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AMERICAN REUNION (2012)
Release Date: April 6, 2012
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Screenwriter: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan
MPAA Rating: R
JON HURWITZ & HAYDEN SCHLOSSBERG (Written and Directed by) are the comedic minds that created the Harold & Kumar franchise. They first met and became friends in high school in Randolph, New Jersey, and sold their first script, Filthy, to MGM while seniors in college. Hurwitz was studying finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Schlossberg was a history major at the University of Chicago with plans to attend law school. Upon selling Filthy, they moved to Hollywood to begin their career in the entertainment industry.
Their first taste of success came in 2004 with New Line Cinema's uproarious comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a film hailed as "an instant stoner classic" by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times. The film garnered critical acclaim and legions of fans, launching Harold & Kumar to immediate cult status. The New York Times said that it was "one of the few recent comedies that persuasively, and intelligently, engage the social realities of contemporary multicultural America."
In 2008, Hurwitz and Schlossberg made their feature- film directorial debut on the highly anticipated sequel Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, a film they also wrote and co-produced with Mandate Pictures. Variety raved that it was "one of the ballsiest comedies to come out of Hollywood in a long time." In 2011, Hurwitz and Schlossberg penned and co-produced the third installment of their successful franchise, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, which Entertainment Weekly enthusiastically awarded "a straight A." In addition, they have several exciting projects in development such as 21 Shots, a youth comedy they are producing with Montecito Pictures, and Grandma vs. Grandma, a film they scripted for Paramount Pictures.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg currently reside in Los Angeles, California.
CRAIG PERRY (Produced by) is a partner at Practical Pictures, a feature film and television production company founded in 2004 with Sheila Hanahan Taylor.
Previously, Perry had partnered with Warren Zide in 1997 to form Zide/Perry Entertainment. Their first production was TriStar's successful action film The Big Hit, starring Mark Wahlberg. The company's other productions include Universal Pictures' American Pie franchise; New Line Cinema's Final Destination franchise; Warner Bros.' Cats & Dogs franchise; Sony Pictures' Little Black Book; and Helkon Media's Repli-Kate.
Perry's upcoming projects include the family comedy The Pet, for Walt Disney Studios; the teen thriller The Seminar, for CBS Films; and the horror comedy Killer Weekend, written and directed by Michael Nickles.
Perry also served as vice president of development for Scott Rudin Productions and as director of development for Silver Pictures. He was an associate producer on The First Wives Club and worked in developing such films as Rules of Engagement, Sleepy Hollow, A Simple Plan, The Truman Show, In & Out, Ransom, Clueless, Lethal Weapon 3, Executive Decision, Richie Rich and Demolition Man.
WARREN ZIDE (Produced by) is president of Zide Pictures, a motion picture production company that recently produced the comedies High School, starring Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis and Colin Hanks, and Demoted, starring Sean Astin, David Cross and Michael Vartan. Zide also served as a producer on the comedies The Pool Boys and Extreme Movie.
In 1997, Zide partnered with Craig Perry to create Zide/Perry Entertainment. The company debuted with the hit action film The Big Hit and went on to produce the blockbuster American Pie franchise, which has grossed more than $750 million worldwide; the Final Destination franchise, which grossed more than $660 million worldwide; and the Cats & Dogs franchise, which grossed more than $312 million worldwide. The company also produced the features Little Black Book and Repli-Kate.
Zide began his entertainment career at New Line Cinema as a part-time employee building shelving units before he was promoted to a full-time position in the mailroom, where he worked alongside Perry. He then served as an assistant to a top literary agent at International Creative Management, helping to sign such clients as director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, the Spy Kids franchise, Desperado) and screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans).
CHRIS MOORE (Produced by) previously produced American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding. He is currently producing Gus Van Sant's latest movie, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Last year, he produced The Adjustment Bureau, directed by George Nolfi.
Moore's filmography includes the Howard Zinn documentary The People Speak, which he co-directed and executive produced; The People Speak UK, directed by Colin Firth; Reindeer Games; Joy Ride; the documentary Pop & Me; and the Academy Award ®- winning Good Will Hunting. Moore was co-creator of HBO's Project Greenlight. In 2008, he directed his first feature film, Kill Theory.
Moore received a BA in American history from Harvard University. as co-producer on 20 th Century Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine; and as executive producer on Shady Acres' Accepted, MGM's Into the Blue and Universal Pictures' American Wedding, Blue Crush and How High, Universal's first high-definition feature film. He also co-produced the original American Pie, for Universal; Slackers, for Screen Gems; and The Third Wheel, for Miramax Films.
A cum laude graduate from the University of California, Davis, Friedman is a seasoned assistant director, production manager, production executive and line producer, having worked on Titanic and Starship Troopers and the award-winning television series JAG, FallenAngels, L.A. Law, Murder,She Wrote and Hunter. As a production executive and production manager for George Lucas' Lucasfilm Ltd., Friedman contributed to More American Graffiti, Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
PAUL WEITZ (Executive Producer) recently wrote, directed and produced the film Being Flynn. He also wrote, directed and produced the films Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire'sAssistant, American Dreamz and In Good Company. With his brother, Chris Weitz, he directed American Pie and About a Boy, their adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, which was nominated for an Academy Award ®. Their company, Depth of Field, produced Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and A Single Man.
As a playwright, Weitz has been produced by the off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre. His play Lonely I'm Not will be produced there in the spring of 2012. His published plays include Roulette, Privilege, Show People and Trust. He also acted in the film Chuck & Buck.
Prior to American Reunion, LOUIS G. FRIEDMAN (Executive Producer) served as executive producer of The Weinstein Company's Piranha.
Writer/Director CHRIS WEITZ (Executive Producer) helmed Summit Entertainment's drama A Better Life, starring Oscar ® nominee Demián Bichir.
Weitz also recently directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon, based on the second novel in the best-selling "Twilight" series, which has grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
Weitz previously adapted and directed the Oscar ®- winning epic fantasy-adventure The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Sam Elliott (We Were Soldiers), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale). Based on Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning first novel in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, The Golden Compass was released by New Line Cinema and has grossed more than $350 million worldwide.
Weitz previously co-directed with his brother, Paul Weitz, the award-winning hit film About a Boy, adapting the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel. The screenplay received an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as similar nominations from BAFTA, the Writers Guild of America, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Humanitas Prize. The film was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical, and won Best Studio Comedy Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Weitz's first directorial collaboration with Paul was on American Pie.
Prior to their screenwriting work on About a Boy, the brothers collaborated on several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline (an adaptation of the popular children's book).
In 1999, Weitz and his brother formed Depth of Field, their Los Angeles-based production company through which he and Paul produced the critically acclaimed film In Good Company, directed by Paul; the comedy American Dreamz, starring Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid, also directed by Paul; the hit romantic comedy Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; and Tom Ford's award-winning drama A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Depth of Field's diverse slate of upcoming projects includes The Game, based on Neil Strauss' dating tome, and the feature adaptation of Michael Moorcock's fantasy epic "The Elric Saga."
Weitz also made his acting debut in the Sundance Film Festival hit Chuck & Buck.
DARYN OKADA, ASC (Director of Photography) has photographed every movie genre from period epic to comedy and suspense. He has collaborated with director Mark Waters on three features: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas; Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo; and Mean Girls, written by and starring Tina Fey.
Among Okada's recent projects are the hit comedies Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and written and directed by Michael McCullers, for Universal Pictures, and Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, for New Line Pictures. Both films opened on the same weekend to numbers one and two, respectively, at the box office.
Okada has compiled more than 30 feature credits, including The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, starring Jeremy Piven and produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Kevin Messick; Stick It; Sex and Death 101; Dr. Dolittle 2; Anna Karenina; Captain Ron; My Father the Hero; Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later; Lake Placid; Cradle 2 the Grave; Joe Somebody; and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. He also worked on ABC's Castle and the pilot for the television series Dawson's Creek.
A Los Angeles native, Okada is self-taught in the art of cinematography, beginning in his teens as a blackand-white still photographer and Super 8 filmmaker as well as an avid movie fan. Upon graduating high school at 16, he became a projectionist at East Los Angeles College, screening classic films from around the world while donating his time on short and student films. During the mid-1980s, he was photographing and directing commercials when his career was put on hold for several years after he was injured in a helicopter crash while shooting aerial footage.
While recovering in 1984, Okada developed an interest in computer-generated imagery. He believed that one day the technology could have the potential to visualize incredible stories and might be an alternative career if his injuries prevented him from physically continuing as a live-action cinematographer.
In the late 1980s, Okada was able to return to cinematography and photographed several in dependent movies and earned an American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award nomination for his work on the 1991 Emmy-nominated CBS miniseries In a Child's Name.
Okada has been a three-term past president of the ASC, and as an Academy ® (AMPAS ®) member, serves on the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ®. Okada has also participated in digital- and film-imaging analysis for studios and manufactures as well as the ASC Digital Cinema Initiatives StEM project, setting the standard for digital cinema projection evaluation.
WILLIAM ARNOLD (Production Designer) most recently designed the film Lovelace and the comedy- dramas Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Take Me Home Tonight. He also designed both Little Fockers and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, for director Paul Weitz. His previous collaborations with Weitz include American Dreamz and In Good Company.
Arnold made his debut as a production designer on the feature film Mo'Money. His other feature production design credits include Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love, both for director Paul Thomas Anderson, along with Confidence, Shopgirl, Last Holiday and Imagine That.
He studied theater and design in his native state of Rhode Island before moving to Chicago to pursue a career in the theater. While there, he began working on motion pictures and eventually got work as an art director on such feature films as Costa-Gavras' Music Box, Stephen Gyllenhaal's Losing Isaiah, Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, Gregory Hoblit's Primal Fear and Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars. Since moving to Los Angeles, his art direction credits have also included Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential and Gary Ross' Pleasantville, both of which garnered Academy Award ® nominations for Best Art Direction.
JEFF BETANCOURT (Edited by) recently served as editor on FOX's Terra Nova, produced by Steven Spielberg; ABC's FlashForward; Universal Pictures' The Unborn; and the action-thriller The Ruins.
Betancourt's additional film credits include several horror genre films, including The Grudge 2, When a Stranger Calls, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Grudge. His other film credits include Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Good Girl, Get Over It, Chuck & Buck, Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss and The United States of Leland.
MONA MAY (Costume Designer) exploded onto the scene with the release of Clueless, a film that raised the status of fashion in film. The New York Times, Vogue magazine and Women's Wear Daily proclaimed Clueless "the fashion movie of the year," and introduced a bold new costume designer to the world.
Capturing the rich-girl prep-school style with plaid skirts, knee-high socks, platform Mary Janes and feather-trimmed coats, Alicia Silverstone's more than 60 costume changes were fresh, new and unusual, and created a vibrant style for a generation of girls to emulate.
May's trademark joie de vivre is clearly evident in her work, and it injects a bold, sexy confidence into her designs. She is a master at designing costumes that flatter actors' body types, while simultaneously hitting pitch-perfect visual notes for the characters they are portraying. May's deep understanding of both design and anatomy combine to render the actor and the character inseparable, including many roles played by such Hollywood luminaries as Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Mendez, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Demi Moore, Anna Faris, Will Ferrell and many more.
May's dedication to the art of creating characters with fabric, textures and color goes far beyond simply dressing the actors. It is an art that spans genres, time periods and even media—ranging from live-action to CGI to classic cel animation—and creating a costume that moves believably from the real world to a virtual world is an intricate process.
For Stuart Little 2, designing an entire wardrobe for a four-inch digital mouse meant working closely with the visual effects team at Sony Pictures Imageworks to balance May's creative vision with that of director Rob Minkoff. The process started with a sketch, before going to a virtual tailor, followed by a texture mapper and finally the lighting designer. Every detail, from the textures and patterns on the fabrics to the scale and placement of trims and buttons, were executed to May's exact specifications.
There are times, however, when a director must rely on a designer's ingenuity for a character's technical effects. While filming The Haunted Mansion, Mona created a "glow" that could be photographed in both live-action and CG. She experimented with a paint process using Scotchlite powder that was applied to fabric, allowing the ghost costumes to glow as if the actors were lit from within, and saving the production from using expensive CG effects. The film also allowed her to demonstrate her exquisite tailoring and eye for detail, evidenced by the extraordinary costumes for stars Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp and Wallace Shawn.
In the film Enchanted, Susan Sarandon's evil Queen Narissa had a technically challenging costume that required a seamless transition from 2D animation (cartoon character) to live action (human actor) to a computer-generated rendering that morphs into a CGI dragon while retaining remnants of the original costume. For the costume, May designed a reptilian leather corset and skirt with a cape fashioned to look like wings, and during Narissa's dragon metamorphosis, the skirt's layers wrapped around like a tail and the crown transformed into horns.
May continued to entertain audiences all over the world with her work on the comedy Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman.
Aside from movie work, May is always inspired to share her passion, originality and technical experience with the future designers at Otis-Parsons, FIDM and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she is a frequent lecturer.
Born in India to European parents, May was raised in Warsaw and later in Berlin. She studied fashion in Europe, New York and Los Angeles, experiencing a global education that gave her the unique point of view she brings to her work.
JOJO VILLANUEVA (Music Supervisor) is known to be one of the most active and productive music supervisors in the film and television music community. As a music supervisor for Format Entertainment, he has been fundamental in the growth of this distinguished full-service music firm. Working with a broad range of clients, he has mastered providing keen expertise and insight into realizing musical visions for filmmakers, studios, production companies and record labels.
Known for his innovative talents, Villanueva was sought after by Disney Pictures to help create a musical landscape that provided substantial indie cred without sacrificing "marketability" for the teen comedy Prom. No stranger to the importance of music in the teen-comedy genre, he also contributed to the worldwide pop culture phenomenon of the American Pie film series.
Alongside esteemed Format Entertainment founder and notable music supervisor Dave Jordan, Villanueva helped bring to life the much anticipated reimagining of Arthur, in which a modernized soundtrack was tailored for the Warner Bros. romantic comedy to capture the classic essence of the much adored original. Also for Warner Bros., a charming musical narrative was achieved for the star-studded romantic comedy and adaptation of the best-selling novel "Something Borrowed."
Ever versatile, Villanueva works in a wide variety of genres from dramas such as Fighting to thrillers like The Hitcher, a diversity of comedies such as spoof films Epic Movie and Vampires Suck, and family comedies such as Marmaduke.
A musician himself, Villanueva studied jazz piano at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. He's seen fame and recognition as a member of the hip-hop group Elements of the Outer Realm, with appearances at Lollapalooza and major terrestrial radio stations like KROQ.
LYLE WORKMAN (Music by) has enjoyed a diversified career composing feature film music, providing studio work for major recording artists and performing on world stages.
Workman composed the music for the films Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Yes Man, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Get Him to the Greek and Win Win. A seasoned guitarist, he was recruited by Sting and performed his first show with the musical icon in London for the monumental Live 8 benefit concert. A tour with Sting followed throughout Europe and South America in the summer of 2006.
A Northern California native, Workman was a member of Todd Rundgren's group, recording "Nearly Human" (1989) and "2nd Wind" (1991), and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Japan. He recorded "Spilt Milk" (1993) with Jellyfish and, from 1994 to 1998, he began a string of records and tours with Pixies founder and creative force Frank Black. Some of their recordings include "Teenager of the Year" and "Frank Black and the Catholics." As a testament to Workman's diversity, he began a creative endeavor with jazz legend/ drummer Tony Williams and contributed to Williams' record "Wilderness" (1996).
Workman moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and became sought after as a studio musician. In the years to follow, he recorded with artists such as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Jakob Dylan and They Might Be Giants. Workman's distinctive guitar work can also be heard on many film scores.
Recruited by Beck for a string of world tours, Workman hit the road with him from 1999 to 2001.
Workman's solo debut CD, "Purple Passages" (1996), received international acclaim and was dubbed "possibly the best guitar album of the year" by Guitar Shop magazine. Workman released his second solo CD, "Tabula Rasa," in 2000 and released "Harmonic Crusader" in 2009.
He began writing commercial music for television, radio and documentaries, eventually making the jump to feature film. His first film credit was Made, written and directed by Jon Favreau.
Workman wrote additional music for the Will Ferrell film Kicking & Screaming. This began a successful relationship with one ofthe film's producers, JuddApatow, who chose Workman to compose music for his directorial film debut, Universal Pictures' The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This led to several Apatow films, with additional music written for Knocked Up and Drillbit Taylor.
As a producer, Workman produced the music for the group Smash Mouth for Dr. Seuss'The Cat in the Hat soundtrack. In 2008, he produced Holland's then top recording artist, Ilse DeLange, for her triple platinum album "Incredible." In addition to composing the score for Get Him to the Greek, Workman produced the songs featured in the film.
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