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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”).

Al Pacino, Jessica Biel & Billy Bob Thornton Among Cast In First Incarnation Of Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'; Plus New Photos

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:01 AM
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“The new phrase that's floating around is you need a 'hard-bender' if you're doing a film of a certain size. A 'hard-bender' is one with either Tom Hardy or Michael Fassbender and it never stops, it always astonishes me.” During our recent two-part chat with director Terry Gilliam, he described the casting hoops required to jump through in order to get a movie made; his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” stuck him with the lowest budget he's had for decades, but while he still ended up with a enigmatic cast led by Christoph Waltz, the film's original cast was even more curious choice.

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).

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2013 1:01 PM
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If you look at the release schedule for the next couple of weeks, it's clear that we're entering the late August/early September slow season. Half-formed young adult adaptations, thrillers that star Ethan Hawke because Nicolas Cage was unavailable, 3D boyband concert movies and a Riddick sequel, with only "The World's End" and "You're Next" to save the day.

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.

New Films From Terry Gilliam, Hayao Miyazaki, David Gordon Green & Jonathan Glazer Top 70th Venice Film Festival Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2013 5:52 AM
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After a weighty first announcement for this year's TIFF earlier in the week, eyes turned across the Atlantic this morning to the reveal of the line-up for the 70th Venice Film Festival, which precedes Toronto by about a week. We already knew the festival was opening with Alfonso Cuaron's hotly-anticipated 3D space adventure "Gravity," and an educated guess at the line-up could be made from looking at which films among the TIFF announcement weren't world premieres, but the official roster was revealed at a press conference in Rome this morning, and it's once more, a doozy.

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.

Watch: 3-Minute Trailer & More Footage From Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2013 5:49 PM
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Well, watch this while you can because it will probably be yanked off the Internet in short order. But for the past few weeks, some footage of Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" -- including a rather spoiler heavy reel featuring 12 minutes of material -- have been kicking around some parts of the interwebs, but over the weekend they made their way to some forums and YouTube, and thus here we are.

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