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If the movie CBGB is going for local street cred, it’s not off to the greatest start.
The Randall Miller-directed film, which aims to tell the story of how an East Village blues bar became the accidental birthplace of American punk rock, released its first poster Thursday.
It features an ensemble lineup of some of the movie’s biggest stars — Alan Rickman, as Hilly Krystal, the club’s founder; Ashley Greene as his daughter, Lisa; Malin Ackerman as Debby Harry; Rupert Grint as Cheeta Chrome; and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, among others — placed against a cartoon of the now-shuttered club. Early reviews were less than kind.
Says The Village Voice, headquartered just blocks away from the club: “If you’re the type of cynical punk asshole who thinks the movie about CBGB can’t be anything but terrible, well GOOD NEWS, the movie’s poster essentially proves you right.”
On the bright side, Greene did tell The Hollywood Reporter last year that she was studying up on her punk: “I mean, it wasn’t necessarily my first choice in music type,” she said. “I went through the entire script and every band that they mentioned, I went in and downloaded it and listened to it during the film process. I already kind of liked Blondie anyways, so that’s an easy go-to. I actually didn’t mind some of The Ramones. I have a lot of it, but I liked them.”
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