The Rum Diary: Johnny Depp Is Drunk Again

Matt Cherette · 08/25/11 11:58PM

Here's a trailer for The Rum Diary, which hits theaters this October. Based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name, the movie stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a late '50s NYC journalist/alcoholic who eventually finds himself in the middle of some sort of hotel development scheme down in San Juan. There's also a hot woman. And lots of rum! So basically, it's Pirates of the Caribbean, except without the accents. Or the pirates. [via ET]

Is Boston Really Gonzo?

Hamilton Nolan · 11/22/10 03:23PM

Where did Hunter S. Thompson get the word "gonzo?" The accepted story's always been that it was a bit of Boston slang that a Boston newspaper editor first hung on Thompson. But—suck it Boston—that may be a myth!

Hunter S. Thompson Really Hated Contracts

Matt Cherette · 04/21/10 02:26PM

Everyone knows Hunter S. Thompson was eccentric. What you may not know is that he loathed contracts. Case in point: this one, for a documentary, on which Thompson scribbled swastikas, wrote "FRAUD" and "Fuck off," and signed as Dick Cheney.

Hunter S. Thompson is a Crotchety Old Man Who Hates Technology

Mike Byhoff · 02/12/10 03:46PM

Brilliant writer, inventor of gonzo journalism, and angry man who left threatening, profanity-laden voicemail tirades to his AV dealer because his damn DVD player won't work. Hunter S. Thompson was everyman. His message below.

David Carr On The New Hunter S. Thompson Documentary

ian spiegelman · 06/28/08 11:07AM

New York Times media reporter David Carr-a former crack enthusiast-takes a look at Gonzo, the new documentary about legendary drugs-and-freedom-loving journalist Hunter S. Thompson. "Few writers have commodified narcissism so completely - his participatory style of journalism became its own genre and gives the film its title - but still we are invited to sit in the dark of the theater and have a flashback about his flashbacks. When the film opens on July 4, why will people, as Thompson would say, buy the ticket, take the ride?"

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

ian spiegelman · 06/07/08 09:29AM

"From Oscar-wining director Alex Gibney and producer Graydon Carter comes a probing look into the uncanny life of national treasure and gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson's life-his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell's Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp." Trailer after the jump.

Old media figure Graydon Carter spotted at San Francisco premiere of old media

Jackson West · 05/08/08 09:00PM

Vanity Fair, which is a New York-based operation distributing expert-written content on biodegradable media — a "magazine" — via premium subscriptions and bricks-and-mortar partners known as "newsstands," is sponsoring the West Coast premiere of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Gonzo is being displayed on a screen considerably larger than any made by Samsung or Panasonic — using a technology which does not require any LCDs. Our spies snapped a photo of Vanity Fair's chief content officer, Graydon Carter, entering the specially designed facility. Much like Apple does with iPods and Macs, Vanity Fair is expecting a "halo effect" from its sponsorship of this screening to boost sales of its "magazines." (Photo by jacksonwest)

Gossip roundup

Gawker · 03/29/03 01:56PM

· Willem Dafoe: "There were certain films when I was young that you'd get high and go to. People would drop acid and go to 'Fantasia'...Drugs are glamorous. They are fun...There are all kinds of benefits, but there are a lot of negative things, and people have to be able to figure that out themselves." [Page Six]
· Hunter S. Thompson is engaged to his former assistant. [Page Six]
· Columbia anthropology professor Nicholas De Genova was "warmly applauded" when he told students, "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military...I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus." [Page Six]

Gossip roundup

Gawker · 02/08/03 11:09AM

· Hunter S. Thompson spends much of his book release party at Pete's Tavern smacking the bar with his cane saying he wanted to "test how people react to fear." [Page Six]
· Book nerds get in a fight over the social relevance of a story about a tree. [Page Six]

Gossip roundup

Gawker · 12/31/02 09:42AM

· Book Magazine explores Hunter S. Thompson's house; finds stun gun/cattle prod, dented stove, and pics of Charlotte Rampling. [Page Six]
· Liza Minelli caught "drunk and weepy" on tape at the Beekman Kitchen. Also spotted mumbling to herself "Minelli, get it together," at Ralph Lauren on Madison Avenue. [Page Six]
· The Kissingers, Carters, De La Rentas, and Corzines will be spending New Year's in the Dominican Republic. [Page Six]
· Newly divorced socialite Rena Sindi spotted frolicking in Cabo with new boyfriend, Israeli art dealer Tico Mugrabi, as well as Charlie Rose, Allen Grubman, and Berry Gordy. [Page Six]
· Peter Gatien's daughter, Jennifer, suffers from a broken nose after being accidentally hit by policemen, who claim she "hit herself in the face with her cell phone." [Page Six]
· Donald Trump planning to sue after Don Jr. gets beaned with a beer stein at a Greenwich Village comedy club; Harrison Ford says New Year's Eve is "bullshit;" and the campaign to bring the Oscars to New York is officially dead. [NY Daily News]