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08.10.09 14 Comments

Below you can watch the first full-length trailer for Heath Ledger’s last film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.  Be it 12 Monkeys or Fear and Loathing, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Terry Gilliam. But even Gilliam might have outdone himself in whacked out story this time, with three different actors (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) taking over for Heath Ledger after his date with the giant pile of sleeping pills in the sky. Official synopsis:

Many centuries ago, Dr. Parnassus [Christopher Plummer] won immortality in a bet that found the malevolent Mr. Nick coming up short. While few would be foolish enough to try their luck against the powers of darkness a second time, Dr. Parnassus did precisely that — this time trading his mortality for youth on the understanding that his firstborn would become the property of Mr. Nick [Tom Waits] when the child reaches his or her 16th birthday. Flash-forward to the present day, and Dr. Parnassus’ daughter, Valentina, is about to celebrate her sweet sixteen. Dr. Parnassus is desperate to save his little girl from her fiery fate, and when Mr. Nick arrives to collect, the good doctor presents the Prince of Darkness with a wager too enticing to refuse: Dr. Parnassus and Mr. Nick will each compete to seduce five souls, with possession of Valentina going to whomever manages to complete the task first. [Yahoo UK via QuietEarth]

In related news, R. Kelly wants to know where he can get a piece of this immortality-in-exchange-for-a-16-year-old-you-love deal.  “I get immortality and replace a girlfriend once she gets too old?  What’s the catch!” 

Also, if R. Kelly made a deal with the devil, would the contract be signed in blood or urine?  Discuss.

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