Random Acts

Random Acts: Scarlett planks in wellies, Amber and Johnny rewrite The Rum Diary

This week, Scarlett Johansson has chosen to lie around in wellies on a tree, which is fairly random of her.

Meanwhile, after two years in random development hell, the reliably random Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s movie, The Rum Diary, is finally going to be released in October/November this year. The somewhat nasty and misogynistic ‘lost’ novel of Hunter S Thompson, however, has been rewritten by Withnail and I‘s director, Bruce Robinson, so that not only is it a lot more like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it’s also a comedy and a romance. It’s still set in Puerto Rico, though, and involves lots of drinking. Lucky Johnny. Lucky Amber.

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A Pretender reunion on Burn Notice

Back in the 90s, there was a nifty little show on NBC called The Pretender, which I should probably do a Lost Gem on at some point. It starred Michael T Weiss as an almost unique genius who can be anyone he wants to be and uses his skills to help the innocent and punish the guilty by pretending each week to be a different person.

If that all sounds a bit familiar, maybe it’s because you’ve been watching Burn Notice, in which Jeffrey Donovan plays a spy who uses his skills to help the innocent by pretending to be all kinds of other people.

What’s interesting is that Donovan actually played Weiss’s brother, another Pretender, on The Pretender.

And this week, who should guest star on Burn Notice except Michael T Weiss. There’s fun for you.

Michael T Weiss on Burn Notice

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