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The noughties were kind to Jack Black. That was the decade he pushed on from sporadic appearances in films such as Enemy of the State and The Cable Guy, raising his game to what has become an almost steady stream of hits by perfecting a lovable bombast and a grin almost as big as his belly.
Now very much aimed at the kids and young adult market, the Tenacious D front man has once again proven with his latest picture Gulliver’s Travels that when it comes to making a big imprint, he has the feet to do the job.
Taking on the role of Lemuel Gulliver, Black has made a change from the hunter-gatherer of Columbia Pictures’ Year One to mail-room clerk at the New York Tribune in the latest adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic novel. A modern take on the giant adventure, Gulliver is a cowardly no-hoper »
How does a mash-up of live-action puppets with CGI head, actors’ filmed eyes and mouths, collages of miniatures, film, graphics and period photography sound? Terry Gilliam will “godfather” on a project involves just that, Variety reports.
Directed by British animator Tim Ollive, who has worked with Gilliam on many projects dating all the way back to The Life of Brian in 1979, the “retro sci-fi fantasy” film is titled 1884. It is even reported “unnamed members” of the original Monty Python team with provide voices. Check out a synopsis of the $8 million feature below:
“1884,” a gently mocking burlesque, imagines a film made in 1848 with steam power, narrating a tale of laughable imperialist daring-do and espionage set in a futuristic 1884, when Europe is at war, steam-powered cars fly in the sky and man has landed on the moon.
Plot turns on dashing, if uber-bumbler secret agent Horatio Kitchengame dispatched to Europe to foil »
- Jordan Raup
“I am not an ideologue,” José Luis Guerín says matter-of-factly. “I need characters.” Judging by the lukewarm response that has greeted his latest film, Guest, it’s a dicey stance for a director of art house cinema to take these days. Early reviewers have praised Guerín’s images but questioned the structure of the film, which often finds him wandering through Third World cities and inviting conversations about hot-button topics like immigration, colonialism, and religion. That he does so without any pretense of deep sociopolitical analysis makes Guest something of an anachronism: it’s a politically-interested film in an observational mode, more humble and curious than didactic.
In 2006, after premiering his previous film, In the City of Sylvia, Guerín decided to spend a year traveling the world by accepting every festival invitation he was offered. He carried a consumer-grade Dv camera with him wherever he went and very gradually built »
Doctors Nat and Kat are your "Amazing Race" Season 17 winners. They bested second place team Brook and Claire and third place team Thomas and Jill. Nat and Kat are the first all-female team to win "Tar" and nearly 50% of Zap2it voters picked them.
At the start of the last leg, the pairs left within roughly 30 minutes of each other, so it really was anybody's game going into the final stretch. They flew to Los Angeles, more specifically the pier at Long Beach.
There they had to ride a bungee swing in order to get the next clue. It was awesome, like bungee jumping but not quite as scary. During the bungee swing, Nat said, "I didn't even pee my pants." We're sad that wasn't the episode title.
Following the bungee swing the teams had a road black where they had to help decorate a Tournament of Roses Parade float. »
Even before the prolonged gush of the awards season, there's been a lot of adulation in the air of late, with much of it directed at a pair of Britain's most battle-hardened film-makers. Mike Leigh has justly had his reputation burnished by Another Year; and even before the release of 127 Hours, the bouquets have been prepared for Danny Boyle. But perhaps we could spare a thought for another, currently less exalted grandee – Terry Gilliam, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday without much in the way of a surprise party from an industry that seems to be showing every sign of having forgotten about his very existence.
It's a strange situation for those of us for whom Gilliam has been a square-peg fixture in film culture as long as they remember watching »
- Danny Leigh
In The Next Three Days, Russell Crowe's character, a professor at a local community college, discusses the use of logic in Don Quixote with his students. Is lack of logic actually better than logic itself? The film sure thinks so, as it weaves together an intricate plot that sinks deeper and deeper into the absurd as it drags on. There's entertainment value along the way, but the more implausible the story gets, the more it loses its audience. Based on a French thriller, the film follows John Brennan (Crowe), the perfect husband to his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks), and father to their little boy. John and Lara are the ideal couple, so in love with each other that they still find time to sneak in sex in the car after dinner dates. Then one morning, the police rush into their house to arrest Lara for murder, and their happy life comes crashing down. »
- Lauren Bradshaw
Robert Duvall already has pocketed an Academy Award for “Tender Mercies." This award season, his role as a grizzled Tennessee hermit whose secrets emerge after he decides to throw his own funeral in Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low” has put him in the running for what would be the seventh Oscar nomination. He talked wlth TheWrap about being Gilliam's Don Quixote, why it's hard not being Brad Pitt and his dim hopes for the Coens' remake of "True Grit." You’ve compared "Get Low" the work of your friend Horton Foote, many »
If you’re still not completely sold on Agan’s action-packed adaptation of “Don Quixote”, wait until you feast your beady little eyes on the trailer embedded below. Personally, I think the movie looks fantastic, though, as I’ve stated before, my bias towards this particular story may have severely tainted my outlook. As long as the 3D is handled correctly — from what I understand, it’s the first Asian movie to be lensed entirely in the third dimension — I won’t complain too much about the implementation of this increasingly goofy gimmick. Thanks to 24 Frames per Second for providing the clip. »
- Todd Rigney
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This courtroom is out of... business? (Hey-oh!) At least that's the most likely assumption given NBC's decision to put "Outlaw" production on hiatus due to languishing ratings. This doesn't mean the legal drama is technically "canceled," but barring some secret nationwide plan to start watching the series on the fourth episode, it's basically a death sentence. [Hr]
Now that "Glee's" Britney Spears episode is fading in the rear-view, folks are wondering which artist will be next to get the full treatment from the series. And if oddsmakers are to be believed, Katy Perry is the most likely. The singer tops Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and David Bowie in a poll -- leading us to wonder if they chose the proper episode to question the existence of god. [Bookmaker]
When it comes to talking about cursed projects, none will ever top Terry Gilliam's attempts (notice the plural) to make a film adaptation of Don Quixote. How many movies do you know that can boast a documentary about its production's epic collapse? But while nothing will ever take away Gilliam's top prize in the category, The Hobbit is giving it a damn good run for its money. Deadline is reporting that a fire struck Peter Jackson's New Zealand workshop set on Friday. According to the report, fifty firefighters were on the scene to try and quell the blaze, which lasted for three hours before finally dying down. Absolutely everything inside of the building was destroyed. Let's take a quick overview of The Hobbit's pre-production stage, shall we? First MGM went broke, delaying the project indefinitely. Next, Guillermo del Toro, who had dedicated a great deal of time to »
In this rather lumbering anti-war fable, Jackie Chan plays one of two people left alive after a pointless battle between two warring states in 300Bc China. Chan is a professional coward, an unwilling conscript, raised to love life and stay alive. The other survivor is a bombastic general from the other clan, in thrall to military glory, in love with death. Chan takes the general hostage, hoping to collect a reward, and together they make a hazardous cross-country journey, debating as they go, and at one point forced to make common cause. The pair resemble a Chinese Don Quixote and Sancho Panza – and, some would say, you can't get worse than that.
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- Philip French
The legend of Don Quixote always appealed to me, even at an early age. And while the idea of a modern, major motion picture based on the classic tale sounds like a damn good idea on paper, properly bringing it to life on the big screen is a little difficult. That having been said, Agan’s “Don Quixote” might be on the right track. Naturally, I’m not a huge fan of 3D movies, but my undying adoration for the story, combined with my love of Chinese cinema, is strong enough for me to overlook this tired theatrical gimmick. For those curious parties, a spiffy batch of images and character posters lie below. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the teaser, point your browsers to the article I posted on the subject a few months ago. That should help bring you up to speed. Much love »
- Todd Rigney
Terry Gilliam recently watched his Don Quixote project fall apart once again, which means the director of Time Bandits and Brazil is, again, unemployed. While he waits to figure out the next move-- maybe converting Time Bandits to 3D?-- he's taking on an entirely different animal: a commercial for Pepsi. With David Arquette, and David Arquette's mullet. The short film, which inevitably will be edited into oblivion to fit 30-second ad spaces, is called The Legend of Talladega. Bleeding Cool got their hands on a set of photos Arquette has been posting on his Twitter and he looks god damn ridiculous in the best way. We don.t have any major details from the story, but from what I can gather from these pictures I.d say it.s going to be about a Nascar super-fan who is sustained by his Pepsi life-blood. That.s what the goggles, »
Someone.s taking Hansel and Gretal and turning it into an action movie. There was a time when this was the sort of malarkey we used to expect from Hollywood. The sort of thing we made fun of them for. They.re still doing it, look no further than their Don Quixote fights actual giants action movie for evidence, but now the indie-euro world has started doing it too and somehow it.s no longer ridiculous to make a Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters, it.s cool. It.s so cool that according to information picked up by Twitch from a Norwegian website Jeremy Renner and Dragon Tattoo.s Noomi Rapace are up to star in it. The movie is exactly what its title suggests it is. The classic fairytale characters have grown up and now fifteen years after their misadventure with the witch in the gingerbread cottage they.ve »
Donal Logue has claimed that viewers will be able to relate to his new FX crime drama Terriers. The show stars Logue as Hank Dolworth, an ex-cop who teams up with former thief Britt Pollack (Michael Raymond-James) to form a private investigation service. "I have a weird feelings viewers will recognise something that will be vaguely reminiscent of friendships they had in high school or college," he told TV Guide. "Britt's the Sancho Panza backing whatever Don Quixote move I want to make, even if it looks like a windmill." He added that his disheveled appearance in the series will help it resonate (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
If you thought MGM's current Bond/Hobbit disrupting financial woes were bad, you haven't seen anything yet. The longest running saga in movie history is set to roll on a little longer, as director Terry Gilliam has confirmed that financial backing for Don Quixote has been pulled yet again. The 69-year-old director has been trying to film a modern adaptation of Miguel Cervantes' hapless Spanish hero in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for more than 10 years and now his latest attempt has ground to a halt on the eve of shooting, he revealed to Variety at the Deauville American Film Festival. »
The doom started creeping in just as Gilliam made progress. Duvall, who was set to play Don Quixote de la Mancha, was really apprehensive that the funding was going to come together. In fact, he stated that he wouldn't even start preparing for the role until the project was definite and secure. Over the summer there were rumblings that Gilliam had suffered another financial setback, and now it's been confirmed: Financing has collapsed, and his long-gestating, long-plagued passion project is in limbo once again.
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- Monika Bartyzel
Terry Gilliam's journey toward adapting "Don Quixote" to the screen has been so plagued by mishaps, misdeeds and disasters that it became the stuff of its own documentary, 2002's "Lost in La Mancha." After almost a decade, Gilliam recently got the production back on track, with Robert Duvall (as Quixote) and Ewan McGregor on board to star, only to have "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" once again left stranded without funding last month.
As he told MTV, "It's business as usual. That's the problem. The sad thing is you get used to this, which is a kind of numbing experience. And to be numb is not the best thing to be creative. You gear yourself up for a certain level of work -- and then boom: hiccup. Suddenly the energy had nowhere to go."
Variety caught up with Gilliam at the Deauville American Film Festival, and he's still »
- Alison Willmore
Though he's still reeling from the financial collapse of his latest attempt to tell the Don Quixote story, Terry Gilliam is already dusting himself off and working on his next project, and one that seems a lot more likely to actually happen. According to a tipster at Bleeding Cool, Gilliam is planning to convert Time Bandits in 3D, presumably with plans to release it in theaters at some point in the future-- and hey, maybe make enough money to fund The Man Who Killed Don Quixote after all. If Gilliam were simply trying to make a buck, though, he probably would have chosen a different movie. Time Bandits was a success at the time, ranking as the #10 film of 1981, but isn't as fondly remembered as some of Gilliam's later films, like the cult classic Brazil or the more recent adventure Twelve Monkeys. There's also no evidence that audiences will flock »
It's become something of an industry chestnut that if Terry Gilliam's involved in a project it will almost certainly stumble and falter and sure enough his latest project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is facing a financing crisis that, according to Variety, is more serious than the 'hiccup' reported last month.
We really don't want to dwell on his bad luck - which culminated on his last feature when his star (who it was undoubtedly even worse luck for)Heath Ledger died of a fatal presecription drug overdose midway through the shoot - but the more cinematically engaged amongst our readers will remember that Don Quixote is the self-same film Gilliam was trying to make ten years ago before his lead actor got himself a herniated disk and Nato aircraft ruined every other take resulting in a $15m insurance claim and halted production and a highly entertaining though »
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