Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler
Jennifer Garner is a Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild and People’s Choice Award-winning actress for her performance in “Alias.” Over the course of the show’s five-season run, Garner was nominated four times for an Emmy®, four times for a Golden Globe and twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her portrayal of CIA double-agent Sydney Bristow.
Garner was most recently seen in Disney’s fantasy film THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, directed by Peter Hedges and co-starring Joel Edgerton and Ron Livingston; the film was released on August 15th, 2012.
On the live stage she received rave reviews for her recent revival of Roxanne in the 2007 Broadway production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” opposite Kevin Kline.
In 2005 Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant of many years, Juliana Janes. The company, Vandalia Films, is named after the original name for Garner’s home state, West Virginia. BUTTER marks the first theatrical release for Vandalia Films. Currently in development are ARRANGED with Mark Gordon and director Gary Winnick, and the adaptation of Jane Fallon’s book Got You Back. In addition to their theatrical projects, Vandalia Films just signed a first look production deal with ABC Television.
Garner’s film credits include the critical and commercial hit JUNO, which won an abundance of awards including a Broadcast Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit Award for Best Comedy and Best Feature Film, respectively; ARTHUR; VALENTINE’S DAY; THE INVENTION OF LYING; GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST; THE KINGDOM; CATCH AND RELEASE; the smash hit 13 GOING ON 30; the superhero blockbuster DAREDEVIL and its spin-off, ELEKTRA; PEARL HARBOR; and DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR?
Garner recently announced her Artist Ambassadorship with Save the Children’s US Programs. As an ambassador for Save the Children’s US Programs, Garner will focus on advocating for the expansion of the organizations early education program.
Garner is currently serving as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and is featured in its national television and print campaigns. She was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
Ty Burrell as Bob Pickler
With a range of performances in television, contemporary film, and classic theatre, Ty Burrell continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today.
Currently, Burrell stars as ‘Phil Dunphy’ on ABC's critically acclaimed hit “Modern Family” for which we won an Emmy® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series this past year. Burrell recently received his third Emmy®nomination in a row for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received a two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, two TCA nominations, as well as nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, and the Comedy Awards for his role. “Modern Family” was nominated this year for a total of 14 Emmy® Awards for its third season and will return for a fourth season this fall.
Burrell was most recently seen in Christopher Neil’s film GOATS, an adaptation of the coming of age story by Mark Jude Poirier. Burrell stars opposite Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver and Keri Russell; the film was released on August 10th, 2012.
Burrell’s film credits include MORNING GLORY opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton for Roger Michel. Burrell previously played Dr. Samson‘ in Universal’s THE INCREDIBLE HULK opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler for Louis Leterrier, and was in NATIONAL TREASURE 2 opposite Nicolas Cage. He starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. in Steven Shainberg‘s film FUR about the life of Diane Arbus. The film premiered at the Telluride and Rome Film Festival. He was also seen in Nicole Holofcener’s FRIENDS WITH MONEY opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston.
Other film credits include Finn Taylor’s romantic comedy THE DARWIN AWARDS, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; David Jacobson’s DOWN IN THE VALLEY opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz Brothers’ IN GOOD COMPANY; Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN; DAWN OF THE DEAD (Cannes Film Festival); and Ivan Reitman’s EVOLUTION.
Burrell previously starred in the FOX sitcom, “Back to You,” opposite Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, and the CBS sitcom, “Out of Practice,” opposite Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler.
On the stage, Burrell starred in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s two-hander play, to incredible reviews, “Drunk Enough To Say I Love You” opposite Stephen Dillane at the Royal Court Theatre in London. James MacDonald directed this play about a dysfunctional relationship between two men. Burrell’s extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include starring in the highly acclaimed Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of “Burn This” opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; starring as Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater’s production of “Richard III” opposite Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and, starring in Paul Weitz’s “Show People” opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer and directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.
Burrell splits his time between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City with his wife and daughter.
Olivia Wilde as Brooke
As an actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions between sharing the screen with renowned actors working alongside devoted doctors and teachers in Haitian refugee camps.
Most recently, Wilde starred opposite most recently, Wilde starred opposite Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-directed film, PEOPLE LIKE US. She was also seen with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the Jon Favreau-directed film, COWBOYS & ALIENS, and opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman in THE CHANGE UP. Wilde previously starred as Jeff Bridges’ trusted friend and protector Quorra in the 3D futuristic blockbuster, TRON: LEGACY.
Wilde can next be seen in the upcoming film THE WORDS, directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. The film explores the price a writer must pay when he steals another author’s work; it will be released September 7, 2012. Wilde can also soon be seen in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s DEADFALL. She stars as Eric Bana’s younger sister in the story of two sibling fugitives colliding with a troubled ex-con during a holiday homecoming; the film will be released December 7, 2012.
In the summer of 2011, Wilde made her writing and directing debut for Glamour Magazine’s short film series titled FREE HUGS. The short series will premiere in October.
Raised by parents who are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers, Wilde was inspired to explore the documentary field on her own as well. One of her latest projects includes executive producing the simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking short SUN CITY PICTURE HOUSE, which follows a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the audience award at the Maui Film Festival and will next be included in the Docuweeks screening series.
In addition to her work on the big screen, Wilde portrayed Dr. Thirteen on one of the most watched television programs in the world ever, “House.” She joined the show in 2007 and was a part of numerous life-saving storylines. “House” has won four Emmys and two Golden Globes.
Wilde’s previous film credits include a cameo opposite Russell Crowe in the Paul Haggis’ drama THE NEXT THREE DAYS; opposite Jack Black in YEAR ONE; costarring with Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch in ALPHA DOG; BICKFORD SCHMECKLER’S COOL IDEAS, for which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival, and CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.
Her previous television roles include co-starring in the drama “The Black Donnellys,” created by Paul Haggis; “Skin” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and a recurring role on the critically-acclaimed FOX series, “The O.C.” On Stage, Wilde headlined “Beauty On The Vine” in the Epic Theatre Center’s Off-Broadway production.
Wilde is a board member of Artists For Peace and Justice and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California. She recently teamed up with APJ board members Barbara Burchfield and Bryn Mooser to launch a new chapter of the organization named Young Artists for Peace and Justice. YAPJ is dedicated to creating a movement in American high schools and colleges to contribute to the end of poverty by supporting education in the developing world.
Rob Corddry as Ethan Emmet
Rob Corddry made his debut on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in the spring of 2002 and quickly became one of the most popular correspondents to emerge from the groundbreaking talk show. He continued to “educate” audiences with his snarky political sketches through the fall of 2006, and has reprised his role in guest appearances scattered through the years since.
He moved to Los Angeles following his run on “The Daily Show” and in 2007, Corddry starred in the Fox sitcom “The Winner” created by “Family Guy” writers/producers Seth MacFarlane and Ricky Blitt. Joining the throngs of many other critically acclaimed shows before it, “The Winner” lasted only a half-dozen episodes before it was taken off the air. Corddry was recently cast to star in the Fox comedy pilot “Little in Common” which follows three families united through their kids’ little league sports. Joining the ensemble cast are Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union.
Continuing also to write and create his own comedic content, Corddry was one of the first talents to create original “television-esque” programming for the Internet. Teaming up with Warner Bros. TV Group’s digital arm, Studio 2.0, Corddry served as creator, writer, and director for the series “Childrens Hospital,” which spoofs the medical drama genre. Launching in December 2008, the series of 5-minute chapters starred, with Corddry, SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, Lake Bell, Megan Mullally, and Ed Helms. The series won the Webby Award for “Comedy: Long Form or Series” and received two other nominations: “Best Individual Performance” (Corddry), “Comedy: Individual Short or Episode” (Episode 4). Season 2 of “Childrens Hospital” debuted on Adult Swim last summer, making it one of only two shows ever to make the successful transition from a webseries to a television series. It consistently led in the ratings in both the 11:30pm and Midnight programming blocks, and routinely beat similar Comedy Central programming. The highly-anticipated Season 3 premiered in June and the DVDs of seasons 1 & 2 are now available. Adult Swim has just renewed the show for a fourth season.
In 2010, Corddry starred in the ensemble comedy feature HOT TUB TIME MACHINE for directed by Steve Pink and co-starring Craig Robinson and John Cusack. In 2011 Corddry was seen in the comedy CEDAR RAPIDS which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and also stars Ed Helms and Anne Heche. Most recently, Corddry was seen in SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Focus Features). In the last year, Corddry has filmed roles in Michael Bay’s upcoming PAIN & GAIN (Paramount Pictures) and Jonathan Levine’s WARM BODIES (Summit).
Long embraced by the film community, Corddry has appeared in dozens of comedy features in addition to his television projects, notably OLD SCHOOL, BLACKBALLED: THE BOBBY DUKES STORY, and BLADES OF GLORY. He was most recently seen in the buddy comedy WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY, and in a more dramatic capacity as Ari Fleischer in Oliver Stone’s chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, W. Corddry was also a part of Sam Rockwell’s, THE WINNING SEASON, the independent comedy that debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Corddry has appeared previously on television shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Arrested Development.” Film credits also include the Farrelly Brothers’ THE HEARTBREAK KID with Ben Stiller, SEMI-PRO with Will Ferrell, TAKING CHANCES with Justin Long, and FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaughey.
Corddry currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two young daughters.
Ashley Greene as Kaitlen Pickler
With five major studio films slated for release in the next two years, Ashley Greene has ascended the ranks of Hollywood’s most sought-after young film actresses. Greene is best known for her role as Alice Cullen in Summit Entertainment’s film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA. Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Stephanie Meyer, the TWILIGHT series is a collection of vampire novels that evolved into a global phenomenon after the release of the first movie in November 2008. Its sequel, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, released November 2009, was the third-highest grossing box office movie of the year. The third film, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, was released June 30, 2010. The fourth film, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1, was released November 18, 2011.
Greene will reprise the role of Alice Cullen in the fifth and final film in the Twilight franchise, based on the book BREAKING DAWN. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 will be released November 16, 2012.
Green was most recently seen in the Lionsgate film L.O.L. with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore; and THE APPARITION, a Warner Brothers/Dark Castle thriller, released August 24, 2012.
Greene is the global ambassador for Avon’s mark line. Her first ad campaign debuted in September 2010. She is the spokesperson for mark’s m.powerment campaign, to stop dating abuse and partner violence affecting young women. In February 2010, Greene was the celebrity spokesperson for SOBE Lifewater’s two new zero-calorie flavors. The advertising campaign premiered in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
Greene was the recipient of the 2009 Teen Choice “Fresh Face Female” award and the 2010 Teen Choice ‘Scene Stealer’ award. She is the national spokesperson for DonateMyDress.org, a charity organization that connects less fortunate teens with gently-used prom dresses.
A Jacksonville, Florida native, Greene currently resides in Los Angeles.
Alicia Silverstone as Jill Emmet
Alicia Silverstone is best known for her roles in Hollywood films such as CLUELESS and her portrayal of Batgirl in BATMAN & ROBIN. Her performances have garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and she also won National Board of Review.
Silverstone reunited with CLUELESS writer/director Amy Heckerling for the upcoming romantic horror-comedy VAMPS, co-starring Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver. She recently wrapped production on the comedy GODS BEHAVING BADLY, opposite Christopher Walken, Edie Falco and Sharon Stone.
From January to March 2010, Silverstone starred alongside Laura Linney in Donald Margulies’s “Time Stands Still” on Broadway. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and received rave reviews for her performance as Mandy.
In October 2009, Silverstone released her first book titled The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. The book went to Number One on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone shares her journey toward a more conscious way of eating and reveals how it has made her feel better than she ever thought possible. The book is filled with personal anecdotes, motivational tips, and nearly 100 delicious recipes. In February 2011 the paperback version of The Kind Diet was released with continued success and making the New York Times bestsellers list yet again.
Silverstone is a dedicated advocate of the planet and its animals and bared all in PETA’s first-ever naked veggie testimonial PSA in 2007.
Silverstone made her feature film debut as the star of the 1993 hit THE CRUSH, and won two prizes at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for the role—Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain. Her performance in THE CRUSH led director Marty Callner to cast her in the Aerosmith music video “Cryin.’” Callner subsequently cast in two more hugely successful videos, “Amazing” and “Crazy.”
Her appearances in the Aerosmith videos got her noticed by filmmaker Amy Heckerling, who decided to cast Silverstone in CLUELESS, which became a sleeper hit and critical darling during the summer of 1995. Silverstone’s performance garnered her the National Board of Review Award for “Best Breakthrough Performer,” the MTV Movie Award for “Best Female Performance” and “Most Desirable Female,” and the American Comedy Award for “Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture.”
In 1997 Silverstone played Batgirl in BATMAN & ROBIN and starred alongside Benicio del Toro and Christopher Walken in the dark comedy EXCESS BAGGAGE, which she also produced. Other film credits include BEAUTY SHOP opposite Queen Latifah; BLAST FROM THE PAST; Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptation LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST; STORMBREAKERS with Mickey Rourke and Ewan McGregor; LE NOUVEAU MONDE alongside James Gandolfini; GLOBAL HERESY; SCOOBY DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED; and SCORCHED with Woody Harrelson and John Cleese.
Her television credits include NBC’s “Miss Match,” for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; and voicing the lead character in the animated television show “Braceface,” which garnered her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. She also executive produced 75 episodes.
In 2002, Silverstone made her Broadway debut as Elaine Robinson in “The Graduate.” She has worked with director David Mamet on “Speed-the-Plow” and “Boston Marriage” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. After seeing her performance in “Speed-the-Plow,” Donald Margulies cast her in his “Time Stands Still” readings before it was a finished play.
Alicia Silverstone currently resides in Los Angeles.
Yara Shahidi as Destiny
Born in Minnesota, Yara Shahidi spent the first four years of her life in the Midwest before she and her family made the move to California. Shahidi began working as an infant with her mother in commercials and print ads, for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Gap Kids, Guess Kids and Disney, to name a few.
Shahidi has become an accomplished actress, working opposite the likes of Eddie Murphy, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner and Tyler Perry.
In the summer of 2009, Shahidi made her theatrical debut starring opposite Eddie Murphy in IMAGINE THAT. Shahidi can also be seen in the feature film UNTHINKABLE, playing Samuel L. Jackson’s daughter alongside her real-life brother Sayeed; and in the hit Angelina Jolie action movie SALT.
Shahidi has also been seen on the small screen playing the daughter of Jessica St. Clair in the ABC TV comedy “In the Motherhood” which debuted in March 2009. She portrayed the sister to her real life brother who was also in the series. Additionally, she has had numerous guest starring roles on TV series such as “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Cold Case,”
Shahidi can next be seen in the film I, ALEX CROSS; the film will be released October 19, 2012.
When Shahidi isn’t busy acting, she returns to the Minnesota each year to attend the Corn Festival and the State Fair. Now entering 7th Grade, Shahidi is intent on continuing to reach her goal of studying at Oxford University to become a historian.
Hugh Jackman as Boyd Bolton
Australian native Hugh Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the “X-Men” franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND in 2006. Most recently, he played Wolverine in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009. Audiences will again see Jackman in the popular role in the next X-Men chapter titled THE WOLVERINE, which is currently in production.
Jackman recently wrapped production for the on-screen adaptation of the musical LES MISERABLES; the film will be released December 14, 2012. This past year, Jackman starred in Shawn Levy’s futuristic boxing drama REAL STEEL.
In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in the Keith Huff penned “A Steady Rain.” Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of hosting the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. Live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn’t, however, Jackman’s first foray into awards show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards® three years in a row from 2003 – 2005, earning an Emmy Award® for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an Emmy® nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony.
Jackman’s film credits include Baz Luhrmann’s romantic action-adventure epic AUSTRALIA with Nicole Kidman; the drama DECEPTION with Ewan McGregor; Darren Aronofsky’s THE FOUNTAIN; Christopher Nolan’s THE PRESTIGE; Woody Allen’s SCOOP; SOMEONE LIKE YOU; SWORDFISH; VAN HELSING; and KATE AND LEOPOLD, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features HAPPY FEET and FLUSHED AWAY.
Jackman’s career began in Australia in the independent films PAPERBACK HERO and ERSKINEVILLE KINGS (Australian Film Critics’ Circle Best Actor award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor nomination). In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.
The setting: a closely watched contest in Iowa, the heartland of America and, to some, the bellwether of the nation. Initially, a win seems all but assured for the poised candidate with the famous name and a legacy to claim. But then, the twist: a rival emerges, fresh-faced, appealing, effortlessly charismatic. Suddenly, it’s anybody’s game.
A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below 100% with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that’s not all. Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde) also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal).
Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage – and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator—then so be it.
In the tradition of BEST IN SHOW and ELECTION, BUTTER can be enjoyed as a straightforward, albeit merrily twisted, comedy about American life and culture. But Laura Pickler probably wouldn’t be surprised if the liberal media views BUTTER as a veiled commentary on the larger world of politics. BUTTER is directed by Jim Field Smith from a screenplay by Jason Micallef. The producers are Michael De Luca, Jennifer Garner and Alissa Phillips, and the executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kelly Carmichael, Benjamin Ormand and Juliana Janes.