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Terry GilliamLet's not rehash the appalling collapse of Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" a decade ago, OK? You can read all about the natural disasters, backstabbing producers and injured actors here.

And, hey, let's not dwell on his latest stalled effort to bring "Don Quixote" to the big screen with Robert Duvall in the title role and Ewan McGregor as an ad exec who travels back in time to the 17th Century. Instead, how about we just check in with Gilliam for a general update on the long-troubled project, which was quietly moving forward until recently?

Gilliam is quite happy to talk about the film. Maybe that's because, at the moment, he's hanging out with Arcade Fire in advance of directing a webcast of their live show at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (August 5). Or maybe, at the age of 69, the director has encountered enough professional hardship to be serene about this latest holdup. Whatever the case, Gilliam opened up about the reasons for the "Don Quixote" delay, the difficulty of making films these days, and how he's rewritten a great deal of the script. Read More...

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Earlier this week we learned that Ewan McGregor will star opposite Robert Duvall in "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." McGregor was on the red carpet at the 30th anniversary celebration for "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" on Wednesday night, and MTV contributor Todd Gilchrist was there to ask about his feelings on "Quixote," a project which has been destined for -- and failed to reach -- big screens a number of times.

"I try not to think about the pressure and the scary side of what you're about to embark on, but just think of it as being a challenge," McGregor explained. "If ['The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'] comes about, which it may -- and I certainly hope it does, because I've wanted to work with [director Terry Gilliam] for a long time -- to play that part would be very, very exciting." Read More...

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Most fans will agree that Terry Gilliam has had an off bunch of years, really since the exceptional 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Of course, until last year's undeniably solid "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" it had only been two movies. It was the failed "Don Quixote" project I think, the one that was recounted in the documentary "Lost in La Mancha."

Gilliam is gearing up for another crack at it now, with "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." It's been known for some time that Robert Duvall would star as the delusional Spaniard. Now his sidekick has been cast, a modern day man thrown into the past and caught up in Quixote's adventures: Ewan McGregor. Gilliam confirmed the casting to Empire at Cannes; you can check out a video of the interview there.

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Terry Gilliam excels at bringing bizarre things into this world. Not terribly surprising for a guy whose brilliant early work came out of his involvement with the Monty Python comedy troupe. This is also the same man who gave us "Time Bandits," "Brazil," "The Fisher King" and the exceptional adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

By all reports, next up for Gilliam is his latest attempt to tell the story of Don Quixote. Sort of. "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" will follow an advertising executive who jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza. Today brings an odd update from the director, via his "Quixote" co-writer Tony Grisoni. Read More...

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Early in December, word buzzed around that "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" director Terry Gilliam was eying Robert Duvall to star in his next effort, the long, long-awaited "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." Johnny Depp was set to star in Gilliam's first ill-fated attempt at telling the tale, and he's been an on-again, off-again contender to join the cast of the filmmaker's latest attempt for some time.

Now the director is saying that Depp is definitely out, Duvall is definitely in and another, as-yet-unnamed actor is also in talks to join the cast -- no one "A-prime," as Gilliam says (via The Playlist). Read More...

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Don't ever let it be said that Terry Gilliam doesn't have a knack for putting the right performer into the right role. My all-time favorite is his casting of Johnny Depp as Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Today's news though... if things pan out, it's going to be a mighty close second.

The word is that Gilliam wants Robert Duvall to saddle up as the Man of La Mancha in "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." The actor revealed as much in an interview with Collider while promoting his new movie, "Crazy Heart." Nothing's definite yet, but it sounds like Duvall will have the part as soon as the project firms up. Read More...

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150 hours. That's 6 and a quarter days. For one movie, Gerard Courant's "Cinematon." I'm not usually one for the avant-garde, but even I'm a little bit staggered by the scale of this thing. The movie(?) actually a massive anthology of short films, all of them running for 3 and a half minutes and focusing on a single subject. The subjects range from famous figures -- Terry Gilliam, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Benigni, Samuel Fuller -- to people pulled off the street. There are even babies.

The grand total comes to 2,242 shorts, which were filmed over a 30 year period (the most recent was October 19). Courant's original plan was to only shoot 100 "short portraits," the Telegraph UK (via /Film) reports, but he decided to keep it going when the idea turned out to be popular. You can check out a full breakdown of who appears in which short on Courant's website. Read More...

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It was announced yesterday by a group of international researchers that 32 new planets had been discovered outside of our solar system. "Exoplanets," as they're called. It's a mystery to me why these scientists relied on fancy and undoubtedly expensive monitoring equipment when they could simply have asked the members of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

In their 1983 film, "The Meaning of Life," Python's Eric Idle took viewers on a trip through the galaxy with the appropriately titled "Galaxy Song." Last week, the five remaining Python members -- Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam -- gathered in New York City to promote the newly released documentary, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)," now airing on IFC. To cap off the half-hour Q&A, Idle picked up an acoustic guitar and strummed his way through the Galaxy Song. Check it out in our video below...

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What does one do when confronted with the opportunity to probe the remaining members of Monty Python, one of the greatest sketch comedy troupes of all time? In the case of MTV's Josh Horowitz, it's an opportunity to play a little game of Marry/Eff/Kill. The results are hilarious. But then, that's to be expected when you're dealing with comedy geniuses on the level of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.

The Python gathering was all in support of the newly released documentary, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)," which is airing now on IFC. Check your local listings to find out when.

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I'm intrigued by "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Director Terry Gilliam is one of my all-time favorites, even if his output over the past decade -- just two movies, "The Brothers Grimm" and "Tideland" -- has left a lot to be desired. Still, we're talking about the guy who successfully adapted Hunter S. Thompson's book "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas." Who gave the world classics like "Brazil," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Time Bandits." Surely there's some benefit left to extinguish any doubts, right?

There certainly is if you've seen the latest trailer for "Doctor Parnassus," which is filled with mind-bending eye candy. Even if you can't figure out what's going on, you'll have a hard time not being dazzled by what you see. And with the movie serving up the late Heath Ledger's final screen performance, you've got yet another reason to believe we're in for something good. That's why we've given the latest trailer the Freeze Frames. So sit back, relax and enjoy this commentary-fueled glimpse at Gilliam's latest psychedelic voyage.

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