In this action-packed mystery thriller, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul onboard. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as details of the crash emerge, more questions arise about who or what was at fault and what really happened on that plane.
The ensemble cast stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Tamara Tunie and Melissa Leo. Produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke, the original screenplay was written by John Gatins. Flight reunites director Robert Zemeckis with many of his long-time collaborators including cinematographer Don Burgess, ASC, editor Jeremiah O’Driscoll, composer Alan Silvestri, and a sound team that includes Randy Thom, William B. Kaplan, Dennis Leonard and Dennis Sands. Production designer Nelson Coates, set decorator James Edward Ferrell, Jr., costume designer Louise Frogley, visual effects supervisor Kevin Baillie and special effects supervisor Michael Lantieri help round out the talented behind-the-camera team that came together to craft the look of Flight.
Two-time Academy Award®–winning actor Denzel Washington is a man constantly on the move. Never comfortable repeating himself or his successes, Washington always searches for new challenges through his numerous and varied film and stage portrayals. From Trip, an embittered runaway slave in Glory, to South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in Cry Freedom; from Shakespeare’s tragic historical figure Richard III to the rogue detective Alonzo in Training Day, Washington has amazed and entertained us with a rich array of characters distinctly his own.
Washington started off 2012 starring in Universal’s thriller Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, and released on February 10 to an opening weekend of over $40 million (second-largest career opening weekend). He has completed production on Paramount’s Flight, helmed by Robert Zemeckis, for release at the end of year. He is also currently working on 2 Guns, a crime-drama produced by Mark Damon that is also set to be released before the end of this year.
In the fall of 2010, Washington starred in the 20th Century Fox action/thriller Unstoppable, once again pairing him with director Tony Scott.
In spring 2010, Washington made his return to Broadway, where he appeared opposite Viola Davis in a 14-week run of August Wilson’s Fences. His powerful performance as Troy, a one-time baseball star turned sanitation worker who struggles to reconcile his past and present, earned him his first Tony Award; both the play and his co-star earned Tony Awards as well.
In January 2010 Warner Bros. released Book of Eli, a post-apocalyptic Western that tells the story of one man’s fight across America to protect a sacred book that contains the secrets to rescuing mankind. In June 2009, Washington appeared alongside John Travolta in Tony Scott’s remake of the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 for Columbia Pictures. Pelham tells the dramatic story of a subway dispatcher (Washington) who receives a ransom call from a hijacker (Travolta) who has taken control of one of the trains.
In late December 2007, Washington directed and co-starred with Academy Award®–winning actor Forest Whitaker in The Great Debaters, a drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas who, in 1935, inspired students from the school’s debate team to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
In November of 2007, Washington starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. The film, which is based on the true juggernaut success story of a cult hero from the streets of 1970s Harlem during one of America’s biggest drug wars, grossed $43.6M in its first weekend and earned Washington his largest opening weekend to date.
March 2006 saw Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man. Co-starring Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, this film about a perfect bank robbery proved successful its opening weekend, grossing $29M and marking Washington’s third-biggest opening to date.
As 2006 came to an end, Washington thrilled audiences yet again in Touchstone Pictures’ De´ja` Vu, reteaming with director Tony Scott. In this “flashback” romantic thriller, Washington plays an ATF agent who travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered, falling in love with her in the process.
In 2005, Washington returned to his theatre roots starring on Broadway as Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. The show was well-received by critics and fans alike.
In 2004, Washington collaborated with director Tony Scott on Man on Fire. In this film, Washington plays an ex-Marine who has been hired to protect a young girl, played by Dakota Fanning, from kidnapping threats. That same year, Washington was also seen in The Manchurian Candidate, a modern-day remake of the 1962 classic film for Paramount Pictures. In the film, directed by Jonathan Demme, Washington starred along side Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber, in the part that Frank Sinatra made famous. He played Bennett Marco, a Gulf War soldier who returns from combat and is unable to remember events because he has been brainwashed.
In 2003 Washington was seen in Out Of Time, directed by Carl Franklin. Washington played opposite Eva Mendez and Sanaa Lathan in the murder-mystery thriller for MGM. He played a Florida police chief who must solve a double homicide before he falls under suspicion for the murders himself.
December 2002 marked Denzel Washington’s feature film directorial debut with Antwone Fisher. The film, which is based on a true-life story and inspired by the best-selling autobiography, Finding Fish, follows Fisher, a troubled young sailor played by newcomer Derek Luke, as he comes to terms with his past. The film won critical praise and was awarded the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, as well as winning an NAACP Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Washington. Also, in 2002, Washington was seen in John Q, a story about a down-on-his-luck father whose son is in need of a heart transplant. The film established an opening day record for President’s Day weekend, grossing $24.1 million. The film garnered Washington an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
Perhaps his most critically acclaimed performance to date was his Academy Award®–winning performance in Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The story revolves around a grizzled LAPD veteran, played by Washington, who shows a rookie narcotics cop, played by Ethan Hawke, the ropes on his first day of the soul-city beat. The film was only one of two in 2001 that spent two weeks at the number-one spot at the box office.
In September 2000, he starred in Jerry Bruckheimer’s box-office sensation ($115 million domestic gross) Remember the Titans, a fact-based film about the integration of a high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. Earlier that year, he starred in Universal’s The Hurricane, reteaming with director Norman Jewison. Washington received a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award® nomination (his fourth) for his portrayal of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the world middleweight champion boxer during the 1960s who was wrongfully imprisoned twice for the June 17, 1966, murder of three whites in a New Jersey bar.
In November 1999, he starred in Universal’s The Bone Collector, the adaptation of Jeffrey Deaver’s novel about the search for a serial killer, co-starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Phillip Noyce. He played the role of a quadriplegic police detective who is a forensics expert. In 1998, he starred in the Warner Bros. crime thriller Fallen for director Greg Hoblit, and in Spike Lee’s He Got Game, released by Touchstone (Disney). Also, he reteamed with director Ed Zwick in the 20th Century Fox terrorist thriller The Siege, co-starring Annette Bening and Bruce Willis.
In the summer of 1996, he starred in the critically acclaimed military drama Courage Under Fire, for his Glory director, Ed Zwick. Washington portrayed Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling, a tank commander in the Gulf War who is charged with investigating conflicting reports surrounding the first female nominee for a Medal of Honor. Later that year, Washington starred opposite Whitney Houston in Penny Marshall’s romantic comedy The Preacher’s Wife. Washington played an angel who comes to the aid of Reverend Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) whose doubts about his ability to make a difference in his troubled community are also affecting his family.
In 1995, he starred opposite Gene Hackman as Navy Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter in Tony Scott’s underwater action adventure Crimson Tide; as ex-cop Parker Barnes in the futuristic thriller Virtuosity, who was released from prison to track down a computer-generated criminal; and as World War II veteran Easy Rawlins, in the 1940s romantic thriller Devil in a Blue Dress (which Washington’s Mundy Lane Entertainment produced with Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetico).
Another critically acclaimed performance was his portrayal of Malcolm X, the complex and controversial black activist from the 1960s, in director Spike Lee’s biographical epic Malcolm X. Monumental in scope and filmed over a period of six months in the United States and Africa, Malcolm X was hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the best films of 1992. For his portrayal, Washington received a number of accolades including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor.
In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington took on a very different type of role in 2000. He produced the HBO documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, which was subsequently nominated for two Emmy® Awards. Also, he served as executive producer on Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, a biographical documentary for TBS which was nominated for an Emmy® Award. Additionally, Washington’s narration of the legend of “John Henry” was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for Children and he was awarded the 1996 NAACP Image Award for his performance in the animated children’s special “Happily Ever After: Rumpelstiltskin.”
A native of Mt. Vernon, New York, Washington had his career sights set on medicine when he attended Fordham University. During a stint as a summer camp counselor, he appeared in one of their theater productions; Washington was bitten by the acting bug and returned to Fordham that year seeking the tutelage of Robinson Stone, one of the school’s leading professors. Upon graduation from Fordham, Washington was accepted into San Francisco’s prestigious American Conservatory Theater. Following an intensive year of study in their theater program, he returned to New York after a brief stop in Los Angeles.
Washington’s professional New York theater career began with Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park and was quickly followed by numerous off-Broadway productions including Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, When the Chickens Came Home to Roost (in which he portrayed Malcolm X), One Tiger to a Hill, Man and Superman, Othello and A Soldier’s Play, for which he won an Obie Award. Washington’s more recent stage appearances include the Broadway production of Checkmates and Richard III, which was produced as part of the 1990 Free Shakespeare in the Park series hosted by Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre in New York City.
Washington was “discovered” by Hollywood when he was cast in 1979 in the television film Flesh and Blood. But it was Denzel’s award-winning performance on stage in A Soldier’s Play that captured the attention of the producers of the NBC television series, St. Elsewhere, and he was soon cast in that long-running hit series as Dr. Phillip Chandler. His other television credits include The George McKenna Story, License to Kill, and Wilma.
In 1982, Washington re-created his role from A Soldier’s Play for Norman Jewison’s film version. Re-titled A Soldier’s Story, Denzel’s portrayal of Private Peterson was critically well-received. Washington went on to star in Sidney Lumet’s Power, Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom for which he received his first Oscar® nomination, For Queen and Country, The Mighty Quinn, Heart Condition, Glory, for which he won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor and Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues. Washington also starred in the action adventure film, Ricochet, and in Mira Nair’s bittersweet comedy Mississippi Masala.
Additional film credits include Kenneth Branaugh’s film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Jonathan Demme’s controversial Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and The Pelican Brief, based on the John Grisham novel.
John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native St. Louis for New York, armed only with a fine arts degree from Southwest Missouri State University, $1,000 borrowed from his brother and a dream of becoming a professional actor. He didn’t want to look back later and say, “I wonder if I could have…” So he made the rounds, worked at odd jobs and just tried to keep busy. He’s been busy ever since.
Goodman’s upcoming film projects include Ben Affleck’s drama Argo, which will premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Clint Eastwood’s sports-drama Trouble With the Curve and the Robert Zemeckis thriller Flight, which will premiere as the closing-night film at the New York Film Festival.
Goodman’s recent film credits include the Weinstein Company’s black-and-white silent feature The Artist, which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture, and the Warner Bros. drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture.
His recent TV credits include DirecTV’s Damages and NBC’s Community.
Goodman’s many accolades include a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor and seven Emmy® Award nominations for his role in Roseanne. He also earned Emmy® nominations for his starring roles in TNT’s Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, in the CBS production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and in the Coen Brothers film Barton Fink. In 2007, Goodman won his second Emmy®, for Outstanding Guest Actor, on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
HBO’s biopic of Jack Kevorkian, You Don’t Know Jack, reunited Goodman with Al Pacino (Sea of Love) and Susan Sarandon (Speed Racer). He received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
Previous film credits included In The Electric Mist, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Speed Racer, Bee Movie, Pope Joan, Alabama Moon, Gigantic, Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Beyond the Sea, Masked and Anonymous, Storytelling, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Coyote Ugly, What Planet Are You From?, One Night at McCool’s, Bringing Out the Dead, Fallen, The Borrowers, Blues Brothers 2000, The Runner, The Flintstones, Mother Night, Arachnophobia, Always, Pie in the Sky, Born Yesterday, Matinee, The Babe, King Ralph, Punchline, Everybody’s All-American, Sea of Love, Stella, Eddie Macon’s Run, C.H.U.D., Revenge of the Nerds, Maria’s Lovers, Sweet Dreams, True Stories, The Big Easy, Burglar, The Wrong Guys, Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski.
He has lent his voice to many animated films, including Monsters, Inc., The Emperor’s New Groove, Tales of the Rat Fink and The Jungle Book 2. He also voiced a main character in NBC’s animated series Father of the Pride.
Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State intending to play football, but an injury led him to switch his major to drama. He never returned to football and graduated with a degree in theatre.
Goodman starred on Broadway in Waiting for Godot, for which he received rave reviews as Pozzo. His other stage credits include many dinner theatre and children’s theatre productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theatre credits include Henry IV, Parts I and II, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and A Christmas Carol. He performed in a road production of The Robber Bridegroom and starred in two Broadway shows, Loose Ends in 1979 and Big River in 1985. In 2001, he starred in the NY Shakespeare Festival Central Park staging of The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols. The following year he appeared on Broadway in the Public Theatre’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
Goodman and his family have homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Kelly Reilly was recently reunited with director Guy Ritchie for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, reprising the role she played in the 2009 hit Sherlock Holmes, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Reilly will next be seen in Flight, a Paramount Pictures production directed by Robert Zemeckis in which she co-stars with Denzel Washington and John Goodman. She is currently filming vampire movie Innocence, and recently wrapped on A Single Shot, an adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel directed by David M. Rosenthal. Last year she was seen in the World War II drama Edwin Boyd, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
For her previous film work Reilly has received both critical and international acclaim. She garnered a Best Actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards for her riveting performance in James Watkins debut thriller, Eden Lake opposite Michael Fassbender. She also gained international acclaim playing a supporting lead role in the Stephen Frears–directed film Mrs. Henderson Presents, a role for which she won “Best Newcomer” at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards and a nomination as “Best Supporting Actress” at the British Independent Film Awards in 2005. That same year she also won the award for Best Newcomer at the Empire Film Awards, which also recognized her performance as the haughty and manipulative Miss Bingley in the successful Working Title remake of Pride and Prejudice. She also appeared alongside Johnny Depp in Laurence Dunmore’s directorial debut The Libertine. It was for her roles in these three films that she was awarded the Steinmetz Award for Best Breakthrough at the 2006 pre-BAFTA London Party. Additionally, Reilly won the Chopard Award as the Female Revelation at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the prestigious César Awards for her performance in the internationally successful French film Les Poupees Russes (Russian Dolls), directed by Cedric Klapisch; a sequel to the award-winning Auberge Espanol. Among her other film credits are a wide range of international releases including Meant to Be, Ti presento un amico, Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, Triage with Colin Farrell and Last Orders.
Reilly is also well known for her stage work. She became the youngest ever Olivier Award nominee in the category of Best Actress when she was nominated in 2004 for her performance in After Miss Julie, presented at London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre; she was also nominated as Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre awards for the same role. In 2008, she received another Olivier Award nomination in the same category for the role of Desdemona in the Donmar Warehouse production of Othello. She also received praise for her role in Look Back in Anger, opposite David Tennant at the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre, and previously stole the show in the Comedy Theatre production of Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Other theatre credits include parts in Piano/Forte (Royal Court), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Royal National Theatre), Blasted (Royal Court), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), Three Sisters (for which she was nominated as Actress in a Supporting Role for the Barclays TMA Awards) and The London Cuckolds (Royal National Theatre), for which she was a finalist for an Ian Charleson Award.
Reilly has most recently been seen revisiting her lead role of DC Anna Travis in Silent Scream, the third series of Above Suspicion, ITV’s hugely successful adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novels. She has also starred on the small screen in an adaptation of Jake Arnott’s He Kills Coppers, opposite Rafe Spall, as well as in Stephen Poliakoff’s Joe’s Palace, co-starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Michael Gambon for BBC/HBO.
Best known for her roles on both the big and small screens, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. Since the summer of 2011, Beauvais has been co-starring alongside Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Hanna Linden in the TNT legal drama Franklin & Bash. Season two began in June, and her film Flight starring Denzel Washington is due out this fall. Beauvais also recently wrapped a role across Isaiah Washington in the David E. Talbert play Suddenly Single, which was filmed in front of a live audience and aired on BET in September. She recently wrapped shooting the independent film Small Time alongside Christopher Meloni and Bridget Moynahan, directed by Joel Surnow. In addition to her busy schedule as an actress, Beauvais has been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled I Am, addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book, I Am Mixed, about being siblings of mixed ethnicities, is due out for full release on December 5.
Beauvais began modeling at the age of 17 and easily transitioned to acting in the Aaron Spelling series Models, Inc. After that, she co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show.
For four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy® Award–winning series NYPD Blue. Other television credits include: a starring role opposite Tim Daly in the ABC television show Eyes and guest appearances on Human Target, Crash, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Bernie Mac Show and The Bonnie Hunt Show.
Beauvais’s feature film credits include: the Film Independent Award–nominated American Gun, with Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland, Women in Trouble with Simon Baker and Josh Brolin, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, with Queen Latifah and Bad Company, opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. Beauvais also shot the short film “Eyes to See,” which focuses on the Haiti earthquake, inspired by the writer/director’s personal involvement with the Haitian relief effort right after the tragedy.
Beauvais supports the Step Up Women’s Network, a national nonprofit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential. She is also active with March of Dimes, Children Uniting Nations and Yele Haiti Foundation.
Earlier this summer, Brian Geraghty completed work as the lead role in the independent feature Kilimanjaro, in which he played Doug, a man whose life is at a standstill and decides to turn things around by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Geraghty recently wrapped Flight for Paramount Pictures with Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and John Goodman. This spring, he filmed a recurring role on Alan Ball’s True Blood in which he plays Brian, an Iraq War veteran who suffers from debilitating flashbacks. Last year, he filmed the reunion dramedy 10 Years as part of an all-star ensemble that includes Channing Tatum, Oscar Isaac, Kate Mara and Anthony Mackie. The film made its premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Last year, Geraghtyalso filmed Gay Dude for Lionsgate and completed work as the lead opposite Krysten Ritter in Jessica Goldberg’s feature Refuge.
Geraghty’s additional film credits include the following: Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award®-winning thriller The Hurt Locker with Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie; Easier With Practice, the directorial debut of Kyle Patrick Alvarez, for which Geraghty earned rave reviews; the short film Bastard, directed by Kirsten Dunst; Emilio Estevez’s Bobby, for which The New York Times hand-picked his performance as one of the “Scene Stealers: Breakthrough Performances” of 2006; We Are Marshall, directed by McG and starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox; Open House with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (Tribeca Film Festival 2010); The Guardian, directed by Andrew Davis and starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher; Jarhead, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard; Terry Zwigoff’s Art School Confidential with John Malkovich and Max Minghella; An American Crime with Ellen Page and Catherine Keener; When a Stranger Calls with Camilla Belle; Love Lies Bleeding with Christian Slater and Jenna Dewan; Conversations With Other Women with Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter; The Optimist with Leelee Sobieski; Stateside with Val Kilmer and Jonathan Tucker; and Cruel World with Edward Furlong.
Prior to launching into a film career, he had guest starring roles on several top television series, including The Sopranos, Law & Order and Ed.
Originally from New Jersey, Geraghty graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. His stage credits include roles in productions of Berlin, Midnight Moonlight, Snipers and Romeo and Juliet. He began his professional career in New York before relocating to Los Angeles. Geraghty returned to the stage in January when he appeared opposite Martin Sheen and Frances Conroy in Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses about a young man’s return from World War II. Geraghty starred as the young man, the role for which Sheen earned a Tony Award in 1964.
An ardent surfer, he has been a surf instructor and is an ongoing, active supporter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization working to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches. He is also involved with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), a resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of relationship to the deceased. They meet their mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.
Geraghty currently resides in Los Angeles.
Bruce Greenwood most recently starred in the ABC horror/drama series The River as wildlife explorer and TV personality Emmet Cole who goes looking for magic in the uncharted Amazon and disappears while his family and friends set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him. Oren Peli, creator of Paranormal Activity, and Steven Spielberg are executive producers.
He will next be seen in the drama Flight opposite Denzel Washington for Paramount Pictures, directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film centers on airline pilot Whip (Washington) with substance abuse issues who steers an endangered flight to a crash-landing, saving nearly all passengers. Greenwood plays Charlie, the president of the Pilots’ Union, who used to fly with Whip and tries to help him through a scandal. The film is slated for a November 2012 release.
He just wrapped production on Devil’s Knot, drawn from the book by the same name opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth for acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan; this marks their fourth film together. His previous films include a leading role in Exotica as a tax inspector obsessed with a stripper. The film was nominated for the Palme D’Or at Cannes and named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also starred in the drama The Sweet Hereafter, playing a father of two children killed in a tragic bus accident. The film earned the Jury Grand Prize at Cannes and swept the Genie Awards including Best Motion Picture and also earned him a Genie Award nomination for Best Actor. Additionally he starred in the drama Ararat, which won five Genie Awards including Best Picture.
He recently reprised his role as Captain Christopher Pike in Paramount Pictures’ next installment of Star Trek opposite Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana for director J.J. Abrams. The follow-up to the 2009 blockbuster is slated for a 2013 release.
He will star opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in The Place Beyond the Pines, about a motorcycle stunt rider who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his family, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politican. Greenwood plays Bill Killcullen, an assistant district attorney. The film is written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.
Earlier he starred opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks for director Jay Roach. His other credits include Mao’s Last Dancer for director Bruce Beresford. The film is based on the best selling memoir of dancer Li Cunxin; the film premiered as a Special Presentation at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. He also starred in the Walt Disney action thriller National Treasure: Book of Secrets as the President of the United States opposite Nicolas Cage. In 2007, his dual role in the unconventional biopic of legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan I’m Not There opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Gere for writer/director Todd Haynes, earned the Independent Spirit Awards’ inaugural Robert Altman Award.
He is well known for his outstanding portrayal of President John F. Kennedy negotiating the Cuban Missile Crisis and its fallout in the riveting drama Thirteen Days, opposite Kevin Costner and Steven Culp. The film earned Greenwood a Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2006 he appeared in the thriller Deja Vu for director Tony Scott alongside Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. In 2005 he starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote’s partner, writer Jack Dunphy, in Capote. That performance earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2004 he appeared opposite Will Smith in the sci-fi hit I, Robot, in which he played a ruthless CEO of U.S. Robotics who was suspected of murder. That same year he played the dashing paramour of an aging actress (Annette Bening) in the critically praised Being Julia. That role earned him a Genie Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1999 he starred opposite Ashley Judd as a murder-plotting spouse in the suspense thriller Double Jeopardy, which earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Supporting Actor.
Greenwood’s other film credits include Meek’s Cutoff opposite Michelle Williams for director Kelly Reichardt, Barney’s Version, Donovan’s Echo opposite Danny Glover, as well as Firehouse Dog, Hollywood Homicide, The World’s Fastest Indian, Eight Below, Rules of Engagement, Racing Stripes, Here on Earth, The Lost Son, Thick as Thieves, Disturbing Behavior, Passenger 57 and Wild Orchid.
Greenwood also enjoys a diverse and successful career in television. In 2009 he performed in the Hallmark Hall of Fame holiday movie A Dog Named Christmas, based on the Greg Kincaid novel. In 2007 he starred in the David Milch HBO series John from Cincinnati.
Earlier in his career he was a regular as Dr. Seth Griffith on the award-winning series St. Elsewhere. He also appeared on the critically acclaimed Larry Sanders Show.
He also starred in the remake of the The Magnificent Ambersons, as well as several movies of the week, including The Riverman for A&E and Saving Milly for CBS.
Bruce and his wife Susan divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Melissa Leo won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award for her tour-de-force performance in The Fighter. She also received Oscar® and SAG nominations for her role in Frozen River, for which she received many accolades and universal critical adulation.
Leo shared a Best Ensemble acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams. Her most recent films include Conviction and Welcome to the Rileys. Other notable film work includes The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Hide and Seek.
Leo recently starred in Red State, Seven Days in Utopia and HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Leo’s television credits include Treme and her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on Homicide: Life on the Street.
Leo studied drama at Mount View Theatre School in London, England, and later at the SUNY Purchase Acting Program.
Tamara Tunie will be seen this fall in Paramount’s Flight in which she co-stars opposite Denzel Washington. Perhaps best known as “Medical Examiner Melinda Warner” on NBC’s long-running top-rated series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ms. Tunie has had many other memorable roles in film and television, including “Jackie Heath” opposite Charlize Theron and Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate, “Leslie Christos” opposite Al Pacino in City Hall, “Sheila” opposite Samuel L. Jackson in The Caveman’s Valentine (for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), “Jessica Griffin” in the hugely popular CBS Daytime Drama As The World Turns, and the villainous “Alberta Green” on Season 1 of the hit series, 24.
Ms. Tunie has extensive stage credits ranging from Broadway’s Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, to Fences at the Kennedy Center, Troilus and Cressida at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses and All’s Well That Ends Well, Broadway’s Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, and the first all African-American production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Richmond, Virginia.
Ms. Tunie moved into theatre producing where her first outing was on the team responsible for the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening. She also produced August Wilson’s Tony Award nominated Radio Golf and this past season’s Magic/Bird.
Ms. Tunie produced and directed her first feature film entitled See You in September, shot entirely in New York City and which starred Justin Kirk, Estella Warren, and James McDaniel. In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg awarded her the “Made in New York Award” from the City of New York for her support and commitment to Film, Television and Theater in Manhattan.
She will be making her solo concert debut at Feinstein’s at the Regency on October 30, 2012.
James Badge Dale, one of Hollywood’s most respected young actors, is gearing up for an impressive 2013 as his work will be seen in three major pictures adding three completely different characters to his already complex list of roles played.
In Shane Black’s Ironman 3, which he recently completed starring opposite Robert Downey, Sir Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau he plays the unique villian “Eric Savin.” In Marc Forster’s World War Z, based on the highly successful novel by Max Brooks, Dale appears opposite Brad Pitt, as the character “Speke,” a soldier struggling with his humanity during the zombie apocalypse. Lastly, in Bruckheimer/Disneys’ The Lone Ranger directed by Gore Verbinski, Dale will star opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as “Dan Reid,” the grizzled and morally flawed head of the Texas Rangers and brother to Armie’s title character.
Dale can currently be seen in Paramount’s Flight directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington, in a role for which he was asked to transform himself, losing 20 lbs in six weeks in order play the memorable character, “The gaunt young man.” Within the past year, Dale starred alongside Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in Shame, the much buzzed about controversial and sexually charged drama directed by Steve McQueen. He followed with Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, a film centering on the survival of eight men in the wilds of Alaska hunted by a pack of wolves.
His other notable film credits include; Robert Redford’s historical drama The Conspirator, starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy and Martin Scorcese’s Academy Award®–winning film The Departed.
In television Dale starred in AMC’s critically acclaimed series Rubicon, constructed in the vein of the political thrillers Parallax View and Three Days of The Condor. His most recognized role in television was his lead performance as “Robert Leckie” in the Emmy® and Peabody awarded HBO epic miniseries The Pacific. The 10-hour event intertwined stories of three U.S. Marines in the Pacific battles against Japan during World War II. Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. Dale is also remembered as “Chase Edmunds,” Kiefer Sutherland’s younger partner in the hit television series 24.
Dale is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award–winning Director/Choreographer, Grover Dale. He followed his parents onto the stage making his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company. Since then, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group and New World Stages.
Walter F. Parkes is a motion picture producer, writer and former studio head at DreamWorks Pictures, the motion picture studio that he and his wife and partner, Laurie MacDonald, ran from the company’s inception through 2005.
Films produced or executive produced by Parkes include Gladiator, Minority Report, the Men in Black series, Catch Me if You Can, The Mask of Zorro, The Ring, Awakenings and Amistad, as well as the screen adaptations of the novel The Kite Runner and of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which won the 2009 Golden Globe® Award for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. In total, films produced or executive produced by Parkes have earned in excess of $6 billion in worldwide box office. In May, Parkes wrapped Men in Black 3, which earned more than $599 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing title in the Sony franchise. His current projects include the buzz-worthy upcoming film Flight, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemeckis, out on November 2, 2012. Additionally, he has two highly anticipated projects in the works with NBC: CrossBones and an untitled United Nations series.
As a studio executive, Parkes, along with MacDonald, was responsible for the development and production of the company’s diverse slate of films, which achieved both box office success and critical acclaim, including, for only the second time in the history of the Motion Picture Academy, three consecutive Best Picture Oscar® winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, the latter two produced in partnership with Universal. Other critical and commercial successes produced during their tenure include: Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath, Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Michael Mann’s Collateral and Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award–winning drama Saving Private Ryan, which was the top-grossing film domestically of 1998.
In 2009, Parkes and MacDonald teamed with the Abu Dhabi Media Company to form Parkes/MacDonald Imagenation, a partnership that funds future screenplay development for the duo’s projects at DreamWorks and other studios, and provides production co-financing on selected films.
Parkes himself is a three-time Academy Award® nominee, earning his first nomination as the director/producer of the 1978 documentary California Reich, which exposed neo-Nazi activities in California. He garnered his second Oscar® nomination for writing (with Lawrence Lasker) the original screenplay for WarGames, and his third nod was for his work as a producer on the Best Picture nominee Awakenings. Parkes also co-wrote and produced the tech-thriller Sneakers, starring Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier.
Parkes is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, and the Global Business Network. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Arts & Culture Dialog Initiative of the US-Islamic World Forum for the Brookings Institute, and the boards of the Starlight Foundation and Para Los Niños Charter School, which provides services for the children of the working poor of Downtown Los Angeles. For the last six years Parkes has served as president of Yale’s University Council, which advises President Richard Levin on academic matters.
Parkes resides in Santa Monica, California, and New York City, New York. He is a graduate of Yale University and attended the School of Communications at Stanford University. He is married to his producing partner Laurie MacDonald, with whom he has two children: Jane, a teacher in the Early Education program at the UCLA Laboratory School, and Graham, a second-year student in the department of dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.
The husband and wife team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald hold the unique distinction of having helped to create DreamWorks, the first new studio in five decades, as well as being two of the most active producers working today.
Films produced or executive-produced by Parkes and MacDonald include Gladiator, Amistad, Men in Black I & II, Minority Report, The Mask of Zorro, Catch Me if You Can, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Terminal, Road to Perdition, Dinner for Schmucks and The Ring. In 2007, they created their own company and produced the screen adaptations of the acclaimed novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, and of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. In total, films produced or executive-produced by Parkes and MacDonald have earned in excess of $6 billion in worldwide box office.
As studio heads, Parkes and MacDonald were responsible for development and production of the company’s diverse slate of films, which achieved both box office success and critical acclaim, including, for only the second time in the history of the Motion Picture Academy, three consecutive Best Picture Oscar® winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, the latter two produced in partnership with Universal Pictures. Other critical and commercial successes produced during their tenure include: Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, Robert Zemeckis’ What Lies Beneath, Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Michael Mann’s Collateral and Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award® and Golden Globe®–winning drama Saving Private Ryan, which was the domestically top-grossing film of 1998.
In 2009, Parkes and MacDonald teamed with the Abu Dhabi Media Company to form Parkes+MacDonald Imagenation, a partnership that will fund future screenplay development for the duo’s projects at DreamWorks and other studios, and provide production co-financing on selected films.
MacDonald began her producing career as a documentary and news producer at KRON, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. She later joined Columbia Pictures, where she served as a vice president of production. After four years, she started a production company with Walter Parkes. Immediately prior to joining DreamWorks, MacDonald oversaw development and production at Amblin Entertainment.
This year they completed post production on and released Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, which has grossed over $600 million worldwide to date.
Producer Steve Starkey earned an Academy Award® as one of the producers of Best Picture–winner Forrest Gump. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, became one of the highest grossing movies of all time and collected six Oscars®, including Best Director and Best Actor, as well as a Golden Globe® Award, the National Board of Review’s highest honor, two People’s Choice Awards, the Producers Guild Golden Laurel Award and a Best Picture BAFTA nomination.
Starkey also pioneered performance-capture technology in the Zemeckis-directed films A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and Beowulf and the Gil Kenan–directed film Monster House, all of which were produced by Starkey with his ImageMovers partners.
Currently Starkey is the producer of the highly anticipated feature film Flight, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemeckis for Paramount Pictures. Starkey’s ImageMovers credits include the Zemeckis-directed epic drama Cast Away, which re-teamed them with Tom Hanks, and the psychological thriller What Lies Beneath with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, also directed by Zemeckis. Starkey produced The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, directed by Jane Anderson and starring Julianne Moore. He also produced Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage.
Starkey’s professional association with Zemeckis began in 1986 when he was associate producer on the innovative feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to serve as associate producer on the second and third installments of the Back to the Future trilogy. Their collaboration continued as Starkey and Zemeckis produced the black comedy Death Becomes Her, followed by Forrest Gump and Contact. Starkey also co-produced the feature comedy farce Noises Off and produced the Showtime feature-length documentary The Pursuit of Happiness, which explores drug and alcohol addiction and was directed and executive produced by Robert Zemeckis.
Early in his career, Starkey worked with George Lucas at Lucasfilm, Ltd., where he became an assistant film editor on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He later edited documentary films for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, was associate producer of Spielberg’s Amazing Stories television anthology series and executive producer on the 1993 CBS series Johnny Bago.
Robert Zemeckis won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe® Award and a Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director for the hugely successful Forrest Gump. The film’s numerous honors also included Oscars® for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis re-teamed with Hanks on the contemporary drama Cast Away, the filming of which was split into two sections, book-ending production on What Lies Beneath. Zemeckis and Hanks served as producers on Cast Away, along with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.
Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed Back to the Future, which was the top-grossing release of 1985 and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He then went on to helm Back to the Future Part II and Part III, completing one of the most successful film franchises ever.
In addition, he directed and produced Contact, starring Jodie Foster, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan; and the macabre comedy hit Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. He also wrote and directed the box office smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, cleverly blending live action and animation; directed the romantic adventure hit Romancing the Stone, pairing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed the comedies Used Cars and I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
Zemeckis also produced House on Haunted Hill, and executive produced such films as The Frighteners, The Public Eye and Trespass, which he also co-wrote with Bob Gale. He and Gale previously wrote 1914, which began Zemeckis’ association with Steven Spielberg.
For the small screen, Zemeckis has directed several projects, including the Showtime feature-length documentary The Pursuit of Happiness, which explored the effect of drugs and alcohol on 20th-century society. His additional television credits include episodes of Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and HBO’s Tales From the Crypt.
In 1998, Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke partnered to form the film and television production company ImageMovers. What Lies Beneath was the first film to be released under the ImageMovers banner, followed by Cast Away, which opened to critical and audience acclaim in the fall of 2000, and Matchstick Men.
In March 2001, the USC School of Cinematic Arts celebrated the opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. This state-of-the-art center is the country’s first and only fully digital training center and houses the latest in non-linear production and post-production equipment as well as stages, a 50-seat screening room and USC-student-run television station, Trojan Vision.
In 2004, Zemeckis produced and directed the motion capture film The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks. In 2005, he brought the true-life story of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson to the big screen. In addition, he served as executive producer on both Monster House and the Queen Latifah comedy Last Holiday.
Zemeckis produced and directed his second motion-capture film, Beowulf, which was also produced by Rapke and Starkey. The feature, which stars Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and Ray Winstone, is based on one of the oldest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature, written sometime before the 10th century A.D.
In November 2009, Zemeckis released his most advanced motion-capture film to date: A Christmas Carol, based on the celebrated and beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. Rapke and Starkey also produced the film, which was released by the Disney Studios in November 2009. Presently, Zemickis has completed his return to live-action direction with the feature film Flight, starring Denzel Washington for Paramount Pictures.
Upon his graduation from New York University Film School in 1975, Jack Rapke moved to Los Angeles to embark on a career in the entertainment industry. His first stop was the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. Four years later, Rapke joined Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he rose, over the course of the next 17 years, to become one of the most successful agents in Hollywood.
During a seven-year tenure as co-chairman of CAA’s motion picture department, Rapke cultivated a high-profile client list that included Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Harold Ramis, Michael Bay, Terry Gilliam, Bob Gale, Bo Goldman, Steve Kloves, Howard Franklin, Scott Frank, Robert Kamen, John Hughes, Joel Schumacher, Martin Brest, Chris Columbus, Ezra Sacks, and Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. After having been instrumental in building production companies around his clients, it was only a matter of time before he decided to build one of his own with client Robert Zemeckis.
In 1998, Rapke departed CAA to form ImageMovers with Zemeckis and producing partner Steve Starkey. Primarily focused on theatrical motion pictures, the company’s first feature was the critically acclaimed Cast Away, directed by Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. Rapke and partners went on to produce numerous hits including Zemeckis’ thriller What Lies Beneath starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, the Ridley Scott-directed Matchstick Men starring Nicolas Cage, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, and Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah.
Zemeckis’ pioneering use of performance-capture technology in 2004’s The Polar Express blazed a new trail for modern 3D filmmaking. Rapke and partners produced several films employing this revolutionary new technique: 2006’s Oscar®-nominated Monster House, 2007’s Beowulf, directed by Zemeckis and starring Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Robin Wright Penn, and the 2009 film A Christmas Carol, for the Walt Disney Studios, also directed by Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey and Colin Firth. Additionally, the partners were executive producers on the film Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by Shawn Levy, as well as the Showtime series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons, currently in production on its third season. Their most recent film, Flight, directed by Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washingtion, Don Cheadle and John Goodman, is due in theatres November 2, 2012.
As a producer and the executive VP of creative affairs at ImageMovers, Jackie Levine oversees all development on feature films to be directed by Robert Zemeckis as well as the ImageMovers-produced projects. Levine works with a variety of A-list filmmakers and writers, focused on finding and developing quality film and television projects. She helps keep the standard high at ImageMovers in seeking out the best, most original and yet universally appealing material. Recently Levine oversaw development on Flight, Real Steel, Mars Needs Moms and The Borgias series on Showtime. Levine also works with Leslie Zemeckis on her highly acclaimed documentaries. Most recently she produced Behind the Burly Q and Leslie’s latest upcoming documentary, Bound by Flesh.
Before joining ImageMovers she was a senior VP of production and development at Walden Media. She oversaw Prince Caspian, Narnia 2: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Narnia 3, The Waterhorse, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Amazing Grace, Sahara, The Game of Their Lives and several others. Before Walden, Levine packaged movies for the foreign financing company Cobalt Media where she helped put together and find financing for Open Range, The House of Sand and Fog and Swimfan, which she developed at Michael Douglas’ Further Films where she oversaw development and production on Don’t Say a Word, One Night at McCool’s and other Douglas projects. Before her tenure at Further Films, Levine associate produced Mighty Joe Young with Tom Jacobsen for Disney.
Levine began her film career as an assistant to Donna Roth and Susan Arnold at Roth/Arnold Productions. She worked on Benny & Joon and was then promoted to associate producer on Unstrung Heroes and Grosse Point Blank.
Screenwriter John Gatins is a native New Yorker, where his father was a New York City police officer. The family relocated to the Hudson Valley, near Poughkeepsie, where Gatins grew up and later attended Vassar College, graduating as a drama major.
After graduating from Vassar, Gatins drove to Los Angeles to become a movie star. He became a bartender and a parking valet and a nanny. His friends called him the “Manny.”
He struggled, getting a few acting roles in horror movies like Witchboard 2 and Leprechaun 3. He was also working as a plant guy at the time. At one point he was watering Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock’s plants.
He went to NY Stage and Film’s summer theater program in 1994, and after a summer of classes and performing he returned to LA and wrote a screenplay called Smells Like Teen Suicide. He sold that script to Disney and it served as a calling card that helped him secure the job of doing uncredited rewrite work on Varsity Blues for Paramount Pictures.
It was after his Varsity Blues experience that Gatins began writing a spec about an alcoholic commercial airline pilot. He was able to get through the first 30 pages before shelving it and returning to paying work. Paramount hired Gatins to write the Keanu Reeves inner-city baseball movie Hard Ball, which he received screenplay credit on.
Paramount remained a home base as he wrote the Samuel Jackson basketball movie Coach Carter.
Is was at this time that he was contacted by Warner Bros.’ then-president Lorenzo DiBonaventura to see if he had designs on directing a movie. Gatins promptly pitched him an idea about a broken-down racehorse trainer and his fractured relationship with his son. Gatins ultimately wrote and directed Dreamer for DreamWorks with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning playing the leads.
DreamWorks was interested in getting Gatins to direct another film for them, and Gatins showed the execs the first 30 pages of the alcoholic airline pilot script now known as Flight. They made a script deal with him to finish a first draft of his long percolating idea. DreamWorks brought Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald on to produce. Gatins took another year and a half but finally was able to get through a rough first draft. It was now six years since he’d typed “fade in” on this flawed flying hero script and he again needed to make a living.
Gatins was next asked by Steven Spielberg to rewrite a film based in part on a sci-fi story from Richard Matheson called Steel. That script became Real Steel, which grossed 300 million dollars worldwide. Gatins was also able to secure a fun acting role in the film when he played Kingpin the Mohawk-wearing sociopath who accepts a fight with the hero robot.
After Real Steel wrapped he was back to trying to refine the script for Flight and attempting to get talent attached. His plan had always been to write and direct the film. It would be another year before Flight made its way into production. It took Denzel Washington’s passion to play the lead role combined with Robert Zemeckis’s connection to the material to get the film made.
Zemeckis asked Gatins to come on location for the entire shoot, and their close collaboration helped Flight find its way to the big screen.
On November 2, 2012 Paramount Pictures will release Flight, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemeckis. This has been a personal journey for Gatins, as he has been picking up and putting down the script for the last 12 years.
Gatins lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Don Burgess, ASC is an Academy Award®–nominated cinematographer for his work on the acclaimed hit Forrest Gump, for which he also received an Outstanding Achievement nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers and a BAFTA nomination. He also received a Cable ACE Award for Best Cinematography on the Robert Zemeckis–directed television episode of Tales from the Crypt titled “Yellow.”
Feature film credits for Burgess include the blockbuster hits Spider-Man, Terminator 3, Cast Away with Tom Hanks, the thriller What Lies Beneath with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, Contact with Jodie Foster, the Billy Crystal romantic comedy Forget Paris, the action-drama The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington, and Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal, directed by Duncan Jones. Burgess most recently completed 42, the story of Jackie Robinson with Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman, directed by Brian Helgeland.
Jeremiah O’Driscoll has previously collaborated with Robert Zemeckis as editor of A Christmas Carol, Beowulf and The Polar Express. He was associate editor on Cast Away. He served Arthur Schmidt as assistant editor on Forrest Gump, The Birdcage, Contact, Primary Colors and What Lies Beneath.
Among his feature credits as an apprentice editor are Driving Miss Daisy, The Last of the Mohicans and Death Becomes Her.
Nelson Coates is currently designing the period drama Race to Save Nome in Calgary, set during the 1925 diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, and the sled-dog relay to deliver life-saving serum to save the town. Coates designed the recent release Big Miracle, the first full-length studio feature to film entirely in Alaska, and just completed desiging the intense drama Flight, starring Denzel Washington and marking the return to live-action features for director Robert Zemeckis. Prior to Flight, Coates designed The Guilt Trip starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. The Guilt Trip is Coates’s second feature collaboration with director Anne Fletcher, having previously designed her hit movie The Proposal, set in Sitka, Alaska, and New York City, but actually filmed in Massachusetts.
Coates previously designed The Last Song, Miley Cyrus’ feature film debut, as well as her music video, “When I Look at You.” He had to create New York City for The Code, a heist film with Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria, with Mimi Leder at the helm. Coates worked in Chicago designing the period drama The Express with Dennis Quaid. The Express marked Coates’ sixth feature collaboration with director Gary Fleder. Their previous collaborations include Runaway Jury, Don’t Say a Word, Kiss the Girls, Imposter and Fleder’s feature directing debut, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead. Prior to their work on The Express, they created the pilot and first six episodes of October Road, a one-hour drama for ABC Television. Coates also designed Fleder’s ABC television movie, Boston’s Finest.
Equally adept at comedy and drama, Coates has designed such films as School for Scoundrels and the live-action mermaid movie Aquamarine on Australia’s Gold Coast. Other feature design credits include Man of the House starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Denzel Washington’s directing debut, Antwone Fisher, named one of AFI’s (American Film Institute) top 10 movies of 2002.
Coates has designed a wide variety of films from Living Out Loud starring Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito, to Murder at 1600 featuring Wesley Snipes. He designed Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut, Albino Alligator; Frailty for Bill Paxton; and Bastard Out of Carolina, directed by Anjelica Huston. Additional credits include Stir of Echoes, Disturbing Behavior, Blank Check, CB4, Three of Hearts and Universal Soldier.
His other television designs include the pilot/permanent sets of Jonny Zero, John Doe, and the miniseries Stephen King’s The Stand, which earned him an Emmy® nomination in recognition of the 220 sets and locations he designed. His design work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Design Magazine. Between movie projects, Nelson designs for the real world as the architect/interior designer on unique residential and commercial projects.
An actor, singer and dancer with stage, TV and film credits, Coates has composed and choreographed more than a dozen opening and closing numbers for the Albert Schweitzer Awards in New York, including the year the Gorbachevs were honored. He has also earned the distinction of performing for Presidents Bush, Reagan, Ford and Carter.
A magna cum laude communications graduate of Abilene Christian University in Texas, Coates was named Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year in 1996. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Cambridge Who’s Who in America, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Laguna College of Art and Design.
Dennis Sands has been a film scoring/re-recording mixer for 35 years. He has earned four Oscar® nominations (The Polar Express, Cast Away, Contact and Forrest Gump), and won one Emmy® Award (Steve and Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin – 1978, Best Sound Mixing), one Grammy Award (American Beauty – 2001, Best Score Album), and a Cinema Audio Society 2008 Career Achievement Award.
Makeup artist and designer Nikoletta Skarlatos first fell in love with her art form as a child in Greece. Since then, she has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers, top design houses and internationally renowned photographers.
Skarlatos applies her passion and knowledge in the design and creation of richly cinematic characters. She was the makeup designer and department head for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, for which she was submitted for Academy Award® consideration and nominated for the prestigious Saturn Award.
Skarlatos’ diverse body of work can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Miami Vice, The Soloist, The Hunger Games and The Amazing Spider-Man. Her work will next be seen in Robert Zemeckis’s eagerly anticipated film Flight, which will be released on November 2, 2012. She is currently in production on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence.
In 2009, Skarlatos had the honor of being the first woman in the history of Indian cinema to execute the design and application of special effects makeup for the Bollywood feature Blue.
Her additional designs can be seen in Siegfried and Roy: The Magic Box 3D, and We Fight to Be Free, which is on permanent installation at the Mount Vernon Museum in Virginia.
She was named the global beauty director for Julie Hewett Los Angeles Cosmetics from 2009 through 2012. She has also collaborated with the House of Chanel and Estee Lauder as a makeup artist, makeup designer and product developer.
In addition to recent film work, Skarlatos’ makeup design can be seen in major marketing campaigns and on the pages of Interview, BlackBook, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Elle, Ebony and The Hamptons.
Skarlatos lectures globally about biodynamic skin care and nontoxic alternatives in the makeup industry. She was the Hollywood Makeup Guild speaker for the Huffington Post’s “Greening of Hollywood: Guild by Guild” in 2009, and was honored as the special guest of Conexa Beauty at Art by Avon International in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. Skarlatos is finalizing development of her own biodynamic skin care line.
Her philanthropic endeavours extend to work with the World Food Organization and agencies against female feticide in both India and Mexico.
Fabric, colors, the elements, history, art and nature strongly influence Skarlatos. She includes these influences as well as extensive research when creating and designing for film.
Skarlatos is fluent in English, Spanish, French and conversational Greek.
Teressa Hill launched her career in hair design more than 30 years ago, passing both Oregon and California state board exams. She began developing her skills as a hairstylist under the tutelage of acclaimed haircutting authority Gary Gerard, founder of Gerard’s International Advanced Haircutting Institute and world-renowned wig maker René Hafid, originator of René of Paris wigs. Although excelling in barbering, grooming, haircutting, styling, application of extensions and wig work, Hill felt hair color was the final touch to completing her knowledge in the chemistry of color and became a certified colorist and technical advisor for two well-known color lines, Framesi and Schwarzkopt.
Hill’s natural sense of style and diverse creative ability lends itself to print, television and film and has given her the opportunity to work with some of the best in the entertainment industry. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international magazines such as In Style, Glamour, Esquire and People, just to name a few. In the course of her career she has worked on countless television shows such as Alias, all three of the CSI media franchise shows, Entourage and Sons of Anarchy. In 2002 she earned a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Award nomination. She has worked on many films as a hairstylist, and her accomplishments include cult favorite Smokin’ Aces, The Bad News Bears, Date Movie, Spider-Man 2, The Kingdom, Thor and, most recently, Flight.
Hill loves a challenge and finds immense passion in her artistry when collaborating with directors, writers, producers and actors to develop characters, helping them to create and execute the imaginative world they have envisioned, then watching it unfold on the big screen. Hill has said, “The inspiration of a costume designer, makeup artist and set designer can catapult [her] imagination to a whole other level; being a part of a creative team, bringing the character to live visually, is such an exhilarating high.”
“Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He’s a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years. Melissa Leo is superb … her honeyed voice is a lethal weapon. John Goodman is vividly funny and scary as a force of Dr. Feelgood nature.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“The hairiest, scariest, most realistic and thrilling plane crash in movie history—a sequence that should be taught in film schools for decades. Flight soars.”
Richard Corliss, Time
“Denzel Washington is brilliant … John Goodman is over-the-top hilarious … In the role of Nicole, British actress Kelly Reilly has a southern accent and finds the character in its cracks and changes in pitch, its broken musicality. She delivers a raw and open performance.”
David Edelstein, New York Magazine
A brave and tortured performance by Denzel Washington—one of his very best. The film is near flawless.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Flight is a superior movie. A thoroughly engrossing experience.”
Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
“A riveting and powerful nail-biting thriller. Two-time Oscar® winner Washington lays claim to yet another certain Best Actor nomination in one of his finest performances.”
Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood
“You can’t take your eyes off Denzel Washington. His performance is ferocious and brilliant.”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Denzel Washington has found one of the best parts of his career in Whip Whitaker. The actor hits notes that are tricky and nuanced and that he’s never played before, contributing to a large, layered performance that defines the film. Robert Zemeckis parachutes back to where he belongs, in big-time, big-star, live-action filmmaking. The exceptional and seamless visual effects for the traumatic flight sequence make that experience linger and reverberate throughout the entire film, just as it does for the characters who lived through it.”
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
“The sort of bold, brave, award-worthy performance we may not have seen from Denzel Washington since Training Day.”
Stephen Whitty, Star Ledger
“The supporting players take smart advantage of their smaller roles to make a big impression, especially Don Cheadle as the soft-spoken lawyer. James Badge Dale is dynamite in an impressive turn as the hospital’s chattiest cancer patient. Denzel Washington’s performance is a triumph.”
Richard Corliss, Time
“A commanding performance by unquestionably one of America’s best actors.”
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
“Denzel Washington gives one of the year’s finest performances.”
Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
“Denzel is monumental.”
James Verniere, Boston Herald
Washington’s talents are matched by an amazing supporting cast that includes Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood and—in a scene-stealing turn—John Goodman. Special mention also goes to Kelly Reilly, whose breakthrough turn as a recovering addict is heartbreaking, and James Badge Dale, whose one crucial scene as a cancer patient puts it all into perspective.”
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
“Denzel Washington gives one of his best performances in his already amazing career! Flight is one of the best films of the year!”
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
“Exceptionally crafted and acted. Director Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film since 2000’s Cast Away is by turns thrilling, engrossing and even darkly funny, anchored by a tremendous performance from Denzel Washington. This is one of those Washington roles, like his Oscar®-winning work in Training Day, in which he exudes a potent mix of damage and bravado, control and danger, but he’s so incredibly charismatic even as he does bad deeds that you can’t help but root for him. Here, Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins have given him a deeply flawed character and placed him in a complicated situation, and allowed him to put the best of what he can do on display.”
Christy Lemire, Associated Press
“Denzel Washington in one of the great performances of his commanding career … ”
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“Washington gives a startling vulnerable performance.”
Marshall Fine, Star
“Denzel Washington, in an extraordinary, Oscar®-worthy performance.”
Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The film is perfectly cast. Denzel, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, and the real surprise in the mix, Kelly Reilly, who hits it out of the park … all as good as could be. And in smaller roles, Tamara Tunie, Melissa Leo, Peter Gerety, and especially Brian Geraghty … all excellent. Zemeckis’s eye is as strong as ever.”
David Poland, Movie City News
“Washington is in top form, and he’s never less than gripping.”
Karen Durbin, Elle Magazine
“Gripping. Washington gives a raw, unsparing performance.”
Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
“Zemeckis’s Flight features Denzel Washington at his best. At the story’s center, Washington delivers a complex performance. His Whip Whitaker is charismatic, embattled, defiant, broken and, ultimately, humbled. And the actor fires on all cylinders, running through a range that marks his most accomplished performance in some time, one certainly rating higher than the two that brought him Oscars® in the past. One has to discuss the crash sequence separately. It is a stunning display, all elements of the production—design, photography, sound, editing, visual effects—combining to deliver a memorable cinematic moment.”
Kristopher Tapley, HitFix
“Zemeckis is a technical wizard.”
Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
The slick lawyer is played exquisitely by Don Cheadle.”
Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
Don Cheadle is excellent.”
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Malibu Cinemas (310) 317-4531
3822 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Your Academy/Guild card and photo ID will get you free admittance to any screening of Flight at Malibu Cinemas. No reservations necessary; however, we do recommend early arrival as seating is limited. Please call the theater directly if you’d like them to hold your seat: (310) 317-4531.