The Cast List
Gertrude Stein....KATHY BATES
Salvador Dali.....ADRIEN BRODY
Museum Guide......CARLA BRUNI
F. Scott Fitzgerald...TOM HIDDLESTON
Zelda Fitzgerald......ALISON PILL
Ernest Hemingway......COREY STOLL
KATHY BATES (Gertrude Stein) has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen and television. She won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® for her portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 hit MISERY, based on Stephen King's novel. In 1999, she received Oscar®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Mike Nichols' PRIMARY COLORS. Bates more recently earned her third Oscar® nomination for her role in Alexander Payne's ABOUT SCHMIDT, for which she also garnered Golden Globe® and SAG Award nominations and won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her film work has also been recognized with Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations for Jon Avnet's FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, and she also shared in a SAG Award® nomination with the ensemble cast of James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic.
Bates currently stars as Harriet 'Harry' Korn in the hit NBC television drama Harry's Law, written and executive produced by David E. Kelley.
Bates' long list of film credits includes VALENTINE'S DAY, THE BLIND SIDE, CHÉRI, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, PERSONAL EFFECTS P.S. I LOVE YOU, FRED CLAUS, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, LITTLE BLACK BOOK, DRAGONFLY, AMERICAN OUTLAWS, THE WATERBOY, THE WAR AT HOME, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, A HOME OF OUR OWN, PRELUDE TO A KISS, SHADOWS AND FOG, AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD, DICK TRACY, MEN DON'T LEAVE, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, STRAIGHT TIME, and TAKING OFF. She lent her voice to Jerry Seinfeld's animated comedy BEE MOVIE, as well as CHARLOTTE'S WEB and THE GOLDEN COMPASS, Her upcoming films include A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN and WEDLOCKED.
On television, in addition to her current projects, Bates appeared in the FX miniseries Alice, playing the Queen of Hearts, for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance. She won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award® and earned an Emmy Award nomination for the 1996 HBO film The Late Shift. Her television honors also include Emmy, Golden Globe® and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in the musical Annie; another SAG Award® nomination for her role in the telefilm My Sister's Keeper; and four additional Emmy Award nominations for her work on the projects 3rd Rock from the Sun, Six Feet Under, Warm Springs, and Ambulance Girl, which she also directed.
Bates has also been honored for her work behind the camera as a director. She helmed the A&E telefilm Dash and Lilly, starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, which earned nine Emmy nominations, including one for Bates as Best Director. She also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, earning a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled Twilight. Her directing credits also include episodes of such series as Oz, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Street.
Bates first gained the attention of critics and audiences on the New York stage. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in the original Broadway production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "'night, Mother. "She has been honored with Obie Awards for her performance as Frankie in the original off-Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" as well as for her portrayal of Elsa Barlow in Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca," which Kathy also starred in when filmed.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002.
ADRIEN BRODY (Salvador Dali) won the Academy Award® for Best Actor for his portrayal of real-life Holocaust survivor Wladislaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST. He is to date the youngest person to have won the Oscar® in that category. His performance also earned him Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics, and nominations for Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards. He was also bestowed with the César Award, France's equivalent of the Oscar®, the only non-French citizen to do so.
He recently has completed the following films awaiting release: HIGH SCHOOL, WRECKED, and DETACHMENT.
Brody was born and raised in New York City, where he studied drama at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He first came to prominence when he played a leading role in Steven Soderbergh's KING OF THE HILL, and for starring performances in two features for director Eric Bross: TEN BENNY and RESTAURANT. The latter earned Brody an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
He has worked with some of the most prominent film directors in the industry: Roman Polanski (THE PIANIST), Peter Jackson (KING KONG), Ken Loach (BREAD AND ROSES), Wes Anderson (THE DARJEELING LIMITED), Barry Levinson (LIBERTY HEIGHTS), Spike Lee (SUMMER OF SAM), and Terrence Malick (THE THIN RED LINE).
Some other films in his filmography include HARRISON'S FLOWERS, LOVE THE HARD WAY, THE JACKET, HOLLYWOODLAND, CADILLAC RECORDS, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, SPLICE, and PREDATORS.
Born in Turin, Italy, CARLA BRUNI (Museum Guide) moved to France as a child with her family. At nineteen, she began an international career as a model, which lasted for twelve years. In 2000, she started a career as a musician and released her first album in 2002, Quelqu'un m'a dit which featured her original songs, followed by a second, No Promises, in 2007, composed of poetry set to her music.
On February 2nd, 2008, she married the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy. Later that year, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy became a Global Ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS, on behalf of the Global Fund, UNICEF and UNAIDS. In 2009, she created The Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation, which aims to encourage access to culture, education and knowledge for disadvantaged people. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has continued recording after her marriage, releasing her third album, Comme si de rien n'était, in 2008.
Academy Award®-winner MARION COTILLARD (Adriana) is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role.
Recently, Cotillard was seen in Chris Nolan's INCEPTION, an original sci-fi action film that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. In the film, Cotillard stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, portraying his wife, 'Mal.' The film's cast also includes Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe and Tom Hardy.
Currently, in the UK, Cotillard can be seen co-starring in Guillaume Canet's LITTLE WHITE LIES, which he also co-wrote. The film follows a successful restaurant owner and his eco-friendly wife who stage a grand vacation for friends at their beach house. The vacation leads to a moment when the mood sobers as characters begin to confess their innermost concerns. The film was released in France in October 2010 and was one of the country's highest grossing films of all time.
This fall, Cotillard will be seen in Steven Soderbergh's CONTAGION opposite Jude Law, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet. The action-drama is centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. Warner Bros. is releasing the film on October 21, 2011.
In 2008, Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The praise came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in the film LA VIE EN ROSE. Of her performance, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden wrote, Cotillard gives "the most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another I've ever encountered in film." For her role, Cotillard also received a Best Actress BAFTA, Golden Globe® and César Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Award nomination. In addition, she was named Best Actress by critics organizations worldwide, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the London Film Critics Circle.
Cotillard's credits include the successful French TAXI film series, written by Luc Besson; Yann Samuell's LOVE ME IF YOU DARE; and Tim Burton's BIG FISH. She garnered her first César Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT. Following that, she went on to star in Ridley Scott's A GOOD YEAR; Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES; and Rob Marshall's NINE, the screen adaptation of the hit musical. Her performance in the film brought her Golden Globe® and Critics' Choice Award nominations, and she also shared in a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance.
In 2010, Cotillard was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Born in Paris, Cotillard studied drama at Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orléans.
RACHEL McADAMS (Inez) is one of the great young actresses of today. Her breakout role as Regina George in 2004's hit film, MEAN GIRLS was just the beginning for this Canadian native. McAdams followed this auspicious bow with a star turn opposite Ryan Gosling in New Line Cinema's THE NOTEBOOK, directed by Nick Cassavetes further exampling her versatility as an actress. In 2005, she joined Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Christopher Walken to star in New Line's WEDDING CRASHERS. The film made more than $250 million at the domestic box office. She next tackled DreamWorks' thriller RED EYE, directed by Wes Craven and co-starring Cillian Murphy. McAdams followed this with the holiday drama, THE FAMILY STONE, starring Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes.
McAdams then explored the independent film world with MARRIED LIFE, starring with Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. The film, directed by Ira Sachs, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, and was released the following year. She next starred with Tim Robbins and Michael Pena in the Neil Burger directed film, THE LUCKY ONES. She was then seen in New Line's THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, opposite Eric Bana, a romance based on the best-selling novel about a Chicago librarian, Henry (Bana) and his artist wife, Clare (McAdams).
McAdams next starred opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's international blockbuster, SHERLOCK HOLMES, for Warner Brothers. McAdams plays Irene Adler, a spirited character who holds her own opposite the charming but cagey Holmes.
Recently, McAdams starred in the romantic comedy, MORNING GLORY, alongside Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, playing a TV producer who's looking to revive a failing morning show. She recently finished filming the romantic drama, THE VOW, starring alongside Channing Tatum and directed by Michael Sucsy. Currently, Rachel is working on the Untitled Terrence Malick Project alongside Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, and Javier Bardem.
Born and raised in a small town outside of London, Ontario, McAdams became involved with acting as a teenager. She went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University.
In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest's "Supporting Actress of the Year" Award as well as the "Breakthrough Actress of the Year" at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest's "Female Star of the Year."
MICHAEL SHEEN (Paul) is recognized as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actors and is equally accomplished on stage and screen. Sheen currently stars as Tony Blair in the HBO film, The Special Relationship, the final installment of the Peter Morgan penned and award winning trilogy; The Deal and the Academy Award® nominated The Queen marked the beginning of the trilogy. Sheen's diverse oeuvre includes leading roles in the Lakeshore Entertainment franchise features, UNDERWORLD and UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, Tom Hooper's THE DAMNED UNITED, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and NEW MOON.
Sheen's American feature film credits include Ridley Scott's THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, Ed Zwick's BLOOD DIAMOND, LAWS OF ATTRACTION with Pierce Brosnan, THE MUSIC WITHIN, and Shekhar Kapur's THE FOUR FEATHERS.
Sheen has also received critical acclaim for his work in Britain for his leading roles in FANTABULOSA, HEARTLANDS, DIRTY FILTHY LOVE, and BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. Memorably, Sheen starred as David Frost in FROST/NIXON, the hit West End and Broadway play, as well as the Academy Award® nominated Universal feature, directed by Ron Howard. Sheen can currently be seen in Disney's blockbuster remake, TRON: LEGACY.
One of contemporary cinema's most successful actors, OWEN WILSON (Gil) has won great acclaim for his memorable turns in mainstream and independent films. He most recently starred in James L. Brooks' romantic comedy How Do You Know, with Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon, and LITTLE FOCKERS, the third installment of the blockbuster FOCKERS series, opposite Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. Upcoming is David Frankel's THE BIG YEAR, opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black and Anjelica Huston.
Wilson will soon voice the role of Lightning McQueen in Disney's CARS 2, scheduled for a summer 2011 release, reprising his character from the Academy Award®-nominated CARS. He recently voiced the title role of MARMADUKE, and is also lending his voice to the animated comedy turkeys, alongside Woody Harrelson and Luke Wilson, currently in production.
Wilson's string of box office successes include the recent MARLEY & ME, with Jennifer Aniston, based on the popular memoir by John Grogan; NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and the sequel NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, opposite Robin Williams and Ben Stiller; the smash hit comedy WEDDING CRASHERS, opposite Vince Vaughn and his MIDNIGHT IN PARIS co-star Rachel McAdams; and the romantic comedy YOU, ME AND DUPREE.
Wilson starred opposite Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson's critically acclaimed film THE DARJEELING LIMITED, about brothers taking a spiritual journey through India to rekindle their bond. Wilson has collaborated with director Anderson six times, including THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU, co-starring Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston; THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, for which he and Anderson were nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay; RUSHMORE, which Wilson co-wrote and co-executive produced; and Anderson's debut, BOTTLE ROCKET which Wilson starred in and co-wrote. Wilson also lent his voice to Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX.
Wilson's additional acting credits include STARSKY & HUTCH, ZOOLANDER, DRILLBIT TAYLOR, THE WENDELL BAKER STORY, SHANGHAI NOON, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, I SPY, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, ARMAGEDDON, THE MINUS MAN and THE CABLE GUY. He also served as associate producer on the Oscar®-winning film AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
NINA ARIANDA (Carol) became one of the most talked about and sought after actors in New York, after her astonishing Off-Broadway debut last year in David Ives's "Venus in Fur," opposite Wes Bentley. She won a Clarence Derwent Award (presented by the Actors Equity Association) for "Most Promising Female Performer" and a Theater World Award for "Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance of the Season." She was also nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Arianda followed the success of the play with roles in Vera Farmiga's HIGHER GROUND, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and upcoming, Tom McCarthy's WIN WIN, and Brett Ratner's TOWER HEIST.
Arianda will make her Broadway debut this spring in the Broadway revival of Garson Kanin's classic comedy "Born Yesterday," playing Billie Dawn, the showgirl mistress of corrupt businessman Harry Block, played by Jim Belushi.
KURT FULLER (John) is best known for his work in the WAYNE'S WORLD with Mike Myers, and ANGER MANAGEMENT, with Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, although others may know him best as the Speedo-wearing sheriff in SCARY MOVIE. Fuller has worked with Hollywood's best directors including Paul Schrader, Ridley Scott, Wim Wenders, Taylor Hackford, Mike Newell, Harold Ramis, Brian DePalma and Ivan Reitman. His numerous film credits include AUTO FOCUS, RAY, PUSHING TIN, THE JACK BULL, GHOSTBUSTERS II, MR. WOODCOCK, SUPERHERO, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, and upcoming, David O. Russell's film NAILED.
Fuller, who has guest starred and had recurring roles on over a hundred TV shows and telefilms, is currently starring on the hit ABC series, Better With You. He previously starred opposite Wendie Malick in the ABC series Big Day, and played Karl Rove on That's My Bush, the TV series from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Last year, Fuller had recurring characters on both Supernatural and Psych, and in the past has had arcs on Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, and Alias. His other TV appearances include HBO's Live From Baghdad, Glee, Ugly Betty, CSI, Men of a Certain Age, Grey's Anatomy, House, My Name is Earl, Monk, and Drop Dead Diva.
TOM HIDDLESTON (F. Scott Fitzgerald) is a British theatre actor, who quickly became acclaimed for his theatre performances soon after his graduation from Cambridge and RADA. Hiddleston was nominated twice in the category of Best Newcomer at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards for "Cymbeline" and "Othello" and won the category for his performance in "Cymbeline." His other theatre credits include "The Changeling" and "Ivanov."
In 2005, Hiddleston made his film debut in Joanna Hogg's UNRELATED, which went on to win the FIPRESCI International Critics' Award, among other prizes. In 2009, Hiddleston played the lead role in Hogg's second film, ARCHIPELAGO. Upcoming for Hiddleston are roles in Branagh's THOR, Steven Spielberg's WAR HORSE and Terence Davies' THE DEEP BLUE SEA, opposite Rachel Weisz.
Hiddleston's TV credits include Nicholas Nickleby, Conspiracy, starring Kenneth Branagh, the Winston Churchill biopic The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, Miss Austen Regrets, and Cranford, opposite Judi Dench. In 2008, Hiddleston rejoined Kenneth Branagh on the TV series Wallander, based on Henning Mankell's detective novels.
MIMI KENNEDY (Helen) is an acclaimed actress working in theater, film and television. TV audiences around the world know her as Abby O'Neill Finkelstein, Dharma's hippie mother from the ABC sitcom Dharma and Greg. She was a regular on a dozen other series, including Homefront, Savannah, The Two of Us, and Stockard Channing in Just Friends. Kennedy was recently seen in Todd Philips' raucous comedy DUE DATE, and as U.S. Asst. Secretary of State Karen Clarke in Armando Iannucci's acclaimed IN THE LOOP. Her other notable film credits include Jonathan Kaplan's IMMEDIATE FAMILY, Alan Moyle's PUMP UP THE VOLUME, Steven Soderbergh's ERIN BROCKOVICH, Michael Schroeder's MAN IN THE CHAIR.
Kennedy made her Broadway debut as Jan in "Grease." She appeared at the Mark Taper Forum as Jules Feiffer's sister in his semi-autobiographical play "Grown-Ups," and starred as columnist Ann Landers in David Rambo's one-woman play, "The Lady with all the Answers," at Pasadena Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse. She replaced Gilda Radner in "The National Lampoon Show," and was foiled, by Helen Reddy, from parodying "I Am Woman" on the debut episode of Saturday Night Live, as recounted in books about the show's history. Instead, Kennedy made her TV debut playing in the musical-variety miniseries 3 Girls 3, which also launched the careers of Debbie Allen and Ellen Foley. Behind the cameras, Kennedy was Story Editor for the ninth season of Knots Landing, and published a mid-life memoir, "Taken to the Stage: The Education of an Actress" in 1996. She debuted her one-woman show, "Waking Matilda," about suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage at Auburn Public Theater and is shopping a novel about three American debutantes coming of age in the late 20th century.
ALISON PILL (Zelda Fitzgerald) most recently starred on Broadway in "The Miracle Worker" and "Mauritius," and in the Off-Broadway hits "This Wide Night," Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty,", and "Blackbird," for which she received Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations. Pill was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" and for a Lucille Lortel Award for "On the Mountain." She won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble in the U.S. premiere of "The Distance from Here" and starred in an Off-Broadway run of "None of the Above."
Her films include SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, MILK, DAN IN REAL LIFE, DEAR WENDY, CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, PIECES OF APRIL, and, upcoming, GOON. She was recently seen on television in The Pillars of the Earth and In Treatment.
LÉA SEYDOUX (Gabrielle) is an award-winning young French actress who is gaining worldwide attention for her roles in a series of high-profile international films, including Quentin Tarantino's INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD (as Isabelle d'Aquitaine) and upcoming, Brad Bird's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, with Tom Cruise.
Born in Paris, Seydoux grew up in Paris and Dakar, Senegal, where her mother still lives. After studying acting for a year at Theatre des Enfants Terribles in Paris, and with Corine Blue, she was cast in 2006 in Catherine Breillat's Vielle Maîtresse, followed by Jean-Pierre Mocky's 13 French Street, and Nicolas Klotz's short film, La Consolation, which was shown at Cannes in 2007. In 2008, she starred in Des Poupées et des Ange, and then with Guillaume Depardieu in Bertrand Bonello's ON WAR. For her role in Christophe Honoré's La belle Personne, Seydoux won the 2009 Chopard Award for "Best Upcoming Actress" and was nominated for a Cesar for "Most Promising Actress." Following that, she made Sébastien Lifshitz's Plein Sud, Jessica Hausner's Lourdes, the short film section of Louis Garrel's Petit Tailleur, and Rebecca Zlotowski's Belle Épine. Upcoming films for Seydoux include Djamshed Usmonov's Le roman de ma femme, and Amos Gitai's Roses à crédiT.
COREY STOLL (Ernest Hemingway) has been acting steadily in theater, film and television since graduating from NYU's Masters Program in 2003. Best known as Detective Jarusalski in the new Dick Wolf drama "Law & Order: Los Angeles," Corey first came to the attention of theater audiences in New York and Los Angeles in Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" opposite Viola Davis. Stoll's other theater credits include the Broadway revival of "View from The Bridge" opposite Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of "Three Sisters," directed by John Doyle; and creating the title role in Michael Weller's new play "Beast."
Stoll's film credits include includes the Philip Noyce's SALT, opposite Angelina Jolie, Paul McGuigan's PUSH and LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, Niki Caro's NORTH COUNTRY, and John Krasinski's directing debut BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, based on David Foster Wallace's book. Stoll has also made numerous guest appearances on television.