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Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 6:45 AM
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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”).

Interview: Terry Gilliam Explains How "Hard-Bender" Gets Films Financed, Why He Doesn't Like TV & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 12:05 PM
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There are few cinematic raconteurs as lively and interesting as Terry Gilliam, so you can imagine that when we chatted with him earlier this month, our conversation wound up being fairly wide-ranging. Yesterday, we ran the first part of our talk with Gilliam, focused solely on his forthcoming sci-fi effort "The Zero Theorem." And today, we bring the rest of our discussion with the filmmaker which fans and those just interested in the industry in general, will want to take a look at.

Interview: Terry Gilliam Talks 'The Zero Theorem,' Working With A Low Budget, Artistic Influences & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 12:01 PM
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If anyone personifies taking lemons and making lemonade, it might just be director Terry Gilliam. The filmmaker is almost as known for the battles he's endured on various pictures than the movies themselves, but it speaks to his spirit and determination that he's created a singular and distinctive catalog of work. There are few moviemakers who could've not only made "Brazil," but turned out a masterpiece in an environment where the studio was actively working against the director (documented thoroughly in The Criterion Collection's excellent edition of the film). "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" is still the closest anyone has come to capturing Hunter S. Thompson's fever dream prose, while "Twelve Monkeys" endures to the point that SyFy is now ordering up a pilot for a TV show based on the movie (and no, Gilliam has not been contacted about it).

First Poster For ‘The Zero Theorem,’ Terry Gilliam Promises "No Zombies, No Caped Crusaders, No Aliens"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 10:23 AM
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In one week, the Venice Film Festival will kick off the fall festival season, and among the may buzzy titles making their premiere is one that, as of yet, hasn't book a stateside date: Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." The director's latest offering, an ambitious sci-fi effort in the spiritual vein of "Brazil," brings together a star-laden cast — Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Peter Stormare — to tell the story of an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, plagued with existential angst, who is working on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence, only to be continually diverted and interrupted by The Management.

Terry Gilliam About Ready To Give Up On 'Don Quixote,' Doesn't Want To Do A Marvel Movie & New Pics From 'Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 9:42 AM
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The saga of the unmade, on-again, off-again "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" could be a movie unto itself. And actually, it is, with the documentary "Lost In La Macha" capturing Terry Gilliam's first failed/cursed attempt to bring the Tony Grisoni-penned picture to the big screen. And since then, the movie has moved in fits and starts, with money sometimes coming together only to fall apart, as cast members such as Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall and the long attached Johnny Depp (who is now working on his own 'Quixote' movie at Disney) have come and gone. But the filmmaker has pursued and completed other projects, including the forthcoming "The Zero Theorem" which is gearing up to make its debut in Venice in just a couple of weeks. However, it appears 'Quixote' nearly happened, again.

Watch: 90-Minute 'The Hamster Factor' About The Making Of '12 Monkeys' Plus Terry Gilliam Talks 'Time Bandits' Restoration

  • By Jason Guimaron
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  • August 7, 2013 11:17 AM
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“The Zero Theorem” is just a few weeks away from being revealed at the Venice Film Festival and expectations are high for Terry Gilliam's new venture into Orwellian territory. A few weeks ago, a trailer unspooled online and was promptly eradicated from every corner of the interwebs due to copyright claims. So for those of you who didn't manage to catch a glimpse of the trailer, you can comfort yourselves by watching the videos below.

Watch: Full 2 Hour Presentation Of Terry Gilliam's 2011 Production Of Berlioz's 'The Damnation Of Faust'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 25, 2013 6:02 PM
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It was reported in May of 2011 that director Terry Gilliam was helming a stage production of Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” for the English National Opera in London. After a string of failed, compromised and/or disappointing films over the year — “The Brothers Grimm” and “Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” among them - the hope was that Gilliam would find his past inspiration within Faust’s story of a man who sells his soul for youth and success. And well, he did. Our own Oliver Lyttleton reported on the original stage run and proclaimed that it was “Gilliam’s best work as a director in at least twenty years,” giving it an A grade in the process.

First Official Images Arrive For Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' Starring Christoph Waltz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 3:06 PM
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With considerable hubbub raised for Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" in recent weeks thanks to some substantial footage leaking online, and word from the director himself that his film would be appearing in competition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, the buzz continues to grow.

Terry Gilliam Says 'The Zero Theorem' Headed To Venice Film Festival; Jessica Chastain's 'Eleanor Rigby' Also Rumored

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2013 3:13 PM
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Summer blockbuster season is now on the downward slope, and the festival season is on the horizon and we've already started getting ready for what will be an onslaught of eagerly anticipated films. Just last month, we laid out our predictions for the Venice Film Festival ahead of the formal announcement coming from organizers this month. But it looks like we locked down at least one movie that was already considered a strong contender to appear.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

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