Four years ago the world was shocked by the sudden death of comedic legend Robin Williams. Famous for his TV role of Mork (from Happy Days and Mork & Mindy) and for his stand up comedy that was frenetic yet always incisive. However, it was his appearances on film that garnered him the most notice.
His roles in Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, the original Jumanji, Patch Adams, Night at the Museum and many others made him an American treasure. He won the Oscar for Good Will Hunting, six Golden Globes, four Grammys, two Kids’ Choice Awards, and many others.
A new biography about him has premiered on HBO, titledCome Inside My Mind. The biography explores the legacy of the comedy icon and tries to make sense of his suicide.
Even though he is gone, we still have William’s many appearances in films that have nerd connections. Here are just a few:
Shakespeare couldn’t write a tragedy so endless and harrowing as the story of director Terry Gilliam and his Don Quixote.
Yesterday, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled in favor of a previous producer, Paulo Branco, and gave him the legal rights of the film. Terry Gilliam was bewitched by chasing the film for 25 years. And just as its finally debuting, its taken from him all over again.
How did this 2.5 decades-long saga go on this long? And how did this film, still getting hit by new and terrible roadblocks, become known for being the most cursed production in recent history?(more…)
The upcoming Monty Python and the Holy Grail‘s 40th anniversary Blu/Ray is just a couple of weeks away (October 27th) and to promote the release Terry Gilliam has narrated a batch of recently discovered and never before seen animation that didn’t make the final cut for the theatrical release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As Gilliam says, this missing animation is really the only reason to buy another copy anyways. Wait.. does that mean you shouldn’t watch it and buy a copy instead? (more…)
People may try to tell you that Terry Gilliam‘s career as a director has been cursed because of the many wonderful projects that seem to break up around him before they make it to the big screen. I’ll tell you that those magnificent failures (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) are a big part of the cauldron of creativity that makes those films that do make it to the big screen (Brazil, Time Bandits) so different and memorable. Gilliam recently did a sit down Online Q&A sponsored by The Guardian where he casually dropped a possible life changing bomb on Time Bandit fans. (more…)
Variety found out this morning that being prepared for a celebrity death is one thing, but pulling the trigger on a celebrity death notice is quite a different fish. Most big news agencies have them, prepared obituaries of celebrities, world leaders, and other notables that are refreshed every now and then with new information so that when the unfortunate occurs, they can jump right into the news cycle without a lot of rushed research. Yesterday afternoon something happened over at Variety that caused the posting of an obituary for director Terry Gilliam, most famously part of the Monty Python Flying Circus comedy group. Hilarity ensued. (more…)
The debut of SyFy’s serial adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian Sci-fi fare 12 Monkeys – which was based on Chris Marker’s shortLa Jetee – is hitting the small screen in less that two weeks. It’s certainly a risky move on the part of the network; taking a cult favorite, and spreading it out into an 10 part episodic series. However, that’s not to say that it can’t be done as we have already laid witness to this recently in the wonderful Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton starrer Fargo (based on the Coen Bros. cult favorite). Given that the Syfy channel seems to be in the process of synonymizing good original content with their name (…after the disastrous couple of years they’ve had) – it’s possible that 12 Monkeys could very well work out as an off-beat episodic sci-fi drama/thriller. (more…)
Two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of Sam Mendes Untitled James Bond 24 according to Daily Mail reports (…yes, that awful rag of a paper). Filming is slated to commence at the beginning of next month and it’s unknown whether Waltz will be playing a friend, foe, or a bit of both. But, according to the Daily Mail’s source – someone who has knowledge of the screenplay – Waltz has bagged an important and significant role in the film
All the cast and crew will meet for a script read in roughly three weeks time with the new addition on board, and Waltz has already met up with Daniel Craig, a.k.a. 007, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Waltz will join a supporting cast that includes Skyfall alums Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear. Locations being used for the film are said to include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. Waltz has played some superb antagonists in movies with a standout performance as The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and he was superb in last years Django Unchained, both of which won him Oscars for his performances. (more…)
Director Terry Gilliam was a guest at this year’s Dragon Con and he filled the Sheraton Grand Ballroom with fans Sunday morning. It was a great chance to listen to the man who brought us some of the most wonderfully strange and different movies like Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, and his latest The Zero Theorem. (more…)
We’ve been aware for some time that Terry Gilliam‘s bleak, yet brilliant time travel/apocalypse flick 12 Monkeys would be adapted into a TV series by the good people (?) at SyFy.
A few days ago, the new show’s co-executive producer Terry Matalas spoke at the SyFy TCA panel–he assured all present that his network’s iteration of 12 Monkeys will bear little resemblance to Gilliam’s 1995 film, it will be a “complete re-imagining” using the film as a framework, but not based on it.
If this is so, someone needs to tell the series’ new trailer. (more…)
There’s a new compilation video showing bits and pieces of SyFy‘s new season of shows making the Internet rounds this morning, and believe it or not, these shows actually fall into the category of Science Fiction. Click through to get your first look at SyFy’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s 12 Monkeys. (more…)