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Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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Rated: PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.
Just because they're a little older doesn't mean they've grown up.
The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler) finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you.
Columbia Pictures presents a Happy Madison production, a film by Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups 2. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, and Nick Swardson. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Produced by Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. Written by Fred Wolf & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy. Executive Producers are Barry Bernardi and Allen Covert. Director of Photography is Theo Van de Sande, ASC. Production Designer is Aaron Osborne. Editor is Tom Costain. Costume Designer is Ellen Lutter. Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams. Music Supervision by Michael Dilbeck, Brooks Arthur, and Kevin Grady.
About the Cast
ADAM SANDLER (Lenny Feder / Co-Writer / Producer) has enjoyed phenomenal success as an actor, writer, producer and musician. Sandler's films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. Most recently, his voice was heard in the lead role of Dracula in Sony Pictures Animation's worldwide Hotel Transylvania; which Happy Madison also produced. Next up for Sandler is an untitled comedy for Warner Bros., where he will re-team with Drew Barrymore and director Frank Coraci. The story revolves around a couple who, after a disastrous blind date, find themselves stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages. Sandler was most recently seen opposite Andy Samberg in That's My Boy, and prior to that, starred in Jack and Jill with Katie Holmes and Just Go With It with Jennifer Aniston. Sandler's previous films include Grown Ups, the highest grossing live action film of his career, taking in more than $271 million worldwide. Sandler also starred in Universal's Funny People, written and directed by Judd Apatow starring with Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman, as well as the box office smashes Bedtime Stories for Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures You Don't Mess with the Zohan and Universal's comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Sandler's voice was also heard in Columbia Pictures'/MGM's Zookeeper, starring Kevin James; Previously, Sandler has been seen in the starring role opposite Don Cheadle in Sony's Reign Over Me for director Mike Binder, the box-office hits Click, starring with Kate Beckinsale, and The Longest Yard, starring with Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. He also starred in James L. Brooks' Spanglish, opposite Tea Leoni; the romantic comedy 50 First Dates, with Drew Barrymore; Anger Management, with Jack Nicholson; and Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandler's first brush with comedy came at age 17, with a performance at a Boston comedy club. From then on he was hooked, performing regularly in comedy clubs throughout the state, while earning a degree in Fine Arts from New York University.
Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions was co-founded by Jack Giarraputo and Sandler and has gone on to become an almost self-contained mini studio, being involved in all aspects of film production. Happy Madison has produced Click, The Benchwarmers, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness and the recent films The House Bunny, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom. Sandler has also collaborated with writer Tim Herlihy on the screenplays for Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, and The Waterboy and executive produced Grandma's Boy, The Animal, Joe Dirt, The Master of Disguise, The Hot Chick and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
Happy Madison Productions also has a deal with Columbia Tri-Star Domestic Television to develop shows for the studio including the upcoming ABC show "Here Comes The Goldbergs" and "Rules of Engagement" starring David Spade and Oliver Hudson which recently ended a successful six year run. Sandler's comedy albums on Warner Bros Records have gone multi-platinum. Collectively, they have sold more than six million copies to date. Additionally, Sandler has also won several awards including, People's Choice, Kids Choice, MTV, and Teen Choice awards.
KEVIN JAMES (Eric Lamonsoff), a producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Zookeeper (2011) was most recently seen in Here Comes The Boom. James also starred in Columbia Pictures' blockbuster Grown Ups (2010) along with Adam Sandler; previously, James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).
James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures' Hitch starring opposite Will Smith, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.
The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.
In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.
Aside from his on-camera work, James's voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House (2006) and Hotel Transylvania (2012) for Sony Pictures Animation.
Lauded by awards and critics alike, CHRIS ROCK (Kurt McKenzie) is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices. The Brooklyn-raised comedian has garnered four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, is listed as number five on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time and was honored in 2006 with HBO's esteemed Comedian Award.
Rock is currently in pre-production on an as yet untitled film, being produced by Scott Rudin, in which he is starring, as well as writing and directing. Rock recently made his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis's Tony-nominated play "The Motherf**ker With The Hat," in which he starred alongside Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vasquez. The play opened to rave reviews on and ran at the Gerard Schoenfeld Theatre. This past June, Rock reprised his role as the voice of Marty in DreamWorks Animation's blockbuster Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, along with Ben Stiller and Jada Pickett Smith. Rock previously starred with Stiller and Smith in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which has grossed over $515 million worldwide, as well as the blockbuster Madagascar, which was released in 2005. Later in 2012, Rock starred opposite Julie Delpy in the independent drama 2 Days in New York, the follow up to both 2 Days in Paris and Before Sunset, for which Rock's performance received terrific reviews when the film opened at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2010, Rock starred in Grown Ups alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and David Spade. He also starred in Death at a Funeral, an urban reworking of the British comedy, on which he also served as producer. With Neil Labute directing, this was the pair's first reunion for a film since their initial working together on the dark comedy Nurse Betty, in which Rock co-starred alongside Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger, and LaBute directed.
Rock competed at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as first-time documentary filmmaker for his film, Good Hair, a comedic and insightful look into the immense African-American hair industry. The critically-acclaimed film won the Sundance Special Jury Prize, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary and was named Top Five Documentaries of 2009 by the National Board of Review.
In 2008, Rock kicked off his first stand-up tour in over three years -- "No Apologies" -- featuring all new material. The tour kicked off in New York and then headed to the United Kingdom where Rock performed for his first time ever overseas. He immediately sold out his original set of 2008 U.K. tour dates, and to satisfy the fervent demand, an additional week-long overseas leg was added. Rock's tour returned to the United States in early February, where it lasted through May, with additional international dates following in Australia, South Africa and Europe before returning the tour to the US throughout the summer. On May 23rd, Rock broke the Guinness World Record for the largest audience ever at a comedy show in the UK by selling out the O2 Arena on 2 consecutive nights with an audience of 15,900 each night.
Coinciding with the tour, Rock also released his first "best-of" album, "Cheese and Crackers: The Greatest Bits," through Geffen Records. Featuring 19 tracks of Rock's most notorious moments, "Cheese and Crackers: The Greatest Bits" showcases the Brooklyn-raised comic's insight on everything from race relations, politics, sex, and the infamous "N-word."
Serving as both co-creator and narrator, Rock's television series "Everybody Hates Chris," about a black kid in a mostly white school in 1980s, was inspired by Rock's own life. Upon its debut on UPN in 2005, it was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "top new series," making it the most-watched comedy in UPN's history. In 2006 the show earned both a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Writers Guild Awards nomination for Best New Series.
Rock made his directorial debut with Head of State, in which he also starred alongside Bernie Mac. His feature film debut was in Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy. He went on to write, create, star and produce the rap comedy CB4 in 1993, a satire of the world of hardcore rap, which opened #1 at the box office. Other film credits include Boomerang, with Eddie Murphy; Panther, directed by Mario Van Peebles; New Jack City with Wesley Snipes (a film marking Rock's dramatic debut as a desperate crack addict); and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! with Keenen Ivory Wayans. The summer of 1998 saw Chris Rock co-star in two $100-million-plus grossing films: Lethal Weapon 4 and Dr. Dolittle. Rock starred in Kevin Smith's Dogma, which also featured Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek and Matt Damon. He also starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Bad Company opposite Anthony Hopkins; the romantic comedy Down to Earth co-directed by Paul and Chris Weitz and co-written by Rock. In March of 2007, Rock starred in I Think I Love My Wife, a film which he also wrote and directed, and The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler, a remake of the 1974 classic.
After gaining early success as a stand-up comedian, Rock joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1989. In 1993, he taped his first HBO special "Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes," which was honored with a CableAce Award. Rock served as the sole 1996 presidential campaign correspondent for the acclaimed "Politically Incorrect," then on Comedy Central, and received an Emmy nomination for a shared writing credit in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program for the show. Rock's true emergence as a celebrated talent can be traced to his next HBO special, "Bring the Pain," which was honored with two Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Outstanding Special in 1997. "Bring the Pain" was released as a home video as well as a Grammy Award-winning CD. Rock went on to host the acclaimed "Chris Rock Show," which began airing on HBO in 1997. Rock and his popular talk show were honored with several Emmy nominations for both writing and best host. The show then received an Emmy Award for Best Writing in 1999.
His next HBO stand-up special, "Bigger & Blacker," taped on the stage of Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, earned three Emmy nominations for Rock, while the CD went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Spoken or Comedy Album. In 2003, Rock embarked on his North American stand-up tour, entitled the "Black Ambition Tour" that ran in 64 cities with over 80 shows through March of 2004. Rock's following HBO special, Never Scared, aired in April 2004, and was nominated for two Emmys. Its CD also earned the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. In 2008, Rock returned to the Apollo Theater in New York for his latest HBO stand-up special "Kill the Messenger," which also taped in London and South Africa. The special earned Rock his fourth Emmy award.
Rock hosted the 77th Annual Academy Awards® in 2005, as well as the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999 and 2003. Rock's debut book, Rock This, spent time on both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on "Just Shoot Me," DAVID SPADE (Marcus Higgins) became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The comedian was also nominated for a Golden Globe 2000, and an American Comedy Award in 1999, for his work on "Just Shoot Me," Spade's television and film career continues to grow.
Most recently Spade was seen on the seventh and final season of the CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement." The show is produced by Sony's Happy Madison Productions and centers around three men, in different stages of their relationships: married, engaged and single. The half hour situational comedy stars Spade as the content bachelor and serial dater, as the comedy follows this unique friendship. The show has enjoyed excellent ratings in its first six seasons and continues to do so in its seventh season.
Spade was last heard as the voice of Griffin, an invisible man, in the hit animated feature, Hotel Transylvania alongside Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg to name a few.
In 2010, Spade was seen on the big screen in the Happy Madison/ Sony comedy Grown Ups alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, and Chris Rock. The film grossed $268 million worldwide.
Spade was also seen on "The Showbiz Show" for Comedy Central. The show, which Spade created, executive produced, hosted and wrote along with pal Hugh Fink (former "SNL" writer). The critically acclaimed half hour comedy spoof on Hollywood, a la Spade's famed "Saturday Night Live" sketch "Hollywood Minute," featured Spade's biting comedy and quick wit and he once again became a favorite among fans and industry peers.
Spade starred Sony's box office hit Benchwarmers about a trio of guys who try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads. The film which also stars Jon Heder, Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider opened at #1 in April 2006, making over $20 million in its first weekend.
In 2003, Spade was seen starring in Paramount's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf. Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company produced the film, which enjoyed a #1 opening weekend slot at the box office.
In 2001, Spade starred in Columbia Tristar's Joe Dirt, which he also co-wrote. The film enjoyed enormous success at the box-office and continues to be a top selling DVD.
Spade co-starred with "SNL" alumnus Chris Farley in the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, and the pair won a 1996 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for the former. His other feature credits include Reality Bites, Light Sleeper, and Coneheads. In 1999, Spade starred the romantic comedy Lost & Found, for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.
In addition to "SNL," Spade has guest-starred on the critically acclaimed "The Larry Sanders Show" and appeared in HBO's "13th Annual Young Comedians Special." In 1999 he headlined his own HBO special, "David Spade: Take the Hit."
Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on "SNL: and was soon named the Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. Some of Spade's memorable characters on 'SNL," where he served as both a writer and a performer, included the sarcastic "Hollywood Minute" reporter on "Weekend Update" and he also started the catch phrases "And you are...?" and "Buh-Bye!".
Academy Award® nominee SALMA HAYEK (Roxanne Chase-Feder) has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director, in both film and television. She received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination, and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in the title role in Julie Taymor's Frida.
Hayek recently starred in Oliver Stone's Savages, opposite Blake Lively, John Travolta and Benicio del Toro, and in Here Comes the Boom opposite Kevin James.
On television, she was last seen guest starring on NBC's critically acclaimed show "30 Rock." Hayek won an Emmy for her directorial debut "The Maldonado Miracle," which she also produced. The film, which starred Peter Fonda, Mare Winningham, and Ruben Blades, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and later aired on Showtime. She has directed music videos for both Prince and Jada Pinkett.
Hayek's other film credits include: Alex de la Iglesia's La Chispa de la Vida; Mathieu Demy's Americano; the Academy Award®-nominated Puss In Boots with Antonio Banderas; Grown Ups, released by Columbia Pictures, and alongside Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Chris Rock; Paul Weitz's The Vampire's Assistant, released by Universal; Todd Robinson's Lonely Hearts, opposite John Travolta and James Gandolfini; Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, alongside Colin Farrell and Idina Menzel; Luc Besson's Bandidas, opposite Penelope Cruz; Brett Ratner's After the Sunset; Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico; Mike Figgis' Hotel and Timecode; Kevin Smith's Dogma; From Dusk Till Dawn, directed by Robert Rodriquez and written by Quentin Tarantino; and Robert Rodriguez's Desperado.
Since 2006, Hayek and her producing partner Jose Tamez have been developing, producing and acquiring mainstream projects that either draw on Latin themes or feature Latin talent, both in front of and behind the camera for ABC Studios. She served as the Executive Producer on ABC's award-winning program Ugly Betty, starring America Ferrera, and based on the enormously successful Colombian series Yo Soy Betty, La Fea. In 2001, she starred in and co-produced Showtime's In the Time of the Butterflies, for which she was nominated a Broadcast Film Critics Association's Award. Also produced by Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions was the Mexican feature No One Writes to the Colonel, directed by Arturo Ripstein, and based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. No One Writes to the Colonel was selected for official competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations in college in Mexico. Her additional Mexican credits include, Midaq Alley, based on a novel by Nobel Prize recipient Naguib Mafouz.
Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Hayek served as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide, to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She also served as the spokesperson for the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which focuses on domestic violence education, awareness and prevention, as well as support for victims. In 2005, she spoke in front the US Senate, encouraging its members to extend the Violence Against Women Act. In January 2006, the legislation was passed, ensuring that 3.9 billion dollars will be allocated to thousands of domestic violence crises and intervention agencies throughout the US. In April of 2005, Hayek visited the Arctic Circle for the celebration of Earth Day, in an effort to bring attention to the dangers that global warming is putting on the lives of the Inuit people and the rest of the world. In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, which honored Nobel laureate Mohamed el-Baradei and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. She was also part of the One campaign that singer and activist Bono created, as well as a member of Global Green, and Youth Aids.
MAYA RUDOLPH (Deanna McKenzie) is most widely known for her turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," where she was one of the show's regular players for over seven years. Since her debut in 2000, Rudolph's memorable portrayals included Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace and Beyonce as well as such recurring sketches as "Wake Up Wakefield" and "Bronx Beat." Also on the small screen, she starred as Ava on the NBC comedy "Up All Night" for executive producer Lorne Michaels.
Rudolph will next be seen in The Way, Way Back, the directorial debut of Oscar® winning writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. The film received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released by Fox Searchlight in summer 2013. Additionally, Rudolph voiced the role of Burn in the upcoming DreamWorks Animations film Turbo, in theatres July 19, 2013, and is currently in production on the animated film, The Nut Job.
Rudolph starred in Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids, which has grossed nearly $300 million in the box office worldwide and garnered numerous accolades since it opened May 13, 2011. In addition to being nominated for two Academy Awards®, Bridesmaids was nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and won the following awards: the 2011 AFI Film Award for AFI Movie of the Year, the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie, the 2012 People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie, and Comedy Central's 2012 Comedy Award for Best Film.
Most recently, Rudolph teamed up with musician Gretchen Liberum to form the female-fronted Prince cover band "Princess." In tribute to His Purple Majesty, the duo became an immediate internet success last year when they performed "Darling Nikki" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Since then, the band has continued performing hit-after-hit as Prince fans everywhere have tuned in praising their pristine mimicry of the artist.
Rudolph has lent her voice to such films as Zookeeper and Shrek the Third, and has appeared in Friends With Kids, Grown Ups, Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, Mike Judge's Idiocracy, and Miguel Arteta's Chuck & Buck.
In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.
MARIA BELLO (Sally Lamonsoff) has captivated audiences with her many diverse roles in such films as The Cooler with William H. Macy (Golden Globe and SAG Nomination), David Cronenberg's A History of Violence opposite Viggo Mortenson and Ed Harris (NY Film Critics win and Golden Globe nomination), Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Thank You for Smoking, and The Jane Austen Book Club. In addition, she co-starred with Brendan Fraser in The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, in Alan Ball's controversial film Towelhead, and opposite William Hurt in Yellow Handkerchief. In recent years, Bello has played opposite Michael Sheen in Beautiful Boy, Adam Sandler in the hit comedy Grown Ups, and Taylor Lautner in Abduction; she also took a lead role in the John Wells drama The Company Men. Her upcoming films include roles in Paul Haggis's Third Person, Prisoners opposite Hugh Jackman, and the untitled James Wan thriller.
Bello's other film credits include Auto Focus, Permanent Midnight, Payback, Flicka, Duets, Coyote Ugly, Secret Window, Silver City, and Assault on Precinct 13.
On television, Bello most recently starred as Detective Jane Timoney in the NBC series "Prime Suspect" and appeared for one season in the role of the passionate and headstrong pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico in NBC's critically acclaimed series "ER."
Bello is also an internationally renowned activist and one of the world's most powerful voices for social justice and women's rights around the world, with a special focus on Haiti. She is the co-founder of We Advance, a women's movement and NGO based in Cite Soleil, which advocates for women throughout the country to have full political, economic and social participation.
Since 2008, Bello has worked in Haiti with Artists for Peace and Justice and Femmes en Democratie, where she raised funds and produced a women's media campaign for the elections in 2010, and spearheaded the opening of a women's clinic in the Petionville Camp immediately following the earthquake. Bello is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and works on gender policy within the Haiti Network. She has been named a Vital Voices Global Ambassador for women and participated in the first ever Vital Voices/Bank of American International Women's Conference in Haiti.
Bello speaks around the world on social impact investing, Haiti, and women's rights. In 2012, she was a keynote speaker at the State Department's Forum on Impact Investing and was also awarded with the Starkey Foundation's "So the World May Hear" Award. She was named the Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Haiti and leads President Martelly's Council for Investments in Haiti on a committee for women's empowerment, social business and poverty alleviation with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Bello is currently speaking at Tedx and other venues in the world about the "new women's revolution" and impact investing for women. Bello is also the founder of the new website We Advance University, which aims to connect and empower women in Haiti and throughout the world, and she is a partner in the company Socme Academy, which powers the site. Along with her Haitian colleagues, she is building the first women's co-op bakery in Marigaux, Haiti.
She began her career as an activist at Villanova University, where she majored in Peace and Justice Education and worked at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia. She started her first NGO, The Dreamyard Drama Project in Harlem in 1997. In 2009, Bello was voted on of Variety's most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur.
Every so often, a comedian comes along who emerges as a triple threat: comedian, actor and writer/producer. NICK SWARDSON (Nick) is the latest and most exciting artist take on these roles. He recently co-created and starred in Comedy Central's "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time" series.
The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first struck feature success in writing Malibu's Most Wanted for Warner Bros., which starred Jamie Kennedy. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing or co-writing and producing such projects as Grandma's Boy, Benchwarmers and co-producing I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. His first CD/DVD, "Party," on Comedy Central Records (produced by Happy Madison) has sold tremendously and the DVD was just certified platinum. Swardson followed this up with the release of his second CD on Comedy Central Records, simply titled, "Seriously, Who Farted?"
About the Filmmakers
DENNIS DUGAN (Director) is a talented filmmaker whose diverse career in entertainment spans over two decades. Dugan is considered one of the industry's top feature film comedy directors, whose films have taken in more than $1 billion worldwide. He earned his reputation with such hits as Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. His other films include The Benchwarmers, starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Lovitz, National Security, starring Martin Lawrence, Saving Silverman, starring Jack Black, Steve Zahn, and Amanda Peet; and Beverly Hills Ninja, starring Chris Farley.
Dugan most recently directed Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes, Just Go With It, starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Salma Hayek. He also recently executive produced the film That's My Boy.
On the small screen, Dugan has directed dozens of television projects including, "NYPD Blue," "Moonlighting," and "Ally McBeal," as well as the telepics "Columbo: Butterfly Shades of Gray" and "The Shaggy Dog."
Dugan is an actor-turned-filmmaker who began his career in the New York theater scene and first made his mark in Hollywood in front of the camera. He starred in his own NBC television series, "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye," and also guest-starred on such award-winning television programs as "M*A*S*H," "Columbo," "The Rockford Files," and "Hill Street Blues."
In addition to small, yet memorable, acting roles in his own films, Dugan's feature-film credits include roles in Parenthood, She's Having a Baby, Can't Buy Me Love and The Howling.
ADAM SANDLER (Producer / Co-Writer / Lenny Feder) Please see bio in Cast section.
JACK GIARRAPUTO (Producer) is one of Hollywood's most successful producers. His films have grossed more than $2 billion domestically and over $3 billion worldwide, with 13 films topping the $100-million mark domestically. These films include Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Bedtime Stories, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Click, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger Management, Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy and The Waterboy.
FRED WOLF (Co-Writer) co-wrote Grown Ups with Adam Sandler. He has directed two films: the box-office hit The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris, and Strange Wilderness, starring Steve Zahn, Justin Long, and Jonah Hill.
Wolf began his career as a writer, and later head writer, on "Saturday Night Live" from 1992-1997, and moved on to feature writing with Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, both starring Chris Farley and David Spade; Dirty Work, which starred Norm MacDonald and Chevy Chase; and Joe Dirt, another David Spade vehicle.
Wolf started his career in comedy doing stand-up.
TIM HERLIHY (Co-Writer) has written or co-written the films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Bedtime Stories. He served as executive producer on the films Grown Ups, Click, Anger Management, The Longest Yard, Just Go With It, Jack and Jill and That's My Boy.
From 1994 to 1999, Herlihy served as writer, head writer and ultimately producer of the television variety series "Saturday Night Live," for which he received an Emmy Award® nomination.
In 2006, Herlihy, a former attorney, was nominated for a Tony Award® for the Broadway musical version of "The Wedding Singer," which he co-wrote.
BARRY BERNARDI (Executive Producer) most recently executive produced That's My Boy, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Jack and Jill, starring Sandler and Katie Holmes, Zookeeper, starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, Just Go With It, starring Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and Grown Ups, starring Sandler, James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade. He also produced the blockbuster hit Paul Blart Mall Cop starring Kevin James, and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, starring Nick Swardson.
He served as executive producer on the films You Don't Mess With The Zohan, starring Adam Sandler, John Turturro and Emmanuelle Chriqui; I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel; Click, starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken; The Benchwarmers, starring Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder; and the box-office hit The Longest Yard, starring Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.
Other films he produced include Anger Management, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson; Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo; The Master of Disguise; and The Animal. As executive producer, Bernardi has worked on the features The Haunted Mansion, Double Take, Inspector Gadget, My Favorite Martian, Deep Rising, Tom and Huck, Cabin Boy, The Adventures of Huck Finn and Devil's Advocate. His other producer credits include Poltergeist III and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
After attending the California Institute of the Arts, Bernardi began his career as a story editor and producer's assistant. In 1979, he teamed with director John Carpenter to be an associate producer on The Fog and Escape From New York. He remained with Carpenter to co-produce Halloween II, Halloween III, Christine and Starman.
From 1987-89, Bernardi served as senior vice president of production at New World Pictures, where he oversaw the development, production and release of such films as Heathers, Meet the Applegates and Warlock.
Bernardi went on to co-found Steve White Productions. With White, he produced more than 25 telefilms. Among their credits are Amityville, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, She Said No, The Carolyn Warmus Story, She Stood Alone and A Mom for Christmas.
For nearly two decades, ALLEN COVERT (Executive Producer) has built a multi-hyphenate career as an actor, producer, writer, and songwriter. It was all put into motion years earlier with a seemingly fated seating assignment in a "History of Comedy" class at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His friendship with fellow student Adam Sandler quickly gelled, in part due to Covert's proclivity for supplying Sandler with free food from the Italian restaurant where he worked as night manager.
Covert has co-written, co-produced, and/or starred in a number of the Happy Madison films over the years, including Happy Gilmore, Bulletproof, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy (as actor, associate producer and writer of "The Kangaroo Song"), Little Nicky (actor, associate producer), Mr. Deeds, Eight Crazy Nights (actor, producer, soundtrack writer/producer), Anger Management (actor, executive producer), 50 First Dates (actor, songwriter), The Longest Yard (actor, executive producer), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (actor, co-producer), Grown Ups (executive producer), Just Go With It (executive producer), Jack and Jill (executive producer), and That's My Boy (producer).
He also co-scripted Sony's hit comedy The Benchwarmers (starring David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Jon Heder). He co-wrote, produced, and starred in the cult comedy hit Grandma's Boy with Nick Swardson, produced and starred in the comedy Strange Wilderness, and produced the comedies The House Bunny and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. He has also written, produced, and performed on five comedy albums, which have collectively sold nearly 10 million copies, including Adam Sandler's "What's Your Name," "They're All Gonna Laugh at You," and "What the Hell Happened to Me!"
Covert currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Kathryn and their young daughters, Hannah, Abigail, and Rebecca.
THEO VAN de SANDE, ASC (Director of Photography) reunites with director Dennis Dugan, who he recently worked with on the comedies Just Go With It and Grown Ups and first worked with on Big Daddy.
Directly after finishing the shoot of Grown Ups 2, Van de Sande continued with director Gary Fleder in New Orleans for the film Homefront, a harsh action thriller with James Franco, Jason Stetham, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth.
Joe Dante's "family" thriller The Hole, was his first digital-3D film and the winner of the Premio Persol, the first Award for Best use of 3D at the 2009 Venice film Festival.
Another recent release is the romantic Vietnam drama Love and Honor with Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer, the directorial debut of Danny Mooney.
A graduate of the Dutch Film Academy, Van de Sande began working as a director of photography in his native Holland in 1972. Since then, he has been a DP on more than fifty feature films and nine feature-length documentaries. For his body of work on Dutch features, documentaries, and shorts, he has twice received the prestigious Golden Calf award. The Assault his last film in Holland got the Academy and Golden Globe Award for best foreign film.
Van de Sande relocated to Los Angeles in 1987. Since then, he has worked with directors as diverse as Robert Wise, Garry Marshall, Joan Micklin Silver, Lasse Hallstrom, Penelope Spheeris, Carl Franklin, Mick Jackson, and Gary Fleder. Among his feature films are Crossing Delancey, Miracle Mile, Once Around, Volcano, Blade, Cruel Intentions, High Crimes and Out of Time.
Colors Straight Up, one of the 5 feature length documentaries he shot for his wife and director Michele Ohayon, was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Feature Length Documentary and won nine other National Awards.
His contributions to American television include "Tuesdays with Morrie," the pilot episode of "The Practice," "The Riches," five episodes of "October Road" , the double pilot of "Happy Town," and, most recently, the pilot of "Beauty and the Beast."
The Silent Army, a very emotional and engaging film about the horror of child soldiers in Northern Uganda, shot in Uganda and South Africa and directed by Jean Van de Velde, got critical acclaim at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and reconnected him with the Dutch film biz.
After an extensive career working in the New York theater community, AARON OSBORNE (Production Designer) brought his critically acclaimed show "Theatre Carnivale" to Los Angeles. The show continued a successful three-year run, consistently being chosen as one of LA Weekly's "Picks-of-the-Week." He followed his bi-coastal success with the play "Acid Warehouse," which was produced for New York's Franklin Furnace Theater and Los Angeles' Tamirand Theater with an NEA grant. As recipient of an LA Arts Endowment Grant, Osborne provided LA theater-goers with the performance piece, "Peter Pandamonium At Lace."
After permanently relocating to Los Angeles, Osborne then segued to designing feature films, working under the tutelage of cult director Roger Corman on Carnasaur. His feature film credits include the heartwarming I Am Sam, starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer, the edgy Another Day In Paradise, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and Sex Drive. Other credits include the Wayans family's Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood, as well as the television series "Eli Stone," and "E-Ring." Osborne reached a career highlight when he accepted the 2003 Emmy Award for his design work on the hit television series "Without a Trace." Osborne most recently finished designed the George C. Wolfe film You're Not You starring Hilary Swank; he is currently in pre-production in South Africa, working on The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon, the story of the lost boys of Sudan.
TOM COSTAIN (Editor) most recently edited the feature films That's My Boy, Jack and Jill, Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Bedtime Stories, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan. His other credits as editor include Grandma's Boy, Strange Wilderness, and the pilot of the Will Ferrell produced HBO series "Eastbound and Down." Costain was an editor on Get Smart, starring Steve Carell, as well as The Last Saturday in May, a documentary about the path to the 2006 Kentucky Derby.
ELLEN LUTTER (Costume Designer) is Brooklyn-based and happily counts among her credits such East Coast films as Trust starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade, Paul Blart Mall Cop, Fresh, Flirting With Disaster, Copland, Living in Oblivion, Mississippi Masala, 28 Days, Big Daddy and House of D.
Thanks to the miracle of jet travel and the superhuman miracle of loyal Los Angeles bosses, Lutter has had the privilege of designing 12 West Coast films for Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's Happy Madison. These films include That's My Boy, Jack and Jill, Just Go With It, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Click, The Longest Yard, Anger Management, Mr. Deeds, 50 First Dates and Little Nicky.
When not working on a film, Lutter spends time side-by-side working with her husband at their Brooklyn based hot dog store "Willie's Dawgs."
RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Music By) has scored a wide variety of film and television projects. Gregson-Williams has also written the original scores to the Adam Sandler films That's My Boy, Jack and Jill, Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Bedtime Stories, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Click, and Zookeeper. His work was most recently heard in Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James. Other films include Made of Honor and the animated films Bee Movie and Over the Hedge. In 2004, he collaborated with Andrea Guerra to compose the score for the acclaimed true-life drama Hotel Rwanda, for which the composers won the European Film Award. He also composed the score for the British television series "The Prisoner."
Gregson-Williams has also created the scores for such feature films as the teen comedy What a Girl Wants, the biographical comedy-drama The Night We Called It a Day, Crime Spree, Plots with a View, Thunderpants, Virtual Sexuality, and Urban Ghost Story.
He has also collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer on a number of animated and live-action features.
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