Terry Gilliam and Verne Troyer Video Interviews THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

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With director Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus expanding into 500 additional theaters this Friday, it’s finally time to post my video interviews with Gilliam and Verne Troyer.  As most of you already know, the film is a fantastical tale set in the present day about a traveling carnival show where visitors pay to pass through a magical mirror and enter a world of their own imagination.  But Doctor Parnassus long ago made a bet with the devil, which is coming due.

While I wasn’t sure how Gilliam was going to pull off making this film come together after the death of Heath Ledger, not only does the film work, it’s Gilliam’s best work in years and you should really try and check it out.  Hit the jump for my interviews:


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At first glance, the death of Heath Ledger combined with his posthumous Oscar® for The Dark Knight would seem to overshadow his final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, an independent feature from a director whose last two films flopped both critically and commercially.  But in an unexpected triumph, director Terry Gilliam shows that his limitless imagination can keep the outside world behind the theater doors and invite audiences to step inside the world he depicts on the screen.


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Finally opening on Christmas Day is director Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.   While I wasn’t sure how Gilliam was going to pull off making this film come together after the death of Heath Ledger during production, not only does the film work, it’s like he meant to do it all along.  In case you’re unaware, Gilliam had some of Ledger’s friends step in for him (Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell) when the characters go into some of the various worlds. For more on the film, I recommend checking out the clips and reading the synopsis and my thoughts here.

To help promote the film, I was able to speak with Lily Cole.  In the film, she plays the daughter of Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer).  During our interview we talked about working for Terry Gilliam, how grateful she is the film is finally getting released, going to college in Cambridge, what she has coming up, and a lot more.  Check it out after the jump.  And if the film is playing in your area this weekend, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Terry Gilliam Talks about His “Beleaguered” Past, Updates His IMDb Page, and His Thoughts on WATCHMEN

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Sometime my job is weird.  This past September, I was awoken by a phone call from a publicist asking if I wanted to come down to DragonCon-Atlanta’s major geek convention-and interview Terry Gilliam, the director behind such classics as Brazil, Time Bandits, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for his upcoming film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  I had to get downtown in less than 90 minutes, which usually wouldn’t be a problem except DragonCon, a huge college football game, multiple concerts, and pretty much every major Labor Day event were happening at the same time.

Thankfully, I made it just as Mr. Gilliam was finishing up his Q&A with his many fans who came to hear him speak about Parnassus and his upcoming projects.  I was lucky enough to ask him about those projects as well along with his legacy, his past, and why he didn’t really care for this year’s Watchmen, a graphic novel he  attempted to adapt twice: once as a movie and then as a miniseries after deciding the story was too dense to be crammed into a motion picture.  It was really a great interview because Gilliam was very open and has no need for politic because he doesn’t care about working with a certain person; he just cares about getting his films made his way and that alone is impressive.


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The US Poster for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has finally arrived and it’s…not bad.  I guess when you see a movie with Imaginarium in the title, you expect it to be more imaginative, like this poster.  It’s no big deal but it does continue the campaign to make Heath Ledger the focal point of the film.  I don’t want to say it’s getting borderline-crass but it as at the point where I’m expecting the tagline “Heath Ledger’s Last Film Ever!”

Still, it’s better than the first poster for Broken Lizard’s upcoming film The Slammin’ Salmon.  Granted, there’s never been a spectacular poster for a Broken Lizard film.  In fact, they all seem to look like the same folks who design the covers of direct-to-video comedies.  BL’s movies certainly have broad humor but I feel like it’s the little jokes which make them work so well.  I also feel that a poster which highlighted a little joke but one no one would understand without seeing the film movie could be more effective.  I think the average moviegoer would be intrigued if they saw a poster with a naked Kevin Heffernan, his hands in front of his junk, covered in a white powder and then just the quote: “The lice hate the sugar.”  I’m afraid folks are going to see this poster and just write off the film.  That’s unfortunate because I think they have a unique brand of comedy that adds something to mainstream movies.  But hit the jump for both posters and perhaps you’ll like them more than I do.

Exclusive: Terry Gilliam talks DON QUIXOTE

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Earlier today I sat down with director Terry Gilliam to talk about his great new movie “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.  Since the movie doesn’t get released until next month, I’m going to hold off on posting the full conversation till close to release.  However, since Gilliam gave me a bit of an update on his next project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, I figure that’s worth posting today.

According to the Gilliam, he’s cast someone to play Don Quixote, but he wouldn’t reveal who it is.  Also, while I didn’t get Gilliam to say it on camera, I heard he wants to begin filming this April, assuming financing comes together.  As most of you know, trying to make “Don Quixote” has been something of an endless challenge for this talented filmmaker.  If you’d like to see what Gilliam had to say, hit the jump.

7 Movie Clips from THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS – Heath Ledger’s Final Film

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I saw a screening of Heath Ledger’s final film, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”, the other day and am surprised to say….it completely works and the film was great.  Director Terry Gilliam has made his best work in years and even with other actors having to step in to help complete the movie, nothing felt forced and it’s like it was meant to be this way all along.

For those not familiar with the movie, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is Heath Ledger’s final performance as he died while filming.  After he died, production was halted as Gilliam tried to figure out how to salvage what he had.  To make it work he got  Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law to step in and play Heath Ledger’s character at different points in the movie. While you’re probably thinking there is no way this could work…I thought the same thing and I was 100% wrong.  Trust me, the film is a big surprise and it’s absolutely worth seeing. Anyway, while the film doesn’t get released till the end of December, we’ve been given seven clips from the movie and they’re after the jump. Take a look:


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Poster madness continues as new posters for “Daybreakers”, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”, “Valentine’s Day”,and “The Missing Person” debuted online and while none of them blow me away, they’re serviceable.  “Daybreakers” could use a better one because vampires may be hot right now but the vampires must be both hot and mostly harmless (and still have the ability to love!); “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has thrown up tons of posters online but I have yet to see one for its domestic release and this one is Italian so, if you live in Italy, Prego.  The poster for “Valentine’s Day” should just list its ridiculous cast but there’s still plenty of time for that.  The tag line isn’t bad but I think a more honest one would be “‘He’s Just Not That into You’ made a lot of money so…”; Finally, the poster for “The Missing Person” is a little bland but it conveys the film noir tone and it features Michael Shannon so it’s fine by me.

Check out all three below.  “Daybreakers” hits theaters on January 8th, 2010; “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” on December 25th; “Valentine’s Day” on February 12th, 2010; and “The Missing Person” currently lacks a firm release date although it’s been making its way along the festival circuit ever since it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.


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I’m at the point where I would like a trailer to tell people about “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” beyond “It looks pretty and it’s the last film Heath Ledger did.  He’s dead now, you know.”  I hate to be crass but it looks like Ledger is the star of the film but it looks like he’s in a supporting role to Parnassus.  Then again, he was technically in a supporting role to Batman in “The Dark Knight” and he ended up making the film, “The Joker with Special Guest-Batman”.

I’m still excited for the film but with all the blurbs at the end of the trailer, I’m surprised they just didn’t take one that said, “Heath Ledger’s Last Movie!”  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see if you feel the same way.  “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” hits theaters on December 25th.


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“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” gained immediate notoriety upon Heath Ledger’s untimely death. Suddenly, the film was no longer a production followed only by Terry Gilliam’s loyal fans. It became the focus of many curious eyes, all wondering if Ledger’s film could ever come to fruition when he wasn’t able to complete it. While it’s easy to wonder what the film could have been without Ledger’s passing and the re-writes and cinematic magic required to complete it, it’s just as easy to appreciate what Gilliam made of it. Click through to jump into the Imaginarium…

Tom Cruise Wanted To Be in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS; Terry Gilliam Said “No”

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As we know, when Heath Ledger died, Terry Gilliam chose to complete “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” using Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp as different incarnations of Ledger’s role.  All three were close friends of the Ledger family, and the film will operate as a sort of tribute while fulfilling its purpose as commercial cinema.  One thing we didn’t know, and as Terry Gilliam recently revealed to Total Film magazine, was that Tom Cruise also lobbied heavily to step into the role as part of a return to relevance akin to his appearance in last summer’s “Tropic Thunder”.

Gilliam refused for one very simple reason: Tom Cruise had no personal connection to Heath Ledger.  More after the jump.


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While no one knows when director Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is going to be released in the United States (most say Christmas Day), what is known is the film will be playing at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. And whenever a film plays at a festival, the studio/distributor/filmmaker releases new movie images. So after the jump, take a look at a few new images from Heath Ledger’s last film.


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And here I thought thought that buying Heath Ledger’s last film would be a no brainer.  After nearly seven months on the market it looks like Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has finally found a suitor in Sony.  According to Variety the studio is in “advanced” talks to acquire the film for US distribution.  An official announcement, including release date information, is expected later this week so if that happens we will let you know.


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How good is this UK trailer for Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”?  Good enough to make you forget the pummeling he delivered to audiences in 2005 with “The Brothers Grimm” and “Tideland”.  While Gilliam has always delivered lush and inventive worlds, from the look of this trailer this may be one of his most visually stunning films yet.  There’s also the first look at Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell taking up Heath Ledger’s role of “Tony” who undergoes various transformations throughout the film.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  While the film currently has no US release date, the film is currently set to his the UK on October 16th so cross your fingers that we’ll get it on that date as well.

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