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The New Orleans-shot political drama starring the infamous and universally reddit-adored Nic Cage, has been acquired by Alchemy. Alchemy will have distribution rights in North America for New Orleans-shot The Runner.

The Runner was written and directed by Austin Stark. The cast includes American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson, New Orleans-natives Wendell Pierce and Bryan Batt, Connie Nielsen and Peter Fonda. This indie film has small budget but created a very impressive cast.

Cage will play an idealistic but imperfect politician who undergoes a sex scandal that destroys his career. The Runner will serve as the directorial and writing debut of Austin Stark. Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Sam Bisbee, Tom Conigliaro, Galt Niederhoffer and Todd Cohen will all serve as executive producers.

Source: Variety

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Spurs are favored by five points tonight at the Smoothie King Center. They are also fighting for the two seed in the Western Conference. They are also the reigning champs of the basketball world. They have also won 11 games in a row.

But they aren’t fighting for their lives and aren’t one win away from making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The complexity of the Western Conference Playoff standings is so difficult that I had to run to Reddit to gather all the scenarios. Simplified, Pels advance with a victory against the Spurs, which is possible, or an OKC loss to the Timberwolves, which is incredibly unlikely.

The Pelicans won Monday night in Minnesota 100-88. Anthony Davis went for 24 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the victory. With that win the Pelicans were one step closer to paradise, yet the Thunder managed to beat Portland causing the fate of the playoff dream to come down to one final game.

With a win, the Spurs will finish as the No. 2 seed. With a loss, the Spurs could drop as far as the No. 6 seed. This isn’t necessarily a “must-win” scenario for the Spurs, but this game definitely garners significant weight.

The New Orleans Pelicans have won two out of three meetings with the Spurs this year and the lone loss was when Omer Asik inadvertently tipped in the winning basket in his own basket. In these three meetings, Anthony Davis has averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game.

This could very well be a “make-or-break” game for perennial hot seat head coach Monty Williams. In an interview with ESPN, Williams said, “We get to play the champs on our home floor, our crowd should be crazy and our guys should have a good time with it.”

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Keys to the Game:

Out rebound and out hustle the Spurs. Pelicans front court of Davis and Asik need to grab both offensive and defensive boards and limit the Spurs to one and done possessions in order to win this game. Limit Duncan’s touches and keep San Antonio big men off of the offensive glass.

Keep Tony Parker out of the lane. Tony Parker will get the likes of Quincy Pondexter, Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole and hopefully Jrue Holiday tonight. Monty Williams does a good job of rotating able defenders to neutralize opposing stars. Pels must create physical match-ups with Tony Parker and keep him from getting our bigs in foul trouble or slicing through the lane for easy layups.

Ryan Anderson needs to hit shots early. The Flamethrower has been in somewhat of a shooting slump since his return. He has all the right offensive moves and footwork but needs to cash in with big buckets early to gain confidence. Also, Ryno, if you’re reading this, take a step closer and toe the three point line. There has been way too many opportunities wasted when a wide open three pointer comes up short simply because it is shot from four feet beyond the arc.

The crowd must be in every possession and supporting the Pelicans for the entirety of the game. Don’t get too low, don’t get too high. Know that the Spurs are one of the best teams in basketball. The crowd must have a playoff like atmosphere and will hopefully be close to full capacity.

Come support the Pelicans for their final game of the regular season. They will take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7pm.

 

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Sean Bean Scene TodaySean Bean is a well-respected actor, appearing alongside James Bond in Goldeneye, playing Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and, of course, Ned Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

He has also become a big part of internet culture, featured in the “One Does Not Simply…” meme and countless video compilations of him dying in different movies and tv shows. On August 5, he did an AMA – that’s an “Ask Me Anything” on the website Reddit. Here’s the hilarious highlights:

ON APPROACHING SEAN BEAN IN PUBLIC:

How many times has a random stranger asked you to say “One does not simply … (insert line here)”?
Hahaha! They’ve not, I’ve seen people with t-shirts on, and I’ve said it myself. Wait, I guess they have. A few too many drinks, and one says “one does not simply this” or “one does not simply that.” It’s a line I say in Lord of the Rings, innit? One does not simply walk into Mordor. It’s a great line because you can apply anything to it. It’s immortalized.

Do you mind having fans approach you in public?
On their knees!!!!!

If I ever met you in a bar, what drink should I get you?
Probably a Guinness.

What is your favorite comfort food?
I’ve got quite a few, actually. I like chocolate. Yeah. I do like chocolate. And I guess it’s that and tomato soup. And tinned custard. With bananas. I love milk, as well. And milkshakes. Mmm. Mashed potatoes. Yeah. Meat & potato pie with gravy. Like a Cornish pasty. With Henderson’s relish,yes. That’s very important to me. It IS!

Do you ever get mixed up with the other Mr. Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson)?
I used to get his fan mail, actually! I think they had the wrong address. I have gotten a couple of letters meant for Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson. These letters would say things like “You’re so funny, you make me laugh, with your big rubbery face” and I would say “you can’t mean me!” Whenever I call people up and they say “who’s calling” and I say “Mr. Bean” and you can hear people giggling on the other end of the phone… he’s got a lot to answer for, that Rowan Atkinson.

ON LORD OF THE RINGS:

What was your favorite Lord of the Rings scene to film?
We did a good scene with me and Viggo, where we just sat together chatting about our past and where we grew up and where we came from, you know, discussing how much was at stake at that particular point in the film. I always remember that. I enjoyed working with Viggo very much, I enjoyed working with everyone, but Viggo and I got on very well together.
There’s more!

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