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Hell didn’t freeze over, but it looks like Terry Gilliam is making his Don Quixote movie anyway. “Seven is my lucky number so let’s break the curse and make it!” the director quipped about his failed attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground — and then some. The unfinished film started lensing back in 1998, with a whopping $32.1 million European budget backing it, but disaster struck when lead Jean Rochefort became ill and flooding on set caused a slew of financial difficulties. But the incident did give us Lost in La Mancha starring Johnny Depp — a 2002 documentary that revealed more about the moviemaking process in many ways than anything else. It looks like Gilliam has pegged British star Jack O’Connell (Angelina...
- Alison Nastasi
Hell didn’t freeze over, but it looks like Terry Gilliam is making his Don Quixote movie anyway. ““Seven is my lucky number so let’s break the curse and make it!” the director quipped about his failed attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground — and then some. The unfinished film started lensing back in 1998, with a whopping $32.1 million European budget backing it, but disaster struck when lead Jean Rochefort became ill and flooding on set caused a slew of financial difficulties. But the incident did give us Lost in La Mancha starring Johnny Depp — a 2002 documentary that revealed more about the moviemaking process in many ways than anything else. It looks like Gilliam has pegged British star Jack O’Connell...
- Alison Nastasi
At long last, it appears that Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote adaptation is finally happening. Today, Variety confirmed that rising star Jack O’Connell, whose terrific performances in Starred Up and ’71 have earned him awards buzz that should reach a fever pitch when he stars in the Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken this December, will star as a young commercials director who gets wrapped up in a retelling of Miguel Cervantes’ classic story.
Gilliam has been trying to get this passion project off the ground for over a decade. The original iteration, titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, was set to star Johnny Depp (in the role O’Connell now inhabits) and Jean Rochefort before it fell apart. Subsequent attempts piqued the interests of stars like Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor but always fell through.
However, now that O’Connell is involved, the project is again alive and kicking. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As we all know, Terry Gilliam's quest to make a film about Cervantes' Don Quixote is well into its second decade: the original iteration, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," which was to have starred Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort, fell apart years back, and though Gilliam eventually got the rights back, names like Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor have been attached to the project without the film ever getting to the start line. But fresh off semi-return-to-form "The Zero Theorem," and the success of the Monty Python reunion, Gilliam's back for another go, and though he recently talked of a 'hiccup,' it seems to have been overcome as Variety confirm recent rumors that fast-rising star Jack O'Connell, from the excellent "Starred Up" and "'71," is starring in the film. O'Connell, who's about to go supernova in Angelina Jolie's Oscar hopeful "Unbroken," will take »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Blu-Ray Review
There are few movies that are as wild, original, and filled with soul as Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, and the only problem with that is that it’s going to make you think someone else directed it. (He didn’t.)
Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his own bestselling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magical story that feels like a new breed of myth, and it comes to you through brilliant animation.
Born on the coldest day in the history of the Earth, Jack’s heart is frozen solid. To save his life, midwife Madeleine grafts a tiny cuckoo clock into his chest to take its place. Everything will be fine, she tells him, so long as he follows three rules in order to keep things running smooth – He can never touch the clock’s workings, »
- Marc Eastman
It’s the movie that would not die! Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has seemed to be nothing more than the director tilting at windmills for a very long time. Back in 2000, Gilliam actually began filming the semi-adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but the project rapidly fell apart in the wake of natural disaster, an over-ambitious production concept, scheduling conflicts with Johnny Depp, and the illness of lead Jean Rochefort. It was even the subject of a 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.
But Gilliam has not given up hope; indeed, he’s been trying to relaunch the project for almost a decade now. Now, it looks like he might actually get the film off the ground, this time with John Hurt in the Quixote role and, possibly, Skins star Jack O’Connell in the role vacated by Depp.
In a rumor fueled by John Hurt himself, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer.
Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect, while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.
Chris Terrio ("Argo") is adapting the script for this version and will reportedly have to do more work on it before Neeson will officially attach himself. It will happen, but is probably a little while off yet.
The film follows Guillaume Canet's well-regarded and internationally successful »
- Garth Franklin
It seems that Terry Gilliam is no longer Lost in La Mancha, so to speak. The director may finally be able to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his long-gestating project based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel and characters, as he explained to The Wrap that the film has a new cast being assembled and financing is in place.
Gilliam’s mission to bring The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the big screen, which has spawned close to two decades now, has been a tiring and frustrating ordeal for the filmmaker. His original version, which he tried to make with Johnny Depp in the late nineties, was plagued by injuries, disruptive weather and terrible filming conditions. (Watch the superb documentary Lost in La Mancha for more detail about the beleaguered production.)
Apparently, the script has been significantly re-worked and his Don Quixote has changed quite a bit from »
- Jordan Adler
After almost 20 years, Terry Gilliam claims that his Quixotic quest to bring Miguel Cervantes’ iconic literary character to the big screen is reportedly back in play. Speaking to The Wrap, the eclectic director said that he finally has financing to begin work on a new take about Don Quixote, which he most famously attempted with Johnny Depp in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. “I’ve done it so many times—or not done it so many times—I’ll believe it when I see it,” he told the site. “However, I’m behaving as if it’s all going to happen as planned. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Gilliam had hope to shoot the project this Fall in the Canary Islands but didn't have the funding at that point. He now tells The Wrap that he's finally gained the necessary funding and negotiations are underway with potential cast members. As a result, filming is now slated to begin after this Christmas.
Gilliam’s original "Man Who Killed Don Quixote" script revolved around a modern-day fellow (Johnny Depp) who gets sent back in time to the 17th century, where he encounters the real Don Quixote (Jean Rochefort).
That version is no more, Gilliam says he’s revised the screenplay so it's now entirely 'contemporary' and has meta elements to the story - as it deals »
- Garth Franklin
Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead") is set to write Damien, a sequel to the original 1976 horror classic The Omen and not a sequel to the 2006 sh*t show of a remake. The story will center on Damien Thorn, now an adult and haunted by his past, Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist. Oh, the catch, this is being written for Lifetime. Yeah. Lifetime. THR Open Road Films has acquired Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawlers centering on the story of a driven young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds a home in the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed also star in the film. Terry Gilliam is reportedly trying to resurrect The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as he and Spanish producer Adrian Guerra are attempting to cast the »
- Brad Brevet
Upcoming comedy drama, directed by Philippe Le Guay [pictured], sells to Canada and Benelux, with further deals expected in the coming days.
French director Philippe Le Guay’s upcoming comedy drama Florida, starring Jean Rochefort as an elderly man with memory problems who jets off to the Us to see his youngest daughter, is proving a hit with buyers.
Launched by Gaumont just prior to Cannes, the film has sold to Canada (Metropole Films Distribution) and Benelux (Victory) and Italy (Acadamy Two), and deals in Switzerland and Germany are expected to be sealed in the coming days.
“It’s a tender drama comedy about family relationships and old age… Rochefort’s character Claude is starting to lose his memory, but sometimes he also pretends he’s forgotten something because it suits him,” said Gaumont’s deputy sales chief Yohann Comte.
Sandrine Kiberlain, who won the César for best actress this year for her performance in 9-Month Stretch, plays »
Terry Gilliam’s dream project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, has been languishing in production limbo for years now. The closest the project came to fruition was in 2002, when it became the subject of the fascinating documentary Lost in La Mancha - a film largely concerned with the total failure of Gilliam to actually make a movie about Don Quixote. But reports continue to surface that the director is trying to resurrect his re-telling of the famous epic about a Spanish gentleman who imagines that he’s a romantic knight-errant.
Today, Variety (via The Playlist) reports that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will start filming in early 2015, with casting now underway. This follows on the heels of a quiet indication that actor John Hurt might be in talks to play Don Quixote himself. Though Hurt is not yet confirmed, it’s a nice possibility and gives greater credence »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Gotham: The first cast photo for Fox's upcoming TV series Gotham has been released, and it confirms that Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie, who shared the photo via social media) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) will be front and center in the Batman prequel. The series will debut this fall; it's already been ordered for a full season. [Twitter] The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Director Terry Gilliam attempted to bring Don Quixote to the big screen in 2000, with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort on board to star, but that project fell apart for reasons well explained in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha. But Gilliam has not given up; he tried to obtain financing for a reworked version with Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor from 2008-2010. That...
- Peter Martin
Gilliam will meet with actors later this week. Guerra and Gilliam aim to go into production early 2015, shooting in Spain’s Canary Islands, Guerra told Variety Sunday.
Adrian Guerra’s Nostromo Pictures will lead produce; Jeremy Thomas, who licensed the rights of “Man” to Guerra, will take an executive producer credit with Thomas’ London-based Recorded Picture Co. associate producing.
Film’s storyline is a rewrite of the totally contempo Robert Duvall/Ewan McGregor re-launch that Thomas and Gilliam battled to finance over 2008-10, turning on an commercials director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie the exec once shot.
They failed to raise the financing. The key difference this time round, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Don't worry, he's a good man, but an artist.
A young Catalan girl, Mercè (Aida Folch), has escaped Franco's Spain and found herself in a cozy French town (occupied by the Nazis). Mercè is spotted by Léa (Claudia Cardinale) as a potential model for her husband Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort), a sculptor. In another film, this could well be the start of some very nefarious doings, but in The Artist and the Model (2013), things are exactly as advertised. The hungry refugee takes the job and, the next day, finds herself standing, au natural, moving at the direction of this remote, elderly artist. He gives little consolation or explanation to the young woman, single-mindedly searching for "an idea." He sketches, sculpts, and paints her in many poses, but never to his liking. The world around him is at war, but he stands in his safe little corner surrounded by naked women, »
- Jason Ratigan
Seventh time's a charm? Terry Gilliam has announced that he will be starting production on his long-time labor of love "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" on the Canary Islands in the fall. This is the seventh time over the past 20 years the director has attempted to get his troubled adaptation of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" off the ground. The film has gone through numerous failed iterations. The time it came closest to successful production was in 2000, when Gilliam had Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis on board, filming in the south-east of Spain. But lead actor Jean Rochefort suffered a back injury, and a flash flood literally swept away parts of the location and equipment. This is chronicled in the must-watch doc "Lost in La Mancha." No word yet on casting this time around, though Robert Duvall was the latest actor attached to the title role back in 2009. Depp is »
- Beth Hanna
R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black has died at her home in Woodside, California, at the age of 85, reports the New York Times. Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 23, 1928, Shirley Jane Temple began taking dance lessons at the age of three and appeared in her first movie at the age of four. Her first significant role came in 1934, when she was chosen to star in Stand Up and Cheer. She was signed to a year-long contract with Fox based on her performance in that movie and a string of feel-good song-and-dance movies followed. Notes Black in her 1988 autobiography Child Star:
People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog, Rin Tin Tin, and a little girl.
Temple received an honorary Academy Award at the age of six and was the most popular movie star in the U.S. from 1935 to »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Best Man Holiday (comedy; Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs; rated R) Ender's Game (Ya sci-fi/action; Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford; rated PG-13) The Armstrong Lie (documentary; Lance Armstrong; rated R) The Artist and the Model (drama; Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale; rated R) Austenland (comedy; Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie; rated PG-13) Khumba (animated family film, voices: Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; not rated) Knights of...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Terry Gilliam told us last November that his his next project following The Zero Theorem would be his long-awaited Miguel de Cervantes adaptation The Man Who Killed Don Quixote . "I'm going to try to do 'Don Quixote' again," Gilliam said then. "I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We'll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life." Production on Gilliam's "Don Quixote" actually began in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza. Unfortunately, the shoot met with dilemma after dilemma and was never finished, although the behind-the-scenes of the troubled production did end up becoming a »
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