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December 10, 2008 8:17 AM
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Ahead of Palm Springs Fest Debut, Roadside Gets "Alien"

R.W. Goodwin's "Alien Trepass" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Roadside Attractions. Starring Eric McCormack (of "Will & Grace" fame), the film is an homage to 1950's alien invasion movies. Set for a world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival, the film will be released in 22 markets on April 3, 2009. In the words of a description, the story emerges after a space object crases into a California mountaintop, threatening Earth. In his first leading film role since leaving "Will & Grace," McCormack plays a benevolent alien. "With 'Alien Trespass', R.W. has created something really unique," said Roadside co-president Howard Cohen, in a statement. "Not only does the film effortlessly juggle sci-fi, comedy, drama and suspense, but its visual style masterfully revives the bright, Technicolor look of the era." The film is based on a story by James Swift and Steven Fisher with a screenplay by Fisher. It was produced by Swift and Goodwin and stars McCormack, Jenni Baird, Dan Lauria and Robert Patrick. Greg Bernstein negotiated the deal for Roadside with Gary Barkin of Barkin Smith on behalf of the film.

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