Posted on 05 June 2012 by Rich Drees
CBGB, director Randall Miller’s upcoming film about the early years of the famous New York City rock club, has added three more to its cast. Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki is set to appear as Terry Ork, manager of the band Television and an Andy Wahol associate. Mickey Sumner will be playing singer Patti Smith will Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will be appearing as Iggy Pop.
The trio will be joining Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal, Rupert Grint as as Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome and Malin Akerman as Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry. Also in the cast are Steven Schub (Chicago 8) as Dee Dee Ramone, Evan Alex Cole (She’s Outta My League) as Richard Hell, Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) as Legs McNeil and Kerry Bische (Red State) as Mary Harron.
As a fan of a number of the bands that got their start in the 1970s at CBGBs, I am pleased to see that many of those acts are going to be represented in the film. I am still anxiously waiting to see who will be cast as Joey Ramone and the members of Talking Heads.
The film is set to begin shooting in July with Savannah, GA set to stand in for Manhattan’s 1970s-era Bowery.
Posted on 29 May 2012 by Rich Drees
Randall Miller’s indie film CBGB has just added another cast member in the form of Malin Akerman. Akerman will be playing Debbie Harry, lead singer of the ground breaking band punk band Blondie, one of the many bands who got their start at the famed titular New York rock club. And as you can see from the picture above, I think that there is at least a passing resemblance.
Akerman will be joining Alan Rickman who still as CBGB’s owner Hilly Kristal and Rupert Grint co-staring as Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome.
This won’t be the first rock and roll tale Akerman will be in. She’s headlining the rock jukebox musical Rock Of Ages hitting theaters next month, though that is set a decade later than CBGB.
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Rich Drees
Alan Rickman has signed to play Hilly Kristal, the owner of the legendary New York City rock club CBGB’s for a film that will chronicle the venue’s storied history. The film, titled appropriately enough CBGB, is set to be directed by Bottle Shock helmer Randall Miller working from a script he has co-written with Jody Savin.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kristal’s daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman is involved as a co-producer and Miller is hoping to start shooting next month.
If for some reason you’ve never heard of CBGBs, then you should know that shortly after it opened on the Bowery in 1973 it became ground zero for the punk movement in America where such bands as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television, the Patti Smith Group and the Cramps first rose to prominence. The club would continue to serve as an incubator for acts up until its closing in October 2006.