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Blind Dating
Synopsis:

BLIND DATING is a hilarious comedy about Danny (Chris Pine), an intelligent, confident, handsome young man who also happens to be blind. Not that hes letting that hold him back - for the most part, Danny refuses to let his visual impairment get in the way of anything. He's one of the most popular guys in town, and is even an ace at basketball. Which is why Danny's girl-crazy, limo-driving brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas, AMERICAN PIE) is horrified to discover that Danny is not only shy and nervous when it comes to the opposite sex, he's also a virgin.

Determined to help Danny have his first sexual experience, his brother Larry sets up a series of hysterically disastrous blind dates with shallow girls that can't seem to get past his sight impairment. Danny is all but ready to give up on love, until he meets a pretty young East Indian nurse named Leeza (Anjali Jay), who works at the office of his eye doctor. The two seem made for each other... until Leeza reveals that she has been promised to another man in an arranged marriage. The film also stars Jane Seymour, who plays Danny's psychologist and has a penchant for disrobing during their sessions together.


Cast:

BLIND DATING stars Chris Pine (JUST MY LUCK), Eddie Kaye Thomas (AMERICAN PIE TRILOGY), Anjali Jay, Jane Seymour (WEDDING CRASHERS, WBs "Modern Men"), and Stephen Tobolowsky. The film is written by Christopher Theo and directed by James Keach (Producer, WALK THE LINE), executive produced by Jane Seymour and Steve Bickel and produced by Costa Theo, James Keach, Joy Mellins, and David Shanks.

CAST BIOS

CHRIS PINE (Danny)
Chris Pine has emerged as one of Hollywood's hottest young actors. Currently starring in Ronan Noone's off Broadway production of The Atheist, Pine recently completed production on the drama CARRIERS for director Alex Pastor. He was recently seen in the Fox/New Regency romantic comedy JUST MY LUCK opposite Lindsay Lohan for director Donald Petrie. He is featured in Joe Carnahan's gritty ensemble drama SMOKIN' ACES for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures. In it, Pine plays the role of 'Darwin Tremor' - the leader of a band of three brothers who are killers for hire.

Pine graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in English and he has studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater and University of Leeds in the U.K. His extensive theater work includes performances in productions of Our Town, American Buffalo, No Exit, Waiting for Godot, and Orestes. Pine's parents are actors Gwynne Gilford & Robert Pine. His late grandmother, Anne Gwynne, was a film actress of the '30s and '40s.

EDDIE KAYE THOMAS (Larry) is best known for his role as Finch in the American Pie Trilogy. Other films include James Toback's "Black and White", opposite Brooke Shields and Robert Downey Jr., "Project Greenlight's Stolen Summer", with Aidan Quinn and Bonnie Hunt, Nick Gomez's "Illtown", with Michael Rappaport and Lily Taylor, Tom Green's "Freddy Got Fingered" and "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle."

Eddie first appeared on Broadway at eleven years old with John Guare's "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun" and then again at seventeen in "The Diary of Anne Frank" opposite Natalie Portman. He has also been in numerous off-Broadway productions including work with The New Group, Signature Theater Company, and LaMama. His work on Television includes the WB sit-com "Off Centre" and the dramedy "Brutally Normal" He has appeared on "CSI", "The X-Files", "The Twilight Zone", "Miss Match", "Law and Order" and other shows. His voice an currently be heard on the Fox animated series "American Dad."

ANJALI JAY (Leeza)
Anjali Jay was born in India and lives in London. Anjali studied at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, and has been both a professional dancer and actress. She played Jamila in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Salman Rushdie's book "Midnight's Children," which toured London, New York, and other cities. Anjali's most recent stage credits include Juliet, in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," produced by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Her theatre credits include 'The Maids' by Jean Genet, 'The Jungle Book' and 'Arabian Nights.' Her television credits include 'The Inspector Lynley Mysteries,' produced by the BBC. She is currently in Robin Hood, a television series produced by BBC, BBC America and Tiger Aspect Productions. In it, she plays Djaq, a Saracen fighter who joins Robin's outlaws. Robin Hood opens in the USA in the spring of 2007, and is scheduled to go into production for a second series in March 2007.

JANE SEYMOUR (Dr. Evans)
A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, including the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. She recently starred in the top grossing New Line Cinema film "The Wedding Crashers" with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, and she is a Golden Globe winner for her role as "Dr. Quinn," on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." Seymour has also starred in such films as "Somewhere in Time" and "Live and Let Die", and earned Broadway and London stage acclaim by creating the role of Constanza in "Amadeus."

As well as recently launching a new national lifestyle brand of home accessories, and finding success as an accomplished career as a painter and designer, Seymour is an accomplished writer, having just completed her 8th book, Making Yourself at Home. In 2002, Jane Seymour penned an autobiographical book, Remarkable Changes, profiling her own and 20 personal stories of others who have experienced positive transformation in the face of life-changing crisis. In addition, Jane Seymour and her husband, actor/director James Keach, have co-authored a series of successful children's books entitled This One and That One, inspired the twins Seymour gave birth to twins in late 1995. She is also the author of Two At a Time: A Journey through Twin Pregnancy and Birth.

Along with James Keach, Seymour has also taken on the role of producer through Catfish Productions-together they have produced, starred and directed such programs as "Sunstroke", "A Passion for Justice", "Praying Mantis", "The Absolute Truth", "Enslavement: The Fanny Kemble Story", "Murder in the Mirror", "Dr. Quinn, The Movie", "A Marriage of Convenience" and "Blackout". Recently Seymour and Keach partnered on award-winning documentary "Disease of the Wind" which won the Lionel Rogosin Documentary Award and Audience Award Best Documentary at the Dallas Film Festival. The film tells the story of Jane Seymour and eight inner-city children from Los Angeles traveling with the Red Cross to Kenya to participate in the vaccination of 13 million children against measles which kills over one million children a year.


CREW BIOS

JAMES KEACH (Director / Producer)
James Keach has worked over the years as an actor, writer, producer, and director. In 2005, he produced WALK THE LINE, which was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Film Musical or Comedy, and nominated for five Academy Awards. James has starred in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed theater in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. He has also directed and produced over a hundred hours of television and numerous feature films.

In association with Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, James directed the Warner Brothers feature film THE STARS FELL ON HENRIETTA, starring Robert Duvall. He received two Western Heritage Awards for Best Director, for the series The Young Riders which he also produced, and the Cable Ace Award for the cable feature The Forgotten, which he co-wrote and directed. He co-wrote and executive produced ARMED AND DANGEROUS for Columbia, and co-wrote, starred and co-executive produced in the classic western THE LONG RIDERS with his older brother Stacy Keach for United Artists.

James and his wife, Jane Seymour, have worked together most recently on BLIND DATING and on numerous television movies. They starred opposite each other most recently in The New Swiss Family Robinson for Disney and in Enslavement for Showtime. Through their company Catfish Productions, they have produced WALK THE LINE and BLIND DATING and such television films as, Enslavement, The Absolute Truth, A Marriage of Convenience, Murder in the Mirror, Blackout, A Passion for Justice, Praying Mantis, Sunstroke, and Revolutions. Their films have always been highly received and earned record ratings, as was their series Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman in which she starred and James directed. Together they reside in Los Angeles, raising their six children, playing golf, writing children's books, and producing movies, television shows and documentaries, including the award winning documentary Disease of the Wind which Keach wrote, directed and produced. In addition, James has just recently completed building their new state of the art postproduction facility PCH Studio in Malibu, California.


STEVEN BICKEL (Executive Producer)
Steven Bickel has broad experience in both film production and worldwide distribution. He began his entertainment career as the Associate Producer of the Universal Pictures feature SOMEWHERE IN TIME starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Soon afterwards, he assumed the position of Vice President of Independent Sales for Warner Bros. International, building an extensive distribution network.

Bickel was then appointed President of Samuel Goldwyn International where he oversaw all film and television distribution and marketing for a broad range of award-winning films including THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren and Kenneth Branagh's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Upon the sale of Goldwyn to MGM, Bickel was made president of Shooting Gallery International where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of leading independent pictures including YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.

In September 2001, he was named President of Aura Entertainment, a film production/ distribution partnership with Lexington Entertainment Group. In that capacity he as served as Executive Producer of THE BIG EMPTY, released by Lions Gate Entertainment as well as producing LOVE COMES TO THE EXECUTIONER starring Jonathan Tucker, Jeremy Renner and Ginnifer Goodwin, released though ThinkFilm.


JOY MELLINS (Producer)
Joy Mellins started her career as a writer, with 3 published Children's books and 3 novels to her name. She's written for television - The Bill, Eastenders, Crossroads and has taught creative writing in schools and colleges.

She went on to fund her own production company with Sean Blowers, where they concentrated on script development, showcasing works for commission at BAFTA. She was also an Executive board member for WFTV where she chaired the first workshop for Interactive television with John Howland Exec Producer BBC interactive. Having received an award for their short film, Sean and Joy went on to create Rainbow Studios - a tax incentive scheme for film and television.

In 2002 she was asked by Milton and Costa Theo to set up Theta Films and develop a slate of feature film scripts. With two Films completed, 'Out on a Limb' (distributed by Gorilla Films) and 'Blind Dating', (distributed by Samuel Goldwyn) they have a further 7 in development and plan to shoot 2 of these in 2007.


DAVE SHANKS (Producer)
Dave Shanks worked on programs like Worzel Gummidge, Minder and Woman of Substance before producing television series such as Ballykissangel and London's Burning. As a trouble shooter he was frequently called in by the BBC and ITV to rescue projects with financial difficulties, as he also did with the film Photographing Fairies. Since 2002 he has produced two feature films for Theta Films, opened a Bar/Restaurant and with the support of the UK Film Council has two features and a possible TV Series for production in New Zealand and Spain during 2007.

He set up Dave Shanks Productions in 1982 and has worked with Humphrey Barclay Productions, Buena Vista, Cinema Verity, Epic Flo Films, Channel 4, BBC ITV, Columbia Pictures, Disney, Hans Zimmer Studios LA.


 



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