SHOWTIME Original Pictures for All Ages Presents 'JACK' Based on A.M. Homes' 1989 Novel, Premiering June 20th at 8:00 p.m. Starring Stockard Channing, Ron Silver, Anton Yelchin and Wendy Crewson



Screenplay by A.M. Homes, Directed by Lee Rose



    NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The SHOWTIME Original Picture For All
 Ages JACK, premieres on Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  JACK stars
 Anton Yelchin ("Hearts in Atlantis," "Along Came A Spider") in the title role,
 playing a 15-year-old boy who must come to terms with puberty, his parents'
 divorce and the revelation that his father is gay.  Stockard Channing ("The
 West Wing," "Six Degrees of Separation") and Ron Silver ("The West Wing,"
 "Reversal of Fortune") play his parents.  The movie also stars Wendy Crewson
 ("The Sixth Day," "Air Force One"), Erich Anderson ("Unfaithful," "Without
 Limits") and features a cameo appearance by Brent Spiner ("Star Trek: Next
 Generation").
     JACK is directed by Lee Rose, (SHOWTIME's Original Pictures A GIRL THING
 and WHAT GIRLS LEARN).  Rose also earned praise for her work on the hit
 television movies "An Unexpected Family," "A Mother's Prayer" and "The Truth
 About Jane."
     JACK, based A.M. Homes' 1989 debut novel, is also Homes' first screenplay.
 Her book The Safety of Objects was adapted by director Rose Troche for a 2001
 feature film starring Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney.  Homes' other books
 include Music for Torching and The End of Alice.
     The film is executive produced by Susan Rose ("Custody of the Heart" THE
 SHOWTIME Original Picture A COOLER CLIMATE and MR. & MRS. LOVING) and Bob
 Chmiel ("Custody of the Heart" and the SHOWTIME Original Pictures GIFT OF
 LOVE: THE DANIEL HUFFMAN STORY, By DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT and A COOLER CLIMATE).
 Emmy(R)-nominee Dan Paulson (SHOWTIME Original Pictures GIFT OF LOVE: THE
 DANIEL HUFFMAN STORY, A COOLER CLIMATE AND BY DAWN'S EARLY NIGHT) serves as
 producer.  JACK is a Daniel L. Paulson/Susan Rose/Ellen M. Krass production.
 
     Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom
 Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM)
 and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM),
 SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME
 NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra.  SNI also
 offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE
 MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI operates and manages the premium television
 network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and
 Universal Studios. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital
 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for
 exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV.
 Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME EXTREME(R)
 is available in Spain through a joint venture with Media Park and the
 advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey
 through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.
 
      * Rating                       TVPG
      * Run Time:                    1:44:03
      * Additional Playdates:        Saturday 6/26 at 1:45pm
 
     SYNOPSIS
     JACK (Yelchin) was already struggling with the usual adolescent demons,
 when he noticed something unsettling -- his parents' marriage was coming to an
 end.  He could feel the tension that existed between his mom, Anne (Stockard
 Channing), and his dad, Paul (Ron Silver).  When his dad moved out, Jack knew
 that his life was about to change forever.
     Since that fateful afternoon, both Anne and Paul have tried to make things
 easier for Jack.  Anne has tried to be both mother and father.  Her new
 boyfriend, Michael (Andrew Airlie), has done his bit as well.  Paul
 overcompensates, and insists on taking Jack out for weekly dinners at
 expensive restaurants.
     Finally, Paul summons the courage to tell his son about his new
 relationship.  He's fallen in love -- with a man.  Jack is confused, revolted
 and panicked by the thought of his dad with his new boyfriend, Bob (Paul
 McGillion).  Why, he wonders, can't he have a perfect, normal family like his
 best friend Max (Giacomo Baessato)?  Max's mom, Elaine (Wendy Crewson), is
 perfect and while Max's dad, Steve (Erich Anderson), has a bit of a temper, at
 least he's still with the family.
     Jack slowly comes to terms with his new family, but things get worse
 before they get better.  There are nasty rumors, anti-gay graffiti and, of
 course, the usual social difficulties that come with adolescence.  But Jack
 soon finds out that he's not the only kid in school with a gay dad.  He
 discovers that Maggie (Britt Irvin), the daughter of one of Paul's gay friends
 and a beauty that Jack has had a crush on for ages, is in a similar situation.
 Then, when things go terribly wrong on a camping trip with Max's family, Jack
 finally understands: there is no such thing as a perfect family and his own,
 flawed and broken though it may seem, is more caring and supportive and
 stronger than he knew.
 
     CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS
 
                                  Cast
     Anne                                          STOCKARD CHANNING
     Paul                                          RON SILVER
     Jack                                          ANTON YELCHIN
     Vernon                                        BRENT SPINER
     Michael                                       ANDREW AIRLIE
     Steve Burka                                   ERICH ANDERSON
     Elaine Burka                                  WENDY CREWSON
     Max                                           GIACOMO BAESSATO
     Maggie                                        BRITT IRVIN
     Bob                                           PAUL McGILLION
     Sammy                                         RYAN DRESCHER
     John Rogers                                   JANO FRANDSEN
     Jim                                           KEVIN BLATCH
     Eddie Hayes                                   JORDAN WELLER
     Coach                                         BLU MANKUMA
     Aunt Mary                                     GLYNIS DAVIES
     Uncle Morris                                  FRED HENDERSON
     Stunt Coordinator                             ROB WILTON
 
                         Production Credits
     Directed By                                   LEE ROSE
     Screenplay By                                 A.M. HOMES
                                                    Based upon her Novel
     Executive Producers                           DAN PAULSON
                                                   SUSAN ROSE
                                                   BOB CHMIEL
                                                   ELLEN M. KRASS
     Director of Photography                       JAN KIESSER, ASC
     Production Designer                           DOUGLAS HIGGINS
     Edited By                                     PETER V. WHITE
     Line Producer                                 ROSE LAM
     Music By                                      VELTON RAY BUNCH
     Production Manager                            KIM STEER
     First Assistant Director                      SANDRA MAYO
     Second Assistant Director                     CINDY SMITH
     Canadian Casting Director                     CANDICE ELZINGA
     Costume Designer                              KAREN MATTHEWS
     Art Director                                  SHANNON GROVER
     Set Decorator                                 SAM HIGGINS
     Property Master                               BILL BURD
     Lead Set Dresser                              RICK PATTERSON
     Construction Coordinator                      PETER GRACE
     Make-up Artist                                ROSALINA DA SILVA
     Hair Stylist                                  SUSAN BOYD
     Script Supervisor                             CRISTINA WEIGMANN
     Production Coordinator                        NANCY McKENZIE
     Gaffer                                        DENNIS BROCK
     Key Grip                                      RON MACLEAY
     Sound Mixer                                   GORDON W. ANDERSON
     SFX Coordinator                               DARREN MARCOUX
     Canadian Casting By                           CANDICE ELZINGA
     U.S. Casting By                               ALEXA LESKYS
     Stills Photography                            JOE LEDERER
     Unit Publicist                                CAROL MARKS-GEORGE
     Music Editor                                  MORI SLOMKA
 
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SOURCE Showtime Networks Inc.

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