Posts Tagged ‘Milk’

Gus Van Sant Gets on the Bus

April 13, 2009

electric-kool-aid-acid-testTime Out New York‘s breezy Frame-Up breaks the news that Gus Van Sant will direct the movie of Tom Wolfe‘s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Alas, the story of how the blog found out is about as convoluted as the Sargossa Manuscript. It apparently involves a Tweet about a Tweet from Gus Van Sant. Van Sant had no sooner written that he was directing the movie, when his Tweet disappeared into the cybernetic void. This also describes several acid tests we’ve enjoyed in the past.


Punch Drunks: Sean Penn to Play Larry Stooge?

March 25, 2009

Buried in the rear of the Milk DVD is a clip where Sean Penn‘s Harvey Milk dresses as a clown and canvasses a streetcar. No context is given for this bizarre behavior, but the deleted scene may give an indication of where Hollywood’s moodiest sonuvabitch is headed. Now Variety is reporting that Penn is going to play the immortal Larry Fine in the Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges.

No, you didn’t just imagine that. Feel free to read the first paragraph again.

There’s no doubt that Penn can do comedy–Exhibit A: Shanghai Surprise Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Is there any room for drama? Not exactly. Before Larry Fine joined the Stooges he was a fiddler. As Wikipedia notes, “in many of the Stooge shorts, Fine did more reacting than acting.” Stooge director Charles Lamont said, “Larry was a nut. He was the kind of guy who always said anything. He was a yapper.” He also loved gambling so much that when the plug was pulled on the Stooges shorts in 1957, the spendthrift Fine was left nearly penniless.

We’re in. Dammit, WE’RE IN. With Penn’s kudos attached to the film, the Farrellys may also be able to score the next two pieces of the puzzle. MGM are negotiating with Jim Carrey to play Curly and Benicio del Toro has been asked to play Moe.

No, you didn’t just imagine that. Feel free to read the last paragraph again. Yes, April Fool’s Day is about a week away.

Carrey is reportedly going to gain 40 pounds to play the nyuk-nyuk-nyuk half of the bunch, who many fans believed was indeed clinically insane. Variety prefer the term “seminal physical comedian.” The article also stresses that rather than telling the Stooges’ life story–which judging from what we now know of Larry might be a non-starter–the film will be “a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and [Curly] Howard played.” Cameras are set to roll in fall 2009, unless someone wakes up and realizes that this could well be the nuttiest movie since Gus Van Sant decided to remake Psycho shot-for-shot.

So we’ve got Harvey Milk, Andy Kaufman and Che Guevara. Anyone for Shemp?

Jon Hamm Defends the Best Minds of His Generation From Being Destroyed By Madness (Slight Return)

March 25, 2009

jon-hammAll of a sudden, everything’s coming up Allen Ginsberg. Why? Are we envious of the man’s ability to free his spirit in a conformist age? Is it because there’s a bit of a gay, Jewish, quasi-communist, beat poet inside all of us? Is it because it’s still possible to get a chill down the spine when we hear the opening lines of Howl, while “My love is like a red, red rose” just doesn’t cut it anymore? At any rate, now we’ve got not one but TWO upcoming Ginsberg projects to track. Oh, the dharma of it all!

We already know about Kill Your Darlings, the story of David Kammerer’s 1944 murder by Lucien Carr, the young Adonis who brought the various players in the beat scene together in one dysfunctional melange. Now Variety is reporting that Jon Hamm is joining the cast of Howl. The film will follow the 1957 obscenity trial against Ginsberg’s signature work. Bookseller and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was tried for peddling a poem that included references to drugs, sodomy and all other manner of behavior that makes Sarah Palin’s toes curl.