To all of the present day, free-wheeling English majors who wish they were born forty years earlier, Kill Your Darlings is the vicarious answer to your prayers.
The film features the central figures of the Beat Generation—Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, among others—in a story centering around artist Lucien Carr's murder of his teacher and stalker David Kammerer. The cast as it stands contains an impressive lot: Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) has the central Carr role, while contemporary greats Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire's reigning hero) and Elizabeth Olsen will play legendary figures Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Edie Parker, respectively. But the news just gets better.
Rising film star Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Rampart) has accepted the role of the brilliant William S. Burroughs. Dexter star Michael C. Hall joins the cast as a separate friend of Burroughs' whose death is credited as the inspiration to pioneer the Beat Generation. Additional cast members include Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh, both in yet unconfirmed roles.
Excitement brews, undeniably. The dark film depicting timelessly fascinating individuals as seen through the eyes of some of today's greatest young performers...trust me on this: five seconds in the theater, you'll be howling with joy. And you'll keep on howling until you're back on the road. So you'd better pack a naked lunch.
Let's just hope this doesn't tank (like where all those hippos were boiled) at the box office!
Just when you think James Franco can't get any James Franco-ier, he starts up with something like Mapplethorpe: the James Franco-iest thing he has ever James Franco-ed. The actor/director/writer/teacher/living piece of performance art has signed up to play the lead in the developing biopic about photographer and filmmaker Robert Mapplethorpe, who stirred a great deal of controversy for his consistent themes of homoeroticism, sadomasochism, and various other subjects that were taboo or nearly during the era.
Mapplethorpe is noteworthy not solely for the controversies attached to his work, but also for his association with various artists and performers of the time—among those with whom he collaborated: Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Richard Gere and Peter Gabriel. He also headlined the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc., which has served to preserve his work and to promote the creative vision he fostered, as well as to fund research for the prevention of HIV and AIDS. Mapplethorpe died of this disease when he was forty-two.
Mapplethorpe will be one in a growing list of films to star Franco as an iconic gay figure from the 1960s/1970s. In 2008, Franco played the lover of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) in the film Milk. In 2010, Franco portrayed Allen Ginsberg, an openly gay writer member of the Beat Generation, in Howl.
The film will be directed by documentarian Ondi Timoner.
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).
UPDATE: It is confirmed today that Radcliffe has officially signed on to play Allen Ginsberg, one of the most iconic members of the Beat Generation, in the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings. Starring alongside Radcliffe in the film will be rising stars Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston (known for his breakout role as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire) and Dane DeHaan. The news furthers our optimism for Radcliffe's post-Potter career. The actor proved his comic versatility as a recent Saturday Night Live host, and looks to be terrific in the upcoming horror film, The Woman in Black. -THR
EARLIER: I have a feeling that in just a few years, Daniel Radcliffe won't be entirely pinned down as the Harry Potter kid anymore. At least, he's making efforts to expand his boundaries—some pretty fantastic efforts, as a matter of fact. Radcliffe's first post-Deathly Hallows Part 2 film roleis the leade in the eerie-looking horror film The Woman in Black, for which fans of the genre should start getting very, very excited (the first, second and third trailers all give some very frightening promise). But Radcliffe is also claiming territory in a more artistic venue: he signed on to portray the immortal beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' drama-thriller Kill Your Darlings.
The story of Krokidas' film will revolve around the highly publicized friendships between writers Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, whose infamous murder of his stalker David Kammerer will be a major element of the film. Chris Evans and Ben Whishaw will play Kerouac and Carr, respectively.
Over half a century after the peak of its prominence, the Beat Generation remains one of the most fascinating movements in modern and post-modern art. This is especially evident because just last year, James Franco headlined the Ginsberg biopic Howl, named after his most famous work. Ginsberg's beat poem Howl is one of the most unforgettable products of the movement, along with Kerouac's novel On the Road and William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch. Krokidas' drama is the second attempt at a film adaptation of the poet's life (starring a major Hollywood actor, no less), indicating an everpresent fascination with the man, his work and his era.
Ginsberg is the sort of figure who has become, through the notoriety of his work, larger than life. But the horizon-expanding Radcliffe is an actor I would trust with Ginsberg's depiction. Let's just hope the movie doesn't open, "I've seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by the Babbling Curse."
After Disney’s Tim Burton-directed take on Alice in Wonderland scored the studio a one-billion-dollar-plus-grossing worldwide hit, it was only a matter of time before the studio’s live-action family-film division would offer another revisionist, auteur-centered interpretation of a timeless, beloved fantasy property. So, in March 2013, exactly three years after Alice’s release, the Mouse House and director Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies) are bringing The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful to multiplexes.
Since Oz: The Great and Powerful, which follows the titular wizard’s first, unexpected journey into the yellow-brick-road-paved, magical land, just began production a month ago, Disney didn’t have more than a brief behind-the-scenes featurette to whet fans’ appetites at the studio’s D23 Expo, held this past weekend in Anaheim. But based on concept art unveiled within the making-of reel, it’s clear the studio is adhering to a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” policy. Production designer Robert Stromberg’s (winner of the Art Direction Oscar for Alice in Wonderland, along with Karen O’Hara) sketches of Oz reveal it to be a more emerald-tinted cousin to the trippy, lushly colorful Wonderland of his and Burton’s film, with a few eye-catching surprises (like a large, grass-covered mountain shaped like a rhinoceros) added.
Although Disney won’t have Alice’s star Johnny Depp to lure audiences to Oz: The Great and Powerful, they may have taken a wise gamble in putting James Franco front and center as the Wizard. Franco’s an immensely gifted young actor whose taste in edgy roles (like gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl) and occasional tendency to appear sleepy and—how shall I put this?—perhaps herbally enhanced (most notoriously in his embarrassingly awkward hosting stint opposite the relatively high-energy Anne Hathaway at this year’s Oscars) nevertheless made him an eyebrow-raising choice to anchor a kid-friendly project. But the D23 set footage showed him comfortably at home in his Oz period garb, and in an interview, the actor’s description of this film’s version of the Wizard as “a cad, a lothario, a seducer” put the news of his casting in a whole new light. If Franco can bring the same devilish, flirtatious charm he brought to those early scenes opposite Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn in 127 Hours—which landed the actor his first Oscar nomination—than expect a charismatic star turn in Oz.
Franco will be backed by the formidable female trio of Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis as three Oz-dwelling witches. So that leaves Zach Braff as the Wizard’s comic-relief assistant as the only casting choice that still doesn’t make sense. The trope of the wacky sidekick has become tiresomely old-hat, and it’s hard to imagine the spazzy clowning Braff brought to TV’s Scrubs working in this less goofy context.
Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8, 2013.
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.
Life is better with Zach Galifianakis popping up all over the place. In his latest bout of awesomeness, he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live where he was mauled by “Snorki” with the help of her step-ladder before he set up a vivid mental image of him stark-naked, drinking moonshine, and riding around a weed farm on his pet giraffe. Viewer beware: I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.
After her alleged affectionate attack on Mr. Galfianakis, Snooki (milk that fame while you still can, honey) faced her accuser and took a moment to remind Jimmy of the meaning of DTF and explain why Angelina’s been evicted from the next season of Jersey Shore.
NBC is getting a little incestuous or at least a little too obvious with their self-promotion. Last night, NBC darlings Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler stopped by to chat with Jimmy Fallon, where Poehler promoted not one, but two NBC shows; SNL and Parks and Recreation. Even though that was a little much, I’ll forgive them, because it gave the two ladies a chance to make sweet musical love to each other with their rendition of “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love.”
James Franco (so dreamy) took time out of his busy college schedule to chat with David Letterman about his Allen Ginsberg biopic, life at NYU, and talking dirty with his professor. Hello, Mrs. Robinson.
James Franco is in final negotiations to join Danny McBride in Your Highness, a Universal comedy to be directed by David Gordon Green this summer in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor is so much in-demand that he's having to turn down some of the biggest movie projects in town.
Franco, says THR, was also in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's Inception, but scheduling conflicts made that gig impossible -- the role he would have played remains a mystery.
The actor is also said to have an offer to play opposite Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, a Plan B drama at Columbia, though it's unclear how that project would fit into his schedule.
Franco is taking classes for his master's degree at Columbia University and he recently sold a collection of short stories to Scribner. He's also playing Allen Ginsberg in the indie drama Howl.
Highness, which begins shooting in July, would see Franco partner once again with his co-star and director of Pineapple Express. The film, written by Ben Best and McBride, centers on an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father's kingdom.
McBride would play the prince, Franco his more heroic brother.
Scott Stuber is producing via his Stuber Prods.
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