Erin’s (Drew Barrymore) wry wit and unfiltered frankness charm newly single Garrett
(Justin Long) over beer, bar trivia and breakfast the next morning. Their chemistry sparks a full-
fledged summer fling, but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and
Garrett stays behind for his job in New York City. But when six weeks of romping through the
city inadvertently become meaningful, neither is sure they want it to end. And while Garrett’s
friends Box (Jason Sudeikis) and Dan (Charlie Day) joke about his pre-flight calorie-cutting and
his full-time relationship with his cell phone, they don’t like losing their best drinking buddy to
yet another rocky romance. At the same time, Erin’s high-strung, overprotective married sister,
Corinne (Christina Applegate), wants to keep Erin from heading down an all-too-familiar road.
But despite the opposite coasts, the nay-saying friends and family, and a few unexpected
temptations, the couple just might have found something like love, and with the help of a lot of
texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (“On the Ropes”)
directed “Going the Distance,” which marks her feature film directorial debut, from a screenplay
by Geoff LaTulippe. The film stars Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore (“Grey
Gardens”), Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate.
The film was produced by Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Garrett Grant. Dave
Neustadter, Richard Brener and Michael Disco served as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Eric Steelberg,
production designer Kevin Kavanaugh, editor Peter Teschner, costume designer Catherine Marie
Thomas and composer Mychael Danna.
New Line Cinema presents, an Offspring Entertainment production, “Going the
Distance.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
A raucous and romantic comedy with both heart and heat, “Going the Distance” tells the
story of what can happen when a beer-and-barbecued wings-fuelled one-night stand accidentally
turns into something more.
When Erin and Garrett hook up, their intentions are to have a few fun and frisky weeks
before she heads back to grad school in San Francisco and he stays in New York City. But when
Erin’s about to board a plane for home, they both realize they have developed deeper feelings for
one another, and they don’t want whatever it is they have together to end. So, they decide to give
the “long distance thing” a go.
The film stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as the cross-country couple whose booty
calls actually take place over the phone. Barrymore reveals, “I liked this story because it had a
lot of humour and it was sexy, but it was also surprisingly emotional. I couldn’t stop thinking
about these characters and I really cared about why or how they were or weren’t able to work out
their issues. Any story that deals with the complexities of a relationship in a very comical and
contemporary way totally interests me.”
“I’d been reading a lot of romantic comedies,” Long recalls, “and this one really stood
out for me in the sense that it was much more raw and realistic, and very funny, too. It didn’t
hold back at all.”
“Coming from documentaries, where I capture real life, I wanted to direct a movie that
would feel as real as possible - people do swear, and they say what’s on their mind,” says
director Nanette Burstein. “It was such a fresh story and the premise was so natural. I really
responded to the material and I felt that a lot of people would relate to it.”
Producer Adam Shankman agrees. “It’s a pretty honest look at the perils of the long
distance relationship, which can be really hard no matter how much the people involved adore
Shankman and his producing partner, Jennifer Gibgot, also found the realistic, mature
nature of the comedy refreshing. “It was very exciting to both Jennifer and me because we hadn’t
ventured into that territory, and the truth of the matter is, my sense of humour leans a bit toward
the subversive,” Shankman offers.
“There’s a tremendous amount of freedom when you’re shooting a scene, whether it’s a
love scene, a fight scene, whatever, if the characters can talk the way that people really talk,”
The screenplay was penned by first-time feature writer Geoff LaTulippe, who didn’t have
to look far for inspiration. “The idea for the story actually came - and this would be shocking to a
lot of people - from a night of drinking,” he deadpans. He and executive producer Dave
Neustadter were kicking around ideas when Neustadter mentioned that he had just gotten out of a
long distance relationship. “Dave had a bunch of stories about what he’d gone through, and
neither of us could remember the subject being the focus of a movie before, certainly not a
comedy. We thought it was full of comedic set ups and could actually bear out some really
heartfelt stuff, too, but with an edge. Real life has an edge to it.”
The writer had no problem pushing the boundaries when it came to the scenarios and the
dialogue. In addition to his romance, Garrett has a bromance going on with the other significant
others in his life, best friends Box and Dan, played by rising comedy stars Jason Sudeikis and
Charlie Day. LaTulippe put these characters in a few unexpected, if utterly real, situations.
“It’s not the `50s anymore, we’re not afraid to see women’s knees and hear F-bombs, and
it seemed like anything that was funny was fair game in the script,” Day smiles.
“There was a script? I didn’t read a script,” kids Sudeikis.
“The world is populated by people with a sardonic perspective, and Geoff is definitely
one of them,” Shankman offers. “The story was not overly earnest, because it has characters who
have that sense of irony, who know they’re living in the real world and doing what real people
do to try to stay together in what’s not the best of circumstances. That includes maintaining their
sense of humour.”
Producer Garrett Grant contends, “With today’s economic environment making it even
harder on young people who aren’t established in their careers, it’s a struggle to make things
work when you don’t have as many choices. Not having the luxury of working wherever you
want or the money to travel back-and-forth very often is tough, so this really hits home.”
A FEW GOOD MEN
On-screen chemistry is arguably never more important in film than in a romantic comedy,
but if the filmmakers were going to push the comedy envelope, good chemistry between all of
the cast members would be critical, especially since Burstein planned to encourage improvisation
on the set.
“I really wanted to loosen things up and let it feel as real as possible, so I knew we’d have
to cast actors that are not only tremendously talented but also funny in their own right,” the
“All the stars literally aligned for us,” says Grant of the top-notch cast they assembled,
including rom-com veteran Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate and comedic
actors Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day.
Gibgot notes, “Because Erin and Garrett spend so much time apart, the friends and family
are really important characters and we wanted to surround Drew and Justin with an amazing
supporting cast, with everybody bringing something funny to the table.”
The role of aspiring journalist Erin required Barrymore to be both tough and vulnerable,
with a smartass sense of humour. “Drew has often played an America’s sweetheart type of
character, but Erin is strong-willed, she curses, she speaks her mind freely and is really on equal
footing with the guys. Drew played it without losing any of her charm,” Burstein states.
“Erin is a very strong girl; she can go to bars and win at video games and hang with the
boys,” Barrymore offers. “But she put a relationship ahead of her dreams before and resented it,
so she’s not going to do it again. I really liked playing someone with a sharp tongue and wit and
honesty. I loved her bravado.”
“Being an educated woman of around 30, still interning in a shrinking job market, there’s
a lot of competition and that’s frustrating,” Shankman says. “So, like a lot of young
professionals, Erin goes out after work to blow off steam. “She plays as hard as she works,” the
producer adds. “I think Drew felt that was a refreshing change of pace and she was fantastic in
On the receiving end of Erin’s affections is Garrett, an A&R scout who’s passionate
about cool, indie music, but who’s being forced to handle much more commercial bands at the
label where he works. He’s also something of a self-saboteur when it comes to serious
relationships. The role is played by Long, whom Shankman describes as “a kind of ‘every man’
who guys can relate to and girls really like.”
“Garrett’s kind of stuck in a rut, both professionally and personally,” Long asserts. “He’s
a low-level executive trying to gain a foothold in an industry that, in his opinion, has kind of sold
out. And he’s just been dumped by a girl he’s been seeing for a few months because, once again,
he couldn’t go to the next level. Then he meets this girl, this crazy, pixie-ish, slightly badass girl
who is cute and makes him laugh, and he’s very intrigued - and, spoiler alert: they get together.”
“To me, both Erin and Garrett are really honest, flawed characters,” Shankman observes.
“Garrett behaves pretty badly at times, Erin behaves pretty badly at other times, and they both
behave selfishly. But even though life is giving them an ‘out,’ they’re honestly trying to make a
go of it before they decide if it’s too big of a commitment. And while humour infuses almost
everything, the emotional scenes with Justin and Drew really anchor the film.”
Throughout the movie, both Erin and Garrett have the support - and scepticism - of
friends and, in Erin’s case, family. Christina Applegate plays Corinne, Erin’s overprotective
sister who is less than thrilled with her little sister’s romantic choices, both past and present.
Applegate infused her character with a back-story in which “it had really just been the
two of them for many years; I thought perhaps Corinne had kind of raised Erin,” the actress
speculates. “Therefore, she’s very controlling of her world as well as her sister, but at the same
time she has her own moments where she’s a little naughty.”
“Christina and Drew were great,” Burstein declares. “Even though this was their first
time working together, they absolutely felt like real sisters to me.”
Barrymore agrees. “I loved working with Christina,” she says. “She was totally inspiring
and made me laugh all the time.”
On the opposite coast, Garrett is frequently flanked by best friends Box and Dan, who
like Erin but aren’t sure they like Garrett when he’s with her - or, more specifically, once she’s
left - and the constant texting and phone calls become a major distraction for him.
Box, who works at the record label with Garrett, is played by Jason Sudeikis. “Box is
Garrett’s cutting, know-it-all best friend,” Sudeikis remarks. “Thanks to all the technology that
makes it possible to date someone who is miles away, Box is a little frustrated by the fact that his
friend isn’t really present, even though he’s right in front of him.”
Charlie Day is Dan, Garrett’s roommate and earnest but dim-witted friend, who tries to
further Garrett’s romance by taking advantage of the fact that the walls in their apartment are
paper thin. Day explains, “Dan often listens to whatever’s going on in Garrett’s room, and either
comments through the wall or plays music that he feels suits the occasion. He’s not only his best
friend, he’s his life DJ.”
“Jason portrayed Box with great acerbic wit, and Charlie was all sweetness as Dan, so the
way they played off each other was really funny,” Gibgot says. “The trio of guys felt very
genuine. They had fun and truly connected with one another and I think that comes through in
Adding to the mix of men in the film are comic actors Jim Gaffigan, who plays Corinne’s
husband, Phil, and Ron Livingston, who is Will, Garrett’s music biz boss.
“We really had a tremendous cast,” Burstein commends. “They were even funnier than I
could have ever imagined. Being a first-time feature director, I felt extremely lucky.”
FAR AND AWAY
“Going the Distance” was shot entirely on location in and around New York City, with a
second unit crew capturing the necessary San Francisco exteriors after the main production had
“Since it’s a movie about a long distance relationship, the cities that the characters live in
have to become footholds for them,” Shankman asserts. “I’ve always loved the romance of both
New York and San Francisco. You can feel alone and at the same time be part of a community
because you’re surrounded by life, everywhere you go.”
To capture just the right feel, Burstein collaborated with cinematographer Eric Steelberg,
production designer Kevin Kavanaugh and costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas.
Among the exterior New York locations used in the film were various areas of Central
Park. Key scenes were shot in the famous Sheep’s Meadow, the Literary Walk at the south end
of the Mall, and the Lake by the Boathouse, in which Barrymore, Long, Sudeikis and Day all
piled into one of the coveted row boats.
Taking advantage of her documentary training, director Burstein took a very small unit
on a guerrilla-style shoot for several scenes between Erin and Garrett. “We wanted to show them
falling in love over a series of dates, so we went out and shot some stuff in high def, completely
unscripted, through Coney Island and Chinatown,“ the director relates. The crew and the actors
were able to fly under the radar for a short while, before the crowds of people began to spot them
and recognize Barrymore and Long.
The production shot at The Half King, a downtown bar/restaurant co-owned by Burstein
that was used as the place where Erin waitresses and which became a favourite hangout of cast
and crew during production. They also filmed at no fewer than 11 different bars and/or dining
venues, from the Upper West to the Lower East Sides and into Brooklyn.
Several interior scenes were also shot at Hellgate Studios in Queens, where Kavanaugh
and his team created several sets: Garrett and Dan’s apartment, including Garrett’s bedroom, the
décor of which influences Dan’s first opportunity to DJ Garrett and Erin’s hook-up; the tanning
salon where Garrett attempts to warm up his pasty, east coast skin tone; and Erin’s bedroom in
her sister’s San Francisco home. The rest of the San Francisco residence was filmed on location
in Riverdale, New York, and a real house represented the remainder of Corinne and Phil’s
suburban San Francisco dwelling.
They also hit such notable locales as JFK Airport, which also filled in for Oakland
Airport; Chelsea Piers, where the boys practice their golf swing; and the Pratt Institute, which
subbed for Stanford University. Two newspapers were also utilized by the production. The
offices of the New York Daily News doubled for the San Francisco Chronicle and featured the
paper’s editor as an extra in the scene. The working offices of the Associated Press stood in for
the fictitious New York Sentinel offices where Erin works as an intern. This marked the first time
a production had shot inside the historic wire service offices, which remained open during
filming. In fact, some of the real AP staff members can be seen hard at work in the background
of the shots.
“We were lucky enough to be filming in New York City in the summertime,” Grant says.
“The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the city is so visual and has so much character. We
didn’t have to do too much to make it look great; it was just there for the taking.” The cast and
crew spent a great deal of their down time together, taking in the famously good food and drink
at the various locations. “It got to the point where everybody was saying, ‘okay, no more food,
we have to stop eating now,’” he laughs. “We had a lot of fun.”
Music adds to the fun in “Going the Distance,” and the filmmakers felt very fortunate to
find The Boxer Rebellion, who figure into the story as an unsigned, unsung band Erin takes
Garrett to see while he’s visiting her in San Francisco. Guitarist Todd Howe, bassist Adam
Harrison, drummer Piers Hewitt and front man Nathan Nicholson comprise the grassroots British
group who are, in life as in the movie, not signed to a label. They were brought to the film by a
New Line executive who had seen their show in Los Angeles. Originally thinking they would
have to cast actors to portray a fictitious band and play to a track, the filmmakers were thrilled by
the discovery. The band played live during the shoot, giving the scenes a realistic edge and the
actors an authentic concert environment.
“I am so happy to have The Boxer Rebellion in the movie,” Burstein says. “They have
such a fresh voice, and their sound is just so cinematic. When I heard it, I could instantly imagine
the scenes that their songs would play to.”
While the band is accustomed to writing music to perform on stage, they found the
process of writing songs for a film to be a bit different.
“There are a lot of guidelines,” Nicholson states. “For instance, we had to write a longer-
than-usual intro to the song we played during the concert in the film, so that it could have
dialogue over the top.”
Nevertheless, the band mates found themselves up to the challenge. Hewitt notes,
“Normally when we write, we never have a script directing us in terms of the subject or the tone,
or anyone saying ‘do a bit more of this or a bit less of that,’ so it’s a different way of writing. But
it was a nice change.”
In addition to writing the songs and watching the shoot, they also enjoyed being on
camera. “I never would have thought we’d have a chance to be in a film, but this was absolutely
awesome,” Howe says.
“It was both a great experience and great exposure for us,” Nicholson adds.
“That’s right - so far our faces have only been used for radio,” Harrison jokes.
Like many real couples facing time apart, the characters in “Going the Distance” try to
maintain both the humour and the emotion that flows freely when they’re together.
“Even though Erin and Garrett are separated by thousands of miles, we wanted to make
sure that we didn’t separate the heart and the humour,” Drew Barrymore states. “We tried to
bring in both everywhere, across the board.”
Justin Long agrees, adding that “part of the appeal for me, and I hope for audiences, is
that the movie doesn’t hold back at all, just like relationships, just like life.”
According to producer Adam Shankman, “I think audiences will really see themselves or
their friends, boyfriends or girlfriends in these characters. It is emotional and it’s honest and, if
you ask me, funny as all get out.”
Director Nanette Burstein says, “I feel that this is a hilariously honest comedy about the
trials and tribulations of a long distance relationship, and really trying to balance your life out -
your career and your love life - when you’re 30 and you feel like you should already have it
figured out. It’s career versus love, and it’s a really funny look at what can win out in the end.”
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ABOUT THE CAST
DREW BARRYMORE (Erin) has been a favourite of film audiences for almost three
decades. She is also enjoying success behind the camera as a producer under her own Flower
Films banner, which has produced such hits as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Never Been
Kissed” and “50 First Dates,” and the actioners “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full
Throttle.” In addition to producing the “Charlie’s Angels” features, Barrymore joined Cameron
Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both films, which, together, grossed more than half a billion dollars
Earlier this year, Barrymore won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild
Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance opposite Jessica Lange in
HBO’s “Grey Gardens.” She has also earned praise from both critics and audiences for her
performances in a wide range of comedies, including “He’s Just Not That Into You,” with
Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck and Scarlett Johansson; “Fever Pitch,” in which she starred with
Jimmy Fallon under the direction of the Farrelly brothers; George Clooney’s acclaimed
biographical satire “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” with Sam Rockwell; Penny Marshall’s
“Riding in Cars with Boys”; “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates,” both opposite Adam
Sandler; “Home Fries,” opposite Luke Wilson; and “Never Been Kissed,” which marked
Barrymore’s producing debut; “Music and Lyrics,” opposite Hugh Grant; and the drama “Lucky
You,” for director Curtis Hanson. She also lent her voice to the animated features “Beverly Hill
Chihuahua” and “Curious George.”
Recently, Barrymore made her feature film directorial debut with the roller derby comedy
“Whip It!,” in which she also starred with Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis, and also starred in
“Everybody’s Fine,” with Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.
Barrymore made her film debut at age five in the 1980 science fiction thriller “Altered
States.” However, it was her scene-stealing performance as the precocious Gertie in Steven
Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster “ET: the Extra-Terrestrial” that catapulted the young actress to
stardom. She went on to star in the thriller “Firestarter” and the comedy “Irreconcilable
Differences,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Her many other film credits include “Cat’s Eye,” written by Stephen King; “Far from
Home”; “Poison Ivy”; “Guncrazy,” for which she received another Golden Globe nomination,
for Best Actress; “Bad Girls”; Herbert Ross’ “Boys on the Side”; “Mad Love”; “Batman
Forever”; Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You”; Andy Tennant’s “Ever After”; and Wes
Craven’s horror hit “Scream,” which launched a successful franchise.
JUSTIN LONG (Garrett) has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors.
He most recently completed production on “The Conspirator,” which will debut at the 2010
Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Robert Redford, Long stars in the film along
with Robin Wright, James McAvoy and Evan Rachel Wood. Previously, Long was seen in
“Youth in Revolt,” with Michael Cera and Steve Buscemi.
In 2009 Long appeared in a range of films, including the adaptation of the popular book
“He’s Just Not That Into You” as part of an ensemble cast with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston,
Drew Barrymore, Ginnifer Goodwin and Scarlett Johansson; in the lead role opposite Alison
Lohman in Sam Raimi's “Drag Me to Hell”; “Zack and Miri Make A Porno”; “Funny People”;
and “Serious Moonlight.” He also starred in 2007's “Live Free or Die Hard,” opposite Bruce
Willis, and lent his voice as Alvin in the hits “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Alvin and the
Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” and as Lem in “Planet 51.”
As a member of Vassar College's comedy troupe, Laughingstock, Long got his start in
the comedy world, which led him to his first starring roles in such films as “Galaxy Quest” and
“Jeepers Creepers.” He then shifted to the small screen for his role on the quirky NBC series
“Ed,” and ventured into the world of offbeat comedies with his first box-office success,
“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” From there, he went on to play roles in comedies such as
“Accepted,” produced by Tom Shadyac, and “The Break Up,” opposite Vince Vaughn and
Jennifer Aniston. He also appeared in the Adam Sandler-produced “Strange Wilderness,” along
with Steve Zahn, and had a cameo in Vince Vaughn's “Wild West Comedy Show.”
In addition to his film career, Long has established himself as a household name with his
portrayal as the “Mac Guy” in the Apple Mac vs PC commercials.
CHARLIE DAY (Dan) is an actor, writer and producer whose comedic talent has
garnered him a worldwide following among critics and fans alike. In addition to starring in his
current role on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Day also serves as writer and executive
producer. He created the series in collaboration with friends Rob McElhenney and Glenn
Howerton. “Sunny…” is heading into its sixth season, premiering this September on FX.
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 had 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.
Upcoming feature film projects for Day include the Seth Gordon comedy “Horrible
Bosses,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx and Jason Sudeikis. The film is
set for release by New Line Cinema in Summer 2011.
JASON SUDEIKIS (Box) came to fame on NBC’s weekend fixture “Saturday Night
Live,” but is quickly gaining popularity for his work on the big screen. He most recently co-
starred with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy “The Bounty Hunter,”
directed by Andy Tennant. This fall, he enters his sixth season as a member of the “SNL”
Sudeikis has several films upcoming, including the Farrelly brothers’ comedy “Hall
Pass,” slated to open in early 2011, in which he stars opposite Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate
and Jenna Fischer. He is currently filming the Summer 2011 release “Horrible Bosses,” in which
he stars with Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman and Jamie Foxx, under the direction
of Seth Gordon.
Sudeikis made his feature film debut in David Wain’s independent comedy “The Ten,”
which he filmed during his hiatus from his first season on “Saturday Night Live.” The film
premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. That same year, Sudeikis was seen in two more
indie releases: Paul Soter’s “Watching the Detectives,” starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu,
which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival; and “Meet Bill,” with Aaron Eckhart and Jessica
Alba, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
In 2008, Sudeikis was seen in three major feature films, beginning with the Will Ferrell
basketball comedy “Semi-Pro.” He then co-starred with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in
the smash hit romantic comedy “What Happens in Vegas,” followed by a starring role in “The
Rocker,” opposite Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate.
Sudeikis, who grew up in Kansas, began his comedy career in Chicago, where he
performed with The Second City National Touring Company, Improv Olympic, and The
Annoyance Theatre. He also performed with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam before moving to
Nevada, where he became a founding member of The Second City Las Vegas. In 2003, with the
encouragement of his uncle, actor George Wendt, he sent a tape of his work to the producers of
“Saturday Night Live,” who initially hired him as a writer. Two years later, he moved to the
other side of the camera, joining the cast of “SNL” in 2005.
His television credits also include a multiple episode arc on NBC’s hit comedy series “30
Rock,” as a love interest to Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon. Currently, Sudeikis can be heard as the voice
of two principle characters on FOX’s animated comedy series “The Cleveland Show,” created by
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (Corinne) has endeared herself to audiences and received
accolades for her strength and versatility in theatre, film and television. She can currently be
heard as the voice of Catherine in the upcoming “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,”
and also recently voiced Brittany, the lead Chipette, in the blockbuster “Alvin and the
Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Applegate will next be seen on the big screen in the Farrelly
brothers’ comedy “Hall Pass,” with Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Jenna Fischer.
Her performance as the title character in the hit ABC series “Samantha Who?” has
garnered two Emmy Award nominations for Applegate, as well as three SAG Award
nominations, two Golden Globe Award nominations, a Satellite Award nomination and a Prism
Award nomination. In addition, Applegate served as a producer on the show, which won a
People’s choice Award for Favourite New Comedy during its first season.
Applegate’s film credits include “The Rocker,” for director Peter Cattaneo, in
which she stared opposite Rainn Wilson; “Surviving Christmas,” for director Mike Mitchell; the
comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” with Will Ferrell; her critically praised
performance alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in the raucous comedy “The Sweetest
Thing”; “Wonderland”; “View From the Top,” with Gwyneth Paltrow; and Stephen Herek’s
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.”
Applegate first gained widespread attention as the sexy and sarcastic Kelly Bundy on the
series “Married with Children.” After its very successful 11-season run, she furthered her
television success by starring in her own NBC comedy, “Jesse.” In 1999, the highly rated show
earned Applegate a People’s Choice Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination. In 2004, she
returned to television as a guest star on “Friends,” as Rachel’s younger sister, Amy, winning an
Emmy Award for her witty performance and a subsequent nomination the following year.
In 2005, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her
Broadway debut as Charity Hope Valentine in the revival of “Sweet Charity.” Her other stage
credits include an appearance in John Cassavetes’ Los Angeles production of “The Third Day,”
with Gena Rowlands, “The Axeman’s Jazz,” “Nobody Leaves Empty Handed,” “The Run-
Through” and “The Grass Harp.”
In 2008, after receiving her breast cancer diagnosis through an early, doctor-ordered
MRI, Applegate founded Right Action for Women to educate women about what it means to be
at high risk for breast cancer and encourage them to talk to their doctors about appropriate
screening. Right Action for Women provides aid to individuals at increased risk for breast cancer
who do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with
screenings. A long-time supporter of women’s cancer causes, Applegate served in 2003 and
2009 as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day fundraisers
for breast cancer in the country.
JIM GAFFIGAN (Phil) is a true comedic triple threat with achievements in stand-up,
acting, and writing. Beloved by a wide range of audiences, Gaffigan continues to prove himself a
major talent whose clever and quiet style has earned him a spot among the top five most
successful touring comedians in the country today. His 2006 Comedy Central special “Beyond
the Pale” was certified platinum, selling over 150,000 DVDs and more than 170,000 CDs.
Gaffigan will next be seen on the big screen in the comedy drama “It’s Kind of a Funny
Story,” based on the original novel by Ned Vizzini and starring Emma Roberts and Zach
Galifianakis. Gaffigan will also appear in the comedic thriller “Salvation Boulevard,” sharing the
screen with Ed Harris and Pierce Brosnan, due out in 2011. Most recently, Gaffigan was seen in
the Sam Mendes’ film “Away We Go,” with John Krasinski and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and in “17
Again,” with Zac Efron. Gaffigan has also been seen in such films as “The Love Guru,” “13
Going on 30,” “Super Troopers,” “Three Kings” and the independent films “The Living Wake,”
a dark comedy, and “The Great New Wonderful,” a meditation on the aftermath of 9/11.
Gaffigan’s talent has earned him an exceptional number of appearances on both CBS’
“Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and he is the
creative force, co-writer and voice of all the characters in “Pale Force,” the superhero crime-
fighting duo he created with O’Brien for NBC.com. The weekly animated series ran on the
internet, with Gaffigan premiering episodes once a month on “Late Night.” The 40-episode
series was nominated for a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award.
In 2008, Gaffigan finished his Comedy Central live tour, “Jim Gaffigan: The Sexy Tour,”
during which he performed 50 sold out shows across 25 cities, culminating at the Paramount
Theatre in Austin, Texas, where he filmed another Comedy Central special, “King Baby.”
Gaffigan’s scripted television guest appearances include HBO’s cult hit “Flight of the
Concords,” “That 70’s Show,” “Ed,” “Sex and the City,” “The Ellen Show,” “Third Watch” and
all three of the “Law & Order” show variations.
Often recognized for his numerous award-winning commercial campaigns, which include
EBAY, Sierra Mist, ESPN, Saturn, and Rolling Rock, his commercial presence earned him
BusinessWeek’s 1999 “Salesman of the Year” honour.
RON LIVINGSTON (Will) is well known for his work in films and on television and
can currently be seen alongside Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the comedy “Dinner for
Schmucks.” He recently appeared in the romantic feature “The Time Traveller’s Wife,” and also
starred in the sci-fi series entitled “Defying Gravity.”
Livingston was previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in
HBO’s award-winning World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers.” In addition, he had
memorable recurring roles on the hit series “Sex and the City” and “The Practice.” His television
work also includes the TNT miniseries “Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of
Stephen King” and the Fox series “Standoff.”
Livingston also has a diverse list of film credits, including such acclaimed independent
films as “The Cooler,” which premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and opened that
year’s Los Angeles Film Festival; Spike Jonze’s acclaimed comedy “Adaptation,” with Nicolas
Cage and Meryl Streep; Mike Judge’s 1999 cult classic “Office Space,” in which he starred
opposite Jennifer Aniston; and “Swingers,” with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.
Additionally, he starred in and co-produced the film “Music Within,” which won the
Audience Awards at the 2007 Palm Springs and AFI Dallas Film Festivals. Among Livingston’s
other film credits are “Holly”; “Relative Strangers”; “Pretty Persuasion,” with Evan Rachel
Wood; “Winter Solstice,” with Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney; and “A Rumour of
Angels,” with Vanessa Redgrave.
In 2007, Livingston appeared off-Broadway in the world premiere of the Neil LaBute
play “In a Dark, Dark House.”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
NANETTE BURSTEIN (Director) is a critically acclaimed director and producer
primarily known for her work as an award-winning documentarian.
In 2000, Burstein was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and the
Independent Spirit Awards’ Truer Than Fiction Award, and won the Directors Guild of
America’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, for her film “On the Ropes.” The
film was also awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Burstein
returned to Sundance in 2008 with her film “American Teen,” which earned her the Directing
Award at that year’s festival. She also received an Emmy nomination in 2008 for “NY77: The
Coolest Year in Hell,” a TV documentary that she wrote and executive produced.
Burstein’s additional directing credits include the highly lauded documentary “The Kid
Stays in The Picture,” as well as the television mini-series “Say It Loud: A Celebration Of Black
Music In America.” She also served as a producer on those films, and as an executive producer
on the comedy feature “American Shopper” and the television series “Autobiography” and “Film
Along with her documentaries, Burstein also directs commercials, including campaigns
for Nike and Sprint.
Burstein studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently
lives in Brooklyn and is co-owner of a Manhattan bar called The Half-King.
ADAM SHANKMAN (Producer) is a multi-faceted filmmaker who has enjoyed success
as a director, producer and choreographer. He served as co-producer and lead choreographer of
the 2010 Academy Awards; the telecast recently earned a record 12 Emmy Award nominations,
including two for Shankman for producing and choreographing.
Shankman and his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, are partnered in Offspring Entertainment,
which currently has a wide range of projects in various stages of production and development.
Under the Offspring banner, Shankman previously produced “Step Up,” directed by his co-
choreographer Anne Fletcher; its successful sequel, “Step Up 2: The Streets,” and “Step Up 3D,”
both helmed by Jon M Chu; and the thriller “Premonition,” starring Sandra Bullock.
Next for Shankman is the rock musical “Rock of Ages,” which he will direct and produce
through Offspring Entertainment. Also through Offspring, he is set to produce and direct
“Sinbad,” and produce “Tink,” which will star Elizabeth Banks.
In July 2007, Shankman directed and executive produced “Hairspray,” the feature film
adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. It received three Golden Globe
nominations, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. In addition, the film’s remarkable cast
won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.
Shankman began his directing career in 2001 with his debut feature, “The Wedding
Planner.” The next year, he directed the romantic drama “A Walk to Remember.” Shankman
followed with “Bringing Down the House,” “The Pacifier” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”
Shankman’s recent films include the box office hits “17 Again,” which he produced, and
“Bedtime Stories,” which he directed.
Prior to launching his directing and producing career, Shankman was one of the
entertainment industry’s premier dance and physical comedy choreographers, putting his creative
stamp on many well-known comedies, dramas, thrillers and animated films. His projects range
from “The Addams Family” to “Boogie Nights,” “Miami Rhapsody” and “The Flintstones,” for
which he was nominated for a Bob Fosse Award. In addition, he has choreographed music
videos for Whitney Houston, The B-52s, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and Stevie Wonder.
He also serves as a judge on the hit Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
A native of Los Angeles, Shankman developed a love for the theatre at an early age.
Following high school, he moved to New York and attended the Juilliard School. After five
years as an actor and dancer on the stages of New York and regional theatre, he moved back to
Los Angeles and began dancing in music videos for such artists as Paula Abdul and Janet
Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards.
JENNIFER GIBGOT (Producer) began her producing career in 1995 running Tapestry
Films. During her eight-year tenure there, she set up numerous projects and produced such
successful films as “She’s All That” and “The Wedding Planner,” starring Jennifer Lopez and
Matthew McConaughey. Gibgot hired her brother, Adam Shankman, who was already an
established choreographer, to helm “The Wedding Planner,” which launched his directing career.
She collaborated with him recently on “17 Again,” “Bedtime Stories” and “Step Up 3-D.”
In 2003, Gibgot and Shankman formed Offspring Entertainment and signed a first-
look deal at Walt Disney Studios. Gibgot went on to serve as an executive producer on the
Shankman-directed films “The Pacifier” and the family comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” In
addition, Gibgot and Shankman produced the hit dance movie “Step Up” and its even more
successful sequel, “Step Up 2: The Streets.”
Under the Offspring banner, Gibgot and Shankman executive produced the 2007
smash hit musical “Hairspray,” which received several honours, including a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy.
This year, in addition to “Step Up 3D,” the company also produced “The Last Song,” a
Nicholas Sparks-scripted film starring Miley Cyrus. Projects in development include “Rock of
Ages,” “Tink” and a new version of the classic tale “Sinbad.”
GARRETT GRANT (Producer) served as executive producer on four of director Adam
Shankman’s recent films, including the box office success “Hairspray,” which grossed over $200
million worldwide and has become the fourth-highest grossing musical of all time. Three of their
other hits at the box office include “Bedtime Stories,” starring Adam Sandler; “The Pacifier,”
starring Vin Diesel; and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” starring Steve Martin. Grant also executive
produced “Old Dogs,” starring John Travolta and Robin Williams.
He served as co-producer on “Like Mike” and as line producer for “The Locusts.”
Additionally, he was the unit production manager on “Gun Shy” and served as production
supervisor for “Beverly Hills Ninja.”
Grant began his career as location manager on “Dumb and Dumber” with directors
Bobby and Peter Farrelly. He served as their co-producer and/or unit production manager,
production supervisor or location manager on eight other films: “The Ringer,” “Stuck on You,”
“Shallow Hal,” “Osmosis Jones,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “There’s Something
About Mary” and “Kingpin.”
GEOFF LaTULIPPE (Screenplay) marks his feature film debut with “Going the
Distance.” He currently has several projects in development, including the comedy horror
“Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament,” based on the novel by SG. Browne and produced by Diablo
Latulippe is a graduate of the James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design
in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
DAVE NEUSTADTER (Executive Producer) has been a development executive with
New Line since 2007. He currently serves as a production executive for the studio, most recently
producing the contemporary re-imagining of the seminal horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm
Street,” starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.
Neustadter began his career at New Line in 2003, as an intern in the development
department and then as Richard Brener’s executive assistant. He is a graduate of Indiana
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.” He
recently executive-produced both “Sex and the City 2” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and is
currently producing the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.”
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 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 recently served as executive producer on the hit romantic comedy ensemble
“Valentine’s Day.” He previously 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 Centre of the Earth,” “Four Christmases” and “He’s
Just Not That Into You.” He is currently at work on Bryan Singer’s upcoming fantasy adventure
“Jack the Giant Killer.”
ERIC STEELBERG (Director of Photography) most recently filmed the highly lauded
drama “Up In The Air,” his second picture with director Jason Reitman and their second film to
be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, the first being the critically acclaimed comedy
Prior to that, Steelberg collaborated with director Marc Webb on the offbeat romantic
comedy “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and also
shot “Bandslam,” starring Vanessa Hudgens, David Bowie and Lisa Kudrow under the direction
of Todd Graff.
Steelberg initially found theatrical achievement with the ALMA Award-winning
“Quinceañera,” which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006
Sundance Film Festival, as well as the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit
A native of Los Angeles, Steelberg’s roots are in black-and-white photography. At the
age of 16 he shot his first short film, which won two national awards and one international
award. He continued to refine his talent lensing various short film projects, including numerous
music videos and more than 75 commercials.
KEVIN KAVANAUGH (Production Designer) recently made his debut as a production
designer on Drew Barrymore’s first feature film as a director, “Whip It.”
He was raised in Southern California and graduated from San Francisco State University
with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He first became interested in film design while working part time
during college at American Zoetrope studios during the making of “The Godfather: Part III” and
“Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Francis Ford Coppola’s production designer on those films, Tom
Sanders, offered Kavanaugh his first art department job on the film “Maverick,” marking the
beginning of a long collaboration during which Kavanaugh rose from art department coordinator
to assistant art director on “Saving Private Ryan,” and to art director on the films “Mission
Impossible II,” “We Were Soldiers” and, most recently, “Eagle Eye.”
Kavanaugh has also worked as art director on several occasions with production designer
Nathan Crowley: on Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” and “The Prestige,” and on “The
Lake House.” Kavanaugh’s other credits include “Transformers,” “Mission Impossible III,”
“Must Love Dogs,” “8 Mile,” “Clockstoppers” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
PETER TESCHNER (Editor) has cut 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 other film credits include “Definitely, Maybe,” “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.”
CATHERINE MARIE THOMAS (Costume Designer) recently won a Costume
Designers Guild Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the HBO
movie “Grey Gardens,” directed by Michael Sucsy and starring Jessica Lange and Drew
Barrymore. Thomas also worked with Barrymore on the actress’s feature film directorial debut,
“Whip It”; “Going the Distance” marks their third film together.
Thomas has collaborated with many of contemporary film’s most innovative directors,
notably Quentin Tarantino on “Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2,” for which Thomas received two CDG
Award nominations; Robert Altman on “A Prairie Home Companion”; Neil Jordan on “The
Brave One”; Richard Shepard on “The Matador”; Richard Linklater on “Tape”; Ethan Hawke on
“The Hottest State” and “Chelsea Walls”; Edward Burns on “Purple Violets,” “The
Groomsmen,” “Ash Wednesday” and “Sidewalks of New York”; and Anne Fletcher on “27
Dresses” and “The Proposal.”
A Hyde Park, Chicago native and an alumna of Chicago Academy for the Arts and the
Kansas City Art Institute, Thomas began her professional career as a designer in the costume
shop at The Julliard School. She is featured in Deborah Nadoolman Landis’s 2007 book
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume.
MYCHAEL DANNA (Composer) hails from Canada, where he has won five Genie
Awards, the latest for his score for “Water,” directed by Deepa Mehta. He has won four Genie
Awards for his composing work on the Atom Egoyan films “Ararat,” “Felicia’s Journey,” “The
Sweet Hereafter” and “Exotica.” Danna has also repeatedly collaborated with other noted
filmmakers, including Mira Nair on “Vanity Fair,” “Monsoon Wedding” and “Kama Sutra: A
Tale of Love”; Ang Lee on “Ride with the Devil” and “The Ice Storm”; Billy Ray on “Breach”
and “Shattered Glass”; and Terry Gilliam on “Tideland” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor
In addition, Danna composed the score for the Oscar-winning hit “Little Miss Sunshine,”
for which he shared in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album.
His long list of film composing credits also includes the acclaimed romantic comedy “(500)
Days of Summer”; Neil LaBute’s “Lakeview Terrace”; the animated “Surf’s Up”; Gregory
Hoblit’s “Fracture”; Bennett Miller’s “Capote”; István Szabó’s “Being Julia”; Denzel
Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher”; Scott Hicks’ “Hearts in Atlantis”; James
Mangold’s “Girl, Interrupted”; and Joel Schumacher’s “8 mm.”
For television, Danna has composed music for the series “Medium,” “Dollhouse,” “New
Amsterdam” and “Avonlea.” Danna studied music composition at the University of Toronto,
winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985.
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