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Greg Heffley, the kid who made ``wimpy cool, is back in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, an all-new family comedy in the hit movie franchise based on the publishing phenomenon by Jeff Kinney.
School's out and Greg is looking forward to enjoying the best summer of all time. But when his dad decides that some father-son bonding is in order, Greg must do everything he can to keep him from ruining his vacation. So he hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - but even that fails to keep Greg away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.
From its origins as a series of online cartoons, Diary of a Wimpy Kid exploded onto the pop culture scene when Jeff Kinney's first ``novel in cartoons was published in 2007. Diary of a Wimpy Kid spent almost three years on The New York Times' children's bestseller list - there are 75 million copies in print in 37 languages. The book captured the imaginations of an army of formerly ``reluctant readers, and launched countless video reviews, social networking fan groups and parties celebrating the release of each new Wimpy Kid book. Kinney had originally targeted adults through the book's nostalgic look at middle school life as told through a narrator with Walter Mittyesque-fantasies of greatness, but kids immediately connected to his blending of the subversive and edgy with the fun and wholesome.
The first motion picture, based on Kinney's debut Wimpy Kid novel, brought to cinematic life the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life - middle school. In the second picture, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, which opened as 1 at the box office, Greg and his older brother and chief tormentor, Rodrick, deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. In the new film, Kinney (returning as executive producer), director David Bowers, producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and screenwriters Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, focus on the father-son relationship of Frank and Greg Heffley, as played by Steve Zahn and Zachary Gordon.
Returning cast members also include Robert Capron as Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, Devon Bostick as Greg's brother, Rodrick, Rachael Harris as their mom, Susan, and Peyton List as Holly Hills.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS is based on Kinney's third and fourth Wimpy Kid books, The Last Straw and Dog Days. Kinney, who worked closely with the screenwriters, producers and director, says, ``We have an obligation to our readers, to make sure we're protecting their expectations and don't stray too far from the books.
At the same time, Kinney points out the movie adaptations are not carbon copies of the books. He likens the adaptation process to the experience of and expectations for attending a pop music event: ``It's kind of like going to a concert of your favorite band. You wouldn't really enjoy it if the band just played the songs from its latest album, in order - why not just stay home and listen to the album? So you try to mix up the playlist a little and play a new song, maybe a cover song from somebody else. That's the same model we have for the movies: we try to give fans enough to meet their expectations, but also add new elements to surprise them.
Simpson notes, ``Some fans will ask, what happened to the third book, The Last Straw? We incorporated elements of it into DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, and we brought other elements into DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS. For the latter, this enabled us to get outside of the school and do a summer-themed movie. This was a great opportunity to expand Greg's world. People usually look at summer vacation as a golden time, but for Greg it's just as tough as the school year. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a really fun book that turns summer on its head, and I think we've done that in the movie. We also have some new elements that feel like they're part of Jeff Kinney's world.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS follows Greg Heffley's summer adventures - from the comfy confines of his living room, where all he wants to do is play video games; to the aquatic frenzy of the local municipal pool; to the plush and leisurely luxuries at a lavish country club; and to a wild camping trip outside of the familiar comforts of suburbia. ``Summer vacation and childhood are deeply associated, says Jacobson. ``When you're a kid, there's nothing you look forward to more. David Bowers adds, ``I think summer vacation is a great source of comedy because often people have plans and look forward to it, but it isn't always as awesome or amazing as you hope it might be. And that certainly is the case for Greg, whose vacation might not be as much fun as he thinks it should be.
Greg would probably call that a huge understatement.
During production of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, Kinney was putting the finishing touches on the sixth book in his series, Diary of Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, which was released last November with an enormous run of six million copies. In addition to writing the phenomenally popular books, creating the hugely successful kids' website Poptropica.com, and executive producing the WIMPY KID films, Kinney is also a married father of two, and a Cub Scout leader. To everyone's amazement and appreciation, Kinney still managed to be on set during much of the shoot.
``Jeff really is the glue that holds the films together, says Simpson. ``His presence on the set was very important to the cast. He helps keep the integrity of the books on the screen. Jeff is part of the fabric of the films in an intense and amazing way. Jacobson adds: ``Jeff's role has been to be the guardian of the WIMPY KID voice. He is our go-to guy when we need a great joke, or when we need to check whether a character would really do something.
Steve Zahn believes the success of the books and the films is that ``they're told from the perspective of a kid, and Jeff is still a kid. The stories don't talk down to young people.
Another key filmmaker accessing his inner-Wimpy was director David Bowers, who was asked to direct the new film before he'd even completed DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES. ``David brought a great sense of life and humor to the previous film, says Simpson.
``David really thinks in a very Jeff Kinney/Greg Heffley sort of way and has come up with a lot of the really funny moments, adds Jacobson. Kinney concurs: ``Having David return gave me a lot of comfort, because I knew he'd deliver on the comedy end.
Also delivering the laughs were screenwriters Maya Forbes (``The Larry Sanders Show) & Wally Wolodarsky (``The Simpsons); their big screen credits include the hit animated feature ``Monsters vs. Aliens. ``Wally and Maya have a subversive sense of humor that matches these books', says Simpson.
In addition to the cast, producers and director, a number of creative department heads returned for their second or third Wimpy Kid films, including: production designer Brent Thomas (all three WIMPY films), editor Troy Takaki, A.C.E. (the second and third films), and Academy Award(R)-nominated costume designer Monique Prudhomme (the first and third films). BAFTA-award winning cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, ASC/BSC was a welcome newcomer to the WIMPY KID team.
All three pictures were made during consecutive summers in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ``These movies have been like summer camp for the actors and the crew, says Jacobson. The kids have really bonded and their friendships have evolved throughout the years. ``They came in as bright-eyed, excited kids and they never lost that enthusiasm. We brought back the same crew, year after year, and everyone felt like a family.
Zachary Gordon says, ``For the second and third films, it felt like I'd never left the previous production. It was like I'd taken a day off and come back. It really was like a family reunion.
One of the reasons the second and third films moved ahead so quickly was that the young cast was growing up, unlike their counterparts in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. When the first movie went into production, Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and most of the other actors were going into sixth grade - beginning middle school - just like their on-screen alter egos. And like their characters, Zachary and Robert began seventh grade while filming the second opus. The new film follows Greg's adventures during the summer before eighth grade - but in between filming the second and third installments, Zachary had grown considerably and his voice was considerably deeper. Nevertheless, he was still Greg Heffley.
Indeed, the filmmakers are quick to praise Zachary's achievements in bringing Greg Heffley to life on screen. ``I can't imagine anyone else playing this role, says Simpson. ``We started out, three years ago, with a stick figure in Jeff's book, and had many discussions about what that stick figure would look like if it came to life. We decided that it was really about attitude - a little bit of a hustler, a little bit of salesman, and of course, a wimp. Greg is a good kid, but still trying to get ahead the way that kids do. Zach has really nailed this role and I think it's hard for kids, when they read the books, to imagine anyone but Zach as Greg.
Zachary's Greg still plays off his friends, including Rowley, and troublemaker older brother Rodrick, but DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS also sees Greg spending more time with his dad, Frank. Jacobson notes: ``This movie is about Greg and his father, and we get a much fuller sense of who Frank is as a character and more of an opportunity to enjoy Steve Zahn, who's played the role in all three pictures. And, while we've had the amazing comedic weapon that is Steve in our arsenal all along, it's great to finally let it loose. Kinney says, ``In the books, the parents are kind of background characters; Greg doesn't even know what his father does for a living. But Steve has done wonders with the Frank character, and adds humor to everything he does. Rachael Harris adds, ``There are some very laugh-out-loud slapsticky things Steve does that nobody can do better.
Zahn acted in the WIMPY KID movies during his summer hiatus from the acclaimed HBO series ``Treme. He says, ``I've got to be the first actor that has done the same movie and the same TV show at the same time of year, for three years. Now to most people, that's not a big deal, but for an actor in this business, that is very unusual.
Robert Capron again brings his signature charm to the role of Rowley. ``He walked in and he was Rowley, Simpson remembers of Capron's audition for the first picture. ``He has a huge heart, is excited about life and the world, and has some of the same qualities that Rowley has.
Devon Bostick returns as Greg's older brother, Rodrick, who upon learning that Greg has been sneaking into the country club, wants to get in on the high-class action, as well. ``It's Greg's nightmare, says Jacobson. ``Rodrick is loud and lazy and Greg is a little embarrassed by his brother in this movie.
``Devon has a great sense of humor, a great sense of mischief he brings to the character, Jacobson continues. ``Rodrick's relationship with Greg evolved in the second film, and in this one, they're closer than they've been. But Rodrick's still not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Comic actor Rachael Harris' performances as Greg's much-put-upon mom have also been audience favorites. ``Rachael has brought a great comic timing and sensibility to the role of Susan, says Simpson. ``There's a sense of a very caring mother, just trying to do her best with all these crazy kids around her. And I think that's probably how Rachael experienced working on the movie - wondering how she ended up in this crazy world with all these kids running around her. But she's embraced it and loved it.
Peyton List is back as Holly Hills, who had moved to town in the last movie and stole Greg's heart. In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, Holly and Greg have become friends, but he wants to take it to the next level - whatever that means for someone in middle school. ``Peyton really glows, says Simpson. ``She's a delight to have on set and it feels like any middle school boy would have a big crush on her.
Also back are the oddball Fregley (Grayson Russell), a misfit among misfits, the deadpan, wise-cracking Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar); and Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil), who is the biggest thorn in Greg's side.
A notable newcomer to the cast - and to the Heffley family - is Sweetie, the clan's new pooch, played by four-year old Labra-doodle Oliver.
And Jeff Kinney, who appeared as an extra in the first two pictures, makes a special cameo appearance, in a ``Sweet 16 party scene.
The close-knit cast and crew were thrilled to reunite. For the Wimpy Kid, himself, working on the film series has been nothing less than life changing. ``This has been wonderful for me, says Zachary Gordon. ``It was so much fun, even though it was a lot of hard work. It was way better than just having a regular summer vacation!
ABOUT THE CAST
ZACHARY GORDON (Greg Heffley) gained enormous attention in the title role of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES. In the 2010 ``Power of Youth issue, Variety called him, ``the next Bill Murray.
Zachary made his film debut in ``Georgia Rule, starring Jane Fonda, for which he won the Young Artists Award in the best supporting actor category. Since then, Zachary has appeared in ``National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and played young Bloom, Adrien Brody's character as a boy, in ``The Brothers Bloom.
His numerous television appearances include guest-starring roles in the series ``All of Us, ``How I Met Your Mother, ``Desperate Housewives, and ``24. Zachary also has a busy voiceover career. He was a series regular on Nickelodeon's ``Ni Hao Kai-lan, which taught the Mandarin language to pre-schoolers. In the series, Zachary provided the voice of San San, and worked with a Mandarin coach as needed. His voice talents are also heard in the Nickelodeon series ``Bubble Guppies, in which he portrays Gil, one of the lead guppies. He lends his voice to Spike TV's Emmy(R) winning ``Afro Samurai: Resurrection, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, and he is the voice of Young Bruce Wayne for Cartoon Network's ``Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He also worked on ``Robot Chicken, voicing Charlie Brown, Linus and Franklin.
For the big screen, Zachary provided the voice of Papi Jr. in ``Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and was heard as cub Norm in ``Norm of the North.
As the host of the ``Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus DVD, Zachary interviewed circus trainers and performers and interacted with many different animals.
In 2010, Zachary was honored with the Rising Star Award at the Danville Children's Film Festival.
Zachary enjoys basketball, ping-pong and sixties music, especially The Beatles and Billy Joel. He sings, dances (hip hop) and loves to read. His ambitions include producing or directing some of his favorite stories.
Zachary lives in Southern California and, while filming DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, he began the eighth grade.
ROBERT CAPRON (Rowley Jefferson) recently appeared as Young Curly in ``The Three Stooges, and voiced the role of Bob in Tim Burton's upcoming ``Frankenweenie.
Robert starred as Rowley Jefferson in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, and he was also seen in ``The Sorcerer's Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Walt Disney Pictures.
At age eight, Robert, who hails from Rhode Island, began to take after-school acting classes at the Trinity Repertory Company. He enjoyed the classes, and after auditioning for a role in ``A Christmas Carol, Robert knew he wanted to pursue an acting career.
Robert appeared in several Trinity productions before landing a small role in director Lasse Hallström's motion picture drama ``Hachiko: A Dog's Story, starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen, which filmed in Rhode Island. His first speaking role was in ``Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. For television, Robert guest starred in an episode of ``The Haunting Hour: The Series.
In addition to watching classic movies, Robert loves reading, especially American history, the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings book series, mysteries, ghost stories, and Spider-Man comics. He also enjoys writing stories and, in the course of filming the first DIARY OF A WIMPY KID movie, Robert wrote a film treatment.
Robert began the eighth grade, the third year of middle school, while filming DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS.
DEVON BOSTICK (Rodrick Heffley) also starred as the ``Wimpy Kid's big brother Rodrick in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES.
Devon's lead performance in Atom Egoyan's ``Adoration, which screened in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, remains one of the highlights of his career. He also had leading role in Jeremy Podeswa's ``Fugitive Pieces (which opened the Toronto International Film Festival), and Kari Skogland's ``The Stone Angel, starring Ellen Burstyn. Other films include ``Sacrifice, ``The Entitled, ``Saw VI, and ``Dead Before Dawn 3D.
Devon's recent television work includes the recurring role of Leo in ``Being Erica and the role of Ezio in Yves Simoneau's ``Assassin's Creed: Lineage. He was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his work on ``The Altar Boy Gang and guest starred in ``The Border and in the pilot for the ABC series ``Rookie Blue. Earlier TV work includes ``Knights of the South Bronx and ``Degrassi: the Next Generation.
Devon attended a performing arts school and, from grades five to nine, took classes at The Second City in Toronto. In 2008, the Canadian trade journal Playback named Devon one of ``The Next 25, a list of emerging Canadian artists.
RACHAEL HARRIS (Susan) stole her scenes as the pitch-perfect, irritating girlfriend of Ed Helms in the number-one R-rated comedy of all time, "The Hangover." She previously co-starred with Helms as a correspondent on "The Daily Show." Harris starred in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES. Her other film credits include "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind," "For Your Consideration," "Starsky & Hutch," "Kicking & Screaming" and "Daddy Day Care." She was seen in ``Natural Selection, which won an array of major prizes when it premiered at the SWSW Film Festival, including a Breakthrough Performance Award for Harris. Harris appeared in "Rent" at the Hollywood Bowl.
Harris was seen on CBS' "Gary Unmarried," guest starred on Starz's "Party Down," and portrayed Gary Cole's wife on "The Good Guys." She appeared on ABC's "Cougar Town" and ``Notes from the Underbelly, as well as Showtime's "Fat Actress." Harris also appeared on ``The Sarah Silverman Program, ``Reno 911! ``The West Wing, ``Friends, ``Curb Your Enthusiasm, ``Monk and ``Desperate Housewives. She hosted ``Smoking Gun TV in 2004 and has made multiple appearances on such VH1 documentaries as ``I Love the '80s, ``I Love the '90s and ``Best Week Ever. Harris made her television debut in a 1993 episode of ``SeaQuest DSV.
STEVE ZAHN (Frank Heffley) has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen. His standout performance in ``Happy, Texas won him a Grand Jury Special Actor Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. His starring role opposite Christian Bale in ``Rescue Dawn for director Werner Herzog, won Zahn an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Zahn's credits include a starring role opposite Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy ``Management; ``A Perfect Getaway with Timothy Olyphant and Milla Jovovich; ``The Great Buck Howard, alongside Tom Hanks and John Malkovich; and ``Night Train, also starring Danny Glover.
Zahn made his screen debut in Ben Stiller's ``Reality Bites, which led to Zahn's breakthrough performance in Tom Hanks' directorial debut, ``That Thing You Do! in which Zahn portrayed Lenny, the lead guitarist for The Wonders, a struggling band that rises to fame after releasing a top-forty single.
Zahn received critical acclaim for his scene-stealing portrayal of Glen Michaels in ``Out of Sight for director Stephen Soderbergh, and for his heartbreaking turn as a drug addicted father in director Penny Marshall's ``Riding in Cars with Boys. Additional credits include: ``Strange Wilderness, ``Sahara, ``Chicken Little (as the voice of Runt), ``Bandidas, ``Suburbia (reprising the role he created in the off-Broadway production), ``Shattered Glass, ``Daddy Day Care, ``National Security, ``Hamlet, ``Joy Ride, ``Saving Silverman, ``Safe Men, ``You've Got Mail, ``The Object of My Affection, ``Speak, and voice roles in ``Dr. Dolittle 2, ``Stuart Little and ``Stuart Little 2.
On television Zahn stars in creator/executive producer David Simon's ``Treme for HBO. The post-Katrina-themed drama chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of several musicians. Zahn had a starring role alongside Val Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths in ``Comanche Moon. In this prequel to ``Lonesome Dove, written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Zahn portrayed Gus McCrae, the role made famous by Robert Duvall in ``Lonesome Dove. Additionally, Zahn guest starred as Tony Shaloub's half-brother on the series ``Monk.
A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Zahn was introduced to improvisational theater in high school. After completing his freshman year at Gustavus-Adolphus College in Minnesota, he crashed the audition of a local production of ``Biloxi Blues, winning the lead role in the play. Following his debut, he trained for two years at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to New York and being cast in Tommy Tune's national tour of ``Bye Bye Birdie. He then landed a role opposite Ethan Hawke in ``Sophistry at the renowned Playwright's Horizon.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
DAVID BOWERS (Director) directed box office hit DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES and the acclaimed animated features ``Flushed Away and ``Astro Boy.
Bowers began his career in England working on ``Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the hit TV show ``Danger Mouse. He joined Steven Spielberg's Amblimation Studio and worked as an animator on the features ``An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and ``Balto, before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked at the newly-established DreamWorks Animation. Bowers was a story artist on ``The Prince of Egypt and the storyboard supervisor on Aardman Animation's first feature, ``Chicken Run. Other credits include the Academy Award(R)-winning ``Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit and ``Shark Tale.
MAYA FORBES (Screenwriter) received four Emmy(R) nominations for ``The Larry Sanders Show, on which she was a writer and co-executive producer. Forbes' screenplay credits include the animation hit ``Monsters vs. Aliens, ``The Rocker, ``Seeing Other People, and the TV movie ``True Love, which she also executive produced.
Forbes was also executive producer on ``Seeing Other People, as well as the television movies ``Live at Five Feet, ``The Kennedys, ``More, Patience, and the series ``The Naked Truth.
WALLACE WOLODARSKY (Screenwriter) began his career writing on ``The Tracey Ullman Show, for which he won an Emmy and was nominated for another four. He was an original writer on ``The Simpsons, for which took home an Emmy.
Wolodarsky's screenplays include ``Monsters vs. Aliens and ``The Rocker, and he wrote and directed ``Coldblooded and the television movie ``Seeing Other People. He directed the movie ``Sorority Boys, and was a writer on the series ``The Ortegas and ``Sibs. Wolodarsky served as a producer on ``The Tracey Ullman Show, was a supervising producer on ``The Simpsons, and executive producer on ``The Ortegas and ``The Kennedys.
NINA JACOBSON (Producer) has built an impressive 20-year career as a senior film executive at three major motion picture studios.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID was Jacobson's first film as a producer and the first production for her company, Color Force. A commercial success, the film grossed over $75 million worldwide and led to the production of the sequel, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, which opened at 1 at the box office and went on to gross over $70 million worldwide.
In 2011, Jacobson produced ``One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls, which was released in August. She then produced the blockbuster film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' ``The Hunger Games.
Prior to forming Color Force, Jacobson was president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, where she oversaw script development and film production for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. During her tenure, 15 of Jacobson's projects grossed over $100 million domestically.
At Disney, Jacobson oversaw and launched some of Hollywood's biggest family film franchises, including ``Pirates of the Caribbean, ``The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and ``The Princess Diaries. The ``Pirates of the Caribbean franchise became the highest grossing film in Disney's history, generating almost three billion dollars in worldwide box office.
In addition, she has spearheaded an eclectic range of films that includes titles such as ``The Rookie, ``Remember the Titans, ``Freaky Friday, ``Bridge to Terabithia, ``Miracle, ``Step Up, ``Bringing Down the House, ``Sweet Home Alabama, ``The Prestige, ``The Sixth Sense, ``Unbreakable, ``Signs and ``The Royal Tenenbaums.
Before joining the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, Jacobson was a senior film executive at DreamWorks SKG, where she developed ``What Lies Beneath and originated the idea of DreamWorks' first animated feature, ``Antz.
In 1987, Jacobson joined Disney Sunday Movie as a story analyst. In 1988, Jacobson moved to Silver Pictures as director of development. She went on to head development at Parkes/MacDonald Productions, before leaving to join Universal.
Jacobson is a trustee at Wildwood School and is active with The Jewish Federation. She is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Brentwood with her partner Jennifer and their three children, Noah, Josie and William.
BRAD SIMPSON (Producer) began his career at the legendary New York independent production company Killer Films. He was an executive and producer there from 1996-2003, co-producing ``Far from Heaven, which was nominated for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globes(R). The film was an Official Selection in the 2002 Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals and appeared on over 100 critics' top ten lists for the year. Simpson was an associate producer on Kim Pierce's acclaimed ``Boys Don't Cry, for which Hillary Swank won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. The film screened at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals.
While working as an executive at Killer Films, Simpson developed a series of acclaimed independent films including ``Velvet Goldmine, ``Hedwig and the Angry Inch, ``Happiness and ``One Hour Photo. He produced ``Party Monster, which played in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was featured at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. Simpson was a co-producer on ``A Home at the End of the World and an associate producer on ``Camp, which played in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
From 2003-2007 Simpson was President of Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company. While there, he moved the company into a permanent and successful relationship with Warner Bros.
In 2008, Simpson partnered with Marc Forster to form Apparatus. In 2010, he produced the sleeper hit DIARY OF A WIMPY KID for Twentieth Century Fox. In 2011, Simpson produced the follow up, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, which opened as a surprise number-one hit at the domestic box office.
He is an executive producer on Marc Forster's ``Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival was released by Relativity.
Simpson has two films being released in 2012. In addition to DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, he serves as executive producer on ``World War Z. Based on the best-selling book by Max Brooks, starring Brad Pitt and a large international cast, the film will be release by Paramount in summer 2013.
Simpson graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Semiotics from Brown University. He serves on the Board of Directors of 826LA, Dave Eggar's Los Angeles-based education charity. He is originally from Little Rock, AR.
JEFF KINNEY (Executive Producer), author of the phenomenally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books, was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009. Now, only four years after the publication of the first book in Kinney's series, there are 52 million copies in print and translations in 37 languages. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, the sixth book in the series, had a first printing of six million copies when it was published in November.
In the early 1990s, while at the University of Maryland, Kinney ran a comic strip called ``Igdoof in the campus newspaper. However, after college, the budding cartoonist couldn't get ``Igdoof syndicated and so instead, in 1998, he began writing down ideas for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which he hoped to turn into a book for adults. He worked on the book for six years before publishing it online on Funbrain.com in daily installments. To date, the online version has had more than 200 million visits, and is typically read by more than 70,000 kids a day.
In 2006, Kinney signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series. All six books -- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (April 2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (January 2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (January 2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (October 2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (November 2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (November 2011) -- have topped many best seller lists.
In addition to writing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and serving as executive producer on all three films in the franchise, Kinney continues to have a full-time job as the creative director and executive producer of Poptropica.com. A virtual world for kids, Poptropica was named one the top 50 Websites by Time magazine in 2011.
Kinney lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.
JEREMIAH SAMUELS (Executive Producer) has served as producer, executive producer and production manager on a slate of major Hollywood movies and high profile independent features. He executive produced ``Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline and Tom Wilkinson; Lasse Hallström's ``Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; and the upcoming ``The Congress, directed by Ari Folman, starring Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel.
Samuels produced the Sundance Audience Award winner ``Love Jones, directed by Theodore Witcher; and with Chris and Paul Weitz and Lloyd Saga, he produced ``Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas, directed by Scott Lew. Samuels served as unit production manager, as well as executive or co-producer, on director John Whitesell's hit comedies ``Big Momma's House 2 and ``Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, both starring Martin Lawrence, and ``Deck the Halls, starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito. He served as UPM and co-produced ``Brothers, directed by Jim Sheridan, starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman, and ``House of Sand and Fog, starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. Other credits include executive producing ``Roll Bounce, ``Sleepover and ``The Rules of Attraction, and co-producing ``The Horsemen, starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang.
ANTHONY B. RICHMOND ASC/ BSC (Director of Photography) is a veteran cinematographer whose most recent credits include ``Good Luck Chuck, ``The Comebacks, ``Shade, ``Havana Nights, ``Walk On The Moon, ``Legally Blond, ``Ravenous, ``Men Of Honor, ``The Sweetest Thing, ``Someone Like You, ``Just Friends, ``John Tucker Must Die, Autopsy, ``Sex and Lies in Sin City, `` The Rocker, and ``Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
The award winning DP has had numerous collaborations with director Nicolas Roeg, lensing ``Don't Look Now, for which Richmond won the prestigious BAFTA award, ``The Man Who Fell To Earth, ``Bad Timing, ``Heart Of Darkness and ``Full Body Massage. Other credits include ``Candyman, ``Stardust, ``Rough Riders, ``The Eagle Has Landed and ``The Greek Tycoon. Richmond served as director of photography on Angelica Houston's directorial debut, ``Bastard out Of Carolina, as well as on Sean Penn's ``Indian Runner.
Richmond's photography captured the seminal British music scene of the late 1960s. He shot the classic documentary ``Sympathy for the Devil for Jean-Luc Godard, then collaborated with Michael Lindsey Hogg on ``The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus and The Beatles' ``Let It Be. He also shot The Who's ``The Kids Are Alright.
BRENT THOMAS (Production Designer) was production designer on DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, as well as the recent ``The Big Year and ``Ramona and Beezus. Other features include ``Mad Money, ``Catch and Release, ``Dreamer and ``Walking Tall.
Thomas designed a number of critically acclaimed television projects, including the telefilms ``Door to Door, ``The Baby Dance, ``You Know My Name and ``Captains Courageous. Thomas won awards at the Houston International Film Festival and the Columbus International Film Festival for ``Passage, an experimental film he produced and directed. In addition, Thomas is a long time theater set and lighting designer.
TROY TAKAKI, A.C.E. (Editor) has edited a wide variety of motion pictures, including ``The Bounty Hunter, ``Hitch, ``Sweet Home Alabama and ``Fool's Gold, all directed by Andy Tennant. Other studio features include DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, ``Because I Said So, ``Stick It, ``Jawbreaker and ``New in Town.
After graduating cum laude with a cinema degree from San Francisco State University, Takaki moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to pursue a filmmaking career. Beginning in television, he edited the series ``Desperate Housewives, ``Ally McBeal, ``Tales from the Crypt and ``SeaQuest DSV.
In 1998, The Hollywood Reporter declared Takaki an ``Emerging Talent to Watch, and in 2000, he was asked to join the prestigious American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) society. Takaki segued to feature films with the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival entry ``Sweet Underground and the Sundance Film Festival offering ``The Pornographer.
Takaki continues to work in both the indie and studio worlds. His recent films include ``One Point O and ``Drum, both of which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and ``This Girl's Life, starring James Woods and Rosario Dawson.
EDWARD SHEARMUR (Music) is one of today's most in-demand score composers. Recently, he scored ``Jumping the Broom, ``Abduction, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, ``Furry Vengeance and ``Mother and Child. His earlier credits include ``Bride Wars, ``Passengers, ``Righteous Kill, ``Meet Bill, ``The 40 Year Old Virgin, ``The Skeleton Key, ``Bad News Bears (2005), ``Epic Movie, ``Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, ``Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, ``Reign of Fire, ``Miss Congeniality and ``Charlie's Angels.
Shearmur has won three BMI Film & TV Awards - for his scores for ``Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, ``Charlie's Angels, and ``Miss Congeniality. He was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, for the series ``Masters of Horror.
MONIQUE PRUDHOMME (Costume Designer) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design for ``The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam
Prudhomme has designed costumes for dozens of productions, including ``The Big Year, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, ``Case 39, ``Juno, ``The Fog, ``Neverwas, ``Fiece People, ``The Lizzie McGuire Movie, ``Snow Dogs, ``Best in Show, ``Trixie, ``Neverending Story III and ``Needful Things.
For television, her credits include the series ``Defying Gravity and ``The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and the films ``Flight of the Reindeer, ``The Linda McCartney Story ``First Target, and the mini-series ``It, from the novel by Stephen King.
In 2011, Prudhomme presented the keynote address and showcased her designs at Otherworldly, a celebration of Canadian costume design at the Toronto International Film Festival. She was invited to teach a master class at the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival.
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