Boxing fans know that, more than many other sports, fighting is an art. The way you punch, move and react can be such a fluid, beautiful thing that immortalizing the sport in art makes perfect sense. Saturday night in Los Angeles, that’s exactly what happened as Paramount hosted The Fighter: Blood, Sweat and Art. It consisted of a free screening of their Oscar contender The Fighter, about the life of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and directed by David O. Russell starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, followed by an art show with limited edition art prints, one of a kind boxing gloves and custom made t-shirts. We’ve already talked about how solid The Fighter is, you can read a review and watch our video blog here, and after the jump check out a bunch of awesome art created specifically for this movie and this event. Read More »

I know, we just posted a second trailer for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter less than twenty-four hours ago. But a third one has shown up and it is quite a bit different than the other two. Not so much in the sense that there is a lot of new footage, but it is cut in a wildly different style. The first trailer was a pretty straight shot down the middle for a mainstream audience and the second a far more moody view of the story. This third trailer is a much more pounding, fight-oriented look at the film. It is my fave of the three; check it out after the break. Read More »

After years in development, David O. Russell’s The Fighter had its world premiere Tuesday night at the AFI Fest in Hollywood, CA. On hand to introduce the film was producer and star Mark Wahlberg who plays Micky Ward, a down on his luck Irish boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts whose family  – including older brother and former boxer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) – holds him back every chance they get. And though the trailer makes the films seem like the atypical underdog true story, The Fighter almost doesn’t need any boxing to be an effective and emotional drama. Read more about it and see a video blog including myself, Peter Sciretta (also from /Film, of course) and Alex Billington from FirstShowing after the jump. Read More »

Big batch of new posters today. We’ve got the latest in a long series of one-sheets for Tron Legacy, though this one is supposedly the last. For real. There’s the first poster for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, and a sales sheet for Coriolanus, which is the directorial debut of actor Ralph Fiennes. And just because I know some commenters will have a field day with it, there’s a little surprise at the end of the post. (Hint: it’s not a good surprise.) Read More »

Movie Trailer: David O Russell’s The Fighter

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Paramount Pictures have finally released the first movie trailer for David O Russell‘s The Fighter. For those who haven’t been following the project, here is a recap: Darren Aronofsky was originally scheduled to direct, but switched over to The Wrestler. The film tells the story of Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a real life boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded after a run of drugs and crime.

Shepherded his half-brother “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Dicky had a Rocky-like rise to the world lightweight championship. Ward fought throughout the mid-’80s and ’90s, but he’s best remembered for three battles with Arturo Gotti, two of which went down as the greatest in the history of the sport. Amy Adams plays “a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper” who ends up dating Wahlberg’s character.

There is a lot of awards talk circling this film from early test screenings. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Relativity Media has announced a deal with Netflix, to stream upcoming theatrical movie releases to Netflix subscribers instead of being released on premium television channels like HBO, Cinemax Showtime and Starz. The company claims this is the first time this has been done, and marks a “big shift in the film distribution model.

Among the first wave of films covered under the Netflix-Relativity deal are “The Fighter,” starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and “Skyline,” co-directed by the Brothers Strause and released by Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release later this year and to be available at Netflix in early 2011. Also on tap for Netflix are Rogue Pictures’ Nicolas Cage action/thriller “Season of the Witch” and “Movie 43,” written and directed by Peter Farley. Both are set to hit theaters this year as well.

I’m not clear what this really means for the consumer. Some could argue that if more studios make deals with Netflix, then Premium cable channels will only be worth what they offer for original programing (if that isn’t already the case). I’m more excited about the possibility of having Hollywood movies distributed on Netflix streaming day and date with a theatrical release. That is when the distribution model will really shift. Read the full press release after the jump.
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The Fighter

David O. Russell‘s The Fighter finally has an official release date: December 10th 2010, just in time for award season. I’m sure the film will premiere at one of the September film festivals (Telluride, Toront, Venice).

We also have some minor release date changes for DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom Paramount will hit theaters one day earlier, Thursday May 26th 2011 instead of Friday, May 27th.

Also, Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of the computer animated film Rango from March 18th 2011 to March 4th 2011.

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The Fighter

David O. Russell‘s The Fighter still doesn’t have an official release date (although I’ve heard it may hit theaters the week of the Thansgiving holiday), and we haven’t heard anything about the project since that test screening report in January. For those who haven’t been following the project, here is a recap: Darren Aronofsky was originally scheduled to direct, but switched over to The Wrestler. The film tells the story of Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a real life boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded after a run of drugs and crime.

Shepherded his half-brother “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Dicky had a Rocky-like rise to the world lightweight championship. Ward fought throughout the mid-’80s and ’90s, but he’s best remembered for three battles with Arturo Gotti, two of which went down as the greatest in the history of the sport. Amy Adams plays “a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper” who ends up dating Wahlberg’s character.

/Film reader Hargun has pointed me toward a couple behind the scenes clips from the film which have shown up online. Watch them now, embedded after the jump.

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/Film reader “PWH” attended an early screening for the sports drama David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, and says the film will be an awards contender. The film tells the story of Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a real life boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded after a run of drugs and crime.

Shepherded his half-brother “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Dicky had a Rocky-like rise to the world lightweight championship. Ward fought throughout the mid-’80s and ’90s, but he’s best remembered for three battles with Arturo Gotti, two of which went down as the greatest in the history of the sport. Amy Adams plays “a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper” who ends up dating Wahlberg’s character.

The Fighter doesn’t yet have a release date (but is expected to hit theaters in late 2010), so I assume that that it is a very early cut of the film without final cuts, sound mix or score. A lot could change between now and the time of release, they might even do some reshoots. Who knows. Just wanted to add a bit of context. Read the reader test screening review after the jump.
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With the lack of news today, I went searching around the interwebs for something, anything, interesting to post. In my journeys, I have just discovered a bunch of set photos (some of which look like possible production photos) and video blogs from David O Russell‘s The Fighter which have apparently been online for a few weeks, but have gone almost completely unnoticed. I’ve included a few of the photos below.

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