The development of a Janis Joplin biopic from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin—one that had secured rights to 21 of Joplin's songs, and by all appearances seemed legitimately sanctioned by the Joplin estate—riled scores of frustrated fans who wanted only to make references to the 30 Rock episode "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" then go about their day, because they have lives to live. Fortunately, those fans may soon be assuaged by the revival of Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, a competing biopic whose title not only bears the all-important TV movie-of-the-week colon reminiscent of that show's Sing Them Blues, White Girl: The Jackie Jormp-Jomp Story, it also does not, as yet, have access to the Joplin library, creating the possibility of humorous Internet references to songs with altered lyrics such as "Chunk Of My Lung."
What Janis Joplin: Do It To It Or Whatever still does have is star Amy Adams—who's been attached since 2010 to sober up enough to play Janis Joplin—and now possibly Precious and The Paperboy director Lee Daniels, whose heavy hand with Civil Rights-era messages and ridiculous Southern accents all but ensures the risible melodrama that "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" fans have long demanded. "Here we all are at Woodstocks / Someday there will be a black president," the Internet sang arm-in-arm, believing their moment has come at last.
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