JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE as Johnny and AMY ADAMS as Mickey in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Keith Bernstein.
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Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Opened: 09/21/2012 Wide
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Genre: Sports Drama
Rated: PG-13 for for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking.
Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven"), Oscar® nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter," "Doubt," "Junebug"), and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network," "Friends with Benefits") star in "Trouble with the Curve," which marks the feature film directorial debut of Eastwood's longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz.
Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus--who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat--refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.
He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game.
Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries--revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.
Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer's booth...and has eyes for Mickey. The main cast also includes John Goodman as Gus's old friend and boss, Pete Klein, and Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson, the Braves' associate director of scouting.
Lorenz directed the film from a screenplay by Randy Brown. The film is produced by Eastwood, Lorenz and Michele Weisler, with Tim Moore serving as executive producer.
The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by Academy Award®-nominated director of photography Tom Stern ("The Changeling"); Academy Award®-nominated production designer James J. Murakami, ("The Changeling"); editor Gary D. Roach and Oscar®-winning editor Joel Cox ("Unforgiven"); and costume designer Deborah Hopper. The music was composed by Oscar®-nominated composer Marco Beltrami ("The Hurt Locker").
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Malpaso production, "Trouble with the Curve." The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
About the Cast
CLINT EASTWOOD (Gus/Producer) has been honored for his work as a director, producer and actor, including four Oscars® for his work as a director and producer on "Million Dollar Baby" and "Unforgiven."
Eastwood recently directed and produced the biographical drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. In 2010, He directed the drama "Hereafter," which was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, and received Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film.
The year before, Eastwood directed and produced the historical drama "Invictus," starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, who both received Oscar® nominations for their performances. Eastwood also won a National Board of Review Award and earned Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Director. Also in 2009, he starred in directed and produced the widely acclaimed drama "Gran Torino." Eastwood won a Best Actor Award from the National Board of Review for his performance as Walt Kowalski, marking his first film role since "Million Dollar Baby."
He previously directed and produced "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie in the true-life drama about an infamous 1928 kidnapping case. The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or and won a Special Award when it premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It also received three Oscar® nominations, including Best Actress for Jolie, and Eastwood garnered BAFTA Award and London Film Critics Award nominations for Best Director, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for the Best Original Score.
Eastwood earned dual Academy Award® nominations, in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture, for his acclaimed 2006 World War II drama "Letters from Iwo Jima." In addition, the film won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and also received Best Picture awards from a number of film critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Board of Review. "Letters from Iwo Jima" was the companion film to Eastwood's widely praised drama "Flags of Our Fathers," about the American men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima in the famed photograph.
In 2005, Eastwood won Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director for "Million Dollar Baby," also earning a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the film. In addition, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman won Oscars®, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, and the film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Eastwood also won his third Best Director Golden Globe, as well as a nomination for the film's score.
Eastwood's critically acclaimed drama "Mystic River" debuted at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, earning him a Palme d'Or nomination and the Golden Coach Award. "Mystic River" went on to earn six Academy Award® nominations, including two for Eastwood for Best Picture and Best Director. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars® in the categories of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, while the film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Eastwood also gained another Golden Globe nomination.
A decade earlier, Eastwood won his first Oscars® for his foreboding, revisionist Western "Unforgiven," which received a total of nine Academy Award® nominations. Eastwood took home Oscars® for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor. The film also won in the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editor. Additionally, Eastwood won a Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won Best Picture honors from several critics groups.
Eastwood's films have also been honored internationally by critics and at film festivals, including Cannes, where he served as the president of the jury in 1994. He has garnered Palme d'Or nominations for "White Hunter Black Heart" in 1990; "Bird," which also won the award for Best Actor and an award for its soundtrack at the 1988 festival; and "Pale Rider" in 1985. He also won his first Best Director Golden Globe Award for "Bird."
In addition, Eastwood has directed and starred in such films as "Blood Work," "Space Cowboys," "True Crime," "Absolute Power," "The Bridges of Madison County," "The Rookie," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Sudden Impact," "Honkytonk Man," "Firefox," "Bronco Billy," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "The Eiger Sanction," "High Plains Drifter," and "Play Misty for Me," which marked his directorial debut.
Eastwood first came to fame as an actor, first on television and then in such legendary movie Westerns as "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Hang 'Em High," and "Two Mules for Sister Sara." His film acting work also includes "Kelly's Heroes"; "Escape from Alcatraz"; the successful "Dirty Harry" actioners; the comedies "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Any Which Way You Can"; and the thriller "In the Line of Fire."
Over the course of his career, Eastwood has received many lifetime achievement honors, including the Motion Picture Academy's Irving Thalberg Memorial Award and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award. He has also garnered tributes from the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the French Film Society, the National Board of Review, the Henry Mancini Institute (Hank Award for distinguished service to American music), the Hamburg Film Festival (Douglas Sirk Award), and the Venice Film Festival (Career Golden Lion).
He is also the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor; awards from the American Cinema Editors and the Publicists Guild; an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University; and five People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actor. In 1991, Eastwood was Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society's Man of the Year and, in 1992, he received the California Governor's Award for the Arts. He recently received two more significant honors for his contributions to film: the Prix Lumiere at the inaugural Grand Lyon Film Festival; and the Commandeur de la Legion d'honneur, presented by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
AMY ADAMS (Mickey) is a three-time Academy Award® nominee, whose impressive body of work ranges from major studio hits to acclaimed independent features.
Following "Trouble with the Curve," she stars this fall in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1950s-set drama "The Master." Adams also stars as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's much-anticipated action adventure "Man of Steel," which brings Superman back to the big screen in June 2013. Among her other upcoming films, she stars in an as-yet-untitled near-future film for director Spike Jonze; the comedy-drama "Lullaby"; and a political drama to be directed by David O. Russell. In addition, she is set to produce and star in "Object of Beauty," based on the book by Steve Martin.
On the stage, Adams starred this summer in "Into the Woods," a presentation of Shakespeare in the Park, at the Delacorte Theater.
Adams earned her first Oscar® nomination for her performance in the 2005 indie film "Junebug." In addition, she garnered a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award, as well as a number of critics group awards for her work in that film.
She received her second Academy Award® nomination for her role in John Patrick Shanley's 2008 thought-provoking drama "Doubt," in which she starred with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Adams' performance in the film as the conflicted Sister James also brought her Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and SAG Award® nominations
Last year, Adams was honored with her most recent Oscar® nod for her work in David O. Russell's true-life drama "The Fighter," in which she starred with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. For her portrayal of the tougher-than-she-looks bartender, Charlene, she was also recognized with Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations.
Her recent film credits also include the family hit "The Muppets"; the romantic comedy "Leap Year"; the comedy "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," with Ben Stiller; and Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia," playing real-life blogger Julie Powell, with Meryl Streep portraying legendary chef Julia Child.
In 2007, she delighted moviegoers in Kevin Lima's musical hit "Enchanted," earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical for her performance as the displaced, would-be fairy tale princess, Giselle. Adams had first caught the attention of critics and audiences when she co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg's fact-based drama "Catch Me If You Can."
Her additional film credits include "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"; "Sunshine Cleaning," opposite Emily Blunt; Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War," with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts; and Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," with Will Ferrell.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (Johnny) is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning entertainer whose talents have garnered him critical acclaim in music, television and film.
His 2010 performance as the enigmatic entrepreneur Sean Parker in David Fincher's Oscar®-nominated box office hit "The Social Network" was praised by critics and audiences. On the small screen, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) in 2009 and again in 2011, appearing in many memorable sketches that became viral video sensations, including "D**k in a Box," viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. His recurring work on SNL also garnered Emmy Awards for his music, including one in 2007 and another in 2011 for Original Outstanding Music and Lyrics.
Timberlake will next be seen with Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," slated for release next year. He is currently shooting Brad Furman's thriller "Runner, Runner," alongside Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton.
His previous feature credits include the comedies "Friends with Benefits," starring Mila Kunis, and "Bad Teacher," with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel; Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller "In Time," opposite Amanda Seyfried; Nick Cassavetes' crime drama "Alpha Dog," starring Emile Hirsch, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis; Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan," with Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson; Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales," starring Sarah Michelle Geller and Dwayne Johnson; and the independent film "The Open Road," alongside Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton and Kate Mara. Timberlake also lent his voice to the lead roles in the box office hits "Yogi Bear" and "Shrek the Third."
His other television performances include hosting MTV's Europe Music Awards, Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards, and ESPN's ESPY Awards, as well as co-hosting MTV's Movie Awards.
Timberlake first rose to fame as a member of the phenomenally successful pop group 'N Sync. He then launched a solo career, selling nearly 17 million albums worldwide with his two multi-platinum certified solo albums that also earned him six Grammy Awards. In addition to successful tours, he headlined the HBO special "Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveShow."
Among Timberlake's other honors are the 2011 Environmental Media Futures Award and, in 2010, Harvard University's coveted Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.
JOHN GOODMAN (Pete Klein) is one of the entertainment industry's most respected actors. He earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his chilling performance in the Coen brothers' heralded "Barton Fink," after delivering a breakthrough motion picture performance in the Coen brothers' earlier "Raising Arizona." He has since teamed with them in "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis," which opens in theaters in December. In the fall Goodman will also be seen in Ben Affleck's dramatic thriller "Argo," opening October 12, as well as Robert Zemeckis' drama "Flight" in November. He also once again lends his voice as Sully to "Monster University," out next summer.
Goodman was most recently seen in Stephen Daldry's Oscar® nominated "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and shared Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for best ensemble with the cast of writer/director Michel Hazanavicius' homage to Hollywood's silent film era, "The Artist."
On television, he can be seen in the critically acclaimed series "Damages" and "Treme," and recently appeared alongside Al Pacino in the award-winning Jack Kevorkian biopic "You Don't Know Jack," earning an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. He previously won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his turn in Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
In addition to his work in front of the camera, he has lent his voice to numerous animated characters, with voiceover credits including "Monsters, Inc.," "Cars," "The Emperor's New Groove" and its small screen continuation, "The Emperor's New School," "Tales of the Rat Fink," "The Jungle Book 2," "Bee Movie," "The Princess and the Frog" and, most recently, "ParaNorman." He also voiced one of the main characters in NBC's animated primetime series "Father of the Pride."
Goodman's many additional film credits include Kevin Smith's indie political horror/thriller "Red State," "Evan Almighty," "Death Sentence," "Drunk Boat," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "In the Electric Mist," "Gigantic," "Speed Racer," "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School," "Beyond the Sea," "Masked and Anonymous," "Storytelling," "One Night at McCool's," "Coyote Ugly," "What Planet Are You From?," "Bringing Out the Dead," "The Runner," "Blues Brothers 2000," "Fallen," "The Borrowers," "Mother Night," "Pie in the Sky," "The Flintstones," "Born Yesterday," "Matinee," "The Babe," "King Ralph," "Arachnophobia," "Stella," "Always," "Sea of Love," "Everybody's All-American," "Punchline," "The Wrong Guys," "The Big Easy," "Burglar," "True Stories," "Sweet Dreams," "Maria's Lovers," "C.H.U.D.," "Revenge of the Nerds" and "Eddie Macon's Run."
A St. Louis native, Goodman studied at Southwest Missouri State, graduating in 1975 with a B.F.A. degree in Theatre. His stage credits include regional theatre productions of "Henry IV, Parts I and II," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "As You Like It." He performed in a touring production of "The Robber Bridegroom" and starred in the Broadway productions of "Waiting for Godot" in 2009; "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" in 2002; "Big River" in 1985, for which he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination; and "Loose Ends" in 1979. In 2001, he starred with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull."
MATTHEW LILLARD (Phillip Sanderson) most recently appeared alongside George Clooney in the Oscar® and Golden Globe Award-winning feature "The Descendants," co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. Lillard's work in the film helped garner the cast Critics Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as well.
Lillard attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. Upon graduation, he established the Mean Street Ensemble, before moving to New York to continue his education at Circle in the Square. Known to audiences for the infectious energy he brings to the characters he plays in movies, television, and theater, his career took off when he starred in the hit feature "Scream," playing ruthless killer Stuart Macher.
His acclaim grew with his portrayal of the title role in the Sundance favorite "SLC Punk!" Lillard then starred as the beloved Shaggy in the hugely popular "Scooby-Doo" and it's follow up, "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." He next showed his range by starring in Kenneth Branagh's musical version of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," in Paul McGuigan's thriller "Wicker Park," in the Ed Burns ensemble feature "The Groomsmen," and in the hit comedy "Without a Paddle."
On the small screen, he did a star turn opposite legend Carol Burnett on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," a special guest role on CBS's "Gary Unmarried," and played the lead in the ABC movie "Married Not Dead," opposite Jonathan Silverman.
Lillard starred in and co-produced the festival hit "Spooner," and recently completed his feature directorial debut, "Fat Kid Rules the World," a comedy which he also produced, starring Billy Campbell and Jacob Wysocki, and featuring original music by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.
ROBERT PATRICK (Vince) was on the big screen earlier this year alongside Denzel Washington in the action thriller "Safe House." He will next be seen in the upcoming films "Gangster Squad," also starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn, directed by Ruben Fleischer; "Jayne Mansfield's Car," featuring Billy Bob Thornton, who also directs, Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon; "Lovelace," playing husband to Sharon Stone; and "Identity Thief," with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Patrick's other recent film credits include the independent film "Good Day for It" and the actioner "S.W.A.T.: Firefight." This fall he will return to network television on Shawn Ryan's "Last Resort" for ABC.
Patrick has appeared in numerous feature films, including "Flags of Our Fathers," Clint Eastwood's Golden Globe-nominated WWII epic tale of the battle for Iwo Jima; "We Are Marshall," alongside an all-star cast, including Matthew McConaughey; "The Marine"; "Firewall," with Harrison Ford; the Golden Globe-winning "Walk the Line," opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash's father, for director James Mangold; "Men Who Stare at Goats," with George Clooney; and the comedy "Strange Wilderness," about a television nature show that goes in search of Bigfoot to boost ratings.
Adding to his extensive television and film resume, Patrick starred as Colonel Tom Ryan in the CBS action drama "The Unit," produced by David Mamet, about a team of America's covert operatives and how their dangerous jobs affect their lives. Audiences also remember him as John Doggett on the last two seasons of Fox Television's cult-classic "The X-Files." And Patrick received critical acclaim for his high profile performances in the second season of HBO's "The Sopranos."
Patrick is perhaps best known for his performance as the T-1000 in the box office smash hit "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." His other movies include "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"; "Spy Kids," opposite Antonio Banderas; "All the Pretty Horses," with Matt Damon, directed by Billy Bob Thornton; "The Faculty"; "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money"; "Copland," alongside Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro; "Eye See You," also with Stallone; "A Texas Funeral"; the independent film "The Only Thrill," opposite Diane Keaton, Diane Lane and Sam Shepard; a chilling appearance in John Singleton's "Rosewood"; "Striptease," with Demi Moore; "Fire in The Sky"; "Double Dragon: The Movie"; "Decoy"; "The Last Gasp"; "Hong Kong `97"; and, as a heroic firefighter alongside John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix, "Ladder 49." He was also featured in an episode of Showtime's "The Outer Limits," the TNT Original Movie "Bad Apple," and CBS's miniseries "Elvis," in which he plays Elvis's father.
Patrick spends countless hours giving back to his community. He has been the Honorary Grand Marshall for the Love Ride for the past 15 years, helping to raise millions of dollars in the pursuit of literacy; he has built homes for disabled veteran with Habitat for Humanity; has participated in the Read Across America program by reading to children; and has ridden across the country to participate in Rolling Thunder, which makes sure that the administration does not forget the POWs and MIAs from past wars. Patrick has also been to the Middle East twice, most recently to Iraq and Afghanistan with then-Commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Andrew Mullen, to support the troops. He is also a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, which hosts numerous charitable events.
Born in Marietta, Georgia, Patrick was an avid athlete growing up, but was taken with acting after sitting in on some drama classes in high school. He moved to Hollywood in 1984 and was cast in the beatnik play "Go." He got his break during this performance when he was discovered by legendary producer/director Roger Corman. Ever involved in all aspects of his trade, Patrick enjoys producing when he is not performing.
JOE MASSINGILL (Bo Gentry) holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Valdosta State University and is a proud graduate of the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
Among his television credits is a featured role on FOX's megahit series "Glee." He has also appeared in several feature shorts.
A native of Georgia, Massingill currently resides in Los Angeles.