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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 08:24 AM
http://www.nypress.com/blog-6914-jerry-garcia-biopic-in-the-works.html


Although I'm a major Deadhead I just can't really see a movie about his life. Yes the San Francisco scene in the 60s is beyond fascinating, but I just can't except a substitute trying to act like him, try to play the guitar like him. Some things just can't be put on the silver screen and this is one of em!

I disliked the Oliver Stone Doors movie and feel this is going to be similar

A full length documentary would have been a better bet.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 08:40 AM
How about Jeff Bridges in the lead
 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 10:52 AM
From Rolling Stone --

Jerry Garcia Movie Announced
'Dark Star' will chronicle Grateful Dead leader's early life

The story of Jerry Garcia's life before he became the heart of the Grateful Dead is heading to the silver screen for the first time. Director Amir Bar-Lev and his team of producers have announced plans to turn Robert Greenfield's Dark Star: An Oral Biography on Jerry Garcia into a big-screen biopic. Like the film Nowhere Boy, which chronicles John Lennon's adolescence prior to joining the Beatles, this movie will focus on Garcia's early life before he became the figurehead of the legendary jam band. "I don't think Jerry is easily understood. I think he's a complex human being," Greenfield tells Rolling Stone. "After a certain point, everyone had their own vision of Jerry. This film is about who he really was before people made him what they wanted him to be. I think a lot of that has been lost in the legend and the myth that has grown since his death."

Greenfield says the movie ends when Garcia leaves to join the Dead, but it captures the period when the guitarist was working in coffee shops and playing bluegrass, newly married with a young daughter. Likening it to Backbeat, the film about the young Beatles, Greenfield says, "All the seeds of his life and the formative influences that came through his music with the Dead everything is there, the childhood, the death of his father, the way he grew up. You see him at the crossroads of his life." He adds that production could begin as early as next year.

Greenfield, a Rolling Stone contributor, is well versed in Haight-Ashbury psychedelia, having cowritten Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out and written Timothy Leary: A Biography. Dark Star charts Garcia's life via interviews with his friends, family and bandmates. Since the film will take place prior to Garcia's Dead days, Greenfield said it's unlikely the film will feature the band's music, opting instead for a soundtrack filled with "bluegrass, folk ballads and jugband music" that was influential at the time. Bob Weir and songwriter Robert Hunter will be portrayed in the film.

"This picture will be psychedelic in the best sense," Greenfield says, explaining that the storytelling will not be completely linear. The film's title has not yet been officially announced, but Greenfield tells RS the film will be titled Dark Star. "The reason we're focusing on this part of his life is [he was] an artist struggling to find himself. During the acid revolution, when he came LSD, it changed the way he played his music," Greenfield says. "He did things on electric guitar that weren't done before not because he had taken LSD but because of all the influences he absorbed throughout his life. It's an accident of history and where he was in time."

Screenwriter Topper Lilien, whose last big-screen writing credit was 2000's live-action Dungeons & Dragons, will pen the script. Bar-Lev is a noted documentary director who has previously helmed the post-Katrina New Orleans doc Trouble the Water and more recently The Tillman Story. "Amir is a remarkable guy. He knows the Dead very well," Greenfield tells RS. "He knows their music. He is a documentary filmmaker. He's got the right sensibility; he really gets what the piece is about and what Jerry is about. He certainly understands what the Dead were about. He strikes me as a really good choice."



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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 12:42 PM
Ugh.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 12:49 PM
Could go either way. Hoping for the best

 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 01:30 PM
wait & see
 
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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 02:22 PM
At the end of his life the heroin insulated him from the hoards who wanted to turn their pound of flesh into a buck.
The usual suspects continue to pick his bones for whatever they can.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 02:30 PM
I like the idea of focusing on Jerry'ss early life and musical influences. I know he at least once attended the Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax VA. I have gone there the last 11 yrs w/ one exception (#12 in 3 weeks!), and every yr I think about Jerry and what his impressions of it might have been. I will see the movie.
 

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  posted on 7/23/2010 at 11:11 PM
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Man I'm glad I don't care.

Phew, Jerry Garcia.






Wow.




As a pitiful excuse for a human being, could you suck any more?????



I kind of doubt it.

 

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  posted on 7/24/2010 at 01:05 AM
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Man I'm glad I don't care.

Phew, Jerry Garcia.






Wow.




As a pitiful excuse for a human being, could you suck any more?????



I kind of doubt it.








Sorry Ron but I don't feel the magic that wasn't Jerry Garcia.

Yes, you worship at the altar of his hippy greatness.

But really, I just don't feel it.

I'm not grateful Jerry is dead, I just never cared.

Then too I'm not into getting really stoned and listening to long
hippy jams.

Some folks love to get stoned and to gyrate and dance to
the hippy vibrations, folks like you Ron.







You ego is your own loss. You don't know what you're talking about. Its about the music, not the fans. Duane loved Jerry and the Dead.

 

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  posted on 7/25/2010 at 05:45 PM
I heard Bruce Vilanch landed the starring role....




JUST KIDDING! Gosh........

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 09:52 PM
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Man I'm glad I don't care.

Phew, Jerry Garcia.






Wow.




As a pitiful excuse for a human being, could you suck any more?????



I kind of doubt it.








Sorry Ron but I don't feel the magic that wasn't Jerry Garcia.

Yes, you worship at the altar of his hippy greatness.

But really, I just don't feel it.

I'm not grateful Jerry is dead, I just never cared.

Then too I'm not into getting really stoned and listening to long
hippy jams.

Some folks love to get stoned and to gyrate and dance to
the hippy vibrations, folks like you Ron.







You ego is your own loss. You don't know what you're talking about. Its about the music, not the fans. Duane loved Jerry and the Dead.




Agreed. Seems like you are trying to play the douche card here flat_foot. Don't be a hater. You don't have to love Jerry to appreciate what he and his band brought to (and created) the scene.

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 09:56 PM
hmmm ... being a huge Grateful Dead and Jerry fan - I'm intrigued. (thanks for the heads-up )

 

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  posted on 7/27/2010 at 10:39 PM
I'm there.

sounds like a MUCH better idea to end it when the Dead started, imo

 
 


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