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Sep. 8, 2008by:

A film that's rocketing straight up my must see list for later this year is Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER. Any Aronofsky film will always be on my must see list but after the raves in Toronto and Venice, it's a must must see (just look at how happy Aronofsky is after winning the Gold Lion at Venice!). Luckily the film was picked up for release by a company who really knows their shit. Fox Searchlight has won the rights to THE WRESTLER at a cost of $4 million. Considering the amount of money this will wind up making them, it's a virtual steal (HAMLET 2 was picked up at Sundance for $10 million. $10 million!!). Other studios looking for a bit of Mickey Rourke were Lionsgate, The Weinstein Co., Sony Pictures Classics and Overture. No definite plans on a release platform yet but it looks like we'll get a late-December release to qualify for the Oscars with a wider January release planned. Part of the deal that Aronofsky and his people were shopping included a big Oscar campaign for Rourke whose performance has won raves so far (Variety called it one of "the great, iconic screen performances" of all-time).

Extra Tidbit: I hope THE FOUNTAIN is finding a second life on DVD.
Source: Variety

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10:12PM on 09/08/2008
I love the pic of Aronofsky. He looks like a super-villain who just stole that award and then began laughing like a maniac.
I love the pic of Aronofsky. He looks like a super-villain who just stole that award and then began laughing like a maniac.
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8:33PM on 09/08/2008

Although I like Nic Cage

Im kinda glad, he didnt take this role, although it could've gave him a little credit with Arnofsky calling the shots, but i'm not complaining that Rourke took it. I love that guy, and im still waiting for KILLSHOT!!! Gordon Levitt is awesome, the Lookout was surprisingly good.
Im kinda glad, he didnt take this role, although it could've gave him a little credit with Arnofsky calling the shots, but i'm not complaining that Rourke took it. I love that guy, and im still waiting for KILLSHOT!!! Gordon Levitt is awesome, the Lookout was surprisingly good.
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5:51PM on 09/08/2008
trailer?
trailer?
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5:04PM on 09/08/2008

Well...

I personally don't think his style is that similar to Kubrick's and their subject matter hasn't overlapped much either (at this point). Based on those elements I'd say Cameron Crowe would be a closer fit, although Spielberg's the obvious pick (and indeed has often been called "the new Kubrick" by various sources, especially early on in his career).
I personally don't think his style is that similar to Kubrick's and their subject matter hasn't overlapped much either (at this point). Based on those elements I'd say Cameron Crowe would be a closer fit, although Spielberg's the obvious pick (and indeed has often been called "the new Kubrick" by various sources, especially early on in his career).
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4:45PM on 09/08/2008

New Age Kubrick

For me, he's like the closest thing we have to a Kubrick for my generation. I can't wait for this film. He's a filmmaker's filmmaker.
For me, he's like the closest thing we have to a Kubrick for my generation. I can't wait for this film. He's a filmmaker's filmmaker.
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4:23PM on 09/08/2008

The greatest Filmmaker today in my opinion

He's 3 for 3 and I cannot wait to see this one
He's 3 for 3 and I cannot wait to see this one
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4:23PM on 09/08/2008

Meh.

The guy has yet to make a good movie.
The guy has yet to make a good movie.
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4:05PM on 09/08/2008

YES!

After hearing the report last night I am certainly shocked that Aronofsky has made a film SO well received. And I certainly do wish them luck netting Rourke a nomination.

And to Wombat, great advice, "The Fall" is an amazingly beautiful film, albeit not the most lighthearted thing to come along.
After hearing the report last night I am certainly shocked that Aronofsky has made a film SO well received. And I certainly do wish them luck netting Rourke a nomination.

And to Wombat, great advice, "The Fall" is an amazingly beautiful film, albeit not the most lighthearted thing to come along.
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2:58PM on 09/08/2008

GOOD!

This means I probably won't have to drive a ridiculous distance to see this. Most of Fox Searchlight's movies play at a bigger theater near me for at least 2 weeks when they are released wide, otherwise I have to drive an hour each way (which I don't mind doing if the movie is REALLY good.)

On a side note, "The Fall" comes out tomorrow, and everyone should check it out. ASAP
This means I probably won't have to drive a ridiculous distance to see this. Most of Fox Searchlight's movies play at a bigger theater near me for at least 2 weeks when they are released wide, otherwise I have to drive an hour each way (which I don't mind doing if the movie is REALLY good.)

On a side note, "The Fall" comes out tomorrow, and everyone should check it out. ASAP
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