Brad Grey Pictures/ Cohen Pictures
a Bruno Barreto film
VIEW FROM THE TOP
with KELLY PRESTON
and MIKE MYERS
Laura Hopper Francesca Silvestri Elizabeth Zox Friedman
Executive Music Producer
Christopher Greenbury, ACE Ray Hubley
Director of Photography
Affonso Beato, ASC,ABC
Amy Slotnick Robbie Brenner Alan C. Blomquist
Brad Grey Matthew Baer Bobby Cohen
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VIEW FROM THE TOP
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VIEW FROM THE TOP is both an outrageous comedy and a romantic fable told through the eyes of Donna Jensen (GWYNETH PALTROW), an idealistic young woman from a sleepy desert town who dreams of upgrading her existence into the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle of an international first-class attendant.
The road to success is rarely a smooth flight, however, and as Donna begins her trip under the training of Royalty Airlines' legendary flight instructor John Whitney (MIKE MYERS) she encounters more turbulence than even she bargained for. But the real question is whether her bumpy start will cause her to leave her dreams behind or if it will take her on the journey of a lifetime.
VIEW FROM THE TOP co-stars CHRISTINA APPLEGATE as Christine, Donna’s friend and fellow flight attendant trainee; MARK RUFFALO as Ted, the aspiring young lawyer who captures her heart; CANDICE BERGEN as Sally Weston, the legendary flight attendant who becomes Donna’s idol and mentor; KELLY PRESTON as Sherry, the first flight attedant to take Donna under her wing; JOSHUA MALINA as Randy, her gay co-worker and confidante, and ROB LOWE as Steve Bench, the handsome Co-Pilot of her very first flight.
Running time: 87 minutes
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VIEW FROM THE TOP
SECURING THE CABIN
”I became an airline ’stewardess’ in the late ’60’s because it was purported to be glamorous and because I would get to meet all kinds of people, which I certainly did: I spoke Italian and my bidding power was very high. My very first flight experience was from Miami to Santo Domingo early in March, 1969 when I was just finishing Pan American Worldwide College in Miami. I was excited and ready to put to use all that I had learned the previous three months in school. Unfortunately, my Spanish was not as good as my Italian. A passenger asked in Spanish where the restroom was. I responded in my best Spanish that it was in the back of the plane by the exit door. Sure enough, he walked to the back of coach and urinated on the floor near the exit door. Apparently my Spanish didn’t include the words needed to tell him to open the restroom door and go in!”
-Mariann, Pan Am Flight Attendant, 1969-1971
”I think the title says it all," remarks director Bruno Barreto, "VIEW FROM THE TOP is a fable about the American dream, about the dream we all have to make it to the top, to live well, and to have a good life.”
The premise for this modern day fairy tale began in the wildly creative mind of screenwriter Eric Wald, who received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. A friend of Wald’s was hired as a ticketing agent for a major U.S. airline and was sent to complete a program at their learning center in Texas. "She described this surreal place where you walk down a hallway, open a door and all of a sudden be inside an airplane cabin,” Wald remembers. ”She told me about the training program for flight attendants and its beauty classes, lectures on stealing, and role playing exercises on how to deal with disgruntled passengers. I knew there was a comedic story there."
Like his romantic protagonist Donna Jensen, Wald had some big dreams of his own. While in the screenwriting program, Wald entered his script in a year-end student competition that is judged by motion picture development executives. One of the judges was Brad Grey Pictures executive Laura Hopper who instantly responded to Wald’s script.
Life imitated art, as Wald found his very own Sally Weston to guide him to the top.
Hopper passed the script along to Brillstein-Grey Entertainment Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. Grey then met with Miramax Films, who bought the project. With the script in place, filmmakers turned their attention towards securing a director. They were particularly keen on Bruno Barreto, who had created a remarkable combination of romantic whimsy and comedy with Bossa Nova that would translate well with the ideas they had for the film.
For Grey, the choice of Barreto was an easy one. "After reading a draft of View From The Top, I happened to see Bossa Nova. Bruno’s sensibilities seemed well suited to our project. When I subsequently met with him, I was impressed with his comedic vision for the film and his passion for the material."
After meeting with Barreto, View From The Top star Gwyneth Paltrow agreed that the director would lend an added dimension to the material. "I think women really interest Bruno,” she says. ”He’s in touch with the feminine sensibility and is fascinated by it. He was the perfect man to direct this film."
Barreto’s vision employed asking his actors to stay "two feet off of the ground." He asked that his cast push the envelope as much as possible while keeping their characters as grounded as possible. "I love comedy," says Barreto. "I think people go to the movies in order to forget reality and to see it the way we would like it to be."
"Bruno said to me, ‘That was really good, but can you do it a little less real?’ If I ever thought, in my life, that would be my direction," Paltrow laughingly remembers. ”It’s been a good lesson for me, though. I’ve never done a comedy of this nature before, so I’m learned a lot about it as I went along."
”I can’t remember my first flight because I was on standby my first month of flying, and went on several shot trips from Miami to Nassau. However, I do remember being assigned a trip from Miami to Lisbon. The crew was a very senior crew, and all of the stewardesses were supportive and helpful. Because of their relaxed attitude, I wasn’t nervous at all. I did just fine serving the passengers. I was in Lisbon for thirty-six hours. I took every tour I could find. I just had a wonderful experience.”
-Susan, Pan Am Flight Attendant, 1966-1970
Barreto holds the theory that film audiences like to discover different sides to their favorite actors. This was put to the test when Paltrow’s name was first suggested for the role of Donna, the feisty girl with lofty aspirations. "Gwyneth Paltrow is a sensational actress and a classic beauty, but playing a girl who grew up in a trailer park?" Barreto remembers thinking. "Casting against type is always tricky, but when it works, it’s great."
The Academy Award® winner’s talent for broad comedic characters has been well showcased in her acclaimed appearances on ”Saturday Night Live.” Paltrow welcomed the opportunity to show her comedic chops on the big screen.
As per usual, Paltrow immersed herself in the elemental aspects of the character, from the garish hair, make-up and thigh-grazing wardrobe to her pitch perfect southwestern twang. "I had a really good time exploring the character. The roles I usually play are more serious and dramatic. Donna’s more open and much more free about who she is. It was really fun for me."
"Her range is extraordinary. The story takes a lot of turns, and honestly, I think that’s probably what attracted her to the part. There truly is an arc for her character to go through. She pulled off every nuance beautifully," says producer Matthew Baer.
The role of Donna not only afforded Paltrow the opportunity to forge into new territory but also to showcase her flair for physical comedy. "She’s a great comedienne,” Baer says. ”A lot of unscripted, improvised, physical comedy occurred on the set. It’s all very funny.”
"There’s so much to this girl,” Christina Applegate says of her character, Christine. ”She’s this very insecure, vulnerable character who finds her strength in being as bold as she possibly can. Everything she does is really for show and to get attention.”
”Unfortunately," she adds, "she’s always ignored."
"Christina is incredibly talented,” Baer says. ”She has an innate sense of comic timing, which we knew, but she also has this subtle ability to be on even when the camera’s not on her. Even in the background, she’s creating these funny, subtle moments."
From the outrageously teased hair to the precision polish manicure, the big-hearted Sherry struck a chord with Kelly Preston. "I loved that Sherry was sort of expansive and took Donna and Christine under her wing, no pun intended," she laughs. "But it was her heart which really struck me. She was such a nice character to play, it was really a fun piece."
The natural chemistry illustrated onscreen was a reflection of Paltrow, Applegate and Preston’s mutual admiration for each other off screen. "From the start they just seemed to click. They all really loved their parts and wanted to be here. They have similar sensibilities in their approach to their work. It was great," says Baer.
"One of our luckiest breaks in producing this film, was the casting of Mark Ruffalo in the part of Ted,” Baer says. ”It’s a tricky role because he appears in the first act for a few scenes and then disappears and comes back for a good chunk of the film. But he immediately claimed the role with his enormous charm and class and his chemistry with Gwyneth. It’s wonderful."
Paltrow believes that two worlds exist in the comedy: the hilariously surreal world of flight attendants (punctuated by Mike Myers’ unctuous humor) and the solid, heartfelt world that Donna and Ted share. Paltrow comments, "The world of Donna and Ted is real, sweet and comfortable. It’s substantial. It’s my hope that the audience will root for her to stay in Ted’s world."
Ruffalo maintains a healthy perspective on his character’s place within these two realms, although he laments the fact that he is unable to indulge in the more outrageous comedic moments alongside his co-stars. Ruffalo remarks, "I was the straight man. Some of my scenes with Gwyneth are comedic, but it’s more toned down."
A pivotal supporting role was that of airline legend Sally Weston. The filmmakers could think of no one better than actress Candice Bergen to embody the grace and elegance that inspires Donna to fulfill her destiny. Bergen’s character also embodies the film’s mystification of flight attendant culture. The 60’s-inspired costumes, the training facility, and the hairstyles are all part of View From The Top’s singular vision of stewardess chic.
Says Bergen of the role and working with Barreto, "I learned very quickly that there was really very little boundary in terms of how far you could take the character. Bruno clearly was out to make a very free and flamboyant movie. I’m a big fan of his."
Originally the role of John Whitney was a small one until "Saturday Night Live" alum Mike Myers, star of the mega-hit comedies Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember, expressed interest in playing the exacting instructor at Royalty Airlines’ Training Center. Comments Barreto, "Mike came up with some great ideas. What I love about him is that he is funny but poignant at the same time. His comedy always comes from human behavior, you feel like laughing and crying at the same time."
In addition to principal cast members, actors Rob Lowe and Joshua Malina (”The West Wing”) along with veteran George Kennedy (Airport and three Airport sequels) and Chad Everett ("Medical Center") appear in cameos. Grey couldn’t be happier with the results from grouping this unique assemblage of talented actors. He comments, "The performances from Gwyneth, Mark, Kelly, Christina, Rob, Christian, Candice, Joshua and Mike are more than I could hope for. They are wonderful actors."
”I bid flights according to my wants. If there was a play in London that caught my fancy, then that was my choice. If I needed new shoes or clothes, then I would go to Paris or Rome. If I had an urge for sun, I’d go to Rio. That said, I never had a secure schedule. Flights were delayed and canceled. Every month was different. The occasional month on reserve was always difficult.”
-Mary, Pan-Am Flight Attendant/Instructor, 1965 - 1973
Principal photography began on location in Lake Havasu, Arizona, a sprawling boating mecca and Spring break destination located along the picturesque Colorado River. The first days of filming saw Paltrow, Applegate and Preston donning bathing suits in fifty-degree weather. Luckily the frigid temperatures were accompanied by sunny skies.
Production then moved to the Laughlin, Nevada and and Bullhead City, Arizona area for a week of filming exteriors scenes of the Jensen family trailer park, the Cattle Crossing Casino and the Laughlin-Bullhead Airport which would be the first of three airports the cast and crew would ”borrow.” Production would later move on to several terminals at LAX and Ontario (CA) Airport.
After almost two weeks of filming, cast and crew reassembled in Los Angeles for the remainder of the two-month shooting schedule. Production continued in the suburbs of Chatsworth, Hancock Park and sound stages in Culver City. The sound stages housed the interiors for all the airplane interiors as well as the Learning Center dormitory.
In addition to filming in Arizona, Nevada and Los Angeles, Paltrow and a small crew flew to Paris for several days of filming in December to capture the romance of the city’s breathtaking holiday season.
The filmmakers enlisted the help of Kim Lane, a former flight attendant and instructor to act as a consultant on everything from in-flight procedures to airline grooming standards. Although Paltrow, Applegate and Preston did not undergo any formal preparation for their roles as flight attendants, Lane was able to give them some valuable insight into the true experiences of a flight attendant.
The actresses, who all travel extensively, relied on their own observations as the best form of research. "When you get a role like this one," comments Applegate, "you become more aware of these things when you’re flying, you’re constantly watching. There’s great stuff that happens on flights that I don’t think people really see."
An important component in enhancing the already well-drawn characters were the wardrobe choices put together by costume designer Mary Zophres who created the distinctive looks for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, There’s Something About Mary, and The Big Lebowski. From plunging necklines and micro-mini skirts to the sophistication of the Royalty Airlines uniform, Zophres relished the opportunity to design across the fashion spectrum.
For Paltrow, Applegate and Preston, Zophres was able to cull a mixture of sexy designer pieces including Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson and vintage Versace mixed with fun vintage items in order to get their colorful look.
Preston is quick to praise Zophres for her contribution in forming her character: "This is a very specific type of wardrobe, whether it’s the extremely high shoes or this tight little dress. Clothing has always been a part of my building a character."
Zophres’ own rule of thumb, when designing for the trio of actresses is ”it’s never too short."
A wardrobe from Escada and several pieces of Zophres’s custom-made jewelry enhanced Candice Bergen’s lady-of-leisure style. Bergen jokingly describes her wardrobe "as if Joan Collins had died and left everything to me in her will from ‘Dynasty’."
Production designer Dan Davis, who created the visual landscape for such films as You’ve Got Mail, The Deep End of the Ocean and Beautiful Girls, designed each of the film’s sets, from the humble Jensen trailer to the starkly contemporary setting of the Royalty Learning Center to the opulent wealth of Sally Weston’s sprawling estate. "It’s been a whole new territory, pushing the color palette,” Davis says of the experience. Usually all of my color choices are pretty restrained on most levels. It’s been fun. I definitely made choices that were more extravagant. Affonso [Beato, the director of photography] really likes color. He’s not afraid of it. I painted the interior of the houseboat florescent orange! What other movie could you get to do that?"
The biggest difficulty for Davis and his art department? "Finding the right color shag carpeting and wallpaper," laughs Davis, "we actually had to do a lot of custom made work, believe it or not."
YOUR CAPTAIN AND CREW
GWYNETH PALTROW (DONNA JENSEN)
Since Gwyneth Paltrow's remarkable performance in the critically acclaimed FLESH AND BONE opposite Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Hollywood has taken a keen interest in the future of this talented actress. Her role as Viola de Lessups opposite Joseph Fiennes in Miramax’s SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE garnered her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Paltrow most recently starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in POSSESSION. This romance, directed by Neil LaBute, features the two actors as a pair of literary sleuths who unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets, only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Additionally, she was seen in a cameo appearance in the New Line comedy, AUSTIN POWERS 3.
She recently completed work in London, opposite Daniel Craig, on TED & SYLVIA, a film that tells the story of the relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. She will soon begin production on THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, co-starring Jude Law and Angelina Jolie.
Paltrow also enjoyed a run at London’s Dunmar Theater in David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof. This performance as a harassed young woman struggling to care for her eccentric math genius father reunited Paltrow with her SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE director, John Madden. She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance.
Paltrow’s recent credits include the critically acclaimed Wes Anderson film, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, in which she starred opposite Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston and Ben Stiller. She also starred in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed SHALLOW HAL, co-starring Jack Black and Jason Alexander. Additional credits include roles in Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming’s THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, opposite Cumming, Leigh, John C. Reilly, Kevin Kline and Parker Posey, as well as in DUETS, a film directed by her father Bruce Paltrow, and in Miramax Films’ BOUNCE opposite Ben Affleck.
Paltrow has appeared in director Anthony Minghella’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY opposite Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Cate Blanchett and in the hit film A PERFECT MURDER opposite Michael Douglas and Viggo Mortensen, as well as in the critically acclaimed and international box office hit film SLIDING DOORS. Her other film credits include EMMA directed by Doug McGrath, GREAT EXPECTATIONS opposite Ethan Hawke, THE PALLBEARER opposite David Schwimmer, SEVEN, MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO, JEFFERSON IN PARIS, MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, MALICE, HOOK and SHOUT.
She has also received rave reviews in a sell-out run at Williamstown, Massachusetts theater festival’s production of As You Like It in the role of ‘Rosalind’.
Born in Los Angeles where she spent the first eleven years of her life, Paltrow stems from a very close-knit family deeply entrenched in the entertainment industry. Her father, Bruce Paltrow was a highly successful producer ("St. Elsewhere", "The White Shadow") and her mother is the award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Paltrow and her younger brother Jake spent their early childhood in Los Angeles, where they attended St. Augustine by the Sea (now known as Crossroads).
At the age of eleven, her family moved to New York and she enrolled in the Spence School where she would later graduate. Paltrow briefly attended the University of California at Santa Barbara with the intention of majoring in art history. She quickly learned that college life was not something she felt committed to and withdrew from school despite her father's strong recommendation to remain. It wasn't until he caught her moving performance in the Williamstown Theater production of Picnic, starring opposite her mother and Tony Goldwyn did he lend his support in her pursuit of an acting career.
Paltrow currently resides in New York City.
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (CHRISTINE)
With her engaging wit and impeccable comic timing, Christina Applegate is translating her television success to film. Applegate garnered much praise for her performance starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in the raucous comedy ”The Sweetest Thing.”
Applegate’s versatility has landed her starring roles in a true- crime tale drama, and an indie comedy, both scheduled for release later this year. She will star in Lions Gates’ ”Wonderland” for director by James Cox, where Val Kilmer will star as John Holmes, with Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow and Josh Lucas rounding out the cast. Applegate will also star alongside Johnny Knoxville in the indie ”Grand Theft Parsons” for director David Caffrey. Inspired by a true story, the film follows Phil Kaufman (Knoxville), the road manager for Gram Parsons, as he steals the musician’s body from the mortuary and races it to California in an attempt to fulfill a pact. Applegate will play Barbera, the fictitious ex-wife of Gram Parsons.
Applegate is currently in production on the Dreamworks’ comedy ”Surviving Christmas” for director Mike Mitchell opposite Ben Affleck. Applegate will star as the female lead, a well-educated scientist daughter in the family ”rented” by a rich record executive (Affleck) who is faced with spending the Christmas holiday by himself. The film is scheduled for a Christmas 2003 release.
Applegate will star in ”Prince Charming” opposite Martin Short for the TNT network. This fairy-tale revolves around a prince and his sidekick who are turned into frogs for all eternity or until the prince can convince a maiden to kiss and marry him.
Applegate first gained widespread attention as the sexy and sarcastic Kelly Bundy on the long-running Fox series, ”Married With Children.” Her own wit and beauty shined through her character’s ditzy antics, and after the show’s very successful 11-season run, she furthered her television success by starring in her own NBC comedy series, ”Jesse.” The highly rated show garnered Applegate a 1999 People’s Choice Award as ”Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series,” a 1999 TV Guide Award as ”Favorite Star of a New Series,” and a 1999 Golden Globe nomination in the category of ”Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical.” Other film credits include: ”Just Visiting,” ”Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead,” ”The Big Hit,” ”Mafia!,” ”Nowhere,” ”Mars Attacks!” and ”Kiss of Fire.”
Applegate’s stage credits include a starring role opposite Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’ Los Angeles production of The Third Day. Other theater credits include The Axeman’s Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty Handed, The Run-through and Grass Harp.
Christina currently resides in Los Angeles.
MARK RUFFALO (TED)
Mark Ruffalo won the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Montreal Film Festival and the New Generation award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his performance in Kenneth Lonergan's "You Can Count On Me." Continuing with his success, Ruffalo has entered the league of Hollywood leading men. He is now starring in roles opposite some of the industry's biggest names such as Robert Redford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, and Nicolas Cage.
Ruffalo recently completed filming opposite Meg Ryan in "In The Cut," a crime thriller. Nicole Kidman is producing this Screen Gems film that is written and directed by Jane Campion ("The Piano"). Ruffalo will portray a police detective who has an erotic affair with a female writing professor while investigating a murder in her neighborhood.
Ruffalo will next be seen in the independent film "XX/XY," the first picture from Nylon Films written and directed by Austin Chick. The film was screened and won praise at the 2002 Sundance film festival. "XX/XY" is the dramatic love story that spans ten years of four friend's lives.
Ruffalo recently appeared in MGM's "Windtalkers," starring Nicolas Cage and directed by John Woo ("Mission Impossible II"). The project is a World War II drama about a group of United States Marines who are assigned to protect the lives of two Navajo code talkers. The film explores the strong bonds of friendship that develop between the two groups of men amidst the deadly trials of war.
Ruffalo was also recently seen starring opposite Robert Redford in "The Last Castle," a psychological drama set in a military prison, for DreamWorks directed by Rod Lurie. The plot revolves around a court-martialed three-star general in the prison who unites the prison population to create his own army to overthrow a corrupt warden. Redford and Ruffalo form a bond as inmates.
Ruffalo is best known for his award winning performance in "You Can Count On Me" which was well-received at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival as the winner of two of the festival's top prizes: the coveted Grand Jury Prize for best film in the dramatic competition and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and continued to receive award recognition from various critics across the country. In the Paramount Classics film, which was co-produced by Martin Scorsese and The Shooting Gallery, Ruffalo stars as the irresponsible, yet lovable brother that returns to his hometown to reconnect with his sister and her son. The film also stars Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick.
Ruffalo first gained attention starring in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of This is Our Youth, written by Kenneth Lonergan for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. Variety said of his performance, "Mark Ruffalo is a genuine discovery...it's a terrific performance; funny and heartbreaking at once." Ruffalo has won several awards for other performances, including a Dramalogue Award and the Theater World Award.
Ruffalo has also directed Timothy McNeil's original play Margaret at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles. The play ran from January 19th through mid-March of 2001. In the Spring of 2000, Ruffalo made his return to the stage in the Off-Broadway production "The Moment When," a new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine. Ruffalo was part of an impressive ensemble cast that included Illeana Douglas, Kieran Culkin and Arija Bareikis.
A writer, director and producer as well, Ruffalo co-wrote the screenplay for the independent film "The Destiny of Marty Fine," which was the first runner-up in the 1995 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and has directed several plays and one-acts.
Having trained with Joanne Linville at the distinguished Stella Adler Conservatory, Ruffalo made his theater debut in Avenue A at The Cast Theater. Ruffalo continued his relationship with The Cast Theater, performing in several of Justin Tanner's award-winning plays, including Still Life With Vacuum Salesman and Tent Show.
Ruffalo's other film credits include Miramax's "Committed," co-starring Heather Graham, which was also showcased at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival; "Ride With the Devil," directed by Ang Lee ("The Ice Storm") and co-starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich; Miramax's "54" with Mike Meyers, and "Safe Men," the independent film, with Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn. Other film credits include the independent films, "The Last Big Thing," directed by Dan Zupovich, Joan Micklin Silver's "Fish in the Bathtub" with Jerry Stiller and Dan Bootzin's "Life/ Drawing."
His television credits include UPN's "The Beat," a dramatic series created by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and Emmy award winner Tom Fontana, "On the Second Day of Christmas," a Lifetime television movie, co-starring Mary Stuart Masterson and TNT's "Houdini: Believe."
Ruffalo resides in New York.
KELLY PRESTON (SHERRY)
A talented and captivating performer, Kelly Preston has performed in a broad range of motion pictures, portraying roles in such diverse films as ”Jerry Maguire,” ”Citizen Ruth” and ”Twins.” Her dynamic and compelling performances have proven her to be one of the most sought-after actors of our generation.
Currently, Preston is finishing production on ”The Cat in the Hat,” based on the famous Children’s fable by Dr. Seuss starring opposite Mike Myers and Alec Baldwin and under the direction of Bo Welch. She will also be seen in 2003 starring in the Warner Brothers film ”What a Girl Wants” opposite Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes and directed by Dennie Gordon.
Upon graduating from high school, Preston relocated to Los Angeles and enrolled in the University of Southern California where she studied drama and theatre. She ultimately transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles and decided to commit to pursue acting seriously. She would soon win her very first audition.
Preston was born and raised in Hawaii. As a result of her father’s position with an agricultural firm, the family moved first to Iraq for one year and then to Australia for two years. It was while she was a teenager in Hawaii that Preston appeared in television commercials and began to develop an interest in an acting career.
She made her feature film debut with a well-received role in the hit motion picture ”Twins,” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Her additional film credits include ”Only You,” ”Run,” ”The Perfect Bride,” ”The Experts,” ”Spellbinder,” ”Space Camp,” ”52 Pick-Up,” ”Secret Admirer” and ”Mischief.” Ms. Preston also starred in the Academy Award-nominated short, ”Little Surprises” directed by Jeff Goldblum.
Preston appeared to rave reviews opposite Tom Cruise in the number one box office smash hit ”Jerry Maguire.” The Tri-Star picture was written and directed by Cameron Crow. She was also seen in a pivotal role in the critically-acclaimed motion picture ”Citizen Ruth” for Miramax. In addition, she starred in the hit feature film ”Addicted to Love” co-starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Brodrick and was seen in the comedy ”Nothing to Lose” opposite Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence.
Preston also starred in the feature film comedy ”The Holy Man,” with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, ”Jack Frost” opposite Michael Keaton for Warner Brothers, ”Daddy and Them” directed by Billy Bob Thorton, and starred opposite Kevin Costner in the Universal picture ”For the Love of the Game” for director Sam Raimi.
CANDICE BERGEN (SALLY WESTON)
Candice Bergen is ”a beautiful actress who projects intelligence, humor, vulnerability, and self-reliance—all more or less simultaneously,” wrote critic Vincent Canby in the New York Times. Candice proved this every week for 10 years as ‘Murphy’ on the critically acclaimed CBS comedy ”Murphy Brown,” for which she received five Emmy awards and two Golden Globe awards. Candice had earlier received extraordinary critical and audience responses for her performance as a college student caught up in turmoil of a campus revolt in ”Getting Straight,” as the personification of the clean cut all-American dream girl of the ‘40’s in Mike Nichol’s ”Carnal Knowledge,” and as the newly liberated wife in ”Starting Over,” for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Candice most recently was seen in the Disney film ”Sweet Home Alabama” starring with Reese Witherspoon, which will be released in 2002. She recently finished production on ”Till Death Do Us Part” in which she stars with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks for Warner Brothers Pictures. Candice starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit comedy ”Miss Congeniality.” Other film credits include co-starring with Jacqueline Bisset in ”Rich and Famous,” which was inspired by the 1943 film ”Old Acquaintance,” starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. She appeared in the role of Margaret Bourke-White in Richard Attenborough’s ”Gandhi,” and she starred opposite Burt Reynolds in ”Stick.”
On television Candice had her own show on the Oxygen Network, ”Candice Checks It Out,” where she tapped into current trends and interviews people from all walks of life. Before that Candice hosted ”Exhale,” a nightly one-hour talk show which was also on the Oxygen Network.
The daughter of Frances and the late Edgar Bergen, Candice attended the Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles, the Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., as well as school in Switzerland, and at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in art history and creative writing. While still in college, she commuted to New York for modeling assignments. She was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania when she made her motion picture debut as the mysterious, glamorous ‘Lakey’ in ”The Group.”
Combining her acting career with an insatiable desire to see the world, Candice traveled to Formosa to star opposite Steve McQueen and Sir Richard Attenborough in Robert Wise’s ”The Sand Pebbles;” to Greece to appear in ”The Day the Fish Came
Out;” and to France to star with Yves Montand in Claude LeLouche’s ”Vivre Pour Vivre.” She also starred in ”T.R. Baskin,” ”The Adventurers,” ”Soldier Blue,” ”The Magus,” ”The Hunting Party;” ”11 Harrow House,” ”The Wind and the Lion,” ”Bite the Bullet,” ”The Domino Principal,” ”A Night Full of Rain,” and ”Oliver’s Story.”
When she is not acting, Candice pursues her interests in writing and photography. She has produced magazine articles and photographic essays filled with intelligence and wit, observing the world with a keen eye for detail and humor. She has written a cover story for New York magazine about working with Lina Wertmuller on ”A Night Full of Rain,” articles about the Masia Tribe of Kenya and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethopia, and for Playboy, an account of her four-week trip to Red China entitled ”Can a Cultural Worker from Beverly Hills Find Happiness in the People’s Republic of China?” She also wrote the cover story on Charlie Chaplin’s return to the United States for Life magazine.
Her articles on her first film, ”The Group,” the mayhem of roller derbies, a social history of Bel Air, profiles of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, Oscar Levant, Paul Newman and Lee Marvin, and the presidential primaries in 1968 have appeared in Esquire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal.
JOSHUA MALINA (RANDY)
As the newest series regular on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning THE WEST WING, actor Joshua Malina has the impressive distinction of having appeared in every project that Aaron Sorkin has written/produced. As ‘ Will Bailey’, Malina fills the slot left open by Rob Lowe’s departure in the hit drama series.
Upon graduation from Yale University with a B.A. degree in Theatre, Malina made his professional acting debut in the Broadway production of Sorkin’s ”A Few Good Men.” He went on to star as Jeremy Goodwin in the critically acclaimed television series SPORTS NIGHT, for which he and his castmates were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for ”Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy.” Other Sorkin credits include the hit features THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT and MALICE.
Additional film credits include IN THE LINE OF FIRE with Clint Eastwood and BULWORTH with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry.
Malina will also appear in Hank Azaria’s directorial debut, a short film entitled RAY’S EX- VISION. This will mark their first collaboration since they co-starred as writing partners on the sitcom IMAGINE THAT. Among his other television credits is a recurring role on THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW as Kenny, the shockingly uncreative creative executive; the Tom Hanks HBO production of FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON; TRACEY TAKES ON…; and the telefilm HOW TO MARRY A BILLIONAIRE.
Raised in New Rochelle, NY, Malina now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
MIKE MYERS portrays John Whitney, Royalty’s exacting flight attendant instructor. Myers is considered one of the most multifaceted performers of his generation and has brought an astonishing array of characters to life on both film and television.
Myers created, wrote, produced and starred in the smash hit Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and the box office breaking sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me which has grossed $310 million worldwide and garnered numerous awards including several MTV Movie Awards and Blockbuster Entertainment awards. In addition to Austin Powers, Myers also wrote and starred in the popular films Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2. His other film credits include So I Married an Axe Murderer and Miramax's ensemble drama, 54. Myers was most recently heard in Dreamworks’ animated, modern day fairy tale Shrek.
Myers, who was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, began his professional career with the famed 'Second City' comedy troupe in Toronto and Chicago. It was there that "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels discovered him. For his groundbreaking work on "SNL," Myers was nominated for an Emmy for "Best Performance in a Comedy or Variety Show" and won an Emmy for "Best Writing for Comedy or Variety Show."
About The Filmmakers…
Director BRUNO BARRETO is an accomplished filmmaker whose work has received international acclaim. The Brazilian-born director most recently directed the romantic comedy Bossa Nova starring Amy Irving, which was included in the Official Selection of the Berlin Film Festival.
Barreto’s impressive body of work includes the drama Four Days in September starring Alan Arkin, Fisher Stevens and Fernanda Torres, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language film and the internationally acclaimed Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, which is one of the top grossing films in Brazil. The film also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language film and the Jury’s Special Award at the Taormina Film Festival.
Barreto’s other feature film credits include The Story of Fausta, which was included in the Official Selection of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, Amor Bandido, The Kiss, Gabriela, One Tough Cop starring Stephen Baldwin and Chris Penn and Carried Away starring Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving. Carried Away was included in the Official Selection of the Berlin Film Festival.
Barreto also directed the TNT telepic "Heart of Justice" starring Eric Stolz, Jennifer Connelly and Dennis Hooper.
Screenwriter ERIC WALD makes his debut as a writer with View From The Top. He is currently penning a comedy for producer Donald De Line at Paramount as well as the Columbia Picture’s comedy Living Legend.
Wald, born and raised in San Francisco, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Cultural Geography. He worked for seven years as a food and wine journalist before turning his attention towards screenwriting. He recently graduated from University of California, Los Angeles’s distinguished MFA Screenwriting program where a BGE development executive discovered his screenplay for View From The Top.
Producer BRAD GREY is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (BGE). BGE’s companies include Brillstein-Grey Management, Brad Grey Television and Brad Grey Pictures.
In addition to View from The Top, Brad Grey Pictures recently produced City By The Sea starring Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand and directed by Michael Caton Jones for Warner Bros.
Brillstein-Grey Management’s extensive list of clients include Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, Bob Costas, Courteney Cox, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Greg Kinnear, Rob Lowe, Norm MacDonald, Bill Maher, John Malkovich, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Brad Pitt, Guy Ritchie, Tom Selleck, Martin Short, Gary Sinise, Christian Slater, David Spade, Sylvester Stallone, Noah Wyle, and the J. Walter Thompson Company.
The company’s affiliated television studio, Brad Grey Television, has a number of shows on the air for the 2000-2001 network season, serving as Executive Producer of "Just Shoot me," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "The Steve Harvey Show," and "The Sopranos."
Grey, a Golden Globe Award winner as Executive Producer of "The Sopranos," has been nominated for fourteen Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, and an Academy Award, and is a three-time winner of the George Foster Peabody Award.
Producer MATTHEW BAER most recently served as producer on Warner Bros.’ hard-hitting crime drama City By The Sea starring Robert De Niro. He is currently the Head of the Motion Picture department at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment supervising ten upcoming projects.
In 1998, Baer executive produced Columbia Pictures’ The Replacement Killers and the comedy Jack Frost starring Michael Keaton. Prior to joining Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Baer worked at Giant Pictures where he was involved with such projects as the award-winning drama, The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington and The Fountainhead.
Baer, a graduate of Pitzer College and the American Film Institutes’ masters program, began his career as a production assistant to Richard Donner on Lethal Weapon and The Lost Boys. He then joined Phyllis Carlyle Management as a manager representing literary clients and directors.
Producer BOBBY COHEN most recently served as co-producer on Bounce starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow. He also executive produced the romantic comedy Down to You starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Julia Stiles and Lasse Hallstrom’s award-winning The Cider House Rules starring Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine and Paul Rudd.
Cohen, previously a senior vice president of production at Miramax Films, founded Cohen Pictures, a Los Angeles-based production company in 1998. He will continue to collaborate with the Weinsteins in a multi-picture deal with the studio. Cohen is currently developing an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s "A Soldier of the Great War" to star Edward Norton and the action adventure, The Arcanum.
Cohen also served as executive producer on Rounders starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, 54 starring Mike Myers, Neve Campbell and Salma Hayek, and worked on such projects as The Pallbearer and Beautiful Girls. Cohen also played an integral role in the acquisitions of Wes Craven’s Scream for Dimension Films.
Cohen began his career at The Writers and Artists Agency in New York.
Executive Producer ALAN C. BLOMQUIST most recently executive produced Lasse Hallstrom’s Chocolat, which garnered five Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture. Chocolat marks his third collaboration with the noted director with whom he worked on the award winning The Cider House Rules and the much lauded What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Blomquist also executive produced Don Roos’ Bounce starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams. Blomquist served as executive producer on the visual effects-laden science fiction film Spawn as well as A Little Princess and Beautiful Girls. His other producer credits include Of Mice and Men, Guilty by Suspicion, and Everybody’s All American.
In television, Blomquist received an Emmy Award for the ABC After School Special, "The War Between the Classes."
Prior to producing, Blomquist served in various key production capacities for both motion pictures and television projects. He was the first assistant director on the action adventure film Iron Eagle and the unit production manager on Taylor Hackford’s La Bamba and John Hughes’ Uncle Buck.
Director of Photography AFFONSO BEATO, A.B.C, is an esteemed cinematographer with an award-winning international career spanning close to forty years. He most recently worked with director Terry Zwigoff on Ghost World. Most notably, Beato has a long running partnership with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar on such films as All About My Mother which garnered an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language film, Live Flesh and The Flower of My Secret. Beato has also worked with director Jim McBride on repeated occasions on such films as The Big Easy, Great Balls of Fire and Uncovered among others. Other select film credits include Price of Glory, Orfeu, and Antonio Das Mortes, which won the Jury's Prize in Cannes Film Festival.
His select television credits include "Dead By Midnight," "Pronto," "The Informant" and "The Wrong Man."
Originally from Brazil, Beato moved to New York in 1970 and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Production Designer DAN DAVIS most recently created the visual landscape for such feature films as Nora Ephron’s Lucky Numbers, You’ve Got Mail and Michael, Deep End of the Ocean, A Thousand Acres, Eddie, Beautiful Girls, A Pyromaniacs Love Story and Ted Demme’s The Ref.
Davis, a graduate of London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture and the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in Ontario, Canada, also has several television credits including ABC’s "Me and My Shadow" starring Judy Davis and the TNT telepic "A Slight Case of Murder."
As an art director, Davis’ numerous film credits include Nobody’s Fool, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, Gary Sinise’s Of Mice and Men, Regarding Henry, Once Around, Reversal of Fortune and Cocktail.
Costume Designer MARY ZOPHRES’s innovative and distinctive style has garnered her repeat collaborations with noted filmmakers like the Academy Award-winning filmmaking team of Ethan and Joel Cohen (O’ Brother Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski and Fargo), and Peter and Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin and Dumb & Dumber).
Zophres’ other film credits as a costume designer include Terry Zwigoff’s Ghostworld, Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, Thick As Thieves, Paulie, Digging to China, Playing God, Last of the High Kings, Bushwacked and P.C.U.
Zophres, a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in art history, began her career as a wardrobe supervisor on Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July. She quickly made a name for herself and soon was working as the assistant costume designer on such films like City Slickers, This Boy’s Life, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Natural Born Killers to name a few.
Editor RAY HUBLEY previously worked with director Bruno Barreto on the romantic comedy Boss Nova and the hard hitting drama One Tough Cop. Hubley most recently worked on the motion picture Tart. His other film credits include Trouble on the Corner, In The Presence of My Enemies, Bleeding Hearts, Carlito’s Way, Whispers in the Dark and Love or Money. Additional editing crediting include the critically acclaimed Dead Man Walking and Canadian Bacon.
Hubley began his career in 1979 as an assistant editor working on such films as Kramer vs. Kramer, Reds, Brian DePalma’s Scarface and The Untouchables.
Running time: 87 minutes
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