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ONE FOR THE MONEY (2012)
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Director: Julie Ann Robinson
Screenwriter: Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray, Liz Brixius
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
JULIE ANNE ROBINSON (Director) spent many years in theatre working at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the National Theatre (at different times, she assisted Sam Mendes, Harold Pinter, Stephen Daldry) She taught acting at a number of prestigious drama schools in London including Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, and Central School of Speech and Drama. She also worked with writers internationally, often on British Council fellowships, in places as diverse as Slovenia, Italy, Australia and various locations in the Middle East. She was offered a place on the prestigious BBC Director's training course and began working in film and TV. She also founded a theatre company called The Factory and directed eleven Shakespeare productions under its banner.
In television, her credits include the Golden Globe- and BAFTA-nominated "Viva Blackpool" (which won the Blue Ribbon at BANFF) as well as the BAFTA-nominated movie "Coming Down The Mountain," starring Nicholas Hoult. In American television she has directed several pilots, including "The Middle," currently Wednesday nights on ABC. Episodically, she has also directed drama and comedy, single and multi-camera including "Pushing Daisies," "Weeds," "Big Love," "Subugatory," "2 Broke Girls," "Grey's Anatomy," among others. She currently has a number of projects in development, including projects with ABC and Mike White's company.
Robinson directed the feature "The Last Song" for Disney, starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston, produced by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot.
Robinson grew up in Africa, England and Papua, New Guinea.
STACY SHERMAN (Writer) and KAREN RAY (Writer) are writing partners, and sisters-in-law. Their first writing collaboration was a screenplay entitled "Poor Holly" which sold to Twentieth Century Fox.
Prior to writing, Karen worked as a development executive for various producers including Gale Anne Hurd, and Kathleen Summers and Dennis Quaid. Stacy has been nominated for an Academy Award® for a documentary she co-directed entitled "God Sleeps In Rwanda," which then sold to HBO and won a Primetime Emmy®. She sold a screenplay entitled "The People's House" to Imagine Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Stacy and Karen are currently working on a comedic roman à clef.
LIX BRIXIUS (Writer) grew up in Minnesota. She moved to Hollywood -- partly to be in the sun, and partly to write for film and television. Her dreams of an awesome climate were put on hold when she helped create Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," which shoots in New York City. Her time is split between film and television. She lives in Los Angeles and New York and couldn't be happier about it.
Blockbuster bestselling author JANET EVANOVICH (Based on the novel by) is without a doubt one of the most prolific and successful novelists in the world with more than 75 million copies of her books sold around the globe, translated into over 27 languages, and thirteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her character Stephanie Plum, the original Jersey girl and former lingerie saleswoman-turned-bounty hunter, is one of fiction's most iconic and memorable characters. Evanovich has written more than seventeen novels featuring Plum as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and graphic novels, "Wicked Appetite" (the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series), and "How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author." Her newest #1 bestseller is latest Stephanie Plum adventure, "Explosive Eighteen."
Veteran producer SIDNEY KIMMEL (Producer) is chairman and CEO of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based motion picture financing and production company.
Active in the motion picture industry for more than 20 years, Kimmel's passion as an independent producer throughout the 1980s and 1990s eventually led to the founding of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in October 2004. The Company develops, finances and produces three to five features per year, working with esteemed filmmaking talent to create quality, commercial films.
Prior to his success in filmed entertainment, Kimmel founded Jones Apparel Group in 1975, which has since grown into a $4.5 billion diversified fashion industry empire. Kimmel also founded the Sidney Kimmel Foundation and its subsidiary, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, which is one of the nation's largest individual donors to cancer research. Kimmel is extremely involved in philanthropic endeavors benefiting his hometown of Philadelphia as well as Jewish education and continuity. He oversaw the opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also a partner in Cipriani International, the acclaimed international restaurant and catering establishment, and is a part owner of The Miami Heat.
Kimmel and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment co-financed and produced or co-produced more than 24 motion pictures since its inception. Among its productions are, in association with Universal Pictures, the Academy Award®-nominated "United 93" directed by Paul Greengrass, who was nominated for an Academy Award® for his direction of the film, as well as the critical hit "Breach," starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney.
Kimmel and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment financed and produced, both independently and with studio partners "Adventureland," the Greg Mottola-directed critical hit, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, co-financed and co-produced with Miramax; "Synecdoche, New York," the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Sony Pictures Classics; and the remake of its own 2006 British comedy "Death at a Funeral," with co-writer/co-producer Chris Rock leading an all-star ensemble cast. Kimmel most recently executive produced Sony's "Moneyball," and produced the hit thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer," starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe and William H. Macy, in association with Lakeshore Entertainment for release by Lionsgate. SKE has been aggressively pursuing production and co-financing deals throughout 2011, which, including "Mr. Morgan's Last Love," may result in a total of five motion picture releases in 2012, including the January release of "Gone," with Heitor Dahlia directing and Amanda Seyfried starring, produced with Lakeshore Entertainment and Summit Entertainment opening in February; the Taylor Hackford directed "Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, produced with Sierra/Affinity, and Incentive Filmed Entertainment to be released by FilmDistrict in the fall; and "The Place Beyond the Pines," directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes which will likely have a fall release. Prior SKE feature presentations include such critical successes as Jon Poll's "Charlie Bartlett," starring Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., and Hope Davis; Frank Oz's "Death at a Funeral," starring Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage and Ewen Bremner; Craig Gillespie's "Lars and the Real Girl," starring Ryan Gosling; "The Kite Runner," directed by Marc Forster and produced with DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Productions.
Independent film and television producer WENDY FINERMAN (Producer) began her career in entertainment at The Movie Channel after graduating from the Wharton School of Business. After working as a business affairs executive for Universal Television, she joined Tisch Avnett as vice president of production and development in 1985 before founding Wendy Finerman Productions in 1988. Since then, she has worked with every major motion picture studio, television and cable network and has garnered numerous awards for her extensive list of credits. Collectively, all of her films have grossed 1.5 billion dollars in international theatrical release and been nominated for over 140 awards.
Finerman spent nine years bringing the story of "Forrest Gump" to the big screen and was rewarded with an Academy Award® for Best Picture in 1994, becoming the first solo female producer in the history of the Academy® to do so. The film was the third highest grossing movie after its theatrical release and currently ranks in the top 50 worldwide box office grosses of all time. "Forrest Gump" was nominated for a total of 13 Academy Awards® for which it won six. It also received a Golden Globe® Award for Best Picture Drama, Best Film from the National Board of Review and earned over 60 other award nominations. That same year, Finerman executive produced "I Like It Like That," an independent feature that earned the New York Film Critics Award for Best New Director and four Independent Spirit Award nominations.
In 1997, she produced "FairyTale – A True Story," a film based on the real-life tale of how two little girls caused a huge controversy with their photographs of alleged fairies in England during World War I. The film, which featured the legendary Peter O'Toole in the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, earned a BAFTA Award for Best Children's Film.
The following year, Finerman produced the critically and commercially acclaimed dramedy "Stepmom," directed by Chris Columbus and starred Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon (who was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama) and Ed Harris. She later produced the 2002 hit "Drumline," starring Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones, which received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture. She is currently working on a television adaptation.
In 2006, she produced the hit comedy "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Despite its modest $35 million budget, the film earned more than $330 million at the box office worldwide and resulted in 35 award nominations, including a Golden Globe® win and Oscar® nomination for Streep's performance.
Finerman followed up that success with "P.S. I Love You," starring two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Hilary Swank alongside Lisa Kudrow, Gerard Butler and Academy Award®-winning actress Kathy Bates. Based on the 2004 novel by Cecelia Ahern, "P.S. I Love You" has grossed over $150 million in international box office sales.
Upcoming film projects include "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," based on the bestselling children's book by Kate DiCamillo, and "Into the Beautiful," an original screenplay with Meg Ryan attached to direct.
Finerman has also been recognized for her work in television. She produced the Showtime original movie "In a Class of His Own," the Rich Donato story, starring Lou Diamond Phillips. This film was nominated for a Daytime Emmy® in 2000 and also won several awards for literacy and education in media. She also executive produced the CBS telefilm "Surrender Dorothy," which starred Diane Keaton.
Finerman has served on the Wharton School of Business Executive Undergraduate Board for over ten years. She also serves on the board of the CityKids Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports young people as they address complex social issues through artistic expression. Finerman is married with four children and resides in New York City.
TOM ROSENBERG (Producer) is the chairman and CEO of Lakeshore Entertainment, which he founded in 1994. He produced "Million Dollar Baby," which won the 2004 Academy Award® for Best Picture. Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and co-starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, the film also won Oscars® for Eastwood (Best Director), Swank (Best Actress) and Freeman (Best Supporting Actor). Rosenberg recently produced "The Lincoln Lawyer," starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillipe. Rosenberg also produced "The Ugly Truth" starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, directed by Robert Luketic; and "Crank and Crank: High Voltage," starring Jason Statham. He is currently in post-production on the fourth installment of the "Underworld" franchise, "Underworld 4" starring Kate Beckinsale, as well as "Gone" starring Amanda Seyfried. He also produced "Elegy," the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel, "The Dying Animal," starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
Among the other recent feature film projects produced by Lakeshore is the reinvention of the movie classic "Fame;" "Untraceable," starring Diane Lane and directed by Gregory Hoblit; "Feast of Love," starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear, directed by Robert Benton; "The Dead Girl," which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, directed by Karen Moncrieff; and "The Last Kiss," starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett, directed by Tony Goldwyn.
Additional Lakeshore projects include the first three "Underworld " films, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "The Cave," "Wicker Park," "The Human Stain," "The Gift," "Autumn in New York," "Passion of Mind," "The Mothman Prophecies," "Runaway Bride," "Arlington Road," "200 Cigarettes," "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy," "‘Till There Was You," "Box of Moonlight," "The Real Blonde" and "Going All the Way."
Rosenberg began his film career as co-founder of Beacon Communications, under whose banner he served as Executive Producer of such films as "The Commitments," "Sugar Hill," "A Midnight Clear," "Princess Caraboo," "The Hurricane" and "The Road to Welville."
GARY LUCCHESI (Producer) serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. Lucchesi produced the upcoming films "Underword 4: Awakening" Kate Beckinsale and "Gone" starring Amanda Seyfried. Lucchesi was the Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed "Million Dollar Baby" which won Oscars ® for Clint Eastwood (Director), Hilary Swank (Actress) and Morgan Freeman (Supporting Actor). His other recent credits include "The Lincoln Lawyer" with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei; "The Ugly Truth," directed by Robert Luketic and starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler; "Crank," starring Jason Statham; and "Elegy," the film adaptation of Philip Roth's novel, "The Dying Animal," starring Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
Additional credits with Lakeshore Entertainment include "The Last Kiss," starring Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett, directed by Tony Goldwyn; box office smash "the Exorcism of Emily Rose;" "The Mothman Prophecies," starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney; "Autumn in New York," starring Gere and Winona Ryder; and Sam Raimi's "The Gift," starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi. In addition, Lucchesi was the Executive Producer on the box office hit "Runaway Bride," starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall. Prior to that, he produced "The Human Stain," based on the Philip Roth novel, directed by Academy Award ® winner Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
Lucchesi previously served as president of Gary Lucchesi Productions, an independent production company where he produced "Primal Fear," for which Edward Norton was nominated for an Oscar ®. He also produced the Primetime Emmy ® -nominated "Gotti" and "Breast Men" for HBO. In addition, Lucchesi produced the Primetime Emmy ® -winning Showtime movie "Wild Iris."
While president of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's The Really Useful Film Co., Lucchesi executive produced the film version of the musical "Cats," as well as original feature films and direct-to-video releases of other theater hits.
Prior to becoming an independent producer, Lucchesi was President of Production at Paramount and oversaw such films as "Ghost," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Fatal Attraction," "The Hunt for Red October," "Coming to America," "The Naked Gun," "The Godfather: Part III," "Star Trek," "Black Rain" and "The Untouchables." He also worked at TriStar Pictures for four years as both Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production.
Lucchesi began his career in Los Angeles as an agent for the William Morris Agency where he represented such stars as Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and John Malkovich.
Most recently, JAMES WHITAKER (Director of Photography) lensed "Stolen" (starring Nicolas Cage) for Millennium Films with director Simon West.
Recent films include "Crossing Over," Whitaker's third feature collaboration with writer/director Wayne Kramer, having shot the gritty crime drama "Running Scared" for New Line Cinema and "The Cooler" starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello and Alec Baldwin. Whitaker also photographed Jason Reitman's critically acclaimed debut "Thank You For Smoking," as well as the Sundance Film Festival darling "King of California," starring Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Whitaker studied still photography at the Maine Photographic Institute before moving to Los Angeles and immersing himself in the art of the moving picture. Whitaker's work garnered immediate attention in the commercial and music video worlds after several high profile spots with Nike and Hummer, and he has since gone on to lens numerous award-winning ads for companies including Ikea, Sony, Lexus and AT&T. Whitaker has also lent his artistry to the music video world, filming such renowned artists as Jay-Z, Radiohead, The Black Eyed Peas and Carlos Santana.
Notable short films include the Academy Award® nominated "Everything in This Country Must," as well as the Jordan & Ridley Scott-helmed "Jonathan," part of a series of "Unicef" shorts which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
Other feature credits include additional photography on "The Crow: Salvation" and Michael Winterbottom's "A Might Heart," starring Angelina Jolie. Whitaker resides in Los Angeles with his wife Nicole and two sons Miles and Xander.
FRANCO-GIACOMO CARBONE (Production Designer) began his career as a stage designer in New York City working for avante guard theater companies such as La Mama and Circle Repertory Company. He transitioned to film during the independent film boom of the mid nineties, after graduating from the AFI film program with a Masters of Fine Art degree in production design for film and television. Franco is also a previous graduate of the Parsons School of Design and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Some of Franco's notable film credits include Lionsgate's release of "Hostel" produced by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Eli Roth; "Wonderland," starring Val Kilmer; "Down in the Valley," starring Edward Norton; and William Friedkin's "Bug," starring Ashley Judd.
Last summer's "The Expendables" was Franco's third film collaboration with actor/director Sylvester Stallone. He first teamed up with Stallone on "Rocky Balboa" then set off for the jungles of Thailand for "Rambo."
Recently, Franco has wrapped Tracy Lett's "Killer Joe," directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew Maconahay and Emile Hirsh.
Currently Franco is in production on "The Last Stand," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger for Lionsgate.
LISA ZENO CHURGIN, A.C.E. (Editor) is currently editing "Pitch Perfect" for Gold Circle. Her credits include such films as "Priest" for Screen Gems and director Scott Stewart; "Henry Poole is Here;" "The Last Kiss;" "In Her Shoes;" "House of Sand and Fog;" "Moonlight Mile;" "The Cider House Rules," for which she received an Academy Award® nomination; as well as "Embedded," "Dead Man Walking" and "Bob Roberts" for director Tim Robbins. Other films include "Unstrung Heroes," "Reality Bites," as well as episodes of Tom Hanks' HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Churgin graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then moved to New York where she started her editing career as an assistant to Susan Morse on "The Warriors." She was then an assistant editor on "Raging Bull."
Named by The Hollywood Reporter as a top composer to look out for, DEBROAH LURIE (Music by) has repeatedly proven herself to be one of the most versatile composers and arrangers in Hollywood.
Deborah's recent film score credits include the Lasse Hallström directed films "Dear John" and "An Unfinished Life;" the Tim Burton-produced animated feature "9;" Paramount's 2011 releases of "Footloose," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," and Disney's "Prom."
Lurie has collaborated frequently with Danny Elfman, composing additional music for "Wanted," "Spiderman 3," and the IMAX film "Deep Sea: 3D" as well as arranging/orchestrating for "Charlotte 's Web," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland."
In addition to work on film scores, Lurie has an extensive background as an arranger and producer of pop, rock, and theater music. Lurie has arranged for such artists as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Perri, Daughtry, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Creed, Hawthorne Heights and Adam Lambert. In film, Lurie's arrangements appear in the musicals "Dreamgirls" and "Fame." Her arrangement for Christina Perri's song "A Thousand Years" was featured on the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" soundtrack in 2011.
After graduating from NYU's TISCH SCHOOL of the ARTS and THE STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY, DEBROAH AQUILA, C.S.A. (Casting by) worked on the first two seasons of "Miami Vice" and several feature films including Michael Mann's "Man Hunter" and "The Pope of Greenwich Village," as an associate. Her independent casting director career began with Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and Uli Edel's "The Last Exit to Brooklyn." Before moving to Los Angeles in 1993 to cast Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," Deborah had completed over 40 independent films in New York.
In 1993 she was named Senior Vice-President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. The more notable films Deborah cast at Paramount were: "Primal Fear," "Mission Impossible II," "Double Jeopardy," "Varsity Blues," "The Brady Bunch," "Kiss the Gidls," "Mother" and "What Women Want."
Her most recent film credits include "My Week with Marilyn;" "Twilight;" "The Lincoln Lawyer;" "I Am Number 4;" "Red;" "Red State;" "Man on a Ledge;" the critically acclaimed F/X original series "The Shield," starring Michael Chiklis; and Showtime's "Dexter" starring Michael C. Hall; and "Chicago Code."
Deborah has been recognized fourteen times by the Casting Society of America, and in 2011, won the Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for the comedy feature "Red." In 2003, she was recognized by the Hollywood community with the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. She has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1994.
TRICIA WOOD, C.S.A. (Casting by)
JULIE TUCKER, C.S.A. (Casting by)
ROSS MEYERSON, C.S.A. (Casting by)
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