Demonica Animated Prop

Something wicked this ways comes – Demonica is her name and she’s rising from the grave. With her illuminated eyes and open mouth, she rises and lowers as if to leave and re-enter the afterworld at the slightest sound. Her head moves as if to cry out in anguish, or to call you to join her. Join in the spooky fun this Halloween when you decorate with this amazing prop. Buy it HERE
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Demonica Animated Prop

  • The sound-activated Demonica Animated Zombie Prop is an over two foot tall zombie creature who pushes herself out of the grave to over three feet, rising up and down with a moving head and light-up eyes.
  • Requires 4 AA batteries; not included.
  • Sound activated
  • Optional 6V 3.0a adapter and foot pad activator sold separately
  • Shipping dimensions:  H” x L” x D”- 18.9″ x 15.75″ x 15.75″
  • 8.93 lbs
  • Fully assembled dimensions:  25″ x 25″ x 27″
  • Rises up to over 3 feet tall!

Zombie Girl Swing Animated Prop

Zombie Girl on a Swing

Something went very wrong at recess – this Zombie Girl on a swing may look innocent but she is possessed and no longer of this world. Hang her indoors and watch what happens when the sound activated.  But it HERE

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Zombie Girl Animated Prop

Keir Dullea Birthday May 30

Keir Dullea 2001: A Space Odyssey

Keir Dullea

 

Keir Dullea (born May 30, 1936) is an American actor best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman, whom he portrayed in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and in 1984′s 2010: The Year We Make Contact. He has also played roles in films including Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) and Black Christmas (1974).

 

Trivia

In 1983, Keir Dullea, with then wife Susie Fuller Dullea, founded the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport.

Keir Dullea

Keir Dullea

Rumor had it that Paramount’s planned production of “Dear and Glorious Physician” would star Keir Dullea in the lead role of St. Luke, but the cost of such a movie, coupled with fears that the Biblical “epic” had gone out of style, prompted Paramount to abandon the project in the mid-1960s.

Best known as Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), a role he revisited in 2010 (1984).

Keir Dullea

Keir Dullea 2001: A Space Odyssey

Both his parents have appeared in his movies. Father Robert Dullea appeared as the aged Marquis De Sade in the final scene of De Sade (1969). This was an add-on scene to the film: Keir didn’t want to go through the old-age makeup, so he suggested they hire his father for the scene. This was done, Robert Dullea went to Germany, did the scene, and according to Keir, enjoyed the whole experience. Mother Margaret Ruttain Dullea appeared in a non-speaking role in David and Lisa (1962). She was going up a flight of stairs in the background of a scene between Keir and Janet Margolin.

Ex-wife Susan Lessans is married to former pro football great Don Meredith.

One of the last people to see Sal Mineo alive. They had just finished rehearsing for a play sometime before Mineo’s murder.

Will be portrayed by Actor Jim Parrack in the upcoming biopic of Sal Mineo titled “Sal”, directed by James Franco. Dullea and Mineo were in rehearsal for the play “P.S. Your Cat is Dead” shortly before Mineo was murdered in 1976.

 

FROM: TheHollywoodReporter.com

 

Barney Burman Grimm NBC makeup

Barney Burman making up a monster from NBC's Grimm

 

Every episode, Grimm fans are taken in by its many monsters and twists on the fairytales they’ve grown up on. Make-up FX artist Barney Burman is the man who takes the series’ monsters from the script pages and on to the screen.

With his own shop, Proteus Make-up FX, in North Hollywood, Burman comes from an accomplished line of make-up FX artists. His grandfather made masks and props for the original Wolfman and Twilight Zone series. His father, Emmy-winner Thomas R. Burman, worked on Body Snatchers, Star Kid, Powder, Carrie 2 and The X Files, among others.

Burman’s own credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, Men in Black 2, Haunted Mansion, and JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek, which earned the make-up FX artist an Academy Award.

“The Star Trek film was definitely a huge challenge,” Burman tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It was the biggest film I had done to date and it was about six months of sleeping four hours a night and just keep going and going and going and it took so much of my focus — just a crazy amount of energy that it took to get that done.”

Grimm’s production schedule is challenging, as well. Burman and his team may have as few as four days to create a monster from scratch. In comparison, Burman says he’d usually ask for at least three weeks for a straight make-up assignment. He must also deal with distance, since the series shoots in Portland.

“It really does vary quite a bit per episode, which is one of the things I really love about it is that it isn’t just kind of doing the same thing,” he says of the many creatures for the series. “It’s creating over and over again each episode. Often we’ve had situations where we’ve had to make a full dead body in five days or we did an episode with some Bigfoot characters and we had four days to get our first one done. I’ve had up to about seven or eight people in my shop in L.A. plus as many as three or four people up in Portland all working at the same time.”

For Friday’s Cinderella-inspired episode titled “Happily Ever Aftermath,” the series tasked Burman with creating the “Murcielago,” a bat-like creature with red eyes, rows of teeth and a death-inducing scream.

For more pictures and video visit:

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Face Off Season 2

In its second season, Syfy’s “Face Off” introduces a new crop of rising special effects make-up artists, embarking on elaborate feature challenges that will test the limits of their imaginations. They’ll be judged every week by industry veterans who have worked on such films and TV shows as The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and more. Find out more about the show, and visit the official site — the new season of “Face Off” starts tonight at 10/9c on Syfy.

Charles Addams Birthday January 7, 1912

Charles Addams

Charles Addams

Charles “Chas” Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, became the basis for two live-action television series, two animated TV series, three motion pictures, and a Broadway musical. On his 100th birthday, Google displayed a Doodle celebrating his work.

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Drew cartoons with a macabre sense of humor akin to Edward Gorey but without the malice of the latter.

Macabre humor

 

Trivia

Addams was distantly related to U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, despite the different spellings of their last names, and was a first cousin twice removed to the noted social reformer Jane Addams.

Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Iota Chapter, Colgate University)

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 8-10. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

Died behind the wheel of his Audi 4000 outside his Manhattan apartment, after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Enjoyed the works of novelist John O’Hara.

Television producer David Levy approached Addams with an offer to create a series based on his “Addams Family” cartoons (they met at the Palace Hotel lobby in New York). The Family was distinct characters but without personality, so Addams gave his characters names and more characteristics for the actors to use in portrayals. And so was born “The Addams Family” (1964).

Addams Family portrait tv series

The Addams Family tv series

He attended the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1931-32.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1930-31. Situated on the campus is a fine-arts building named after him, in front of which is a sculpture of the silhouettes of the Addams Family.

He attended Colgate University in 1929-30.

Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine “Weathervane.”.

He was fond of visiting the Presbyterian Cemetery on Mountain Avenue, New Jersey.

He was described as artistically inclined, “drawing with a happy vengeance” according to a biographer. His father encouraged this practice in him.

One friend said of him, “His sense of humor was a little different from everybody else’s.”.

As a child, his nickname was “Chill.”.

Childhood friends recall that he was “known as something of a rascal around the neighborhood” and “there was always a little group of boys at his house doing things.”

His father, Charles Huy Addams, was a piano-company executive who had studied to be an architect.

His first wife, Barbara Jean Day, was said to resemble his cartoon character Morticia Addams.

His first marriage lasted eight years.

In the divorce settlement with his second wife, Barbara Estella Barb (Lady Colyton), she was awarded copyright to some of his work.

At one point, his second wife Barbara got him to take out a $100,000 insurance policy. Addams consulted a lawyer on the sly, who later humorously wrote, “I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called Double Indemnity (1944) starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention.” In the movie, Stanwyck’s character plotted her husband’s murder; however, no one has accused Barbara Barb Addams of attempting the same.

He married his third and final wife, Marilyn Matthews Miller in a pet cemetery.

Because of “The Addams Family” (1964), “New Yorker” editor William Shawn banned the cartoons from his magazine, regarding the show as being at odds with the sophisticated readership he wished to cultivate. The ban was lifted after Shawn’s 1987 retirement.

The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical /by Matt Hoyle

He is mentioned in Edward Eager’s fantasy novel “Knight’s Castle,” as Chas Addams (how he signed his cartoons.).

His first drawing in “New Yorker” ran on February 6 1932, and was a sketch of a window washer.

His cartoons regularly appeared in the “New Yorker”, as well as in “Collier’s Weekly” and “TV Guide.”.

During World War II, he served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York, making animated training films for the Army.

Noted director Alfred Hitchcock was a friend of Addams, and owned two pieces of original Addams art. In Hitchcock’s film North by Northwest (1959), a scene pays homage to Addams: when Roger Thornhill meets Eve with Mr. Vandamm and Leonard, he comments, “The three of you together. Now that’s a picture only Charles Addams could draw.”.

In 1961, Addams received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his body of work.

From 1985, Addams lived in Sagaponack, New York. The estate where his family lived was nicknamed “The Swamp.”.

A scholarship in his name was founded in 1991: the Charles Addams Art Scholarship.

Addams drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life.

Addams served as an escort for celebrities on social occasions; his roster includes Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

In 1946 Addams met and became friends with sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, after meeting at “Mademoiselle” magazine. The magazine was going to publish Bradbury’s short story “Homecoming”, the first in a series of tales about the Elliotts, a family of vampires living in Illinois (for which Addams had made an illustration). Addams and Bradbury were going to collaborate on a book chronicling the Elliott Family’s complete history, with Bradbury writing and Addams illustrating, but it never happened. However, in October 2001 Bradbury’s collection of tales on the Elliot Family was published, in an anthology called “From the Dust Returned.” The book had Addams’s original 1946 illustration on its cover, along with a narrative from Bradbury and an explanation of his work with Addams.

He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions in the General Category.

Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were interred at the Charles Addams Estate Grounds, Sagaponeck, Suffolk County, New York in the family pet cemetery.

 

Rick Baker Birthday December 8

 

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Richard A. “Rick” Baker (born December 8, 1950) is an American special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects.

 

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Known for his incredibly realistic creature effects

Hair pulled back in ponytail

 

Trivia

In 1981 he was the very first recipient of the Oscar for Best Make-Up for “An American Werewolf in London” when the category was first introduced. Baker appeared in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video as the hobbling zombie whose arm falls off.

Interesting details about Baker’s career, especially his early fascination with gorillas and his work in three movies featuring them is told in the TV documentary “Gorillas: Primal Contact.”

Formed the Cinovation Studios in 1981.

He attended Northview High School, Covina California. In high school Rick made his own gorilla costume and would sometime be found swinging from the football field goal posts. He also would go to drive-in movies showing Planet of the Apes, secretly change into his ape outfit and sneak up to occupants of cars watching the movie scaring them out of their wits.

The Michael Jackson song Threatened (2001) is dedicated to him. They worked together on Thriller and Captain EO.

Baker owns a framed photo of Jack Pierce applying the finishing touches to Boris Karloff’s famous Frankenstein make-up; the photo has been doctored by Baker to appear as if Baker and Pierce are applying the make-up together.

Holds the record for the most Academy Award wins and nominations bestowed upon makeup artists. He has been nominated a total of twelve times with seven wins (An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Wolfman (2010).

Baker owns a framed photo of Jack Pierce applying the finishing touches on Boris Karloff’s famous Frankenstein make-up; the photo has been doctored by Baker to appear as if Baker and Pierce are applying the make-up together.

 

Kathryn Bigelow Birthday November 27

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director. Her best-known films are the cult horror film Near Dark (1987), the surfer/bank robbery action picture Point Break (1991), the science fiction/film noir Strange Days (1995), the historical/mystery film The Weight of Water (2000) and the war drama The Hurt Locker (2008). The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama.

With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing,[2] the BAFTA Award for Best Direction,[3] and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director.

In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.

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Frequently casts Tom Sizemore

Often uses first person perspectives (Wire trip scenes in Strange Days (1995) and the chase scenes in Point Break (1991)).

 

Trivia

Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.

Received a Dallas Star award from the AFI Dallas film festival in 2009.

The American Cinematheque honored Bigelow by showing all of her films at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, June 5-7 2009.

From July 1st to July 13th, 2009, the Harvard Film Archive hosted a retrospective of Bigelow’s career, showing all of her films from 1982′s The Loveless (1982) to 2008′s The Hurt Locker (2008). The retrospective was titled “Take It To The Edge: The Films Of Kathryn Bigelow” and featured a Question and Answer session with Bigelow.

Ex-sister-in-law of Mike Cameron.

The 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted ‘A Celebration of Kathryn Bigelow’, which featured a retrospective of her work.

First woman to win the Director’s Guild of America Award for directing a feature film (for The Hurt Locker (2008)).

Taught at the California Institute of the Arts.

In 2010, she became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award.

First woman to win a BAFTA Award for Best Director.

A graduate from an elite Ivy League school – Columbia University School of Arts in New York City in 1979.

Was the fourth woman to be nominated for the Directing Academy Award. The other three were: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola. Bigelow ended up becoming the first woman to win the award.

Competed with ex-husband James Cameron for the Best Director Oscar in 2010. This marked the first time that (ex-)spouses were nominated alongside each other in this category. She went on to win the award.

One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2010).

Kathryn Bigelow has works in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, including Near Dark, a 1987 feature-length film, and her personal paper archive. In summer 2011, she will be the subject of a comprehensive retrospective.

 

Boris Karloff Birthday November 23

 

Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff

 

William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor.

Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His popularity following Frankenstein was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as “Karloff” or “Karloff the Uncanny.” His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).

 

Boris Karloff Frankenstein

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein

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His heavy eyebrows

Often played imposing sinister characters

Deep smooth voice

 

Trivia

He was the original inspiration for the first illustrations of the Incredible Hulk.

Great-nephew of Anna Leonowens.

Received a Tony nomination in 1956 for his dramatic role in ‘The Lark.’

Shares a birthday with his daughter Sara Karloff.

Considered a late bloomer in Hollywood. Frankenstein (1931) premiered when he was 44 years old.

Pictured on two of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued 30 September 1997, celebrating “Famous Movie Monsters”. He is shown on one stamp as the title character in The Mummy (1932) and on the other as the monster in Frankenstein (1931). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931); and Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941).

A photograph of Karloff in his Frankenstein (1931) monster makeup appears on one stamp of a sheet of 10 USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamps, issued 25 February 2003, celebrating American Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes. The stamp, which honors makeup artists, shows Jack P. Pierce and an unidentified assistant applying the monster makeup.

In contrast to the image he presented in most of his films, the private Karloff was, by every account, a quiet, bookish man off- screen. A true gentleman, he had many friends, both in and out of show business, and he was particularly fond of children. For the latter, among other things, he recorded many successful albums of children’s stories.

When told by a mutual friend that Bobby Pickett, who recorded the hit song “Monster Mash”, was a big fan of his, Karloff replied, “Tell him I enjoy his record very much.” Pickett still considers that the greatest compliment he’s ever gotten, and Karloff eventually sang the song himself on a television special.

Suffered from chronic back trouble for most of his adult life, the result of the heavy brace he had to wear as part of his Frankenstein costume. He never let it slow him up, though, and kept active to the end of his life.

He had East Indian heritage on this father’s side. This gave Karloff a dark skin tone. In several films he was cast in roles such as Arabs and American Indians.

His favorite author was Joseph Conrad. In the 1950s he was cast as Kurtz in a production of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” on “Playhouse 90″ (1956).

His first Broadway play was “Arsenic and Old Lace” in a role that was written for him. He played Jonathan Brewster, whose face has been changed by a disreputable plastic surgeon named Dr. Einstein so that he now looks like Boris Karloff. He also performed the role in the road company of this production.

When he traveled to England to shoot The Ghoul (1933), it was the first time in nearly 25 years that he returned to his home country and reunited with the surviving members of his family,

In the final years of his life, walking, and even just standing, became a painful ordeal. Some directors would change the script to place Karloff’s character in a wheelchair, so that he would be more comfortable.

He would mark his lines in the script. Jack Nicholson saw this and adopted the procedure himself.

1956: He was a celebrity contestant on “The $64,000 Question” (1955). The category he chose was children’s fairy tales. He won the $32,000 level and quit due to tax considerations.

Often thought of as a very large man, he was in reality a slim man of medium height. He wore huge lifts and much padding to give him the massive look as Frankenstein’s monster.

On June 30, 1912, a then-unknown Karloff had taken some time off to canoe while touring around the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. When he came back to the city, he returned to find his accommodation had been destroyed by a tornado that killed 28. He organized a concert that raised some much needed funds for the city.

According to daughter Sara Karloff, he had to have three major back surgeries in his lifetime.

Refused to reprise his role as the Frankenstein Monster in Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), because he felt spoofs wouldn’t sell to the audience. He did agree to do publicity for the film and posed for pictures of himself going to see the film.

Appeared in 80 films before his breakthrough role in Frankenstein (1931).

Played cricket for Enfield Cricket Club (just north of London, England) before emigrating, and the club has his picture hanging in the pavilion.

A photo of him keeping wicket while C. Aubrey Smith was batting was included in a display in the Long Room at Lord’s cricket ground in 2004. The display was to celebrate Sussex (the oldest county side) winning the County Championship for the first time and the photo was included because Smith had been a captain of Sussex CCC.

When he died, the New York Times obituary featured a picture of Frankenstein’s monster. Unfortunately, the image was actually Glenn Strange in full makeup, not Karloff.

During the production of Frankenstein (1931) there was some concern that seven-year-old Marilyn Harris, who played Maria, the little girl thrown into the lake by the creature, would be overly frightened by the sight of Karloff in costume and make-up when it came time to shoot the scene. When the cast was assembled to travel to the location, Marilyn ran from her car directly up to Karloff, who was in full make-up and costume, took his hand and asked “May I drive with you?” Delighted, and in typical Karloff fashion, he responded, “Would you, darling?” She then rode to the location with “The Monster.”.

He celebrated his 51st birthday during the production of Son of Frankenstein (1939) and remarked that he received the best birthday present ever: the birth of his daughter Sara Karloff. He reportedly rushed from the set to the hospital in full makeup and costume.

Was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. His daughter recounts that, due to the Hollywood studio chiefs’ distrust of unions and their attempts to keep them from forming, he always carried a roll of dimes in his pocket. This was because he had to use pay phones when conducting union business, since he knew his home phone had been tapped.

Is portrayed by Jack Betts in Gods and Monsters (1998)

He is commemorated by a plaque inside St.Paul’s Church (The Actors’ Church), Covent Garden, London.

He was the biggest star to lend his voice to a sound effect. Universal added his anguished scream over the dead Ygor from Son of Frankenstein (1939) to its stock sound effects library and used it for subsequent films, including House of Frankenstein (1944) (the cry when Daniel the hunchback falls from the roof).

Raised rare Bedlington Terriers while he lived in Brentwood, CA. One day he was walking them with his four-year old daughter Sara Karloff when they broke free and they ran up to an inebriated man stumbling down the street. The drunk begged Karloff for a ride to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, claiming he “just saw three sheep bark!” Karloff obliged.

Although he will forever be linked to Frankenstein’s Monster, Karloff actually played Frankenstein’s creation only three times–once in the original Frankenstein (1931), again in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and finally in Son of Frankenstein (1939). He played Dr. Frankenstein only once, in Frankenstein – 1970 (1958).

His voice was the basis for future Tony the Tiger commercials by Kellogg’s.

He was Christopher Lee’s neighbor for many years.

Once did a television commercial for A-1 Steak Sauce.

Rejected by the British Army in World War 1, because of a heart murmur.

Took out his false teeth to achieve the metamorphosis in “Grip of the Strangler.”.

Maintained an apartment in New York’s The Dakota apartment house.

Never legally changed his name to Boris Karloff. He always signed contracts and documents as “William Henry Pratt AKA Boris Karloff”.

The mad scientist character in the Bugs Bunny short Water, Water Every Hare (1952) is patterned after Boris right down to his slight lisp and heavy eyebrows.

Both of Karloff’s parents died when he was still a child.

He was the youngest of eight sons.

He was raised by his older brothers and a stepsister.

His siblings pushed him toward a career in government service, but he turned to acting instead.

In his book, Mark of the Werewolf, novelist Jeffrey Sackett has a character named William Henry Pratt. The character’s description fits Karloff perfectly.

Karlff was one of the twelve original founders of the Screen Actor’s Guild and held SAG #9.

Karloff got the role in “The Criminal Code,” a breakthrough role for him because he was broke. He couldn’t go to the Masquers because he couldn’t pay his dues and couldn’t afford his second choice, a cup of coffee, so he went to Actors’ Equity, where he learned that there was casting for the part.

Almost 25 years after his death, he appeared in archive footage taken from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in the opening credits of “Weird Science” (1994). The same is true of Ernest Thesiger.

 

 

Terry Gilliam Birthday November 22

 

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

 

Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Gilliam is also known for directing several films, including Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), and 12 Monkeys (1995). The only “Python” not born in Britain, he took British citizenship in 1968.

 

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Was first known for the bizarre animation sequences in “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (1969) using cutout pictures and photographs.

Heroes in his films often dream of a woman who they have not yet met, but will meet during the course of the film. In the dream, the woman’s face is obscured.

Often features people/animals bursting through walls or ceilings

Often begins and ends his films with the same shot

Heavy use of wide angle lenses

[Television monitors] They were in Brazil (1985), Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Fisher King (1991), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Time Bandits (1981).

Dutch tilt shots

Frequently casts Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond,Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Plummer, Peter Stormare and Tom Waits.

 

Trivia

Founding editor of and principal contributor to campus humor magazine, “Fang”, at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA in the early 1960s.

He started to direct “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” in 2001 (in Spain) with Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort but the shooting was unfortunately stopped a couple of days after it started because of Jean Rochefort’s health problems (he couldn’t ride a horse any more). But Terry Gilliam said that he won’t give up and that he will try again later because he dreams about making this movie!

During the filming of Brazil (1985) he became so stressed that he temporarily lost the use of his legs, which only returned to normal several weeks later.

Has taken British citizenship.

Father of Amy Gilliam, Holly DuBois Gilliam and Harry Gilliam.

J.K. Rowling, creator of the “Harry Potter” book series, originally wanted Gilliam to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), but Warner Brothers studios wanted a more family friendly film and eventually settled for Chris Columbus.

Turned down the opportunity to direct Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Enemy Mine (1985), and Forrest Gump (1994) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).

Has been off and on to write and direct a movie adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s graphic novel “Watchmen.” Gilliam has said he attempted to write an accurate screenplay but it would be unfilmable, but he would consider directing it if it were made into 10 or 12-part cable television series.

Was slated to direct an adaptation of the novel “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The project languished in development for three years before finally being abandoned.

Directed a series of TV ads for Nike in 2001. They were part of The Scorpion Knockout Campaign, which featured some of the best soccer players on the globe. That campaign went to win a Cannes award in 2002, in the category of Best TV Campaign.

Also turned down directing Braveheart (1995), when briefly solicited by Mel Gibson to direct an abandoned film version of Charles Dickens’s “A Tale of Two Cities”.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

Raised in Los Angeles.

He did not originally intend to cast Sean Connery as King Agamemnon in Time Bandits (1981), he merely wrote in the screenplay that when Agamemnon took off his helmet that he looked “exactly like Sean Connery.” To Gilliam’s surprise, the script found its way into Connery’s hands and Connery subsequently expressed interest in doing the film.

Born in Minnesota, he is the only non-British member of the Monty Python comedy troupe

The Fisher King (1991) was the first film that he directed in which he was not involved in writing the screenplay.

He and John Cleese are the only members of ‘Monty Python’ to be nominated for Oscars. Coincidentally, they were both for Best Original Screenplay, Gilliam for Brazil (1985) and Cleese for A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Both screenplays did not win their Oscars, and both films featured Michael Palin.

Gave up his US citizenship in January 2006. [source: Haaretz interview, Feb. 2006].

Was offered the chance to direct Troy (2004). He stopped reading the script 5 pages in and declined the offer.

Is a fan of science fiction author _Philip K. Dick_.

Member of the comedy group “Monty Python” along with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman. Gilliam also created the animations.

Four of his films are in the Criterion Collection – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Fisher King (1991), Brazil (1985), and Time Bandits (1981).

As of 2010, has directed three actors in Oscar-nominated roles; Brad Pitt (Twelve Monkeys (1995)), Robin Williams, and Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)). Ruehl won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

 

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