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Review: Randall Miller's 'CBGB' A Half-Hearted Sitcom Stab At Punk Rock's Mecca

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 10, 2013 10:08 AM
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It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from “Friends”—albeit with slightly more stain—but “CBGB” does it with total conviction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we've long passed the ellipses of punk's heyday, and seen the paunchy transformation of many of its leaders into contradictive shills. So in telling the tale of Hilly Krystal, the club's unlikely founder played here by Alan Rickman, director Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) could do worse than render the early-'70s punk scene as breezy broad comedy. He adopts that tactic and still falters though, deflating any energy or humor possible with his limp direction, sitcom consistency, and unfocused tone.

Watch: First Clip From ‘CBGB’ Arrives As Film Gets DirecTV Cinema Premiere

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 30, 2013 9:16 AM
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The past few years have seen VOD rise as viable revenue stream for some independent, with some indie distributors frequently launching first with a VOD-only release before a limited theatrical release some time later. Yesterday “CBGB,” the film chronicling the origins of the famed New York City club, became the latest film to adopt that release strategy.

50,000 Bands And 1 Disgusting Bathroom: Get In The Gutter With Trailer For 'CBGB'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 5:26 PM
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It's a bit surprising that it has taken this long for a movie to come around that takes a stab at capturing the punk spirit and music history made down at New York City's famed club CBGB in the '70s. But it speaks to just how powerful and vital of a time it was that it's still ripe for a big screen telling.

'CBGB' Soundtrack Features Blondie, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground & More Plus Lots Of New Pics From The Film

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 6, 2013 11:24 AM
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Your humble Playlist correspondent doesn't regret much about his life, but he does regret this: the night in 2006 when legendary Manhattan punk rock club CBGB closed its doors for the very last time, with Patti Smith playing the final set on the famous stage, he was in New York for the first time in his entire life and didn't go. This bitterest of missed chances will hurt forever, and CBGB now only exists in sweaty memories and booze-soaked anecdotes: but the forthcoming film about the club will perhaps numb the pain a little.

11 Posters For 'CBGB' Plus First Look At Malin Akerman As Debbie Harry & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 4:52 PM
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"CBGB," an upcoming cinematic chronicle of the famed New York music venue, features a veritable who's-who of stars playing the great and good (and bad!) of the punk rock scene which centred on the venue in the 1980s. Justin Bartha plays Stiv Bators (of Dead Boys), Malin Akerman plays Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, Mickey Sumner plays Patti Smith, Rupert Grint plays the Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop with Alan Rickman as the legendary Hilly Kristal, the founder of CBGB. The film, directed by Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock"), will be out later this year and a collection of ten neon-colored posters (via Hollywood Reporter), as well as a handful of stills from the movies, give some strong hints as to what kind of movie we're in for.

Scott Bakula & Nicky Katt Go 'Behind The Candelabra'; Justin Bartha Rocks 'CBGB' & Dermot Mulroney Gets 'Jobs'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 14, 2012 1:25 PM
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A few unorthodox period pieces/biopics are taking form in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra,” Randal Miller’s “CBGB” and "Jobs" with Ashton Kutcher. And all three are lining up some impressive ensemble casts, so let’s see who is taking over some coveted roles.

Ashley Greene Plays 'CBGB,' Matthew Modine To Fire Steve Jobs In Ashton Kutcher-Led Biopic 'jOBS' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 8, 2012 12:20 PM
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Randall Miller's rock 'n' roll tribute "CBGB" has found its female lead with 'Twilight' star Ashley Greene taking on the role of Lisa Kristal, daughter of the Hilly Kristel, the owner of the titular, influential New York club to be played by Alan Rickman. The story follows Kristal as she clashes with her father, ends up as the club's business manager and attends law school all while keeping the club afloat during tough times. The real life Lisa Kristal is, in fact, a producer on the film so authenticity shouldn't be an issue here. Miller is helming from a script he wrote with Jody Savin with several interesting cast members already filled including Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith and Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry. [Variety]

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins To Play Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner Will Be Patti Smith In 'CBGB'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 5, 2012 9:25 AM
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With every new piece of info that emerges surrounding director Randall Miller's rock 'n' roll tribute “CBGB," the more the film simply certifies itself as having a brilliant casting director in Richard Pagano. After Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman and Rupert Grint all found unconventional but intriguing roles as various mainstays of the famous New York club, the production continues its streak of inspired choices by adding a talented musician, a sitcom star, and a period-drama actress, among others, to the list.

Malin Akerman To Play Blondie Singer Debbie Harry In 'CBGB'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 5:12 PM
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It seems Malin Akerman is impressing all the right people with her pipes. The actress will be showing the world her take on Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" in the upcoming "Rock Of Ages," and she's graduating from that '80s neon-colored musical to something a bit grimier, but no less musical.

Mia Wasikowska Makes 'Tracks'; Hilary Swank Goes HBO With 'Mary And Martha'; Rupert Grint Rocks 'CBGB' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 24, 2012 10:26 AM
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Mia Wasikowska has signed on to star in John Curran’s (“The Painted Veil”) new indie “Tracks.” The film will tell the true story of a young woman named Robyn Davidson who traveled 1678 miles through the Australian desert in 1987. It’s an Australian production and will be based on Davidson’s memoirs of the same name, and has already secured distribution down under and in the U.K. (through Momentum Pictures)

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