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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has broken his silence about the firing of drummer Joey Jordison, revealing the decision to let him go was one of the toughest he and his bandmates have ever had to make. Jordison and the heavy rockers parted ways in December (13), 18 years after he joined the group, but neither he nor Taylor and company have discussed the break-up in detail until now.
The frontman tells Metal Hammer magazine, "I can't talk too much about it because we're going through the legalities of everything right now and settling everything, but it's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you.
"This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.
"We're all happy right now and we hope that he is. I've known him since '91, and that was before we were in bands together, and he's incredibly talented; he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are... in the nicest terms."
Taylor admits he no longer has a relationship with his former drummer, adding, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest... It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to. It's just a f**king shame."
Reports suggest Jordison has been replaced by Jay Weinberg, the son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg, as Slipknot prepare to release their fifth studio album 5: The Gray Chapter next month (Oct14).
Spanish-born actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey is set to romance Charlie Hunnam onscreen after landing the role of Guinevere in Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam signed on to play the title character in the medieval movie last month (Aug14), and now director Guy Ritchie has found his queen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Berges-Frisbey, according to Deadline.com.
Hunnam's Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba has also been cast in the movie, playing a knight named Bedivere, who trains Arthur for battle. Elizabeth Olsen will also appear in the film.
Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey has picked up a Yard Of The Month trophy in his native Austin, Texas. The rocker's well-maintained cacti garden was voted the best on the official Windsor Park Neighbourhood website.
Spice Girls star Melanie Brown insists she'll never let former bandmate Geri Halliwell forget the fact she quit the band on her birthday. Scary Spice has forgiven the singer for walking out on the band in the middle of an international tour in 1998 - but she always finds a way of reminding her whenever they meet up.
She tells newsman Larry King, "When Geri left the group, it was bad. She left on my birthday, and didn't tell anybody... Just didn't show up. We had the rest of the tour. The American part of the tour."
Mel B admits she felt bitter towards Ginger Spice for "a long time", but now they're friends again.
But she admits, "I still remind her of it... I saw her a couple weeks ago and I said, 'Do you remember when you left on my birthday?'
"She just felt the pressure too much, so just decided to take a break."
Thor star Tom Hiddleston has landed the lead role in King Kong prequel Skull Island. The Brit will team up with filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his directorial debut last year (13) with indie hit The Kings of Summer, for the project.
Rocker Vince Neil has let slip plans for Motley Crue's final shows, revealing the band will return to the site of their first gigs and perform a fan-only concert at the Whisky a Go Go after a three-night stand at a Los Angeles arena. The singer joined his bandmates to announce their farewell tour earlier this year (14), and as fans await for the second leg of dates next month (Oct14), Neil reveals there are already plans for the group's swansong.
He tells Las Vegas Weekly, "Rumour has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles, where we started.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A. and then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
Bandmate Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone, "We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1am show at the Whisky. F**k, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
And bassist Nikki Sixx added, "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the f**king years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter."
The next leg of the band's farewell tour will kick off in Oklahoma on 10 October (14).
Veteran singer Barbra Streisand was overjoyed to perform a 'duet' with Elvis Presley from beyond the grave, hailing the moment as "special". The Way We Were hitmaker sings along with The King on his hit ballad Love Me Tender for her new album Partners, which also includes duets with other iconic performers such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie.
Streisand admits she felt honoured to work with such a galaxy of stars on the record, but her track with Presley was a moment to remember.
She tells Sky News, "You know, I had met Elvis when I opened the International Hotel (in Las Vegas) in 1969 and then two weeks later Elvis came in. He came to my opening night and I came to his opening night, but to sing with him now virtually, around his track, was kind of special to me, because I thought he was so special. There's something right about that because we did have this connection twice."
Robin Thicke's lawyers are fighting back by insisting critics are exploiting the singer's "personal vulnerability" by taking aim at his drug use while writing Blurred Lines. The R&B singer, along with producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., is at the centre of a lawsuit from the family of the late Marvin Gaye, who accuse the trio of ripping off the music icon's song Got to Give it Up in their 2013 huge hit Blurred Lines.
As part of the sworn testimony Thicke gave earlier this year (14), revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14), he claims he has a lesser part in writing the track, since he was "high on Vicodin and alcohol" when he recorded the song at the studio.
Thicke continued, "My recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
After his deposition hit headlines, Thicke's lawyers have come forward claiming the focus has been more on the singer's admission of drug use and is taking attention away from the main focus of the infringement suit.
Lawyer Howard King, managing partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, released a statement to Billboard.com which reads, "Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim."