The trailer for the upcoming film CBGB, about the life and times at the legendary New York nightclub, was recently released. I honestly hadn't thought much about the film since it was announced last summer, but I'm really excited by how it looks in the trailer here. It's got such a wild assortment of people -- Alan Rickman is the real star (as he should be!) as club owner Hilly Kristal, but the film also counts Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Rickman's Harry Potter costar Rupert Grint, Frances Ha actress Mickey Sumner and former Veronica Mars super-creep Kyle Gallner among its stars. Also if anyone reading is a fan of the movie Grandma's Boy, J.P. (aka Joel Moore) is playing Joey Ramone, so that's pretty fantastic in and of itself.
I really dig the film from the looks of it (Justin Bartha as Stiv Bators? Yes please.) If the soundtrack is any indication, it will be phenomenal. You can see the full listing here, but the collection includes tracks by The Stooges, New York Dolls, Blondie and the Velvet Underground (but surprisingly, there aren't any songs by the ultimate CBGB group The Ramones, only a solo track by Joey).
The reception that the project's proposed story has gotten has been divisive, especially among the film's subjects, but here's hoping that the film is as incredible as we all know it can be. The story behind CBGB is too wild to not share!
Title: from "Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads)