Month: May 2005

Johnny offers $4 million to memorialize Hunter S. Thompson

ABC Entertainment News said today that plans to erect a 150-foot-tall, double-thumbed fist to honor legendary writer-journalist Hunter S. Thompson are underway. The memorial structure will be permanent and is intended to shoot the journalist’s ashes onto his ranch property in a ceremony to be held in August 2005, six months after Thompson committed suicide in his Woody Creek, Colorado Home.

Johnny Depp, who portrayed the writer-journalist in the movie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will pay for the tower and is rumored to have had a hand in the design of the structure.

The ceremony will be invitation-only. The cannon-fist will be fired around sunset.Thompson’s widow, Anita, has been quoted as saying, “the event will be a celebration.”

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A long way down – Hornby and Infinitum Nihil?

It seem as if Johnny (or Infinitum Nihil) will work together with Warner Bros. on the latest novel of Nick Hornby: “A long way down”.

Maybe he will even take the role as one of the four main characters – a zynical disgraced breakfast TV moderator who thinks of suicide.

Let’s hope, this is true 🙂

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UK Movie Magic May 2005 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Publication: UK Movie Magic

Issue: May 2005


There are movies that remain timeless family favourites, rebroadcast on holidays for new generations to enjoy. Movies like me The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and Miracle on 34th Street fit that mould. Other films are remembered and revered from one era to the next for being unique and irreverent, not because they were mainstream blockbuster releases. These are known as cult classics. Campy movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sci-fi flicks like Blade Runner and low budget horror movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers fall into this category. There may only be one movie ever made that fits into both categories. The 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is at once cult classic and family favourite.

After over 30 years, the movie has remained popular as ever, being rebroadcast on network television and cable over and over. School plays and Halloween costumes are still inspired by film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The long awaited remake of the original comes to theatres July 15th 2005, and millions of children and adults will he lining up on-line to buy tickets all for very different reasons.

One reason Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is among the most highly anticipated films of summer is because Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are attached to what promises to be a wild ride of a movie. Director Tim Burton has brought us some of the most visualiy engaging movies of the past 20 years including  Beetlejuice, Batman, Mars Attacks, Planet of the Apes, and Big Fish. Johnny Depp, widely considered  the best actor of his generation has captured our imagination in such films as Don Juan DeMarco, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Chocolat, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Oscar nominated Finding Neaverland.  In addition to wowing studio audiences and melting hearts all over the world, Johnny Depp h as also served as an erstwhile muse for Tim Burton. The talented pair has teamed up on such memorable films as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hallow. While  they bring extraordinary talent in making this movie, fans of the original have very high expectations.

The beginnings of this movie trace back in to the classis children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  by Roald Dahl. The English author also penned James and the Giant Peach and Danny Champion of the World among other favourites. Dahl‘s books all center around an unlikely childhood hero.  He grew up poor but dreaming big, and that is the basis for all of his central characters. In his fictional world, the wildest of dreams come true and the most fantastic of adventures ensue.

The story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is timeless. Young Charlie Bucket comes from a poor English family. He lives in a dingy home with all four of  his grandparents and spends most of his time deivering newspapers so he can help out his family.

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