Terry Gilliam Talks THE ZERO THEOREM, Working With Christoph Waltz, the End of the Universe, and Armageddonist Republicans

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Terry Gilliam‘s new film The Zero Theorem touches on a lot of his established aesthetic signposts while exploring new thematic ground with its questions about the universe and how we all wait for permission for the wrong things. The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.

I recently hopped on the phone with Gilliam to talk all things The Zero Theorem, his reaction to the film’s philosophy as well his take on why people do what they do without thinking ahead.  Be sure to check out the trailer and hit the jump for my Terry Gilliam interview.

THE ZERO THEOREM Review

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The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam-squared.  The sci-fi film features all of his trademarks—unhinged characters, oppressive societies, canted angles and zooms, colorful settings—and then pushes them to a level that would border on self-parody if Gilliam wasn’t already a self-deprecating person.  There’s something fearless inside the Zero Theorem in that the movie tries to wear its brain on its sleeve, which is good because there’s more pontificating than genuine romance.  The movie will inevitably invite comparisons to Gilliam’s masterpiece Brazil, but The Zero Theorem struggles to solve its own problem, namely, turning all of its subtext into text.

Terry Gilliam Talks THE ZERO THEOREM, Christoph Waltz, Working with the Late Robin Williams, MONTY PYTHON’s Success, and More from DragonCon 2014

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Terry Gilliam wants to offend you, he wants to shock you, and above all, he wants to make you think. The Monty Python funnyman and notoriously Hollywood-hostile director aims to achieve all three of those things with his newest film, The Zero Theorem.  In addition to talking up the sci-fi fantasy movie while attending Atlanta’s DragonCon, Gilliam shared a personal story about his experience working with the late Robin Williams, talked about landing Christoph Waltz in the lead of his latest film, and even commented on the long-running success of the British comedy troupe.

The Zero Theorem, which stars Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation, is now available on VOD and will enjoy a limited theatrical release on September 19th.  Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  Hit the jump for our DragonCon interview with Terry Gilliam.

Exclusive Character Posters For THE ZERO THEOREM Introduce the Film’s Characters and their Philosophies

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I finally got a chance to see Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem and was mightily impressed by its ability to conjure some of the magic of Gilliam classics like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys (albeit in a far warmer, less brutal manner than the latter film).  So I’m really glad we’re debuting these character posters that don’t just showcase the performers in the film, but the philosophies of the people they are playing.  The movie is all about ideas, a philosophical dialogue.  And these get at that.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  The film hits iTunes today, August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th.  Be sure to check out the trailer and of course check out the film afterwards.  Hit the jump for our exclusive character posters from The Zero Theorem!

Terry Gilliam Says THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE Might Rise from the Dead

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If you’ve followed the career of Terry Gilliam, you’d know that one of the projects that has enchanted and haunted him for the last 15 years is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.  Somewhat appropriately, given the thematic conceit of the book, it’s been something of a windmill-chasing affair.  I wouldn’t lame the blame of that at Gilliam’s feet though, he’s always been an ambitious visionary and he knows that sometimes these things can essentially be cursed.

So kudos to him for not giving up on it.  Even though we’re not getting the Johnny Depp version featured in Lost in La Mancha (or even the Robert Duvall version they attempted after that), we may finally be getting a version of this movie after all.  And one that sounds quite interesting in the sense that he’ll be incorporating some real-life elements into it.  Hit the jump for more on Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Kiilled Don Quixote.  And be on the lookout for The Zero Theorem interview I did with him that will be hitting in a few weeks.

New ZERO THEOREM Trailer Searches For Answers, Is Pure Gilliam

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Wow.  My head must have been buried in the sand because, aside from a few cursory glances at a poster here and there around the net, I had been more or less unfamiliar with the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem. Not anymore.  This new U.S. trailer is fantastic. It’s utterly striking and unique and reminds us of what Gilliam is capable of.  I’m so relieved someone gave him some money to play around with again.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  The film hits iTunes on August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Hit the jump for The Zero Theorem trailer! 

THE ZERO THEOREM Teaser Poster Banned in the US

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Remember the “scandal” a few weeks back over the poster of Eva Green from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?  Well, it seems the MPAA hasn’t learned from their silly mistakes as they have now banned the teaser poster for Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.  The film, which has already played around the world and throughout the festival circuit, does not currently have a US release date, so perhaps this bit of censorship will help to get the word out.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  Hit the jump for the incredibly offensive and tasteless poster.

3 New Featurettes for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM; Plus Go Behind the Scenes of ENEMY Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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A few featurettes for two upcoming films have landed online.  Firstly, three new behind-the-scenes videos for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem offer a look at the costumes, the main set, and Gilliam’s directorial process.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Also starring Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis, the film opens in the U.K. on March 14th and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Additionally, a new 4-minute featurette for director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) twisty thriller Enemy has been released online.  The story revolves around a university lecturer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he has a double, whom he tracks down and engages, resulting in “a complex and dangerous struggle.”  This new behind-the-scenes video offers a look at how Villeneuve managed to create two Gyllenhaals in the same scene.  Also starring Maline Laurent, the film is currently available on DirecTV and will open in theaters March 14th.

Promo Poster for ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING Starring Simon Pegg and Members of Monty Python

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Last week at the European Film Market (EFM), Steve landed some images of promo art for upcoming movies.  EFM is loaded with promotional materials as production companies attempt to woo financing and distribution deals.  Among the materials was a promo poster for Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything.  The story revolves around Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.”  Simon Pegg is set to star and the voice cast will include Jones, fellow Monty Python alums John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin as well as Robin Williams.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Production on Absolutely Anything is set to begin in London on March 24rd.

Watch: New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM

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A brief behind-the-scenes featurette for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has landed online.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  We got our first good look at footage from the film a couple of weeks ago by way of the first theatrical trailer, and this new featurette offers up even more footage from the decidedly odd feature.  In the featurette, Gilliam and some of his crew discuss some production design aspects of the future-set pic, specifically discussing the fact that in this future, computers have grown larger and not smaller.  The movie continues to look like a trip, and I’m definitely interested to see what Gilliam has put together.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette.  The film also stars Melanie ThierryLucas HedgesBen Whishaw, Tilda SwintonDavid Thewlis, and Matt Damon.  The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

First Trailer for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Starring Christoph Waltz

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The first trailer for director Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film The Zero Theorem has been released online.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  The film certainly looks to be a trip, as it feels like it’s wholly from the mind of Terry Gilliam.  Waltz appears to be going all out in his lead role, and he’s surrounded by a very colorful cast of characters sporting various wigs, accents, and futuristic clothes.  I’m very interested to see how this nutty story progresses.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas HedgesBen Whishaw, Tilda SwintonDavid Thewlis, and Matt Damon.  The Zero Theorem is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Monty Python’s THE MEANING OF LIFE 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

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The Meaning of Life makes the ideal swan song for legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. And that’s not the same thing as saying it’s perfect. It essentially replicates the sketch-style comedy of their television show, covering the Seven Ages of Man in an uproarious send up of God, religion and the profound questions that never seem to have a definitive answer. This marks a break from their shaggy-dog-plot approach to The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian, which presumed to tell a coherent story no matter how many ridiculous detours they took in the meantime. The Meaning of Life got them back to their roots in grand fashion… and that includes some glaring weaknesses along with their undiminished strengths. Hit the jump for the full review.

First Poster and Director’s Statement for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM

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The first poster for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has arrived, along with a statement from the director.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  In addition to the poster, Gilliam has also released a “director’s statement” about the film, which is essentially a spoiler-free synopsis written by the filmmaker in which he promises “no zombies, no caped crusaders or alien spacecraft.”

Hit the jump to check out the poster and director’s statement.  The film also stars David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, and Peter StormareThe Zero Theorem will debut at the Venice Film Festival this fall and will hit theaters sometime in 2014.

New Images from Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Starring Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, and David Thewlis

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Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem will soon make its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Two new images have been released showcasing not only the outsized, colorful world reminiscent of Gilliam’s Brazil, but also featuring co-stars Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis.

Despite the eye-popping visuals, Gilliam tells Deadline that the movie cost was his cheapest movie in 30 years.  Gilliam also echoes Steven Spielberg’s statement about studios heading for a downfall due to the exorbitant cost of making and marketing their pictures.  “You keep waiting to see what’s going to be the new Cleopatra, the one that suddenly takes out a studio,” says Gilliam. “That’s the part I don’t quite understand about this, these economics and how they are able to survive with losing this amount of money as often as they are doing it.”  Hit the jump to check out the images.

First Images from Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM Feature a Bald Christoph Waltz and a Colorful Sex Shop

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The first images from Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi not-so-sci-fi film The Zero Theorem are now available in all their colorful glory.  Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), seen here sporting a bald head, stars as Qohen Leth, a programmer for “entity-crunching” corporation ManCom, who Gilliam says is, “waiting for a phone call that will give meaning to his life”.  (Aren’t we all?)  Gilliam goes on to talk about the relevance to his 1985 film, Brazil, saying, “It’s not really sci-fi. It’s like Brazil, which also isn’t really sci-fi.”  However, The Zero Theorem screenwriter Pat Rushin was influenced by Gilliam’s earlier work, so it’s all tied together in a roundabout way.

Also starring Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and David Thewlis, The Zero Theorem is slated for a 2014 release date.  Hit the jump to view the images.

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