This week, we saw the first photo evidence of Daniel Radcliffe’s turn as American poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, the newest drama about the Beat Generation. Though the film raises many questions for us, like “Do we need another film about Allen Ginsberg right now?” and “Why is a British kid playing a quintessential American icon?” and “But would Jesse Eisenberg really have been any better?,” we’re still pretty fascinated by any portrayal of Ginsberg on screen, however flawed it might be.
In an interview with the BBC, Radcliffe defended his casting, joking, “Well, James Franco is way too good-looking to play Allen Ginsberg.” True, but Radcliffe doesn’t look any more like the poet than Franco does. We don’t understand why nobody has ever cast Jeff Goldblum. It seems like a no-brainer. Ginsberg has been portrayed on film and television more than ten times since 1987, but there’s always room for improvement. We’ve taken a look at a few of his more prominent portrayals and laid down the brief, purely superficial judgement — let us know if you agree in the comments.
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1. Can you remember the last time that Woody Allen appeared in a movie that wasn’t his own? It’s been over a decade now. That’s why we’re excited to hear that he’ll join John Turturro in Fading Gigolo, an indie comedy which Turturro is writing and directing; they’ll play “cash-strapped best friends who decide to… Read More
“Over the line!” “Obviously you’re not a golfer.” “That rug really tied the room together.” “I am the walrus.” “Nobody fucks with the Jesus.” “Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.” Really, we could go on all day here. As card-carrying Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, we managed to get in to The Big Lebowski cast reunion and screening last night at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Also present? Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the film’s music director, T Bone Burnett. The event was part of this year’s annual Lebowski Fest, as well as a celebration for the film’s brand-new Blu-Ray edition. For all you super-fans who didn’t have the chance to down some Caucasians with the Dude last night, here’s a video recap and some of our favorite moments.
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