Each YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY correspondent – including top Hollywood stars recognized for their commitment to spotlighting and acting on the biggest issues of our time – delves into a different impact of climate change. In the show’s second season, they cross the globe not only to discover the devastating impacts climate change is already having, but to also find the solutions that can solve the crisis.
Award-winning actor Sigourney Weaver has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, on stage and in film. Her work in over fifty films includes the Alien movies, The Year of Living Dangerously, Ghostbusters, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, The Ice Storm, Galaxy Quest, Prayers for Bobby, Avatar, and many others. A Monster Calls with Felicity Jones and (re)Assignment with Michelle Rodriguez will be released in the fall of 2016. Ms. Weaver is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Weaver has been the Honorary Chair for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund for the last 30 years. She served on the Board of Human Rights First for 25 years, and she is currently a board member of the New York Botanical Garden. Weaver was proud to receive the Rachel Carson Award in 2009 for her environmental work. She is also a co-founder of The Flea Theater in Lower Manhattan, which champions young artists and new work.
Aasif Mandvi is well known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning show, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. Recently, Aasif wrote, produced, and starred in the HBO series, THE BRINK, co-starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
Other recent television appearances include CBS’s PERSON OF INTEREST and MADAM SECRETARY.
Mandvi recently starred opposite Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts in MOTHER’S DAY, directed by Garry Marshall.
November also marked the release of his memoir, NO LAND’S MAN, a collection of humorous and personal stories published by Chronicle Books.
Mandvi co-created and starred in the Peabody Award winning web-series, HALAL IN THE FAMILY, which addressed anti-muslim bigotry through humour and received a staggering 577 media impressions worldwide.
Mandvi also received rave reviews for originating the role of ‘Amir Kapoor’ in the world premiere of Ayad Aktahr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, DISGRACED, at Lincoln Center. He was the recipient of the 1999 OBIE award for SAKINA’S RESTAURANT, a play he wrote and starred in. Other stage credits include the Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA and SUBURBIA.
In film, Aasif’s recent work includes, MILLION DOLLAR ARM with Jon Hamm, THE INTERNSHIP, starring alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, MOVIE 43, THE DICTATOR with Sacha Baron Cohen, DARK HORSE for Todd Solondz, RUBY SPARKS, (from the creators of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), GODS BEHAVING BADLY, and PREMIUM RUSH. He also co-wrote and starred in TODAY’S SPECIAL, which premiered at the London Film Festival. Additional film credits include leads in THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE MYSTIC MASSEUR, and supporting roles in IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, THE PROPOSAL, GHOST TOWN, MUSIC AND LYRICS, SPIDER-MAN 2, FREEDOMLAND, ANALYZE THIS, MARGIN CALL, and THE SIEGE.
Jack Black has cemented himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after talents in entertainment, with a number of high-profile projects in the works. Black is currently in production on The Man Who Would Be Polka King, a film based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak’s documentary of the same name which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. He will both produce and star in the film. Additionally, Black will produce and star in the Jared Hess-directed comedy Micronations, which reunites the duo for the first time since their successful collaboration on Nacho Libre.
Black most recently could be heard reprising the role of “Po” for the third installment of DreamWorks Animation’s smash franchise Kung Fu Panda. Additionally, he starred as “R.L. Stein” in Sony Pictures’ hit movie Goosebumps, the film adaption based on the popular children’s books. He could also be seen as producer and star (opposite James Marsden) of The D Train, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was later released in theaters. Black garnered praise for his portrayal of “Dan Landsman,” which was regarded as “what may be the performance of his career” (The Wrap, 05/15). Previously, Black starred in the critically-acclaimed independent film Bernie, a role for which he earned a 2013 Golden Globe nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical” and a 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nomination for “Best Male Lead.”
Previously, Black starred alongside Tim Robbins in HBO’s dark comedy series The Brink and executive produced and starred in Gulliver’s Travels. Black also topped the box office with Tropic Thunder; School of Rock, which earned Black his first Golden Globe nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical”; and the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film King Kong. Black’s additional film credits include The Big Year, The Muppets, Nacho Libre, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bob Roberts, High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Year One, Shallow Hal, Ice Age, Orange County, Envy, Shark Tale, and The Holiday.
Off screen, Black formed his own successful production company Electric Dynamite, under which a number of new projects are currently in development, including Micronations, The Man Who Would Be Polka King, Madame X, Bells & Whistles, and Wizard’s Way. Along with Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Angela Trimbur, the production company recently sold a women’s basketball league comedy to Comedy Central. The series is inspired by Pistol Shrimps, the popular real-life recreational basketball league founded by Blasucci. Black will also serve as producer on the project. Electric Dynamite’s additional credits include The D Train and the digital series Ghost Ghirls.
A true multi-hyphenate, Black continues to tour both domestically and internationally as the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy group Tenacious D, which he created with longtime friend and collaborator Kyle Gass. The duo released their self-titled album with Epic Records in Fall 2001 and was quickly certified at gold-selling status. Their first feature film, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, was released in November 2006 and led to two follow-up documentaries: The Making of ‘The Pick of Destiny’, which was produced and directed by Black, and D Tour: A Tenacious Documentary, which focused on the band’s world tour in support of their film and soundtrack.
Black lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tanya and their two sons.
Gisele Bündchen is arguably the most successful model of all time. She was born in 1980, in Horizontina, a small town in the south of Brazil. She was a carefree, loving, self-described “tomboy” who loved to be barefoot, playing outside and climbing on trees. At the age of 14, she was “discovered” by a talent scout in a shopping mall who saw a bright future for her in the world of fashion. Through her hard work, determination, and focus, she experienced incredible success in an industry where longevity is challenging to sustain. Over the course of her 21-year career, she has graced the covers of numerous magazines, such as Time, Forbes, Rolling Stone, and all the top fashion magazines including Vogue, W, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. She became the face of countless global campaigns for the most prominent brands, has been photographed by the most prestigious photographers and walked the runaway for the most iconic fashion houses in the world. With a global reach, Gisele chooses to use her influence to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and all living beings to make the world a healthier and happier place for her children and all generations to come.
While growing up in Brazil, Gisele felt a deep joy in connecting with the beauty of nature. But it wasn’t until a trip in 2004 to the Xingu region in the Amazon Rainforest, that she began to grasp nature’s fragility. On this trip, Gisele spent time with a native Indian tribe and witnessed the problems they were facing due to water pollution and deforestation. This experience motivated her to become involved with social-environmental causes. After returning home, Gisele collaborated with a footwear company, Grendene, to create a flip-flop line to draw attention to environmental causes and raise funds to sponsor them, especially forest and water related projects in the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforest.
In 2008, she and her family created the Projeto Agua Limpa, (Clean Water Project) in their hometown of Horizontina. The project’s goal was to implement sustainable environmental management while promoting the recovery of riparian vegetation and the micro basins of the region. Around 40,000 native forest saplings were planted which helped to revitalize the flora and fauna and to restore the water quality in the region.
In addition to her family’s project, she has lent her name and image to many campaigns raising awareness for environmental causes. She also had a “green” blog with the aim of “reflecting on social-environmental issues that we can do something about”. There was also a cartoon called “Gisele and the Green Team” to inspire girls to be environmentally responsible. In May 2009, she co-hosted the Rainforest Alliance’s annual gala to honor leaders in sustainability.
In acknowledgment of her dedication to the environment, Gisele was designated a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Environment Program in 2009 and since then, she has been working with the UN to draw attention to environmental issues. She has been the face of a number of UN campaigns and undertaken field missions in Brazil, Kenya and the U.S.
Gisele’s environmental efforts have also been recognized by Harvard Medical School which honored her with the Global Environmental Citizen Award. In addition, she received the Best Green International Celebrity Award by the Green Awards.
From fashion to fanfare, Gisele finds a way to be proactive about her social-environmental concerns. She is grateful for the opportunity to work on such an inspiring documentary as the Years of Living Dangerously. She is eager to learn more about the challenges the Amazon region and her native country of Brazil are facing due to illegal deforestation and its impact on our climate. As an optimist, she believes we have the power to make the necessary changes that will significantly impact generations to come. Gisele continues raising awareness by shining a light on the important issues facing our planet today. She hopes and dreams to make a lasting positive impact on our world for many years to come.
Cecily Strong earned rave reviews for her Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” character “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party,” which Rolling Stone hailed as an “instant classic.” Her recurring character of a ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring-pitchwoman she plays alongside Vanessa Bayer also quickly became an audience favorite. Strong has co-hosted “Weekend Update” alongside both Seth Meyers and Colin Jost.
In Chicago, Strong improvised regularly at iO and served as an understudy for the Second City Main Stage and E.T.C. shows. She performed as a member of the Second City national touring company and has also appeared at the Chicago SketchFest, Chicago Just for Laughs, the New York Sketch Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Strong was recently seen in “The Boss,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Bronze,” and “The Meddler.” Additionally, Strong headlined the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Strong was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and has a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts.
Bradley Whitford, a classically trained stage actor who has received critical acclaim for his roles in theater, film, and television, quickly gained overnight fame as the sarcastic yet vulnerable Josh Lyman on NBC’s The West Wing. One of the few actors working successfully and simultaneously in theater, film and television, Whitford has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.
Whitford recently starred in the Showtime comedy, Happyish, opposite Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn. Whitford played “Jonathan Cooke,” the boss of Steven Coogan’s “Thom Payne” and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness. He also currently recurs on Amazon’s award-winning comedy series, Transparent, opposite Jeffrey Tambor, which won the 2015 Golden Globe for “Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy,” and for which Whitford won both a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series” and TV Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.” He also starred in ABC’s 2013 – 2014 comedy series, Trophy Wife, opposite Malin Ackerman and Marcia Gay Harden. Additional television credits include The Good Guys co-starring Colin Hanks, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, the critically acclaimed drama The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin, ER, The X-Files, and NYPD Blue. His performance as Josh Lyman on The West Wing earned him a 2001 Emmy Award as well as Golden Globe Award nominations in 2001 and 2002.
On the big screen, Whitford was most recently seen in Sony Pictures Classic’s Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Olsen and Cherry Jones, which opened nationwide on March 25th. Written, produced and directed by Marc Abraham, he plays “Fred Rose,” a deceptively brilliant businessman who worked closely with Hank Williams for years managing and promoting his career as a performer and music publisher.
Whitford recently wrapped production on six feature films. First – HBO Films’ Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, All The Way, starring as “Hubert Humphrey” opposite Bryan Cranston as “LBJ” and directed by Jay Roach, which premieres on May 21st, 2016. Also produced by Cranston, the film features an all-star cast including Melissa Leo, Anthony Mackie, Frank Langella, and Stephen Root. Second – the independent film, Other People, written and directed by SNL writer, Chris Kelly. Whitford stars as “Norman” opposite Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Zach Woods, and June Squib. Recently acquired by Netflix, Other People was one of three in-competition films that opened the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Third – the Untitled Meagan Leavey Project (AKA Dogs of War) starring opposite Kate Mara and Edie Falco, and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Fourth – Phil starring opposite Greg Kinnear, who also made his directorial debut in this independent film. Emily Mortimer and Jay Duplass also star. Fifth – the Blumhouse horror-thriller, Get Out, written/co-starring/directed by Jordan Peele. Whitford is the co-lead, “Dean,” starring opposite Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Caleb Landy Jones, and Lil Rel Howery. And sixth – Whitford most recently wrapped on the independent film, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, featuring the directorial debut of Judy Greer. Produced by Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano, this film features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, Alison Janney, Common, and Anders Holms among others.
Whitford’s film credits include Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, written by Kelly Marcel, directed by John Lee Hancock, and starring opposite Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman; The Cabin in the Woods, written by Josh Whedon, directed by Drew Goddard and starring opposite Richard Jenkins and Chris Hemsworth; the gritty true-crime drama An American Crime opposite Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Alcon Entertainment’s adaptation of the best-selling Ann Brashares book co-starring Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel’ Little Manhattan, a romantic comedy written and directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett; Miramax’s romantic comedy, Kate and Leopold opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman; The Muse with Albert Brooks, Bicentennial Man opposite Robin Williams, Scent of a Woman, A Perfect World, Philadelphia, The Client, My Life, Red Corner, Presumed Innocent and My Fellow Americans.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Whitford studied theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and attended the Juilliard Theater Center. Whitford most recently received rave reviews for his return to the stage in the production of Boeing, Boeing at the Longacre Theatre opposite Mark Rylance, Christine Baranski, Kathryn Hahn, Gina Gershon, and Mary McCormack. Whitford appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s military courtroom drama, A Few Good Men, and his professional performance debut was in the off-Broadway production of Curse of the Starving Class opposite Kathy Bates. Additional theater credits include Three Days of Rain at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center Theater, and the title role in Coriolanus at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Film audiences have embraced Nikki Reed since she stormed the industry with her award-winning 2003 breakout role in THIRTEEN. She has since become best known for her role as ‘Rosale Hale’ in the TWILIGHT SAGA. Reed has also appeared in small-screen programs such as “The O.C.” and as the original American flag maker ‘Betsey Ross’ on FOX’s historical fantasy television series SLEEPY HOLLOW.
Reed recently produced and starred in Thomas Dekker’s horror JACK GOES HOME, which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival. This followed her starring role in the indie film ABOUT SCOUT opposite Jayne Seymour, Ellen Burstyn and Danny Glover and the family drama A SUNDAY HORSE alongside Ving Rhames and William Shatner.
Reed earned three Teen Choice nominations for her role as vampire Rosalie Hale, appearing in all five movies: the original 2008 film TWILIGHT and its sequels THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PARTS 1 & 2.
Among her first film projects, Reed starred opposite Alec Baldwin in MINI’S FIRST TIME, a twisted tale of a rebellious teenager testing the boundaries of life, and opposite Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger in Sony’s 1970s surf-and-skate cult hit LORDS OF DOGTOWN. She launched her acting career at age fourteen as co-writer and star of the semi-autobiographical feature THIRTEEN, receiving wide critical acclaim including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance and a nomination for Best First Screenplay.
In addition to her thriving acting career, she is also recognized for her fashion sensibilities. She currently writes a recurring online beauty and nutrition column for Elle and recently collaborated with Freedom of Animals to launch a bag line that is made entirely from recycled plastic from the ocean and landfills. Prior, she served on People Magazine’s Stylewatch Style Council for two years and designed a jewelry line, Mattlin Era, which was sold exclusively online through Glamhouse and in-store at Seven For All Mankind.
Reed is a distinguished animal rights activist, primarily focusing on dogs, rescues and shelters. She has spent many years volunteering and supporting animal rescue programs, in addition to wildlife and environmental groups and mentoring programs focused on the education of disadvantaged youth. Reed serves as an ambassador for the Humane Society of the United States and won the 2014 Compassion Award for the ASPCA. She is also the Director of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and has helped to provide well over 200 grants to families who cannot cover the cost of surgeries for their animals. The foundation has an entire wing dedicated to saving rhinos in South Africa, which supports Reed’s powerful short film with Adrian Steirn and RYOT about the record levels of rhino poaching in that country. As if that wasn’t enough, Reed is also a founding member of Thrive Market, a groundbreaking online store with a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for American families.
David Letterman has been hailed as one of the most innovative and influential broadcasters in the history of television. In 33 years on late-night television, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), surpassing his mentor, Johnny Carson, for the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history.
As a writer, producer and performer, Letterman is one of the most-nominated individuals in Emmy Award history, with 52 nominations, resulting in 10 wins. Letterman is also a multiple-Peabody-Award winner and a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Letterman’s first network break came as a writer, in 1978 on the CBS variety series Mary, starring Mary Tyler Moore. In November of that year, he made the first of his 22 appearances on The TonightShow Starring Johnny Carson. He also guest-hosted Tonight numerous times.
In 1980, Letterman began hosting a morning comedy-variety program, The David Letterman Show, which ran for three months on NBC. His ground-breaking show Late Night with David Letterman premiered in February 1982. Throughout its 11 years, Late Night changed the complexion of late night television, earning five Emmys and 35 Emmy nominations.
On Aug. 30, 1993, the Late Show with David Letterman made its debut on CBS, establishing itself as the first successful comedy/variety show in late night, outside of NBC. In its 22 years at CBS, Late Show became known as one of the most inventive and imaginative comedy programs in television, and launched the careers of countless comedians and musical acts.
From his roots in comedy, Letterman also became renowned as an interviewer, sharing the stage with the U.S. Presidents, Cabinet officials, Medal of Honor recipients, and virtually every Presidential candidate for more than 20 years. Through his guest interviews, Letterman also brought to light important global issues such as world hunger and climate change.
Letterman announced his departure from Late Show in 2014, and aired his final episode on May 20th, 2015 to an audience of 13.76 million people.
He resides in New York with his wife Regina, and son Harry.
In his first TV project after Late Show, David Letterman travels to India with YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.
Joshua Jackson stars alongside Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, and Maura Tierney in the Golden Globe award-winning television series “The Affair” on Showtime, which will return for a third season. He will soon be seen in the independent film Sky which premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. He previously starred on FOX’s hit show “Fringe” created by J.J. Abrams. Recent feature film roles include starring roles opposite Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta Jones in Lay the Favorite for director Stephen Frears and Inescapable opposite Marisa Tomei. In 2010, Jackson received the 2010 Best Actor Genie Award for his starring role in the Canadian Independent feature film One Week.
Jackson was seen as part of the ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed film Bobby for director Emilio Estevez and starred in the psychological thriller Shutter for 20th Century Fox/New Regency which was shot on location in Tokyo. Additionally, Jackson enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End starring in A Life in the Theatre alongside Patrick Stewart. The acclaimed comedy was written by the Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award winning, and Oscar nominated David Mamet.
Well known as “Dawson’s Creek’s” fast-talking, self-deprecating Pacey Witter, Jackson has been working in front of the camera for over twenty years. His feature film debut was in Michael Bortman’s Crooked Hearts, which he followed up with The Mighty Ducks trilogy, Digger, and Andre the Seal. Jackson starred in Universal Pictures’ The Skulls, and more recently in Rose Troche’s acclaimed drama The Safety of Objects, the HBO Films version of Moises Kaufman’s groundbreaking play The Laramie Project, and in Regent Films’ Aurora Borealis, as a troubled young man opposite Donald Sutherland. He had noted cameos in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11, Scream 2, Urban Legend, and I Love Your Work. His additional feature film credits include Cursed, Gossip, Bryan Singer’s Apt Pupil, and Cruel Intentions.
A Vancouver native, Jackson divides his time between his hometown and Los Angeles.
With a range of performances across television, contemporary film, and classic theater, award winning Ty Burrell continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today.
This fall, Burrell will reprise his starring role as ‘Phil Dunphy’ on the eighth season of ABC’s critically acclaimed hit MODERN FAMILY. He won the Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’ in 2014 and 2011 and has been nominated four other times in the same category. In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series’ and has been nominated five other times. In 2013, Burrell won the Monte Carlo International Television Festival Award in the category of ‘Best Comedic Actor’. In 2012 he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’ and Comedy Central honored Burrell with the 2012 Comedy Award in the category of ‘Performance by An Actor – TV’. Burrell also shared the TCA Award with Nick Offerman for ‘Individual Achievement in Comedy’ in August 2012. He has garnered other notable nominations from the Teen Choice Awards, the Television Critics Association Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the American Comedy Awards and the Kids’ Choice Awards, all for his role on the series. MODERN FAMILY itself has won ‘Best Comedy’ at the Emmy® Awards five years in a row as well as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’ in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
On the big screen, Burrell will next lend his voice to the Disney/Pixar FINDING NEMO sequel, FINDING DORY as well as Warner Animation Group’s STORKS. In FINDING DORY Ty, opposite Diane Keaton, Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, and Kaitlin Olson will voice a whale named Bailey. The film is slated to be released on June 17, 2016. Ty joins Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer in STORKS, set in a world where storks deliver packages for a retail giant instead of babies. The film is slated to be released on September 23, 2016.
In September 2015, Burrell acquired his first sale with a put pilot commitment at FOX for single-camera comedy HOSED, a workplace comedy about volunteer firefighters. Burrell executive produces alongside the show’s writer, Luvh Rakhe, as well as his Wedding Punch partners, Johnny Meeks, Joel Spence and Mel Cowan.
In 2014, Burrell signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the acclaimed comedy series, MODERN FAMILY. Under the pact, Burrell launched his production company, Wedding Punch, where he will co-create and write comedy projects as well as develop shows from other writers. The deal is strictly for writing and producing as he continues to be exclusive to Modern Family for acting.
Burrell was most recently seen in Craig Johnson’s indie film THE SKELETON TWINS. The drama, based on a script co-written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, also starred Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and the film was released in September 2014. Earlier that same year, Burrell voiced the lead role of ‘Mr. Peabody’ in the DreamWorks Animation 3D feature MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, a film based on the classic 1960’s cartoon characters that appeared as part of ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE. He also starred in the recent MUPPETS MOST WANTED, opposite Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. The film was the follow up to the 2011 film THE MUPPETS. Both films were released in March of 2014.
His additional film credits include The Weinstein Company’s BUTTER opposite Jennifer Garner; Christopher Neil’s film GOATS; Roger Michel’s MORNING GLORY, opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; Universal’s THE INCREDIBLE HULK opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler for Louis Leterrier; NATIONAL TREASURE 2 opposite Nicolas Cage; Steven Shainberg’s FUR about the life of Diane Arbus; Nicole Holofcener’s FRIENDS WITH MONEY opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston; Finn Taylor’s romantic comedy THE DARWIN AWARDS; David Jacobson’s DOWN IN THE VALLEY opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz brothers’ IN GOOD COMPANY; Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN; DAWN OF THE DEAD; and Ivan Reitman’s EVOLUTION.
On stage, Burrell starred to incredible reviews in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s two-hander play, DRUNK ENOUGH TO SAY I LOVE YOU, at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Burrell’s extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include the highly acclaimed Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of BURN THIS opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; starring as Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater’s production of RICHARD III opposite Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and starring opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer in Paul Weitz’s SHOW PEOPLE, directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.
Burrell currently resides in Los Angeles.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most recognized individuals on the planet, having led an amazing life and achieving beyond his dreams in Hollywood, fitness, and public service.
In an effort to give back to the country that allowed him to accomplish so much, Schwarzenegger ran for public office and was elected California’s 38th Governor. As governor, Schwarzenegger worked with leaders of both major political parties to address the greatest challenges facing the state in a bold and historic manner.
His leadership put California at the forefront of the nation in addressing climate change, pushing for the development of renewable energies, rebuilding critical infrastructure, investing in stem cell research, and putting in place health care and political reforms.
Since leaving office in 2011, he has continued to promote state and local clean energy efforts by founding the non-profit R20: Regions of Climate Action. He also established the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, devoted to seeking bipartisan solutions to environmental, economic, and other public policy issues. He serves as chair of the think-tank’s board and also holds a public policy professorship at the school.
In 2012, Schwarzenegger released his long-awaited autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.
Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
In high school, Friedman developed two passions that would define his life from then on: the Middle East and journalism. He attended the University of Minnesota and Brandeis University, graduating summa cum laude in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies. In 1978, he received an M.Phil. degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. That summer he joined the London Bureau of United Press International (UPI) on Fleet Street. In 1979, he was dispatched to Beirut as a correspondent where he lived until 1981, covering the civil war there.
In May 1981, Friedman was offered a job by the legendary New York Times editor A. M. Rosenthal. He left Beirut and joined the staff of The New York Times in Manhattan. From May 1981 to April 1982, he worked as a general assignment financial reporter specializing in OPEC and oil-related news.
In April 1982, he was appointed Beirut Bureau Chief for The New York Times, a post he took up six weeks before the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In June 1984, Friedman was transferred to Jerusalem, where he served as the Times’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief until February 1988.
In January 1989, Friedman started a new assignment as the Times’s Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. In November 1992, Friedman shifted to domestic politics with his appointment as the Times’s Chief White House Correspondent. In that role he covered the post-election transition and the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.
In January 1994, Friedman shifted again, this time to economics, and became the Times’s International Economics Correspondent, covering the nexus between foreign policy and trade policy.
Since January 1995, Friedman has been the Times’s Foreign Affairs columnist, traveling extensively in an effort to anchor his opinions in reporting on the ground. After 9/11, Friedman began making documentaries for the New York Times–Discovery Channel joint venture.
Over the next few years he coproduced, reported, and narrated six documentaries: “Straddling the Fence” (2003); “Searching for the Roots of 9/11” (2003); “The Other Side of Outsourcing” (2004); “Does Europe Hate Us?” (2005); “Addicted to Oil” (2006); and “Green: The New, Red, White and Blue” (2007). In 2008, Friedman published Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America. It became his fifth consecutive New York Times bestseller.
A 2.0 version of Hot, Flat, and Crowded was published in paperback in 2009, with three new chapters exploring the parallels between the climate crisis and the global economic crisis.
Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon), the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel), and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
In 2004, he was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Friedman is a member of the Brandeis University Board of Trustees and, since 2004, of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
He was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2000 and 2005. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Brandeis University, Macalester College, Haverford College, the University of Minnesota, Hebrew Union College, Williams College, Washington University in St. Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Grinnell College, the University of Delaware, and Tulane. Friedman and his wife, Ann, reside in Bethesda, Maryland.
For more information, visit www.thomaslfriedman.com.
America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards. Ferrera recently wrapped production on Ryan Piers Williams’ X/Y opposite Amber Tamblyn, Melonie Diaz and Common. Ferrera also serves as a producer on the film.
Ferrera was recently seen in Diego Luna’s biography, Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, “Helen Chavez,” Ferrera stars opposite Michael Peña and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann.
Ferrera will also lend her vocal talents to How To Train Your Dragon 2 which will be released by Dreamworks on June 13th. She was last seen in David Ayer’s crime thriller, End of Watch co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Peña, and Cody Horn and Todd Berger’s comedy It’s a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross.
In October 2012, Ferrera was seen in the four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, the Half The Sky project. The series, which was shot in 10 underprivileged countries, delivers audiences with an intimate and dramatic portrayal of the women and young girls in the world that live under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Ferrera joined reporter Nicholas Kristof, and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, in an inspiring program that captivates the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change.
In tandem with her work on the Half The Sky series, Ferrera served as ambassador on a campaign called, “America4America” joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aimed to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter id laws, education, and immigration.
Ferrera starred as “Roxie Hart” in the West End production of the hit musical Chicago for an eight week run that started in November 2011. Earlier that year she was also seen in a recurring role on the second season of the CBS hit series The Good Wife, in which she played an illegal, nanny and object of Eli’s (Alan Cumming) affection. Prior to this, she was seen in Ryan Piers Williams’ The Dry Land opposite Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. Ferrera also executive produced the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was released by Maya Entertainment.
Other feature film work includes Fox Searchlights’ Our Family Wedding, Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon and Warner Bros.’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, the sequel to the 2005 original. She also starred in the bilingual independent film Towards Darkness, which she executive produced, and Fox Searchlight’s independent film Under The Same Moon.
Additional credits include the Brian Jun film Steel City, Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown, and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer. America also appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman.
Ferrera first secured her place as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.
With a resume that’s as varied and expansive as it is rich in depth of the characters he brings to life, Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle is, without question, one of the most highly sought after and premier actors of his generation. Turning in consistently powerful performances, Don has not only taken on challenging roles, but put his talents into producing projects he believes in as well.
Don recently starred as ‘Marty Kaan’ on the critically acclaimed Showtime series House of Lies. House of Lies earned multiple nominations for the series and Don himself, including two Emmy Nominations for season one and season two, a Golden Globe Award for season one, and a Golden Globe nomination and SAG Award nomination for season two. Don also is Executive Producer of the series, and has even stepped behind the camera as director.
Don is well known for his passionate performances on stage and screen, stemming from his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in A Blue Dress, where he was named ‘Best Supporting Actor’ by the Los Angeles Film Critics.
In 2012 Cheadle garnered critical acclaim for his role in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Paramount Pictures. In 2011, Cheadle produced and starred in The Guard, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics, and in 2008, he starred opposite Guy Pearce in Overture Films’ Traitor, an international thriller which he also produced.
Cheadle was honored by both the CineVegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival and in 2007, receiving ShoWest’s ‘Male Star of the Year’ Award.
Additional film credits include Talk To Me; the 2006 Oscar winning Best Picture, Crash, which Cheadle also produced; Hotel Rwanda, for which his performance garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor; Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, directed by Steven Soderbergh; Mike Binder’s Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler; the Academy Award winning film Traffic and Out Of Sight, both also directed by Soderbergh; Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically acclaimed Boogie Nights; Bulworth, Swordfish, Mission To Mars, John Singleton’s Rosewood, for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination; Family Man, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage; Colors, Hamburger Hill, and the independent features Manic
and Things Behind The Sun.
For his work on television, Cheadle received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO’s The Rat Pack in 1999. That same year, he received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO’s adaptation of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. He also starred for HBO in Rebound: The Legend Of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault, directed by Eriq La Salle.
Cheadle is also well-known for his two-year stint in the role of “District Attorney John Littleton” on David E. Kelley’s critically-acclaimed series Picket Fences, and an Emmy nominated guest-starring role on ER and a series regular role on The Golden Palace.
An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of “Booth” in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Top Dog Underdog at New York’s Public Theatre under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include Leon, Lena and Lenz at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; The Grapes Of Wrath and Liquid Skin at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; Cymbeline at The New York Shakespeare Festival; ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore at Chicago’s Goodman Theater; and Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot at The Complex Theater in Hollywood. He also directed Cincinnati Man at the Attic Theatre and The Trip at Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood.
In addition to his many acting honors, Cheadle was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel Fear Itself.
Cheadle’s philanthropic work includes serving as a U.N. Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He also produced the documentary film, Darfur Now, an examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.
Ian Somerhalder is best known for his portrayal of Damon Salvatore on the Warner Brothers international hit TV show, “The Vampire Diaries,” and his role as Boone Carlyle on the ABC critically acclaimed drama “Lost.”
Ian also represents a new generation of dedicated activists. A Louisiana native, he demonstrated a reverence for nature from a young age. With a career that brings him to the four corners of the world, Ian received the gift of being imprinted to the planet, but it wasn’t until a disaster hit his home that his voice became a catalyst for change.
When the BP Oil Spill devastated the Gulf Coast, Ian did the only thing he could: he went back home to help. Witnessing the unprecedented devastation to the water, wildlife and individuals of his childhood was pivotal in igniting his unwavering support for a better earth. For the first time, he realized the powerful platform he had been given to manifest this change. Through his involvement in CNN’s Disaster in the Gulf: “How you Can Help” telethon and his constant call to action in media, Ian received a standing ovation from both Hollywood and the environmental community for taking a stand to action.
It is that stand to action combined with the widespread global support that led to the launch of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures. ISF is run by a dedicated team from every corner of the globe and focuses on the most under-utilized resource in the world – our youth – to forward its mission.
Ian and ISF have experienced a substantial amount of success leveraging his entertainment-based social media presence to activate and create quantifiable change around the world. ISF has more than 800 Community Groups worldwide and over 200 ISF Kids armies achieving change collaboratively.
Ian received the first World of Good Award from Clint Eastwood at the 2011 Carmel Film and Art Festival, testified in front of the US Congress on behalf of HR 50, a multi-national Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act and hosted Discovery Planet’s “Blue August.”
For his work raising awareness about animal issues in the media, Ian received the Humane Society of the United States Wyler Award at the 2012 Genesis Awards and a host of 2013 Goody Awards for his environmental work.
In 2012, he joined Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle as a United Nations Environment Programme and World Environment Day Ambassador. Additionally, he was chosen as Josie Maran’s Model Citizen in 2013, received an EMA Futures Award at the 2012 Environmental Media Awards and was named the Most Responsible Celebrity at the International Green Awards.
Ian also serves on the advisory board of RYOT.org, and in 2010, he co-founded and launched Go Green Mobile Power, the world leader in providing “ecofficient” power and LED lighting solutions for a variety of mobile applications.
Dr. M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and senior scientist at Conservation International, is a leading global conservation scientist, writer and an Emmy®-nominated news contributor focused on the role of conservation in improving human well-being, wildlife and the environment. He serves on Conservation International’s senior leadership team, overseeing the organization’s Development, News and Publicity and Marketing and Branding strategies.
Sanjayan is currently filming his new TV series, Earth – A New Wild, produced by National Geographic Television in association with the Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures. It will air on PBS in 2015.
In January 2014, he returned as a featured contributor to the BBC World News series The Power of Nature Until recently, Sanjayan served as the Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he spent 16 years specializing in development and conservation strategies, focusing on Africa, wildlife ecology and media outreach as their lead scientist and messenger.
He holds a masters from University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature and Conservation Biology.
Raised in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone, Sanjayan’s unique background and expertise have also attracted mainstream media coverage in Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Afar, Outside and The New York Times.
He frequently contributes to CBS News’ science and environment coverage and has hosted documentaries including Planet Earth: The Future (BBC), Expedition Alaska (Discovery Channel), Mysteries of the Shark Coast (Discovery Channel) and the critically acclaimed four part series on energy called Powering the Future (Discovery Channel). Guest appearances include NBC’s Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.
Sanjayan is a sought after speaker on college and business campuses with recent appearances on stage at TED Global, International Women’s Forum, Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative, Google, and the Summit Series.
He is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. He was recently selected to serve on the Explorers Council, a distinguished group of top scientists, researchers and explorers who provide advice and counsel to National Geographic Society across disciplines and projects.
Olivia Munn stars on Aaron Sorkin’s hit HBO drama series “The Newsroom.” The series, which also stars Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston, will soon begin filming its third season. On July 2, she will star with Eric Bana in the Jerry Bruckheimer film Deliver Us From Evil which is based on the true story of an NYPD officer who becomes involved in a case that is believed to be demonic.
She is currently filming Mortdecai, an action comedy where she stars opposite Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow for director David Koepp. Munn is also a correspondent for the Showtime environmental documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously.”
Munn was last seen on the big screen opposite Channing Tatum inMagic Mike for director Steven Soderbergh.
Munn, a former cast member on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is also a New York Times best-selling author.
One of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists, Lesley Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting.
She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991. In 2012, Stahl was recognized with two Emmy Awards for her uplifting feature, “Gospel for Teens.” That same year, her whistleblower interview with F-22 Raptor pilots provided the first public personal accounts of the fighter’s oxygen system troubles, spurring the Secretary of Defense to take action.
Stahl’s interview of a former CIA Clandestine Services chief about the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on al Qaeda operatives sparked a national debate. Stahl’s two reports from the Middle East in the fall of 2010, “Unfinished Business,” about Iraq, and “City of David,” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, were honored by the Overseas Press Club for Best Interpretation on International Affairs.
Her reporting on the life of a young, musical savant won her an Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting for her 2008 follow-up on Rex-Lewis Clack. Prior to joining 60 Minutes, Stahl served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and part of the term of George H. W. Bush. During much of that time, she also served as moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News’ Sunday public-affairs broadcast, where she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat and virtually every top U.S. official, including George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle.
She was co-host with Charles Kuralt of “America Tonight,” a daily CBS News late-night broadcast of interviews and essays (Oct. 90-March 91).
Her experiences covering Washington for more than 20 years became the subject of her book Reporting Live (Simon & Schuster, 1999). The stories she has covered since joining CBS News in the Washington bureau in 1972 range from Watergate through the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan to the 1991 Gulf War.
Stahl won her first Emmy for reporting on a bombing in Beirut for the CBS Evening News in 1983. Other Emmy wins include a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003; her Face the Nation interview with Sen. John Tower won Stahl her second statuette; her 60 Minutes reports “How He Won the War,” about former FDA Commissioner David Kessler’s battle with the tobacco industry, and “Punishing Saddam,” which exposed the plight of Iraqi citizens, both garnered Emmys as well. “Punishing Saddam” also won Stahl electronic journalism’s highest honor, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton.
Her profile of search engine giant Google earned her a 2005 Business and Financial Emmy award, and her timely 2006 interview of ex-Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia Dunn won an Emmy for coverage of a breaking news story.
In 1996, Stahl was awarded the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, given by Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., in recognition of her journalistic achievements. She was also honored that year by the Radio/Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) with an Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television for her 60 Minutes report on the Michigan Militia. In 1990, she was honored with the Dennis Kauff Journalism Award for lifetime achievement in the news profession.
Born in Swampscott, MA, Stahl graduated cum laude in 1963 from Wheaton College, where she served on the board of trustees. She currently serves on the board of the New York City Ballet. She and her husband, author Aaron Latham, live in New York. They have a daughter, Taylor.
Chris Hayes hosts “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC. Hayes is also Editor-at-Large of The Nation. Previously, Hayes hosted the weekend program “Up with Chris Hayes,” which premiered in 2011.
Prior to joining MSNBC as an anchor, Chris had previously served as a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Chris became a MSNBC contributor in 2010 and has been with The Nation since 2007.
He is a former Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. From 2008-2010, he was a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2005 to 2006, Chris was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times.
Since 2002, Hayes has written on a wide variety of political and social issues, from union organizing and economic democracy, to the intersection of politics and technology.
His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader.
His first book, “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy,” which is about the crisis of authority in American life, was published in June 2012. Chris grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Michael C. Hall
Moving from an uptight funeral director on “Six Feet Under,” to a serial killer on “Dexter,” to Beat Generation figure David Kammerer in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Michael C. Hall continues to illuminate humanity in transformative, complex characters.
A formally trained stage actor, Hall first made an impression as younger brother David Fisher on “Six Feet Under.” During the series’ five year run, Hall received nominations for an Emmy® and the AFI Male Television Actor of the Year Award. For his performance as the title character “Dexter,” Hall (who served as an executive producer) won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in 2010 and the 2007 TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. He also received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations.
Hall recently made his directorial debut with “Every Silver Lining,” the second episode of the eighth and final season. Hall will continue to work with Showtime to develop and executive produce “American Dream Machine,” a serial adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s acclaimed novel about two generations of Hollywood royalty.
Last year, he also traveled to Bangladesh to film an episode of the network’s documentary series about climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.”
In the fall, Hall appeared on the big screen as David Kammerer, the former professor obsessed with and later murdered by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) in John Krokidas’s KILL YOUR DARLINGS (Sony Pictures Classics) the Beat Generation drama that also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. COLD IN JULY, Jim Mickle’s feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel in which Hall stars with Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, recently premiered to significant acclaim in US Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. IFC will release the film this summer.
A North Carolina native and graduate of NYU’s MFA program in acting, Hall made his Broadway debut as the emcee in “Cabaret,” directed by Sam Mendes and also portrayed Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” His New York stage credits also include “Mr. Marmalade,” “Macbeth,” “Cymbeline,” “Timon of Athens,” “Henry V,” “The English Teachers” and “Corpus Christi.” In mid-February, Hall begins rehearsals for the Broadway production of Will Eno’s new dark comedy, “The Realistic Joneses,” co-starring Toni Collette, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei. Directed by Sam Gold, the play about two suburban couples who discover they have an unsettling amount in common, begins preview performances in March with an opening night in early April.
HARRISON FORD is an actor and environmentalist. He has starred in some of the most successful and acclaimed films in cinema history, including the landmark “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises and a total of eight Best Picture Oscar®-nominated movies. Beyond his work on-screen, Ford is strongly committed to environmental concerns. In 1991, he joined Conservation International as a Board member and soon became Vice Chairman. He sits on the Executive Committee, and has been involved with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation among many others.
Harrison Ford earned an Academy Award® nomination for his compelling portrayal of Detective John Book in Peter Weir’s 1985 Oscar®-nominated hit “Witness,” for which he also received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, all for Best Actor. Ford subsequently garnered three more Best Actor Golden Globe nominations: for his performances in Weir’s 1986 drama “The Mosquito Coast”; the 1994 Oscar®-nominated blockbuster “The Fugitive,” for director Andrew Davis; and Sydney Pollack’s 1996 remake of “Sabrina.”
Over the course of his illustrious career, Ford has also been repeatedly honored for his contributions to the film industry, including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, in 2002, and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2000. In 1994, the National Association of Theater Owners named him the Box Office Star of the Century.
Ford most recently starred in Brian Helgeland’s acclaimed drama “42,” the true story of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line. Ford has received widespread praise for his portrayal of Branch Rickey, the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who changed history when he signed Robinson to the team. This spring, Ford will begin shooting the Lionsgate romantic drama, The Age of Adaline, opposite Ellen Burstyn and Blake Lively.
A native of Chicago, Ford launched his film career in 1973 with the breakthrough role of hot-rodder Bob Falfa in George Lucas’s seminal hit, “American Graffiti.” Four years later, he reunited with Lucas to play the iconic role of Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” The sci-fi epic earned 12 Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, and went on to become the top-grossing film in history, a record it held for 20 years. Ford reprised the role of Han Solo in the sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi.”
In 1981, Ford created another legendary screen character, Indiana Jones, in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar®-nominated mega-hit “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” During the 1980s, he starred in the blockbuster sequels “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” In 2008, he returned to the title role in the hugely successful “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Ford’s many other film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar®-nominated features “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now”; Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner”; Mike Nichols’ Oscar®-nominated romantic comedy “Working Girl”; the title role in the Nichols-directed drama “Regarding Henry”; Alan J. Pakula’s “Presumed Innocent”; Philip Noyce’s “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” both based on the Tom Clancy bestsellers; Wolfgang Petersen’s “Air Force One”; Robert Zemeckis’s “What Lies Beneath”; Kathryn Bigelow’s “K-19: The Widowmaker,” which he also executive produced; Roger Michell’s “Morning Glory”; Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens”; Robert Luketic’s “Paranoia”; and Gavin Hood’s “Ender’s Game.”
Matt Damon has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, most recently earning Emmy Award®, Golden Globe Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA Award® nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his performance opposite Michael Douglas in Stephen Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra.” This HBO telefilm, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between legendary entertainer Liberace (Douglas) and Scott Thorson (Damon), his younger limo driver and live-in lover, is the seventh film that Damon has done with Soderbergh.
Damon also earned Academy Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award® and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s true-life drama “Invictus.” In addition, he garnered dual Golden Globe Award nominations: one for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Invictus” and one for Best Actor for his starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor, both for his breakthrough feature “Good Will Hunting.”
Most recently, audiences saw Damon star in “The Monuments Men,” alongside the film’s director, co-writer George Clooney. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, “The Monuments Men” is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
In 2002, Damon originated the role of Jason Bourne in the blockbuster actioner “The Bourne Identity.” He went on to reprise his role in the two hit sequels, “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” both directed by Paul Greengrass. He has also repeatedly teamed with Steven Soderbergh: as part of the all-star cast in the “Ocean’s” trilogy, and in a cameo role in the second part of the director’s two-part biopic “Che.”
Damon’s other recent film credits include the sci-fi thriller “Elysium” for director Neil Blomkamp, “Promised Land,” which reunited Damon with director Gus Van Sant and was written and produced by Damon and John Krasinki, “We Bought a Zoo,” directed by Cameron Crowe, the Coen brothers’ remake of the classic Western “True Grit,” George Nolfi’s thriller “The Adjustment Bureau,” opposite Emily Blunt, “Happy Feet 2” to which he lent his voice to the animated feature, the thriller “Contagion” for director Steven Soderbergh, the drama “Hereafter,” which reunited him with director Clint Eastwood, the action thriller “Green Zone,” directed by Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “The Departed,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg; Robert De Niro’s dramatic thriller “The Good Shepherd,” with De Niro and Angelina Jolie; and Stephen Gaghan’s geopolitical thriller “Syriana,” with George Clooney.
For the small screen, Damon both executive produced and appeared in the History Channel project “The People Speak,” based on a book co-written by famed historian Howard Zinn and featuring dramatic readings and performances from some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry.
Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theatre. He made his feature film debut in “Mystic Pizza,” followed by roles in “School Ties,” Walter Hill’s “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and the cable projects “Rising Son” and Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Good Old Boys.” He first gained attention with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran tormented by memories of a battlefield incident in 1996’s “Courage Under Fire.”
Together with his lifelong friend Ben Affleck, Damon co-wrote the acclaimed 1997 drama “Good Will Hunting,” for which they won an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award, as well as several critics groups awards for Best Original Screenplay. Damon also garnered Oscar®, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for Best Actor. Additionally in 1997, Damon starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy.”
The following year, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning World War II drama “Saving Private Ryan” and also starred in John Dahl’s drama “Rounders,” with Edward Norton. Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” under the direction of Anthony Minghella. He also reunited with Ben Affleck and director Kevin Smith to star in the controversial comedy “Dogma.”
Damon’s subsequent film credits include starring roles in Robert Redford’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance”; Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses”; the Farrelly brothers’ comedy “Stuck on You,” opposite Greg Kinnear; Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm,” with Heath Ledger; and a cameo in George Clooney’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”
In 2000, Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet to produce film, television and new media projects. LivePlanet produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of “Project Greenlight,” chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. The “Project Greenlight” films produced to date are “Stolen Summer,” “The Battle of Shaker Heights” and “Feast.” LivePlanet also produced the documentary “Running the Sahara,” directed by Oscar® winner James Moll.
In 2008, Oscar winners Damon and Affleck formed Pearl Street Productions to produce stories in film and television. Pearl Street recently co-produced “Promised Land.” Current projects in development include “Whitey Bulger,” “Father Daughter Time” – a tale of armed robbery and Eskimo kisses, “Live By Night,” and “Race To The South Pole.” Jennifer Todd (“Memento,” “Alice in Wonderland”) serves as President of the company, which has a first look deal with Warner Brothers Pictures.
In addition, Damon co-founded H20 Africa in 2006, now known as Water.org.
There is no one like Mark Bittman, who has been writing about food and cooking—and changing the way Americans eat—since 1980. A food movement visionary, Bittman can make the most complicated topics accessible, including issues as far-ranging as veganism, energy use, global population, all while helping millions of people figure out what to cook for dinner.
Bittman’s core messages—that food and things related have the power to make or break not only our personal health, but that of the planet—are increasingly accepted and broadcast widely. For The New York Times and a wide variety of other publications, Bittman covers policy, agriculture, health, the environment, and more, along with cooking and eating.
His body of work spans all media with print and web columns, videos, interviews, TV appearances and shows (he is a regular on “The Today Show,” and has hosted four TV series, and has two more in the works).
He has also published more than 15,000 recipes, many of which have been published in his ground-breaking, best-selling books; three of those are now among themost successful cooking apps ever. Bittman’s most recent book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00, was a number one New York Times bestseller and was credited by Forbes magazine as spawning one of the most important trends of the year. How to Cook Everything—widely considered the new bible of American cooking with well over 1 million copies sold —continues to demonstrate his signature combination of common sense and approachable authority after more than 15 years in print.
Jessica Alba is an actress, activist, New York Times bestselling author, and entrepreneur. Although known throughout the world for her acting career, it is her role as a mom of two girls that inspired the launch of The Honest Company in January 2012. With an all-natural, non-toxic product line that offers diapers, personal care and childcare products, nutritional supplements and household cleaners, The Honest Company (Honest.com) is a mission-driven company and certified B Corporation focused on giving children the best possible start, ensuring families’ and communities’ well-being, and safeguarding the planet through sustainable business practices. In the first year alone, Honest products were listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide and recognized by top parenting and eco-friendly awards, including the National Parenting Publication Awards, the Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Awards, Parent Tested Parent Approved, SheKnows Parenting Awards, and The Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards. Jessica’s activism endeavors are extensive. In 2010, she was the global ambassador and co-chair for 1Goal, an international campaign tied to the World Cup to expand global education, alongside Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Bono. She has been an avid supporter of several non-profits, including V-Day, Healthy Child Healthy World, Step Up Women’s Network, The Children’s Defense Fund, Declare Yourself and Voto Latino. Her passion for social justice, particularly for women and children, has led to several trips to Capitol Hill. Currently, she is the spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, joining leading public health experts to demand government leadership increase protections against toxic chemicals. She is also on the board of directors of Baby2Baby (Baby2Baby.org), which supplies essential baby gear and clothing to families in need. Jessica was in the top twenty of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2012. She has been named part of Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment and Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2012 UK Glamour Women of the Year Awards. She is also the recipient of the Entertainment Media Association’s Green Parent Award and the Mt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center Champion for Children Award. Published in 2013, her book, The Honest Life, an accessible, creative guide to authentic, healthy and stylish living, was a New York Times bestseller. Jessica’s acting career began at the age of 12. After studying at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet, she went on to gain worldwide recognition as the star of James Cameron’s “Dark Angel.” She has since made over 25 feature films, from comedies to dramas, gritty independents to major studio blockbusters that have earned a combined box office total of over $800 million.
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There is so much misinformation about what is creating the fires, the droughts, the extreme storms. I really wanted to be part of getting the correct information to people.