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Heebyjeeby: Miller Fails To Reclaim Glory Days of Punk

Perhaps it goes without saying that the more invested one is in the gloriously exciting New York City punk scene from the 1970s, the stronger disdain they’ll have towards Randall Miller’s latest film, Cbgb, so titled for the famed dive bar in the Bowery neighborhood which birthed the careers of numerous notable musical talents. While this is the director’s third effort in a row headlining Alan Rickman (following Nobel Son and Bottle Shock), their pairing has yet to yield a wholly satisfactory endeavor, even with the enjoyable thesp featured in juicy leading form. Miller’s latest is sure to suffer the greatest ire since it attempts to recreate a beloved golden age of musical genius with middling success. Moments of nostalgic emotion are ever so briefly reached, and evaporate so quickly that your only desire will be to
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Cbgb Movie Review

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Cbgb Movie Review
Title: Cbgb Director: Randall Miller Starring: Alan Rickman, Justin Bartha, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Donal Logue, Freddy Rodriguez, Malin Akerman, Richard de Klerk, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Mickey Summer, Bradley Whitford With “Nobel Son” and “Bottle Shock,” filmmaker Randall Miller has provided a couple nice, meaty, showcase roles for Alan Rickman, giving the British-born thespian a chance to act snobby and standoffish and self-destructive. The pair’s trilogy of movies on the precipice of something greater — films with engaging protagonists and an interesting backdrop or pitch, but little sense of psychological depth — continues with “Cbgb,” a celebration of the man behind the seminal New [ Read More ]

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Cbgb Trailer: Alan Rickman Will Rock You

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Cbgb Trailer: Alan Rickman Will Rock You
This trailer gives us next to no idea of how the film about New York's Cbgb and the club's owner will play out. But we can confirm that Alan Rickman, playing proprietor Hilly Kristal, is doing an American accent and donning gloriously curly hair and flannels and overalls. There will be original music from the Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Blondie, the Velvet Underground, and the Police, with actors like Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, and Justin Bartha impersonating all those bands and a handful more. Randall Miller (Nobel SonBottle Shock) directed the movie and wrote the script with Rickman in mind.
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Cbgb Lands at XLrator Media

Cbgb Lands at XLrator Media
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film Cbgb, a rock 'n roll true story of the legendary New York City club that launched dozens of top bands and is known globally as the home of American Punk Rock music. Cbgb tells the tale of the famed venue and its iconoclastic founder Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock). The release of the much-buzzed-about film is timed to take advantage of the huge Cbgb Music Festival event this Fall and the current mainstream popularity of "Punk" in the media, art and fashion. The announcement was made today by XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

The film will be released theatrically to coincide with the fast-growing Cbgb Music Festival, which takes New York City by storm October 9-13, 2013 with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages across the city including Times Square and Brooklyn's Barkley Center.
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New poster for the 'Cbgb' movie: Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins

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New poster for the 'Cbgb' movie: Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins
The "Cbgb" movie is on slate for a 2013 arrival, so it's only right that there's a new poster for the film. With the tagline "50,000 bands. One disgusting bathroom," the image displays the film's leading actors, to tell the story of New York's most infamous punk club. Alan Rickman stars as Hilly Kristal, Cbgb's founder; Rupert Grint is on hand as Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From the Crypt); Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins takes up the mic as Iggy Pop; Malin Ackerman plays Blondie's Debbie Harry; Ashley Greene as Hilly's daughter Lisa; and more. Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock," "Nobel Son," "Houseguest")...
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Cbgb Finds Another Lead in Freddy Rodriguez

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Cbgb Finds Another Lead in Freddy Rodriguez
Cbgb Starring Alan Rickman — not an official title; just throwing it out there — has cast one of its big roles, a junkie venue-haunter called Idaho, to be played by Six Feet Under and Planet Terror star Freddy Rodriguez. The film, an indie venture written and directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son), is kicking off production next week. And don't forget: Alan Rickman.
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Malin Akerman To Bring Blondie To The Screen

Malin Akerman To Bring Blondie To The Screen
Malin Akerman has signed on to play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in Randall Miller's upcoming Cbgb biopic, which previously confirmed Alan Rickman to play the legendary New York music club's owner, Hilly Kristal.   Miller (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son) is directing from a script he co-wrote with wife Jody Savin. Founded in 1973, Cbgb was a club that garnered a reputation as a forum for American punk and new wave bands, and Harry regularly frequented there, especially prior to the commercial success of the band's debut album in 1976.
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Malin Akerman Pipes Up As Blondie for ‘Cbgb’; Ahna O’Reilly Joins Ashton Kutcher-Led ‘Jobs’

Her shot at playing Linda Lovelace probably didn’t go as planned, so it’s time for Malin Akerman to take on a classier figure — if Blondie can be considered “classy” in the first place. ShowBlitz has learned that the actress will be seen as the ’80s icon for Cbgb, an account of the infamous New York City rock club and its owner, Hilly Kristal, who Alan Rickman will inhabit; his Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint, is expected to play Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome.

Past reports have indicated that these three will be the central figures of Cbgb, and when one looks over the club’s history — in terms of performers, events, and societal significance — you get some idea of the scope director Randall Miller (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son) will be aiming for. His own, prior credits give me a bit of pause, even if Rickman likes him, but
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Rupert Grint Tests His Range With Two New Roles

The boy who portrayed Harry Potter’s pal, Ron Weasley, is now a man, and he is due to appear in the upcoming films, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman and Cbgb, in what will be his first major roles as an adult. The 23 year-old actor, who is undoubtedly eager to to lose the label ‘that ginger one what was in Harry Potter’, will star opposite some heavy hitters, who will test his acting prowess in new and unfamiliar surroundings.

Charlie Countryman focuses on Shia Labeouf’s titular everyman character, who falls for Gabi Banyai; a woman who is, unfortunately, already involved with a mob boss. The film is penned by Matt Drake (Project X), will be directed by debutant, Fredrik Bond, and boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Mads Mikkelsen (Coco Chanel And Igor Stravinsky), and the brilliant Melissa Leo (Treme).

Cbgb (a working title) is the story of
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Alan Rickman Will Play Cbgb Owner Hilly Kristal

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Alan Rickman Will Play Cbgb Owner Hilly Kristal
Not only is there a Cbgb music festival going down soon, there's a movie, too. Randall Miller (Nobel Son, Bottle Shock) will soon film the venue's biopic, Cbgb, with Alan Rickman playing founder/proprietor Hilly Kristal, who died in 2007, less than a year after the legendary venue closed its doors because the rent was too damn high. The role was written specifically for Rickman, who will also portray Ronald Reagan this year.
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Rupert Grint and Chloe Moretz Hear 'The Drummer'

Tom Felton isn't the only "Harry Potter" alum to score a new gig today.

Rupert Grint, who until now has kind of been sitting on the bench as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have been shaping their post-"Potter" careers, has joined the cast of "The Drummer," according to Variety.

"Hugo" star Chloe Moretz has also signed on for the film that chronicles the last six years of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson's life, during which he released his solo album, "Pacific Ocean Blue," and struggled with alcohol addiction. Wilson drowned in Marina del Rey after a day of drinking shortly after his 39th birthday in December 1983.

Grint will play the role of Stan Shapiro, a mailroom intern at William Morris who befriended Wilson, and Moretz will play Jennifer, Wilson's daughter with Carole Freedman. The duo join Aaron Eckhart as Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Christina McVie, the Fleetwood Mac
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Vera Farmiga Walks to the Beat of 'The Drummer'

And she acts to the music of Fleetwood Mac.

The "Up in the Air" star has signed on to join Aaron Eckhart in "The Drummer," the biopic about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, according to Variety.

Vera Farmiga will play the role of Christina McVie, the notable singer-songwriter and member of Fleetwood Mac. "Hold Me," the hit single from Fleetwood Mac's 1982 album, "Mirage" (and one of the most popular music videos of the early days of MTV), was reportedly inspired by McVie's passionate and tumultuous affair with Wilson that went on from 1979 through 1981.

"The Drummer" chronicles the last six years of Wilson's life, during which he released his solo album, "Pacific Ocean Blue," and struggled with alcohol addiction. Wilson drowned in Marina del Rey after a day of drinking shortly after his 39th birthday in December 1983.

Farmiga is set for another busy year, as "Goats" premiered earlier this month
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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Box Office Results 12/06/09

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The week after Thanksgiving is never big for new offerings at the movies. Last year, for example, gave us Punisher: War Zone, Cadillac Records and Nobel Son, but Four Christmases and Twilight remained tops at the box office. So this week's number one and number two were last week's number one and number two -- The Blind Side with a hearty $20.4 million, and New Moon with $15.7 million. By this logic, half-assed though it may be, first and second place at the box office this time next year will be a Warner Bros. release followed by whichever Twilight they crank out by then -- although the Warner Bros. release will likely be the next Harry Potter they crank out, so ... yeah. People will probably go see that.

Of the new releases, the melodrama-sold-as-thriller Brothers made a decent enough opening with $9.7 million in third place (review forthcoming), with nothing new ranking behind
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DVD Review: Nobel Son

Nobel Son” is a film about a weathered relationship between a genius father and his overshadowed son. It’s also a film about kidnapping, adultery, lust, extortion, poetry, cannibalism, revenge, amputations, and just about anything else dramatic. Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Sweeney Todd) plays Eli Michaelson, a philandering, arrogant physics professor who just won the Nobel Prize. His son Barkley (Bride Wars) has yet to gain his approval for anything, including his Phd work on cannibalism. On the eve of the Nobel Ceremony, Barkley is kidnapped and held for a two million dollar ransom. His father, thinking it’s a joke, yells at Barkley and refuses to pay the kidnapper. The circumstances change when he receives a severed thumb in the mail. A great cast supports Rickman and Greenburgh, including: Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, and Eliza Dushku. Danny Devito also has a ...
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Wtf: Yes, They Would Make the Movie Today

If you watch enough DVDs, particularly the behind-the-scenes featurettes and the commentary tracks, you’ll hear a slew of cliches paraded about. These cliches include self-congratulatory interviews with the cast and crew talking about how clever the movie is (even if it’s not really that clever, like in Nobel Son or The Machinist). Or, how the director fawns over a particular actor or actress, saying they were their first and only choice (which is ridiculously stupid to say about actors like D-list nobody Martin Henderson being Gurinder Chadha’s first choice for the lead in Bride & Prejudice). Or my personal pet peeve is hearing television showrunners talk about how they want to “make Los Angeles a character” in series like Private Practice and Shark. (Hint, hint... no one living outside of L.A. notices the L.A. shots... to them, it’s just another big city near an ocean.) The
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new DVD releases in Region 1, June 9

green light (definitely check it out): The International: Clive Owen is even sexier when he’s taking down unscrupulous bankers. Tarp me, baby. [Amazon U.S.] [preorder at Amazon U.K.] Nobel Son: Alan Rickman is a mean ol’ meanie. So he’s stretching here, you see. [Amazon U.S.] red light (not worth your time): Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood, refusing to age gracefully. I might have to spot him that one, actually. [Amazon U.S.] [preorder at Amazon U.K.] Fired Up!: Have you heard? Teenage boys are horny. Shocking. [Amazon U.S.] Get the complete list of this week's new releases at Amazon U.S.
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[DVD Review] Nobel Son

It took some checking, but I finally figured it out: this is the year 2009. With a little bit more fact checking, I was able to determine that Pulp Fiction came out in 1994, a full fifteen years ago. I figured the statute of limitations on wearing another film’s influence on your sleeve runs out at about five years, but here’s Nobel Son, a heist/kidnapping/general criminal plot film that simply drips with the residue that Tarantino left behind him when he first blustered through film-making last century. No, there are no overlapping storylines or long dissertations on the hidden meaning of various pop culture icons. Tarantino certainly doesn’t have any kind of copyright on criminal films considering he was arguably bested by L.A. Confidential a few years after his own masterpiece. But if you look at the details of this film - the waving of handguns directly at the camera,
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Review: 'Nobel Son' on DVD

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Every now and then you see a movie advertised as coming to video and you scratch your head wondering why you’ve never heard of it. Nobel Son, which opened December 8 and is available on DVD today, is just such a case. The film stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Eliza Dushku, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Ted Danson and Danny Devito. Pretty nifty cast.

Now, check out the official synopsis: On the eve of Barkley Michaelson's father receiving the Nobel Prize, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel Prize money. When his father refuses to pay it starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge.

Sounds like it should be a pretty cool thriller. And yet. And yet the film lasted a mere three weeks during the holiday season and earned a meager $540,382 at the box office. As we’ve discussed previously,
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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 6/9

Gran Torino

In his last acting stint, Clint Eastwood dances behind and in front of the camera playing a racist Korean War vet who faces his prejudices after a Hmong teen tries to steal his beloved Gran Torino. James Rocchi said: "Gran Torino is, bluntly, a pretty good film -- sleek and brawny like the title car, but a little clumsy on the corners and with no small amount of knock in its dramatic engine." Rent it on DVD or Blu-ray.

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The International

When you mix Run Lola Run helmer Tom Tykwer and Clive Owen, you get The International -- an action thriller where Owen plays an Interpol agent itching to battle corruption in the world's largest banks. In his review, William Goss said: "Throughout, The International is a thankfully, skillfully mature effort by Tykwer to produce a proper thriller for adults, that
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