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Darren Aronofsky @ The Wrestler Premiere

Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Scott Donaton promote and attend Cinema Society and Entertainment Weekly screening of director Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room in New York City. The Wrestler hits theaters on Wednesday, December 17.


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Synopsis: Back in the late ’80s, Randy The Ram Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life–trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy The Ram back into his world of wrestling.

Darren Aronofsky is repped by Craig Gering, Bryan Lourd and Elizabeth Swofford @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA), attorney Carlos K. Goodman @ Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette & Feldman, LLP and publicist Karen Samfilippo @ Image Management Public Relations.

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Gus Van Sant’s Milk – Los Angeles Premiere

Marisa Tomei, Hilary Swank, Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton, James Franco, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin attend Director Gus Van Sant’s Milk premiere at Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. The Focus Features biography film – Milk – hits theaters on Wednesday, November 26.

Milk was written and executive produced by Dustin Lance Black, and produced by Michael London, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

Synopsis of Milk: In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. While living in New York City, he turns 40. Looking for more purpose, Milk and his lover Scott Smith relocate to San Francisco, where they found a small business, Castro Camera, in the heart of a working-class neighborhood. With his beloved Castro neighborhood and beautiful city empowering him, Milk surprises Scott and himself by becoming an outspoken agent for change. With vitalizing support from Scott and from new friends like young activist Cleve Jones, Milk plunges headfirst into the choppy waters of politics. Bolstering his public profile with humor, Milk’s actions speak even louder than his gift-of-gab words. When Milk is elected supervisor for the newly zoned District 5, he tries to coordinate his efforts with those of another newly elected supervisor, Dan White. But as White and Milk’s political agendas increasingly diverge, their personal destinies tragically converge.

Gus Van Sant is repped by Gaby Morgerman and David Wirtschafter @ William Morris Agency and is a principal @ Meno Film Company at 1300 Northrup Avenue NW in Portland, Oregon 97209. Emile Hirsch is repped by Brian Swardstrom @ Endeavor and Lucas Grabeel is repped by The Savage Agency.

James Franco is repped by Kami Putnam-Heist @ Endeavor and manager Miles Levy @ James/Levy Management. Sean Penn is repped by Bryan Lourd and Mick Sullivan @ Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Josh Brolin is repped by Michael Cooper @ William Morris Agency.


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Victor Garber, Diego Luna, Kelvin Yu, Alison Pill, Carol Ruth Silver, Ashlee Temple and Kristen Marie Holly co-star in the film.

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The Wrestler Wins Golden Lion @ Venice Film Festival

I’m dead tired from NYC fashion show weekend trip, so the post will be light today, but I wanted to share the early buzz and reviews for Mickey Rourke and Director Darren Aronofsky’s The Westler. The film won the Golden Lion at 65th Venice Film Festival and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for December 2008 distribution. Congratulation to Aronofsky, Rourke and the rest of the Wrestler team. So enjoy the clip below –


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Variety: Talk about comebacks. After many years in the wilderness and being considered MIA professionally, Mickey Rourke, just like the washed-up character he plays, attempts a return to the big show in “The Wrestler.” Not only does he pull it off, but Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky’s fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle, although it will require deft handling by a smart distributor to overcome public preconceptions about Rourke, the subject matter and the nature of the film.

The Hollywood Reporter: Rourke dispenses with all vanity to plumb the depths of this well-meaning but severely damaged man. Tomei delivers one of her most arresting performances, again without any trace of vanity. Wood’s part is smaller, but she captures the scalding anger of a woman neglected for most of her life.

The deal was brokered on Fox Searchlight’s side by Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Safford and Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which packaged the film, is handling the North American rights. Darren Aronofsky was represented by CAA and Carlos Goodman.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

RR Sideshow: Sidney Lumet’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman attend The Cinema Society & Sagatiba’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead at Regal Union Square theater in New York City.


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Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead is directed by Sidney Lumet.