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It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.

“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickely Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.

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Acclaimed actor and director Mark Ruffalo will share his reflections on for stage and film to students and faculty as The New School for Drama’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. As Artist-in-Residence, Ruffalo will join a master class for The New School for Drama’s community of graduate students of acting. He will also speak with undergraduate and graduate acting, directing and playwriting students and faculty in an open forum on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Arnhold Hall, 55 W. 13th Street, 5th floor, moderated by Pippin Parker, director of The New School for Drama.

“Mark Ruffalo is not only recognized as one of the finest stage and film actors of his generation,” said Parker, “but also a leading advocate for environmental issues. With a career that stretches from New York’s experimental downtown theater scene to Hollywood blockbusters, Mark will give our students unique perspective on the role of citizen artist, which is in the best tradition of The New School.”

Over more than 20 years, Mark Ruffalo has acted in films including Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me (Lonergan has also taught at The New School for Drama), Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are Alright (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, David Fincher’s Zodiac, and The Avengersseries. He is director of the film Sympathy for Delicious. Ruffalo had his start in New York theater as the cofounder of the Orpheus Theater Company. He is also well known for his environmental and political activism supporting renewable energy and clean water.

The New School for Drama’s Artist-in-Residence series is a centerpiece of the program’s hands-on, project-based educational method, which gives both BFA and MFA students direct access to New York’s global theater scene. Past Artists-in-Residence have included including Sir David Hare (2012-2013), Kathleen Chalfant (2011-2012), Joe Mantello (2010-2011), and Jon Robin Baitz (2009-2010).

The New School for Drama’s programs offer intensive training in all aspects of the craft of acting, playwriting, and directing, and includes some of the finest theater professionals in the United States. The New School has been a leader in the dramatic arts since 1940, when it gave a home to Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop, which produced actors including Marlon Brando, Tony Curits, Elaine Strich, and others. The graduate drama school, established 1994, has become a vibrant center of theater innovation.

The New School, based in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, is a legendary, progressive university inspiring undergraduates, graduate students and others to catalyze change in an inconstant world. Founded in 1919 as a hub of intellectual freedom by a group that included Charles Beard, James Harvey Robinson, John Dewey, and Thorstein Veblen, The New School today is a major degree-granting university comprised of distinct academic divisions. The university’s 10,500 students are enrolled in 88 degree programs in the humanities and social sciences, design, administration and management, and the performing arts. In addition, the university’s campus welcomes 3,544 adult learners in more than 650 continuing education courses every year. The New School holds hundreds of public programs that exemplify its commitment to democratic practice and social justice. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu.

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Oscar-nominated actor/director Mark Ruffalo (“The Avengers,” “Now You See Me”) will join Cape Cod-based scientist and entrepreneur Scott Smith (from OPFLEX®Technology) Feb. 24 at Cape Cod Community College to outline a new research collaboration with the college’s Environmental Technology program.
The collaboration will focus on demonstrating the use of emerging technology to fingerprint, monitor and help reduce pollution of Cape Cod waters, according to a press release. The public talk is free at Tilden Art Center’s Main Theater.

Ruffalo and Smith are due to talk, starting at 7 p.m., about their commitment to creating a curriculum at the college that supports baseline water testing that can keep the region up to date on water contaminants that accumulate over time. Both will be part of a question-and-answer session at the end of the program.

Keeping the country’s water contaminant-free is a key issue for Ruffalo. In 2013, he established a nonprofit foundation, Water Defense (www.waterdefense.org), to support that commitment. Smith has joined the foundation as its chief scientist. This new Cape-based effort is designed to provide CCCC students with opportunities to use state-of-the-art technologies as part of their science studies, according to the release.

College president John Cox praised the new initiative’s impact on student learning in the release. “This collaboration enables our students to gain exposure to new material applications while participating in the testing of a new methodology. It opens the doors for internship opportunities and allows the College to share information through community-wide education.”

In 2012, Smith gave an initial presentation at the college that included an overview of OPFLEX Eelgrass and how it replicates natural eelgrass to support a healthy coastal ecosystem. Early testing indicates that OPFLEX Technology’s design can collect important data.

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Shooting on the follow-up to last year’s sleeper hit Now You See Me will take place in the U.S., Europe, and Asia “to capitalize on the property’s international appeal, with most of the original cast returning, and some exciting new additions,” Now You See MeLionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning in a call to discuss the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings. He added later that execs “absolutely see it as a franchise. We’re going to add some cast to it. We see it as an ongoing situation.” Execs pushed the theme of Lionsgate as an incubator for franchises.

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The specialty labels takes North American, German, U.K., Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to the Maya Forbes-helmed drama, which also stars Zoe Saldana.

Sony Pictures Classics has closed a deal to acquire North American, German, U.K., Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to the Maya Forbes-helmed drama Infinitely Polar Bear.

One of the hottest Sundance titles going into the festival, the film premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18. Infinitely Polar Bear, which is seen as having awards-season potential, also was pursued by Roadside Attractions.

The dysfunctional family film stars Mark Ruffalo as a bipolar father put in charge of taking care of his two young, precocious daughters after their mother (Zoe Saldana) leaves to pursue her MBA in New York. Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide co-star.

Inspired by writer-director Forbes’ own childhood, the film marks her directorial debut while she began her career on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and has since written for numerous TV shows and big-budget films including Monsters vs Aliens.

“I am thrilled,” Forbes said. “Sony Pictures Classics consistently releases the movies I want to see. The film connected deeply with audiences at Sundance and I think (SPC’s) Michael (Barker), Tom (Bernard) and Dylan (Leiner) have a terrific plan to expand on that experience. Infinitely Polar Bear could not have found a better home.”

Added SPC in a statement: “We are excited and pleased to be bringing Maya Forbes’ accomplished, deeply moving and joyous autobiographical story to the public.”

Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer produced the film. J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Jackie Kelman Bisbee exec produced.

ICM Partners and attorney Chris Tricarico of Tricarico Chavez repped the filmmakers. Forbes, Wolodarsky and Ruffalo also are repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

The Solution Entertainment Group is handling all remaining international territories for the film.

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November 24, 2013

Rooney Mara, Abigail Breslin, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Sheridan and Naomie Harris will join Cate Blanchett at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The line-up of A-listers has been revealed for the event which will see 174 films screened.

Rooney, who is best known for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will return to Dubai after appearing at last year’s event. She’ll be joined by Little Miss Sunshine herself, former child actress Abigail Breslin.

British actress Naomie Harris, whose films include Bond flick Skyfall 28 Days Later will also walk the red carpet. She’s just appeared in Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Hunky actor Mark Ruffalo, whose films inlcude The Avengers and 13 Going on 30 is also coming.

DIFF will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to multi Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, while Australian actress Cate Blanchett will head the IWC Filmmaker Award jury for the second year running.

Omar by Academy Award-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad will raise the curtain on the festival, while the star-packed American Hustle has been picked for the closing night gala. DIFF will be the first festival to screen the film, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK and Robert De Niro.

The place to star spot will be the Madinat Jumeirah Arena, which will hold two red carpet events daily, while movies are also being shown at VOX Mall of the Emirates.

INFO: Tickets go on sale on 24 November from 04 363 FILM (3456) or www.dubaifilmfest.com

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Mark Waid is keen to see Mark Ruffalo star in a solo Hulk movie.

The Indestructible Hulk writer has called the Bruce Banner actor the “breakaway star” of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.

“Oh, please, yes,” said Waid when asked by Newsarama about a possible spinoff film.

“He’s tailor made for a film adventure.

“Wasn’t he the breakaway star of Avengers? He was in my theatre, I’ll tell you that.

“[Ruffalo is] spot-on. I love how he’s more driven than tormented, and the Bruce Banner/Tony Stark bromance is positively inspirational.”

Waid is currently working on Marvel Comics’ Indestructible Hulk with artist Matteo Scalera, as well as the acclaimed Daredevil series.

Ruffalo is expected to reprise his role as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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The AFI Festival is searching a replacement for Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” which had been set for a Nov. 8 world premiere at the Chinese Theater.

Sony Classics announced Thursday evening that it had pushed the release of the psychological drama, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, to 2014 to give filmmakers more time to finish.

An AFI spokeswoman told Variety on Friday that the festival would have a replacement title in place by Oct. 22, when the final lineup is set. She did not disclose which films are under consideration but noted that a new title could be named before Oct. 22.

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At the Toronto International Film Festival for August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Philomena amongst others, The Weinstein Company, headed by co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, has purchased the U.S distribution rights to John Carney’s musical drama Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in his feature debut. The film follows the relationship between music producer Dan (Ruffalo) and young singer-songwriter Greta (Knightley) and also stars Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld. It marks a return to musical terrain for Irish director John Carney, after 2006′s Once. TWC was in auction with Lionsgate following an exuberant world premiere that sparked buyer interest, but eventually came out the winners in a $7 million deal.

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Sioma, Zambia (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

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Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, who recently played “The Hulk” (The Avengers, 2012) joined key Zambian government officials and business and tribal leaders today at an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the first solar-powered micro-grid at a Zambian school. More than 100 people attended the event, including the Education Minister of Zambia and Oscar-winning director Zana Briski (Born Into Brothels, 2004).

The Sioma High School project, featuring a 24kW photo-voltaic array with battery storage, was spearheaded by the U.S.-based not-for-profit organization, Empowered by Light (EBL). Designed and built by Standard Microgrid, the system will provide clean power to 100 percent of the campus, including four dormitories, kitchen and dining halls, and seven classrooms used by more than 600 students. EBL raised close to $200,000 to complete the project, which also involved several large donations. Suntech, one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels, donated all of the panels for the system. SMA and Rolls Surrette donated and/or provided batteries and inverters at reduced prices, and Florida-based Lighting Science Group donated LED lighting to upgrade the entire campus. EBL raised the funds for the project from individual and corporate donors, including Clif Bar and Zanaco–Zambia’s largest bank, among others.

Sioma High School had previously relied on three outdated and inefficient diesel generators to power its campus. Sioma was selected to receive the solar and battery system after EBL team members visited the school and saw the children trying to attend classes and study with the noise and air pollution created by the diesel. EBL had delivered solar-powered LED lanterns to elementary schools in the same district as Sioma (Shangombo) during the prior two years.

“We are honored to be able to give the students of Sioma High School clean, renewable power,” said EBL co-founder Marco Krapels, “We hope Sioma will serve as a showcase to Zambia and all of Africa that it can literally leapfrog decades of fossil-fuel infrastructure, and power itself using renewable energy.” EBL advisor and clean energy activist, Mark Ruffalo, who traveled to Zambia to honor the event, said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this effort and witness what we hope is the future of electric power in Africa. Fossil fuels are dirty, hard to extract finite resources, but the sun shines freely and in abundance here, and Empowered by Light is demonstrating the sun’s superiority as a source of energy.”

To request pictures of the ribbon-cutting ceremony or for more information, please contact Empowered by Light at info(at)empoweredbylight(dot)org.

Empowered by Light is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve lives through renewable energy technologies. Over the past two years, the organization has distributed more than 1,500 solar-powered LED lights to schools in the Western Province of Zambia providing light to more than 8,000 school-age children. An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Providing access to power has proven to be enormously beneficial to people’s education, health, and livelihood.

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