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Springsteen Tunes Up For Aronofsky... And Apatow?

Beaks here... I've been hearing a lot of things about Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER (that it's a small movie, that it's a really good small movie, that it's very possibly going to get Mickey Rourke his first ever Best Actor nomination), but Anne Thompson's brief mention of Bruce Springsteen recording a brand new song for the closing credits? News to me. Happily, it's 100% true. Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta tracked down the confirmation on Aronofsky's blog:
bruce springsteen wrote a beautiful original song for the closing the film. called THE WRESTLER it is a wonderful acoustic piece. makes me choke up every time i hear it. he really captured the spirit of the film and mickey's character in the piece.
THE WRESTLER will debut Friday, September 5th at the Venice Film Festival. It will then screen at the Toronto Film Festival and close the New York Film Festival in October. The picture is still without a U.S. distributor, but is expected to sell very soon in anticipation of a 2008 release. Now for the Apatow: CHUD's Devin Faraci has spilled the beans regarding The Boss's potential appearance in the comedy kingpin's seriocomic FUNNY PEOPLE. Though it's true that Springsteen has been written into the script, it's only a half-page scene that could just as easily go to another iconic troubadour like Bob Dylan. And because Springsteen's cameo is just close enough to his bit in HIGH FIDELITY, I kinda hope they do go with someone else (the rock angle isn't crucial, by the way; anyone from Bill Clinton to Leon Spinks would work just as well). FYI, there will be no full-scale script review for FUNNY PEOPLE - at least, not from me. Though it's easily one of the best thing's Apatow has ever written (tonally, I think it's going to be a ribald James L. Brooks movie, and could very well do for comedians what BROADCAST NEWS did for its titular profession), the success of the film hinges on the funniness (and believable unfunniness) of the stand-up material currently being honed by Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. And since we won't see any of that stuff until filming is complete, it's impossible to gauge how it'll get along with the scripted comedy/drama (which could get riffed out of existence, but shouldn't). And that's it for this sudden flourish of Springsteen news. Anyone got anything on Southside Johnny and/or The Asbury Jukes?

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  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by cornponious

    I say.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Secret Garden?

    by secretcylon

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Truly double good!!!

    by spooky2k

    I can't wait for Aronofsky's The Wrestler. He's one of the most interesting film makers working in the industry. I usually sit through credits out of respect for every single person that made it, but here they've given me something apparently great to listen to whilst I do that.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Fuck Springsteen...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...what happened? Couldn't get ahold of Bono?

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Ric Flair as Robocop

    by RexGattling

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky, very talented director.

    by worldofwarcraft

    Mrs. Aronofsky, great grade school teacher. But Jared Leto as a Coney Island Jew? The biggest of some questionable casting moves. Hope this works out well.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Springsteen Puts On T-Shirt, Pretends He's Still Working Class

    by LaserPants

    I keed, I keed. Springsteen is cool. I like how he rolls. Not necessarily a big fan of his music but I appreciate it, and like that he's outspokenly progressive.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I"ll believe it when I see it w/ an Oscar nod to Mickey.

    by GQtaste

    Not that I don't' think the dude is the real deal, ala, Dean, Depp, Clift, but he's mangled his face so much that I simply can't fathom that kind of acclaim. I"m sure it's a fine film but Oscar material? We'll have to wait and see. We heard the same about his magnum opus, "The Fountain" and looked how it turned out. But having Marrisa T. playing a stripper, after her turn in Before the Devil...blew me away. Matter of fact, here is a pic of she playing said stipper in Wrestler:

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    What, are they gonna say it sucks?

    by thebearovingian

    It probably makes them gag and vomit. Springsteen sucks. His heyday has come and gone. Was Lil' Wayne not available? Kanye? Miley?<p>BOOOOOOO

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...I agree with you that Springsteen's heyday has come and gone...and I think for the most part that he does suck...but seriously, not even I would compare Springsteen with Lil Wayne, Kanye or Miley. <P> They suck.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The Boss

    by ZooTrain

    At almost 60 years old, Bruce still puts on a hell of a show. His exuberance puts men half his age to shame. With the exception of a few missteps in the early 90's, Springsteen's 35 year career is damn near flawless.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    The Boss

    by Anakin722

    Bruce is right up there near the top along with Dylan and Elvis in terms of important and talented American rock artists. And anyone who says he's past his prime obviously hasn't seen any of the final leg of his tour that just finished. Simply amazing shows.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see The Wrestler

    by BigDogg

    If for no other reason than to see how they use the footage they shot at Ring of Honor shows earlier this year and what actual wrestlers actually have a role. The only one I've heard is NecroButcher (which is fitting considering his current gimmick in CZW as "Hollywood" Dylan Summers)

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    "Springsteen's heyday has come and gone..."

    by ZooTrain

    And yet his last album hit number 1 on the Billboard charts and he's selling out stadium tours all across the country. While "Magic" wasn't the strongest album in his oeuvre, "The Seeger Sessions" was one of the most rollicking and fun albums of 2006.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by Anakin722

    I think you'll find that pretty much any music critic worth his salt would strongly disagree with that "overrated" comment. And Bruce actually "made it big" in the 1970s with Born to run, when he appeared simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by ZooTrain

    Springsteen in the 80's. 1980: "The River." If this were the only album he released in the 80's, his legend status would be justified. 1982: "Nebraska." Completely negates your "rocker" argument. A quiet, haunting, introspective record about small-town America. If you've never heard it, you're doing yourself a great disservice. 1984: "Born in the USA." The album was just too big to be looked at objectively. And it isn't even one of his better albums. 1987: "Tunnel of Love." This album hardly set the world on fire. As Anakin722 already said, Springsteen was already firmly established in the 1970's. Dylan, Springsteen, and Tom Waits. The three greatest living American songwriters.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I was eleven when Born came out and it was the biggest

    by GQtaste

    thing on mtv at that time. The Boss is a living legend and a hero for the working men and women of this country. Like when Reagan's advisors wanted to use the title track to Born in the USA the dumbass's didn't grasp that the song was in fact about his peers going over to Vietnam and coming back w/ nothing, a lot of them anyway. Disillustioned men fighting an unjust war. Just like todays except presently women get the privilege to participate in the current war.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Springsteen SUCKS!!!

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    Long live Max Wienberg!

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Springsteen is a survivor

    by DennisMM

    That's easy to say when he's got lots of money and a certain amount of power, I know, but he's lived through periods of poor sales and limp public interest that have killed other performers. Anyone remember Van Halen? Springsteen adjusted, because he knew the music was what interested him most, and dealt with not being instantly recognized and mobbed when he went out for groveries. He sought that, in fact - moved to California, grew a beard, started dressing differently, worked at home rather than in prominent studios, stopped touring as much - all so he could be himself and not "The Boss." Eventually he figured out he didn't have to hide in order to have his privacy, so he shaved the beard, put the t-shirt on, moved back to Jersey, reformed the E Streeters and walked around in public again. He continues to record and, if the music isn't his best, it's fresh. He's working with different producers. His work shares the energy of the old stuff with new sounds that he only achieved by walking away from the old, comfortable haunts and people he worked with behind the scenes. To me, that takes balls. <p> <p> Max Weinberg is a fantastic, muscular drummer and one hell of a dresser. But without Springsteen he'd be the guy behind the kit in some band. The band might be huge, but he'd just be the drummer. Not Mighty Max.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Man, I'm going to have a lot of restrained here...

    by GravitysRainbow

    from flipping out on you Springsteen haters! While I'd hate to reply to some that writes "most overrated EVAH", I have to say that your whole thing about Bruce making it in the 80s... you know he was actually doing pretty damn well in the late 70s? A little ol' record called Born to Run? Ever hear of it? As someone said, the man at 60 puts on a 3 hour, 30 song show that has more energy than any of your shit bands. You know another thing? Try checking out a Behind the Music special on this guy or another show about him, and you're not going to see a period where he hit rock bottom, went into a drug craze or anything. He's been a class act, through and through.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Springsteen is a one-note dude...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...everytime I hear a new song or see him on TV it's the same bullshit.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Mansell's soundtrack is performed by Slash

    by Flipao

    Which is awesome.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    It's a shame there are Springsteen haters

    by Ghostwood

    you guys keep listening to your "I kissed a girl" bullshit. I'll take '70s Boss/'80s Boss/'90s Boss/'Odds Boss any day, any minute, any second over the one-hit/Pepsi schilling goofs you guys listen to. Period.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Bruce Springsteen is overrated. And a hypocrite

    by Cotton McKnight

    You heard me.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Boss Haters

    by vic twenty

    fall into 2 categories; tweeners who don't get his music and those who can't seperate his politics from his music. Springsteen does not need either one of you. The man is an American icon. Period.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Bruce's politics

    by Anakin722

    It always amazes me when these supposed Bruce fans get their panties in an uproar over his politics. I can't believe that anyone could have listened to his music for any length of time and not had a good idea about the nature of his political affiliations. And if you claim he's being a hypocrite for being rich and writing songs about middle/working class problems, you don't always make great art by just looking in the mirror and describing what you see.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    clueless talkbackers

    by SpanksterOfLove

    goddamn you boss-haters are idiots. Not that idiots aren't entitled to their opinions. But shouldn't you clueless cocks be twatting about on this site instead:

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    Consider that I MAY have been joking in my earlier post. That's partially what thebearovingian is known for, besides supreme wisdom, hearty common sense and pure sex appeal.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    You talkin' 'bout SHAFT?

    by DennisMM

    'cos that don't sound like no mortal I ever met, bearovingian. ;)

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Rogan started standup at 13

    by darquelyte

    So, he should be halfway decent doing stand up. Sandler did more "performance comedy" than stand up, so he probably needed some tips and training for this... especially since he really hasn't done much live performing for some time now. I hope his buddy Chris Rock helped him out.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    I love Springsteen

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    and I also enjoy Katy course, if I had to pick one, it wouldn't even take a millionth of a second to choose.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...I prefer Zeppelin, Who, Hendrix, Stones, Beatles etc...over the overwhelmingly overrated Springsteen any time.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by Ghostwood

    You say you "prefer" those musical geniuses, but I bet you go NUTS for Rick Astley and the Jonas Brothers. Don't hide it, dude -- I bet dollars to donuts that you "never want to give it up" for the astley-meister.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    It always makes me laugh when I meet some moron who only knows Bruce from the eighties with Born In The USA. I always tell these dorks to investigate further and they'll find that his discography is immense as it is deep. No one compares to his body of work.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Springsteen sucks. That is all.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    Wow. Did YOU make an ass of yourself.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    If you don't like the BOSS

    by BrightEyes

    Than Fuck you

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I got some Southside Johnny news for you

    by ian216a

    Just about to release a new album of Tom Waits covers. Wonder if it's as good as Scarlett's. Oh wait - I know who's would be better than Scarlett's....ANYBODY'S!!! And if you don't like The Boss, damn is you tired of life.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I played guitar in a band with...

    by DoctorWho? of his horn players from the original E Street band from the Early 70's. He had a lot of Bruce stories. He had to leave the band because he was newly married and his wife refused to let him go on tour. This was right before he came out with Born In The USA. After that wildly succussful album/tour Bruce rewarded his long time band members with a million dollars each! This guy always regretted listening to his bitch wife. I am NOT a Bruce fan but respect him for the icon that he is. His politics are a joke but I never let that influence my opinion on the srt. I just find him boring as all hell. Pure American music though... I just like a little more harmonic activity going on.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Bright Eyes...

    by Sir Psycho Sexy

    ...I don't like "the boss" and I say, fuck you. punk ass bitch.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Don't fuck with the boss

    by g-ride9000

    he's got more emo, more gangster and more rock&roll in his pinky than you got in your whole thinggy.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    The Boss!

    by my liege

    Fucking awesome. Go and listen to Thunder Road and the tell me how good it is.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Broseph

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Bruce Springsteen is an old, old school gangst rapper...

    by loodabagel

    <p>And Bronx's best apostle stands with his hand on his own hardware Everything stops, you hear five quick shots, the cops come up for air And now the whiz-bang gang from uptown, they're shootin' up the street And that cat from the Bronx starts lettin' loose, but he gets blown right off his feet And some kid comes blastin' 'round the corner, but a cop puts him right away He lays on the street holding his leg, screaming something in Spanish, still breathing when I walked away And somebody said, "Hey man, did you see that? His body hit the street with such a beautiful thud" I wonder what the dude was sayin', or was he just lost in the flood? Hey man, did you see that, those poor cats are sure messed up I wonder what they were gettin' into, or were they just lost in the flood?</p> <p>"Lost in the Flood" circa Greeting From Asbury Park.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Although I'm a Wild and Innocent man myself...

    by loodabagel

    That album can get pretty funky. Call it pre-funk. It's kind of like David Bowie's Diamon Dogs is pre disco.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Bruce Springsteen Magic tour 07/08 WAOO!

    by zeroblindterry

    First: People that say Bruce is bad,suck,can't sing,cant play.. there is only one thing to this, YOU don't now him, his music, or his WORK. Any way.... Want to say thank you so much BRUCE and The Band! It's been magic and amazing to see the shows and so exited to go online everyday...and see the sets and reviews i just love all of it. THANK YOU

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    People that say Bruce is bad,suck,can't sing,cant play.. there i

    by zeroblindterry

    People that say Bruce is bad,suck,can't sing,cant play.. there is only one thing to this, YOU don't now him, his music, or his WORK.