City Secrets guides have been called “the best literary gift to travelers since the Baedeker and Henry James” by the Financial Times, providing charming travelers’ companions to the world’s most fascinating cities. What made them different than the usual travel guides is that City Secrets offers reflections and discoveries from the authors, artists, and historians who know each city best.

Earlier this year City Secrets released a book titled City Secrets Movies: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Cinema’s Hidden Gems, which promises to take an “intimate, insider’s approach to the arts, featuring brief essays and recommendations by esteemed figures in the film industry—including actors, directors, producers, and critics—and other writers and figures in the arts.” Contributors of the book include Wes Anderson, Ken Auletta, Alec Baldwin, Adam Duritz, Milos Forman, John Guare, Arthur Hiller, Anjelica Huston, Barbara Kopple, Sidney Lumet, Simon Schama, Martin Scorsese, and Kenneth Turan, among many other film experts.

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Choke Movie Poster


Fox Searchlight has released the teaser poster for the Clark Gregg‘s big screen adaption of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk‘s Choke. The poster features a silhouette of Sam Rockwell choking on either Kelly Macdonal or Anjelica Huston. Either way I’m not sure I get the symbology, but it’s certainly a cool looking image.

You can read my fanboy review from Sundance or Mel Valentin’s review from SXSW. Fox Searchlight told us that Mel might actually be quoted in some of the pre-release advertising (“vulgar, crude, profane, blasphemous, obscene, and, best of all, hilarious” – Mel Valentin, SLASHFILM.COM).

Choke Movie Poster

Official Plot Synopsis: Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever. The film is adapted from the best-selling, critically acclaimed novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

Choke will open in theaters on September 26th 2008.

source: Fox Searchlight via IMPAwards

New Photos from Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke


The two movies I’m most excited to see at Sundance this year are Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden and the big screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s (author of Fight Club) novel Choke. Collider has gotten their hands on eight new production photos from the film. Check out the photos after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.

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Wes Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are now confirmed as voices for Anderson’s upcoming stop-animation adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Anjelica Huston have been previously announced in various trade papers.

But don’t look for it to hit theaters any time soon, Anderson told MTV that “It will take a couple years to do the animating.” I love all the old classic stop-animated Christmas movies. It’s really an animation technique that is falling to the wayside in this new world of digital animation.

Anderson also revealed that he wants the film to have a more organic feel:

“The settings will be very natural. We want to use real trees and real sand, but it’s all miniature.”

Hmmm, interesting.