Choke - Movie
The title says it all. Choke will be playing this year's SxSW Film Festival at Austin, TX.
The festival plays March 7 - 15th.
Props to Kareem for sending this my way.
This is why I say a big 'Thank God' that Fox Searchlight was the company that purchased Choke. Because they've already slated it a release date.
Choke will hit theaters August 1st, 2008!
Props again to Caleb Peyman.
From the Sundance Film Festival's official site:
A Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast was presented to the cast of CHOKE. An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, CHOKE is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke.
Props to Caleb Peyman for the news.
Peter Sciretta over at SlashFilm has conducted a great interview Chuck Palahniuk. This is the first interview with Chuck we've seen come out of Sundance this year. Hopefully it won't be the last.
Peter gets down to business with Chuck and delves into the latest status of his other novel-to-movie adaptations, his feelings on the Choke movie, Snuff, and Heath Ledger's death.
Here are some better quality pics of the cast and crew of Choke at Sundance.
Check out the pictures at Cinema Blend!
Okay, that news title was lame. And I must confess, I spent a minute too long thinking of it. But hell, with a title like Choke, it simple screams for witty puns.
Over the past few days, reviews of Choke from Sundance have continued to pour in. Here are some more for you all. Notice that, there hasn't really been one critic yet who has overall disliked the film. It's been mainly positive, with people loving it, liking it, or simply being entertained by it, albeit, pointing out some minor flaws.
With Choke being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, things are really heating up with for director Clark Gregg.
Check out Clarg Gregg's interview with SlashFilm!
In what they're already calling the best sale of the festival, Fox Searchlight as of 5am this morning, has bought Clark Gregg's adaptation of Choke for a reported $5 million! The film had its world premiere last night at the Racquet Club Theatre, and Chuck Palahniuk was in attendance as the film got a roaring applause.
Here's a quote from Alex Billington, a critic at one of my favorite movie sites, FirstShowing.net:
I caught the world premiere of Choke last night and certainly will confirm that it is one hell of a great film. It's no Fight Club, but it is a Chuck Palahniuk movie in its own right delivering a solid story with great comedy and a perfect performance by Sam Rockwell. It's not my own favorite movie of the fest, but I couldn't be happier seeing this get picked up by the best indie distributor out there. Fox Searchlight has put out some of the biggest indie hits - Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno - and now it's time for Choke! read more »
Here is our second review out of Sundance for Choke. I'll post more of these in this News article as they come.
This comes from my man Andrew Greenblatt, who sent us those Blackberry pictures earlier tonight. Here's another, clearer picture from him, along with his review: read more »
Tonight's the night, folks. It's been eight years since Fight Club graced our screens and started a cult following that had a big influence on the history of this website. And now, tonight, in Park City, Utah, Clark Greg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's fourth novel Choke, premieres to a sold out crowd. Chuck will be in attendance and will be doing a Q&A after the event. He emailed me the February Workshop Essay last night, along with this message: read more »