The ZONE honors Dr. Hunter S. Thompson with a memorial tribute on Saturday, March 5th

Please join the Zone on Saturday, March 5th at noon Eastern time as we remember and celebrate the life of the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

As many of you know, March 5th is the day on which Hunter’s close friends and family, including Johnny Depp, are having their private “memorial gathering” in Aspen, Colorado. We thought it only fitting that we have a memorial gathering on the Zone as well . . . a chance for us to share our feelings about Hunter and his work, and our memories of how he has touched our lives through his writing and his friendship with Johnny.

Tribute threads will be open for posting reminiscences, reflections, or farewell letters to Hunter. A thread will be open in Pic Parties for posting pictures of Hunter and Johnny. Those of you who are artistically gifted may want to create a collage or wallpaper to share, like Shadow’s beautiful tribute collage HERE. The ONBC will be posting some favorite quotations from Hunter’s works and inviting you to do the same.

So set out a tumbler of Chivas Regal or your beverage of choice, pull out that well-thumbed copy of FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, and join us on Saturday to give Hunter one splendid sendoff. And while tears may flow at times, bring your sense of humor, too. A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson should be full of fun and camaraderie. He loved to laugh and wrote of even the most difficult subjects with humor. Our gathering Saturday will try to match the spirit of his writing: always heartfelt, frequently hilarious. See you there!

Critic Roger Ebert praises Johnny Depp's versatility in Oscar red carpet interview

Film critic Roger Ebert conducted a brief interview with Johnny Depp on the red carpet before the Oscar broadcast. Ebert zeroed in on Johnny’s amazing versatility. “You know, just looking at this short period of your career, you’ve got PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, SECRET WINDOW, you have this film [FINDING NEVERLAND],and I’ve seen THE LIBERTINE which is coming out. [. . .] Has any actor ever had four points of the compass that are so dramatically different?” Johnny was too modest to respond to such a direct compliment, but he smiled at Ebert, obviously pleased to hear a fresh and sensible red carpet question for a change. Roger continued, “I mean, each film and role are completely apart from the other.”

“That’s the goal,” Johnny replied, sharing a bit of his philosophy of acting. “It’s to try something different each time out of the cage. And, you know, you can either make it work or you fail miserably, but that is always the risk, isn’t it?”

Up to this point, Ebert gets high marks for professionalism, but even he can’t help paying particular attention to the teeth. “Are those your teeth or your PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN teeth?” Roger blurted, curious about Johnny’s flashing gold caps. Johnny replied with a smile, “No, these be Captain Jack’s teeth.” Yo ho!

The Zone thanks Messiah for reporting the Roger Ebert interview and Susanne for the great picture of Johnny that runs with this story. You can see a larger version of the thumbnail HERE. Big Zone bouquets of lilies and roses go to Susanne, bonnie, moo, Giana, jackfan2, DeepinDepp, abigail, emma and Ana Maria for sharing their beautiful pictures and screencaps.