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The Devil Wears Prada
Director: David Frankel (Dir)
Release Date:   30 Jun 2006
Premiere Information:   World premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival: 22 Jun 2006
Production Date:   17 Sep--mid-Dec 2005 at Silvercup Studios, New York
Duration (in mins):   106 or 109
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Cast:   Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly)  
    Anne Hathaway ([Andrea] Andy Sachs)  
    Emily Blunt (Emily)  
    Stanley Tucci (Nigel)  
    Simon Baker (Christian Thompson)  
    Adrian Grenier (Nate)  
    Tracie Thoms (Lily)  
    Rich Sommer (Doug)  
    Daniel Sunjata (James Holt)  
    David Marshall Grant (Richard Sachs)  
    James Naughton (Stephen)  
    Tibor Feldman (Irv Ravitz)  
    Rebecca Mader (Jocelyn)  
    Jimena Hoyos (Lucia)  
    Gisele Bündchen (Serena)  
    George C. Wolfe (Paul)  
    John Rothman (Editor)  
    Stephanie Szostak (Jacqueline Follet)  
    Colleen Dengel (Caroline)  
    Suzanne Dengel (Cassidy)  
    Heidi Klum (Herself)  
    Valentino Garavani (Himself)  
    Bridget Hall (Herself)  
    Ines Rivero (Clacker in elevator)  
    Alyssa Sutherland (Clacker)  
    Robert Verdi (Fashion reporter)  
    Paul Keany (St. Regis butler)  
    Davide Callegati (Massimo)  
    Rori Cannon (Girl at party)  
    Stan Newman (John Folger)  
    James Cronin (Ambassador)  
    Eric Seltzer (Roy)  
    Lindsay Brice (PR woman)  
    Steve Benisty (Fashion photographer)  
    John Graham (Book guy)  
    Wells Dixon (Miranda's driver)  
  Voice actors: Simon Brooking    
    Bertrand Buchin    
    David Coburn    
    Kate Dawson    
    Richard Feiner    
    Jennifer A. Flynn    
    Mitchell Greenberg    
    Hari Leigh    
    Jason Harris    
    Jonathan Hova    
    Sondra James    
    Kristin Johansen    
    Phyllis Johnson    
    Natasia Many    
    Greta Martin    
    Marcus Maurice    
    Christie Moreau    
    Sean Oliver    
    Jennifer Perito    
    Dennis T. Pressey    
    Julian Dean    
    Peter Pamela Rose    
    Christina Wright    

Summary: Northwestern University graduate Andrea "Andy" Sachs, now living in New York with her boyfriend, aspiring chef Nate, nervously prepares for a job interview at Runway , the top American fashion magazine. When Emily, the model-thin, English first assistant to Runway 's editor, Miranda Priestly, surveys Andy's slightly frumpy appearance, she assumes that the human resources department has made a joke. Just as Emily is talking to Andy, she receives an urgent text message on her cellphone alerting her to Miranda's imminent arrival, catapulting the entire magazine staff into a panicked frenzy to arrange things precisely as the exacting Miranda wants them. While Miranda is admired as the premier American fashion editor, she also is known for her demanding, often capricious and petty requests to those around her, coupled with a lack of praise or acknowledgment of their work. Despite Miranda's complete disdain for Andy's unfashionable appearance, her interest is piqued and she decides to look at her résumé. She then dismisses Andy with her softly spoken, curt signature phrase, "that's all," but is impressed enough by Andy’s self-assured statement that she is smart and hard working that she hires her as her second assistant. Each morning thereafter, as Miranda comes into the office, she throws her coat and handbag onto Andy's desk while spewing orders, usually without adequate explanation, and refers to her as “Emily.” Although Andy's goal is to work as a journalist for a serious news magazine, she studies hard to learn about fashion and works tirelessly for a small salary, hoping that a year with Miranda will open doors for her elsewhere. Emily and others at Runway make fun of Andy's clothes and unfashionable size six figure, and her only confidante is Nigel, Miranda's pragmatic second-in-command. At first Andy resists changing her image to blend in with the others at Runway , but after Miranda reprimands her for being unable to arrange the impossible, a flight from Florida during a hurricane, Andy tearfully runs to Nigel. Rather than offer solace, Nigel tells her of the real importance of fashion and advises her to “grow up,” prompting Andy to ask for his help. The next day, after a designer makeover orchestrated by Nigel, Andy shocks Emily by arriving at the office with perfect hair and makeup and wearing designer clothes. As first assistant, Emily eagerly anticipates accompanying Miranda to Paris for autumn fashion week, during which she will be given a designer wardrobe. However, with Andy’s new image and her own observation that Miranda is starting to rely more on Andy, she becomes increasingly stressed. Some time later, Miranda obliquely acknowledges Andy’s value by calling her Andrea for the first time and asks her to deliver "the book" to her home that night. Later, at the office, Emily tells Andy that the book, the daily mock-up of the magazine's layout, must be delivered, along with Miranda's dry cleaning, to her townhouse. Although Emily sternly warns that the instructions must be followed silently and to the letter, once inside Miranda’s house that night, Andy is confused about where to put the dry cleaning. Miranda's young twin daughters, Caroline and Cassidy, help her out, then puckishly tell her to bring the book upstairs. As Andy climbs the stairs, she is embarrassed to hear Miranda's husband Stephen lashing out at her, drops the book and backs down the stairs as Miranda turns and glares at her. As the months go by, Andy's long hours of work and erratic schedule causes problems in her relationship with Nate and her closest friend, art gallery manager Lily, who feel that Andy is changing. One day, Miranda tells Andy that her daughters need to have a copy of the next Harry Potter book, which has not yet been published, in time to take a train trip to see their grandmother that afternoon. Panicked at the impossible task, and knowing that a failure will cost her her job, Andy calls well-connected writer Christian Thompson, whom she met and flirted with at a party for trendy designer James Holt. With Christian’s help, Andy is able to obtain the manuscript, startling the almost speechless Miranda. Some time later, on the evening of a large reception that Emily is scheduled to attend with Miranda, Andy is about to leave the office early for Nate's birthday party when Miranda says that she wants both assistants to accompany her. With three notebooks of faces and names to memorize to prompt Miranda at the reception line, Andy calls to assure the skeptical Lily that she will be a bit late. Arriving at the reception in a Valentino gown that impresses Emily as well as Nigel, Andy outshines Emily by whispering the name of an approaching ambassador into Miranda's ear when Emily cannot recall his name. Despite Andy’s success, missing Nate’s party widens the rift between them. Just before the trip to Paris for fashion week, Miranda, who increasingly relies on Andy as her first assistant, tells her that she needs the best team with her to Paris and that no longer includes Emily. Andy protests, but Miranda lets Andy known that her own future depends on taking Emily's place. The next morning, when Andy tells Miranda that she has accepted the offer, Miranda throws her coat and bag on Emily’s desk, then quietly tells her to call Emily and "tell her now." However, as the jaywalking, overwrought Emily answers her cellphone, she is hit by a taxi and seriously breaks her leg. At the hospital, Andy tells her about the Paris trip and tries to downplay her own complicity, but Emily orders her to leave. At an opening reception in Lily’s gallery that night, Andy again meets Christian, who asks if she will be going to Paris and suggests that they have dinner there. She declines because of Nate, but when Christian kisses her on the cheek, Lily is watching and misinterprets, then lashes out at her for changing. When Nate overhears them talking about Andy’s trip to Paris, he leaves the gallery. Outside he accuses Andy of starting to become like Miranda and they argue, after which she says that the trip is probably good because they need a break. In Paris, Andy is awed by the glamour of fashion week, and when Christian asks her to join him for dinner that night, she agrees. Andy then goes to Miranda’s suite and is shocked to find her in a robe, with no makeup and uncombed hair. Miranda wants to go over the seating charts for the following day's reception for James and reveals that her husband is divorcing her. She also talks about the damage the gossip will do to her little girls, but ignores Andy’s expression of sympathy. Later, Andy is visited by Nigel, who applauds her newly acquired sense of style and opens a bottle of champagne to celebrate the fact that he is going to be James’s business partner in a venture that will be announced at lunch the following day. He relishes the fact that all of his years of hard work will finally reap rewards and says that Miranda has gotten him the job. Later, at dinner with Christian, he tells her that she is far too nice to be with Miranda, and after sightseeing on the left bank of Paris, the couple start to kiss and go back to his hotel. The next morning, when Andy oversleeps, her haste to get dressed causes her to knock over some things in Christian’s room and uncover a mockup of a new Runway cover. When she confronts him, he reveals that it is a sample of what the magazine will look like when Jacqueline Follet, Miranda’s rival and counterpart at the French edition of Runway , is the new American editor. He also says that he will be in charge of editorial and that Irv Ravitz, who heads Elias-Clarke, the publisher of Runway , will tell Miranda after lunch. Andy angrily leaves him and tries to speak with Miranda, but Miranda will not listen to her until they are walking into the lunch for James. After hearing Andy’s story, Miranda acts as if she has said nothing of interest, and when Miranda comes to the podium to announce James's new business, she tells the audience that Jacqueline will be his partner. Though shattered, Nigel maintains his composure and wistfully tells Andy that Miranda will repay him someday, when the time is right. Riding in their limo after lunch, Miranda informs Andy that she knew all along about the attempt to push her out of Runway but had been negotiating with powerful designers who had threatened to withdraw all advertising from Runway if she left. She also reveals that she had confronted Irv and arranged for Jacqueline to become James's partner. Grateful for Andy’s loyalty, though, she tells Andy that she reminds her of herself. Andy retorts that she could not have hurt a friend as she hurt Nigel, but Miranda assures her that she already has: Emily. Realizing that Miranda is right, as the limo stops, Andy says that she does not want this kind of life, but Miranda asserts that everyone does. As Miranda approaches a crowd of reporters, Andy walks away and throws her cellphone into a fountain. Some time later, wearing her own clothes, Andy meets Nate at Starbucks to tell him she has quit and is interviewing for another job. Nate reveals that he has taken a sous chef position in Boston, but the two agree that they will work something out. At her interview, Andy is told by the editor that when he asked for a recommendation from Runway , he received a fax from Miranda stating that Andy was her greatest disappointment but he would be crazy not to hire her. Later, Andy calls Emily and offers to give her the clothes from the Paris trip, prompting Emily to tell Andy’s replacement that she has some big shoes to fill. Moments later, Andy sees Miranda getting into her limo and Andy waves. Unknown to Andy, as she walks away, Miranda smiles warmly for a brief moment, then barks at her driver "Go!" 

Production Company: Fox 2000 Pictures (A News Corporation Company)
  Dune Entertainment LLC  
  Major Studio Partners  
Production Text: A Wendy Finerman Production
Distribution Company: 20th Century Fox Film Corp. (A News Corporation Company)
Director: David Frankel (Dir)
  Stephen Lee Davis (1st asst dir)
  Ali Cerkaoui (1st asst dir, Paris unit)
  Michael Pitt (2d asst dir)
  Murphy Occhino (2d 2d asst dir)
  Gary S. Rake (2d 2d asst dir)
Producer: Wendy Finerman (Prod)
  Karen Rosenfelt (Exec prod)
  Joe Caracciolo Jr. (Exec prod)
  John Bernard (Line prod-France, Paris unit)
Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna (Scr)
Photography: Florian Ballhaus (Dir of photog)
  Roger Simonz (Addl dir of photog, Paris unit)
  Tom Lappin ("A" cam op)
  Dave Thompson ("B" cam op)
  Heather MacDonald Norton (1st asst cam)
  Hughes Espinasse (1st asst cam, Paris unit)
  Kate Butler (1st asst "B" cam)
  Ed Nessen (2d asst cam)
  Amanda Hudson (2d asst "B" cam)
  John Romer (Loader)
  Rebecca Heller (Cam prod asst)
  Barry Wetcher (Still photog)
  Joel Holland (Key video assist)
  Darren Ryan (Video assist)
  Andrew Day (Gaffer)
  Jean Francois Drigeard (Gaffer, Paris unit)
  Ralph F. S. Crowley (Best boy elec)
  Gavin Curran (Rigging best boy)
  Michael Hunold (Lamp op)
  Kelly J. Britt (Lamp op)
  Nicholas Cupkovic (Lamp op)
  Joshua Van Praag (Lamp op)
  William MacGhee (Lamp op)
  Scott Maher (Lamp op)
  J. Daniel Wright (Lamp op)
  Dave Baney (Board op/Lamp op)
  Jamie Gallagher (Genny op)
  Timothy Healy (Base camp genny op)
  Charles Grubbs (Rigging gaffer)
  Gavin Curran (Rigging best boy)
  Chris Liscinsky (Rigging elec)
  Michael Leo (Rigging elec)
  Craig W. Vacarro (Key rigging grip)
  Charlie Marroquin (Key grip)
  Cyril Kuhnholtz (Key grip, Paris unit)
  Patrick F. Schneider (Best boy rigging grip)
  Dana S. Hook (Best boy grip)
  Andrew Sweeney (Dolly grip)
  Joseph Abbatecola (Dolly grip)
  Gregory C. Cahill (Company grip)
  Sean O'Brien (Company grip)
  Ted Spiegler (Company grip)
Art Direction: Jess Gonchor (Prod des)
  Tom Warren (Art dir)
  Anne Seibel (Art dir, Paris unit)
  Gregory Hill (Asst art dir)
  Jonathan Arkin (Asst art dir)
  Alyson Wellins Lewin (Art dept coord)
  Laurie Gershon (Research consultant)
  Vanessa Merrill (Art dept prod asst)
Film Editor: Mark Livolsi (Film ed)
  David Rogow (Assoc ed)
  Amanda Pollack (1st asst ed)
  Adriaan Van Zyl (Apprentice ed/Post prod coord)
Set Decoration: Lydia Marks (Set dec)
  Elaine O'Donnell (Asst set dec)
  Sha-Sha Shiau (Set dec prod asst)
  Dave Weinman (Leadman)
  Daniel Grasso (Set dresser)
  Eric Lewin (Set dresser)
  Julio Daniel Rodriguez (Set dresser)
  Joby DeLuca (Set dresser)
  Wayne Brackett (Set dresser)
  Brian Mannain (Set dresser)
  Rodney T. Sternbenz (On-set dresser)
  David Gulick (Prop master)
  Olivier Crespin (Prop master, Paris unit)
  Heather D. Kane (Asst prop master)
  Steven Brennan (Asst prop master)
  Karen Kates (Asst prop master)
  Ronald Petagna (Const coord)
  Frank Di Dio (Const co-coord)
  Richard Cohn (Const key elec)
  Vincent Guarriello (Const key grip)
  Joseph Proscia (Const grip)
  Nicholas Mongelli Jr. (Const grip)
  Frank Itri (Const grip)
  Ronnie Petagna (Const foreman)
  Rob Muia (Shop foreman)
  C. G. Markunas (Shop craftsman)
  Joseph S. Patire (Shop craftsman)
  Bob Trager (Shop craftsman)
  Andrew Rossig (Carpenter)
  Alex Gorodetsky (Charge scenic)
  Daniel Rosenfeld (Scenic shopman)
  Quang Nguyen (Scenic)
  Charles R. Suter (Scenic)
  Maria C. Suter (Scenic)
  Christopher Weiser (Scenic)
  Nikolay Mikushkin (Scenic)
  Joel Ossenfort (Scenic)
  Jay Hendrickx (Cam scenic)
Costumes: Patricia Field (Cost des)
  Molly Rogers (Assoc cost des)
  Barrett Hong (Ward supv)
  Wendy Stefanelli (Asst cost des)
  Tracy L. Cox (Asst cost des)
  Fionnuala M. Lynch (Key cost)
  Patricia Colin (Key cost, Paris unit)
  Marcia Patten (Set cost)
  Jill Graves Power (Set cost)
  Nina Johnston (Cost for Meryl Streep)
  Trillian (Head seamstress)
  Jessica Replansky (Cost coord)
  Xavier Cardriche (Cost prod asst)
  Fred Leighton, New York (Rare collectible jewelry for Meryl Streep courtesy of)
Music: Julia Michels (Mus supv)
  Theodore Shapiro (Mus)
  Nick Meyers (Mus ed)
  Amanda Pollack (Addl mus ed)
  Pete Anthony (Orch)
  Jon Kull (Orch)
  Sandy DeCrescent (Orch contracted by)
  Peter Rotter (Orch contracted by)
  Pete Anthony (Orch cond)
  Joann Kane Music Services (Mus prep by)
  Chris Fogel (Rec and mixed by)
  Bryan Carrigan (Digital recordist)
  The Newman Stage, Twentieth Century Fox Westlake Studios (Score rec at)
  Tim Lauber (Recordist)
  Bill Talbott (Eng)
  Tom Steel ([Mus] Stage mgr)
  Jason Lloyd ([Mus] Stage mgr)
  Hyperion Studios (Score mixed at)
  Christopher Elly (Mix asst)
  James Fogel (Mix asst)
  Joanna Schwartz (Score vocalist)
  George Doering (Guitars)
  Michael Fisher (Percussion)
  Neil Stubenhaus (Bass)
  Gregg Bissonette (Drums)
Sound: Michel Kharat (Prod sd mixer, Paris unit)
  T. J. O'Mara (Prod sd mixer)
  Paul Urmson (Supv sd ed)
  Nick Renbeck (Supv sd ed)
  Tom Fleischman (Re-rec sd mixer)
  Rick Chefalas (Asst sd ed)
  Alex Soto (Asst sd ed)
  Daniel Paikin (Boom person)
  Kim H. Maitland (2d sd person)
  C5, Inc. (Post prod sd facility)
  Wyatt Sprague (Sd eff ed)
  Allan Zaleski (Sd eff ed)
  Kenton Jakub (ADR ed)
  Branka Mrkic-Tana (Dial ed)
  Steven Visscher (Supv Foley ed)
  Igor Nikolic (Foley ed)
  Marko Costanzo (Foley artist)
  George Lara (Foley mixer)
  Lidia Tamplenizza (Apprentice sd ed)
  Paloma Mele (Sd ed asst)
  Soundtrack F/T (Sd re-rec facility)
  Dave Bilhdorf (Recordist)
  Larry Herman (Recordist)
  Bob Chefalas ([Sd] Stage eng)
Special Effects: Big Film Design (Visual eff)
  Andrew Weisblum (Main title des)
Make Up: J. Roy Helland (Meryl Streep's hair and makeup by)
  Maya Hardinge (Makeup)
  Evelyne Noraz (Makeup)
  Angel DeAngelis (Key hairstylist)
  Robert Chiu (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Ellen Lewis (Casting)
  Patricia DiCerto (Casting assoc)
  Julie Schubert (Casting asst)
  Barbara McNamara (Extras casting)
  Patrick Rufo (Extras casting, Paris unit)
  Anita Lee-Bitton (Models casting)
  Sondra James (ADR voice casting)
  John A. Machione (Unit prod mgr)
  Gilles Castera (Prod mgr, Paris unit)
  Jennifer Getzinger (Scr supv)
  Dominique Piat (Scr supv, Paris unit)
  Aaron Downing (Post prod supv)
  Judy Richter (Prod supv, Paris unit)
  Paddy Douglas (Prod coord, Paris unit)
  Michael Anthony (Loc mgr)
  Antonin Depardieu (Loc mgr, Paris unit)
  Robert Cavalluzzo (Asst loc mgr)
  Beth Avery (Asst loc mgr)
  Tjamal K. Noni (Loc asst)
  Carey Seward (Loc asst)
  David Velasco (Loc scout)
  Sasha Bell (Loc coord)
  Michael Russotti (Loc prod asst)
  Jose Tejada (Parking coord)
  Ellen Gannon (Prod coord)
  Monica Celis Barraza (Asst prod coord)
  Nicole Rivera (Asst to Wendy Finerman)
  Lisa Zupan (Asst to Wendy Finerman)
  Judy Richter (Asst to Joe Caracciolo, Jr.)
  Diana T. Jackson (Asst to Karen Rosenfelt)
  Kate Barker (Asst to David Frankel)
  Kori E. Wilson (Asst to Meryl Streep)
  Peter Lombardi (Prod controller)
  Christopher Buddy (Prod secy)
  Ukeme Emem (DGA trainee)
  Bellamy Forrest (Key set prod asst)
  Melissa Mugavero (Prod asst)
  Soren Miltich (Prod asst)
  Eve Strickman (Office prod asst)
  Alec Farbman (Office prod asst)
  Megan Gargagliano (Office prod asst)
  Audrey Voelker (Stage prod asst)
  Kyle O'Brien (Auditor)
  Tony Cypres (1st asst auditor)
  Laura Fearon (2d asst auditor)
  D'Dan Walton (Payroll accountant)
  Natalie Mathes (Post prod accountant)
  Jacey Taub (Unit pub)
  Edward O'Donnell (Transportation coord)
  Jerome Albertini (Transportation coord, Paris unit)
  Thomas R. McGoldrick (Transportation capt)
  Tomkats (Catering)
  Ramona Messina (Craft service)
  Peninsula Films sarl (Prod services in France provided by)
  Siss Ltd. (Security for Meryl Streep provided by)
  American Humane Association (Animal action monitoring)
Stand In: George Aguilar (Stunt coord)
  Blaise Corrigan (Stunt coord)
  Danny Aiello III (Stunts)
  Bobby Beckles (Stunts)
  Jill Brown (Stunts)
  Victor Chan (Stunts)
  Bob Colletti (Stunts)
  Joyce R. Korbin (Stunts)
  Talia Olsteen (Stunts)
  Stephen A. Pope (Stunts)
  Jodi Michelle Pynn (Stunts)
  Kim Rideout (Stunts)
  Al Cerullo (Helicopter pilot)
Color Personnel: Technicolor NY (HD Telecine and digital intermediate facility)
  Joe Gawler (Digital film colorist)
  Jesse Morrow (Digital conform & opticals)
  Martin Zeichner (HD Telecine dailies colorist)
  Kurt Smith (Lab col timer)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Suddenly I See," written and performed by KT Tunstall, courtesy of Virgin Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music; "How Come," written and performed by Ray LaMontagne, courtesy of the RCA Records Label, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment; "Jump," written by Madonna, Stuart Price and Joe Henry, performed by Madonna, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Tres Tres Chic," written by Adam Dornblum and Gary McFarland, performed by Mocean Worker, courtesy of Palm Pictures, LLC (contains a sample of "Flea Market," performed by Gabor Szabo, courtesy of The Verve Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises); "Time Will Tell," written by Nathan Khyber and Clark Stiles, performed by The Good Listeners; "Blue at Couch," written and performed by Kenji Nakamura, courtesy of Non Stop Music, Inc.; "Vogue," written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, performed by Madonna, courtesy of Sire Records, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "I Don't Love Anyone," written by Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Stuart David, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Isobel Campbell, performed by Belle & Sebastian, courtesy of Matador Records/Jeepster Recordings Ltd.; "Our Remains" and "Bittersweet Faith," written by Shana Halligan and Kiran Shahani, performed by Bitter : Sweet, courtesy of Quango Music Group, Inc., by arrangement with Zync Music Inc.; "Seven Days in Sunny June," written by Matthew Johnson, Derrick McKenzie, Rob Harris, Jason Kay and Sola Akingbola, performed by Jamiroquai, courtesy of Epic Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd., by arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment; "Every Angel," written by Chris Trapper, performed by and courtesy of The Push Stars; "Here I Am (Kaskade Remix)," written by David Morales, Tamra Keenan and Alex Shantzis, performed by David Morales with Tamra Keenan, courtesy of Ultra Records, Inc.; "Crazy," written by Seal and Alan Sigsworth, performed by Alanis Morissette, courtesy of Maverick Recording Company, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Feelin' Hypnotized (Black Liquid Remix)," written by Angel Alanis, Colete Marino and Christopher Penny, performed by DJ Colette, courtesy of OM Records; "Beautiful," written by Richard Melville Hall, performed by Moby, courtesy of V2 Records/Mute Ltd.; "Sleep," written by Maria Taylor & Orenda Fink, performed by Azure Ray, courtesy of Warm Electronic Recordings; "Dance Floor (LE D Remix)," written by Roy Shakked, performed by The Tao of Groove, courtesy of Groove Gravy Records; "Vato Loco," written by H. Sanchez, K. Perazzo and M. Pinate, performed by Latin Soul Syndicate, courtesy of Lovecat Music, by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group; "City of Blinding Lights," lyrics by Bono, music and performed by U2, courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd., under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Yeah Yeah Brother," written by Shaun Ryder, performed by Black Grape, courtesy of Radioactive, J.V./Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Les Yeux Ouverts (Dream a Little Dream)," written by Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn and Wilbur Schwandt, performed by Beautiful South, courtesy of Go! Disc/London Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
Composer: Sola Akingbola
  Angel Alanis
  Fabian Andre
  Bono
  Isobel Campbell
  Richard Colburn
  Michael Cooke
  Stuart David
  Adam Dornblum
  Orenda Fink
  Christopher Geddes
  Richard Melville Hall
  Shana Halligan
  Rob Harris
  Joe Henry
  Stephen Jackson
  Matthew Johnson
  Gus Kahn
  Jason Kay
  Tamra Keenan
  Nathan Khyber
  Ray LaMontagne
  Madonna
  Colette Marino
  Gary McFarland
  Derrick McKenzie
  David Morales
  Stuart Murdoch
  Kenji Nakamura
  Christopher Penny
  K. Perazzo
  Shep Pettibone
  M. Pinate
  Stuart Price
  Shaun Ryder
  H. Sanchez
  Wilbur Schwandt
  Seal
  Kiran Shahani
  Roy Shakked
  Alex Shantzis
  Alan Sigsworth
  Clark Stiles
  Maria Taylor
  Chris Trapper
  KT Tunstall
  U2
Source Text: Based on the novel The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (New York, 2003).
Authors: Lauren Weisberger

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Dune Entertainment LLC 26/6/2006 dd/mm/yyyy PA1322656
Dune Entertainment, LLC 26/6/2006 dd/mm/yyyy PA1322656

PCA NO: 42358
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Digital; dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col: Technicolor
  Lenses/Prints: Deluxe laboratories; Kodak Motion Picture Film

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Administrative assistants
  Editors
  Fashion
  Magazines
  New York City
  Rivalry
  Romance
  Transformation
  Women in business
 
Subjects (Minor): Art galleries
  Authors
  Automobile accidents
  Broken limbs
  Chefs
  Coats
  Coffee
  Couturiers
  Diets and dieting
  Divorce
  Fathers and daughters
  Friendship
  Handbags
  Harry Potter (Fictional character)
  Hotels
  Limousines
  The New Yorker (Magazine)
  Newspapers
  Paris (France)
  Publishers and publishing
  Restaurants
  Starbucks (Coffee shop)
  Twins

Note: As the opening credits roll, there is a montage of Anne Hathaway as "Andy Sachs" dressing and preparing for her job interview, juxtaposed with scenes of several fashionable young women preparing for their respective jobs. In the end credits, there is a statement from the producers thanking a number of individuals and companies, including many prominent designers such as Badgley Mischka, Donna Karan Collections, Hermes of Paris, Inc., Prada, Valentino [Garavani] and Dennis Basso. Acknowledgments are also given to VAGA and others for permission to use several art works, including works by Maxfield Parrish and Adolph Gottlieb. Celebrity models Heidi Klum and Bridget Hall and designer Valentino briefly appear as themselves. Model Gisele Bündchen also appears in the film, as "Serena," a friend of "Emily." At the end of the film, when Meryl Streep as "Miranda Priestly" relates the back story of how she saved her position at the magazine, there is a brief montage to illustrate what she is saying.
       The title of the film and Lauren Weisberger's novel on which it was based is a reference to the Italian designer Prada, one of the most exclusive, expensive design houses in the world. The Prada logo, with the company name inside an inverted triangle, is displayed prominently on a handbag worn by Streep when Miranda exits her limousine in her first appearance in the film.
       Weisberger's novel, a roman à clef about the world of a high fashion magazine, was on the NYT bestseller list for over thirty weeks in 2003 and 2004 and returned to the paperback bestseller list after the release of the movie. According to news items, Fox 2000 paid $600,000 for the screen rights. As noted in reviews and news items for both the novel and the film, critics and readers alike saw the tyrannical Miranda as a thinly veiled version of longtime Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, the British-born doyenne of fashion editors often mentioned in gossip columns such as The New York Post 's "Page Six," frequently in the context of being an excessively demanding person. Despite the fact that Weisberger had been Wintour's assistant at Vogue for a time, the author has always maintained in interviews that Miranda was not based on Wintour, but was a fictionalized composite. In interviews, Streep has said that she did not base her portrayal on Wintour. The short white hairdo selected by Streep and J. Roy Helland differs greatly from Wintour's signature pageboy cut (once dark brown, but more recently medium brown with blond streaks), accentuated by the large dark glasses she characteristically wears, both indoors and out.
       The film follows the basic storyline and premise of the novel, while some minor incidents involving demands made by Miranda or Andy's travails are similar to, but slightly different from the novel to the film. The novel's recurring joke about Miranda's constant need to have a fresh white Hermés scarf is not carried over, although the scarves are mentioned at one point in the film. In the novel, Andy is from Connecticut rather than Ohio and is a recent graduate of Brown University, not Northwestern. Andy's boyfriend in the novel is named Alex, rather than "Nate." "Lily," Andy's best friend, who is featured more prominently in the novel, is an alcoholic doctoral student. In the novel, Lily's lapse into a coma after a severe automobile accident while Andy is in Paris is a precipitating factor in Andy's final break with Miranda.
       Other significant differences between the novel and the film center on the characterization of Miranda, especially near the end of the film, and Andy's life after leaving Runway . In the novel, Miranda is English [like Wintour], and her husband, Mr. Tomlinson, nicknamed "B-DAD" [for being blind, deaf and dumb to Miranda's tyrannical nature] is a more prominent character. He is effusively kind and friendly with Andy and is blindly devoted to Miranda, as she is to him; they are not estranged.
       There is little sympathy for Miranda in the book, while Streep's characterization in the film does evoke some audience sympathy. Unlike the film, in the novel, Andy quits her job when Miranda is on the verge of firing her for screaming profanities at her at a party in Paris. Following the news of Lily's grave condition, Andy realizes that Miranda's impossible demand to arrange to have her twin daughters fly to Paris the next day, even though their passports have expired, is no longer important. The cursing incident is reported in the popular "Page Six" gossip column in The New York Post , making Andy a minor celebrity. At the end of the novel, Andy sells her complementary designer wardrobe and luggage from Runway for $38,000 and is able to live comfortably on the profits, while freelancing for an editor who is the antithesis of Miranda. Andy's romantic relationship with her boyfriend has ended, but they remain friends. Additionally, Andy's trip to Paris is unavoidably necessitated by Emily contracting mononucleosis and not by Miranda's desire to have Andy take her place.
       Both the film and the novel contain recurring scenes of Andy being sent to or returning from Starbucks with coffee for Miranda, who sometimes drinks them and other times does not, but always demands that four tall cups be at her disposal. Another carry-over from the novel to the film concerns Miranda's demand for a copy of the latest, as-yet unpublished "Harry Potter" book, which Andy manages to acquire. "Clackers," a term used throughout the book and the film, is a name given to the lean, fashionable women who wear very high heels to work, thus making "clacking" sounds on the hard floors of office buildings.
       As noted in the onscreen credits and reviews, the film was shot on location in New York City, with the exception of the Parisian scenes, which were shot in Paris. According to DV news items, Peter Hedges was set to direct the picture before David Frankel was hired by producer Wendy Finerman. Frankel previously had directed several shorts and one feature film, Miami Rhapsody in 1995, and had directed six episodes of the popular HBO television series Sex in the City , which also was set in New York and featured extensive, high-fashion wardrobes for the main characters. The cinematographer on The Devil Wears Prada , Florian Ballhaus, had also worked on Sex and the City , as did costume designer Patricia Field. Frankel directed two episodes of another HBO ensemble series, Entourage , in which Adrian Grenier, who portrayed Nate in The Devil Wears Prada , was one of the featured players.
       When the film was released, reviews and many feature articles discussed the fashions in the film. Some fashion writers expressed the feeling that the clothes in the film were too conservative and not truly representative of what real fashion editors, such as Wintour, would wear.
       The Devil Wears Prada was the opening night film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. After its release in the U.S. and Canada, the picture was shown out of competition at the Venice Film Festival as well as the Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals. Critics generally praised the film, typified by Peter Travers' review in Rolling Stone , which labeled it "a chick flick even guys can love." Streep and British actress Emily Blunt were also singled out for their roles. According to a 27 Jul 2006 HR news item, the film's budget was a relatively modest $35,000,000. Contemporary sources note that the film grossed approximately $125,000,000 in North America and, as reported in a studio ad in DV on 31 Oct 2006, the picture had grossed $250,000,000 worldwide to that date.
       In addition to being selected as one of AFI's Movies of the Year, The Devil Wears Prada received Academy Award nominations for Streep as Best Actress and Field for Achievement in Costume Design. The picture also received the following awards and nominations: Streep received the Golden Globe for Best Actress--Musical or Comedy, and the film received two additional Golden Globe nominations: for Best Picture--Musical or Comedy and for Blunt as Best Supporting Actress. Streep received a Best Actress nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BAFTA), as well as the Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics. Blunt received a BAFTA nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Aline Brosh McKenna received a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
       In Oct 2006, Fox TV Studios announced that it had acquired television rights to the novel and was developing it as a series for the Fox network, with Robin Schiff set to write and executive produce the series. According to a 12 Oct 2006 DV article, neither Frankel nor writer Weisberger were to be involved in the project. 

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