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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dept. of Bad Ideas, Poetry Edition

posted by on September 9 at 17:15 PM

There will be a film version of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” focusing on the obscenity trial against Ginsberg’s publisher.

David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd will join the cast of the film “Howl,” according to today’s Hollywood Reporter. Actor James Franco has already signed on to portray poet Allen Ginsberg.


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Well, you have to admit it is a pretty good cast. Who knows?

Makes a lot more sense than the resurrection of "Knight Rider."

Posted by Sad Comment | September 9, 2008 5:23 PM

I'd be horrified if this actually were going to be a film version of "Howl" -- yikes! -- buts it's just a movie about Ginsberg. So I'm only mildly nervous.

Posted by Irena | September 9, 2008 5:35 PM

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by bad movies...

Posted by PopTart | September 9, 2008 5:45 PM

They should have gone with David Cross. He was a dead ringer for Ginsberg in I'm Not There.

Posted by capitalism! | September 9, 2008 6:49 PM

bring it on. i used to hate franco, and after pineapple express i'm convinced he needs to keep playing freaks, deviants, and free spirits. this could be great (or really terrible)

Posted by Jill | September 9, 2008 7:24 PM

Franco is great in Freaks and Geeks.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | September 9, 2008 8:13 PM

Yes, the Cross Ginsberg in I'm Not There was freaking fantastic.

But I'll head to anything that Mary-Louise Parker is in so I guess I'll be seeing this film.

Posted by stinkbug | September 9, 2008 8:19 PM


Posted by Middleman | September 9, 2008 8:57 PM

Poptart, you're a genius. Thank you for that.

Posted by TVDinner | September 9, 2008 9:14 PM

i second david cross. franco is a terrible actor and looks NOTHING like him. it's not so much that the guy should be a dead ringer, but to have ginsberg as a tiger beat kid makes no sense.

Posted by konstantconsumer | September 9, 2008 9:23 PM

As a huge fan of Ginsburg and company, I'm rather excited about this. I wonder if they'll get Lawrence Ferlinghetti involved. Word is he still works at City Lights.

Posted by one of those angelheaded hipsters | September 9, 2008 11:09 PM

Fuck it -- I'm going to Rockland

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 9, 2008 11:23 PM

if they make him gain weight i'll be very mad. and he was perfect in pineapple express.

Posted by Phoebe | September 9, 2008 11:26 PM

#8 -- I would see this movie, and buy it on DVD, if they cast Steve Buscemi as Carl Solomon. Can you imagine Buscemi in a suit and tie taking off his shoes and throwing them at a taxi cab?

Posted by --MC | September 10, 2008 7:15 AM

I thought Ron Livingston did a decent job as Ginsberg in BEAT.

Posted by DENVEROPOLIS | September 10, 2008 8:13 AM

@12 I laugh at this invisible humor.

Posted by PopTart | September 10, 2008 9:54 AM

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