Infinitum Nihil isn't just the name of Johnny Depp's production company, it's also the name of his new book imprint with HarperCollins Publishing.
Yep, the actor, producer, musician, winemaker, and restaurant owner can now add "editor" to his resume. According to the publishing house, Depp will seek to make "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices" heard with his imprint.
In statement released by HarperCollins, Depp explained his mission further, "We will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples' time, of peoples' concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet."
His first two projects are already lined up: House of the Earth, a recently discovered novel by folk legend Woody Guthrie and The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by historian Douglas Brinkley. Guthrie's novel, which comes at the end of the celebration of the centennial of his birth, was written in 1947. It was only recently discovered in the Guthrie archives. Brinkley will also help Depp with the editing of the book.
Brinkley's own book is a furthering of his recent Rolling Stone cover story on Bob Dylan, focused on setting the record straight on the iconic musician. It has a publication date of 2015.
And while this may just be because Depp loves books, reading, and proper sentence structure, another theory has some wondering: is Depp trying to out-quirk James Franco and become the world's busiest-in-the-most-random-ways famous person?
For most of the 80s and 90s, Depp was the king of quirky, art-house handsome-weirdo types. Since becoming a dad and being a pirate in a couple of pirate movies, it could be argued that he's slowed his roll a bit. Enter James Franco and his never-ending, varied career choices: actor, director, producer, comedian, performance artist, regular artist, screenwriter, editor, poet, writer, columnist, musician, rapper, soap opera star, visiting professor, and graduate student (at about 927 schools concurrently).
It's hard to see the younger generation nipping at your heels, so it makes sense that there may be a little friendly competition between the old guard and the new, eh? Jokes aside, these two should probably have some sort of career-off: whoever amasses the most amount of random side projects wins.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean star has teamed up with bosses at HarperCollins Publishers to launch an imprint named after his production company Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever".
One of Depp's first projects is set to be The Unravelled Tales of Bob Dylan, which will be based in part on interviews with the musician by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.
In a statement, the actor says, "I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples' time, of peoples' concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet.
"For this dream realised, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together."
The publisher states that Depp will seek "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices".
The late musician's daughter Nora Guthrie stumbled upon her father's previously unpublished work, House of Earth, last autumn (11) and now The Pirates of the Caribbean star has teamed up with author Douglas Brinkley to revise the book in celebration of the centennial of the singer's birth, which will be celebrated on Saturday (14Jul12).
The manuscript, completed by the icon in 1947, chronicles a West Texas couple's struggle to build a clay home. It is scheduled for release next spring (13), 46 years after Guthrie's death.
This isn't the first time the actor has worked with Brinkley - the two co-wrote the Grammy Award-nominated liner notes for the soundtrack to Gonzo, a documentary about their late journalist pal Hunter S. Thompson.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Editors at music bible Rolling Stone have published a note written by gonzo
journalist Hunter S. Thompson days before he committed suicide in February.
In what is believed to be the final thing the Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
author wrote before he shot himself at his home in Colorado, Thompson clearly
states he's nearing the end of his life and doesn't want to be "greedy" by
demanding more time on earth.
The suicide note, titled 'Football Season Is Over,' reads, "No More Games. No
More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17
years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No
Fun - for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax--This
Thompson reportedly wrote the note four days before he killed himself and
left it for his wife Anita.
The writer's friend and biographer Douglas Brinkley suggests the title of the
note explains why Thompson lost the will to live.
He writes, "February was always the cruelest month for Hunter S. Thompson. An
avid NFL (National Football League) fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the
Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year. February, by
contrast, was doldrums time."
Rolling Stone magazine were the primary publishers of Thompson's celebrated
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