Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, asks “Who is your favorite movie or TV pirate?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team, and we also have answers from directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg.
If you’d like to share your pick for your favorite movie pirate, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Terry Gilliam is a cinematic genius, but he’s also a cinematic genius who wronged a sorcerer in a past life or something. His battles with movie studios are the stuff of legend. The movies that have literally fallen apart around him are too many to count. And then the internet went and falsely reported his death. If Gilliam’s own movies didn’t present a self-awareness about the absurdity of existence and cruel unfairness of life, it would be easy to fear for his sanity.
Could his salvation come via the small screen? We already knew he had a deal in place with Amazon, but now Gilliam has revealed that he’s working on a TV version of his 1981 comedic fantasy Time Bandits. Maybe things are finally looking up for the most cursed of filmmakers.
Check out Gilliam’s own comment on the Time Bandits TV series after the jump.
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Screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) is about to release his first novel, Abomination. To promote the pre-order of the historical fantasy novel, Whitta sat down with us for an extensive interview spanning his career thus far. Over the course of this week we will be posting all of the parts of this interview broken up into digestible thematic bites — we’re calling it “/Film’s Week Of Whitta”.
In the first installment we wanted to cut to the chase and present the meatiest Gary Whitta Star Wars comments. As you know, Whitta wrote for a year on the first Star Wars spin-off film being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), which will hit theaters on December 16th 2016. We talked to Whitta about growing up with movies, which includes the original Star Wars trilogy. We also discuss the controversy over comments he’s made about the Star Wars prequels and special editions. (I’m not sure how the comments are controversial, considering most everyone I know shares a similar viewpoint.) And, of course, we talk to Gary about working on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film, and while his Lucasfilm NDA prevents him from revealing any details, its worth reading. Read the Gary Whitta Star Wars interview after the jump.
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Glow in the dark inks on a poster can be hit or miss. In the best cases, they act as almost a night light, revealing a beautiful second image that’s invisible in the day time. On the other hand, some are so subtle and light, it’s almost as if they don’t glow in the dark at all. And maybe that’s a good thing.
The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY will surely have a little of both in their latest exhibit, When The Lights Go Out, which opens April 12. Over 60 artists have made brand new pieces with glow in the dark inks, which will be displayed at all hours via a new installation of blacklights.
Some of the topics of the art include 2001: A Space Odyssey (above), The Shawshank Redemption, Alien, Game of Thrones, Band of Brothers, Where the Wild Things Are, Tron, Poltergeist, Time Bandits and more. It looks like a very fun show. Check out a selection of art below.
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Hey! Remember the ’80s? Of course you do! Movies like The Goonies, The Princess Bride, Gremlins, Back to the Future, Krull and The Monster Squad got worn out in your VHS player as your penchant for film fandom either developed or blossomed. Everyone has their favorite films from the period and, fairly regularly, we feature outstanding art to back that statement up. Today is no different. Todd Brown of Twitch Film recently programmed a series of classic 1980s kids films in Toronto and had Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative design limited edition posters for the screenings. Sounds pretty standard, right? Wrong. Erickson’s prints were so limited that they never went on sale to the general public.
After wading through some legal red tape (meaning the removal of all proper names) Twitch and Phantom City Creative (who recently did that awesome Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared piece) can now legally sell all of these beautiful tributes to some of your favorite films of the Eighties. All the films mentioned above are represented along with The Last Starfighter, Time Bandits and The Dark Crystal. After the jump, check them all out and find out where you can purchase them. Read More »
Time Bandits is a wonderful kids movie that also happens to be clever enough for adults. It has grand adventure; weirdness that is both mundane (an impotent fairy tale prince) and outlandish (a troupe of time-traveling thieves); and it is deeply, wonderfully silly. Time Bandits is permeated by a sense of unpredictability that makes the film seem like it came from the mind of either a child or someone deranged. The mind actually belongs to someone in between those states: Terry Gilliam.
Now we may have the chance to see what would have happened if Time Bandits had been created by someone far more sane. The film is being envisioned as fodder for a remake. Or, perhaps, more like a total revamp, as the new film is being designed as the kickoff for a new action franchise. Face, meet palm. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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I feel for Terry Gilliam. He just can’t seem to catch a break, no matter the project. And in the case of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the film’s history has been more storied than most. He’s been trying to get the movie made for over ten years, and even got as far as filming the thing (with Johnny Depp in the lead role, no less), when the entire production went to hell and was forced into cancellation. These mishaps were captured in detail in the depressing 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, and I’ve been wary about Gilliam’s attempts to return to the project ever since.
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Metropolis Graphics has created an exact replica of the prop map from Terry Gilliam‘s Time Bandits.
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What if the popular time travelers of cinema and television history existed on the same timeline? David McCandless created this crazy visualization as part of his upcoming book The Visual Miscellaneum ($18 preorder on Amazon). The chart tracks all the action between 800 AD and 4000 AD, and the tracking is color-coded by method of time travel: Alien Technology, Force of Nature, Time Machine, Deep Freeze, or Unknown. McCandless also imagines what possible paradoxes might occur when multiple time travelers converge on the same date. Check out the full chart after the jump.
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