Paul Giamatti

as Barney

With a diverse roster of finely etched, award–winning and critically acclaimed performances, Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

Giamatti recently wrapped the film Ironclad, in which he portrays ‘King John’ in the year 1215 as he tried to gain control of Rochester Castle from the Knights of Templar. And Win–Win, a film written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Tom McCarthy, in which he portrays ‘Mike Flaherty’, a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. He was recently seen in a trio of films: Cold Souls, which Giamatti also Executive Produced through his production company Touchy Feely Films; Duplicity directed by Academy Award® Winner Tony Gilroy and starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts; and The Last Station, the story of famed Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, opposite Helen Mirren and James McAvoy.

In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy® Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO 7 Part Emmy® Award Winning Mini–Series John Adams. Directed by Emmy® Award Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award–winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

In 2006, Giamatti’s performance in Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man earned him a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

For his role in Alexander Payne’s critically–lauded Sideways, Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s American Splendor.

Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas’ hit comedy Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits also includes David Dobkin’s Fred Claus, Shoot Em’ Up opposite Clive Owen, Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini’s The Nanny Diaries, M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger, Milos Forman’s Man on the Moon, Julian Goldberger’s The Hawk is Dying, Tim Robbins’ The Cradle Will Rock, F. Gary Gray’s The Negotiator, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco, Todd Solondz’ Storytelling, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, the animated film Robots and Big Momma’s House, co–starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley’s Confidence and John Woo’s Paycheck.

As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in Kevin Spacey’s Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include The Three Sisters directed by Scott Elliot; Racing Demon directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off–Broadway in the ensemble cast of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Al Pacino.

For television, Giamatti appeared in The Pentagon Papers with James Spader, HBO’s Winchell opposite Stanley Tucci and Jane Anderson’s If These Walls Could Talk 2. He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.

Dustin Hoffman

as Izzy

A two–time Academy Award®–winner and seven–time nominee whose arrival in Hollywood helped usher in a new and revitalized approach to filmmaking, Dustin Hoffman continues to add singular performances to a career rich with characters that have obliterated the line previously dividing the archetypes of “character actor” and “leading man.”

Hoffman caught the world’s attention for his role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichol’s Academy Award®–nominated film, The Graduate. Since then, he has been nominated for six more Academy Awards® for diverse films such as Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Tootsie (a film he also produced through his company, Punch Productions), and Wag the Dog. Hoffman won the Academy Award® in 1979 for his role in Kramer vs. Kramer and again in 1988 for Rain Man. In 1997, he was awarded the Golden Globe’s esteemed Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Hoffman is currently in production on David Milch and Michael Mann’s horse racing drama Luck, for HBO.

Hoffman last starred in Last Chance Harvey, a love story set in London, written and directed by Joel Hopkins, and co–starring Emma Thompson. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category for his role.

Recently, Hoffman lent his voice to the box office hit, Kung Fu Panda. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Animated Feature Film of the Year and Hoffman received the Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production. He will continue voicing the character of Shifu in the upcoming Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom.

Other film credits include: The Tale of Despereaux, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Stranger Than Fiction, Perfume, Meet the Fockers, Finding Neverland, I Heart Huckabee’s, The Lost City, Racing Stripes, Runaway Jury, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha, Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Mad City, Hero, Sleepers, Sphere, American Buffalo, Hook, and Outbreak.

Other film credits include: The Tale of Despereaux, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Stranger Than Fiction, Perfume, Meet the Fockers, Finding Neverland, I Heart Huckabee’s, The Lost City, Racing Stripes, Runaway Jury, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillon, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Straight Time, Agatha, Ishtar, Dick Tracy, Billy Bathgate, Mad City, Hero, Sleepers, Sphere, American Buffalo, Hook, and Outbreak.

As a producer, Hoffman produced Tony Goldwyn’s feature film A Walk on the Moon starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. He executive produced The Devil’s Arithmetic starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy, which won two Emmy® Awards.

Hoffman was born in Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica Community College. He later studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before moving to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

Hoffman serves as the chair of the Artistic Advisory Board for the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage Theater, which opened on September 20, 2008. This intimate 499–seat state–of–the–art theater provides a much–needed performance facility for Santa Monica College and the surrounding community.

Hoffman was recently awarded the Honorary César Medal at the 2009 César Awards.

Rosamund Pike

as Miriam

Rosamund Pike began her career at the age of 16 when she discovered her love of the stage while starring as ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet. After starring in many other stage productions such as

The Taming of the Shrew and The Libertine, she found herself starring in her first BBC production, Wives and Daughers opposite Michael Gambon. She received such critical acclaim for her performance that her film career immediately took off.

Pike then starred in the MGM/James Bond film, Die Another Day, opposite Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan. After Bond, Pike returned to the London stage starring in the Royal Court Theatre production of Hitchcock Blonde, directed by Terry Johnson. Due to its enormous success, the play eventually moved to the Lyric Theater in the West End.

In 2004, she began work on Laurence Dunmore’s film version of The Libertine, opposite Johnny Depp. She portrayed Elizabeth Malet, wife to Depp’s Earl of Rochester. The film also starred John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. Pike was rewarded for her extraordinary performance in this film with a 2005 British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor/Actress.

Pike then starred alongside Kiera Knightley, Brenda Blethyn and Judi Dench in the Focus Features film adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright. Pike earned rave reviews as well as a 2006 London Film Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of “Jane Bennett.”

In 2007, Pike was seen opposite Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins in the New Line legal thriller, Fracture, directed by Gregory Hoblit. She also starred in the Jeremy Podeswa directed independent film, Fugitive Pieces, which opened the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. She then starred in the independent film, Devil You Know, directed by James Oakley and co–starring Lena Olin.

Pike returned to the theater, starring at the Old Vic Theater in Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian thriller Gaslight, directed by Peter Gill. She followed that performance by starring in the independent film, An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig, which was well received at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. After completing An Education, Pike starred in the Disney film, Surrogates, opposite Bruce Willis and then segued to another independent film, Burning Palms, directed by Christopher Landon (who previously wrote Disturbia), about 5 vignettes of life in Los Angeles.

In 2009, Pike starred in The Wyndham Theater’s production of Madame de Sade, opposite Dame Judi Dench. Shortly after completing this production, she began pre–production on the independent film, Made in Dagenham, opposite Sally Hawkins and directed by Nigel Cole.

2010 has been an incredibly busy year for Ms. Pike. She began the year by starring as the title role of the UK touring production of “Hedda Gabler” for which she received rave reviews for her performance. Immediately following the final performance, Pike traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to star in the BBC movie, Women in Love and then onto Vancouver to star alongside Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin in the Fox 2000 film, The Big Year, directed by David Frankel.

Minnie Driver

as 2nd Mrs. “P”

Audiences may not know where Minnie Driver’s next character calls home, but they can be sure that no matter where it is, British–born Driver will make her authentic. Minnie Driver first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike in 1995 for her critically acclaimed performance in Circle of Friends, in which she starred with Chris O’Donnell. She went on to earn Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild nominations, both in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Miramax’s award–winning feature, Good Will Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sent. In 1998 she was honored with ShoWest’s prestigious Female Star of Tomorrow for her work.

Her film career is not only filled with characters from all over the world, but representing a diversity of choices in both the independent and major film worlds. Among her critically acclaimed performances are the films Take, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank; Return to Me, opposite David Duchovny; the feature of Oscar Wilde’s, An Ideal Husband; provided the voice of “Jane” in Walt Disney’s, Tarzan; High Heels and Low Lifes; The Governess; Beautiful (which she produced with her sister, Kate for their production company, Two Drivers); Big Night; Ella Enchanted; and Sleepers; the only female alongside Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Barry Levinson.

Driver appeared as the unforgettable, “Dahlia Molloy” on the critically acclaimed FX television series, The Riches. An audience favorite, Driver received an Emmy® and Golden Globe nomination for her role. She also made several guest appearances on NBC’s Will & Grace, as “Lorraine Finster,” a critic and fan darling. She recently completed a five–part thriller set thousands of feet below the arctic ice in the BBC’s, The Deep.

Driver, a singer before she became an actress, lent her vocals to the original title track, “Learn to be Lonely,” written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, for the 1995 film version of his Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. The song, which played over the end credits, was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award® in the “Best Original Song” category. Driver made an indelible impression as “Carlotta,” the reigning Italian opera house diva, and received critical praise for her performance including a nomination by the Critics Circle in the Best British Actress in a Supporting Role category.

Driver released her debut album, Everything in My Pocket in 2004. Driver toured with the Finn Brothers in the UK and headlined her own sold–out tour in the US. In 2007, Driver’s second album, Seastories, was released. The album features performances from Ryan Adams and his band “The Cardinals,” as well as indie queen Liz Phair.

On stage, Driver appeared at London’s Comedy Theatre with Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The play held the record for the largest box-office advance for a West End show at that time. Other theatrical productions include: The Comedy of Errors, The Married Man, School for Scandal and Camino Real.

Among Driver’s charitable causes is OXFAM, for which she is a spokesperson. In 2004, she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand for the international aid agency, to draw attention to the exploitation of the poverty stricken workforce in the garment industry. She is also active on behalf of the environment and animal well–being.

Rachelle LeFevre

as Clara

Rachelle Lefevre is heading for a breakthrough year co–starring in three high–profile independent films. Lefevre first appears in BARNEY’S VERSION opposite Paul Giamatti. The film, adapted from the novel by acclaimed author Mordecai Richler, recounts the story of Barney (Giamatti), who is forever altered by the three women he marries over the course of his life. Lefevre stars as Clara, the young, troubled feminist poet who becomes his first wife. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman and Rosamund Pike. The film made its debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Also premiering at TIFF was Casino Jack. Lefevre stars in the ATO Pictures’ drama opposite Kevin Spacey and Barry Pepper. Based on the true story of disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Casino Jack focuses on what is largely considered to be the biggest scandal to hit Washington, D.C. since Watergate. Lefevre stars as Emily Miller, Tom DeLay’s former press secretary, jilted fiancée of Abramoff’s partner Michael Scanlon and widely believed to be the original FBI source on the scandal. The film also stars Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz (select cities December 2010, January 2011 wide).

Lefevre also stars in the upcoming psychological thriller The Caller opposite Stephen Moyer. In The Caller, Lefevre’s character Mary Kee is a woman trying to regain her strength after an abusive relationship and becomes tormented by mysterious phone calls from the past.

In 2011, Lefevre will star in the new ABC series Off the Map. Created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), Off the Map is a medical drama that takes place in a small town in the South American jungle which has one severely understaffed and under–stocked medical clinic. Lefevre’s character Ryan Clark is among one of the young doctors that staff the medical clinic. She is courageous and outspoken but harbors a mysterious past which comes to light as stories unfold.

In 2009, she starred in the record–breaking hit New Moon (the sequel to international blockbuster Twilight and based on the second book in the best selling series by Stephanie Meyer). Lefevre reprised her Twilight role as Victoria, the ruthless, flame-haired vampire seeking revenge against Kristen Stewart’s heroine, Bella.

Lefevre’s other film credits include the risqué comedy American Summer opposite Matthew Lillard and Tom Arnold and an emotional drama Fugitive Pieces. In American Summer, she starred as Laura, the straight talking escort who becomes a madam for the summer. In a very different turn, Lefevre starred in Fugitive Pieces, adapted from the internationally best–selling novel by Anne Michaels. In the film Lefevre plays Naomi, a young, spirited, Jewish wife whose marriage is severely impacted by wounds left after the Holocaust.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Lefevre moved to Los Angeles when she landed the female lead in the FOX comedy series Life on a Stick. Her other television credits include the CBS series Swingtown in which Lefevre played Melinda, an ambitious stock exchange runner fighting for a place in the male dominated 70’s workplace. She also recurred on the critically acclaimed series Boston Legal as Jerry’s love interest Dana Strickland, a role David E. Kelley wrote specifically for her. Lefevre has also starred in the CBC/BBC produced mini–series The Summit, a political thriller revolving around a terrorist threat at a G8 Summit, ABC’s What About Brian and the legal drama The Deep End.

As an avid animal rights activist, Lefevre is the national spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society and works with Puppies Aren’t Products. She is also passionately involved with the literacy organization “School on Wheels” and is an Ambassador for the Cure with The Susan G Komen Foundation.

She greatly enjoys rock climbing, horseback riding, and scuba diving. During her free time, she often fulfills her great passion for traveling. When not shooting Off the Map in Hawaii, Lefevre resides in Los Angeles with her best friend and dog Jack.

Scott Speedman

as Boogie

Scott Speedman most recently starred in Atom Egoyan’s film Adoration. Prior to that, he starred opposite Liv Tyler in Universal/Rogue’s box-office smash The Strangers, and IFC Films’ Anamorph, starring opposite Willem Dafoe for director Henry Miller.

His other film credits include Allan Moyle’s Weirdsville; Len Wiseman’s Underworld: Evolution, starring opposite Kate Beckinsale; Ron Shelton’s Dark Blue, opposite Kurt Russell; Isabel Coixet’s My Life Without Me, opposite Sarah Polley, for which he won Best Actor at the Bordeaux International Film Festival; Tony Piccirillo’s The 24th Day, opposite James Marsden; Bruce Paltrow’s Duets, co–starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Maria Bello; Lee Tamahori’s xXx: State of the Union; and Gary Burns’ Kitchen Party.

His first film was the short feature Can I Get a Witness?, directed by Kris Lefcoe. The film was developed at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, which was founded by Norman Jewison, and was screened at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival. Speedman then began studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York before landing the role of Ben Covington in the popular WB Network drama Felicity, which had a successful four-season run. He made his stage debut in 2000 during his summer hiatus from Felicity, performing the lead in the Edward Albee play The Zoo Story at the Equity Theatre in Toronto.

He next stars in Good Neighbours opposite Jay Baruchel for director Jacob Tierney.

Bruce Greenwood

as Blair

Bruce Greenwood recently appeared opposite Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the comedy Dinner for Schmucks for director Jay Roach of Meet the Parents, and Meet the Fockers fame for Paramount.

This summer he was also seen in Mao’s Last Dancer for director Bruce Beresford. The film is based on the bestselling memoir of dancer Li Cunxin who was taken from his poor Chinese village at age 12 by delegates of Madame Mao, brought to Texas during a cultural exchange and ends up falling in love and defecting. Greenwood plays Ben Stevenson, artistic director of the Houston Ballet, who was his mentor. The film premiered as a Special Presentation at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the summer of 2010.

Greenwood is also featured in Meek’s Cutoff with Michelle Williams for director Kelly Reichardt, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The Jon Raymond screenplay was inspired by historical accounts of Stephen Meek (Greenwood) and the Tetherow Wagon Train of 1845 and chronicles an exhausted group of travelers hoping to strike it rich out west.

In 2009, Bruce Greenwood was seen in the Paramount Pictures blockbuster Star Trek as Captain Christopher Pike opposite, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Eric Bana for director J.J. Abrams; in the holiday movie A Dog Named Christmas, based on the Greg Kincaid novel opposite Noel Fisher and Linda Emond; and also in his dual role in the unconventional biopic of legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan I’m Not There opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Gere for writer/director Todd Haynes, which earned the Independent Spirit Awards inaugural Robert Altman Award.

In 2007, Greenwood appeared in the Walt Disney action thriller National Treasure: Book of Secrets as the President of the United States opposite Nicolas Cage.

He is well known for his outstanding portrayal of President John F. Kennedy negotiating the Cuban Missile Crisis and its fallout in the riveting drama Thirteen Days, opposite Kevin Costner and Steven Culp. The film earned Greenwood a Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2006 he appeared in the thriller Déjá Vu for director Tony Scott alongside Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. That same year he played opposite Paul Walker in the Disney adventure Eight Below, based on the true story of the rescue of a pack of arctic sled dogs.

In 2005 he starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote’s partner, writer Jack Dunphy, in Capote. That performance earned him a Screen Actors Guild Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. That same year he played Kentucky horse trainer Nolan Walsh in the live–action/animated family film Racing Stripes.

In 2004 he appeared opposite Will Smith in the sci–fi box office hit I, Robot in which he played a ruthless CEO of U.S. Robotics who was suspected of murder. That same year he played the dashing paramour of an aging actress (Annette Bening) in the critically–praised Being Julia. That role earned him a Genie Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1999 he starred opposite Ashley Judd as a murderous plotting spouse in the suspense thriller Double Jeopardy, which earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Favorite Supporting Actor.

He has worked three times with acclaimed Canadian director Atom Egoyan. He had a lead role in Exotica as a tax inspector obsessed with a stripper. The film was screened In Competition at Cannes and named Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also starred in the drama The Sweet Hereafter playing a father of two children killed in a tragic bus accident. The film earned the Jury Grand Prize at Cannes and swept the Genie Awards including Best Motion Picture and also earned him a Genie Award nomination for Best Actor. Additionally he starred in the drama Ararat.

Greenwood’s other film credits include Firehouse Dog, Hollywood Homicide, The World’s Fastest Indian, Eight Below, Rules of Engagement, Here on Earth, The Lost Son, Thick as Thieves, Disturbing Behavior, Passenger 57 and Wild Orchid.

Greenwood also enjoys a diverse and successful career in television. In 2007 he was the lead in the HBO series John from Cincinnati and played opposite Rebecca De Mornay as Mitch Yost, the patriarch of a dysfunctional California surfing family.

Earlier in his career he was a regular as Dr. Seth Griffith on the award–winning series St. Elsewhere. He also appeared on the critically–acclaimed Larry Sanders Show, the nighttime drama Knots Landing and starred in the cult series Nowhere Man as a documentary photographer who has his whole existence erased.

He also starred in the remake of the The Magnificent Ambersons, as well as several movies–of–the week presentations, including The Riverman, for A&E and Saving Millie for CBS.

Bruce and his wife Susan divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Macha Grenon

as Solange

Macha Grenon is one of Quebec’s most beloved actresses.

Although successful on television, it is on the big screen that Macha Grenon has truly made her mark, with parts in popular films in both French and English. In 2007, she made a triumphant return to the cinema with L’Age des Ténèbres, following up such films as Familia, Daniel et les Superdogs and The Secret. Her film credits also include Café Olé, L’Homme idéal, La Conciergerie and Louis 19. In 2009 she played the lead role of “Mimi Mathieu” in L’Enfant prodige and in 2010 she will appear as “Marion” in The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom.

On television, she delivered notable performances in series such as Le Coeur a ses raisons, Lance et Compte, Mon meilleur ennemi, Juliette Pomerleau, Scoop and l’Or du temps. Her popularity twice earned her the MétroStar people’s choice award for best lead actress (1993 and 1995), along with Gémeaux nominations in 1999 and 2002 and a Genie nomination in 1998, for both leading and supporting roles.

Macha Grenon is also the author of Charlotte porte bonheur, treasured by its young readers.