Well, here’s some news you probably never thought you’d read: Terry Gilliam has taken to Facebook to announce that he’s wrapped production on his long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote!
Gilliam has spent the best part of two decades trying to get his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel off the ground. He came close in 2000 with a cast that included Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote and Johnny Depp as his lead character Toby, only for the production to encounter numerous difficulties before it was eventually abandoned (and documented in the 2002 film Lost in La Mancha).
This take on the project stars Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Quixote and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Toby, while the rest of the cast includes Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joana Ribeiro (A Uma Hora Incerta »
- Gary Collinson
Terry Gilliam finally knocked down the windmill. After nearly two decades of work, several failed attempts and any number of different actors attached to the project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has finally wrapped production. Gilliam — whose efforts to loosely adapt Miguel de Cervantes’ timeless novel inspired the documentary “Lost in La Mancha” — marked the occasion with a celebratory Facebook post.
“Sorry for the long silence. I’ve been busy packing the truck and am now heading home,” he wrote. “After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. Quixote Vive!” »
- Michael Nordine
A young drug dealer hatches a scheme to conceal his product in baked goods, with implausible consequences
Best filed alongside tandoori chicken pizza in the list of hybrid recipes that should never have left the kitchen, Dough is an overcooked comedy about a Jewish baker who employs a young Muslim assistant who also happens to be a drug dealer. With the accidental addition of a “special” ingredient, the challah is suddenly a lot more popular with a new and varied customer base. Jonathan Pryce and the very likable Jerome Holder, as Nat and Ayyash respectively, do their best with the painfully contrived material. But the fact remains that concealing drugs in low-cost bread products is the kind of half-baked idea that even the most inept dealer would reject as a business plan, and credibility issues contaminate the mixture along with the fistfuls of weed.
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- Wendy Ide
Directed by John Goldschmidt.
In a London suburb, a family owned Jewish bakery is on its uppers, losing customers and under pressure to sell up to developers. Then baker Nat (Jonathan Pryce) loses his assistant, who goes to work for the nearby supermarket because the pay is better. Desperately needing a replacement, he takes on his cleaner’s son, but the new apprentice has a sideline in selling cannabis. He decides to combine his two careers by adding an extra ingredient to his bread and cakes. And the shop’s sales go sky-high.
The temptation to say this isn’t a Homer Simpson bio-pic is almost overwhelming, but it’s not a pun that works especially well in print. With all the current interest in baking, however, it was only a matter of time until we saw a film about the subject, »
- Freda Cooper
Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder, Phil Davis, Ian Hart, Pauline Collins, Andrew Ellis, Malachi Kirby, Natasha Gordon, Melanie Freeman | Written by Jonathan Benson, Jez Freedman | Directed by John Goldschmidt
It has to be said that 2017 hasn’t been the best year when it comes to feeling good about the world. When everybody seems to be against helping out others, it seems timely that a film about two cultures coming together should at least raise a smile, and Dough manages this.
When aging Jewish baker Nat Dyan (Jonathan Pryce) takes on young Muslim Ayyash (Jerome Holder) as apprentice in his shop, at first, they don’t get on. When Ayyash accidentally drops cannabis into the bakery’s dough the bakery becomes very popular, building a bond between the two.
Dough walks a well-trodden path of movies where two people with differences are brought together when prejudices are taken away and friendship blooms. »
- Paul Metcalf
To coincide with the home release of Taboo, the superb 1800s-set TV series led by the remarkable Tom Hardy on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD, we have a bunch of box-sets to give away to three lucky readers.
Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy), a man who has been to the ends of the earth and returns irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories and assemble his very own delinquent league of the damned to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
- Paul Heath
This is Britflick variant #7: The Cosy Small Business Caper (with Optional Comedy Drug Element). Jonathan Pryce is the cranky north Londoner whose kosher bakery is threatened by ruthless Phil Davis’s convenience store empire. Jerome Holder is the young Muslim who helps profits rise after covertly bringing his weed-slinging operation in house.
Reassuringly predictable for the most part – yes, cultural differences will be overcome and yes, Pryce loosens up after breaking bread baked with Holder’s “special ingredient” – it succumbs to tonal wobbles and credibility issues late on. Still, welcome faces (Ian Hart, Andrew Ellis, Pauline Collins as flirty divorcee Mrs Silverman) give individual scenes spark, and the leads form an amiable double-act. But given his past work with Richard Eyre and Christopher Hampton, it »
- Mike McCahill
Roger Allam elevates a wonky country house mystery with a wholeheartedly verbose performance
Jonathan Pryce in Dough, Roger Allam here – it’s a week of under-filmed performers lending gravitas to light-middleweight material. John Jencks’ adaptation of the Stephen Fry novel is all Allam, all the time: when not grousing in voiceover, he can be witnessed sniping, letching and harrumphing in person as Ted Wallace, a blocked poet-turned-soused critic drawn into an altogether wonky country house mystery.
It’s a slight limitation that neither Wallace nor the audience really knows what he’s investigating – we’re mostly watching Allam scowling at the eccentrics passing through his eyeline – but it’s still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry’s rich wordplay like fingers of scotch. Even when the plotting gets clotted come the final reel, all that’s required is for Allam to »
- Mike McCahill
Author: Richard Phippen
It’s incredibly hard to tell where the inspiration for Dough came from. A British-Hungarian co-production about a Jewish baker and an African immigrant sounds like the kind of script Stephen Frears or perhaps Mike Leigh would be taking on. At least they might have done, had the script explored the kind of themes that would gain the attention of such culturally smart filmmakers. Instead, Director John Goldschmidt appears to have been hired as a safe pair of hands to turn a light-hearted, if rather vacuous story into something that could reach a wider audience. And to be fair to Goldschmidt, he’s certainly made this accessible.
Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) is an ageing Jewish baker, eking out a living from his small, family business in the heart of a dying suburban London street. With his right hand man taking the offer of a better paid job at the mini-market next door, »
- Richard Phippen
The concept at the heart of John Goldschmidt’s good-natured comedy drama is one that sounds just a tiny bit ridiculous, and a little too on the nose to set up a film involving many cultural clashes. It is a film that hardly plays it subtle, and it is hardly the finest piece of filmmaking you’re likely to see this year, but there is no denying that it has something akin to charm at the centre of its over baked loaf.
A young African Muslim, Ayyash (Jerome Holder), has fallen in to working for hardened dealer Victor (Ian Hart). Ayyash’s mother finds him more straight-and-narrow work as an apprentice at the struggling bakery which she cleans, run by old Jewish baker Nat (Johnathan Pryce). When some of the weed that Ayyash is carrying for Victor accidentally falls into the dough mix, the »
- Andrew Gaudion
Elderly in crisis, youngster who can help, drug being salvation and all sorts of drama bubbling around after use of drug – it’s a struggle to rid a particular TV show from the mind while watching this film, even when the protagonists spend more time in the kitchen than an Rv. That said, director John Goldschmidt’s latest, which also marks his return to the craft since 1987, would fill the small-screen mold with utter perfection. In some ways, staying in that state would have been enough for Dough.
But then comes Jonathan Pryce who makes a semi-compelling reason to shell out for the film at the cinema. The powerhouse actor, sporting a beard and kippah, commands every frame with a heartfelt turn as Nat Dayan, the owner of a family pastry joint not so hot in sales and longevity. While he makes his way to the store at 4 a.m. »
- Nguyen Le
Vulture WatchWill James Delaney prevail against his enemies? Has the Taboo TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Taboo season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the cable channel, Taboo follows adventurer James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy). In 1814, he returns to London after spending 10 years in Africa. Upon his arrival, he finds that his father has died. Now, James is line to inherit what is left of the family shipping empire. This fact unnerves his half‐sister Zilpha (Oona Chaplin), her husband Thorne Geary (Jefferson Hall), and the chair of the mighty East India Company, Sir Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce). Taboo »
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has had so much trouble getting made that it would almost be a letdown if the long-gestating project ever sees the light of day. Terry Gilliam has been tilting at windmills for nearly 20 years at this point, and now the film has hit a new snag: Alfama Films released a statement on Friday deeming it “patently illegal.”
Alfama’s Paulo Branco spoke to the Hollywood Reporter at Cannes, accusing Gilliam of “clandestinely” working on the film behind his back and even “pursuing the production with other partners.” Whether true or not, such a strange state of affairs is certainly apropos of the Cervantes’ charmingly (and tragically) out-of-his-depth knight errant.
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” first entered pre-production in 1998 and, at one point or another, everyone from »
- Michael Nordine
20 May 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Just a year after Terry Gilliam dropped into Cannes’ Carlton Hotel to reveal that his legendary Don Quixote curse was being lifted, unveiling a star-lined cast and shoot date for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, yet another hurdle has befallen the 19-year-old project.
French banner Alfama Films, which announced the project with Gilliam at Cannes 2016, where it was launching sales on the project, released a statement Friday regarding a court ruling in Paris. It claimed that Gilliam’s production of the film — starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce — was “patently illegal.”
Gilliam had announced in October 2016 »
- Alex Ritman
It premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016, where it was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for best British feature, before going on to play Tallinn Black Nights.
Michael E. Rosenberg of Film Movement struck the deal with Robbie Little of The Little Film Company. The film will be released under Film Movement’s speciality label Omnibus Entertainment for festival and semi-theatrical booking, following by release on home video and digital platforms in the autumn.
“We are very »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
While Cannes Film Festival hosts the world premieres of some of our most-anticipated dramas of the year, it also debuts promising documentaries, a good portion of which are about cinema history. This year they have a new documentary about one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors with Becoming Cary Grant. Ahead of the premiere, and an airing on Showtime next month, the first trailer has arrived.
Rather than taking a look at his acting process or experiences on set, this new documentary, from director Mark Kidel, offers a more personal angle. Through Grant’s own words from his unpublished autobiographical book, as spoken by Jonathan Pryce, it looks at the actor’s difficult upbringing and therapy he underwent in the 1950s. Judging from the first preview, it looks to be a moving film, perhaps reminiscent of Listen to Me Marlon from a few years ago. Check out the trailer below. »
- Jordan Raup
While Cannes Film Festival premieres some of the best new films of the year, they also have a rich history of highlighting cinema history with their Cannes Classics line-up, many of which are new restorations of films that previously premiered at the festival. This year they are taking that idea further, featuring 16 films that made history at the festival, along with a handful of others, and five new documentaries. So, if you can’t make it to Cannes, to get a sense of restorations that may come to your city (or on Blu-ray) in the coming months/years, check out the line-up below.
Presented by Ina. »
- Jordan Raup
Exclusive: UK sales outfit makes new hire.
London-based sales outfit Embankment Films has appointed Libby D’Arcy as general counsel to head up the company’s business and legal affairs.
She joins from her role as vice president of business affairs at Content Media, where she spent a total of eight years. Before then, she was head of business affairs at Odyssey Entertainment.
“Libby is most importantly a highly positive personality, a progressive closer, multitasker and deal-maker. Libby sits comfortably in our ambitious, autonomous, and self-determinated team of executives who typify a thorough understanding of financing, filmmaking and distribution,” commented Embankment co-head Tim Haslam.
The hire follows the company’s appointment of former Celsius and Independent exec Calum Gray as its head of sales last month.
Embankment’s slate includes McQueen, a documentary about fashion icon Alexander McQueen that was launched at the Efm, Churchill starring Brian Cox, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Submergence with James McAvoy »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a handful of the latest movie trailers including The Mummy, Baby Driver, War of the Planet of the Apes, Ingrid Goes West, Annabelle: Creation as well as TV spots for Game of Thrones and Alien: Covenant.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters. »
- Phil Wheat
Fresh from the box office success of his latest film Beauty and the Beast, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official image of Dan Stevens as author Charles Dickens in the upcoming holiday release The Man Who Invented Christmas.
“It was a really spooky, intriguing, funny piece,” said Stevens with regards to Susan Coyne’s (Mozart in the Jungle) script. “I just thought it was a really fresh take on that whole world. Particularly in England, Dickens is placed on a pedestal. But the guy was, at turns, quite playful and childish, and, at turns, quite dark and not a very pleasant man.”
The Man Who Invented Christmas is directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and takes place in 1843, exploring how Dickens penned his literary classic A Christmas Carol. Also featuring in the cast are Jonathan Pryce as Dickens’ father, and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. »
- Gary Collinson
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