Cast announced for Allen Ginsberg biopic

Howl is a forthcoming film based on Allen Ginsberg, and particularly on the 1957 obscenity trial surrounding his eponymous signature poem which I’ve never read. It will mark the fiction directing debut for documentarian duo Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet).

James Franco (Pineapple Express) will star as Ginsberg alongside Paul Rudd (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Alan Alda (The Aviator), Mary-Louise Parker (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Jeff Daniels (Traitor) and David Srathairn (The Spiderwick Chronicles).

Interestingly another, unrelated werewolf movie entitled Howl will also be released next year. Which are you most looking forward to?


Sam Raimi throws hissy-fit, demands James Franco be cast as Jack Ryan

Sam Raimi, who’s apparently attached to direct the next Jack Ryan movie, is reportedly in a feud with Paramount over who to cast in the lead role. Basically, Sam wants James Franco and Paramount doesn’t, believing him to be too frail. Ryan Gosling was the last actor rumored for the role, and what you’re telling me he’s more buff than Franco? Raimi, who directed Franco in all three Spider-Man films is supposedly threatening to quit the movie should he not have his way.

Should he be cast, James Franco would be the fourth actor to portray novelist Tom Clancy’s popular hero after Alec Baldwin (The Hunt For Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum Of All Fears). Personally, I think Franco could pull it off, but the real question is why is Paramount having so much trouble with this franchise? All the Jack Ryan movies have been well received and they’ve all made good money at the box-office. Why didn’t Ben Affleck get recast for a movie that could have come out three years ago? And, more shockingly, why does Paramount apparently want to go with an original Jack Ryan story instead of using all the books they have left?

Jack Ryan books which haven’t been adapted yet: Red Rabbit, The Cardinal Of The Kremlin, Debt Of Honor, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six, The Bear And The Dragon… What gives?