December 9, 2008
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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.
September 8, 2008
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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 –
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.
March 28, 2008
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Director Gregor Jordan’s The Informers was Brad Renfro’s last film, and they completed principal photography in December of 2007.
Synopsis: A week in Los Angeles in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.
The Informers is based on Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Brandon Routh, Jon Foster, Austin Nichols, Lou Taylor Pucci, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Cameron Goodman, Theo Rossi, Katy Mixon, Peter Scanavino, Amber Heard, Brad Renfro, Chris Isaak and David Smith.
February 28, 2008
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Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky directs Evan Rachel Wood and Mickey Rourke on the set of The Wrestler. It’s a film about Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a 1980s-era pro wrestler, has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again. In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis, the Ayatollah, proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.