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Tilda Swinton is a brainy actress who swings easily from passion indie projects ("Orlando," "The Deep End," "Julia," "I Am Love," "The Zero Theorem") to studio fare, from arch-villains to objects of desire, and from devoted mother in the Scottish highlands to glamourous globe-trotting movie star. Swinton's androgynous attributes, from Sally Potter's "Orlando" to Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer," are an asset for this chameleon. Her latest roles in "Snowpiercer" (which is now streaming on Netflix) and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's follow-up to "Moonrise Kingdom" (in which she also starred), are generating supporting actress awards talk. They both brought out the clown in her, she says in our video interview below at the Sunset Tower Hotel. She got a kick out of creating these face-distorting roles. She and Bong wanted to »
- Anne Thompson
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Oct 28 streaming only A Most Wanted Man A Thousand Times Good Night 22 Jump Street Into the Storm Stonehearst Asylum dvd/streaming Begin Again Life of Crime Deliver Us from Evil Plastic Good People Moebius new UK Oct 27 streaming only Jersey Boys Tammy dvd/streaming All Cheerleaders Die The Art of the Steal Godzilla The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Mystery Road They Came Together Le Jour Se Lève (Daybreak) The Anomaly God Help the Girl God’s Not Dead
more recent releases Us/Can streaming only Advanced Style Belle Beyond the Edge Camp X-ray Coherence The Congress Dinosaur 13 Frank Frequencies Happy Christmas How to Train Your Dragon 2 The Internet »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Even though Matt Damon and Ben Affleck aren't usually associated with science fiction—Damon has a small role in The Zero Theorem and Affleck has Paycheck—the duo will be developing the sci-fi espionage thriller Incorporated for Syfy. Per the press release, the show is "set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system." A world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power? That's preposterous! I don't know if anyone can buy a series that's set in a world that sounds exactly like our world. David and Alex Pastor (The Last Days) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer. Hit the jump for the press release. Syfy Gets »
- Matt Goldberg
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new theatrical releases and other films currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
also playing Us/Can Begin Again Boyhood The Congress Dawn of the Planet of the Apes The Fault in Our Stars Frank How to Train Your Dragon 2 If I Stay Life Itself Lilting The Lunchbox A Most Wanted Man Only Lovers Left Alive Pride The Purge: Anarchy Rich Hill Snowpiercer Swim Little Fish Swim Tracks 20,000 Days on Earth 22 Jump Street X-Men: Days of Future Past Advanced Style Believe Me Earth to Echo Guardians of the Galaxy Hercules Honeymoon The Hundred-Foot Journey Life of Crime Magic in the Moonlight »
- MaryAnn Johanson
People have often pondered whether being alone is exclusively linked to being lonely, and whether they feel more connected to other people when they’re using technology, and isolated when they’re speaking to someone who’s actually in the same room as them. That question of how people relate to others in their lives in the ever-increasing connected world, and how they can learn to embrace being alone without getting lonely, is powerfully examined in the new sci-fi fantasy drama, ‘The Zero Theorem.’ Director Terry Gilliam effortlessly explored how people can only truly make sense of who they are when they’re alone through the script from first-time feature film writer, Pat Rushin. [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Helsinki International Film Festival scores new audience record.
The film centres on a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
It has proved a festival favourite since its debut at Telluride and Gdynia in 2013, picking up more than 25 awards around the world, and is Poland’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.
The latest win means Ida will receive a further four screenings at Helsinki’s Orion Theatre in November.
Other films to win praise from the audience included opening film Whiplash and the closer Boyhood as well as 20 000 Days on Earth, The Zero Theorem, Of Horses and Men, The Mafia Only Kills in Summer, The Tribe, The Quiet Roar »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Warning: This article is best read after having seen all the films in the title. Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is widely considered both an extension and revisitation of the dystopian themes the director so spectacularly explored in Brazil. Gilliam’s newest has even been categorized as a third part of a trilogy of dystopian science fiction satires – or, in Gilliam’s words, “Orwellian triptych” – following Brazil and 12 Monkeys. While Gilliam in interviews resists notions of a planned trilogy portraying future systems of control over almost thirty years, the Orwellian triptych carries remarkable similarities beyond these films’ driving conceits and Gilliam’s signature wide angles. The films of this trilogy portray individuals attempting to find truth and meaning beyond the dehumanizing systems in which they live, yet each protagonist is overcome by a sort-of predetermined fate and ultimately victimized by the alienating forces of technology. But the films of this trilogy are as notable for their »
- Landon Palmer
Amir here, back to weekly box office reporting duty. Coming back from Tiff, I tried to catch up a bit today with all the sales numbers I’d missed since August. It turns out the biggest bit of news was... the release of Forrest Gump IMAX??? Really, September? Is that the best you can do? Turgid stuff.
On the bright side, with awards season now slowly getting into full gear, we can look forward to the highbrow films the studios have been withholding from all us all year, starting with this weekend’s... The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You? Damn it September; get your act together!
big name casts don't always make big time movies
Wide Release Box Office
01 The Maze Runner $32.5 New Review
02 A Walk Among The Tombstones $13.1 New
03 This Is Where I Leave You $11.8 New
04 No Good Deed $10.2 (cum. $40.1)
05 Dolphin Tale 2 $9 (cum. $27)
- Amir S.
"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" just got a new partner in the field of successful young adult novel adaptations.
"The Maze Runner" pulled in a very solid $32.5 million domestic opening over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at not just the American box-office but in fifty other markets around the world. Globally it managed an $81.5 million debut, not bad for a film that cost only a fraction of most young adult novel adaptations.
The Liam Neeson-led R-rated crime thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" came in a distant second with $13.1 million - only half the opening of his PG-13 in-flight thriller "Non-Stop" from earlier this year. The film isn't expected to fare well in coming weeks.
The ensemble comedy "This is Where I Leave You" also disappointed with an $11.9 million debut and poor reviews. In moderate release, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" premiered to just $886,000 across 600 screens - another disappointment. »
- Garth Franklin
More than a dozen new specialty films crowded the box office this weekend, including films from Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith and singer Nick Cave. Perhaps not surprisingly, overwhelmed audiences hit a saturation point, leaving several new titles with, at best, only decent debut numbers. Despite the competition, Roadside/Lionsgate’s The Skeleton Twins held strong in its second weekend with a sizable expansion, and Snowpiercer continued to release strong VOD grosses alongside its waning theatrical returns. On a straight per-theater average, it was Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth that easily came out on top. Drafthouse Films is distributing the Sundance 2014 documentary, which centers on writer and musician Cave as he reaches that 20,000th day in his life. The film had one of the year’s biggest non-fiction debuts, with a $26,873 gross at New York’s Film Forum. Numbers for 20,000 Days were buoyed by a offsite special event at Town Hall that included a Q&A, »
- Brian Brooks
Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Looper and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, talked with Terry Gilliam on the eve of the U.S. theatrical release of Gilliam’s new movie, The Zero Theorem. It's a podcast worth sharing.
In the first part of a two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Film podcast, Johnson and Gilliam discuss topics ranging from modern movie-watching and the perils of social media to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Johnson is to write and direct.
Here is part one:
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Shot on a dime, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is a dense sci-fi fantasy/allegory that fills the screen with so much stuff — so many ideas and symbols and story elements and suggested pathways — that it winds up feeling claustrophobic. This happens sometimes with Gilliam: The greater his budgetary and narrative limitations, the more his imagination wants to cram in there, and sometimes his films threaten to break under the weight of all those fevered obsessions. The Zero Theorem, however, doesn’t break. It starts off as a mess, yes, but eventually finds itself in a very poignant place. Even a lesser Terry Gilliam film is usually more engaging and invigorating than most of the other movies out there.Here’s the (crazy, heavily symbolic, dreamlike) plot: Living in a huge, rambling church, an introverted computer wiz named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) spends all his time working on programming »
- Bilge Ebiri
Editor’s note: This review was originally published on September 30, 2013 as part of our Fantastic Fest 2013 coverage. A bald man, one without hair seemingly anywhere on his body, calmly sits naked in front of his computer screen as he watches what appears to be either a simulation or video of the awesome action of an outer space black hole. It sucks in all of the space circling around it like an endlessly flushing toilet bowl of stars, matter, and time. Our hairless hero is Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz). Qohen is neither the cunning villainous type nor the quick-witted heroic type, and his emotional characteristics are as bald as his head. We’re exposed to only a handful of states out of Qohen as we follow with him in his daily routine through a comically crazy and colorful future where he seems as physically discomforted by the assaults of this world as a prisoner released from Shawshank prison »
- Adam Charles
Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorem touches on a lot of his established aesthetic signposts while exploring new thematic ground with its questions about the universe and how we all wait for permission for the wrong things. The film 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. I recently hopped on the phone with Gilliam to talk all things The Zero Theorem, his reaction to the film's philosophy as well his take on why people do what they do without thinking ahead. Be sure to check out the trailer and hit the jump for my Terry Gilliam interview. Collider: Watching this movie it became kind of clear to me that this Sisyphean sort of task that the protagonist has »
- Evan Dickson
It’s virtually impossible to recognize Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem as anything but a spiritual sequel to Brazil. It’s a similar story of a corporate cog lamenting his status in an insane (and insanely large) world that makes him feel powerless, but it takes place in the universe next door where the Marx Brothers didn’t invent the bureaucracy. Christopher Waltz plays a man desperately waiting for a phone call that will explain his purpose. He kills his time by obsessively trying to slam math blocks into an impossible equation for a paycheck. It’s a somber absurdity, which is why this new poster represents the film beautifully. The stoicism, the closed eyes, the deconstruction. Not only is it striking, it looks like the back of his mind turns to stardust just off the edge of the page — a fitting representation of the movie’s larger-than-the-universe sentiment that plays out in a cramped church nave »
- Scott Beggs
I've given up trying to understand my own life," Terry Gilliam says. "I'm just trying to make sense of the world this life is taking place in." The movie director emits a high-pitched giggle.
At the moment, Gilliam's "world" is located in the trendy restaurant in Manhattan's Tribeca Grand Hotel, but, just as he's done for decades, the director is continuing to parse the meaning of life on film. His latest movie, The Zero Theorem, focuses on a discontented misanthrope, played by Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz, who attempts to »
The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam-squared. The sci-fi film features all of his trademarks—unhinged characters, oppressive societies, canted angles and zooms, colorful settings—and then pushes them to a level that would border on self-parody if Gilliam wasn't already a self-deprecating person. There's something fearless inside the Zero Theorem in that the movie tries to wear its brain on its sleeve, which is good because there's more pontificating than genuine romance. The movie will inevitably invite comparisons to Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil, but The Zero Theorem struggles to solve its own problem, namely, turning all of its subtext into text. Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an anti-social introvert who would rather stay at home inside his abandoned chapel than go to work at Mancom where he excels as a "number cruncher." He wants to stay at home because he's anticipating a mysterious phone call, and is terrified he'll miss it. »
- Matt Goldberg
With Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" finally hitting U.S. cinemas tomorrow, CraveOnline caught up with the filmmaker who offered an update on several of projects. First up, he says there has been movement on his passion project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote":
"The producer is talking to a couple agents of a couple actors at the moment, and somebody who says they've got the money for us. So these things are happening. Whether it all becomes a reality we'll find out soon."
Gilliam also says he's figured out a new approach to "The Defective Detective," a film about a detective who follows a missing girl into a fictional world:
"We've been talking about something, and I shouldn't say much of anything, but there have been some talks among my former agent [about] resurrecting it in some form or another. I think it's a great script and Richard Lagravenese »
- Garth Franklin
Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s Tusk; Tracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness; Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »
- Brian Brooks
It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before falling apart. Because the films we have seen, at least since the start of the 21st century, have felt compromised (“The Brothers Grimm”), muddled (“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus”) or borderline-unwatchable (“ Tideland”). We’re always rooting for Gilliam, but the recent run of films had made us wonder whether it was becoming something of a fools’ errand to do so. Fortunately, his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” restores some of the faith. It’s not an unreserved return to form, but it’s an admirably ambitious and thoughtful sci-fi mindbender that movingly takes stock »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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