Nicolas Cage is getting more company in the political drama The Runner. He stars for writer-director Austin Stark in the film as Colin Price, an idealistic but flawed New Orleans Congressman who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal. Gladiator‘s Connie Nielsen will play Price’s wife Deborah, a high powered attorney with her own political ambitions, while Peter Fonda has been cast as his father, a former mayor of New Orleans.
Also joining the cast are Bryan Batt (12 Years A Slave, Mad Men) as a Wall Street financier who caters to the big oil companies, and Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire) as Frank Legrand, Price’s Chief of Staff.
The Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures production is being produced by Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Chris Papavasiliou and Erika Hampson. Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee and Tom Conigliaro are executive producers. Filming begins in New Orleans next week. Nielsen is repped by UTA and The Lasher Group; Fonda is represented by APA and Somers Mauldin The Rose Group; Batt is represented by Don Buchwald and Associates; and Pierce is represented by Paradigm and Essential Talent Management.
EXCLUSIVE: She is Hamptons evil personified on ABC’s Revenge, but Madeleine Stowe’s next stop is the Big Easy. The actress has signed up to Austin Stark‘s political drama The Runner alongside Nicolas Cage. Stowe will play Deborah Price, the steely spouse of Cage’s congressman. Bound together by ambition, the two are stuck in a virtually dead marriage that sees Stowe’s character turning the other way regarding her husband’s publicly revealed infidelities. Stark also wrote and produces The Runner, a Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures production, which takes place in the shadow of the 2010 BP oil spill that ravaged the Gulf Coast. Filming is set to start in NOLA in June. Stowe, who will be back for Season 4 of Revenge, is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Nicolas Cage is set to star as an idealistic but flawed New Orleans congressman in Austin Stark‘s (Infinitely Polar Bear) The Runner. Stark makes his directorial debut in the film set in the aftermath of the tragic 2010 BP oil spill. Cage stars as New Orleans congressman Colin Price, who is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed by a sex scandal. Stark also wrote and produces The Runner, a Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures production. Also producing are Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, and Chris Papavasiliou for Paper Street and Glenn Williamson for Back Lot. Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro and Erika Hampson are executive producing. Production is set to begin next month in New Orleans.
The big challenge for the journos on the Croisette is keeping up with the fusillade of film press releases for projects being sold at Cannes. Here are a couple: Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Mary Rylance to star in Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin, a fact-based WWII story about German parents who, after their son is killed on the front lines, begin anti-Hitler postcards hammering his evil regime. It becomes a cat and mouse game to stay a step ahead of the Gestapo. Alison Thompson’s Sunray Films is selling in Cannes.
Nicolas Cage and Jack Huston will star in The Trust, a crime thriller directed by Alex and Ben Brewer that will be sold at Cannes by Highland Film Group. Two evil cops discover a hidden and guarded safe and their greed leads them to a well of corruption and double crossing.
Bachelorette producers BCDF Pictures begins production on the high school comedy The Outskirts, described as Mean Girls meets Revenge Of The Nerds. Peter Hutchings directs and Red Granite International is selling.
Relativity said Gerard Butler is set to star in the heist drama now titled Den Of Thieves. Christian Gudegast is set to direct and write the film from a script written by Gudegast and Paul Scheuring. Mark … Read More »
“No child should have to pay for her father’s sins.” Tell that to Paul Maguire (Nicolas Cage), a businessman with some apparently serious skeletons whose teenage daughter is swiped by masked thugs one night. He goes after said bad guys with malice aforethought in Rage, an action thriller with much gunplay and, well, rage. Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady, Peter Stormare and Danny Glover co-star in the Hannibal Pictures/Patriot Pictures film from director Paco Cabezas. James Agnew & Sean Keller wrote the script. It’s available on demand June 10 and in theaters July 11 via RLJ/Image Entertainment. Here’s the trailer:
With the openings of Draft Dayand Joethis weekend we suddenly re-discover two Oscar winners from the ’90s who have found their groove again after years of cinematic disappointments. I can’t remember the last time either Kevin Costner and especially Nicolas Cage delivered performances worthy of their prime as Costner does in Summit’s Draft Day and Cage does in Roadside Attractions’ Joe. Both come from companies associated with Lionsgate and hopefully both will find some sort of audience this weekend as they reaffirm the power of great actors in the right role.
Costner, who won Oscars for directing and producing Dances With Wolves in 1990, is right in his wheelhouse playing the general manager who has the opportunity to turn a hapless Cleveland Browns football team around with a No. 1 draft pick of a hot Heisman Trophy winner. It’s reminiscent not only of Moneyball but more importantly, of the kind of sports-oriented movies like Bull Durham and Field Of Dreamsthat made him a star in the first place. And Cage, is playing a combustible ex-con who becomes a surrogate father figure to a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan) in the Southern-set drama Joe. Cageturns down his usual volume of late to deliver a performance of power and poignancy in a film that has much in common with last April’s surprise indie hit Mud (also from Roadside and also co-starring Sheridan) but even more akin to the 1953 George Stevens classic Shane.It is perhaps his best screen acting since winning the Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas almost 20 years ago. And from what I can tell, both these stars clearly know they have again hit their mark. Read More »
In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom talk about the highlights in this year’s TCM Classic Film Fest, which opens tonight with a beautifully restored version of the 1955 musical Oklahoma, among many other treasures. David and Pete also mark the passing of Mickey Rooney, whose film career spanned nearly nine decades before his death this week.
David Gordon Green directed Nicolas Cage in the adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, about an Southern ex-con trying to stay out of trouble. Spoiler alert: He can’t, especially after befriending a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) he tries to protect from an evil father. Sheridan won the Best Newcomer prize for the role at Venice. Gary Hawkins wrote the screenplay. Roadside Attractions nabbed the title in a bidding war during Toronto and is releasing it April 11– but not before Joe has its U.S. Premiere at SXSW on March 13. Here’s the trailer that dropped today:
WestEnd Films Seals Multiple Deals For Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Joe’ International sales company WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on David Gordon Green’s drama Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. The film debuted in Venice, where Sheridan won the best newcomer prize. The Worldview Entertainment-produced and -financed film then appeared in Toronto, where deals were sealed with Japan (CCC), Australia (Madman), Benelux (Cinéart) and Scandinavia (Non Stop). Artificial Eye picked it up in the UK, and the film had previously sold to 15 territories include France (Wild Side), Germany (Koch Media), Latin America (Swen), China (Media Asia), Israel (United King), and Greece (Spentzos Films). CAA is repping the North America rights, with Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions and Magnolia Pictures being the front-runners as of Friday.
Vodafone Set To Acquire Germany’s Kabel Deutschland For $10.2B
Shareholders of Kabel Deutschland — Germany’s largest cable company — voted Friday to accept Vodafone’s buyout offer of €87 ($115.70) a share, which includes a €2.50 dividend payment. Vodafone, Germany’s top mobile network with 32 million subscribers, said the required 75% minimum of Kabel investors had been met. The deal, which gives Vodafone 7.6 million cable subs, continues its strategy of offsetting declining revenue by selling mobile phone subscriptions alongside TV, landline and broadband services. Reuters reported Friday that three hedge funds that tendered shares enabling Vodafone’s successful Kabel bid plan to sue for a better price for their outstanding holdings.
The David Gordon Green-directed Joe is drawing a crowd. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions has been the frontrunner all day in an auction held by CAA, with Magnolia and Sony Pictures Classics among those in the hunt. Right now, it’s between Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions and Magnolia as the bidding gets into the $2 million range. The film is a contemporary thriller that stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan and centers on Joe Ransom, a hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con who becomes a fierce protector of a hard-luck kid who awakens a paternal instinct in the rough loser. It’s based on the novel by Larry Brown and premiered Monday. If I had to guess, I’d put my money on Lionsgate/Roadshow, but it’s premature at this moment to put a bow on this one. Stay tuned.
The Ghost Rider will not be driving Marvel into a trial after all. “This letter is to notify you that the Plaintiffs and the Marvel Defendants (including Disney) have amicably agreed to resolve all claims between, among, and against all parties,” said plaintiff and former Marvel freelancer Gary Friedrich’s lawyer in a letter late last week to NYC-based federal District Judge Katherine Forrest (read it here). While no details of the settlement were mention in Charles Krammer’ September 6 letter and no final paperwork has been filed yet, we’ll take that “amicably” at face value and assumed everyone got a piece of the fiery motorcycle-riding superhero. Created in the early 1970s partially by Friedrich, Ghost Rider has been made into two not unsuccessful pics starring Nicolas Cage in 2007 and 2011. Friedrich first filed against Marvel, Columbia TriStar, Relativity Media and others back in 2007, claiming that he owned the renewal term copyrights on the character and his origin story. The case was probably getting a little too hot for some’s comfort. In late June, Judge Forrest set the trial to start on November 4. The judge’s decision came just over two weeks after the Second Court of Appeals overturned a 2011 ruling of hers in Marvel’s favor. Now it is all legal smoke soon to disappear. Krammer and Joe Schneider of Riezman … Read More »
David Gordon Green‘s competition title Joe debuted for the press here in Venice this morning. A serious, sometimes violent story, it’s been well-received on the Lido with star Nicolas Cage getting some very strong notices. He plays the titular character, a good man working hard to stifle inner demons. A chance at redemption, and perhaps a new direction in life, comes in the form of Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old whose drifter family has settled nearby. Gordon Green likens the film, based on the novel by Larry Brown, to a Western. (The Worldview Entertainment-backed pic is being handled by CAA for domestic and there were buyers — and applause — at the screenings this morning.)
Joe is the helmer’s 9th film and is “distinct” from the previous ones he’s made, “I think it stands out,” he said today. But he allows that the films in his body of work have “themes that thread them all together like a bizarre quilt.” He and Cage expressed their mutual appreciation during a press conference this afternoon. Gordon Green said that had he been physically able, he would have done backflips when he learned that Cage responded to the script. Cage said he hadn’t seen the finished movie yet, but that he would have done somersaults “naked” to work with Gordon Green. “He is willing to bear his soul. I knew he was a kindred spirit.” Read More »
“Have you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?” In The Frozen Ground, an Alaska State Trooper (Nicolas Cage) asks that question about a series of particularly brutal cold-case serial killings in which the lead suspect is an upstanding local citizen (John Cusack). The only real lead is Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a stripper who’s the one would-be victim to escape from the killer. Writer-director Scott Walker’s film, based on real events, co-stars Dean Norris, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is among its producers. Lionsgate opens the thriller August 23:
Hannibal Classics has set Danny Glover, Peter Stomare, Aubrey Peebles, Patrice Cols and Max Fowler to join Nicolas Cage in the action thriller Tokarev. The film, which starts June 8 in Alabama, marks the American debut of Spanish helmer Paco Cabezas. Cage plays a reformed criminal whose daughter is kidnapped by the Russian mob. To find her, he must leave his respectable life behind, round up his old crew and seek his own brand of justice. Funding comes from Union Patriot Capital Management LLC. Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights and the Hannibal Classics sales division is selling it around the world.
“We couldn’t be happier with our cast, a combination of audience favorites and fresh young talent, said Riionda Del Castro. Danny and Peter are recognized and loved all over the world. And in Max Fowler, Aubrey Peeples and Patrice Cols we feel we have found the stars of tomorrow.” Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn are producing the feature film that was written by Jim Agnew & Sean Keller. Executive Producers are Patricia Eberle, Mike Nilon, Hayley Magouirk, Jim Agnew, Sean Keller, Cam Cannon, Frederico Lapenda and Martin J. Barab, David Milner is associate producing and the Cinematographer is Andrzej Sekula.
CANNES, France, May 15, 2013 – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Hannibal Classics’ new action-thriller Tokarev, starring Nicolas Cage. Tokarev (working title) is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2014. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, Bill Bromiley.
“We are excited to add this action-thriller to our slate next year,” said Bromiley. “Nicolas Cage elevates the film to new heights, reaching a wider audience not only domestically but internationally as well.”
Tokarev begins physical production in Alabama in June. Hannibal Classics’ sales division will handle worldwide sales and will be selling the film in Cannes.
UPDATE: While they were quick to announce Hotel 33 with Nicolas Cage, Foresight Unlimited has the benefit of hindsight and is backing off a bit. “We have learned that the deal with Nicolas Cage on Hotel 33 is not yet closed,” the company said in a statement tonight. “We therefore feel it is prudent to let the parties finalize their negotiations before we move forward with international representation of the film.”
Foresight Unlimited, Emmett/Furla Films and Envision Entertainment are gearing up with their third project together after 2 Guns and Lone Survivor. Described as a surreal thriller, Hotel 33 stars Nicolas Cage and is based on the presumed event surrounding the disappearance of 32 people on the opening night of the Grand Hotel in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1953. Cage plays a detective investigating the happenings when four teenagers break into the abandoned hotel and things go mysteriously awry as two of the kids disappear. First time feature helmer Kellie Madison wrote the script and will direct with production to start in September. Open Road is releasing in the U.S. and Foresight is selling international. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producers. Envision’s Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan and Vitaly Grigoriants, and Foresight’s Mark Damon are exec producers as is Malek Akkad.
Nicolas Cage has signed on to Tokarev, playing the lead role of Paul Maguire in the thriller. Tokarev tells the tale of Maguire, a former crook trying to find his daughter’s kidnappers and avoid falling back into his past. Spain’s Paco Cabezas is slated to make his North American directorial debut with the Hannibal Classics film from a screenplay by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller. Hannibal’s Richard Rionda Del Castro will produce with North by Northwest Entertainment. Cage, Patricia Eberle, Richard Salvatore, Mike Nilon, Hayley Magouirk, Jim Agnew, Sean Keller, Cam Cannon, David Milner and Martin J. Barab are executive producing. Hannibal Classics is handling worldwide sales and is selling the film in Berlin. Cabezas is repped by WME and Echo Lake Entertainment. Cage is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin.
EXCLUSIVE:Ashley Tisdale has signed up for Left Behind, which is being toplined by Nicolas Cage. The actress, who stars in the upcoming Scary Movie 5, will play Chloe Steele, the daughter of Cage’s Ray Steele character. After millions of people suddenly disappear from Earth, Chloe wanders America looking to find any remaining members of her family. Vic Armstrong is directing the adaptation of the bestselling faith-based novels. Tisdale, the former High School Musical star, recently had a two-episode arc on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. She is repped by CAA and Perlman Management Group.
Chad Michael Murray is in negotiations to join the cast of Left Behind. The former One Tree Hill actor would be playing the role of journalist Cameron “Buck” Williams in the end-of-the-world thriller. Nicolas Cage is also starring in the Left Behind reboot. The film is based on the first of the 16 bestselling faith-based novels written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Left Behind was first adapted for a series of low budget movies starring Kirk Cameron starting in 2001. Family Screen Partners are producing. Murray is repped by the Gersh Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.