Everyone loves a good time travel movie and moviegoers got a good one with this thriller that starred two of the biggest stars on the planet. Why Does Pitt Look So Crazy? >> Posted 12.31.12 by Chris
Monty Python founding member and auteur Terry Gilliam's first attempt to make a movie based on Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote ended in disaster shortly after going into production in 2000, as chronicled in the documentary Lost in La Mancha. Gilliam moved on to other projects in the years that followed, but announced plans to reignite The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2008, minus original cast members Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote and Johnny Depp as Sancho Panza.
Unlike his first attempt, which faltered and ultimately failed while actually in production, Gilliam has been hitting roadblocks and obstacles with his second attempt while still in preproduction. He has been in talks with Robert Duvall to play Don Quixote, but has had little luck securing his Sancho Panza — or, more accurately, his faux Sancho Panza, since the story revolves around a 21st-century advertising executive who travels back in time and meets Don Quixote, who mistakes him for Sancho Panza. In a recent interview with Vulture, Gilliam revealed that most of his current problems with the movie are related to money and that, though The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is "the best script" that he has, the lack of progress has made him "actually quite tired of the whole thing." what did gilliam say about Don Quixote and Garfield's Spider-Man? >> Posted 07.03.11 by BrentJS
When Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, it brought a tragic end to the possibility of a full Monty Python reunion. The man who played King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the title role in Life of Brian was a brilliant mind, completing medical school and playing a vital role in the creation of many seminal moments, both in the Python films and in the landmark TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
The Pythons did the best they could back then and honored Chapman in a hilarious, tearjerking memorial service. But now, several of the remaining Pythons are reuniting to turn Chapman's A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI into a 3-D animated feature, according to the NY Times. More on the Pythons' Chapman project >> Posted 06.27.11 by reelz
Ex-Python and director Terry Gilliam has always maintained that friend Johnny Depp would be a part of his Don Quixote project, but it looks as if Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has changed that. Empire caught up with Gilliam at Cannes, where he revealed that everyone's favorite jedi Ewan McGregor will fill the role originally meant for Johnny.
Sure to be fantastically strange, the movie's storyline has been rumored to have McGregor's character as a 21st-century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th-century Spain, where he meets Don Quixote (Robert Duvall) and is mistakenly believed to be Sancho Panza, thus becoming involved in quixotic adventures. Posted 05.18.10 by reelz
When Heath Ledger passed away last year, he was in the middle of shooting director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It seemed like the movie would have to remain unfinished, until a plot convention was created that allowed Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to step in and take turns sharing Ledger's final role. Both Depp and Law have finally opened up about what it was like to fill in for Ledger during an interview with HitFix. Depp praised the production, particularly the performances.
It was an honor to represent Heath. He was the only player out there breathing heavy down the back of every established actor's neck with a thundering and ungovernable talent that came up on you quick, hissing rather mischievously with that cheeky grin, "Hey... get on out of my way boys, I'm coming through..." and does he ever!!! Heath is a marvel, Christopher Plummer beyond anything he's ever done, [Tom] Waits as the Devil is a God, Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield, the very foundation, are spectacular, Verne Troyer simply kicks ass and as for my other cohorts, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, they most certainly did Master Ledger very proud, I salute them.
Though the circumstances of my involvement are extremely heart-rending and unbelievably sad, I feel privileged to have been asked aboard to stand in on behalf of dear Heath.
Law admitted it wasn't easy to say yes to the project.
I have always loved Terry Gilliam's films. Their heart, their soul, their mind, always inventive, touching, funny, and relevant. When I got the call, it was a double tug. I liked Heath very much as a man andadmired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make. To help Terry finish his film was an honor paid to a man I adore. I had a great time on the job. Though we were all there in remembrance, Heath's heart pushed us with great lightness to the finish.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is currently playing in limited release and opens nationwide on January 8, 2010. Posted 12.31.09 by Ryan
Writer-director Terry Gilliam discusses the unique nature of his latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in a new clip, "Behind the Mirror,"exclusive to Yahoo Movies UK. In the clip, Gilliam describes Imaginarium as a "compendium" of ideas and themes that he's "played with" in other films.
It's magical. It's very moving, I think it's touching, it's funny. It's all sorts of things. So, in many ways, both the most mature thing I've done and the most juvenile thing I've done.
Producer Amy Gilliam also provides commentary, along with several of the film's stars, including Christopher Plummer and Lily Cole.
In conjunction with the clip, a new poster has also been released. Previous posters have spotlighted the various incarnations of Tony, as played by Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, but the latest poster features Cole as Valentina in a whimsical design. Posted 10.16.09 by BrentJS
Several new teasers and one-sheets have been released to get movie watchers hyped up about fall and winter releases.
Director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus gets the deluxe treatment in a new teaser poster featuring the late Heath Ledger, as well as Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and ... floating heads? The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opens December 25.
Lionsgate serves up a dose of "Nazi horror" with the obscure Blood Creek, by director Joel Schumacher. Blood Creek stars Dominic Purcell and Michael Fassbender and recently opened in select theaters.
And, if you're looking for something on the lighter side, there's Disney's return to animated 2-D, The Princess and the Frog, about a young girl (Princess Tiana) living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The Princess and the Frog features the voices of Terrence Howard, John Goodman, and Oprah Winfrey and opens December 11. Posted 09.28.09 by BrentJS
As clips and new still images are released for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, we're reminded of just how talented Heath Ledger was as an actor and how much the film world has lost.
When director Terry Gilliam announced he would move forward with the movie in the wake of Ledger's death, many criticized his decision. It took the combined efforts of actors Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law to try to fill the void — and to avoid having to render Ledger's remaining scenes using CGI. Gilliam has defended his decision to continue on, saying that he did so to honor Heath and his work and "to touch people's hearts and souls as Heath was able to do."
Posted 09.17.09 by BrentJS
I am grateful to Johnny, Colin, and Jude for coming on board and to everyone else who has made it possible for us to finish the film.
I am delighted that Heath's brilliant performance can be shared with the world.
Variety reports that Heath Ledger's final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will have its U.S. premiere on October 11 at the close of the Hamptons Film Festival. The movie will then move to wide release on Christmas Day. It's the completion of a long road for Parnassus, which premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival but didn't receive American distribution until recently.
Ledger was filming the movie when he died unexpectedly in January 2008. Director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) then enlisted the help of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law, who stepped in to complete Ledger's role. They will represent transformations of Ledger's character, an enigmatic outsider who joins the traveling troupe of Dr. Parnassus and gives his audiences visions of alternate realities.
Also starring in the movie are Verne Troyer (aka Mini Me), Lily Cole, and veteran Christopher Plummer in the title role. Posted 09.08.09 by reelz
While speaking to AICN about his next big screen offering The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam gave his opinion about Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie — the same movie he himself had spent years trying to get made before deciding that the comic book was unfilmable. So what did he think of Snyder's attempt?
It got trashed, but there are great sequences in there, but the overall effect is kind of turgid in a certain way ... the pace is wrong. I was glad our version didn't get done, the one that Charles McKeown and I had wrote, because we had reduced it down to about two hours and five minutes I think and we lost so much. Comedian was cut down to next to nothing. So [Snyder] did a good job, but it just felt ... I think Watchmen really bothered me, because I thought it should be better. It was all there. It looked right, but to me it was pace. It didn't have pace. It needed a bit more quirkiness in there. Dr. Manhattan was getting boring, frankly, and then Ozymandias by the end I thought "Oh, come on!" They lost me by the end, frankly, but it was certainly looking better than what I was going to do!
Despite the controversy such a criticism will surely start, Gilliam's own movie is getting some morbid buzz simply because late Heath Ledger was working on it during his untimely death in 2008. Seems like these days Gilliam can't walk down the block without starting another media blitz. Posted 08.24.09 by reelz