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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #58. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Lovelace

Howl saw Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman experimented with the biopic form and they came up with some surprising innovative results — we’re expecting some more of the same with the Linda Lovelace twin life stories. Massive casting round-up is impressive, and they got James Franco on board again, moving from his stint as Allen Ginsberg to the Playboy inventor. This is the first one out of the gate for the competing Lovelace biopics.

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#58. Lovelace

Director: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Writers: Merritt Johnson and Andy Bellin
Producers: Heidi Jo Markel, Laura Rister, Jason Weinberg and Jim Young
Distributor: Rights Available

The Gist: Written by W. Merritt Johnson and based on Eric Danville’s bio “The Complete Linda Lovelace”, this film follows Linda Boreman’s rise to fame as iconic porn star Linda Lovelace of 1972’s Deep Throat, and her subsequent transformation into feminist, anti-porn activist Linda Marchiano. The story is told through the perspective of three interviewers at various stages of her life…(more)

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Juno Temple, Demi Moore, Hank Azaria, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Eric Roberts, Wes Bentley, Adam Brody, Robert Patrick, Bobby Cannavale and Chris Noth

List Worthy Reasons…: Howl saw Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman experimented with the biopic form and they came up with some surprising innovative results — we’re expecting some more of the same with the Linda Lovelace twin life stories. Massive casting round-up is impressive, and they got James Franco on board again, moving from his stint as Allen Ginsberg to the Playboy inventor. This is the first one out of the gate for the competing Lovelace biopics.

Release Date/Status?: Currently filming, we’ve got the feeling this will be picked up well before it is completed. 2012 festival release is sure thing.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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