August 26, 2005

LinkNews Digest [08/26/2005]

Hunter S. Thompson Blow'd Up...As He Wished.

Hunter S. Thompson's grand finale went off as planned: His ashes were blasted into the night sky in an explosion friends and fans agreed he would have loved. But some said the gonzo journalist would have sneered at the Hollywood trappings — champagne toasts by movie stars and former presidential candidates.

The guests gathered in a pavilion next to the platform. Inside were blow up sex dolls and a mask of Thompson's arch enemy, late President Richard Nixon. With drums beating in the background, trays of champagne circulated before Thompson's remains flew.

The centerpiece is the 153-foot fist — two feet taller than the Statue of Liberty — near the tent. The structure was still covered in blue and gray tarps blowing in the wind Saturday morning, with a red tarp covering the fist. Around the base of the conical structure were enough fake boulders to fill three semi trucks, said designer Gregg Lacy, who was looking up at the piece he began work on nearly six months earlier.

Near the top of the structure, which features a sculpted red fist holding a peyote button with different colored lights, chrome sections gleamed in the sun. Maybe 200 feet away sat an unassuming, white truck. Inside were the 34 mortar tubes that contain a mix of fireworks, and Thompson's cremated remains. (LINK)

"The Warriors" Game in Development

Rockstar Games, makers of the wildly popular "Grand Theft Auto" series, is now working on a video game adaptation of the 1979 gang film "The Warriors". (Despite this picture, Ashton Kutcher is NOT a playable character.)

The new Web Site for the game has screens and videos of the different areas: Coney Island, home of The Warriors; Prince Street land of the mime-like Hi Hats; East Broadway hunting ground of the Savage Huns and East 110th Street, the Hurricanes barrio.

Also, there appears to be a remake of "The Warriors" in production, with Tony Scott (Top Gun, Enemy of the State) Directing, due out in 2006.

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