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The Lone Ranger (2013)
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Genre: Western Action/Adventure
Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material.
Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) and man of the law John Reid (Armie Hammer) are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "The Lone Ranger," a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice--taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
"The Lone Ranger" also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, "The Lone Ranger" is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.
About the Cast
JOHNNY DEPP (Tonto/Executive Producer) is an award-winning actor who is also producing under the banner of his company, infinitum nihil.
A three-time Academy Award® nominee in the category of Best Actor, Depp was honored with his first Oscar® nomination for his work in Gore Verbinski's 2003 blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which launched the hugely successful film franchise. He also won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and an Empire Award and garnered Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations for his creation of Captain Jack Sparrow, who became an instant screen classic. Depp went on to reprise the role in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," earning another Golden Globe nomination; "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"; and, most recently, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Depp's second Oscar® nomination came for his performance in Marc Forster's acclaimed 2004 drama "Finding Neverland." Additionally, he received Golden Globe®, BAFTA Award and SAG Award® nominations for his portrayal of "Peter Pan" author James Barrie in the film.
Depp earned his latest Oscar® nod for his work in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," director Tim Burton's 2007 screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical. For his performance in the film's title role, Depp also won a Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical.
"Dark Shadows" marks Depp's eighth collaboration with Burton, which began with the actor's Golden Globe®-nominated performance in the 1990 feature "Edward Scissorhands." He subsequently earned Golden Globe nominations for his work under Burton's direction in "Ed Wood," for which he won a London Film Critics' Circle Award, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland," and he also lent his voice to Burton's animated hit "Corpse Bride."
Depp began his performing career as a musician, before segueing to acting. He made his feature film debut in the horror hit "A Nightmare on Elm Street," followed by Oliver Stone's Oscar®-winning war drama "Platoon." In 1987, he landed his breakout role on the hit television show "21 Jump Street." After starring in the series for four seasons, Depp returned to the big screen in John Waters' "Cry-Baby."
His early film work also includes "Benny & Joon," gaining a Golden Globe® nomination; Lasse Hallstrom's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; "Don Juan DeMarco," with Marlon Brando; Mike Newell's "Donnie Brasco"; and Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." In 1997, Depp made his writing and directing debut with "The Brave," in which he also starred with Brando.
Depp's long list of credits also includes such diverse films as Lasse Hallstrom's "Chocolat," for which he was Golden Globe®-nominated; the Hughes brothers' "From Hell"; Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"; Michael Mann's "Public Enemies"; "The Tourist," earning another Golden Globe nomination; and "The Rum Diary," which he also produced. In addition, he voiced the title character in 2011's Oscar®-winning animated feature "Rango," directed by Gore Verbinski, and was one of the producers on the Oscar®-nominated "Hugo."
He is currently working with Wally Pfister on a film entitled "Transcendence" with Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany.
ARMIE HAMMER (John Reid aka The Lone Ranger) has emerged as one of Hollywood's most talented young actors. Hammer's portrayal of Clyde Toson in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic, "J. Edgar," garnered Hammer a 2012 SAG® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hammer starred in the film opposite Leonardo DiCaprio from a script by "Milk" Oscar® winner Dustin Lance Black. "J. Edgar" was also honored at the 2011 AFI Awards for Film of the Year.
His performance as the Winklevoss twins in the award-winning film "The Social Network" garnered him critical praise and positioned him as one of Hollywood's breakouts of 2010. Hammer was nominated Most Promising Performer by the Chicago Crix and awarded Best Supporting Actor by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The film received a SAG® nomination for Best Ensemble, as well as Best Picture for Golden Globes®. "The Social Network" was also recognized by L.A. and N.Y. Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics Association, National Board of Review, and as one of the American Film Institute's Top 10 Films of the Year.
Hammer's other credits include "Mirror Mirror," directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, where he played Prince Alcott and starred opposite Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.
Hammer currently resides in Los Angeles.
TOM WILKINSON (Latham Cole) is an award-winning actor of stage and screen. Wilkinson received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Tony Gilroy's Academy Award®-nominated "Michael Clayton." He received an Academy Award® nomination for Leading Actor for his unforgettable performance in Todd Field's acclaimed drama "In The Bedroom," opposite Sissy Spacek. Wilkinson also received a BAFTA nomination, won the Independent Spirit Award, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for the role. Prior to that, Wilkinson won a BAFTA for his role in the 1997 British and international box-office sensation "The Full Monty" and garnered another BAFTA nomination the following year for his performance in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Shakespeare In Love." He received Emmy® and Golden Globe Award® nominations for his courageous performance in HBO's 2003 film "Normal," opposite Jessica Lange. Wilkinson won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor for the HBO miniseries "John Adams," in which he portrayed Benjamin Franklin. His most recent foray into television was for the History Channel, in the U.S. playing Joe Kennedy in "The Kennedys" and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a miniseries. Wilkinson also starred in the Golden Globe-winning TV movie "Recount," playing James Baker opposite Kevin Spacey and John Hurt.
Wilkinson will next been seen in "Felony" with Joel Edgerton and also "Belle" opposite Miranda Richardson. Tom has also starred in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" opposite Tom Cruise, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith; "The Debt" opposite Helen Mirren; "The Conspirator" for Robert Redford; Roman Polanski's "The Ghost"; Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet"; Tony Gilroy's "Duplicity" with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen; John Landis' "Burke and Hare"; Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream" with Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor; Guy Ritchie's London-set crime caper "RocknRolla"; with Gerard Butler; and Bryan Singer's World War II-set drama "Valkyrie" with Tom Cruise. His previous film credits include Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"; "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" with Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey; "The Last Kiss," starring Zach Braff; "Stage Beauty" with Billy Crudup; "Wilde"; "The Governess"; Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility"; "Smilla's Sense of Snow"; Gillian Armstrong's "Oscar and Lucinda"; "Ride with the Devil"; "The Importance of Being Earnest"; "Girl with a Pearl Earring," starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth; Roland Emmerich's "The Patriot"; "A Good Woman"; "Ripley Under Ground"; "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"; and Separate Lies, with Emily Watson and Rupert Everett.
On the British small screen, Wilkinson received BAFTA TV Award nominations for his roles in "Cold Enough for Snow" and the award-winning BBC miniseries "Martin Chuzzlewit." His other notable television credits include such long-form projects as the HBO movie "The Gathering Storm" and the BBC telefilm "Measure for Measure," to name only a few.
An accomplished stage actor, Wilkinson has played the role of John Proctor in "The Crucible" at the Royal National Theatre; the title role in "King Lear" at the Royal Court; the role of Dr. Stockmann in the award-winning West End production of "Enemy of the People" with Vanessa Redgrave; a London Critics Circle Award-winning performance in "Ghosts"; and David Hare's production of "My Zinc Bed" with Julia Ormond.
In the past year, WILLIAM FICHTNER (Butch Cavendish) has completed starring roles in Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," opening August 9, opposite Matt Damon and Jodie Foster for Sony Pictures; writer-director Todd Robinson's thriller "Phantom," opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny; and director-producer Danny DeVito's thriller "St. Sebastian."
In 2012, Fichtner starred in the John Stockwell-directed "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden," based on the true events surrounding the U.S. Navy SEALS mission to capture Bin Laden. In 2011 Fichtner starred opposite Nicholas Cage in "Drive Angry" for director Patrick Lussier and alongside Antonio Banderas in "The Big Bang" for director Tony Krantz. In 2010 he starred opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey in director Shawn Levy's "Date Night."
Fichtner co-starred in writer-director Paul Haggis' Academy Award®-winning "Crash." For his performance in that film, he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Best Ensemble Cast in a Feature Film. His additional film credits include "Blades of Glory" with Will Ferrell; director Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight"; the remake of "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler; the comedy "The Amateurs" with Jeff Bridges; two films that premiered in the same Sundance Film Festival season: Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives" and Arie Posin's "The Chumscrubber"; Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"; "What's The Worst Thing That Could Happen"; Wolfgang Peterson's "The Perfect Storm"; "Drowning Mona"; "Ultraviolet and Equilibrium," both for writer-director Kurt Wimmer; "Armageddon"; Michael Mann's "Heat"; Robert Zemeckis' "Contact"; Doug Liman's "Go"; Katherine Bigelow's "Strange Days"; "Passion of Mind"; Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"; "Switchback"; Agnieszka Holland's "Julie Walking Home"; "The Settlement" with John C. Reilly; Kevin Spacey's directorial debut "Albino Alligator"; and "First Snow" with Guy Pearce.
Segueing between television and feature films, Fichtner most recently completed filming the international television series "Crossing Lines," created by Edward Allen Bernero, co-creator of "Third Watch" and an executive producer of "Criminal Minds." Fichtner stars in the series opposite Donald Sutherland. Fichtner had a recurring role on HBO's "Entourage" from 2009-2011. He played FBI Agent Alexander Mahone for three seasons on Fox's hit drama series, "Prison Break." He also starred with Paul Newman and Ed Harris in HBO's critically acclaimed adaptation of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls." Other television credits include roles on NBC's The "West Wing" and ABC's "Invasion."
As a member of the Circle Repertory Theatre, Fichtner won critical acclaim for his role in "The Fiery Furnace," directed by Norman Rene. Other stage credits include "Raft of the Medusa" at the Minetta Lane Theatre, "The Years" at the Manhattan Theatre Club, "Clothes for a Summer Hotel" at the Williamstown Theatre festival and "Machinal" at The Public Theatre.
BARRY PEPPER (Capt. Fuller) gained critical attention for his portrayal of Private Jackson in the Academy Award®-winning feature "Saving Private Ryan," and since then he has been sought out for compelling roles with award-winning filmmakers.
Both a television and film star, Pepper has starred alongside some of today's most respected fellow actors and directors. Recently released films include "Broken City" for 20th Century Fox with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe and Summit Entertainment's "Snitch" with Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon. He starred with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon in the Coen Brothers' remake of "True Grit." He starred opposite Kevin Spacey in "Casino Jack," the story of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. For his performance in this film Pepper was the recipient of the Hollywood Spotlight Award from the 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival. He also starred in "Like Dandelion Dust," which won more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including Best Actor at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival and 2009 NY Vision Festival. He was seen opposite Will Smith in Columbia Pictures' "Seven Pounds"; worked with Clint Eastwood in the World War II epic "Flags of Our Fathers" for DreamWorks/Warner Bros; and starred alongside Tom Hanks in the Academy Award®-winning feature "The Green Mile." He also starred in "25th Hour," Spike Lee's compelling view of post-9/11 New York City, starring Ed Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman. His film "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" for Sony Pictures Classics marked Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut and was shown in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, and Pepper received a nomination for Best Supporting Male in the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards.
His other feature credits include the Bruckheimer/Scott thriller "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman; the critically acclaimed Paramount Pictures' "We Were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson; and the New Line feature "Knockaround Guys" opposite John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.
Pepper starred as Robert Kennedy in the Reelz Channel 8-hour miniseries "The Kennedys" with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. In recognition of his outstanding performance, he won the 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and the 26th annual Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
Pepper has also made his mark as a producer. He executive produced and starred in the title role of the ESPN feature 3: "The Dale Earnhardt Story," a biopic of the NASCAR star who died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. His performance garnered a nomination for the 11th Annual SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. He also executive produced and starred in "The Snow Walker," which he received a Best Actor nomination for the 24th Annual Genie Awards in Canada as well as eight other nominations for the film.
Pepper's starring role in the HBO feature "61*" earned him nominations for a Golden Globe®, an Emmy® and a Critic's Choice Award. The film tells the story behind the competition between the New York Yankees' Roger Maris (Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) to break Babe Ruth's single season homerun record in 1961. The critically acclaimed film was directed and executive produced by Billy Crystal.
JAMES BADGE DALE (Dan Reid) is gearing up for an impressive 2013 as his work will be seen in three other major pictures in addition to "The Lone Ranger," adding four completely different characters to his already complex list of roles played.
In Shane Black's "Iron Man 3," starring opposite Robert Downey, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, he plays the unique villain Eric Savin. In Marc Forster's "World War Z," based on the highly successful novel by Max Brooks, Dale appears opposite Brad Pitt, as the character Speke, a soldier struggling with his humanity during the zombie apocalypse.
Dale recently completed "Parkland." The film recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Dale plays Robert Oswald, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, in the ensemble cast alongside Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron and Marcia Gary Harden.
Dale was last seen in Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, as the memorable character The Gaunt Young Man. Within the past year, Dale starred alongside Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in "Shame," the controversial and sexually charged drama directed by Steve McQueen. He followed with Joe Carnahan's "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson, a film centering on the survival of eight men in the wilds of Alaska hunted by a pack of wolves. His other notable film credits include Robert Redford's historical drama "The Conspirator," starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy, and Martin Scorsese's Academy Award®-winning film "The Departed."
In television Dale starred in AMC's critically acclaimed series "Rubicon," constructed in the vein of the political thrillers "Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor." His most recognized role in television was his lead performance as Robert Leckie in the Emmy® and Peabody- awarded HBO epic miniseries "The Pacific." Dale is also remembered as Chase Edmunds, Kiefer Sutherland's younger partner in the hit television series "24."
Dale is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award®-nominated director/choreographer, Grover Dale. He followed his parents onto the stage making his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company. Since then, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group and New World Stages.
Two-time Olivier Award-winning actress RUTH WILSON (Rebecca Reid) will next be seen in Focus Features "Anna Karenina" alongside Keira Knightly, which will be released on September 7th in the UK and November 9th in the U.S.
Wilson has proven her versatility on stage, in film and on television. She is best known for her stunning portrayal of "Jane Eyre" in the 2006 adaptation, which led her to a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in 2007 and a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress the following year. Jane Eyre was Wilson's first role out of drama school. Following "Jane Eyre," Wilson found herself quickly in demand and became Stephen Poliakoff's muse, playing the lead in two of his critically acclaimed films, "Capturing Mary" and "A Real Summer." Wilson then went on to play the female lead in "Small Island," the critically acclaimed adaptation of the beloved book, which formed the centerpiece of the BBC's Autumn 2009 season. In 2009, she starred in ITV's miniseries "The Prisoner," the remake of the cult classic film, alongside Ian McKellen. That same year, Wilson starred in the BBC 1 critically acclaimed series "Luther," in which she portrayed an unnervingly intelligent sociopath Alice Morgan, opposite Idris Elba.
Wilson's theatre work began in 2007, while appearing in Maxim Gorky's "Philistines," at the National Theatre. The play, set in 1902 Russia, depicts the life of bigoted patriot Vassily and his bullied children. Wilson portrayed the character Tanya, a depressed teacher bullied by her father. Her second appearance on the London stage was in 2009, playing the coveted role of Stella opposite Rachel Weisz in the sold-out West End production of "A Street Car Named Desire," a role for which she won her first Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress and earned plaudits from the critics. In 2010, Wilson starred in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's, "Through a Glass Darkly," which premiered at the Almeida Theatre. Earlier this year, she starred alongside Jude Law in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," which garnered her second Olivier nomination and win in the Best Actress Category.
Wilson currently resides in London, England.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER (Red Harrington), a two-time Academy Award® nominee, earned her latest Oscar® nod for her performance in 2010's true-life drama "The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper. Her portrayal of Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI, also brought her Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, and won BAFTA and British Independent Film Awards. Additionally, the stars of "The King's Speech" won a SAG Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast.
She was honored with her first Oscar® nod, as well as Golden Globe®, BAFTA Award and SAG Award® nominations for her work in the 1997 romantic period drama "The Wings of the Dove," based on the novel by Henry James. For her performance in that film, she also won Best Actress Awards from a number of critics' organizations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics, National Board of Review and London Film Critics' Circle.
Bonham Carter also garnered a Golden Globe® nomination and won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton's 2009 screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," opposite Johnny Depp in the title role. In 2010, she re-teamed with Burton and Depp for the fantastical adventure hit "Alice in Wonderland."
In 2011, Bonham Carter appeared as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," reprising the role she played in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." More recently Bonham Carter stars in Tom Hooper's Academy Award®-nominated, big-screen adaptation of the musical "Les Miserables," playing the duplicitous Madame Thenardier.
In 2012 Bonham Carter was honored with a CBE from Buckingham Palace. She also received a BFI fellowship. In January 2013 The Critics Circle honored her with The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.
Bonham Carter made her feature film debut in 1986 in the title role of Trevor Nunn's historical biopic "Lady Jane." She had barely wrapped production on that film when director James Ivory offered her the lead in "A Room with a View," based on the book by E.M. Forster. She went on to receive acclaim in two more screen adaptations of Forster novels: Charles Sturridge's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and James Ivory's "Howard's End," for which she earned her first BAFTA Award nomination. Her early film work also includes Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet," opposite Mel Gibson; "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh; Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"; and "Twelfth Night," reuniting her with Trevor Nunn.
She went on to star in David Fincher's "Fight Club," with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton; the Tim Burton-directed films "Big Fish," "Planet of the Apes" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; and the actioner "Terminator Salvation," directed by McG. In addition, she has starred in such independent features as "Novocaine," "The Heart of Me," "Till Human Voices Wake Us" and "Conversations with Other Women." She also lent her voice to the animated features "Carnivale"; Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," in the title role; and the Oscar®-winning "Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
On the small screen, Bonham Carter earned both Emmy® and Golden Globe Award® nominations for her performances in the telefilm "Live from Baghdad" and the miniseries "Merlin," and a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Marina Oswald in the miniseries "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald." She also starred as Anne Boleyn in the British miniseries "Henry VIII," and as the mother of seven children, including four autistic sons, in the BBC telefilm "Magnificent 7." More recently, she starred as Mrs. Potter in the adaptation of Nigel Slater's autobiography "Toast" and in the BBC biopic "Enid," playing renowned children's storyteller Enid Blyton.
Bonham Carter's stage credits include productions of "The Woman in White," "The Chalk Garden," "The House of Bernarda Alba" and "Trelawny of the Wells," to name a few.
Bonham Carter is currently filming the role of Elizabeth Taylor in "Burton and Taylor."
About the Filmmakers
Academy Award®--winning filmmaker GORE VERBINSKI (Director/Producer) has enjoyed tremendous box-office success as the innovative director to both character-driven franchises, and thoughtful genre-bending fare.
In March 2011, Verbinski released his first animated film, the smash hit "Rango," starring Johnny Depp. Grossing over $240 million worldwide, the film won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and also earned Golden Globe®, PGA and Annie nominations, as well as featuring on numerous Critics lists. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The films have collectively grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide since release. He made his directorial debut with "Mouse Hunt," starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie, "The Mexican," starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. He also directed the smash hit, "The Ring," starring Naomi Watts.
Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director. He has been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots such as Nike's "100 Foot Hoop," featuring Michael Jordan, and the first of the popular Budweiser "Frog" spots. In addition, Verbinski directed music videos for bands, including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.
A graduate of the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, Verbinski resides in Los Angeles with his family.
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (Producer) has for 40 years produced films and television programs of distinction and quality, in the process becoming the most successful producer of all time in both mediums. His productions, with the familiar lightning bolt logo, have not only delighted audiences all over the world, but greatly impacted popular culture over the decades.
Bruckheimer's films have earned worldwide revenues of over $16 billion in box office, video and recording receipts. In the 2005-6 season he had a record-breaking 10 series on network television, a feat unprecedented in nearly 60 years of television history. His films (19 of which exceeded the $100 million mark in U.S. box office receipts, three of which are on the all-time top ten list and two of which surpassed a billion dollars in international box office) and television programs have been acknowledged with 41 Academy Award® nominations, six Oscars®, eight Grammy Award® nominations, five Grammys, 23 Golden Globe® nominations, four Golden Globes, 113 Emmy Award® nominations, 22 Emmys, 30 People's Choice Awards nominations, 15 People's Choice Awards, 12 BAFTA nominations, two BAFTA Awards, numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade for "Beverly Hills Cop" and 20 Teen Choice Awards.
But the numbers exist only because of Bruckheimer's uncanny ability to find the stories and tell them on film. He is, according to the Washington Post, "the man with the golden gut." He may have been born that way, but more likely, his natural gifts were polished to laser focus in the early years of his career. His first films were the 60-second tales he told as an award-winning commercial producer in his native Detroit. One of those mini-films, a parody of "Bonnie and Clyde" created for Pontiac, was noted for its brilliance in Time Magazine and brought the 23-year-old producer to the attention of world-renowned ad agency BBD&O, which lured him to New York.
Four years on Madison Avenue gave him the experience and confidence to tackle Hollywood, and, just about 30, he was at the helm of memorable films like "Farewell, My Lovely," "American Gigolo" and 1983's "Flashdance," which changed Bruckheimer's life by grossing $92 million in the U.S. alone and pairing him with Don Simpson, who would be his producing partner for the next 13 years.
Together the Simpson/Bruckheimer juggernaut produced one hit after another, including "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Bad Boys," "Dangerous Minds," "Crimson Tide" and the cult satire "The Ref," which Entertainment Weekly magazine named one of "The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen" in July 2012. Box office success was acknowledged in both 1985 and 1988 when the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) named Bruckheimer Producer of the Year. And in 1988 the Publicists Guild of America chose him, along with Simpson, Motion Picture Showmen of the Year.
In 1996, Bruckheimer produced "The Rock," re-establishing Sean Connery as an action star and turning an unlikely Nicolas Cage into an action hero. "The Rock," named Favorite Movie of the Year by NATO, grossed $350 million worldwide and was Bruckheimer's last movie with Simpson, who died during production.
Now on his own, Bruckheimer followed in 1997 with "Con Air," which grossed over $230 million, earned a Grammy® and two Oscar® nominations and brought its producer the ShoWest International Box Office Achievement Award for unmatched foreign grosses. Then came Touchstone Pictures' megahit "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Michael Bay, it was the biggest movie of 1998, grossing nearly $560 million worldwide and introducing legendary rock band Aerosmith's first #1 single, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
By the end of the millennium, Bruckheimer had produced "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman and "Gone in 60 Seconds," starring Cage, Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall, both grossing over $225 million worldwide; "Coyote Ugly," whose soundtrack album went triple platinum; and the NAACP Image Award--winning "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington. His peers in the Producers Guild of America acknowledged his abilities with the David O. Selznick Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures.
He began the 21st century with triple Oscar®-nominee "Pearl Harbor." Starring Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and directed by Bay, the film was hailed by World War II veterans and scholars as a worthy re-creation of the event that brought the United States into the war. In addition to multiple award nominations and the Oscar for Best Sound Editing, it earned over $450 million in worldwide box office and has topped $250 million in DVD and video sales.
"Black Hawk Down," the story of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, starred Hartnett, Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor and was directed by Ridley Scott. The adaptation of the Mark Bowden bestseller was honored with multiple award nominations, two Oscars® and rave reviews.
Turning his hand toward comedy in 2003, Bruckheimer released the raucously funny "Kangaroo Jack," a family film that won an MTV Award for Best Virtual performance for the kangaroo.
And later in 2003, Bruckheimer unveiled "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley and directed by Gore Verbinski, the comedy/adventure/romance grossed more than $630 million worldwide, earned five Academy Award® nominations and spawned three sequels: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," all of which were to become even bigger hits than the first.
Following "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Jerry Bruckheimer's films have included "Bad Boys II"; "Veronica Guerin," starring Cate Blanchett as the Irish journalist murdered by Dublin crime lords; and "King Arthur," with Clive Owen starring in the revisionist re-telling of the Arthurian legend.
In 2004 "National Treasure," starring Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Justin Bartha and Sean Bean in a roller-coaster adventure about solving the mystery of untold buried treasure, directed by Jon Turteltaub, opened to cheering audiences and grossed more than $335 million worldwide.
"Glory Road," the story of Texas Western coach Don Haskins, who led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship in 1966, debuted in early 2006 starring Josh Lucas, was honored with an ESPY Award for "Best Sports Movie of the Year" for 2006, while the writers received a Humanitas Prize for work that "honestly explores the complexities of the human experience and sheds light on the positive values of life."
Summer 2006 brought the theatrical release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which sailed into the record books by becoming not only Bruckheimer's most financially successful film, but the highest-grossing movie opening ever in the history of the medium at that time: $132 million in its first three days. Shattering projected estimates, the film earned $55.5 million the first day of release. The final worldwide take of $1.07 billion placed "Dead Man's Chest" in third position among the highest-grossing films of all time, and is still one of only six films to ever top the billion dollar mark, and creating a true worldwide phenomenon.
Teaming for the sixth time with director Tony Scott, Bruckheimer released "Deja Vu" in late 2006, the story of an ATF agent who falls in love with a complete stranger as he races against time to track down her brutal killer. The film starred Denzel Washington, Jim Caviezel, Paula Patton and Val Kilmer.
In May 2007, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," third in the blockbuster trilogy, opened around the world simultaneously. Shattering more domestic and international records in its wake, "At World's End" became the fastest film in history to reach half a billion dollars in overseas grosses. By early July, the film had amassed a worldwide total of $960 million, giving "At World's End" hallowed status as the number one worldwide movie of the year, and, at that time, the sixth biggest film of all time in total box office receipts.
Released on December 21st, 2007, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"--the follow-up to Bruckheimer's 2004 hit, again starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Jon Turteltaub--opened to a smash number one weekend of nearly $45 million, almost $10 million more than the first film. "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" remained in the number one box office position for three consecutive weeks, with the combined box office total reaching $440 million. In addition to reuniting Cage with "National Treasure" stars Jon Voight, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha, Academy Award®--winning actress Helen Mirren and four-time Oscar® nominee Ed Harris were also welcomed to the cast.
Next up from Jerry Bruckheimer Films in February 2009 was "Confessions of a Shopaholic," a romantic comedy based on the best-selling novels by Sophie Kinsella, starring Isla Fisher and directed by P.J. Hogan ("My Best Friend's Wedding"). This was followed by the international box office hit "G-Force," a technically innovative 3D adventure film which combined live action and computer imagery under the innovative direction of Academy Award®--winning visual effects wizard Hoyt Yeatman. The film featured the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau and Steve Buscemi, and live-action performances by Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett.
Jerry Bruckheimer Films' 2010 productions for Walt Disney Pictures continued the producer's tradition for quality. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," an epic fantasy adventure directed by Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"), starred Jake Gyllenhaal, newcomer Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina. A worldwide success, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is now the highest-grossing film based upon a video game. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," an imaginative comedic adventure partially inspired by the classic animated section of "Fantasia," marked a reunion for Bruckheimer with star Nicolas Cage and director Jon Turteltaub following their "National Treasure" successes, with the cast also featuring Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina and Teresa Palmer.
Johnny Depp, in his Academy Award nominated performance, returned as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," released on May 20, 2011 in Disney Digital 3-D. Starring alongside Depp in the spectacular new adventure, directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha") were Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane. Opening worldwide, the film's opening weekend global box office of $256.3 million was not only the best overseas opener for the franchise, but the all-time record-breaker for an international debut. In only its first five days, "On Stranger Tides" amassed a staggering cumulative domestic and international box office total of $346.4 million. Among the film's milestones were the 4th biggest global opening of all time, the biggest opening day and weekend of all time in the emerging market of Russia and fifth biggest domestic opening in the long history of The Walt Disney Studios. "On Stranger Tides" crossed the $600 million global threshold in only 12 days, matching the previous industry record set by "At World's End" in 2007, and in its second week of release, the film remained in first place in more than 50 territories against stiff new summer competition. "On Stranger Tides" joined its predecessors "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" on the all-time top ten box office list on June 20th, exactly one month after its theatrical release.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" became only one of eight films of all time to cross the landmark $1 billion in international box office on July 2nd, less than seven weeks after release, joining "Dead Man's Chest" among that heralded list.
Collectively, the four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films to date have brought in some $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office, $900 million from home video and $1.6 billion from merchandise sales, marking it as a truly international cultural phenomenon. In February 2012, production began on iconic locations in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah on the epic adventure "The Lone Ranger," a spectacular reinvention of the classic tale which reunited the team behind the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films: Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp, bringing his great inventiveness to the role of Tonto. Scheduled for release on July 3, 2013, "The Lone Ranger" also stars Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") in the title role, joined by an international cast including Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
Most recently, filming began June 3rd, 2013 on "Beware the Night," a unique paranormal thriller filmed entirely on location in New York City directed by acclaimed filmmaker Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Insidious") and starring Eric Bana of "Black Hawk Down," Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale and Sean Harris. "Beware the Night" is scheduled for release by Screen Gems in early 2015. Also for release in 2015 will be the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" epic, starring Johnny Depp in his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, whose "Kon Tiki" was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Language Film.
Bruckheimer brought the power of the lightning bolt to television in 2000 with "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation," starring William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. It quickly became the number one show on television, averaging 25 million viewers a week, and, along with its two spin-offs, "C.S.I.: Miami"--distinguished as the biggest television series hit on a global scale in 2005 as well as being broadcast TV's #1 prime-time series for the summer of 2006--and "C.S.I.: NY" helped catapult languishing CBS back to the top of the broadcast heap. In June 2012, the Monte Carlo International TV Festival honored "C.S.I." with its International TV Audience Award as the most watched television drama series in the world, having already won that honor previously in 2007, '08, '10 and '11, with "C.S.I.: Miami" taking the prize in 2006. Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor Ted Danson took on the leading role of "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation" in July 2011 in time for the program's 12th season.
Jerry Bruckheimer Television broadened its imprint by telling compelling stories and delivering viewers in huge numbers with such programs as "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "Dark Blue" (the producer's first foray into cable) and "The Amazing Race," a nine-time Emmy Award-winner in the category of Reality Program -- Competition, eight of those won consecutively. JBTV brought viewers another exciting reality competition program, "Take the Money and Run," for ABC-TV in August 2011. Fall 2013 will see the debut of Jerry Bruckheimer Television's provocative new thriller for CBS, "Hostages," starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott.
In 2004, Bruckheimer made the "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world. Also in 2004, Bruckheimer was named number one in the Power Issue of Entertainment Weekly. Variety selected Bruckheimer as their Showman of the Year for 2006. This award--determined by Variety's top editors and reporters--is presented to an individual who has had significant economic impact, innovations and/or breakthroughs in the entertainment industry.
Bruckheimer was presented with the Salute to Excellence Award from The Museum of Television and Radio for 2006 for his contribution to the television medium. And, in 2007, the Producers Guild of America presented him with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television for his extraordinary body of work in television.
In March 2010, ShoWest honored Bruckheimer with their Lifetime Achievement Award, his fifth honor from that organization following his awards as Producer of the Year in 1985, 1988 and 1999, and Box Office Achievement in 1998. On May 17th, 2010--the same night as the U.S. premiere of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"--he planted his hand and footprints into the concrete in the forecourt of the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. On the same evening, he was honored by the American Film Institute with a retrospective of five of his blockbuster films, introduced by their casts and filmmakers.
2012 saw Bruckheimer receiving the Outstanding Producer of Competition Television honor from the Producers Guild of America for "The Amazing Race," as well as the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Another great honor will be bestowed upon Jerry Bruckheimer on June 24, 2013, when he receives his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, further cementing his show business immortality.
In her 2008 autobiography, "In the Frame," Dame Helen Mirren recalls Bruckheimer, during the course of filming "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," as "gentle, supportive and courageous, proving the saying 'he who dares, wins.'"
Jerry Bruckheimer has been successful in many genres and multiple mediums because he's a great storyteller, takes dares...and almost always wins.
Look for the lightning bolt. The best stories are right behind it.
JUSTIN HAYTHE (Screenplay/Screen Story by) received British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Satellite Award and USC Scripter Award nominations for his screenplay adaptation of the critically acclaimed "Revolutionary Road," directed by Sam Mendes and starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. Haythe's other screenplays have included "The Clearing," starring Robert Redford and Helen Mirren, and "Snitch," starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.
Haythe also authored the highly praised "The Honeymoon: A Novel," published by Grove Press in 2005. The British-born Haythe makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.
Academy Award®--nominated writers TED ELLIOTT and TERRY ROSSIO (Screenplay/ Screen Story by/Executive Producers) wrote one of the most successful franchises in motion picture history, with the Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films productions of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." They also worked with Jerry Bruckheimer as screenwriters of "G-Force," and received story credit on "National Treasure: Book of Secrets." Elliott and Rossio also wrote the DreamWorks animated feature "Shrek," winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2002.
In 1992, the pair co-wrote the highest grossing film of the year, the Disney animated feature "Aladdin," starring Robin Williams. Their live-action feature film credits include: "Little Monsters," starring Fred Savage; "Small Soldiers," starring Kirsten Dunst; "Godzilla," starring Matthew Broderick; and "The Mask of Zorro," starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.
In 1996, Elliott and Rossio became the first writers signed to an overall writing and producing deal at DreamWorks SKG. Their animated projects at DreamWorks include "Shrek," with Mike Meyers and Eddie Murphy; "The Road to El Dorado," featuring Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh; "Antz" (creative consultants), featuring Woody Allen; and "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" (creative consultants), featuring Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Elliott and Rossio have been members of the Writers Guild of America, West since 1986.
MIKE STENSON (Executive Producer) is president of Jerry Bruckheimer Films for which he supervises all aspects of film development and production. Before joining the company, he was an executive in charge of production at Disney, responsible for many Bruckheimer films including "Armageddon," "The Rock," "Crimson Tide" and "Dangerous Minds." More recently, Stenson served as a producer on "Bad Company" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" and as an executive producer on "Glory Road," "National Treasure," "King Arthur," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Bad Boys 2," "Veronica Guerin," "Kangaroo Jack," "Black Hawk Down," "Pearl Harbor," "Coyote Ugly," "Remember the Titans," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Deja Vu," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "G-Force," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Upcoming for Stenson as executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Beware the Night."
Born and raised in Boston, Stenson graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics and a master of business administration. After his undergraduate stint, he started as a production assistant in New York and worked for two years in independent film and television as an assistant director and production manager before returning to Boston to complete his graduate education.
After completing business school, Stenson moved to Los Angeles where he began his tenure at Walt Disney Studios in Special Projects for two years before moving into the production department at Hollywood Pictures as a creative executive. He was promoted to vice president and subsequently executive vice president during his eight years with the company, overseeing development and production for Hollywood Pictures as well as Touchstone Pictures. In addition to the many Bruckheimer films, Stenson also developed several other films and nurtured them through production, including "Rush Hour," "Instinct," "Six Days, Seven Nights" and "Mr. Holland's Opus."
While at Disney, many filmmakers attempted to woo Stenson away from the studio, but not until 1998 did he entertain leaving. With his new position at the helm of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Stenson spearheaded Bruckheimer's plan to expand the company's film production schedule.
CHAD OMAN (Executive Producer) is the president of production for Jerry Bruckheimer Films for which he oversees all aspects of film development and production. Oman produced, along with Bruckheimer, "Remember the Titans," starring Denzel Washington for Walt Disney Pictures, and "Coyote Ugly" starring Piper Perabo and John Goodman for Touchstone Pictures.
His most recent executive producer credits for Jerry Bruckheimer Films include "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "G-Force," "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets." He also executive produced the critically acclaimed "Veronica Guerin" starring Cate Blanchett, as well as the blockbuster hits "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, "Bad Boys II" starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, "Black Hawk Down," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett, "Pearl Harbor" starring Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett, "Gone in 60 Seconds" starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall, "Enemy of the State" starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, "Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, "Con Air," starring Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich, "Glory Road," "Deja Vu," starring Denzel Washington and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," again starring Nicolas Cage and both "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," again starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Upcoming for Oman as executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "Beware the Night."
In addition to his work on JBF's many motion picture projects, Oman also supervised production on several television projects including ABC's drama "Dangerous Minds," starring Annie Potts, and the ABC drama "Swing Vote," written by Ron Bass and starring Andy Garcia.
Prior to joining Simpson Bruckheimer in 1995, Oman was a founding employee of the Motion Picture Corporation of America. After six years, he left the independent production company as senior vice president of production.
Oman served as an associate producer on "Dumb and Dumber," starring Jim Carrey, executive produced Touchstone Pictures' "The War at Home," starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates and Martin Sheen, and co-produced "The Desperate Trail" with Sam Elliott and "The Sketch Artist," starring Drew Barrymore and Sean Young. Oman produced "Hands That See" with Courteney Cox and "Love, Cheat and Steal" with John Lithgow and Eric Roberts.
Oman graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in finance. He also attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied screenwriting and New York University where he participated in the undergraduate film production program. He was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas.
ERIC ELLENBOGEN (Executive Producer) is the co-head of DreamWorks Classics, formed in August 2012 with the acquisition by DreamWorks Animation of Classic Media, the company that he co-founded in 2000. The company is home to some of the most enduring properties in all of popular culture, including "The Lone Ranger," "Lassie," "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Richie Rich," "Underdog," "Where's Waldo" and Bullwinkle Studios' "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (now an all-new feature film from DreamWorks Animation, to be released spring 2014).
Prior to starting Classic Media, Ellenbogen was President and CEO of Marvel Enterprises, now part of The Walt Disney Company. Previously, he ran Broadway Video Entertainment, Lorne Michaels' New York-based TV and film company.
ERIC McLEOD (Executive Producer) has a wide range of production experience as a producer, executive producer and unit production manager. He served as an executive producer for Jerry Bruckheimer's blockbuster productions of both "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which he followed up by producing the highly anticipated summer 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder" and Bruckheimer's production of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," Tony Scott's "Unstoppable" and "47 Ronin."
Previously, McLeod produced the smash hit "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and was executive producer of "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Cat in the Hat," "Showtime," "Bubble Boy" and "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." He also produced "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "The Cell" and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
Earlier in his career, McLeod was co-producer of "Feeling Minnesota" and "Now and Then," line producer of "Corrina, Corrina" and "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and associate producer of "Live Wire." He also served as unit production manager on several of the above films, as well as on Jerry Bruckheimer's production of "Enemy of the State," "Wag the Dog," "Wide Sargasso Sea" and "The Rapture." McLeod began his work in motion pictures as a production coordinator on "Cry-Baby," "Drugstore Cowboy" and "8 Seconds."
BOJAN BAZELLI (Director of Photography) is one of the great image-makers working at the forefront of high profile, visually progressive films today.
"The Lone Ranger" reunites Bazelli with both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. Previously, Bazelli lensed both "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "G-Force" for Bruckheimer, and helped to create the spooky, foggy atmosphere of director Verbinski's "The Ring."
Bazelli previously shot the musicals "Rock of Ages" and "Burlesque"; "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" for director Doug Liman, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; and such acclaimed independent films as "The Rapture," "Deep Cover," "King of New York," "Kalifornia" and "Dangerous Beauty."
In 1990, Bazelli received an Independent Spirit nomination for his work on "King of New York." In 1993, "Kalifornia" took Best Cinematography at the Montreal Film Festival. Acknowledged for Best Cinematography in both 1996 and 1998 at the prestigious American Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) show, Bazelli's contribution to shaping the evolution of the art and technique of the American television commercial is profound. He is one of the few cinematographers to have received the honor twice since the event's inception. Bazelli also took home a Gold Clio for Best Cinematography in 1998.
After high school, Bazelli trained at FAMU Film School in Prague. Impressed with one of Bazelli's student films, acclaimed director Abel Ferrara immediately offered him the job of shooting "China Girl" in New York City. Bazelli leaped at the opportunity and has lived in the United States ever since. The world of TV commercial and music videos embraced Bazelli and became an avenue for experimentation.
Bazelli lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
JESS GONCHOR (Production Designer) received an Academy Award® nomination and an Art Director's Guild nomination for his work on the Coen Brothers' "True Grit." He also collaborated with the Coen Brothers on "No Country for Old Men," for which he received an Art Director's Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design; "A Serious Man," for which he received an Art Director's Guild nomination; and "Burn After Reading."
Other feature film credits as production designer include Bennett Miller's Academy Award®--nominated "Capote" and Academy Award--nominated "Moneyball"; Sam Mendes' "Away We Go"; and David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada." As an art director Gonchor worked on such films as "The Last Samurai," "The Siege," "City of Angels" and "The Crucible."
Gonchor recently completed work on two upcoming films, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has also begun to direct television commercials, most notably the latest campaign for A Partnership for a Drug-free America.
Gonchor's passion for the art began in Mammaroneck, New York's high school theater and lighting department. He attended the State University of New York College at Brockport.
MARK "CRASH" McCREERY (Production Designer) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Receiving a scholarship to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he graduated with a BFA in illustration in 1988. That same year McCreery met special effects pioneer Stan Winston, establishing a working relationship that would last 12 years. His first design challenge was "Predator II," soon after collaborating with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp for "Edward Scissorhands." Immediately following was James Cameron's epic "Terminator 2," followed by McCreery's design of Danny DeVito's makeup as The Penguin in Burton's "Batman Returns."
Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" gave McCreery the opportunity to fulfill a childhood passion, creating concepts for the film's dinosaurs as well as serving as an on-set puppeteer through radio-and-cable-controlled performances. He then designed makeups for "Interview With the Vampire," "Tank Girl," "The Island of Dr. Moreau," "The Relic" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."
McCreery's first collaboration with director Gore Verbinski was on the filmmaker's debut feature film, "Mousehunt." He followed with a string of films for which he served as either concept designer, concept art director or concept artist, including "Small Soldiers," "Inspector Gadget," "End of Days," "Galaxy Quest," "What Lies Beneath" and Spielberg's "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and "Jurassic Park III" (the latter produced by Spielberg), "The Time Machine," "Dreamcatcher" and "Hulk."
McCreery and Gore Verbinski once again collaborated on "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," and the designer lent his prodigious talents to both of Verbinski's follow-ups, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." These also marked the beginning of McCreery's long-standing relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. He also worked on "Van Helsing," "The Village," "A Sound of Thunder," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Lady in the Water," "Ghost Rider," "Enchanted," "Bedtime Stories" and Bruckheimer's production of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."
In 2011, McCreery advanced to the rank of production designer on Verbinski's Academy Award®--winning "Rango."
CRAIG WOOD (Editor) has previously worked with director Gore Verbinski on all of his previous feature films: "Mouse Hunt," "The Mexican," "The Ring," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "The Weather Man," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Rango." His other credits as editor have included "Forces of Nature," "We Were Soldiers," "The Burning Plain," "The Road" and "47 Ronin."
Wood won American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards for both "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Rango," with nominations for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."
JAMES HAYGOOD (Editor) collaborated with famed director David Fincher on "The Game," "Fight Club" and "Panic Room." His other credits have included "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Where the Wild Things Are" and "TRON: Legacy."
TIM ALEXANDER (Visual Effects Supervisor) previously worked with Gore Verbinski on the director's Academy Award®--winning "Rango." He has served as visual effects supervisor for ILM on such films as "Hidalgo," "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Alexander shared British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nominations for "The Perfect Storm" (on which he was associate visual effects supervisor), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
GARY BROZENICH (Visual Effects Supervisor) has served in that capacity for the Moving Picture Company (MPC) on "The Da Vinci Code," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "The Wolfman," "Clash of the Titans," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Wrath of the Titans."
Brozenich shared a Primetime Emmy Awards® nomination for his work on the miniseries "Rome," and shared VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards for "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Rome."
JOHN FRAZIER (Special Effects Coordinator) has worked with Jerry Bruckheimer on many previous films, including "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor," "Bad Boys II," "Deja Vu," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Frazier has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards® in his field (including nods for "Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"), winning for his work on "Spider-Man 2."
He was born in Richmond, California, but when he was a child, his family moved to Southern California, where he was raised. He attended Canoga Park High School and attended college at Los Angeles Trade Tech, where he studied high-rise construction and freeway design. In 1963 he began designing special effects props at the Haunted House nightclub in Hollywood. The owner recognized his skills, and got Frazier a job at NBC. In 1970, he joined Local 44 and began working on special effects for motion pictures.
Frazier has been the special effects coordinator and/or supervisor on more than 40 films, among them "Unforgiven," "Speed," "Outbreak," "Twister," "The Perfect Storm," "Spider-Man," "xXx," "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," "Unstoppable," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Pain & Gain," "After Earth" and Michael Bay's three "Transformers" epics.
Frazier also won British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards for "Twister" and "The Perfect Storm," and two CLIO Awards for his work in TV commercials.
He currently resides in Southern California.
PENNY ROSE (Costume Designer) has designed the costumes for all four of Jerry Bruckheimer's "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, the first three of which were directed by Gore Verbinski, as well as for "King Arthur" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." For "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Rose received Costume Designers Guild nominations for all three "Pirates" films, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations for "The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Dead Man's Chest."
Rose had received a previous BAFTA nomination for her work on director Alan Parker's acclaimed screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita," starring Madonna and Jonathan Pryce. Rose is a longtime collaborator of Parker's and has designed costumes for three of his other films: "The Road to Wellville," "Pink Floyd: The Wall" and "The Commitments."
Rose's additional credits include "The Sleeping Dictionary," Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief," "Just Visiting," "Entrapment" and Disney's hit remake of "The Parent Trap," directed by Nancy Meyers, and Gore Verbinski's "The Weather Man." Earlier in her career, she designed costumes for Brian De Palma's "Mission: Impossible" and has twice worked with Academy Award®-winning director Lord Richard Attenborough on "Shadowlands" and "In Love and War." Her resume also includes Christopher Hampton's "Carrington," Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart," Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero," Pat O'Connor's "Cal," Marek Kanievska's "Another Country" and Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire."
Recently, Rose designed the costumes for the Walt Disney Pictures comedy "Wild Hogs," starring Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and John Travolta," "St. Trinians," "Made of Honor," "Unstoppable" and the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries "The Pacific." Just previous to beginning work on "The Lone Ranger," Rose designed the costumes for the epic historical fantasy "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves.
Rose was trained in West End theater and began her career there and also in television, designing for commercials where she first met such directors as Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, Ridley and Tony Scott and Hugh Hudson.
Rose was born and raised in Britain and is fluent in French and Italian.
Academy Award®--winner JOEL HARLOW (Personal Makeup Artist to Johnny Depp/Makeup Department Head/Special Makeup Effects) is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Harlow's passion to work on film began with his childhood viewing of the original 1933 "King Kong." Moving to New York City at college age, he studied animation at the School of Visual Arts, but his true passion was special makeup effects. Harlow gained practical experience on such New York--based, low-budget horror and fantasy films as "The Toxic Avenger" (parts II and III) and "Basket Case 2. Harlow then moved westward to Los Angeles, where he worked for several makeup effects houses, finally landing in Steve Johnson's XFC, Inc., where he remained for eight years as a makeup effects designer on a number of films.
Anxious to apply his skills on set, Harlow began working on such high-profile films as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Planet of the Apes," "Constantine" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," creating a long-standing relationship with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Harlow would be the key makeup artist, makeup effects supervisor, prosthetic makeup designer and special effects makeup supervisor on both "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," again directed by Verbinski, and then makeup department head on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," directed by Rob Marshall.
Harlow shared an Academy Award® with fellow makeup artists Barney Burman and Mindy Hall on JJ Abrams' "Star Trek" in 2010. Earlier, Harlow won Primetime Emmy Awards® for the television miniseries versions of Stephen King's "The Stand" and "The Shining," and received nominations for "Mad Men," "Carnivale" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Most recently, Harlow worked as Johnny Depp's makeup artist on "Alice in Wonderland," "The Tourist," "The Rum Diary" and "Dark Shadows." Additionally, he was key makeup artist on Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons," key prosthetic makeup artist for Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "Green Lantern" and makeup department head on "Battle: Los Angeles."
Harlow's company, Joel Harlow Designs, creates a full range of state-of-the-art makeup, special makeup effects and prosthetics, from lab to set.
HANS ZIMMER (Composer) continues a unique association with Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, which has included him scoring the "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbusters (the first three of which were directed by Verbinski), as well as Bruckheimer's productions of "Crimson Tide," directed by Tony Scott and "Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott; and the Verbinski-directed "The Ring" and "Rango." Zimmer has scored over 100 films, grossing more than 15 billion dollars at the box office worldwide. He has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes® and four Grammys®. In 2003, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented him the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work.
Zimmer's interest in music began early, and after a move from Germany to the U.K., would lead to playing with and producing various bands, including The Buggles, whose "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first music video to ever appear on MTV. But the world of film music was what Zimmer really wanted to be involved with. Not long after meeting established film composer Stanley Myers, the two founded the London-based Lillie Yard Recording Studios together, collaborating on such films as "My Beautiful Laundrette."
It was Zimmer's solo work in 1988's "A World Apart," however, that gained the attention of director Barry Levinson, who then asked him to score "Rain Man," Zimmer's first American film. Levinson's instinct was right--the score's Oscar® nomination that followed would be the first of nine.
With Zimmer's subsequent move to Hollywood, he expanded the range of genres of film music he explored, and his first venture into the world of animation, 1994's "The Lion King," brought him the Oscar®. "The Lion King" soundtrack has sold over 15 million copies to date and "The Lion King" musical has gone on to win a Tony Award®, and to become Broadway's ninth-longest-running show in history.
A number of scores for animated films have followed, including co-writing four Bryan Adams songs for "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," including the Golden Globe®--nominated "Here I Am." Zimmer has also scored "The Simpsons Movie," "Kung Fu Panda" and collaborated with will.i.am in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa."
Zimmer's career has been marked by a unique ability to adeptly move between genres--between smaller films and comedies (such as "Driving Miss Daisy," Peter Weir's "Green Card," Tony Scott's "True Romance," Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise," James L. Brooks' "As Good As It Gets," Nancy Meyers' "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Holiday") and big blockbusters, including Tony Scott's "Crimson Tide," Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," John Woo's "Mission: Impossible 2," Ridley Scott's "Black Rain" and "Hannibal," Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai," Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," for which he received another Grammy®, and Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code."
It was Zimmer's unique take on the historical in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" that earned him another Golden Globe®. The album sold more than three million copies worldwide and spawned a second album, "Gladiator: More Music from the Motion Picture."
Zimmer's roots in performing never left him, and in 2000, he performed his film music live for the first time in a concert at the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. With a 100-piece orchestra and 100-piece choir, he performed a number of newly orchestrated concert versions of a selection of his work. The concert was recorded by Decca and released as a concert album entitled "The Wings of a Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer."
His background in collaboration and mentoring never left Zimmer either, and he created a Santa Monica based musical "think tank," Remote Control Productions, in order to build a creative environment to nurture the talent of those new to the composing world. In the process, he has launched the careers of an unparalleled number of film and television composers, including John Powell (the "Bourne" trilogy), Harry Gregson-Williams ("Shrek"), Geoff Zanelli ("Disturbia"), Heitor Pereira ("Curious George"), Henry Jackman ("Monsters vs. Aliens"), James Dooley ("Pushing Daisies"), James Levine ("Nip/Tuck"), Ramin Djawadi ("Iron Man"), Rupert Gregson-Williams ("Hotel Rwanda"), Steve Jablonsky ("Transformers") and Trevor Morris ("The Tudors").
Zimmer has received a total of 10 Golden Globe® nominations, 10 Grammy® nominations and nine Oscar® nominations, the most recent for Christopher Nolan's "Inception." His innovative and powerful score was praised as the best by countless critics' groups and has earned him BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammy and Critics Choice Award nominations. His other Oscar nominations include "Sherlock Holmes," "Rain Man," "Gladiator," "The Lion King," "As Good As It Gets," "The Preacher's Wife," "The Thin Red Line" and "The Prince of Egypt." Zimmer has been honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010. Zimmer served as Music Director for the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.
His recent films include "The Dark Knight Rises," which marked his fourth collaboration with director Christopher Nolan, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Megamind," "How Do You Know," Nancy Meyers' "It's Complicated" and Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" and "Angels & Demons" and Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." Zimmer also scored the title sequence to the hit 2013 History Channel miniseries "The Bible," created by Mark Burnet.