Sykes, who enjoyed a 60-year TV and radio career in his native U.K., passed away at the age of 89 after a short illness.
Following the announcement, stars spoke out to honour Sykes, with veteran TV entertainer Sir Bruce telling Sky News, "It's a very sad day for anyone who knew him, and it's also a very sad day for comedy because we have lost a comedy genius. (It's a) pity a lot of young people have never seen him in his prime... He was a very gentle person actually, Eric, but a very lovable person."
Writer/actor Fry took to Twitter.com to write, "Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man", and comedian Julian Clary added, "RIP Eric Sykes."
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp wrote on his page on the microblogging site, "RIP Eric Sykes thank you for making me laugh so much when I was a kid!", '90s singers Right Said Fred added, "R.I.P. Eric Sykes, a very genuine man", and funnyman David Baddiel tweeted, "RIP the great Eric Sykes".
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Hunter S. Thompson once said that Johnny Depp was the only man who he'd want to play him onscreen—as a result, we got Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which the vast majority of us embrace as a godsend. The two men became close friends while working on the movie together. After Thompson's suicide, Alex Gibney created the spectacular documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which Depp narrated.
And now, JD is assuming a Thompsonian role for the third time, complete with the same suspicious baritone voiceover that accompanied both films prior: The Rum Diary, written and directed by Bruce Robinson as an adaptation of Thompson's early novel.
Depp's will play the chaotic Paul Kemp on a Puerto Rican exploit alongside Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins.
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The latest cinematic tribute to the late Hunter S. Thompson is The Rum Diary, based on the author's longtime-unpublished novel about a fictional young journalist's hedonistic and dangerous trip to Puerto Rico. The film stars Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp (whose journey is inspired by Thompson's own Puerto Riccan adventures) as well as Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins.
Singing the praises of Hunter S. Thompson is fairly pointless deed. Everyone who knows him has likely already decided how they feel about him. There are the tirless devotees who appreciate the man's onconscionable genius and hold dear the watermark he has forever left on the world of not simply journalism but writing entirely. And then there are the others... whom we'll just gloss over. Regardless of which side you're on, you're likely glued to it. But if you're in the first category, you still hold an unvarying spot in your Top Ten for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The movie was a godsend -- perhaps the truest and most worthwhile film adaptation of a piece of literature created in our time. Depp portrayed Thompson's alias Raoul Duke with such artistic dedication and originality, narrating his thoughts in a thrilling timber, to cement Terry Gilliam's vibrant love affair with madness.
The Rum Diary, adapted from an even earlier work by Thompson, will reunite Depp with his role playing a thinly veiled embodiment of the author and with the memorable style of narration. It's hard to say if this movie will capture the magic of its cinematic predecessor. Of course, the two stories are not related and are not meant to be compared, but when such important elements are revisited, you can't help but hold one up to the other.
Some of us might be apprehensive. Can today's Depp and director Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I) bring Thompson's words to life in The Rum Diary? We don't know. But let's just say, the film is in capable hands. And the poster seems to be in the spirit Thompson would appreciate. So sure, we're a little nervous. But we're also very excited.
Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and Aaron Eckhart appear set to take the strange trip that is Hunter S. Thompson’s Rum Diary -- alongside Johnny Depp.
In the adaptation of the late Gonzo writer’s novel, Depp -- a longtime friend of Thompson’s -- will play an American journalist who moves from New York to work for a small newspaper in Puerto Rico.
Eckhart, if his deal is finalized, would play Sanderson, who along with Depp’s Paul Kemp is vying for the affection of Chenault, played by rising actress Amber Heard (Pineapple Express).
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins has already signed on the dotted line and will star as Lotterman, the man who oversees the rundown newspaper where Kemp works.
Jenkins was nominated last month for his first Academy Award nomination for his role in The Visitor. Eckhart was most recently seen as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight.
Depp, meanwhile, hasn’t appeared onscreen since 2007’s Sweeney Todd but will be back in a big way this summer as John Dillinger in Public Enemies. The actor is also coproducing Rum, which was adapted and will be directed by veteran actor/director Bruce Robinson.
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Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.