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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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In what I’d argue was one of the biggest snubs in Oscar history, the Academy Awards’ failure to nominate The Wrestler for Best Picture showed not only a lack of appreciation for director Darren Aronofsky’s emotionally devastating, richly affecting tale of a lonely man trying to fill the empty void in his life, but also a lack of foresight. While movies like The Reader and Frost/Nixon are likely to be forgotten in less than five years, I predict this is a movie that will only grow in appeal; Mickey Rourke’s heart-wrenchingly honest performance ensures it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A ‘Within the Ring’ featurette, and a ‘The Wrestler’ music video by Bruce Springsteen.

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What? $5 Gift Card with purchase of DVD.
Where? Fry’s.

What? Save $5 when you buy both The Wrestler and Notorious.
Where? Best Buy.

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The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke did in fact show up at WWE WresltMania 25, and was in the audience during Chris Jericho‘s handicap match against WWE Hall of Famers Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. After defeating all three of his opponents, Jericho challenged Rourke to come into the ring. And as expected, Rourke stepped over the guard rail, climbed into the squared circle, and laid a few punches on the WWE star.

It’s unlikely that this will progress into a match that pits Jericho vs. Rourke as Mickey is set to go into production on Iron Man 2 and the production insurance won’t allow him to compete in a full wrestling match. Photos above courtesy of WWE. Thanks to /Film reader Jason G for the tip.

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Bruce Springsteen has received so my praise for his song “The Wrestler” (which was created for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler) that he has decided to follow-up with a sequel titled “One Thinged Guy”. Of course, this is actually a parody created by Watch the music video after the jump.
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The Making of Wrestle Jam

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One of the things I really loved about Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler is all of the amazing little details that add to the authenticity. One of the details I mentioned in my previous review was the NES-style old school pro wrestling video game Wrestle Jam that Randy “The Ram” Robinson plays in a scene with his young neighbor. In one of our previous interviews with Aronofsky, the director revealed that they actually created the game seen in the movie just for that scene.

Kotaku has an interview with motion graphics artist Kristyn Hume and programmer Randall Furino, the brother and sister team that created the game from scratch. The game, which took a month to create, even came with a custom theme, an original 8-bit score composed by musician J. You can barely hear the track, titled “8-bit Wrestler” in the actual movie itself, but you can listen to the whole thing on YouTube. Any fan of the old school 8-bit video game music will definitely dig this track. Read the whole article about the creation behind the game on Kotaku.

Mickey Rourke’s Indie Spirit Awards Speech

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Everyone was talking about Mickey Rourke‘s acceptance speech at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. And why wouldn’t they? It seems like every time he opens his mouth he becomes the show. At the beginning of the speech Rourke makes a plea for Hollywood to give Eric Roberts another chance. Apparently Mickey never saw the biggest grossing picture of last year, The Dark Knight or his run last year on Heroes.

Rourke challenges “a little blond dude” who parodied his character earlier in the night, and explains what he meant at the Golden Globes when he said that director Darren Aronofsky is “one tough son of a bitch”. He goes on to thank a bunch of Fox Searchlight employees, who he is unable to remember their name, and even calls one of them “the little one who I call gap-tooth”. He even talks about the scene where he is “banging a girl in the ass in the bathroom”. Check out the video after the jump.

I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say tonight if he actually wins the Oscar. And if it does happen, they better not “play him off” the stage.

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The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards were held last night, celebrating the best of the best independent films that were released over the last year. I love the Indie Spirits because it gives you a great bunch of indie selections to seek out. Films that might be just out of reach for the Academy Awards like The Wackness, Medicine for Melancholy and The Signal get recognition through nominations. The big news is that Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler took home Best Picture, Best Male Lead (Mickey Rourke) and Best Cinematography (Maryse Alberti). Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

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Steroid Dealer from The Wrestler Arrested For Steroids


Talk about life imitating art imitating life. Scott Siegel, the actor who played the steroids and painkillers dealer in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler has been arrested and charged with attempting to distribute steroids and assaulting a federal agent after leading police on a high-speed chase. According to NBC New York, Siegel was under surveillance by DEA agents who caught him picking up a package in New Rochelle on Wednesday. Siegel as previously arrested in 1999 for distributing steroids, ecstasy and animal tranquilizer.

Mickey Rourke Updates on Iron Man 2 Involvement


As of yesterday, Mickey Rourke is officially participating in Sly Stallone’s The Expendables, but the forecast for his involvement in Iron Man 2 is cloudy with a chance of nada. Speaking with Vulture at Fashion Week, Rourke had this to say…

“Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2,” Rourke told us grimly.

Rourke is said to be up for a variation of the villain Whiplash, though early trade reports had him pegged for another baddie, Crimson Dynamo. The comeback kid remains a favorite to take Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards; you may have come across a totally unvetted list of the winners today that goes one step further. Perhaps he’s waiting it out. In others news, his pet chihuahua and beloved companion passed away and he plans to attend and enjoy Wrestlemania (though not partake) because it’s a free country and what’s the big deal?

VOTD: The Uncler

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The Uncler is Funny or Die’s parody of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, starring Seth Morris as Uncle Sam, the down and out American mascot who needs to make a comeback and fix the economy. Alyssa Milano co-stars as his partiotic stripper friend. Written and Directed by Jake Szymanski, the same guy who filmed previously featured VOTD videos: Ron Howard’s Call To Action and Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies. Check it out after the jump.

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Fan Art: Ben Balistreri’s The Wrestler

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What if Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler was an animated movie? Don’t freak out, it’s not happening… at least as far as we know and hope But Ben Balistreri, a storyboard artist currently working at DreamWorks, posted this sketch of Mickey Rourke on his personal blog. Since it is a slow news day, I thought I’d share. Head on over to Balistreri’s blog for the full sketch. Thanks to Twitter for the tip.