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September 8, 2012 |
Sometimes what I think the Pulitzer committee is after, humor-wise, isn't just one epic exposé, as per last week's gem on rotten-tomato fights. It's a body of hard-hitting work. That's what leads me to this steamy parking garage in Burbank, looking for Deep Throat. My investigative partner is my buddy T-Bone (not his real name), who is also overdue for a Pulitzer, which is named - bet you didn't know this - for a St. Louis publisher responsible for some of the most exploitative journalism of all time.
November 4, 2011 |
Toward the end of "The Rum Diary," the film based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, there's a scene that appears to come straight from the author's vintage work. Two journalists are sitting around a derelict San Juan, Puerto Rico, apartment, having just ingested an unknown hallucinogen. Nothing happens until one of them — a Thompson stand-in named Paul Kemp, played by Johnny Depp — sees the other's tongue start to grow out of his mouth like some tubular pink snake. Depp humps and haws, his mannerisms not unlike those he used when playing Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a portrayal modeled closely on Thompson himself.
October 28, 2011 |
"The Rum Diary," starring Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a thinly disguised young Hunter S. Thompson, chronicles the legendary journalist's booze-soaked months in 1960s' Puerto Rico in his pre-Gonzo days, when he was a writer still struggling to find his voice, worried that he might not actually have one. The voice issue is what troubles the film as well, but in more significant ways — Thompson found his, "Rum Diary" never does. That might have been a death sentence for the movie had not Depp been in such good form.
October 23, 2011 |
Though "The Rum Diary" began as a semiautobiographical novel about a young journalist in Puerto Rico written by the pre-fame Hunter S. Thompson, in many ways the book also belongs very much to Johnny Depp. Depp came across the manuscript, begun in 1959 and not published until nearly 40 years later, while rummaging through Thompson's papers alongside the writer in the years before his death. And Depp now stars in and helped produce the film version of "The Rum Diary," opening Friday.
April 2, 2009 |
Sometimes the truth hurts. Real estate salesman Jim Klinge doesn't care. Cruising through the sunny hills of Carlsbad in a massive silver Mercedes-Benz, he looks like any other pitchman of the California dream. But Klinge, 50, has become a notorious Internet chronicler of the real estate crash in north San Diego County, where he has lived and worked for decades. Rather than downplay the greed and excess that caused the region's travails, he revels in exposing them.
December 12, 2008 |
How did Hunter S. Thompson capture the manic, drug-fueled energy of his reportorial pursuits? He was a mad genius, but he had help: He carried a tape recorder. Now, the recordings he made starting in California in 1965 and ending in Saigon in 1975 have been released for the first time in "The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson," a five-CD set from Shout! Factory. Thompson's estate, including his son Juan and second wife, Anita, thought a CD release of the tapes would be a good idea after they cooperated for "Gonzo," the recent documentary film.