Jason Bateman (“Identity Thief”) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy BAD WORDS. He stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn of “We’re the Millers”) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand of “Homeland”), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.
Jason Bateman produces, directs, and acts in feature films while continuing to produce, direct, write, and develop projects for television.
For his portrayal of Michael Bluth in the Mitch Hurwitz-created comedy series Arrested Development, Mr. Bateman has been honored with a Golden Globe Award as well as Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Among his notable films as actor are the smash Juno, directed by Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman and written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody; Peter Berg’s The Kingdom and Hancock; Kevin Macdonald’s State of Play; Henry Alex Rubin’s Disconnect; Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s The Switch; Zach Helm’s Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium; and Up in the Air, again directed by Mr. Reitman. He next stars in This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy, alongside among others Tina Frey, Jane Fonda, and Kathryn Hahn of Bad Words.
He has starred in a host of hit movie comedies. These have included Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief, on which Mr. Bateman was also producer, and Horrible Bosses; Peter Billingsley’s Couples Retreat; Peyton Reed’s The Break-Up; Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; and Todd Phillips’ Starsky & Hutch. He is currently at work on Horrible Bosses 2, directed by Sean Anders.
In his adolescent years, Mr. Bateman’s portrayal of the charming schemer Derek Taylor in the television series Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create a new show for him to star in, It’s Your Move. He subsequently starred with Valerie Harper and, later, Sandy Duncan in the show Valerie, which was retitled Valerie’s Family and then The Hogan Family.
As a child actor, his big break came when he was a cast as a series regular on the iconic television drama Little House on the Prairie, with director/producer/actor Michael Landon.
Mike Judge’s film comedy Extract, in which Mr. Bateman starred, was made with his F+A Productions. F+A has a first-look deal with Fox Television, through which he develops projects to write and direct. He directed the pilot episode of the series Do Not Disturb, and directed and produced the pilot The Merger. He and his longtime friend and fellow Arrested Development actor Will Arnett created the digital-driven DumbDumb Productions to produce commercials, shorts, and original content for the Internet and for the film industry.
Mr. Bateman recently founded Aggregate Films, which has a first-look partnership with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Aggregate’s president, James Garavente, is an executive producer on Bad Words, which is the company’s first feature production. Aggregate’s first television series, Growing Up Fisher, starring Jenna Elfman and J.K. Simmons, debuts on NBC in February 2014.
Aggregate’s next film project is The Family Fang, which Mr. Bateman will direct and star in with Nicole Kidman. David Lindsay-Abaire has adapted the screenplay from Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel of the same name.
Audiences have taken note of Kathryn Hahn’s versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles in her film, television, and stage performances.
She most recently starred on-screen in Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight, which earned her a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination; in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s blockbuster comedy We’re the Millers; and in Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which world-premiered at the 2013 New York Film Festival.
Ms. Hahn’s feature film credits also include Adam McKay’s Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road; David Wain’s Wanderlust; Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother; James L. Brooks’ How Do You Know; Neal Brennan’s The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Nancy Meyers’ The Holiday; Nigel Cole’s A Lot Like Love; Robert Luketic’s Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!; and Donald Petrie’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
She recently completed filming Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrels to the Nuts, with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Cybill Shepherd, and Richard Lewis; and This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy, alongside Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, and Jason Bateman of Bad Words. She is currently in production on Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, with George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson.
Ms. Hahn’s television work has included a series regular role on the long-running Crossing Jordan; and memorable guest-starring arcs on Parks and Recreation, Hung, and Girls.
She made her Broadway debut in director Matthew Warchus’ Tony Award-winning revival of Boeing-Boeing, alongside Tony Award winner Mark Rylance, Bradley Whitford, Gina Gershon, Mary McCormack, and Christine Baranski. Among her other stage credits are Dead End, at the Ahmanson Theater in the Huntington Theater Company production; Ten Unknowns, also with Huntington Theater Company; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Camino Real, and Chaucer in Rome, all at the Williamstown Mainstage; Hedda Gabler, at Williamstown’s Baystreet; and Othello and The Birds, at the Yale School of Drama.
Ms. Hahn received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and her Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.
At the age of 6, while playing Little League baseball, Rohan Chand caught the eye of a prominent casting director in New York and soon found himself making his feature film debut opposite Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes in Jack and Jill, directed by Dennis Dugan.
He next made an unforgettable appearance on the Emmy Award-winning television series Homeland as Issa Nazir, opposite Damian Lewis and Navid Negahban.
Now 10 years old, he was most recently seen in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, with Mark Wahlberg. He will next be seen in The Hundred Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström, and will voice a lead role in Mumbai Musical, directed by Kevin Lima for DreamWorks Animation.
In his spare time, Mr. Chand enjoys playing soccer and tennis.
Ben Falcone’s feature film directorial debut Tammy, for which he also serves as co-writer and co-producer, will be released nationwide on July 2nd, 2014. The film stars Mr. Falcone’s wife, and writing and producing partner, Melissa McCarthy; and Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, and Allison Janney of Bad Words.
Mr. Falcone was most recently seen in Nicole Holofcener’s critically acclaimed movie Enough Said, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Toni Collette. An alumnus of the storied Groundlings Theater, his additional film credits include Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief, alongside Jason Bateman of Bad Words; Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids and The Heat; Kirk Jones’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting; and Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face.
He wrote episodes of, and did voiceover work for, the recent contemporary revival of The Looney Tunes Show.
Mr. Falcone was recently honored as one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch,” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Philip Baker Hall is an actor whom one sees all the time, yet doesn’t necessarily recognize by name. One of his most memorable roles was as the deadpan, hard-boiled “library cop” Bookman in the classic television comedy series Seinfeld.
The Ohio native began his career in the theater, appearing in many Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions. In New York, he appeared with Helen Hayes in The Skin of Our Teeth and with John Cazale in J.B., and performed the title role in Gorky. In Los Angeles, he starred in plays at the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory. At the Los Angeles Theatre Center, he starred in All My Sons, opposite Bill Pullman, as well as in Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, Short Eyes, and The Petrified Forest, among other productions.
The entertainment industry, and film critics, took notice of Mr. Hall with his stunning incarnation of Richard Nixon in Donald Freed and Arnold Stone’s one-man play Secret Honor. Staged in 1983 at the Actors’ Theatre in Los Angeles, the production was subsequently filmed as an independent feature under the direction of Robert Altman. The actor then progressed to being cast in such acclaimed films as Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything… and Martin Brest’s Midnight Run; and in such blockbuster fare as Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One.
While continuing to work steadily in movies, television, and on the stage, Mr. Hall achieved cult fame with his performance as the career gambler Sydney in Paul Thomas Anderson’s debut feature Hard Eight, for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.
He reunited to potent effect with the latter filmmaker on Boogie Nights and Magnolia, sharing Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with his fellow actors from both features for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Mr. Hall has also been part of several other honored ensembles, including on Ben Affleck’s Academy Award-winning Argo, for which he shared with his fellow actors a Hollywood Film Award, and Rod Lurie’s The Contender, for which he shared with the cast a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination.
His many other features have included Chuck Workman’s A House on a Hill; Nic Bettauer’s Duck; Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, opposite Ryan Gosling; Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley; Michael Mann’s The Insider; Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock; two Rush Hour movies directed by Brett Ratner; Lars von Trier’s Dogville; David Fincher’s Zodiac; Jake Kasdan’s The TV Set; Alex Kurtzman’s People Like Us; Jonathan Levine’s 50/50; Larry David’s Sour Grapes; and, most recently, Greg Mottola’s telefilm Clear History, with Mr. David.
Among his numerous television credits beyond Seinfeld, Mr. Hall had notable recurring roles on The Practice and Modern Family; has guest-starred on shows ranging from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Miami Vice; and starred in such series as The Loop, for which he received a Satellite Award nomination.
Mr. Hall was honored with the prestigious John Cassavetes Award at the Denver International Film Festival for his body of work.
Allison Janney currently stars opposite Anna Faris in Chuck Lorre’s new hit comedy series Mom. She also recently appeared in a multi-episode arc on the groundbreaking drama Masters of Sex.
Ms. Janney’s upcoming movies include an as yet untitled modern-day adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, in which she stars opposite director/screenwriter Christian Camargo, William Hurt, and Jean Reno; Trust Me, for director/actor Clark Gregg; Marc Lawrence’s new comedy starring Hugh Grant; and (in voiceover) the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, directed by Rob Minkoff.
Movie audiences know Ms. Janney from her outstanding performances in features including Juno, directed by Jason Retiman; the screen version of the stage musical Hairspray, directed by Adam Shankman; Cameron Watson’s Our Very Own, for which she was an Independent Spirit Award nominee; Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime, for which she was again a Spirit Award nominee; Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s The Way, Way Back; Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret; Stephen Daldry’s The Hours; Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty; Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors; Nicholas Hytner’s The Object of My Affection; Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm; Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s Big Night; and – in voiceover – the Academy Award-winning Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton.
She shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her fellow actors from Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning American Beauty for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and recently shared the same prize with her fellow actors from Tate Taylor’s The Help, which was also a Best Picture Oscar nominee.
Throughout her career, Ms. Janney has made memorable guest-starring appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role on the acclaimed NBC series The West Wing, having won four Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg.
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Ms. Janney auditioned for Paul Newman – and got the part. Soon after, Mr. Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested that she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in a revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, for which she earned an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Clarence Derwent Award. She returned to Broadway in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning another Outer Critics Circle Award. She was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical 9 to 5, for which she earned a second Tony Award nomination and won a Drama Desk Award.