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Depp to play Hunter againTwo and a half years after writer Hunter S. Thompson’s suicide, his name is in the news again with the announcement of another movie based on his works, starring Johnny Depp.Depp is the iconoclastic actor who so keenly portrayed Thompson’s alter ego in the 1996 film, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and who paid the estimated $2.5 million price tag for shooting the writer’s ashes through a fist-shaped cannon erected at the back of Thompson’s Owl Creek Farm in Woody Creek.This time around, Depp will portray Thompson as a freelance journalist working in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.Based on Thompson’s book, “The Rum Diary,” the film will be about a “reporter who works alongside a motley crew of self-destructive staffers at a struggling San Juan newspaper, where an erotic love triangle emerges,” according to a story by the Reuters news service.Thompson wrote the book in 1959, basing it loosely on his own experiences, but it was not published until 1998 and has been the subject of several attempts to get the story on film stretching back seven years.According to news accounts, it has at various times captured the interest of such Thompson devotees as Benicio Del Toro, Nick Nolte and Josh Hartnett, starting as long ago as 2000.But the current story is that Depp has taken over the producing and principal acting duties, with Graham King (“The Departed”) as executive producer and Bruce Robinson (“Withnail & I”) writing the screenplay. Del Torro, Nolte and Hartnett are not involved.There is no schedule yet for filming to begin, and Depp will be busy for a while starring in director Mira Nair’s crime drama “Shantaram,” according to Rueters and the Hollywood Reporter.Crew rescues lost womanVAIL (AP) Authorities in Eagle County located and rescued a hiker who became lost in the Mount of the Holy Cross area.Sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Iacovetto says the woman started her hike about 8 a.m. Monday, but called 911 around 5:30 p.m., saying she was lost on Half Moon Trail, which leads to the summit of the mountain.Rescuers found Emily Thompson, 31, in a boulder field, authorities said.It took rescuers several hours to hike down with Thompson because she was dehydrated, said Deputy Tim Comroe of the Eagle County Sheriffs Office.


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