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No Strings Attached Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes and Kevin Kline
NATALIE PORTMAN (Emma / Executive Producer) made her debut in Luc Besson's "The Professional," in 1994. She won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in Mike Nichol's "Closer."
This December, Portman was seen starring in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," a supernatural thriller that centers on a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes increasing as the dancers approach a big performance.
Upcoming for Portman is David Gordon Green's "Your Highness," co-starring with Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel. The story focuses on an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father's kingdom, with Portman as his love interest. The Universal Pictures film is slated for release April 8, 2011. Following that, this summer, she will appear in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor," portraying Jane Foster, love interest of Thor. The Paramount film is slated for release on May 20, 2011.
Additionally, Portman is set to topline and produce road-trip comedy "Best Buds" through her handsomecharlie banner, with Vendome Pictures CEO Philippe Rousselet. The film, based on Jamie Denbo's script, centers on a woman who is on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown on the eve of her wedding. To save herself, she goes on a road trip to San Diego with two best friends, relying on a combo of marijuana and the bonds of their decades-long friendship.
Onscreen, Portman has starred in more than 25 films, including "Heat," "Beautiful Girls," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Mars Attacks!," "Anywhere But Here" (Golden Globe nomination), "Where the Heart Is," "Cold Mountain," "Garden State," "Free Zone," "V for Vendetta," "Paris je t'aime," "Goya's Ghosts," "My Blueberry Nights," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "The Other Boleyn Girl," "New York, I Love You" and "Brothers." Additionally, she starred in George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones," and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." The prequels to the wildly popular "Star Wars" trilogy of the ‘70s and ‘80s rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide. Onstage, Portman starred in Mike Nichol's Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Seagull," opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman; as well as James Lapine's Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
Behind the lens, Portman has taken turns writing, directing and producing. Her credits include "Eve," which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who ends up on her grandmother's date. The film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara, and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a short film for "New York, I Love You," about a day in the life of a father and daughter in Central Park. The film, released in October 2009, showcases 12 filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City. Additionally, she executive-produced and starred in Don Roos' adaptation of Ayelet Waldman's novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," opposite Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan. The film, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, revolves around a young woman who tries to recover her marriage through her relationship with her stepson.
Portman is currently developing film projects through her production company, handsomecharlie films, which has an overhead deal with Participant Media. Together with producer Annette Savitch, the company is focused on finding intelligent, accessible films across varied genres, as well as female-driven comedies. Handsomecharlie films recently set up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" with Darko Entertainment at Lionsgate, "Booksmart" at Fox, "Best Buds" at Vendome Pictures (with Portman attached to star), and they are partnered with Plan B at Paramount to produce "Important Artifacts," based on the book by Leanne Shapton, with Brad Pitt and Portman attached to star. Their first produced film, "Hesher," was recently bought for distribution by Newmarket at the Sundance Film Festival and slated for release in 2011; it is directed by Spencer Susser and stars Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the world's poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living, thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has also met with high-level United States Members of Congress to lobby for support of international microfinance funding. A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she learned Arabic and Hebrew, and studied the Anthropology of Violence and Israeli history. Portman currently resides in Los Angeles.
ASHTON KUTCHER (Adam) is an actor/producer and co-founder of Katalyst, a studio for social media, creating original digital media, television and film properties. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the Katalyst mission is to create thought-provoking and compelling content for multiple platforms. Founded in 2000 by partners Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, Katalyst film credits include "The Butterfly Effect," "Guess Who," "Spread" and "Killers" with Katherine Heigl. For television, Kutcher has served as co-creator and producer of MTV's hit series "Punk'd," CW reality series "Beauty and the Geek," as well as "True Beauty" and "The Beautiful Life." Katalyst Digital Media properties include Kellogg Cares Feeding America Program (facebook.com/kelloggcares), MtDew DEWmocracy (facebook.com/mountaindew), Pepsi Refresh Everything Program (http://www.refresheverything.com), along with Presidential Pledge (www.myspace.com/presidentialpledge). In 2010, Katalyst was named one of the year's Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.
Kutcher first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the Fox/Carsey Werner hit comedy series "That 70's Show," which aired for eight seasons. Kutcher went on to star in a variety of box office hits on the big screen, including "What Happens In Vegas" with Cameron Diaz, "The Guardian" with Kevin Costner, "A Lot Like Love" with Amanda Peet, "Valentine's Day" and the cult hit "Dude, Where's My Car." Kutcher was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People (2010). Kutcher and his wife, Demi Moore, recently created The Demi and Ashton Foundation, to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide (www.demiandashton.com).
Kutcher was born and raised in Homestead, Iowa. To finance the cost of his education as a bio-chemical engineer at the University of Iowa, he worked as a cereal dust sweeper at the General Mills plant in Cedar Rapids. After being discovered by a local model/talent scout, Kutcher moved to New York to pursue his interest in acting. Throughout his career veteran actor CARY ELWES (Dr. Metzner) has turned in an array of outstanding, eclectic performances. He was just seen in the last 3D installment of "Saw," having starred in the tense first installment of the horror franchise. He wrapped filming on Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" and previously starred in DreamWorks' "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carrey, directed by Robert Zemeckis. He is currently filming "Yellow Submarine," as the voice of George Harrison.
Elwes made his cinematic debut in Marek Kanievska's film "Another Country," based on the award-winning play, and followed up with a starring role in the highly acclaimed historical drama "Lady Jane," alongside Helena Bonham Carter. He then turned in a memorable portrayal as Westley in Rob Reiner's classic fairytale "The Princess Bride," which won over audiences around the globe. Other film credits include the hit psychological thriller "Saw," the Academy Award®-winning war epic "Glory," "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," "Twister," "Liar Liar," "Kiss the Girls," "Shadow of the Vampire" and Garry Marshall's "Georgia Rule" with Jane Fonda.
On the small screen, Elwes recently starred in the pilot "Tough Trade," written and created by Jenji Kohan and directed by Gavin Hood. He also has a recurring role on the USA Network show "Psych" as Pierre Despereaux. His previous television credits include guest-starring on a gripping episode of "Law & Order: SVU" as a mob lawyer whose family is viciously attacked and portraying the young Pope in CBS's telepic "Pope John Paul II." Additionally Elwes starred in the Golden Globe award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," "The Riverman," "Uprising" and had a recurring role as FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer on the final season of "The X-Files." Elwes was born and raised in London before moving to the States in his teens. He attended college in upstate New York and went on to study at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Institute. Ironically, however, it was back in his native England where Elwes began his film career. He later returned to New York before eventually relocating to Los Angeles.
KEVIN KLINE (Alvin) has seamlessly transitioned between the worlds of theater and film and has earned equal distinction in both. Kline is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award® and two Tony awards. In his three-decades long history with The Public Theater, Kline has played numerous Shakespearean roles: King Lear in "King Lear," Richard in "Richard III," Henry in "Henry V," Duke Vincentio in "Measure for Measure," Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing," and the title role in two productions of "Hamlet." For the first production of "Hamlet," he won the Obie award for Sustained Achievement in Theatre, and for the second production (which he also directed), he received five Drama Desk nominations, including Best Director and Best Actor nominations. Later, he co-directed a televised version of the production for the PBS "Great Performances" series.
A Juilliard graduate, Kline made his Broadway debut playing Vershinin in Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" for John Houseman's The Acting Company, of which he is a founding member. His other Broadway credits include Hal Prince's "On the Twentieth Century," for which he won both a Tony and a Drama Desk award, and "The Pirates of Penzance," which had a successful run at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway and for which he again won both a Tony and a Drama Desk award, as well as the Obie award for Outstanding Achievement by an Actor.
Kline won rave reviews for his Broadway performance in Shaw's "Arms and the Man" (directed by John Malkovich) and starred in Gerry Gutierrez's production of Chekhov's "Ivanov" at Lincoln Center. He won a Drama Desk award for his performance as Falstaff in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Shakespeare's "Henry IV." At The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, Kline has also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in "The Seagull" and in "Mother Courage and her Children." Most recently, Kline was seen on Broadway in the critically acclaimed "Cyrano de Bergerac," for which he received an Outer Critics Circle award. Additionally, this is Kline's second staged production to air on PBS' "Great Performances" series.
In addition to his 1988 Academy Award® for his work in the comedy "A Fish Called Wanda" and a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for HBO's "As You Like It," Kline is a five-time Golden Globe nominee for his roles in "Sophie's Choice," "Dave," "In & Out," "Soapdish" and "De-Lovely," and earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his performance in "Life as a House."
Other film credits include "The Big Chill," "Silverado," "I Love You to Death," "Grand Canyon," "French Kiss," "Cry Freedom," "The Ice Storm," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Anniversary Party," "The Emperor's Club," "Life as a House" and "A Prairie Home Companion."
He can be seen in Caroline Bottaro's French-language film, "Queen to Play," with Sandrine Bonnaire and Francis Renaud. In the film, Kline portrays a doctor whose housekeeper has a passion for chess and he becomes her mentor in the game, leading her to a chess tournament and initiating major transformations in her life. The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2009. Kline recently filmed the comedy "The Extra Man," co-starring Paul Dano, Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly. Playing Henry Harrison, a failed but brilliant playwright who escorts wealthy widows of New York's Upper East Side, he decides to take a young aspiring writer under his wing and the relationship eventually develops into a bond the depths of which are hardly expected.
He can also be seen in the upcoming film, "The Conspirator," directed by Robert Redford. Kline plays Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War serving in the wake of the assassination of President Lincoln. Kevin Kline is the first American actor to receive the Sir John Gielgud Golden Quill Award and was recently honored with the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, Kline was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.