'CBGB' to get fall theatrical release

May 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- XLrator Media said Thursday it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to "CBGB," a film about Hilly Kristal, the founder of the titular New York music club.

Alan Rickman plays Kristal in the movie, which was helmed by his "Bottle Shock" director Randall Miller.

The film will be released theatrically this fall to coincide with the CBGB Music Festival, which is to take place Oct. 9-13, with more than 500 bands performing on 175 stages across New York City, including in Manhattan's Times Square and Brooklyn's Barkley Center.

"CBGB" co-stars Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint, Justin Bartha, Joel David Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Donal Logue, Stana Katic and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. The movie features 16 on-camera musical performances, as well as more than 60 classic songs by the Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The Police and The Dead Boys, among other acts who played at the club, which closed in 2006 and is now an upscale clothing boutique.

"CBGB is one of the most iconic and authentic names in music history, and Randy's extraordinary film is a raucously entertaining celebration of the music and artists that have defined the culture for decades," said XLrator Media Chief Executive Officer Barry Gordon in a statement. "'CBGB' is the rare film that will resonate with teens, millennials and legacy fans alike. The whole family can jump in the mosh pit together for this one."

"I'm thrilled to be working with XLrator Media to bring this film to audiences this fall. They are passionate and creative marketers who really embrace the potential for 'CBGB,'" said Miller.

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