Terry Gilliam directs Arcade Fire

Posted by · 2:38 am · August 6th, 2010

I was asleep for the live transmission a few hours ago — though I understand there were some technical issues — but no doubt many of you caught the (beautifully) Terry Gilliam-directed webcast of Arcade Fire’s Madison Square Garden gig. I look forward to catching up with the whole thing, but for now, here’s their […]

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Terry Gilliam calls bullshit on the Oscars

Posted by · 3:46 pm · March 5th, 2010

As certain as carols on Christmas Eve, you can always rely on the pre-Oscar weekend to bring a surfeit of “why the Oscars don’t matter” pieces — all other angles on the race having been exhausted in the preceding months. Hey, I sort of did one myself yesterday. True to form, today we have David […]

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12/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:52 am · December 18th, 2009

• Anne Thompson reports that there is no “official” costume designer on “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” so anyone holding out longshot hope for its Oscar chances in that field can go ahead and focus elsewhere. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Melena Ryzik gets Ivan Reitman to admit “The Hangover” would be on his top 10 list. [The […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Art Direction — Volume II

Posted by · 11:01 am · November 5th, 2009

When I first addressed the race for Best Art Direction in August, I spoke of how the branch tends to favor period pieces and fantasy films. Considering the research involved in the former and the often showy creativity on display in the latter, this is hardly surprising. That said, I often feel badly for exceptional […]

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9/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:49 am · September 28th, 2009

• Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arrested in Zurich for 1977 rape charge. [CNN] • Steven Zeitchik reports that Summit was set to be the first out of the gate with awards screeners this year with “The Hurt Locker.” Would it have made a difference? [Risky Biz Blog] • Nathaniel Rogers considers Julianne Moore’s Oscar chances […]

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‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ UK trailer

Posted by · 1:20 am · August 8th, 2009

Sorry for the run of lazy posts, but I know a lot of you have been champing at the bit for this one. Make of it what you will … there appears to be more than enough quirk and baroque visual clutter here to keep the Gilliamites in thrall. (Oddly enough, I just passed through […]

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Gilliam talks completing ‘Parnassus’ without Ledger and his defining film moment

Posted by · 11:45 am · August 5th, 2009

At Comic-Con last month, Motion/Captured’s Drew McWeeny was fortunate enough to sit down with director Terry Gilliam for a solid 60 minutes, allowing the conversation to drift from actors like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt to the Criterion Collection to Gilliam’s latest, the still domestic distributor-less “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and everything in between. […]

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‘Parnassus’ causes much head-scratching at Cannes

Posted by · 9:28 am · May 22nd, 2009

It was always a safe bet that, in spite of the curiosity value of Heath Ledger’s final screen performance, Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” wasn’t cut out to be a crowdpleaser. It’s been over a decade since the defiantly eccentric filmmaker made anything approaching the term “accessible,” much less something widely liked. And […]

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Gilliam wants “another award for Heath”

Posted by · 6:46 am · May 14th, 2009

It may not be in the Competition lineup, but Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is surely one of the most eagerly — and curiously — awaited films of the Cannes festival. The bulk of the interest, of course, rests on the unfinished final screen performance of Heath Ledger, and how (or, indeed, if) […]

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Gilliam to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Posted by · 5:37 am · February 3rd, 2009

In one of the few good decisions BAFTA has made this year, Terry Gilliam will receive the Academy Fellowship (yes, that’s a lifetime achievement award to you and me) at Sunday’s ceremony in London. That’s a pleasantly inspired choice, if you ask me. Here’s an extract from the press release: Awarded annually by the Academy, […]

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EW’s Heath Ledger appreciation

Posted by · 10:19 am · January 17th, 2009

Entertainment Weekly’s current cover story is a somewhat engaging retrospective on the career of Heath Ledger through the words of his friends and collaborators.  The first story of its kind to date, the piece is a nice idea given that Jan. 22 is both the anniversary of Ledger’s unfortunate death and the day he will […]

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Getting carried away with ‘WALL-E’ and the LAFCA

Posted by · 5:33 am · December 10th, 2008

I have been griping about the state of the movie year since after the Toronto International Film Festival, and frankly I took some heat for bitching about it. So yes, I feel some vindication about the way the season is shaping up: 2008 is a hugely disappointing year at the movies, with only a handful […]

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Studios could care less about Terry Gilliam’s ‘Parnassus’

Posted by · 1:19 pm · August 18th, 2008

Nick Plowman points us today to a Hollywood Reporter story (and really, we needed the heads up in this case…anyone reading THR anymore?) painting director Terry Gilliam’s latest film as a “tough sell.” Of course, the film in question, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” contains Heath Ledger’s swan song performance. Here’s the Reporter’s Steven Zeitchik: […]

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Good

Posted by · 11:39 pm · July 19th, 2008

I’m really glad Jeffrey Wells joins my sentiments in calling Terry Gilliam out on his idiotic comments from last week regarding Warner Bros’ position on Heath Ledger in the marketing of “The Dark Knight.” Calls him a “bonehead.” Perfect.

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Terry Gilliam should be ashamed of himself

Posted by · 6:51 pm · July 16th, 2008

To say nothing of the fact that he has proven to be painfully irrelevant for over a decade, director Terry Gilliam has crossed the line with his recents comments chastizing Warner Bros. for what he feels is “tasteless” capitalization on the death of Heath Ledger. From Yahoo! News (via WENN and The Movie Blog): …the […]

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