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This Is the End (2013)
Also Known As: The End of the World
Opened: 06/12/2013 Wide
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Rated: R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
About the Cast
JAMES FRANCO's metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic "James Dean" earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics' associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy Pineapple Express, where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
In addition, Franco recently starred in the successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He also starred in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love alongside Julia Roberts and he was a part of an all-star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy's comedy Date Night. He may currently be seen in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful and in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. He will again co-star with Jonah Hill in True Story for New Regency.
Franco's additional credits include Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg, George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff's ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O'Haver's drama An American Crime; John Dahl's The Great Raid; Robert Altman's The Company; as well as City by the Sea opposite Robert DeNiro and the Martin Scorsese produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks."
He wrote and directed The Feast of Stephen, which premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a "Saturday Night Live" episode, which originally premiered at SXSW, and The Clerks Tale, which premiered at Cannes. Franco also wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower, which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, and directed Sal, a biography based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. He also recently produced Kink, a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, he will star in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, based on the classic novel, and in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, which he also co-wrote and directed. Both projects are in post-production.
JONAH HILL has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, due in part to his dynamic evolution from laugh-out-loud comedy to an Academy Award® nominee for his role in Bennett Miller's Moneyball.
In addition to being nominated for an Academy Award® for Actor in a Supporting Role in 2011, Hill was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Moneyball was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture as well as the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama.
Hill is currently in production on Rupert Goold's True Story opposite James Franco. The drama is centers around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and Christian Longo (Franco), who was on the FBI Most Wanted List for murder and lived for years outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Hill recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. The film chronicles Jordan Belfort's dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life. Hill will play Belfort's (DiCaprio) close friend, Danny Porush, who becomes his business partner when Belfort persuades him to quit his job in the furniture business to jump into the lucrative, volatile world of stocks. The film will be released by Paramount on November 15th.
Hill currently can be seen starring in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, which has grossed almost $400 million worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
Hill recently starred in 21 Jump Street opposite Channing Tatum, which opened at number one at the box office and went on to make almost $200 million worldwide. In addition to starring in the movie, Hill co-wrote the story and was an executive producer. Due to the success of the film, a sequel is in the works. He also starred in Akiva Schaffer's The Watch opposite Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The comedy was released by 20th Century Fox on July 27th.
Hill's breakout role starring opposite Michael Cera in the acclaimed hit Superbad was the first film to really put him on the comedy map. Since then, Hill has become a mainstay in the Judd Apatow clan, starring in the Apatow-produced summer comedies Get Him to the Greek in 2010, Funny People in 2009, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008. Hill's first appearance under Apatow Productions was in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005.
Hill surprised audiences with his departure from the comedy world with his starring role as the title character in the independent feature Cyrus, directed and written by Jay and Mark Duplass. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews and was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Movie.
Hill's other film work includes lending his voice for the DreamWorks Animation films Megamind and How to Train Your Dragon which respectively grossed $322 million and $495 million globally. A sequel for How to Train Your Dragon has been confirmed for 2014. Hill also voiced the character Tommy in Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, which took in $297 million worldwide.
In 2011, Hill co-wrote, created and voiced the title character in the critically acclaimed animated series "Allen Gregory" for Fox Television. He also directed the Sara Bareilleis music video "Gonna Get Over You" in 2011.
Hill continues to confirm his place among a new generation of multi-hyphenated writers/actors, as he is currently co-writing The Adventurer's Handbook, in which he will also co-star with Jason Segel. He is also writing Pure Imagination, an Apatow-produced comedy on which he will serve as executive producer. Hill was as an associate producer on the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Bruno and an executive producer on The Sitter.
Hill began his career performing one-scene plays that he wrote and performed at the gritty Black and White bar in New York City. His first feature role was in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees with Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin.
SETH ROGEN has emerged as a prominent figure in a new generation of multi-hyphenates, a person who is an actor, writer, producer and a director who has the ability to generate their own materials.
In 2012, Rogen co-starred as Barbra Streisand's son in the Paramount Picture road trip comedy, The Guilt Trip. In 2011, Rogen starred in and executive produced the dramatic comedy 50/50, inspired by the real life experiences of his best friend, Will Reiser, who also wrote the screenplay. With an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston, this heart-warming film has gone on to win over the hearts of audiences and critics alike and was nominated for several Indie Spirit Awards. The film's screenplay has also received adulation as it recently earned a National Board of Review award for Best Original Screenplay.
Nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy for "Da Ali G Show," Rogen began his career doing standup comedy in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 13. After moving to Los Angeles, Rogen landed supporting roles in Judd Apatow's two critically acclaimed network television comedies, "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," the latter of which Rogen was also hired as a staff writer at the age of 18. Shortly after, Rogen was guided by Apatow toward a film career, first with the box office smash hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which opened No. 1 at the box office and remained at the top perch for two weekends in a row. The film went on to gross more than $177 million worldwide and helped put Rogen on the map as a future film star. The film was named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year by AFI and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics' Choice Awards. Rogen was a co-producer on the film as well.
Rogen headlined two summer blockbusters in 2007. First, with Knocked Up, co-starring Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann; the Apatow project grossed more than $140 million domestically. Distributed by Universal Pictures, Rogen was also an executive producer. Shortly thereafter, Rogen starred in Superbad (a semi-autobiographical comedy), that he co-wrote and executive produced with writing partner Evan Goldberg. The film grossed more than $121 million domestically for Sony Pictures. The duo also found success the following summer in the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Starring opposite James Franco and Danny McBride, the No. 1 box-office hit went on to make more than $100 million worldwide for Sony Pictures.
Rogen continued to demonstrate his wide-ranging ability as he co-wrote, executive produced and starred as the main character, Britt Reid, in the comic book- turned-action film, The Green Hornet. Rogen starred opposite the Academy Award®- winning actor Christoph Waltz, who plays villain Chudnofsky for director Michel Gondry. The film grossed over $227 million worldwide and opened #1 in over 25 territories including the United States.
In addition to his on-screen roles, Rogen has also found great success lending his voice for animated films. In 2011, he starred as the voice of the title character in the comedy Paul, teaming once again with Superbad director, Greg Mottola. Written by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and co-starring Jane Lynch, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman, Rogen voiced an alien who has escaped outside of Area 51 and encounters two geeks on their way to Comic-Con. Rogen can also be heard in Kung Fu Panda as Mantis alongside Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. The Academy Award®-nominated film earned more than $626 million worldwide. He reprised his role as the sarcastic insect in the film's sequel, Kung Fu Panda 2. Rogen also participated in the 3D animation phenomenon, Monsters vs. Aliens as the voice of B.O.B., where he was joined by Paul Rudd, Rainn Wilson and the Academy Award®-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon. The film was released by DreamWorks Animation and grossed nearly $370 million at the worldwide box office.
Rogen currently resides in Los Angeles.
JAY BARUCHEL continues to cement his leading man status in 2013 with many exciting projects on the horizon. Baruchel recently wrapped production on the remake of RoboCop opposite Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson, which will hit theaters in 2014. He has completed a heist film, The Art of the Steal, opposite Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon. Baruchel is also at work on the Dreamworks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which has been scheduled to release in 2014.
Last year, Baruchel was seen in the hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, produced, and starred in opposite Sean William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. The film premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, and Baruchel was recently nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards in the categories of Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. He was also recently seen in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis opposite Robert Pattinson, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films made the Toronto Film Festival's top film list of 2012.
Also in development for Baruchel are a number of writing projects. He is currently adapting the book Baseballismo, written by Dave Bidini, into a screenplay, and is also adapting the graphic novel Random Acts of Violence for Kickstart Entertainment. In addition, he will also begin work on a sequel to Goon.
Previously, Baruchel was seen in the Bruckheimer Films/Disney feature The Sorcerer's Apprentice, directed by Jon Turtletaub, in which he starred as the Apprentice opposite Nicolas Cage. He also was seen in Paramount's romantic comedy She's Out of My League, as well as the Dreamworks Oscar®-nominated animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon, as the lead voice of Hiccup. Baruchel won a 2011 Annie Award for his voice work on this film. He also was seen starring in Good Neighbors, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
Roles in the Academy Award® winning movie Million Dollar Baby opposite Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman and the blockbuster hit Tropic Thunder opposite Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., garnered Baruchel much praise for his versatility. He has also been lauded for his starring role in Jacob Tierney's comedy The Trotsky, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Baruchel received a Genie Award Lead Actor nomination for his performance in this film.
Baruchel has a long list of additional feature credits including Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Knocked Up, Just Buried, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Real Time, and in the memorable role of Vic Munoz, the obsessed Led Zeppelin fan in Almost Famous.
Baruchel began acting at age 12 when he landed a job on the Nickelodeon hit television series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," transforming what was to be a one-time guest appearance into a recurring role. The role was a springboard for his career, leading to his first Canadian series, "My Hometown." He then made his debut to American audiences as the star of the critically acclaimed Judd Apatow television series "Undeclared" on Fox.
Baruchel currently resides in Montreal.
DANNY McBRIDE stars in HBO's "Eastbound & Down," which he co-created, writes and executive produces with longtime friends and collaborators, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Since premiering on the network in February 2010, the show has gained an enormous cult following and aired three successful seasons.
McBride first gained industry awareness with his starring role in David Gordon Green's All the Real Girls, winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. However, it was when he returned in 2006 to the festival with the smash hit comedy The Foot Fist Way that he became a known name in Hollywood and desired by its top producers and directors. McBride, who starred and co-wrote the film with his fellow college classmates Hill (Observe and Report) and Ben Best (Superbad, season one of "Eastbound & Down"), caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions. Released in May 2009 by Paramount Vantage, the Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film "is the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often," while USA Today remarked that "Foot Fist is more original and comical than such low-budget sleeper hits as Napoleon Dynamite and Hot Fuzz."
In 2008, McBride found continued success by starring opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express. The film, which was directed by Green and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad), centers on two buddies who get mixed up with a drug gang. McBride was nominated for Best Newcomer for his role as Red by the members of the Detroit Film Critics Society. Sony Pictures released the film in August and opened #1 in the box office, reaching $100 million worldwide.
Immediately following the success of Pineapple, McBride was back on top of the box office a week later with the Paramount release of Tropic Thunder. Directed and written by Ben Stiller, the film was #1 for two weeks in a row and earned over $100 million domestically. McBride was joined by a star-studded cast including Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey.
McBride was seen in the Academy Award®-nominated Up in the Air opposite George Clooney and Melanie Lynsky, and voiced Fred McDade in the 2010 animated summer blockbuster Despicable Me, which has currently grossed over $280 million worldwide. McBride has also starred in such comedies as Hot Rod, The Heartbreak Kid, Drillbit Taylor, and Observe and Report. He can also be seen in starring in a cameo role in Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.
In April 2011, McBride starred in Your Highness, which he also co-wrote and produced. Starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, McBride plays Thadeous, a lazy, arrogant prince in medieval times who must complete a quest with his heroic brother (Franco) in order to save their father's kingdom. Most recently, McBride starred in 30 Minutes or Less opposite Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland), Aziz Ansari (Funny People), and reuniting with Nick Swardson (Pineapple Express). The comedy centers around two criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery boy and force him to rob a bank within 30 minutes.
This year, McBride will be the voice of Orpheus in Hell & Back, co-starring with Mila Kunis. Hell & Back follows two best friends on their mission to rescue their pal after he's accidentally dragged to hell. Also look for McBride on the small screen when his hit TV show "Eastbound & Down" returns for a fourth season on HBO.
Born in Statesboro, Georgia, McBride grew up in Virginia. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in filmmaking. McBride currently resides in Los Angeles.
Currently appearing in the ninth and final season of the Emmy-winning "The Office" on NBC, CRAIG ROBINSON portrays acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin. He is definitely a world away from his original career intentions; before deciding to pursue his comedy career full time, Robinson was a K-8 teacher in the Chicago public school system. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his Masters of Education from St. Xavier University. It was while he was studying education in Chicago that he also discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre.
Keeping him in the family, NBC has just ordered a single-camera comedy from "The Office" developer/executive producer Greg Daniels that will star Robinson as -- loosely based on his own past -- a talented musician with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school. The Untitled Craig Robinson Project will go into production this Spring; Robinson will also serve as a producer.
As a stand-up comedian, Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal "Just For Laughs" Festival. That year, he also won the Oakland Comedy Festival Awards and the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search. He soon went on to perform his act on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" and "Real Time with Bill Maher." Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets -- "The Nasty Delicious" -- tying together his lyrical comedy with his finesse at the piano. Whether Robinson shows up with just his keyboard or also with his seven-man band, the clubs are packed to the brims with raucous laughter in response to the musical comedy on display.
His rise to success with "The Office" and his stand-up prowess quickly brought him to the forefront with industry comedy maven Judd Apatow. Robinson made audiences question their notions of vanity playing the sensitive bouncer in Knocked Up. He then kept audiences glued to their seats as one of the henchman hunting Seth Rogen and James Franco's bumbling stoner characters in Pineapple Express, and made fans squirm when he co-starred with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
In 2010, Robinson with Rob Corddry and John Cusack starred in the sleeper hit Hot Tub Time Machine for MGM and director Steve Pink. The story follows three grown-up men (Robinson, Corddry, and Cusack) as they visit the hot tub where they once partied, accidentally discover it is now a time machine, and travel back to their raunchy heyday in the mid-1980s. Fans voices spoke loudly, and early negotiations are currently in progress for a sequel.
Earlier this year, he was heard as a character in The Weinstein Company's first animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth. And in May, finally getting his due with his first leading man role: Robinson is starring in the comedy We the Peeples for Lionsgate and producer Tyler Perry. Playing a pushy boyfriend, Robinson surprises his fiance-to-be (Kerry Washington) who is on a trip home to visit her family and discovers that the family is not only surprised to see him, but has never even heard of him.
Robinson has made it a point to flesh out every element of his resume, turning in a hilarious cameo in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as one of the Tuskegee Airman, lending his comedy genius to fellow Apatow devotee Danny McBride in his HBO television series "East Bound & Down," and voicing several characters on "The Cleveland Show." Robinson was heard in the final chapter of the Shrek film series, Shrek Forever After, as one of the new characters being introduced to the repertoire, a member of the ogre clan and the camp's resident chef named "Cookie." And taking a dramatically different role, Robinson starred in the independent feature Father of Invention with Kevin Spacey and Camilla Belle.
Robinson's additional credits include the films The Goods with Jeremy Piven, Miss March, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girl, and television shows including "Friends," "The Bernie Mac Show," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also turned up as a preacher in the demonstrative web video celebrity push in support of gay rights, "Prop 8: The Musical" with Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Robinson currently resides in Los Angeles.
MICHAEL CERA's work includes the role of George-Michael Bluth in the Emmy Award® winning Fox series "Arrested Development," as well as lead roles in the critically acclaimed blockbusters Superbad and Juno. Other film roles include Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Youth in Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
In March 2012, Cera made his stage debut in Kenneth Lonergan's award-winning play "This is Our Youth" at the prestigious Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
More recently, Cera starred in Crystal Fairy and Magic Magic, two films directed by award-winning Chilean director Sebastian Silva. Both films premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.
Cera will be reprising his role as George-Michael Bluth this spring as "Arrested Development" returns for a new season on Netflix.
EMMA WATSON is continuing to broaden her impressive body of acting work, showing her versatility as a performer with her first screen roles following the completion of the Harry Potter series.
Watson was most recently seen in Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring opposite Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. This independent drama centers around Charlie (Lerman), an introverted freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors (Watson and Miller) who welcome him to the real world. The film premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews. The film won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie as well as an NBR Award for Top Films. Emma won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for her role.
2011 saw Watson in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn, alongside a stellar cast of Oscar® nominees including Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, in addition to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Judi Dench, Dougray Scott, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Dominic Cooper. Chronicling a week in Marilyn Monroe's life, the film featured Watson in the supporting role of Lucy, costume assistant to Colin Clark (Redmayne). The film was released by The Weinstein Company and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical.
Watson is best known for playing the iconic character of Hermione Granger in the eight enormously successful Harry Potter films. Her performance in the first film of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, won her a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress. Emma also acquired two Critics' Choice Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her work in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The completion of the seventh and eight movies saw Watson receive nominations in 2011 for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award, and for Best Actress at the Jameson Empire Awards. The Harry Potter franchise won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in February 2011.
Watson's additional credits include the lead role of Pauline Fossil in the BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfield's classic, Ballet Shoes, which aired on BBC One on Boxing Day to 5.2 million viewers. In her first animated feature, Watson voiced over as the character Princess Pea in The Tale of Despereaux, which grossed $86.2 million worldwide.
This summer, Watson will star in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. The film is inspired by real events and follows a group of teenagers who, obsessed with fashion and fame, burgled the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles.
Watson recently completed filming Darren Aronofsky's Noah opposite Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The film tells the epic, biblical tale of Noah (Crowe) and the ark. Watson plays the role of Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah's son, Shem (Booth). Paramount Pictures will release the film in 2014.
Last October, Watson was honored with the Calvin Klein Emerging Star Award at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards; past recipients of this award include Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana and Jessica Chastain.
Further to her acting career, Watson is an ambassador for Lancome, following in the footsteps of Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts as the face of this celebrated brand. Emma has also worked with Fair Trade and organic clothing producer People Tree and collaborated with Alberta Ferretti on the organic Pure Threads collection. Emma is an ambassador for Camfed International, the movement to educate girls in rural Africa. Emma recently returned to Brown University to complete her studies in English Literature.
About the Filmmakers
SETH ROGEN & EVAN GOLDBERG (Directors/Writers/Producers) make their directorial debut with This Is The End. Rogen and Goldberg grew up together in Vancouver and wrote their first screenplay, Superbad, at the tender age of 15. The film, which the pair also executive produced, was released in the summer of 2007 and opened to overwhelming critical praise and commercial success, earning over $120 million at the domestic box office.
The dynamic duo followed up the success of Superbad with the action-comedy Pineapple Express, which they also co-wrote and executive produced. The film starred Seth Rogen and James Franco and was directed by David Gordon Green.
Goldberg and Rogen recently produced 50/50 and The Guilt Trip. They served as executive producers on the smash hit Knocked Up. Written and directed by Judd Apatow with stars Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, Knocked Up tallied more than $148 million in domestic box-office receipts. Most recently, Goldberg and Rogen also wrote and executive produced The Green Hornet, an action film directed by Michel Gondry that took in over $225 million worldwide, and Judd Apatow's Funny People.
Goldberg also collaborated with Jay Baruchel on the screenplay for Goon.
For the small screen, Goldberg and Rogen penned an episode of "The Simpsons" that aired in 2009, "Homer the Whopper."
Goldberg began his career as a writer on Sacha Baron Cohen's cult favorite "Da Ali G Show," which aired on HBO. As part of the writing crew on that show, Rogen and Goldberg earned Emmy nominations. The series spun off the hit comedy feature Borat and Cohen's follow-up, Bruno.
JAMES WEAVER (Producer) is Vice President of Development for Point Grey, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's production company. Current feature projects include Townies, Jamaica, and The Interview.
Weaver first met Rogen and Goldberg while working at United Talent Agency (UTA). He went on to join their team on the feature films Funny People and The Green Hornet. He served as associate producer on 50/50 and co-producer on The Guilt Trip.
Weaver grew up in New York City. He pursued Latin American studies at Union College in upstate New York and worked in advertising before turning his hand to film.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
NATHAN KAHANE (Executive Producer) is co-founder of Good Universe, an independent full-service motion picture financing, production and global sales company. Having served as an executive producer on more than 25 films in his career, Kahane oversees the development and production of the company's growing feature slate, nurtures relationships with high-level talent and filmmakers and consistently puts together winning business models behind compelling films.
Kahane is currently shepherding Good Universe's diverse production and development slate which includes Oldboy, directed by Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley which will be released by FilmDistrict in October 2013; the comedy Last Vegas with partner CBS Films to be released in November 2013 featuring an Academy Award®-winning cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen; Mindy Kaling's The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, an original witty rom-com to be produced by Mr. Mudd Productions, with Anne Hathaway attached to star; Angelfall, an adaptation of Susan Ee's bestselling book series to be produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert; Cherries, a comedy spec by Brian and James Kehoe to be produced by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg; and Kahane is once again reteaming with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonathan Levine, and Will Reiser on a feature comedy, The Untitled Jamaica Project.
Nathan Kahane is also partners with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Joe Drake in Ghost House Pictures, a production label dedicated to the financing, development and release of films in the horror thriller genre. Kahane continues to oversee the daily operations of Ghost House and most recently executive produced The Possession, released by Lionsgate in August 2012, and the Evil Dead remake, released by Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict in April 2013. Ghost House has a diverse production and development slate which includes Poltergeist, the landmark franchise being reinvigorated by MGM that Ghost House will produce, and The Day of the Triffids, written by Neil Cross based on the classic sci-fi horror novel written by John Wyndam and the 1962 film Invasion of the Triffids.
In his former role as President of Mandate Pictures, Kahane's commitment to producing smartly budgeted quality films generated global box-office success for the company with films such as the $227 million worldwide box office sensation Juno which garnered a host of accolades including an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay and three additional Academy Award® nominations, and Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction. The company also launched successful franchises including the Harold & Kumar series and Ghost House Pictures' The Grudge series. When Lionsgate acquired Mandate in 2007, Kahane continued to operate the label as an autonomous brand moving the company forward with hits he executive produced such as the Golden Globe®-nominated and Independent Spirit Award-winning (Best First Screenplay) comedy 50/50; the Golden Globe®-nominated comedy Young Adult, directed by Jason Reitman; and the Golden Globe®-nominated Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, released by Sony Pictures in August 2012. Kahane served as a producer on The Strangers, and on all three installments of the Harold & Kumar series.
Kahane previously headed development and acquisition of feature films for the LA-based Senator International. Prior to joining Senator International, he co-headed the development and production slate for Mark Canton's production company, The Canton Company (housed at Warner Bros.), where he was Executive Vice President of Production. Kahane is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and began his entertainment career in the agent training program at ICM.
As Executive Vice President of Production for Good Universe, NICOLE BROWN (Executive Producer) oversees the development of the company's slate of films and manages the creative infrastructure. Brown's expertise lies in seeking out compelling material and closely collaborating with writers and directors to build entrepreneurial opportunities around their projects. Brown transitioned into her role at Good Universe after serving as EVP of Production for Mandate Pictures since 2006. She served as an executive producer on Mandate Pictures' Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, released by Focus Features; A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures; and the upcoming Paradise starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter to be released by Image Entertainment. Brown also served as a co-producer on a number of features, including 50/50, starring Golden Globe®-nominated Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, released by Summit Entertainment; LOL, a remake of the French box office hit starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore; Whip It, starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page; Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, directed by Peter Sollett, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; the crime thriller The Horsemen, starring Dennis Quaid; and Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Brown has also served as an executive producer on projects under the Ghost House Pictures label, including The Possession, released by Lionsgate in August 2012, and the Evil Dead remake released by Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict in April 2013.
Brown is currently shepherding projects for Good Universe including the comedy Last Vegas with partner CBS Films to be released in November 2013 featuring an Academy Award®-winning cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen; Angelfall, an adaptation of Susan Ee's bestselling book series to be produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert; Mindy Kaling's The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, an original witty rom-com to be produced by Mr. Mudd Productions, with Anne Hathaway attached to star; and The Untitled Jamaica Project, an original feature comedy produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, directed by Jonathan Levine, and written by Will Reiser.
Before joining Mandate, Brown was a development executive at Marc Platt Productions where, in addition to her role as Associate Producer on Honey starring Jessica Alba, she helped set up several projects at various studios, including Nappily Ever After, starring Halle Berry; The Book of Leo, starring Seann William Scott; the Dusty Springfield biopic, Say You Love Me, starring Kristin Chenoweth; Compositions in Black and White, starring Alicia Keys for Sony; The Untitled Marla Ruzica Project, starring Kirsten Dunst for MTV and Paramount; Love in the Driest Season for HBO; and a horror remake with Alexandra Seros entitled A Child's Game at Gold Circle. Brown also sold two hotly contested comic books to Universal, Talent and Tag. A Columbia University graduate, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown began her career as an intern at Miramax in New York.
After moving to Toronto, Canada from South Africa, JASON STONE (Executive Producer) began shooting short films and music videos until he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Stone produced, wrote and directed several short films that screened and won awards at festivals around the world. It was during the summer after his first year at USC that he, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel shot Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse -- the short film that would eventually serve as a source for This Is The End.
Most recently, Stone co-produced and directed second unit on the survival thriller Wrecked, starring Adrien Brody. He is also developing Elephant Gun, an adventure-comedy he co-wrote with Greg Yolen that he is also attached to direct. Casting is underway and production is slated to begin later this year. He is currently directing The Calling, a psychological thriller starring Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland.
BARBARA A. HALL (Executive Producer) has an extensive list of feature film credits to her name. She is currently executive producing George Clooney's upcoming film The Monuments Men; she previously worked with Clooney on The Ides of March (executive producer), The Men Who Stare at Goats (executive producer), Leatherheads (executive producer) and Good Night, and Good Luck (co-producer).
Hall's credits as executive producer include Hanna, All Good Things, The Company Men, Milk, and Art School Confidential. She produced the HBO movie "The Sunset Limited."
Hall served as co-producer or line producer on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Ray, Ghost World, and Albino Alligator. She began her career as a production coordinator on such films as City Slickers, The Mambo Kings, and Benny & Joon.
ARIEL SHAFFIR (Executive Producer) and his writing partner, Kyle Hunter, are currently writing two feature projects: B-Team for Disney and The Slack-Fi Project for Sony. He has also served as associate producer on 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and Goon, starring Sean William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Shaffir is currently developing multiple projects through Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Point Grey Pictures production company.
Shaffir studied law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to his writing and producing career, he has served as a story editor on several Canadian film and television projects.
KYLE HUNTER (Executive Producer) and his writing partner, Ariel Shaffir, are currently writing two feature projects: B-Team for Disney and The Slack-Fi Project for Sony. He has also served as associate producer on 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and Goon, starring Sean William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Hunter is currently developing multiple projects through Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Point Grey Pictures production company.
Hunter studied psychology and film at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In addition to his writing and producing career, he has served as a story editor on several Canadian film and television projects.
BRANDON TROST (Director of Photography), a fourth-generation filmmaker raised on movie sets, started his career as a very young assistant to his father, Ron Trost, a special-effects craftsman. After years of learning the intricacies of filmmaking and developing an appreciation for the look of film and the art of cinematography, he enrolled in the Los Angeles Film School where he developed a personal style and aesthetic under the tutelage of such Academy Award®-winning/nominated cinematographers as William Fraker, Ralf Bode and John Alonzo. Trost quickly gained extensive experience shooting in all formats.
Today, with more than twenty feature films, dozens of music videos and over ninety short films to his credit, he continues to push the boundaries of film. Recent films shot during this still-young and promising career include his first collaboration with Neveldine/Taylor, Crank: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart, He Was a Quiet Man, starring Christian Slater, William H. Macy and Elisha Cuthbert--winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Rob Zombie's Halloween II and the SNL feature film, MacGruber, starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer. He re-teamed with Neveldine/Taylor on the film Ghost Rider™ Spirit of Vengeance, and his most recent film is That's My Boy, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.
CHRIS SPELLMAN's (Production Designer) films as production designer include Lorene Scafaria's Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Jay and Mark Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Jody Hill's Observe and Report, David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express and Greg Mottola's Superbad. He was also production designer on the live-action portion of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, directed by Stephen Hillenburg and Mark Osborne, starring Tom Kenny as SpongeBob (and others).
Born in New Orleans, he moved to Los Angeles after college. There, he met production designer Dennis Gassner and set decorator Nancy Haigh, who served as mentors. He became set decorator on works from such filmmakers as Joel and Ethan Coen, on The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn't There; Robert Altman, on Dr. T and the Women; Paul Thomas Anderson, on Magnolia; Michael Mann, on The Insider; Judd Apatow, on Knocked Up, as well as episodes of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared"; and Peggy Rajski, on the Academy Award®-winning short film Trevor.
Spellman's feature credits as set decorator also include Albert Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World; Peter Segal's Anger Management; Jake Kasdan's Orange County; Rob Cohen's xXx; George Armitage's Grosse Point Blank; Joe Johnston's October Sky; and Frank Oz's The Indian in the Cupboard.
ZENE BAKER's (Editor) most recent feature as film editor is Seeking a Friend for The End of the World, directed by Lorene Scafaria and starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Baker also served as editor for Jonathan Levine's 50/50, written by Will Reiser. 50/50 won the National Board of Review award for screenplay and was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award.
Baker also recently edited the short film Mia, which aired as part of the telefilm Five. The short, directed by Jennifer Aniston and written by Wendy West, starred Patricia Clarkson in the title role.
He first came to industry attention for editing several features directed by David Gordon Green: the award-winning George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Undertow.
Baker's subsequent movies as editor include Jody Hill's The Foot Fist Way and Observe and Report; Jason Matzner's Dreamland, starring Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner; David Ross' The Babysitters, starring Katherine Waterston; and John Krasinski's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
DANNY GLICKER (Costume Designer) was honored with an Academy Award® nomination as well as the Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Period Film nomination for his work on Gus Van Sant's Milk starring Sean Penn.
Glicker had previously received the Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Contemporary Film Award for his designs on Duncan Tucker's drama Transamerica starring Felicity Huffman.
Recently, Glicker designed the costumes for director Anne Fletcher's The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand. He is a frequent collaborator with director Jason Reitman, with projects that include Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick and Thank You for Smoking starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Robert Duvall and William H. Macy. His most recent project with Jason Reitman is the forthcoming 1980s drama Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
He also recently collaborated with director Walter Salles on the sprawling 1940's road trip epic On the Road, based on the legendary book by Jack Kerouac with an ensemble cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.
Among his other credits are two projects with Alan Ball: Towelhead starring Toni Collette, Aaron Eckhart and Maria Bello; and True Blood, HBO's hit vampire series starring Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin; McG's We Are Marshall, based on the 1970's airline tragedy that took the lives of virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University; Michael Cuesta's celebrated and controversial drama L.I.E. with Brian Cox and Paul Dano; and two collaborations with the Polish brothers: The Astronaut Farmer starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen, and their visionary Northfork starring James Woods and Nick Nolte.
Glicker has been profiled by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the most hard-working and imaginative artistic prodigies in their inaugural Next Gen Crafts edition spotlighting future Hollywood talent.
MATTHEW LEONETTI JR. (Co-Producer) brings more than 15 years of industry and production experience to his position as Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Good Universe. From pre-production through post, Leonetti oversees all aspects of physical production for Good Universe's entire slate of films, as well as those produced under the Ghost House Pictures banner. Leonetti transitioned into his role at Good Universe after serving as EVP of Physical Production for Mandate Pictures. At Mandate, he worked on a number of feature films including Hope Springs, starring Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, released by Sony Pictures in August 2012; Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, released by Focus Features in June 2012; and the upcoming Paradise, which marks Diablo Cody's directional feature debut, starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter to be released by Image Entertainment. Under the Ghost House banner, Leonetti has most recently worked on The Possession, released by Lionsgate in August 2012; and the Evil Dead remake, with original producing partners Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, released by Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict in April 2013.
Leonetti is currently working on Good Universe's diverse production slate which includes Oldboy, directed by Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley which will be released by FilmDistrict in October 2013; and the comedy Last Vegas with partner CBS Films to be released in November 2013 featuring an Academy Award®-winning cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen.
A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Business, Leonetti went on to become a successful freelance line producer and production manager. Leonetti's previous credits include Trespass, a crime drama starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman; The Mechanic, a high impact thriller starring Jason Statham and Donald Sutherland; The Expendables, a star-packed action extravaganza including Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke; and 2nd unit production supervisor on the action-adventure The Amazing Spider-Man.
PAUL LINDEN (Visual Effects Supervisor) began his career in the development and programming motion control camera systems, which subsequently evolved into supervising and producing visual effects with a more cost-effective / user-friendly approach for network television. Since 2001, Linden has supervised and produced visual effects for several network series, including "American Dreams," "Without a Trace," "Revelations," "Life," "My Own Worst Enemy," and "No Ordinary Family."
His work in television evolved into Supervising and Producing VFX for feature films in 2006 which has included Primeval, 30 Minutes or Less, Zombieland, and Premium Rush. He was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award in 2010 for the pilot for "No Ordinary Family."
Classically trained in the musical arts, HENRY JACKMAN (Music by) is a revolutionary film composer, ingeniously marrying his knowledge of classical music with his interest in dubstep and house music. His ultimate goal in composing film scores is to "narratively and emotionally support the story of the film."
Jackman's most recent projects include GI Joe: Retaliation and Wreck-It Ralph, for which he won an Annie Award. He is currently working on the upcoming DreamWorks animated film Turbo, the story of a snail whose dream is to race in the Indie 500. The film, coming out July 17th, will feature the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, and Snoop Dogg.
Jackman is a master in balance, having composed the scores for such family friendly films as Puss in Boots (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Gulliver's Travels (2010), as well as action flicks like Man on a Ledge (2012), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), X-Men: First Class (2011), and Kick Ass (2010).
Henry entered into the music world in 2001, where he co-wrote, mixed and produced albums for well-known artists such as Seal, Bjork, and Art of Noise. Struggling with whether or not this was his passion, he expressed his creativity in the best way he could, through three self-composed library albums that later were recognized widely by composers like Hans Zimmer and music editor Bob Badami. In 2006, Zimmer heard Jackman's first library album, Transfiguration, in which Jackman reinvigorated beloved classical pieces by imagining what the music would sound like if its famous composers were alive today. Zimmer instantly recognized Jackman's talent, and they began working together on films like The Da Vinci Code (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and The Dark Knight (2008). Jackman found his feet in score composition, something he had not considered given his classical background and training. He received his first big break in 2009 when he solo-composed the score for the wildly successful Dreamworks film Monsters vs. Aliens.
Schooled in all things classical music at Oxford University and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School in England, Jackman was an accomplished composer by the age of nine. Studying musical theory and composing his first symphony at age six, Jackman believed his total immersion into the music world was a typical childhood experience. Rebelling at age sixteen, he became fascinated with the underground rave scene, a stark contrast to his classical schooling. It was this interest in underground music that enables Jackman to compose symphonies of a different sort, merging two very different musical worlds seamlessly.
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