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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the
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Former Harry Potter Turned Beat Poet Talks About Gay Sex Scene That Will Startle (Some) Fans

Daniel Radcliffe: Gay sex scene in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ will ‘startle’ fans (photo: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in ‘Kill Your Darlings’) Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has survived Harry Potter. Last year, he starred in the horror thriller The Woman in Black, a major sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and a moderate one in several other countries, including the United States and Mexico. Radcliffe’s next release is the John Krokidas-directed drama Kill Your Darlings, in which the (former) bespectacled Harry Potter plays bespectacled gay poet Allen Ginsberg — whose sexually daring poem "Howl" resulted in charges of obscenity in 1957. And of course, when it came to gay sex, Ginsberg did more than just write poems. And that’s where Daniel Radcliffe will do some unHarry Potterish on-screen business. ‘Kill Your Darlings’ gay sex scene “I felt like I was breaking new ground," Daniel Radcliffe is quoted as saying in Total Film.
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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

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Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
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Movie Review: Howl

Howl

Directed by Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Starring James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Todd Rotondi, Mary-Louise Parker

UK Release date: February 25, 2011

16:10pm Screen 3 in the basement of the Cornerhouse, the missus and I alone in the dark, a screen no bigger than 15x10 feet, making this feel like a slideshow presentation and the film starts in greyscale, in a smoky basement cafe in 1955 San Fransisco...

In 1955, a 29-year-old unpublished poet realised the American Dream in a four-part poem called Howl, a poem that would become an obscene ode to the struggle of his displaced lost generation, post WWII when the creation of 'teenager' also created a whole slew of new problems for the new transition between child and man.

"What would my father think of Howl?" Ginsberg wondered, a typical notion of self examination and the constant need to prove to parents that, yes,
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Jack Kerouac's Big Sur heads to the big screen

Jean-Marc Barr cast as lead role in Michael Polish's forthcoming adaptation of 1962 beat generation novel

Typical: you wait a lifetime for a big-screen beat generation movie and then three roll off the rank at once. Hard on the heels of last year's Howl and Walter Salles's yet-to-be-released On the Road comes Big Sur, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel by writer-director Michael Polish.

The independent production will star the French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac's thinly veiled alter ego Jack Duluoz, while Josh Lucas co-stars as Cody Pomeray, a substitute for regular Keroauc muse Neal Cassady. The cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Radha Mitchell and Anthony Edwards.

Published in 1962, the autobiographical Big Sur charts the meltdown of a feted young author, who flees his native New York to hole up in a cabin on the coast of California. It was based on Kerouac's own experiences at Big Sur,
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'High res 'Howl' trailer as well as the poster on Movie Jungle. James Franco stars.

Check out the poster as well as the trailer for Oscilloscope Laboratories' "Howl" starring James Franco as Allen Gisnberg, Todd Rotondi as Jack Kerouac, Jon Prescott as Neal Cassady, Aaron Tveit as Peter Orlovsky, David Strathairn as Ralph McIntosh and Jon Hamm as Jake Ehrich. Check out all the images, the poster and the trailer below! “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked . . .” Howl is the story of how the young poet’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to "Howl," the most timeless work of his career. "Howl" interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic
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