Posts Tagged ‘Brideshead Revisited’

Jesse Eisenberg Has Seen the Best Minds of His Generation Destroyed By Madness

March 19, 2009

kill-your-darlings1When Allen Ginsberg is remembered, it’s as the chanting dervish at the center of many cultural events of the 1960s. As one of the original “Beat” artists, he represented a nexus of drugs and sexuality. He let some of his poetics rub off on Bob Dylan, faced down the Hell’s Angels at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in 1965, and chanted at the 1968 DNC demonstrations in Chicago. But it wasn’t always thus. A famed campaigner for gay rights, Ginsberg for a while tried to mingle with the “straights” as a reporter for the World-Telegram with girlfriends and everything. As a poet, he struggled to escape the influence of his mentor William Carlos Williams before blossoming with “Howl,” one of the most famous poems of the 20th century.

Which is why the news that Jesse Eisenberg is to play the young Ginsberg in the horribly titled Kill Your Darlings is kinda intriguing. As the oldest son in Noah Baumbach‘s The Squid and the Whale, he created an indelible portrait of an awkward adolescent who, not unlike Ginsberg, wasn’t afraid to be off-putting. Eisenberg is poised to become the next Michael Cera with this spring’s Adventureland, but let’s not hold that against him. This could be some very exciting casting.
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Tribeca Trailers: From American Casino to Easy Virtue

March 18, 2009

Many are nursing St. Patrick’s hangovers at the moment, so when better to take a sample of the Tribeca Film Festival line-up? All day today we’ll be posting trailers from the films featured in this year’s fest, which kicks off on April 22. To begin, we’ve got a timely documentary on Wall St., a documentary about a blind child, a spot-on Blaxsploitation parody, a very grimy trailer for William Friedkin’s The Boys in the Band, a look at “business artist” Mark Kostabi, an investigation into anti-Semitism, an Oscar winner, and Kristin Scott Thomas grimacing through a Noel Coward adaptation.

American Casino (Leslie Cockburn, 2009)

The gamblers from Bear Stearns, Standard & Poor’s, and other future “I Love the 2000s” staples tell all.

There’s always more … after the jump!
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