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Interview: Terry Gilliam On Rewriting 'Don Quixote,' His Role In 'Jupiter Ascending' & Lacking Diplomacy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 3, 2014 2:49 PM
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Terry Gilliam, Zero Theorem
Terry Gilliam is fast becoming one of our favorite interviewees, so in general we take every opportunity we can to talk to him. Just after its Venice premiere, we had a long chat about his new film and at-least-partial return to form, “The Zero Theorem,” and then early last month we talked again in Marrakech. Which meant that during our time with him at the Göteborg International Film Festival this week, we found ourselves in the unusually luxurious position of having time to talk about other things, cabbages and kings.

Watch: Christoph Waltz Tries To Solve 'The Zero Theorem' In New Trailer For Terry Gilliam's Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 2:10 PM
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Zero Theorem
" 'Zero Theorem' was more a reaction to the connected world," director Terry Gilliam told us at the Marrakech Film Festival in December. "We all exist as part of the connection, we are a neuron in this bigger thing, can we disconnect? Can solitude be more interesting? I don’t know if people know who they are unless they spend time alone...they only know reactions, tweets etc, not actual existences. So that’s what interested me in the script, and we just started working. The film is much different than the film we started with. I like this film!" But will we like it? The first official trailer is here to make the case.

Listen: Composer George Fenton's Main Theme For Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 10:26 AM
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Zero Theorem
There are many movies coming in 2014, but thanks to the festival circuit, we've already seen a good handful of them. And one to put on your radar for this year is Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem."

The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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20 Best 2014 Films We've Already Seen
The more OCD among us here at Playlist Towers find it a source of constant aggravation that release dates vary so much from territory to territory, and festivals often get premieres a full 18-or-so months before a film gains a proper U.S. release, that doing a cut-and-dried list of any given year’s movies becomes less science than art. And while it’s an art that has already yielded our first magnum opus of the year, the 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014, (and we should probably be awarded the rest of January off as a result) there’s still a category of film we’ve left unmined: those movies that we saw and reviewed in 2013 at festivals or sneak screenings or parts foreign that won’t be in theaters until 2014.

Marrakech Interview: Terry Gilliam On 'The Zero Theorem,' Re-Mounting 'Don Quixote' & The Return Of Monty Python

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 10, 2013 12:06 PM
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Terry Gilliam
Something in the Moroccan air agrees with Terry Gilliam. When we met him here last, two years ago, he was in fine, jocular form and again this time he laughed and joked his way through his Marrakech Film Festival duties as a returning guest. This is despite the fact that a lot of what he had to say was essentially pessimistic, often shaded with that dark humor that characterizes so much of Gilliam's best output.

'The Immigrant,' 'The Zero Theorem,' 'Like Father Like Son' & More Headed To Marrakech International Film Festival

The Immigrant
With a jury headed by Martin Scorsese and including Faith Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Golshifteh Farahani, Anurag Kashyap, Narjiss Nejjar, Park Chan-wook and Paolo Sorrentino and with masterclasses conducted by Bruno Dumont, James Gray, Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn and Régis Debray, the Marrakech Flim Festival certainly isn't slouching when it comes to attracting big name talent. And effort extends to the official lineup of the festival. Read More »

Watch: Christoph Waltz Takes A Walk Through The Future In First Clip From Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 12:23 PM
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While the Venice, Telluride and TIFF overlap this year seems to be pretty severe, this is one very high-profile movie that is only stopping at the Lido without plans to come stateside just yet—Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem." The director's latest premiered this morning, and while the rest of us will have to wait for the movie to make its journey stateside, an intriguing taste has arrived.

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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The Zero Theorem Terry Gilliam
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).

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