We usually only publish one Cool Stuff column a day, but every once in a while something comes up which forces us to break our one-a-day rule.

The Alamo Drafthouse will be screening Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus begining on Friday January 8th, and to promote the film they have commissioned a poster from artist Martin Ansin. A limited edition of 150 24″x36″ screen prints will be sold for only $35 on MondoTees. Printed on special speckletone paper with 6 colors and hand numbered. Check out the full poster after the jump.

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Terry Gilliam‘s incredible The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus will finally reach American cinemas on Christmas Day, or at least a number of cinemas in New York and Los Angeles. The rest of the country will have to cross their fingers/pray/get in touch with their local cinemas and wait to see if it comes their way in it’s expanding release in the early part of 2010.

As this date draws near, the promotional materials will start to pile up. There’s already a US trailer (to go with the original UK one) and now, I’m very happy indeed to be bringing you the /Film Exclusive Premiere of the film’s US poster right after this jump.

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The main UK poster for Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus falls somewhat short, I feel. There’s more than a hint of Harry Potter about it and a definite waft of The Golden Compass too. Thankfully, however, it isn’t any longer the only UK poster for the film and not only is the new one better, it’s actually pretty bloody amazing.

Better almost late than never, I suppose. See the new poster in all its glory after the break – as well as a short film about the misadventures of the original poster.

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After the break, a video interview in which Terry Gilliam and I discuss The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and his real plans for adapting Philip K. Dick. But first…

Who doesn’t love Pixar? Okay, apart from Armond White? Not many folk, no? And it seems like Terry Gilliam is as enamored with the powerhouse animation studio as the rest of us. Speaking at a BFI special event career retrospective last Friday night, Gilliam came around to discussing the state of modern animation. After praising Pixar for their films, noting how they are clearly a studio run by “creative people” and not suits, and commenting on how much of the bold political cinema he’s seen recently has been in animated family films, Gilliam also let on that he wants to work for the studio. He revealed that he met Andrew Stanton at the premiere of Wall-E and quite sincerely told him to “hold the door open” for him.

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While there’s no official announcement of US distribution for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the puzzle pieces really are starting to click into shape now. I’m of the mind that, most likely, the American release date for the film is going to be December 25th, and that the distributor will be Sony Pictures Classics. That’s far from an ideal situation, I’m sure many of you will agree, but there’s a lot we can do to help out and make the best of a bad hand. Just to stress: nothing official here, just the puzzle pieces I’ve been able to sweep up so far.

I first heard a tip off that Sony might be on board a couple of months back, and even placed a call for confirmation to Sony Pictures Classics myself. I received just the kind of “no comment” that makes one suspicious but, of course, often means nothing at all. I put the rumour to one side and decided to wait for something more solid to manifest.

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If you want to see Terry Gilliam on location, doing his thing, or Tom Waits in costume as Mr. Nick, Lily Cole or Andrew Garfield between takes and rehearsing, then Tout Le Cinema‘s video clip of B-roll footage from the shooting of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is for you. It’s most definitely for me. You can see it after the break.

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Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus has finally premiered in Cannes. Reviews have been surfacing all day and most of them, unsurprisingly, focus on two key factors – that this film contains Heath Ledger‘s final performance and that a Gilliam film is somehow difficult or appeals only to a few. I can’t argue with the first part, but the second doesn’t add up.

Below the break you can see a scene from the film that clocks in at just under a minute. It has been circulated as a promotional piece for the Cannes fest by Canal Plus and as such has French subtitles ‘burnt in’. The short clip we saw last week comes from this longer piece, so you can now get more context, more Ledger and more of Gilliam’s magic.

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I’ve been very busy this week, but now I’m back and hitting the /Film trail in a big way. Just to clear my plate enough to get some more on there, however, I’m going to bring you my very own Page 2.

At the head of the post you can see a new still from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. As well as Heath Ledger you can see Lily Cole and the really very amazing Andrew Garfield. There’s a new fan blog that seems to be posting every scrap they can, including scans from a French Magazine that let slip of some more images.

Countless more fragments of new news after the break. Come join me.

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The website of French TV station Canal + is playing host to a video of the entire Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. Easily the most exciting section is a long montage of clips from different films that will be playing there over the next couple of weeks though you might enjoy the rest, perhaps most particularly Bryan Ferry’s tidy performance of She.

The film clips section starts at around the 15 minutes and 40 seconds mark, and lasts for seven minutes or so. Most films get a 15 to 30 second showcase, which might not seem like much, though in many cases this is the first footage of the films to have turned up online at all. While I found a lot of the material quite exciting none of it compared to the giddiness I have for the 18 seconds of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The clip focuses on Heath Ledger, dressed in the costume shown in the picture at the head of this post, and addressing the audience of the traveling Imaginarium. I want to see this film right now.

After the break, a list of other films presented in the montage that I think will be of particular interest to /Film readers.

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Three new stills and one behind the scenes image to promote Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus have appeared on DVD Forum. You’ll be able to marvel over them all below the break.

Parnassus is being described in the same few terms over and over again. It was Heath Ledger‘s final film, and after his death, Terry Gilliam turned to Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to complete the picture by stepping in and filling in for Ledger, playing his character in a series of fantasy sequences. You’ve probably also heard some scaremongering that the film is going to bypass US cinemas but, truthfully, there’s nothing to that rumor at all. Indeed, a buyers screening this week seemed to spark a whole new wave of interest amongst American distributors even ahead of the film’s Cannes premiere. According to Entertainment Weekly, some of these buyers criticized the film’s storyline as being “rather complex” but that reflects on the buyers more than the film.

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