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Music, All Shook Down This Week: James Brown Above Ground, Ariana Grande In Tron, and Justin Timberlake In Jamaica

This Week: James Brown Above Ground, Ariana Grande In Tron, and Justin Timberlake In Jamaica

"No, I don't do Twitter, I don't do Twatter, I don't do Facebook. I almost called it Bookface, I'm sorry. I feel very proud of the fact that I do emails. That is it. That, and I play cards." Mostly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Go Niners!

Go Niners!

A treasure hunt conjures images of adventure, thrills, and pirates who look like Johnny Depp. Reality is a bit bleaker: empty sluices and empty stomachs, "fill-in-the-blank or bust" most often ending in the latter. Sarina Finkelstein spent four years…
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Film, "For No Good Reason": A Celebration of Ralph Steadman, Friend of Gonzo

"For No Good Reason": A Celebration of Ralph Steadman, Friend of Gonzo

For this reverential documentary portrait of the British artist Ralph Steadman, best known as Hunter S. Thompson's illustrator, director Charlie Paul overloads the screen with visual flair. Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy…
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Film, "The Lone Ranger": Buster Keaton Was Missed

"The Lone Ranger": Buster Keaton Was Missed

The Lone Ranger Yes, Johnny Depp plays an American Indian in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. So did Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man, a film whose structure this movie appropriates, with an elderly Tonto (Depp) unreliably narrating the tale…
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Music, All Shook Down The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

The 5 Worst Appearances by Musicians in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films

Apparently, someone behind the scenes at Game of Thrones has really bland taste in music. Now, in addition to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody making a cameo in Season 2, Coldplay drummer Will Champion is going to be joining the HBO…
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Film, "Dark Shadows": Burton and Depp Aren't at Their Best

"Dark Shadows": Burton and Depp Aren't at Their Best

Dark Shadows slips the Tim Burton treatment to the supernaturally themed daily daytime soap of the same name, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971. Burton standby Johnny Depp fills the central role of vampire Barnabas Collins in this…
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Film, "The Rum Diary": Giddy, High-Speed Tale Never Hits Full Velocity

"The Rum Diary": Giddy, High-Speed Tale Never Hits Full Velocity

Written and directed by Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary adapts a novel Hunter S. Thompson began in the early '60s and published, under Johnny Depp's auspices, more than three decades later. A first-person account of the drinking life on a…
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Film, Film Feature "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides": Captain Jack Won't Die

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides": Captain Jack Won't Die

After sinking into self-important tedium with its prior two overstuffed installments, Pirates of the Caribbean seemed destined for permanent burial at sea. And yet the soggy franchise and Johnny Depp's foppish rapscallion return again for On Stranger Tides — to…
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Film, "The Tourist": Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp take a beautiful, soulless trip to Venice

"The Tourist": Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp take a beautiful, soulless trip to Venice

Men follow Angelina Jolie in The Tourist. Men and cameras. They follow her — chic, coiffed, assless — through the streets of Paris. They follow her onto the train to impossible, floating Venice, where she heads on the instruction of…
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Calendar, Night&Day ... Walking

... Walking

Try watching Dead Man in thirds, over the course of three days. That way, it'll seem like it lasts six days, instead of only two. We mean this as a compliment. Jim Jarmusch's weirdest, most allegorical, and black-and-whiteiest film has…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>When You're Strange</i>

When You're Strange

A rock doc with more than a whiff of fried brain cells, Tom DiCillo's When You're Strange serves to remind the faithful that the Doors were a fabulously tight, ferociously talented musical unit fronted by the drop-dead-gorgeous Jim Morrison—and why…
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Calendar, Night&Day Awash in Wonderland

Awash in Wonderland

This is a trip: Just a month separates the release of two new interpretations of Alice in Wonderland. Both rip Lewis Carroll’s tale from the imaginations of children and feed it to those of adults, where it’s been slumming ever…
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Film, The life and crimes of John Dillinger in the fast and furious <i>Public Enemies</i>

The life and crimes of John Dillinger in the fast and furious Public Enemies

"They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bankrobber-cum-folk-hero John Dillinger upon surveying the clientele of a chic Chicago eatery in a key scene from Michael Mann's Public Enemies. And,…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson</i>

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

A tightly wound bundle of everything and its opposite—an anti-authoritarian who ran for sheriff of Aspen, a peace-loving gun nut, an iconoclast who relished winners as much as any football coach—the late Hunter S. Thompson pioneered what might be called…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory</i>

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

The genius of Mel Stuart's 1971 Wonka could never be upstaged by Johnny Depp, and it wasn't. The original film, starring a freakishly sublime Gene Wilder, masquerades as a kid's movie to perfect effect. Based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and…
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Culture, Stagecap

Gonzo: A Brutal Chrysalis

If you're looking for the fun-loving and hilariously drug-addled Hunter S. Thompson portrayed on-screen by Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, you'll be surprised and uncomfortably mystified by this one-man performance about the founder of gonzo journalism. On a marvelously trashy…
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Music, Bouncer

Never grab the martini shakers at Specs

In SOC101 we all learned about "norms." Norms gave Allen Funt a raison d'être when he messed around on Candid Camera; they are organized ways of behaving, unwritten laws, based on some cosmic consensus. Breaching these social agreements is not…
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Culture, Stagecap

I Just Stopped By to See the Man

Rock 'n' roll comes from the blues, which has commonly been called "the devil's music," and according to playwright Stephen Jeffreys — who penned the movie The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp — it actually is. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's new…
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Film, Free for All

Free for All

If you plan to see The Libertine, an artful and brooding period piece about a scandalously debauched earl of the English Restoration, a few words of advice before you leave: Take a peek at the sun. Drink in some fresh…
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Film, Free for All

Free for All

If you plan to see The Libertine, an artful and brooding period piece about a scandalously debauched earl of the English Restoration, a few words of advice before you leave: Take a peek at the sun. Drink in some fresh…
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