Well, this is just dark. The first image for Developing Linda Lovelace Biopic # 1, Lovelace, has been released. Below, we see star Amanda Seyfried as Lovelace herself with Peter Sarsgaard, who portrays Lovelace's physically and psychologically abusive husband Chuck Traynor. For those unfamiliar with Lovelace's story, she rose to fame in the pornographic film industry with the 1972 X-rated movie Deep Throat, which her husband/manager Traynor forced her into doing.
Lovelace will also star Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick, and will be directed by Jeffrey Friedman and Robert Epstein.
The other Linda Lovelace biopic alluded to above is Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, directed by Matthew Wilder, and starring Malin Akerman, Matt Dillon, Paz de la Huerta, Sasha Grey, Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau.
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Throughout film history, there have always been instances when two strikingly similar movies are made around the same time. Armageddon and Deep Impact. The Prestige and The Illusionist. This year's Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror. And, of course, the pair of developing Linda Lovelace biopics: Lovelace and Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story.
We recently heard that Lovelace was pulling in a handful of interesting actors and actresses (stars include Amanda Seyfried leading a cast including Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Brody and Hank Azaria). Now, Inferno is making its rounds in the casting scene. Already cast are Malin Akerman as Lovelace and Matt Dillon as her abusive husband Chuck Traynor, plus Paz de La Huerta. And newcomers to the cast are a plenty.
Adam Goldberg is joining Inferno as Harold Reems, who was Lovelace's costar in the infamous 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat. Also on board are Sasha Grey, herself a former pornographic actress, the film's producer Carlucci Weyant, and LOST's leading player in the art of name-screaming, Harold Perrineau, who will play Sammy Davis, Jr.
Between Lovelace and Inferno, there's really a pretty impressive list of actors looking to get involved with the depiction of Linda Lovelace's story. Inferno is derived from Lovelace's 1980 memoir Ordeal: An Autobiography.
Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried has replaced Kate Hudson to portray the adult actress-turned-porn activist in the forthcoming project, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.
Oscar nominee Franco was previously linked to the role of Traynor, but now he's being touted to take on a smaller part as the Playboy magazine founder, reports trade paper Daily Variety.
The Smurfs star Hank Azaria has joined the cast as Jerry Damiano, the director of hit porn film Deep Throat.
James Franco has decided that he wants to be Hugh Hefner. It's a sentiment a lot of men have harbored. But the difference is: James Franco actually can be Hugh Hefner.
The developing film Lovelace, a biography of pornographic actress Linda Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried playing the lead, involves (pretty understandably) a small appearance by the character of Hefner; Franco has decided he is interested in playing this role. The actor was previously considered for the film's depiction of Chuck Traynor, Lovelace's extremely abusive husband and manager. The role eventually went to Peter Sarsgaard.
Franco's casting is not yet solidified, but the film is not exactly taking its time with the bringing in of talent: new to the cast are Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick.
Azaria will be playing Jerry Damiano, who wrote and directed Lovelace's biggest film, Deep Throat. Cannavale and Chris Noth will play two business partners of Traynor. Finally, Patrick will take on the role of Lovelace's father John Boreman, who is defined by the mixed feelings he has over his daughter's career choice. The newcomers will join a cast including Seyfried, Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple.
Lovelace is being directed by the team of Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, who also helmed the biopic Howl (starring Franco as Allen Ginsberg).
The Mamma Mia! star has replaced Kate Hudson as the adult actress-turned-anti-porn activist in the upcoming movie, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.
Seyfried is "really excited" about the shoot, but admits she does have a few reservations.
She tells ABC News, "It's going to be really hard and kind of terrifying at the same time. I do have some liberties there but I am playing someone that existed in history and had quite an established reputation for something very extreme.
"She was such a different person than what we expect. It's a good story to tell, and I'm really, really excited about it."
Hudson was reportedly forced to pull out of the project when she fell pregnant last year (10) and now Seyfried is a favourite to take on the role, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's porn star husband Chuck Traynor, according to Variety.
Malin Akerman has replaced Lindsay Lohan in a rival Lovelace project, titled Inferno.
Amanda Seyfried has been tapped to play Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, a biopic about the '70s porn actress, Deadline.com reports. Seyfried steps in for Kate Hudson, who had been slated to play the Deep Throat star before getting pregnant. Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern) is in talks to play her husband/svengali Chuck Traynor, a role to which James Franco had once been attached. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct from a script by Andy Belling and W. Merritt Johnson. The filmmakers expect to begin shooting in January.
Amanda Seyfried stars alongside Justin Timberlake in the sci-fi thriller In Time, which is now playing in theaters. Click below for more images of the doe-eyed beauty:
A crucial step in the career progression of any Serious Actor is a biopic — the more controversial and/or damaged the figure portrayed, the better. Olivia Wilde, most recently seen in such frivolous commercial fare as Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens, seems primed to take that step toward respectability, and she's lined up a doozy of a subject to help her do it: porn star Linda Lovelace, star of the groundbreaking skin flick Deep Throat. According to E!, Wilde is considering starring in the biopic from directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Oscar-winning documentarians whose 2010 narrative debut, Howl, starred James Franco as the provocative beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
The news might come as a surprise to Kate Hudson, the actress currently attached to play Lovelace. The role of Lovelace's husband/Svengali, pornographer Chuck Traynor, has reportedly been offered to Franco. A rival Lovelace pic, Inferno, is currently in pre-production, with Matthew Wilder directing and Malin Ackerman slated to star.
The age-old debate over fate vs. free will has been and always will be a tough theme to crack in any medium but with the benefits of modern filmmaking technology the theory can be explored in ways that Philip K. Dick never imagined. However when one relies too heavily on spectacle to tell a story a piece of cerebral science fiction can quickly become just another action extravaganza. In this day and age there’s a fine line between the two; The Matrix walked that tightrope with style and grace while Next never found its footing in the first place. Fortunately the precious work of novelist Dick has for the most part been treated with respect by Hollywood (the aforementioned Nic Cage dud notwithstanding) but that doesn’t necessarily mean movies based on his stories are completely faithful to his vision.
Case in point: George Nolfi’s directorial debut The Adjustment Bureau an adaptation of Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team.” The film stars Matt Damon as David Norris a successful businessman and rising political candidate who after a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams (Emily Blunt) loses a crucial election. He happens to run into her on a Manhattan bus the following week before finding his office swarming with masked men who are “adjusting” everyone inside. Richardson (John Slattery) the man in charge captures Norris who unsuccessfully flees the scene after seeing behind “a curtain he wasn’t even supposed to know existed” as the enigmatic figure puts it. From that point on Norris must live with the knowledge that he (and we for that matter) is not in control of his own life. Rather the choices he makes fit perfectly into “The Plan” that’s been written by “the Chairman”.
In relation to my earlier statement I have to say that Nolfi’s picture looks stunning but his natural urban aesthetic doesn’t overpower the story. Sleek contemporary production design and elegant costumes characterize the high-concept story and the wraithlike agents who shape our destinies. Topically we’re dealing with some heavy material but Nolfi and editor Jay Rabinowitz move the action along at a brisk pace that keeps you engaged and entertained without having to try. The film is properly proportioned as a chase thriller romantic adventure and sci-fi fantasy and thankfully no component overshadows another.
Setting the film in the world of politics and big business helps make its larger-than-life revelations a bit more accessible (as do appearances from Michael Bloomberg Jon Stewart and Chuck Scarborough) while providing sub-text about the corruption involved in elections and campaigns (there are conspicuous shades of The Manchurian Candidate in the movie) but the writer-director often tries too hard for broad appeal. For a film with existential implications as severe as they are here the dialogue is at times hokey and superficial. Dick’s source material is far more abstract and Nolfi for the sake of commercial success panders to the palette of soccer moms and mallrats.
What’s worse is his unwarranted exposition of the Bureau a shadowy organization whose major allure is anonymity. Some secrets are best kept and less can be so much more when crafting a mysterious atmosphere; Nolfi reaches that level of magnetic curiosity but squanders it as he reveals the truth about the Bureau and its grand scheme. On the other hand he brushes over the technical lingo between agents Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) McCrady (Anthony Ruivivar) and others without explanation perhaps hoping that the ambiguous terminology will fool you into thinking that his script is smarter than it really is.
Even though Nolfi’s allegorical conclusions are uncomfortably ham-fisted the chemistry between Damon and Blunt alone is enough to enchant you; this is one highly watchable cinematic pairing that should be revisited as soon as possible. Their innocent relationship blossoms organically and together they make it seem as natural on screen as it is for their star-crossed characters. Even if you have a hard time believing in higher powers or manipulative Orwellian forces you’ll have faith in David and Elise’s fated relationship one of the most captivating couplings I’ve seen on the big-screen in some time.
February 11, 2011 11:55am EST
I hope that I'm not alone in feeling fatigued with the almost daily casting rumors that set James Franco to play everything and everyone from Oz, The Great and Powerful to pornographer Chuck Traynor. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy. He's funny, he's cool and he's got genuine chops. But he's just not right for every role.
That's what makes the latest rumor, which just hit the web courtesy of ScreenCrave, even more nauseating. According to the source, Franco may be next in line to take the lead in Warner Bros. always-developing, never-shooting adaptation of the epic anime Akira. Zac Efron was attached to the project last we heard, but now it seems that Franco has pushed him off the line. What a surprise.
If you're not a nerd, you probably don't know what Akira is. You fail. The story's themes are all-encompassing and quite cerebral, but to break it down as best as I can, I'll say that it is a story set in a dystopian Tokyo and centers on a member of a biker gang who turns into a raging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of fellow psionics can stop. The destruction caused is devastating as are its implications about government and humanity. In short, it's science fiction at its best.
Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing the feature, which is said to be directed by The Book of Eli's Hughes Brothers. DiCaprio was once set to star in the role that Franco may be getting (that of Kaneda), the gang leader who is friend to Tetsuo, the dangerous psionic. Lucky Leo would be a better fit for the part, but at almost 40 years old now (Titanic was a looooong time ago) he's too old to portray a teen biker. Efron is actually closest in age and look of Kaneda, but Franco obviously has more street cred. And balls. However, I'm at the point of Franco oversaturation. He seems to be rumored for nearly every big role up for grabs these days and that just seems a bit unfair. I say give Joseph Gordon Levitt a shot. Give Emile Hirsch a shot. Give SOMEBODY ELSE a shot before Franco dies of exhaustion.