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Posts Tagged ‘Darren Aronofsky’

Kim’s Video Owner: ‘Netflix is the Winner’

headerlogoThe obituary has been written for the last standing location of Kim’s Video & Music. But like any good title in the zombie movie section, this East Village video store operation may rise again in some form.

From Tom Roston‘s New York Times piece:

Pressed by higher rents, [owner Yongman] Kim said he plans to close the First Avenue store at the end of next month, 27 years after he opened the first one, on Avenue A, in 1987. But this is more than a story of rising rents and the disruption wrought by digital streaming. It’s the tale of a downtown culture now largely lost, one in which clerks and creative types mingled, influencing one another and the scene as well…

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Rourke Not Interested In Reprising ‘Sin City’ — Too Bad

mickrourke.jpgDespite turning in one of the most memorable indie performances in the last decade, Mickey Rourke is not interested in returning as Marv, the degenerate killer/hero, in “Sin City 2,” according to the geekish site SuperHeroHype.com.

“No, I’m not interested in that right now. That’s not a reality right now. It’s pissing in the wind,” Rourke admitted at the junket for Darren Aronofsky‘s “The Wrestler.” “There’s different factions going different directions there. I don’t know. That’s three hours of make up and I’m claustrophobic, so I’m going to have to work something out.”

Best Rourke work, without a doubt, since “Pope of Greenwich Village” more than 20 years ago.

LAT In 90 Seconds

42265903-10094356.jpgFrom the X-Files: Patrick Kevin Day has five tips for Fringe, for of which we agree with (especially the admonition that the new show’s writers “Have a plan.” What we don’t abide is Day’s request that the show “Avoid the kissing stuff.” We love the kissing stuff. Pucker up, please!

aronofsky.jpgMickey Rourke Sounds Reasonable: We knew Patrick Goldstein‘s blog would yield delicious fruit: “Of course, Rourke remembers the encounter a bit differently. ‘I was sitting in a restaurant in the West Village that my friend Julian Schnabel turned me on to and this guy shows up, riding a bicycle, with this green helmet and an unbelievably dorky outfit. And I go, ‘That must be him. Darren Aronofsky–smart Jewish boy from Brooklyn.’ Rourke unleashes a derisive snort. ‘Darren has got to be the worst dresser on the planet. That outfit! He told me it was Prada, but all I could think was–he looks like a UPS delivery guy.’”

bzzolt.jpgThey’re Just Mad About Harry: With the delay of the latest Harry Potter release, “distributors have shifted several major fall releases — including the animated 3-D comedy ‘Bolt,’ the vampire thriller ‘Twilight,’ the James Bond adventure ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and the epic romance ‘Australia’ — to new dates in November, hoping to take advantage of the box-office void created by Harry’s departure.”

Parent Evolves into a Self-Made CEO

Mary Parent, who climbed the corporate rungs at both New Line and Universal from assistant-director-VP-senior VP-president-chairman of various film divisions, is now alone at the top as chairwoman of MGM.
Parent has just set up one of her first solely organized films, a new version of “Robocop” with Pi helmer Darren Aronofsky on board to direct.
No word on who will be cast as the half-man, half-robot crimefighter.
Variety reports that MGM is keeping the logline under wraps. But insiders say it will take the sci-fi vigilante classic in more of a noir direction.
Which is right up Aronofsky’s alley with “Requiem for a Dream.” And Parent’s with her years of New Line Cinema experience.

Trade Round-Up: September 21, 2007

brad.jpegPitt to Punch on Film, Again
Brad Pitt is going back to work again, this time opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter for Paramount Pictures. Variety reports that it’s a drama about Boston boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his path to becoming world lightweight champion. Darren Aronofsky will direct.

Bening Bows Out of Species
Variety is also reporting that Annette Bening has dropped out of the Geffen Playhouse and Broadway runs of The Female of the Species. The trade cites “personal reasons” for Bening’s bow out of the project, which is based on Joanna Murray-Smith’s script and is being directed by Michael Mayer. The project would’ve been her first Broadway outing in 20 years.

Rosenberg Wins SAG’s Top Seat
THR reports that Alan Rosenberg has won a second two-year term as SAG president, topping Seymour Cassel. Rosenberg landed 11,631 of the votes to Cassel’s 10,921. In addition to election results, Carl Diorio’s story also gives the election backstory on the campaign battle, one that saw the two opponents tangling “less over policy or priorities than their personal styles and backgrounds.”

- CHRIS GARDNER