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How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend

How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend
Adapted from the book “50 Years of Rolling Stone” (Abrams), which is available here.

In January 1970, Hunter S. Thompson wrote Jann S. Wenner a letter praising Rolling Stone‘s definitive coverage of the disastrous Altamont festival. “[Print’s] a hell of a good medium by any standard, from Hemingway to the Airplane,” Thompson wrote. “Don’t fuck it up with pompous bullshit; the demise of Rs would leave a nasty hole.” A bond was formed, and over the next 30 years, Thompson would do much to redefine journalism in the pages of the magazine.
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Movies New to Netflix in May: Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy and Amy Poehler Go Head to Head

Spring is in the air, and with it a fresh batch of Netflix movies to whet your appetite. Next month, the streaming behemoth is rolling out a slew of classic titles as well as a robust slate of Original films and series. With the pending launch of Disney+ threatening to overtake Netflix’s command of the streaming market, the platform will have to step up its game if it wants to keep ahead of the game. Luckily, Netflix has the goods to back up its claim as the Iron Throne of streaming.

Beginning on the first of the month, Netflix will debut the Sundance hit political documentary, “Knock Down the House,” which follow four women running for congress in 2018, including New York’s rock star progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Two days later, Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy flick, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” hits the platform. Those preferring a powerhouse-filled
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Katherine Helmond Dead at 89

Katherine Helmond, best-known as Mona Robinson on 1980s sitcom Who's the Boss? and the socialite sister Jessica Tate on TV comedy Soap, died at home on February 23 following complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 89.

Helmond was a seven-time Emmy nominee whose TV credits included Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan, Coach as the widowed owner of an NFL team, and most recently on vampire drama True Blood as Caroline Bellefleur.

She took home two Golden Globes, both for Best Supporting Actress. She won for Soap in 1981 and for Who's the Boss in 1989.

Helmond appeared in numerous movies as well, including three Terry Gilliam films — Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

She also ventured into the world of theater, earning her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in 1973 play "The Great God Brown." The Hollywood Reporter quotes Helmond as saying theater was “her first love.
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‘Who’s the Boss?’ Star Katherine Helmond: Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Judith Light and More Pay Tribute

‘Who’s the Boss?’ Star Katherine Helmond: Alyssa Milano, Tony Danza, Judith Light and More Pay Tribute
Hollywood paid tribute on Friday to former “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Katherine Helmond, who passed away at 89 on Feb. 23.

“Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny,” “Who’s the Boss?” co-star Judith Light said in a statement. “She taught me so much about life and inspired me indelibly by watching her work. Katherine was a gift to our business and to the world, and will be deeply missed.”

“She was such an influence on me,” Tony Danza said in a statement. “No matter what problem I had, I could go to her. Very few people could match her. She was a consummate professional. She never made a mistake and she always got the laugh. She was the sexy older lady who could keep up with the young people. She just had a way about her.”

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Katherine Helmond, ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Soap’ Star, Dies at 89

  • Variety
Katherine Helmond, ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Soap’ Star, Dies at 89
Emmy-nominated actress Katherine Helmond, best known for her role on “Who’s the Boss?,” died on Feb. 23 at her Los Angeles home due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89.

The star, whose career spanned more than five decades, played matriarch Jessica Tate on Billy Crystal’s primetime soap sitcom, aptly titled “Soap,” which ran from 1977 to 1981. She nabbed four actress Emmy nominations for the role. Helmond portrayed another famous mom, saucy Mona Robinson, in another ABC hit series, “Who’s the Boss?” (1984–1992). The role landed her two supporting actress Emmy noms.

Helmond also had a recurring roles as Doris Sherman on ABC’s “Coach” (1995-1997), opposite Craig T. Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke, and as Debra Barone’s mother Lois Whelan, alongside Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton, on CBS’ massive hit “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996-2004).

Born on Galveston Island in Texas on July 5, 1929, Katherine Marie Helmond was the
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‘I Know My Films Work Better for Some:’ Terry Gilliam on ‘Quixote’ Criticisms

  • Variety
‘I Know My Films Work Better for Some:’ Terry Gilliam on ‘Quixote’ Criticisms
Los Cabos, Mexico — In town to promote “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” celebrated writer-director Terry Gilliam met with Variety for a conversation in which the Monty Python alum laughed more than he talked, addressed graciously the good and bad of film criticism, and taking silly work seriously.

Gilliam started off stressing that he is not, nor has he ever been, a critics’ director. At least not all critics.

“Every film I’ve made always splits, usually the critics even more than the audience. Even with ‘Brazil,’ when we first started screening half the audience would walk out. Now when we show ‘Brazil’ it’s this classic and all that bullshit, all that crap,” he said, invoking his Minnesota roots with his choice and pronunciation of that last word.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he continued. “I know that my films work better for some people. There is a certain
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Film Review: Adrift in Tokyo (2007) by Satoshi Miki

“In my 8th college year, buying 3-colour toothpaste I thought could save me from my rock-bottom situation.”

“Adrift in Tokyo” is the sixth feature by Japanese writer and director Satoshi Miki, whose reputation in his home country is based on his work in television, which is much infused with his particular brand of humor. While his films, unlike the work of colleagues like Takashi Miike or Takeshi Kitano, have largely remained unknown to many Western audiences, thanks to the attentiveness of companies such as the UK-based Third Window Films at least some of them can now be enjoyed in decent DVD releases. One of them is “Adrift in Tokyo”, a feature praised by critics and audiences as it was screened in various international festivals.

Looking at the director, one might be excused to mistake him for one of his protagonists. With his goatee, slacker-like clothes and a floppy heat,
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Listen: Benicio Del Toro Was Initially Skeptical of Doing a ‘Sicario’ Sequel

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Listen: Benicio Del Toro Was Initially Skeptical of Doing a ‘Sicario’ Sequel
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Sequels to movies like “Sicario” are pretty rare, so it’s a gift for an actor like Benicio Del Toro to get a chance at expanding on a character such as Alejandro, the cold and broken hitman from Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller. His performance in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is just as penetrating as his laureled work last time, and it’s part of a major moment for the actor, who also recently starred in massive blockbusters “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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“When we got the word they were planning to do a sequel, I was skeptical,” Del Toro says of the new film. “When I got Taylor [Sheridan]’s script,
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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor
On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast suggestions: We’d love to see female celebs Dove Cameron, Paris Hilton & more

The all-athlete edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” just wrapped up on May 21, but there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor in the show’s 27th season coming up this fall. Below is a list of female candidates I think “DWTS” should consider inviting to compete for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which of these female celebs you’d most like to see in the ballroom. And let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see.

Dove Cameron

At only 22-years-old, Cameron has already made a name for herself as an actress on the Disney Channel with roles in the series “Liv and Maddie” (2013-2017) and the “Descendants” films. She has
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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas captured the fading myth of the rebel writer

  • The AV Club
Time has been kind to the reputation of Terry Gilliam’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, a film that stumbled into theaters 20 years ago today with vodka on its breath and dried vomit on its shirt and was quickly booted from the premises. Once derided as a slapdash, self-indulgent mess, it is now a mess with a…

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Film Review: The Path Leading to Love (2018) by Takayama Kohei

“I love you, but…”

When it comes to drug abuse or alcoholism, the mediums of film and literature certainly had their fair share of narratives concerning the issue, often either dramatizing or even romanticizing the topic. From the hard-boiled detectives played by Humphrey Bogart and their casual drinks in gloomy bars, the wacky characters of such films (and books) like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” or “Trainspotting” or the unforgettable performance by Ray Milland in Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend,” addiction and substance abuse can be regarded as two of the most discussed and portrayed themes within the arts.

The Path Leading to Love screened at Osaka Asian Film Festival, that will be on March 9th to 18th.

As Jason Maher points out in his review of “The Path Leading to Love,” all of these examples have come to associate the artist, or certain kinds of characters, with alcoholism,
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Benicio Del Toro on ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Sicario 2,’ and Laughing His Way Through the Cannes Jury

Deep in the catacombs of Caesar’s Palace, below the Colosseum Theatre, there’s a basement warren of dressing rooms littered with snack trays and makeup tables. That was home for Benicio del Toro, CinemaCon’s Male Star of the Year, as he waited his turn to tell thousands of exhibitors why his movie would make everyone millions.

Del Toro was star of the Sony presentation for Mexican drug cartel drama “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima, in which he reunites with frequent costar John Brolin. Of course, Brolin and Del Toro would also work together on the cinematic juggernaut known as “Avengers: Infinity War” — not that either of them had any idea while shooting “Soldado.”

As they wrapped that film, Del Toro asked Brolin, “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to Atlanta.”

“I’m going to Atlanta, too.”

“What are you doing in Atlanta?
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Benicio Del Toro on ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Sicario 2,’ and Laughing His Way Through the Cannes Jury

Deep in the catacombs of Caesar’s Palace, below the Colosseum Theatre, there’s a basement warren of dressing rooms littered with snack trays and makeup tables. That was home for Benicio del Toro, CinemaCon’s Male Star of the Year, as he waited his turn to tell thousands of exhibitors why his movie would make everyone millions.

Del Toro was star of the Sony presentation for Mexican drug cartel drama “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima, in which he reunites with frequent costar John Brolin. Of course, Brolin and Del Toro would also work together on the cinematic juggernaut known as “Avengers: Infinity War” — not that either of them had any idea while shooting “Soldado.”

As they wrapped that film, Del Toro asked Brolin, “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to Atlanta.”

“I’m going to Atlanta, too.”

“What are you doing in Atlanta?
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Podtalk: Verne Troyer in Memoriam, in Interview From 2012

Chicago – Verne Troyer will always be one of the more intriguing breakout celebrities of the last 20 years. Always and forever known as “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers series of films, he also endured stereotyping and the health difficulties associated with his diminutive size. Troyer died on April 21st, 2018, at the age of 49. The cause of his death remains unknown.

Verne Troyer, in Chicago, 2012

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Verne Troyer was born in Michigan, to a family of average-sized parents and siblings. His family has Amish roots, but he was raised outside of the fellowship. He moved to Texas when he was 21 years old, and was working for a phone company when he was connected to an entertainment placement service for smaller-sized people. That led to his first gig, as a stand-in/stunt person for the John Hughes film, “Baby’s Day Out” (1994). Five years later,
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at 49. A message posted on the actor’s Facebook and Instagram pages confirms his passing and mentions the battles he’s fought throughout life, noting that “unfortunately this time was too much.” He had been hospitalized earlier this month.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the message reads. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

It continues, “Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but
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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

  • TMZ
Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died. Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Verne's
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Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award

Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award
Star of upcoming thriller Soldado recently named Un Certain Regard chair.

Benicio Del Toro, who stars in the upcoming Sicario sequel Soldado, will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award later this month.

Del Toro will receive the honour at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on April 26 in Las Vegas.

It was announced last week that the Puerto Rican-born star will chair the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes.

“From his commanding breakthrough performance in The Usual Suspects to his Academy Award winning role in Traffic, Benicio Del Toro has captivated audiences for years with thought provoking characters and worldly charm,
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Director Alex Proyas Clarifies Controversial #MeToo Statements: Terry Gilliam Shouldn’t Be Lumped in With Other Disgraced Directors

Editor’s Note (March 27): When IndieWire first published this story, the full text of what Proyas wrote on Facebook was, “Kill ‘Em All! The Guilty & The Witch-hunted. Then you’ll have nothing left to watch other than the sanitised directed-by-committee crap you’ll so thoroughly deserve.”

He later amended the post to add an asterisk and the explanation, “I do not support criminal perpetrators like Polanski in any way. I support #metoo and abuse survivors. I do not believe Terry Gilliam should be lumped in with perpetrators for stating an opinion, however egregious. Clarification for those who might not get this.”

In a Facebook message to IndieWire, he wrote, “I would appreciate it if you could report what I did actually say in my Facebook rather than what you thought I was implying. I did not support Polanski or Woody Allen in any way. I believe Polanski committed a crime without any question.
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