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Alchemy votes for 'The Runner'

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Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.

Austin Stark directed The Runner, about an ideaological politician who confronts hard truths about his dysfunctional life.

Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda round out the key cast.

Alchemy plans to release The Runner later this year.

Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson and Chris Papavasiliou produced, while the executive producer roster includes Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer and Todd Cohen.

Alchemy vp of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the North American deal with Wme Global and Alan Sacks of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz PC. Fortitude International handles international sales.

BBC Worldwide North America will present the worldwide theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends from documentarian Hubert Sauper at the IFC Center in New York on August
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Nicolas Cage’s Political Drama ‘The Runner’ Bought by Alchemy

Nicolas Cage’s Political Drama ‘The Runner’ Bought by Alchemy
Alchemy has acquired all North American rights to Nicolas Cage’s political drama “The Runner” for release later this year.

The Runner,” written and directed by Austin Stark, co-stars Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and Peter Fonda. Cage stars as an idealistic but flawed politician forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal in the aftermath of 2010’s British Petroleum oil spill.

Producers are Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn, Glenn Williamson, Erika Hampson, and Chris Papavasiliou. Exec producers are Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer, and Todd Cohen.

Stark is a partner at Paper Street Films (“Infinitely Polar Bear”). “The Runner” marks Stark’s writing and directorial debut.

Cage is currently filming Larry Charles’ “Army of One.” He’s represented by CAA, Mike Nilon at Klwgn, and Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott.

Alchemy’s
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‘Mad Men’ Actor Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda Join Nicolas Cage Political Drama

‘Mad Men’ Actor Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda Join Nicolas Cage Political Drama
“Man Men” actor Bryan Batt, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen and Wendell Pierce have joined “The Runner,” starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson.

Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Chris Papavasiliou and Erika Hampson will produce the political drama for Paper Street Films, and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures. Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee and Tom Conigliaro are exec producing.

Austin Stark is making his directorial debut from his own script with production set for New Orleans on June 23.

The story follows the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cage will play an idealistic Congressman who’s forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Pierce will play his chief of staff, Nielsen will portray his wife and Fonda will be his father — a former New Orleans mayor. Batt will take on the role of a Wall Street financier
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Nielsen, Fonda join The Runner

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Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot PicturesThe Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.

Austin Stark’s directorial debut is a contemporary political drama that takes place in the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil spill.

Production is set to commence in New Orleans on June 23.

Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Chris Papavasiliou and Erika Hampson are producing The Runner for Paper Street Films and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures.

Executive producers are Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee and Tom Conigliaro.

Sicario, which Denis Villeneuve will shoot for Thunder Road Pictures and Black Label Media, will shoot at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico. Lionsgate International commenced sales at the Cannes market and Lionsgate will distribute in the Us.
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Nicolas Cage to Star in Austin Stark’s Directorial Debut The Runner

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Nicolas Cage to Star in Austin Stark’s Directorial Debut The Runner
Nicolas Cage has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming contemporary political film, ‘The Runner.’ The drama marks the writing and directorial debuts from Austin Star, who has gained recognition for executive producing such independent films as ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ and ‘Happythankyoumoreplease.’ ‘The Runner’ will be produced by Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou for Paper Street Films and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures. Production is set to begin on June 23 in New Orleans. Cage will star as as Colin Price, an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman, in ‘The Runner.’ In the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil spill, Colin’s forced to confront his [ Read More ]

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Nicolas Cage to star in The Runner

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Nicolas Cage will star for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures in political drama The Runner.

Infinitely Polar Bear executive producer Austin Stark’s writing and directing debut centres on an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who becomes embroiled in a sex scandal in the aftermath of the tragic 2010 Bp oil spill.

Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou produce for Paper Street Films with Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures.

Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro and Erika Hampson are the executive producers and production is set to kick off in New Orleans on June 23.
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The Runner to star Nicolas Cage

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Nicolas Cage will star for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures in political drama The Runner.

Infinitely Polar Bear executive producer Austin Stark’s writing and directing debut centres on an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman who becomes embroiled in a sex scandal in the aftermath of the tragic 2010 Bp oil spill.

Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou produce for Paper Street Films with Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures.

Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro and Erika Hampson are the executive producers and production is set to kick off in New Orleans on June 23.
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Nicolas Cage to Star in 'The Runner'

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Nicolas Cage to Star in 'The Runner'
Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures announced today Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage will star in the contemporary political drama, The Runner. The film marks producer Austin Stark's writing and directing debut. Over the past few years, Stark has produced and executive produced several successful independent films including this year's Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and the Sundance 2010 Audience Award winner Happythankyoumoreplease, starring Josh Radnor and Kate Mara. The Runner will be produced by Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou for Paper Street Films and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot Pictures and executive produced by Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro and Erika Hampson. Production is set for New Orleans on June 23, 2014.

In the aftermath of the tragic 2010 Bp oil spill, Colin Price (Nicolas Cage), an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman, is forced to confront his dysfunctional life
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Nicolas Cage to Star in Political Drama ‘The Runner’

Nicolas Cage to Star in Political Drama ‘The Runner’
Nicolas Cage will star in the political drama “The Runner,” Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures said Friday.

The Oscar-winning actor will play an idealistic congressman who becomes embroiled in a sex scandal. Production will take place in New Orleans amid the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil spill, an ecological disaster that ravaged the area.

The picture is the directorial and writing debut of Austin Stark, the indie producer behind “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “Happythankyoumoreplease.”

Production will begin on June 23, 2014.

Cage, most recently appeared in the critical hit “Joe,” which was seen as a return to form after a series of dispiriting roles in duds such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Season of the Witch.” The supernatural thriller “Pay the Ghost” is among the projects on Cage’s dance card.

Cage is represented by CAA, Mike Nilon at Klwgn, and Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott.
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Nicolas Cage to Star in Political Movie 'The Runner'

Nicolas Cage to Star in Political Movie 'The Runner'
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the contemporary political drama The Runner for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures. The film marks producer Austin Stark’s writing and directorial debut. Over the past few years, Stark has produced and executive produced several indie films including this year’s Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, and the Sundance 2010 Audience Award winner Happythankyoumoreplease. Story: Nicolas Cage, Jack Huston to Star in 'The Trust' The Runner will be produced by Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann and Chris Papavasiliou for Paper Street and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot. Ruth

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Who's Been Invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

135 filmmakers and executives have been invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to join its ranks. Recent Oscar nominees and winners such as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz have been invited to join; but even "Saw's" Tobin Bell and "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana received invites.

New members will be "baptized" in an invitation-only reception in September at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.

Here's a complete list of the 2010 invitees:

Actors

Tobin Bell -- "Saw," "The Firm"

Vera Farmiga -- "Up in the Air," "The Departed"

Miguel Ferrer -- "Traffic," "RoboCop"

James Gandolfini -- "In the Loop," "Get Shorty"

Anna Kendrick -- "Up in the Air," "Twilight"

Mo'Nique -- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "Phat Girlz"

Carey Mulligan -- "An Education," "Public Enemies"

Jeremy Renner -- "The Hurt Locker,
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Top Ten: New Academy Members 2010

it's not Tuesday but it's time for a Top Ten anyway... as this is yesterday's news already!

AMPAS used to hide their membership roster like the vote tallies but in the information age, they've opened up. Now we get to see the whole list of new invitees each year. I wonder how they keep they're membership around 6,000 given how many people they invite annual. Maybe enough people reject the offer, stop paying their dues, or pass from this mortal coil each year to balance it out?

You can read the full list of recipients at Indiewire, but as is the Film Experience tradition, we like to pinpoint the newest (potential) members whose future ballots we'd most like to see. So let's have at it.

New Academy Member Ballots We Most Want To See

10 Bono & The Edge (music)

They're two separate people but we'd like to imagine them filling out their ballots together inbetween sets.
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See Who’s Made The List As AMPAS Offers New Membership To 135

On Friday (June 25, 2010) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy.s roster of voting members.

.The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them..

The 2010 invitees are:

Actors

Tobin Bell . .Saw,. .The Firm. Vera Farmiga . .Up in the Air,. .The Departed. Miguel Ferrer . .Traffic,. .RoboCop. James Gandolfini . .In the Loop,. .Get Shorty. Anna Kendrick . .Up in the Air,. .Twilight. Mo.Nique . .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire,. .Phat Girlz. Carey Mulligan . .An Education,. .Public Enemies. Jeremy Renner . .The Hurt Locker,. .28 Weeks Later” Ryan Reynolds . .The Proposal,. .X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Latanya Richardson Jackson . .Mother and Child,
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Adam Sandler invited to join The Academy

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Sandler is gearing up for the release of his new film, “Grown Ups,” and has just been announced as one of 135 artists selected to join the Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held
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Resul Pookutty Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures

Resul Pookutty Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures
Oscar winner Indian sound recordist Resul Pookutty has been invited to join the coveted Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a member. Along with Resul the invitation has been extended to 135 film professionals from around the globe that includes Christopher Walts (Inglorious Basterds) and Jacque Audiard (A Prophet). Resul was awarded an Oscar last year for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

Members of the academy vote for the annual academy awards.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since
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Mo'Nique, Mulligan among Academy invitees

Mo'Nique, Mulligan among Academy invitees
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 135 filmmakers and executives -- including such recent Oscar nominees and winners as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz -- to join its ranks.

The Academy issued its annual invitation list Thursday.

The actor's portion of the list ranged from genre favorites like "Saw's" Tobin Bell to "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana, from "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, whose film credits include "In the Loop" and "Get Shorty" to rising leading man Ryan Reynolds, who's appeared in "The Proposal" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

An international sampling of directors made the cut: Among them France's Jacques Audiard, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella, Denmark's Lone Scherfig and, from the U.S., Lee Daniels and Adam Shankman, the latter of whom co-produced the last Oscar show.

Oscar nominee "District 9" was well represented: Matt Aitken and Dan Kaufman
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Opening night at Gasparilla International Film Festival

The 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival kicked off last night at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa.  After months of planning for the Giff's marquee event, the volunteers and members of the board all saw their tremendous efforts pay off.  A night of meeting industry professionals, seeing a Sundance winning flick, and mingling with people who are passionate about filmmaking highlighted the night.

As local and national celebrities arrived for the reception prior to the opening flick, business cards were flying all over the place.  The Giff board finally had a chance to enjoy a drink or two and interact with all in attendance.  Also enjoying the festivities were State Representative Kevin Ambler, Digital Domain Chairman John Textor, and even Golden Globe nominated Armand Assante was making his rounds throughout the night.

One of the featured moments came when veteran actor Raymond J. Barry received this year's lifetime achievement award.
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Blu-Ray Review: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt Sparkle in ‘Sunshine Cleaning’

Chicago – Christine Jeffs’ “Sunshine Cleaning” has its ups and downs, its pros and cons, but it’s worth a look, now on Blu-Ray and DVD, for one of the most delightful, multi-faceted performances of the year from one of the better actresses of her generation. What Amy Adams delivers in “Sunshine Cleaning” is her most interesting turn since “Junebug”. Even with an average Blu-Ray release, Adams makes “Cleaning” worth at least a rental on its own.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0 Despite what Adams (and, to a lesser extent, Emily Blunt) bring to “Sunshine Cleaning,” it’s pretty undeniable that the screenplay could have used another polish. The film fluctuates wildly in tone and overall quality and feels at times like it was practically created by a computer designed to make a “Sundance comedy”.

The “Sundance comedy” is practically a genre of its own at this point - odd characters, quirky dialogue, an unexpected plot twist,
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Slideshow: 18-Image Gallery From World Premiere of ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ With Amy Adams, Emily Blunt

Chicago – This 18-image slideshow contains a selection of images from the red carpet at the world premiere of “Sunshine Cleaning” in Los Angeles. The film stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jason Spevack. Written by Megan Holley and directed by Christine Jeffs, the film opens in limited release on Friday, March 13th, 2009.

Synopsis: “A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), this uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Sunshine Cleaning’s stellar cast includes Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted), Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Steve Zahn (Happy, Texas), Clifton Collins,
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Slideshow: 29-Image Gallery For ‘Sunshine Cleaning’ With Amy Adams, Emily Blunt

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Chicago – This 29-image slideshow contains the official press images from the Overture Films production of “Sunshine Cleaning,” starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jason Spevack. Written by Megan Holley and directed by Christine Jeffs, the film opens in limited release on Friday, March 13th, 2009.

Synopsis: “A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy Sunshine Cleaning. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), this uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in an unlikely setting screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Sunshine Cleaning’s stellar cast includes Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams (Enchanted), Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Steve Zahn (Happy, Texas), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Capote), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”) and Jason Spevack
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