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MAN ON A LEDGE (2012)
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: Asger Leth
Screenwriter: Pablo Fenjves, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks
Genre: Crime, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13
SAM WORTHINGTON (Nick Cassidy) graduated from Sydney's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1998. Upon graduation, he continued in the theater with a production of "Judas Kiss," directed by Neil Armfield, for Company B at the Belvoir Street Theater.
With smaller roles in international films such as Hart's War, The Great Raid and Rogue under his belt, Worthington screen tested opposite Daniel Craig for the role of "James Bond" in Casino Royale. Although he did not land the much-coveted part, it proved to be the perfect dress rehearsal for the following year. After an exhaustive casting search, James Cameron handpicked Worthington to star in Avatar--Cameron's first narrative film since his 1997 Oscar®-winning blockbuster Titanic. Avatar is now the #1 highest grossing film of all time with $2.74 billion worldwide. Avatar received several nominations for the 2010 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Directing for James Cameron's work in the film. The film won 2010 Golden Globe® Awards in the Best Motion Picture - Drama category as well as for Best Director. James Cameron was nominated for a 2010 DGA Feature Film Award for Avatar.
Worthington recently appeared as the lead role of "Perseus" in Warner Brothers' Clash Of The Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier. The film has grossed $491 million worldwide.
Worthington recently wrapped filming the Ami Canaan Mann directed drama The Fields. The film is set for release in 2012.
Worthington starred opposite Christian Bale in Warner Brothers' much-anticipated prequel to the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation. The film grossed $370 million worldwide. Coincidentally, James Cameron wrote and directed the first two installments of the Terminator films--The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
In addition to two franchise films, Worthington also recently completed shooting two character-driven dramas--Last Night opposite Keira Knightley and The Debt with Helen Mirren. The former revolves around a husband and wife, both of whose fidelity is tested over the course of 36 hours. The latter was directed by John Madden and tells a post-World War II story of three Mossad agents confronted years later by their scandal-ridden past.
Building upon his theater background, Worthington has continued to work steadily in both film and television. He made his feature film debut with the Australian film, Bootmen, in which he played Adam Garcia's brooding older brother. His performance garnered him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2000. Additional Australian film credits include Dirty Deeds with John Goodman, Toni Collette and Sam Neill; Getting' Square with David Wenham; and Geoffrey Wright's (Romper Stomper) contemporary adaptation of Macbeth in which he played the title character. It was Worthington's layered performance in Cate Shortland's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Somersault, which distinguished him from his peers. He earned an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Nomination for Best Actor - Male in 2004. The film made a clean sweep of the AFI Awards, winning in all 13-film categories--the first time this had ever occurred in the awards' history.
Worthington's television credits include some of Australia's most acclaimed productions: "Love My Way," which won an AFI for Best Television Drama Series, and "The Surgeon," which was nominated for an AFI for Best Telefeature or Miniseries. He also starred in "Delivery Man," one of the episodes of "Two Twisted," a Twilight Zone-like anthology series produced by Bryan Brown.
ELIZABETH BANKS (Lydia Mercer) has become one of Hollywood's most sought after and versatile actresses, moving effortlessly between comedy and drama, film and television, and now also taking on a role as a producer. Her upcoming films include The Hunger Games and Welcome to People. She was most recently seen starring in Our Idiot Brother with Paul Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel; and opposite Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis. Currently, she is in production on Universal Pictures' Pitch Perfect, which she is producing with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.
Banks will next be seen in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games, in which she stars as 'Effie Trinket,' on March 23rd, 2012. The film, based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and tells the story of a 16-year-old girl, 'Katniss Everdeen' (Jennifer Lawrence), who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual televised event called the Hunger Games. 'Effie Trinket' is a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes mentor to 'Katniss.'
She will then appear in Lionsgate's motherhood comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting. Banks portrays an author of a children's book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique, who is militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. The film, directed by Kirk Jones, is based on Heidi Murkoff's bestseller, and the ensemble cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid. The film is scheduled to be released over Mother's Day weekend on May 11th, 2012.
Banks has also wrapped production on DreamWorks Pictures' Welcome to People, in which she stars opposite Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film follows a businessman (Pine) who returns home after his estranged father's death and discovers that he has an alcoholic sister (Banks) with a 12-year-old son. The film is scheduled to be released in 2012.
In August 2011, she was seen in Our Idiot Brother opposite Paul Rudd. Our Idiot Brother and The Details premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and were purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company. In The Details, she stars as 'Nealy Lang,' whose husband's (Tobey Maguire) efforts to rid his backyard of lawn-destroying raccoons somehow leads him down a path with disastrous results.
In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as 'First Lady Laura Bush' opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone's W. The impressive cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. In Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Banks (Miri) and Zack (Seth) played two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated movie.
Banks' additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the award Academy Award® winning films Seabiscuit, in which she starred as 'Marcela Howard' opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steve Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. She has also appeared in Role Models, Meet Dave, Invincible, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Fred Claus, Sisters, Slither, Heights, The Baxter, The Trade, Ordinary Sinner, The Uninvited, Daltry Calhoun, Sexual Life, John Singleton's Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson and cult hit Wet Hot American Summer starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as journalist 'Betty Brant,' a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures' three blockbuster Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.
On the small screen, Banks has recently been seen in a recurring role as 'Avery Jessup,' Alec Baldwin's love interest, on the NBC series "30 Rock." She earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series' for her performance. She has also appeared on ABC's "Modern Family" and in a recurring role as 'Dr. Kim Porter' on NBC's "Scrubs." In 2007 she appeared in the CBS mini series "Comanche Moon," which is Larry McMurtry's popular prequel to "Lonesome Dove."
Banks also produced Disney's 2009 sci-fi thriller The Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, through her company Brownstone Productions. Upcoming projects for Brownstone, which Banks runs with her husband Max Handelman, include Tink, a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of 'Tinkerbell;' Forever 21, a Dreamworks comedy which Banks will star in and produce; Too Far From Home, a Universal film about three astronauts who were stranded on the international space station; and the college a cappella group comedy "Pitch Perfect."
Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of Summer & Smoke directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy Bus Stop, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
ANTHONY MACKIE (Mike Ackerman) who was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama, is a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of characters.
Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in the off Broadway Up Against the Wind. Immediately following, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem's nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile. His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who subsequently cast Mackie in the 2004 Toronto Film Festival Masters Program selection Sucker Free City and She Hate Me. He also appeared in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award®-winning Million Dollar Baby, opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood, as well as in Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, and the comedy The Man, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans' Brother to Brother, which won the 2004 Special Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in Heavens Fall, based on the historic Scottsboro Boys' trials, an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.
Mackie also had five features on movie screens in 2006. In addition to We Are Marshall, he starred in Half Nelson, with Ryan Gosling, adapted from director Ryan Fleck's Sundance-winning short Gowanus Brooklyn; in Preston Whitmore's Crossover; in Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama Haven, opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and in the film adaptation of Richard Price's Freedomland, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie was seen in several theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. Mackie made his Broadway debut as the stuttering nephew, Sylvester, alongside Whoopi Goldberg in August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Next he was seen as the lead in Regina King's modern retelling of Chekov's The Seagull, starred in Stephen Belber's McReele for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Soldier's Play as a character made famous by Denzel Washington 20 years prior. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of August Wilson's 20th Century at the esteemed Kennedy Center where they performed stage readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson's cycle. Mackie participated in 3 of the 10 shows and hopes to return to the stage soon.
In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, a film that not only earned Anthony an Independent Spirit Award nomination but also earned Academy Awards® for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, and 3 other nods. 2009 also saw Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight's Notorious BIG biopic Notorious and he also starred as Major William Bowman in the Dreamworks film Eagle Eye. In 2010 Mackie returned to Broadway starring in Martin McDonough's latest creation A Behanding In Spokane. He also reunited with Kerry Washington in the drama Night Catches Us which was released by Magnolia Pictures on December 3rd, 2010. Most recently Mackie was seen in Universal Pictures The Adjustment Bureau, which also featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Next up is the Disney/Dreamworks feature Real Steel, also starring Hugh Jackman and set for release on October 7th, 2011. Mackie recently wrapped two films, the feature Ten Year in which he co-starred with Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long and the Timur Bekmanbetov directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mackie is currently filming the crime drama Gangster Squad in Los Angeles. Film also stars Sean Penn, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling.
JAMIE BELL (Joey Cassidy) shot to worldwide fame starring in the title role of Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Among the many honors he received for his performance were the BAFTA for Best Actor, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer.
He went onto play Charles Dickens' memorable character "Smike" in writer/director Douglas McGrath's screen adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, for which he and his colleagues shared the National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble.
His subsequent films include David Gordon Green's Undertow, Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wend,; Peter Jackson's epic King Kong, and Clint Eastwood's acclaimed Flags of Our Fathers, in which he portrayed real-life WWII hero "Ralph Ignatowski."
Among his other films are David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe (a.k.a. Mister Foe) for which he earned a British Independent Film Award nomination, and a BAFTA (Scotland) Award for Best Actor; Arie Posin'sThe Chumscrubber; Doug Liman's Jumper and Edward Zwick's Defiance.
He most recently starred in Kevin Macdonald's The Eagle, opposite Channing Tatum and Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre opposite Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender. He also just completed work on Carl Tibbetts' The Retreat, starring opposite Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, in which he stars as Herge's legendary young adventurer "Tintin" for director Steven Spielberg in the highly anticipated motion-capture production filmed in 3-D, opposite Daniel Craig & Andy Serkis, having broken Box Office records in Europe, opened in the US this December.
EDWARD BURNS (Jack Dougherty) Lauded by critics and audiences alike, Burns gained international recognition for his first feature The Brothers McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won "Best First Feature" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards.
Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's The One starring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, reinforced Burns' versatile talent as a writer, director, and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats.
Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, and most recently, Nice Guy Johnny. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns built on this platform and successfully released Nice Guy Johnny via digital distribution in 2010.
His 10th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the romantic drama Newlyweds, which had its world premiere and was selected as the closing film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Burns has been involved with TFF since the festival's inception in 2002. Newlyweds will be distributed by Tribeca Film and was released in late December 2011 across multiple platforms.
As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the thriller 15 MINUTES opposite Robert De Niro, Confidence opposite Dustin Hoffman, and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses opposite Katherine Heigl.
Burns can be seen in Jennifer Westfeldt's upcoming feature film Friends With Kids. Additionally he is starring opposite Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox in I, Alex Cross, set to be released in early 2012. Burns will also star in "40", Doug Ellin's much buzzed about new HBO series.
Ed Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. While at Hunter College in New York City, Burns switched his focus from English to filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
ED HARRIS (David Englander) will next be seen on screen in Dustin Lance Black's What's Wrong With Virginia? He most recently starred to critical acclaim in Peter Weir's epic adventure, The Way Back and in Touching Home, which was written and directed by the film's co-stars Noah and Logan Miller.
Harris' film credits include Appaloosa (director, co-screenwriter and star), Copying Beethoven, A History of Violence (Natl. Society of Film Critics Award), The Hours (Oscar®, Golden Globe®, SAG and BAFTA nominations), Pollock (directing debut , Oscar® nomination), Gone Baby Gone, The Truman Show (Oscar® nomination, Golden Globe® Award), Apollo 13 (Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations, SAG Award), The Right Stuff, The Abyss, The Rock, The Human Stain, A Beautiful Mind, Stepmom, The Firm, A Flash of Green, Places in the Heart, Alamo Bay, Sweet Dreams, Jacknife, State of Grace and The Third Miracle.
On television, Harris starred with Paul Newman in the HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" and for his performance received Emmy, Golden Globe® and SAG nominations as "Best Actor." His television credits include "The Last Innocent Man, Running Mates", "Paris Trout" and "Riders of the Purple Sage", for which he and his wife Amy Madigan, as co-producers and co-stars, were presented with the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for "Outstanding Television Feature Film."
Harris will star with Amy Madigan, Bill Pullman and Glenne Headley at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles this February in the world premiere of playwright Beth Henley's The Jacksonian, in a production directed by Robert Falls. Harris received both an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination ("Outstanding Solo Performance") and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination ("Outstanding Solo Show") for the Off-Broadway production of Wrecks at New York City's Public Theatre. He originated the role, with writer/director Neil LaBute, for the play's world premiere at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, Ireland and won the 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for "Best Solo Performance" for the production of Wrecks at the Geffen Playhouse. His theatre credits include: Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides, Sam Shephard's plays Fool for Love (Obie), and Simpatico (Lucille Lortel Award for "Best Actor"), George Furth's Precious Sons (Drama Desk Award), Prairie Avenue, Scar, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, and Sweet Bird of Youth.
TITUS WELLIVER (Nathan Marcus) was born on March 12 in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the son of the famous landscape painter Neil Welliver. His mother is a fashion illustrator. Raised in Philadelphia and New York City, Titus grew up surrounded by poets and painters originally wanted to be a painter like his father, but decided to pursue acting.
His first paid acting job was in Navy Seals with Charlie Sheen where he played "Redneck in Bar." Soon he was in many movies including JFK, The Doors, Mulholland Falls, Twisted, Biker Boys, and Assault on Precinct 13. Titus appeared in productions of American Buffalo, Naked at the Coast, Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Riff Raff, written and directed by Laurence Fishburne, which was adapted into the feature film Once in the Life with Titus reprising his role as "Torch" opposite Fishburne's "20/20 Mike."
Titus appeared in several MOW's including "Blonde", "An American Story" and "Rough Riders." He also starred in TV series including "Falcone", where he played "Santino "Sonny Boy" Napoli" and David Milch's "Brooklyn South", "Big Apple", and on the HBO hit "Deadwood ". He currently recurs on CBS's hit series "The Good Wife", playing Julianna Margulies' nemesis, and portrayed the mysterious "Man in Black" for the final two seasons of ABC's Lost. Additionally he memorably recurred on F/X's series "Sons of Anarchy" as Irish mobster "Jimmy O." Titus stars next opposite Jason Patric in the FX pilot "Powers" and opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox series "Touch."
He was featured opposite Amy Ryan in the memorable role of "Lionel McCready" in Ben Affleck's award-winning feature Gone Baby Gone, opposite Jon Hamm in Affleck's feature The Town, and is featured as well in Affleck's upcoming feature ARGO.
GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (Angie) is rapidly emerging as one of Hollywood's most engaging young talents.
Rodgriguez will next star in Gary Sanchez Productions' Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre opposite Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. She will play Farrell's love interest in what is said to be an overly dramatic telenovela.
Rodriguez most recently starred in HBO's "Entourage" as 'Sarah'. She made her mark on American television as 'Becky Ferrer' on the NBC soap opera "Days of our Lives." Rodriguez is also known for her roles in the highly acclaimed NBC Universal/Telemundo television series "Prisionera", "Dame Chocolate" and "Dona Barbara."
Rodriguez was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is the youngest daughter of legendary international recording artist and actor Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma." She is an alumnus of the Lee Strasberg Theater in Los Angeles and New York's Film Institute.
Rodriguez currently resides in Los Angeles.
KYRA SEDGWICK (Suzie Morales) with powerful performances on the stage, screen and on television, is an established actress that as endeared herself to audiences and received critical acclaim for her various roles.
Sedgwick can currently be seen in TNT's first original series "The Closer." Her role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson has earned her a Golden Globe® and Emmy Award as well as seven Golden Globe® nominations, four Emmy nominations, and six SAG nominations.
Sedgwick will be seen in Ole Bornedal's Possession opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 2012.
Sedgwick was most recently seen in Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's Gamer opposite Gerard Butler. The film is set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, mulit-player online gaming environments. Sedgwick also starred in The Game Plan alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The story revolves around a rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman (Dwayne Johnson), whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. Sedgwick played Stella Peck, Kingman's sports agent. She also starred in ThinkFilms's Loverboy. Directed by Kevin Bacon, Sedgwick helped develop and co-produced the film which co-starred Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott and Marisa Tomei. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
She starred in Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman, produced by Lee Daniels, opposite Kevin Bacon and Mos Def. It had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival (in competition), receiving rave reviews. It was also showcased in Cannes as part of the 2004 Director's Fortnight line-up, and won the Jury prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
Sedgwick received a 2005 Independent Spirit Award nomination for "Best Actress" for her work in Lisa Cholodenko's "Cavedweller" for Showtime. Sedgwick, who developed and produced the film, plays Delia, a rock singer who returns to her Georgia hometown hoping to regain custody of the two daughters she left with her abusive ex-husband (Aidan Quinn). "Cavedweller" aired on Showtime last fall.
Sedgwick also appeared in Joseph Sargent's Emmy nominated "Something the Lord Made" for HBO. Sedgwick co-stars along side Alan Rickman, Mos Def and Mary Stuart Masterson. She plays the role of Mary Blalock, the wife of Alfred Blalock, who performed the first open-heart surgery procedure.
In 2002, Sedgwick co-starred with Parker Posey in Rebecca Miller's independent film, Personal Velocity, winning the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Other credits include the Emmy nominated TNT movie, "Door to Door", opposite William H. Macy, Helen Mirren, and Kathy Baker, Fisher Stevens' film "Just A Kiss", Showtime's "Behind the Red Door," opposite Keifer Sutherland and Stockard Channing; "Secondhand Lions," co-starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment. Other films include John Turteltaub's Phenomenon opposite John Travolta, What's Cooking, which opened the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Born on the Fourth of July, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Singles, Lemon Sky, Heart and Souls, and Showtime's "Losing Chase" which she executive produced and starred opposite Helen Mirren.
Sedgwick's theater credits include The Culture Project's New York production of The Exonerated, a triumphant run of Nicholas Hytner's Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, Ah Wilderness! for which she won the Theater Award, and David Mamet's Oleanna, which garnered her a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award.
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