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Georgia Rule
 
Rating: R
Run Time: 113 min
Genre: Drama
Language: English
  Synopsis:
Teenage Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) is a real thorn in the side of her mother, Lilly (Felicity Huffman) . More than just rebellious, she is incorrigible. After Rachel crashes a car, Lilly decides to haul the girl off to a place to which she vowed never to return: Her own mother's (Jane Fonda) Idaho home. Georgia, the family matriarch, lives by a strict code and expects all under her roof to do the same. Given structure and purpose, Rachel's anger at the world begins to subside.
 
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Cast: Jane Fonda, Georgia - Lindsay Lohan, Rachel - Felicity Huffman, Lily - Dermot Mulroney, - Cary Elwes, - Garrett Hedlund, - Felicity Huffman, Lilly - Dermot Mulroney, Simon - Cary Elwes, Arnold - Garrett Hedlund, Harlan - Hector Elizondo, Izzy - Dylan McLaughlin, Sam - Zachary Gordon, Ethan - Laurie Metcalf, Paula - Christine Lakin, Grace Cunningham - Chelsea Swain, June Smith - Rance Howard, Dog Bite Man

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Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
FILM REVIEW: GEORGIA RULE
By Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic
2 stars
In "Georgia Rule," director Garry Marshall and writer Mark Andrus introduce us to three generations of women thrown together in a small, largely Mormon, Idaho town. In descending order, they are feisty grandma Georgia Randall (Jane Fonda), ex-alcoholic San Francisco-based Lilly (Felicity Huffman) and Lilly's rebellious, hell-raising daughter Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) - who has become such a troublemaker that Lilly sends her to live with Grandma Georgia in Hull (rhymes with "dull") for a while.
Georgia's home is a place of unbendable rules (hence the title) and unshakable proprieties. You swear, and your mouth is immediately washed out with soap. And you cross Georgia or do dirt by her daughter and granddaughter, and you get creamed with a baseball bat.
Eventually Lilly shows up, too, after a shocking revelation. So does Rachel's slick stepfather, Arnold (Cary Elwes), and the emotional fireworks keep exploding, with all three ladies scoring some touching or amusing moments. Those three roles are certainly well enough played by the movie's all-star trio. Unfortunately I couldn't buy any of them.
Maybe that's because writer Andrus, who grew up in a small Idaho town himself, often uses his characters for social points (sex and four-letter words aren't so bad, but cruelty and hypocrisy are) rather than to plumb real human traits and eccentricities. He's a blue-state guy paying homage to his old red-state roots, trying with Marshall to turn the show into a melange of red, white and blue sentimentality. I wish they'd succeeded.
The moviemakers do manage to give their stars a lot of big, actress-y moments where they can scream, cry, laugh or make startling confessions. The movie starts in high emotional gear and stays there, with Rachel and Lilly blasting away verbally at each other on the road before Rachel hitchhikes alone to Hull. In Idaho, Rachel, amazingly (and unknowingly) gets a ride from her mother's old beau, Simon the brooding, sexy veterinarian-doctor (Dermot Mulroney).
She also immediately meets Harlan, a hunky Mormon teen (Garrett Hedlund). Harlan will become her only friend in Hull, where the teenage girls are priggish snoops and the teenage boys, including Harlan, are apparently virgins. Nevertheless, the sexually active Rachel, who arrives with full makeup, a batch of novels, a knowledge of Ezra Pound and Bob Dylan, and a wardrobe that looks like, well, Lindsay Lohan's (at least as we imagine it), starts making waves. Everybody tends to gawk and gape at Rachel's duds, as if they'd never seen anything similar on TV.
Yet, no sooner does the Frisco rebel get into an argument with Georgia than the old lady scorches her with our most common four-letter sexual cuss word. It struck me as madly out of character, and this tendency to go for shocks and too-quick laughs often undermines the picture's more serious intent.
I didn't like the movie much, but I've got to admit that Marshall has a knack for this kind of thing. He knows how to play with audiences, even with a script that stretches everything too far. When Lohan's Rachel blurts out the secret that sets off most of the melodrama, it's in a confab with Simon, whom she barely knows. When she introduces Harlan to decidedly non-religious activities in his boat, she barely knows him either. But what's there to know?
Fonda smartly continues her recent comeback; she and Huffman are crafty actresses who hurl themselves into the emotional hurly-burly and make something of it. Lohan (who got bad press on this shoot) is less lucky in her teen femme fatale/emotional victim part, which seems to have been designed to let her run wild on screen and still gain our sympathy.
Maybe "Georgia Rule" should be required viewing for Paris Hilton during her term in the slammer. But not for us.
"Georgia Rule"
Directed by Garry Marshall; screenplay by Mark Andrus; photographed by Karl Walter Lindenlaub; edited by Bruce Green and Tara Timpone; music by John Debney; production design by Albert Brenner; produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson. A Universal release. Running time: 1:53. MPAA rating: R (sexual content and some language).
Georgia - Jane Fonda
Rachel - Lindsay Lohan
Lilly - Felicity Huffman
Simon - Dermot Mulroney
Arnold - Cary Elwes
Harlan - Garrett Hedlund


 
Production Notes:

- Notes provided by Universal Pictures. -

Production Information
"What do you think the rules were?
Why would I waste my time on someone I didn't care about?"

-Georgia
For the past 30 years, director GARRY MARSHALL has mastered the genre of comedy/drama. He has drawn in audiences with his subtle humor and moving scenes, working with A-list talent who say that the filmmaker doesn't direct his movies, he hosts them. From'80s hits including Overboard and Beaches; his '90s box-office smashes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride; and this decade's high-grossing The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Marshall has brought to life characters for audiences to embrace. In turn, he has made household names out of such unforgettable women as Vivian Ward and Mia Thermopolis, also known as Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway.
And now there's Rachel Wilcox.
Three generations of top actresses unite in a film about the power of redemption, freedom in forgiveness and the unbreakable bonds of motherhood-Georgia Rule. And in this family, attitude doesn't skip a generation.
Rebellious teenager Rachel (LINDSAY LOHAN, Mean Girls, A Prairie Home Companion) screams, swears, drinks, says whatever is on her mind and is just generally uncontrollable. With her latest car crash, Rachel has broken the final rule in mom Lilly's (Golden Globe winner FELICITY HUFFMAN, Transamerica, television's Desperate Housewives) San Francisco home. With nowhere else to take the impulsive and rambunctious girl, Lilly hauls her daughter to the one place she swore she'd never return...her own mother's Idaho home.
Matriarch Georgia (two-time Oscar® winner JANE FONDA, Monster-in-Law, 9 to 5) is not your typical sweet and doting grandmother. She lives her life by a number of unbreakable rules, demanding that anyone she invites into her home do the same-God comes first and hard work a very close second. Now saddled with raising the young woman, it will require each patient breath she takes to understand the reasons behind Rachel's fury.
But as Rachel succumbs to her summer of misery and starts to shake up the tiny town, Georgia notices something is changing within her granddaughter. Given structure and responsibilities, she is letting her guard down and learning compassion...especially for her own mother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried secrets and an understanding that, no matter what happens, the family ties that bind them will never be broken.
Joining the accomplished actresses on the screen include DERMOT MULRONEY (The Family Stone, The Wedding Date) as Lilly's old flame, Simon; CARY ELWES (Saw, The Princess Bride) as Lilly's husband and Rachel's stepfather, Arnold; and GARRETT HEDLUND (Four Brothers, Friday Night Lights) as the simple country boy who catches Rachel's eye, Harlan.
The creative team bringing Georgia Rule to the screen includes frequent Marshall collaborators: cinematographer KARL WALTER LINDENLAUB (The Princess Diaries, Maid in Manhattan); editors BRUCE GREEN (Runaway Bride, Just Like Heaven) and TARA TIMPONE (Raising Helen, Blonde Ambition); production designer ALBERT BRENNER (Beaches, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement); costume designer GARY JONES (Raising Helen, Spider-Man 2); and composer JOHN DEBNEY (The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Evan Almighty).
Georgia Rule is written by MARK ANDRUS (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, As Good as It Gets) and produced by JAMES G. ROBINSON (The Good Shepherd, Man of the Year) and DAVID ROBINSON (The Good Shepherd, Two For the Money). The film's executive producers are GUY MCELWAINE (The Good Shepherd), MICHAEL BESMAN (About Schmidt) and KEVIN REIDY (Ever After).


ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Creating the Rules:
Georgia is Born

"Everyone's savable. That's the rule."
-Georgia
Screenwriter Mark Andrus wanted to craft a script that told the tale of a place and a people he knew intimately: rural Idaho. The co-writer of James Brooks' As Good as It Gets, Andrus grew up in a Mormon family, and he hoped to realistically portray that world of deep spiritual devotion, hard work and close family...and the humor that comes from the interplay. Georgia Rule was that story.
Morgan Creek CEO and one of the film's producers, James G. Robinson, was interested in developing a project that wasn't cookie cutter in its approach; he responded to the dynamics among the strong personalities of Andrus' screenplay. "Anyone who's been married or raised daughters understands what goes on between these women, particularly if the girl is a teenager. I thought it would be a lot of fun to produce this, and everything fell into place. Mark wrote a great script. We had Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan to star, and Garry Marshall to direct. All three bases were covered: good story, good director, good cast."
Garry Marshall recalls that he was curious to work on a movie that explored forgiveness and "trusting what your child says." Marshall says, "Usually, I do comedy/drama. Georgia Rule is drama/comedy, so it was a new switch for me." His interest in the material was not selfless, however. As he admits, "It's nice to work with beautiful women who can act and have talent."
Marshall says that he has always felt a knack at eliciting solid performances from actors of a younger generation, and he felt this project would be no exception. "From Julia who was 22 in Pretty Woman to Anne who was 18 in Princess Diaries-and here's Lindsay, 20, right in the middle of my picture-I seem to understand them."
The story arc of the main protagonist, Rachel Wilcox, intrigued the director. Andrus had written a hot-headed wild child who was out of control in her San Francisco home. Her disruptions had finally led her mother to drag her kicking and screaming to a tiny, boring town in Idaho for some much needed grandmotherly discipline. Marshall liked the fact that this 18-year-old granddaughter would test everyone.
"Rachel goes to this small town in Idaho called Hull," the director notes. "I made up the town name, because Hull rhymes with dull, and that's what she's looking forward to in this place."
Fictional town, shooting script and financing in place, it was time to cast three women who could give performances that would draw laughs and tears from the audience. Enter Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan and Felicity Huffman.
Casting the Film
"You don't look evil."
-Rachel
"Makeup helps."
-Georgia
First attached to the project was Lindsay Lohan. The actor had made her mark in a string of successful comedies over the past decade, but she began widening her range with key roles in 2006's Bobby and A Prairie Home Companion. Recalls Lohan of her attraction to the part of Rachel: "The script reminded me of Ann-Margret's character in one of my favorite films, Kitten With a Whip. She was very Lolita-esque as well."
Lohan was curious to understand Rachel's choices and what landed her in Hull- friendless, desperately hurt and seething mad. "Rachel doesn't understand the difference between love and sex in a lot of ways," she reflects. "I think it's important to play a character so any girl or boy that has ever gone through a situation like this can hopefully learn from."
Lohan had actually worked on a Garry Marshall film before, but in the case of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, she lent her vocal talents to the soundtrack, singing "I Decide" for the comedy.
Of the chance to work with Oscar® winner Fonda, Lohan was a bit starstruck. The actor laughs, "I dressed as her in Barbarella for Halloween one year...it's a very small world. I just feel very lucky to work with people I've always admired."
After Lohan signed on, Robinson convinced Marshall to become attached to Georgia Rule. Soon, the director, producers and the casting director would choose the other players, starting with Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. Robinson relates, "I feel that part of the reason the chemistry was right was because each of the three women understand and play their characters so well."
Jane Fonda (oddly enough, a Georgia resident) chose the role of the title character as a chance to work with Marshall and bring writer Andrus' words to the screen. With her hit Monster-in-Law recently under her belt, the actor was certainly back and at the top of her game. Producer Robinson believes, "Jane came onboard because she believed in the role, she liked Garry Marshall and she liked the challenge of working on this movie."
Fonda notes, "Mark observes characters beautifully, and this is a character-driven story about three generations of women who are all multidimensional. They have humor as well as pathos and depth."
She appreciated the fact that though Georgia "didn't know how to be a mother to her daughter, she's ready to be a better grandmother. I'm a grandmother now, and I know how very often as parents we can find it easier to be intimate with other people than with our own children. Sometimes grandchildren provide us with a second chance.
"Georgia's been pretty happy for 13 years," Fonda continues. "So there she is, quite happy with her rules and, suddenly everything falls apart. The two other generations of women intrude on her life, and the ghosts of the past come back to be healed."
Fonda was also impressed by the caliber of talent that came with her on-screen granddaughter. She compliments, "Lindsay's raw and has an ability to access her emotions that's very beautiful. She's made me cry several times when I gave her the offstage lines; she's very moving."
The role of Lilly, Rachel's alcoholic mother and Georgia's distant daughter, went to Felicity Huffman. It was a challenge for the actor, who was simultaneously filming her television show Desperate Housewives during the weekdays. Notes Huffman, "I thought the characters were rich and true and three-dimensional and funny and heartbreaking."
She found working with the women who played her daughter and mother especially moving. Of Fonda's acting camaraderie, Huffman commends, "Here's a woman that has a resume as long as my body and two Academy Awards® and she comes in and asks me, `What do you think?'"
Lindsay Lohan would also strike her as powerful. The actor remarks, "Lindsay moves from being dangerous to wounded. You're always waiting to see where it's going to come from. That's a great game to play when it almost turns into emotional improv."
The theater-trained performer had fans of her own on set. Cary Elwes, who plays Lilly's odious husband and Rachel's nemesis, Arnold, remembers, "Felicity is an extraordinary actor. She always manages to bring a wonderful level of strength and fragility to her roles. She is also fearless, and that is always fun to play off."
For the character of Simon, the filmmakers cast actor Dermot Mulroney, (a fellow Northwestern University alum of director Marshall). The director notes, "We were looking for a Sam Shepard-type, and Dermot fell into this role. Simon becomes in Rachel's life what her father who ran away didn't become."
Simon plays veterinarian to the wounded animals and family physician to the sick citizens of Hull, Idaho. To prepare for the part, Mulroney was actually given a brief tutoring lesson on basic medicine. The actor offers, "I received a `how to fake doing the stitches' lesson, so I'm pretty good on that."
Veteran actor Cary Elwes was brought in to play Arnold. Of casting a performer to play a distasteful character, Marshall admits, "It is a tough role, so a number of actors avoided it. And lo and behold, Cary Elwes came and was quite good. He wasn't afraid of it. He said, `Let me try it,' and he made contributions to the script I thought were excellent."
Elwes was interested in the script because he felt the "main themes of this story are really secrets and lies. And it is common knowledge that families that harbor these inevitably provide a breeding ground for dysfunction. Arnold is a perfect example of someone who, being weak himself, exploits weakness in others."
Finally, newcomer Garrett Hedlund was cast as Harlan, the naive boy who doesn't know what to make of Rachel and her charms. Hedlund hails from the region of the country where George Rule is set and could easily relate to the farm boy. Of his character's growing relationship with Rachel, Hedlund comments: "It's the red zone for Harlan...he can't go there. He's got a girl, and he's about to be married. This is out-ofbounds territory."
Casting completed with such favorites as longtime Marshall friends Hector Elizondo and Laurie Metcalf in key supporting roles, it was time to start filming. Marshall dryly jokes, "When in doubt, you bring in friends and relatives; you can always pick on relatives. Nepotism is a part of my work."
Jane Fonda best synopsizes the cast and crew's strong draw to the story. She explains: "Imagine this quiet, sleepy town in Idaho-a town where everybody knows everybody. The boys are all virgins until they get married, and they go away to do their mission work for the Mormon Church. Suddenly, this creature from outer space appears. Nobody's seen anything like her, and it's hard to know what to make of her because she's also smart and funny and provocative and outrageous."
120 Degrees in the Shade: Filming Georgia
"And then it dawned on me, just a while ago, that the only weapon I have left- I've used every other-is my love for you."
-Lilly
Georgia Rule was filmed on location throughout Southern California. From the foothills of Monrovia in the San Gabriel Valley and Santa Paula in Ventura County to Stage 7 at the Sunset and Gower Studios in Hollywood and the city of Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles, key locales were selected to create the fictitious city of Hull.
While scheduling requirements for the actors necessitated that the shoot remain close to Los Angeles, Marshall and his production crew needed a place with lakes and mountains that could mirror the beauty of a simple hometown in the Midwest. They found that in Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Valley and Franklin Canyon Lake, in the heart of the city of Los Angeles.
Dermot Mulroney offers, "Once you're an hour outside of the city, some of these countrysides are really rugged and remote. With the mountains in the background, they look as much like a country road as the country roads in Idaho do."
Much of the action of the film takes place in Simon's veterinary-human doctor's office, where Rachel's grandmother puts her to work. Country and simple in scope, Simon's office reflects the types of patients he serves, with pictures of hunting dogs, children's artwork and school trophies littered about.
Simon's bachelor pad is as simple as his office, yet indicative of his life as a widower. With cheap impressionist reprints, unfinished jigsaw puzzles on the tables and well-worn remembrances of his dead wife and child allowing him to hold on to the past, the second-floor condo is lifeless...until Rachel arrives.
Rachel and Lilly find themselves temporarily housed at 247 Hillview Street, Georgia Randall's home that Lilly left 13 years earlier. Georgia's well-tended garden, porch-complete with rustic swing-and lush ferns serve as exterior to her two-story bungalow.
As the younger women walk into the interior of Georgia's house, they see little has changed in her world since the time Lilly left. Records from Glen Campbell to The Four Lads are played nightly. Georgia still showcases her vases and Bluebirds of Happiness collection, and the same mosaic-print table runners fill her living and dining rooms. The kitchen is simple and plain, complete with placards reminding us to "Count Your Blessings" and plants, including mother-in-law's tongues (irony intended), lining the shelves.
Rachel will spend much of this summer of renewal in her mom's room. Just as she has in the rest of her cottage, Georgia hasn't changed much since Lilly left home all those years ago. From the Janis Joplin and Doors posters on the wall to the clown figurines Lilly collected as a girl, the room remains a quiet memorial to the child who once lived there.
Fonda remarks, "One of the stars of the show is small-town America. Some people might feel claustrophobic in it, but I think it works magic on this young girl who's so lost."
One unwelcome star was the overpowering heat that became another cast member during the shoot. Lindsay Lohan laughs of the scene that opens the film: "It was 120 degrees outside! I'm walking barefoot outside on really hot pavement in a desert, and Felicity is in the scene in a Mercedes with the air conditioning on."
Felicity Huffman agrees with her on-screen daughter about the outrageous temperature. "It was 120 degrees! We were way up in the Sierras, and everyone was dying. Then there's Garry, with his Popsicle, moving around for 15-hour days and directing brilliantly."
The temperatures would prove unbearable at times, but the director felt it added to the camaraderie on set...though he drops the mercury by a few degrees. "A 110-degree heat! Even the most temperamental people tend to gather together in the shade. It was a shade-related melding of this cast, because they were so hot they would stand under anything that gave them relief."
With no on-set casualties from a 2006 summer shoot in sunny Southern California, the production would wrap with crew and cast temperatures sufficiently cooled. Marshall took it all in stride. "I like to be the kind of person who stands at the edge of the cliff," he comments, "and I let them all try things. If they're going to fall off the cliff, then I say, `No, don't go there.'"
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Three generations of women came together to film this story, and it is fitting that the senior member of their group concludes our notes with her reflections on her character: "I've been around long enough so that I can see through the faade, and I can see in this wild granddaughter of mine something that's worth saving," Fonda says. "She's basically a good girl, but she's just lost it. And I feel the way her mother intuitively does."
Of his hopes for his picture, director Marshall concludes: "I did a picture years ago called Nothing in Common, with Jackie Gleason and Tom Hanks; it was about a father-son relationship. And wherever I traveled people said, `You know, after I saw that, I called my father. I haven't talked to him in 10 years, but I called up my father.' I hope Georgia Rule will bring families a little closer together. Call the grandma. Call the mother. Call the daughter. She's not really the worst child in the history of the world."
James G. Robinson presents a Morgan Creek Production of a film by Garry Marshall: Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman in Georgia Rule, starring Dermot Mulroney, Cary Elwes, Garrett Hedlund. Casting for the film is by Pam Dixon Mickelson CSA. The music supervisor is Dawn Solr, and music is by John Debney. The co-producer is Bonnie Timmermann. The costume designer is Gary Jones; the production designer is Albert Brenner. Georgia Rule is edited by Bruce Green, ACE, and Tara Timpone. The director of photography is Karl Walter Lindenlaub, ASC, bvk. The film's executive producers are Guy McElwaine, Michael Besman and Kevin Reidy. The film is written by Mark Andrus. Georgia Rule is produced by James G. Robinson and David Robinson, and it is directed by Garry Marshall. (C)2007 Universal Studios. www.georgiarulemovie.net


ABOUT THE CAST
Having enjoyed tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, JANE FONDA (Georgia) now focuses much of her time on activism and social change-with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda chairs this statewide effort to reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community, youth and family development, sustainable economic development and legislative advocacy.
Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights and the empowerment of women and girls. Among the scores of community projects she has spearheaded is the Laurel Springs Children's Camp. This summer program ran for 15 years at her ranch in Santa Barbara, California, using performing arts to build self-esteem and cooperation among children of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
In 2000, Fonda traveled to Nigeria and produced a film in collaboration with the International Women's Health Coalition, entitled Generation 2000: Changing Girls' Realities.
Fonda is a member of the Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations; the board of The Women's Media Center, which she helped found in 2004; GreenStone Media, the women-owned, women-run national women's talk radio network which launched in fall of 2006; and the Advisory Board of the Native American Rights Fund. Additionally, she sits on The V-Counsel of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops.
At the Emory School of Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health, which engages in research, education and training activities that have the potential for creating needed social change, as well as enhancing service delivery to children, youth and families, including adolescent reproductive health. In addition, Fonda's gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health.
In 1994, Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Her subsequent work on stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars® (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker. Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her additional credits include The China Syndrome, 9 to 5, Rollover, On Golden Pond and The Morning After.
Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda's Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings and 5 books-selling a total of 16 million copies. The original Jane Fonda's Workout video remains the top-grossing home video of all time.
In May 2005, Random House published Fonda's memoirs, My Life So Far, which immediately went to No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. That same spring, Monster-in-Law, her first film in 15 years, also became a No. 1 box-office hit, making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have a No. 1 book and a No. 1 movie.
Fonda is an avid reader, hiker, fly fisherwoman and yoga enthusiast. She lives in Atlanta along with her daughter Vanessa Vadim and her two grandchildren. Her son, Troy Garity, lives in Los Angeles and is an actor.
Green-eyed, auburn-haired LINDSAY LOHAN (Rachel) burst onto the scene playing twins in Nancy Meyers' The Parent Trap, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson. To rave reviews, she later starred in Freaky Friday, along with Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tina Fey's cult-hit Mean Girls. Lohan recently wrapped production on the thriller I Know Who Killed Me and is currently filming The Best Time of Our Lives, with Keira Knightley.
This past year, Lohan appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, with Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin; Chapter 27, opposite Jared Leto; and Emilio Estevez's Bobby, for which she was bestowed the Breakthrough Actress award at the Hollywood Film Festival in October 2006. Also in 2006, she won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Actress. In 2004, Lohan hosted the MTV Movie Awards and won the award for Female Breakout Star for her performance in Mean Girls. The same year, she received Teen Choice awards for Choice Movie Actress and Choice Breakout Movie Star.
In addition to being a critically acclaimed actress, in 2004 Lohan released her platinum-selling debut album "Speak," from Universal Records. Universal also produced her most recent album, "A Little More Personal (Raw)."
FELICITY HUFFMAN (Lilly) has proven herself as an exceptional actress in both dramatic and comedic roles. The last year has been a prolific one, with an Academy Award® nomination for her stunning performance in Transamerica, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Independent Spirit Award for the same role. Huffman has also been honored with an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Desperate Housewives.
Huffman can currently be seen starring as Lynette Scavo on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives on Sunday nights at 9:00 PM EST. The cast won the 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and most recently won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Huffman was also nominated for Best Actress in a Television Comedy for Desperate Housewives.
On the big screen, she was most recently seen starring in the critically acclaimed Weinstein Company film Transamerica. The film, which was written and directed by Duncan Tucker, was the first-ever acquisition for the company and starred Huffman as Bree, a transgendered woman who embarks on a journey across country with her newly discovered son. In addition to the Oscar® nomination, Huffman won a Golden Globe an Independent Spirit Award for the role. She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, was awarded Best Actress by the National Board of Review and received a nomination for Best Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Multiple film festivals have screened the film, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Huffman received Best Actress awards from the Tribeca Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the Aspen Film Festival and the Florida International Film Festival and was honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She was also honored by Movieline's Hollywood Life with its award for breakthrough performance
In 2004, Huffman appeared in the feature film Christmas With the Kranks, which starred Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. She also appeared in Raising Helen, which starred Kate Hudson and John Corbett.
On the small screen, Huffman was seen in 2004 in the television movie Reversible Errors, with William H. Macy, Tom Selleck and Monica Potter. Her television movie credits include Out of Order; the critically acclaimed Door to Door, starring William H.
Macy; Path to War, starring Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland; The Heart Department; Harrison: Cry of the City; Quicksand: No Escape; The Heart of Justice; The Water Engine; and The Underworld. Other television credits include Chicago Hope; The X-Files; Law & Order; Bedtime; and appearances as a series regular on The Human Factor; the ABC series Sports Night; Thunder Alley; Early Edition; Jules; and The Golden Years.
Huffman is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, an off-Broadway theater company in which she has been featured in numerous plays including Dangerous Corner, Shaker Heights and The Joy of Definitely Going Somewhere. Among her other stage credits are Oh Hell, directed by Greg Mosher at the Lincoln Center Theatre; Boy's Life, directed by William H. Macy; The Loop; and Grotesque Love Songs. Huffman also appeared in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. She received an OBIE Award for her portrayal of Donnie in Mamet's Cryptogram.
Huffman resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor/director William H. Macy.
DERMOT MULRONEY (Simon) can most recently be seen in David Fincher's Zodiac, based on Robert Graysmith's book about the lives and careers of the detectives and news journalists who search for the notorious 1970s San Francisco serial killer. The film also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. In June, he will star opposite Elisabeth Shue in the independent drama Gracie, directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Mulroney's recent credits include The Family Stone, a romantic comedy for Fox in which he starred opposite Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson and Rachel McAdams; Warner Bros.' romantic comedy Must Love Dogs, with Diane Lane and John Cusack; Universal Pictures' romantic comedy The Wedding Date, with Debra Messing; and David Gordon Green's Undertow, with Jamie Bell and Josh Lucas. He also appeared in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt, co-starring Jack Nicholson and Hope Davis; and in The Safety of Objects, an ensemble film adapted from the A.M. Homes short-story collection of the same name, in which he starred with Glenn Close, Patricia Clarkson, Joshua Jackson and Timothy Olyphant.
Additional credits include My Best Friend's Wedding, opposite Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz; the Nicole Holofcener film Lovely & Amazing, co-starring Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn and Emily Mortimer; Griffin & Phoenix, with Amanda Peet; Trixie, opposite Brittany Murphy and Emily Watson; Goodbye Lover, with Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres, directed by Roland Joff; Where the Money Is, opposite Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino; The Trigger Effect, with Elisabeth Shue; Kansas City, with Jennifer Jason Leigh; Copycat, opposite Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver; Tom DiCillo's Living in Oblivion, opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener; How to Make an American Quilt, with Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Capshaw, Dr. Maya Angelou and Alfre Woodard.
Mulroney's earlier work includes the following: critically acclaimed performances in Longtime Companion and Where the Day Takes You; Samantha, with Martha Plimpton; Staying Together, with Stockard Channing; Peter Bogdanovich's The Thing Called Love, which also starred River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock; Young Guns, with Kiefer Sutherland; Point of No Return, with Bridget Fonda; Bad Girls, opposite Andie MacDowell, Madeleine Stowe and Drew Barrymore; the Blake Edwards comedy Sunset; and Career Opportunities, opposite Jennifer Connelly.
His television work includes a multi-episode guest-starring role on the hit NBC comedy Friends; the HBO film Long Gone; ABC's four-hour drama Family Pictures, with Anjelica Huston; the TNT feature The Heart of Justice; the ABC movie-of-the-week Daddy; CBS' Unconquered, in which he starred as football and track star Richmond Flowers; the CBS movie-of-the-week Sin of Innocence; and the CBS Schoolbreak Special Toma-The Drug Knot.
Throughout his career, veteran actor CARY ELWES (Arnold) has turned in an array of outstanding, eclectic performances. Elwes just wrapped production on The Alphabet Killer, set for release this fall; and the psychological thriller Psych: 9, in which he stars as Dr. Clement, a physician trying to help a young woman confront her traumatic past.
Elwes made his cinematic debut in Marek Kanievska's film Another Country, based on the award-winning play, and followed up with a starring role in the highly acclaimed historical drama Lady Jane, alongside Helena Bonham Carter. He then turned in a memorable portrayal as Westley in Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale The Princess Bride, a film that won over audiences across the globe. Other film credits include the hit psychological thriller Saw; the Academy Award®-winning war epic Glory; Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Twister; Liar Liar; Kiss the Girls; and Shadow of the Vampire.
On the small screen, Elwes recently guest-starred in a gripping episode of Law & Order: SVU as a mob lawyer whose family is viciously attacked. In addition, he portrayed the young pope in CBS' telepic Pope John Paul II. Previous television credits include the Golden Globe award-winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, The Riverman, Uprising and a recurring role as FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer on the final season of The X-Files.
Elwes was born and raised in London before moving to the States in his teens. He attended college in upstate New York and went on to study at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute. However, it was back in his native England where Elwes began his film career. He later returned to New York before eventually relocating to Los Angeles.
GARRETT HEDLUND (Harlan) made an auspicious motion picture debut as part of the all-star cast in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy, the big-budget movie based on The Iliad, Homer's epic account of the Trojan War and the bloody battle between the Achaeans and Trojans. Hedlund, who portrayed Patroclus, Achilles' teenage cousin who aspires to become a warrior, co-starred opposite Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger.
Hedlund will next be seen in Death Sentence, for 20th Century Fox.
Hedlund was most recently seen in the film Eragon, co-starring with Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich; Paramount Pictures' Four Brothers, costarring with Mark Wahlberg, Andr Benjamin and Tyrese Gibson for director John Singleton; and Universal Pictures' Friday Night Lights, directed by Peter Berg and produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. Hedlund starred as tailback Don Billingsley, co-starring with Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black and Tim McGraw.
Only 18 when he debuted in Petersen's epic film, Hedlund was born in northern Minnesota and spent his high school years in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began taking private acting classes while in high school and prepared by reading screenplays of older films, watching those films on video, then pretending he was auditioning for one of the roles in the film. He also spent countless hours reading the Hollywood trade papers at his local bookstore, as well as calling agents in Los Angeles. He graduated from high school a semester early and immediately packed his bags and headed for Hollywood.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Since his career began in the late 1950s, GARRY MARSHALL (Directed by) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most respected writers, producers and directors of television, film and theater and is still going strong today.
Among his many film directing credits, Marshall directed the box-office hit Pretty Woman, with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere; Frankie & Johnny, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino; Beaches, with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; Overboard, with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; Nothing in Common, with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason; The Flamingo Kid, with Matt Dillon; The Other Sister, with Diane Keaton; Runaway Bride, the box-office hit that reunited Marshall with two old friends, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts; and The Princess Diaries, which was a box-office success and his first "G" picture, starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. In addition, he directed two movies in 2004: Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson and Joan Cusack, and another box-office success, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, with the same wonderful cast as before.
Marshall has helped launch the careers of such well-known Hollywood personalities as Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Matt Dillon, his sister Penny Marshall, Jason Alexander, Henry Winkler, Mayim Bialik, Crystal Bernard, Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, and, most recently, Chris Pine from The Princess Diaries
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A Bronx native and a Northwestern University journalism graduate, Marshall has created and executive produced some of the longest-running and most celebrated sitcoms in American television history. Among these are Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple and Mork & Mindy.
In 1983, he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and Publicists Guild Motion Picture Showmanship Award for Film and Television. In 1995, he was voted the Valentine Davies Award winner by his fellow writers of the Writers Guild of America. In November 1997, Marshall was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Television Academy Hall of Fame. He was honored by Washington, D.C.'s National Italian American Foundation in 2002.
As an actor, Marshall has played many notable roles, including the casino owner in Lost in America; head of the network in Soapdish; team owner Mr. Harvey in A League of Their Own; Mr. Gold in The Twilight of the Golds, with Faye Dunaway; the network head and Candice Bergen's boss on TV's Murphy Brown; and, most recently, Irwin in his son's directorial debut, Keeping up With the Steins.
In 2005, Marshall took a turn and directed his first opera, Jacques Offenbach's Grand Duchess, starring Frederica von Stade, which opened the season for the Los Angeles Opera. He will direct a second, Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) for the San Antonio Opera in January 2008.
Adams Publishing released Marshall's autobiography Wake Me When It's Funny, which he wrote with his daughter Lori in 1995. Newmarket Press released it in paperback version in 1997.
Also, in 1997, Marshall followed his dream by building a 130-seat live theater space with his daughter Kathleen in Burbank, California. The Falcon Theatre has flourished since its opening.
JAMES G. ROBINSON's (Produced by) company, Morgan Creek Productions, has been one of the most prolific and successful independent production companies since it was launched in 1988. 2005's Two For the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey; 2006's The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro, and Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams, were the latest films Morgan Creek produced under its deal with Universal Pictures. Robinson recently wrapped production on the comedy Sydney White, starring Amanda Bynes.
Under Robinson's leadership, Morgan Creek has produced an assortment of highly successful and critically acclaimed features including the Young Guns and Major League franchises; the award-winning Enemies, a Love Story; the critically acclaimed Pacific Heights; the blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; the explosive True Romance; the hit comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; and the smash sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
The entertainment business is Robinson's current passion in a progression of successful enterprises. His years as a professional photographer provided him with a keen visual sense that serves him well on the creative side of filmmaking. Always the entrepreneur, Robinson seized the opportunity to establish thriving imported-vehicle processing centers on both the East and West coasts. He then went on to acquire a failing Subaru automotive distributorship and transformed it into one of the largest and most successful in North America. At the same time, he secured and developed commercial real estate. It was these undertakings that gave Robinson the 40-plus years of diversified financial expertise and creativity that provide the economic foundation and vision for Morgan Creek's multifaceted entertainment ventures.
In 1984, Robinson entered the entertainment industry when he and Joe Roth produced The Stone Boy, a feature starring Robert Duvall and Glenn Close. Robinson then served as executive producer on two additional projects with Roth: Where the River Runs Black, a touching drama about an Amazon child brought to civilization, and Streets of Gold, a tale of a Russian emigrant's efforts to train two street kids for the U.S. boxing team. Both films were financed by Robinson's production company, International Productions, Inc.
In early 1988, Robinson and Roth formed Morgan Creek Productions. That year saw the release of the highly successful ensemble western Young Guns, followed up the next year with Major League and the critically acclaimed Enemies, a Love Story. But it was Morgan Creek's most ambitious project, the 1991 epic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, that gave the company international clout with one of the year's biggest hits, grossing $400 million at the box office worldwide.
In 1989, Robinson formed Morgan Creek International as a sister company to Morgan Creek, to expand and capitalize on global entertainment opportunities. In addition to releasing Morgan Creek's product overseas, Morgan Creek International acquired and distributed Michael Mann's epic version of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.
In September 1990, Robinson took yet another step in expanding the Morgan Creek entertainment organization and launched the Morgan Creek Music Group. Designed as a full-service, multilabel company active in all phases of the music industry, it maximized the natural synergy between the mediums of film and music. Morgan Creek Records' debut album, the original motion picture soundtrack from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, sold in excess of three million units worldwide. The Bryan Adams single from the soundtrack, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," became a phenomenon, reaching No. 1 in more than 20 countries, while selling over 12-million units.
In 1994, with close to 20 films in the Morgan Creek library, Robinson picked Jim Carrey from the hit show In Living Color to play the role of a quirky private investigator. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective became one of the year's highest-grossing comedies and made Carrey an overnight star. The following year, Carrey reprised his role in the hit sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, which opened to a record weekend of $41 million.
In 2004, Morgan Creek entered into a multiyear partnership with Universal Pictures, whereby the studio releases all Morgan Creek product domestically and, in some territories, internationally. The deal, similar to the one struck with Warner Bros. in 1991, keeps all rights and ownership of the films produced during the agreement in the hands of Robinson and Morgan Creek.
Robinson was honored as Producer of the Year at the 1996 National Association of Theatre Owners' ShoWest Awards.
DAVID ROBINSON (Produced by) recently executive produced Universal Pictures' The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro, as well as Two For the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey and Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams.
As vice president of production for Morgan Creek, he recently completed production on the company's next film, the comedy Sydney White, starring Amanda Bynes in the title role.
While at Morgan Creek, Robinson has executive-produced films such as Exorcist: The Beginning, I'll Be There, Juwanna Mann, American Outlaws, The In Crowd and Chill Factor.
Prior to Georgia Rule, screenwriter MARK ANDRUS (Written by) adapted 2002's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood for the screen. Previous credits for Andrus include 2001's critically acclaimed Life as a House, 1997's As Good as It Gets (with writer/director James L. Brooks) and 1991's Late for Dinner.
GUY McELWAINE (Executive Producer) is not only one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, he is a former chairman of Columbia Pictures and was a founding partner of International Creative Management (ICM), one of the top talent agencies in the world.
The president of Morgan Creek Productions recently executive-produced Two For the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, and The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro and Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams. McElwaine recently wrapped production on Morgan Creek and Universal Pictures' Sydney White, starring Amanda Bynes.
Before joining Morgan Creek, he was president and COO of Trilogy Entertainment Group from 1998 to 2001. Previously, he was vice chairman of ICM and head of the talent agency's Motion Picture Division. He originally joined the forerunner of ICM, CMA, in 1969 and became one of the founding partners when ICM was formed.
He interrupted his stay at CMA for an 18-month term as senior executive vice president in charge of worldwide production for Warner Bros. In that time, he supervised such films as All the President's Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Oh, God!, Barry Lyndon and One on One.
He returned to ICM to run its motion picture activities until 1981, when he left to become president of Columbia Pictures. He was soon promoted to chairman and chief executive officer. During his tenure at Columbia, McElwaine supervised production and distribution of more than 60 films, including Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, A Passage to India and the Academy Award®-winning Gandhi. Other successful films included White Nights, Jagged Edge, Stand by Me, St. Elmo's Fire, Silverado, The Big Chill, Murphy's Romance, Starman, Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, Agnes of God, La Bamba, Blue Thunder and The Toy.
He returned to ICM in 1988 and resumed his position as one of the top agents in the entertainment business. As an agent, he has been responsible for many films, ranging from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Alien trilogy, The Towering Inferno and Basic Instinct.
Before initially joining CMA, McElwaine had his own management and public relations company representing such widely diversified stars as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Warren Beatty, The Righteous Brothers and The Mamas and the Papas.
He was honored in 1986 with the The Big Heart Award from Variety Clubs and in 1985 was voted Motion Picture Executive of the Year by the Motion Pictures Exhibitors Association. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
UCLA Film School graduate MICHAEL BESMAN (Executive Producer) began his entertainment career assisting director Michael Wadleigh on the horror film Wolfen, and then producer Aaron Russo on the Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places. Paramount Pictures made him a production executive in 1983. There, he worked on such films as Witness, Beverly Hills Cop, Summer School, Adventures in Babysitting and Star Trek IV.
The Guber-Peters Entertainment Company hired Besman as a vice president in 1987, and he supervised the blockbuster Batman. Besman followed Guber and Peters to Sony Pictures Entertainment, and they promoted him to executive vice president of production for the TriStar Pictures division. He supervised such films as Sleepless in Seattle, Single White Female, Jumanji, Wings of Courage, Devil in a Blue Dress and As Good as It Gets.
Besman started his producing career in 1997, with Jean-Jacques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt. He followed up with Don Roos' The Opposite of Sex, with Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow. The film earned Independent Spirit awards for best first feature and best screenplay; Kudrow earned the New York Film Critics Circle award for best supporting actress, and the screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award. Besman reteamed with Roos on Bounce, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck.
For New Line, Besman's next production, About Schmidt, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and opened the New York Film Festival. The film won two Golden Globes and was nominated for two acting Academy Awards®. Both the London and Los Angeles film critics voted it best film of 2002.
Besman recently completed the independently financed comedy Careless, starring Colin Hanks and Tony Shalhoub. Upcoming projects include Da Vinci's Mother, starring Diane Keaton; Jump, an original comedy by Mark Andrus with Sarah Jessica Parker; The Sweetest Fig, a fantasy based on Chris Van Allsburg's (Jumanji, The Polar Express) children's book for Columbia Pictures; and the true story of Henry Darger, for director Ed Zwick.
KEVIN REIDY (Executive Producer) has been producing films for almost 20 years. Georgia Rule is his 35th production. His other most recent film, Hoot, with original music by Jimmy Buffett, is now available on DVD.
Reidy executive produced two Carl Franklin films-High Crimes, with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and Out of Time, starring Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes. The seasoned producer first worked with Franklin as an executive on his breakout hit, the 1992 thriller One False Move.
He also served in various producer capacities on the hit fantasy Ever After (coproducer/UPM), starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston; the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (producer/UPM); the Independent Spirit Award-nominated Loved (line producer/UPM); the Rene Zellweger/Vincent D'Onofrio drama The Whole Wide World (producer); and the cult sleeper hit Swimming With Sharks, starring Kevin Spacey (associate producer). He recently completed executive producer duties on Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, the ensemble drama featuring Robert Carlyle, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen and Marisa Tomei. It was an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Before climbing into the producer ranks, Reidy served as unit production manager on such feature films as the Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson hit Shanghai Noon, Mortal Kombat and Overnight Delivery, among others. His work in the television arena includes producing HBO's Cheaters and The Jack Bull and two other telefilms, Natural Selection and Based on an Untrue Story. He also produced the pilot for the WB series Dead Last.
As an executive, the New Jersey native and Stanford Business School and Stanford University graduate served as COO/senior vice president of production at I.R.S. Media. Previously, he worked for Roger Corman as vice president of international production and as casting director, where he completed a dozen features. He also earned a masters degree from the School of Dramatic Arts in Florence, Italy, where he studied under the likes of such acting luminaries as Vittorio Gassman, Anthony Quinn and Jeanne Moreau, among others. He is fluent in Italian and Spanish.
KARL WALTER LINDENLAUB, ASC, bvk, (Director of Photography) was born in Bremen, Germany, and raised in Hamburg. The award-winning cameraman studied his craft at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (Academy of Television & Film in Munich, or HFF, one of Germany's two original film schools) before earning a scholarship to further his studies at England's renowned National Film and Television School.
Following early cinematography credits on student films made at HFF and in the European cinema, Lindenlaub established ongoing associations with such filmmakers as Michael Caton-Jones, Wayne Wang, Garry Marshall, Jon Avnet and fellow German Roland Emmerich, with whom he has collaborated seven times.
Lindenlaub's work with Emmerich includes the sci-fi epics Independence Day and Stargate, as well as Universal Soldier, Moon 44 (which won the German Camera Award for his cinematography), Hollywood-Monster (aka Ghost Chase), Eye of the Storm (which Emmerich executive produced) and his very first feature, Altosax, which he cowrote with Emmerich in 1980 while a student at the Munich academy.
Lindenlaub has also worked with such directors as Jan de Bont, Bob Dolman and, most recently, Paul Verhoeven on Black Book.
BRUCE GREEN, ACE, (Editor) has cut many of Hollywood's critically acclaimed and commercial hits. The long-time Garry Marshall collaborator has worked with the director to create a number of his most memorable films, from both movies in The Princess Diaries series and Raising Helen to Runaway Bride and The Other Sister.
Additionally, Green has edited such comedies and comedy/dramas as Big Momma's House, While You Were Sleeping, Three Fugitives, Punchline, Cool Runnings and Freaky Friday; dramas including Just Like Heaven, Phenomenon and The Doctor; and action-thrillers like The Vanishing and Young Guns II.
The filmmaker began his career as an assistant editor on the seminal adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars. He is a past vice president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and a faculty member of the American Film Institute.
Green's next project will be the Universal Pictures comedy Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and slated for release in 2008.
TARA TIMPONE (Editor) began her career in her hometown of New York City upon graduating from the NYU film and television program. She started out as an assistant to such acclaimed editors as Dee Dee Allen, Claire Simpson, Stephen Rotter and Jerry Greenberg. Under their tutelage, she worked on films directed by Terry Gilliam, Michael Ritchie, Phil Kaufman and Brian De Palma, to name a few. Soon after relocating to Los Angeles, she met writer/director Jake Kasdan and began a long-running collaboration with him, commencing with her editing Zero Effect in 1998.
She spent some time in television with Kasdan editing Freaks and Geeks, the pilot and the series, as well as several other television pilots. She later met and began working with distinguished writer/director Garry Marshall. She also teamed with Bruce Green to co-edit Marshall's film Raising Helen. Through these experiences, she became acquainted with Garry's son, director Scott Marshall, and has collaborated with him as well. Other feature films to her credit are Slackers, Orange County, Keeping up With the Steins, The TV Set and the soon-to-be-released Blonde Ambition. Presently, Timpone works in Los Angeles, where she resides with her family.
ALBERT BRENNER (Production Designer) first honed his creative skills while attending The New York School for Industrial Arts. Following graduation, the Brooklyn native began his career as a window display designer for major New York department stores. Before attending Yale Drama School of Graduate Studies as a scenic design major, Brenner served as an Air Force gunner during World War II.
He taught scenic design, costume design and technical theater at the University of Kansas City in Missouri before returning to his hometown. While in New York, he began working in scene design for live television sets for CBS and ABC, later moving on to motion pictures.
In the early 1960s, Brenner moved to Los Angeles, where he received his first feature-film design credit on Fail-Safe. Many of his early films were hard-boiled action features, such as Point Blank (1967) and Bullitt (1968), but Brenner eased into light comedy with Silent Movie (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and other features written by Neil Simon, as well as science fiction with Capricorn One (1978).
Brenner received five Oscar® nominations for the films The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Turning Point (1977), California Suite (1978), 2010 (1984) and Beaches (1988). In 2003, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild.
Brenner continues to sculpt and paint, dividing his time between Los Angeles and Pietrasanta, Italy.
Academy Award® nominee GARY JONES (Costume Designer) has designed for a wide range of feature films, including Spider-Man 2, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Raising Helen, Two Weeks Notice, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Secondhand Lions, Desperate Measures, Vanya on 42nd Street, Heartbreakers, Guilty as Sin, The Mosquito Coast and The Trip to Bountiful.
Jones has enjoyed a long creative collaboration with famed costume designer Ann Roth, and together they worked on films such as Primary Colors, The English Patient, Sabrina, Consenting Adults, The Mambo Kings, Just Cause and Dressed to Kill. In 1999, Jones and Roth shared an Academy Award® nomination for their work on The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Jones designed the costumes for the upcoming film Underdog, starring Jim Belushi and Peter Dinklage.
JOHN DEBNEY (Music by) earned an Academy Award® nomination for his score in Mel Gibson's film phenomenon The Passion of the Christ. Debney's music was recently heard in 2006's Barnyard, The Ant Bully, Idlewild and Everyone's Hero; and soon it will be heard in the video game Lair, Evan Almighty and Sin City 2.
Debney has worked repeatedly with several noted directors, including Garry Marshall on his other films from The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Raising Helen; Robert Rodriguez on Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, Sin City and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D; Jon Favreau on Elf and Zathura; and Tom Shadyac on Liar Liar, Dragonfly, Bruce Almighty and the upcoming Evan Almighty.
His extensive film credits include The Pacifier, Swimfan, The Scorpion King, Snow Dogs, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Scary Movie 2, Cats & Dogs, Heartbreakers, The Emperor's New Groove, End of Days, Inspector Gadget, Paulie, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Relic, Little Giants and Hocus Pocus, to name but a few.
Debney's classical training as a composer has led him to emphasize live performance. He has conducted some of the world's greatest orchestras (performing his original works) and recently enlisted master violinist Joshua Bell to perform on his score for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story and trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval for the score to Idlewild. Following the success of The Passion of the Christ film, he premiered "The Passion of the Christ Symphony" in Rome, featuring an 83-person choir and 96-piece orchestra.
In recognition of his many accomplishments, Debney, only in his 40s, received ASCAP's prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
DAWN SOLR (Music Supervisor) has been working as a music supervisor for 22 years. She began her career at Inaudible Productions, working with notable industry veteran Peter Afterman. After starting her own company, Working Music, she went on to create several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema including Now and Then; Dumb and Dumber; and Don Juan DeMarco, which garnered both Academy Award® and Grammy Award nominations.
Solr joined PolyGram Film Entertainment in 1995 to create and head a music division for the growing film conglomerate. One of her first duties was helping Tim Robbins put together a stellar group of artists (including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash) to write and record songs for Dead Man Walking. This gold soundtrack was followed by her music supervision of Home for the Holidays, What Dreams May Come and The Hi-Lo Country. As executive in charge of music, she also guided the musical direction for The Game, Gridlock'd, Sleepers, French Kiss, Elizabeth, Notting Hill and numerous other PolyGram Films.
After the dissolution of PolyGram, Solr went back to her roots of independent music supervision with Working Music. Some of the projects that she has completed are Being John Malkovich, both Princess Diaries films, The Guru, Sweet Home Alabama, Moonlight Mile, Raising Helen, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Pretty Things and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Currently Solr is completing post on Enchanted.
She has just taken the role of head of music for ABC Television Studios with the hit shows Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Lost and Scrubs.


 

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