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Release Date: June 29, 2012
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis
Genre: Live Action/CG-Animated Comedy
MPAA Rating: R
MARK WAHLBERG (John Bennett) earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his standout performances in 2010's The Fighter and Martin Scorsese's acclaimed 2006 drama The Departed.
Wahlberg's remarkable film career began with Penny Marshall's Renaissance Man and Scott Kalvert's The Basketball Diaries, with Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a star turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear. He has enjoyed playing diverse characters for visionary filmmakers such as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson. His break out role in Boogie Nights established Wahlberg as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He later headlined Three Kings and The Perfect Storm, both with George Clooney, and The Italian Job, with Charlize Theron. He then starred in the football biopic Invincible, with Greg Kinnear, and Shooter, based on the best-selling novel "Point of Impact." He reunited with The Yards director James Gray and co-star Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, which he also produced. His other pro jects include Contraband, The Happening, Max Payne and Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones." In 2010, he appeared in the comedies Date Night, with Tina Fey, and The Other Guys, opposite Will Ferrell. His upcoming films include Broken City, op posite Russell Crowe, and 2 Guns, opposite Denzel Washington.
As an accomplished film and television producer, Wahlberg has received a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award, an Oscar® nomination, 10 Golden Globe nominations and four Emmy nominations. In addition to serving as producer on Broken City, Contraband, The Fighter and We Own the Night, Wahlberg is executive producer of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, In Treatment and How to Make It in America.
A committed philanthropist, he founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner- city children and teens.
MILA KUNIS (Lori Collins) has established herself as one of Hollywood's most sought-after, vivacious and engaging actresses. Since be ginning her career in acting, she has already fostered an impressive body of work that includes major motion picture and television roles.
Kunis is currently filming Blood Ties, opposite Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard and James Caan. The film centers around two brothers, on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
Kunis recently finished filming Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to 1939's The Wizard of Oz, in which she stars opposite James Franco as Theodora, the youngest sister of three witches. The film is directed by Sam Raimi from a revised script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and is produced by Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) . This past winter, she became the new face of Dior's ready-to-wear line.
In 2010, Kunis starred opposite Natalie Portman as Lily in Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed, Golden Globe- and Oscar®-nominated supernatural drama Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky. For her performance, she was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, and she received Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Movie awards in 2011. The film was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year for 2010.
Kunis' other notable film credits include Friends With Benefits, Date Night, The Book of Eli, Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Max Payne.
Kunis is best known for her roles on two of FOX's most successful shows: That '70s Show and the Emmy nominated animated show Family Guy. On That '70s Show, she played Jackie Burkhart and earned two YoungStar Awards for Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series. On Family Guy, she currently voices the character of Meg Griffin.
Emmy Award-winning SETH M ac FARLANE (Ted/Directed by/Screenplay by/Story by/Produced by) is an all-around entertainer best known as the creative force behind the television series Family Guy. He began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design. His talent was eventually noticed by executives at FOX, who asked him to create a pilot of his own for the network. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became Family Guy. The seven-minute short was delivered in May 1998 and was picked up just weeks later. At age 24, MacFarlane was the youngest executive producer in television.
As Family Guy progressed, MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Stewie Griffin. In 2002, he also received an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for Family Guy. In 2009, Family Guy became the only animated show since The Flintstones, in 1961, to be nominated for a primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. Family Guy previously garnered three nominations for Outstanding Animated Program.
In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane also serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on FOX's animated series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. He is also executive producing a 21 st -century version of the classic animated comedy The Flintstones and Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, an updated 13- part docuseries about Carl Sagan's iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Both will be on the FOX schedule in 2013.
MacFarlane is also an experienced live performer having played to sold-out audiences at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall. His debut album, "Music is Better Than Words," which was released by Universal Republic Records, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart on September 27, 2011, and received two Grammy Award nominations, including one for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. A fully- orchestrated album, it features MacFarlane singing some of the hidden musical gems of the '40s and '50s. Introducing this rich sound and classic integrity to a new audience, the album features duets with beloved artists Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles.
September 2011 marked MacFarlane's return as the roastmaster for Comedy Central's Emmy nominated Roast franchise. He is the only three-time returning roastmaster.
JOEL M c HALE (Rex) is currently one of the busiest actors in the business. He is starring on NBC's hit comedy series Community, has a number of films on deck and recently wrapped a much buzzed about gig as the host of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
McHale was last seen in What's Your Number?, with Anna Faris, and The Big Year, with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. He was previously seen
opposite Jessica Alba in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, and starring opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's comedic thriller The Informant!
McHale continues to satirize pop culture and current events each week on E!'s The Soup. His quick wit and sharp comedic timing have made The Soup a pop-culture phenomenon. He also performs his stand up act around the country to sold-out audiences.
Born in Rome and raised in Seattle, Washington, McHale was a history major at the University of Washington (UW) , where he also was a member of the school's championship football team. In addition, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from UW's Actor Training Program.
McHale lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
Winner of the ShoWest Newcomer of the Year Award in 1999, GIOVANNI RIBISI (Donny) has since established himself as a popular screen presence capable of playing a wide variety of roles.
Ribisi was recently seen in Universal Pictures' Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, and GK Films' The Rum Diary, based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel. It is the story of a journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in Puerto Rico. He tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amongst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.
Ribisi finished shooting the ensemble feature Gangster Squad, starring opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. The film is set in the '50s and chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep the east coast Mafia out of Los Angeles.
Ribisi was also seen in James Cameron's Avatar, winner of three Academy Awards® and two Golden Globes, and has gone on to be the highest-grossing film of all time.
Among his best-known films are Michael Mann's Public Enemies; Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan; Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation; Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain; and David Lynch's Lost Highway. Ribisi's other credits include The Dead Girl; Perfect Stranger; Flight of the Phoenix; Boiler Room; Gone in Sixty Seconds; The Other Sister; Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; SubUrbia; Heaven; First Love, Last Rites; That Thing You Do!; The Mod Squad; Masked and Anonymous; and The Big White. Ribisi received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance in Sam Raimi's The Gift.
In addition to his numerous film credits, Ribisi also has an impressive list of television guest-starring roles on his resume. In 2007, he gained an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for My Name Is Earl. Ribisi also made guest appearances on The X-Files and Friends.
Ribisi and his twin sister, Marissa, were born and raised in Los Angeles, where he still resides. Beginning his acting career at the age of nine, he studied theater under the prestigious acting coach Milton Katselas.
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