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Fox Searchlight Buys Choke For $5 Million!

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!

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Sundance - Choke Reviews Start Pouring In

Choke at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival!

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:

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Video Interview With Choke Director Clark Gregg

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kH1p5OnsEYA

Check out an interview with Choke director Clark Greg. This is part of The Sundance Channel's 'Meet The Filmmakers' series.

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A Slew Of New Stills From Choke

I've been wanting to post these for the past few days, but with the site slowness, I held off.  But they're so damn good, I couldn't resist anymore.  Click the below image to see more stills from Choke.

Sam Rockwell and Brad Henke in Chuck Palahniuk's Choke.

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Who's On The Choke Soundtrack

Information about the official soundtrack for Choke is up at The Playlist blog.  Here are just some of the bands featured: Radiohead, The Fiery Furnaces, Rogue Wave, Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah!

This news makes me happy.  I love almost every band on this soundtrack.  Clarg Gregg seems to know exactly what he's doing with this adaptation.

Props to redandjohnny for linking this news story our way.

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The Cult 2008 Launches!

The Cult Launches - ChuckPalahniuk.net 2008ATTENTION:  The site speed is back.  In full effect.  And it may even be getting faster yet.  Also, you can now post new threads again.  Sorry about that. 

The day is finally here.  The Cult 2008 comes alive!  It started as a discussion between Kirk and I last Spring about updating the website.  And what began as possibly just a redesign, soon blew up into giving you all an entirely new user experience.

I think many of you were assuming you were going to login today (or last week, lol) and see the same site, but in a different color.  Perhaps with a new header?  Fuck no.  We went to bat for you all and spent countless hours designing and building and tweaking until we turned this ChuckPalahniuk.net into what it deserves to be.  We encourage you all to explore every nook and cranny of this new house. 

But here are some of the highlighted features:

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News From Chuck About Choke at Sundance & Survivor Movie

Test2. I've been trading emails back and forth with Chuck this week about various things. First he shot me an update on "Choke" and its status at The Sundance Film Festival this year:

Hello Dennis --

Turns out that "Choke" will get five showings at Sundance. The 21th through the 25th in different venues.


There's more to that email that I can't show you yet. ::evil grin::

Next, I asked Chuck about Francis Lawrence's (director of I Am Legend) recent quote about Survivor being his next project:

It's been a long while since I heard their statement of 'Survivor' as next-in-line. But they did recently re-buy the option for a new period of time.

The recent purchase Chuck talks about was a few months ago I believe. Which would definitely seem to back Lawrence's quote and intent. Hmm, looks like we could have a go-er here after all.

Time will tell.

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