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He may be best known as the anarchic animator, writer and director responsible for such movies as Monty Python And The Holy Grail, The Fisher King, Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, but Terry Gilliam is not above gracing the screen with his acting presence when the moment (and, more usually, friends) call for it. He’s hit Facebook to announce that he’ll be part of the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.Gilliam offered no details on what he might be doing in the film, beyond remarking that he’ll be in a “small but vital part”.Jupiter Ascending finds the Wachowskis back in big-scale sci-fi territory, set in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder. But destitute young woman Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is destined for something greater – and that brings an assassin hired by the Queen of the Universe, none too happy that her reign is under threat. »
As news spread Tuesday that Ray Harryhausen had died at age 92 there was an especially emotional reaction from sci-fi, horror and fantasy filmmakers — a community with a deep and formative affection for the old-school effects wizard and the work he did on films such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Clash of the Titans (1981). EW reached out to some signature names in those circles on Tuesday to frame the legacy of Harryhausen and by phone and email they responded with praise for a departed master.
- Geoff Boucher
This year, at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Entertainment Weekly and the American Cinematheque teamed up for the inaugural CapeTown Film Festival, and hopefully this festival is here to stay. The past week, I’ve gone to a few of the screenings, joining the hordes of fanboys and girls cheering for their favorite picture(s).
The lineup has been stellar, featuring classics both old and new. On Tuesday, EW staged an early screening of Iron Man 3 before the U.S. premiere date of May 3rd, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in attendance. The next day was Edgar Wright Day, with Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World being shown, with Edgar Wright joined by stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. On Thursday, John Carpenter’s The Thing terrified the sold out crowd with a 35 mm print, »
- Andy Greene
Terry Gilliam flew into Los Angeles for the screening of his hallucinogenic time-travel romp Twelve Monkeys at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. The director and legendary enfant terrible sat down in front of the crowd with EW’s Geoff Boucher on Sunday evening for a freewheeling hour-long chat which skipped all over Gilliam’s storied career, from Monty Python to Brazil to why Hollywood won’t let him make movies to the time he almost (but not really) got to make Harry Potter. Check out a video of the chat below, and read on for the key lines from the legendary filmmaker. »
- Darren Franich
Most directors have an identifiable style consistent with their approach and perspective. Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Terry Gilliam.
No matter his success as director or writer, Terry Gilliam will always be remembered for his contribution to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Despite his name, Gilliam was the only American member of the posse. Although he wasn’t featured as heavily as the rest of the cast, Gilliam found his niche as the show’s animator. Those silly and very British newspaper/cardboard style animations that gave the show its unique style were created and organized by Gilliam. It’s only fitting then that he used his artistic talents after his time on the TV show to become a full-fledged movie director.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Unfortunately, Goonies director Richard Donner will no longer be able to participate in a post-screening Q&A due to a last-minute conflict.
But several cast members Will be present to talk about the 1985 cult classic. Stars Corey Feldman (Mouth), Jeff Cohen (Chunk), and Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli) will all be at the Egyptian Theater after today’s 4 p.m. screening for our panel discussion.
For more on CapeTown, stay tuned to EW. »
- Tim Stack
Fans of TNT’s Falling Skies now have just a little over a month to wait before they see how the 2nd Mass is getting along with new alien arrivals, how Anne’s pregnancy is going, how that creepy crawly parasite is affecting Hal, and the next chapters to other cliffhangers from last summer’s season 2 finale. Ahead of the show’s June 9 season 3 premiere date, EW screened the first half of the two-hour season opener at our inaugural CapeTown Film Festival on Friday night at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre.
The audience at the event sponsored by TNT was also »
- Emily Rome
You know you’re among some true horror fans when below-the-line filmmakers get eager cheers.
At the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival on Thursday, the mention of frequent Carpenter collaborators cinematographer Dean Cundey and special makeup effects designer Rob Bottin got lots of applause and cheers. But a standing ovation was reserved for the man of the hour, horror master John Carpenter. The celebrated director of all things gross and creepy participated in a Q&A moderated by American Cinematheque programmer Grant Moninger before Antarctica-set sci-fi horror flick The Thing screened at the packed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The event »
- Emily Rome
At the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles during EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, writer and director Edgar Wright discussed the origin of the ice cream jokes in his “blood and ice cream” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming The World’s End) — amongst other things at back-to-back screenings of his films Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Guests were also treated to exclusive footage of some of Wright’s upcoming movies, as well as a panel of Evil Exes, answering questions about the lines they most enjoy having quoted back at them. »
- Amanda Taylor
Entertainment Weekly subscribers and American Cinematheque members got an early peek at the beginning of Marvel’s Phase 2 on Tuesday night at a complimentary screening of Iron Man 3, kicking off EW’s inaugural CapeTown Film Festival. Now EW.com readers can see what was going on in Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre before the latest movie about the Armored Avenger started rolling — EW writer Geoff Boucher moderated a Q&A with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Check out a video with select moments from Feige’s answers, including recollections of how the Mandarin was planned as the villain in the first Iron Man film, »
- Emily Rome
Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural CapeTown Film Fest kicked off Tuesday night at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre with a special early screening of Iron Man 3, the first film in Phase Two of Marvel’s cinematic universe. Attendees were treated to a special Q&A between EW writer/CapeTown chieftain Geoff Boucher and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, the lead architect of the whole Avengers multi-movie saga. Feige (above left, with Boucher) revealed some choice bits about the series’ past and future — read on for choice excerpts!
The Mandarin was almost the villain in Iron Man 1 and 2. Feige laughed remembering how, at »
- Darren Franich
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective...
Described by David Cronenberg as a “poetic horror film”, Terry Gilliam prefers to think of Tideland as Alice in Wonderland meets Psycho. The choice of words of both directors indicates that Tideland will sit as one of Gilliam’s more divisive films, offering the viewer an authentic Gilliamesque trip into imagination and madness. Or to pay heed to Jonathan Rosenbaum’s ominous warning, “Enter this diseased Lewis Carroll universe at your own risk.”
In order to discuss Tideland there is the need to refer back to The Brothers Grimm. Once again Gilliam had found himself in conflict with the film hierarchy, this time Miramax’s Weinstein brothers, Harvey and Bob.
Following prolonged creative differences, Gilliam prepped Tideland in less than two months, during a break from Brothers Grimm, in part hoping the commencement of his tenth film would bring to an end the »
- Flickering Myth
Starting April 30th and extending through May 6th, Entertainment Weekly is hosting the CapeTown Film Festival. No, it’s not in South Africa, it’s located in La at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival features a treasure trove of classic films, with special guests, and even an early showcase of the Falling Skies third season premiere. I’ll be in attendance, but if that’s not the draw, maybe John Carpenter, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nimoy, Kurt Russell and Noah Wyle are. Many of the screenings are already sold out, so be sure to pounce Now.
Buy tickets here.
Special Surprise Screening!
7 Pm Escape From New York, »
- Andy Greene
There’s something inherently lonely and tortured about being a director. Yes, you’re the tyrant of the set and dictator of the vision, but you’re also the man (or woman) behind the curtain, the puppet master who never appears on stage….unless you’re Clint Eastwood or Quentin Tarantino. Or Alfred Hitchcock….or Roman Polanski…Anyway, the point is that you may be the genius behind a film, and celebrated as such, but you’re no superstar. There’s a reason why they are often referred to as voyeurs.
But the upside is that, once you’re an established money-maker, you can afford to be creative in your guises. That is, to put your dream on screen. Most directors have at some stage championed their baby, a cherished passion project which is their love letter to their craft. However, it’s quite galling how this endeavor often falls on deaf ears. »
- Scott Patterson
As we predicted, EW's CapeTown Film Festival, running at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 30 through May 5, will kick off with a complimentary advance screening of Marvel's "Iron Man 3." The film, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, hits theaters in wide release on May 3. Full lineup for the fest below. A discussion with Marvel Studios president and "Iron Man 3" producer Kevin Feige will follow the special screening. The film is directed by Shane Black. The CapeTown fest will run 14 screenings in six days for some 8,500 fans. Filmmakers Terry Gilliam and Richard Donner and author Neil Gaiman will join the fest with screenings of their classics "Twelve Monkeys," "The Goonies" and "Coraline," respectively (Laika chief Travis Knight will fill in for filmmaker Henry Selick). EW will record all the Q&As by Capetown programmer Geoff Boucher and his EW colleagues Jeff. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Watch out as the enormously entertaining, star studded, blood-drenched, black comedy; Seven Psychopaths, 2013 BAFTA® nominated for Outstanding British Film arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 15 April, from Momentum Pictures.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
From Oscar® winning Writer and Director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) comes an all star cast featuring Colin Farrell (Total Recall, Hyperlink “http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/”In Bruges), Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2, The Green Mile, Moon), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men, Natural Born Killers), Christopher Walken (Wedding Crashers, Catch Me If You Can, Pulp Fiction), Tom Waits (Fight Club, The Wire, Twelve Monkeys), Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Bright Star, Sucker Punch) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Land of Oblivion, Max Payne).
Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. »
- Matt Holmes
Paul Risker continues his Terry Gilliam retrospective....
Seven years would elapse between the release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Brothers Grimm (2005). As there should be with any great storyteller, there is a story behind what is a magic number at this point in Gilliam’s career. In the seven years starting in 1991 with The Fisher King and concluding in 1998 with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam would direct three feature films, though in the seven years following Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam would find himself caught in the labyrinth of development hell, before he directed his ninth film: The Brothers Grimm.
During his three year hiatus from filmmaking between The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Fisher King, Gilliam had resorted to humorously holding up boards like a hitchhiker, “Studio-less filmmaker. Family to support. Will direct for food”, was quite the leap from three »
- Flickering Myth
Entertainment Weekly has announced the complete lineup for the upcoming EW CapeTown Film Festival, and it’s chock-full of great films and exciting guests. Screenings include Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Goonies, Twelve Monkeys, and Star Trek (2009), with a special “May the 4th Be With You” all-day marathon of Return of the Jedi. More excitingly, though, is the fact that Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nemoy, and more will be onhand to introduce and discuss the various films. Hit the jump to check out the full lineup, which also includes a special announcement that’s coming soon. EW CapeTown Film Festival will run in Los Angeles from April 30th – May 6th. Tickets go on sale April 8th and can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028), on www.fandango.com »
- Adam Chitwood
Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.
Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with EW.com’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.
CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture »
- EW staff
At the recent comedy festival in Aspen, Colorado, John Cleese (who famously quit the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus and years later was given credit for ending the Python’s film career) announced, with the ashes of Graham Chapman reportedly at hand, that Python was back together for a stage tour of Europe and the United States.
Reporting has been sketchy, but we can easily assume that the comedy team will reprise classic sketches like Dead Parrot and Lumberjack. But the real question is this: will the team introduce any new material? We can only hope. Dates have yet to be announced, but we can assume that the reunion tour will resemble the live performance in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl: a flurry of familiar sketches and musical numbers tweaked for a live audience.
For now, here’s a quick roundup of the surviving members »
- James Kirk
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