1971 James Taylor/Dennis Wilson Road Trip Film ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ Gets Deluxe Criterion Blu-Ray

Two-Lane Blacktop, the cult classic film which stars the unlikely pairing of musicians James Taylor and the late reckless Beach Boy Dennis Wilson (in a non-musical setting) finally comes to Blu-ray today in a handsome deluxe edition via The Criterion Collection, which is loaded with extras and commentary by director Monte Hellman.

The film, which was originally released in 1971, came on the heels of other “road/youth” films at the time which were largely from the AIP (American International Pictures) Studios in the mid to late 1960s and showed young people in a more uninhibited light (bikers, juvenile delinquents, transient hippie types) than was standard fare that showcased people of that stripe in movies released by larger film companies. With the 1969 release of Easy Rider, which was distributed by Columbia, a major Hollywood studio, and to massive critical and financial success, suddenly there was an interest in these this type of genre picture, hence where Two-Lane Blacktop came in.

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Chloe Moretz & Rupert Grint Join Dennis Wilson Biopic ‘The Drummer’
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Two more actors have been added to the cast of Randy Miller‘s The Drummer, a biopic of the late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson with The Dark Knight‘s Aaron Eckhart starring as the late musician.

Variety reports that Let Me In‘s Chloe Moretz, who’ll be seen next in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, is in talks to star as Wilson’s daughter, Jennifer. Also on board is Rupert Grint, best known for his role as Harry Potter’s red-headed best friend Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, will take the role of William Morris, a “mail-room intern who befriended the musician in the last few years of his life.”

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Oscar Nominee Vera Farmiga Cast As Christine McVie In Dennis Wilson Biopic ‘The Drummer’

Actress and filmmaker Vera Farmiga, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in 2009’s Up in the Air as well as films like Orphan and The Departed, has signed on to play singer/songwriter Christine McVie in The Drummer, a biopic of the late musician and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, for director Randy Miller.

McVie and Wilson were in a relationship from 1979 to 1981, but McVie was forced to break things off because she couldn’t deal with his alcoholism. Wilson died from drowning two years later.

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