Wednesday, May 29, 2024

CBGB Film, with 23 Producers and Name Cast, DOA with D List Distributor


Any hopes of Hilly Krystal’s legacy at CBGB being furthered by a new movie about the punk rock club are dead. “CBGB,” directed by Randall Miller, has been sold to a D List distributor of movies you’ve never heard of. XLRator Films is just releasing “Storm Surfers 3D” and a variety of junk headed straight to video. What a shame that the 23 listed producers of “CBGB” couldn’t make a better deal. The film stars some names, like Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Mickey Sumner, and Malin Ackerman. But it must be very, very bad if they couldn’t get Magnolia or IFC. Now “CBGB” will be in the slasher film bin. They’re even debuting it at the CBGB Film Festival– come on, this is sad. Punk is really dead. Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt– who makes $300,000 a year running the Bowery Residents Committee–the landlord that kicked out CBGB, shutting it down forever– must be so proud.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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