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'The Zero Theorem' Trailer: A look into Terry Gilliam's wacky, futuristic world -- VIDEO

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There may not yet be a U.S. release date for The Zero Theorem, but eager fans can get a first look at how Terry Gilliam has created the movie’s futuristic world in a brand new trailer just released online. It sure seems like Gilliam has pulled out all the stops – crazy wigs, fun futuristic clothes, lots of colorful cinematography…and yes, that is Christoph Waltz with a bald head and no eyebrows.

In the film, Waltz stars as Qohen Leth, an eccentric computer programmer who is on a futile search for the meaning of life. Working under his boss, a figure only known as “Management,” (Matt Damon) he attempts to solve the “Zero Theorem” which may finally bring the answers to his — and the universe’s  — questions. The film also stars Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis.

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Terry Gilliam details a scene from his upcoming film 'The Zero Theorem' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem is a futuristic dive into a near-future crammed with advertising — a world not too far off from our own. The film, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton, debuts at the Venice Film Festival Sept. 2 and echoes the tone of earlier films by the absurdist director, like 12 Monkeys and Brazil. 

The story follows Waltz’s character, a computer programmer who is assigned to work on a special formula that his boss, known only as “Management” (Damon), believes holds the meaning to our existence. On the street, advertising and technology bombard the senses in every available nook and cranny.

“I think it paints a stark picture of where we are right now,” Gilliam tells EW. “The future has come and met us, we actually don’t live in the present anymore, we live in the future because it’s happening so quickly. It’s really about the world we’re living in and being connected. When, as an individual, can we be alone in a connected world like this? Those are the things that intrigue me.”

Below, Gilliam details the making of a scene at the beginning of the film that introduces us to Waltz’s character, Qohen Leth (pronounced Cohen), and the world around him. The film was shot on location in Bucharest, Romania, and Gilliam discusses how he used elements of the city to dictate the futuristic landscape. He also delves into the unique costumes created by designer Carlo Puggioli for the film, featured in the exclusive photos above.
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Venice Film Festival loaded with American movies

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Terry Gilliam, James Franco, and Errol Morris are among the filmmakers who will premiere their new movies in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival in late August, it was announced today. Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (pictured above), which stars Christolph Waltz as a computer hacker close to cracking the code that explains humanity, is his first film since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009. Franco directs himself in Child of God, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, and The Unknown Known, Morris’ study of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, is the first documentary to ever compete in the main category at Venice.

Overall, there is a strong contingent of American filmmakers showcasing their movies, including David Gordon Green’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Mud‘s Tye Sheridan, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland, the story of the colliding lives at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital in the days around the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Seven of the 20 films in competition are American or co-American productions. “The richness of American cinema at the moment is really extraordinary,” said Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, “both from the indies and from Hollywood.”

Also in the main competition are Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. Click here for the entire list. READ FULL STORY

Terry Gilliam talks 'Twelve Monkeys,' 'Brazil,' and 'Harry Potter' at the CapeTown Film Fest

Terry Gilliam flew into Los Angeles for the screening of his hallucinogenic time-travel romp Twelve Monkeys at EW’s first-ever CapeTown Film Fest. The director and legendary enfant terrible sat down in front of the crowd with EW’s Geoff Boucher on Sunday evening for a freewheeling hour-long chat which skipped all over Gilliam’s storied career, from Monty Python to Brazil to why Hollywood won’t let him make movies to the time he almost (but not really) got to make Harry Potter. Check out a video of the chat below, and read on for the key lines from the legendary filmmaker. READ FULL STORY

Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Neil Gaiman, 'Goonies' added to EW CapeTown Festival

Leonard Nimoy, Terry Gilliam, Richard Donner, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and Edgar Wright are among the starry names that will bring universes of imagination together at the EW CapeTown Film Festival (April 30 – May 6) in Los Angeles, the editors of Entertainment Weekly announced Friday.

Those guests, along with the previously announced appearance by Kurt Russell and the anniversary screenings of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, represent a powerful line-up for the inaugural CapeTown festival, which shares its name with EW.com’s recently launched hub for sci-fi and fantasy coverage.

CapeTown has covered the news in pop culture’s most vivid sectors since January, but now it is making news with the appearance of Nimoy, the television and film icon who returns from retirement for one night and one night only on May 6, the finale night of the festival. Nimoy will be interviewed on stage by Geoff Boucher, the EW senior writer who programmed the festival, and the Q&A will have a tie-on screening of Star Trek, the 2009 J.J. Abrams hit that represents Nimoy’s farewell to the cinematic universe of Starfleet.

The festival, a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque, will be staged at the historic Egyptian Theater, the grand old movie palace that introduced a Tinseltown tradition in 1922 when it rolled out the carpet for Robin Hood and Douglas Fairbanks for the first Hollywood world premiere. All ticket and concession proceeds from the EW CapeTown Film Festival go to the non-profit Cinematheque.

The seven-day program of screenings and on-stage Q&As is sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, which will be given a special big-screen showcase on May 3 when the season 3 premiere is included as a bonus treat to fans attending the screening of Escape from New York. The full schedule is available here.

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Casting Net: Aaron Paul taking 'A Long Way Down.' Plus: Eric Bana, Christoph Waltz, Richard Dreyfuss

• Eric Bana will go to war with Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschEmile Hirsch, and Ben Foster in Lone Survivor, based on the memoir by real life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (played by Wahlberg in the film). The military thriller, adapted and directed by Peter Berg (BattleshipThe Kingdom), follows a mission in Afghanistan that goes very, very bad (hence the book’s title). Bana certainly knows from movies about military operations that go wrong: His first Hollywood film was 2001’s Black Hawk Down. [THR]

• Christoph Waltz has signed up for director Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem, which sounds like a quintessentially Terry Gilliam-y film: An oddball, reclusive computer genius named Qohen Leth seeks to discover the meaning of life while contending with a monolithic totalitarian government. [Deadline]

• Richard Dreyfuss has signed onto Cas & Dylan, actor Jason Priestley‘s directorial debut, about a man with a terminal illness who finds himself on the run with a younger woman (Tatiana Maslany, The Vow). Jessie Gabe(Being Erica) penned the script. [THR]

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