Don’t get me wrong, I love both Hathaway and Franco. I love them when they’re in their element, like “The Princess Diaries” and “Pineapple Express,” respectively.
The duo might be perfect to host an episode of SNL together, but The Oscars? I’m not convinced. It’s like throwing two academically advanced pre-teens into college before they’ve hit puberty. It’s just not right.
Who knows, I could be eating my words after The 83rd Academy Awards air on Feb. 27, 2011. But Hathaway and Franco could also be letting their inner TAG kid shine through, fumbling through a job better suited to someone more reputable than actors who are best known for portraying a princess and a stoner.
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night…”
If you haven’t read “Howl” in it’s entirety, I suggest you peel your eyes away from this screen and do so immediately.
If you don’t know what “Howl” is, then I suggest you take it a step further and repeatedly hit yourself in the head with a blunt instrument.
Allen Ginsberg’s controversial poem is probably the most renowned piece of literature from any poet of the Beat Generation. The story of his obscenity trial is just as well known, and James Franco is bringing the tale to life this fall in the appropriately titled film, “Howl.”
Take a look at the trailer:
I have high hopes for this one. In addition to being freakin’ adorable, Franco is great at portraying historical figures. If you’ve only seen him in the Spiderman movies, I highly suggest expanding your repertoire. Franco played James Dean in the oh-so-cleverly titled “James Dean” back in 2001 and nailed it. Everything from his mannerisms to his emotions was spot on.
“Howl” is set for release on September 24, 2010, and co-stars Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.