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Trailer Watch: The Fighter Builds Buzz for Bale

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2010 at 6:00AM

Unable to press-screen David O. Russell's much-anticipated The Fighter until the week of November 10, Paramount has been valiantly building buzz until then. The gritty $24-million Relativity Media-funded biopic stars Mark Wahlberg (who earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for The Departed) in the title role as welterweight Micky Ward. Amy Adams plays his girlfriend (she was nominated for supporting actress for Doubt and Junebug). The movie also stars Oscar nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and super-skinny Christian Bale, who steals the film--I hear--in the kind of showy role that Oscar voters love, as Wahlberg's crack addict brother and trainer. (Bale has never been nominated). The long-in-the-works drama is Russell's first since the flop I Heart Huckabees in 2004; he took over The Fighter from Darren Aronofsky, who made The Wrestler instead.
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Unable to press-screen David O. Russell's much-anticipated The Fighter until the week of November 10, Paramount has been valiantly building buzz until then. The gritty $24-million Relativity Media-funded biopic stars Mark Wahlberg (who earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for The Departed) in the title role as welterweight Micky Ward. Amy Adams plays his girlfriend (she was nominated for supporting actress for Doubt and Junebug). The movie also stars Oscar nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and super-skinny Christian Bale, who steals the film--I hear--in the kind of showy role that Oscar voters love, as Wahlberg's crack addict brother and trainer. (Bale has never been nominated). The long-in-the-works drama is Russell's first since the flop I Heart Huckabees in 2004; he took over The Fighter from Darren Aronofsky, who made The Wrestler instead.

The two-minute The Fighter spot below ran on the Sunday finale of Mad Men.

Paramount has five would-be Oscar contenders on its slate. Scorsese's February release Shutter Island will likely earn some technical nods. The high-profile education documentary, Waiting for Superman has a shot not only at scoring a doc nomination, but landing on the top ten best picture list. DreamWorks Animation threw an L.A. DVD/Oscar party last week for 3-D smash How to Train Your Dragon, likely to be one of only three animated nominees this year. And the Coen brothers' remake of True Grit is another December release that is not yet ready to screen.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Studios, Video, Oscars, Drama, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.