The Devil's Advocate: About The Filmmakers



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Executive producer/director TAYLOR HACKFORD most recently directed the critically praised "Dolores Claiborne," starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Hackford made his feature directing debut with "The Idolmaker," followed by "An Officer and a Gentleman," which earned five Oscar nominations and two Academy Awards.

Hackford has served as both producer and director on "Against All Odds," "White Nights," "Everybody's All-American," "Chuck Berry's Hail! Hail! Rock `n' Roll" and "Blood In, Blood Out." He produced "La Bamba" and his production company, New Visions, has been responsible for such films as "The Long Walk Home," "Queens Logic," "Mortal Thoughts" and "Defenseless."


ARNON MILCHAN (producer) is the founder of Regency Enterprises and one of the pre-eminent independent film producers in the world. Milchan was recently named Producer of the Year at the 1997 National Association of Theater Owners' ShoWest convention.

His recent film productions include "L.A. Confidential" with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito; "Murder at 1600"; "A Time to Kill"; "Tin Cup"; and "Heat." Upcoming features include "City of Angels" with Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage, "The Man Who Knew Too Little," which stars Bill Murray, and "Courtesan," directed by Marshall Herskovitz.
Milchan's Regency Vision banner will debut next year with the sexy thriller "Goodbye, Lover," starring Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Don Johnson, Mary-Louise Parker and Ellen DeGeneres. Future projects include the thriller "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, and the feature-film adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller, The Runaway Jury.

Milchan's production credits include Garry Marshall's "Pretty Woman," Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time in America," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" and "JFK" (which was nominated for eight Academy Awards), as well as "The Client," "Under Siege" and "Free Willy."

His other producing credits include "Guilty By Suspicion," Stone's "Heaven and Earth," "Made in America," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," "Sommersby," "The Power of One," "The Mambo Kings," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" and "Copycat."


ARNOLD KOPELSON (producer) won the 1986 Best Picture Academy Award for "Platoon," with a second Best Picture nomination for 1993's hit thriller, "The Fugitive." In addition to collecting an impressive 17 Oscar nominations on his various projects, he has been further honored with a Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking Award from Cinema Expo International, and also was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners. This year, he was also inducted into the Variety Showbiz Expo Hall of Fame and was honored at the Deauville Film Festival for his significant contribution to the entertainment industry.

Kopelson's "Mad City," directed by Costa-Gavras and starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta,, will be released later this year, and "U.S. Marshals," starring Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel to 'The Fugitive," will be released in 1998. This fall, Kopelson reunites with his "The Fugitive" director, Andrew Davis, to begin production on "A Perfect Murder," starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen.

Kopelson produced this past spring's "Murder at 1600" with Wesley Snipes; 1996's action-thriller "Eraser," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams; the haunting crime drama "Seven" with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; and the medical thriller "Outbreak," which starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Freeman under Wolfgang Peterson's direction.

Kopelson has also produced such films as "Falling Down," with Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall; the Steven Seagal actioner "Out for Justice"; and Robert M. Young's "Triumph of the Spirit," filmed entirely on location at the Auschwitz- Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. He developed the popular coming-of-age hit "Porky's" and also served as executive producer on several features, including the adventure film "Fire Birds," starring Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones.

After graduating from the New York University Law School, the Brooklyn native practiced entertainment and banking law, specializing in motion-picture financing. He later formed InterOcean Film Sales, Ltd., with Anne Feinberg, who would eventually become his wife and producing partner. Kopelson also pioneered the concept of international theatrical distribution of movies made for television and represented ABC in this area.

Kopelson is a member of both the New York and California Bars and is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Law School. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Producers' Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America.


ANNE KOPELSON (producer) began her career as assistant to then-entertainment and banking attorney Arnold Kopelson. They subsequently formed InterOcean Film Sales, Ltd. to finance and license films throughout the world while representing such filmmakers as Sergio Leone and John Cassavetes. The Kopelsons then entered into a joint venture with General Cinema Corporation, producing films such as "Lost and Found" and "Foolin' Around."

Along with Arnold Kopelson, Ms. Kopelson produced last year's hit adventure, "Eraser" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and the upcoming "U.S. Marshals," starring Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. She executive produced "Seven," starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; "Outbreak," starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Freeman; "Murder at 1600," starring Wesley Snipes; and the upcoming "Mad City," starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta;

She is co-chairperson of Kopelson Entertainment, which has developed and produced more than 15 motion pictures, including "Platoon," winner of the 1986 Best Picture Academy Award. The company has also created such boxoffice hits as the Oscar-nominated "The Fugitive," "Falling Down," "Triumph of the Spirit," "Fire Birds" and "Out for Justice."

Ms. Kopelson also serves on the Executive Committee of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was recently inducted into the Variety Showbiz Hall of Fame.


Executive Producer MICHAEL TADROSS most recently executive produced the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Vanessa Williams action-thriller "Eraser." Prior to that, he produced "Die Hard with a Vengeance," which was the biggest worldwide hit of 1995. Tadross served as Senior Vice-President of Feature Production for Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw such films as "Forest Gump," "Naked Gun 33 1/3," "Sliver," "Coneheads" and "Wayne's World 2." Prior to his tenure at Paramount, Tadross co-produced "Indecent Proposal" and associate produced "School Ties" and "Brenda Starr."


Executive producer ERWIN STOFF is a principal partner in the management firm 3 Arts Entertainment. Stoff s producing credits include the recent "Picture Perfect" starring Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Bacon, as well as "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon," "Excessive Force" and "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey." He executive produced "Feeling Minnesota" and "Chain Reaction."


Executive producer BARRY BERNARDI is currently executive producing "My Favorite Martian," starring Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd and directed by Daniel Petrie.

Bernardi associate produced "The Fog," "Escape From New York" and "Christine," and co-produced "Halloween II" and "Starman," all for director John Carpenter. He also produced "Poltergeist III" and New World Pictures' "Wanted: Dead or Alive."

In 1987 Bernardi joined New World Pictures as Senior Vice President of Production and oversaw such projects as "Heathers," "Meet the Applegates," "Warlock" and "18 Again." Two years later he co-founded Steve White Productions and, with Steve White, produced more than 25 made-for-television movies, including "Amityville: The Evil Escapes," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," "The Chase," "The Carolyn Warmus Story," "She Stands Alone" and "A Mom For Christmas."

In 1982 Bernardi and White executive produced "The Adventures of Huck Finn," starring Elijah Wood, and "Cabin Boy," produced by Tim Burton and Denise DiNovi.

Bernardi then went on to executive produce the features "Tom & Huck" and "Deep Rising," as well the Disney Home Video release "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves." He recently executive produced Disney Home Video's "Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story."


Executive producer STEVE WHITE is, with his wife, Sheri Singer, a partner in Singer/White Entertainment, which focuses on producing longform television for network and cable broadcasters.

He began his career in 1980 as a director of television movies for ABC-TV, then moved to NBC to serve as Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and Special Projects. There, he was responsible for such award-winning telefilms as "Adam," "The Burning Bed" and "An Early Frost." White left NBC in 1986 to become President of New World Pictures, where he was responsible for 12 features, including the critically acclaimed "Heathers."

In 1988, White founded Steve White Entertainment, where he produced more than 30 telefilms, including "Joshua's Heart" starring Melissa Gilbert; "She Said No" starring Veronica Hamel, Judd Hirsch and Lee Grant; and "Shameful Secrets" starring Joanna Kerns. In association with Walt Disney Television, White produced "A Mom For Christmas," starring Olivia Newton-John, and "She Stood Alone,' starring Mare Winningham and Ben Cross, which won the Christopher Award for excellence in programming. White also executive produced the Disney feature "The Adventures of Huck Finn," starring Elijah Wood.


Co-producer STEPHEN BROWN is President of Production at Kopelson Entertainment, where he oversees all production activities for the company. During his association with Kopelson, Brown has been involved in the production of a string of box-office hits, beginning with the controversial thriller "Falling Down."

Brown co-produced "The Fugitive," the 1993 box-office smash that received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, while becoming the second-highest grossing film in Warner Bros.' history at that time. Brown's more recent outings as co-producer include "Murder at 1600," "Eraser," "Seven," "Outbreak" and the upcoming "U.S. Marshals." He executive produced the upcoming "Mad City," starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.

Brown produced the Showtime original feature "Past Tense," starring Scott Glenn, Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony LaPaglia, and was co-executive producer of "Frogmen," a two-hour pilot for NBC starring O.J. Simpson.

Following graduation from U.C.L.A., Brown worked at John DeNigris Associates, a financial and corporate communications company in New York, before joining Kopelson Productions in 1989.


Screenwriter JONATHAN LEMKIN has contributed revisions to numerous recent feature-film releases and has written several additional scripts. He also wrote episodes of "Tales from the Crypt," "Moonlighting" and "The Equalizer" for television, produced the telefilm "Exile" and directed an episode of "Glory Days."


Screenwriter TONY GILROY's feature credits include "The Cutting Edge," "For Better and For Worse," "Dolores Claiborne" and "Extreme Measures."


"The Devil's Advocate" marks production designer BRUNO RUBEO's third collaboration with Taylor Hackford, for whom he also designed "Dolores Claiborne" and "Bound By Honor." Rubeo received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Bruce Beresford's "Driving Miss Daisy," and also served as production designer on Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning "Platoon," Stone's "Salvador," Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio," Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Jane Fonda's "The Old Gringo," Ivan Reitman's "Kindergarten Cop," James L. Brooks' "The Evening Star," Joel Schumacher's "The Client" and Jon Amiel's "Sommersby."

Rubeo began his film career in Italy working for renowned animatronic and special-effects designer Carlo Rambaldi. In 1968 he moved to New York, where he worked for an advertising firm, before moving to Toronto where he designed and directed commercials, movies and documentaries for Canadian TV. Rubeo returned to Los Angeles and re- teamed with Carlo Rambaldi as animation coordinator on "Conan The Destroyer" and "Dune."


Director of photography ANDRZEJ BARTKOWIAK recently photographed Barbra Streisand's "The Mirror Has Two Faces." His other film credits include "Species," "Speed," "A Good Man in Africa," "Losing Isaiah," "Falling Down," "Twins," "Nuts," "The Morning After," "Prizzi's Honor," "Terms of Endearment" and "Deathtrap."

Bartkowiak was born in Poland and trained at the Polish Film School before he came to the United States in 1972 and began working on commercials and small features. He went on to serve as director of photography on 10 of Sidney Lumet's films including "Q & A," "The Verdict," "Prince of the City," "The Morning After," "Garbo Talks" and "Daniel."


Editor MARK WARNER recently worked on James Foley's "The Chamber" and on Taylor Hackford's "Dolores Claiborne." Warner's other feature-film credits include "Leap of Faith," "Intersection," "A Family Thing," "Rich in Love," "Rush," "Pacific Heights" and "Cocoon: The Return." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the Oscar-winning "Driving Miss Daisy."

Warner began his career at Hal Ashby Productions. He went on to serve as co-editor on "Rocky III," "48 HRS.," "and "Staying Alive," then served as supervising editor on "A Soldier's Story," "Weird Science," "Big Trouble in Little China" and "The Running Man."


Composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD was nominated for his second Academy Award for Best Score for his work on "The Fugitive," produced by Arnold Kopelson. His first Oscar nomination came for "The Prince of Tides." Howard previously collaborated with Taylor Hackford when he created the musical score for Hackford's "Everybody's All-American."

One of the film world's busiest and most respected composers, Howard includes among his other credits "Fathers' Day," "Major League 2," "Junior," "Just Cause," "Outbreak," "French Kiss," "Waterworld," "Restoration," "The Rich Man's Wife," "Wyatt Earp," "Dave," "Falling Down," "Intersection," "Alive," "American Heart," "Night and the City," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Grand Canyon," "My Girl," "Man in the Moon," "Dying Young" and "Guilty by Suspicion."

Among his earlier scores are "Three Men and a Little Lady," "Flatliners," "Pretty Woman," "Major League," "Coupe de Ville," "Promised Land," "Five Corners" and "Eight Million Ways to Die." Howard won an Emmy Award for his work on the 1989 telefilm "Men."

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