Docstoc

IDT and Sharmill Films presents

Document Sample
IDT and Sharmill Films presents Powered By Docstoc
					             Arkles Entertainment presents




                        Starring

                    John Goodman
                     Bob Hoskins
                    Brenda Blethyn
                     Greta Scacchi

             and introducing William Ullrich
                     as Little Bobby


               Running Time: 118 minutes


Rating: M contains offensive language & sexual references




                 For more info contact:
                    Gina Dellabarca
                   STAR PUBLICITY
                      021 427 553
                gina@starpublicity.co.nz
The Cast




       Bobby Darin……………………………………………………………………….Kevin Spacey

       Sandra Dee………………………………………………………………………Kate Bosworth

       Steve Blauner………………..………………………………………………….John Goodman

       Charlie Cassotto Maffia…………………………………………………………...Bob Hoskins

       Polly Cassotto...………………………………………………………………...Brenda Blethyn

       Mary Duvan……………………………………………………………………….Greta Scacchi

       Nina Cassotto Maffia……………………………………………………………Caroline Aaron

       Dick Behrke…………………………………….………..………………………..Peter Cincotti

       Dr. Andretti……………………………………..…..…………………………….Michael Byrne

       David Gershenson…………………………………………………………….……..Matt Rippy

       Jules Podell…………………………………………………………...….………..Gary Whelan

       Little Bobby……………………………………………………………………….William Ullrich




                                                                     2
The Filmmakers



Directed by……………………………………..…………………………………Kevin Spacey
Written by……………………………………………......…...Kevin Spacey and Lewis Colick
Produced by………………………………………………………………...Arthur E. Friedman
Produced by………………………………………………………..……………Andy Paterson
…………………………………………………………………………………………...Jan Fantl
……………………………………………………………………………………...Kevin Spacey
Director of Photography……………………………………..……Eduardo Serra, ASC, AFC
Production Designer…………………………………………………………..….Andrew Laws
Film Editor………………………………………………………………………….Trevor Waite
Costume Designer………………………………………………………………….Ruth Myers
Make-Up and Hair Designer………………………………………..……..Peter Swords King
Choreographer……………………………………………………………………..Rob Ashford
Music Producer………………………………………………………….…………Phil Ramone
Musical Director…………………………………………………………………….John Wilson
Music performed by…………………………Kevin Spacey and the John Wilson Orchestra
Executive Producers…………………………………………………………….Michael Burns
………………………………………………………………………………...………Peter Block
………………………………………………………………………………..Jason Constantine
Executive Producers…………………………………………………………….…..Jim Reeve
…………………………………………………………………………………….Steve Robbins
……………………………………………………………………………….……..Thierry Potok
………………………………………………………………………………..Henning Molfenter
Executive Producers………………………………………………………….Joanne Horowitz
……………………………………………………………………………….Douglas E. Hansen
………………………………………………………………………...…………….Mark Damon
Co-Producers for Trigger Street………………………………………...………Dana Brunetti
………………………………………………………………………….……………Mark Tracey
………………………………………………………..……………………………….Philip Barry
Line Producer……………………………………………………………………..Guy Tannahill
Associate Producers…………………………………………………………...Anna Campeau
……………………………………………………………………………………Christian Frohn
…………………………………………………………………………….…..Jeremy Whelehan
Casting by……………………………………………………………….………Joanna Colbert
Casting Directors (Europe)………………………………………………..Mary Selway, CDG
…………………………………………………………………………...…………….Fiona Weir
……………………………………………………………..…………………………….Risa Kes
………………………………………………………………………………...…Jill Green, CDG




                                                                         3
Synopsis




         For BOBBY DARIN (Kevin Spacey), performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came
alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. In BEYOND THE SEA, Bobby tells us his own
story, in his last great performance.
         With a heart damaged by rheumatic fever, Walden Robert Cassotto – Little BOBBY (William
Ullrich) isn‟t supposed to live to see age 15. But when his mother POLLY (Brenda Blethyn) shows him
the happiness that comes with music, Bobby finds the inspiration he needs to stay alive. Making music
opens a world beyond sickness, where prodigious talent, drive and imagination can overcome a faulty
heart. With the help and support of his devoted family - Polly, his older sister NINA (Caroline Aaron) and
Nina‟s husband CHARLIE (Bob Hoskins) - Bobby will become a star.
         And so he does.       Working with his best friend and manager, STEVE BLAUNER (John
Goodman), Bobby charts his own stubbornly eclectic musical path, writing original songs and performing
in a range of genres. Turning his sights beyond music, Bobby launches a movie career and marries
America‟s favorite young star, SANDRA DEE (Kate Bosworth). But Bobby‟s relentless professional
ambition has begun to poison his private life, and the late 60s find him isolated, confused and
directionless. In the end, with his childhood illness finally catching up with him, Bobby must look to his
friends, family and extraordinary talent to quell his demons and accept who he is and what his life has
meant.




                                                                                                        4
About the Production

                                                ®
        BEYOND THE SEA is Academy Award -winning actor/filmmaker Kevin Spacey‟s vividly imagined
and superbly crafted look at the life and times of Bobby Darin, who blazed an incredible trail across the
fields of popular music, nightclub performance, film and television in his 14 year career. While people
around the world know Darin‟s music, particularly hits like “Splish Splash” and “Mack the Knife,” his
individual story is less familiar. Spacey‟s BEYOND THE SEA traces Darin‟s remarkable artistic and
personal journey through the very music that made him a huge star – and which brought the scrappy kid
from the Bronx into the orbit of America‟s favorite young movie star, Sandra Dee. Performing Darin‟s
songs himself, Spacey embodies the charisma, style and vitality that made Darin such a magical
entertainer. At the same time, the film doesn‟t skirt the darker implications of Darin‟s relentless drive for
stardom, exploring how an entertainer touches not only his audience, but also the people who know and
love him.
        With his swinging musicality and deft phrasing, Bobby Darin would have stood out on the basis of
his vocals alone. But Darin‟s talent went well beyond singing and song interpretation; a self-taught
musician, he was a songwriter who played guitar, drums and piano. In the late 1950s, he rocketed to
success with the gold records “Splish Splash,” “Queen of the Hop” and Dream Lover,” becoming a teen
idol in the process. But Darin wasn‟t content to stay in one musical place, and devoted his second album,
1959‟s “That‟s All,” to standards. That LP yielded Darin‟s classic, finger-snapping version of “Mack the
Knife,” which was #1 on the Billboard charts for nine weeks and won the Grammy Award for Record of
the Year, while the 23-year-old Darin won Best New Artist. He swiftly became one of Las Vegas‟ top
headliners, and even surpassed Frank Sinatra‟s attendance record at New York‟s legendary Copacabana
nightclub. Over the course of his career, Darin scored nine Top 10 hits and recorded in a range of
musical genres, including country, Broadway, folk and R&B. He had his first starring film role in the 1961
romantic comedy COME SEPTEMBER, and went on to act for directors including John Cassavetes, in the
drama TOO LATE BLUES, and Don Siegel, in the war drama HELL IS FOR HEROES. In 1963, he
                           ®
received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the comedy/drama CAPTAIN
NEWMAN, M.D., with Gregory Peck. He also hosted a popular television variety series, “The Bobby
Darin Amusement Company.”
        Kevin Spacey first became aware of Bobby Darin as a child.            His father‟s extensive record
collection included Darin‟s LPs, and Spacey also grew up listening to and loving the big band music that
influenced Darin. But there was something about Darin, his music and his persona, that made a strong
impression on the future performer. As Spacey puts it, “I just thought he was the coolest cat that ever
walked the face of the earth. His style, his attack had certain echoes of Sinatra, but it was its own thing.”
As Spacey grew up, he heard more of Darin‟s music, and his appreciation deepened. “I began to realize
the breadth of his musical journey, how he went from rock & roll into pop music, gospel music, folk music,




                                                                                                           5
country/western and ultimately, into protest songs against the Vietnam war. When you then look at that
trajectory in the context of his short 14-year career, that‟s a pretty remarkable road.”
        In taking on the role of director as well as star of BEYOND THE SEA, Spacey sought to honor
Darin‟s unique identity as a performer.         “What was at the forefront of my mind was to make an
entertaining film about an entertainer,” the actor/filmmaker explains. “A person who walked out there
every night and sang his guts out for two hours and created the kind of intimate nightclub world that
doesn‟t really exist anymore.”
        To create that kind of portrait, Spacey felt he had to completely understand and absorb Darin‟s
musical approach. Ultimately, he spent some four years working with Darin‟s music, listening, practicing
and recording. Recalls Spacey, “Every time I was off somewhere doing a movie, I'd be in a hotel room
with tracks learning, and going into studios, recording and learning about myself recording. I was trying to
find a way to have the attack be Bobby's but not feel saddled by doing an imitation. I felt the vocals had
to come from me in order for it to be alive.”
        However, it was by no means a foregone conclusion that Spacey would sing in the film. Darin‟s
manager Steve Blauner continues to supervise the use of Darin‟s music, vigilantly guarding his late
friend‟s legacy. In licensing the rights to Darin‟s story, Blauner had insisted on a contractual provision
requiring the use of Darin‟s actual recordings. When Spacey‟s representative called to explain that the
actor wanted to sing and asked for his cooperation, Blauner says he didn‟t mince words. Speaking of
Darin, he told Spacey‟s representative, “„This is my soul-mate, this is my brother. This is someone who I
loved dearly, still love dearly, still think of all the time. And I can‟t be part of the movie if it‟s not Bobby‟s
voice. It‟s just not possible for me. Go make your movie.‟”
        Shortly thereafter, Blauner reports, “I get a phone call from Kevin, from London. I‟d never met
him, never talked to him. I said, „Hi, how are you? I‟m a big fan of yours. But you shouldn‟t sing.‟ Now,
you would think that would be the end of the conversation. We talked for two hours.” Darin‟s manager
didn‟t change his mind, but he accepted Spacey‟s invitation to lunch when the actor came to Los Angeles.
In person, Blauner again told Spacey he shouldn‟t sing. This time, they talked for over four hours.
        Remembers Blauner, “When I left that meeting, I said to myself, „Well, for this man to still be
talking to me, he‟s got to have this passion that is sometimes the most important thing.‟ I sat down with
Bobby‟s son, and I said, „Look, this is your call. This is your father. You want to cooperate, I‟m with you;
you don‟t want to cooperate, I‟m with you.‟ He said, „Let‟s cooperate.‟” Blauner then took it upon himself
to track down the original arrangements for Darin‟s recordings, and sent them to Spacey. He also sent
Spacey several never-released recordings “so he could hear other sides of Bobby.”
        With Blauner and Dodd Darin‟s blessing secured, the project moved forward. The opportunity to
work with Spacey, as well as the subject, attracted some of the finest talents working in film today.
Spacey was as painstaking in casting the film as he was in learning Darin‟s music. “It was critically
important to me that I find all those characters,” he notes. “Bobby Darin is the center of the story, but
around him are a lot of people that meant a lot to him in his life and who went with him on this journey.”
        Acclaimed young actress Kate Bosworth (BLUE CRUSH) was cast as Darin‟s wife, teen movie
star Sandra Dee. The film offers an honest, empathetic portrait of a fabled show business marriage, and


                                                                                                                6
the inevitable tension of balancing two high-profile careers. “Sandra Dee was the biggest box office star
in the United States for about seven years running. She and Bobby were the most talked about couple in
Hollywood. They were the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of their day, I guess,” remarks Spacey. “Kate
Bosworth is beautiful, funny, surprising, and completely right as the idea of an icon, an American
sweetheart.”
           Says Bosworth, “Everyone had an image of Sandra Dee as this perfect, golden girl virgin; but she
really had so much dysfunction in her life that she was actually quite a dark character. It was exciting to
play the emotional journey of a character that ranges from age 16 to 27. In a single day, I might do a
scene where I‟m playing Sandra, as innocent as could be, at 16. And then the next scene, she might be
25, with a child, a full-blown alcoholic with a cigarette in her hand.”
           The highly respected John Goodman (O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?) portrays Steve
Blauner, Darin‟s manager and best friend. “Steve Blauner is kind of a force of nature, as Bobby was. He
believed in Bobby enough to take him on; everybody believed in Bobby,” says Goodman. “It's like this
movie. Kevin believed in this thing so damn much, it was hard not to jump onto it. I've never seen
anything like it. My respect for Kevin is enormous, and I‟ve known him since 1981 when he got out of
Juilliard.”
                           ®
           Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins took on the role of Charlie Maffia, who married Nina
Cassotto and cared for Bobby like a son. Says Hoskins, “I always knew Bobby Darin. I've got quite a lot
of records of his. One of the things that interested me was the fact that I didn't know his history.” The
actor was moved by that story, and by Charlie‟s role in it. “Charlie was like Bobby‟s nurse, and he kept
him alive. There's a DVD of Bobby‟s last performance on television, and it is extraordinary. Especially
when you know that Charlie was in the wings with an oxygen tank, ready to pump oxygen into him when
he came off the stage. During the songs, you see Bobby doing these movements with his hands, and
you think it‟s, like, hip. It‟s not. He‟s trying to get blood into his hands. The man‟s courage was just
amazing.”
           BEYOND THE SEA also features young pop/jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger
sensation Peter Cincotti as Darin‟s longtime musical accompanist and arranger, Dick Behrke.              Phil
Ramone, BEYOND THE SEA‟s music producer, had produced Cincotti‟s acclaimed debut album as well
as its recent follow-up. Though Cincotti had not previously considered acting, he was intrigued when
Spacey discussed the film with him after Cincotti‟s performance at a London jazz club. Explains Cincotti,
“One of the most important things that drew me to the film is the music. It‟s really a character in the film.
Kevin is telling the story through the music.”
           Filming on BEYOND THE SEA began in November 2003, with a cast that includes Academy
       ®
Award nominee Brenda Blethyn as Polly, Darin‟s mother; Caroline Aaron as Nina, his sister; Greta
Scacchi as Dee‟s mother, Mary; and 11-year-old William Ullrich as the young Bobby Cassotto. The
production required large soundstages, which led the producers to the Marlene Dietrich stages at Studio
Babelsberg, Germany.       Located near Berlin, Babelsberg‟s cinematic history encompasses films from
METROPOLIS and THE BLUE ANGEL to THE PIANIST.



                                                                                                           7
        Berlin proved to be a rich ground for the film‟s location shoots, which recreate the glamorous
environs of 1950s and '60s New York, Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Comments production designer
Andrew Laws, “There‟s a lot of mid-century architecture in Berlin, and we found some very fresh
locations. One of the difficulties of doing a film like this in Los Angeles is that a lot of the mid-century
architecture that's in really great shape gets shot quite a bit, and can be fairly recognizable. I think people
are going to be surprised when they learn that we shot in Berlin.”
        With its range of locations, different time frames and elaborate production numbers, BEYOND
THE SEA was an undeniably complex undertaking. Helping Spacey achieve his vision were director of
photography Eduardo Serra (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), production designer Laws (DOWN WITH
LOVE), choreographer Rob Ashford (Tony Award winner for “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), costume
designer Ruth Myers (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), and makeup and hair designer Peter Swords King (LORD
OF THE RINGS).         Says Spacey, “Because I was surrounded by a production designer and a
cinematographer and a choreographer and a music producer and a producer and a script supervisor and
a cast - all the people who took my dream and made it their own; because of them, I was able to focus on
exactly what I needed to focus on. ”
        The music for BEYOND THE SEA was recorded at London‟s Abbey Road Studios, the legendary
home of The Beatles.        Supervising the film‟s music is master producer Phil Ramone, who has
collaborated with a long list of greats, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Paul
McCartney. The Grammy-winning producer believes part of Darin‟s magic lies in his individual approach
to the music he made. “Like Sinatra, Bobby Darin brought the street to the ballad. Bobby Darin did
everything. He did blues. He did spirituals. He did folk music. He covered every genre, but what he
added to all of them was the street. It was extraordinary.”
        The acclaimed conductor/arranger/music historian John Wilson directed the orchestra, working
from Darin‟s original arrangements that Blauner had given to Spacey. Notes Spacey, “We were doing
note for note what Bobby did. I think somehow knowing that, this orchestra rose to a level of playing that
John said he‟s never seen before. They were determined to capture that sound of that time. And
because they raised their game, they raised my game. It was just the most remarkable 12 days I‟ve ever
spent. It was incredible to be in Abbey Road, in the studio where The Beatles laid down 178 tracks.”
        Peter Cincotti was amazed by both Spacey‟s passion and precision in performing the film‟s
songs. “Singing seems like something Kevin really loves, but forget about whether he loves it or not - he
sounds great,” the musician enthuses. “The natural response, which everybody had, was „Wait, is that
Bobby? Or is that you singing?‟ I think that‟s the biggest compliment one can give.”
        After production wrapped, Spacey set to work with editor Trevor Waite. One of the first people he
asked to view a rough cut was Steve Blauner, who says he was brought to tears.             “I went right to the
bathroom when the lights came up, because I didn‟t see the movie – I saw a part of my life.” He adds that
Dodd Darin also embraced BEYOND THE SEA. “He loved the movie. He called his mother, Sandra Dee,
and said, „Well, Dad‟s finally going to get his due.‟”




                                                                                                             8
BOBBY DARIN


Biography


A versatile and charismatic talent, Bobby Darin blazed a remarkable trail across the fields of popular
music, nightclub performance, film and television.     His swinging, savvy approach to adult pop and
standards won him comparisons to Frank Sinatra, and many considered him second only to Sammy
Davis Jr. as a nightclub performer. During his 14-year career, he recorded in a range of musical genres,
including rock & roll, R&B, folk and country as well as adult pop. He had twenty-two Billboard Top 40 hits,
including nine Top 10 singles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.


Darin was born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14, 1936 and grew up in the Bronx. As a child, he
experienced severe bouts of rheumatic fever, which resulted in a damaged heart and chronic health
problems throughout his life.


He developed an appetite for performing as a child, and started a band while still in high school. He was
a largely self-taught musician, and played drums, piano and guitar. He dropped out of college to pursue
a performing career, and adopted the name Bobby Darin. In 1956 he was signed to Decca Records, but
none of his records there were successful. Darin was championed by his occasional songwriting partner
Don Kirshner, and in 1957 was signed to Atco Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic. The following year, he
became a national sensation with his song “Splish Splash,” which he reportedly wrote in 20 minutes.
Produced by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, “Splish Splash” sold 100,000 copies in just three
weeks. Follow up hits, including “Queen of the Hop” and “Dream Lover,” cemented Darin‟s teen-idol
status, as did appearances on such television shows as “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “American
Bandstand.”


Darin began tampering with audience, label and critical expectations early in his career, forgoing rock &
roll for standards on his second LP, 1959‟s “That‟s All.” The gamble paid off handsomely; Darin‟s now-
classic version of “Mack the Knife” (from Brecht-Weill‟s “The Threepenny Opera”) spent nine weeks as
Billboard‟s #1 single. Capping off Darin‟s success were two Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist of 1959
and Record of the Year for “Mack the Knife.” By his early 20s, he was top nightclub act in Las Vegas and
had headlined New York‟s fabled Copacabana.


Darin, who had studied theatre during his brief tenure at college, moved to Hollywood in 1960 and began
an acting career. His first major role was in the romantic comedy COME SEPTEMBER, which introduced
him to his future wife, Sandra Dee; the couple was married in December 1960. Darin‟s other films include
John Cassavetes‟ TOO LATE BLUES, Don Siegel‟s HELL IS FOR HEROES, and Hubert Cornfeld‟s
                                                                                            ®
PRESSURE POINT with Sidney Poitier. In 1964, he was nominated for an Academy Award and a



                                                                                                         9
Biography cont….




Golden Globe Award for his performance in CAPTAIN NEWMAN, M.D., with Gregory Peck and Tony
Curtis.


Throughout the 1960s, Darin tackled different genres of music. Notable recordings include “Bobby Darin
Sings Ray Charles,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for his hit version of “What‟d I Say”; and
“Two of a Kind,” an acclaimed collaboration with the great singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer. In 1966 he
had a Top 10 hit with his version of Tim Hardin folk song “If I Were a Carpenter.”


Darin had appeared on many television shows throughout his career, and in the summer of 1972 he
hosted a variety series on NBC. A full season of the program was planned when Darin became sick.
Darin died during heart surgery on December 20, 1973.




                                                                                                   10
About the cast


Kevin Spacey (Bobby Darin/Director/Producer)

Since childhood the theatre has been Kevin Spacey‟s primary allegiance with roles ranging from high
school to Broadway. He trained at the Juilliard School of Drama and made his New York stage debut in
Joseph Papp‟s Central Park production of HENRY IV, PART I.

His breakthrough came when director Jonathan Miller cast Spacey as the ne‟er-do-well son of the late
Jack Lemmon in the 1986 Broadway production of Eugene O‟Neil‟s LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO
NIGHT, which also played the Haymarket Theatre in London. Other favorite roles include Treplov in THE
SEAGULL (Kennedy Center); Ben in NATIONAL ANTHEMS (Long Wharf); Paul in Barrie Keefe‟s
BARBARIANS (SoHo Rep); Athol Fugard‟s PLAYLAND (Manhattan Theatre Club); and Uncle Louie in
Neil Simon‟s LOST IN YONKERS, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor.

His close association with Mr. Lemmon continued as they shared the screen on three other projects;
George Steven‟s Jr‟s THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN for NBC, Gary David Goldberg‟s DAD for
Paramount and David Mamet‟s screen adaptation of GLENGARY GLEN ROSS, co-starring Al Pacino, Ed
Harris and Alec Baldwin.

Nine years ago cinema audiences discovered Spacey in three distinct performances as Buddy Akerman
in George Huang‟s SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer‟s THE USUAL SUSPECTS
and John Doe in David Fincher‟s SE7EN. He has continued to build an impressive body of work with such
films as LA CONFIDENTIAL, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, THE NEGOTIATOR,
HURLYBURLY, LOOKING FOR RICHARD, THE BIG KAHUNA, K-PAX, THE SHIPPING NEWS, THE
LIFE OF DAVID GALE and AMERICAN BEAUTY. Many of these performances have won him
nominations and awards including two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for SUSPECTS and
Best Actor for AMERICAN BEAUTY as well as the Screen Actors Guild and British Academy Award for
Best Actor.

In 1998 he returned to the stage following a five year absence in Eugene O‟Neill‟s classic THE ICEMAN
COMETH. The production originated at London‟s Almedia Theatre and later transferred to the Old Vic
Theatre and onto Broadway (with Spacey as producer), where it played a sold-out acclaimed run. For his
performance as Hickey he was nominated for the Tony Award (the play received 5 nominations) and won
the Evening Standard Award and the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actor.

His work on television has included 7 episodes of WISEGUY and the film DARROW for PBS.

He made his directorial debut with the Miramax film ALBINO ALLIGATOR starring Matt Dillon, Gary
Sinise, Faye Dunaway and Viggo Mortensen.

Spacey formed Trigger Street Productions in 1997, which produced ICEMAN and KAHUNA and the off-
Broadway production of Lee Blessing‟s COBB at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Trigger Street‟s feature THE
UNITED STATES OF LELAND, starring Don Cheadle and Ryan Gosling for first time writer/director
Matthew Hoge premiered in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was released by
Paramount Classics. Trigger Street will next produce the film of Ben Mezrich‟s amazing tale of six MIT
students who learned the art of card counting and took Vegas for millions in BRINGING DOWN THE
HOUSE for MGM, under the direction of Brett Ratner. Trigger Street is also producing the feature MINI‟S
FIRST TIME for first time writer/director Nick Guthe, starring Alec Baldwin, Nicky Reed, Carrie Ann Moss
and Luke Wilson.

In November 2002, Spacey and business partner Dana Brunetti launched TRIGGERSTREET.COM, the
web-based filmmaker and screenwriter‟ community; an interactive site for the purpose of discovering and
showcasing new and unique talent. Budweiser sponsors the site with Real Networks and in just two years
the site has achieved over 150,000 active members with the top ten finalists in the short film competition
having been given major screenings of their films at the Tribeca, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals.



                                                                                                       11
Biography cont…

As an actor Spacey most recently played opposite Morgan Freeman and Justin Timberlake in the film
EDISON for writer/director David Burke, who was the head writer on the series WISEGUY.

Kevin is now serving as the new artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre in London.

He dedicates this film in loving memory of his mother.


Kate Bosworth (Sandra Dee)

Kate Bosworth made her feature film debut in Robert Redford‟s film THE HORSE WHISPERER and has
been working steadily ever since. She recently starred in Robert Luketic‟s WIN A DATE WITH TAD
HAMILTON featuring Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel. Later this year, she can be seen in BEE
SEASON starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche.

Bosworth‟s other credits include her starring role in John Stockwell‟s BLUE CRUSH; WONDERLAND
opposite Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow; Roger Avary‟s RULES OF ATTRACTION starring James Van Der
Beek and Jessica Biel; and the Jerry Bruckheimer feature REMEMBER THE TITANS starring Denzel
Washington. She also garnered acclaim on the small screen with her television debut as „Bella Banks‟ in
the summer series Young Americans for the WB.

Bosworth was born in California but moved to the East coast early during her childhood, where she
developed her passion for horseback riding. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


John Goodman (Steve Blauner)

John Goodman is one of the entertainment industry‟s most respected actors. He earned a Golden Globe
nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Joel and Ethan Coen‟s heralded BARTON FINK.
Coincidentally, Goodman's breakthrough motion picture performance was in RAISING ARIZONA, also a
Coen Brothers film. He has since teamed with the Coens in THE BIG LEBOWSKI and O BROTHER,
WHERE ART THOU?

Goodman was raised in St. Louis, Missouri by his mother, who was widowed when he was two. A high
school football player, Goodman intended to play football at Southwest Missouri State but hurt a knee and
was forced to sit out a year. He spent that year studying drama with fellow students Kathleen Turner and
Tess Harper. He never returned to football and graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. degree in theatre. He
moved to New York and began pursuing an acting career.

He performed in many dinner-theatre and children's theatre productions, and in several off-Broadway
plays. His regional theatre credits include “Henry IV, Parts I and II,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “As You
Like It.” Things started to come together when he joined a road production of “The Robber Bridegroom.”
Eventually, he starred in two Broadway shows, “Loose Ends” in 1979 and “Big River” in 1985. In 2002,
Goodman starred on Broadway in the Public Theatre‟s “Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” In 2001, he starred
in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Seagull.”

Goodman made his screen debut in the HBO production MYSTERY OF THE MORO CASTLE. His film
credits include MASKED AND ANONYMOUS; STORYTELLING; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU;
COYOTE UGLY; WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?; ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL'S; BRINGING OUT
THE DEAD; FALLEN; THE BORROWERS; BLUES BROTHERS 2000; THE RUNNER; THE
FLINTSTONES; MOTHER NIGHT; ARACHNOPHOBIA; ALWAYS; PIE IN THE SKY; BORN
YESTERDAY; MATINEE; THE BABE; KING RALPH; PUNCHLINE; EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICAN;




                                                                                                       12
Biographies cont…

SEA OF LOVE; STELLA; EDDIE MACON'S RUN; C.H.U.D.; REVENGE OF THE NERDS; MARIA'S
LOVERS; SWEET DREAMS; TRUE STORIES; THE BIG EASY; BURGLAR; and THE WRONG GUYS.


Bob Hoskins (Charlie Maffia)

BOB HOSKINS is one of England‟s most visible actors and has frequently appeared in American films as
well. Among his best known are WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, THE COTTON CLUB, MERMAIDS,
NIXON, and MAID IN MANHATTAN.

Born in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, Hoskins left school at 15 with dreams of an acting career. He
supported himself with odd jobs (including working in a circus as a fire eater) before gaining regular
employment as a working actor on stage and in British television. American viewers first noticed him as
the lead in the original British miniseries of Dennis Potter‟s “Pennies from Heaven.” Hoskins made his
motion picture debut in John Byrum‟s INSERTS in 1975, but his breakthrough was in Neil Jordan‟s MONA
LISA (1987). For that film he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor, and won a BAFTA
award, a Golden Globe, a Cannes Film Festival award, and awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the
London Film Critics, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics.

Among his other films are THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, BRAZIL, A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, THE
LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE, SHATTERED, HOOK, THE INNER CIRCLE, MICHAEL, 24/7:
TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, COUSIN BETTE, FELICIA‟S JOURNEY, ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE LAST
ORDERS, and the upcoming VANITY FAIR, STAY, ELIZABETH REX and MRS. HENDERSON
PRESENTS. He has also starred as two twentieth-century dictators in the TV miniseries NORIEGA:
GOD‟S FAVORITE and MUSSOLINI: DECLINE AND FALL OF IL DUCE as well as Winston Churchill in
the CBS live broadcast television movie WORLD WAR II: WHEN LIONS ROARED.

Hoskins directed himself in the film RAINBOW, and wrote, directed and starred in THE RAGGEDY
RAWNEY. He also produced and starred in the 1996 film SECRET AGENT, based on the novel by
Joseph Conrad.


Brenda Blethyn (Polly Cassotto)

Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn is renowned for her exceptional work in film, theatre and
                                                ®
television. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving her first nomination in 1997 for Best
Actress in Mike Leigh‟s SECRETS AND LIES, and her second in 1999 for Best Supporting Actress in
Mark Herman‟s LITTLE VOICE. Blethyn‟s performance in SECRETS AND LIES won her Best Actress
honors at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, the British Academy Awards, the L.A. Film Critics
Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, as well as the British Actress of the Year Award from the
London Film Critics Circle. For her performance in LITTLE VOICE, she was named Best Supporting
Actress for 1999 by the Dallas Fort Worth Critics Association, and received similar nominations from the
Screen Actors Guild, British Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. In 2001, she received her third
Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress in Nigel Cole‟s SAVING GRACE.

Recent film credits include Nick Hurran‟s PLOTS WITH A VIEW, Nicole Holofcener‟s LOVELY AND
AMAZING, Nicolas Cage‟s SONNY and Anthony Abrams and Adam Broder‟s PUMPKIN. Other credits
include Billy Bob Thornton‟s DADDY AND THEM; and Guy Jenkins‟ SLEEPING DICTIONARY; Nick
Hurran‟s GIRL‟S NIGHT and REMEMBER ME; John Lynch‟s NIGHT TRAIN; James Bogle‟s IN THE
WINTER DARK; Charlie Peters‟ MUSIC FROM ANOTHER ROOM; Robert Redford‟s A RIVER RUNS
THROUGH IT; and Nicolas Roeg‟s WITCHES.




                                                                                                       13
Biographies cont…

Blethyn began her career on the stage in her native England, and was quickly recognized as a major
talent. In 1975, she became a member of the Royal National Theatre Company and later joined the
Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1981, she received the prestigious Critics Circle Theatre Award for
Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Steaming.” She has worked with such esteemed
directors as Peter Hall, Sam Mendes and Peter Wood, acting in a wide range of classic and modern
plays, including “Mrs. Warren‟s Profession,” “Habeas Corpus,” “Wildest Dreams,” “A Midsummer Night‟s
Dream,” and “Tamburlaine the Great,” adapted by Tom Stoppard. In 1991, she made her New York
debut in the Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn‟s “Absent Friends,” for which she received the 1991
Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent.



Greta Scacchi (Mary Duvan)

Greta Scacchi has forged a distinctive and genuinely international career that encompasses film,
television and theatre in America, Europe and Australia. She will soon being filming SYRIANA, written
                                ®
and directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan.

Scacchi‟s recent film credits include Roberto Ando‟s STRANGE CRIME with Daniel Auteuil; Reuben
Leder‟s BALTIC SEA with Donald Sutherland; and Karl Francis‟ ONE OF THE HOLLYWOOD TEN,
opposite Jeff Goldblum. Her performance in the Australian film LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, won her
Best Supporting Actress honors from the Scope Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Film Critics Circle
of Australia. She has starred in several films for Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, including Merchant‟s
COTTON MARY and Ivory‟s JEFFERSON IN PARIS and HEAT AND DUST, which garnered her a 1984
BAFTA Award nomination for Best Newcomer.             Other credits include Francois Girard's THE RED
VIOLIN; Douglas McGrath's EMMA; Mike Figgis‟ THE BROWNING VERSION; Robert Altman‟s THE
PLAYER; Wolfgang Petersen‟s SHATTERED; Alan Pakula's PRESUMED INNOCENT; Gilliam
Armstrong‟s FIRES WITHIN; Michael Radford‟s WHITE MISCHIEF; the Taviani Brothers‟ GOOD
MORNING BABYLON; Diane Kurys‟ A MAN IN LOVE; David Drury‟s DEFENCE OF THE REALM; and
Dusan Makavejev‟s THE COCA-COLA KID.

Scacchi‟s stage credits in England and Australia include “Old Times,” “The Guardsman,” “Easy Virtue,”
“Simpatico,” “A Midsummer Night‟s Dream,” “Miss Julie,” “A Doll‟s House,” “Uncle Vanya,” and “In Times
Like These.”



William Ullrich (Little Bobby)

William Ullrich, who is just turning eleven, makes his film debut in BEYOND THE SEA.

Ullrich has spent the past four years singing, dancing and acting on Broadway. Most recently, he was
seen as Randolph in City Center Encores! production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” He starred as Little Guido in
the Tony Award-winning revival of “Nine” with Antonio Banderas and Jane Krakowski. He was also seen
in “Oklahoma” as Maverick, “The Music Man” as Winthrop, and “Beauty and the Beast” as Chip. Ullrich
has participated in many readings/workshops in New York City, including the “Dream True” concert at
Cooper Union, “Tarzan,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “Priceless,” “Dead Man Walking” and “Dirty Dancing”. He
has appeared on television in “Third Watch,” “Blue‟s Clues Holiday Special” (Little Steve) and can
currently be seen in a commercial for Porsche. He can be heard singing in the Disney movie DUMBO II,
and on many children's CDs and commercials. In his spare time, Ullrich studies voice and dance. He
enjoys playing baseball, tennis, watching the Yankees, drawing and playing with his Jack Russell terrier,
Max.



                                                                                                      14
About the Filmmakers


Kevin Spacey (Director/Producer/Writer)

Please see “About the Cast”


Andy Paterson (Producer)

Andy Paterson‟s recent films include the critically acclaimed GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, based on
Tracy Chevalier‟s best-selling novel and starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. The film was
                                                ®
nominated for ten BAFTA Awards, three Oscars and two Golden Globes.
                                         ®
Previous productions include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated HILARY AND JACKIE, starring Emily
                                           ®
Watson and Rachel Griffiths; and the Oscar -winning RESTORATION, starring Robert Downey Jr., Hugh
Grant and Meg Ryan. With RESTORATION and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, Paterson is probably
the only producer in history to have made two major feature films set in 1665, a distinction he could not
have foreseen as he commenced a physics degree at Oxford University in the early 1980‟s.


Phil Ramone (Music Producer)

Phil Ramone is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry.

With nine Grammy Awards and an Emmy to his credit, Ramone‟s musical acumen and his use of audio
technology are unmatched among his peers. Acknowledged as one of the top creative producers,
Ramone has also played an integral role in pioneering many of the technological developments in the
music industry over the years. He ardently supported the use of the compact disc, digital videodisc, hi-
                                                                                                  nd
definition recording and surround sound. Appropriately, the first CD ever pressed, Billy Joel‟s 52 Street,
was a Phil Ramone production as was the first pop DVD release, Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story.
His use of a fiber optics system (EDNet) to record tracks in "real time" from different locations for Frank
Sinatra's Duets I & II was a groundbreaking achievement.

Ramone's unique skills make him invaluable to the artists with whom he works. His impeccable list of
credits includes collaborations with such diverse artists as: Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Bono, Ray
Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Renee Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel,
Elton John, Quincy Jones, BB King, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Liza Minnelli, Sinead O‟Connor, Luciano
Pavarotti, Peter/Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Phoebe Snow,
Rod Stewart, Sting, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand.

Ramone has long been recognized for the diversity of his work. In addition to working on several
television projects and live events, he has recently completed recordings with Elton John, Ray Charles,
Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Cincotti,
and Eric McCormack. Having finished a 5.1 remix of Bob Dylan‟s classic Blood On The Tracks, Ramone
also produced the surround remix of Paul Simon‟s Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints.

A passionate fan of all forms of entertainment, Ramone has numerous concert, film, Broadway and
television productions to his credit, among them: A STAR IS BORN; FLASHDANCE; GHOSTBUSTERS;
MIDNIGHT COWBOY; ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE; THE SCORE; THE GOOD THIEF;
“Passion”; “Seussical”; “Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert In Central Park”; “Songwriters Hall of Fame
Awards”; and “VH1/BBC Queens Jubilee Party at the Palace.”
Ramone is also extremely active in music and service related organizations. He is the Chairman
Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS),
currently serves as Chairman of the Producers and Engineers Wing, and is a Trustee of the Grammy and
MusiCares Foundations, producing their annual pre-Grammy tribute (honorees include Sting, Bono, Paul
Simon, Billy Joel, Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti among others). Ramone is a champion of music
programs in public schools to ensure that children have the opportunity to foster their musical talents, and

                                                                                                         15
serves on the boards of the National Mentoring Partnership and The Berklee College of Music. He is also
a Trustee of the National Academy of Popular Music, the National Recording Preservation Board of the
Library of Congress and serves on the governing board of the National Music Center and Museum
Foundation in Washington, DC.


John Wilson (Musical Director)

Still only 30, John Wilson has established an enviable reputation as a conductor, arranger and scholar
and is recognized internationally as an expert in the specialist fields of light music and music for screen.

Born in Tyneside in 1972, Wilson studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music,
winning all the major conducting prizes and the coveted Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding
student. He has conducted many leading British orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Royal
Philharmonic, the BBC Concert, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National, the Halle,
the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the English Chamber, the English
Sinfonia, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and the Britten Sinfonia, and recently made his Danish debut with the
Aalborg Symphony. He has made numerous recordings, most notably a series of highly acclaimed CDs
with the John Wilson Orchestra for Vocalion and two discs of the music of Eric Coates for ASV.

A prolific arranger, Wilson has produced countless orchestrations for film, radio and television. In 2000 he
orchestrated Sir Richard Rodney Bennett‟s entire score for the BBC production of GORMENGHAST,
which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Score. He has recently orchestrated and conducted
Howard Goodall‟s score for the BBC film THE GATHERING STORM about the life of Winston
Churchill. He enjoys a close working relationship with Sir Paul McCartney and has orchestrated several
of his compositions.

Wilson has restored a number of classic film scores and recently took on the enormous task of
reconstructing the orchestrations of all the major MGM Musicals.




                                                                                                         16
                 Mack the Knife
 Written by Marc Blitzstein, Berthold Brecht, Kurt
                       Weill
 Published by WB Music Corp. on behalf of Kurt
           Weill Foundation for Music,
                 Berthold Brecht,
 Joseph & Josephine Davis as Executors of the
   Estate of Marc Blitzstein/Universal Edition
  A.G./European American Music Corporation
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                  Lazy River
 Written by Hoagy Carmichael & Sidney Arodin
        Published by Peermusic III, Ltd.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

           Jump Down, Spin Around
  Written by Harry Belafonte, Norman Luboff &
               William A. Attaway
   Published by Clara Music Publishing Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

               Rock Island Line
          Written by Lonnie Donegan
        Published by Hollis Music, Inc.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

                  Splish Splash
      Written by Bobby Darin & Jean Murray
 Published by EMI Unart Catalog Inc./Alley Music
             Corp./Trio Music Co. Inc
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                Artificial Flowers
     Written by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick
Published by Jerry Bock Enterprises and Mayerling
                  Productions Ltd
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp and
                 Williamson Music
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                     Orchestra

                     La Mer
            Written by Charles Trenet
            Courtesy of EMI Records
 Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
      Published by HNH International Ltd
          Performed by Charles Trenet



                                                     17
                 Beyond the Sea
Original music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
     Original French lyrics by Charles Trenet
     English language lyric by Jack Lawrence
Published by France Music/MPL Music Publishing
                        Inc.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                18 Yellow Roses
             Written by Bobby Darin
Published by Trio Music Inc and Alley Music Corp
  Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                 Dream Lover
            Written by Bobby Darin
  Published by Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc./
  Unichappell Music Inc./Alley Music Corp./Trio
                 Music Co. Inc
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

               Once Upon a Time
    Written by Lee Adams & Charles Strouse
 Published by Helene Blue Musique Ltd./Strada
                     Music
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

              Hello, Young Lovers
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
                        II
          Published by Williamson Music
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                   That's All
    Written by Bob Haymes and Alan Brandt
Published by Warner/Chappell Music on behalf of
             Mixed Bag Music, Inc.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

               Fabulous Places
           Written by Leslie Bricusse
       Published by EMI Hastings Catalog
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                   Orchestra

                   Charade
   Written by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
         Published by WB Music Corp.,
The Johnny Mercer Foundation/Universal-Northern

                                                    18
                   Music Co.,
  Universal - MCA Music Publ., ADO Universal
       Studios, Inc./Northridge Music Co.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                     Change
             Written by Bobby Darin
Published by Trio Music Inc and Alley Music Corp
  Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

                  Let It Loose
    Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Published by EMI-Colgems Music Inc./EMI Music
                Publishing Ltd.
       Performed by The Rolling Stones
          Courtesy of Promotone, B.V.

           Simple Song of Freedom
             Written by Bobby Darin
Published by Trio Music Inc and Alley Music Corp
  Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

    Ain't Got No Mama (Ain't Got No Papa)
     Written & performed by Kevin Spacey

                      Hush
              Written by Joe South
       Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
            Performed by Deep Purple
Courtesy of HEC Enterprises Ltd./EMI Records Ltd

              The Curtain Falls
           Written by Sol Weinstein
         Published by WB Music Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                  Orchestra

            As Long as I'm Singing
             Written by Bobby Darin
Published by Trio Music Inc and Alley Music Corp
  Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson
                    Orchestra

             Some of These Days
           Written by Shelton Brooks
Published by Will Rossiter Co/J. Albert & Son Pty
         Ltd/Francis Day & Hunter Ltd.
 Performed by Kevin Spacey & The John Wilson

                                                    19
                  Orchestra


   Soundtrack Available on ATCO / Rhino
                Records


  A Germany / United Kingdom Co-Production


          Produced in association with
The Close Film Fund No 1, 2 and 3 Partnerships,
         The Second Close Film Fund
           No 1, 2 and 3 Partnerships,
    The Third Close Film Fund No 1, 2 and 3
Partnerships and The Third Close Film Fund LLP

            Financing provided by
        The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

        Funded with the participation of
           Scotts Atlantic, London


      Shot, in part, at Studio Babelsberg
     and on locations in and around Berlin

        UK filming at Pinewood Studios
          and on location in Dorset

          Made with the support of
       Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
                 MBB logo




                                                  20

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:12
posted:8/7/2011
language:English
pages:20