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08.13.2009
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North American audiences are about to be as blessed as most of the world: Terry Gilliam's much anticipated THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is inches from getting a U.S. distribution deal that could see the film in theaters before the end of the year.

According to Variety, Sony Pictures has been in talks for a while to get its paws on the film, and negotiations are on the home stretch with an official announcement expected within days. Deals are already in place for release in most of Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.

For anyone living in total media blackout for over a year, PARNASSUS is Heath Ledger's final film performance, backed up by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell who jumped in to help complete the late Joker's unfinished work.

The movie was unveiled out of competition earlier at Cannes, but the deals Gilliam hoped for didn't all come through right away. The standing ovation received at Comic Con might've helped push things forward a bit. And judging by the recent trailer, this is one puppy very much worth seeing in theaters.

Extra Tidbit: Should PARNASSUS be a success in theaters, even if a small one, will it be enough to get Gilliam the proper backing for THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE?
Source: Variety

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11:24AM on 08/13/2009

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Everytime I think or am reminded about Heath I get a little sad, sometimes more sad than others. He came on strong with "The Patriot" and was extremely charming in "Knight's Tale" but he was definitely breaking away from the "Ten Things I Hate About You" roles and became an A List 'character actor' with the Joker. With that role he dropped recognizable mannerisms and became something different a unique and mesmerizing creation/identity, truly legendary. After watching the trailer, I wanted to
Everytime I think or am reminded about Heath I get a little sad, sometimes more sad than others. He came on strong with "The Patriot" and was extremely charming in "Knight's Tale" but he was definitely breaking away from the "Ten Things I Hate About You" roles and became an A List 'character actor' with the Joker. With that role he dropped recognizable mannerisms and became something different a unique and mesmerizing creation/identity, truly legendary. After watching the trailer, I wanted to watch that movie NOW, and I've always been a gigantic fan of Gilliam's Avant Garde filmmaking, what a combination.

I have to admit I was so curious to see how Ledger would portray The Joker, that I went through his filmography hunting out less talked about movies like "Candy" (Excellent Film) searching for clues, but blew away any expectations I had.

This movie can't come soon enough and after watching "Man From La Mancha", and being a fan of the "Don Quixote" Story, I hope that Gilliam's vision of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" gets a solid push from ALL directions because until then it's looking like "Parnassus" will be his Magnum Opus until "Quixote" blows us all away.

P.S.:Well said Baleman
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3:10PM on 08/13/2009
hey - nice write-up. btw, whos that on your avtar? hathaway?
hey - nice write-up. btw, whos that on your avtar? hathaway?
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8:50AM on 08/13/2009

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Parnassus will be the Movie of the Year
Parnassus will be the Movie of the Year
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