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ALL ABOUT STEVE

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"The Proposal's” Sandra Bullock, Oscar® nominee Thomas Haden Church, and "The Hangover's” Bradley Cooper star in a hilarious tale of a woman who, after falling hard for a guy, thinks they're an item; unfortunately, he thinks she's stalking him! Bullock's Mary Horowitz is a cruciverbalist – a crossword puzzle constructor.

Her brain spins at warp speed with an endless stream of arcane information. She can come up with the perfect word – and dozens with the same meaning – at a moment's notice, but "normal” behavior eludes her.

Take, for example, the fact that she lives with eccentric parents. Or her inability to engage in social intercourse without dropping a litany of twenty-dollar words and unleashing a tsunami of trivia. Then, there's the matter of her omnipresent fire-enginered go-go boots.

For Mary, nothing is typical, especially relationships. When she is set up on a blind date with handsome cable-news cameraman Steve, Mary thinks the chemistry is undeniable – that Steve is "the one.” Steve, on the other hand, thinks Mary is crazy. Mary, who just knows she's found her soul mate, decides to do anything and go anywhere to be with him. She begins to pursue Steve relentlessly as he crisscrosses the country, covering breaking news stories.

Mary's escalating infatuation with Steve is encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church), who enjoys torturing his insolent cameraman at every opportunity. With Mary never far behind and Hartman urging her on, Steve becomes increasingly unhinged.

But when Mary becomes embroiled in the news story of the year, Steve and Hartman begin to see her differently. Hartman is plagued by guilt, knowing his game of one-upmanship with Steve has placed her squarely in harms way, while Steve is feeling his own pangs of remorse at his callous behavior. Despite the media storm surrounding her, Mary with her upbeat, unaffected manner brings together a small community of new friends. And all who encounter Mary will realize that sometimes the ones who don't fit in are the ones who really stand out.

There definitely was something about Mary (Horowitz) that garnered Sandra Bullock's attention when she first read Kim Barker's screenplay for ALL ABOUT STEVE. At the center of the comedy was the peculiar crossword constructor who seeded the story with heart and a raucous bite. As both an actor and producer, Bullock is known for her discerning eye for good material – witness her recent role in the comedy smash "The Proposal” – and she sparked to the idea of a comedic character that harkened back to the type of roles she relished. ALL ABOUT STEVE's Mary Horowitz is truly unique.

"Mary is this incredibly brilliant person whose been raised in this bubble by her loving, overprotective parents,” Bullock explains. "So she's grown up to be exactly who she's supposed to be without any outside influences – and that's the problem.”

Bullock says getting into character wasn't always easy. "At first, I didn't know whom to model Mary after, so I had to start taking pieces of people whom I knew,” she recalls. "I took a three and a half year old. I took Kim Barker, our writer. I took myself at my most amped and manic. Then I just pieced it all together.”

The world isn't too accepting of a true individual like Mary, and the film's comedy reflects that with absurdity and brazenness at every turn. "What's exciting about ALL ABOUT STEVE is finding the right balance of comedy styles,” says Bullock. "It's pretty true to life and it can be cruel. We're pushing the comedy envelope. It's edgy, and I like that.” Adds screenwriter Barker: "There are so many Marys in the world. They may not be the popular kid at school; they may not have tons of friends because they're not ‘normal.' Mary is<

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