterred by the fact that he knew no one in the Hollywood. Driven, in retrospect, by “an unadulterated love of movies and a dangerous blend of ignorance and stupidity,” Turner worked as a bartender at night in order to spend his days writing before selling his first feature script six years ago.
David J. Schow (Writer)
David J. Schow is a short story writer, novelist, screenwriter (teleplays and features), columnist, essayist, editor, photographer and winner of the World Fantasy and International Horror Guild awards (for short fiction and nonfiction, respectively). His association with New Line Cinema began with horror icons Freddy Kreuger (A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Nightmares), Leatherface (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) and the eponymous Critters (Critters 3 and Critters 4). In 1994 he wrote the screenplay for the modern classic The Crow and has since worked with such directors as Alex Proyas, James Cameron, E. Elias Merhige, Rupert Wainwright, Mick Garris and William Malone.
He wrote 41 installments of his popular “Raving & Drooling” column for Fangoria magazine, later collected in the book Wild Hairs. For the premiere season of “Masters of Horror” he adapted his own short story “Pick Me Up” for director Larry Cohen, and for Season Two he wrote “We All Scream for Ice Cream” (based on a John Farris story) for director Tom Holland. Among his many books are his fourth novel, Bullets of Rain, and seventh story collection, Havoc Swims Jaded.
As expert witness he has appeared on many documentaries and DVD supplements, contributing material to Creature From the Black Lagoon, Incubus, Reservoir Dogs, From Hell, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dirty Dozen and the 2-disc reissue of Dark City. As co-producer or cameraman he shot much of the material that appears on the DVDs of I, Robot and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning marks his return to the New Line fold.
Michael Bay (Producer)
Filmmaker Michael Bay’s six movies have grossed over $1.9 billion in worldwide ticket sales. His newest film, The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean and Steve Buscemi earned receipts well beyond $160 million worldwide. Bay is currently in post-production on the much anticipated Transformers for DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, set for release July 4, 2007.
While Bay Films remains one of the hottest production entities in Hollywood today, the director saw the need to begin another arm of his company, Platinum Dunes, as a way to help new talent hone their skills on smaller projects before being subjected to larger scale, high-budget movies. His first offering with producing partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a remake of the 1974 cult classic. The film opened to excellent reviews and grossed over $110 million worldwide. The company’s second film, The Amityville Horror, earned over $108 million worldwide.
Michael Bay also directed the 2003 hit Bad Boys II, his fifth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Prior to that, he directed Pearl Harbor, on which he shared producer credit with Bruckheimer. The film grossed over $450 million worldwide. His first feature film, the original Bad Boys, starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; it wowed critics and audiences alike and grossed over $140 million worldwide, making it Columbia Pictures' top-grossing film of 1995. The following year saw the release of Bay's second film; starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, The Rock eclipsed Bay's blockbuster debut, taking in more than $300 million worldwide. His third directing effort, Armageddon, which he produced with Bruckheimer, starred Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and Liv Tyler; it took in over $550 million around the globe.
Bay began his career in the advertising industry, directing commercials and music videos for Propaganda Films. In 1995, he was honored by the Directors Guild of America as Commercial Director of the Year. At age 24, he made his first foray out of film school into the music video business. His works for such acts as Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Donny Osmond, and the DiVinyls won him huge recognition and led to a number of MTV Best Music Video nominations, and the coveted prize in 1992.
Bay's first television spot - for the American Red Cross - was a Clio winner, and it heralded an expeditious rise from anonymity to renown. Within three years, the Los Angeles native and Wesleyan University graduate had directed some of the best known and professionally acclaimed advertising campaigns in the world. Nike, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Reebok, and Miller Lite were just a few of his clients.
Bay is the youngest director to have won nearly every award bestowed by the advertising industry. He won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year for the irreverent "Got Milk?/Aaron Burr" commercial; this famous spot, along with two others in the "Got Milk?" campaign created by Bay, won Best Campaign of the Year at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In Cannes, the world's largest competition for commercials, Bay won the Gold Lion for "The Best Beer" campaign for Miller, and the Silver Lion for the "Got Milk?" spot.
Mike Fleiss (Producer)
Mike Fleiss and his company, Next Entertainment, have managed to do what very few independent production entities have accomplished -- success on the big screen as well as in television.
After spending eight years pursuing the remake rights to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fleiss brought the project to Michael Bay and produced the much praised film in 2003. In addition, he produced Wolfgang Peterson’s remake of The Poseidon Adventure for Warner Bros. released this summer, and Hostel, a Screen Gems/Lion’s Gate film presented by Quentin Tarantino. He also produced and co-directed The Quest. Fleiss’ success on the small screen is renowned. At present he is filming an unprecedented 11th season of his immensely popular ABC series, “The Bachelor,” as well as an as-yet-untitled new series for the WB, set to air this spring 2006. Fleiss’ other reality series include “The Bachelorette,” “High School Reunion,” “Who Wants to Marry A Multi-Millionaire,” “Million Dollar Mysteries” and “Are You Hot?.” Prior to his work in television, Fleiss authored two comedy books entitled Sports With An Attitude and Hollywood With An Attitude. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1991, he worked as a sports writer for several northern California newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (Producers)
Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are partners at Platinum Dunes, which has a first look deal with Dimension Films. They are currently in post-production on a remake of the 1986 dramatic thriller, “The Hitcher.” The film stars Sophia Bush [One Tree Hill] as a truck stop waitress who tries to help an innocent man being framed by a serial killer. Dave Meyers makes his directorial debut.
Along with Michael Bay, the duo produced the company’s successful first offering, the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which won the Teen Choice Award for Best Horror/Thriller and was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the same category. The film grossed more than $110 million worldwide. Their next feature, the 2005 adaptation of The Amityville Horror grossed an impressive $108 million. In 2004 Variety included Form and Fuller among the “Top 10 Producers to Watch,” and again, this October they were listed in Fade In Magazine’s Mojo Rising piece, “The Top 100 in Hollywood,” as newcomers making their mark in the industry.
Upcoming Platinum Dunes projects include an updated adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 hit, The Birds, as well as a new chapter in the successful Friday 13th series. The filmmakers are currently in talks with Universal to complete plans on The Birds. One of Hitchcock’s signature films, the story was conceptualized by novelist Daphne Du Maurier. The movie’s advertising tag lines are quintessentially 60s: Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!; Nothing you have ever witnessed before has prepared you for such sheer stabbing shock!; The Birds is coming! . . . And the next scream you hear could be your own! The cast list read like a who’s who of Hollywood from Rod Taylor to Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette to newcomers of the day, Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright. Platinum Dunes plans on recreating an equally compelling cast of veteran actors paired with new, exciting talent, as well as capturing picturesque backdrops equal to those of Bodega Bay in the original. Prior to becoming partners, Fuller produced the films Emmett’s Mark starring Gabriel Byrne and Tim Roth, and A Better Way To Die featuring Natasha Henstridge and André Braugher, while Form produced The Shrink Is In, starring Courteney Cox and David Arquette; Kissing A Fool starring Jason Lee, David Schwimmer and Bonnie Hunt; and Do Me A Favor with Rosanna Arquette. He also produced documentaries on the making of Crimson Tide and Bad Boys.
Form earned his bachelor degree at the University of Arizona. Fuller is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and previously worked as a talent manager.
Tobe Hooper (Producer)
Tobe Hooper has been honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre. Before becoming a filmmaker, Tobe Hooper, a native of Austin, Texas spent the '60s as a college teacher and documentary cameraman. He organized a small cast of college teachers and students and made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974.)
This film changed the horror film industry and became an instant classic. Even today it remains on every list of top horror films of all time. Hooper based it upon the real life killings of Ed Gein, a cannibalistic killer responsible for the grisly murders of several people in the 1950s. Hooper's success with Texas Chainsaw Massacre landed him in Hollywood. It is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and was officially selected at the Cannes Film Festival of 1975 for Directors Fortnight.
Hooper rejoined the cast of Chainsaw for Eaten Alive (1976) starring Mel Ferrer, William Finley and Marilyn Burns. The film received the first Saturn Award. Also in the film was Robert Englund in his first film role. Hooper's success continued with Stephen King's 1979 mini series "Salem's Lot." In 1981, Hooper directed The Fun House for Universal Pictures. Then in 1982 Steven Spielberg enlisted him to direct the successful hauntedhouse
shocker, Poltergeist for MGM. During the mid-'80s Hooper directed several films and television projects, including Lifeforce (1985) with Patrick Stewart for Tri-Star, Amazing Stories, The Equalizer, Invaders from Mars, Freddy's Nightmares, Tales from the Crypt, with Whoopie Goldberg and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 with Dennis Hopper.
In the '90s he continued doing both film and television; "I'm Dangerous Tonight," "Nowhere Man," "Dark Skies," "Perversions of Science" with Jamie Kennedy and Jason Lee, "The Apartment Complex" with Amanda Plummer for Showtime, "Night Terrors" (1993) and "The Mangler" for New Line (1995.) In the new century, Tobe's career continued to grow stronger with "Night Visions," "The Shadow Realm," and the pilot episode for Steven Spielberg's award winning miniseries "Taken." Last year, 2004, Tobe had the successful remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for New Line in theaters. This year, 2005, Hooper has started own low budget horror franchise, TH Nightmare, which includes Toolbox Murders with Angela Bettis in release through Lion's Gate. He is in post production on Mortuary, pre-production on Zombies, and will produce and direct "Ghosts," a miniseries for A&E.
Kim Henkel (Producer)
Kim Henkel has worked in the film industry for many years, and has been involved as a writer, director, and producer. Some of his more well-known projects include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Doc’s Full Service, Last Night at the Alamo, Legend of the Bayou, and the 1974 production of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which he wrote and produced along with Tobe Hooper. The film was honored at the Cannes Film Festival, won the Grand Prize at the Cine Fantastique Film Festival, and was selected as Outstanding Film selection of the London Film Critics. Henkel has also penned several screenplays including Exurbia, Crtical Mass, The King of Texas, Deadly Encounter, Vipers and Bleeding Hearts. Henkel received his M.A. in English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at The University of Houston, and his B.A. in English at the University of Texas-Austin.
Lukas Ettlin (Director of Photography)
Lukas Ettlin makes his major motion picture debut with Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Since then, Ettlin shot the Weinstein Company's Fanboys directed by Kyle Newman and The Take starring John Leguizamo and Tyrese, directed by Brad Furman. Continuing his work for Michael Bay, Ettlin filled in as an additional director of photography on Transformers. He is currently prepping 20th Century Fox's Revenge of the Nerds produced by McG and directed by Kyle Newman.
Previously he worked with director Jonathan Liebesman on the critically praised shorts, Rings and Genesis and Catastrophe, the latter of which won top awards at both the Hollywood Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. The short film was the duo’s thesis film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to the many accolades Genesis and Catastrophe amassed, Ettlin received the ASC’s Arthur Miller Heritage Award for Best Cinematography in 2000.
In 2003 Ettlin shot additional photography on Sony’s The Grudge, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, for director Takashi Shimizu. Prior to this, Ettlin spent years honing his creative talents, building an impressive reel shooting music videos for a wide range of artists including 50 Cent, Usher and Queens of the Stone Ages to name but a few. This spring 2005 he was nominated by the Music Video Production Association for Best Cinematography on Marilyn Manson’s “Personal Jesus” video.
Ettlin also helmed the camera department on such independent films as Life on the Ledge, a comedy written, directed and starring Lewis Helfer which recently screened at the Austin Film Festival; The Stranger starring Steve Guttenberg, written and directed by Brad Furman, on which Ettlin also served as a producer; the drama Southbounders, written and directed by Ben Wagner; Furman’s Unbroken starring Rachel Bilson; Pirates directed by Eric McCormack [“Will and Grace”]; and Stefan Avalos’ western thriller The Ghosts of Edendale.
In the midst of shooting Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Ettlin also shot an SBC commercial for director Michael Bay. Born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, Ettlin currently resides in Los Angeles.
Marco Rubeo (Production Designer)
Marco Rubeo last worked for Platinum Dunes and producers Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller on their hit The Amityville Horror (2005) as an art director working for production designer Jennifer Williams. Prior to this, he was an art director on The Run Down for designer Tom Duffield and director peter Berg.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning marks his first major motion picture supervising the art department. As the production designer, Rubeo is responsible for the film’s overall design -- he is the key crew member working with set construction and decoration, locations, camera and even costume, hair and makeup in terms of creating the film’s color palette.
As an assistant art director Rubeo lent his talents to such movies as After the Sunset, The Ring, O Brother, Where Art Thou (nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design) and The Truman Show (which won the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design). His most recent work in this capacity can be seen in The Break Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughan.
Rubeo was a set designer on a wide variety of movies including Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Cradle to the Grave, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Evolution, Panic Room, Mission to Mars, Batman & Robin, Men in Black, The Ghost and the Darkness, Waterworld, Beverly Hills Cop III, The Client, Sommersby and Born on the Fourth of July, to name a few.
Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Rubeo worked for a few architectural firms in Los Angeles after earning his bachelor of architecture (a 5-year degree) from Woodbury University. He first became interested in the arts while a student at Notre Dame International High School in Rome from which he graduated with honors, but has been most influenced by his father, renowned production designer Bruno Rubeo, known for his work on The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Platoon and Driving Miss Daisy (for which he earned an Oscar nomination.)
Born in Rome, Italy and raised in New York City, Toronto, Orlando and Los Angeles, Rubeo currently divides his time between residences in Whistler, British Columbia in Canada and Mammoth Lakes, California. He spends most of his time between jobs snowboarding, surfing, and mountain biking. Having spent a great deal of time in the backcountry of The Sierra, BC's Coastal Range, Chugach Range and The Italian Alps, he is currently training to become a Certified Canadian Mountain Guide.
Jonathan Chibnall (Editor)
Jonathan Chibnall first helmed the editorial department in 1999 for Trimark Pictures on the comedy Held Up, starring Jamie Foxx, Nia Long and Barry Corbin. He was also an additional editor on Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2004 hit film National Treasure.
For over 15 years Chibnall has been one of the most sought-after assistant editors and associate editors working in Hollywood. He has teamed with the likes of such Academy Award-nominated editors as Chris Lebenzon and Billy Goldenberg, as well as with revered veterans Bud Smith, Eric Sears and Richard Halsey, to name a few. Chibnall has also worked closely with a wide variety of directors from Tony Scott to Gary Ross and Rob Cohen to Tim Burton. His resume of films includes Domino, Seabiscuit, Tuck Everlasting, xXx, Planet of the Apes, The Replacements, Species II, That Old Feeling, Eddie, Encino Man, Hot Shots!, Queens Logic and Edward Scissorhands. Chibnall began as an apprentice editor on King Kong Lives and quickly moved up to second assistant editor on his next feature, War Party.
For television, Chibnall was the editor on “Over There,” the controversial series dramatizing wartime Iraq from Fox and Steven Bocho Productions. The first episodes aired this past July to overwhelming reviews. In addition, he was the first assistant editor on “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” starring Holly Hunter, based on the true story of a devoted mother who tried to hire a hit man to murder her daughter’s rival.
Chibnall was born and raised in Kent, England. He earned a bachelor of arts in English and Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mari-An Ceo (Costume Designer)
Mari-An Ceo recently wrapped production on the comedy Bill starring Jessica Alba, Aaron Eckhart and Elizabeth Banks.
Her credits include End of the Spear, the true story of an Ecuadorian Waodani tribesman; Out of the Cold staring Keith Carradine and Mia Kirschner, Brian Dennehy, Judd Hirsch and Mercedes Ruehl; Charades (also known as ) starring Erika Eleniak and James Wilder; Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut, Trees Lounge; the comedy The Shot with Mo Gaffney; Midnight Edition starring Will Patton; I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, with Billy Zane, Ron Perlman and Christina Ricci; and Almost Blue starring Michael Madsen and Garrett Morris, and was the assistant costume designer on the HBO movie 61 directed by Billy Crystal. Ceo was also the costume designer on the Warner Bros. television pilot, “Rocky Point.”
Steve Jablonsky (Composer)
Steve Jablonsky composed the music for Platinum Dunes’ first installment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by Marcus Nispel and he is currently scheduled to score Michael Bay’s The Transformers for DreamWorks/Paramount and The Hitcher for Platinum Dunes/Rogue Pictures. In addition, he scored The Island for DreamWorks, The Amityville Horror for MGM, and Steamboy for Sony, which was directed by the highly acclaimed Japanese director Katsuhiro Otomo. Jablonsky also currently scores the popular television series “Desperate Housewives” for Touchstone/ABC. Other previous scoring projects include several independent films including Border to Border and Sorrow’s Child. Television projects include, the HBO original film “Live From Baghdad” which starred Michael Keaton and was directed by Mick Jackson, The Contender, the theme and score from the ABC drama “Threat Matrix,” as well as the acclaimed ESPN television series “Sports Century: The Century’s Greatest Athletes.”
Jablonsky has also ventured in the video game industry, and, in addition to having his music in the popular video game “Metal Gear Solid 2,” he is scheduled to score Electronic Arts’ highly anticipated game “Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.” Jablonsky was first introduced to music at the age of twelve, when his grandfather bought him a clarinet as a birthday gift. He quickly developed a passion for music, performing in several orchestras during his teenage years and graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Music Study.
His interest in film music started at an early age, influenced in particular by film composers Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer. Jablonsky states, “I’ve always been drawn to their music because of the amazing melodies they write and the way they use melodies to tell a story.” Jablonsky collaborated with Hans Zimmer on various projects including Ridley Scott’s Hannibal and Jerry Bruckheimer’s blockbusters Pirates of the Caribbean and Pearl Harbor, as well as his work on the DreamWorks animation theatrical release, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron. He also collaborated with Harry Gregson-Williams on numerous films including dramatic scores for Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Deceiver, The Magic of Marciano, Twentieth Century Fox’s hit teenage film Light it Up, and action scores including The Replacement Killers, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Armageddon and Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State.
The KNB EFX Group Inc. (Special Effects Makeup)
The KNB EFX Group, Inc. was formed in 1988 by Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger. Over the nearly 2 decades, KNB has become one of the most prolific make-up effects studios in Hollywood with over 500 feature film and television credits including The Island, Amityville Horror, Kill Bill, the Spy Kids Trilogy, Land of the Dead, Spawn, Army of Darkness, Pulp Fiction, Ray, The Green Mile and Boogie Nights.
Their most current projects include Michael Bay’s Transformers and the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino collaboration Grind House. They also recently worked on the second season of Showtime's Masters of Horror anthology horror series as well as Sin City, for which they won a 2005 Hollywood Film Festival Make Up of the Year Award. KNB received the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Visual Effects for the mini-series “Dune” as well as multiple awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films in recent years. Their contributions to The Cell and The Time Machine earned Academy Award Nominations for Best Make-up while the fantasy characters for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe won them both the British Academy Award and Oscar for Best Achievement in Make-up.
The 24,000 square foot facility located in Van Nuys, California is home to a variety of tremendously skilled designers, sculptors, painters and lab technicians. From a fake body replica for “Law & Order” to a fully animatronic Lion puppet for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Greg and Howard have been able to pride themselves on working with some of the most talented artists in Hollywood. Their effects can be seen in dozens of films including Dances with Wolves, Hostel, The Hills Have Eyes, Identity, Misery, Casino and A Simple Plan. Most recently Greg and Howard completed work on Casino Royale, Spider-Man 3 and The Hitcher, continuing their collaboration with Platinum Dunes.
For television, KNB supplied effects for “The X-Files,” “Invasion” and “Dragnet.” Their work can be currently seen on “Law & Order,” “24” and HBO’S acclaimed western series “Deadwood.”
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Screenplay by Sheldon Turner
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