Paradigm's 'Door' opens for foursome

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NEW YORK -- Rachael Leigh Cook and Sarah Roemer are starring and rapper Snoop Dogg and Joseph Cross are in final negotiations to star in David M. Rosenthal's romantic comedy "The Golden Door."

The film follows a blue-collar nursing student played by Cross ("Running With Scissors") who's forced to quit school after his father dies in a freak handball accident. His uncle finds him a job as a doorman in a swank Manhattan apartment building, leading to an unlikely romance with a young resident, played by Roemer ("Disturbia").

Cook will play the sister who encourages Cross' relationship, much to the dismay of the girl's mother. Snoop Dogg plays the slick doorman who hazes his new co-worker and shows him the ropes.

"It's about an 'Upstairs, Downstairs' type of relationship," says Rosenthal, who based his script on a story idea from Peter Kellner, a producer on his 2006 comedy "See This Movie." "The film explores class distinctions and the American ideal."

"Door" was packaged by the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group, which will also represent sales of the film's domestic distribution rights. It's set to begin shooting Sept. 4 in Spokane, Wash., followed by a location shoot in New York City. Cinematographer Joseph Gallagher is slated to shoot the project.

The film marks the second teaming of Rosenthal and producer Joseph Smith, who co-wrote "Door." The pair also scripted Rosenthal's "Movie," which was executive produced by Paul and Chris Weitz.

Rosenthal previously co-directed the indie docu "Dylan's Run," which follows a black Republican campaigning in the South.

Production outfit North by Northwest is financing "Door." Executive producers include Matt Luber ("Evan Almighty," "Into the Blue"), Richard Salvatore ("End Game," the upcoming "Blonde Ambition") and North by Northwest's Rich Callen.

Cook's credits include "Nancy Drew," "She's All That" and the upcoming "Blonde Ambition." Snoop Dogg has appeared in "Training Day," "Starsky & Hutch," "Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror" and in the upcoming "Coach Snoop."

Cross' other credits include "Strangers With Candy," "Flags of Our Fathers" and the upcoming "Untraceable." Roemer has also appeared in "Wristcutters: A Love Story," "The Grudge 2" and the upcoming "Asylum."

Cook is repped by Paradigm, Randy James of James/Levy Management and attorney Michael Fuller. Snoop Dogg is repped by Paradigm, Constance Schwartz of the Firm and attorney Stephen Barnes of Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark, Yorn, Barnes & Levine.

Cross is repped by Innovative Artists, manager Stacy Boniello of the Firm and attorney Steve Warren at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman. Roemer is repped by ICM and Lena Roklin at Roklin Management. Rosenthal is repped by Matt Luber of Nine Yards and attorney Alex Kohner, who also reps Smith.
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