First Major Toronto Sale Stars (Whoa) Mickey Rourke

So far, everyone we know at this year’s Toronto Film Festival has been kvetching about how many movies there are to see, how many places in that Canadian city there are to roam (and how annoying all that Canadian niceness gets after a few days!), and the madness surrounding anything Brad Pitt (for Rex Reed’s full Toronto report, check back on Wednesday). However, something is getting done, as Variety reported today the first major sale of the festival: US rights to Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (which just won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival) sold to Fox Searchlight for about $4 million dollars. The movie, which stars Mickey Rourke (!) as a down-and-out wrestler, screened last night, and the bidding took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. According to Variety, other bidders included Lionsgate, Overture, Weinstein and Co. and Sony Pictures. Go, Oscar buzz, go!