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Mark Waters

Mark Waters scored back-to-back hits with the comedies Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. In 2003, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan starred in the successful remake of the comedy fantasy Freaky Friday, in which an uptight mother and her teenage daughter switch bodies, much to their horror. The film earned a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Family Film and brought a Golden Globe nomination to Jamie Lee Curtis.

The following year, Waters directed Mean Girls, written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, based on Rosalind Wiseman's book Queen Bees and Wannabes. The film became one of the most talked-about hits of the year and won three MTV Movie Awards, including one for Lindsay Lohan as Best Actress.

Waters has three films upcoming, beginning with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Owen Wilson in the title role of an ordinary man who daydreams his way into an extraordinary life. Waters is then set to direct the adventure fantasy The Spiderwick Chronicles, as well as the big-screen adaptation of John Scott Shepherd's dark comedy novel Henry's List of Wrongs.

A graduate of the directing program at the American Film Institute, Waters made his feature film directorial debut on the dark comedy indie hit The House of Yes. The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, where Parker Posey won a Special Jury Prize for her performance as a delusional young woman who believes she is the iconic Jackie O. Waters also wrote the screenplay, adapted from the play of the same name by Wendy MacLeod.

Waters' next film was the romantic comedy Head Over Heels, starring Monica Potter and Freddie Prinze Jr. For the small screen, he also directed the VH1 original movie Warning: Parental Advisory.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Selected Filmography

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Bad Santa 2
Freaky Friday
Bad Santa 2 Unrated
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Vampire Academy
Mr. Popper's Penguins
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