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Giovanni Ribisi has signed up to join Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, the adaptation of legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's memoir of his time in Puerto Rico during the 1950s.
The film's been in development for years - Depp's been trying to make it since 2000 - but perhaps that's appropriate given that the book sat on Thompson's shelf for 40 years after it was written after being rejected by a raft of publishers. However, now things are under way: Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, Happy Feet) is writing and directing, and the cast is almost set.
Depp is playing washed-up journalist Paul Kemp; Amber Heard is playing Chenault, the free-spirit who dates a colleague but becomes involved with Kemp as well; Aaron Eckhart is the wealthy Sanderson and recent Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins is paper editor Lotterman. It's not clear yet who Ribisi will play - we're guessing either Moberg or Yeamon - but we do know he's a "carousing journalist", one of what Thompson called the "ill-tempered, wandering rabble" who staffed the backwater paper.
Filming starts in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. And hey! At least now when Jack Sparrow asks "But where has rum gone?" we'll know the answer.
Vampires have never been more popular than they are right now due to the phenomenon known as Twilight and shows like HBO's "True Blood", but the granddaddy of all soapy vamp themed stuff has always been Dan Curtis' "Dark Shadows". A feature film re-imagining of this famed series may be even closer than we thought.
According to the MTV Movie Blog Sam Sarkar, an executive in Depp’s production company, Infinitum-Nihil, hinted that we might be seeing the makings of a new supernatural franchise.
Sarker went on to confirm that Depp is still very much attached to star in the film but it's up in the air whether or not long-time Depp collaborator Tim Burton will step aboard to direct.
"While all the pieces are not yet in place, Dark Shadows is still very much a go at Warner Bros," Sarkar tells MTV. “All I can say is that one is very active. The studio will be making some announcements regarding it pretty soon. Very soon, probably.”
By Nicola Methven 18/03/2009
Guess who's going to play Enid Blyton in a BBC4 drama about the children's author? OK, stop guessing, it's Helena Bonham Carter.
Sounds like she's pretty excited about it too... Helena (left) squeals: "It's a long time since I have read such a well-written script with as complex and fascinating a character as Enid.
"I hope I do her justice. And I hope I get to drink lashings of ginger beer."
Yay! I hope so too (and that Cook packs a whole ham for your picnic!) Now, tell Timmy not to lean out of the train, he'll get a smut in his eye... woof!
More on it at: http://www.independent.co.uk