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PUSS IN BOOTS (2011)

ABOUT THE CAST
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Director: Chris Miller
Screenwriter: Tom Wheeler
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG
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CAST INFO

Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed “Mambo Kings,” ANTONIO BANDERAS (Puss in Boots) is irrefutably one of the leading international actors of his generation. He has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the scenes as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His second directorial feature is the Spanish film “El Camino De Los Ingleses” (titled “Summer Rain” in the U.S.). A coming-of-age story, the film follows the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his directorial debut with “Crazy in Alabama,” starring his wife, Melanie Griffith.

Banderas stole the show in the 2004 blockbuster animated film “Shrek 2” as the voice of Puss in Boots. He reprised this role in the widely anticipated sequel “Shrek the Third,” the ABC Christmas special “Shrek the Halls,” and the fourth installment of the franchise, “Shrek Forever After.”

In 2003, Banderas earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company production of “Nine,” a musical inspired by Fellini’s “8½.” He also received a Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and Theatre World Award. “Nine,” directed by David Leveaux, also starred Chita Rivera.

Banderas has worked with some of Hollywood’s best directors and leading actors, including Robert Rodriquez’s “Desperado” opposite Salma Hayek and the sequel “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” opposite Johnny Depp; “Original Sin” opposite Angelina Jolie; Alan Parker’s “Evita” opposite Madonna, in which he received his first Best Actor Golden Globe nomination; Martin Campbell’s “The Mask of Zorro” opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, in which he received his second Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and the sequel “The Legend of Zorro”; Neil Jordan’s “Interview with a Vampire” with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia” opposite Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; Bille August’s “House of the Spirits with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close; and Brian de Palma’s “Femme Fatale.”

Other film credits include the “Take the Lead,” the “Spy Kids” trilogy, “Miami Rhapsody,” “Four Rooms,” “Assassins,” “Never Talk to Strangers,” “Two Much,” “The 13th Warrior,” “Play It to the Bone” and “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.”

He was nominated for his third Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance as the infamous Pancho Villa in HBO’s 2003 release of “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.”

Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his hometown, and upon graduation he began his acting career, working in a small theater company based there. He later moved to Madrid and became an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain.

In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodovar in “Labyrinth of Passion.” It was the first of five films Banderas would do with Almodovar, the others being “Matador,” “Law of Desire,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” The international success of these films introduced to him to Hollywood. Banderas most recently appeared in “La Piel Que Habito” (“The Skin That I Inhabit”), written and directed by Almodovar – reuniting with him after 21 years.

He can most recently be seen in Woody Allen's “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” for Sony Classics, in which he is a part of an all-star cast that includes Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto. He also stars in the action thriller “The Big Bang,” directed by Tony Krantz, and will appear alongside Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor in Steven Soderbergh's “Haywire” for Lionsgate. He recently starred with Laura Linney and Liam Neeson in “The Other Man,” directed by Richard Eyre.

This upcoming year, Banderas will appear in the upcoming film “Black Gold,” directed by Jean Jacques Annoud, opposite Freida Pinto, Mark Strong and Tahar Rahim.

Academy Award® nominee SALMA HAYEK (Kitty Softpaws) has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director, in both film and television. She received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for the title role in Julie Taymor's “Frida.” Hayek recently completed filming Oliver Stone's “Savages,” with Benico del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Blake Lively.

Hayek recently wrapped French filmmaker Mathieu Demy’s “Americano”; the Spanish film “La Chispa de la Vida” from director Álex de la Iglesia; and“Here Comes the Boom,” a comedy from director Frank Coraci, in which she stars opposite Kevin James, who also wrote the film.“Here Comes the Boom” is scheduled for release in 2012.

Aside from upcoming film projects, Hayek has launched her new cosmetic, skincare and haircare line this past summer, called “Nuance Salma Hayek.” The 100-item beauty line is being sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacies around the country.All items are priced below $20.00.

Hayek was last seen in “Grown Ups,” a Columbia Pictures comedy, alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock.Recently seen guest-starring on NBC's critically acclaimed show “30 Rock,” Hayek won an Emmy for her directorial debut, “The Maldonado Miracle,” which she also produced. The film, which starred Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham and Ruben Blades, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and later aired on Showtime. Her last directorial project was a music video for Prince's single “Te Amo Corazon,” which premiered in January 2006.

Hayek’s film credits include: Paul Weitz's “The Vampire's Assistant,” released by Universal Pictures; Todd Robinson's “Lonely Hearts” opposite John Travolta and James Gandolfini; Robert Towne's “Ask the Dust,” alongside Colin Farrell and Idina Menzel; Luc Besson's “Bandidas” opposite Penelope Cruz; Brett Ratner's “After the Sunset”; Robert Rodriguez's “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”; Mike Figgis' “Hotel” and “Timecode”; Kevin Smith's “Dogma”; the comedy “Fools Rush In”; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” directed by Robert Rodriquez and written by Quentin Tarantino; and Robert Rodriguez's “Desperado.”

Since 2006, Hayek and her producing partner, Jose Tamez, have been developing, producing and acquiring mainstream projects that either draw on Latin themes or feature Latin talent, both in front of and behind the camera, for ABC Studios. She recently served as the executive producer on ABC's award-winning program “Ugly Betty,” starring America Ferrera, based on the enormously successful Colombian series, “Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.” In 2001, she starred in and co-produced Showtime's “In the Time of the Butterflies,” for which she was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association's award. Also produced by Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions was the Mexican feature, “No One Writes to the Colonel,” directed by Arturo Ripstein, and based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “No One Writes to the Colonel” was selected for official competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied international relations in college in Mexico. Her additional Mexican credits include “Midaq Alley,” based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner, Naguib Mafouz.

Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Hayek served as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She serves as the spokesperson for the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which focuses on domestic violence education, awareness and prevention, as well as support for its victims. In 2005, she spoke in front the U.S. Senate, encouraging its members to extend the Violence Against Women Act. In January 2006, the legislation was passed, ensuring that $3.9 billion will be allocated to thousands of domestic violence crisis and intervention agencies throughout the U.S. In April of 2005, Hayek visited the Arctic Circle for the celebration of Earth Day, in an effort to bring attention to the dangers that global warming is putting on the lives of Inuit people and the rest of the world. In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, which honored Nobel laureate Mohamed el-Baradei and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. She was also part of the One campaign, created by singer and activist Bono, as well as a member of Global Green and Youth Aids.

After failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS (Humpty Dumpty) moved to New York City.Galifianakis got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses in the city.While working as a bus boy, he got his first acting job on the sitcom “Boston Common” for NBC.An eclectic career has followed.

Zach’s breakout moment came in the blockbuster hit “The Hangover.” Directed by Todd Phillips, the Warner Bros. feature became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He followed “The Hangover” with a starring role in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced live-action Disney feature “G-Force,” which also debuted at #1 and grossed over $290 million worldwide. Galifianakis previously starred in “Due Date,” in which he re-teams with director Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. to star opposite Robert Downey, Jr. He was also seen in the Focus Feature film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” and in the successful sequel, “The Hangover Part II.”

Zach was previously seen in Paramount Pictures’ “Dinner for Schmucks,” opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. His other credits include the independent feature “Youth in Revolt” opposite Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta, as well as a cameo role for Jason Reitman’s Academy Award®-nominated film, “Up in the Air.” He also appeared in the Fox feature “What Happens in Vegas” opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, and the critically acclaimed “Into the Wild” from Paramount Vantage and director Sean Penn.

On the small screen, Zach stars in the HBO comedy “Bored to Death” with Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson, which begins filming its 4th season next Spring. He previously hosted the critically acclaimed talk show for VH1, “Late World with Zach,” as well as writing and starring in “Dog Bites Man” for Comedy Central.

Academy Award®-winning writer, actor, director and musician, BILLY BOB THORNTON (Jack) has an extensive and impressive career in motion pictures, television and theater. Charismatic and uniquely talented, Thornton has established himself as one of the most sought after filmmakers of his generation.

Billy Bob Thornton is currently celebrating a high water mark in his career. Most recently, Thornton starred in the action thriller “Faster,” co-starring Dwayne Johnson, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ best-selling novel “The Informers” and the Polish Brothers’ dark comedy “Manure.” His other recent projects included Paramount Pictures’ “Eagle Eye,” the Newline Cinema comedy “Mr. Woodcock,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Astronaut Farmer” (directed by the Polish Brothers), “School For Scoundrels,” the re-make of the “The Bad News Bears” for Paramount Pictures, and “Friday Night Lights” for Universal Pictures. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in the critically acclaimed box-office hit “Bad Santa,” and received rave reviews for his portrayal of legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett in Touchstone Pictures’ “The Alamo.”

This summer Thornton stepped behind the camera once again to direct and star in the ensemble drama “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” an original script co-written by Thornton and longtime collaborator Tom Epperson (“One False Move,” “Sling Blade”), and co-starring Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Ray Stevenson.

Thornton also directed “The King of Luck,” a documentary about country music legend and longtime friend Willie Nelson.

Showing the versatility of his acting abilities, in 2001 Thornton starred in the caper comedy “Bandits” for director Barry Levinson and co-starring Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett; the noir “The Man Who Wasn’t There” for the Coen brothers; and the heart-wrenching drama “Monster’s Ball,” in which he co-starred with Halle Berry, Peter Boyle and Heath Ledger.

Each of the three performances garnered Thornton unprecedented critical acclaim, and resulted in him being named Best Actor of 2001 by the National Board of Review, Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Drama for “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for “Bandits,” and an American Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for “The Man Who Wasn’t There.”

Thornton’s 1996 release of the critically acclaimed and phenomenally popular feature film “Sling Blade,” in which he starred and directed from an original script he wrote, firmly secured his status as a preeminent filmmaker. For his efforts, he was honored with both an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor. The film, produced by The Shooting Gallery and released by Miramax, also starred Robert Duvall, J.T. Walsh, Dwight Yoakum and John Ritter.

Prior to “Sling Blade,” Thornton already had an extensive motion picture credit list. He wrote and starred in the thrilling character drama “One False Move,” which brought him immediate critical praise. Thornton’s powerful script (co-written with Tom Epperson) was enhanced by his intense performance as a hunted criminal. The film, directed by Carl Franklin, was an unheralded sleeper success.

In addition, Thornton has been featured in such films as “The Winner,” for director Alex Cox; Paramount Pictures’ “Indecent Proposal,” directed by Adrian Lyne; “Deadman,” for director Jim Jarmusch for Miramax; and in “Tombstone,” directed by George Cosmatos for Buena Vista Pictures. Thornton has also appeared in the films “On Deadly Ground,” “Bound by Honor,” “For the Boys” and “The Stars Fell on Henrietta.”

As a writer, Thornton has worked on numerous projects for United Artists, Miramax, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Touchstone Pictures, Island Pictures, David Geffen Productions and HBO. He also scripted “A Family Thing,” a highly regarded feature film that starred Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones for United Artists.

Thornton co-starred in the blockbuster action-adventure film “Armageddon” with Bruce Willis for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and he has also co-starred opposite Sean Penn and Nick Nolte in “U-Turn,” directed by Oliver Stone, and in “Primary Colors” opposite John Travolta and Emma Thompson for director Mike Nichols. He also starred in the dark comedy “Pushing Tin” opposite John Cusack.

Thornton received an Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his celebrated work in the tightly woven drama “A Simple Plan” for director Sam Raimi, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the screen actors Guild.

For his second and third directorial outings, Thornton chose the comedy “Daddy and Them,” which he again wrote and starred in, and the best-selling Cormac McCarthy novel, the epic “All the Pretty Horses,” starring Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Henry Thomas.

Thornton also co-wrote “The Gift,” starring Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi and Hillary Swank. Thornton’s other film credits include the comedy “Waking Up in Reno,” co-starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze and Natascha Richardson for Miramax Films; the drama “Levity,” in which he co-starred with Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Kirsten Dunst; “Intolerable Cruelty” co-starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones; and “Love Actually,” with Hugh Grant, Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.

AMY SEDARIS (Jill) is a five-foot Grecian spitfire who hails from North Carolina and studied and performed with Chicago’s Second City.Her New York theater credits include “ Wonder of the World” (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination), “ The Country Club” (Drama Dept), “ The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” and “Talent Family Plays” (written by David and Amy Sedaris), “ Jamboree,” “ Stump the Host,” “ Stitches,” “ One Woman Shoe” (Obie Award), “ The Little Frieda Mysteries” (Encore Award), “ Incident at Cobble Knob” (Lincoln Center) and most recently, “ The Book of Liz” (Drama Dept). Her regional theatrical credits include “ The Country Club” (Long Wharf).

Sedaris’ television credits include series regular roles on “Exit 57” and “Strangers with Candy” (both for Comedy Central) and recurring roles on “Just Shoot Me,” “Sex and the City,” “Monk,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Raising Hope.”

Her film projects include “Snowflake,” “Dedication,” “Shrek the Third,” “Snow Angels,” “Bewitched,” “Strangers with Candy – The Movie,” “Chicken Little,” “Full Grown Men,” “Romance & Cigarettes” (directed by John Turturro), “Maid in Manhattan,” “School of Rock” and “Elf.”

October 2006 saw the publication of Amy’s best-selling book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. In November 2010, her second book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People was released and instantly became a New York Times bestseller.

Amy starred opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Sommerville in Josh Shelov’s film “The Best and the Brightest,” which was released in June. She was also seen in “Beware the Gonzo” (Bryan Goluboff, director, opposite Campbell Scott and Ezra Miller) and “Tanner Hall” (Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana Von Furstenberg, writers/directors; opposite Rooney Mara and Chris Kattan).

Amy works to support her cupcake and cheeseball business.
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