White House Down

White House Down (2013)

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Genre: Action/Thriller

Rated: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image.

Synopsis

In Columbia Pictures' White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Columbia Pictures presents a Mythology Entertainment / Centropolis Entertainment production, White House Down. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, and James Woods. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by James Vanderbilt. Produced by Bradley J. Fischer, Harald Kloser, James Vanderbilt, Larry Franco, and Laeta Kalogridis. Executive Producers are Ute Emmerich, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Director of Photography is Anna J. Foerster, ASC. Production Designer is Kirk M. Petruccelli. Editor is Adam Wolfe. Costume Designer is Lisy Christl. Visual Effects Supervisors and Co-Producers are Volker Engel and Marc Weigert. Music by Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser.

About the Cast

CHANNING TATUM (John Cale / Executive Producer) is one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men.

He will next star in Sony Classics' Foxcatcher, which is directed by Bennett Miller and also stars Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. The film is based on the true story of John du Pont, the paranoid schizophrenic heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate.

Tatum is currently in production on Warner Bros.' Jupiter Ascending. The film is written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and also stars Mila Kunis. The film will be released in July 25, 2014.

Earlier this year, Tatum starred in the crime drama Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film also stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones and was released by Open Road on February 8, 2013.

In 2012, Tatum starred in the Warner Bros. film Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film also starred Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. The film was produced by Tatum and his Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, who also wrote the script. Other producers include Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs and Steven Soderbergh. The film was released on June 29, 2012 and has grossed over $150 million worldwide.

Also in 2012, Tatum starred in the contemporary motion picture adaptation of 21 Jump Street opposite Jonah Hill. Tatum and Hill were also executive producers on the project, which was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Michael Bacall based on a treatment from Hill and Bacall. Sony released the movie on March 16, 2012 and it has grossed over $190 million worldwide. The sequel is currently in development.

Early in 2012, Tatum starred in Screen Gems' box office hit The Vow opposite Rachel McAdams. The Vow revolves around the real-life story of New Mexico newlyweds who are involved in a car crash, resulting in the wife slipping into a coma and losing all memory of her husband. The film was directed by Michael Sucsy and was released on February 10, 2012. The film has grossed over $175 million worldwide.

Also in 2012, Tatum was seen in Ten Years, a film which he produced alongside producing partner Reid Carolin and their Iron Horse Entertainment company. Also in the film are Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Justin Long and Chris Pratt. The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was released by Anchor Bay on September 21, 2012. Also in 2012, Tatum starred in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. In this spy thriller, Tatum starred opposite Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas. The film was released on January 20, 2012.

In 2011, Tatum starred in the crime thriller The Son of No One, opposite Al Pacino and Katie Holmes which premiered at Sundance in January 2011 and was released on November 4, 2011. Also in 2011, Tatum starred in the Roman epic adventure The Eagle, directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Tatum stars opposite Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland.

In 2010, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in the Sony Screen Gems box office hit Dear John, based on the adaptation of the Nicolas Sparks ("The Notebook") bestseller. Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) directed the adapted script by Jamie Linden. The film has grossed over $114 million worldwide.

In August 2009, Tatum was seen in Paramount Pictures Box office hit G.I. Joe, directed by Stephen Sommers. Tatum starred opposite Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. On March 29, 2013, Tatum will appear in the sequel, G.I Joe 2: Retaliation.

In April 2009, Tatum starred opposite Terrance Howard in the Universal/Rogue Pictures film Fighting, directed by Dito Montiel.

In March 2008, Tatum starred in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop/Loss by critically acclaimed director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and producer Scott Rudin.

In 2006, Tatum received an Independent Spirit nomination and a Gotham Award nomination for his powerful role in the independent film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which won the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the dramatic directing award for Dito Montiel at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Dito Montiel and was based on Montiel's 2003 memoir of the same title. This powerful coming-of-age drama takes place in 1980s Astoria and follows Montiel's impoverished and violent life from his youth (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf) to adulthood (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.). His father is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri and Tatum plays the role of Antonio, Dito's best friend.

In March 2006, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Bynes in the Dreamworks film She's the Man. This film is directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.

In August 2006, Tatum starred in the box office hit Step Up, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. The film centers around Tyler Gage, played by Tatum, a street smart juvenile delinquent who gets sentenced to community service at a high school for the performing arts.

Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna Dewan.

An Academy Award® winning actor, talented Grammy Award® winning musical artist and comedian, JAMIE FOXX (President James Sawyer) is one of Hollywood's rare elite multi-faceted performers.

Foxx recently starred in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed Django Unchained as the title character, opposite Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Foxx is currently in production on Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony Pictures, starring alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the villain, Electro (alter ego to Max Dillon).

In 2011, Foxx appeared in New Line Cinema's successful comedy, Horrible Bosses, opposite Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jason Bateman. Foxx also lent his vocal talents to 20th Century Fox's popular comedy- adventure in 3D, Rio, as a canary named Nico. Rio grossed over $450 million worldwide.

Jamie Foxx continues to expand his role as a producer. He is currently executive producing "Apollo Live" for BET- a fresh spin on the classic variety show at Harlem's iconic venue hosted by comedian, Tony Rock. Foxx recently executive produced a new sketch comedy series starring Affion Crockett called "In the Flow with Affion Crockett" for 20th Century Fox Television. He also produced Thunder Soul, a documentary following the astonishing alumni from Houston's Kashmere High School Stage Band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old "Prof," their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's jazz band.

In addition to his outstanding work in film, Foxx has also achieved a thriving career in music. In December 2010, he released his fourth album, "Best Night of My Life," featuring Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, T.I., and other artists. In January 2010, Foxx and T-Pain's record breaking #1 song "Blame It" off of his previous album, "Intuition," won Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards®.

Foxx delivered a hilarious cameo appearance opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date, Todd Phillips's directorial follow up to The Hangover. Foxx also appeared in Garry Marshall's box office hit romantic comedy Valentine's Day in February 2010. The film's stellar ensemble cast included: Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, George Lopez, and Patrick Dempsey.

In 2009, Foxx starred opposite Gerard Butler in Overture Films' dramatic thriller Law Abiding Citizen. Foxx continued to show his powerful affinity and respect for fictional portrayals with Joe Wright's inspirational film, The Soloist, in which he played Nathaniel Anthony Ayers- a real-life musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and dropped out of Julliard, becoming a homeless musician who wanders the streets of Los Angeles. The film is based on a 12-part series of articles by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr.

In September 2007, Foxx appeared in The Kingdom, in which he portrayed the leader of a counter-terrorist team on the hunt for those responsible for a deadly bombing attack on Americans working in the Middle East. Foxx also closed the 2007 Sundance Film Festival with the showing of his executively produced film Life Support starring Queen Latifah. The film is an inspirational true-life story of a mother who overcame a cocaine addiction and became a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community.

In December 2006, Foxx was seen in the critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, opposite Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Eddie Murphy. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical Comedy, and received a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble Cast and a nomination for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. Foxx was also nominated in the Best Actor Category for his performance as Curtis Taylor Jr.

In January 2006, Foxx announced his partnership with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to start his own 24/7 radio station called Foxxhole. The station is a combination of comedy and music.

Foxx's album "Unpredictable" topped the charts in late December 2005 and early 2006, as it held the number one spot for five weeks and sold over one million units in 20 days. Foxx was nominated for eight Billboard Music Awards, three Grammy Awards®, one Soul Train Music Award, and two American Music Awards, where Foxx won Favorite Male Artist. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards® in 2006, including Best R&B Album; the track "Love Changes," featuring Mary J. Blige, for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group; and the track "Unpredictable," featuring Ludacris, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

In 2005, Foxx's portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in the Taylor Hackford-directed biopic Ray garnered him an Academy Award® for Best Actor and proved to be one of his career's defining performances. In addition to winning the Oscar®, Foxx shared in a SAG Award nomination received by the film's ensemble cast, and single-handedly swept the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, BAFTA, and NAACP Image Awards, as well as numerous critical awards for his performance in Ray, captivating audiences worldwide as the most accomplished actor of 2005.

Also in 2005, Foxx earned Oscar®, Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and Image Award nominations in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his work in Michael Mann's dramatic thriller Collateral, opposite Tom Cruise. But Foxx's unwavering momentum in 2005 did not stop there, as Foxx also received Golden Globe nominations, SAG Award nominations and won an Image Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie for his portrayal of condemned gang member-turned-Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stan "Tookie" Williams in the FX Network's movie Redemption.

Additional film credits include: Michael Mann's Ali, opposite Will Smith, Michael Mann's Miami Vice opposite Colin Farrell, Sam Mendes' Gulf War drama Jarhead, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Stealth, Bait, Booty Call, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and The Great White Hype.

Foxx's big-screen break came in 1999 when Oliver Stone cast him as star quarterback Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday, with Al Pacino.

Jamie Foxx first rose to fame as a comedian, from which he initiated a potent career trajectory of ambitious projects. After spending time in the comedy circuit, he joined Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Tommy Davidson in the landmark Fox sketch comedy series, "In Living Color," creating some of the show's funniest and most memorable moments. In 1996, he launched his own series, "The Jamie Foxx Show," which was one of the top-rated shows on the WB Network during its five-year run. Foxx not only starred on the series, but was the co-creator and executive producer of the series, directing several episodes himself.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Special Agent Carol Finnerty) is one of the great actresses of today. She gained critical acclaim and an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. After receiving rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lion's Gate's Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress, a Chicago Film Critics' Award for Most Promising Performer, a Boston Film Critics' Award for Best Actress, a National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, and an IFP/ Gotham Breakthrough Performance Award.

Years later, back at Sundance in 2007, Gyllenhaal starred in Sherrybaby; she played a female convict struggling to overcome her drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter. The film was well-received by critics and garnered her second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don Roos' Happy Endings, opposite Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold.

She was Rachel Dawes in the Warner Bros. box office hit The Dark Knight, directed by Chris Nolan. She was also seen in Sam Mendes's Away We Go.

In August 2010, Gyllenhaal was seen in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with Emma Thompson. Recently, she starred alongside Hugh Dancy in the romantic comedy Hysteria as well as the drama Won't Back Down alongside Viola Davis, directed by Daniel Barnz. Gyllenhaal is currently filming the comedy Frank, co-starring Michael Fassbender.

In August 2006, Gyllenhaal was seen in Trust the Man with Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny, and in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center with Maria Bello and Nicolas Cage. She also starred in Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson. In the past few years, she appeared in John Sayles' Casa De Los Babys with Daryl Hannah and Lily Taylor and Mike Newell's Mona Lisa Smile, in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst. She was also seen in Criminal with Diego Luna and John C. Reilly as well as Spike Jonze's Adaptation.

Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber's award-winning "Closer" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Vanborough Theatre in London. In 2004, Gyllenhaal starred in Tony Kushner's play "Homebody/Kabul," which ran in both Los Angeles and at B.A.M. Next, she will be seen alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Mamie Gummer in "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov.

Recently, she appeared in the Anton Chekhov play "Three Sisters" alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton.

JASON CLARKE (Emil Stenz) is an accomplished actor receiving critical praise for his arresting portrayals on film and television. Clarke's notoriety surfaced in his native homeland of Australia, where he appeared in several television programs, including "Murder Call," "Wildside," "Home and Away," "Blue Heelers," "All Saints," "Farscape," "White Collar Blue," and "Stingers." His breakthrough role came as the ambitious Rhode Island state congressman in Showtime's acclaimed series, "Brotherhood."

Equally adept on the big screen as he is on the small, Clarke has consistently delivered a succession of solid film performances most recently appearing in Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award®-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt, and Lawless with Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Guy Pearce.

Among his other feature credits are Praise; Kick; Our Lips Are Sealed; Risk; Better Than Sex; Phillip Noyce's Rabbit-Proof Fence; You Can't Stop the Murders; Get Rich Quick; Under Still Waters; Death Race; Jada Pinkett Smith's The Human Contract; Michael Mann's Public Enemies; Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; David Schwimmer's Trust; Yelling to the Sky; Swerve; and the Texas Killing Fields.

Clarke's upcoming film work includes Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton; Terrence Malick's The Green Blade Rises alongside Diane Kruger, Brit Marling; and William Monahan's Mojave opposite Oscar Isaac.

RICHARD JENKINS (Eli Raphelson) is one of the most in-demand character actors in Hollywood, with almost seventy feature film credits on his resume.

Jenkins received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor for his highly praised performance in director Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the 34th Deauville Festival of American Film. Jenkins' performance as Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City, made The Visitor the independent film hit of 2008 and also earned him Independent Spirit Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

In 2012, he starred with Bradley Whitford in Drew Goddard's thriller, Cabin in the Woods; in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly opposite Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini; and in Lawrence Kasdan's comedy/drama Darling Companion, starring with Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest. Jenkins also starred alongside Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte and Julie Christie in Redford's The Company You Keep.

Jenkins starred opposite Johnny Depp in Bruce Robinson's adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson book The Rum Diary; re-teamed with the Farrelly Brothers for Hall Pass, opposite Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis; and appeared in Will Gluck's Friends with Benefits, with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

In 2010, he earned rave reviews when he starred alongside Julia Roberts in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love, based on the international bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, and in Overture's Let Me In, written and directed by Matt Reeves.

In 1997, Jenkins received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Male for his performance in David O. Russell's comedy Flirting with Disaster, appearing with Ben Stiller, Tea Leoni, Josh Brolin and Lily Tomlin.

In 1986, Jenkins had his first starring film role in Oscar®-winning writer Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day. Numerous film roles followed, including George Miller's The Witches of Eastwick, opposite Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita, opposite River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier; Sea of Love with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin; Mike Nichols' Wolf, appearing again with Jack Nicholson; with Charlize Theron in 2005's North Country; opposite Jim Carrey and again with Tea Leoni in the Judd Apatow comedy Fun with Dick & Jane; and in Peter Berg's 2007 film The Kingdom.

More recent credits include Lasse Hallstrom's Dear John, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel; the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading, with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand (his third collaboration with the writing / directing duo); and Adam McKay's hit comedy, Step Brothers, alongside Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen.

Over the years, Jenkins has worked with such esteemed filmmakers as Clint Eastwood in Absolute Power, the Farrelly brothers in There's Something About Mary" and "Me, Myself & Irene, opposite Jim Carrey; and Sydney Pollack in Random Hearts, opposite Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas.

In 2001, Jenkins began a collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen when he appeared with Billy Bob Thornton, James Gandolfini and Scarlett Johansson in The Man Who Wasn't There. He went on to work again with the Coen brothers in 2003's Intolerable Cruelty, opposite George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

On television, Jenkins is best remembered as Nathaniel Fisher, the deceased patriarch of the Fisher family, on HBO's immensely successful drama, "Six Feet Under." His occasional appearances as the heart of this often-dysfunctional family help earned the cast a Screen Actors Guild nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also appeared in numerous made-for-television films, including "Sins of the Father" and the Emmy-winning HBO film "And the Band Played On."

In theater, Jenkins has amassed an impressive list of credits as a company member for 14 years at Rhode Island's Trinity Repertory Company, and served an additional four years as its Artistic Director.

His upcoming projects include Lullaby directed by Andrew Levitas starring Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, and Jennifer Hudson; One Square Mile with Cam Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton and the animated film Turbo alongside Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Maya Rudolph.

With over 70 major motion pictures, TV films and miniseries to his credit, JAMES WOODS (Martin Walker) has distinguished himself as an acclaimed actor, producer and director.

His explosive, nuanced performances have earned him two Academy Award® nominations -- Best Actor for Salvador and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ghosts Of Mississippi -- as well as four Emmy nominations, most recently for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in HBO's "Too Big to Fail" and two Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his work in "Promise" and "My Name Is Bill W." Honored with an Obie Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award on the New York stage before coming west to become a leading film star, Woods has also been nominated ten times for a Golden Globe, winning one award for his role in "Promise." He has taken home the CableAce Award, the Independent Spirit Award, the American TV Critics Award, and the Golden Satellite Award on two occasions.

Beginning his career in the early 70s, Woods' breakout performance came in 1979 with his powerful portrait of evil in The Onion Field. Some of his other memorable roles include those in Once Upon A Time in America, Against All Odds, Videodrome, Casino, and True Believer. Demonstrating his wide-ranging talents, he has played the rolls of such diverse characters as a strict, religious parent in The Virgin Suicides, a parodied priest in Scary Movie 2, an endangered resident in Northfork, and an uncouth, bigoted father in Pretty Persuasion. Recent film credits include Sony's Straw Dogs and DreamWorks's Kung Fu Panda 2. He has several film projects slated for 2013, including Jamsey Boy, jOBS, Active Shooter, The Outsiders, Officer Down, The Stone Pony, and West Nile Virus.

Woods has worked with a short list of coveted directors time and again, including such greats as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, Harold Becker, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and newcomer Sophia Coppola. Critics have acknowledged his ability to bring wrenching reality to any role, as reflected by the real-life characters he has embodies, from Sen. Joseph McCarthy's loyal chief counsel Roy Cohn to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

He starred in the CBS series "Shark" as the title character, the charismatic, supremely self-confident and cutthroat prosecutor Sebastian Stark. Among his additional television credits are the movies "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story," "Citizen Cohn" and "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," all of which earned him Emmy Award nominations, as well as the mini-series "Holocaust," and guest-starring roles in "ER" (Emmy Award nomination) and "Entourage." He will next appear in the made for television movie "Mary & Martha," directed by Phillip Noyce co-starring Hilary Swank.

Prior to pursuing his film career, Woods appeared on stage in New York in plays such as the Broadway production of "Moon Children" (Theatre World Award) and in the off-Broadway production of "Saved" (Obie Award and Clarence Derwent Award).

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he excelled in his studies as a political science major. He left in his senior year to pursue acting.

Woods was born in Vernal, Utah, raised in Warwick, R.I., and currently lives on the East Coast.

About the Filmmakers

ROLAND EMMERICH (Director) is an international director, producer and screenwriter whose films, including Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Anonymous, have taken in more than $3 billion worldwide. His latest, White House Down, is an action movie on an epic scale starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

Emmerich recently announced plans to write and direct a sequel to his blockbuster film, Independence Day, which takes place 20 years after the original. He will also direct Stonewall, a drama about the 1969 Stonewall Riots chronicling the three-day standoff between the police and protesters at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.

In 2011, his controversial feature, Anonymous, explored the theory that William Shakespeare's plays were written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford and not by Shakespeare himself. The stellar cast included Vanessa Redgrave, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson. In 2010, Emmerich directed the global box office hit 2012, an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an ends to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors, which starred John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

Prior to that, Emmerich produced and directed 10,000 B.C., a fantasy drama which tells the story of the world's first hero, who brings down an evil empire to save his love. In 2004, he produced and directed The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, which follows a climatologist's struggle to figure out a way to save the world from global warming. In 2000, Emmerich directed The Patriot based on the American Revolution. The film starred Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Joely Richardson.

1996 and 1998 saw two of the most popular action films that the world had ever seen. In 1996, Emmerich directed Independence Day, a film that grossed over $800 million worldwide. In quick succession, Roland released another Hollywood blockbuster, Godzilla, which he directed and produced.

Emmerich's first Hollywood film was the 1994 cult hit Universal Soldier, followed by Stargate the same year. His other film credits include the sex trafficking drama Trade starring Kevin Kline, Das Arche Noah Prinzip, Joey, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, The High Crusade, The Thirteenth Floor, Eight Legged Freaks, Hell, and the documentary Last Will & Testament. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany, where his first film, a student project called The Noah's Ark Principle, played in competition at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival.

His television credits are "The Visitor," "Godzilla: The Series," and "Dark Horse."

In addition, to his work in film and television, Emmerich takes significant time and effort to support a number of charities, including, but not limited to the Gay and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN), the Outfest Film Festival Los Angeles, the Cambodian Children's Fund, the Trevor Project, Global Green, and The Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles.

JAMES VANDERBILT (Writer / Producer) is a talented multi-hyphenate whose diverse catalogue of films range from heavy-hitting blockbusters, to edge of your seat thrillers, with a comedy or two in between. He sold his first screenplay 48 hours before graduating from the University of Southern California's film writing program. Since then he has found steady employment pushing words around on the page, which is really lucky as that is the only thing he ever wanted to do.

He wrote the critically acclaimed, true story Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, earning Vanderbilt numerous accolades including a USC Scripter Award nomination and a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. His other writing credits include The Rundown, The Losers and last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Among his producing credits are Basic, Zodiac and the upcoming Showtime documentary, Suge Knight.

Vanderbilt's upcoming films include writing the screenplays for The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Solace, starring Anthony Hopkins; and Murder Mystery with Charlize Theron.

Esquire Magazine profiled him in their Genius Issue and called him a "Fearless Screenwriter." Vanderbilt is afraid of the following things, in no particular order -- bugs, flying, enclosed spaces, in-laws, roller coasters, being buried alive, and The Dark.

He is a founding member and partner in Mythology Entertainment, a company dedicated to story-driven entertainment and content. He lives in Los Angeles like the rest of these fools.

BRADLEY J. FISCHER (Producer) began his career at Phoenix Pictures in 1998, rising through the ranks to Co-President of Production in 2007 and taking charge of the majority of the company's motion picture slate.

During his 13-year tenure at Phoenix Pictures, Fischer was instrumental in discovering, developing, packaging and producing many high-profile motion picture projects, producing a total of seven films over seven years. Among the films Fischer produced while at Phoenix was Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the New York Times bestseller by Dennis Lehane, acclaimed author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. After securing film rights to the book, Fischer sent it to screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, with whom he developed the project. Scorsese and DiCaprio quickly signed on and the fully packaged project was set up on a production-commitment basis at Paramount Pictures shortly thereafter.

Following its world premiere gala screening at the Berlin International Film Festival, Shutter Island debuted to a $41 million opening weekend, ranking at that time as the biggest opener for Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio. It has since gone on to gross almost $300 million worldwide, making it Scorsese's highest grossing movie ever.

Among Fischer's other recent credits are the critically acclaimed David Fincher film Zodiac, which he produced. An Official Selection of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Zodiac stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. It was released by Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures to massive worldwide critical acclaim, and was one of the best-reviewed films of 2007. In 2010, Zodiac was named one of the 10 best films of the decade by Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, The Chicago Tribune and The New York Post, among many other critics and journalists around the world.

Fischer also executive produced Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder. The film was released by Fox Searchlight and received strong critical praise, going on to gross just under $330 million worldwide and receive five Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture and winning Best Actress for star Natalie Portman.

In 2012, Fischer formed Mythology Entertainment, a motion picture and television production company with partners James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar). White House Down is the company's first project.

Among the upcoming projects Fischer is attached to produce are The Brigands of Rattleborge by S. Craig Zahler, which Chan Wook Park (Oldboy) will direct; an adaptation of Richard Morgan's seminal science fiction novel Altered Carbon, which Laeta Kalogridis is adapting; a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining with Warner Bros. and the Stanley Kubrick estate; and an upcoming slate that includes projects with directors Alex Proyas and Frank Darabont.

In 2006, Fischer was selected by the Hollywood Reporter for their 13th annual "Next Generation" special issue as one of Hollywood's top 35 executives under 35 years of age. In the Spring 2008 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Fischer was profiled as a "Power Producer" and recognized as "one of Hollywood's most promising producers of sophisticated, challenging films."

In addition to his work at Phoenix Pictures, Fischer serves on the board of directors of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles.

Fischer graduated from Columbia University in 1998 with a BA in Film Studies and Psychology and is a native of New York. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Karen, daughter Olivia and baby boy Leo.

HARALD KLOSER (Producer / Composer) was born in the small village of Hard, Austria. Kloser started out as a music teacher before becoming a professional musician. His composing career began in the world of pop and rock music, writing and producing for such artists as Elton John, Falco, Al Jarreau, Tom Waits, and Jose Feliciano, among many others. In 1991, Kloser and his family relocated to Los Angeles, where he began his career as a film composer. He's written the music scores for over 50 television and film projects including The Thirteenth Floor, Alien vs. Predator, and Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and, most recently, his Shakespearean drama Anonymous.

Although he has primarily been known in the film industry for his work as a composer, Kloser has broken down industry barriers crossing over into writing and producing. He wrote and produced feature hits like Emmerich's prehistoric epic 10,000 B.C. as well as the end of the world blockbuster hit 2012, which was released by Columbia Pictures in 2009.

Kloser has also ventured into television, recently writing and producing a pilot for ABC with his own production company, Street Entertainment, through which he plans on producing feature films as well.

LARRY FRANCO (Producer) has amassed both an impressive and an eclectic list of feature film credits as a producer. Most recently, Franco worked with director Roland Emmerich for the second time, serving as a producer on Anonymous starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave. His first collaboration with Emmerich was 2012, a visual effects epic starring John Cusack and Woody Harrelson. Preceding that, Franco produced the family adventure The Spiderwick Chronicles, starring Freddie Highmore, and the caped crusader blockbuster Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Katie Holmes. Franco served as a producer on Ang Lee's Hulk, starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly, and the blockbuster Jurassic Park III, starring Sam Neill, William H. Macy and Tea Leoni, directed by Joe Johnston.

Franco and Johnston have maintained a long-term collaboration, which also includes the critically acclaimed and Humanitas Award-winning October Sky, as well as Jumanji, starring Robin Williams, and The Rocketeer, starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly.

Tim Burton is another filmmaker with whom Franco has collaborated on a regular basis, producing Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny De Vito, and Mars Attacks!, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, and Pierce Brosnan. He also served as an executive producer for Burton's Academy Award® winning Sleepy Hollow, starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.

Franco's early producing years saw him teamed with director John Carpenter on projects such as Escape from New York, starring Kurt Russell, Starman, starring Jeff Bridges, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, and They Live. He also produced Carpenter's Christine and served as associate producer on The Thing.

In addition to Franco's impressive producing credits, he co-produced Tango and Cash starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell, served as line producer on Two Bits starring Al Pacino and was Associate Producer on Cutter's Way.

Franco started in the film industry as an assistant director working on numerous films, including a lengthy duty on Francis Ford Coppola's multi-award winning classic Apocalypse Now.

LAETA KALOGRIDIS (Producer) was born in Florida and attended Davidson College, University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. She has worked with Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Simon West, Timur Bekmembatov, James Mangold, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron.

Her credits include Alexander, Nightwatch, Avatar, and Shutter Island.

Among her television credits include "Birds of Prey" and the "Bionic Woman."

UTE EMMERICH (Executive Producer) is partner of Centropolis Entertainment, along with her brother Roland Emmerich. She most recently served as an executive producer on The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot, 2012, Godzilla, and Independence Day.

She has also served as producer on The Thirteenth Floor and co-producer of Roland's science-fiction adventure Stargate. She worked in a variety of capacities, from casting to business affairs, on his German film Making Contact (a.k.a Joey), and went on to associate produce the films Ghost Chase, Moon 44, Eye of the Storm, and coordinated business affairs on Universal Soldier.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Ute studied economics and business for two years before transitioning into filmmaking. After working with Roland Emmerich on his film Making Contact, she traveled to Los Angeles and began her first job in Hollywood as an intern for famed director Roger Corman. Ute Emmerich's most important production to date has been the birth of her son in 2005.

REID CAROLIN (Executive Producer) most recently wrote and produced the hit feature film Magic Mike, starring his Iron Horse Entertainment partner, Channing Tatum. Carolin also produced the independent feature Ten Years, starring Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Mackie, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and the 2008 drama Stop Loss, starring Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tatum.

In 2011, he earned a nomination for Best Documentary Feature from the Producers Guild of America, for the HBO film "Earth Made of Glass," that chronicled the search for truth in post-genocide Rwanda. The film, which he wrote and produced, also won a 2012 Peabody Award.

Carolin is president of Iron Horse Entertainment, the production company he founded with Channing Tatum in 2010, and is a co-founder of the start-up online movie theater Constellation (www.constellation.tv). He also composed additional music for the hit romantic drama The Vow, which opened in February 2012.

Carolin serves on the board of directors of the Red Feather Development Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sustainable housing on American Indian Reservations.

ANNA J. FOERSTER, ASC (Director of Photography) previously served as director of photography on Roland Emmerich's drama Anonymous. For her work on that film, she was honored by the German Film Awards with the Film Award in Gold for Best Cinematography in 2011.

Previously, her credits as a second unit director/director of photography include Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC and The Day After Tomorrow, Aeon Flux directed by Karyn Kusama, and Christopher Erskin's Johnson Family Vacation.

Foerster's credits as Aerial DP include Tim Story's Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Roland Emmerich's 2012.

She started her career in visual effects photography on such films as Independence Day, directed by Roland Emmerich, Pitch Black, directed by David N. Twohy, and Peter Hyams' End of Days.

Her motion control work on Rob Minkoff's Stuart Little 2 earned her a nomination for a VES Award for Best Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture.

As a director, Foerster has helmed episodes of the television series "Criminal Minds," "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," "Unforgettable," and "Army Wives."

KIRK M. PETRUCCELLI (Production Designer) most recently designed the drama Killing Season, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta and comedies Zookeeper, starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson and When in Rome, starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito and Angelica Huston.

Among his other production designer credits are the hit action-adventures The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis; Ghost Rider, starring Nicholas Cage, based on the popular Marvel characters; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life; The Last Castle, Roland Emmerich's The Patriot; Mystery Men; The Thirteenth Floor; Blade; Anaconda; Murder in the First; Where the Day Takes You; and 3 Ninjas.

He served as art director on Poetic Justice and Philadelphia Experiment II, and was assistant art director on Son in Law.

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Petruccelli attended Penn State University where he studied film, graphic design and illustration, ultimately receiving a degree in film. He also studied the art of Steadicam operation at the Rockport Film and Television workshop. He gained his experience in the film business in a variety of production jobs, including camera, set design and set decoration.

ADAM WOLFE (Editor) is a well-respected editor working behind-the-scenes on some of the small screen's most popular, and acclaimed made-for-television movies and series, including many episodes of CBS' long-running crime drama "Criminal Minds" and NBC's "Third Watch."

He has also edited several television pilots, including CBS' "Gimme Shelter" and "Smith," ABC's "Greek," UPN's "Mercy Point," Warner Bros.' "A Side Order of Life" and "Three," and Fox's "Enemy."

Among Wolfe's television projects are episodes of "ER," "The West Wing," "Law & Order," "Brotherhood," "Northern Exposure," and "Spy Game," as well as the telefilms "Atomic Train," "Home Invasion," "Code Name: Wolverine," and "The Wrong Girl."

His feature credits include the documentary Athens, Ga. -- Inside / Out, GS: Get Bruce and Lloyd, Clan of the Cave Bear (as additional editor), Rambo III (as additional editor), The Howling VI, Steel Dawn, and Do or Die.

LISY CHRISTL (Costume Designer) studied at the Master School for Fashion in Munich and graduated with a Master in Tailoring. She worked in the theatre as a costume assistant before branching into feature films as a wardrobe assistant on Stalingrad, directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, in 1991.

In 1995, Christl became a costume designer, designing Michael Haneke's Das Schloss starring Ulrich Muhe.

Her other credits include Time of the Wolf, Funny Games, again by Michael Haneke, Wolfsburg directed by Christian Petzold, and Shadows of Time and John Rabe, both directed by Florian Gallenberger. She was nominated for Best Costume Design at the German Film Awards in 2006 for Shadows of Time and won Best Costume Design for John Rabe in 2009.

Christl most recently designed the costumes for Roland Emmerich's drama Anonymous, for which she earned an Oscar® nomination and won Best Costume Design at the German Film Awards.

VOLKER ENGEL (Co-Producer / Visual Effects Supervisor) is an Oscar®- and Emmy-winning visual effects supervisor. He also produced or co-produced several films and miniseries. He most recently served as executive producer and visual effects supervisor on Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, and, prior to that, co-producer and visual effects supervisor on 2012, also directed by Emmerich.

Volker started his film career with Roland Emmerich 22 years ago in Germany as visual effects supervisor for Emmerich's Moon 44 in 1988, later reteaming with the director on Universal Soldier.

Emmerich hired him again in 1995 to supervise the visual effects for the blockbuster Independence Day. Engel's work earned him an Oscar® for Best Visual Effects in 1996. He then went on to lead a team of 500 artists for Emmerich's production of Godzilla.

In 1999, he co-founded the production company UnchartedTerritory, LLC in Los Angeles with Marc Weigert to develop and produce feature films. The first of these independent projects was an adventure titled "Coronado" that was released in over 40 countries in 2003.

In 2004 UnchartedTerritory co-produced the four-hour miniseries "DarkKingdom -- The Dragon King" (starring Max von Sydow) that aired on the SciFi Channel.

In 2005 they were producers on the six-hour miniseries "The Triangle" (starring Sam Neill and Eric Stoltz) together with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin for the SciFi Channel. It was aired in December 2005 and broke ratings records for the network. They were honored with an Emmy Award for Best Visual Effects in a Miniseries by the Television Academy.

In 1998, Engel received the highest honor for a citizen of his home country, the Order of Merit. He was awarded this medal in Berlin from German President Roman Herzog.

Several years ago he has been given the title of Professor by the Senate of his home state Bremen. He gives lectures on Film and Media Production whenever his schedule allows.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer's Guild of America, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy. He is also a member of and has served for three terms on the board of directors of the Visual Effects Society.

Engel lives in Los Angeles, California.

MARC WEIGERT (Co-Producer / Visual Effects Supervisor) served as executive producer and visual effects supervisor on Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, and, prior to that, co-producer and visual effects supervisor on Emmerich's 2012.

Weigert is the CEO of production company UnchartedTerritory, LLC, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel (an Academy Award® winner for visual effects on "Independence Day"). UnchartedTerritory produced the feature film "Coronado" in 2001, co-produced the mini-series "DarkKingdom" for the Sci-Fi Channel, and co-produced the mini-series "The Triangle" with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin. Weigert received an Emmy Award in 2006 for "The Triangle."

In between producing feature and TV films, UnchartedTerritory also provided visual effects services for The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and the Intermedia-logo for Terminator 3 (2003).

Weigert also served as visual effects producer and supervisor on a multitude of commercials and the ride film for Universal Studios Florida's "Harry Potter Island of Adventure."

Before UnchartedTerritory, Marc Weigert was CEO for visual effects company Dreamscape Imagery Inc. Opened in 1995, their credits include Independence Day, Muppets From Space, Flubber, "The Drew Carey Show," and many European movies and series.

As the visual effects project manager for Independence Day, Weigert created Digital Assistant for Visual Effects, a project management software program to manage, schedule and track the shooting and post production of thousands of VFX elements. His software has subsequently been sold to several major studios, including 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney, and Sony Pictures. It has been used on many feature films, including Stuart Little, Alien: Resurrection, Flubber, Volcano, Godzilla and X-Men, as well as on TV movies and series.

Weigert has lectured at seminars for the Producer's Guild of America and European Digital Arts Media, and he conducted the Visual Effects Master Class "Action with Effects" for producers and directors sponsored by the European Film Academy. He has also taught visual effects classes at The Art Institute of Los Angeles, at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria, and was speaker at the iHollywood Forum in Los Angeles. Weigert also writes a successful blog for Animation World Network.

Marc Weigert is a member of the Director's Guild of America, the Producer's Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Weigert lives in Los Angeles, California.

THOMAS WANDER (Composer) was born and raised in Graz, Austria, where he studied music from an early age. In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles to study with such renowned film composers as Jerry Goldsmith and David Raksin at the University of Southern California. Upon completing his studies, he began composing for film and television projects.

Among his film credits are 2012, Anonymous,10,000 BC, and The Day After Tomorrow (co-written with Harald Kloser), all directed by Roland Emmerich, as well as The Thirteenth Floor and Hostile Takeover.

For television, Wander scored more than 40 episodes of the long-running hit series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He has also written music for a number of long form projects, including the FX Network telefilms "Sins of the Father" and "RFK."

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