The comedians behind Monty Python have turned into household names and The Holy Grail is potentially their most loved piece. Having been commissioned by the BBC in 1969 Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman began shooting scenes for a sketch show under the name of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The 45 episodes were full of surreal comedy which each and every one soon became cult classics.
Stephen Fry is stepping down as the host of ‘QI’.
Stephen Fry is leaving QI. The 58-year-old actor and comedian is stepping down as the host of the popular BBC show as of next year. Fry has described the job as the “best in television” but simply feels it is time for him to move on.
Stephen Fry arriving at Chiltern Firehouse in London, July 2015.
Continue reading: Stephen Fry Is Leaving ‘QI’, Replaced By Sandi Toksvig
Michael Palin - Michael Palin arrives for Man Booker Prize literary director Ion Trewin's memorial service at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London at Man Booker Prize - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th September 2015
Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and awkward British romantic-comedies (Hector and the Search for Happiness). And this might just be his most disastrous move yet. Despite a promising cast, which includes a reunion of the surviving Monty Python members, this madcap sci-fi comedy never finds its tone, veering wildly from nutty slapstick to sentimental silliness. It's hard to remember laughing even once while watching it.
The story kicks off when an American space probe launched in 1972 is intercepted by the Intergalactic Council (voiced by the Pythons). Their investigation into Earth consists of watching YouTube videos, so of course they decide to destroy the planet. But first, they'll give one earthling a chance to save the world: they randomly choose North London schoolteacher Neil (Simon Pegg) and give him superpowers that allow him to do absolutely anything. After a few mishaps, he tries to use his abilities to improve his life, making his his dog Dennis speak (in the voice of Robin Williams) and appearing irresistible to his neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale). Even though she already likes him. But Neil only has 10 days to do the right thing with his powers, or Earth is doomed.
Yes, this is essentially the same plot as Bruce Almighty, but the film never quite settles on an approach. It's produced in the style of an over-wacky child's movie, but the humour is eerily adult-oriented, so it's difficult to see who would enjoy it. The main plot is never remotely coherent, meandering through the story without any sense of direction. There are also a few corny sideroads to pad out the slim running time, including Neil's work colleague (Sanjeev Baskar) becoming an object of religious devotion, while Catherine's American military one-night-stand (Rob Riggle) becomes an obsessive stalker. Neither of these strands goes anywhere funny. Nor do extended cameos by Eddie Izzard (as a gruff headmaster) or Joanna Lumley (as a snooty TV presenter).
Continue reading: Absolutely Anything Review
Michael Palin's son Tom used to ''deny'' the 'Monty Python' star was his father and now feels embarrassed by his attitude.
Michael Palin's son used to ''deny'' the Monty Python star was his father.
Tom Palin, 47, admits he was an ''idiot'' to ignore his dad's fame because he felt pressure to follow a similar career path, despite the 72-year-old star never pushing him to be a comic.
Tom said: ''There was a time - back when I thought I had to fill the shoes of a very famous man - when I denied being Michael Palin's son.
Continue reading: Michael Palin 'denied' By Son
If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
Continue: Absolutely Anything Trailer
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival - Special Screening Narrative: 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail' at Beacon Theatre at Beacon Theater, Tribeca Film Festival, Beacon Theatre - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 24th April 2015
The Members Of British Comedy Troupe Monty Python Are Reuniting For The Tribeca Film Festival In New York City To Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of Their Cult Classic Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
The 2015 festival will also feature the international premiere of their U.K. documentary, Monty Python - The Meaning of Live, directed by Roger Graef and James Rogan, which takes fans behind the scenes of their sold out 2014 reunion shows in London, where the troupe performed together for the first time in 30 years.
In addition, festival executives will also stage other one-off screenings of Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life films, with question and answer sessions set to take place after each.
Continue reading: Monty Python Members Reuniting For Tribeca Film Festival Celebration
The film, along with a new documentary will be screened next month at the annual New York festival.
It’s been four decades since Monty Python gave moviegoers an unforgettable laugh, when their first film Monty Python and the Holy Grail hit cinemas in 1975. So of course it's only fitting that the comedy troupe have found the best way possible to celebrate the landmark anniversary, by attending the Tribeca Film Festival for a special screening of the cult classic.
The Python boys are headed to Tribeca
The film will be shown on April 24th at The Beacon Theatre during the annual movie festival which runs from April 15th to 26th in downtown Manhattan. Surviving Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin have all been confirmed as making the trip, which will also include the premiere of a new documentary filmed around the group’s reunion shows in London last year.
Eric Idle has revealed that the Monthy Python troupe have turned down a world tour that would have earned them $32 million.
The Monthy Python troupe has turned down a world tour that would have earned them $32 million.
John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam had been offered the hefty sum by promoters who wanted them to tour in the Far East, Africa, Australasia and America but they said no to the deal because they are ''grumpy old men''.
Eric said: ''It is really the end. I mean, we talked about it, we did it, we said 'No, let's just do it in London, we'll do 10 nights.'
Continue reading: Monthy Python Group Turn Down $32m World Tour
The veteran funnyman, who ended a series of comeback shows with the group in London in July (14), has been chosen to provide the voiceover for a reboot of the animated classic, which originally ran from 1969 until 1972.
Palin was picked for the job by Daniel Postgate, son of the original show's creator Oliver Postgate, who tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Michael was my first choice and I am delighted."
Continue reading: Michael Palin To Narrate Kids' Tv Show
Monty Python could be in trouble...
Communications watchdog Ofcom is investigating the Monty Python live show after bad language was broadcast before the watershed. Many of the complaints about the farewell show on 'Gold' concerned offensive language though some fans had aired their dismay that other areas of swearing were cut.
The Monty Python live show has come in for criticism
An Ofcom spokesman said: "After receiving complaints about the broadcast of the most offensive language before the watershed, Ofcom is investigating a live performance of Monty Python on Gold."
Continue reading: They're Very Naughty Boys: Ofcom Probes Monty Python Swearing
Date of birth
5th May, 1943