Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 psychological thriller Dead Calm. She has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours. In 2002, she was honored with her first Oscar® nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, Moulin Rouge! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, The Others, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. She was awarded her initial Golden Globe for a pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with becoming a TV personality at all costs, in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For, and has been nominated three additional times: for her performances in Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, and Robert Benton’s Billy Bathgate.
Kidman is currently reunited with Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann and fellow Australian actor Hugh Jackman filming an epic love story set in Australia’s outback.
Kidman voiced the role of “Norma Jean” in this year’s Academy Award® winning animated musical Happy Feet, reuniting her with the Australian director most responsible for launching her career, George Miller.She narrated the documentary release (last year’s Sundance Grand Jury Award and Audience Award-winner), God Grew Tired of Us, and is also the narrator in the film biography of Simon Wiesenthal, I Have Never Forgotten You.
Kidman’s additional film credits include Oliver Hirschbiegel’s The Invasion, co-starring Daniel Craig, and The Golden Compass, director Chris Weitz’s screen adaptation of the first volume in Phillip Pullman’s popular fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials; Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus with Robert Downey, Jr.; Sydney Pollack’s The Interpreter with Sean Penn; Nora Ephron’s Bewitched with Will Ferrell; Robert Benton’s The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris; Lars von Trier’s Dogville with Paul Bettany and Lauren Bacall; Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise; Mimi Leder’s The Peacemaker with George Clooney; Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady with John Malkovich; Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever with Val Kilmer and JimCarrey;Harold Becker’s Malice with Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin; and Ron Howard’s Far and Away.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. For the past nine years, Kidman has served as the UNICEF Ambassador for Australia. Three years ago, she became the first Chair of the Women’s Health Fund at UCLA, at the David Geffen School of Medicine.
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH (Pauline)
Jennifer Jason Leigh first came to prominence alongside Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates and Nicolas Cage as the heartbreakingly innocent teenager, Stacy, in Amy Heckerling's seminal Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Six years later she garnered the Best Supporting Actress Awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics for her portrayals in both Uli Edel's Last Exit to Brooklyn and George Armitage's Miami Blues.
Risky, complex, characters have become the signature of this actress who disappears chameleon-like into her roles. Jennifer has worked with many of the most fearless, maverick directors of our time. She starred in two films for Robert Altman – Short Cuts and Kansas City, Joel and Ethan Coen's The Hudsucker Proxy, Barbet Schroeder's Single White Female, David Cronenberg's Existenz, Jane Campion's In The Cut, Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square, Sam Mendes's Road To Perdition and Ulu Grosbard's Georgia, which she produced with the director, and for which she was honored again by the New York Film Critics Circle, this time with the Best Actress Award. Her performance also earned her The Montreal Film Festival Best Actress Award and her second Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Jennifer’s collaboration with Robert Altman continued when he selected her for the role of Dorothy Parker in his production of Alan Rudolf's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious, a performance that won her a Golden Globe nomination, the Best Actress Awards from the National Society of Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics Association and her first Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Her other films include: Lili Fini Zanuck's Rush, Ron Howard's Backdraft, Chrisopher Guest's The Big Picture, Brad Anderson's The Machinist, and Todd Solondz's Palindromes. In 2000 she won The Best Actress Award at Tokyo's International Film Festival for the dogma film The King Is Alive.
Jennifer made her writing and directorial debut in 2001 with the critically lauded, The Anniversary Party,which she co-wrote, co-starred and co-directed with Alan Cumming. The Independent Spirit Awards honored the pair with Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay nominations, and the movie garnered a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.
Jennifer's Broadway credits include CABARET opposite Alan Cumming and directed by Sam Mendes and David Auburn's PROOF. In 2006 Jennifer returned to the New York theatre for the American premiere of Mike Leigh's ABIGAIL'S PARTY for The New Group. The performance earned her the Drama Desk and the Lucille Lortell Best Actress nominations. She also starred in the radio play, ANOMALISA written and directed by Charlie Kaufman at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles.
Her impressive and diverse career has been honored with numerous retrospectives, including the prestigious American Cinematheque, Telluride Film Festival, and the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York. In 2002, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented Leigh with its Young Friends of Film Honors.
This fall she stars in Noah Baumbach's highly anticipated, Margot at the Wedding, as Pauline, Margot's estranged and soon to be married sister. The film takes a raw and intimate view of the achingly funny and savage nature of sibling dynamics. Leigh stars opposite Nicole
Kidman and Jack Black. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and released by Paramount Vantage.
The actress recently completed work on writer/director Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener.
ZANE PAIS (Claude)
Zane Pais is making his acting debut at age 12. He is the son of two well-known New York-based actors, Lisa Emery and Josh Pais.
Zane was born and raised on New York’s Lower East Side, and currently is a student at New York City’s famed City and Country School. His favorite subjects are Science and History, and he is an avid clarinet player and Psi fighter.
JACK BLACK (Malcolm)
Jack Black has appeared in many motion pictures, but it was his scene-stealing performance as John Cusack’s sarcastic music store employee in Stephen Frears’s acclaimed comedy High Fidelity that cemented his place in the hearts of audiences. That breakout role in 2000 garnered him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the supporting actor category and a nomination for an American Comedy Award. Black then co-hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards with Sarah Michelle Gellar; the program was the highest-rated MTV Movie Awards show ever and the top-rated cable program of the year.
In September 2003, Black proved his box-office draw with a # 1 opening for Paramount Pictures, School of Rock from producer Scott Rudin, director Richard Linklater, and writer Mike White. Black received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
In December 2005, Black was seen in Peter Jackson’s cinematic blockbuster King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson and joining a cast that included Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis and Colin Hanks.
Black recently starred in the box-office smash Nacho Libre directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite); and in the ensemble comedy, The Holiday, directed by Nancy Meyers and also starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.
As the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with friend Kyle Gass, Black most recently starred in Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. Their self-titled album was released in 2001 and quickly certified at gold-selling status.
Black is currently shooting the Ben Stiller-directed feature Tropic Thunder for Dreamworks in Hawaii.
His screen credits also include the Farrelly brothers’ Shallow Hal opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. Jake Kasdan’s Orange County, Jesus’s Son with Billy Crudupand Saving Silverman. He starred with Ben Stiller in Barry Levinson’s Envy and provided the voice of “Lenny” in the hit animated feature Shark Tale. Black made his feature film debut in Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts.
JOHN TURTURRO (Jim)
John Turturro studied at the Yale School of Drama and for his theatrical debut created the title role of John Patrick Shanley’s “Danny And The Deep Blue Sea,” for which he won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. Since then he has performed on stage in Italian American Reconciliation; La Puta Vida; The Bald Soprano; Waiting For Godot; in the title role of Brecht’s The Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui; Yasmina Reza’s Life X 3; and in Eduardo De Filippo’s Souls Of Naples, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently, he directed Reza’s A Spanish Play at CSC.
For his work on television, Turturro was nominated for a SAG award for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in Monday Night Mayhem and won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Monk. This summer he will appear in the miniseries The Bronx Is Burning in which he portrays the Yankee skipper, Billy Martin.
Turturro has performed in more than sixty films, including Martin Scorcese’s The Color Of Money; Tony Bill’s Five Corners; Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever; Robert Redford’s Quiz Show; Peter Weir’s Fearless; Tom DiCillo’s Box Of Moonlight; Francesco Rosi’s La Tregua; Allison Anders’ Grace Of My Heart; Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock; Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepard; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou. For his lead role in the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink, he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the David D. Donatello Award. Other films include The Luzhin Defense, Mr. Deeds and Brain Donors.
Turturro’s current films include Michael Bay’s Transformers, Anthony Hopkins’ Slipstream and Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened? based on Art Linson’s book.
For his directorial debut, Mac, Turturro won the Camera D’Or from the Cannes Film Festival. He is also the director of Illuminata and the upcoming Romance And Cigarettes.
FLORA CROSS (Ingrid)
Flora Cross made her screen debut in 2005 with Bee Season opposite Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche and co-directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee. For her work in that film she received a “Best Young Actress” nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Flora was chosen for the role from thousands of hopefuls after an exhaustive nationwide search.
Acting is nothing new to the Cross family as Flora follows in the footsteps of her brothers Harley Cross and Eli Marienthal, both well-respected actors in their own right. Flora is 14 and American but was born in France and has lived in Paris, Panama, Haiti, Jerusalem, New York City, Argentina and now resides in Los Angeles.
CIARÁN HINDS (Dick)
Ciarán Hinds is well known to watchers of the HBO series Rome for his portrayal of Julius Caesar. In 2003, he received an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy) nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Veronica Guerin, and in 2004 he received the award for Best Actor in the miniseries The Mayor of Casterbridge.
Ciarán began his career at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre and was a member of the company for many years. In Ireland, he has worked at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, the Druid Theatre in Galway and at the Project and the Abbey in Dublin, where he last appeared as Cuchulain in The Yeats Cycle. For the Gate Theatre he has appeared with The Field Day Company’s version of Antigone, The School For Wives and Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game. He toured internationally with Peter Brook’s Company in The Mahabharata and has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre, where he last played in Patrick Marber’s Closer, which also transferred to Broadway.
He made his film debut in 1981 in John Boorman’s Excalibur, and went on to appear in such films as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, December Bride, Circle of Friends for Pat O’Connorand Titanic Town directed by Roger Michel. His other notable films include Some Mother’s Son, Gillian Armstrong’s Oscar and Lucinda, The Lost Son, The Weight of Water and Mary Reilly, Among his more recent work is Sam Mendes’ The Road to Perdition, Jonjo Mikybo, Calendar Girls with Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie, The Statement for Norman Jewison, Phantom of the Opera for Joel Schumacher, Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and Steven Spielberg’s Munich.
In 2006 Ciarán filmed Amazing Grace for Michael Apted, Nativity for Catherine Hardwicke, Hallam Foe for David MacKenzie, A Tiger’s Tail for John Boorman, There Will Be Blood for Paul Thomas Anderson and Stop Loss for Kimberly Peirce. Most recently, Ciarán has filmed In Bruges for Martin McDonagh, voiced a character for animated feature film The Tale Of Desperaux, filmed Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day for Bharat Nalluri, and is currently shooting Cash for Eric Besnard.
His television work also includes Jane Eyre, Jason And The Argonauts, Seaforth, Ivanhoe, Rules Of Engagement, Sherlock Holmes, Soldier, Soldier, Prime Suspect 3 and the award-winning film of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, in which he played Captain Wentworth.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS NOAH BAUMBACH (Writer-director)
Noah Baumbach wrote and directed The Squid and The Whale in 2005 and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He won screenplay awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Toronto Film Critics Association. The Squid and the Whale also won Best Picture from the New York Critics Online and received three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, as well as six Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture.
Baumbach also wrote and directed Kicking and Screaming and co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He has also written for The New Yorker magazine.
SCOTT RUDIN (Producer)
Films include Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited,The Queen (BAFTA Award); Notes On A Scandal; Venus; Failure To Launch; The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; Closer; Team America: World Police; I Huckabees; The Village; School Of Rock; The Hours; Changing Lanes; Iris; The Royal Tenenbaums; Zoolander; Sleepy Hollow; Wonder Boys; Bringing Out The Dead; South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; The Truman Show (BAFTA Award); A Civil Action; In & Out; Ransom; Mother; The First Wives Club; Clueless; Nobody’s Fool; The Firm; Searching For Bobby Fischer; Sister Act; The Addams Family; Addams Family Values; Little Man Tate; Regarding Henry.
Theatre includes Passion (Tony Award); Indiscretions; Hamlet; Seven Guitars; Skylight; On the Town; The Chairs; The Judas Kiss; The Blue Room; Closer (London and New York); Amy’s View; The Wild Party; Copenhagen (Tony Award); The Designated Mourner; The Goat (Tony Award); Medea; Caroline, or Change; The Normal Heart; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Doubt (Tony Award); Red Light Winter; Faith Healer; The History Boys (Tony Award); Shining City; Stuff Happens; The Vertical Hour; The Year of Magical Thinking; and Deuce.
Upcoming films include: the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, Kim Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, and Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road.
M. BLAIR BREARD (Co-producer)
M. Blair Breard was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. She moved to New York and became a theatrical electrician, working in such diverse off-Broadway houses as the Public Theatre, the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, and the Theatre at St. Clement’s Church. Soon she began working in the film industry, amassing over a dozen credits as unit production manager before becoming a producer. She was line producer of the 1997 miniseries Painted Lady and went on to become associate producer of Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop, co-producer of Pootie Tang and co-producer of Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star starring David Spade. Her most recent film as co-producer is Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Jean Reno and Matthew Broderick.
HARRIS SAVIDES (Director of Photography)
Harris Savides, a Bronx native, studied at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where he received a degree in film and still photography. After working in Europe as a fashion photographer, he returned to the U.S. His earliest credits were on the television films Lake Consequence and The Investigator. He made his feature film debut with Phil Jouanou’s Heaven’s Prisoners and followed this with The Game, Illuminata, The Yards, Finding Forrester, Gerry, Elephant, Birth, Last Days, Zodiac and the upcoming American Gangster. Between features, he has also shot numerous music videos, including Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and Madonna’s “Bedtime Story,” all for director Mark Romanek. For his music-video work, he has won three MTV awards.
ANNE ROSS (Production Designer)
Anne Ross first worked with Noah Baumbach on his acclaimed The Squid and the Whale. Among her other films are Lost in Translation, which she co-designed with K.K. Barrett (Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design nomination), Black and White, Mercy and The Mantis Murder. She designed the television series Hi Octane as well as numerous commercials and music videos.
ANN ROTH (Costume Designer)
Ann Roth, one of the most sought-after costume designers in the entertainment industry, began her theatrical career as a scenery painter for the Pittsburgh Opera Company. She soon moved to New York, and assisted such costume designers as Irene Sharaff and Miles White. Among her Broadway credits are Purlie, The Women, Play it Again, Sam, They're Playing Our Song and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Odd Couple (original and revival), The Real Thing, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Over the course of her career she has received three Drama Desk nominations and four Tony nominations.
Roth won an Academy Award® for The English Patient. Her first motion picture was The World of Henry Orient in l964, and her first solo film credit was Midnight Cowboy in l969. Among her many films are Klute, The Day of the Locust (for which she won a British Academy Award in l975), The Goodbye Girl, Coming Home, Hair, Dressed to Kill, The World According to Garp, Places in the Heart, Sweet Dreams, Working Girl, Regarding Henry, Pacific Heights, Wolf, Just Cause, Sabrina, The Bird Cage, In and Out, Primary Colors, Random Hearts, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Finding Forrester, The Hours, Angels in America, Cold Mountain, The Village, Closer, Freedomland, The Good Shepherd, the recent Evening and the upcoming The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. In 2000 she received the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award.
CAROL LITTLETON (Editor)
Carol Littleton left her native Oklahoma to study in a France on a Fulbright scholarship. It was there that she was first drawn to film editing after seeing the powerful docudrama The Battle of Algiers. Upon her return to the U.S., she settled in Southern California and began editing TV commercials. Her first screen credit was assistant editor on Alan Rudolph’s first feature, Premonition.
Since then her films have included Body Heat, E.T., The Big Chill, Places in the Heart, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Swimming to Cambodia, The Accidental Tourist, White Palace, Grand Canyon, Benny and Joon, Twilight, Beloved, The Anniversary Party, The Truth About Charlie, and The Manchurian Candidate, among many others.
For her work on E.T., Littleton received an Oscar® nomination, a BAFTA nomination and an American Cinema Editors nomination. For her work on the telefilm Tuesdays with Morrie, she received an Emmy award.