Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, BenderSpink and Carousel Productions present a PG-13, 100 minute, comedy, directed by Don Scardino, screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley with a theater release date of March 15, 2013.
Although she turned 90 in January, 2012, it won’t slow down comedy legend Betty White, one of the
funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood. With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, the
seven-time Emmy Award winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored seven
books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare.
White’s first comedy series, “Life with Elizabeth,” brought her first Emmy Award in 1952, followed by a
daily NBC talk/variety show called “The Betty White Show.” She was a recurring regular with over 70
appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jack Paar,” and appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” She also subbed as host on all three talk shows. White was a regular
with Vicki Lawrence on “Mama’s Family,” as sister Ellen, a role she created with the rest of the company
on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Her recurring role as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens in the classic series “The Mary Tyler Moore
Show” brought two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in 1974-75 and 1975-76. She received her fourth
Emmy for Best Daytime Game Show Host for “Just Men.” Nominated seven times for Best Actress in a
Comedy Series for her role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” White won the Emmy the first season
in 1985, and later appeared in the spin-off “The Golden Palace” for one season. She earned her next
Emmy Award as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on “The John Larroquette Show.”
White was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of “Elka,” the snarky but lovable caretaker
on the TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland,” in which she stars alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves
and Wendie Malick. Betty also won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding
Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.
When she hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in 2010, it was one of the highest-rated episodes in the
show’s history, and earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing White’s
Emmy total to seven awards. Betty is also Executive Producer and Host of the NBC series Off Their
Rockers, currently airing on NBC and she has been nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding
Host For A Reality or Reality Competition Program.
In addition to charming sports fan with her role in the popular Snickers commercial shown during the
2010 Super Bowl, White has guest-starred on “Ally McBeal,” “That ‘70s Show,” “Boston Legal,” and
received Emmy nominations for guesting on both NBC’s “Community” and “The Middle.” She was also
nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress on “Suddenly Susan.”
Her numerous television movies include “Chance of a Lifetime,” “Stealing Christmas,” “Annie’s Point”
and “The Lost Valentine,” for which she received yet another Emmy nomination. Betty also hosted the
New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade for 20 years, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for
10 years. Her big-screen credits include the Warner Brothers hit “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock and
Ryan Reynolds, as well as “You Again,” “Bringing Down the House,” “The Story of Us,” “Lake Placid”
and “Hard Rain.”
The most recent of her seven books include “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t”), released in
May, 2011 which earned Betty a Grammy Award. “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo,” was released in
November, 2011. Betty has also been named the world’s Most Trusted Celebrity according Reuters for
back to back years.
White’s awards are numerous, and include the Career Achievement Award in 2009 from the Television
Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jane Goodall Institute in 2009, the Screen
Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2010, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting in 2010
from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was voted AP Entertainer of the Year in 2010,
and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to being inducted into the Broadcasting and
Cable Hall of Fame in 2011.
A passionate supporter of animal health & welfare, White was recently named Chairman of the Greater
Los Angeles Zoo Association, has served on the board since 1974 and as a Zoo Commissioner for eight
years. In 2006, White was honored by the City of Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Zoo as “Ambassador to
the Animals” for her lifelong work for animal welfare. Betty also serves as President Emeritus of Morris
Animal Foundation and has been a trustee since 1971.
She was married for eighteen years to Allen Ludden, host of the game show “Password,” until his death in
1981. Betty lives in Brentwood, California with her golden retriever, Pontiac.
Photo courtesy of TVLand
Universal Pictures in association with Relativity Media, Aggregate Films, DumbDumb and Stuber Productions present an R rated, approximately 105 minute, crime, comedy, directed by Seth Gordon, screenplay by Craig Mazin and story by Jerry Eeten with a theater release date of February 8, 2013.
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation present a 91 minute, PG, 3D animation, family, comedy, fantasy, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, screenplay by Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel, story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman with a theater release of September 28, 2012.
Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films and Brownstone Productions present a PG-13, 112 minute, musical comedy directed by Jason Moore, screenplay by Kay Cannon and book by Mickey Rapkin with a theater release of September 28, 2012.
Primate Pictures, Open Road, Kim and Jim Productions and Panay Films present an R rated, 100 minute, action, romance, comedy, directed by David Palmer, Dax Shepard and written by Dax Shepard with a theatre release of August 22, 2012.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions and Everyman Pictures present an R rated, 85 minute comedy directed by Jay Roach, written by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell with a theater release date of August 10, 2012.
20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Color Force and TCF Vancouver Productions present a 94 minute, PG, family comedy directed by David Bowers and written by Gabe Sachs, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky and Jeff Kinney with a theater release date of August 3, 2012.
DIRECTORS URGE AMERICANS TO EXPERIENCE THE INTERNATIONAL FAVORITE COMEDY OF THE YEAR
July 24, 2012 – NEW YORK – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that worldwide record breaking THE INTOUCHABLES, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, has become this year’s highest grossing foreign language film in North America surpassing Academy Award© winning A SEPARATION for the record. This milestone comes even before the film’s July 27th nationwide expansion and follows an expansive list of global and domestic acclaim and box office records.
“We ask all international audiences to join us in rallying America to experience the most fun they will have in a movie theater this year,” said Nakache and Toledano. “Breaking this record shows that our worlds are not so far apart. A true story about friendship touches international and American audiences alike.”
“I am thrilled that audiences love THE INTOUCHABLES as much as we do and hope that all of the success the film is seeing is just the beginning,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “It is our wish that if this already strong word of mouth continues to build that we could reach another milestone by out grossing the current all-time North American foreign language film records. The best part about the film’s success is the fact that a foreign language film is getting its fair turn in the spotlight in this industry. It is movies like this that help us continue to bring smart, entertaining and well-written films that break the mold to theaters everywhere.”
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and TWC’s own UNDER THE SAME MOON are two of the current all-time North American foreign language film record holders.
THE INTOUCHABLES has the third highest gross of all time in France and is the highest grossing French film in Germany ever, and has held the #1 spot in many countries around the world. Currently the worldwide gross is $356 million and counting.
The audience response in the U.S. matches the international love of the film. The film’s stars Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, winner of this year’s César Award for Best Actor, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, have chemistry and charm that make for one of the most feel good films of our time. THE INTOUCHABLES has garnered awards at film festivals all around the country this year including: the ColCoa Film Festival’s Audience Award and Critics Special Prize; the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; the Florida Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best International Feature; the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; the Nashville Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; and the Maui Film Festival’s Audience Award for Narrative Feature World Cinema.
THE INTOUCHABLES – SYNOPSIS
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, THE INTOUCHABLES has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), THE INTOUCHABLES depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy, and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio’s history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay’s UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH’S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; and BULLY. Currently in release are EASY MONEY and THE INTOUCHABLES. Upcoming releases include LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Currently in production is DJANGO UNCHAINED.
TWC is also active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production and current President of Television Meryl Poster, with credits including the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, spin-off series Project Accessory and Project Runway All Stars, the VH1 reality series Mob Wives, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently in pre-production on the martial-arts epic Marco Polo for Starz as well as production on the second season of Mob Wives and the newest installment in the series’ franchise Mob Wives Chicago. TWC additionally has 17 series in different stages of development, including The Nanny Diaries, being adapted for ABC by Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls).