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Brian Wilson Biopic Spotlights Ups And Downs Of Rock Genius

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The eagerly awaited, Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy hits theaters today¬†(June 5th). John Cusack portrays the older Wilson, with Paul Dano, best known for his role in Little Miss Sunshine, portrays Wilson in his younger days as the leader and creative force of the Beach Boys. Paul Giamatti co-stars as Wilson’s late megalomaniac psychologist Dr. Eugene Landy, with Elizabeth Banks starring as Wilson’s current wife, Melinda Wilson.

Amazingly, over the years there’s been a small contingent of Beach Boys fans who have come to view Melinda with nearly the same amount of contempt as they had during Landy’s last days, ridiculously maintaining that she rules Brian’s life and career with the same type of iron fist as the late psychologist, who was stripped of his license and forced to flee to Hawaii to live out his last days in shame. We told Melinda Wilson that even her biggest detractors will come away from the movie convinced that she’s not only far from a villain — but perhaps Brian’s greatest hero: “We’ll see. I’m still skeptical, because what you said by a thousand times is my life and it’s crazy. Y’know, I don’t understand it, and (laughs) I guess I never will — and that’s why we worked 19 years on this project, to let people know for the first time, a lot of things that they didn’t know. And still, you have people that are gonna say, ‘Oh, it’s not true. This isn’t right.’ So, it is what it is — (laughs) I’ve just learned to live with it.”

June 18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
June 19 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
June 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
June 23 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
June 26 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
June 27 – Nashville, TN – Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
June 29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 30 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 1 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 2 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 4 – Toronto, ON – Sony Center
July 5 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
July 6 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival
July 8 – Denver, CO – 1stBank Center
July 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
July 12 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall at S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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