Columbia Pictures is proud to present one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer, SEX TAPE! SEX TAPE is the hilarious story of Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel), a married couple that has long since lost their spark, and decide to find a way to start it up again – by making a sex tape. Hilarity ensues as a technology fail sends their tape up into the mysterious cloud and they struggle to get it back from everyone they know!
Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage.
Columbia Pictures presents in association with MRC and LStar Capital an Escape Artists Production, a film by Jake Kasdan, Sex Tape. Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. Screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller. Story by Kate Angelo. Executive producers are David Householter, Jason Segel, Jake Kasdan, David Bloomfield, and Ben Waisbren. Director of Photography is Tim Suhrstedt, ASC. Production Designer is Jefferson Sage. Edited by Tara Timpone, A.C.E. Costume Designer is Debra McGuire. Music by Michael Andrews. Music Supervision by Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe.
Sex Tape has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for Strong Sexual Content, Nudity, Language, and Some Drug Use. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on July 18, 2014.
ABOUT THE FILM
“Annie and Jay are a married couple who are ten years down the road. They have two kids and they find themselves in that part of the relationship where they’re not doing their best to keep it alive. They have a very happy marriage, but like a lot of couples, there’s just no time to have sex,” says Cameron Diaz, who re-teams with her Bad Teacher co-star, Jason Segel, in the outrageous new R-rated comedy Sex Tape. “So Annie comes up with this idea – let’s make a sex tape. It’ll be exciting, it’ll be fun, and then we’ll erase it.”
“They film it on their iPad to watch once and – theoretically – erase it,” says Segel. “But Jay doesn’t erase it right away. And then there’s a cloud malfunction resulting from Jay’s use of a new app. Now, there are a bunch of people who should not have the sex tape who have the sex tape.”
And so begins a wild night of adventure as Annie and Jay try to return the video to the deleted items bin where it belongs – but in the tension of the chase, the truths of their relationship will come to the fore. “The movie is about the challenges of marriage, and trying to keep it fresh,” Diaz continues. “Losing the sex tape is something that might cost them, but instead it ends up strengthening the relationship – reminding them of the team they’ve always been.”
“Jay and Annie make this slightly questionable decision, but hopefully you understand why they do it,” says Jake Kasdan, who directs the film. “There’s something about Cameron and Jason that makes this relatable – you can identify with them. They’re hugely accessible and charming – and they make marriage look pretty good.”
The idea for Sex Tape began in the offices of producers Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal during a meeting with writer Kate Angelo. After working with Angelo on the film The Back-up Plan, the producers were eager to work with Angelo again, so the writer came in to discuss possible ideas. “We were coming up with ideas, she was coming up with ideas, and then Jason wondered what would happen if an ordinary married couple made a sex tape and they woke up the next day and the tape was missing,” Black remembers. “My mouth literally dropped open, Kate’s mouth dropped open and Jason sat there smiling. We proceeded to stay in my office for hours, riffing on this great concept.”
Rolled up into one idea was a story that could simultaneously be an outrageous sex comedy and also a romantic comedy with a lot of heart. “We knew we had something right away – a married couple very much in love that decides to try something adventurous, and then all hell breaks loose,” continues Blumenthal. “What’s more satisfying than watching a movie about a husband and wife forced on a challenging journey – especially one that involves retrieving their private sex tape – who fall even more deeply in love?”
“What I learned from producing Risky Business in the early 80s,” says producer Steve Tisch, “was that you can’t take the audience for granted – they’re smart, they know what they want. My producing partner at the time, John Avnet, the writer/director Paul Brickman, and I thought, ‘Let’s give this audience something more intelligent with complicated characters and a plot that’s not one dimensional and see how we do.’ I think we’re doing that with Sex Tape.”
Angelo, a veteran writer of such television shows as “Will and Grace” and “Becker,” says, “Writing ‘Sex Tape’ was perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had writing a script, particularly because the idea of making, and then losing, a sex tape is so outrageous and cringe-worthy, it just keeps driving the story forward. The key was grounding the couple and making their marriage relatable. All of the bawdy and raunchy comedy in the film works because if you love this couple and relate them, then you can go anywhere with them.”
“I think everyone who has been married a while and has young children can relate to the feeling that the spark has dimmed a bit (sorry, honey, if you’re reading this),” Angelo continues. “I loved the idea of trying to rekindle that spark with a night of reckless passion, innocently making a sex tape and then waking up to find it missing. The surprise is that it’s the crazy and hilarious journey to track it down that brings them back together. They are finally united and back on the same team.”
Once Angelo had turned in her first draft, the producers knew they’d struck gold. “It’s a really good, sharp idea with a great title, and if we didn’t make it somebody else would,” says Black.
In putting the project together, the producers reunited the Bad Teacher team – stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan. Segel would write a new draft of the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller.
“It was an incredibly funny idea,” says Kasdan. “And a perfect idea for Jason and Cameron, both of whom I just love working with. And it was an opportunity to make a big wild comedy about very real, human things– love and sex and marriage. As soon as Jason and I started kicking it around, I was laughing like crazy and I knew it was something we had to do.”
The comedy also hits home as Jay and Annie’s predicament is set in motion by an increasingly complicated relationship with technology that they only loosely understand. “In the movie, Jay works at a radio station, and each time he gets in a new generation of iPads, he hands off his old iPads with his fantastic playlists on them. Those iPads are connected to each other by the cloud – and that’s where the debacle begins,” Segel explains. “I’m a technology buff, I love technology, but I personally have a big fear of the cloud. No one quite understands it. In this movie, we get to make fun of how we’re becoming a real cloud culture – how we talk as if it were a real thing.”
“The whole technological farce aspect of it was hilarious to me because I feel like I’m constantly screwing that stuff up,” says Kasdan. “I send things to the wrong people, over and over again. I think I’ve deleted something and it’s gone, but then it’s not gone. I text somebody from one device, and then it appears on another device. All of these things that are supposed to make our lives more convenient can sometimes sort of get away from us, and you can get to where you feel like your gadgets are winning. As we were making the movie, we found that people related very closely to this anxiety — a lot of people have had some sort of syncing debacle or texting accident or something.”
Kasdan says that balancing the tone of the comedy was an appealing challenge. “The comedies that I am attracted to can be big and silly and broad in places,” says Kasdan, “the same way life can be big and silly and broad in places. And the funniest stuff to me is always the stuff that feels most true. Ultimately, much of the execution is about the actors who play the parts, and both Jason and Cameron have this deep, inherent honesty to what they do.”
Segel says that the threesome share a shorthand familiarity that made a risky – and risqué – project seem much safer and saner. “I’ve known Jake for fifteen years now—he directed the pilot of ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ so we’ve been friends for a long time. We had a great time on Bad Teacher, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was a no-brainer to reteam the two of us with Cameron,” says Segel. “There’s so much intimate stuff in the movie, that I think the fact that the three of us are so comfortable with each other gave us the opportunity to up the humor. I felt really lucky to be there.”
“I was hoping for the opportunity to work with Jake and Jason again,” says Diaz. “The experience of Bad Teacher was so much fun, but it happened so fast. It was one of those films that had to be done very quickly – there was no time to play. This film was very different, and a very intimate experience for the three of us because of the content and the humor.”
Black says that in the end, that intimacy paid off when Kasdan, Diaz, and Segel shot the scenes of Jay and Annie shooting their tape. “Before we shot the scenes of the making of the sex tape, I was really nervous about it – how much Cameron and Jason would go for it, how much Jake would go for it, how much the studio would go for it,” confides the producer. “It actually kept me up at night, nervous. But Jake directed it beautifully, Cameron and Jason were game for the whole thing; there was no reason to worry. The scene is always focused on what’s funny and what’s appropriate, nothing is gratuitous.”
“Oh my God, it was hilarious,” says Diaz of shooting the scenes. “The most hilarious aspect was that Jake had to be a part of it,” she laughs. “It was not just Jason and me. It was Jason and me and Jake. We had these moments when Jason and I were in bed or in some funny position and we’d look up and see Jake looming over us trying to figure out what the shot was going to be. And we’d ask ‘Hey, Jake, how’s it going?’ So, yes, the funniest part was how the three of us spent those days, with Jason and me half-naked and Jake in there with us, requesting, ‘Can you guys do it faster, faster, slower, a little higher, a little lower?’ Jake had full control of our sexual positions.”
“It was just the three of us, trying to come up with every insane moment we could for a sex tape,” says Kasdan. “I shot most of the actual sex tape myself, with a handheld camera, as opposed to with a crew of a hundred people, so the video has a very homemade, handmade feeling to it. And the two of them were so incredibly free and brave and funny, it sort of knocked me out. Their ideas and their willingness to try any kind of joke… Even as I watch the movie now, there’s stuff in there that I can’t believe actually happened. But it all feels completely truthful, in the most hilarious, horrible way.”
Of course, making a movie is also a technically challenging feat, but the director of photography, Tim Suhrstedt, says that Kasdan had it all under control. “One of Jake’s talents,” notes Suhrstedt, “is his willingness to rehearse a scene, let the actors get comfortable with how they physically move through it, and then make suggestions, adjustments, etc. Once he and the actors are comfortable, the placement and movement of the camera, lens choice and lighting considerations come from that. Since there is rarely, if ever, an ‘overlay’ of some arbitrary stylistic choice, I think the cinematography stays true to the reality of the performance, and, hopefully, helps the comedy of the scene.”
ANNIE AND JAY
Kasdan notes that the roles of Annie and Jay were written expressly for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. “Working with Cameron and Jason on Bad Teacher was one of the great experiences I’ve ever had,” says Kasdan. “And I really wanted to find something else for them – I knew that they were hilarious together and I knew that, in these very different roles, we could pick up where we had left off on the first movie and do something completely new. I had a strong hunch that there would be something kind of spectacular between them, in these characters, and they surpassed all of my hopes and expectations. As actors, they are both hugely supportive teammates that really commit, and as comedians, they’re generous with each other and eager to set each other up to get a laugh. They pitch jokes for each other… And then of course, they’re both just hugely appealing, on their own and together”
Kasdan says that the parts play to each actor’s strength. “Jay is well-meaning, an optimist who loves his wife and kids and has a powerful desire to make things right, but doesn’t always know exactly how to go about that,” he says. “I think Annie is slightly more pragmatic; she’s a mommy blogger and concerned parent who is feeling somewhat remote from her more carefree past.”
“Everybody’s eyes lit up when the idea came to cast Jason and Cameron,” remembers producer Jason Blumenthal. “To me it’s like the pairing of Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. When they come together, magic happens.”
To portray Annie, Cameron Diaz says she embraced her character’s everywoman qualities. “Annie is a mom, she’s a wife—someone for whom everything is about her family,” describes Diaz. “She loves her partnership with her husband and has an adventurous and playful spirit—she’s content with her life and she utilizes her blog as a release. It’s a way of talking about the things that she cares about, to work them out for herself as well as her readers. As Annie expresses on her blog, you always remember what it was like in the beginning of the relationship and wonder how can we get that back. When you’ve been with somebody for a long time it’s hard to keep the physical part of your relationship going – you really have to work at it.”
Diaz says she was never intimidated by the material, because she knew that she would be working with Segel. “Considering that this is a film where we had to be naked with each other, here was a partnership where I could feel so safe and at the same time, completely playful,” she says. “We could laugh and find humor in what we were doing and at the same time tell the story of these two people who really love each other in a real way. We’re not trying to be shocking just for the sake of shocking. Annie and Jay are doing some crazy stuff that they never thought they would ever do, and they’re doing it with somebody they each feel safe with. And that’s how I feel about Jason – he’s just the guy you can do that with.”
“Cameron is really game,” says Segel, “and she’s a student of comedy. One of my pet peeves is people who settle for pleasant instead of funny, and Cameron goes for it every time.”
“Jason is a double threat that we haven’t seen in a long time,” says Blumenthal. “He’s a great actor and a phenomenal writer. A lot of writers lead with the ‘funny’ and that’s it; Jason leads with the character. And he’s an inherently relatable actor — you root for that guy.”
ROBBY AND TESS
After receiving an anonymous, taunting text informing them that their supposedly private video has, in fact, been synced to several devices in the hands of friends, acquaintances, and even possible future bosses, Jay and Annie begin a madcap race against time to reclaim the synced iPads.
Their first stop is the home of their closest friends, Robby and Tess (Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper), who become their accomplices in tracking down the remaining devices.
“The scene when Annie and Jay come over to Robby and Tess’s house to suss out if they know about the sex tape was so much fun to shoot,” says Kemper. “It was a wonderful game that the four of us played, with Annie and Jay reading Robby and Tess’s sheepishness, as if they were trying to hide something. The misunderstanding and awkwardness before the truth comes out was really fun to play.”
“It turns out that this evening is Robby and Tess’s 12th wedding anniversary, so they’re eager to do something besides hang around and watch TV,” continues Corddry. “They are just so intrigued by the whole thing that when they get the opportunity to help out by insinuating themselves in the adventure,” he chuckles, “they are thrilled.”
Of course, Robby finds a way to make the situation even more uncomfortable. “My character is pretty delighted from moment one,” he says. “At first, he has this anticipation – and then he has great admiration for Jay’s endurance and for Annie overall. He becomes a great fan of her work.”
“For me, Robby and Tess were one of the funniest things in the script,” says Kasdan. “I knew that I wanted the two couples to play as people who have spent a lot of time together – there’s a real intimacy between them and they’re comfortable having these really matter-of-fact conversations about this insane sex tape problem. The dynamic between the two couples sets the tone and the sense of reality for the whole movie.”
“I could not have imagined a better pairing,” says Blumenthal. “Tess and Robby are the couple that Annie and Jay love, but that absolutely drives them insane. It’s like ‘I Love Lucy’ – Lucy and Ricky are the main focus, but they are only as good as the Fred and Ethel with whom they interact. That’s what Rob and Ellie deliver here.”
As if it wasn’t mortifying enough to have to face their friends, Jay and Annie also come to realize that their entire future may be at risk. Annie’s pastime – recording her thoughts as a wife and mother on her blog – could be about to hit the big time if the multinational toy company Piper Brothers decides to purchase it. The decision rests with the mild-mannered, family-values CEO, Hank Rosenbaum, who’s supposed to be reviewing the blog this weekend on an iPad that Annie has graciously supplied.
“In their madness, Jay and Annie rush out the door in the hysteria of ‘How do we get this thing back?’” Diaz explains. “They show up on Hank’s doorstep, without any plan or explanation of why they’re there – they just need to find that iPad.”
And Annie and Jay will stop at nothing to find it. “So while Jay is ransacking my house,” says Rob Lowe, who plays Hank, “Hank co-opts Annie into his very surprising and unbelievably bizarre world that no one, including she, would ever see coming—which is why I wanted to play this character, along with the fact that the script made me laugh out loud. I didn’t want to play an uber-smoothie, good-looking CEO charm bomb; that’s been done. Instead, I’d describe Hank as ‘hail fellow well met’ – a Silicon Valley power dweeb with a secret. When he reveals to Annie who he really is and what he’s really about… that moment really made me laugh; it’s everything I look for in a part.”
“Hank could have been a more brash and aggressive character, but Rob did something unexpected and made him into this upbeat, spirited guy with a really complex life who and is, ah, dealing with some issues,” says Diaz. “He has a buoyancy that Annie understands and is drawn to—they have an amazing night together.”
“Rob is just hilarious in this movie,” says Kasdan. “He saw a way into the part that was just inspired. He plays Hank as an inspirational CEO type, a guy whose entire presentation is designed to impress shareholders. He speaks very eloquently about the values and mission of his very wholesome, All-American company – a family brand– and he tries to project that image himself. And he’s in the process of deciding whether or not to buy Annie’s mommy blog. So, he’s not the guy you want to have your sex tape.”
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Behind the scenes, Jake Kasdan reunited with two key collaborators – production designer Jefferson Sage and costume designer Debra McGuire, both of whom have collaborated with Kasdan on several feature films and on the television show “Freaks and Geeks.” They were joined by Tim Suhrstedt, the film’s director of photography.
Sage says that the entire production team was committed to creating a very real world that would serve as a backdrop for the big, madcap comedy adventure. “The world around the characters can’t be anything but real – you have to allow the audience to discover what’s funny through the characters, who they are and what happens to them.”
As a result, for the most part, Sage played it straight. “The sets are very character driven. My interest is getting the sets right for the characters and not to try to be funny because what happens to them is what’s going to be funny. In fact, the look of the sets may not be all that very different from how they would appear if this had been a drama about a similar family.”
Of course, there’s one huge exception – Hank Rosenbaum. The Piper Brothers CEO lives in an enormous L.A. mansion, and his home is decorated in a way that reveals some of his very unusual personality. “The screenplay initially described a ‘Lion King’ painting, with Hank as the baboon, presenting Simba to the other animals. But Jake loved the idea of expanding it, so it became a series of four different paintings: Hank as Geppetto creating Pinocchio at his work bench, Hank as a dwarf being kissed by Snow White, Hank as Peter Pan flying above London. We hired several artists to build the backgrounds and another special artist to develop the face of Rob in the paintings.”
Even finding Hank’s house was a challenge. The film was shot in Boston, but takes place in Los Angeles. “Where in Boston would we find a Los Angeles-style CEO’s mansion?” Sage wondered. “Ultimately we stumbled onto one in the wealthy western suburb of Weston – it was somebody’s Italian Mediterranean California fantasy. It had a beautiful neutral pallet of warm marbles and stones and space – we thought of it as a kind of labyrinth that Jay would get lost in as he’s searching for the iPad. You really needed to feel that throughout his long search and being chased by the dog he would not encounter any other people. In fact, the first time we scouted the place I found myself completely turned around. ‘Just how many rooms are in this place?’”
Ultimately, the set Sage found one of the most interesting to design was the living room in Jay and Annie’s home – which would be the setting of their sex tape. “I began to think of it almost as a boxing ring – it wasn’t meant to be confrontational, but it had to be an open space that you could get all the way around. So, we wanted a big sectional sofa, and it took a long time to find just the right one. We wanted tons of cushions that could go everywhere – they could be on the floor, they could be up. The big, angled shape had to look good from above, in case Jake wanted to shoot down. And that informed the choice of a Saltillo tile pattern in the floor, which gives us a nice gridded line. It’s a flexible place – as the evening progresses, they can pull the sofa to pieces, the room gets disheveled, and it devolves into the scenes in the aftermath of the sex tape.”
For the costumes, the director turned to costume designer Debra McGuire, who, in her work on “Freaks and Geeks,” not only worked with Kasdan but, of course, a young Jason Segel as well. “I worked with Jason on ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and he was a boy!” she says. “More projects followed, and his characters were always boyish, in T-shirts and jeans. Sex Tape is so great for him because he plays a man with a wife and kids. It’s the first time I think Jason’s been depicted as a ‘grown-up’ in collared shirts! He is physically fit and very tall and thin, so the clothes look amazing…and so does he! So handsome!”
It was interesting for McGuire to dress Rob Lowe as Hank Rosenbaum, not just because of the clothes but also because of what was under the clothes. “That was the coolest thing for me, because underneath he had those funny tattoos, which said even more about his character,” says McGuire. “The challenge for us was to make him look very normal until the reveal. It was just fantastic.”
“With a comedy you’re always supporting the humor and never distracting from it,” says McGuire. “Jake wants reality – not a heightened reality, but a ‘real’ reality. Real people who get themselves in a very complicated situation that the ‘everyman’ can relate to. As a designer, I don’t want my designs to be ordinary, unless that’s what the character requires. It was essential that it be that way so that there was never a distraction from what the movie about.”
“Debra and I have been working together for 15 years now and we have a really great collaboration and also a shorthand,” says Kasdan. “It’s really important to me what the characters look like, and Debra has a great sense of character and knows what values I’m interested in and what I’m likely to respond to. ”
ABOUT THE CAST
CAMERON DIAZ (Annie) made her feature film debut at age 21, captivating moviegoers as femme fatale Tina Carlisle in The Mask. She has since starred in more films that have grossed more than $100 million internationally than any other actress. She went on to star in such independent films as The Last Supper, Feeling Minnesota, opposite Keanu Reeves, and Edward Burns’s She’s the One.
In 1996, Diaz was named ShoWest’s Female Star of Tomorrow by the National Association of Theatre Owners and she starred opposite Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett in My Best Friend’s Wedding, which would go on to become one of the biggest hits of that year. In Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary, Diaz starred opposite Ewan McGregor, before taking on the title role of the hilarious comedy There’s Something About Mary. Following writer/director Peter Berg’s dark comedy, Very Bad Things, Diaz received critical raves for her performance in Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, opposite John Cusack, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich and was nominated for a Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the British Academy of Film (BAFTA) Award.
Her career continued to soar with Sony Pictures’ film version of the iconic 70’s television series, Charlie’s Angels, opposite Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. The film broke the domestic box office records and the sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, was released in 2003 and grossed over $250 million worldwide. She first provided the voice of Princess Fiona in DreamWorks’ worldwide animated hit Shrek and its three sequels, which have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
Diaz co-starred in Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, earning nominations for the Golden Globe Award, an AFI Award and a SAG Award, in addition to being selected as Best Supporting Actress by the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Chicago Film Critics Association. She starred in the sexy comedy, The Sweetest Thing, with Christina Applegate and Selma Blair and was nominated for another Golden Globe® for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award®-nominated Gangs of New York, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson.
Her films also include In Her Shoes, opposite Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine for director Curtis Hansen; The Holiday, opposite Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black; What Happens in Vegas, opposite Ashton Kutcher; My Sister’s Keeper, directed by Nick Cassavetes and the sci-fi thriller The Box. She reunited with Cruise in 2010 for the action-packed Knight and Day, which grossed over $260 million worldwide. In 2011, she appeared in another worldwide box office hit, Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen, which brought in over $227 million worldwide and would dominate the box office once again with the dark comedy Bad Teacher, directed by Jake Kasdan, her 17th movie to cross the $100 million mark worldwide. She appeared in the ensemble comedy, What to Expect When You Are Expecting and starred opposite Colin Firth and Alan Rickman in the remake of the crime caper Gambit, written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.
In 2013, she appeared in Ridley Scott’s ensemble drama The Counselor, alongside Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Most recently, she starred with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in the worldwide hit comedy, The Other Woman, and appears next in Sony Pictures’ modern day retelling of the classic Broadway musical, Annie.
Over the course of 2004 and early 2005, Diaz took on a worldwide adventure with MTV for a 10-episode series, entitled “Trippin.’” In 2014, Diaz added author to her list of accomplishments with the publication of the New York Times Bestseller, The Body Book. Diaz is Artistic Director for the luxury brand of shoes and accessories, Pour La Victoire, and is currently an international brand ambassador for TAG Heuer,
Prior to Sex Tape, JASON SEGEL (Jay) and Cameron Diaz previously starred together in director Jake Kasdan’s Bad Teacher, which made over $200 million worldwide.
Segel recently wrapped production on James Ponsoldt’s dramatic biopic The End of the Tour, in which he stars as writer David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg. The film recounts magazine reporter David Lipsky’s (Eisenberg’s) travels and conversations with Wallace during a promotional book tour.
Segel landed his first major leading role as Peter in Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall which he also wrote. The film was released in 2008 by Universal Pictures and made over $100 million worldwide. Segel wrote a Dracula musical performed by puppets, which was a personal idea and passion he incorporated into the film, emboldening him to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie. He, along with Stoller, signed on with Disney to write and for Segel to star in The Muppets, which made over $150 million worldwide. Additionally, the film won an Academy Award® in 2012 for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet,” written by Bret McKenzie and performed by Segel.
Segel also collaborated with Stoller in 2010 to write and co-produce the film Get Him to the Greek, where Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reunited as co-stars in a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film grossed over $90 million worldwide and won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Comedy.
Segel recently starred in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 starring opposite Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann for Universal Pictures. The film is an original comedy that expands on the story of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) from Knocked Up, as we see firsthand how they are dealing with their current state of life. Knocked Up grossed over $300 million worldwide and was recognized by the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy, was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Films of the Year. Additionally, This Is 40 was nominated for a 2013 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie.
Segel’s other film credits include The Five-Year Engagement, I Love You, Man, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Gulliver’s Travels, Despicable Me, Slackers, The New Jersey Turnpikes, S.L.C. Punk, Can’t Hardly Wait, and Dead Man on Campus, among others.
On television, Segel starred as Marshall opposite Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris on the CBS hit comedy series “How I Met Your Mother.” During the show’s nine season run, it was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Show: Comedy. He also starred in Judd Apatow’s Emmy® nominated television series “Freaks and Geeks” for NBC as well as Apatow’s “Undeclared” for FOX.
In addition to his work in television and film, Segel will make his debut as an author with his young-adult trilogy Nightmares!, published by Random House and co-written by Kirsten Miller. The first installment of the series will be released on September 9th.
ROB CORDDRY (Robby) made his debut on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in the spring of 2002 and quickly became one of the most popular correspondents to emerge from the groundbreaking talk show. After his ending his run in the fall of 2006, he has reprised his role in guest appearances scattered through the years since.
Continuing also to write and create his own comedic content, Corddry launched “Children’s Hospital” for Adult Swim which is currently shooting its sixth season. The show won two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs in 2012 and 2013. Corddry also created the show “Newsreaders,” which is heading into its second season, also for Adult Swim.
Corddry’s feature credits include Old School, Hot Tub Time Machine, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Butter, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. In 2013, Corddry was seen in Pain and Gain, Warm Bodies, In a World…, Hell Baby, Rapture-Palooza and The Way Way Back. He recently wrapped production on a lead role Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
ELLIE KEMPER (Tess) portrayed Erin Hannon on the last five seasons of NBC’s series “The Office.” This coming season, she will star in NBC’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” written and produced by Tina Fey & Robert Carlock. She will next be seen in the Lionsgate comedy They Came Together, directed by David Wain and starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, as well as Lynn Shelton’s film Laggies alongside Keira Knightley. Kemper first gained attention with her one-woman show, “Feeling Sad/Mad,” at the UCB Theater. She co-starred in Bridesmaids (Universal) and has also appeared in 21 Jump Street (Sony), Identity Thief (Universal) and Somewhere (Focus Features).
ROB LOWE (Hank Rosenbaum) was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he began his acting career in local television and theater at the age of eight. After his family relocated to Los Angeles, Lowe began his national acting career starring in the ABC television series “A New Kind of Family.” Today, Lowe’s charismatic talent and palpable success have radiated far beyond the realm of television.
In 2013, the telepic “Killing Kennedy” gave audiences the chance to see Lowe star as the iconic President John F. Kennedy, alongside Ginnifer Goodwin (as first lady Jackie) in National Geographic’s adaptation of the best-selling novel “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly.
Lowe recently appeared in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” as Dr. Jack Startz, which aired in May 2013. The film, a winner of eleven Emmy Awards including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Jerry Weintraub.
In addition, Lowe also starred in the Lifetime movie “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” as Casey Anthony’s prosecutor, Jeff Ashton. Additionally, Lowe starred as the lead in the political thriller Knife Fight, which was released this past January.
In January 2012, Lowe was seen in “The Drew Peterson Story” portraying the title character, accused of killing his wife. The Lifetime movie shattered records with its ratings.
In spring of 2011, Lowe added author to his credits with the release of his memoir, Stories I Only Tell my Friends. Complete with adolescent anecdotes, Lowe shares astoundingly personal excerpts as he recalls his encounters, experiences, and the audition that changed his life forever. The book was an instant hit, spending consecutive weeks in the top four of The New York Times best sellers, and made it onto GQ’s Best of 2011 book list. Lowe’s follow up, Love Life, was released earlier this year by Simon and Schuster.
In May 2010, Lowe joined the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” where he plays the role of Chris Traeger, an auditor who seeks to dig Pawnee, Indiana’s department of Parks and Recreation, out of its financial abyss. His recent television work also includes a three-episode appearance on Showtime’s “Californication,” in which Lowe plays unpredictable, megawatt movie star Eddie Nero.
Preceding his move to “Parks and Recreation,” Lowe starred in the ABC-TV hit series “Brothers & Sisters” from 2007 – 2010. In 2009, Lowe also starred opposite Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, and Tina Fey in Warner Bros.’ The Invention of Lying.
In 2006, Lowe starred in the hit satire Thank You for Smoking. His hilarious portrayal of a kimono-wearing, Zen-like Hollywood agent garnered him rave reviews. That same year, Lowe completed shooting the psychological drama Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak for Lionsgate Films. At the end of 2006, Lowe starred in the TNT movie “A Perfect Day.”
Additionally, for four seasons (from 1999 – 2003), Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn on hit NBC drama “The West Wing.” During that course of time, the show won a record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. His performance in the show garnered Lowe an Emmy nomination, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild award, winning twice.
In addition to his outstanding work in television and film, Lowe has also achieved distinguished success in theatre. In September of 2005, Lowe made his West End debut starring in Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men,” receiving fervent reviews at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London. Additional theatre credits include the Broadway production of “Little Hotel on the Side” and “Three Sisters” with Lowe playing Tuzenbach.
Lowe’s feature film debut came in 1983 when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The Outsiders, a remarkable adaptation to the 1967 novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton. He went on to star in other popular dramas such as St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night and Bad Influence, as well as the blockbuster comedies Wayne’s World and Tommy Boy. After Wayne’s World, Lowe re-teamed with Myers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Additional film credits include A View from the Top, Class, The Hotel New Hampshire, Oxford Blues, Youngblood, Square Dance, Masquerade and Mulholland Falls. He has also been successful with highly-rated television miniseries such as “Beach Girls” for Lifetime, “Salem’s Lot” for TNT, “The Christmas Shoes” for CBS and “The Stand” for ABC.
Lowe’s pervasive passion and talent in front of the camera transcends even further with his accredited role as producer, writer and director. In 1994, he produced and starred in the film Frank and Jesse for Trimark Pictures. For television Lowe produced the NBC series “The Lyon’s Den” and the CBS series “Dr. Vegas.” He also wrote and directed the short film “Desert’s Edge,” which debuted at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. The film subsequently aired on Showtime in 1997.
Lowe, his wife, and their two sons currently reside in California.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
JAKE KASDAN (Director/Executive Producer) made his feature film debut in 1998 as writer and director of Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. The following year, he directed the pilot episode for the short-lived, highly acclaimed television series “Freaks and Geeks,” on which he also served as a producer. He later directed the pilot for the series “Undeclared.”
Kasdan’s directing credits include Orange County, starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black; The TV Set (which Kasdan also wrote and produced), starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver; Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (which Kasdan co-wrote and co-produced with Judd Apatow), starring John C. Reilly, and most recently, Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake.
In recent years, Kasdan has been busy in television as well, directing the pilot episode of the Fox comedy “New Girl,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, and on which series he continues to serve as an executive producer. He also directed the pilot episode of the Fox comedy “Ben and Kate,” (on which he also served as an executive producer) and is an Executive Producer of the upcoming ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat”.
He resides in Los Angeles.
Sex Tape marks KATE ANGELO’s (Story by/Screenplay by) second collaboration with Escape Artists producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. Her first feature, The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez, was produced for CBS Films by Escape Artists.
On the television side, Angelo was most recently under an overall deal at ABC Studios where she developed her pilot “Looking for Happy” with Brillstein Entertainment producing and Julie Bowen attached to star. Previously she has worked on such shows as “What About Brian” (Supervising Producer), “Will & Grace” (Producer), “The Bernie Mac Show” (Producer) and “Becker” (Executive Story Editor).
JASON SEGEL (Screenplay by/Executive Producer/Jay) Please see above biography.
Filmmaker NICHOLAS STOLLER’s (Screenplay by) work is smart and clever; he is a director, writer and producer whose comedy is so real that the characters could be your friends and neighbors. Stoller’s most recent film as a director, Neighbors, a comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne for Universal Pictures, which was released in May and has since taken in more than $100 million domestically. Stoller also recently wrote the screenplay for and executive produced Muppets Most Wanted, the sequel to the popular 2011 film, which was released by Disney earlier this year and took in over $50 million domestically. Stoller previously teamed with Jason Segel to write and executive produce the The Muppets for Disney, directed by James Bobin. The critically-acclaimed film, starred Segel and Amy Adams, and received an Academy Award® for Best Original Song, and won the Critics Choice Award in the same category. To date, The Muppets has grossed over $158 million worldwide at the box office.
Stoller directed and co-wrote The Five-Year Engagement with collaborator and star Jason Segel, which Universal released in April of 2012. The film, which Stoller produced alongside Rodney Rothman and Apatow Productions, tells the story of the ups and downs of a man’s five-year engagement with his fiancée, played by Emily Blunt.
Stoller made his directorial debut with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a comedy starring Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader and Russell Brand. The film was produced by Apatow Productions and grossed over $105 million worldwide. Stoller went on to make Get Him To The Greek, which he wrote, directed and produced. Jonah Hill and Russell Brand reprise their Forgetting Sarah Marshall roles as Hill’s character struggles to escort rock star Aldous Snow (Brand) from London to Los Angeles for a comeback tour that begins at the Greek Theater. Universal released the film in June 2010.
Additionally, Stoller also wrote the smash hit Yes Man, which starred Jim Carrey as a man who turns his life around by saying “yes” to every opportunity as well as the modern re-imagining of Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black and Emily Blunt, released in December 2010 from Fox.
Born in Dallas and raised in Los Angeles, TODD BLACK (Producer) attended the theatre program at the University of Southern California. He began his entertainment career as a casting associate. In 1995, Black became President of Motion Picture Production at Sony’s Mandalay Entertainment and managed such films as Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Les Miserables and Wild Things.
In January 2001, Black, along with his partner, Jason Blumenthal, merged with the Steve Tisch Company to form Escape Artists, an independently financed company housed at Sony Pictures. Their first produced movie was A Knight’s Tale, starring Heath Ledger.
Black’s feature film credits include The Pursuit Of Happyness and Seven Pounds, both starring Will Smith; The Taking Of Pelham 123, directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta; Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Alex Proyas; and Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama) for the Denzel Washington-directed The Great Debaters. In addition, Black was honored with the Producer Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award for The Great Debaters and for his 2002 film, Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington’s directorial debut. His upcoming project The Equalizer, reuniting Denzel Washington and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, hits theaters in September.
Escape Artists is currently in production on Unfinished Business, starring Vince Vaughn.
JASON BLUMENTHAL (Producer) was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Crossroads School for the Arts and attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. After graduation, Blumenthal joined Wizan/Black Films in 1990. There, he was involved with the development and production of Iron Eagle II, Split Decisions, The Guardian, Short Time, Class Act, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, Dunston Checks In, A Family Thing, and Bio Dome. They also executive produced Becoming Colette and Fire in the Sky.
Blumenthal was Senior Vice President of Feature Production at Mandalay Entertainment from the company’s inception in 1995 through March of 1998. During his tenure as Senior Vice President, he managed Mandalay’s production slate which included such films as The Fan, Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Les Miserables, Wild Things, Gloria, and The Deep End of the Ocean. One of Mandalay’s biggest box office successes was I Know What You Did Last Summer, which went on to be #1 at the box office for three weeks and grossed more than $130 million worldwide, spawning the sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
In April 1998, Blumenthal and his partner Todd Black formed Black & Blu Entertainment and entered into a first look production deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 2001, Black & Blu merged with the Steve Tisch Co. (producers of Forrest Gump) to become Escape Artists while still maintaining their first look deal at Sony Pictures. Escape Artists has since produced A Knight’s Tale, starring Heath Ledger, and Antwone Fisher, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, which was released through Fox Searchlight. Before the success of The Pursuit of Happyness, which went on to gross more than $300 million worldwide, they produced The Weather Man directed by Gore Verbisnki and starring Nic Cage and Michael Caine. Escape Artists also released the Alex Proyas thriller Knowing starring Nic Cage, Seven Pounds starring Will Smith, and The Taking of Pelham 123 directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Among Escape Artists’ more recent films is Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Their upcoming project The Equalizer, reuniting Denzel Washington and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, hits theaters in 2014. Escape Artists is currently in production on Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn.
STEVE TISCH (Producer) is a partner at Escape Artists Productions and is the Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Football Giants, the only person with both an Academy Award® and a Super Bowl ring. Tisch won a Best Picture Oscar® as a producer of Forrest Gump in 1994, and has received two Super Bowl rings as Chairman of the Giants, who won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Tisch is one of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry. Three decades ago he produced the sleeper hit, Risky Business, helping launch Tom Cruise’s career. His more recent credits with Escape Artists include The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Seven Pounds, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs. His next project, The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, will be released in September. Currently in production is Unfinished Business, directed by Ken Scott and starring Vince Vaughn.
Tisch has been involved with the New York Giants since his father, Preston Robert Tisch, purchased 50 percent of the franchise in 1991. In 2005, Steve was named Executive Vice President, and with the passing of his father, he assumed the additional title of Chairman. Steve worked closely with John Mara, President & CEO of the Giants, on the planning and construction of MetLife Stadium, which was completed in the spring of 2010 and ranked as the number one grossing stadium in the world in 2012. Tisch and Mara were named Best NFL Owners by Forbes in 2011. Steve also helped win the successful bid to bring Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium in February 2014.
Tisch has long been a leader in the philanthropic sector and generously contributes his time and resources to a variety of organizations including The Epilepsy Foundation, Women’s Cancer Research Foundation and The Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is on the Board of Trustees of The Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, The Sundance Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Cancer Center at Duke University. He is the naming benefactor of the new sports and fitness center at his alma mater, Tufts University.
DAVID HOUSEHOLTER (Executive Producer) produced Bad Teacher as well as She’s Out of My League. He was an Executive Producer on the comedy hits Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Other Guys, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Householter also Co-Produced Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Elf.
DAVID BLOOMFIELD (Executive Producer) has been with Escape Artists for over 12 years and was recently named a partner at the company.
Bloomfield has executive produced a number of Escape Artists films, including the upcoming The Equalizer for Columbia, starring Denzel Washington, Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith, The Back-up Plan, starring Jennifer Lopez and Knowing with Nicolas Cage.
Bloomfield is currently executive producing the Escape Artists film Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn for New Regency, and the upcoming Ends of the Earth starring Jennifer Lawrence for The Weinstein Company.
Bloomfield also co-executive produced Jason Reitman’s first feature Thank You for Smoking for producer David Sacks. Prior to joining Escape Artists in 2000, Bloomfield was a Senior Vice President at Spelling Entertainment.
Bloomfield started his career as an attorney for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law.
BEN WAISBREN (Executive Producer) is Chairman and President of LSC Film Corporation, which co-finances major motion pictures with Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. He is also an attorney with the international law firm of Winston & Strawn, where he advises clients in the U.S. and Europe in the media & entertainment and finance sectors. His clients include independent production and distribution companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks and commercial banks.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Waisbren was a managing director and head of investment banking restructuring at Salomon Brothers in New York, following a legal career at a large Chicago law firm, Lord, Bissell & Brook, where he led a national bankruptcy litigation practice.
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn in early 2013, Mr. Waisbren was the President of Continental Entertainment Capital LP, a direct subsidiary of Citigroup, with operations in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. Before that, he was a managing director of a global hedge fund company, Stark Investments, where he was a co-portfolio manager in the fixed income and private equity areas, and responsible for investments in the feature film industry, and the formation of the firm’s structured finance fund and a related, branded middle market leveraged lender, Freeport Financial.
Mr. Waisbren served as a member of the Board of Directors of France’s Wild Bunch, S.A., a pan-European motion picture production, distribution and sales company, from 2005 until 2009, in connection with private equity investments that he managed.
He was Executive Producer of Warner Bros. Pictures’ 300; Blood Diamond; V for Vendetta; Nancy Drew; The Good German; Poseidon; and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In addition, he was Executive Producer of the following independent studio releases: Cassandra’s Dream; First Born; Next; Bangkok Dangerous; and Gardener of Eden. He served as an executive producer of Columbia Pictures’ 22 Jump Street, as well as the upcoming films The Equalizer, among others for the studio.
TIM SUHRSTEDT, ASC’s (Director of Photography) wide range of films vary from classic studio projects like The Wedding Singer, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Clockstoppers, to critically acclaimed independents like Little Miss Sunshine, Office Space and Idiocracy (both for director Mike Judge), Mystic Pizza, and Noises Off.
Some of Suhrstedt’s other credits include Max Mayer’s As Cool As I Am starring Claire Danes, as well as re-teaming with Director Mike Judge on Extract starring Jason Bateman and Kristin Wiig.
Suhrstedt’s experience on the small screen has been very rewarding too. Shooting pilots has allowed him to create the entire look for such hit shows as “New Girl” and “Chicago Hope,” which garnered him a Best Cinematography Award at the Emmy Awards, as well as a nomination for Best Cinematography from his peers at the ASC Awards that same year. Suhrstedt most recently shot director Sam Raimi’s pilot “Rake,” starring Greg Kinnear.
Suhrstedt also shot Paradise, Diablo Cody’s feature directorial debut, and Better Living through Chemistry, starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde. His most recent projects are Jim Wilson’s 50 to 1, based on the true story of the horse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby as a 50-to-1 longshot, and Warner Bros.’ Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.
JEFFERSON SAGE (Production Designer) has worked in the film and television worlds for over 25 years, first as an art director on such projects as Donnie Brasco, Analyze This, Blink and One True Thing, and later moving into a career as a Production Designer, starting with the cult hit TV series “Freaks and Geeks.” It was on this show that Sage first worked with director Jake Kasdan.
His television credits include the series “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Undeclared” in addition to numerous pilots and specials. Sage’s film work was most recently featured in the 2013 comedy hit The Heat, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, for director Paul Feig; Sage and Feig had previously collaborated on Bridesmaids. Other recent feature credits include This is 40 and Funny People for director Judd Apatow, as well as the film Paul, for director Greg Mottola. In addition, Sage designed Year One, directed by Harold Ramis.
Sage’s work on Sex Tape represents his fourth opportunity to work with director Jake Kasdan; Sage previously served as the production designer on Kasdan’s films Bad Teacher, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The TV Set.
Sage obtained a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and continued with graduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning an MFA degree in Set and Lighting Design for the stage. Sage started his career as a Set and Lighting Designer for stage, opera, dance, and industrials, before moving into Art Direction and Production Design for television and feature film.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
TARA TIMPONE, A.C.E. (Editor) is a top film editor who has cut such hits as Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, starring John C. Reilly, The TV Set starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver, and Orange County starring Colin Hanks and Jack Black, all as part of her long collaboration with director Jake Kasdan. Timpone’s other credits include the critically acclaimed indie Friends With Kids, Barefoot, Slackers and Keeping Up With The Steins as well as co-editing Raising Helen and Georgia Rule for director Garry Marshall. She also recently cut the hit pilot ”Reign” for CBS and director Brad Silberling.
Timpone was born and raised in New York City and attended New York University’s School of the Arts. At NYU she was instantly drawn to editing. After graduation she started as an assistant editor on features such as Body Double, Wise Guys and The Untouchables, for director Brian De Palma and her Academy Award winning mentor Jerry Greenberg. She moved to LA in 1990 where she continued working as an assistant editor on such films as Rising Sun for director Philip Kaufman and Mr. Holland’s Opus, for director Stephen Herek. Her first film as an editor was Zero Effect for Jake Kasdan starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller.
Among DEBRA McGUIRE’s (Costume Designer) many accomplishments as a fine artist, fashion designer, and costume designer, she is best known for her 10 year run on the hit show “Friends” and for designing many of David Mamet’s film and theatre projects, including the much talked about “Phil Spector,” starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, which was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards this year, including a nomination for McGuire for Best Costume Design.
McGuire has also designed many of Judd Apatow’s film and television projects. Her upcoming projects include the third Season of “New Girl” for Fox and two feature films: Sony Pictures’ Kitchen Sink and Big Stone Gap, a period film starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson, based on the bestselling novel by Adrianna Trigiani).
Passionate about the theatre, she began designing costumes for a dance theatre company in Paris in the early 80s. In 2007, she won the NAACP Award for Best Costume Design for “Atlanta” at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2006, she was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Costume Design for “Boston Marriage” at the Geffen Playhouse.
McGuire is primarily a fine artist with a career that began as a painter, working and teaching in her Bay Area studio. She became an instructor at colleges and universities in Northern California, a jewelry and accessories designer in New York, a fashion designer, fashion consultant, couturier (with a store in Pacific Palisades for ten years), and costume designer. She has been speaking at galleries and art colleges on the east coast. Last fall, she spoke in New York City at Pratt Institute on “The Refinement of Process: Visual Journey of the Artist as Costume Designer.”