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“We started filming in March 2014, so it took a bit longer to get going, as it always does,” Timlett tells People. “By the time we got started, we kept wondering, ‘Oh, is Robin Williams still going to be interested?’ “
Williams was the first major talent to sign on to the project, which was written and directed by Jones’ dad, Monty Python legend Terry Jones. The »
- Mike Miller
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.
“Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.
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- Graham Winfrey
"I can solve anything in the world!" Atlas has revealed a new Us trailer for the upcoming American release of a comedy film titled Absolutely Anything. This film was originally released in Europe back in 2015, and has been waiting to get released in the Us until now. One way they're marketing it: this film features the "final" performance by Robin Williams, who voices a talking dog. Absolutely Anything is about a goofy school teacher who is granted the superpowered ability to make any wish or desire come true. Simon Pegg stars, with Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Robert Bathurst, Eddie Izzard, and Joanna Lumley. This looks pretty bad, but the only redeeming side is that it's directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Maybe there's some good humor? It looks like this was lost in the 90s and only recently found. Here's the first official Us trailer (+ poster) for Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything, »
- Alex Billington
According to Deadline, the last film Robin Williams made before his death finally has a U.S. release date. The movie is Absolutely Anything, and it stars Simon Pegg as a guy who gets godlike powers from aliens so they can determine if the Earth is worth saving, but he just ends up using them in silly ways like making it so his dog can talk like Robin Williams. The movie was released in the U.K. a few years ago, but it didn’t have U.S. distribution until now, with Atlas Distribution Co. picking it up and announcing that it will be released on May 12.
Unfortunately, if Absolutely Anything being Robin Williams’ last film isn’t sad enough, it will also most likely be the last film from Monty Python member Terry Jones, who announced that he has dementia last year. Jones directed Absolutely Anything, and Monty ...
- Sam Barsanti
After coming out more than two years ago in the U.K., Robin Williams' final movie is going to get released in the U.S. The comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, has finally secured distribution from Atlas Distribution Co. Outside of the appeal that comes from Robin Williams, the movie also serves as something of a Monty Python reunion, which isn't likely to happen again on the big screen.
According to Deadline, Absolutely Anything will be given a limited release, with Atlas hoping to get the movie in theaters on May 12. Terry Jones, who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of life, directed Absolutely Anything from a script that he wrote more than 20 years ago. The movie also stars Monty Python alums John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. So comedy fans have several very good reasons to go see this movie. »
Exclusive: Absolutely Anything, the comedy that stars Simon Pegg and Robin Williams as the voice of his faithful dog — the last feature film that the Monty Python crew have worked on together — has found distribution. Atlas Distribution Co. will distribute the Terry Jones-directed film theatrically. The film also stars his Monty Python pals John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Outside of documentaries, the Monty Python crew have not worked on a feature film together… »
“Lego Movie” masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller think it’s nuts to offer advice via the esteemed BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture master class. “If anyone calls themselves a ‘master screenwriter,'” Lord told the London audience last October, “they are about to write a terrible screenplay.”
Nevertheless, Lord and Miller persisted; after writing and producing together for 20 years, including the upcoming Han Solo origin story, they had plenty to say. BAFTA has just made their nearly 90-minute video available to the public, glitchy graphics and all, and it makes for some very funny viewing (not to be missed: their short that “was not educational enough” for Disney, which attempted to teach children about the Brontë sisters using Victorian era-inspired action figures). It’s also educational — some might even say, masterful.
Here’s 10 of the best bits of advice from Lord and Miller.
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- Allison Picurro
The Guardian has an update on Terry Jones, the “Monty Python” member who last fall revealed he has dementia. Most of the news isn’t good, unfortunately, as Jones’ condition has worsened in the months since he went public with his diagnosis. Though still able to get around by himself physically, the once-verbose performer’s speech is now limited to just a few words at a time.
Read More: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Receives Dementia Diagnosis
Jones has frontotemporal dementia, which affects the language and social-control centers of the brain. In addition to reducing patients’ ability to speak, it may also make them appear less concerned with their loved ones. Though his speech is “now restricted to a few words, usually uttered to agree with those who are speaking to him,” Jones “remains an enthusiastic walker, likes his beer and wine, and watches old films compulsively. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is a favourite. »
- Michael Nordine
Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.
Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
TV and film director who won a Bafta award for the BBC play Bar Mitzvah Boy
The British television and film director Michael Tuchner, who has died aged 84, left a body of work that vividly reflected life in the UK and Us during the 1970s and 80s. As Tuchner was an unshowy man who allowed the performances and narrative to dominate a film, his contribution often went unsung, even though he made more than 40 television and big screen movies. Nevertheless, after his debut feature, Villain (1971), starring Richard Burton, he was always considered a safe pair of hands by producers and was nominated for four Bafta awards, winning one for the acclaimed BBC Play for Today production of Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976).
Tuchner was born in Berlin, the son of Martin, a tailor, and his wife, Rosa (nee Wolochwiansky). When he was seven, the family moved to the UK, »
- Ronald Bergan and Michael Apted
UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood has died aged 82 following complications from surgery for a minor complaint.
Glinwood’s career spanned fifty years as a producer and sales executive during which time he worked closely with some of the European industry’s leading figures.
In the 1970’s he would work closely with fellow-producers Ned Sherrin and Beryl Vertue and director Bob Kellett on a string of UK comedies including Up Pompeii and The Alf Garnett Saga as well with UK producer John Heyman and Grease and Saturday Night Fever producer Robert Stigwood.
In the same decade Glinwood struck up a fertile collaboration with Rpc boss Jeremy Thomas for whom he would work in a sales and financing capacity on Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Before the film world descends on Hollywood for the 89th Academy Awards in two weeks, they’re heading to Britain tonight for the Ee British Academy Film Awards 2017, better known as the BAFTAs. The ceremony is Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars and sees many overlap nominees, including Best Picture contenders “Moonlight,” “Manchester By the Sea,” “Arrival” and “La La Land,” which leads with 11 nominations.
Read More: 2017 BAFTAs: ‘La La Land’ Leads with 11 Nominations
The BAFTA Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, will air on BBC America at 8pm Et. The show can be live streamed by logging into your cable provider, but there will not be a public broadcast of the ceremony, which is aired as an edited version several after the show has ended. The BAFTA Facebook page will be live streaming from the red carpet, which you can watch in the embedded video below.
The red carpet live »
- Zack Sharf
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
Some of the food we see in movies looks so damn good it's enough to make you wanna drop everything and go feast until you explode a la Terry Jones in The Meaning Of Life. One of those scenes is from the classic Pulp Fiction in which Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) takes a big bite of a Big Kahuna burger, then washes it down with some Sprite. The burger chain in the film does not exist in real life, so one man has... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
14 items from 2017
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