Release Date: November 11, 2011 (3D/2D)
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Tarsem Singh
Screenwriter: Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Starring: Henry Cavill, Isabel Lucas, Mickey Rourke
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R
TARSEM SINGH (Director) is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought-after directors working in the worldwide advertising community today. Known for his attention to detail, stunning art direction, and highly developed visual storytelling abilities, Singh has made his mark in the feature film world as well.
His first major breakthrough was the music video Losing My Religion for REM, which won a Grammy ® and eight MTV Video Music Awards including Best Music Video. Over the years, he has garnered numerous other awards including two Press Grand Prix awards in Cannes, the D&AD, the DGA and BAFTA Britannia Award.
Singh’s first feature film was The Cell, a beautiful, shocking and hallucinatory psychological thriller. His inspired, unrelenting visual imagery elevated the film far beyond its genre roots. In his second feature, The Fall, Singh expanded his directorial role into that of producer and co-writer. Part heroic journey, part celebration of storytelling, The Fall , with its exotic locations spanning 25 countries, was both visually stunning and one of the most original releases of 2006.
Singh was educated at a boarding school in the Himalayas (Shimla, India). He came to the United States when he was 24 years old and graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Today he splits his time between Los Angeles and London.
VLAS AN D CHARLEY PARLAPANIDES (Writers) are a writing team with feature film projects currently set up at Universal, Warner Bros., Columbia, Paramount and Mandate Pictures. They have been working professionally as writers for almost five years now. They previously wrote, directed and produced the indie comedy Everything for a Reason , which premiered at the AFI International Film Festival and was acquired for distribution by The Shooting Gallery.
Before entering the entertainment industry, Vlas worked on Oppenheimer’s foreign equity desk while Charley attended Loyola Law School, graduating in the top 15 percent of his class.
The brothers are a part of a large Greek-American family and originally hail from Seaside Park, NJ. Growing up, they often spent summers in Patras, Greece, and took part in both Greek school and Greek folk dancing. Both brothers went on to study economics and theater in college. Vlas attended Villanova University while Charley studied at Swarthmore College.
GIANNI NUNNARI (Producer) is president, founder and CEO of Hollywood Gang Productions. He was a producer of the action epic 300 , based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros. 300 opened to record-setting box-office numbers and amassed a worldwide theatrical gross of more than $450 million.
In addition to 300 , Nunnari's producing credits include both Martin ScorseseÕs The Departed , which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, and Shutter Island , starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Ben Kingsley. Other producer credits include David FincherÕs Se7en and Robert RodriguezÕs From Dusk Till Dawn series .
MARK CANTON (Producer) has been a preeminent force in the entertainment industry, helping to bring more than 300 pictures to the screen in his capacity as a senior studio executive and producer. Canton controls a large number of high-profile projects in various stages of development, pre-production, production and post.
The prolific producer had two movies released in 2010. The first, Piranha, was a 3-D horror comedy directed by Alexandre Aja and the second, Letters to Juliet, was a romantic drama directed by Gary Winick.
In pre-production for Relativity are Den of Thieves, a bank heist drama to be directed by writer Christian Gudegast; Tunnels, to be directed by Vincenzo Natali, which may be the next sensation to follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter franchise; and Silver Cord, a supernatural romantic thriller to be distributed by Summit Entertainment.
Amongst Canton’s credits is the mega-hit 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and directed by Zack Snyder. The film opened to record-setting box-office numbers, grossed more than $450 million worldwide and set the record for highest-grossing March release ever. The 300 DVD release set sales records around the world.
Canton also produced The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the bestselling children books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directing. It was the highest-grossing family film of early 2008 .
Previously, Canton was the president of Worldwide Theatrical Production at Warner Bros., where he was instrumental in creating the Batman, Lethal Weapon and National Lampoon’s Vacation film franchises, and Chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Companies, where he greenlit numerous popular, widely acclaimed and award -winning films including As Good as It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Men in Black.
In 1997, Canton returned to Warner Bros. to create his own production entity, The Canton Company. In early 2002, he joined Artists Production Group as a partner, chairman and
CEO. In December 2003, he launched Atmosphere Entertainment MM, an entrepreneurial venture that develops, produces and finances theatrical motion pictures and television programming.
A native of New York, Canton is a 1971 UCLA graduate (magna cum laude) and a member of UCLA’s National Honor Society for American Studies.
In addition to serving on the UCLA Board of Councillors and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Theater, Film and Television, Canton is vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute and founder and chairman emeritus of AFI’s Third Decade Council.
RYAN KAVANAUGH (Producer) is the CEO and founder of Relativity Media (Relativity), as well as a successful producer and highly regarded expert in film finance. In addition to executive producing David Fincher’s Oscar -nominated drama The Social Network, his credits as producer include Neil Burger’s Limitless, starring Bradle y Cooper and Robert De Niro; and David O. Russell’s The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.
Kavanaugh produced the upcoming Untitled Snow White film starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane, and is now in preproduction on Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven . Other film credits include Despicable Me , Mamma Mia!, Brothers, 3:10 to Yuma, Grown Ups and Dear John .
With Kavanaugh at the helm, Relativity is now an established media and entertainment company engaged in creating, financing and distributing first-class, studio-quality entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms. Relativity has produced, distributed and/or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures generating more than $16 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations.
Kavanaugh received the 2009 Hollywood Producer of the Year Award at the 13 Annual Hollywood Awards gala. Daily Variety published a special issue honoring Kavanaugh as a billion-dollar producer. In 2010, The Hollywood Reporter bestowed its Leadership Award to Kavanaugh and devoted a special issue to his career. He has also been named Variety’s Showman of the Year for 2011 and was honored at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. Kavanaugh was also named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40: Most Influential People in Business” and Forbes’ “Future 400: Ones to Watch.”
Kavanaugh has created business and financial structures for a number of studios, production companies and producers, introducing more than $10 billion in capital to these structures. During Relativity’s first year of operation, Kavanaugh executed a groundbreaking finance deal for Marvel Studios that led them to launch the successful Iron Man film franchise. He went on to structure business deals for companies as Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. and many others.
Kavanaugh has acquired a wealth of strategic assets, including the marketing and distribution operations of Overture Films, the film unit of John MaloneÕs Liberty Media/Starz. He reached a first-of-its-kind pay television deal with Netflix. In addition, Kavanaugh forged a marketing and production partnership with Richard BransonÕs Virgin brands, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Produced, in which Relativity owns a stake. Kavanaugh also brokered an innovative cross- platform marketing partnership with Clear Channel Radio, the leading media company in America with more reach in the U.S. than any radio or television outlet.
Kavanaugh was also instrumental in launching Relativity’s historic partnership with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. to become equal partners in SkyLand Entertainment and handle the production and distribution of films in China and the U.S. This joint venture is the first and only government-sanctioned pact of its kind.
TUCKER TOOLEY (Executive Producer) is the co-president of Relativity Media and oversees day-to-day operations alongside president and CFO Steve Bertram. He also oversees Relativity’s film slate. In September 2011, Tooley was promoted from his previous post as president of worldwide production.
Since joining the company in 2007, Tooley has teamed with Ryan Kavanaugh to build the single-picture films division into a full-fledged studio that develops, finances, produces, acquires and distributes eight to 10 films per year. Tooley most recently worked on the company’s untitled Snow White project, 21 and Over and Steven SoderberghÕs Haywire.
Tooley has also executive-produced such films as Neil Burger’s Limitless , starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro; David O. Russell’s The Fighter, with Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo; and Lasse HallstršmÕs Dear John , starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.
During TooleyÕs time at Relativity, the company’s single-picture films division has earned recognition with Golden Globe and Oscar nods for such films as The Fighter, Brothers and Nine. In 2009, Tooley was honored with the Ischia Global Film Festival’s Executive of the Year Award.
Prior to joining Relativity, Tooley served as CEO of Tooley Productions. There, he independently produced television shows and feature films for more than a decade. Tooley was able to consistently produce commercial films, package A-list talent and deliver films both on budget and on schedule. His credits include Shadowboxer, starring Helen Mirren and directed by Lee Daniels, and the critically acclaimed Felon, directed by Ric Roman Waugh.
In 1999, Tooley established production shingle Newman/Tooley Films with then- producing partner Vincent Newman. Over the next seven years, the duo produced a successful slate of both independent and studio films, working with much of the top talent in Hollywood.
Tooley began his producing career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
TOMMY TURTLE (Executive Producer) guides and collaborates with directors, creative talent and clients to develop and produce the next generation of entertainment for his company, @radical.media. In collaboration with brands and agencies, Turtle works deftly across multiple forms of media and across all delivery platforms imaginable, constantly exploring and expanding the boundaries.
In his role as executive producer, Turtle’s breadth of experience spans international television production, live entertainment, digital platforms, feature films and literally hundreds of award-winning TV commercials produced in over 70 countries. Throughout his 20 -year career as producer and executive producer, Turtle has worked with directors such as Tarsem Singh, Terry Gilliam, Antony Hoffman, Lenny Dorfman and Chris Milk.
Included in his extensive list of award-winning commercials are spots for brands such as Pepsi, Nike, Orange, Mastercard, Gatorade, Coca Cola, Adidas, HSBC, Guinness, Sony, Toyota and GM, to name but a few. His experience means Turtle is often the first choice for projects that demand experience on the global stage, sometimes in extreme conditions. So far this has encompassed filming far and wide, in areas ranging from the deserts of Namibia and the Sahara to the Arctic Circle and even the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, for a recent TV special (Summit on the Summit).
As @radical.media has continued to break new ground in the global arena, Turtle’s international experience and expertise have seen him involved in the development of new business opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including the opening of @radical.mediaÕs London and Shanghai offices.
With his directing partner Tarsem Singh, Turtle has also produced the feature films The Cell and The Fall. He collaborated with David Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Turtle produced the sequences that needed to be shot in distant locations such as India and Cambodia.
The producer considers it his ongoing challenge to further establish and develop opportunities in the entertainment arena from a truly global perspective.
JEFF G. WAXMAN (Executive Producer, Line Producer) has an enviable track record in the motion picture industry. He is a quintessential industry hyphenate, having worked as an executive producer, producer, co-producer, line producer, production supervisor and director on acclaimed motion pictures. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s most revered talent, including actors Anthony Hopkins, Jamie Foxx, Christopher Walken, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler, as well as directors such as Michael Mann, Sidney Lumet, David O. Russell, Tony Kaye, Taylor Hackford and F. Gary Gray.
Waxman’s recent projects for Relativity include The Fighter, for which Waxman served as co-producer, and Law Abiding Citizen, the 2009 hit he co-produced for The Film Department.
Before Law Abiding Citizen, Waxman gained other freelance credits including associate producer on Reign Over Me (2007), starring Adam Sandler, and production supervisor on Michael Mann’s Miami Vice (2006), starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
Leading up to his current producing career, Waxman worked with several production companies. As the head of production for Capitol Films, Waxman oversaw films like Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke; Five Dollars a Day, starring Christopher Walken; Black Water Transit , starring Laurence Fishburne; and Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch, starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.
Prior to his move to Capitol, Waxman was senior vice president of production for Los Angeles-based Cutting Edge Entertainment, presiding over several important pictures such as Joe Carnahan’s highly acclaimed crime drama Narc (2002) starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric, which Waxman co-executive produced with Tom Cruise.
Waxman also produced The Devil and Daniel Webster (a.k.a. Shortcut to Happiness) for Cutting Edge, which starred Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Anthony Hopkins, and marked Baldwin’s directorial debut. Additional credits with Cutting Edge include In the Shadows, starring James Caan and Cuba Gooding, Jr.; Cutaway, starring Tom Berenger and Ron Silver; and Fait Accompli , starring Rosanna Arquette and Michael Madsen.
In 1996, Waxman received his first directing credit and also produced the concert film Freebird , which documented the critically acclaimed Southern -rock band Lynyr d Skynyrd. Waxman’s film chronicled the original members’ heyday, including the events leading up to their tragic plane crash in 1977.
Waxman began his career supervising a number of films for Connecticut-based Cabin Fever Entertainment including The Hunter’s Moon, starring Burt Reynolds, and a pair of Houston Film Festival Gold Award winners: 1995’s Painted Hero, starring Dwight Yoakam and Bo Hopkins, and 1994’s Sioux City, starring and directed by Lou Diamond Phillips.
Waxman was born in Queens, New York, and now lives on Long Island with his wife, Lauren, and their two children.
BRENDAN GALVIN (Director of Photography) began his career shooting music videos and commercials, most notably collaborating with directors Tarsem Singh and John Moore. GalvinÕs first feature film assignment came in 2000 when he shot Steve Barron’s dark comedy Rat.
John MooreÕs directorial debut Behind Enemy Lines, starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson, marked GalvinÕs breakthrough as director of photography. He has since shot Joel SchumacherÕs Veronica Guerin, Jonathan FrakesÕ Thunderbirds and John MooreÕs follow-up feature, Flight of the Phoenix.
TOM FODEN (Production Designer) has worked on a wide range of feature films, commercials and award-winning music videos for some of the world’s biggest musical stars. His talent for creating a stunning, eye-catching aesthetic has led him to work with some of Hollywood’s best directors on an array of visually stunning films.
FodenÕs credits include M. Night ShyamalanÕs The Village, Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men , Gus Van SantÕs Psycho and Mark RomanekÕs One Hour Photo.
Foden worked with director Tarsem Singh on The Cell, which was nominated for an ADG Award. For @radical.media, the two have also collaborated on commercials for Pepsi, Acura and Nokia.
Working on commercials for ESPN Mobile, Nike, Motorola, Lexus and HBO, Foden has collaborated with directors Roman Coppola, Robert Rodriguez, Stacy Wall and Mark Romanek. He is well known for his work on music videos, including one for Hanson that was directed by Gus Van Sant.
Foden often works closely with director Mark Romanek, designing videos for Nine Inch Nails, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz that were nominated for or won MTV Video Music Awards. Working with Jake Scott, Foden has helped to create videos for Soundgarden, Madonna, U2 and Radiohead.
STUART LEVY, A.C.E. (Editor) has lent his editing talents to a variety of film and television projects. He has worked on two of Oliver Stone’s films, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Any Given Sunday. His other film credits include Antti Jokinen’s The Resident, Tim Story’s Hurricane Season, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin’s Nim’s Island, William Maher’s Sleepwalking and Wes Craven’s Red Eye. Levy was nominated for an A.C.E. Award for his work on Brett Morgen’s documentary Chicago 10.
Levy has also edited two TV pilots, “Faceless” for FOX and “The Dennis” for NBC. He edited the promotional trailers for Gummo and Monument Ave. He worked on three music videos for director Ted Demme and worked with Denis Leary on the music video “Love Barge.”
EIKO ISHIOKA (Costume Designer) is a multidisciplinary designer whose internationally acclaimed work for stage, film, advertising and graphic design have made her one of the world’s premier visual artists. Her long list of accolades includes an Academy Award for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula and the Award for Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival for her production design of the film Mishima. She won Outer Critics’ Circle Awards and Tony Award ® nominations for the sets and costumes of the Broadway play “M. Butterfly.” Ishioka received a Grammy Award for her artwork on Miles Davis’ album “Tutu.”
Ishioka’s creative vision has made its indelible mark on e verything from Hollywood to the Olympics. She designed the costumes for the film The Cell, directed by Tarsem Singh; directed a music video for the singer Bjšrk; designed the costumes for Pierre Audi’s production of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” at De Nederlandse Opera; created racing wear for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City; and in 2003 designed the team logo for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, which is still in use today. Ishioka was also the director of costume design for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Ishioka’s costume design for the Cirque du Soleil production “Varekai” earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination. She designed the costumes for the second feature film directed by Tarsem Singh, The Fall, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her costume design work is now seen on Broadway in the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” accompanied by music from Bono and The Edge.
Ishioka is a laureate of the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Her work is included in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among other cultural institutions.
Ishioka has published two retrospectives of her work, Eiko by Eiko in 1983 and Eiko on Stage in 2000, both published by Callaway Editions in New York. In 2005 , she published I Design , a behind-the-scenes account of her work on 12 international projects.
Ishioka was born in Tokyo and resides in New York City.
RAYMOND GIERINGER (Visual Effects Supervisor) has employed his FX magic in a diverse variety of films that range from family movies and comedies to horror. He started out as lead 3-D animator on movies such as David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ, The Planet of Junior Brown and Tarsem Singh’s The Cell.
Other film credits include Adam Shankman’s Hairspray, Marc Forster’s Stranger than Fiction , Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Doug Liman’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, David Fincher’s Panic Room and Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. Gieringer also worked on the Oscar-winning film Chicago as VFX supervisor.