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"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was one of those uber polarizing flicks that a viewer either completely loved or just could not appreciate one bit. But no matter which side of that 10-strip LSD sheet line you fell on, you gotta appreciate this 60-second rendition of the mind-melting movie.
Based on Hunter S. Thompson's well-documented* explorations of the mind-altered human condition, "Fear and Loathing" featured Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as a journo type and his legal eagle on the ride of their lives — okay, probably just one of many — during a trip, literally and figuratively, out to Sin City.
While they were supposed to be reporting on some motorcycle race in town, the pair quickly ditched that assignment in favor of a "gonzo journalism" hallucinogen binge which resulted in them dealing with everything from lizard-headed barkeeps to the District Attorney Convention on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. »
- Amanda Bell
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-winner Everett Burrell about his career, the visual effects industry and working for Look Effects...
Ray Harryhausen and Everett Burrell“Growing up my dad was a musician and my mom was artist,” recalls Everett Burrell who drew and painted as a child. “My little kids draw and paint now, and they’re only three and two. It’s in the blood.” A fascination with special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans) expanded into a business venture with John Vulich (Lost Boys). “I was into creature effects and props when I was younger. I had a company called Optic Nerve Studios where I did zombies and creatures. I started playing with the computer in 1989 and I’ve loved it ever since. I loved the control and flexibility but I still respect effects. My heart is in the hands on stuff.” The interest in the »
There's always been a lot of tripping in movies, and man, is it hilarious. People trip all the time. Why, just the other day, I had dropped my backpack on the floor of my apartment right when I walked in, and as I circled back around really quickly I ended up stepping right into ...
Oh. Ohhh. That type of tripping. The one with hallucinogenic drugs. Okay, got it. Yeah, that type of tripping is funny, too. And hey, that's in a bunch of movies as well! Like, say, this week's "This is the End." Or so we hear.
We've counted down for you the Top 15 "tripping" scenes in movies, ranked in order of ... trippiest? We guess?
15. 'Batman Begins' (2005)
The tripping scenes in "Batman Begins" are underrated to the degree that a) they're not done for fun — quite the opposite, in fact — and b) they're kind of an afterthought »
- Nick Blake
He might not look it, but Johnny Depp turns 50 today. And while he hasn’t spent all 50 of those years in Hollywood, he has given us countless memorable moments since exploding on the scene in the ’80s.
The tatted superstar with very interesting taste in movie roles is as pretty as he is mysterious, so in honor of a great actor (and his remarkable cheekbones), here are 50 of his best moments, from his many words of wisdom to his best characters and everything in between:
1. In Don Juan DeMarco: “There are only four questions of value in life … What is sacred? »
- Samantha Highfill
Whittle Johnny Depp's widely varied film career to just five awesome scenes? That's a crazy, cruel mission, but one I'm willing to undertake. Of course, such a venture pushes many worthy entrants off the list (Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, Finding Neverland, Benny & Joon and a host of others), but anything worth doing is worth debating, crying and pulling each other's hair over. So here are my five favorite moments in Depp.Edward Scissorhands (1990)This is where it all started - the year the kid from Jump Street became a movie star, with lead roles in Tim Burton's divinely »
- Alynda Wheat
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $14.98
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video
The movie was produced as part of BBC’s acclaimed art series Omnibus in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the classic novel, which has continued to gain in popularity since it was first published in 1925.
The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan looks at the story’s origins, the roaring 1920s and F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s interest in writing. It looks at the life and dark creative side of Fitzgerald, his disappointing college days at Princeton, his difficult relationship with fellow author Ernest Hemingway and his turbulent last days in Hollywood.
60 Years of Playboy In honor of Hugh Hefner's birthday, we take a look back at some of the most iconic Playboy covers. By Lizzie Plaugic Everyone’s favorite octogenarian is celebrating his 87th birthday tomorrow. No, not Rupert Murdoch—no one likes that guy! I’m talking about the Double-h, Dirty Mag Dan, the Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Hugh Hefner. It’s been almost 60 years since the first issue of Playboy was released, and in that time, the media empire has influenced the aesthetics of print pornography and laid the groundwork for movies starring Anna Faris (The House Bunny, circa 2008 ). And let’s not forget the words: Playboy has published work by the likes of Vladimir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk, P.G. Wodehouse, and Hunter S. Thompson. We have it on good authority Hugh doesn’t like cakes or surprise parties, so to celebrate the day of his earthly awakening, we [...] »
- Lizzie Plaugic
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective....
This retrospective series appears to have laid out Gilliam’s career so far as a series of chapters from a book. In this current chapter which has spanned The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys, we now arrive in Las Vegas in search of the American Dream, before Gilliam steps away from directing for what would be an eight year hiatus. This so-called search for the American Dream would come in the form of a psychedelic road-trip, guided by Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary prose and the drawings of British artist Ralph Steadman that have become as much a part of the story as Thompson’s words.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas could be perceived as Gilliam’s destiny, as ten years earlier he had been approached to adapt Thompson’s novel for the screen. Rumours have it that even Martin Scorsese and »
- Flickering Myth
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective....
The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys represent a hiatus for Gilliam from penning and developing his own scripts. This period in Gilliam’s career is a period of transformation, in which he continued to break his own rules. Despite having already deviated from these on The Fisher King, the sci-fi time travel drama Twelve Monkeys sits as a point of escalation in Gilliam’s oeuvre. Twelve Monkeys was a Universal Pictures film, the very studio Gilliam had waged a war with over Brazil. Whilst Fisher King was set in America, Twelve Monkeys was set in Philadelphia, one of America’s historical cities and where in 1776 American Independence was first declared.
If signing with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) was the beginning of the end of his virginity, then the Hollywood lawyer Gilliam now had on speed dial, his return to Universal, and his »
- Flickering Myth
Johnny Depp's connection to legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson isn't exactly a secret. In addition to starring in two films based on the writer's works - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary - the actor also served as a narrator for the Alex Gibney documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, wrote the introduction for the oral biography "Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson," and financed the extravagant funeral that was held following the writer's suicide in 2005. But soon Depp's ties to the world of Thompson will grow even deeper as Sony Pictures Classics has announced they have acquired the rights to the new documentary For No Good Reason, which features the Academy Award nominated actor observing the work of the writer's equally legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman. Directed by Charlie Paul, the new documentary was made over the course of »
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut, "For No Good Reason." The documentary centers on British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his artwork with author Hunter S. Thompson, and features Johnny Depp observing Steadman's working process at his home studio. Among Steadman's many achievements are his illustrations of classics "Alice in Wonderland" and "Animal Farm," printed etchings on writers from Shakespeare to Burroughs, and published books on the lives of Sigmund Freud, Leonardo da Vinci and God. The Steadman-Thompson collaboration defined the Gonzo journalism movement, taking a critical eye to the Vietnam era. Paul himself is a former director of advertising and an artist, and has spent the last decade making the film. Depp starred in 1998's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as journalist Raoul Duke on a drug-induced odyssey through the eponymous »
- Beth Hanna
Sony Pictures Classics acquired the North American rights to Charlie Paul's directorial debut "For No Good Reason," the company said Wednesday. The film, which advertising director Paul has worked on for a decade, is a documentary following the life of artist Ralph Steadman, the illustrator who rose to fame with writer and friend Hunter S. Thompson. Johnny Depp, a close friend of Steadman, is featured in the film. "Working with Ralph Steadman and using his art as the palette to construct this film, created the perfect canvass for me to make something »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to the Ralph Steadman documentary “For No Good Reason” directed by Charlie Paul. Steadman is most well known for the illustrations he contributed to the writings of Hunter S. Thompson when they were developing their Gonzo style of journalism in the 1970s. His political and satirical drawings have appeared in many books since then, and the film investigated the artist’s process with the help of Johnny Depp (who famously appeared as Thompson in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”). Itch Film co-founder Lucy Paul produced. “Ralph Steadman is one of the most profound and innovative artists of our generation,” said Spc’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. “We have always admired his work and in this wonderful film, Charlie Paul opens Steadman's studio and unique creative process to both his admirers and new fans in the process. »
- Jay A. Fernandez
It’s been nine years since elusive filmmaker Shane Carruth blew everyone’s minds with his super-low budget time travel movie, Primer. He took home some awards at Sundance in 2004 and had Hollywood swinging from his nut sack on gold threads. But, Carruth somewhat vanished from the film scene and didn’t make another movie until now.
His sophomore feature is Upstream Color. I would tell you what it’s about, but your guess is as good as mine and I’ve seen it. What I can tell you is that it’s definitely a movie, actors are in it, and there’s a plot — I’m just not too sure what it is.
Upstream Color is a movie that needs to be seen completely blind — don’t watch the trailers, don’t read the synopsis, and maybe stop reading here. I’m going to be as vague as possible from what I’ve gathered, »
- Chase Whale
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Captain Jack Sparrow is the worst thing that ever happened to Johnny Depp’s career. The prevailing wisdom is that the constantly soused pirate is what vaulted Depp to superstardom, and though it’s accurate, I don’t think this financial leap represented a positive for his qualitative growth as an actor. Some people have found a balance between being legitimate actors and movie stars. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon come to mind. (Sadly, not every one of the 21st-century Ocean’s Eleven qualify as stars. Sorry, Eddie Jemison.) This trio are easily among the most recognizable faces in film, this generation’s respective answers to Cary Grant, Robert Redford, and Henry Fonda. Their »
- Josh Spiegel
A decades-long history of mixed visuals represent the Gonzo journalist's exuberant words on film. In honor of Piotr Kabat's fantastic new animation of Hunter S. Thompson's work (posted here and below), we rifle through a few other films attempting to get to the heart of this wild figure. "Where the Buffalo Roam" | 1980 | Inchoate and Quirky This comedy, semi-based on Hunter S. Thompson's whacked-out adventures in the 1970s, was called "bad, dumb, low-level, low rent" by the journalist. Neither Bill Murray's acting nor Neil Young's score could save this bizarrely structured biopic that took the punch out of Thompson's words. However, as Roger Ebert said, "this is the kind of bad movie that's almost worth seeing." "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" | 1998 | Frenzied and Brilliant Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro take on Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, fictional exaggerations based »
- Maggie Lange
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