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Terry Gilliam‘s new film The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as a nervous, put-upon data processing agent who is looking for a mathematical explanation of existence. He’s also waiting for the most important phone call of his life, and fending off distraction from an attractive woman sent to him by the Management.

If you think that all sounds like quintessential Terry Gilliam you’re very likely correct. The first trailer and footage shown at Comic Con make the film out to be connected — spiritually, at least — to Gilliam’s film Brazil. And with every photo released (such as the one above) we get new glimpses of the director’s odd and rather pessimistic vision of the future… or the present.

Now we’ve got the first poster for the film, which you can see below. There’s also a statement from Gilliam about his intentions. Finally, and even better, you can watch the video introduction the director recorded for Comic Con. It’s a great video intro from the director in which his personality really shines through. (And in which he insists and confirms, comically, that Matt Damon is in the movie.) Read More »

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I’ve said it before: if you get a chance to option an article written by David Grann, do it. The guy’s got a masterful nose for story, or one hell of an editor at the New Yorker), and his articles are almost universally being used as the basis for films.

(Other Grann work in development includes The Old Man and the GunThe Lost City of Z, The Yankee Comandante and The Brand; his article The Chameleon inspired The Imposter.)

One piece, True Crime, was optioned by producers Brett Ratner and David Gerson, who once had the project set up at Focus. That situation didn’t work out, but now they’ve landed Christoph Waltz to star. The story tells of a Polish writer who was targeted as the prime suspect in a cold case murder thanks to his novel in which the details of one character’s murder lined up surprisingly well with those of the real case.

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For the past several decades, the name Tim Burton all but guaranteed a film with an element of fantasy. It seems he wants a break. Though the director has several potential films on his plate, his next is likely to be a small, true story.

Once a producer on the film, Burton is now set to direct Big Eyes, the true story of legendary painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are attached to play the Keanes from a script by Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The Weinstein Company is likely to produce and distribute. Read More »

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Sure, it’s got noble warriors, a vicious villain, a graceful queen, and an old, bitter feud, but the most epic thing about Epic may be the voice cast. Amanda Seyfried leads as Mary Katherine, an ordinary girl who somehow gets shrunk down and finds herself involved in the grand yet very, very tiny battle between the protectors and the destroyers of the forest.

The characters she meets along the way are voiced by the likes of Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Blake Anderson, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles, and Pitbull. Jason Sudeikis voices her father. The latest trailer makes sure the emphasize just how many celebrities have gone into the making of this movie. Watch it after the jump.

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A star-studded cast works wonderfully as a marketing gimmick, but as films like New Year’s Eve and Movie 43 have proven, it’s no guarantee of quality. Fortunately, Blue Sky Studios’ animated adventure Epic seems to have a little more going for it.

Amanda Seyfried voices Mary Katherine, a normal girl who gets caught up in an old and bitter battle between the protectors of the forest (voiced by Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, and others) and the destructive forces led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). Beyoncé, Pitbull, Steven Tyler, Judah Friedlander, Aziz Ansari, and Blake Anderson also star. Watch the second trailer after the jump.

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Academy-Award winner and current nominee Christoph Waltz hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend and used the occasion to poke fun at his two-time collaborator, Quentin Tarantino. The SNL team created a sketched called Djesus Uncrossed starring Waltz as Jesus, back from the dead and hell bent on revenge. It features obvious and hilarious references to Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and, of course, Django Unchained. Check it out below. Read More »

 Zach Galifianakis‘ talk show Between Two Ferns makes its triumphant return to Funny Or Die with a special Oscar Buzz Edition. In Part one of this special, Galifianakis hilariously and awkwardly interviews Oscar contenders Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Naomi Watts (The Impossible) and Amy Adams (The Master). Watch the six minute interview special after the jump.

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For the 70th year, the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out their Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler entertained an audience of TV and movie fans there to bestow awards to shows like Girls, Modern Family, Smash, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey and films like Lincoln, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Silver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Yes, I said Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

That’s just one example of surprise nominees that make the Globes such a wild card each and every year. Check out all the winners below along with live commentary.

UPDATE: We’ve embedded a lot of the special moments from the show below.  Read More »

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