Film Preview: Joshua Tree

A new movie explores the secret life of James Dean

Rumors about James Dean – the too-young-to-die icon – have been swirling ever since he drove his car into oblivion after filming only three motion pictures in his lifetime. A new film – Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean – explores the underbelly of fame and the moody heartthrob’s rumored affairs with other men to get ahead in Hollywood. The flick’s been playing the festivals since 2011, but will finally be getting a release date.

There must be something about 1950s nostalgia as we eagerly await another new film – On the Road (based on Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name) – starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart in the ultimate story of “bromance” in the wilds of America.

Of course, when it comes to Dean, it’ll be tough to beat James Franco’s steamy portrayal of the actor in the made-for-TV film James Dean, but this time around, James Preston is the lead in the full-length feature – bringing to life a legend with no shortage of skeletons in his closet.

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