Release Date: October 14, 2011
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Craig Brewer
Screenwriter: Dean Pitchford, Craig Brewer
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Kenny Wormald (Ren) – Kenny Wormald is an American actor and dancer from Stoughton, MA.
Dancing since the age of six, Kenny was accepted into Boston’s prestigious Sherry Gold Studios where his talent was recognized immediately. Over the next decade, Kenny trained in every genre of dance, from ballet to tap to jazz to hip hop, and even received some acrobatic training! In 1996, at the age of 10, Kenny was selected to dance for President Clinton at the White House as a part of the annual Easter celebration but it was in 2002 when his talents were recognized on a more official level when he won the gold medal at the World Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany for a tap routine he performed.
Kenny’s previous television projects include The Drew Cary Show and the MTV reality hit Dancelife, where he was one of 6 dancers followed during their times trying to make it as a professional dancer in Los Angeles. It was from that and a chance meeting at Millennium Dance Studios with casting director Karen Meisels which led to Kenny having the opportunity to audition for and ultimately be cast in “Center Stage 2,” his first leading role as an actor. He also appeared in the films “You Got Served,” “Jackass 2” and “Clerks 2.”
He has danced in music videos for such artists as Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Jojo and Prince and has performed live and toured with numerous artists, the most notable of those being Justin Timberlake and The Pussycat Dolls, both of whom he joined for nationwide and international tours.
Kenny currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Julianne Hough (Ariel) – A true triple-threat, singer/actress/dancer Julianne Hough was already known to millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC-TV’s top-rated Dancing With the Stars before expanding into the worlds of music and film.
Although she has been winning world dance titles since her early teens, Julianne’s ultimate goal has always been a career in country music. Her self-titled debut album, released by Universal Music Group Nashville in 2008, hit the Billboard Country charts at #1 and entered the Billboard 200 at #3, marking the highest debut for a country artist since 2006. Her first two singles from the album, “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song,” soared up the country charts and she earned her first two 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Artist. Hitting the road for the first time as a recording artist, Julianne opened for superstar Brad Paisley and later toured with George Strait, playing over 100 shows in 2009. Her second album, The Julianne Hough Holiday Collection, became an instant holiday classic for her legions of fans, distributed exclusively at Target. Her much-anticipated follow-up album will be released by Mercury Nashville later this year. Her latest single, “Is That So Wrong?,” is taking radio by storm and reflects the edgier, more mature tone of the new CD. Julianne has written multiple tracks for the new album, working with Dann Huff, one the hottest producers in country music today (Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, among others). She is currently touring the U.S.
Having become a household name virtually overnight on Dancing With the Stars, then making a seamless transition to recording artist, Julianne is also well on her way to making her mark in the world of motion pictures, most recently appearing in the star-studded ensemble of Screen Gems’ dramatic musical “Burlesque,” working alongside Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. In the film written and directed by Steve Antin, Julianne plays Georgia.
A born entertainer, Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) always loved singing, dancing and acting. At age 10, she was presented with an opportunity to study performing arts in London, which established her fierce independence and was the beginning of a period of intense training and education. She returned to Utah at age 15 and, after graduating high school, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of a career in entertainment.
Quickly earning a solid reputation for her talent, discipline and professionalism, it took less than a month for Julianne to land a job as a dancer on the ABC game show, Show Me The Money and shortly thereafter joined the Dancing With the Stars tour as a company dancer before joining the cast of the hit series in the show’s fourth season, where she was paired with two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Apolo Anton Ohno. She toured with the troupe again, before returning to the hit show for seasons five through eight, pairing with Indy race champion Helio Castroneves, comedian Adam Carolla, actor Cody Linley and country singer Chuck Wicks. Hough remains the youngest dancer to have won the coveted Dancing with the Stars competition twice, with partners Ohno and Castroneves and she earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Best Choreography for her work on the show. Her skills as a choreographer also led to a collaboration with Gwen Stefani on the singer’s “Wind It Up” video.
While devoting most of her time to recording, touring and now filmmaking, Julianne is also active in a range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and serves on the American Red Cross Cabinet.
Andie MacDowell (Vi) – Andie MacDowell has established herself as an accomplished actress with worldwide recognition. MacDowell was recently seen on the big screen in the heartbreaking true story of the Abbate family, “The 5 th Quarter” and in Fox’s action comedy “Monte Carlo” with Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester. Next up is the indie feature “Mighty Fine” with Chazz Palminteri and her own daughter Rainey Qualley.
On TV, MacDowell is featured in the new ABC Family series Jane By Design playing a not so nice fashion executive. Previously she starred in back to back Lifetime Original movies, At Risk and The Front, both based on Patricia Cornwell crime novels. She earned praise for her performance in the Emmy-nominated, HBO original film, Dinner with Friends, where she first worked with Quaid. Additionallyshe co-starred with Rosie O’Donnell in the CBS telefilmRiding the Bus with My Sister, directed by Anjelica Huston.
Otherdramatic feature performances include “The End of Violence,” directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected to screen at the opening of the 50 th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival; Robert Altman’s “The Player and Short Cuts,” for which the cast earned a special Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble; “Unstrung Heroes,” directed by Diane Keaton and the ever-popular “St. Elmo’s Fire.”
MacDowell earned the worldwide title of #1 female box-office draw with her performances in the smash hit romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and the western “Bad Girls” with Drew Barrymore. She also starred in the holiday classic “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. In other comedies MacDowell continued to partner with top leading men including Gerard Depardieu in “Green Card,” for which she again earned a Golden Globe nomination, Michael Keaton in “Multiplicity,” and John Travolta in “Michael.”
She first received critical acclaim and accolades for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” The film won the Palme d'or at Cannes and garnered MacDowell the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as her first Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, she has been presented with the coveted Cesar D’Honneur for her body of work, the Golden Kamera Award from Germany’s Horzu Publications and the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence.
For her philanthropic work, MacDowell was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University and received an Honor of the Arts from Winthrop College. This year also marks the 25 th Anniversary of MacDowell’s relationship with L’Oreal Paris, for which she serves as international spokesperson.
Dennis Quaid (Rev. Shaw) – With every role he plays, Dennis Quaid upholds his place as one of the most charismatic actors of our time. Quaid received honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and The Independent Spirit Awards as “Best Supporting Actor of the Year” and also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his performance in the critically acclaimed 2002 film, “Far From Heaven.”
Dennis has had a busy year in 2011. His film “Soul Surfer” in which he starred alongside Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb became this spring’s sleeper hit. Also scheduled for release in 2011 is the independent feature, “Beneath the Darkness,” which also stars Aimee Teegarden. Dennis recently completed work on two feature films. The first, “Playing the Field,” in which he co-stars with Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones was directed by Gabriele Muccino (“Pursuit of Happiness,” 2006). Additionally, he just wrapped production in Montréal on the independent feature “The Words,” with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wilde.
In 2010, Dennis starred in the Sony Screen Gems fantasy-thriller, “Legion” alongside Paul Bettany. He also portrayed President Bill Clinton in the HBO movie, The Special Relationship, directed by Richard Loncraine, for which Dennis received a Golden Globe nomination.
Quaid began acting in high school and studied theater at the University of Houston. Soon after his arrival in Hollywood he landed the plum role of a working-class tough in "Breaking Away." Other early film credits include "The Long Riders" with his brother Randy, "9/30/55," "Crazy Mama," "Dreamscape," "All Night Long," "Our Winning Season," "Cavemen," "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" and "Enemy Mine."
In 1983 Quaid starred with Mickey Rooney in the Emmy Award-winning television movie Bill and its sequel, Bill: On His Own. A year later he co-starred with Randy Quaid in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "True West," which he later reprised in Los Angeles. Quaid splits his time between homes in Los Angeles, Montana and Texas.
Miles Teller (Willard) – Newcomer Miles Teller had the distinct honor and privilege of making his feature screen debut opposite Nicole Kidman in the film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole”. In the tragic family drama, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Miles played ‘Jason Willette’, a bit of a loner teen who escapes into a world of comic books and science fiction.
Miles was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and during those formative years he developed a love of sports and has remained a die-hard Phillies and Eagles fan. The family moved to Citrus County, Florida when Miles was twelve. “Nice weather…we play baseball all year round.”
In high school Miles pursued his love of music; he and his buddies formed a popular local band “The Mutes” and they were surprisingly good. During his sophomore year he and his best friend auditioned for “Footloose” because “the Drama Club Counselor was really pretty.” His pal got the lead and Miles was cast as Willard, the best friend. As a result he was recruited to attend a six-week performing arts class in New York City at the New York School for Film and TV. Back in Florida he participated in the Florida State Thespian Festival. His monologue was impressive enough to represent his district at the state event. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from high school and auditioned for Julliard and New York University. After what he thought was a disastrous audition, Miles was thrilled that NYU did accept him. This young talent would next star in the hilarious new Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) film “Project X”for Warner Bros.
Miles now makes his home in Los Angeles and continues making music with his new band “Miles Away From Roscoe”. He sings, plays guitar, piano, and drums, and his passion is 60’s and 70’s classic rock.
Ziah Colon (Rusty) – Ziah is of Puerto Rican decent, however, she was raised in a suburb just outside of Atlanta. Growing up she spent most of her time performing for family and friends. As she got older she decided to participate in her high school drama club and once she graduated decided to pursue acting as a career.
Ziah Colon began her professional acting career in 2001. She then began studying at The Company Acting Studio under Lisina Stoneburner. Ziah quickly began appearing in local theater, despite constant commercial and film auditioning she was told that her ethnically ambiguous appearance was not what the industry was looking for. In 2008 she signed with her agent Jayme Pervis of J Pervis Talent Agency. She finally felt that she had an agent that believed in her and saw her ethnic ambiguity as an advantage. Ziah booked steadily in commercials as well as roles in Lifetime’s Army Wives & Drop Dead Diva. In 2009 she won the role of Sujatmi in the comedy “Road Trip: Beer Pong,” playing a Middle Eastern auto emergency telephone operator, opposite Danny Pudi. In 2010 Ziah won her largest role to date as Rusty Rodriguez in “Footloose.”
In her spare time, Ziah enjoys hiking, reading plays and spending time with her family where there is never a dull moment.
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