- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2006

Quite a ride

Hunter S. Thompson is best known as the author of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” made into a 1998 film starring Johnny Depp. The gonzo journalist committed suicide a year and a half ago, and we finally have a look at his legacy.

“Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film” airs tonight at 10on Starz. Narrated by Nick Nolte, the documentary examines the two movies based on his life and work (1980’s “Where the Buffalo Roam” starred Bill Murray as Mr. Thompson’s alter ego). It features interviews with the many celebrities that Mr. Thompson befriended, including Mr. Depp and Mr. Murray, as well as fellow writers Tom Wolfe and William F. Buckley Jr.

From dad to devil

Bryan Cranston, who played the besieged father on “Malcolm in the Middle,” will soon deal with a different kind of hell.

The actor will tap into his dark side to play Lucifer on ABC Family’s sequel to “Fallen,” returning in the summer of 2007, reports Zap2it.com.

The original two-hour movie premiered in July and centered on 18-year-old adoptee Aaron Corbett (Paul Wesley), who discovers that he’s half-angel, half-human — a Nephilim.

Also joining the cast is “Casino Royale” Bond girl Ivana Milicevic as Ariel.

Production on the four new hours in the saga has already begun in Vancouver.

Mr. Cranston, 50, recently appeared on the big screen in “Little Miss Sunshine.

Holiday watch

On tonight:

• Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m on ABC. Boris Karloff narrates the classic tale of the grumpy hermit who hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville in this original animated version from 1966 — complete with the Thurl Ravenscroft (also the voice of Tony the Tiger) version of “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

m Unlikely Angel, 9 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel. Recent Kennedy Center Honoree Dolly Parton is in her element as a country music star who meets an untimely demise but cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed on Earth in this 1996 film. Roddy McDowall co-stars as St. Peter.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and Web reports

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