Steven John Carell is an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director from the United States. Carell also worked as a producer, writer, and director on The Office, NBC’s translation of the British comedy series developed by Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais.
Alexa Vega, Mika Boorem, and Sara Paxton star in Sleepover, a 2004 American teen comedy film directed by Joe Nussbaum (in his feature film directorial debut). On July 9, 2004, it was released in theatres in the United States.
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American tragicomedy road film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, a husband-wife duo. Michael Arndt, a first-time screenwriter, wrote the screenplay. Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin star in the picture, which was made on an $8 million budget by Big Beach Films. Filming in Arizona and Southern California began on June 6, 2005, and lasted 30 days.
On January 20, 2006, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and its distribution rights were purchased by Fox Searchlight Pictures in one of the most significant deals in the festival’s history. On July 26, 2006, the picture had a restricted release in the United States, which was followed by a wider release on August 18.
Little Miss Sunshine was a film office hit, grossing $101 million, and receiving critical acclaim for its performances, storyline, and wit. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two of them: Michael Arndt’s Best Original Screenplay and Alan Arkin’s Best Supporting Actor.