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Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn and Paul Rudd are attached to join the beatnik biopic "Howl."
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The 1950s-era feature focuses on the obscenity trial that sought to censor Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem. "Spider-Man" villain James Franco will play Ginsberg.

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

"Howl" marks the feature directing debut of documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, who were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Howl."

"Fifty years later, Ginsberg's vision is as relevant as the year he wrote it," Friedman said. "It resonates with issues of free speech, government censorship, militaristic empire building, fear-mongering, sexual conformity and the co-opting of religion."

Graphic novelist and Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker will create an animated reimagining of "Howl" (in segments Epstein described as "a Beat Fantasia"), and Carter Burwell will write the original score.

Epstein and Friedman produced and directed "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt," and Epstein directed "The Times of Harvey Milk," both Oscar-winning documentaries.
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re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

Jon Hamm has joined the cast.
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re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

I hope James Franco can lose the moniker "'Spider-Man' villain" That's just kind of insulting.
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Terrific cast - looking forward to this big time!
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re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

sounds great, I love this type of movie

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re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

James Franco and Don Draper guarantee my patronage. Also taking a course on 50's lit and history right now, so I'm really intrigued by this.
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Re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

Another bit of casting news ..... Aaron Tveit will be playing Peter Orlovsky, Ginsburg's lover. Aaron is one terrific performer, currently on Broadway in NEXT TO NORMAL and scheduled to star in the new musical from the "Hairspray" team. (He was in Hairspray on Broadway, and also in WICKED - he keeps bouncing from one hit project to another!)
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Re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic



The animated sequences over the recital sucked. It felt pretty wrong to emblazon a personal interpretation of the poem onto the entire visual field of everyone in the theatre. But when the film went back to the crux of the story (a fantastic interview with Ginsberg - Franco is amazing - and the obscenity trial proper) the movie really, really worked. I'd recommend it overall, for those reasons (and a poignant Don Draper-esque Jon Hamm monologue) if for nothing else.

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Re: Howl (2009, Epstein/Friedman) - Ginsberg biopic

Also: it's not a Ginsberg biopic. It's barely a HOWL biopic.

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