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Alan Rickman’s ‘CBGB’ Picked Up By XLrator

Movie's opening to coincide with CBGB Festival in New York

XLrator Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to “CBGB,” starring Alan Rickman as nightclub owner Hilly Kristal, the story of the influential New York music venue and its impact on the punk rock scene.

The film, directed by Randall Miller, will be released theatrically to coincide with the CBGB Music Festival  in New York City on Oct. 9-13, with over 500 bands performing on 175 stages.

Cast includes Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha. The film includes over 60 songs, including titles by the Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The Police and The Dead Boys.

“CBGB” looks at New York’s punk rock scene through the lens of the Lower East Side club opened by Kristal in 1973 as a home for “country, bluegrass and blues,” from which the club’s name was derived.

Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin produced the film along with veteran music publishing exec Brad Rosenberger and Kristal’s daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman, who is portrayed by Greene in the film. Savin and Miller wrote the screenplay.

Miller and Savin announced during Cannes that they would produce a biopic based on Gregg Allman’s “My Cross To Bear,” which will begin production this summer and will be distributed by Open Road Films in the U.S.

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