Film: 2009: February: He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You: The Cast

He's Just Not That Into You moviePhoto left: (L-r) JENNIFER ANISTON stars as Beth and BEN AFFLECK stars as Neil in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Darren Michaels

BEN AFFLECK (Neil) has been recognized for his work as a writer, actor and, most recently, director. He made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone," for which he won several critics groups awards, including 2007 Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review and Hollywood Film Festival's Director of the Year. Affleck also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel.

In 2006, Affleck earned widespread praise for his portrayal of ill-fated actor George Reeves in the noir drama "Hollywoodland." The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Affleck won the coveted Volpi Award for Best Actor. He also received Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Actor, as well as the Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. He will next be seen in the Kevin Macdonald-directed crime thriller "State of Play," in which he stars with Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams.

Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed drama "Good Will Hunting," which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. The two won numerous honors for the film's original screenplay, including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and the Humanitas Prize. They also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast.

Affleck went on to star in John Madden's Academy Award®-winning "Shakespeare in Love," winning a SAG Award® as part of the ensemble cast. His subsequent film credits include "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor," both directed by Michael Bay; "Forces of Nature"; Ben Younger's "Boiler Room"; Roger Michell's "Changing Lanes"; "The Sum of All Fears"; the screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil"; Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"; Mike Binder's "Man About Town"; and Joe Carnahan's stylish thriller "Smokin' Aces."

In 2000, Affleck partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, "Project Greenlight," aired on HBO and drew critical, audience and industry attention for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker. The second season of "Project Greenlight" aired on HBO at the beginning of 2003, with a third season on Bravo. All three were nominated for Emmy Awards.

In addition to being a successful actor, writer and director, Affleck is also a longtime political activist and strong supporter of many charitable organizations, including Feeding America, Operation Gratitude, A-T Children's Project, The Jimmy Fund and the ONE Campaign. Most recently, he traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he directed the short film and public service announcement "Gimme Shelter," which focuses on the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, this film is part of the international campaign to aid those displaced by violence.


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(Photo) JENNIFER ANISTON stars as Beth in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Darren Michaels

JENNIFER ANISTON (Beth) is an award-winning actress and one of today's most popular stars. She most recently starred in the comedy hit "Marley and Me," opposite Owen Wilson. She also starred with Steve Zahn in the indie film "Management," on which she served as an executive producer. Her recent film credits also include the hit romantic comedy "The Break-Up," opposite Vince Vaughn, and the critically acclaimed indie film "Friends with Money."

Aniston also has a wide range of films upcoming, including the romantic drama "Traveling," with Aaron Eckhart, and the true-life drama "The Goree Girls," which she will star in and produce with her producing partner, Kristin Hahn.

In 2004, Aniston completed her tenth and final season on the mega-hit ensemble comedy "Friends." During the show's long run, Aniston was repeatedly recognized for her work in the role of Rachel Green, including Emmy and Golden Globe Award wins for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Her other honors included four additional Emmy nominations; another Golden Globe nomination; two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, and six more SAG Award® nominations shared with the ensemble cast.

While enjoying success on the small screen, Aniston continued to branch out with a wide range of roles in both major studio releases and smaller independent films. She earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Miguel Arteta's critically acclaimed film "The Good Girl," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Aniston has also starred in such films as "She's the One," directed by and also starring Edward Burns; "Picture Perfect," with Kevin Bacon; "'Til There Was You"; Nicholas Hytner's "The Object of My Affection," alongside Paul Rudd; "Office Space"; Stephen Herek's "Rock Star," opposite Mark Wahlberg; the smash hit comedy "Bruce Almighty," with Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman under the direction of Tom Shadyac; "Along Came Polly," in the title role, opposite Ben Stiller; and "Rumor Has It...," for director Rob Reiner.

Born in Sherman Oaks, California, Aniston, who is of Greek descent, spent a year of her childhood living in Greece. The family relocated to New York when her father, actor John Aniston, landed a role on a daytime drama. She had her first taste of acting when she joined the Rudolf Steiner School's drama club, where she also developed 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 later began her professional acting 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 plays as "For Dear Life," at the Public Theater, and "Dancing on Checker's Grave." In 1989, she landed a recurring role on the series "Molloy," which marked her television debut. Aniston's other early television credits include regular and guest roles on several series.


DREW BARRYMORE (Mary / Executive Producer) has been a favorite of film audiences for almost three decades. She is also enjoying success behind the camera as a producer under her own Flower Films banner, which has produced such hits as the romantic comedies "Never Been Kissed" and "50 First Dates," and the actioners "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." In addition to producing the "Charlie's Angels" features, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu to star in both films, which, together, grossed more than a half billion dollars worldwide.

She has also earned praise from both critics and audiences for her performances in a wide range of comedies, including "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates," both opposite Adam Sandler; "Fever Pitch," in which she starred with Jimmy Fallon under the direction of the Farrelly brothers; George Clooney's acclaimed biographical satire "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," with Sam Rockwell; Penny Marshall's "Riding in Cars with Boys"; "Home Fries," opposite Luke Wilson; and "Never Been Kissed," which marked Barrymore's producing debut. She more recently starred in "Music and Lyrics," opposite Hugh Grant, and the drama "Lucky You," for director Curtis Hanson, and also lent her voice to the animated features "Beverly Hill Chihuahua" and "Curious George."

This past summer, Barrymore directed the roller derby comedy "Whip It!," in which she also stars with Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis. She also stars in the upcoming film "Everybody's Fine," with Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

Barrymore made her feature film debut at age five in the 1980 science fiction thriller "Altered States." However, it was her scene-stealing performance as the precocious Gertie in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" that catapulted the young actress to stardom. She went on to star in the thriller "Firestarter" and the comedy "Irreconcilable Differences," for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Her many other film credits include "Cat's Eye," written by Stephen King; "Far from Home"; "Poison Ivy"; "Guncrazy," for which she received another Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress; "Bad Girls"; Herbert Ross' "Boys on the Side"; "Mad Love"; "Batman Forever"; Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You"; Andy Tennant's "Ever After"; and Wes Craven's horror hit "Scream," which launched a successful franchise.


JENNIFER CONNELLY stars as Janine and BRADLEY COOPER stars as Ben in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You,"
(Photo) (L-r) JENNIFER CONNELLY stars as Janine and BRADLEY COOPER stars as Ben in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

JENNIFER CONNELLY (Janine) won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture "A Beautiful Mind," directed by Ron Howard. Her performance in the film also brought her a number of other Best Supporting Actress honors, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, an AFI Award, and a Critics' Choice Award.

She most recently starred in the hit sci-fi thriller "The Day the Earth Stood Still," with Keanu Reeves. She will next be seen in Jon Amiel's "Creation," in which she stars as Emma Darwin, opposite her husband, Paul Bettany, as Charles Darwin. She also lent her voice to Tim Burton's upcoming animated feature "9."

Connelly previously earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her unflinching portrayal of a drug addict in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream." She has also earned acclaim for her work in such films as "Reservation Road," with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Mira Sorvino; Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou; "Little Children," for director Todd Field; Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog"; and the biopic "Pollock," directed by and starring Ed Harris.

Connelly's wide range of film credits also includes Walter Salles' "Dark Water," Ang Lee's "Hulk," Keith Gordon's "Waking the Dead," Pat O'Connor's "Inventing the Abbotts," Alex Proyas' "Dark City," Lee Tamahori's "Mulholland Falls," John Singleton's "Higher Learning," Joe Johnston's "The Rocketeer," and Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," in which she made her feature film debut.


KEVIN CONNOLLY (Conor) is currently best known for his starring role in the award-winning HBO comedy series "Entourage." He just earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, for his work in the role of Eric, the best friend and manager of a hot, young actor in Hollywood. In addition, Connolly has received three Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The hit show is now in production on its sixth season.

Behind the camera, Connolly recently directed the indie release "Garden of Eden," a dark comedy about alienated youth in suburban New Jersey, starring Lukas Haas and Erika Christensen. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Simpson and Allen Bain, the film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, he has directed two new music videos: "Camera Phone" for The Game and Ne Yo; and Blackcowboy's "Come On," starring Giselle Bundchen. Connolly had earlier made his film directorial debut with the short "Whatever We Do," which starred Robert Downey Jr., Amanda Peet and Zooey Deschanel and premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Following "He's Just Not That Into You," Connolly will be seen in a cameo role in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth," starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. His previous film acting credits include two films directed by Nick Cassavetes: the romantic drama "The Notebook," with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams; and the drama "John Q," starring Denzel Washington. Connolly also appeared in the acclaimed biopic "Antwone Fisher," which was directed by and starred Washington. His additional film work includes roles in the hit comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies," the indie "Alan & Naomi," and John G. Avildsen's "Rocky V," starring Sylvester Stallone.

Connolly first came to fame on the comedy series "Unhappily Ever After," playing the part of Ryan, a member of the always struggling Malloy family. His television credits include several telefilms, including "Up, Up and Away" and "Kids Killing Kids." He has also had guest and recurring parts on a number of series.


BRADLEY COOPER (Ben) has emerged as one of Hollywood's busiest actors. He was most recently seen in the comedy "Yes Man," in which he co-starred with Jim Carrey under the direction of Peyton Reed. Following "He's Just Not That Into You," he stars in five very different films due out in 2009: "All About Steve," a quirky tale in which Cooper plays the title role as the object of Sandra Bullock's attention; the Todd Phillips-directed comedy "The Hangover," about a bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas gone wrong; the horror thriller "Case 39," opposite Renee Zellweger; and the biopic "The Prince of Providence," in which he stars with Robin Williams and Oliver Platt. Cooper also appears in the anthology film "New York, I Love You," in a segment directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. The American version of "Paris, je t'aime," the film debuted at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and opens in limited release in February 2009.

Cooper's earlier feature film credits include the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch," starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Zooey Deschanel; David Dobkin's comedy smash "Wedding Crashers," starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and the indie comedy "Wet Hot American Summer," in which he made his feature film debut.

In addition to his film work, Cooper is well known to television audiences for his work on several hit series. He most recently had a recurring role on the critically acclaimed series "Nip/Tuck," and also played the lead role on the comedy series "Kitchen Confidential," based on the trials and tribulations of renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain. His other notable credits include regular or recurring roles on the series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner; "Jack & Bobby," with Christine Lahti; "Touching Evil," for the Hughes brothers; and "The $treet." He was also seen in guest spots on such shows as "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" and "Sex and the City."

In 2006, Cooper made his Broadway debut in the play "Three Days of Rain," in which he starred with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd under the direction of Joe Montello. More recently, he joined the cast of the Theresa Rebeck play "The Understudy," which premiered to sold-out audiences at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and has been invited to move to Broadway in 2009.

Born in Philadelphia, Cooper graduated with honors from the English program at Georgetown University before moving to New York City to obtain his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University.

Ginnifer Goodwin (Photo) GINNIFER GOODWIN stars as Gigi in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy "He's Just Not That Into You," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Darren Michaels

GINNIFER GOODWIN (Gigi) is a familiar face to both film and television audiences. In 2005, she earned praise for her portrayal of Johnny Cash's first wife in the award-winning biopic "Walk the Line," with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Currently, she can be seen in HBO's critically acclaimed dramatic series "Big Love," produced by Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions. She stars as the third and youngest of three wives in a modern-day polygamist family with Bill Paxton as the patriarch, and Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny as her character's sister wives.

Goodwin's breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell's "Mona Lisa Smile," in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!," with Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. She more recently had a cameo role in Jonathan Kasdan's "In the Land of Women," and starred in the independent films "Day Zero," with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood, and "Birds of America," with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank. She will next be seen starring in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man," alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University. In 1997, she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year, she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at BU, Goodwin performed in a number of student films, and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors.

Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of "Law & Order." In 2001, she joined the cast of the comedy series "Ed," playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central's telefilm "Porn 'N Chicken."


SCARLETT JOHANSSON (Anna) has segued from being an award-winning child actress to one of the most sought-after leading ladies in the industry.
A four-time Golden Globe nominee, she garnered her latest nomination in 2006 for her performance in the dramatic thriller "Match Point," which marked her first of three collaborations with director Woody Allen. The year before, she was nominated for her work opposite John Travolta in the independent drama "A Love Song for Bobby Long." In 2004, she earned dual Golden Globe nominations: one for the title role in "Girl With a Pearl Earring," and a second for her performance in Sophia Coppola's sophomore film, "Lost in Translation," in which she starred with Bill Murray. In addition, she was recognized with BAFTA Award nominations for both films, winning the Best Actress Award for "Lost in Translation." Johansson's work in "Lost in Translation" also brought her honors from several critics groups, and she won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Over just the past four years, Johansson has starred in ten very different films, including the acclaimed Woody Allen film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz; "The Other Boleyn Girl," opposite Natalie Portman and Eric Bana; "The Nanny Diaries"; Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman; Woody Allen's "Scoop"; and Brian De Palma's "The Black Dahlia." Her most recent film is Frank Miller's "The Spirit," based on Will Eisner's comic book.

A native New Yorker, Johansson began her acting career at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of "Sophistry," with Ethan Hawke. She made her film debut in Rob Reiner's comedy "North," and was also seen in such films as "Just Cause," "If Lucy Fell," and the critically praised "Manny & Lo," for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.

However, it was in Robert Redford's 1998 drama "The Horse Whisperer" that Johansson delivered a breakthrough performance as a teenage girl traumatized by a terrible riding accident. Two years later, she again garnered acclaim for her work in Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World," winning a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle.

Johansson's additional film credits include the Coen brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There," Michael Bay's "The Island," and the Weitz brothers' "In Good Company."


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (Ken Murphy) is an award-winning actor, singer and songwriter with more than 50 film roles to his credit. Early in his film acting career, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of John Norman Howard in "A Star is Born," opposite Barbra Streisand. Kristofferson more recently earned acclaim for his performance in John Sayles' "Lone Star." He also worked with Sayles in the films "Silver City" and "Limbo." His recent films also include "Fast Food Nation," "The Wendell Baker Story," "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story," "The Jacket" and "Disappearances."

Among Kristofferson's many other film credits are the trilogy of "Blade" films; the family film "Where the Red Fern Grows"; Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes"; James Ivory's "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"; Brian Helgeland's "Payback"; Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate"; Michael Ritchie's "Semi-Tough"; Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; and Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." In addition, Kristofferson earned an Academy Award® nomination for his composing work on Alan Rudolph's "Songwriter," in which he also starred with Willie Nelson.

A three-time Grammy Award winner, Kristofferson first came to fame as a chart-topping singer and songwriter. In the early 1970s, he emerged as one of the most sought-after concert performers and songwriters of the time with songs like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Loving Her Was Easy" and "Why Me," among others. During the decades following, he has continued to tour several months of the year with his own band, and as one of the legendary Highwaymen, together with his friends Willie Nelson and the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.

Kristofferson has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to his other awards, he is a winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was honored in 2002 with the American Veteran's Association's "Veteran of the Year" Award. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television.


JUSTIN LONG (Alex) starred alongside Bruce Willis in the 2007 blockbuster actioner "Live Free or Die Hard," playing a computer whiz who becomes an ally to Willis' John McClane. Long more recently appeared in the indie hit "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," directed by Kevin Smith, and the comedy "Strange Wilderness."

Long made his feature film debut in 1999 in the sci-fi comedy hit "Galaxy Quest," with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, and went on to appear in the horror thriller "Jeepers Creepers" and its sequel. Long subsequently co-starred in the comedies "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," with Vince Vaughn; "Waiting..."; and "Herbie Fully Loaded." In 2006, Long starred in the comedy "Accepted" and co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy "The Break-Up."

In addition to his onscreen roles, Long has lent his vocal talents to several animated features, including the hit "Alvin and the Chipmunks," in which he voiced the title role, and the science fiction feature "Terra." He will also be heard in the upcoming animated films "Planet 51" and the sequel to "Alvin and the Chipmunks."

Television audiences know Long from his regular role on the quirky comedy series "Ed," in which he played the awkward high school student, Warren Cheswick. He is also well known for his ongoing portrayal of the Mac Guy in Apple's "Mac versus PC" commercials.

Long got his start as an actor as a member of the Vassar College sketch comedy group "Laughingstock." His early stage credits also include productions with Vassar College Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Westport Theatre Artists Group and Fairfield Summer Theatre.

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