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Forty-six years on, few people remember (or even care) that the 1970 Kentucky Derby was won by a horse called Dust Commander. And yet, the legacy of that particular race continues to loom large — not because of what happened at Churchill Downs, but because Hunter S. Thompson was there to write about it.
"The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," Thompson's account of the race for Scanlan's Monthly, is the subject of Gonzo @ the Derby, a highly entertaining new entry in Espn's 30 For 30 Shorts series. (You can view the film here. »
The TV documentarist answered your questions, from his regrets about not exposing Jimmy Savile to vomiting and falling asleep during interviews. Catch up with his answers here
Many thanks to Louis for his time and his answers, and to everyone who submitted questions. Until next time!
Thank you for your great questions. On Sunday night at 9 o'clock on BBC2 we have a show called A Different Brain about brain injury - please tune in. And Drinking To Oblivion is still available on iPlayer.
Who would be your Anne Widdicombe for this age Louis, someone unlikely you would like to follow around where others would fear to tread?
I have to say Trump, but he'd never agree. I think Lisa Marie Presley would be fascinating - I don't know about following her around, but the way she touches on different interests of mine, being married to Michael Jackson, »
- Guardian Staff
Vice has demonstrated its marketing savvy on multiple fronts, with a young-skewing profile that’s become the envy of the media ecosystem. Yet its attempt to launch a linear cable channel, Viceland, on the A&E Network formerly known as H2, feels like an overreach, with an initial lineup of programming that best resembles Current TV on steroids. Determined to look edgy, the network possesses plenty of attitude, but seems so devoted to branding as to be relatively short on substance.
Viceland seeks to announce its renegade credentials in everything from hyperbolic press materials to the very titles for this first batch of series, an evenly split mix of half-hours and hours seemingly intended to bedevil copy editors with names like “Balls Deep,” “F*ck, That’s Delicious,” “Weediquette” and “Gaycation.”
As with Vice’s HBO documentaries, there’s a jittery look here that’s intended to be visually kinetic, »
- Brian Lowry
3 items from 2016
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