Choke - Movie
I saw Choke Monday night at the LA Film Festival. This was the Los Angeles premiere of the movie, and Fox Searchlight Pictures graciously sent me two tickets so that my roommate and I could attend. I'll admit right off the bat, this was a thing I was sort of worried about. It's been almost nine years since our last Chuck Palahniuk movie adaptation. Since Fight Club. During that time, everyone under the sun has tried to get other projects of Chuck's off the ground. From the turbulent aftermath of 9/11, which put a screeching halt on a movie version of 'Survivor'. To the long battle filmmaker Jesse Peyronel has fought to get 'Invisible Monsters' funded. To the rumors that 'Haunted' would be a mini-series for Showtime or HBO. read more »
Tom Dodson from Fox Searchlight Pictures just emailed me to let you all know that the teaser site for Choke is now online.
They call it a 'teaser' site because a more jampacked, larger version of this site is going to launch later this summer.
So go check it out!
Here's the description from moviesblog.mtv.com:
We knew it would be special when we visited its set last summer, and now we’re happy to roll out the trailer premiere for “Choke,” the film based on the book by “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk. The movie finds Sam Rockwell as a sex addict who fakes choking episodes at restaurants to con money out of them. The film opens September 26.
Fox Searchlight has finally released their first poster for the upcoming 'Choke' movie (September 26th release).
Props to AJ Brown for being the first to let me know about this.
I actually think this is good news. Choke will have a much better run and gain more exposure and word of mouth if it's not jampacked into the middle of one of the craziest tentpole movie blockbuster summers in recent history. With that, here is the lovely Samantha Bond, from the publicity department of Fox 2000:
JUST found out that the film is officially moving from August 1st to September 26th for its theatrical release. That date is official and ok to put on your site let fans know.
Oh, and you had asked about festival screenings. The following have been confirmed for CHOKE:
Los Angeles Film Festival: June 23rd and June 25th
CineVegas Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV: June 20th
Sundance @ BAM, Brooklyn, NY: screening on June 5th and June 7th, Q&A with Clark Gregg
Seattle Int'l Film Festival: June 5th and June 7th
Screenings of Choke have begun popping up. It's movie festival season, so I need you all to keep things under your radar, as you never know when Choke will end up in a city near you. Thanks to Patrick DiDomenico, we know that Choke will be screening at the BAM Festival (Brooklyn Academy of Music) on June 5th and June 7th.
The official theatrical release for Choke is August 1st, 2008.
Chuck has an awesome new article in the May 2008 issue of Maxim magazine. It's about his experiences on the set of the Choke production in New Jersey last summer.
Go pick up the issue now. There's also a great picture of Chuck inside, and some short write-ups about his books. (not to mention, it's got picture of Elisha Cuthbert in it...)
Props to Branden Palomo for alerting me to this one.
Check out the below article about a real life choking game, turned deadly. Props to Sean Anderson for this one:
THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- At least 82 youths have died from playing the "choking game" since 1995, a new government report shows.
Also known as the "blackout game," "pass out game," "scarf game," "space monkey" and other monikers, the activity involves intentionally trying to strangle oneself or another with hands or some sort of noose to briefly achieve an euphoric state.
Steve Weintraub over at Collider has just posted a wonderful video interview he conducted with Chuck Palahniuk during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The interview gets very indepth on the topics we all want to know the most about.
The interview is broken into three parts.
Mark Raffensperger has conducted a very cool audio interview with Chuck Palahniuk and Choke director Clark Gregg over at his site Zoom in Online.
This interviewed was recorded during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and is the only piece I know of so far that features both Chuck and Clark together.