There is a part of us that is vaguely interested in the movie Taking Woodstock, since we love Demitri Martin on his show Important Things, and the supporting cast (Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber cross-dressing again -- remember Mixed Nuts?) is impressive. But while the concert at Woodstock was certainly an exciting event, haven't there been enough movies about it? And is Ang Lee really the director to tackle the subject matter? Because when given exciting material, Lee has a tendency to turn it into a snooze-fest.
Dark Horizons is reporting that Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee will once again helm a movie portraying a gay main character, with the fairly awesome headline "Ang Lee Gay Again With Woodstock." The flick, fully titled Taking Woodstock and adapted from a 2007 Elliot Tiber book, tells the story of an in-the-closet artist who is head of the Chamber of Commerce in his small town. The town holds a yearly permit to hold summer music concerts, which he grants to the then-low key Woodstock festival to hold on his farmer neighbor's lawn. In addition to the Chamber job, the closeted main character also helps his Old World Jewish parents run their resort motel in the Catskill Mountains. (And yes, I'm actively refraining from making the requisite Dirty Dancing joke that immediately springs to mind due to my deep and abiding (and yes, adolescent) love for that movie.)