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Zooey Deschanel to belt out Joplin hits for Penelope Spheeris!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little song for ya' about that Janis Joplin biopic Penelope Spheeris has been working on for a while called THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JANIS. Now she's found her Janis in Zooey Deschanel, a choice that I'm very intrigued by. Deschanel's voice is unique and doesn't really remind me much of Joplin, who wasn't as elegant as what I've heard from Deschanel. However, I like her in the role. She'll be able to go as grungy and earthy as Joplin was. What are your thoughts?

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  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    This is better than the other movie with Pink

    by FordPerfect

    By ten fold.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by Drworm2002

    I like Janis...but she looked liked she got hit with a big bag of "What the Fuck?!?". Zooey is kinda of a little hotty. But if Charlize Theron can look like ass for Monster then I think Zooey can too.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Dude, this news is months old.

    by benito

    ...Yeah. I'm not being one of those guys who has nothing better to do than throw shit at you guys or anything... I just thought you might want to know. This has been around for a looong time.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by The Alienist

    She's sorta amazing. She has a very modern/hip look to her, but has the singing voice of a Broadway and pop singer of the 50's, in that Doris Day sorta way. She was the best thing about the recent TV remake of "Once Upon a Matress".

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    yay for August news!

    by indiebum

    I first heard about this on August 17... c'mon, I want to have faith in you guys!

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Yeah, this is quite old news!

    by abiggerboat

    I'm sure I saw it on Coming soon or IGN, ages ago!

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Zooey? As Janis?

    by StovetopStuffin'

    I love Zooey, and I love Janis, but Janis wasn't exactly the beauty that Zooey is. (I of course have a bit of a crush on Zooey). Then again, River Phoenix as Johnny Cash? Who knew. I have faith in Zooey.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I thought Renee Zellweger was supposed to be in this?

    by Rupee88

    I guess she dropped out at some point or maybe that's yet another Janis movie.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Her sisters not bad either

    by optimus122

    Love to have me a Deschanel sandwhich.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Stand by Me 2: Walk the Line

    by indiebum

    River Phoenix didn't play Johnny Cash, Joaquin Phoenix played him. Big difference, one is alive and one isn't.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Only about 500,000 times hotter than Janis Joplin on her best day. Who wants to see a movie about Janis Joplin anyhow? Who would want to act in it? I guarantee no matter how good this movie may turn out to be, no one will want to go see it, and no one will want to award it either. So what is the point, to glorify untalented debauchery?

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I never liked Janis very much

    by abominate

    She was a year or two before my time, and during her short career she didn't record anything I enjoy. She just shrieked like a banshee. I change the station whenever "Piece of My Heart" or "Bobby McGhee" comes on. I'd rather have a cavity filled than listen to her.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I thought this was that other miovie...

    by loodabagel

    Wcich no longer has Pink. Why didn't they keep her? Save money on makeup, she's already ugly.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    In more important news...

    by abominate

    ...the cover of the X-Men 3 DVD looks like poop, like each character was cut-n-pasted on there in your typical "line up behind one another" fashion. Which I suppose is exactly what was done. Hopefully the DVD version will cut out all Halle Berry scenes and add a bunch of nude Famke Jansen scenes.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    River Phoenix played Johnny Cash?

    by Childe Roland

    Was that zombie Johnny Cash? Was this after his brother played Cash in Walk the Line? I'm intrigued. As for Zooey, she's definitely got the range. I suspect they can ugly her up enough to make her a decent movie version of Janis (which you just knew was going to be more attractive than real Janis anyway). I approve of this casting. So let it be written...

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Janis could surprise you

    by oisin5199

    I remember seeing a Janis poster (not one of the usual ones) where I was stunned by how hot she looked, and I said 'THAT'S Janis?!' because we're so used to seeing her strung out and drunk or intensely performing (usually the same thing). But in this, she was posed and pretty. Zooey's a good choice, though I think she'll have to work a bit to be as larger-than-life than Janis.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    This is reeeaaaaly old news

    by Dmann

    We talked about this like, 2 months ago on the Dork De Jour podcast.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    This is the one Pink was initially attached to...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...looks like Zooey nabbed the role instead...the other project is the Zellweger attached one but that doesn't look like it's moving anytime soon.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    come on quint !

    by marcus torrance

    everybody knows this for at least two months now. But Zooey, great choice for Janis. This girl is fantastic.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    zooey is hot...

    by dale dragon

    I'd bang her any, and every day of the week. janis was not... Id have to be really f'd up on drugs to let her blow me like jim morrison did

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by VitaminJ

    PEnelope Spheeris can make a Janis Joplin biopic ONLY if she promises to make another Wayne's World movie. Dana Carvey needs the work.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Zooey is indeed hot, but still sucks.

    by Nice Marmot

    If there's a movie out there where she doesn't come across as super bored, tired, or tranquilized, please let me know. And Janis rocked. Cheap Thrills album. Says it all.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember Lily Taylor being attached?

    by Cellar Door

    I read some time ago (years, anyway) that Lily Taylor was attached to this project and, if I remember correctly, under a different director. She may or may not be able to sing but definitely has the acting chops to pull this off and certainly looks more the part than Zooey. Janis didn't have those big eyes like Zooey does. Though Lily is still more attractive than Janis (check her out in 'The Imposters' and tell me you don't agree! yargh!)

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by ImJustABill


  • Sept. 19, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by gride9000

    Quint, have you ever drankin' a bottle of southern comfort and downed a couple of ludes and then not showered for two, three days. Then fucked in the woods on acid. That's the kind of grunge ZOO-ZOO's gonna have to reincarnate. ???? mabye she'll out do Phoenix Jr. and Jamie Fox. I make no predictions of suckyness, but she's not black, so they won't give all the screen time to drug addiction like in "Ray".

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    This is news to me! But I get all my news from AICN!

    by pokadoo

    Anyways, it's good news! She's got the singing/acting chops to do it justice. They should cast Pink as Jim Morrison, though.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I read this last week in my TV magazine.

    by DerLanghaarige

    If you read it there, it's not news.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    good choice

    by tomhagen

    should be interesting

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Just be thankful it wasn't Melissa Etheridge

    by wash

    That would have been the most retarded movie since I am Sam.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Zooey Deschanel f'n rules!

    by extremetidal

    Yes, this is old news, but if it's on Ain't It Cool, there must be something to it! I have the biggest geek crush on Zooey and I think she's the best choice yet for Janis J. Forget Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Renee Zellweger, and Lili Taylor. Zooey will waste them all.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by IndustryKiller!

    "All the Real Girls". An incredible film. If you dont like her in it youll like Paul Schneider who was wasted in Elizabethtown.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by vivavitalogy

    Just because she's cute and a good actress doesn't mean she is right for the role. There hasn't been one woman considered for the roll yet that could portray this kind of person. This just goes to show how Hollywood yet again has absolutey no respect for fugly iconic women. Joplin is rollin over in her grave.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Man, I hope she doesn't do her own singing.

    by AnnoyYou

    Yes, I hope she will just mime to actual Janis songs, because otherwise Deschanel will ruin her voice screaming out "Piece of My Heart." I like Deschanel's voice a lot and wish she would do an album of songs already. The biggest problem I have with her casting is that she's far too pretty -- Janis was unsightly, and reveled in it. Pink is a bit closer, but actually the role should have been done years ago by someone like Lili Taylor or Imelda Staunton.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by EdwardApplebee

    this is yesterdays news, zooey!!! why did you have to cheat, why did you have to go to that party...

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Zooey can't act

    by Staldo

    Zooey, while pleasant to look at, can't really call what she does acting. One gets the impression that she kind of stumbled into the acting profession. I know she probably signed for the Hitchhiker's Guide movie for coke money, but she was fairly painful to listen to. Janis was somewhat fugly to look at, kind of resembled Ozzy Osbourne. If there is a twentysomething, female equivalent to Steve Buscemi out there, she should have gotten this role.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    She will do all the singing!

    by dirtsandwich

    I'm glad. Because if she pulls it off it will give her role in the film more life. I fucking hate fake shit.I hope she an excellent job. The best thing about Elf and Failure to Launch was her.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    They should cast the lady from Strangers with Candy

    by CreasyBear

    Mandatory comment box.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me.

    by minderbinder

    Like her acting, love her singing. She rocked in Elf.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    zooey = super HOT

    by Bob C. Cock

    i can't even begin

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by Uncapie

    You're talking to a tourist, whose every move's among the purest. I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Beth Hart as Janis

    by wickedblue

    Zooey!?! Cute gal but you gotta be kiddin' me! The real Janis would have kicked Zooey's ass. Beth Hart is the closest thing to the legend that I've seen.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by OhDaesu

    Too cute to play Janis Joplin.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST

    aint it very old news

    by dr.bulber

    dang burnit whippersnappers.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I don't see Janis rating, as the kind of role Zooey should be contemplating. ;^)

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Zooey? what the hell is a

    by old school

    Zooey? what the hell is a Zooey! Better yet is it pink?

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Janis Joplin is loved by many people.

    by Rakafraker

    Even kids who are too young to know what she was all about. My ex's kid LOVES Joplin, and she's only 12!!! Heck, Joplin died before many of the TBer's were born! Fact.

  • Sept. 19, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    You'll be surprised!

    by dirtsandwich

    She'll look and sound like her more then you think. Sure they could of found better. But I like Zooey, so I hope the best for her. I don't care for Joplin much but I'll see this movie.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by rightarm4Rosario


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    by rightarm4Rosario


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by rightarm4Rosario


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 4:31 a.m. CST

    she needs to gain about 100 pounds and get ruddy

    by Funk4America

    this is so hollywood, they should get a real woman to play her, not a model

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    What is this? The Meg Ryan biopic?

    by jollysleeve

    Actually, I'm a bit surprised that Beth Hart's name has never come up during the casting rumors.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST


    by BranMakMorn

    Check out the Dick Cavett DVDs that feature Janis Joplin. It captures a subtle side of her that is opposite from the rocker on stage. She even has a small discussion with Raquel Welch about why the media is interested in the lives of celebrities. Oddly enough, Welch had a better understanding of the media's misguided focus on the personal lives of actors eclipsing their artistic efforts.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Rosie O'Donnell as Janis Joplin.

    by Borgnine JR

    I could see either of them rooting for truffles.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    OLD news

    by d3funct

    Heard this over a month ago somewhere else.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Zooey has a great voice.

    by heyscot

    She sang in "Elf" quite well, and while it wasn't like Joplin, she has the vocal ability to learn how to sing like her. This will hopefully be her breakout role.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Did Uncapie just quote...

    by Childe Roland

    ..."One Night in Bangkok" in a talkback about Zooey playing Janis? Doesn't a reference like that violate the safety rules of pan-dimensional travel? Do you WANT to unravel the fabric of reality, Uncapie?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Can't Force Snakes On Us!:

    by The Colonel

    Repeat after me: you can't manufacture a cult movie. The very essence of a cult movie is that its appeal is esoteric. It is discovered organically by a small segment of the audience, beneath the mainstream, and passed along by word-of-mouth. Part of the fun of a cult movie is being one of the few in the know, being part of the cult. Just look how "over" Christianity became once Bush started pushing it on everyone. Boring! Getting in on the ground floor of a movie like Repo Man, or Donnie Darko, or Bottle Rocket, or Eraserhead is a badge of honor. Fans of cult movies watch, at first with glee, as Wes Anderson's second or third movie finally breaks him mainstream and their affection is validated. Only their glee turns to rage as they witness the bandwagon fill with posers who start co-opting the movies, quoting the lines but never really getting it, not really, ya know? Once again, Dr. Jones, we see there is nothing you can possess that a bunch of frat boy losers cannot take away. Being under-the-radar is what gives a cult movie its credibility. When Jay Leno starts making jokes about something, it's not only as over-the-radar as possible, it's suddenly about as cool as your Mom (unless she's on, then it's nowhere near as cool). SoaP was never under-the-radar. It was never a cult movie, it was a poser movie. ----------------------- Read more: --------------

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Hello! JOAN OSBORNE!

    by Zeke25:17

    She can belt out a song like nobody's business, and could probably pass for Janis appearance-wise after a few makeup alterations. Who the hell came up with ZOOEY for this? Jeezus, while we're at it, why not throw Keira Knightley into the mix? Or how bout that skinny chick in Hard Candy who looked more like a 13-year-old boy than most boys? (Did anyone actually like that film besides critics?)

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    What I've never understood is

    by dirtsandwich

    there are tons on people that make their living impersonating stars. I'd find a Joplin impersonator and use her. If she can't act then she can take lessons. Just like stars take singing lessons and have voice coaches for the movie. In this case I find it more important to get the act right (look, attitude, voice, talent..etc) then the acting skills. This person already has most of the work done,and probably knows the original artist's life inside out.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 7:11 p.m. CST

    blah blah blah

    by CreasyBear

    blah blah blah

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by CreasyBear


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by Bill Brasky

    This little hottie makes an already ugly-ass Joplin look like the undercarriage of my HMMWV.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Just watch THE ROSE

    by moondoggy2u

    Sure, they don't call Middler Joplin, but trust me, boys and girls, Bette's role WAS Janice and Bette nailed it, too. Still, if they're going to do the unnecessary Janice Joplin biopic, they should try to get Beth Hart.

  • Sept. 23, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    excuse me people

    by ubersnarf

    Can we get back to the ever important task of trashing on Rene Zellweger? Like the fact that everyone else in Chicago sounds like they're singing fairly live, yet Rene's voice is buried under a haze of production gadgetry? Like the fact that she couldn't sing (err, lip synch) live at the Oscars? Hack. Anyway, love Zooey, could give a toss about Joplin.