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Sam Rockwell and Clark Gregg

The year 2008 must have been a strange one for Clark Gregg, as that year marked the multi-hyphenate’s big break into the Marvel Universe with the debut of his role as Agent Coulson in Iron Man. Since then, Gregg has gone on to co-star in other Marvel properties Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers, along with taking center stage in two of Marvel’s “One-Shot” short films. And while that success has been quite well-deserved, it does come with a footnote, because 2008 was also the year that Gregg’s directorial debut, Choke (from the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name), hit screens. The Sam Rockwell-starring film bowed at the Sundance Film Festival, earning a Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic nod for Gregg and a Special Jury Prize, Dramatic for his cast (which also included Anjelica Huston, a still-emerging Kelly Macdonald, and Brad William Henke), but it went on to earn less than $4m in worldwide release. Fight Club this was not. And Gregg hasn’t written or directed a film since – which is a shame, because Choke is nothing short of excellent and exuberant and insane and true to the spirit of Palahniuk’s work and complete with some wonderfully oddball performances). In short, we’ve been waiting for a new Gregg film ever since. And now we’re getting one.

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Today is Chuck Palahniuk‘s 49th birthday, which means that the writer and member of the Lost Generation gets to blow out some candle, eat some cake, and mail a few plastic lobsters to people. It also means that we get to take a look at the novels he’s written that still need to be made into movies. For those that don’t read our site on the weekends at all (because kites don’t fly themselves), we normally run this column every Saturday, but seeing how it’s a special occasion and seeing as how we don’t care much for rules, we figured it was a great time to comb through the Fight Club and Choke author’s stuff to celebrate it a bit. To that end, here are 9 Chuck Palahniuk books that are ripe for the movie picking.

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Studios have been afraid for too long. It’s time to put Palahniuk’s long, strange trip into the heart of American commercialism and religion on the big screen.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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To celebrate the DVD release of the subversive comedy Choke, which arrives in shops on 17th February, we’ve joined forces with Twentieth Century Fox home Entertainment to give you the chance of winning a copy of the DVD.

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As is customary this time of year, it is my duty (and honor) to present you my list of the Ten Best Films of 2008. And in the past year we’ve seen an interesting range of films, have we not?

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Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan in Eagle Eye

This certainly has been a month to forget at the cash registers, but things may change this weekend. A number of new movies are rolling out and at least three of them will be going wide right across North America.

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Kevin and Neil swear they aren’t planning on offending anyone in this show… until they start talking about unsubstantiated Kirk Cameron rumors.

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The Ten Remaining Must See Movies of 2008

Just because the Oscar train is getting ready to leave the station, that doesn’t mean that every upcoming release is going to be a 3-hour long heavy-handed drama. There are still plenty of must see movies — plenty of action, plenty of comedy and plenty of popcorn butter-flavored goodness.

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Choke director Clark Gregg and Sam Rockwell

For the record, Clark Gregg did not have his fly down for the entire interview.

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Choke author Chuck Palahniuk

Seven minutes into my conversation with Chuck Palahniuk, I’m still not sure that he exists.

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Only one of two things can come of this — either I should feel used, as a studio has decided to use my words to promote a film, or I will be called a quote whore, because one quote from one of my reviews has made it into a commercial. Either way, I am stoked.

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To the untrained eye (and unjaded soul) the headline above may appear to be misleading hyperbole. But no, these are hard facts taken directly from the author’s own mouth.

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Sam Rockwell has flashed his talent on-screen. Now he wants to prove he has skills on the hardwood as well in a new film.

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With all the buzz surrounding other Palahniuk projects like Invisible Monsters and Survivor, no one seemed to notice that the Lullaby adaptation is already casting.

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Sam Rockwell and Brad William Henke in Choke

To illustrate the raunch, Fox Searchlight has released the following red band trailer, which is about as NSFW as they come.

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Could it be a coincidence that the first poster for Chuck Palahniuk’s movie Choke reminds us of the cover of his upcoming book “Snuff”? We think not.

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Fox Searchlight announces a date for its Chuck Palahniuk penned Sundance ’08 acquisition…

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From the writer of Fight Club comes a dark comedy about sexual addiction that is a joy to behold.

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Take a look at the first official stills from the upcoming adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel.

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