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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018): Filming Wraps On Terry Gilliam Film

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Terry Gilliam Finishes Production On The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Shooting has ended on The Zero Theorem director Terry Gilliam‘s highly-anticipated fantasy film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Long regarded as a lost film, the project languished for years in development hell and became the subject of a story as outlandish as the [...]

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Terry Gilliam's "Quixote" is Complete

Chris here, with some heartwarming news: a film nearly twenty years in the making has finally wrapped filming. You'll remember Terry Gilliam's ill-fated attempts to adapt Cervantes's legendary Don Quixote to the big screen as they were told in the documentary Lost in La Mancha - floods, lost funding, and casting woes made this film one of the most notorious productions of all time.

But now Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will rise from the ashes of cinema history. Gilliam has completed filming - with a new cast that includes Adam Driver, Jonathan Price, and Stellan Skarsgård - and Amazon will bring the film to theatres sometime next year. Someone please protect the digital print (or film, if Gilliam went that route) from any mishandling so that Gilliam isn't put through the ringer again!

Gilliam's last film The Zero Theorem came and went quietly,
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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
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Kenneth Lonergan and Lucas Hedges talk ‘Manchester By The Sea’

Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.

“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”

Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski came to Lonergan with the core idea of the character of Lee. Lee went through a terrible tragedy, left home,
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BAFTA announces the nominations for the Ee Rising Star Award 2017

BAFTA has announced this morning that Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga and Anya Taylor-Joy have been nominated for the Ee Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

The Rising Star Award is designed to honour actors and actresses who have shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and the film industry and is the only award to be decided by a public vote.

Laia Costa starred in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take – in turn landing her a series of awards wins. Prior to this, she played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Russian director Yuriy Moroz, and also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. Costa has
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The BAFTA Rising Star Nominations 2017

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Author: David Sztypuljak

Every year, Ee sponsor the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards here in London town. The award is always a fascinating one since it’s voted for by the public.

Star WarsJohn Boyega won the 2016 BAFTA Rising Star Award

The nominations have just been announced from BAFTA HQ are in the running for the 2017 spot are all listed below. It’s going to be very interesting to see who takes the win this year with the likes of Tom Holland as Spider-Man being so mainstream and Anya Taylor-Joy appearing in the likes of The Witch.

Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter, Jack O’Connell and last year the award was taken by Star Wars star John Boyega.

This year the nominations are as strong as every with Laia Costa,
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Alita: Battle Angel - Christoph Waltz in talks to co-star

Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2016

Christoph Waltz is currently in talks to play a major role in the forthcoming Battle Angel movie, directed by Robert Rodriguez...

After years of going nowhere in a hurry, the live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime Battle Angel Alita is finally seeing some progress. Back in May, Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar landed the title role of Alita, an amnesiac cyborg abandoned on a futuristic scrap heap.

In the original comic and anime, Alita (or Gally as she was called in Japan) is found and revived by a scientist named Ido - a character who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, could be played by Christoph Waltz in the Us movie. Waltz is reportedly in talks to play Doctor Ido, and after a string of villain roles, the role could mark a return to the kind of mischievously likeable performance he provided in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem.
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‘Moneyball’ Co-Producer Alissa Phillips Signs Exclusive Deal with Voltage

Voltage Pictures has entered into an deal with Alissa Phillips for her to produce feature films, television series and mini series exclusively with the company.

Phillips will work alongside the current Voltage production team which includes the presidents of production Craig Flores and Zev Foreman and senior VP Dom Rustam.

Prior to joining Voltage she was a producer with Michael De Luca where she was an exec producer on “Dracula Untold” and co-executive produced Frank Darabont’s TNT series “Mob City.” Most recently, she executive produced the SyFy miniseries “Childhood’s End.”

Phillips is also exec producing the recently announced Focus feature “On the Brinks,” based on the best-selling memoir of the same name.

“We are incredibly excited to have Alissa work with us, her studio experience and multi layered production experience will be a great compliment to our existing team.” said Voltage topper Nicolaus Chartier.

Voltage produced “Dallas Buyers Club,
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Reportedly Courting Willem Dafoe And Stellan Skarsgard

Not since 2013’s oddball sci-fi The Zero Theorem has the illustrious Terry Gilliam stepped behind the lens, but that’s all about to change very soon.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam’s own white whale, has finally started to display signs of tangible progress in recent months, a streak that can be traced back to the casting of the so-hot-right-now Adam Driver. Fast forward a few weeks and both Michael Palin and Olga Kurylenko have closed deals to star, and now production company Entre Chien & Loup have seemingly let slip that Willem Dafoe and Stellan Skarsgard are on the verge of signing along the dotted line.

No official statement to relay at this time, but it’s clear that Gilliam’s long-gestating project – one that has been retooled to focus on an arrogant publicist, who evokes old memories by returning to the village where he filmed his student project,
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Romania Looking to Attract Big-Budget Foreign Productions

Romania Looking to Attract Big-Budget Foreign Productions
Receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Transylvania International Film Festival earlier this month, producer Iain Smith fondly described his time shooting “Cold Mountain” in Romania in 2003 as “one of the happiest filmmaking experiences I’ve ever had.” He remembered the warmth and generosity of the local crew, and the moody landscapes that served as a backdrop to the film’s tale of love and loss during the U.S. Civil War.

Romanian officials and entertainment executives want more foreign producers to follow in Smith’s footsteps. Hopes are high that the local servicing industry will be revived by the splashy relaunch of a sprawling studio complex and the expected approval of tax rebates that would put the country on equal footing with its neighbors in a competitive region.

Interest in Romania was reportedly high last month in Cannes, where Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won an award for “Graduation.” At the festival, producer Bobby Paunescu announced a new management team for Bucharest Film Studios. Formerly known as Media Pro, the studio includes 19 sound stages, a 110-acre backlot, and one of the largest water tanks in Europe.

Paunescu says that the studio reboot has already borne fruit, with a Hollywood production committed to what he expects to be “the second-largest budget” for a film in his country after “Cold Mountain.”

“It’s a new chance for the industry,” he says, an opportunity to “relaunch Romania.”

Outside of the sophisticated production facilities in Bucharest, the door could also be opening for regional production centers to emerge as well, says helmer and Transylvania festival founder Tudor Giurgiu. Last year, Radu Mihaileanu’s “The History of Love,” based on the international bestseller by American novelist Nicole Krauss, was filmed in Bucharest and Cluj, a bustling medieval city where Eastern European film pioneers like Jeno Janovics, Alexander Korda, and Michael Curtiz built a thriving industry a century ago.

In the 13 years since “Cold Mountain” was filmed there, Romania has serviced a string of foreign film and TV shoots, including the History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem.” But nothing has matched “Cold Mountain’s” $80-million budget, and Bogdan Moncea, of Bucharest’s Castel Film Studios, notes that while business has been “growing slowly but steadily after the recession years,” it’s yet to reach pre-recession levels.

That could change with the introduction of tax rebates, which are expected to be put in place later this year. Romania is one of the only countries in Europe without an incentive scheme, but industry insiders say that crafting a rebate plan is a top priority of the young, technocratic government that swept to power last fall.

The details haven’t been finalized yet. But Alex Traila, of the National Film Center, says that officials are trying to “do a bit of analysis in the neighborhood” to determine what would work best for Romania. The country might take a page from the Czech Republic’s playbook, where the tax break currently covers up to 20% of production spend, or from neighboring Hungary, which offers a 25% rebate.

The incentives would add to the appeal of a country that already boasts varied locations, skilled crews, and some of the lowest production costs in the region.

“Romania remains one of the most attractive places to shoot in Europe, even without a tax incentive program,” says Moncea. “But we are convinced that the introduction of such a program will boost the industry,” allowing it to reach its “full potential.”

Moncea’s Castel, which has serviced more than 250 features since opening its doors in 1992, has already had a busy year. The studio is just days away from wrapping Discovery’s six-hour miniseries “Harley & the Davidsons,” as well as Universal’s “Dragon Heart 4” — Castel’s sixth project for the studio in recent years. The company is also working on a four-episode police procedural for HBO Europe.

Romania’s entertainment industry is eager to make up for lost time. Paunescu estimates that, in the past 10 years, the country’s economy has lost out on $3 billion to $4 billion from direct spending and from the trickle-down effect of hosting big-budget foreign shoots.

“It’s obvious opportunities were lost,” says newly appointed Culture Minister Corina Sateu. “But now what we have to focus on is how to create legislation that makes it stop.”
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Terry Gilliam Saddles Up for ‘Don Quixote’ After 20-Year Journey

Terry Gilliam Saddles Up for ‘Don Quixote’ After 20-Year Journey
Updated: After nearly two decades of missteps and mishaps, filming on the latest iteration of Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is due to start in October, with former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko added to a new cast that includes Adam Driver and Michael Palin.

Gilliam announced Wednesday that preparation on his pet project would begin next month and would be shot in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands, to be finished by Christmas. Portuguese producer Paulo Branco signed up earlier this year on the film, which is budgeted at $19 million.

“I want to get this film out of my life so I can get on with the rest of my life,” a jovial and relaxed-looking Gilliam said at a press conference in Cannes.

He told Variety that the film kept nagging at him despite his having completed other movies in the interim, such as 2013’s “The Zero Theorem.
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Sarajevo: first six projects selected for CineLink co-pro market

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Turkey’s Tolga Karacelik, whose Ivy was at Sundance at Toronto last year, among those to bring new features to CineLink.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20) has revealed the first six projects selected for its CineLink Co-Production Market, which is set to run Aug 18-20.

The titles include Butterflies, from Turkish director Tolga Karacelik, whose psychological drama Ivy world premiered at Sundance 2015 and went on to play at Istanbul, Sydney, Karlovy Vary and Toronto among others.

Butterflies is “a black comedy about death and two brothers reuniting”, which won The Binger award at Istanbul’s Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop and was selected for Sundance Lab.

Ela And Hilmi is from another Turkish director, Ziya Demirel, whose 2015 short Tuesday (Sali) was selected by Cannes for its shorts competition and secured a special mention at Sarajevo.

The Heroes Were Dancing is the next project from Serbian filmmaker Nikola Ljuca, whose mystery
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A Perfect Day movie review: war is hellacious

This compact little satire — set in 1990s Balkans — is a small, personal story about huge unfairnesses and injustices. Bleakly, bitterly, blackly funny. I’m “biast” (pro): love Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The title of the film is, ironically, the least ironic bit of absurdity four humanitarian aid workers confront in this bleakly bitter black comedy set in the Balkans in 1995. (One unintentional bit of bleakness: the reminder that 1995 is 20 years ago.) The three veterans — Mambrú (Benicio Del Toro: Sicario, Guardians of the Galaxy), B (Tim Robbins: Welcome to Me, Life of Crime), and Katya (Olga Kurylenko: The Water Diviner, Oblivion) — may come from very different parts of planet Earth, but they are united in their comparative privilege, relative to this one small
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Watch: Christoph Waltz and Johnny Galecki Unlock Their Inner 'Bad B*tches' with James Corden

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Watch: Christoph Waltz and Johnny Galecki Unlock Their Inner 'Bad B*tches' with James Corden
Last night, Johnny Galecki and Christoph Waltz sat down with James Cordon and Reggie Watts for a thoughtful, well-informed and (totally inappropriately) solemn discussion of "How to Be a Bad Bitch" by Amber Rose.  Read More: Watch: Christoph Waltz is a Bald Recluse in New Trailer for Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' The book club discussed the finer points of bad bitch-dom and their newly discovered freedom to finally be the person they all knew they could be. Amber Rose's newest tome offered some insights into their life, teaching Waltz the power of friendship and that there's "nothing better than being a bad bitch."  "When you re-read a classic," explained Cordon, "You don't see more in the book, you see more in yourself than you did before." Watch the men rediscover themselves (and their best bad bitch) on Corden's The Late Late Show above.  Read More:
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Gilliam Confirms "Quixote" Shoot, "Bandits" Series

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Terry Gilliam is heading to television as, in a new interview, the filmmaker has revealed that he is developing a TV series adaptation of his cult 1981 fantasy film "Time Bandits" along with an original project that he's been talking about for many years.

Asked by The Guardian whether he'd be interested in bringing his filmmaking talents back to television. He says:

"Yes I am! We are involved in two possibilities - one, a TV series based on Time Bandits, another based on a script by Richard Lagravanese and I wrote after Fisher King, called The Defective Detective. We're currently adapting a two-hour film into a six-hour series. It's about a middle-aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child's fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply.
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Terry Gilliam webchat – as it happened

The film director and Python has written his autobiography, and he joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat. Catch up with his answers here, from his creative process to his admiration for Tarantino and Heath Ledger

1.43pm BST

Thanks to everyone who posted questions, and to Terry Gilliam for so generously staying to answer as many as he could. Until next time!

Goodbye from me, and thank you for all the interest. I now return to my lonely, hermit-like existence.

1.42pm BST

BrianShaw001 asks:

Have you ever considered a really cut-down, raw, basic film production? It’d be great to see your direction and humour without the (admittedly amazing) “pomp and circumstance” . Almost like a Beckett play, I suppose.

Well, obviously you've not seen The Zero Theorem.

Continue reading...
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The Martian, loneliness and space movies

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Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...

"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.

The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.

I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered
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Lily-Rose Depp to Star as Isadora Duncan in ‘The Dancer’

Lily-Rose Depp to Star as Isadora Duncan in ‘The Dancer’
Rising star Lily-Rose Depp has joined the cast of Stephanie Di Giusto’s directorial debut “The Dancer,” a 19th-century drama based on the life of American performer Loie Fuller.

Depp will topline as Isadora Duncan, a San Francisco native who grew up in poverty and became a dance prodigy, quickly achieving worldwide fame. She had a crucial role in the life of Fuller, who will be interpreted by French musician-turned-thesp Soko. Fuller, who was born in rural America, pioneered the Serpentine dance and turned out to achieve international recognition at the turn of the 20th century.

The movie – penned by Di Giusto, Thomas Bidegain (“The Cowboys,” “Dheepan”) and Sarah Thiebaud — will chronicle Fuller’s fateful relationship with Duncan.

The high-profile international cast also comprises Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”), Francois Damiens (“Heartbreaker”) and Louis-Do du Lencquesaing (“Taj Mahal”).

Alain Attal, who is producing via his outfit Les Productions du Tresor,
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Variety shocks Terry Gilliam fans with false obituary

Variety has terrified Monty Python fans by announcing the death of actor and director Terry Gilliam (The Zero Theorem), before correcting their mistake hours later.

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The mistake was swiftly noticed on Twitter, with journalist Sean Fitzgerald asking whether someone pressed “the publish button on the wrong post”.

Variety swiftly issued a correction via their own Twitter account, apologising for the error.

Correction: Variety incorrectly published an article stating that director Terry Gilliam passed away. We’re deeply sorry for the mistake.

— Variety (@Variety) September 8, 2015

The Brazil director himself responded to the news on Facebook in typically tongue-in-cheek fashion as he said sorry for being dead to those who had already bought tickets for his upcoming talks.

It’s safe to say that Gilliam has neither expired, ceased to be, gone to meet his maker or shuffled off his mortal coil.
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Director Terry Gilliam Apologizes for Being Dead

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Director Terry Gilliam Apologizes for Being Dead
If you were perusing the website at just the right time yesterday, you may have noticed an obituary for filmmaker and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. The article was promptly removed shortly thereafter, since the director is actually alive and well. The obituary was clearly pre-written by Variety writer Dave McNary, and published on accident, but the filmmaker took the whole ordeal in stride, posting the following statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages last night.

"I Apologize For Being Dead especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!" speculates that the article may have been published in response to a fake Facebook hoax that claimed Terry Gilliam, 74, had passed away. The filmmaker's statement on his own Facebook page included a photo that showed the director on his "death bed,
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