It took a while but Terry Gilliam has finally made his Don Quixote film.
How long is a while? Try 19 years. That’s right. When pre-production started on The Man Who Killed Don Quixtoe, Bill Clinton was President, George W. Bush was governor of Texas, Barack Obama was starting his first team in the Illinois State House, and Donald Trump was a real estate developer. Shooting started in 2000 with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp in the starring roles but was suspended when the production ran out of money. In 2002, Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about Gilliam’s then-unfinished film, was released.
Gilliam didn’t give up on the film Over the next couple of years, production was started and stalled a number of times. Everyone from Robert Duvall to John Hurt to Ewan McGregor was cast in the film at one time or another. I think most people assumed that the film would never be finished.
Well, those people were wrong. Gilliam’s dream project has finally be completed, with Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver in the leading roles. It would seem now that the film’s biggest challenge is to live up to all the hype and expectation that comes along with having a 19-year pre-production period.
As for right now, the film does not have an American release date but, yesterday, the first trailer for the French market was released. And here it is!
Earlier this year, I read Ray Bradbury’s original novel so I hope the upcoming HBO film version of Fahrenheit 451 will do justice to the book’s themes. The trailer below feels a bit more like Blade Runner than Bradbury but Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon both seem to be ideally cast.
(The third one does deserve some credit for allowing Kyle Secor to go totally over the top but all the stuff about Elizabeth Mitchell’s presidential campaign was sooooooooo boring!)
Apparently, The First Purge is going to be a prequel. It’s going to show us how the Purge came to be, which sounds … well, to be honest, I’ve never really cared how the Purge came to be. In fact, one reason the franchise worked is because they didn’t waste a lot of time explaining all the exact details about how the Purge came to be. So, I’m not really sure if this is a good idea.
There’s a new director for this installment so it’ll probably suck but here’s the trailer anyway!
On March 24, 1938, Americans tuned in to THE KATE SMITH HOUR collectively convulsed with laughter as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello introduced “Who’s On First?” to a national radio audience. The hilarious routine, with baseball manager Bud trying to explain the names of his team to an escalatingly exasperated Lou, soon became an American comedy classic, one I can never get tired of no matter how many times a watch a clip of A&C performing their signature bit – they slay me every time!
Chico asking Groucho “Why A Duck?” in 1929’s THE COCOANUTS
The routine had its roots squarely in burlesque long before Bud and Lou first made that historic broadcast. Puns and word play were the coin of the realm among burlesque comics, and variations on this confusing theme abounded in the early 20th Century. Early talking pictures feature a notable pair of examples: The Marx Brothers