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Oscar Jaenada has boarded Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed pic The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, joining Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko. It’s about an advertising exec who returns to his Spanish village, where as a student he made a film based on Don Quixote, only to get entangled in a series of catastrophes. Gilliam co-wrote the script with Tony Grisoni and Amazon Studios will distribute the film domestically. Repped by Paradigm, Grandview and Ziffren, Jaenada’s upcoming film… »
Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »
Thanks to Neil for answering so many of your questions. He’s signing off:
263 Questions, and I managed as many as I could in the time we had, and stole more time from the next thing. They are now about to pry the computer from my fingers and send me back on the road.
Thank you to everyone who asked the questions. They were all so good. Thanks to the Guardian for hosting this.
John O’Donnell asks:
Do you believe that good can triumph over evil? Situation being what it is.
I don't think of good and evil as being distinct free-floating things. I think there are people, doing what people do, sometimes selfishly, sometimes short-sightedly, sometimes even monstrously. (For me, one »
- Guardian Staff
Mubi's retrospective The Many Sins of Walerian Borowczyk is showing February 12 - June 18, 2017 in the United States and in many other countries around the world.If you were making a period movie in the classic era, it need not noticeably be any more or less unreal than a conventional contemporary film: in both cases, almost everything would be shot in the studio and every prop or costume would be made specially or brought in from a prop store. Nothing would be real.By the sixties and seventies, this approach was becoming extinct and a new generation were making films on location, with natural light, natural actors, natural clothing. For a period movie, this meant finding locations that were largely unchanged since the period in question, and bringing to them appropriate props and costumes. A filmmaker might be tempted to focus more closely on these details in order to bring to »
During his career, production designer Roy Forge Smith, who died this week at 87, worked with such directors as Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and Mel Brooks (Robin Hood: Man in Tights). His most frequent collaborator was writer-director John Gray, with whom he worked on seven TV movies, including Martin and Lewis, The Lost Capone, The Day Lincoln Was Shot and The Hunley, and two seasons of the CBS drama series Ghost Whisperer, which Gray created. Here… »
Mel Brooks has been named this year’s recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Fellowship, it was announced Wednesday. The actor, director and producer will receive the award from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who serves as president of BAFTA, at the British Academy Film Awards, which take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.
“Mel Brooks is a truly unique and multi-talented filmmaker. We are absolutely thrilled to award him the Fellowship,” said Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA.
The BAFTA Fellowship is the body’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Recent recipients include Terry Gilliam, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Mike Leigh and last year’s honoree Sidney Poitier.
“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor,” said Brooks. »
- Robert Mitchell
Believe it or not, it’s never satisfying to dump on an actor or film series, even if the actor is a shitbag accused of domestic violence (ok, nevermind). That ugliness aside, what is up with Johnny Depp, his career and Five ‘Pirates’ films? One of the most respected actors of his generation way back when, working with some of the best filmmakers alive (Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, Michael Mann, Tim Burton), for over a decade now, Depp has taken almost exclusively tentpole movies that reek of paycheck gigs.
- Edward Davis
Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****Spoilers Ahead**** When it comes to playing by the rules of conventional filmmaking, Terry Gilliam is about as irreverent as it gets. From his early days of making ridiculous animations for Monty Python and other media to... Read More »
- Brian Bitner
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that director Johnny Ma has won the Academy’s Best First Feature award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his feature film, “Old Stone.” This award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The film had its North American premiere at Tiff in the Discovery Programme and was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film can be pre-ordered on iTunes for viewing after April 7, 2017.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12.
– Acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service, which have achieved a »
- Kate Erbland
One of the upshots of being one of Hollywood’s most prolific working actors is that you wind up touching a staggering number of people. Hence the widespread outporing of affection today for John Hurt, who died earlier this week of complications from cancer. Stars ranging from The Rock to director Terry Gilliam (and many more) all took to social media in the hours after Hurt’s death was reported, painting a picture of a performer who worked tirelessly while never sacrificing his wit or heart.
My deepest sympathies to John Hurt’s family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) January 28, 2017
Rip my dear friend John Hurt. You were an awesome talent, an amazing co-star, and a better friend...you will be missed by all who knew you
— Jason Priestley (@Jason_Priestley) January 28, 2017
God speed to John Hurt, a legendary ...
- William Hughes
Beloved British actor Sir John Hurt passed away at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer. The two-time Oscar nominee had over 200 acting credits to his name, including “Alien,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, and most recently Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie.”
Following the announcement of his death on Friday, his Hollywood peers and friends paid tribute to him on social media, sending their condolences and remembering the great times they’ve had together, as well as his incredible filmography.
It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017
- Liz Calvario
Michelle Williams went through the unimaginable, and then she proceeded to accomplish the impossible. The actress' daughter, Matilda Ledger, was only 2 years old when the child's father, Heath Ledger, died of an accidental drug overdose on Jan. 22, 2008. Ledger was 27. The movie he would posthumously win an Oscar for the following year, The Dark Knight, was still months away from its theatrical release, and eventually a trio of actors were enlisted to fill the void in Terry Gilliam's then-unfinished The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. But while Hollywood was devastated by the senseless loss, and people started to dig into the destructive lifestyle Ledger was leading in »
Years ago, director/genius Terry Gilliam set out to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliant novel Good Omens into a feature film starring Robin Williams and Johnny Depp. It never came to pass. Other versions, including a television adaptation by Terry Jones, briefly appeared before vanishing again. But good things sometimes come to those who […]
- Jacob Hall
Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as showrunner.
The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist.
“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons…” Gaiman said. “Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”
“Good Omens” was Gaiman’s first novel, written »
- Seth Kelley and Robert Mitchell
Inspiring generations with their uncanny abilities to bring us closer to the great wonders (and horrors) of this universe, Guillermo del Toro and H.P. Lovecraft are among the group of creators and works being inducted this year into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture.
Press Release: Seattle – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced a new exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and named the new inductees for 2016. The Hall of Fame honors the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy’s greatest creators, and as the program marks its 20th year, it has expanded eligibility to recognize the genre’s most impactful creations. For the 2016 year, the Hall of Fame will induct Star Trek, Blade Runner, and authors Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. »
- Derek Anderson
Independent film veteran Ira Deutchman has received the first annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the distribution and exhibition of independent films. The award was created by advertising company Spotlight Cinema Networks in partnership with the Art House Convergence.
Read More: Why Indie Producing Veteran Ira Deutchman Is Moving From Films to Broadway
Deutchman has been distributing, marketing and making independent films for more than 40 years, working on some of the most successful and acclaimed indie titles of our time. He received the award Tuesday night at a dinner following Art House Convergence’s annual conference.
“Ira Deutchman is a legendary figure in the world of independent film distribution, marketing and production,” Spotlight Cinema Networks chief executive officer Jerry Rakfeldt said in a statement. “His creativity, passion and business acumen have helped shape, nurture and expand the independent film industry.”
Deutchman has worked on more than 150 films, »
- Graham Winfrey
Begun as a small exhibitor gathering at the Sundance Film Festival, the Art House Convergence has long since come into its own as a mecca for indie cinema operators.
Some 620 delegates are expected Jan. 16-19 at the 10th annual Art House Convergence in Midway, Utah, for panel sessions, networking, and film screenings before the Park City behemoth gets under way nearby. That’s a big change from 2008’s first Art House Convergence, which drew 25 attendees.
The growth, which surpassed its founder’s expectations, speaks volumes about the commitment of independent-cinema operators in a challenging business climate.
“Over the past decade, it’s grown far beyond what I ever imagined, and while it’s still a very intimate group compared with a CinemaCon, it’s a testament to the sheer passion [for arthouse cinema] of everyone involved,” says founding director Russ Collins.
As with multiplex operators, art-house cinemas must compete for audience attention at »
- Iain Blair
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: In dubious honor of “Sleepless,” a new Jamie Foxx vehicle that’s been adapted from Frederic Jardin’s “Sleepless Night,” what is the best American remake of a foreign-language film?
Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York
Long before I knew and appreciated Jean Renoir, I was in love with “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” a 1986 comedy based on “Boudu Saved from Drowning” that peppered the flow with some truly eye-opening ideas for Hollywood: class warfare, unequal police treatment, a neurotic dog with its own therapist. The movie holds up beautifully — it’s one of Nick Nolte’s quietest performances, and one »
- David Ehrlich
We get a visit from a ghost of Criterion past as we explore the week of Criterion. Trevor, David, Mark and Aaron get into the first release of the year, plus we talk about Terry Gilliam, Coming of Age films, rumors of Tree of Life and plenty more.
Episode Links & Notes
4:00 – The Ghost of Trevor?
6:50 – His Girl Friday
30:45 – Short Takes (12 Angry Men, A Touch of Zen, Zazie dans le Métro, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders)
56:15 – FilmStruck
1:19:00 – Wish List for April Announcements
1:23:00 – Pieces of Flair
Criterion Close Up 13: Mulholland Drive & the Ghost of Trevor David Reviews His Girl Friday DVD Beaver – His Girl Friday The Criterion Collection – His Girl Friday Criterion Reflections – Zazie dans le Métro Reddit – The Tree of Life is Coming to Criterion Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter »
- Aaron West
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic commentators on the contemporary state of Brazilian society. – Giovanni M. »
- The Film Stage
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