WILL SMITH (James T. West) has starred in two of the ten all-time top grossing films worldwide: 1997s summer blockbuster "Men in Black," for which he also recorded the Grammy-winning title song; and 1996s "Independence Day." Last year he starred in "Enemy of the State," the hit film that paired him with Gene Hackman.
Smiths box-office power was recognized by NATO/ShoWest when he was honored as the "Male Star of Tomorrow" in 1995 and, just two years later, with their International Box Office Achievement Award. This year, the organization named him "Male Star of the Year." In addition, Smith was selected "1999 Entertainer of the Year" by the NAACP Image Awards.
His feature film work also includes his critically acclaimed performance in the Oscar-nominated "Six Degrees of Separation," as well as "Bad Boys," "Made in America" and "Where the Day Takes You."
Smith began his career in the music industry. As the Fresh Prince, he and DJ Jazzy Jeff recorded several platinum and multi-platinum albums, won two Grammys and three American Music Awards. In 1998 Smith released his first solo album, Big Willie Style, for which he won a Grammy, three World Music Awards and four American Music Awards. He also recorded the smash hit title song for "Wild Wild West."
Smith made his transition into television as the star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which wrapped its sixth and final season in 1996.
He recently formed Overbrook Entertainment, a production company with a first-look motion picture and television deal at Universal Pictures. Overbrook also has a record label whose product is distributed by Interscope.Check out Will Smith's personal web site here!
Academy Award-winner KEVIN KLINE (Artemus Gordon), who recently starred in the hit film "In & Out" and the critically acclaimed feature "The Ice Storm," has earned equal distinction in film and theater. In addition to receiving an Oscar for his work in "A Fish Called Wanda," Kline was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for his roles in "Sophies Choice," "Dave," "In & Out" and "Soapdish." He won the IFPs Gotham Award for his performance in "The Ice Storm."
Kline is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama and a founding member of John Housemans The Acting Company, with whom he made his Broadway debut in Chekovs "The Three Sisters." Other Broadway credits include Hal Princes "On the Twentieth Century," for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, "The Pirates of Penzance," for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award, and "The Beggars Opera."
Additional theater credits include Shaws "Arms and the Man" and Michael Wellers "Loose Ends," both at Circle in the Square; and a recently acclaimed performance at Lincoln Center Theatre as Chekhovs "Ivanov." He starred in the title role in two critically acclaimed productions of "Hamlet" at New Yorks Public Theatre, one in 1986 and one in 1990. The latter he also directed for the stage and again for the PBS television series "Great Performances." Other New York Shakespeare Festival productions include the title roles in "Richard III," "Henry V," Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Vincentio in "Measure For Measure."
Kline has received the Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre from Washington, D.C.s Shakespeare Theatre, as well as two Obie Awards.
Kline made his film debut in Alan Pakulas "Sophies Choice," and then began a long-standing creative relationship with writer/director Lawrence Kasdan on "The Big Chill," followed by "Silverado," "I Love You to Death," "Grand Canyon" and "French Kiss." Klines other film credits include "Violets Are Blue," "Cry Freedom," "Princess Caraboo," "Fierce Creatures," "Chaplin" and the film version of "The Pirates of Penzance." He is currently starring with Michelle Pfeiffer in Michael Hoffmans film adaptation of "A Midsummer Nights Dream."
KENNETH BRANAGH (Dr. Arliss Loveless) has made a significant impact in motion pictures as an actor, director, writer and producer, appearing most recently on screen in Woody Allens "Celebrity" and in Robert Altmans "The Gingerbread Man."
Branagh studied at Englands Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his professional debut in the hit "Another Country," followed by several other plays. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he performed in "Loves Labours Lost," "Hamlet" and "Henry V" before leaving to form his own successful theater company. Among his other accomplishments on stage were starring roles in sold-out productions of "Hamlet," "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Nights Dream."
After making his film debut in 1987 in "High Season," he appeared in "A Month in the Country," and then directed, adapted and starred in the critically acclaimed "Henry V," for which he received BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards for Best Director. He then directed and starred in "Dead Again"; produced, directed and starred in "Peters Friends"; and appeared in "Swing Kids." He starred in, directed and adapted Shakespeares "Much Ado About Nothing"; starred in and directed "Mary Shelleys Frankenstein"; directed and wrote the screenplay for "In the Bleak Midwinter"; narrated "Anne Frank Remembered"; starred opposite Laurence Fishburne in "Othello"; and produced, directed, adapted and starred in "Hamlet."
Branagh received an Academy Award nomination in 1992 for Best Live Action Short Film for "Swan Song"; for his work on "Henry V," Branagh received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and Best Director, as well as the European Film Awards Felix Award for Best Direction, Best Actor and Best New Film. For his work on "Hamlet," Branagh received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; for "Othello," he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Supporting Actor. In 1993, Branagh received BAFTAs Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.
Branaghs recent acting credits include 1997s "The Proposition," "The Theory of Flight" and the upcoming "Alien Love Triangle," the last directed by Danny Boyle. He is currently working on a musical film version of "Loves Labours Lost."
SALMA HAYEK (Rita Escobar) gave up a successful career as a major television star in Latin America and moved to the United States to start over even though she spoke no English. Since then, Hayek has accumulated an impressive list of credits as both an actress and a producer.
Hayek made her feature film debut as an actress with a small role in Allison Anders "Mi Vida Loca" and played her first starring role in Robert Rodriguezs "Desperado" opposite Antonio Banderas. Her other film credits include the upcoming features "Dogma" and "The Velocity of Gary," as well as "Fools Rush In," "54," "The Faculty," the award-winning "Midaq Alley," "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Fled." Her telefilm credits include Rodriguezs "Roadracers" for Showtime and "The Hunchback" for TNT.
As a producer, Hayek has also recently returned from Cannes where the Mexican feature "No One Writes to the Colonel," which she co-produced through her Ventanarosa production company, was in official competition. The film is based on a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Hayek also co-produced "The Velocity of Gary,"in which she stars opposite Vincent DOnofrio and Thomas Jane, and she is in pre-production on the Frida Kahlo biopic, a co-production with Miramax in which Hayek plays the title role. Ventanarosa recently added television production to its producer credits with a first-look deal with Columbia TriStar Television and Telemundo to produce television programs in English and Spanish.
TED LEVINE (McGrath) has appeared extensively on film, television and stage. His feature credits include "You Can Thank Me Later," "Flubber," "Switchback," "Mad City" and Michael Manns "Heat," as well as "Bullet," "Georgia," "Nowhere To Run," "The Paint Job," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Love at Large," "Next of Kin," "Betrayed" and "Ironweed."
On television, Levine appeared in the acclaimed HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" as Alan Shepard. He also appeared in "Moby Dick"; "Ellen Foster"; "Wiseguy"; "Mob Justice"; "The Last Outlaw" for HBO, directed by Geoff Murphy; CBS-TVs "Broken Promises"; the USA Networks "Death Train"; ABCs movie-of-the-week "Dead and Alive"; ABCs "Through Naked Eyes"; the PBS telefilm "The Killing Floor"; directed by Bill Dukes; and Michael Manns acclaimed series, "Crime Story." He will soon be starring in the new ABC series "Bellevue."
Levine has appeared extensively in Chicago theater, in such Steppenwolf Theatre Company productions as "Your Home in the West," "El Salvador," "Killers" and Sam Shepards "Buried Child," directed by Gary Sinise. Levine is a member of the Remains Theatre Ensemble and has appeared in their productions of "Moby Dick," "70 Scenes of Halloween," "Time of Your Life" and "The Tooth of the Crime." He has also appeared in the Wisdom Bridge Theatre production of "Life and Limb." In addition to his acting credits, Levine has directed "The Nest" for the Remains Theatre and "Curse of the Starving Class" and "Action," both written by Sam Shepard, for the Dratman Theatre Company.
The actresses cast as Lovelesss lovely but lethal beauties include BAI LING (Miss East), a stage and screen star in her native China who was last seen starring opposite Richard Gere in "Red Corner." Since relocating to the United States, Bai Ling has worked with such prestigious filmmakers as Oliver Stone (in "Nixon") and Terence Malick, for whom she starred in his play "Sansho The Bailiff" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her other roles include a mystical villainess in Alex Proyass "The Crow" and the lead in the American Playhouse production of "Nobodys Girl" for PBS. She will soon be seen in "Anna," where she appears with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat.
MUSETTA VANDER (Munitia) last wowed audiences as the evil Queen Sindel in New Line Cinemas sci-fi action film "Mortal Kombat Annihilation." Her other feature credits include the cult classic "Oblivion," HBOs dramatic comedy "Under the Hula Moon," the Showtime drama "Gunshy" and the upcoming drama "Molly." Vander began her career as a professional dancer in her native South Africa and hosted "Telemuzik," an MTV-like television show. Early in her U.S. career she appeared in 21 music videos for top musicians including Elton John, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart, and has subsequently guest-starred in numerous television shows, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Star Trek: Voyager."
SOFIA ENG (Miss Lippenreider) is well known in her native Sweden as an accomplished television actress, having appeared in several productions for Channel 1 including "The Shipping Company," "Berts Diary" and "The Leak."
Dutch-born FREDERIQUE VAN DER WAL (Amazonia), is one of the worlds most recognized supermodels, having graced the cover of Cosmopolitan numerous times, as well as having been featured in such top magazines as Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Mademoiselle. Other prominent modeling assignments include campaigns for Revlons "Most Unforgettable Women in the World," "Guess?" and the Victorias Secret catalogues. She has also appeared in the films "2 Girls and A Guy" and Woody Allens "Celebrity."
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