BRUCE ALMIGHTY
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Jim Carrey (Bruce) will next be seen on screen in the Universal Pictures’ comedy Bruce Almighty in which he stars opposite Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. In the film, scheduled to be released on May 23rd, 2003, Carrey plays Bruce Nolan, a television reporter in Buffalo, NY who is discontented with almost everything in life, despite his popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace (Aniston). At the end of the worst day in his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God—and God responds. He appears in human form (Freeman) and, endowing Bruce with all of his Divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job and see if he can do any better. The film reunites Carrey with director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective & Liar, Liar) and writer Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls).

Carrey recently wrapped production on the Focus Features’ drama Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind opposite Kate Winslet. In the film, Carrey stars as Joel, a man who is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew (Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood) chase him through the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get Clementine out of his head. The film, written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) and directed by Michael Gondry (Human Nature) is scheduled for a fall 2003 release.

Carrey will begin production this fall on the Paramount Pictures’ film Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events based on the children’s book series by Daniel Hadler. In the film, to be directed by Brad Silberling (Casper), Carrey will star as the evil Count Olaf. It is tentatively scheduled for a release during the 2004 holiday season. Carrey also recently signed on to make his animated feature film debut in the DreamWorks computer animated project Over The Hedge. In the film, Carrey will provide the voice for a mischievous con artist raccoon named R.J., opposite co-star Garry Shandling, who will voice a sensitive turtle named Verne. The film follows the story of what happens to Verne and R.J. when a suburban housing development encroaches on their home in the forest. Based on a popular comic strip of the same name, the movie is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2005.

Carrey was last seen on screen starring in the 2001 Castle Rock feature The Majestic, directed by Frank Darabont. In 2000 Carrey had the distinction of appearing in the year’s highest grossing film; the Universal Pictures’ release How The Grinch Stole Christmas. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of “Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy” for his portrayal of the Grinch, as well as a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy. He also won an MTV Movie Award in the category of Best Villain for the film.

In the summer of 2000, Carrey reunited with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly for the 20th Century Fox comedy Me, Myself And Irene, for which he received an MTV Movie Award nomination in the category of “Best Comedic Performance” for his portrayal of a split personality in the film. He also won the Golden Globe in 2000 for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in the film Man On The Moon. He had won a Golden Globe Award the previous year for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama” for his role in the critically acclaimed film The Truman Show. The 1999 Golden Globe win marked Carrey’s first award for a dramatic role. He also received a Golden Globe nomination in 1997 for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” for Liar, Liar, the same category in which he was nominated in 1995 for The Mask. In 2000, he was named “Male Star of the Year” at ShoWest.

Born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Jim Carrey knew by age three that show business was in his blood. At age 15, Carrey took off for Toronto to perform at Yuk Yuks, the famous comedy club. Following the performance, Carrey’s career took off and for the next few years he worked in comedy clubs all over Canada. In 1981, at age 19, he packed his belongings and moved to Los Angeles. Carrey immediately became a regular at Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield was so impressed with the young comic that they began touring together. It was then that things began to happen for Jim Carrey.

1982 proved to be a magical year for Carrey when MTM cast him as the star of their NBC series Duck Factory. Although the series only lasted 13 weeks, Carrey’s work left a lasting impression in Hollywood. The next year he landed the lead role in the feature film Once Bitten, starring Lauren Hutton. He followed that film with roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married, and Geena Davis comedy Earth Girls Are Easy. In 1988, Carrey made a brief, but memorable, appearance as Johnny Squares, the self-destructive rock star in the Clint Eastwood film The Dead Pool.

In 1990, Carrey joined the cast of Fox Television’s ensemble comedy hit In Living Color. In November of the following year, his first Showtime Special, entitled Jim Carrey’s Unnatural Act, premiered to rave reviews. He followed the special’s success with a starring role as alcoholic trying to cope with life in Fox’s Emmy nominated movie of the week Doing Time on Maple Drive.

In 1994, after several successful seasons on in Living Color, Carrey once again branched out into feature films by accepting the lead role in the Warner Bros. comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Carrey’s no?holds?barred portrayal of Ace Ventura made him an instant sensation and made the film a hit. Carrey followed that success in the summer of 1994 by starring in the title role of the action?fantasy The Mask, based on the best ?selling Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. The Mask went on to gross in excess of $100 million domestically, winning spectacular reviews for Carrey. Carrey starred as the Riddler/ Edward Nygma in the 1995 blockbuster sequel Batman Forever. The following year he went on to star in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, continuing the misadventures of the world’s favorite pet detective, and then starred in Columbia Pictures’ The Cable Guy. Universal Pictures hit Liar, Liar, which opened to record-breaking numbers in 1997 earning over $100 million in ticket grosses. His triumphant triple play earned him the honor of “NATO/ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year.”

Born in Sherman Oaks, California and raised in New York City, Jennifer Aniston (Grace) is a versatile actress who was exposed to acting at an early age by her father, John Aniston, who starred on NBC’s daytime drama Days of Our Lives, and her godfather, the late Telly Savalas.

Aniston currently stars in the hit NBC ensemble comedy Friends, along with Courteney Cox-Arquette, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, now entering its ninth season. Her work as Rachel Green has earned her the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Comedy, the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, two Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and three People’s Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Drama or Mini-series and for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.

In addition to the massive success she has achieved on the small screen, Aniston continues to branch out with very different roles on the silver screen. Most recently, Aniston starred in Miguel Arteta’s (Chuck & Buck) film The Good Girl, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly and Zooey Deschanel, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film made its debut to rave reviews at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in August to equally enthusiastic notices and great box office success, and Rock Star, opposite Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek.

Aniston’s film credits include: She’s The One opposite director Ed Burns and Cameron Diaz; Picture Perfect opposite Kevin Bacon and Olympia Dukakis, directed by Glenn Gordon Caron; ‘Til There Was You, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dylan McDermott; and the critically praised The Object of My Affection opposite Paul Rudd. Her other film credits include Office Space and Dreams for an Insomniac. Following the completion of her work in Bruce Almighty, Aniston immediately segued to a starring role in an untitled comedy for Universal Pictures with Ben Stiller, directed by John Hamburg.

Aniston, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family, but relocated to New York when her father landed a role on the daytime drama Love of Life. She had her first taste of acting at age 11 when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School’s drama club.
Her experience at the Rudolf Steiner School also helped Aniston develop a passion for art. At age 11, one of Aniston’s paintings was selected to be on display in an exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She began her professional training as a drama student at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. After graduating in 1987, Aniston won roles in such Off-Broadway productions as For Dear Life at New York’s Public Theater and Dancing on Checker’s Grave. In 1989, she landed her first television role as a series regular on Molloy. Aniston’s other television credits include series regular roles on The Edge, as well as Ferris Bueller, a recurring role on Herman’s Head and guest-starring roles on such series as Quantum Leap and Burke’s Law.

Aniston currently resides in Los Angeles.

Morgan Freeman (God) became known nationally when he created the popular character "Easy Reader" on the highly praised public television children's show, The Electric Company...but he was already known in New York theatre circles for the critical body of work and characters he had created there.

Freeman won the Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and received a Tony Award nomination for his outstanding performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978, and received more acclaim and an Obie Award for his appearance as the Shakespearean anti-hero, Coriolanus, at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

In 1984, Freeman won an additional Obie for his role as "The Messenger" in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's Gospel at Colonus. In 1985, he was awarded the Dramalogue Award for the same role. Then the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy won him his third Obie Award. His most recent stage appearance was as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theatre, with Tracey Ullman.

Freeman's numerous television credits include NBC's The Atlanta Child Murders with Cicely Tyson and CBS' The Execution of Raymond Graham.

His extensive feature film credits include Brubaker, Eyewitness, Harry & Sons, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then, This Is Now, Street Smart (for which he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1987, and was nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards), Clean and Sober, Johnny Handsome, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy (for which Freeman won his second Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award and Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in recreating the role that he created on stage) and Chain Reaction.

The Shawshank Redemption, a story of hope based on the Stephen King novel, won Freeman his third Academy Award nomination. He also starred in Steven Spielberg's Amistad as abolitionist Theodore Jackson, Paramount's adventure Hard Rain, as the President of the United States in the box office hit Deep Impact and opposite Ashley Judd in the highly successful thriller Kiss the Girls.

Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty, which saw Freeman performing with Chris Rock and Renee Zellweger, was released to critical acclaim in 2000. Freeman then reprised his Kiss the Girls role of Alex Cross in Along Came A

Spider, which was a box office smash in the spring of 2001. Most recently, Freeman again starred with Ashley Judd in Carl Franklin's High Crimes; performed opposite Ben Affleck in the hit action thriller The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel; starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Holly Hunter in the independent film Levity, which was selected to open the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; and performed in Dreamcatcher, also based on a work by Stephen King. He next stars in The Big Bounce, a thriller based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.

In 1993, Freeman made his feature directorial debut with Bopha!, starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media that "enlightens, inspires and glorifies the human experience."

Lisa Ann Walter (Debbie) will next be seen in Bruce Almighty opposite Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston. In the film Walter plays Aniston’s sister ‘Debbie. Her on and off screen persona incorporates a fascinating and complex mixture of engaging sex appeal, bold intelligence and edgy comedy. If you think you know who she is and what she does, think again -- she'll surprise you at every turn.

Lisa is a classically trained actress as well as a singer and comedian. She initially made a name for herself as a wildly popular act on the national comedy circuit. Lisa performed for Showtime at the Apollo and brought down the house only to be followed with a performance by Run DMC.

When Lisa did make the move to Hollywood, she arrived with a bang. She was the star and creator of the ABC series, "Life’s Work," which took a comic look at the life of Walter's character - a frantically busy lawyer doing the 90's plate spinning act of juggling job and family. She also received stellar reviews for her portrayal of the senior producer of a cable news station in the critically acclaimed drama “Breaking News” on Bravo. Recently she starred opposite Emeril Lagasse on NBC’s comedy “Emeril.” Lisa also guest starred on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and was a frequent guest on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect”.

On the feature side Lisa was seen co-starring in Disney’s The Parent Trap. In this remake of the original classic, Lisa appears as the nanny to Dennis Quaid's daughter. Prior to that, Lisa played Whoopi Goldbergs's tarty sidekick in the comedy Eddie. Lisa also is proud of her work in an ensemble cast in Fox Searchlab’s short film Farm Sluts.

Born in rural Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Washington DC, Walter grew up in household immersed in both academics and dramatic arts. She began singing and performing at and early age. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from the Catholic University of America, Lisa began performing in various theater productions. When Lisa moved to New York, she began her comedy career by performing at amateur night in a local comedy club. In her own inimitable, irreverent, brawn style, Lisa made audiences roar with her perspectives on kids, politics, social issues and sex.

Lisa enjoys gourmet cooking and Fat Burger, reading historical biographies, Beach Bodice Rippers, Beethoven, the blues and dancing. When she grows up she wants to be Madonna - in the ‘Like a Virgin’ era. No doubt, Lisa Ann Walter's powerful and unique presence will make an enduring mark in the world of entertainment for years to come.

Lisa Ann Walter currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Philip Baker Hall (Jack Keller) is one of America’s most distinguished and prolific character actors. In recent years, Hall has been a mainstay in Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, toplining the director’s first feature, Hard Eight, and then acting in the ensembles of Boogie Nights and Magnolia.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Hall graduated from the University of Toledo and embarked on an acting career which has now spanned more than 30 years. His numerous features since the early 1970s have included Midnight Run, Say Anything, Ghostbusters II, Eye for an Eye, Air Force One, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, Psycho, The Cradle Will Rock, The Insider, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rules of Engagement, The Contender (which brought him a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award), Lost Souls, The Sum of All Fears, Dogville and Die Mommie Die, which recently premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Hall has also appeared in many television movies and mini-series, among them Kill Me If You Can, The Bastard, Roswell, Witness to the Mob, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Aristotle Onassis) and Path to War. He has guest starred on such shows as M*A*S*H, Miami Vice, Cheers, Chicago Hope, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and recurring roles on Family Ties, Seinfeld, The Practice and Millennium.

Catherine Bell (Susan Ortega) stars on television’s popular JAG as Major Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie. Born in London, Bell moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of 2. As a child, she acted in various TV commercials, and later became a model in Japan. Returning to the U.S., Bell’s potent combination of beauty and brains soon won her roles in both features and television. Previous to winning her star-making role on JAG, Bell appeared in the telefilms Mother of the Bride, Alien Nation: Body and Soul, Cab to Canada and The Time Shifters, as well as guest spots on the series Dream On, Friends, The Naked Truth, Hot Line and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Steve Carell (Evan Baxter) has become widely known for his witty brand of reportage as one of the correspondents on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is currently starring as a series regular on the NBC comedy series Watching Ellie.

Previously, Carell was both a writer and performer on The Dana Carvey Show and an actor on Over the Top. He also provides the voice of Gary on Saturday Night Live’s animated short films, The Ambiguously Gay Duo.

Nora Dunn (Ally Loman) has become one of America’s most accomplished on-screen players since her five-year tenure on Saturday Night Live from 1985-90. In addition to starring in a second series, Sisters, Dunn has been seen in such features as Working Girl, Miami Blues, Passion Fish, Born Yesterday, I Love Trouble, The Last Supper, Bulworth, What Planet Are You From?, Heartbreakers, What’s the Worst That Could Happen? and The Hebrew Hammer.

Sally Kirkland (Waitress) garnered the 1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Dramatic Actress and received an Academy Award nomination in the same category for her performance in Anna. She also won the Independent Spirit Award for that role.

Kirkland’s remarkable career as an actress has incorporated a wide range of roles on stage, screen and television. On stage, she has performed in more than 80 plays, including her critically acclaimed performance in the Los Angeles premiere of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class. She starred in Vaclav Havel’s Obie Award-winning Largo Desolato for Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, and repeated her performance on KCTV. Off-Broadway, Kirkland appeared in The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Women Beware of Women and Terrence McNally’s Sweet Eros and Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone. She was the leading actress in the legendary La Mama Troupe under director Tom O’Horgan, and starred in 12 plays there, including Tom Paine and the stage and filmed versions of Futz.

Kirkland’s numerous features have included The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star is Born, Bite the Bullet, Cinderella Liberty, JFK, Best of the Best, Revenge, Excess Baggage, Ed TV, Wilbur Falls, Wasteland, Wish You Were Dead and Norma Jean, Jack & Me. Kirkland was both producer and star of Cheatin’ Hearts, Forever, Flexing With Monty and Amnesia.

On television, Kirkland has enjoyed recurring roles in Felicity, Days of Our Lives, Roseanne and Valley of the Dolls, as well as guest starring on such series as The Hunger, Good Behavior, The Nanny and Wasteland. She’s appeared in such network and cable movies as Heatwave, The Women Who Loved Elvis, Double Jeopardy, Song of Songs, Brave New World and Another Woman’s Husband. Kirkland also starred in one episode and directed one more of the Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion.

Kirkland is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and a former faculty member of the Lee Strasberg Theatre. She is an ordained minister in the Church of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, and has received many humanitarian awards for her charitable and spiritual work.

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