Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting Australian psychological thriller DEAD CALM. Kidman has since become an internationally recognized actress known for her range, versatility and dedication to her craft.
In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, MOULIN ROUGE! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, THE OTHERS, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. The following year, Kidman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s THE HOURS. She has since been nominated for a total of four Academy Awards – winning one – 12 Golden Globes – winning four.
This fall, Kidman can be seen starring in Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER, Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED, opposite Lucas Hedges and Russel Crowe, and James Wan’s AQUAMAN. Most recently, Kidman gave an award-winning performance and produced the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, for which she received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award. Big Little Lies also received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for Outstanding Limited Series. Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films, which she created with Per Saari, recently completed production on the second season of Big Little Lies, directed by Andrea Arnold.
In 2018, Kidman and Blossom signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under the agreement, she will develop theatrical and series content, the first of which being a new drama series, The Expatriates, based off the novel by Janice Y.K Lee. With their Big Little Lies co-producers Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, Blossom Films is also adapting Liane Moriarty’s novel Truly Madly Guilty into a limited series. Kidman will also produce and star in Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers, to which Blossom Films and Papandrea’s Made Up Stories acquired the rights for a film or TV series. Blossom’s next project is David E. Kelley’s limited series The Undoing, which will go into production in 2019 and star Kidman.
Kidman had four projects debut at Cannes Film Festival last year – Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, Sofia Coppola’s THE BEGUILED and John Cameron Mitchell’s HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES. She will next be seen in THE UPSIDE and THE GOLDFINCH, a movie adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Kidman, who began her acting career in Australia, is the recipient of several awards, but one of her most rewarding roles has been her fearless work as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2006. Her efforts are geared toward raising awareness about women’s rights around the world, with a focus on violence against women.
Timothée Chalamet has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Nic Sheff in Beautiful Boy, directed Felix Van Groeningen in select theaters this month. “Beautiful Boy,” based on the memoirs BEAUTIFUL BOY by David Sheff and TWEAK by his son Nic Sheff, chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring story of survival and recovery in a family coping with addition. Chalamet is currently filming, Little Women with director Greta Gerwig and this spring will star in Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Chalamet recently wrapped production on “The King” which will be released in 2019.
Crazy Rich Asians is a contemporary romantic comedy based on the acclaimed worldwide bestseller by Kevin Kwan and featuring an all-Asian starring ensemble, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, and Nico Santos. The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.
Amandla Stenberg can currently be seen in 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated film The Hate U Give which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 to rave reviews. Additionally, she can currently be seen in Amma Asante’s WWII drama Where Hands Touch, which also premiered at TIFF. Amandla’s other recent film credits include The Darkest Minds, Everything, Everything, As You Are which won the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2016, Colombiana, Rio 2 and The Hunger Games. She has been recognized globally for her crusade towards sparking thoughtful conversation using social media as a platform to spread awareness and knowledge on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, biracial identity, sexual identity, gender and beauty standards to name few. Amandla has been recognized with Teen Choice Awards, a BET Award and NAACP Image Award for her work.
John David Washington garnered critical acclaim for starring in BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jason Blum and Jordan Peele. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation and won the Grand Prix. This fall he co-starred in Monsters and Men directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The script was selected and developed as part of the 2017 Sundance Directors Lab. Earlier this year, he was seen in Monster which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, starring opposite Jeffrey Wright, ASAP Rocky and Jennifer Hudson. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Washington got his start as a child in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X in 1992. Prior to acting, he spent six years playing professional football. Shortly after, he booked his fist-ever audition to play “Ricky Jerret” in the HBO series Ballers with Dwayne Johnson. His performance as “Ricky” has generated rave reviews with the show currently in its 4th season and it was recently announced that the show will be renewed by HBO for a 5th season.
Felix Van Groeningenis a Flemish director, screenwriter and producer. This is his first English-language film. His previous film, Belgica, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where he won the Directing Award (Dramatic World Cinema). Van Groeningen’s internationally acclaimed breakthrough The Broken Circle Breakdown earned a 2014 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a César for Best Foreign Film. Previously, The Misfortunates premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Van Groeningen is a graduate of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.
Yalitza Aparicio was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca in 1993. She holds a degree in education and aspires to become a teacher upon completion of her exams, but also has additional opportunities ahead of her since the film ROMA has been completed. Aparicio went to her local community center to accompany her sister to the casting call and ended up trying out and being selected. She is very close with another actress from ROMA, Nancy García, who lives in a nearby town in Oaxaca. Aparicio also developed strong relationships with the child actors that formed her family on set. Aparicio took advantage of working in Mexico City and visited Chapultepec Park and the pyramids of Teotihuacán. She loved being on set and seeing how spaces were transformed. She also enjoyed working with Cuarón and building the relationship of trust they came to share.
A six-time Academy Award nominee, Glenn Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp, earning her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee). Close stars in the title role of Jane Anderson’s film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel, The Wife, with Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater for Swedish director Björn Runge, which opened earlier this year. Close also stars in the title role of Jane Anderson’s stage play, Mother of the Maid, which just premiered in New York at the Public Theater. Close received her sixth Academy Award nomination in 2012, along with Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for Albert Nobbs, having co-written the screenplay with man Booker Prize-winning author, John Banville. Close was also a producer on the film and composed the lyrics for the Golden Globe and World Soundtrack- nominated song, “Lay Your Head Down.” Glenn Close made her theatre, and Broadway, debut in Harold Prince’s revival of Love for Love. Her theater credits include The Crucifer of Blood, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs (Obie Award), Barnum (Tony nomination) and Tony Awards for her performances in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden, both directed by Mike Nichols, and for her performance in the highly-anticipated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard. Starting in 2007, Close headlined the critically- acclaimed, legal thriller, Damages, for five seasons. For her riveting portrayal of high-stakes litigator ‘Patty Hewes’, Close won two consecutive Emmys as “Best Actress in a Drama Series” and two subsequent Emmy nominations, along with a Golden Globe Award and three SAG Award nominations. Close’s twelve Golden Globe nominations include a Best Actress win for Andrei Konchalovsky’s adaptation of The Lion in Winter (which also earned her a SAG Award). Among the television projects that have brought her twelve Emmy nominations, is an Emmy Award for her performance as Margarethe Cammermeyer in Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (for which she also received a Peabody Award as executive producer). In 2009, Close co-founded the charity Bring Change To Mind, whose mission is to confront the stigma and misunderstanding around mental illness by “starting the conversation.” The idea for the organization came about following Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family.
Hugh Jackman can currently be seen in the Jason Reitman directed feature film, The Front Runner. Based on the true story of American Senator Gary Hart’s tumultuous political run for the office of President of the United States in 1988. Jackman is a multi-award-winning actor on stage and screen. He was last seen as P.T. Barnum in the worldwide phenomenon The Greatest Showman. He is a co-founder of Laughing Man Coffee and a worldwide Ambassador for Global Citizen, among other philanthropic efforts.
Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle most recently wrote and directed the musical LA LA LAND, which earned fourteen Oscar nominations, winning six awards, including Best Director for Chazelle, who is the youngest director to receive the award. The film also won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, and was also honored with five BAFTA wins and eleven nominations. His previous film, 2014’s Whiplash, received five Academy Award nominations and three wins, including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. His 2013 short, based on the Whiplash screenplay, won the Short Film Jury Prize at Sundance, and the following year the feature film took home both the Jury and Audience Awards from the festival. Chazelle made his first feature, Guy And Madeline on a Park Bench, as an undergraduate student at Harvard University. The film was named one of the Best Films of the Year by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, The Village Voice, and others. Upcoming in TV, Chazelle has a musical drama The Eddy for Netflix, and a straight-to-series order for a drama series for Apple which he will direct and executive produce.
Peter Farrelly (Produced by/Written by/Directed by) is a director, producer, executive producer, screenwriter and published novelist widely known for the star-driven comedy blockbuster movies he made with his brother Bob such as There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin, Shallow Hall, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch and the modern-day classic Dumb and Dumber. Most recently, the television series Loudermilk, which Farrelly created and executive produced, was renewed for a second season by AT&T’s Audience Network. Loudermilk, which stars Tyler Layton-Olson and Ron Livingston in the titular role, focuses on a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor whose bad attitude is said to “put the SOB in sobriety.” Following the box-office success of their first film Dumb and Dumber, the writing, producing and directing duo known collectively as the Farrelly brothers collaborated on nearly 20 films and television projects, including The Ringer; Me, Myself & Irene; Osmosis Jones; Hall Pass; The Three Stooges; Dumb and Dumber To; The Leisure Class; and the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid.
Nick Vallelonga (Produced by/Written by) is an actor and filmmaker with nearly 50 films and television projects to his credit. The Bronx-born son of Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, he also plays the role of Mob Boss Augie in Green Book. Other recent credits include producing and directing the television pilot Unorganized Crime, which starred Chazz Palminteri and for which Vallelonga won Best Director at the Hollywood International Film Festival. He executive produced the action thriller I Am Wrath, which starred John Travolta, will next be seen alongside Travolta and Morgan Freeman in George Gallo’s upcoming The Poison Rose. He produced the action/comedy Vigilante Diaries for HBO and the feature film Chocolate City, which starred Vivica A. Fox and Michael Jai White. Vallelonga’s other film and television credits include Deadfall, Coyote Ugly, Rake, Aquarius, See Dad Run, The Others, New Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Summoned, ER and Chicago Hope. Vallelonga went on to produce and direct several independent films including Stiletto, which starred Tom Berenger, Stana Katic, William Forsythe and Diane Venora; All In, which starred Louis Gossett Jr. and Michael Madsen; Deadfall, which starred Nicolas Cage, James Coburn, Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn; In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King, which starred William Petersen, Paul Winfield, Leo Rossi and Michael Biehn; and the award-winning western Yellow Rock, which starred Michael Biehn and James Russo. Vallelonga took Best Director honors for Yellow Rock at the 2011 Red Nation Film Festival and the 2012 Western Heritage Awards, and the film was awarded a Western Heritage Award for Theatrical Motion Picture. Under his Vallelonga Productions banner, he has several projects in development, including the romantic comedies That’s Amore! and Men at Sea, the action films 10 Double Zero and Brute Force, and action/horror films Two Thieves and King of Vampires. He is also adapting “The Court Martial of Daniel Boone,” “The Jimmy Roselli Story” and the bestselling faith based “The Reunion” into screenplays.
Boston-born Brian Currie (Produced by/Written by) became interested in screenwriting at an early age, first while attending St. John’s Prep in Massachusetts and later at Middlebury College in Vermont. He’s had the good fortune of writing on major studio movies and independent films over the course of his career. Currie enjoyed acting while studying at Emerson College in Boston, and his credits include Con Air; McFarland, USA; Stuck on You; The Bold and the Beautiful; Invincible; Fever Pitch; and Armageddon. In addition to his co-writing and producing on Green Book, Currie also plays Maryland State Trooper Hayes in a memorable sequence in the film.
Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.
Believer is a film based on Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds who comes to a crossroads when he witnesses fellow members of the Mormon church spurned due to their sexual orientation. Since 2008, teen suicide rates in Utah have skyrocketed, which many people attribute to the Mormon church’s official stance regarding same-sex relationships. Director Don Argott follows Dan and openly gay former Mormon Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, as they decide to create LoveLoud, a music and spoken-word festival designed to spark dialogue between the church and members of the LGBTQ community.
Black Panther is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like. The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home and very identity. When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women, from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, to T’Challa’s own tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett), who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise.
In Incredibles 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack, whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2is written and directed by Academy® Award-winner Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) and produced by John Walker (The Incredibles, Tomorrowland) and Nicole Grindle (Sanjay’s Super Team short, Toy Story 3 associate producer).