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Travel Movie Watch: First Trailer for ‘On the Road’

After years of stops and starts, it’s here: Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”—or an official trailer, at least. The movie is due out later this year.



Scenes From the ‘On the Road’ Movie

Jerry Cimino, founder and curator of The Beat Museum, updates what’s going on with Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Kerouac’s classic.

The film was shot between August and December of 2010 in Montreal, New Orleans, Mexico, San Francisco and many other locations. But Walter Salles was searching for even more authenticity, so unbeknownst to just about everyone he and Garrett Hedlund took to the road for a second time in April of 2011. They spent two weeks along with a crew of five and blasted 4,000 miles across the back roads of the USA. They purposefully avoided the interstate highways not built until the 1950s, retracing as best they could the original route of the two lane roads Jack & Neal drove.

The purpose of this unpublicized trip was for Walter and Garrett to be involved in the “Second Unit” shooting themselves. True to their desire to make On The Road as authentic as they could they wanted to capture the images of the ‘49 Hudson roaring across the continent with the sights and sounds of the country in the background. The story of On The Road is also the story of America and the film makers wanted to capture the physical and human geography at the core of On The Road as part of the film.

The Huffington Post has photos.


A Must-Have ‘On the Road’ iPad Book App?

Sounds like it. Penguin published an iPad book app for Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” this week, and it’s being hailed as somewhat groundbreaking, at least as far as classic literature apps go. It features a slew of exclusive additional material, including a map, commentary, a slideshow of cover art from international editions, and tributes from Bob Dylan and others.

The decision to bring out “On the Road” as an app has a lot to do with this iconic status, explains Stephen Morrison, editor in chief of Penguin Books, reached this week by phone at his Manhattan office. “We were looking for a book with enough resonance,” Morrison says, “as well as enough supplemental material from which we could learn how to curate a literary app.”

The key word there is “learn,” which is what all of us, publishers and writers and readers, must do now as the publishing industry increasingly comes to terms with the digital age. We need to learn how to use the digital space as a vessel, as a container, how to produce and interact with apps and electronic texts that feel like books, yet also reflect the possibilities of technology.


‘On the Road’ Meets ‘On the Bro’d’

An amusing and crude Tumblr mashes up Kerouac’s classic. The opening lines of On the Bro’d:

I first met Dean not long after Tryscha and I hooked up. I had just gotten over a wicked fucking hangover that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with a six-foot-five douchebag and a beer bong. With the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of my life you could call my life on the bro’d. Before that I’d often dreamed of going West to see hot LA actress chicks and try In N’ Out burgers, always vaguely planning and never taking off. Dean is the perfect bro for the road because he knows how to fucking party.

And the mad ones? You’ll now find them trolling Buffalo Wild Wings:

[T]he only bros for me are the awesome ones, the ones who are mad to chug, mad to party, mad to bone, mad to get hammered, desirous of all the chicks at Buffalo Wild Wings, the ones who never turn down a Bud Light Lime, but chug, chug, chug like fucking awesome players exploding like spiders across an Ed Hardy shirt and in the middle you see the silver skull pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

(Via @thebookslut)


The ‘On the Road’ Movie: It’s Really Happening, and Soon

When a couple of major casting decisions for the long-awaited flick were announced this spring, I remained skeptical about the project hitting theaters anytime soon. Turns out I should have been more optimistic: “On the Road” is filming now, in locations as far-flung as Montreal, New Orleans, San Francisco and New Mexico. Get the Big Picture’s Colin Boyd thinks it could be ready for Sundance 2011.

A number of heavyweights have joined the cast in supporting roles: Amy Adams, Viggo Mortenson, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi and Terrence Howard will all make appearances. I’ll admit, I’m getting excited for this one.


Actors Cast in ‘On the Road’ Movie

Looks like there’s some progress on the Walter Salles-directed adaptation of “On the Road” that we’ve been keeping an eye on for, oh, a few years now. Get the Big Picture is reporting that Garrett Hedlund has been cast as Dean Moriarty, while Sam Riley will play Sal Paradise. Both actors are relatively unknown, which—given the scrutiny this project is sure to get—could be a good thing. It’s hard for me to picture a pair of really famous faces playing Sal and Dean, and it’s not like Salles will need a major star’s brand power to get publicity for the flick.

Filming is slated to start this summer, but don’t hold your breath—we’ve heard that before.


John Leland: Sex, Art and Spirituality in ‘On the Road’

Jack Kerouac's book isn't just about "kicks and chicks." Michael Yessis talks to the author of "Why Kerouac Matters" about other dimensions of Sal and Dean.

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How to Road Trip Like Kerouac (and Stay Out of Trouble)

If you want to hit the road like Jack Kerouac and live to tell about it, you'll want to choose your inspiration from "On the Road" carefully. Jim Benning offers tips.

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Kerouac! Kerouac! Kerouac!

Matt Villano grew up wanting to be a writer, but he lived in a town where Jack Kerouac once resided. The incessant references to the Beat legend pushed him to the edge. Then he read "On the Road."

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We Don’t (Really) Know Jack

Though innovative and inspiring, "On the Road" is a bad blueprint for life on the road. Rolf Potts ponders the enduring legacy of Jack Kerouac's travel masterpiece.

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The Distance Between Then and Now

The Distance Between Then and Now Photo by Frank Murray.

How far can you go without extinguishing the thrill of a moment? On the 50th Anniversary of "On the Road," Bill Belleville reflects on a pivotal road trip of his own.

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Oprah Winfrey, Amanda Congdon and the New Golden Age of the Cross-Country Road Trip

The coast-to-coast drive hasn't been this hot in 50 years. Michael Yessis explores why it's back -- and how travelers just might produce the next "On the Road" on the Internet.

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Michael Hess: The ‘On the Road’ Google Maps Mashup

Almost fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's definitive road novel, Michael Yessis talks to the man bringing Sal Paradise into the Internet age

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