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It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.
Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »
Brad Pitt has now been proclaimed the top film producer for both television and film this year. He won Monday night at the Emmys as executive producer of Best TV Movie "The Normal Heart." He took home the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars in March for "12 Years a Slave." -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube These are his first victories at both of these awards shows. It was his second career nomination at the Emmys, with the first in 2002 as a guest actor on "Friends." At the Academy Awards, he has lost all three acting bids ("Twelve Monkeys," 1995; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," 2008; "Moneyball," 2011) and one for Best Picture ("Moneyball," 2011). HBO's "The Normal Heart" is an adaptation of Larry Kramer's play about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. In the »
I finally got a chance to see Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem and was mightily impressed by its ability to conjure some of the magic of Gilliam classics like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys (albeit in a far warmer, less brutal manner than the latter film). So I'm really glad we're debuting these character posters that don't just showcase the performers in the film, but the philosophies of the people they are playing. The movie is all about ideas, a philosophical dialogue. And these get at that. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. The film hits iTunes today, August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Be sure to check out the trailer and »
- Evan Dickson
Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
The new hit show The Last Ship follows a line of other television shows of late that have apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic themes. A deadly virus sweeps the world by storm and the only cure for humanity lies in Dr. Rachel Scott’s (played by Rhona Mitra from Doomsday, 2008) hands. She’s aboard the last functioning U.S. Naval Destroyer, whose Captain (played by Eric Dane from Grey’s Anatomy) must protect her and the knowledge she has at all costs as outlying dangers encroach and intend to do humanity even more harm. These interviews with actors Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, and executive producer Hank Steinberg shed some light on the show’s topical apocalyptic themes, some of »
- Gary Collinson
Well this is interesting. Syfy has said repeatedly that they didn't want a simple re-tread of the classic Terry Gilliam film in their 12 Monkeys TV series, and even though their first trailer looks exactly like it, they're at least changing up our perceptions of the characters. It's been announced that Emily Hampshire (a female if that was unclear) has snagged the role originally played by Brad Pitt (not a female).
I'm never opposed to seeing some creative casting choices for roles, even for well known properties. I've always been a big proponent of giving the best actor for the job the role (regardless of appearances). So hopefully, that's what Syfy is doing here by casting Emily Hampshire in the role Brad Pitt occupied in the film, and not some PR stunt to gather attention:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The Zero Theorem, 2013.
Directed by Terry Gilliam.
A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Terry Gilliam’s career as director has produced a filmography of varied result, from the highs of a modern classic like Brazil to total misfires in the shape of The Brothers Grimm and Tideland, but one thing has always been guaranteed; he has a unique sense for storytelling and an eye for visuals unlike anyone else. As such, The Zero Theorem is everything we could want from a Terry Gilliam film and much more; it’s one the year’s best films.
The story is a familiar one but has that likable Gilliam lead (think Jonathan Pryce, »
- Gary Collinson
The closest to TV Terry Gilliam got post-Monty Python was a suggestion that his abortive Watchmen adaptation could be made as a miniseries. Now a Gilliam movie is about to be reworked on the small screen without him and you can see the trailer for it right here.
Aaron Stanford (X-men) will take the role of a man sent back from a devastated Earth to prevent the spread of the virus that felled humanity. Tracing the cause back to True Blood‘s Željko Ivanek (pictured in the video thumbnail), he sets about undoing chronology with the help of Pretty Little Liars star Amanda Schull.
Who knows what Mr Gilliam makes of Syfy’s take on the property – while the basic premise is sound for a gripping narrative, the end result appears »
- Steve Palace
Back in the 1990s, when superhero movies were mostly a punchline, Quentin Tarantino had really only two movies under his belt and the idea of Tom Hanks winning back-to-back Oscars seemed insane, the great Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam was still struggling to get his films made within the Hollywood studio system. Then came the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys.
Based very loosely on a 1962 French short film called La Jetée, Twelve Monkeys followed an emotionally disturbed inmate from a grim, post-apoclayptic future, James Cole (Bruce Willis), who is sent back in time to identify the parties responsible for unleashing a world-killing plague.
Co-starring Madeleine Stowe as a psychiatrist who comes to believe him and a jittery Brad Pitt as a psycho rich kid who masterminds an underground eco-terrorist group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, Gilliam’s chilly sci-fi masterpiece may still be his most accessible ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Since its release, the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys has seen its reputation grow among science fiction fans to reach a stature where its one of the most well-regarded movies in the genre. Fans of the film thus found their curiosity piqued when news emerged of a tv series adaptation of the Terry Gilliam movie. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and In Plain Sight writer Natalie Chaidez will serve as showrunner for the series, which will air on Syfy, and the show will star Aaron Stanford, Noah Bean, Kirk Acevedo, Zeljko Ivanek, and Amanda Schull. Ahead of the show’s premiere in January 2015, Syfy has now released a trailer for the series, which can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
About a year ago, word first broke that the Us SyFy Channel was planning the unexpected move of turning Terry Gilliam’s cult tale of time travel, terrorism and tragic fate Twelve Monkeys into a TV series. The pilot was successful and now the show is due to hit screens next year. While we’re not sure when or even if the show will make it over here, the first trailer has nevertheless arrived. With a similar plot to Gilliam’s film – itself partially adapted from Chris Marker’s short La Jetee – the Monkeys show is nevertheless clearly trying to establish its own identity. That's probably a smart move, since no one can really channel Terry Gilliam’s mad genius apart from the man himself.So what we have here is the tale of James Cole (Aaron Stanford, stepping into the chrono-troubling togs of Bruce Willis’ character) who is sent »
This will be my third year attending the venerable Fantasia International Film Festival here in Montreal, and this year’s slate does not disappoint. I was asked to pick the five movies I was the most excited to see. This proved to be a difficult task, seeing as how my original list had upwards of thirty titles. But here are the five that have got me the most intrigued.
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Even though this movie has been finished for a while and already released in certain territories around the world, there’s a sense that a new Terry Gilliam movie is some form of minor miracle. Stories of Gilliam’s distended budgets, lost projects, and squabbles with producers lend the director a kind of bizarre mystique. But by all accounts, this was the easiest time Gilliam had making a movie in a while. »
- Derek Godin
It has taken awhile, but Amplify and Well Go have officially set a September 19 release date for Terry Gilliam's latest movie The Zero Theorem with the film premiering On Demand a month earlier on August 18 and now the official domestic trailer has dropped. Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the complete lack of one - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn't fully trust, including flirtatious Bainsley (Melanie Thierry), Management's wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Job (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he's »
- Brad Brevet
Wow. My head must have been buried in the sand because, aside from a few cursory glances at a poster here and there around the net, I had been more or less unfamiliar with the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem. Not anymore. This new U.S. trailer is fantastic. It's utterly striking and unique and reminds us of what Gilliam is capable of. I'm so relieved someone gave him some money to play around with again. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. The film hits iTunes on August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Hit the jump for The Zero Theorem trailer! As you'll see below, it's pretty great, right? I like how »
- Evan Dickson
It's Friday and that means on today's podcast we're reviewing Transformers: Age of Extinction and Snowpiercer as well as discussing Gary Oldman's comments, answering your questions and voice mails, playing games and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and no matter where you live in the world, all you »
- Brad Brevet
What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:
This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.
I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:
1902- Voyage dans la lune
1929- Fraud in Mond
1933-The invisible Man
1936-The Devil Doll
1953- The War of the worlds »
- Joey Paur
She’s arguably one of the most underrated actresses in recent history, within the ballpark of greatness during the Nineties for The Last Of The Mohicans and Twelve Monkeys. Then Madeleine Stowe faded away a bit and Hollywood lost a strong female presence. She returned to prominence as the apex of small screen bitchiness for Revenge, but I for one couldn’t help wondering if a bigger project was going to come along more worthy of her talents.
With The Runner this could well be her time to shine. Co-starring Nicolas Cage as a love rat congressman, Stowe plays the wife who turns a blind eye to his deceptions with the other firmly on the glory of elected office. Sounds like a case of “been there, done that”, but when the setting involves the Bp oil spill that wrecked the Gulf Coast in 2010 my appetite is whetted, or at least slathered in black gunk. »
- Steve Palace
Terry Gilliam is reportedly having a hard time getting excited about reuniting with the other members of the pioneering comedy troupe Monty Python. "I find it depressing that we’re getting back together again," he said in a recent interview with the London Evening Standard. "We worked so hard to get careers beyond it, to get to this stage, and now we’re being dragged back again."
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The spate of TV shows currently being adapted from films could learn a great deal from FX’s Fargo…
Twelve Monkeys. Scream. From Dusk Till Dawn. Fargo. Us networks are steadily transforming the TV listings into the ‘New Releases’ shelf of a 1996 Blockbuster. We can either stamp our feet with ‘why aren’t there any new ideas?’ rage whenever a new film-to-tv adaptation is greenlit, or we can do what we’ve always done with new shows: sift through the pile to see what actually works.
Fargo, nearing the halfway point in its Us and UK broadcasts, works.
Messing with a much-loved, much-respected film like Fargo was a risk. Screw up a TV version of Jingle All The Way and who’ll care, but screw up Fargo? You’d be the devil himself. NBC’s Warren Littlefield, now producing the FX series, passed on a Fargo TV pitch in »
There were a few years there when Brad Pitt's pretty face caused many of us to overlook the actor's considerable talent. Pitt's performance in Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys," coming hot on the heels of his wrenching turn in "Se7en," helped us forget all about his sheaths of wheat-colored hair.
The fabulous time-traveling trip is coming to SyFy, and Pitt and "12 Monkeys" co-star Bruce Willis are producers. Of course, that could mean anything, from them simply loaning their names to the credits to actually making sure that SyFy doesn't mess around with the sci-fi fave.
"12 Monkeys" will star Aaron Stanford as a character that sounds similar, if not the same as, Willis's character. As James Cole, Willis went back in time to investigate the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, a radical organization devoted to animal rights and other causes; they also have their paws on a virus that, in the future, »
- Jenni Miller
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