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                             HORRIBLE BOSSES (2011)
                                   Production Notes




Release Date: July 8, 2011

Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Seth Gordon
Screenwriters: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin
Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen, Jamie Foxx
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug material)

Official Website: http://www.horriblebossesmovie.com/




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Horrible Bosses

Management candidate Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has been logging 12-hour days and
eating everything his twisted supervisor Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) dishes out, toward the
promise of a well-earned promotion. But now he knows that's never going to happen.
Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) has been struggling to maintain his self-
respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston),
when she suddenly turns up the heat. And accountant Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) has just
learned that his company's corrupt new owner, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), is not only bent on
ruining his career but plans to funnel toxic waste into an unsuspecting population.

What can you do when your boss is a psycho, a man-eater or a total tool?

Quitting is not an option. These monsters must be stopped. So, on the strength of a few-too-many
drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con whose street cred is priced on a sliding
scale (Jamie Foxx), the guys devise a convoluted but foolproof plan to rid the world of their
respective employers... permanently.

But even the best-laid plans are only as good as the brains behind them.

The comedy "Horrible Bosses" stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, with
Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen and Jamie Foxx.

"Horrible Bosses" is directed by Seth Gordon and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern, from
a screenplay by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by
Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana
Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard and John Cheng as co-producers.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Hennings; production
designer Shepherd Frankel; editor Peter Teschner; costume designer Carol Ramsey; composer
Christopher Lennertz; and music supervisor Dana Sano.

A New Line Cinema presentation of a Rat Entertainment Production, "Horrible Bosses" will be
distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film is rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual content, pervasive language and
some drug material.




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Synopsis

Management candidate Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has been logging 12-hour days and
eating everything his twisted supervisor Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) dishes out, toward the
promise of a well-earned promotion. But now he knows that's never going to happen.
Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) has been struggling to maintain his self-
respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston),
when she suddenly turns up the heat. And accountant Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) has just
learned that his company's corrupt new owner, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), is not only bent on
ruining his career but plans to funnel toxic waste into an unsuspecting population.

What can you do when your boss is a psycho, a man-eater or a total tool?

Quitting is not an option. These monsters must be stopped. So, on the strength of a few-too-many
drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con whose street cred is priced on a sliding
scale (Jamie Foxx), the guys devise a convoluted but foolproof plan to rid the world of their
respective employers... permanently.

But even the best-laid plans are only as good as the brains behind them.

The comedy "Horrible Bosses" stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, with
Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen and Jamie Foxx.

"Horrible Bosses" is directed by Seth Gordon and produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern, from
a screenplay by Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, story by
Markowitz. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J. Brown and Diana
Pokorny serve as executive producers, with John Rickard and John Cheng as co-producers.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography David Hennings; production
designer Shepherd Frankel; editor Peter Teschner; costume designer Carol Ramsey; composer
Christopher Lennertz; and music supervisor Dana Sano.

A New Line Cinema presentation of a Rat Entertainment Production, "Horrible Bosses" will be
distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.




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The Production

                                         THE PROBLEM:

                 "These three pieces of $%# are going to die eventually anyway.
                    We'd just be accelerating that natural process." - Kurt

"Almost everyone has had a horrible boss at some point in their lives, someone who made life
miserable," says director Seth Gordon. "We all know how tempting it is to fantasize about how
much better things would be if they were out of the way. This is a story about three guys who
decide to do something about it.

"But," he adds, "it doesn't turn out exactly the way they expect."

If bumping off their tormentors seems a little extreme at first, it soon becomes clear that, for one
reason or another, these three browbeaten and manipulated workers are out of reasonable
options. And it's not as if they started out as homicidal malcontents — actually, quite the
opposite. Gordon sees the story's heroes, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason
Sudeikis, as "just average suburban working Joes. They're not bad guys, really; they're doing
their best, but they're trapped and victimized by the people they work for in ways that are truly
heinous and profound until they just can't take it anymore."

Week after week, longtime buddies Nick, Dale and Kurt meet for a few rounds to commiserate
over their distinctly different yet equally desperate predicaments and the individuals responsible:
Dave Harken, Nick's control-freak boss, played by Kevin Spacey; Bobby Pellit, the
unconscionable heir to his father's company and the bane of Kurt's existence, played by Colin
Farrell; and Dr. Julia Harris, the predatory dentist, played by Jennifer Aniston as audiences have
never seen her before. As the conversation (and the beer) takes its natural course, the guys end
up reflecting on how much brighter their lives and careers would be if only their despicable
bosses were out of the picture. How nice it would be if they turned up dead one day. How much
they deserve to turn up dead...

From there, it's not that great a leap. Or so they think.

The problem is, apart from their outrage, their furtive fantasies and the knowledge gleaned from
umpteen seasons of "Law & Order," they have no qualifications, no experience and certainly no
aptitude for the assassination business. "They're completely incompetent," states Gordon, a fact
that is brought home to them immediately, and pretty much every hour thereafter, and which
prompts them to enlist the bargain-priced assistance of a self-promoting parolee named Dean
'MF' Jones, played by Jamie Foxx.

From that springboard, "It becomes a linear story where one thing sets off another, and it just
keeps getting faster and crazier as the guys quickly reach the point where there's no turning
back," explains the director, who cites "Horrible Bosses" as one of those rare scripts that made
him laugh till he cried.


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If the average moviegoer can't relate to a murder plot, however ill-conceived, the filmmakers feel
it's a safe bet they can at least relate to the escalating frustration that finally pushes these three
working stiffs over the edge. Producer Brett Ratner, who developed "Horrible Bosses" with
producing partner Jay Stern, notes, "The title alone says it all. It got an immediate reaction from
everyone who heard it. People don't want to admit that the person they work for now is a horrible
boss, but they'll refer to former bosses, or tell us about their 'friend' who has one. Everyone has
bad experiences to draw on, and that's why this is so much fun."

"Actually, in discussing the movie, I discovered that a lot more people have wanted to kill their
bosses than I would have guessed," offers Jason Sudeikis, who stars as the normally easygoing
Kurt. In that respect, "Horrible Bosses" is a tale of wish-fulfillment on a grand scale for anyone
who has ever imagined, say, heaving his or her immediate supervisor off the roof, but with Nick,
Dale and Kurt taking all the risks and making all the stupid mistakes.

"They carry the water for us," says producer Jay Stern. "These are tough times for a lot of
people, and many of us feel thankful to even have a job. At the same time, if someone is
oppressing or abusing you, you think, 'Do I really have to take this? Do I really have to deal with
this maniac?' I think there are plenty of people who don't necessarily want to kill their bosses but
wouldn't mind seeing them hang off an overpass for awhile during rush hour.

"When these guys decide to take revenge in the most extreme way, it might seem a little dark at
first," Stern continues, "but they screw it up so badly that it's not really a movie about three
workers who get off on killing their bosses; it's more about the outrageous and hilarious
adventure they take together after they decide to empower themselves and end up getting
involved in something way over their heads."

Starring as the beleaguered Nick, Jason Bateman concurs: "This is not exactly rational behavior
and I hope there's no one like these guys out there. We're just trying to make people laugh. If
they find a correlation between the story and their own lives, great. But I wouldn't advise trying
any of this at home."

To do the story justice, the filmmakers took an uninhibited approach to "Horrible Bosses" and let
the humor — and everything else — fly. Says Ratner, "The movie doesn't pull any punches. We
really went for it. Seth came in with a very strong point of view and a great vision for the casting
and the execution. He knew what the movie needed to be, tonally, and he really delivered. It's a
fine line between creating real stakes and real danger, and making it fun and funny. What I like
most is that it never feels as though the jokes are there just for the sake of jokes. The humor
always comes from character, and from the circumstances, and everything is grounded in the real
world."

"People just want to go to work, be treated with respect, and go home. Is that too much to ask?"
screenwriter Michael Markowitz wants to know. Markowitz also gets a story credit on the film
and confirms that "Horrible Bosses" was largely inspired by his own office experiences. "Writing
this was my revenge."

What audiences should keep in mind, lest they judge too harshly, is that "these guys are fighting

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for their dignity. They need to do what it takes to stand up and be men," says screenwriter John
Francis Daley. Referring to one scene in which this spirit is vigorously demonstrated, his writing
partner Jonathan Goldstein adds, "...and if it means sticking a toothbrush up your butt to maintain
that dignity, well so be it."

"There are probably more appropriate movies to see if you're looking for heart-warming growth,"
admits Charlie Day, who stars as the timid but ultimately tenacious Dale.

The bottom line, Gordon states, "is there's really no message here. It's just a fun, rude, escapist
comedy about three guys who decide to kill their bosses and are out of their depth as soon as
they start."


                                            THE PLAN:

           "I don't care how much we hate our bosses. We're not murderers." - Dale

               "You've never heard of justifiable homicide? It would be immoral
                                  NOT to kill them." - Kurt

Gordon acknowledges it's the undeniable chemistry between the film's leads — often referred to
on set as Charlie & the two Jasons — that really propels the action. "We got very lucky with this
incredible synergy and these three accomplished comic actors who adapted to each others'
rhythms so perfectly and worked so wonderfully together."

That camaraderie is key as Nick, Dale and Kurt try to brainstorm ideas and bolster one another's
resolve in the face of everything they're up against. And for Dale, "up against," literally means
his boss's hands and any part of his body within reach.

As the unwilling prey of the sex-crazed Dr. Julia Harris, who can't seem to keep her lab coat
buttoned up when he's in the room, "Dale is the hopeless romantic of the group," says Charlie
Day. "He's desperately in love with his fiancée and just wants to be a good guy but his boss is
constantly coming on to him. Sometimes even his buddies don't quite sympathize with him."

That's understandable, considering that Dr. Harris is played by Jennifer Aniston.

"We drew straws to see which one of us would play Dale, and Charlie won," jokes Bateman.
But, as everyone knows, no means no and this is one woman who never got that memo. When
her daily routine of grabbing, flashing and talking trash isn't enough, she adds blackmail to the
list.

"I've never played a character so inexcusably raunchy and there was no way I could resist it —
the dialogue and the situations are so outrageous and fun. I jumped at it immediately," says
Aniston, who calls the movie "a guilty pleasure for people unhappy in their jobs, to maybe go
and get it out of their system by rooting for these guys.

"It really stretches the limits and crosses boundaries and Dr. Harris is way out in front on all
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counts: guilty as charged," she adds.

"What I love about the character is how masculine she is in her sexual appetite. As Jennifer and I
discussed in rehearsals, Dr. Harris is a predator, like a lion. They don't feel one way or another,
they just have to feed," says Gordon. "It was really important to find an actress who could play
Julia with all the intensity and delicious naughtiness the role deserves, and I thought it would be
even better if it was someone audiences wouldn't expect. This is radically different from any role
her fans have ever seen her in before and she just kills; you have to see it to believe it. It's
electrifying to hear her deliver this dialogue. She's absolutely fearless and hilarious."

Aniston previously starred with Sudeikis in "The Bounty Hunter" and with Bateman in last year's
romantic comedy "The Switch," but met Charlie Day for the first time on "Horrible Bosses."
Recalling the potentially awkward scenario of their first scene together, she says, "Within 20
minutes, I was straddling him in lingerie. But Seth never stopped laughing and we were all in
perfect sync; if anything, after every take we'd be thinking, 'let's push it a little further.' I was
bizarrely comfortable in these scenes, almost more so than I would be playing the normal girl-
next-door, and every scene was kind of crazy but that was really the fun of it."

Dale's friend Nick, meanwhile, faces a different kind of domination at the hands of his boss: the
powerful, tightly wound VP Dave Harken, portrayed by Kevin Spacey, who lords over the
cramped bullpen of Comnidyne Industries where poor Nick toils alongside his fellow corporate
drones in the futile hope of reward and recognition... or, at the very least, an occasional half-day
off.

"Harken is the master of psychological torment," says Gordon. "We imagined a kind of
sophisticated passive-aggressive sadist, the kind of power-hungry micromanager that I think any
of us can recognize because he exists out there in many forms, and Kevin handles it brilliantly."

Says Spacey, "You can't even give him the benefit of the doubt, or think for a minute that he's
being tough in order to teach a lesson or encourage his employees to try harder and bring out
their best. There are no underlying strategies that might redeem him. Harken is just a bully. He's
a terrible, terrible person.

"The three of us who play the bosses really back these three friends into a corner and I think
audiences will completely understand why they're driven to kill us," Spacey concedes.
"Fortunately, everything they set out to do doesn't go the way they plan in any way, shape or
form. They make the worst decisions ever."

As Harken's long-time subordinate and number-one target, Nick has certainly paid his dues into
the next century, notes Jason Bateman. "Nick is dedicated and ambitious and wants a promotion
so badly he can taste it. Harken has promised it, but we know it's never going to happen. It's just
part of his plan to dominate and emasculate."

By comparison, conditions for Kurt seem much better — at least initially. As the story opens he's
working for kindly Jack Pellit, played by Donald Sutherland as a man of warmth and integrity.
"Jack is the kind of boss we all wish we had," states Gordon. "We wanted an actor who could

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play that sort of father-figure role, the benevolent authority you want in your life, and Donald
was perfect. Seeing him interact with Jason Sudeikis, you really get the sense that these two
characters have mutual respect and a rich history."

But that ideal situation can't last. Jack is soon out and Bobby Pellit, the son who replaces him, is
one wormy acorn that fell a very long way from the tree.

"Bobby Pellit represents the sort of corrupt and incompetent jerk who's in charge of things but
clearly has no idea what he's doing. Of course, he will find a way to blame his inevitable failures
on someone else," says Gordon.

"Playing Pellit was all about channeling my inner douche," laughs Farrell. "This guy thinks he's
God's gift to women, God's gift to intellect, to humor, to the club scene, to everything. It's all part
of his grandiose sense of self-esteem, which is probably masking a deeper sense of being a
disappointment to his father and being riddled with envy over the relationship his father had with
Kurt, and all kinds of other things. With Pellit, Seth gave me complete license to act as
pathologically screwed up as possible."

Farrell also contributed significantly to Pellit's look, suggesting the comb-over and pot belly, as
well as his affinity for the Chinese dragons that decorate his clothing to suggest to the world that
he may have martial arts training. "Colin transformed himself so completely he's barely
recognizable," Gordon attests. "He fully went for it. Audiences are going to see a whole different
and very funny side to him."

For Kurt, Pellit's sudden promotion is bad news. Sudeikis explains: "First of all, Pellit hates Kurt
because he knows his own father favored Kurt over him, so he makes it his mission to tank the
business the two of them worked so hard for. Also, since all he cares about is money to fund his
idiotic lifestyle, he's going to hurt thousands of people by dumping toxic chemicals because of
some loophole that makes it legal, but still immoral. So, the way Kurt sees it, killing him would
be doing God's work as well as his own. It's actually quite benevolent when you look at it that
way."

That goes double for Dale, and triple for Nick. But can they pull it off? As Day points out,
"These three aren't exactly criminal masterminds."

At least they're smart enough to know they need help. Enter 'MF' Jones, an ex-con with a one-of-
a-kind moniker, a flair for the dramatic and a special expertise he's willing to share for the right
price... as soon as he decides what that might be.

"Jones is kind of a self-described murder consultant, the killer confidante," Jamie Foxx reveals.
"These guys come into a bar, looking for a hit man. He overhears their conversation and,
knowing that they're gullible dumbasses, sees an opportunity to make some money. So he scares
them a little and tells them what they want to hear."

Calling Jones "an entrepreneur," Gordon says, "Jamie puts some amazing details and gestures
into his performance. He's a real master."

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Foxx worked with the director, and costume designer Carol Ramsey, to perfect Jones' look,
starting at the top. It was his idea to go with full-scalp tattoos as something, he notes, "not a lot
of people have seen and not a lot of people are doing. Then we got retro with the clothes, the
pointy-toe boots and things like that, because this is a guy who maybe went to jail for a minute
and now he's living in his own time capsule. When he got out he went right back to the clothes
he thought were hot when he went in."

The tattoos took an hour and a half to apply. Foxx recalls, "I went out once and people took a
couple of pictures and it was all over the Internet, like 'Jamie Foxx has lost his mind.' But it
really serves the character and that's the kind of reaction you want."

Following their meeting with Jones, things pick up speed as the guys quickly discover how far
they're willing to go. "They kind of get swept up into this cockamamie plan that they didn't really
think through before it just started to happen," says Bateman. "It immediately gets out in front of
them. Every time they get close to pulling it off, it falls apart, and then every time they want to
walk away, something falls into place. The three of us together are like one character. The
writers did a great job of creating this three-headed beast."

For Day, "If Dale is the romantic, Kurt is the opposite, a ladies' man to a fault. Nick shoots right
down the middle, a straight-and-narrow, buttoned-up kind of guy. It's entertaining to watch these
three different personalities, sort of left, right and center, trying to find their way through this
situation together. It's all Freud. It's like the Id, the Ego and the Superego."

"That's a little too smarty-pants for me and is clearly something someone told Charlie to say,"
Sudeikis tosses back. "But it does make sense. It's a case of three mouths and one brain, for sure.
Dale doesn't want to kill anyone; he's the last one in. Nick is more the audience's point of view,
the one closest to neutral, and Kurt is the hapless Id, the one who gets the ball rolling."

"Horrible Bosses" also stars Julie Bowen as Rhonda, the impeccable Mrs. Harken, who, the
actress suggests, "may or may not be a hussy. By keeping her deeply suspicious husband on edge
at home, imagining her with every man in sight, she makes it that much tougher for his
employees to deal with him at the office."

Lindsay Sloane appears as Dale's fiancée Stacy, blissfully unaware of his troubles at work even
when they land in her lap; and P.J. Byrne as Kenny Sommerfeld, a former investment manager
now scrounging for drinks, whose riches-to-rags example reminds Nick, Dale and Kurt that good
jobs are hard to find. Wendell Pierce and comedian Ron White play a pair of suspicious cops,
and Ioan Gruffudd represents the three plotters' first big mistake, a man whose services they hire
online before realizing he's not at all the kind of professional they had in mind.


                                     THE PLAYING FIELDS:

                  "If someone approaches the house, give us a signal." - Nick

                                "I'll honk the horn 6 times." - Dale
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                            "How about you just honk once?" - Nick

As the guys put Jones' advice into action by staking out Harken's, Pellit's and Harris' homes at
night, they see the full expression of their bosses' horribleness in ways unrealized at the office,
leaving little doubt about the righteousness of their mission.

Production designer Shepherd Frankel, who first collaborated with Seth Gordon on the 2008
holiday hit "Four Christmases," imagined the story's interlocking storylines like a large-scale
game in which the bosses' home and office spaces together represent three playing fields. "It's
like we have a team of three people playing against an opposing team of three, with the Jamie
Foxx character as referee. We wanted to distinguish these three environments and play the two
sides off each other. Each environment is a reflection of the person who controls it."

"Shepherd and I work hard to create settings that support all the conversations we've had with the
actors about character, so we can put them into a world that feels like the person we've been
discussing all along," says Gordon.

Nick's hell is the Comnidyne bullpen, organized, per Frankel, "to enhance the discomfort and
anxiety of lower-level employees clustered in the center of the room where every movement is
monitored by the boss from his corner office. We met with financial strategists and management
companies to learn the architecture and sociology of these layouts, to represent visually what it's
like to start at the bottom and aspire to an office at the perimeter."

Thematically, Harken is perfectly aligned with his surroundings, as costume designer Carol
Ramsey worked with Frankel and set decorator Jan Pascale to match his wardrobe to
Comnidyne's cold grey and blue palette. The McMansion he calls home, though more lavishly
decorated, is equally lacking in warmth and designed for show, right up to its laughably large
mantlepiece portrait of Harken and his trophy wife posed with their prized cats.

For Dr. Harris' domain, the challenge was infusing a sensual vibe into arguably one of the least
sexy places imaginable: a dental office. "She's a Type A professional at the top of her game, who
likes to play cat-and-mouse, so it's a completely controlled environment, with apertures and
views into other rooms so she always knows what's going on," the designer outlines. "It's highly
designed, with rich wallpaper and tones, sumptuous artwork and subtle lighting — all very
disarming till you step into her private office. The blinds close, the door locks and you think, 'It's
the Temple of Doom.'"

The deviant doc's house is stylistically similar to her office — that is, what can be seen of it
through its wide street-facing picture windows, which afford her the opportunity to put on the
kind of show she couldn't get away with at work.

The Pellit Chemical Company and Bobby Pellit's house are a jarring contrast to one another
because the company reflects Pellit Senior's human touch, whereas Pellit Junior's home is a
shameless shrine to himself and his hedonistic appetites. It features a mishmash of anything he
finds exotic and erotic, mostly Egyptian and Asian motifs with an '80s Studio 54 vibe, a

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makeshift dojo, lots of mirrors and a massage table. Some of the detail, principally the Asian
influence, was drawn from Gordon and Farrell's take on the character's infatuation with martial
arts and his delusions of prowess.

The production filmed in and around Los Angeles, although, says Gordon, "We tried to find
great L.A. locations that people haven't already seen a hundred times in movies and on TV. The
idea was for it to feel like it could be anywhere in America, where people are trying to pursue the
American dream but getting stopped by a horrible boss."

Comnidyne was part of an existing office park building in Torrance, California, where the crew
completely remade a vacant floor. For Pellit Chemical, they found the perfect industrial
landscape of pipes and containers surrounding an unoccupied water cleaning and storage facility
in Santa Fe Springs. The industrial setting and architecture were made-to-order but taking
advantage of that meant giving the warehouse's interior a thorough gutting and overhaul, as well
as cutting windows into concrete walls to showcase the site's dynamic exteriors and creating an
entryway from which Kurt's former boss Jack Pellit makes his fateful exit. The bar where Nick,
Dale and Kurt find their mentor, Jones, was staged in one of downtown Los Angeles' oldest
neighborhoods, and a Woodland Hills T.G.I.F. restaurant was converted into the guys' favorite
watering hole.

Using practical locations was part of Gordon's intention to anchor the story to reality. But it's a
heightened reality, where scenarios born in the real world are played out much further than they
would be in the lives most of us lead. Possibly the most satisfying of these is a stunt involving
the ample windows of Comnidyne's conference room, through which Nick imagines hoisting
Harken, head-first, and the parking lot below, where he is gloriously impaled on the sign
marking his primo parking spot. Overall, says stunt coordinator Sean Graham, "There are a
couple of cool fantasy sequences that involve slamming heads through glass and high falls out of
windows, an exploding car, a frantic chase sequence, cars smashing head-on and all kinds of
other crazy stuff."

"The fun of the story isn't whether or not these guys can actually succeed, but in enjoying their
inept approach to a terrible plan," says Gordon. It's his hope that audiences who have
experienced the kind of frustration that Nick, Dale and Kurt rebel against in "Horrible Bosses"
might have some popcorn and a few laughs, blow off some steam and emerge from the theater
with "a new appreciation for how good they actually have it, and that, by comparison, maybe
their own bosses aren't quite so bad."

Barring that, he suggests, "If you ever had the idea that you might be better off if your boss
weren't around and imagine how that would play out, this movie takes care of following through
on that for you and demonstrating the kinds of things that can happen if you start down that
slippery slope. Once you see what's really involved, you might want to rethink it."




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The Cast

JASON BATEMAN (Nick Hendricks) was honored with a Golden Globe Award in 2004 for
Best Actor in a Comedy Series and earned an Emmy Award nomination and two Screen Actor's
Guild® nominations for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth in the Mitch Hurwitz-created,
multi award-winning comedy series "Arrested Development." Since then, the actor, producer and
director has attained leading-man status on the big screen while returning to his television roots
by continuing to produce, write and develop projects for the small screen.

Since "Arrested Development" ended in 2006, Bateman has secured one major film role after
another. In March 2011 he starred in the comedy "Paul," directed by Greg Mottola and written
by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Also in 2011, he will be seen opposite Ryan Reynolds in the
comedy "The Change Up," directed by David Dobkin.

In 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy "The Switch." His recent
film work includes a supporting role opposite George Clooney in the Golden Globe and
Academy Award®-nominated "Up in the Air," for director Jason Reitman; starring alongside
Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell in Jon Favreau's "Couples Retreat"; and the headline role in
director Mike Judge's "Extract," which was produced by Bateman through his F+A Production
banner. He also had a memorable cameo in the Ricky Gervais comedy "The Invention of Lying,"
and delivered an emotionally charged performance in Kevin Macdonald's crime drama "State of
Play."

On the small screen, Bateman secured a first-look production deal for his company, F+A
Productions, to develop, direct, and write original content for Fox Television. The deal came to
fruition after Bateman directed the network's comedy pilot "Do Not Disturb," in Fall 2008. He
also reteamed with "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz to voice a character in Fox's
animated comedy series "Sit Down, Shut Up," in April 2009. In Summer 2009 he directed and
produced the FX Network pilot "The Merger."

In 2008, Bateman starred alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Peter Berg's "Hancock,"
one of the top box-office openings worldwide. This came on the heels of one of the biggest
success stories in independent filmmaking, Jason Reitman's "Juno," in which Bateman had a
pivotal role as a potential adoptive father. "Juno" received Best Film nominations by most major
film critics' groups, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts
& Sciences.

In 2007, Bateman starred in Peter Berg's action thriller "The Kingdom" and, prior to this, in the
family fantasy "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman,
for writer/director Zach Helm. His other recent films include the comedy "The Ex"; "The Break-
Up," with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," with
Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller; and "Starsky & Hutch," opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and
Vince Vaughn. In 2002, he starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic comedy "The Sweetest
Thing."

In his adolescent and teen years, Bateman's portrayal of charming schemer Derek Taylor in

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"Silver Spoons" prompted NBC to create the spin-off "It's Your Move," starring Bateman. He
then starred with Valerie Harper in "Valerie," "Valerie's Family" and "The Hogan Family" from
1986-1991 and was a regular on the iconic series that has become an American treasure, "Little
House on the Prairie," with Michael Landon.

In January 2010, Bateman and his longtime friend and "Arrested Development" co-star Will
Arnett created the digital-driven production company DumbDumb Productions, to produce
commercials, shorts and original content to be distributed on the internet and for the film
industry.


CHARLIE DAY (Dale Arbus) is an actor, writer and producer whose comedic talent has
garnered him a worldwide following among critics and fans alike. In addition to his current
starring role on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Day also serves as a writer and executive
producer on the FX series, which he created in collaboration with friends Rob McElhenney and
Glenn Howerton. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is heading into its seventh season.

Most recently, Day starred in the Nanette Burstein comedy "Going the Distance," alongside
Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Day began his acting career on stage. He played four years at the
Williamstown Theatre Festival and went on to play the lead role in "Dead End" at the
Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Day had a recurring role on NBC's "Third Watch," and also a lead role in the FOX comedy
"Luis." His other television credits include a recurring role in ABC's "Madigan Men," directed
by James Burrows; Comedy Central's "Reno 911!"; NBC's "Law & Order"; and ABC's "Mary
and Rhoda," starring Mary Tyler Moore.


JASON SUDEIKIS (Kurt Buckman) is currently in his sixth season as a cast member on NBC's
venerable "Saturday Night Live." Sudeikis worked for two years as a writer on the show before
becoming a series regular in 2005, and has won over audiences with his impersonations of Vice
President Joe Biden, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks and the recurring hip-hop dancer
character in the "What Up With That" sketch.

Sudeikis was also recently seen starring with Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate and Jenna
Fischer in the Farrelly Brothers comedy "Hall Pass," about two friends who are granted a week
of freedom from their marriages.

His additional film credits include "The Bounty Hunter," in which he starred alongside Jennifer
Aniston and Gerard Butler; "Going the Distance," opposite Drew Barrymore, Justin Long and
Charlie Day; and "What Happens in Vegas," with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher; as well as
roles in "The Fan," "Watching the Detectives," "Bill," "Semi-Pro" and "The Rocker." Later this
year, Sudeikis will be seen in "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," co-directed and co-written by Pete
Huyck and Alex Gregory.

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Sudeikis has received rave reviews for his arc on NBC's Emmy Award- winning series "30
Rock," appearing in 12 episodes, to date, as Tina Fey's charmingly funny love interest, Floyd. He
can also be heard as the voices of two principal characters on Fox's hit animated comedy series
"The Cleveland Show," by creator Seth MacFarlane, and recently guest-starred on "It's Always
Sunny in Philadelphia" as the long-forgotten fourth member of the Paddy's gang, Schmitty.

Born in Fairfax Virginia, Sudeikis grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. Attending junior college
on a basketball scholarship, he was a class clown and admitted "procrastinator" who frequently
dribbled himself in and out of trouble. He began his path in show business with classes at the
ComedySportz Theater (now Comedy City) in Kansas City, before leaving basketball and
college for Chicago, where he performed with The Second City National Touring Company,
Improv Olympic, The Annoyance Theater and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Moving to
Nevada, he was a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas. In 2003, Sudeikis was
encouraged by his uncle, George Wendt, to send a tape to the producers of "SNL." He started on
the show as a staff writer and, after two years and many auditions, found himself on camera and
never looked back.

Sudeikis is actively involved with The Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City as well as other
charities.


JENNIFER ANISTON (Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S.) was exposed to acting at an early age by her
father, John Aniston, who starred on NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," and her
godfather, the late Telly Savalas.

Aniston most recently starred in Dennis Dugan's romantic comedy "Just Go with It," opposite
Adam Sandler and Nicole Kidman; "The Switch," with Jason Bateman; and "The Bounty Hunter,
opposite Gerard Butler, directed by Andy Tennant. In 2009, she was seen in the ensemble feature
"He's Just Not That Into You," based on the bestseller by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, and
opposite Steve Zahn in the romantic comedy "Management." She also starred in "Love
Happens," with Aaron Eckhart, and the box-office hit adaptation of John Grogan's beloved book
"Marley & Me," with Owen Wilson.

Previously, Aniston starred in the hit romantic comedy "The Break-Up," with Vince Vaughn,
and "Friends with Money," which marked her return to the indie screen. Both her performance
and the film received rave reviews. Additionally, she starred in Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It...,"
the thriller "Derailed," alongside Clive Owen, "Along Came Polly," with Ben Stiller, and the
smash hit comedy "Bruce Almighty," opposite Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman.

She earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Miguel Arteta's
critically acclaimed "The Good Girl," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, which debuted to rave reviews
at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Her additional film credits include Stephen Herek's "Rock
Star," opposite Mark Wahlberg; Ed Burns' "She's The One," with Cameron Diaz; Glenn Gordon
Caron's "Picture Perfect," opposite Kevin Bacon and Olympia Dukakis; "'Til There Was You,"
with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dylan McDermott; the critically praised "The

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Object of my Affection," opposite Paul Rudd; "Office Space"; and "Dreams for an Insomniac."

In 2006, Aniston made her directorial debut with the short film "Room 10," as part of the award-
winning short film series Glamour Reel Moments.

In 2004 Aniston completed her 10th and final season on the hit NBC ensemble comedy
"Friends." For her work as Rachel Green, she won an Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a
Comedy Series in 2002, a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a
Comedy Series in 2003, and four People's Choice Awards, and earned an additional five Emmy
nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations and two Golden Globe
nominations.

Aniston, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood in Greece but relocated to New
York when her father landed a role on the daytime drama "Love of Life." She had her first taste
of acting at age 11 at the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club. She also developed a passion for
art and, at 11, saw one of her paintings selected for display in an exhibit at New York's
Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After graduating from New York's High School of the Performing Arts Aniston won roles in
such Off-Broadway productions as "For Dear Life" at New York's Public Theater and "Dancing
on Checker's Grave." In 1989, she landed her first television role as a series regular on "Molloy."
Her additional television credits include series regular roles on "The Edge" and "Ferris Bueller,"
a recurring role on "Herman's Head" and guest-starring roles on such series as "Quantum Leap"
and "Burke's Law."


COLIN FARRELL (Bobby Pellit) won a 2008 Golden Globe Award for his performance in the
dark comedy "In Bruges," which followed a pair of hit men who hide out in Bruges, Belgium
after a difficult job in London.

Among his other recent features are William Monahan's "London Boulevard," based on the Ken
Bruen bestseller about a newly released criminal who resists the temptation to return to a
gangster life by taking a job looking after a reclusive young actress, played by Kiera Knightley;
Peter Weir's "The Way Back," with Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess, about a group of soldiers who
escape a Siberian gulag; Neil Jordan's "Ondine," about an Irish fisherman who discovers a
woman he thinks is a mermaid; and Scott Cooper's acclaimed drama "Crazy Heart," alongside
Jeff Bridges.

Farrell will next be seen as the charismatic next-door-neighbor vampire in Craig Gillespie's
comedy horror feature "Fright Night," a remake of the 1985 thriller; and in the sci-fi action
adventure "Total Recall," for director Len Wisemen, currently in production for a 2012 release.

His previous film credits include Gavin O'Conner's "Pride and Glory"; Woody Allen's
"Cassandra's Dream"; "Miami Vice"; Oliver Stone's "Alexander"; Terrence Malick's "The New
World"; "Ask the Dust," based on the novel by John Fante; "The Recruit," opposite Al Pacino;
"A Home at the End of the World," based on the Michael Cunningham novel; and roles in two

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Joel Schumacher films, "Phone Booth" and "Tigerland." He also appeared in "Minority Report,"
"Daredevil," "American Outlaws," "SWAT" and "Intermission."

Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Farrell is the son of former football
player Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell, both of whom played for the Irish Football
Club Shamrock Rovers in the 1960s. It was Farrell's teenage ambition to follow in their
footsteps, however, his interest soon turned towards acting and he joined the Gaity School of
Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, he landed a starring role in Dierde Purcell's
mini-series "Falling for a Dancer," a starring role in the BBC series "Ballykissangel," and, soon
after, a featured role in Tim Roth's directorial debut, "The War Zone."


KEVIN SPACEY (Dave Harken) is Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in
London. He directed its inaugural production, "Cloaca," before appearing in "National
Anthems," "The Philadelphia Story," "Richard II," "A Moon for the Misbegotten," which
subsequently transferred to Broadway and, most recently, "Speed-the-Plow," with Jeff
Goldblum.

Spacey's previous theatre credits include Howard Davies' "The Iceman Cometh," at Almeida,
Old Vic and on Broadway, for which he earned the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for
Best Actor; "Lost in Yonkers," for which he earned a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor;
"Long Day's Journey into Night," with Jack Lemmon, directed by Jonathan Miller, on Broadway
and the West End; and "The Seagull," at the Kennedy Center. His most recent stage appearance
was in The Old Vic production of "Inherit the Wind," which marked his second production with
Trevor Nunn. He will next be seen starring in "Richard III," directed by Sam Mendes.

Spacey won his first Academy Award®, for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in "The
Usual Suspects." His performance in "American Beauty" earned a second Oscar® and a BAFTA
Award for Best Actor. His film credits include "Swimming with Sharks," "Se7en," "LA
Confidential," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "The Negotiator," "K-Pax," "The Shipping News,"
"Superman Returns" and "Beyond the Sea."

He was most recently seen in "Shrink," with Robin Williams; "The Men Who Stare at Goats,"
with George Clooney; "Casino Jack," directed by George Hickenlooper, for which he received a
Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor; and most recently, the thriller "Margin Call," with
Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Zach Quinto and Simon Baker.

His company, Trigger Street Productions, has produced the films "21," "The United States of
Leland," "The Big Kahuna" and "Fanboys," as well as "The Social Network," directed by David
Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, which won the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Picture
and received three Academy Award® nominations, including one for Best Picture. Trigger Street
also received 11 Emmy Award nominations and won Best Picture for the HBO film "Recount,"
in which Spacey played Ron Klain, Al Gore's Chief of Staff during the 2000 Presidential
Election. In addition, the company received 10 Emmy nominations for the HBO film "Bernard &
Doris," starring Ralph Feinnes and Susan Sarandon, directed by Bob Balaban.


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DONALD SUTHERLAND (Jack Pellit) is one of the industry's most prolific and versatile
actors, with an astonishing resume of well over 100 films, ranging from the biting political satire
of Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" to the intimate drama of Robert Redford's "Ordinary People,"
the subtle intricacy of Alan Pakula's "Klute" to the eccentric romanticism of Fellini's
"Casanova."

Among the filmmakers with whom Sutherland has collaborated are Bernardo Bertolucci, for
"1990"; Nicolas Roeg, for "Don't Look Now"; John Schlesinger, for "The Day of the Locust";
Brian Hutton, for "Kelly's Heroes"; Paul Mazursky, for "Alex in Wonderland"; Robert Aldrich,
for "The Dirty Dozen"; John Sturges, for "The Eagle Has Landed"; Herbert Ross, for "Max
Dugan Returns"; Louis Malle, for "Crackers"; Philip Borsos, for "Bethune"; Ron Howard, for
"Backdraft"; Richard Marquand, for "Eye of the Needle"; Euzhan Palcy, for "A Dry White
Season"; Richard Pearce, for "Threshold," for which he won the 1983 Best Actor Genie Award;
Oliver Stone, for "JFK"; Fred Schepisi, for his adaptation of John Guare's "Six Degrees of
Separation"; Robert Towne, for "Without Limits"; Clint Eastwood, for "Space Cowboys"; and
John Landis, for a memorable cameo in "National Lampoon's Animal House."

His more recent credits include director Kevin McDonald's adventure "The Eagle"; Simon West's
thriller "The Mechanic"; the Starz mini-series "The Pillars of the Earth," adapted from the Ken
Follett bestseller; "Moby Dick," with William Hurt, Ethan Hawke and Gillian Anderson; and the
animated feature "Astro Boy," in which he voiced General Stone alongside Nicolas Cage,
Kristen Bell and Freddie Highmore.

Sutherland also appeared in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"; F. Gary Gray's "The Italian
Job"; as Mr. Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice," for which he received a Chicago Film Critics Best
Supporting Actor nomination; in Andy Tennant's comedy "Fool's Gold," with Matthew
McConaughey and Kate Hudson; Griffin Dunne's "Fierce People," with Diane Lane; Robert
Towne's "Ask the Dust," with Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell; "American Gun," with Forrest
Whitaker; "An American Haunting," with Sissy Spacek; "Land of the Blind," with Ralph
Fiennes; and "Aurora Borealis," with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis. Additionally, he is part
of a sterling ensemble of on-camera readers in the biographical feature "Trumbo."

On television, Sutherland co-starred with Peter Krause in the ABC series "Dirty Sexy Money,"
earning a 2007 Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the family
patriarch. Prior to that, he co-starred with Geena Davis in the ABC drama series "Commander in
Chief," and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of
House Speaker Nathan Templeton. At the same time, he was nominated for a Golden Globe as
Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television's much-lauded
miniseries, "Human Trafficking." He won Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Supporting
Actor for his performance in the HBO film "Citizen X" and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of
Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama "Path to
War," directed by the late John Frankenheimer

On stage, he starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in a sold-out, critically acclaimed,
Lincoln Center engagement of Jon Robin Baitz's "Ten Unknown," for which he received an

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Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the London, Toronto
and Los Angeles productions of "Enigmatic Variations," an English-language translation by his
son, Roeg Sutherland, of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's French play.

Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and an Officier de l'Ordre
des Arts et Lettres in France five years later.


JAMIE FOXX (Dean 'MF' Jones) won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of
the legendary Ray Charles in the 2005 Taylor Hackford-directed biopic "Ray." He also shared a
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination with the film's ensemble cast and swept the
Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTA and NAACP Image Awards, as well as numerous critical
awards, captivating audiences worldwide.

Also in 2005 Foxx earned Oscar,® Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Image Award nominations
as Best Supporting Actor for his work in Michael Mann's dramatic thriller "Collateral," opposite
Tom Cruise. He also received Golden Globe nominations, SAG® Award nominations and won a
Best Actor Image Award for his portrayal of condemned gang member-turned-Nobel Peace Prize
nominee Stan "Tookie" Williams in the FX Network's "Redemption."

Most recently Foxx lent his vocal talents to the 3D comedy adventure "RIO" as a canary named
Nico, appeared in an hilarious cameo alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in
Todd Phillips' "Due Date," and starred as part of a stellar ensemble cast in Garry Marshall's hit
romantic comedy "Valentine's Day."

His other recent film credits include "Law Abiding Citizen;" Joe Wright's "The Soloist," as real-
life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, opposite Robert Downey Jr.; "The Kingdom";
"Life Support," starring Queen Latifah, which closed the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and
which Foxx executive produced; and the Golden Globe Award-winning adaptation of the
Broadway's "Dreamgirls," for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Image Award.

Continuing to expand his role as a producer, Foxx has partnered with Deon Taylor under the
banner No Brainer Films, and has already sold several pilot series to various networks including
SyFy, HBO, and Showtime. Foxx is also executive producing a sketch comedy series starring
Affion Crockett for 20th Century Fox and is a producer on "Thunder Soul," a documentary about
Houston's Kashmere High School Stage Band alumni who return home after 35 years for a
tribute concert for their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the
school's jazz band.

Foxx also has a thriving music career. In December 2010 he released his fourth album, "Best
Night of My Life," featuring Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross and T.I., among others. In
January 2010, Foxx and T-Pain's record-breaking #1 song "Blame It," from his album
"Intuition," won a Grammy Award. His previous album, "Unpredictable," topped the charts in
December 2005 and early 2006, was number one for five weeks and sold over one million units
in 20 days. He was nominated for eight Billboard Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, one
Soul Train Music Award, and two American Music Awards, where he won Favorite Male Artist.

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In January 2006, Foxx announced his partnership with SIRUS Satellite Radio to start his own
24/7 radio station called Foxxhole, a combination of comedy and music.

He released his first HBO Comedy Special, "Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security," in February
2002.

Foxx first rose to fame as a comedian. After spending time in the comedy circuit, he joined
Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Tommy Davidson in the landmark Fox
sketch comedy series "In Living Color," creating some of the show's funniest and most
memorable moments. In 1996, he launched "The Jamie Foxx Show," one of the The WB's top-
rated shows during its five-year run. Foxx not only starred but was the show's co-creator and
executive producer, directing several episodes himself.

His big-screen break came in 1999 when Oliver Stone cast him in "Any Given Sunday," with Al
Pacino. Foxx's additional film credits include Michael Mann's "Ali," opposite Will Smith,
"Miami Vice," "Jarhead," "Stealth," "Bait," "Booty Call," "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" and
"The Great White Hype."


JULIE BOWEN (Rhonda Harken) currently stars in the acclaimed hit ABC comedy "Modern
Family" as harried suburban mom Claire, opposite Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill. It is a performance
which has garnered her an Emmy Award nomination for the series' freshman season.

Bowen was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she caught the acting bug as a child while
putting on plays with her two sisters in their backyard. She attended Brown University, where
she starred in "Guys and Dolls," "Stage Door" and "Lemon Sky" while earning a degree in
Italian Renaissance studies. She also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian.
During her senior year at Brown, Bowen landed the lead role in the independent film "Five Spot
Jewel" and was featured in actor-director Ed Burns' debut film, "No Visible Bruises." She guest-
starred on the dramatic series "Class of '96," then moved to Los Angeles where, within weeks,
she landed the lead in the Showtime drama "Runaway Daughters," directed by Joe Dante.

For three seasons, she played Carol Vessey, the dream girl of former classmate-turned-lawyer Ed
Stevens on the charming NBC series "Ed." She then joined James Spader and William Shatner
for two seasons on ABC's "Boston Legal." Bowen's additional television credits include a
recurring role as Matthew Fox's wife on the hit ABC series "Lost" and a guest star arc as Lisa
Ferris, a cheese shop owner who seduces a younger man, on the darkly comedic Showtime series
"Weeds."

On the big screen, she stars in the upcoming feature "Jumping the Broom," with Angela Bassett
and Paula Patton. Her previous film credits include "Multiplicity," with Michael Keaton, "Crazy
on the Outside," with Tim Allen and the modern classic "Happy Gilmore," opposite Adam
Sandler.

In the advertising world, Bowen has been both the face of Neutrogena and the voice of Pampers.

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The Filmmakers

SETH GORDON (Director) has become a favorite of many moviegoers for his candid
approach, true-to-life storytelling and the ability to find humor in life's everyday situations--as a
writer, director and producer.

For television, Gordon co-created and currently serves as executive producer on "Breaking In," a
half hour comedy starring Christian Slater, which premiered to great ratings and reviews on Fox
this April. The series is about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme, and often
questionable, measures to sell their protection services. His other television credits include
directing episodes of "The Office," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation."

Gordon made his feature narrative film debut with "Four Christmases," starring Vince Vaughn
and Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon as a holiday-hating couple traveling to visit all four of
their divorced parents on Christmas day.

Most notably, he directed the critically-acclaimed documentary "The King of Kong: A Fistful of
Quarters." The film, chronicling the intense rivalry between two Donkey Kong aficionados in the
quest to obtain the highest-ever recorded score in the game, won Best Documentary awards at a
number of festivals, including the Online Film Critics Society Awards, Dallas-Fort Worth Film
Critics Association Awards and Central Ohio Film Critics Association. Gordon is currently in
development on the narrative remake of "The King of Kong."

Gordon was one of the directors and executive producers on the documentary "Freakonomics."
The film was divided into sections, with Gordon's focusing on the best-selling book's authors
Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubnar. "Freakonomics" takes everyday situations and uses
economics to explain them to moviegoers in a much more thrilling way than any college
textbook.

Most recently, Gordon executive produced Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin's documentary
"Undefeated," which was picked up by The Weinstein Company for distribution and remake
rights at South by Southwest. It tells the Cinderella story of an underprivileged football team
from the perspective of three student athletes from inner city Memphis and a volunteer coach. He
also executive produced J. Clay Tweel's documentary "Make Believe," which premiered at the
Los Angeles Film Festival and aired on Showtime. It follows six adolescent outsiders who all
share an extraordinary passion: the art of magic.

Gordon directed several short films: "Squirt," "Fears of a Clown" and "The Problem with
Percival," that won awards at the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals. He also produced and
edited the acclaimed Sundance documentary "New York Doll," theatrically released in 2005, and
was a contributing producer and cinematographer on the Dixie Chicks' 2006 Oscar®-nominated
documentary "Shut Up and Sing."

Gordon is a graduate of Yale University, where he specialized in architecture and documentary
film. As a director, he is entirely self-taught, as his alma mater had no film program. Gordon
spent his first years out of school as a public high school teacher, and first picked up the camera

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while living and teaching in Kenya, to capture the stories that unfolded in his village.


BRETT RATNER (Producer) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most successful
directors and producers with eight feature films grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide in a short
amount of time. At 26 he directed his first feature, the surprise box-office hit comedy "Money
Talks," starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker. His second film, the action comedy "Rush
Hour," starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, earned $250 million worldwide, paving the way
for the extremely popular "Rush Hour" trilogy that grossed more than $740 million worldwide
and featured an acclaimed international supporting cast. He is one of the few directors in history
to make a $100 million-grossing film before the age of 30.

Following the success of "Rush Hour," Ratner directed the romantic fantasy drama "The Family
Man," a critical and box office hit starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. His fifth feature, and
first suspense thriller, was the much anticipated "Silence of the Lambs" prequel, "Red Dragon,"
starring Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson. His next film,
"After the Sunset," starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson and Don Cheadle,
opened to great success.

Ratner's work has been recognized with many awards, including an MTV Award for Best Fight
Sequence for "Rush Hour 2." He also earned a Tony Award for producing Russell Simmons'
"Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway.

Ratner is currently directing the action comedy "Tower Heist," starring Ben Stiller, Eddie
Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Stephen Henderson,
Judd Hirsch, Michael Peña and Alan Alda, set for a November 2011 release. His recent credits
include producing the documentary "Catfish," the sci-fi invasion thriller "Skyline," directed by
the Colin and Greg Strause, and a new adaption of "Snow White." Ratner also produced the
documentaries "Helmut by June," about legendary photographer Helmut Newton, and "I Knew It
Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale," both for HBO, and served as executive producer on the
popular television series "Prison Break" and the new CBS drama "Chaos."

In addition to his success in film and music, Ratner has teamed with CAA Marketing to create
Brett Ratner Brands, a creative consulting company that provides brands with new ways to
market their products and services in entertaining ways. He shot advertising campaigns for
Activision's Guitar Hero, Steve Wynn's Encore, Oreo Cookies and Atlantis Resorts, and
conceptualized the new Mitchum deodorant campaign to find "the hardest working person in
America."

Ratner has also segued into book publishing and photography. Through his Rat Press imprint, he
published the controversial book Naked Pictures of My Ex-Girlfriends and authored Hilhaven
Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures, released in October 2003. His photographs have appeared in
Vanity Fair, Interview and Heeb Magazine, and have graced the covers of Vogue, Homme, V-
Life, Haute Living and Playboy.

He also serves on the Dean's Council of the NYU Tisch School of Arts and, most recently,

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became the youngest member of the Board of Trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and
Museum of Tolerance. He is also a Board Member of Best Buddies and Do Something.


JAY STERN (Producer) was a studio production executive for twelve years: first at Disney
under Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner for six years, and then at New Line Cinema under
Michael De Luca and Bob Shaye. At New Line Stern developed, launched and supervised the
"Rush Hour" franchise, directed by Brett Ratner, one of the most successful franchises in New
Line history.

Stern started his career on the production side of the business in New York City, working as a
location manager and production assistant. He was a location manager on Sydney Pollack's
"Tootsie," and worked as a production assistant on "Going in Style" directed by Marty Brest,
among other films.

After a one-year stint as Director of Development for Michael Peyser Productions, which had a
first-look producing deal at the Touchstone division of Disney, Stern joined the newly formed
Hollywood Pictures in 1989, also at Disney. He started there in the position of Creative
Executive, and over the next several years was promoted to Director of Development and then
Vice President of Production.

Stern started his employment at New Line Cinema as Vice President of Production in 1995.
During his tenure, he shepherded "Money Talks," "Rush Hour," "Love Jones," and "Love and
Basketball," among other movies, and moved up the ranks to Senior Vice President and then
Executive Vice President of Production.

In 2001, he joined director Brett Ratner as his producing partner, running the day-to-day
operations at Rat Entertainment, and served as a producer on such titles as "Rush Hour 2," "Rush
Hour 3" and "After the Sunset."

Stern is currently the CEO of Route One Films, an independent production company he recently
founded with partners Chip Diggins and Russell Levine. Route One is acquiring and developing
projects in a wide range of genres that it will produce and finance into an initial slate of ten
movies.

He graduated Yale College cum laude in 1981.


MICHAEL MARKOWITZ (Screenplay, Story) is an Emmy Award-nominated TV and film
writer, as well as a dedicated Xbox-ist.

After graduating from Northwestern University's theatre program, he moved to Los Angeles to
pursue acting and made appearances in the films "The Flamingo Kid" and "Last Resort." He
returned to Chicago to study and perform at the famed Second City Training Center, where his
writing caught the attention of Paramount's Jeff Reno and Ron Osborn, who brought him back to
Los Angeles to be a staff writer and producer on the animated series "Duckman." By the end of

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its 70-episode run, Markowitz was one of the showrunners and shared a 1997 Emmy Award
nomination for Outstanding Animated Program, as well as a 1996 CableACE Award.

Following "Duckman," Markowitz remained at Paramount, where he wrote and produced for the
series "Becker," among others, and developed pilots for Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Most
recently he has been developing TV, film and interactive projects with Bad Robot, and is also
writing features and pilots for several major studios.


JOHN FRANCIS DALEY (Screenplay) came to national attention as an actor when he was cast
in the lead role of Sam Weir in the critically acclaimed Judd Apatow-produced television series
"Freaks and Geeks" alongside some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Seth Rogen,
James Franco and Jason Segel.

Following "Freaks and Geeks," Daley landed several series regular roles on such projects as
"The Geena Davis Show," "The Kennedys," "Regular Joe" and the Fox comedy "Kitchen
Confidential." He can also be seen in the feature films "A View From The Top," "77" and
"Waiting," alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Currently, he appears as Dr. Lance Sweets
on the hit Fox series "Bones."

In 2007, Daley and his writing partner, Jonathan Goldstein, sold their first screenplay, "The
$40,000 Man," to New Line Cinema. They have since sold six additional screenplays to major
studios, including the comedies "Burt Wonderstone" and "Of All The Things," both with Steve
Carell attached, "Vacation," and "Cal of the Wild," currently in development.

Additionally, Daley plays keyboard, sings and writes music for the band Dayplayer, which
appeared in the season four finale of "Bones," and plays regularly throughout Southern
California. The band released an EP earlier this year, produced by Ran Pink and Rami Jaffee of
the Foo Fighters and Wallflowers.


JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN (Screenplay) graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995 and
practiced for two years at the New York offices of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Finding the
legal profession less than entirely fulfilling, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and within six
months began writing for network television comedies, including "The PJ's," starring Eddie
Murphy, "The Geena Davis Show," "Good Morning Miami," "Four Kings" and "The New
Adventures of Old Christine."

In 2007, in collaboration with his feature writing partner, John Francis Daley, Goldstein sold his
first film script, "The $40,000 Man," a comedy about the predecessor to "The Six Million Dollar
Man." Since that first sale, Goldstein and Daley have taken on additional feature writing projects,
including the comedy "Burt Wonderstone," set to star Steve Carell; "Vacation"; "Of All the
Things," also with Carell attached; and "Cal of the Wild," currently in development.


TOBY EMMERICH (Executive Producer) is President and COO of New Line Cinema. In

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January 2001, he was named president of production and oversaw the most successful period in
company history.

Since Emmerich took the production helm, New Line has released such hits as the Academy
Award®-winning blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"; 2005's highest-
grossing comedy, "Wedding Crashers"; "Elf"; "The Notebook"; "Hairspray"; "Sex and the City";
"Journey to the Center of the Earth"; "He's Just Not That Into You"; "Four Christmases"; and
"Valentine's Day." He will next serve as executive producer on the romantic comedy "New
Year's Eve," set for a December 2011 release and "The Hobbit," set for release in 2012.

A longtime studio veteran, Emmerich previously served not only as president of New Line
Music, but also as an accomplished screenwriter and producer who wrote and produced New
Line's sleeper hit "Frequency," starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.

Emmerich joined the company in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. In his
position as president of music, he oversaw the development of platinum- and gold-selling
soundtracks for such films as "Se7en," "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," "Austin
Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Elf;" "Friday After
Next," "Menace II Society," "Love Jones," "Freddy vs. Jason," "Who's the Man?" "Above the
Rim," "The Mask," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Mortal Kombat."

Prior to his posts at New Line, Emmerich was an A&R representative at Atlantic Records from
1987 to 1992. Emmerich attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, from which he
graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1985 with honors in English and concentrations in classics and
film.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast and art collector, Emmerich also enjoys long-distance running. He
serves on the board of directors for both the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund and the American
Cinematheque, and is on the board of trustees for The Calhoun School in New York City.


RICHARD BRENER (Executive Producer) has been a New Line Cinema veteran for more than
a decade, and currently serves as president of production for the company.

During his tenure at New Line, Brener has overseen and served as executive producer on many
of the company's most successful films, including such blockbusters as "Sex and the City," the
"Harold and Kumar" franchise, "Wedding Crashers," "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "The
Wedding Singer," "Monster-in-Law" and the "Final Destination" franchise. Other successful
films Brener worked on include "The Butterfly Effect" and "Boiler Room."

Among his projects in production are "Final Destination 5," set for a summer 2011 release, and
the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," for December 2011.

Brener joined the company as a temp in 1995 and rapidly rose through the ranks, from story
editor to senior vice president. Over the course of his career, Brener has overseen the studio's
relationships with much of its key talent, including Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and the late Ted

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Demme.

Born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Brener graduated with a BA in history from Yale
University in 1994.


MICHAEL DISCO (Executive Producer), a development executive who has been with New
Line Cinema since 2000, currently serves as Vice President of Production for the studio.

Disco most recently served as executive producer on the comedy romance "Going the Distance,"
starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, and on the hit romantic ensemble comedy
"Valentine's Day." Previously, he worked as a director of development and creative executive,
overseeing and managing the productions of "Fracture," "Hairspray," "Harold & Kumar Escape
from Guantanamo Bay," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Four Christmases" and "He's Just
Not That Into You."

Among Disco's upcoming projects are Bryan Singer's epic action adventure "Jack the Giant
Killer," currently in production, and Adam Shankman's "Rock of Ages."


SAMUEL J. BROWN (Executive Producer) has been a development executive with New Line
Cinema since 2002 and is currently Vice President of Production for the studio.

Among Brown's upcoming projects are the comedy "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," the
romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," the family adventure film, "Journey 2: The Mysterious
Island," and the Adam Shankman musical "Rock of Ages." Most recently, he served as executive
producer on the hit romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past."

Previously, Brown worked as a director of development and creative executive overseeing and
managing the productions of "The Last Mimzy," "Fracture," "Rush Hour 3," "Harold & Kumar
Escape from Guantanamo Bay," "Appaloosa" and "Pride and Glory."

Brown began his career at New Line as an assistant in the development department before he
was promoted to executive assistant to Toby Emmerich.


DIANA POKORNY (Executive Producer) recently served as an executive producer on the hit
ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," from director Garry Marshall, and the drama "My
Sister's Keeper," directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz. She also produced Iain
Softley's fantasy adventure "Inkheart," starring Brendan Fraser, and was an executive producer
on the comedy "Mr. Woodcock," starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon.

Pokorny's most recent collaboration with Garry Marshall is the upcoming romantic comedy
"New Year's Eve," featuring an all-star cast, set for a December 2011 release.

Her earlier credits as a co-producer include the thriller "Dark Water," starring Jennifer Connolly;

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Lasse Hallström's "The Shipping News," starring Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench,
Cate Blanchett and Pete Postlethwaite; "Hanging Up," directed by Diane Keaton, who also
starred with Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow; "The Astronaut's Wife," pairing Johnny Depp and
Charlize Theron; "A Thousand Acres"; and the Nicholas Hytner films "The Object of My
Affection," starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, and "The Crucible," based on Arthur
Miller's play. Pokorny also served as the line producer on "Safe Passage."

For HBO, Pokorny produced the controversial 1995 docudrama "Indictment: The McMartin
Trial," directed by Mick Jackson from a screenplay by Abby Mann and Myra Mann. Profiling
the infamous 1984 McMartin Pre-School child abuse case, the telefilm won both Emmy and
Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.


DAVID HENNINGS (Director of Photography) attended the University of Miami, Florida, for
film studies and was permanently afflicted with a desire to tell stories with a camera. In 1980, he
moved to Los Angeles and was soon awarded a fellowship to The American Film Institute.

Hennings began his career in the film industry as one of the initial proponents of electronic
remote camera systems, specializing in camera operating and support on the then-revolutionary
Louma Crane Remote system. Hennings was literally the first in Hollywood to use the
Technocrane Remote System, christening it for Robert Richardson, ASC, on his film "The
Doors."

As a cinematographer, Hennings' first opportunity came on the film "D3: The Mighty Ducks,"
directed by Robert Lieberman. He went on to shoot Peter Berg's directorial debut, "Very Bad
Things." Hennings also brought the sport of surfing to the big screen with the hit film "Blue
Crush," directed by John Stockwell, Universal's first Digital Intermediate, and has since shot
many studio and independent films, such as "Hannah Montana" and Disney's first foray into
digital filmmaking, "You Again."

Among his recent television credits are the hit series "Modern Family," as well as Fox's
"Breaking In."


SHEPHERD FRANKEL (Production Designer) most recently served as production designer on
the hit comedy "Couples Retreat," starring Vince Vaughn. He previously collaborated with
"Horrible Bosses" director Seth Gordon twice, on the holiday comedy "Four Christmases," and
the Fox television pilot "Breaking In."

Frankel was also the production designer for the 2008 romantic comedy "27 Dresses," starring
Kathryn Heigl, Richard LaGravenese's 2007 romantic drama "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary
Swank and Gerard Butler and, that same year, the Zak Penn film "The Grand." Frankel's first
film credit as a production designer was "Step Up," in 2006, his first collaboration with "27
Dresses" director Anne Fletcher.

Additionally, he served as supervising art director or art director on Todd Phillips' "Due Date,"

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"Fantastic Four," "Catwoman," "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed," "Terminator 3: Rise of the
Machines," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Stuart Little 2."

Among his most recent projects is the crime drama "Prisoners," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and
set for a 2012 release.

Between feature films Frankel consistently works to develop concept presentations and design
strategies for films and commercials. He also serves regularly as production designer on
television commercials, most recently for such prominent clients as Pepsi, McDonald's, Oreo, the
NFL, Blockbuster and AT&T.

Raised in New York City, Frankel attended the LaGuardia School of the Arts where he studied
painting and sculpting. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Amherst,
Massachusetts, and a Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban
Planning at UCLA. He began his film career as an assistant art director on such films as "Blast
from the Past," "Stuart Little" and "Magnolia."


PETER TESCHNER (Editor) has edited such box-office smash hits as the irreverent comedy
"Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," from
director Larry Charles, and McG's action comedy "Charlie's Angels." Teschner has also worked
on several Will Ferrell films, including the sports comedies "Semi-Pro," directed by Kent
Alterman, and "Kicking & Screaming," for director Jesse Dylan.

Teschner's additional film credits include, most recently, the romantic comedy "Going the
Distance" and "Definitely, Maybe," as well as "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Legally
Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," "Private Parts," "The Brady Bunch Movie," "Doctor Dolittle,"
"The Muse," "28 Days" and "Road Trip."


CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ (Composer) most recently composed the score for the animated
family comedy "Hop," as well as "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the family
comedy "Marmaduke" and the seventh season of the hit television series "Supernatural." His
recent feature film work also includes the box office hit "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "The
Comebacks," "The Perfect Christmas," "Meet the Spartans," "Disaster Movie," "The Open Road"
and the 2009 critically acclaimed drama "Adam." Lennertz's most recent collaboration is with
Academy Award®-winning composer Dave Grusin on the documentary "Harmony."

Lennertz's previous film projects include "Sharkbait," "The Deal," "Dr. Doolittle 3," and work on
"Soul Plane," which he co-composed with The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan. His eclectic music for
"Tortilla Heaven" won a Film & TV Music Award for best score for an independent feature in
2007.

In 2006, Lennertz earned an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the hit series
"Supernatural." His additional television work includes "The Deep End"; "The Strip," produced
by Joel Silver; "Brimstone"; and "Clive Barker's Saint Sinner," for the Sci-Fi Channel, named

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one of Cinescape's top releases of 2002 and ranked in the year's top ten by Film Music Review.

He is also well known as a video game composer, contributing scores for such games as
Tiberium, The Godfather II, James Bond: Quantum of Solace, Warhawk, The Simpsons, James
Bond: From Russia With Love, Gun, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, Medal of Honor: Pacific
Assault, Medal of Honor: European Assault, and Golden Eye. His string arrangements on the
Ozomatli album "Street Signs" won a Grammy Award for best Latin rock album of the year, and
his full-blown orchestral score for the blockbuster video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun won
the Interactive Achievement Award for best original music of 2003. He was nominated again in
2005 for Gun.

Lennertz began his musical training at age nine. After studying composition, jazz arranging and
theory in high school, he studied at USC's Thornton School of music with film music luminaries
Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, Christopher Young and David Raksin. Upon graduation, he
launched his professional career writing independent film scores spanning all musical and
dramatic styles for a range of films that have premiered and/or won awards at such film festivals
as Sundance, Slamdance, HBO's Comedy Arts Festival, Toronto and Cannes.


CAROL RAMSEY (Costume Designer) has composed a vast array of costumes throughout her
career, from all-American 1940's menswear for Paul Newman to outfits for Siamese-twin
wrestlers; from the urban action of "Bad Boys 2" to the character comedy of "Meet the Fockers,"
to the lush films of Merchant/Ivory. She has transformed Sir Anthony Hopkins into Picasso,
designed an S&M dodgeball team, and outfitted Leslie Caron and Barbra Streisand. Currently
Ramsey is designing "The Magic City," a dramatic series for Starz set in 1959 Miami Beach.

Ramsey's work has won praise from numerous critics, including Janet Maslin of The New York
Times. In 2002, she was nominated for a Costume Designer's Guild Award for Excellence in
Costume Design, Period Television, for the CBS telefilm "Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis."

Originally from Pennsylvania, Ramsey earned her Master of Music degree in harpsichord
performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While studying music,
she also pursued her passion for costume design, creating elaborate 16th century fashions for the
Boston Shakespeare Company and quickly segued into designing for theater, dance,
commercials, and films. In 1990, she moved to Los Angeles, where she has designed more than
30 feature films for all the major studios.

Among her film credits are "The Other Guys," "Dodgeball," "King of New York," "Slaves of
New York," "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge," "The City of Your Final Destination," "The Santa Clause,"
"Tuck Everlasting," "Stick It," "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story," "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's
Dead," "Le Divorce," "Surviving Picasso," "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," "Scary Movie" 3
and 4, "Superhero Movie" and "Jungle 2 Jungle," For television, Ramsey's costumes have graced
The WB's "Popular" and American Playhouse's "Three Sovereigns for Sarah."




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