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Bedtime Stories (2008)

About the Cast Release Date: December 25, 2008
Director: Adam Shankman
Screenwriter: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Copyright © Walt Disney Pictures


ADAM SHANKMAN (Director/Executive Producer)
ANDREW GUNN (Producer)
MATT LOPEZ (Story By/Screenplay By)
TIM HERLIHY (Screenplay By)
JENNIFER GIBGOT (Executive Producer)
GARRETT GRANT (Executive Producer)
ANN MARIE SANDERLIN (Executive Producer)
MICHAEL BARRETT (Director of Photography)
LINDA DESCENNA (Production Designer)
RITA RYACK (Costume Designer)
MICHAEL DILBECK (Music Supervisor)
BROOKS ARTHUR (Music Supervisor)


ADAM SHANKMAN (Director/Executive Producer) is a master of comedy yet is still able to capture the sensitivity of each story, making him one of the most loved and commercially successful filmmakers of his generation.

Shankman’s “Hairspray,” the feature film adaptation of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway production, opened in July 2007 to rave reviews. It grossed more than $200 million worldwide and became the third highest-grossing musical of all time. Retelling John Waters’ classic story about racism in 1960s Baltimore, the film starred John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron and newcomer Nikki Blonsky.

Through Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Entertainment, Shankman is producing “17 Again” starring Zac Efron. Other projects their company is set to produce include “All of Me,” starring Queen Latifah and based on the 1984 film starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, and “Monday Monday,” a film about a neurotic teenager forced to relive the first day of high school until he gets it right. Additionally, the pair has an adult treasure hunt project planned in association with Benderspink.

Through Offspring’s overall deal with Disney, Shankman and his sister, Gibgot, produced “Step Up” and “Step Up 2: The Streets.” “Step Up” garnered critical acclaim and grossed more than $100 million as did its sequel, “Step Up 2: The Streets.” In addition, Shankman directed the box-office success “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” the follow-up to the 2003 hit family film.

Shankman made his directorial debut with Columbia Pictures’ “The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. He followed this with “A Walk to Remember” starring Mandy Moore and Shane West. The film was nominated for a 2002 Phoenix Film Critics Award for Best Live Action Family Film.

Next for Shankman was “Bringing Down the House,” a Walt Disney Pictures comedy starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. It was number one at the box office for three weeks in a row and grossed more than $130 million. Shankman then directed “The Pacifier,” starring Vin Diesel. To date, Shankman’s films have grossed more than a half-billion dollars.

Prior to directing, Shankman was one of the entertainment world’s premier dance and physical-comedy choreographers. His projects include “The Addams Family,” “Casper,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Anastasia,” “George of the Jungle,” “Boogie Nights,” “Miami Rhapsody” and “The Flintstones,” for which he was nominated for a Bob Fosse Award. Shankman won for his work with Simon West.

At age 24, Shankman teamed up with influential video director Julian Temple as a music video choreographer. One of the first videos as choreographer was Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” He has also choreographed videos for The B-52’s, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and Stevie Wonder.

A native of Los Angeles, Shankman attended the Juilliard School. After five years as an actor and dancer in New York and regional theater, he moved back to Los Angeles and began dancing in music videos, including videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards®.
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JACK GIARRAPUTO (Producer) is one of Hollywood’s most successful producers. His films have grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide, with nine topping the $100 million mark, including “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” “Click,” “The Longest Yard,” “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” “Mr. Deeds,” “Big Daddy” and “The Waterboy.”
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ANDREW GUNN (Producer) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He made the move to Los Angeles to attend the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California, graduating with an M.A. in 1995.

Through his Disney-based GUNN FILMS, which was started in December of 2000, Gunn produced Walt Disney Pictures’ “College Road Trip,” “Sky High,” “Freaky Friday,” “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Country Bears.” He also executive produced the platinum-selling soundtrack to “Freaky Friday.” He served as the executive producer of “Minutemen,” starring Jason Dolley, which premiered on Disney Channel in January 2008.

Gunn also produced the upcoming “Race to Witch Mountain,” starring Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb and Carla Gugino, and directed by Andy Fickman. Among other projects in development is “Snow and the Seven,” to be directed by Francis Lawrence.

Gunn is also responsible for finding and hiring the writers of the Disney Writers’ Program.

Before starting his own company, Gunn spent three years in charge of development and production for John Hughes at his Disney-based Great Oaks Entertainment. During that time he contributed to such films as “101 Dalmatians,” “Flubber” and “Home Alone 3.” He was also co-producer of Hollywood Pictures’ “Eddie” starring Whoopi Goldberg.
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MATT LOPEZ (Story By/Screenplay By) co-wrote the upcoming action-adventure film “Race to Witch Mountain.” A fun and thrilling adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, the film is slated for a March 2009 release.

Lopez is writing several upcoming projects for Disney, including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a live-action fantasy/adventure inspired by the classic Mickey Mouse sequence from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Nicolas Cage (“National Treasure”). He is also writing the comedy “My Samurai” for Disney and director Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs”).

A graduate of New York University School of Law, Lopez is a former entertainment attorney and business affairs executive at DreamWorks. Prior to attending law school, he graduated from the Florida State University Film School. Lopez also participated in the Disney Writers’ Program, during which time he wrote “Bedtime Stories” and co-wrote “Race to Witch Mountain.”
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TIM HERLIHY (Screenplay By) has written and co-written the films “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy,” “Big Daddy,” “Little Nicky” and “Mr. Deeds.” He was an executive producer on the films “Click,” “Anger Management” and “The Longest Yard.”

From 1994 to 1999, Herlihy served as writer, head writer and ultimately producer of the television variety series “Saturday Night Live,” for which he received an Emmy Award® nomination.

In 2006, Herlihy, a former attorney, received a Tony Award® nomination for the Broadway musical version of “The Wedding Singer,” which he co-wrote.
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JENNIFER GIBGOT (Executive Producer) most recently produced “Step Up 2: The Streets” and the upcoming “17 Again.” Other credits include “Premonition,” starring Sandra Bullock, and the 2006 summer hit “Step Up.” She also served as executive producer on “Hairspray,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and “The Pacifier.”

In 1995, Gibgot began her career as a producer running Tapestry Films. Over the course of her eight years with the company, she set up numerous projects and produced successful films such as “She’s All That” and “The Wedding Planner.” Gibgot hired her brother Adam Shankman, already an established choreographer, to helm the latter, which ultimately launched his directing career.

In 2003, Shankman and Gibgot formed Offspring Entertainment and signed a first-look deal at Disney. Other projects in development include a remake of “All of Me,” starring Queen Latifah and based on the 1984 film with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, “Topper,” “The Other Guy” and “Flight Risk.”
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GARRETT GRANT (Executive Producer) has previously collaborated with director Adam Shankman on “Hairspray,” “The Pacifier” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” He has also done nine films with longtime collaborators Bobby and Peter Farrelly, including “The Ringer,” “Stuck on You,” “Shallow Hal,” “Osmosis Jones,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin” and “Dumb and Dumber.”

Grant also served as co-producer on “Like Mike” and as line producer for “The Locusts.” He was the unit production manager on “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Gun Shy,” and served as production supervisor for “Beverly Hills Ninja.”

Grant began his film career as a location manager for such films as “Killing Zoe” and “Albino Alligator,” among others.
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ANN MARIE SANDERLIN (Executive Producer) is president of GUNN FILMS, where she serves as executive producer on all of the company’s upcoming films, including “Race to Witch Mountain” starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Andy Fickman, as well as “Snow and the Seven,” which will be shot in China and directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”).

Additionally, Sanderlin manages the Disney Writers’ Program, which consists of five comedy writers who have overall deals with the studio and generate material solely for Disney’s live-action label. “Bedtime Stories” writer Matt Lopez is one of its graduates.

Sanderlin got her first job in the film business as a production assistant in 1995 when the HBO film “The Tuskeegee Airmen” filmed in her hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma. She earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas and, after moving to Los Angeles, entered the agent-trainee program in William Morris’s famed mailroom. In 1998, Andrew Gunn hired her to be a creative director at Ricardo Mestres Productions and in 2002 she joined Gunn at his company, GUNNfilms. Since that time she has co-produced “Freaky Friday” and executive produced “Sky High,” “College Road Trip” and the Disney Channel original movie “Minutemen.”
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MICHAEL BARRETT (Director of Photography) studied painting and printmaking at UCLA and film at Columbia University in New York. He received three ASC award nominations during the first four seasons of the CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and won an ASC award for the pilot episode of “CSI: Miami.”

His most recent film was “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and he is currently shooting “Bone Deep,” with Hayden Christensen, Zoe Saldana and Matt Dillon. His other feature films include “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and “Bobby,” which received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Picture – Drama.
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LINDA DESCENNA (Production Designer) began her career as a set decorator and was one of the first three women to join the set decorators union as a set dresser. She received her first Academy Award® nomination in 1980 for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Four nominations for set decoration followed for her work on “Blade Runner,” “The Color Purple,” “Rain Man” and “Toys.”

DeScenna became a production designer on Barry Levinson’s “Jimmy Hollywood” and went on to design “A Family Thing,” “Father of the Bride Part II,” “Mousehunt” and “Galaxy Quest.” In addition to “Bedtime Stories,” DeScenna teamed up with director Adam Shankman for “The Pacifier” and “Bringing Down the House.” She collaborated with director Tom Shadyac for “Evan Almighty,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Patch Adams,” “Liar Liar” and “Dragonfly.” “Yours, Mine and Ours” is also among her credits.
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TOM COSTAIN (Editor) most recently edited “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and also helped edit the Steve Carell film “Get Smart.” His other credits as editor include “Strange Wilderness” and “Grandma’s Boy.” Costain worked as an additional editor on “The Longest Yard” starring Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock, as well as “White Chicks,” “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” “Mr. Deeds” and “The Animal.” He served as assistant editor on “The Matrix,” “Little Nicky” and “Phoenix.”

Costain edited the Will Ferrell produced HBO pilot “East Bound and Down” and the documentary “The Last Saturday in May,” about the path to the 2006 Kentucky Derby eventually won by Barbaro. His television credits include “The Crossing,” “Pronto,” “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and “Gotti.”

Costain worked as an assistant editor on Canadian feature films before moving to Los Angeles in 1996.
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MICHAEL TRONICK, A.C.E. (Editor) most recently served as editor on Disney’s very successful “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.” He was nominated for two ACE Awards for Best Editing for his work on “Hairspray” and “Scent of a Woman.” Tronick served as an additional editor on the box-office smash “Iron Man.”

Other feature film credits as editor include “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Scorpion King,” “Remember the Titans,” “Blue Streak,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Volcano,” “Eraser,” “True Romance,” “Days of Thunder,” “Midnight Run,” “Less Than Zero” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.” Before his career as a film editor, Tronick was a feature film music editor with credits such as “Predator,” “Outrageous Fortune,” “Nobody’s Fool,” “Ruthless People,” “A Chorus Line,” “Streets of Fire,” “Star 80,” “48 Hrs.,” “Reds,” “Xanadu” and “All That Jazz,” among many others.
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RITA RYACK (Costume Designer) received an Oscar® nomination for her work on director Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” has designed costumes for close to 40 movies and has enjoyed a long history of collaborations with such directors as Howard, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Brett Ratner and Barry Levinson.

Ryack’s other credits include “Hairspray,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “Rush Hour 2,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Wag the Dog,” “Casino,” “Apollo 13,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Ransom,” “Cape Fear,” “The Fan,” “Crossing Delancey” and “After Hours,” among many others. She also designed the costumes for Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video, which was directed by Martin Scorsese.

Her designs for the hit stage musical “My One and Only,” starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy, earned her several award nominations, including the Tony®. She also worked on many distinguished off-Broadway productions and in 1986, won the Obie for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design. In addition, the New York chapter of Women in Film & Television honored her with the first “Designing Hollywood” award in 2000. Other awards include a Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, a Costumer Designers’ Guild Award and a “Timeless Style Award” presented by Premiere magazine and Hamilton Watch.

Ryack studied at Brandeis University, Bennington and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She earned her M.F.A. in costume design from the Yale School of Drama. Ryack has also received awards for cartoon animation and illustration.
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RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Music By) has scored a wide variety of film and television projects. He most recently composed the score for the upcoming crime comedy “The Lonely Maiden.” Gregson-Williams has also written the original scores to the Adam Sandler films “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and “Click.” Other films include “Made of Honor” and the animated films “Bee Movie” and “Over the Hedge.” In 2004, he collaborated with Andrea Guerra to compose the score for the acclaimed true-life drama “Hotel Rwanda,” for which the composers won the European Film Award.

Gregson-Williams has also created the scores for such feature films as the teen comedy “What a Girl Wants,” the biographical comedy-drama “The Night We Called It a Day,” “Crime Spree,” “Plots with a View,” “Thunderpants,” “Virtual Sexuality” and “Urban Ghost Story.” He has also collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer on a number of animated and live- action features.
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MICHAEL DILBECK (Music Supervisor) has enjoyed a career in the music and film industries that has spanned more than 25 years. He began as a concert promoter for superstar acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, Joe Cocker and Chicago.

Dilbeck was the record-label executive and a consultant on “Footloose” and “Top Gun.” He served as music supervisor on “Batman,” “Caddyshack II,” “Cadillac Man,” “Tango & Cash” and “Navy SEALS.” As an executive with Columbia TriStar Pictures, he worked on the film soundtracks of “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Philadelphia,” “My Girl,” “A League of Their Own,” “Last Action Hero,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Poetic Justice.”

Dilbeck currently has his own company, Dilbeck Entertainment, and his credits include “The House Bunny,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” “Strange Wilderness,” “Click,” “Grandma’s Boy,” “The Benchwarmers,” “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” “The Longest Yard,” “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Bad Boys,” “Money Train,” “Bulletproof,” “The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy,” “Big Daddy,” “Little Nicky,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Master of Disguise,” “Joe Dirt,” “The Animal” and “Mr. Deeds.”
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BROOKS ARTHUR (Music Supervisor) is a respected recording engineer/record producer whose credits include “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “The Locomotion,” “Chapel of Love,” “Leader of the Pack,” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Astral Weeks,” Neil Diamond’s “The Early Years,” Art Garfunkel’s “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and Peter Allen’s “I Go to Rio.” Arthur produced/engineered Janis Ian’s Grammy-winning “Between the Lines” (“At Seventeen”) and was the owner and recording engineer at 914 Recording Studios, the birthplace of Bruce Springsteen’s recording career.

Arthur has produced the multi-platinum comedy albums of Adam Sandler (“The Chanukah Song”) and Robin Williams’ Grammy®-winning “Reality…What a Concept.” He co-wrote, coproduced and music supervised Sandler’s film “Eight Crazy Nights” and music supervised Sandler’s “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and “Click.” He is also music supervisor on Happy Madison’s comedy “The House Bunny.”
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