LOVELACE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Lovelace opens today in limited release.]

The world wanted to possess Linda Lovelace. Celebrity always involves an aspect of ownership (it’s why we feel justified in judging the lives of famous people even though they’re personally strangers to us), but Lovelace was treated as a possession by her family, her husband, and ultimately the world as she became famous not for any aspect of her personality, but because she had one particular talent. In Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s biopic Lovelace, the filmmakers change the narrative of Lovelace from sex icon to victim of domestic abuse. The movie finds a tenuous connection between the public and private possession of Lovelace, but the narrative’s strength comes from stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard taking a mature approach to domestic violence, which helps Lovelace rise above its melodrama and poor structure.

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Talk LOVELACE, Future Projects, and More at Sundance

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace.  The film stars Amanda Seyfried as the titular porn star who rose to prominence following 1972’s Deep Throat (the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success).  Lovelace would eventually go on to claim that her husband Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard) physically and verbally abused her, and coerced her into the pornography business.   The film also stars Juno Temple, Wes Bently, Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, and James Franco as Hugh Hefner.

The day after the premiere, I sat down with Epstein and Friedman for an exclusive interview.  We talked about how Lovelace came together, changes during production, the music, deleted scenes,  how much of the film was “Hollywoodized,” and more.  In addition, they talked about some of the other projects they’re working on including a documentary about the history of the Oscars, a script about Anita Bryant, and an adaptation of We Deserve Nothing.  Hit the jump what they had to say.

Sundance 2013: LOVELACE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 189 days ago

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The world wanted to possess Linda Lovelace.  Celebrity always involves an aspect of ownership (it’s why we feel justified in judging the lives of famous people even though they’re personally strangers to us), but Lovelace was treated as a possession by her family, her husband, and ultimately the world as she became famous not for any aspect of her personality, but because she had one particular talent.  In Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s biopic Lovelace, the filmmakers change the narrative of Lovelace from sex icon to victim of domestic abuse.  The movie finds a tenuous connection between the public and private possession of Lovelace, but the narrative’s strength comes from stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard taking a mature approach to domestic violence, which helps Lovelace rise above its melodrama and poor structure.

Amanda Seyfried Strips Down for LOVELACE Poster

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It’s been a little while since we had a porn star update, so here’s a new poster featuring Linda Lovelace.  Technically, it’s Amanda Seyfried portraying Linda Lovelace in this new poster for the indie biopic, Lovelace.  Splitting hairs.  It’s not as provocative as you might expect, but I’m reserving some hope that, as the movie gets closer to release (unexpected pun!), the material gets more and more risque.  If that wasn’t the plan, it’s something the Lovelace marketing team might want to consider.

Then again, it’s not all about the sex appeal, since a good portion of Lovelace deals with the abusive relationship between the porn star and her husband, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard).  You can take a look at previously released images, set photos and posters here.  Lovelace also stars Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, and James Franco.  Hit the jump to see the new poster.

Promo Poster and Logline for Biopic LOVELACE Starring Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace

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Things are looking up for the biopic Lovelace. The film has finally locked its lead, with Amanda Seyfried set to star as the titular Linda Lovelace, and Peter Sarsgaard is in talks to play Lovelace’s lover/ex-husband Chuck Traynor. Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are onboard to direct the film and production is set to get underway in January. Courtesy of the American Film Market, we’ve got a promo poster and an official logline for the film, which gives us an idea of its direction. It sounds like it’ll center on Lovelace’s work in Deep Throat, as well as her eventual eschewing of the pornography business, as well as her tempestuous relationship with Traynor. Hit the jump to check out the poster and logline.

James Franco and Kate Hudson in Talks for Linda Lovelace Biopic LOVELACE

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James Franco is in talks to play pornographer Chuck Traynor in Lovelace, a biopic of 1970s porn star Linda Boreman (stage name: Linda Lovelace).  An offer is out to Kate Hudson to play the title role.  Should he sign on, Lovelace would reunite Franco with Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Boreman starred in what may be the most famous pornographic film of all time: 1972′s Deep Throat.  She later claimed that she did not consent to the acts you see in Deep Throat — that instead she was coerced by abusive husband Traynor with “an M-16 rifle at her head.”  More background after the jump:

Oscilloscope Sets HOWL, Starring James Franco, for September Release

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Distributor Oscilloscope will release Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Allen Ginsberg film Howl in theaters and on Video-on-Demand on September 24th.  The film, which stars James Franco as Ginsberg, centers on the poet’s 1957 public obscenity trial.  The flick, which also stars David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, and Mary-Louise Parker, opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews.

Hit the jump to read the full press release.

On Set Video Interviews HOWL – James Franco, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels and Writer/Director’s Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman

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Just a few minutes ago I posted the first footage from Howl.  While I thought that’d be the last of our coverage about the film until I see it at Sundance, I was just given some on set video interviews with James Franco, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels and writer/director’s Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman.

Even though I rarely post interviews that I didn’t do myself, it’s pretty cool to see everyone on set talking about why they wanted to do the movie and what it’s about.  Hit the jump to take a look.

2010 Sundance Film Festival: New Photos for HOWL Starring James Franco and Jon Hamm

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New photos for Howl, the upcoming film starring James Franco as revered beat poet Allen Ginsberg, have come online as the film approaches its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  I find these images impressive because we’re once again forced to recognize that James Franco can do anything.  Look at these photos and then remember that he’s doing a guest stint on General Hospital and it could be part of an art project.  He was also hilarious last year in Pineapple Express.  These projects are so vastly different and yet Franco always excels and it looking like Howl will be no different.

For those unfamiliar with the project, Howl is about the 1957 obscenity trial against Ginsberg for his poem, “Howl”.  Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film co-stars Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeff Daniels, and David Strathairn.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31st.

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