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Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History

Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History
Terry Gilliam has tried to make his film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” for two decades, and it finally screened on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

It’s the quintessential production from hell, complete with on-set injuries, lost funding, natural disasters and outsize ambitions worthy of the hero of Cervantes’ classic novel. Even after it wrapped, a lawsuit threatened to derail the film from screening at Cannes, and Amazon Studios pulled out of a deal to distribute the film in the U.S.

So the irony isn’t lost on anyone that Gilliam’s quest to make a movie about Don Quixote has been nothing if not quixotic. Here’s a not-so-brief timeline of every step on the road to Gilliam getting his film made.

Also Read: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Film Review: Terry Gilliam Finally Delivers Messy Fun

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Terry Gilliam's Three-Decade 'Don Quixote' Odyssey: A Comprehensive Timeline

Terry Gilliam's Three-Decade 'Don Quixote' Odyssey: A Comprehensive Timeline
It would be all too lazy to compare Terry Gilliam and his attempts to make a movie about Don Quixote to its main character – an old man foolishly picking fights with windmills. A better comparison might be Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king whose deceitfulness was punished by forcing him to roll a boulder uphill repeatedly, arduously and monotonously. It's an analogy Gilliam has made himself over the decades since he first got the idea to make the movie.

Now, 29 years after he secured financing for the picture for the first time,
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Fox to adapt Spamalot for the big screen: Eric Idle to pen script

Fox have sight their sights on a big screen adaptation of the stage musical, Spamalot after acquiring the rights to the production.

Monty Python member, Eric Idle has been set to pen the script, which is based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Broadway’s Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon) – who choreographed 2005’s Broadway version of Spamalot – has been set to helm the project.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, received 14 Tony Awards nominations, winning in three categories, including Best Musical. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

Also in the news – Matthias Schoenaerts and Garrett Hedlund to star in mob story The Sound of Philadelphia

Adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a parody of the Arthurian Legend. The Holy Grail was a comedic send-up of the grim
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Celluloid Dreams takes rights to Hermann Vaske's doc 'Why Are We Creative?' (exclusive)

Celluloid Dreams takes rights to Hermann Vaske's doc 'Why Are We Creative?' (exclusive)
Feature-length doc includes interviews with David Bowie, Björk, Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Angelina Jolie, Quentin Tarantino, Bono and Diane Kruger.

Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams has taken world sales rights to Hermann Vaske’s feature documentary Why Are We Creative? which explores the question of creativity through interviews with more than 50 top movers and shakers in the worlds of culture, business and science, including David Bowie, Quentin Tarantino, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Westwood and John Cleese.

The documentary pulls together interviews conducted by German director, author and producer Vaske with more than 50 luminaries in their fields over a 30-year period.

They include Bowie,
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The Funniest Monty Python’s Flying Circus Sketches

First airing on The BBC on October 5, 1969, Monty Python’s Flying Circus would go on to redefine comedy as we know it. Running for five years and across forty-five episodes, the show eschewed traditional comedic structure, breaking all the rules regarding how sketch comedy and television should function.

The show’s name – and the eventual name of the troupe composed of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – came about in a similarly surreal fashion.
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Netflix acquires Monty Python back catalogue

The official Monty Python website has announced that Netflix has acquired almost all of the back catalogue of the legendary British comedy troupe.

Beginning April 15th, the streaming service will be home to the films Life of Brian, The Holy Grail and The Meaning of Life, along with the entire run of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It will also include the live shows Almost the Truth, Conquers America, Best Bits (Mostly), The Meaning of Monty Python, Personal Best, Fliegender Zirkus, and Monty Python Live (Mostly), as well as Eric Idle’s “What About Dick?” special.

According to Dark Horizons, Netflix is also considering a number of original commissions featuring the surviving Pythons Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.
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The Monty Python Comedy Catalog is Coming to Netflix This Year

The Monty Python Comedy Catalog is Coming to Netflix This Year
The comedy troupe Monty Python was a milestone in the evolution of comedy. Hailing from the United Kingdom, members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin brought some of the most surreal, silly and satisfying laughs to television in the 1970s with their sketch series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. […]

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The Entire Monty Python Catalog is Headed to Netflix

Fans of the legendary sketch comedy troupe Monty Python can rejoice, as Netflix has acquired the rights to the group’s entire catalog. While there are many comedic icons to hail from Britain, arguably none are more revered than Monty Python. Consisting of members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, the late Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam, the troupe formed in the 1960s, and starred in their signature sketch TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974.
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Director Terry Gilliam Bashes #MeToo, Trump and John Cleese

Director Terry Gilliam Bashes #MeToo, Trump and John Cleese
Director Terry Gilliam is making headlines again, but not for any of his films. Instead, he's taking a controversial stance against the #MeToo movement, calling it "mob rule." The filmmaker was interviewed by Agence France Presse (Afp) for a new opera he is directing in Paris entitled "Benvenuto Cellini," when he had some very interesting things to say about the #MeToo movement, and the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have surfaced since Harvey Weinstein's decades of harassment and abuse were uncovered last October. He also lines up his crosshairs on President Trump and fellow Monty Python friend John Cleese.

While Gilliam states that he thinks Weinstein, "is a monster," who was exposed because he, "is an a--hole and he made so many enemies," he also thinks the reaction to these revelations has become ugly and simplistic, while speaking about Harvey Weinstein's victims.

"People are frightened to say things,
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Will & Grace Is Welcoming Back Jennifer Lopez: Get Your First Look at Her Big Return

Will & Grace Is Welcoming Back Jennifer Lopez: Get Your First Look at Her Big Return
Jenny from the block is back, honey! Over ten years after Jennifer Lopez first appeared on Will & Grace, playing herself as she sang at Karen's (Megan Mullally) Las Vegas wedding to Lyle Finster (John Cleese) and becoming BFFFs (that's Best Famous Friend Forever, natch) to Jack (Sean Hayes) in the process, the multi-hyphenate is making her return to the sitcom in the Thursday, March 8 episode of NBC's successful revival. Now that NBC's released the first footage of her appearance, we finally know how her and her Shades of Blue character Det. Harlee Santos factor in. And it all has to do with a little bit of hell freezing over. In the first of two clips made available, Jack explains to Karen that...
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Sally Hawkins Tears Up Thinking About Her Inspiring Mother

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Just thinking about the impact her mother had on her life is enough to make The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins get emotional.

“There are a few women who have inspired me, but the woman who has inspired me the most would have to be my own mother and my grandmother,” the actress, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year, tells People.

“Just talking about mothers makes you cry,” she adds, getting teary eyed. “This is very embarrassing, but yes, I’d have to say my mother.”

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Sally Hawkins Tears Up Thinking About Her Inspiring Mother

Sally Hawkins Tears Up Thinking About Her Inspiring Mother
Just thinking about the impact her mother had on her life is enough to make The Shape of Water star Sally Hawkins get emotional.

“There are a few women who have inspired me, but the woman who has inspired me the most would have to be my own mother and my grandmother,” the actress, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year, tells People.

“Just talking about mothers makes you cry,” she adds, getting teary eyed. “This is very embarrassing, but yes, I’d have to say my mother.”

Hawkins was nominated for her second Academy Award for
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Mosaic review – Sharon Stone brings icy charisma to Steven Soderbergh’s murder-mystery

It is not clear what went on in this mountain retreat for the rich, but Stone’s performance keeps you watching. Plus: John Cleese returns to the BBC in Hold the Sunset

Brrr, it looks cold in Summit, Utah. It is a mountain resort for rich people, so there is snow, obviously, and the icy heart of capitalism, but Steven Soderbergh turns down the thermostat even further with a flinty blue and grey palette for Mosaic (17 February, Sky Atlantic). It is enough to make you reach for a cardigan. A woman called Olivia has been murdered and it is not looking good for Joel, a young man soon revealed as her handyman/lodger(/lover?). Mosaic opens with a police officer running through the mounting evidence against him in a creepy Shining-style hotel corridor. It does not look very official.

We jump back four years. Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone), a successful and wealthy children’s author,
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Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset’

The pilot sitcom starring Alison Steadman, John Cleese, and Jason Watkins is a British effort of Director Sandy Johnson and writer Charles McKeown that ventures into the unfortunate but all too-familiar world of an adult child returning home to his parents and deciding to stay for a while. A long while. Producers Moira Williams, Humphrey Barclay, and Chris Sussman try to find success exploring the sunset of the Baby Boomer generation and the “rising” of the Millennials. Airing Sundays on BBC One, the storyline is that Edith (Steadman), a widow who has managed to find life and happiness in her

Trailer for New John Cleese Sitcom ‘Hold the Sunset
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Shades of Blue: Jennifer Lopez's Character Is Coming to Another NBC TV Show

Jennifer Lopez is pulling double duty on NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Shades of Blue star will guest on an upcoming episode of Will & Grace.This won't be the first time Lopez has appeared on the hit sitcom. During its original run, she played herself and performed at Karen (Megan Mullally) and Lyle Finster's (John Cleese) wedding.Read More…
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Jennifer Lopez to Return to 'Will & Grace' — With a Twist

Jennifer Lopez is reprising her guest-starring role on Will & Grace, but this time, she won't only be playing herself.

Lopez appeared as her famous self during the NBC series' original run in a guest arc for the double-episode season six finale and seventh season premiere. When performing at Karen's (Megan Mullally) wedding to Lyle Finster (John Cleese), she recruited Jack (Sean Hayes) as a back-up dancer. The world-famous actress-singer-dancer and Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace's (Debra Messing) neighbor then became fast friends. She hired but quickly fired Jack, though they parted on good terms.

In an upcoming episode on...
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The Best TV Performances of 2017

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The Best TV Performances of 2017
It’s virtually impossible to limit year-end lists to 10 or 20 shows, so it’s literally impossible to include all the great performances from 2017 on one list. But IndieWire has done our best, wading through the hundreds of award-worthy turns from veteran actors and TV newbies to find the best performances this year.

These actors accomplished something special: They elevated their shows even when it seemed like the series couldn’t go any higher. They found surprising depths within the writers’ words and surprised directors with keen insights into their characters. They made us laugh, cry, jump for joy, and scream in frustration. Their precision in understanding who they played helped evoke passion in the audience watching.

We will not soon forget, and if you haven’t yet seen some of these fine thespians go to work, make sure to make the time. There may be a lot of television out there,
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Louis Ck: A Timeline of Sexual Harassment Claims Dating Back to 2012

Louis Ck: A Timeline of Sexual Harassment Claims Dating Back to 2012
Louis C.K. is the latest celebrity to face multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The 50-year-old comedian is at the center of a The New York Times expose where five women claim he either asked to masturbate in front of them, or masturbated in front of them without their consent.

While the accusations in the Times date back to the 1990s, media speculation surrounding C.K.'s behavior started in 2012. C.K. has repeatedly refused to address rumors even as they've gained more momentum in recent years.

More: Matt Damon Says He and Ben Affleck Knew About Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Sexually Harassing Gwyneth Paltrow

As for the Times article, C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay, told the newspaper in an email on Tuesday that “Louis is not going to answer any questions." Et has also reached out to the comedian.

In light of the report, here is an extensive timeline detailing all the instances when the five-time Emmy winner
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Tracey Ullman on Playing British 'National Treasures,' Powerful Women

Tracey Ullman on Playing British 'National Treasures,' Powerful Women
Tracey Ullman has been creating characters ­– and a string of successful shows, including Tracey Takes On… (HBO, 1996-99) and Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (Showtime, 2008-10) – for decades. But it was only recently that she's really embraced impersonating celebrities and politicians. For the second season of Tracey Ullman's Show, which originally aired on the BBC and is now available on HBO, she's back with her impressions of a rascally Dame Judi Dench (and her frenemy Dame Maggie Smith), a sexy singing Angela Merkel, and a version of Jerry Hall that will make you squirm.
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Lost Doctor Who episode heading for home release

Chris Cummins Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

A Doctor Who episode from legendary author Douglas Adams will be finished via animation, featuring the voices of the original actors...

When Douglas Adams unexpectedly died in 2001, he left a monumental void in the world of science fiction. Through works like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency he established himself as a literary idol for an entire generation who would grow up to see many of his seemingly far-out ideas come to fruition. That phone you might be reading this article on is basically a real-life Hitchhiker's Guide, and a small reminder that as bad as things are right now, they aren't entirely terrible.

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As you are probably well aware, a pre-fame Adams was a script editor for Doctor Who during Tom Baker's tenure on that series. Along with giving the show some,
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