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Cinematical's 25 Hottest of 2008!

25 December 2008 3:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

In honor of the year that was 2008, we here at Cinematical have once again spent a whole bunch of long, hard-fought hours (days even!) slogging through the best of the best in order to present you with our list of the 25 Hottest of 2008. What were the biggest trends in the entertainment world this year? Which movies made the most money? Alternatively, which films garnered the largest fanbase? Which actor or actress enjoyed the most success? And just because they were big in 2008, does that mean we'll still remember them at the end of 2009? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. Just when you thought the year was over ... the lists have just begun. Check out the gallery below (then come back later in the week when we spin it around »

- Erik Davis

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'Scoutmasters', 'I'm Down' and 'Howl' among 12 selected for Sundance Lab

15 December 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- One week before the masses descend upon Sundance’s 25th, a dozen projects will get combed over by some people not wearing white coats -- the Screenwriters Lab matches future voices of cinema with contemporary folk who’ve paved the way before them. This year’s lab projects includes Todd Rohal's newest project after the Diy success of The Guatemalan Handshake, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Allen Ginsberg project titled Howl, and Mishna Wolff takes her forthcoming book release (I’m Down) and makes a screenplay out of it. Here’s a Cc of the press release of the projects and the lucky creators behind them. The projects selected for the 2009 January Screenwriters Lab are: Beasts Of The Southern Wild /Benh Zeitlin (co-writer/director) and Lucy Alibar (co-writer), U.S.A. Fuga Mortis /Kirill Mikhanovsky (writer/director), U.S.A./Russia Howl /Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (co-writers/co-directors), U. »

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Interview: Rob Epstein on "The Times of Harvey Milk"

24 November 2008 3:46 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Alison Willmore

When "The Times of Harvey Milk," director Rob Epstein's electric, Oscar-winning documentary about the life and tragic death of politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, premiered in 1984, Dan White, the man who assassinated the film's subject, had already been released from prison. Milk, the self-proclaimed "Mayor of Castro Street," became the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office when he was named San Francisco city supervisor in 1977. Less than a year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot to death in City Hall by White, a former colleague, a shocking act that would later be topped when White got off with a conviction of manslaughter and a seven-year sentence, an outrage that sparked riots.

This week sees both the 30th anniversary of Milk's passing and the release of a highly anticipated and long-in-the-making biopic of the man, Gus Van Sant's "Milk, »

- Alison Willmore

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Franco to take on Ginsberg role

20 November 2008 9:06 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Franco is to play homosexual poet Allen Ginsberg in new movie Howl. The picture marks the second consecutive gay role for the actor after he played Scott Smith, the longtime partner of gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, in Milk. However, Franco insisted that the sexuality of the characters he plays does not "make any difference to me". "Ginsberg has been one of my heroes, and this movie (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Franco Takes On Second Gay Role

20 November 2008 4:07 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Franco didn't hesitate to accept the part of homosexual poet Allen Ginsberg in a forthcoming biopic - his second gay role in as many years.

The actor's sexuality has become a matter of intense speculation since he agreed to play the longtime partner of gay public official Harvey Milk opposite Sean Penn in new movie Milk.

But the star insists he was so honoured to be asked to play Ginsberg in forthcoming film Howl, he didn't care that it could fuel the gossip.

Asked about taking on back-to-back gay roles, Franco tells the New York Daily News: "(It) don't make any difference to me. Ginsberg has been one of my heroes and this movie is just so important.

"I'm playing him when he was in his late twenties, just after he went to Columbia (University)."

Howl will tell the story of the 1957 obscenity trial over one of Ginsberg's most famous poems. »

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'Lizard' is lounging at Tiny Dancer

23 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- Tiny Dancer Films is looking to make strange and beautiful music with best-selling cult author/illustrator Daniel Pinkwater, as Jawal Nga's New York-based banner has optioned the Random House fantasy novel "Lizard Music."

Nga ("Married Life") will produce the irreverent tale of Victor, a boy left home alone by his vacationing parents who discovers a group of lizard musicians on late-night television. With the help of a man with a dancing hen under his hat, Victor travels to Thunderbolt City to find the mysterious creatures.

The 1974 young-adult novel is one of more than 100 titles in print from Pinkwater, a frequent contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered" and the subject of two biographies. A favorite among a generation of fans, "Lizard" is published by Random House imprint Dell Yearling.

In addition to the Rachel McAdams-toplined "Married Life," Nga is executive producing Overture's "Last Chance Harvey," starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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Killer Films 'Kill' for Krokidas' Beatnik Beginnings

20 October 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- We got a morsel of him in another Killer Films’ project in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (David Cross played a bearded version of the written word maverick), and the upcoming release of Howl will showcase James Franco in the big shoes of the great Allen Ginsberg. Is the beatnik culture making a big screen comeback? Apparently so. Variety reports that Christine Vachon has nabbed what appears to be not only a biopic but also works as a thriller spec script by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn. Krokidas who is tapped to make his directorial debut with Slo-Mo (a Sandy Stern and Michael Stipe's Single Cell Pictures project - the production company that participated on Velvet Goldmine and Being John Malkovich). Not to be confused with the terrible, same-titled Swedish U.S-set road movie from a couple of years back, Kill Your Darlings will showcase the founding members of Allen Ginsberg, »

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'Weeds' Actress Joins James Franco and Paul Rudd in Biopic

29 September 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Now that the fourth season of Weeds is over, production has settled down to take a break after a tumultuous season that ended with Nancy Botwin revealing that she is pregnant with what we assume is Esteban’s baby.  More intrigue came about when we reported about Justin Kirk, who is still hopeful that his character, Andy would still have a shot in winning Nancy’s heart come season 5.

Meanwhile, Weeds star Mary Louise-Parker is gearing up for a new project. Earlier this month, it was announced that she will be part of a new biopic, which will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

The beatnik biopic entitled Howl is based on Allen Ginsberg’s epic book-length poem of the same title.  The film will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the poem, and will feature animated visualizations of the piece, courtesy of graphic novelist Eric Drooker. »

- BuddyTV

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Five are going to 'Howl'

9 September 2008 8:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Five actors have joined the cast of the new biopic Howl. David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are all in the cast for the film, which is being written, produced and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

The film revolves around the obscenity trial launched to censor Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem, according to the trade The Hollywood Reporter. The pair were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Howl."

James Franco is lined up to play Ginsberg.

David Strathairn will play prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh, Alan Alda will play Judge Clayton Horn, Jeff Daniels will play prosecution witness Professor David Kirk, Mary-Louise Parker will play radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter while Paul Rudd will play literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols.

Director Gus Van Sant executive produces the film. »

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Solid Ensemble Coming Together for Beatnik Flick 'Howl'

9 September 2008 12:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Obscenity! The '50s! Legal drama! Book-length poems! Ok, that last one is part of what distinguishes the upcoming Howl, in which James Franco will star as legendary beatnik writer Allen Ginsberg. The film revolves around the court trial that took place after Howl was published in 1956 -- and promptly banned for obscenity. Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, David Straithairn, and Alan Alda have just been added to the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

All will play fictional versions of real-life characters. On the side of the prosecution (boo! hiss!), indie darling / TV star Parker will play radio personality Gail Potter, the reliably venal Daniels will embody Professor David Kirk, and the firm and steady Staithairn will be prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh. In behalf of the defense (yay! cheer!), Paul Rudd will play literary critic (?!) Luther Nichols. Calm and fair as always, I'm sure, Alda will play Judge Clayton Horn. »

- Peter Martin

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Franco, Strathairn, Alda and more in "Howl" biopic

9 September 2008 2:24 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Alan Alda, Paul Rudd and Mary-Louise Parker are to join "Howl." James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in the biopic by Telling Pictures' documentarians Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein. They will make a their debut in narrative writing and will produce as well as helm. The story set in the 1950s focuses on the trial to censor Ginsberg's poem "Howl." There are several real-life characters in the film - Strathairn plays prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh, Jeff Daniels is in as prosecution witness Prof. David Kirk »

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Howl of a Cast

8 September 2008 8:30 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

A truly exciting project that's quickly taking shape in Hollywood is the Allen Ginsberg biopic entitled Howl. With James Franco already slated to play the titular beatnik poet, his recently announced supporting cast is as strong as they come. David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd have all signed on to help tell the 1950's-era tale of the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem entitled, oddly enough, »

- Daniel Barna

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Five have the beat for 'Howl'

8 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are attached to join James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in the beatnik biopic "Howl."

Telling Pictures documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will make their narrative writing, producing and directing debut with the 1950s-era tale, focusing on the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem. The pair were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Howl."

Among the real-life characters featured in the film are prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn), Judge Clayton Horn (Alda), prosecution witness Professor David Kirk (Daniels), radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter (Parker) and literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols (Rudd).

Gus Van Sant is executive producing the project. Wma and Cinetic Media are onboard to assemble financing and handle sales.

"Fifty years later, Ginsberg's vision is as relevant as the year he wrote it, »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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