& BRITTANY SNOW FINDING AMANDA A film by Peter Tolan
90 min., Rated R
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Synopsis From director Peter Tolan, creator of the hit television series Rescue Me, comes Finding Amanda, a hilarious and heartbreaking autobiographical comedy about the compulsions we can’t shake, and the unlikely lengths we’ll go to while trying.
Taylor Mendon (Matthew Broderick) is a television writer and producer working on a low-rated, little-respected half-hour sitcom. Once destined for bigger and better things, Taylor's compulsive gambling, recreational drug use and drinking all conspired to throw his career off the rails. After kicking the alcohol and drugs, he only has one more hurdle...the horses.
His beautiful twenty - year old niece Amanda (Brittany Snow) has her own habit to kick. Living in Las Vegas, working as a "dancer," her family has just discovered she is actually a prostitute, and they suspect hooking for drug money.
On their way home from an emergency family meeting, Taylor's wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) finds recent racing stubs in Taylor's glove compartment. After years of standing by him, she leaves.
Taylor comes up with a plan: he'll win back his wife by doing the right thing. He'll go to Las Vegas, find Amanda, and deliver her to a rehabilitation center in Malibu. While he’s at it, he might even catch up with some old friends (like slimy casino host Steve Coogan). But besides that, it’s strictly the business at hand—while he's there, he vows, he won't gamble a single cent, but things don’t turn out quite as he’d planned.
About the Cast Matthew Broderick (Taylor Mendon)
Taylor Mendon, portrayed by Matthew Broderick, is a witty, successful television producer who is trying to reconstruct his shaky career. He’s a recovering alcoholic and drug addict but won’t admit to his latest addiction- playing the horses. When his wife Lorraine, dispatches him to Vegas to convince their young niece, Amanda, to enter rehab, Taylor sees it as his golden opportunity to sneak in some heavy gambling and finds himself slipping back into some very bad habits. Broderick, a two-time Tony award-winning stage actor and instantly recognizable film presence, recently wrapped production in the feature film Then She Found Meopposite Helen Hunt, who also directed. Broderick recently starred in the hit comedy Deck the Halls alongside Danny Devito. In 2007, Broderick was seen in Margaret with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo. His voice was also heard in the Dreamworks animated film Bee Movie opposite Jerry Seinfeld. He most currently finished filming Diminished Capacity opposite Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen. He will next begin work on Wonderful World alongside Sophie Okonedo. In 2005, he also starred in the feature film version of The Producers reprising the Tony nominated performance he gave on Broadway in this smash hit musical.
Broderick starred in the critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me opposite Laura Linney. He also earned considerable acclaim starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the critically lauded and Independent Spirit Award winning political satire Election, directed by Alexander Payne. Broderick has also starred in such blockbuster movies as, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Glory, Godzilla, Addicted to Love, The Cable Guy, Inspector Gadget, War Games, and Disney’s The Lion King, as the adult voice of Simba. Additional credits include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Max Dugan Returns, Project X, Family Business, The Freshman, The Night We Never Met, The Last Shotand The Stepford Wives. Brittany Snow (Amanda)
Brittany Snow is one of the brightest and most engaging acting talents to emerge in recent years. Brittany will next be seen in the Screen Gems psychological thriller, PROM NIGHT, which releases theatrically on April 11th, 2008. She has also just wrapped filming the lead role in the independent feature, VICIOUS KIND.
Snow’s most recent film credit is New Line Cinema’s HAIRSPRAY, playing Amber Von Tussle, the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, Velma Von Tussle. Additional upcoming films include the title role in the independent film FINDING AMANDA opposite Matthew Broderick which will be premiering this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and she will also star in the upcoming Tony Kaye film BLACK WATER TRANSIT.
Snow was seen in the FOX movie JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE in her first leading film role. She made her big-screen debut in the box-office hit THE PACIFIER for Disney starring opposite Vin Diesel. Brittany had a recurring role as Matt’s neo-nazi girlfriend on FX’s ‘NIP/TUCK’ as well.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Brittany began her acting career appearing in and lending her voice to numerous national commercials. She also starred in theater performances including the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Snow made the transition to television when she landed a starring role on the long-running daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Brittany would commute on the weekends from Florida to New York City where the show was taped. Additional television credits include: “Safe Harbor,” “Sea Quest DSV” and the pilot “Murphy’s Dozen.” Her next project was the NBC series “American Dreams”. Snow played Meg Pryor, a teen in the 60’s struggling to find balance between her family’s strict upbringing and her own desires as a young woman.
Maura Tierney (Lorraine Mendon)
As Lorraine Mendon, the wife of Taylor, Maura Tierney portrays the attractive, longsuffering woman who has put up with Taylor’s addictions for years and who is finally hopeful that Taylor is conquering his many demons. Tierney, one of the brightest acting talents to emerge in recent years, is currently gracing television screens every week on the top rated NBC series ER for which she received her first Emmy nomination. Prior to joining the cast of ER, Tierney spent four years on the critically acclaimed NBC series NEWSRADIO.
Tierney has successfully managed to juggle both television and film careers. After playing Jim Carrey’s wife in Liar Liar. Maura has been very busy with big screen roles when not shooting ER. She is currently filming Universal’s Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She was recently seen in New Line Cinema’s Semi-pro opposite Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson. She has starred in another film for Magnolia Pictures called Diggers, where she shared the screen with Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Josh Hamilton, Ron Eldard, Laura Ambrose and Sarah Paulson. The film was directed by Katherine Dieckmann and is about two generations of clam diggers trying to maintain their way of life in the midst of enormous changes in the Hamptons during the 1970’s. Tierney can also be seen in the upcoming film The Go-Getter, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Steve Coogan (Jerry)
Steve Coogan portrays Michael Henry, Taylor’s Las Vegas Casino host who is a masterful schmoozer willing to do anything to make his clients happy. Coogan, born and raised in Manchester, first made his reputation on the small screen and appeared in such projects as FIRST EXPOSURE, THE PRINCE’S GALA TRUST for the Prince and Princess of Wales, STAND-UP, UP-FRONT, PARAMOUNT CITY, LONDON UNDERGROUND and WORD IN YOUR EAR. In 1992 he won the Perrier Award for his show STEVE COOGAN IN CHARACTER WITH JOHN THOMPSON, at which he launched his character Paul Calf.
In 1994 at the British Comedy Awards he won Top Male Comedy Performer, Top Comedy Personality and KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU won Best New Television Comedy. Steve appeared in a lead role in the film REVENGERS COMEDIES and in a Screen 1 film entitled THE FIX. Steve won two BAFTA’S for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance for his series I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE.
Steve then co-starred in Frank Coraci’s AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS’, as Phileas Fogg, with Jackie Chan as Passepartout. He was also was featured in a segment of Jim Jarmusch’s film COFFEE & CIGARETTES which debuted at the 2004 Venice film festival. Steve was seen in the blockbuster NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM along side Ben Stiller and is currently shooting TROPIC THUNDER directed by Stiller starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey.
Peter Facinelli (Greg)
Peter Facinelli is Greg, Amanda’s sleazy, live in boyfriend. He’s a man of limited means, mentality and morals, and frequently sneaks other girls in while Amanda is working. Peter Facinelli’s eclectic and impressive performances have established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. Facinelli most recently wrapped a recurring role on Damages, a legal thriller for FX starring Glenn Close. Facinelli’s recent roles include starring opposite Eric Stoltz and Tate Donovan in the independent film The Lather Effect, which debuted at the 2006 LA Film Festival, and alongside Christian Slater in Columbia Pictures’ Hollow Man 2as a detective working to protect a biologist from a volunteer soldier/assassin (Slater) gone mad. He also starred in A&E Network’s action packed and inspiring true storyTouch the Top of the World, which centered on Facinelli’s character Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to climb Mt. Everest.
About the Filmmakers Peter Tolan (Writer, Director)
Emmy® Award-winning writer/producer Peter Tolan serves as executive producer on RESCUE ME, the critically acclaimed, one-hour drama from Sony Pictures Television for FX. For RESCUE ME’s first season, Tolan, and his writing partner Denis Leary, garnered an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Tolan was also recognized with an Emmy® nomination for his directing work on the show’s pilot.
Additionally, Tolan and fellow producers Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Kerry Orent, were recognized by the Producer’s Guild of America when RESCUE ME was honored with the 2005 Visionary Award, which acknowledges producers whose work demonstrates a unique or uplifting quality. Since the show’s premiere, critics have lauded Tolan and Leary’s work on the series. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Tim Goodman wrote, “Now, we’re getting weekly doses of some of TV’s best writing, most authentic character representations and quirky comedy. … All of a sudden two of the funniest guys in all of television are helming one of the medium’s most unflinching dramas.”
A Massachusetts native, Tolan’s passion for writing and acting led him to study theater at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He joined the writing staff of the Carol Burnett sketch show “Carol & Company” in 1990, and then landed writing and producing gigs on three of the most popular and revered comedies of the 1990’s: “Home Improvement,” “Murphy Brown” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” For his work on “Murphy Brown,” Tolan was nominated twice for Emmy® Awards, with one win; and for “The Larry Sanders Show,” he took home one Emmy® for his six nominations.
Tolan and Leary first paired up when they created, produced and wrote the short-lived but critically acclaimed series “The Job” for ABC. The duo recently re-teamed to produce a drama pilot for NBC called “Fort Pit,” which follows a group of flawed NYC cops that are sent to the only precinct that will take them. “Fort Pit’s” ensemble cast includes, James Badge Dale, Michael Rispoli, David Call, Dania Ramirez, Elias Koteas, Cornell Womack and Viola Davis. Tolan also directed the pilot.
In addition to his impressive television work, Tolan boasts an extensive film resume. He co-wrote and produced the feature film AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS and wrote the films JUST LIKE HEAVEN, GUESS WHO, ANALYZE THIS as well as the film’s sequel, ANALYZE THAT and BEDAZZLED. Tolan also wrote and directed the film, FINDING AMANDA, soon to be released by Magnolia Pictures, which stars Matthew Broderick as a television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling, who is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece (Brittany Snow) to enter rehab. His next film project, which he wrote, is called “The Smoker.” Tolan resides in Montecito, CA. with his wife Leslie, a supervising producer on RESCUE ME, and their three children.
Wayne Rice (Producer)
Wayne Rice brings his extensive experience in film writing and producing to the Finding Amanda production team. His writing and producing credits include Chasing Libertystarring Mandy Moore, the David Spade comedy, Lost and Found and Class Act starring Kid N’ Play, all for Warner Brothers. He also produced the hit comedy Dude, Where’s My Car for Twentieth Century Fox which launched the film careers of Ashton Kutcher and Shawn William Scott. In the independent world he co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed and financially successful cult film Suicide Kings starring Christopher Walken and Dennis Leary and produced The Runner starring John Goodman and Courtney Cox. He recently launched with his partner Rich Heller CAPACITY PICTURES set up to finance and produce 3 to 5 films a year. The company just wrapped its second film, NO PLACE LIKE HOME a comedy starring Danny Devito, which was directed by Sam Harper (Cheaper By The Dozen).
Says Rice: “The focus of the company is to find ‘A’ writers who want to direct and give them a leg-up into the director’s chair
Richard Heller (Producer)
Beginning in 1981, until its sale in 1995, Richard held the position of Vice President of tradeshow operations for the Interface Group, Massachusetts, the producers of the COMDEX tradeshows worldwide. While still maintaining his position with The Interface Group, in 1990, he also assumed the position of Vice-President and General Manager, where he oversaw the design and development of the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, the largest privately owned convention center in the country in excess of one million square feet. Beginning in 1995, he was also involved in portions of the design and development of The Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and contributed in the design and development of the one million square foot exhibition center in Macau, China, attached to the recently opened Venetian Resort Casino, Macau. In June 2006, he retired from his then position as the President and General Manager of The Sands Expo and concurrent position as the Executive Vice President of The Venetian Resort and Casino. He has since partnered with his long time friend of 20 years Wayne Rice, a respected industry writer and producer, to form CAPACITY PICTURES.
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