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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Teaser Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on May 22, 2009

This is more of a promo reel than a proper trailer, but it has lots of concept art, some footage from the film and lots more. Can’t believe I’ve not seen it before.

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New photos from The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Posted by LiveFor on May 21, 2009

Check out these new photos from Terry Gilliam’s new film. It just looks better and better. They show Heath Ledger as Tony, Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus, Lily Cole as his daughter Valentina, Verne Troyer as his sidekick Percy, and Tom Waits as the Devil himself, Mr. Nick.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a modern-day fantasy adventure in which Dr. Parnassus has the extraordinary gift of inspiring the imaginations of others. Helped by his traveling theatre troupe, including his sarcastic and cynical sidekick Percy and versatile young Anton, Parnassus offers audience members the chance to transcend mundane reality by passing through a magical mirror into a fantastic universe of limitless imagination. However, Parnassus’ magic comes at a price. For centuries he’s been gambling with the devil, who is coming to collect his prize – Parnassus’ precious daughter, Valentina on her birthday.



Looks like it’s going to be brilliant.

Source: First Showing

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The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus – Photos from Terry Gilliam’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2009

Terry Gilliam is one of those true visionary people who only come along once in a blue moon. Even if you don’t like the story he is telling your eyes still love the journey he takes you on. I do love a bit of Gilliam and I am really looking forward to his latest film.

DVD Forum debuted these four images and they are excellent.

It was Heath Ledger’s final film, and after his death Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell joined the production to complete the picture by filling in for Ledger, playing his character in a series of fantasy sequences.

Above is Christopher Plummer as the titular Dr Parnassus. Below is Lily Cole as his daughter Valentina.


Terry Gilliam chats with Plummer above and below is Heath Ledger as Tony.

Yet what is the film all about? Harry Knowles over on AICN has seen it and here is his description of the first 15 minutes.

The film opens in modern day London as a horse drawn turn of the last century amusement called THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is being pulled through the streets. There are homeless littering the sidewalks. The Imaginarium pulls up outside of a tavern called MEDUSA. Drunken British assholes pouring out. When the Imaginarium begins to unfold… its flashing lights and painted banners unfurling… a figure takes the stage, looking like a turn of the century Mercury, this is Andrew Garfield playing Anton, a lovesick grown up Puck, serving as the Imagnarium’s Barker. Enticing the drunken street rats to watch this Victorian attraction.

But these are drunkards, intoxicated into a stupor of self-amusement. Hurling bottles, screaming unintelligible BS. Meanwhile, the Imaginarium is showing us more.

There seems to be a comatose bearded man with some marks on his face sitting in a lotus position on a clear Plexiglas thing with a pillow atop – to give a not so convincing version of a levitated stoop. Then the strangest 2 legged smoke shooting creature that reminded me briefly of Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D. When it stands erect and turns around – we realize it is Verne Troyer, who later we’re introduced to as Percy, Dr Parnassus’ anchor to reality… kinda. The last member of the Imaginarium we’re introduced to is the utterly stunningly beautiful Valentina (UK’s stunning fiery redheaded Lily Cole) – she is Parnassus’ daughter.

The Imaginarium performance was lacking. It wasn’t connecting to the drunken rats. Things begin to get out of hand when a real bold ass of a drunk, who looks like a grown version of Francie Brady from THE BUTCHER BOY, but isn’t. He marches on the stage, throwing Anton and Percy off the stage. Parnassus is still in a trance, and the drunk starts chasing Valentina around – threatening to rape her. Back stage of the Imaginarium is dark and scary. Cut out trees. Then they go through this split mylar mirror thing – and suddenly there seems to be an unnatural amount of space. An endless distance of cut out painted trees, but in a real earthen landscape. He’s chasing after Valentina, who is teasing and drawing him in further. He trips and lands face first into a mud puddle, and as he wipes the mud from his face, his face is no longer his face. He’s an idealized version of himself.

Next the Drunk ends up in an impossibly large pile of beer bottles… and he looks about – and suddenly the cut-out trees are no longer cut out, but fantastically intricate veiny trees – impossibly large. That’s when the hand-monkeys swinging on bioluminescent vines begin buzz bombing the fella. Once the hand-monkeys grab him he’s lifted up above the trees, above the Earth itself, the bioluminescent vines are actually the enormous beautiful tendrils of space-borne jellyfish shooting their way through the cosmos. Turns out the hand-monkeys are the drunk’s friend – and he is dumped at the base of an impossibly large amount of steps up the mountain of some impenetrable greatness – which to ascend would give you the culmination of your very existence itself. Fulfilling the very meaning of it all. The drunk stumbles in the vague direction of this thing, when suddenly this Bowler Hat pub forms behind him – promising one last drink before his ascent… No sooner does he enter the establishment than it explodes. And Parnassus snaps from his trance, yells at his daughter – and the cops begin searching for the missing man, who, of course, is nowhere to be found.

15 minutes in, my mind was blown!

The two-hour film apparently features amazing visuals, but the storyline is rather complex, centering on Plummer as Dr. Parnassus, a man who runs a traveling sideshow with his daughter, a young barker, and a sidekick, played by Verne Troyer. Tom Waits plays the Devil, with whom Parnassus makes a Faustian bargain, and Ledger’s character joins the troupe after they find him hanging from his neck under a London bridge.

How does that grab you? Sounds like his Monty Python animations come to life.

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Tom Waits reads the Book of Eli

Posted by LiveFor on March 12, 2009

This from Anti and good news for all us Tom Waits fans.

Currently, Tom Waits is in the midst of filming The Book of Eli, directed by Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell, Dead Presidents, Menace II Society, among others). Eli is a post-apocalyptic Western, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving mankind. The film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman with Tom Waits in a small role as “Engineer.” This will mark Waits’ second teaming with Oldman as Waits’ played Renfeld to Oldman’s Count Dracula in the Francis Ford Coppola version of the classic vampire film.

In other film news, Waits stars as Mr. Nick (the devil) opposite Christopher Plummer in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which is also Heath Ledger’s last film. Due to Heath’s premature death, his unfinished roll was taken on by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. The fantastical morality tale set in the present day also features Lily Cole and Verne Troyner. The film looks to premiere at Cannes and open worldwide later this year.

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UPDATED: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – New Poster

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2009

On the day of the Oscars, when Heath Ledger will more than likely win Best Supporting Actor, I bring you a teaser poster / artwork from Heath’s final film – Terry Gilliams The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Once again Pam has done all the hard work and found this and passed it on to me so I can share it with all of you. Thanks Pam.

It’s a lovely poster with all the principle cast shown – Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits amongst others.

UPDATE: Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini worked on the film and he published the above picture on his site.

Below is Christopher Plummer as the titular Doctor Parnassus.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Teaser trailer

Posted by LiveFor on January 25, 2009

Thanks to Pamela for sending this teaser of a teaser trailer for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.


“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, Verne Troyer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law

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The Immaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – First shot of Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s latest

Posted by LiveFor on January 24, 2009

Outnow-CH had the photo from what will be Heath Ledger’s final film. Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all joined the film after his death to play different aspects of his character. Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits also star.

Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls …

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