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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp’s new one has been seen

Posted by LiveFor on April 22, 2010

The Rum Diary is another book by Hunter S Thompson that Johnny Depp is starring the filmic adaption…that was a messy sentence. Anway, I have been following the production of the film which also stars Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and many more.

Last I heard was that it had still not been finished, but now, the delightfully wrong in a good way, Film Drunk have news of a test screening of the film and here is the review their source sent them.

I was approached by the test screener creepers who hang out after flicks, and when he said Rum Diary, I practically snatched the invitation out of his hand. I almost f*cked it up for myself though, saying I was in the industry and they weren’t gonna let me in. But then I told em I’m still but a lowly student in a documentary filmmaking class and busted out my old ID card for good amberheardmeasure, thanking my lucky stars I still hold on to that relic.

The Scoop: It’s not Fear and Loathing, but that’s OK. Depp’s rendition of a younger Hunter has all the familiarity we love, but he’s not familiar with the drugs yet, still just a boozehound, forming his greater ideals. His sidekick this time around is an alright dude [Aaron Eckhart as Sanderson, I believe. -Ed.], no Benicio that’s for damn sure. But it’s Giovanni Ribisi who steals the show*. You see in Ribisi’s degenerate, Nazi sympathizing, junkie state, the beginnings of Hunter/Kemp’s drug aspirations. His every line is quotable and his every appearance is like a surprise mugging – but by cuddly unicorns, which turns out alright in the long run. Lastly, Amber Heard is the mermaid of my dreams, but you can tell the upper brass had a field day in the cutting room, leaving all gratuitous nudity on the floor, being one of the only detriments to the film.

Sounds promising. Looking forward to seeing what they have done with the book.

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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp’s next Hunter S Thompson film could be at Cannes

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

I am really looking forward to seeing The Rum Diary. Been ages since we heard any movement on it but looks like we’ll be seeing it soon.

Nina Saxon Design, one of the entertainment industry’s leading design production studios, specializing in main and end titles, title sequences, and animated motion graphics logos for major motion pictures, television movies and TV programs, and entertainment production companies, has completed the main title design sequences for one upcoming, and two recent, high profile feature films. The announcement was made by the company’s president, Nina Saxon, widely acknowledged for close to 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and successful title designers.

Nina Saxon Design has completed the main title sequence for the GK Films release “The Rum Diary,” starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart, based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. That film, from producer Graham King, is currently seeking distribution at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Rum Diary,” directed by Bruce Robinson (who also wrote the screenplay), depicts the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.

Regarding her title design projects, Saxon says, “I see my work as providing an introduction to a film that sets both an artistic and a thematic tone. When I do my job well, the audience is involved with the film, before the credits have even finished.”

Nina Saxon Design also completed the entire opening sequence for the recent film “The Yellow Handkerchief,” for director Udayan Prasad and producer Arthur Cohn. That film, which stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, and Kristen Stewart, presents the story of a road trip through Louisiana, which transforms three strangers, who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Check out some photos from the shoot. More here and here

Source: Shoot Online

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Tony Scott talks about The Hunger sequel, Alien and Hunter S Thompson

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009

ComingSoon.net spoke to The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 director Tony Scott about his upcoming projects, one of which is a sequel to his 1983 vampire horror movie, The Hunger, which starred Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. That’s the film that had the saucy scene when Deneuve seduces Sarandon..yeah, you remember it now.

Scott remained mum about whether or not any of the original cast would make it into the sequel–many of them are vampires after all–and how they’d accomplish that, but he did give a few tidbits: “I’m not going to tell you how we’re doing it, but I’m controlling it and it’s gone to the next level. It’s not a reinvention or reinterpretation, it starts in New York and it ends up in Sao Paulo, so it’s a very different movie, but it springboards off the original. We’re writing it right now and we’ve got a great writer, Erin Wilson.”

“My dance card is so full, I’m so lucky,” he said before listing off some of the projects that are at the front of his mind. “I’ve got ‘The Warriors,’ I’ve got ‘Hell’s Angels’ – I’ve owned the Hunter Thompson book for 12 years and Steve Gaghan is writing the script right now. I own all these great titles. Another one called ‘Lucky Strike’ about guys who repro aircraft. ‘Potsdamer Platz,’ which is by the guys who wrote ‘Sexy Beast.’ Now with all these movies that are ready to go. They’re scripted, they’re budgeted, and now I’ve gotta make them before I die. I’m getting old.”

He was also asked about the recent rumor that director Carl Rinsch, who Scott said was attached to direct the Alien prequel, was not who 20th Century Fox wanted. The studio reportedly want his brother, Ridley, to direct instead.”I’m going to call a time out on that one,” he said, though he still seemed optimistic things would work out. “I don’t want to get caught in the middle. We’re in process on that, but I don’t have enough information to bring it to this table, but we’re going to make it.”

At this point, it seems like Unstoppable may be next for Scott, although he was tentative listing that as his 5th movie with Denzel Washington as his lead despite Washington having been attached for some time. The plot involves a runaway train containing toxic chemicals being chased by an engineer and a conductor. Chris Pine (Star Trek) is also rumoured to star in it.

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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp in Neguabo, Puerto Rico

Posted by LiveFor on June 1, 2009

It has been a while since there has been anything new on The Rum Diary film. Now Pam has sent me these two photos. Both were shot in Naguabo, Puerto Rico on 25th May.

According to local reports Depp was supposed to have attended the Cannes Film Festival, but had to cancel due to rain causing delays during shooting.

Location shooting for the adaption if Hunter S Thompson’s The Rum Diary will end as expected around 5th June.

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Puerto Rico through the bloodshot eyes of Hunter S. Thompson

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Johnny Depp is currently in Puerto Rico filming The Rum Diary. It is based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson, as was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Now Pam sent me this link (Thanks Pam). An editor of Media Bistro’s Galley Cat book blog reread The Rum Diary, written very early in Thompson’s career, and put together this video tour retracing the gonzo journalist’s life on the island nation.

Source: Boston.com

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Puerto Rico through the bloodshot eyes of Hunter S. Thompson

Posted by LiveFor on May 14, 2009

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Johnny Depp is currently in Puerto Rico filming The Rum Diary. It is based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson, as was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Now Pam sent me this link (Thanks Pam). An editor of Media Bistro’s Galley Cat book blog reread The Rum Diary, written very early in Thompson’s career, and put together this video tour retracing the gonzo journalist’s life on the island nation.

Source: Boston.com

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Is Depp using a box or not?

Posted by LiveFor on May 3, 2009

While filming The Rum Diary Johnny Depp had to do this scene in a little car. For some reason he had to sit on the knee of the other actor with him. However, in these first two photos he is sat on a box.
In the photos below the box is gone and he is sat on the actor’s knee. Looks like Depp uses a box to rehearse. Not really movie magic but a nice little glimpse into the making of the film. Thanks to Pam for sending me the pics.


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Is Patti Smith in The Rum Diary?

Posted by LiveFor on May 1, 2009

Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer–songwriter, poet and visual artist who was a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the “Godmother of Punk”, she integrated the beat poetry performance style with three-chord rock.

That is her in the picture above.

Pam sent me the picture below of Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico filming The Rum Diary. She told me to look closely at the person to the left of the photo.

It sure does look like Patti Smith doesn’t it. I’ve not heard of her starring in the film and it is more than likely just someone who looks like her, but it is an uncanny similarity.

The same person is in this photo between Jerry Judge and Johnny Depp.

I open it up to you. Do you think it is Patti Smith behind Johnny Depp?

Is that Patti Smith in the photo with Johnny Depp?(online surveys)

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First look at Amber Heard in The Rum Diary. It’s carnival time.

Posted by LiveFor on April 30, 2009

From what I can gather this is our very first look at Amber Heard on the set of The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico. Like Megan Fox did recently, Amber’s costume is hidden beneath a rather fetching dressing gown, but still she is on set.
According to my always excellent source, Pam (thanks for the pics Pam), the make believe plaza in Vega Baja is substituting for a carnival in St. Thomas which is a major part of the story. There are meant to be hundreds of extras but not clear how many they actually got. The film’s budget is $45 million so Depp may be taking a big cut in front end pay to do this one. $18 million has been set aside for the Puerto Rico shoot.

Shooting concludes in Puerto Rico on or around 5th June.

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Hunter S Thompson cutting Johnny Depp’s hair

Posted by LiveFor on April 24, 2009

Thanks to Pam for sending me this. Looking forward to The Rum Diary.

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