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Release Date: March 13, 2009
Studio: Overture Films
Director: Christine Jeffs
Screenwriter: Megan Holley
Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
MPAA Rating: R
AMY ADAMS (Rose Lorkowski)
EMILY BLUNT (Norah Lorkowski)
ALAN ARKIN (Joe Lorkowski)
JASON SPEVACK (Oscar Lorkowski)
STEVE ZAHN (Mac)
MARY LYNN RAJSKUB (Lynn)
CLIFTON COLLINS, JR. (Winston)
KEVIN CHAPMAN (Carl Swanson)
ABOUT THE CAST
AMY ADAMS (Rose Lorkowski) is an Academy Award nominated actress with an impressive list of credits who challenges herself with each new role. Adams can currently be seen in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt opposite Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Miramax film is set at a Catholic school in the Bronx and centers on a nun who grows suspicious when a priest takes too much interest in the life of a young black student. Adams recently received her second Academy Award nomination as well as Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice award nominations for this performance.
Adams will soon start production on Anand Tucker's Leap Year. The film centers on a woman (Adams) who stages upscale apartments in Boston and leaves nothing to chance in her personal life. When weather derails her trip to Dublin to take advantage of a time-honored Irish tradition on Leap Year in which women propose to their men, she enlists the help of a surly Irish innkeeper to make an unexpected cross-country trip to pull off the perfect proposal in time.
Adams will appear as Amelia Earhart in Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian, opposite Ben Stiller. The film is scheduled for release by Twentieth Century Fox in May 2009. Adams also stars in Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia opposite Meryl Streep. The Columbia Pictures film is adapted from Julie Powell's book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen and centers on a frustrated temp secretary (Adams) who embarks on a yearlong culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd. The film is scheduled to be released in August 2009.
Adams most recently starred in Bharat Nalluri's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, opposite Frances McDormand. The film is about a governess (McDormand) who gets a taste of glamour in 1938 when she goes to work in the home of an up-and-coming actress (Adams). One of the governess's chores is to sort out the actress’s unrespectable affairs.
Adams also starred in Kevin Lima's Enchanted opposite James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon. The film grossed over $300 million dollars worldwide and garnered Adams a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Her role as the pregnant, childlike Ashley, who is awestruck by the arrival of her glamorous sister-in-law in Phil Morrison's 2005 film Junebug, earned Adams nominations for an Academy Award and a SAG Award. She won an Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Society Award and Breakthrough Gotham Award. Adams also won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. -in-law in Phil Morrison's 2005 film Junebug, earned Adams nominations for an Academy Award and a SAG Award. She won an Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Society Award and Breakthrough Gotham Award. Adams also won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Adams' other film credits include Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, opposite Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, with Will Ferrell; Clare Kilner's The Wedding Date, with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney; Steven Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can, with Leonardo DiCaprio; Reginald Hudlin's Serving Sara; Anthony Abrams' Pumpkin; and Michael Patrick Jann's Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Adams’ television credits include guest-starring roles on "The Office" and "The West Wing."
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EMILY BLUNT (Norah Lorkowski) shot to international prominence with her lead role in the multiple award-winning British feature, My Summer of Love. Blunt played the mysterious, privileged Tamsin, who becomes the object of fascination of a local girl in this intoxicating romance from director Pawel Pawlikowski. The Independent praised Blunt’s “genuine grace and predatory charisma,” while The Scotsman declared, “Blunt manages to convey the petulant certainty of late adolescence while wielding her sexuality to dangerous effect.” Harper’s Bazaar called Blunt’s performance “the most impressive film debut I’ve seen since Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures.” She won the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the 2004 Evening Standard Film Awards and was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards. The film won the award for Best British Film at the 2005 BAFTA ceremony.
Blunt has a number of films slated for 2009 release. She appears in The Great Buck Howard, written and directed by Sean McGinly and co-starring Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Colin Hanks. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in March 2009. Later in the year, Blunt will be seen alongside Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent and Rupert Friend in the Martin Scorsese-produced biopic, The Young Victoria, playing Britain’s Queen Victoria in the early stages of her life. The film is written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Blunt will also be seen with Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins in The Wolf Man and opposite Bill Nighy in Wild Target.
Blunt started her career at the 2002 Chichester Festival, where she played Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Her London debut was portraying Gwen Cavendish in a production of “The Royal Family,” opposite Dame Judi Dench. ichester Festival, where she played Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Her London debut was portraying Gwen Cavendish in a production of “The Royal Family,” opposite Dame Judi Dench.
2003 was a very busy year for the actress. Blunt first appeared on television screens as Princess Isolda in the British television drama “Boudica,” about the life of the ancient British warrior-queen who fought the Romans. In the television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile,” she starred as spoiled socialite Linnet Doyle alongside David Suchet. She also appeared in the television series “Foyle’s War” as Lucy Markham.
Blunt went on to appear in Peter Travis’ “Henry VIII,” a two-part television drama documenting the stormy 38-year reign of the king. She played Henry’s fifth wife, the teenage Queen Catherine Howard, alongside co-stars Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham- Carter and Michael Gambon. The series won Best TV Movie at the 2003 International Emmy® Awards.
The following year, Blunt was on set again for the critically acclaimed “Gideon’s Daughter,” starring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. Stephen Poliakoff directed the drama, which was broadcast on BBC One in February 2006 and appeared on BBC America in April of the same year. For her performance, Blunt won a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie.
In 2005, Blunt flew to New York to start work on The Devil Wears Prada. An adaptation of the hugely popular Lauren Weisberger novel, the film featured Blunt as the intensely neurotic Emily Charlton, senior assistant at Runway magazine. David Frankel directed an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. The film opened to great acclaim in June 2006 and exceeded all expectations, making over $325 million at the worldwide box office. Critics shared the audience’s love for The Devil Wears Prada and for Blunt. The New York Times described her as a “tour de force of smiling hostility,” The Los Angeles Times called her “scene-stealing,” The Washington Post wrote that she “delivers a comic gem,” and New York Magazine reported that “the brilliant British actress Emily Blunt is a marvel at conveying the terror beneath the hauteur.” For this performance, Blunt was nominated in the Breakthrough Female category at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards and honored with the Breakthrough Award at the 2006 Movieline Young Hollywood Awards. She was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs in 2007. That same year, she was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Blunt was next seen in Dan in Real Life, with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook. She went on to make The Jane Austen Book Club alongside Maria Bello, Frances McDormand, Kevin Zegers and Hugh Dancy. Blunt also appeared in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Dan in Real Life, with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook. She went on to make The Jane Austen Book Club alongside Maria Bello, Frances McDormand, Kevin Zegers and Hugh Dancy. Blunt also appeared in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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ALAN ARKIN (Joe Lorkowski) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, silver screen and television. He won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2007 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine. Additionally, the cast was honored with the 2007 SAG Award for Best Motion Picture Cast Performance. More recently, Arkin appeared in a pair of hit films. He played the Chief in Get Smart with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and played Arnie Klein in Marley & Me, co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. This year, Alan will also be seen in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, with Robin Wright Penn and Maria Bello, directed by Rebecca Miller.
Born in New York City, Arkin launched his career with Chicago's improvisational revue Second City. This led to his first part on Broadway: the lead in Carl Reiner's play “Enter Laughing,” for which Arkin won a Tony Award. The following year, he appeared again on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit, “LUV.” In 1998, Arkin directed, starred and co-wrote with Elaine May “Power Plays,” a hit production at the Promenade Theatre. He began directing for the stage with the much-acclaimed “Eh?” starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Circle in the Square. Arkin then won an Obie for directing Jules Feiffer's “Little Murders” and “The White House Murder Case,” which helped keep the Circle in the Square booked for several years. These productions were followed by “The Sunshine Boys,” on Broadway; “Rubbers” and “Yanks Three,” at The American Place Theater; “Joan of Lorraine,” at the Hartman in Stamford; “The Sorrows of Stephen,” at the Burt Reynolds Theatre (starring Arkin’s son, Adam); and “Room Service,” at the Roundabout in New York.
Arkin’s first feature, The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming, earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, as well as an Oscar nomination. He received a second Oscar nomination, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award, for his performance in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. A second NYFCC award followed for his role in Hearts of the West.
Other film credits include Catch 22, Little Murders (which he also directed), Joshua: Then and Now, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Havana, Glengarry Glen Ross, Four Days in September, Mother Night, Slums of Beverly Hills, Gattaca, Steal Big, Steal Little, Jakob the Liar, Grosse Pointe Blank, America’s Sweethearts, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Noel and The Novice. credits include Catch 22, Little Murders (which he also directed), Joshua: Then and Now, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Havana, Glengarry Glen Ross, Four Days in September, Mother Night, Slums of Beverly Hills, Gattaca, Steal Big, Steal Little, Jakob the Liar, Grosse Pointe Blank, America’s Sweethearts, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Noel and The Novice.
Arkin has written and directed two short films, T.G.I.F. and People Soup. The first opened the New York Film Festival and the latter received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.
On the small screen, Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series “100 Centre Street,” written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy-nominated performances in “The Pentagon Papers” for FX and “Escape From Sobibor.” He guest starred as the father of his real-life son, Adam Arkin, on “Chicago Hope,” which earned him yet another Emmy nomination. He also appeared in Showtime’s telefilm “Varian’s War” and HBO’s “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” with Antonio Banderas, for director Bruce Beresford.
Arkin directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play “Twigs,” with Carol Burnett, and “The Visitor,” with Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz and Julie Hagerty, which won multiple international awards.
When not occupied as an actor or director, Arkin often devotes his time to music or writing. He has written six books, all published by Harper/Collins, the latest being a children’s book entitled Cassie Loves Beethoven. An earlier work, The Lemming Condition, has sold steadily for 20 years and was honored by The Booksellers of America with placement in the White House Library.
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JASON SPEVACK (Oscar Lorkowski) is a young actor with dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship. He plays the title character in "Dino Dan," a CGI/live-action children's television series from Toronto's Sinking Ship Entertainment. "Dino Dan" will air in January 2010 on Noggin in the U.S., on Nickelodeon Australia and various Canadian networks.
Since he was first introduced to the industry in 2002 at age five, Spevack has gone on to shoot more than 40 commercials for television and radio. He transitioned easily into series work and film, first playing small roles in "ReGenesis," "Instant Star," "True Crime Scene," "1-800-Missing," "This is Wonderland" and "Kevin Hill," to name a few. He has subsequently landed guest starring roles on "State of Mind" and voice work for the animated series "Super Why!" the animated series "Super Why!"
Spevack has been featured in various pilots and movies of the week, most notably in the supporting role of Trevor in "Crazy for Christmas," with Andrea Roth and Howard Hesseman. The actor appears in a number of feature films, including Hollywoodland, The Stone Angel and The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. He was also seen in Fever Pitch, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, as young Ben (Fallon’s character).
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STEVE ZAHN (Mac) is a versatile actor with extensive credits who has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen. His standout performance in the comedy Happy, Texas garnered many accolades, including a Special Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. Zahn appears in the forthcoming films Management, co-starring Jennifer Aniston; A Perfect Getaway, opposite Milla Jovovich; and The Great Buck Howard, with John Malkovich and Colin Hanks.
Zahn co-starred in Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, alongside Christian Bale, and Sahara, with Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. He provided the voice of Runt for Disney’s animated blockbuster Chicken Little, with co-stars Zach Braff, Garry Marshall and Joan Cusack. Other credits include Out of Sight, with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez; Strange Wilderness, with Jonah Hill; Bandidas, opposite Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz; Shattered Glass, co-starring Hayden Christensen and Chloe Sevigny; Safemen, with Sam Rockwell; Daddy Day Care, starring Eddie Murphy; National Security, with Martin Lawrence; John Dahl’s thriller Joy Ride, co-starring Paul Walker; and Penny Marshall’s drama Riding in Cars with Boys, alongside Drew Barrymore. Zahn also starred as Gus McCrae in the CBS television mini-series "Comanche Moon."
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MARY LYNN RAJSKUB (Lynn) has established herself as a versatile and dynamic actress/writer/performer through impressive television and film roles, as well as stand-out live performances. Her continuing, fan-favorite role as computer genius Chloe O'Brian on the FOX smash hit "24" helped earn the show a 2006 Emmy® win for Best Drama, as well as a 2005 and 2006 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Later this year, Rajskub will be seen in a starring role in the independent comedy American Fork, which premiered at Slamdance. She was last seen in the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winningmed, Academy Award-winning® Little Miss Sunshine.
Rajskub went to art school for painting but discovered performing arts. After her first one-woman show, she received a review saying her performance was "one of the strangest and funniest performances I have ever seen.” From that moment on, she began honing her skills as a comedian and dramatic actress.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Rajskub was cast on David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's critically acclaimed HBO sketch comedy series, “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” Quickly thereafter, she switched to the network's “The Larry Sanders Show.” The actress followed this work with appearances on “The Army Show” for The WB and “The Downer Channel,” a Steve Martin-produced sketch series for NBC. Her episodic work includes guest appearances on “King of Queens,” “NewsRadio,” “Veronica’s Closet” and “Good Morning, Miami.” She also starred in CBS' remake of the classic film Helter Skelter.
Her film roster includes Firewall, opposite Harrison Ford, Legally Blonde II: Red, White and Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Punch Drunk Love, Mysterious Skin, Dude, Where’s My Car, Storytelling and Road Trip.
Rajskub currently resides in Los Angeles.
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CLIFTON COLLINS, JR. (Winston) has amassed an impressive body of work. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of murderer Perry Smith in Bennett Miller’s Oscar-winning drama Capote, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Chris Cooper. Collins recently wrapped production on Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day and Extract, alongside Ben Affleck. Spring 2009 will find Collins starring in three very different films: J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Trek reboot, Crank 2 and the thriller The Horsemen, in which Collins stars alongside Dennis Quaid. He also headlines the forthcoming family drama The Perfect Game, based on a true story about boys from poverty-stricken Monterrey, Mexico who defy extraordinary odds to become the first foreign team to win the Little League World Series. The clincher is still the only perfect game pitched in Series history. Collins will also be seen in Brothers, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman; Still Waters, with Lake Bell; and the award-winning independent film, Little Chenier.
Other notable film credits include Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, in which Collins plays the unforgettable assassin Frankie Flowers opposite Benicio Del Toro; Rules of Attraction, directed by Roger Avary; and Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher.
Even at the beginning of his career, Collins found himself working with some of the industry’s brightest young filmmakers: the Hughes brothers in Menace to Society and Dead Presidents, John Singleton in Poetic Justice, Kevin Reynolds in 187 and Antoine Fuqua in The Replacement Killers. ollins found himself working with some of the industry’s brightest young filmmakers: the Hughes brothers in Menace to Society and Dead Presidents, John Singleton in Poetic Justice, Kevin Reynolds in 187 and Antoine Fuqua in The Replacement Killers.
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KEVIN CHAPMAN (Carl Swanson) is currently shooting Hard Luck, starring Wesley Snipes, with Mario Van Peebles directing.
Chapman inadvertently began his acting career while working with the Mayor of Boston in The Cultural Affairs Department. His job was to coordinate all filming in the city. It was there that Chapman met the late Ted Demme, assisting the director with his film Monument Ave. Demme asked him if he would be interested in playing the role of Mickey Pat in the film. This was the start of a new career for Chapman. After appearing in such films as The Cider House Rules, A Civil Action, The Boondock Saints and In the Bedroom, he decided to relocate to Los Angeles and study the art of acting. Chapman began his studies in Los Angeles with Cameron Thor.
Other film credits include Two for the Money, The Unknown, Mystic River, 21 Grams, Ladder 49, In Good Company and Flags of Our Fathers.
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