Next up, SAG Awards and Oscar nomination.
Mickey Rourke wins an award he deserves. “Slumdog Millionaire” takes home all the awards it deserves. Kate Winslet gets the respect she has deserved for years. Why can’t the Oscars be more like the Golden Globes? Last night’s show provided more entertainment than any Oscar telecast in years with worthy winners (well, I’m not sure about most of the TV picks) and wonderous acceptance speeches from Sally Hawkins to Colin Farrell to Spielberg. Watching last night’s telecast reminded me how much I missed the ceremony last year. The Globes are always more enjoyable than the Oscars. Hugh Jackman better come prepared next month.
On a related note, Kate Winslet has got to be the front runner for Best Actress now. My guess is Penelope Cruz will end up walking away with the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” In other areas, Heath Ledger seems a lock for “The Dark Knight” and has – let’s face it – since July. Best Actor seems to be between Rourke and Frank Langella although something tells me DiCaprio will gain momentum in the race or maybe Richard Jenkins will make things interesting. Time will tell. I’ll be posting my Oscar nomination predictions later this week. With the SAG Awards likely to throw a curve ball in some category things should get interesting come Oscar nomination time Jan. 22. Oh, and nice stache kind sir.
I remember one-and-a-half hours into 2008′s biggest hit and best film “The Dark Knight,” I had to pee. Badly. After holding it for another 30 minutes, I couldn’t wait anymore and ran out of the press IMAX screening. I wasn’t alone. Right behind me was another man who followed me into the mens’ room (thankfully not the stall) and our eyes met as I held the door for him in the bathroom mirror. We both grinned, and he said very quickly “I really didn’t want to leave.” I agreed, and we hit our respective urinals. I got what he meant instantly. What makes a good movie? In my book, it depends on the “urine-factor.” A great movie makes you hold it in until it hurts. A mediocre movie you simply don’t mind walking out and taking a break. A bad movie? Heck, you’ll welcome a rush to the bladder. To drive the point further… Walk out of “2 Fast 2 Furious?” Sure. “The Bourne Ultimatum?” Hell-to-the-no.
It’s quite ironic that The Wrestler, the buzzworthy film with Mickey Rourke playing an aging wrestler trying to make it outside the ring, is the best and easily most honest film about the wrestling industry. It was made by a man who barely watched it.
“A lot of guys my age had sort of an eight-month romance with wrestling when we were kids,” director Darren Aronofsky said at a New York City press day last weekend for his new film The Wrestler. But the love didn’t last long.
“I went to one match at Madison Square Garden and Hulk Hogan was a bad guy. He was wrestling against Tony Atlas, and he was trying to drop [him] on his balls on the top rope and he missed. Then Tony Atlas pulled down Hogan’s pants, picked [him up] and dropped him on his balls. We went crazy, and I lost my voice for three months,” the Brooklyn-native said of his one night of shear wrestling bliss. Continue reading
How lame is my headline? Seriously. Anyway, Judah Friedlander told us three years ago how much he enjoyed wrestling – mostly good wrestling ie. wrestling in the 1980s and 1990s. That said, it’s fitting he’s appearing in the forthcoming The Wrestler as a small-time wrestling promoter. “I’m a big wrestling fan, a big Aronofsky fan, and a big Mickey Rourke fan,” he said as he walked the red carpet at the NYC premiere for the film last weekend. Continue reading
Everyone and their mother wanted a piece of Darren Aronofsky at The Wrestler premiere so I only had time for one question. The question was this:
What would your finisher be if you were a wrestler?
DA: The figure-four leglock.
The End. Yeah, I know why even post this right? Well because Darren’s cool, and frankly we’d love to see him put anyone in a figure-four leglock. Look out, Ric Flair.
Back in the late 1990s, Ernest Miller was dancing inside the squared circle, talking opponents to death courtesy of his impressive mic skills, and earning the title of commissioner for the now defunct WCW wrestling organization. These days, the man formerly known as “The Cat” is, well, doing more of the same only far different. Make sense? It will.
Miller stars as The Ayatollah in the acclaimed film The Wrestler. While the film doesn’t open until December, I spoke briefly to to him on the red carpet last Sunday for the NYC premiere of the Darren Aronofsky film. Continue reading
Comedian/Writer/Actor Todd Barry arrives at the NYC premiere of The Wrestler, a film he co-stars in alongside Oscar hopeful Mickey Rourke. I asked Barry on the red carpet how it was to work with Rourke, and his eyes immediately beamed. “It was great. Surreal, because Diner’s one of my favorite movies ever. I was just weird to work with him,” he said as photographers snapped photos. “He’s very big and I’m very small,” he added.
As he made his way toward the paparazzi, I threw him a bit of a curveball. “What do you think of Mickey’s mustache?” I asked. “I like it,” a baffled Barry replied. When asked whether he liked them in general, the humble Pete Best of the Flight of the Conchords noted, “I don’t look good with a mustache, but it seems to be working for him.” See the movie, live the mustache, folks.
The pop caught up with old pal Judah Friedlander and while wrestling was on the mind (stay tuned for that exchange), The World Champion obliged to discuss facial hair fury.
“Can’t go wrong with Burt Reynolds. Rollie Finger’s is great but it’s a little kinky, too so I’ll stick with Burt Reynolds.”
Oscar winner Rachel Weisz looks stunning as she walks the red carpet at the New York premiere of The Wrestler at Lincoln Center last Sunday. Weisz doesn’t appear in the film, but starred in Aronofsky’s last flick The Fountain. She also starred in Fred Claus last year, which is not as bad as they say it was. And by “they” I mean critics and smart people.
By Jon Chattman
At the New York premiere of her new film The Wrestler, Evan Rachel Wood revealed she, well, doesn’t watch wrestling. That’s not to say that she doesn’t respect those burly men in tights. It wasn’t always that way.
“I really wasn’t [into wrestling] at all. I kind of had the same point of view of it as most people do. My first impression was always it’s just campy, fake and dumb, but I have a whole new respect for what they do now,” the 21 year old said on Sunday as she walked a red carpet that included her director Darren Aronofsky and co-star Mickey Rourke, a surefire Oscar contender for his role as a retired wrestler working the independent wrestling circuit. Continue reading
Last night at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, thecheappop was on the red carpet for the closing night of the 46th New York Film Festival. Mickey Rourke, star of The Wrestler, was the main event. Stay tuned for more pop shots and interviews throughout the week from this exciting night.