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Posts Tagged ‘Ralph Bakshi’

Ralph Bakshi Talks JFK Assassination, Kickstarter

Ezra Glinter, deputy arts director for The Forward, recently got to chat with animation pioneer Ralph Bakshi. As per usual with Bakshi, the interview does not disappoint.

RalphBakshiConeyIslandAfter a long absence from cinema’s frontier, where Bakshi paved the way for South Park, Adult Swim and more, the 75-year-old artist is busy working on his first feature since 1992′s Cool World and first project of any kind since the 1997 TV series Spicy City. It’s called Last Days of Coney Island, with Bakshi planning to release Part 1 online in the coming months:

The first segment centers on Shorty, a four-foot tall dwarf and enforcer for the mob, voiced by Matthew Modine, and other characters include cops named Louis and Max, and a call girl named Mollie, who has recently gotten out of prison…

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Peter Bart on the Failure of Johnny Depp’s ‘Passion Project’

For his latest Variety missive, current VP and editorial director Peter Bart zeroes in on the box office failure of Johnny Depp‘s The Rum Diary. Released over the Halloween weekend, this Hunter S. Thompson derived entertainment has grossed just $12.5 million domestically and a paltry four million and change internationally.

Bart says that it was not for a lack of PR. He notes that although Depp appeared “marginally comatose” during a special one-hour interview with Larry King, the actor was otherwise enthusiastically willing to subject himself to the nightmarish press junket experience. However, according to Bart, there are a couple of bigger problems at work here:

The boozy Thompson was always pissed off, and that’s the paradox of Depp’s biopic. Depp venerated Thompson but was not the actor to play him. In the film, Depp seems pliant, almost benign–a good soul responding to the madness surrounding him.

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