Browser: “Penelope.” Terry Gilliam. Cinema and the City. Whit Stillman. Denby’s Oscar rant.

1. I found some time during my travels to jot down thoughts on an overlooked, underrated fantasy film -- Penelope -- and its relationship with other "Beauty and the Beast" tales.2 Someday, Charlie Kaufman will make a movie about the career of Terry Gilliam, depicting the astonishing, relentless calamities that befall the imaginative director. Everyone knows that Heath Ledger died in the middle of filming Gilliam's upcoming picture. If you've seen Lost in La Mancha, you know what I mean - … [Read more...]

Has Terry Gilliam Found His Don Quixote?

Has Terry Gilliam found his Don Quixote?Contactmusic reports that Johnny Depp is back in cahoots with Terry Gilliam as they try once again to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a movie about that greatest challenger of windmills, Don Quixote. Depp worked with Gilliam on this project once before, but the production collapsed due to various catastrophes chronicled in the hilarious documentary Lost in La Mancha. But it looks like they're ready to try again.Alas, Gilliam's first choice to … [Read more...]

Come Hell or High Water (Again), Terry Gilliam Will Make That La Mancha Movie

Paste reports the almost inevitable news (first noted at Empire) that Terry Gilliam is keeping the dream alive. He once was lost (in La Mancha), but he will be found. "[Producer] Jeremy Thomas is very close to getting all the pieces of paper signed from all the people who you gotta get signed," Gilliam told us. "He's been on it for a year now, and he's come the closest to getting it untangled from the legal swamp it was in. And, um, I don't see why, I donæt see anythying that's gonna stop it … [Read more...]

“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”: Starring Tom Waits?

In El Pais, Terry Gilliam reports (if I'm not misreading the French) that his next project is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, starring Tom Waits and Heath Ledger. (This, according to Film Ick.)Excellent. Waits had an unforgettable cameo ("I'm like a moral traffic light, really...") in The Fisher King , my favorite Gilliam film, and I can't wait to see him in a larger role. Gilliam and Waits are a match made in heaven. And while I must say I was surprised by this, Heath Ledger was the best … [Read more...]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Be warned: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is very faithful to the book.That is to say, it chronicles on the big screen in vivid color the adventures of two individuals pumped full of drugs as they journey through Las Vegas and abuse tourists, residents, waitresses, each other, and themselves. They get high, they get higher, they get even higher, they get sick, they yell and break things, they vomit, and then they do it all again.In other words, this may not be the movie for you.But … [Read more...]

Terry Gilliam Today

Terry Gilliam considers the state of his career, the critical rejection of Tideland, his continuing hopes to bring Don Quixote to the screen, and his next project. … [Read more...]

Terry Gilliam speaks his mind.

I gotta say, I agree with Terry Gilliam, who, in spite of the mess the Weinsteins made of The Brothers Grimm, remains one of my favorite directors.Gilliam, who was J. K. Rowling's original choice to direct Harry Potter, before the studio gave it to Chris Columbus, says: "I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car, and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. … [Read more...]

Specials: Leary on Dynamite; Brothers Quay + Gilliam; V for Vendetta; The Island

Today's specials:Michael Leary on Napoleon Dynamite.Twitch scoops an intriguing collaboration between The Brothers Quay and Terry Gilliam. Wow. Sounds promising indeed. Go here for news and stills.The trailer for Natalie Portman's new film with the makers of The Matrix: V for Vendetta.What did I say about The Island being built out of parts stolen from other movies? … [Read more...]

Terry Gilliam Talks About Christianity

The man who guards the Bridge of Death speaks: … [Read more...]


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