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Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s prestigious Screenwriting Award, ANOTHER HAPPY DAY is the feature film debut of writer and director Sam Levinson. The film is a powerful, darkly comic story of a woman struggling to find her place in a volatile family dynamic and features an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ellen Barkin who also produced.
A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents’ Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn’s hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control.
The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted, oftentimes hilariously, with the deeply painful, half-buried truths that have given rise to the family’s primal web ofresentments and recriminations, Lynn struggles to maintain her equilibrium as her best attempts at reconciliation veer quickly off-course.
ELLEN BARKIN (Lynn) has utilized her superb acting skills to play roles ranging from an abusive single mother to a sultry femme fatale. Her versatility has made her an esteemed actress in theater, film and television. Most recently, she starred in Jean-Paul Salomé’s The Chameleon, alongside Marc-André Grondin, Famke Janssen and Nick Stahl. Barkin garnered her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Blake Edwards’ Switch. For her performance in Oprah Winfrey’s made-for-television movie “Before Women Had Wings,” she would receive a second Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy Award for Best Actress. Barkin attended the prestigious High School of the Performing Arts in New York. She went on to study both drama and history at Hunter College. She continued her studies by participating in workshops at the renowned Actors Studio.
Her first film and breakout performance came in the Barry Levinson classic Diner. Other film credits include Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 13, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Happy Tears, Michael Caton-Jones’ This Boy’s Life, Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, Tony Scott’s The Fan, Walter Hill’s Wild Bill, Harold Becker’s Sea of Love, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mike Newell’s Into the West, Bob Rafelson’s Man Trouble, John Turturro’s Mac, Jim McBride’s The Big Easy, Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Eugene Corr’s Desert Bloom and Sidney Lumet’s Daniel.
Barkin made her stage debut in 1980 when she appeared in “Irish Coffee,” which was soon followed by the original production of “Extremities” Off Broadway. In 2011, Barkin made her Broadway debut in George C. Wolfe’s revival of Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart.” For her role as Dr. Brookner, she won an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play. The production also received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble.
Barkin’s first venture behind the camera came when she produced Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. This romantic dramedy premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
Barkin, a Bronx native, currently resides in New York City.
EZRA MILLER (Elliot) has built a reputation for fearlessness and comedic chops while holding his own opposite stars like Tilda Swinton, Andy Garcia and Liev Schreiber. Since his 2008 screen debut in the harrowing prep-school drama Afterschool, the 18-year-old actor has kept busy. Miller stars in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, playing the title role opposite Swinton and John C. Reilly. The drama premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. He just wrapped shooting on Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
Miller had two films at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival: Every Day, co-starring Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Carla Gugino and Brian Dennehy; and Beware the Gonzo, in which Miller played the lead role. Previously, he starred opposite Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies in Raymond De Felitta’s City Island, which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
The young actor’s breakthrough performance came in Afterschool, an independent feature that garnered wide critical acclaim including nominations at both the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.
When not shooting a film, Miller also works on television. In 2008, he was seen in multiple episodes of Showtime’s “Californication.” Subsequently, he has played a recurring role in the first two seasons of USA Network’s hit series “Royal Pains.”
A passionate musician, Miller recently toured on the East Coast with his band Sons of an Illustrious Father.
KATE BOSWORTH (Alice) has made the seamless transition from young Hollywood starlet to one of today’s leading ladies. After bursting onto the film scene with a strong-willed performance in John Stockwell’s hugely successful Blue Crush, she may be best known for her acclaimed portrayal of the ultimate golden girl, Sandra Dee, opposite Kevin Spacey in his Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea. She also played the iconic Lois Lane in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.
Bosworth was most recently seen in Rod Lurie’s remake of Straw Dogs, starring opposite James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and James Woods. She also starred in Sngmoo Lee’s action film The Warrior’s Way, alongside Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush.
While she made her feature film debut in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer at the age of 14, Bosworth made the decision to make education her priority. Choosing parts that would accommodate her school schedule, she starred in the WB’s hit summer series “Young Americans” and appeared in Jerry Bruckheimer’s sports drama Remember the Titans. After her high-school graduation, Bosworth starred in Roger Avary’s Rules of Attraction, alongside Ian Somerhalder and Shannyn Sossamon.
On the independent scene, Bosworth appeared in Little Birds, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the comedy L!fe Happens, which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and co-starred Krysten Ritter. She recently completed production on the thriller Black Rock, starring alongside Lake Bell, and Michael Polish’s Big Sur, alongside Josh Lucas.
Other film credits include James Cox’s Wonderland, opposite Val Kilmer; David Auburn’s The Girl in the Park, alongside Sigourney Weaver; Bee Season, with Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; Robert Luketic’s Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, co-starring Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel; and 21, with Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey, also directed by Robert Luketic.
DEMI MOORE (Patty) continues to be one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. Her latest film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Margin Call, a financial thriller starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto and Penn Badgley, was purchased by Lionsgate for release on October 21, 2011. In 2012, Moore will be seen opposite Miley Cyrus in Lisa Azuelos’ LOL.
Moore earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jerry Zucker’s romantic classic Ghost, starring opposite Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. She was already a star after appearing in two beloved ensemble films: Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire and Ed Zwick’s About Last Night…
Moore made her film debut in 1984 as Michael Caine’s daughter in Blame It on Rio. Other early film work includes roles in No Small Affair, opposite Jon Cryer; One Crazy Summer, with John Cusack; Wisdom, written, directed and co-starring Emilio Estevez; The Seventh Sign, opposite Michael Biehn; and We’re No Angels, opposite Sean Penn and Robert De Niro.
Other film credits include Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle, in which she starred opposite Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu; The Joneses, opposite David Duchovny; Flawless, opposite Michael Caine; Happy Tears, with Parker Posey and Ellen Barkin; Mr. Brooks, with Kevin Costner; Bobby, as a member of an all-star ensemble cast; Striptease, opposite Burt Reynolds; The Juror, with Alec Baldwin; Disclosure, alongside Michael Douglas; Indecent Proposal, opposite Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson; and A Few Good Men, with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.
In addition to achieving great success as an actress, Moore has had a very successful career as a film producer with her production company, Moving Pictures. Credits as actress and producer include G.I. Jane, in which she starred opposite Viggo Mortensen; the Emmy-nominated HBO film “If These Walls Could Talk,” with Sissy Spacek and Cher; Now and Then, with Melanie Griffith, Rosie O’Donnell and Rita Wilson; and Mortal Thoughts, with Bruce Willis. She is also a part of the team behind the highly successful Austin Powers franchise, having produced the first three films with Jennifer and Suzanne Todd.
In 2008, Moore made her directorial debut with the short film Streak, part of the award-winning film series Glamour Reel Moments. This year, Moore teamed up with Lifetime to direct a short for Five, the forthcoming anthology film exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. Other directors included Penelope Spheeris, Jennifer Aniston, Patty Jenkins and Alicia Keys.
Moore signed a multi-project development deal with Lifetime, where she will be the executive producer of “The Conversation,” hosted by renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet. Covering a variety of topics of interest to women, the hour-long program will feature intimate interviews with high-profile celebrity role models as well as everyday women.
In 2010, Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher founded DNA: The Demi and Ashton Foundation, which aims to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide. That same year, Moore spoke on the domestic sex trafficking of children at Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations and at a congressional briefing. She also traveled to Haiti to address the issue within the earthquake-ravaged country.
This year, Moore traveled to Nepal to shoot a documentary for CNN entitled “Nepal’s Stolen Children.” The documentary explores all aspects of the trafficking problem.
Moore currently resides in Los Angeles with Kutcher and her three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Talullah.
THOMAS HADEN CHURCH (Paul) received an Academy Award® nomination for his role as Jack in Alexander Payne’s critically acclaimed film Sideways, alongside Paul Giamatti. The dramedy won numerous awards in 2004 and 2005 including a Golden Globe for Best Comedic Motion Picture, a Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Picture, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast and six Independent Spirit Awards. The Broadcast Film Critics and the Independent Spirit Awards also honored Church as Best Supporting Actor.
Church’s next film is acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, which also stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning. Church recently wrapped production on William Friedkin’s crime thriller Killer Joe, in which he worked alongside Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Gina Gershon.
In summer 2012 Church will be seen in Andrew Stanton’s sci-fi adventure John Carter, starring opposite Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Samantha Morton and Taylor Kitsch. Disney will release this film in the summer of 2012.
Church was recently seen in Will Gluck’s Easy A, a teen comedy starring Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow and Patricia Clarkson. In 2009, he starred opposite Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo in Don McKay; the dark comedy All About Steve, opposite Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper; and the family film Imagine That, starring Eddie Murphy.
Church has utilized his unique voice to bring characters to life in the animated family films Over the Hedge and Charlotte’s Web. Other film credits include Spider-Man 3, Smart People, George of the Jungle, Free Money and Tombstone.
On the small screen, Church won an Emmy and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for his role opposite Robert Duvall in the critically acclaimed Western “Broken Trail,” directed by Walter Hill, which premiered on AMC.
Church first gained prominence for his role as the dim-witted mechanic Lowell Mather on NBC’s long-running sitcom “Wings.” He is also known for his title role in the FOX comedy “Ned and Stacey,” in which he starred opposite Debra Messing.
Church was the co-screenwriter and director of the comedy Rolling Kansas, which premiered as an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Church currently resides on his own ranch in Texas.
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