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Release Date: October 19, 2012 Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) Director: Rob Cohen Screenwriter: James Patterson, Kerry Williamson, Marc Moss Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno Genre: Action, Thriller MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity) Official Website: AlexCrossmovie.com STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Alex Cross follows the homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

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PRODUCTION NOTES When seeking out on a path of revenge, dig two graves --Ancient Chinese proverb Synopsis ALEX CROSS follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide bestselling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller. Alex Cross reboots the movie series that started with the movie Along Came A Spider and Kiss the Girls. The story takes Alex Cross back to show the origins of the character as a Detroit police department detective. His lifelong friend Tommy Kane (Burns) is also his partner and the two also work with detective Monica Ashe (Nichols), who gets caught up in the chase for the serial killer nicknamed Picasso (Fox). Picasso's ultimate target is Detroit-based multi-national industrialist Giles Mercier (Reno) but what appears as obvious, is anything but, as Cross has to try to get into a killer's head to anticipate what could be next and to check the violent urges that Picasso has brought out in him. Alex Cross is directed by Rob Cohen; screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson; based on the novel "Cross" by James Patterson. Producers are Bill Block, Paul Hanson, James Patterson, Steve Bowen, Randal Emmett and Leopoldo Gout. The creative production team includes Brazilian director of photography Ricardo Della Rosa, ABC who makes his American debut, editors Thom Noble (Oscar-winning editor of Witness) and Matt Diezel, production designer Laura Fox (Hesher, 500 Days of Summer) and costume designer Abigail Murray (Warrior, Kiss The Girls). About the Production The movie's title, while the same as one of the Cross books, is not based on any particular book (although it's closer to the book Cross than any other book), but it does merge two astoundingly popular American entertainers: Tyler Perry and James Patterson. "I am sure a lot of people were confounded when they heard Tyler was doing this character after Morgan Freeman did the role in earlier movies," says director Rob Cohen. "Tyler usually sticks to his own productions but if you read Jim's books, the character is a 40-year-old guy who is big and physical; that's Tyler. He's truer to the Patterson character from the books than what was previously done on screen with Morgan." For his part, Perry admits to a little bit of trepidation stepping into the role. "Knowing that Morgan Freeman had done this role was very, very intimidating but also thrilling to know I took on something that Morgan said yes to," says Perry. "Tyler is physically perfect," says Patterson. "And he's going to blow people's minds how good he is in a dramatic role because people have seen him do comedy and a little bit of drama but nothing like this." "Jim knew that this movie was important because it's the origin story of the character. Since he created the character nearly 20 years ago, television is now chock full of procedural investigations that are walk-and-talks' so we had to take this to another level," says producer Bill Block. "It's more of a man-hunt movie," says producer Paul Hanson, "and from a visual standpoint, there are locations that would be nearly impossible to recreate which adds to the cinematic experience.

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But to create that experience we needed someone who could envision things we couldn't imagine and we got pretty lucky that Rob Cohen said yes." Cohen saw the potential in the script but realized that the Cross character had to be re-imagined from the books as well as the two movies (Along Came a Spider, Kiss The Girls). While the director, renowned for his direction of numerous actionoriented movies, realized that the cinematic experience he wanted to create could only truly come alive with some out-of-the-box casting. Cohen met Perry in 2010 when he saw the actor in the stage production of "Madea's Family Reunion." "I wanted to see what the Tyler Perry phenomenon was all about and after the show when we met I was amazed at how big he was and I told him, you could be an action movie star' and he sort of laughed and said well, maybe we'll work something out.'" says Cohen. "Then, as luck would have it, Bill Block called me about this movie and wants to know what I thought about Tyler playing Cross and I told Bill that with his acting chops, his physical size and commanding voice that Tyler doing the role is a great idea." Those qualities that Perry possesses are exactly what Patterson envisioned when he created the character of Cross nearly 20 years ago. "Morgan is a great actor. But Tyler is much closer to the Alex Cross in books, physically and agewise, in terms of his ability to do action," says Patterson. Perry had to undergo some rigorous training in the self-defense art of Krav Maga used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies. "I trained about three times a week and it's the most ass-kicking workout I've ever experienced," says Perry. Perry also went on ride-alongs with Atlanta homicide policemen to get some first-hand experience and from the movie's technical advisor and armourer Darcy Leutzinger, learned how to handle weapons. When it came to casting Cross' adversary, Cohen went against conventional wisdom which would have led him to who would make the best villain. Cohen's take on it was that it should be somebody who could have played the hero, thus accentuating the ambiguity of the character. "I met Matthew Fox for another movie and while it didn't happen for us, I came away with the impression that he was intense guy and I remembered him. "I thought if he could somehow wrap his mind around a villain of this proportion that he would be amazing and I really think he rose to the occasion of playing it," says Cohen. To elevate the movie to another level, Cohen believed that it was essential Fox transform himself into something neither an audience nor the actor himself were familiar with. "Matt put himself physically and emotionally on to a whole different level," says Cohen. "This is a villain unlike anything anyone has seen." Fox lost nearly 35pounds for the role creating a visage that has him looking gaunt, nearly skeletal yet leaving behind only sinew and muscle on his 6'2" frame. "Rob is just a very, very cool director with amazing taste," says Fox. "He told me and I agreed months before we started filmingthat playing this part was going to require a big commitment physically. I felt I had to lose a lot of weight and get shredded down so that on the outside Picasso looked like someone who would have these disturbing ideas." In a way, Patterson and then the filmmakers have constructed Cross as the most American of icons: a lone sheriff in the old west who enforces the law and looks for justice where he can find it.
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"He's a civilized man who, as the movie goes on, loses his civilization one layer at a time until he's down in the depths with Picasso," notes Cohen. By contrast Picasso's twisted sense of logic has him inflicting pain his victims or even himself, as he believes this is the only time that a person can be totally free. "He captures the moment with agonizing Cubist-like sketches because the character becomes more and more obsessed with the actual moment of death," says Fox of his role. "In his mind, he's giving his victims a moment of truly being alive before they die. "He's very much of an existentialist and the notion of shattering people's constructs of right and wrong and the way the world should work, but he's essentially chaos personified." To contrast the intensity of Perry and Fox's characters, Cohen cast Edward Burns as Cross' laconic partner Thomas Kane. "With Eddie, you feel like he's one of those guys who's gone through life really enjoying it and doing a minimal amount of suffering and a maximum amount of blowing out the jams," says Cohen. "His dad was a policeman as were other relatives of his and he understands how to play a cop." "Kane understands that Cross is the brains of the operation and has probably been bailed out by Cross in the past," notes Burns. And one of those situations is the issue of Kane having a relationship with co-worker Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols). "The great thing about Rachel is that she is a very well-educated woman who has the kind of sassiness that I love," says Cohen. "When you cast a role like this, you need a woman who looks strong and vibrantnot someone who looks like they could be broken in half. Rachel is beautiful in a very real way and perfect for someone to be in secret relationship with Kane." With the pieces in place it became apparent to Cohen that to create unique characters, he would have to get into the heads of his protagonist and antagonist. While Fox transformed his body and both he and Perry underwent training for the fight sequences, there had to be a mental transformation. "I didn't want these guys socializing off the set or chatting between takes," says Cohen. "The depth of hatred between these two characters is such that I wanted the actors to be a mystery to each other. I told each of them, let the other guy be a mystery to you and when we get on the set, sparks will fly.' "And when I called cut' in their scenes it was like a prize fight: each guy went to his separate corner and that was fine by me." Perry recalls his one and only non-acting encounter with Fox: "We met at the production office and he says, I'm Matthew.' I say, I'm Tyler and this will be the only time we'll be talking until we're done.' And he says, yep, you're right,' and we went in separate directions." Production on the movie began August 8, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. While the story is set in Detroit, the confluence of the state of Michigan drawing back on its tax incentive program and the state of Ohio expanding its program pushed the filmmakers to shoot the majority of the movie in Cleveland. The Cross family home was filmed in the quaint neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. Other locales included XO Prime Steak restaurant in the Warehouse District, a chic mansion on the shore of Lake Erie in Bratenahl, a float boat on the Cuyahoga River, an old police headquarters office near downtown and the renowned Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, which doubled for Giles Mercier's estate. Now, reduced to 70 acres (from its original 3,000), the estate was built by Goodyear Tire & Rubber founder F.A. Seiberling in 1915. A dramatic set piece was staged in front of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse on Cleveland's Lakeside Avenue, where for three days production was able to fly a helicopter through the city
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streets, and stage a massive fireball explosion (replete with automobiles and stunt personnel being tossed about) as cooperative local authorities rerouted local traffic so that a substantial amount of city streets could be closed off for filming. Production concluded in Cleveland on September 16 and then moved to Detroit for two weeks of filming. The gilded buildings as well as the beautiful decay of the city were show to full effect in a whirlwind two-week shoot in the city. "It's a great, great city with astounding architecture, some of it preserved and some of it left to crumble," notes Cohen. In the script the character of Mercier pointedly tells Cross about how Detroit invented the middle class and was once the American heartbeat but now envisions the city reborn with industries of the future. "Photographers and filmmakers love to film Detroit because it doesn't need much," says production designer Laura Fox. "The decay in buildings becomes so layered and textured with the light streaming in at the oddest of angles." Fox and Cohen both referenced the books The Ruins of Detroit and Detroit Disassembled for inspiration. The first day of the Detroit shoot was at the General Motors Heritage Center that has on display over 200 of the most innovative or culturally important cars from the last 100 years. A priceless collection in the 81,000 sq. ft. building in Sterling Heights, Michigan, it had Tyler Perry, Edward Burns and director Rob Cohen (not unfamiliar with cars from Fast and The Furious) agog in wonder as they and the crew were able to spend the entire day among these treasures. The grandeur of the first day was a polar opposite on the next day with the squalor of the abandoned (in 1958) Packard Automobile Factory. The 3.5 million sq. ft. plant now serves as a home to innovative graffiti artists (including Banksy), paintballers, scavengers and trees that somehow are growing on top of the buildings out of the wood. Production then moved on to the former Michigan Theatre, which partially serves as a threestory parking lot while the grandeur of the gilded and ornate 1920's plasterwork ceiling hangs mostly intact 60 feet above the cars. It is still one of the heartbreaking reminders of why Detroit was referred to as The Paris of The Midwest in the 1920s. While the building was abandoned in the 1970s, it was discovered that the adjoining building was structurally dependent on the Michigan Theatre, thus the building must remain while providing income via parking. It was here that serves as the staging for a climactic fight between Cross and Picasso. The sequence that takes place above the ceiling (in the catwalk), was a set constructed in a warehouse in Cleveland. In the 1890's the site served as Henry Ford's workshop where he built his first car, then came the theatre and now the automobile has reclaimed the space. The venue probably was never witness to some of the action that took place during the filming including Matthew Fox opting out of having a stunt man take his place and being hung on a wire 60feet above the ground. "The stunt guys made me feel very secure and I was able to relax to concentrate on the scenebut it was pretty interesting being up that high," says Fox

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ABOUT THE CAST TYLER PERRY (Alex Cross) has lived an inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list and is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992 Tyler gathered his life's savings and set off for Atlanta in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Tyler once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Know I've Been Changed for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta's prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back. And so began an incredible run of thirteen plays in as many years, including Woman Thou Art Loosed!, a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes. In the year 2000, I Can Do Bad All By Myself marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. The God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea, was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays Madea's Family Reunion (2002), Madea's Class Reunion (2003), Madea Goes To Jail (2005) - and set the stage for Tyler's jump to the big screen. In early 2005, Tyler's first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, debuted at No. 1 nationwide. His ensuing films, Madea's Family Reunion, Daddy's Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet The Browns, The Family That Preys, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, and Why Did I Get Married Too? have all met with massive critical and commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world. In 2006 saw the publication of Tyler's first book, Don't Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries On Life And Love, which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards for both "Humor" and "Book of the Year." In 2007, Tyler expanded his reach to television with the TBS series House of Payne, the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time, which went into syndication after only a year. His follow up effort, Meet the Browns, was the second highest debut ever on cable - after House of Payne. His film, Madea's Big Happy Family, was released in April 2011 to wide success. For Colored Girls, based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, was released in November 2010 and featured an all-star cast including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, and Kerry Washington. Perry also helped release Academy Awardnominated Precious, a movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire, in con 2012 Summit Entertainment

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junction with his 34th Street Films banner. He recently wrapped production on We the Peeples and can next be seen starring alongside Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union in Good Deeds. In the fall of 2008, Perry opened his 200,000 square foot Studio in Atlanta, consisting of 5 sound stages, a postproduction facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater and a private screening room. But listen to Tyler Perry and you'll hear a man who hasn't forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved in civil rights cases, including the trial of the Jena 6 in his home state of Louisiana. He has donated generously to charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as Feeding America, Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project Adventure, and Perry Place - a 20-home community that Tyler built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In July 2009, Tyler sponsored a trip to Walt Disney World for 65 children after learning that a suburban swim club had turned them away because of the color of their skin. Tyler Perry has also built 2 churches and has donated generously to the NAACP. In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work. MATTHEW FOX (Picasso) is best known for his role as Dr. Jack Shephard in J.J. Abrams awardwinning smash-hit series "Lost." For this role, he jointly won the 2005 SAG Ensemble Award, as well as being nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy for Outstanding Leading Man in a Drama Series. His other television work includes the popular Golden Globe award-winning series "Party of Five." He recently made his theater debut as 'Bobby' in Neil Labute's In a Forest, Dark & Deep, for which he received rave reviews. For film, his credits include Speed Racer, Vantage Point, Smokin' Aces, We are Marshall and the forthcoming movies Billy Smoke and World War Z starring Brad Pitt. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, EDWARD BURNS (Thomas Kane) gained international recognition for his first feature The Brothers McMullen, which premiered in competition at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize. The film, which Burns wrote, directed and starred in, was shot on a budget of only $25,000 and went on to gross over $10 million at the domestic box office, making it the most profitable film of 1995. The film also won "Best First Feature" at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards. Burns' second film, the romantic comedy She's The Onestarring Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, reinforced Burns' versatile talent as a writer, director, and actor able to simultaneously and successfully wear multiple hats. Burns continues to write, direct, star in and produce his films, including the Paramount Classics relationship comedy Sidewalks of New York, Purple Violets, and most recently, Nice Guy Johnny. In a groundbreaking deal, Purple Violets was the first feature film to premiere exclusively on iTunes. Burns built on this platform and successfully released Nice Guy Johnny via digital distribution in 2010. His 10th feature film as a writer, director and actor is the romantic drama NEWLYWEDS, which
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premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). Burns has been involved with TFF since the festival's inception in 2002. Newlyweds was his 6th film to be featured at TFF and closed the festival. As an actor, Burns starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed World War II epic Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the thriller 15 Minutes opposite Robert De Niro, Confidence opposite Dustin Hoffman, and the 20th Century Fox romantic comedy hit 27 Dresses opposite Katherine Heigl. Burns was most recently seen in the feature film Man on a Ledge opposite Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, as well as in Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids. Additionally, he will star in 40', Doug Ellin's much buzzed about new HBO series. Burns was born in Woodside, Queens and raised on Long Island. While at Hunter College in New York City, Burns switched his focus from English to filmmaking before quickly moving on to make The Brothers McMullen. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. RACHEL NICHOLS (Monica Ashe) has established herself as a star on both the big and small screens, commanding and the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty, talent, versatility and poise. She was most recently seen in Conan the Barbarian, as Tamara,' the love interest to Jason Momoa's Conan' and the comedic and romantic drama, A Bird of the Air released in September 2011. In 2011, Nichols returned to television as a series regular on the CBS crime drama, "Criminal Minds." Rachel starred as Ashley Seaver' in Season 6 of the series. In May 2009, Nichols starred in Star Trek. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film also starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, and Eric Bana. In August 2009, Nichols starred as Scarlett' in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers. Others in the cast included Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dennis Quaid. Both Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra took the top spot at the box office on their respective opening weekends. In August 2008, Nichols was seen starring in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 written by Elizabeth Chandler and directed by Sanaa Hamri. In November 2007, Nichols starred as the lead in the Summit Entertainment thriller, P2. Wes Bentley also starred in this film, directed by Frank Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja. Also in 2007, Nichols appeared in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks and in the sports drama, Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. In 2005-2006, Nichols starred in the last season of the hit television series, Alias. Rachel portrayed 'Rachel Gibson,' who worked alongside Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) in the special ops division of the CIA. In 2005, Nichols starred in the Fox drama, The Inside, produced by Imagine Television.
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That same year, Nichols starred in the remake of the horror classic The Amityville Horror produced by Michael Bay, in which she portrays the unforgettable role of the family babysitter. This film also starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. A small town New England native, Nichols first caught the attention of a modeling scout while attending the prestigious Columbia University in New York City, from which she has graduated with a double major in math and economics. After campaigns with such brands as Guess, L'Oreal, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nicole Miller, she broke into the world of acting when her agent sent her out on her first audition, which was for Sex and the City. Although it was the first audition she had ever been on, she was offered the role immediately. The role was for "The Vogue Idea" episode where she starred as the restaurant hostess that became the birthday present from Kim Catrall to her boyfriend, Richard. She followed that role with a role in Autumn in New York with Richard Gere. In 2003, she starred in the prequel to Dumb and Dumber, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Nichols has also guest starred on the ABC series In the Line of Fire. JEAN RENO (Giles Mercier) is the renowned French actor who rapidly gained recognition among American audiences with pivotal roles in box-office blockbusters such as Brian DePalma's Mission Impossible opposite Tom Cruise, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, Luc Besson's The Professional with Natalie Portman and John Frankenheimer's Ronin opposite Robert DeNiro. Reno also starred opposite Steve Martin in The Pink Panther and opposite Tom Hanks, Paul Bettany and Audrey Tatou in Sony Pictures' The DaVinci Code, directed by Ron Howard. Most recently, he starred in Couples Retreat alongside Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Jason Bateman. Just prior to his work on I, Alex Cross, Reno filmed the comedy You Don't Choose Your Family which was directed by his Les Visateur co-star Christian Clavier as well as Daniel Cohen's Comme Un Chef for Gaumont. In 2010, Reno starred in The Round Up, a World War II piece that received critical praise both for the film itself and Reno's dramatic portrayal of a French doctor to Jewish children in Vichy France. Reno will next be seen in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret with Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon and Anna Paquin. In January 2008, Reno starred in Armored, with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. Nimrod Anatol directed the suspense thriller for Sony Screen Gems. In November of 2007, Reno wrapped principal photography on Sony's Pink Panther Redeux, reprising his role, Ponton, opposite Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, John Cleese, Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina. Pink Panther Redeux was released in February 2009. In the winter of 2006, Reno directed his first opera, Puccini's Manon Lescaut for the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. That year, Reno was seen on the big screen with James Franco in Tony Bill's World War I epic Flyboys for MGM and heard in DreamWorks' animated feature Flushed Away. Reno is one of France's most revered and respected actors, having starred opposite Gerard Depardieu in the blockbuster comedy Tais Toi and Les Visiteurs, which became the highest grossing film in French box office history when it was released. Its sequel, Les Visiteurs II, also broke box office records. Reno touched American audiences with his romantic portrayal of a love-struck gourmet chef who sweeps Juliette Binoche off her feet in Jet Lag. He also starred in L'Empire de Loups (Empire of the Wolves), based on a best-selling French novel by Jean-Christophe Grange who also wrote Crimson Rivers, a novel, which was also made into a blockbuster feature film starring Reno. He was also featured in Roberto Benigni's The Tiger and the Snow.
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He has also enjoyed a tremendously successful collaboration with the acclaimed French director Luc Besson. In addition to The Professional, he has co-starred in Besson's Le Dernier Combat, Subway opposite Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani, The Big Blue opposite Roseanna Arquette and the acclaimed thriller La Femme Nikita opposite Anne Parillaud. The duo also collaborated on the making of Wasabi, in which Reno also starred. Born in Casablanca to Spanish parents, Reno pursued his dream of acting in France after serving his military service in Germany. Settling in Paris, Reno joined stage director Didier Flamand in a traveling theater company that took him around the country. His screen debut was in the French film Claire de Femme director by Costa Gavras. Other international film credits include Richard Berry's 22 Bullets, Francis Verber's Le Jaguar, Christian Le Jale's Loulou Graffiti, Jean-Marie Poire's L'Operaton Corned Beef, Eric Duret's L'Homme Au Masque D'Or, Marco Ferreri's I Love You, Betrand Blier's Notre Histoire, and Jacques Monnet's Signes Exterieurs de Richesse. Other American film credits include Paul Weiland's For Roseanna in which he co-starred opposite Mercedes Ruehl, Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan, and John McTiernan's Rollerball. Reno, who spoke only his native Spanish for the first eleven years of his life, also speaks fluent French, Italian, English and a fair amount of Japanese. He splits his time between Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia, STEPHANIE JACOBSEN (Fan Yau Lee) made her debut American Television as the lead role of Kendra Shaw in Razor, the highly successful featurelength installment of the critically-acclaimed Universal/Sci-Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica. She was subsequently cast in the crucial role of Maya Robertson in David E. Kelley's Life on Mars pilot by Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), for the ABC Network. Last fall, Stephanie was seen as Lauren Yung on the return of the series drama Melrose Place.A charismatic and versatile actress, Stephanie began her career in Australia, with appearances on the popular sci-fi show Farscape and the comedy series Pizza. She received a TV Week "Logie" nomination for "Most Popular New Talent" for her regular role on the long running hit series Home & Away, which she followed with a major recurring arc on the Australian series Headland. Stephanie completed a part in the military thriller The Devil's Tomb from director Jason Connery, in which she co-stars with Ray Winstone. She was most recently seen starring on the Fox TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In addition to her impressive acting credits, Stephanie attended Sydney University where she graduated with a double major in Philosophy and English Literature. CARMEN EJOGO (Maria Cross) is best known for her breakthrough role in the television movie Boycott as Coretta Scott King. She was nominated for an Image Award for her portrayal of the forceful civil rights activist who carried on her husband's dream of a unified America. Ejogo most recently costarred in director Sam Mendes' film Away We Go where she played the seemingly all together sister of Maya Rudolph. Ejogo was born in London, England to a Nigerian father and Scottish mother. She made her first film in 1986 and has gone on to play a wide range of roles in both television and feature films, including a supporting role in The Avengers opposite Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman and a costarring role as a woman struggling for racial equality in the television mini-series Color Blind. However, it was her portrayal of the title character in Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal that
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brought her to critics' and audiences' attention. She followed this with co-starring roles in the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost and in Michael Rymer's feature filmPerfume. Continuing to forge a career defined by great range, she also starred in the comedy What's The Worst That Could Happen? opposite Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence, and in the action film Metro opposite Eddie Murphy. Ejogo once again came to critics' attention as part of the ensemble cast of Ruben Santiago- Hudson's critically acclaimed television movie Lackawanna Blues. The movie and its cast were nominated for seven Emmy Awards, two Independent Spirit Awards and a Television Critics Association Award. The film was awarded a Humanitas Prize, and won both a National Board of Review Award and an NAACP Image Award. In addition, Ejogo was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her performance. More recently, Ejogo co-starred opposite Ed Norton in Gavin O'Connor's film Pride and Glory and opposite Terrence Howard in Neil Jordan's film The Brave One. Ejogo currently resides in New York with her husband and two children.

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS Combining nearly three decades of motion picture experience, first as an executive, then as a highly prolific producer and finally as one of American film's most versatile and successful directors, ROB COHEN (Director) maintains a unique place in the entertainment industry. His directing of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Fast and the Furious and xXx, prove that Cohen is often on the cutting edge of cultural (pop and otherwise) and technological developments and the three films have generated more than one billion dollars. Cohen's films as both producer and director have swept across a wide range of topics and backdrops, revealing a filmmaker constantly in search of broadening his cinematic horizons. Cohen's critically acclaimed The Rat Pack, an HBO film starring Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin and Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis Jr., chronicled an entire era as it told the story of Hollywood and Las Vegas' most famous swingers in their heyday. The Rat Pack garnered 11 Emmy Award nominations (winning three), won Cheadle a Golden Globe Award and earned Cohen a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Cohen's previous directorial efforts reveal his expansive storytelling interests. His debut film, A Small Circle of Friends, starred Brad Davis and Karen Allen in a romance set against the political turmoil of late 1960s Harvard University (Cohen's alma mater). Heralded both by critics and audiences, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Storywhich was both written and directed by Cohenhumanized the legendary Hong Kong-born action hero for new generations, and made stars of both Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly. For Dragonheart, visual effects made a quantum leap in Cohen's epic fable of an unlikely alliance in mythical times between a knight (Dennis Quaid) and a fierce but noble dragon endowed with the powers of speech (voiced by Sean Connery). Cohen was intricately involved with both the design of the massive creature and implementation of the state-of-the-art effects from Industrial Light & Magic, the first time that a major motion-picture character was fully rendered digitally. The film won the Saturn Award as Best Fantasy Film in 1996, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Cohen was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson in New York. He attended Harvard University, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in anthropology. He began his career in film during his sophomore year at Harvard, when he assisted director Daniel Petrie in making Silent Night, Lonely Night, an NBC made-for-television movie. After graduation, Cohen moved to Los Angeles, where as a reader for International Famous Agency (IFA), he discovered the classic movie, The Sting. He left IFA for 20th Century Fox Television and quickly acquired the title director of television movies, developing such projects as Mrs. Sundance and Stowaway to the Moon. Desiring to expand into feature films, Cohen joined Motown as its executive vice president of the motion-picture division while still in his early 20s. At Motown, Cohen produced some key entries in 1970s cinema, several of them antidotes for the "blaxploitation" films of the era. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor, was a seriocomic look at the Negro Leagues of the 1930s.
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The television movie Scott Joplin, which also starred Williams, was the story of the great early 20th century ragtime pianist and composer whose music was popularized in the soundtrack for The Sting. Mahogany and The Wiz both starred Diana Ross, the former a romantic drama set against the world of high fashion, the latter a screen adaptation of the smash Broadway hit musical. For The Wiz, Cohen received the NAACP Image Award for Best Picture, and Mahogany received an Academy Award nomination for its now-standard theme song Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To). At Motown, Cohen also produced Thank God It's Friday, which was the decade's quintessential disco movie. The film featured superstar diva Donna Summer and such young talents as Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger and Terri Nunn (later the lead singer of the group Berlin) at early stages of their careers. Cohen's television directorial credits include an Emmy-nominated episode of Miami Vice, as well as segments of thirtysomething, Hooperman, A Year in the Life and Private Eye. He also created, wrote and executive-produced the series Vanishing Son, notable for being one of the very few to focus on Asian characters...with Asian actors filling all of those roles. Vanishing Son won two MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans) Awards for positive portrayal of Asians in media, one for the program itself and another for star Russell Wong. Cohen is an avid surfer and collector of first-edition books and has homes in Malibu, California, and Bali, Indonesia. MARC MOSS (Screenwriter) was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and after attending college at the University of Chicago received a MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and three children. Moss has worked as a writer on all of the Alex Cross films: he was the production writer on Kiss The Girls and the sole credited writer on Along Came a Spider. On Alex Cross, Moss worked with director Rob Cohen to reboot the franchise to honor Patterson's overall vision and tailor the story to suit Morgan Freeman's successor, Tyler Perry. Aside from his Patterson adaptations, Moss has written stories for numerous Academy Award nominated producers (David Brown, Mark Johnson, Arnold Kopelson, Douglas Wick), and has worked on multiple projects for Dustin Hoffman (production writing for Runaway Jury, and adapting for him Scott Turow's novel Personal Injuries). Moss has also published articles in the Wall Street Journal and The Virginia Pilot. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in screenwriting at Old Dominion University and a guest lecturer at his high school alma mater, Norfolk Academy. Kerry Williamson (Screenwriter) was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She earned her undergrad at the University of Ulster where she graduated with First Class Honors with a Bachelor's in Art & Design. As part of her thesis, Williamson wrote and directed the short film Exposed, which won Best Screenplay at the Jesuit Film and Video Award. She was presented the award by Michael D. Higgins, then the Minister for the Arts and Culture and currently President of Ireland. As part of the prize, Williamson was awarded a full scholarship to study for a Master's in Televi 2012 Summit Entertainment

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sion-Radio-Film at Syracuse University. Williamson subsequently moved to the U.S. and attended graduate school at Syracuse University where she studied Television-Radio-Film at the Newhouse School, and worked as a teaching assistant in the film program. Williamson's first job in Hollywood was as Executive Assistant to Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). Her first spec script, The Honeytrap, a noir thriller set in Belfast, is in development for Producer Nick Osbourne and Director Michael Morris (Brothers & Sisters, Smash). Williamson has emerged as one of the most sought after screenwriters in Hollywood with several high profile projects currently in development. Williamson's feature film writing credits include Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment based on the book by James Patterson. Alex Cross hits theatres October 19. Williamson has collaborated with some of the most reputable producers in the industry including Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Mark Gordon and award-winning directors Darren Aronofsky and Alexander Payne. For Kurtzman/Orci Productions, Williamson worked on the rewrite of Time of Death for DreamWorks. For Aronofsky, Williamson wrote and developed Breaking the Bank, based on the book Heist by Howard Sounes. Gareth Evans (The Raid) is currently set to direct with XYZ Films Producing. Williamson's other major projects in development include Fork In the Road for Fox Searchlight, based on the book by Denis Hamill for director Alexander Payne. She is also the writer of Scarpetta, based on the book by Patricia Cornwell with Angelina Jolie attached to star for Fox 2000 and Producer Mark Gordon. In the television space, Williamson is currently developing Sacred Games for AMC, based on the acclaimed book by Vikram Chandra. In addition to writer, Williamson is also co-executive producer of the project along with Anna Garduno. Williamson is a member of the WGA. She is repped by Gersh and attorney Michael Adler of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman. BILL BLOCK (Producer) founded QED International in December 2005 where he leads day-today operations and strategy for the company. Between The Blair Witch Project and District 9, Block has produced, financed, acquired, or distributed over 30 theatrical feature films, and has worked with a broad array of filmmakers (Peter Jackson, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Steve Soderburgh, Jon Favreau, David Koepp, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher McQuarrie). In addition to producing Alex Cross, in 2011 QED also produced Elysium directed by Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Previously, Block was President of Artisan Entertainment. Along with Bain Capital, Block led the LBO of Live Entertainment, a publicly traded video company, which became Artisan. He recruited the management team, helped secure new production financing, and turned Artisan into a competitive force in the independent acquisition and distribution world. At Artisan, Block supervised all divisions international, home entertainment, and television syn 2012 Summit Entertainment

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dication to quantify and offset risk with Artisan's banking and distribution partners. Among the projects that he produced or acquired include: The Blair Witch Project; The Buena Vista Social Club; Pi; Requiem For A Dream; Belly; Hype; The Limey; The Ninth Gate and Made. At the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, he acquired The Blair Witch Project, which became one of the most profitable returns on investment in film history. Block also bought the Spanish-language film Open Your Eyes, and sub-licensed the remake rights to Paramount, and executive produced the remake, Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise. Before this, Block was one of the industry's leading talent agents. As Head of West Coast Operations for International Creative Management from 1992 to 1997 and founder of the Intertalent Agency, Block's clients included such artists as Kim Basinger, Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Seagal, Charlie Sheen, John Travolta, and Forest Whitaker; and filmmakers Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, William Friedkin, George Armitage, Stephen Hopkins, Peter Hyams, and Herbert Ross. PAUL HANSON (Producer) is COO of QED International and oversees all aspects of the company, including the company's financing and production activities, sales and delivery infrastructure, and administration. Hanson's credits include District 9, W, The Lucky Ones, Smart People, and The Hunting Party. Prior to QED, Hanson was CFO of Key Creatives, a literary management and production company, and he held several management roles with Artisan Entertainment, where his responsibilities included the company's M&A activity, oversight of the greenlight process, preparing the company's financial forecast, and providing strategic consulting and operational support to the company's various business units. Hanson began his career as an investment banker at Broadview International where he worked on technology and media M&A transactions totaling over $1 billion in value. JAMES PATTERSON (Producer, Novelist) is the best-selling author in the world today with 70 New York Times best-selling books, 47 of which have hit No.1. His entertainment company, James 19 Patterson Entertainment (JPE), is co-producing Alex Cross with QED International. He has authored 17 Alex Cross books which have the top selling detective series for the last 25 years. The next best-selling series over that period has been Patterson's 10-book Women's Murder Club series. With total worldwide book sales grossing over $3 billion, he has sold more than 240 million books and in 2010 Patterson sold more books in the United States than John Grisham, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Stephen King combined. His awards include the 1977 Edgar Award for the best first mystery and, just last year, the 2010 Children' Choice Award as favorite kids' author. In total, his Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series for younger readers have spent more than 200 weeks on national bestseller lists. His lifelong passion for books and reading led Patterson to launch a website, ReadKiddoRead.com, to give adults an easy way to locate the very best books for kids. Patterson is the best-selling author in the US, the United Kingdom and Australia. Film and television producers are excitedly developing James's properties for the big and little screens. His awardwinning series for young readers, Maximum Ride, is currently in development with Avi Arad (Spider- Man, Iron Man) and Universal Pictures. Patterson's newest young readers series, Witch and Wizard, is soon to be co-produced by JPE and Lloyd Levin (Green Zone, Watchmen) and directed
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by Daniel Percival. James writes and lives in Florida with his family. STEVE BOWEN (Producer) has had three careers: USMC officer, advertising executive and now entertainment. After graduating from The College of The Holy Cross in 1965, Steve applied and was accepted as a Marine Officer Candidate. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in and spent 13 months in Vietnam in I-Corps from Quang Ngai to the DMZ. Released from active duty in 1969 as a Captain, he joined the management trainee class at the then leading ad agency in the world, J. Walter Thompson (JWT). After working on some of the agency's top worldwide accounts, he was partnered with then copywriter, James Patterson, to work on the agency's largest account, Burger King. They created the "battle of the burgers" and formed a partnership that changed J. Walter Thompson's fortunes in the United States. Patterson and Bowen went on to run the JWT headquarters office in NY and, ultimately, the JWT US company during their peak years. In 2004, while Bowen was off on a cross-country motorcycle trip, James Patterson called his old partner to ask if he'd be interested to help him market his books. After Bowen helped guide the unprecedented feat of publishing five new hardcover Patterson books in 2005, Bowen added the duties of president of James Patterson Entertainment, which has three features in production or development and several television shows in development. One of the entertainment industry's most prolific film producers, RANDALL EMMETT (Producer) has produced over 50 feature films. Combining an innate financial sensibility with an equally natural eye for great filmmaking, Emmett is a partner and part-owner with George Furla of Emmett/Furla Films for the past decade, a production company that has their own equity fund. He also is Partner and Founder of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's production company, Cheetah Vision Films. Emmett's films have made more than one quarter of a billion dollars at the US box office as an independent filmmaker and many have been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Emmett's films include End of Watch, written and directed by David Ayer, Lay The Favorite with two-time Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears, starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Rebecca Hall, and Vince Vaughn, Fire with Fire, starring Josh Duhamel, Bruce Willis, and Rosario Dawson, and Freelancers, starring Robert De Niro, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and Forest Whitaker. Emmett's past films include Bad Lieutenant, Righteous Kill, Rambo, 88 Minutes, King of California, Home of the Brave, 16 Blocks, and The Contract. Emmett was raised in Miami and graduated from the respected performing arts high school, New World School of the Arts. From there he headed to New York to attend The School of Visual Arts. Among his many public speaking engagements, he served as keynote speaker at his high school alma mater commencement ceremony in 2002 and as guest speaker at the Miami Film Festival and UCLA Extension (Indie Film Business: Getting It Made, Getting It Sold).
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LEOPOLDO GOUT (Producer) is a film producer, director and writer. He recently produced a feature film, Days of Grace, which premiered at the 2011Cannes film festival to high acclaim. He is the author of the novel Ghost Radio amongst other works. Gout started by directing and producing dozens of music videos and commercials for artists such as Mos Def, Wyclef Jean to the Black Eyed Peas. He is a producer with James Patterson Entertainment. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in business administration, GEORGE FURLA (Executive Producer) started his business career with Cantor Fitzgerald and Company. At Cantor Fitzgerald he served as an equity trader from 1982 to 1985. After his run with Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Furla worked with Jones and Associates for 3 years in a similar capacity. In 1988, Mr. Furla left Jones and Associates to run a hedge fund, which he also established. Mr. Furla ran the hedge fund for ten years after which he jointly formed a film production company with his partner, Randall Emmett. At Emmett/Furla Films Mr. Furla utilizes his hedge fund approach to model out film financing scenarios. Mr. Furla and Mr. Emmett share responsibility in both concept development and arrangement of the financing of the films. Emmett/Furla Films has produced a large number of films including Rambo, 16 Blocks, Wickerman, Righteous Kill, and Conan the Barbarian. Mr. Furla's upcoming films include Fire With Fire, Frozen Ground, Freelancers and Broken City. ETHAN SMITH (Executive Producer) marks his fourth collaboration with QED International and producers Bill Block and Paul Hanson. Smith was previously executive producer on QED's Texas Killing Fields, which stars Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Moretz. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. Smith was co-producer on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, based on the best-selling book series by Jeff Kinney. Prior to that, Smith was co-producer of Oliver Stone's W starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks and produced by QED. He was a producer on the television series The Nine as well as on New York episodes of the hit series Without A Trace. Smith started his career in New York on independent films including Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and The Ballad of Jack and Rose starring Daniel Day Lewis, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. RICARDO DELLA ROSA, ABC (Director of Photography) makes his American movie debut as a director of photography on Alex Cross. He rose to fame in Brazil where his credits have included The Man of The Future, Lope, Tomorrow Never More, Adrift, The Past (for director Hector Babenco), House of Sand and Olga. He has also shot music videos and commercials for products such as Coca-Cola, General Motors, Mistubishi, Gatorade, Pepsi and Sony Ericsson. LAURA FOX (Production Designer) has designed the movies 500 Days of Summer, Hesher, What's Wrong With Virginia and made her debut as a production designer with the independent movie All God's Children Can Dance. In 2010 she was the production designer for the television series Lone Star.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, she has lived in Los Angeles since she was five. After graduating high school, she took some time off, traveled, and dabbled in art and literature classes. Her wanderings lead her to UCLA, where she majored in theater with an emphasis on directing. After graduation, Fox worked in the local theater community, winning the LA Weekly Award for best direction in a play. After successfully creating and mounting a show commissioned for a festival in Belgium, she returned home to Los Angeles, only to realize theater was not a great way to earn a living. Production design came quite naturally. Her first college set design? Removing the engine and draining the gas from her brother's Karmann Ghia for a junkyard set. Since that decision, Fox has designed hundreds of music videos and commercials. Fox has been nominated for three MTV awards and never won. Fox has a beautiful daughter, Dakota Rose who is also a theatre major, studying directing (the apple does not fall far from the tree). THOM NOBLE (Editor) won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Peter Weir's Witness and received a second nomination in 1991 for Ridley Scott's groundbreaking film, Thelma & Louise. Noble also won the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Witness, and received BAFTA Award nominations for Witness and Thelma & Louise. His numerous credits as film editor include Red, The Time Traveler's Wife and Flightplan for director Robert Schwentke. Other films include, Passengers, Vertical Limit, Inspector Gadget, The Mask of Zorro, The Scarlet Letter, The Hudsucker Proxy, Body of Evidence, The Exorcist III, Mosquito Coast, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Red Dawn, Who Is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451,which was Noble's first feature film credit as film editor. Truffaut , Weir and Ridley Scott are just three of the famed film directors with which Noble has worked. The list also includes Otto Preminger, The Coen Brothers, Tony Richardson, Bob Rafaelson, Roland Joffe and John Milius. ABIGAIL MURRAY (Costume Designer) has designed for movies, television and theatre. She began her career assisting Tony Walton. Her film credits include costume designer for the movies Warrior, The Next Three Days, The Express, Pride & Glory, Runaway Jury, Masked & Anonymous, Imposter, Scream 3, Dogma, Kiss the Girls, For Richer or Poorer, The Proprietor, Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead, Tremors, Bloodhounds of Broadway and Airborne.

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