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Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese - Monty Python reunion photocall held at the Corinthia Hotel. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st November 2013

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Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese
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Michael Palin - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th May 2013

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Michael Palin - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall - Pressroom - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th May 2013

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Michael Palin - The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th May 2013

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Michael Palin To Be Honoured With BAFTA's Highest Honour At May's Ceremony


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Michael Palin will be honoured at next month's BAFTA awards with the highest honour the guild gives out; the fellowship. The Sunday 12 May ceremony will see Palin receive recognition for his decades-long work on television, that has seen him both amuse and educate us with his numerous projects.

The veteran comedian, actor, writer and presenter, 69, found fame almost immediately after leaving Oxford University, first achieving prominence on The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set before achieving worldwide fame as one of the stars and writers of Monty Python. Following an illustrious comedy career and as well as venturing into film, Palin began to front a traveloge series that have seen him travel to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and, most recently, Brazil.

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Michael Palin thoroughly deserves his award.

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A Liar's Autobiography Trailer


The 'Monty Python' group are returning to our screens once more with 'A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman'. It is not a Monty Python sketch, merely the uncensored screen product of Chapman's 1980 nonsensical autobiography that has been re-published three times so far. It includes the voices of the Pythons playing themselves and various characters as well as Chapman himself who conveniently recorded himself reading the book prior to his death in 1989. A number of special guests also make voice appearances as characters in the film.

'A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman' is a bizarre animated comedy that has been directed by documentary masterminds Bill Jones and Ben Timlett ('Monty Python: Almost the Truth - Lawyers Cut') and Jeff Simpson ('The Strictly Come Dancing Story'). The writing is credited to Graham Chapman and David Sherlock who co-wrote the fictional autobiography, but alongside extracts from the audio-book are various soundbites from other Monty Python TV appearances and pays tribute to his untimely death. It is due to his cinemas everywhere from February 8th 2013 with a DVD and Blu-Ray release date of February 18th. It is also available on demand from February 11th.

Starring: Graham Chapman, Philip Bulcock, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Cameron Diaz, Margarita Doyle, Terry Gilliam, Andre Jacquemin, Terry Jones & Michael Palin

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Michael Palin, Brazil and Selfridges - Michael Palin signs his new book 'Brazil' at Selfridges Friday 7th December 2012 Featuring: Michael Palin Where: London, United Kingdom

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Royalties Looking Unlikely For Monty Python Producer After Michael Palin Claims There Was Never 'A Seventh Python'


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'The seventh Python' looks like he’s on the way to getting his comeuppance after Monty Python man Michael Palin completely rejected the notion that the producer, Mark Forstater, of the famous 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail was ever in agreement with his co-stars to get any share of future profits relating to it.

Reuters reports that a decidedly terse affair (this is real life guys, they’re not going to burst out into a rendition of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ in court … though they might should they wish to rub it in Forstater’s face if they win), the veteran actor, comic and TV presenter Palin took to the stand and said that no agreement had been in place with Forstater beyond the Python film. The trouble has arisen after Forstater said that he was owed royalties from the profits of the play Spamalot, a spin-off from The Holy Grail that hit Broadway in 2005 and has enjoyed subsequent success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Speaking at the stand - and with two of the other Pythons watching on – Palin commented "It might have been what he was seeking, but it was never going to be accepted by the Pythons. The idea of a seventh Python just doesn't happen ... I don't think there was ever any suggestion this man was going to be a 'seventh Python'." Though admitting he couldn’t remember all the negotiations that took place around the film over 35 years ago – which is fair enough really – he did insist: "He was not the creator of the film. The film had been created by the Python team entirely. Mark was not part of our team." Forstater think he’s owed $400,000 from the play. Good luck with that.

Monty Python Stars Sued For As Much As £1m In Royalties From The Musical Spamalot.


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An enigmatic, mysterious man dubbed the 'seventh Python' is suing the stars of Monty Python for the cash they made while performing in the musical, Spamalot, a spin off from Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Sky News reports. 

Mark Forstater - who is much less enigmatic now we know his name - is the man behind the case, which is to be heard over 5 days. He - the producer of the 1975 comedy hit - claims that he is due more money from the musical spin off. The court heard that "for financial purposes" Mr Forstater should be treated as "the seventh Python". Posters for the musical call it "a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture," and due to its fantastic success, the brand has been subject to numerous merchandising opportunities, which has boosted the Python's finances considerable, with Michael Palin describing it as his "pension plan". Mr Forstater is suing all five Pythons but John Cleese and Terry Gilliam, who live abroad are not expected to give evidence. The sixth member of the team, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.

The suit will cite an agreement made back in 1974, which will entitle Forstater to a great deal more money from the recent success of the brand. This enlarged figure is thought to be able to swell to £1m. 

Spamalot Won’t Pay A Lot? Surviving Monty Pythons Sued By Holy Grail Producer


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The producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Mark Forstater - is suing the remaining members of Monty Python over royalty rights to the stage show Spamalot. Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin are all due to give evidence at London’s High Court over the next few days. Terry Gilliam and John Cleese will most likely not attend the five-day court case, as they're based overseas. Graham Chapman passed away in 1989.

The popular stage musical Spamalot is described as being “lovingly ripped off” from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and currently Forstater receives one fourteenth of a share of 50% of merchandising revenues. His lawyer, Tom Weisselberg, is arguing that his client should be considered as the ‘seventh Python’ and should therefore receive one seventh of the income. The Pythons are accused of “failing to pay Mr Forstater monies he says are owed to him under an agreement reached with PMP back in 1974.”

Mr Forstater was declared bankrupt in June, though last month, his bankruptcy was annulled and according to the BBC, “he entered an independent voluntary arrangement (IVA) to deal with his debts.” Spamalot was written by Eric Idle and premiered on Broadway in 2005. The show has won three Tony awards and took $1 million in its opening week on Broadway.

Michael Palin Saturday 24th November 2012 signs copies of his book 'Brazil' at Dubray Books on Grafton Street

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Michael Palin Tuesday 23rd October 2012 outside the BBC Radio 2 studios

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Michael Palin, Dora Bertolutti Howard and Ken Howard - Michael Palin, Dora Bertolutti Howard and Ken Howard Tuesday 25th September 2012 Chef Antonio Carluccio hosts a party to celebrate the release of his new book 'A Recipe For Life' at Carluccio's Garrick Street

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Michael Palin Monday 5th March 2012 Michael Palin and Terry Jones sign copies of their new DVD, 'Ripping Yarns: The Complete Series' at HMV Oxford Circus.

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Michael Palin and Terry Jones - Michael Palin and Terry Jones Monday 5th March 2012 sign copies of their new DVD, 'Ripping Yarns: The Complete Series' at HMV Oxford Circus.

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Michael Palin Sunday 2nd October 2011 George Harrison UK film premiere held at the BFI Southbank - Arrivals. London, England

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Michael Palin Saturday 7th November 2009 at his signing of his new book 'Halfway To Hollywood' at Dubray Books Dublin, Ireland

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Michael Palin - Thursday 15th October 2009 at Ziegfeld Theatre New York City, USA

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Michael Palin - Friday 3rd April 2009 at Grosvenor House London, England

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Michael Palin, Rachel Hayward and Robert Rankin - Michael Palin, Rachel Hayward and Robert Rankin London, England - The Orion Author part held at the Victoria & Albert Museum Wednesday 18th February 2009

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Michael Palin Tuesday 16th December 2008 Michael Palin signs copies of his book 'Around The World In 80 Days... 20th Anniversary Edition' at Waterstone's, Piccadilly London, England

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Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series Review


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In the history of sketch comedy, Monty Python's Flying Circus stands as The Beatles of humor. Not only were members Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam geniuses at the short skit format, but they redefined the configuration and expanded its realm of possibilities. Celebrated like rock stars and elevated to the status of gods, such success begs the question: does the origin of this myth --- i.e. the TV show from several decades ago -- still hold up. The answer, without a doubt, is a resounding yes.

Spread out over four series (the UK answer to seasons) from 1969 to 1974, the group created 45 fantastic installments of pure British lunacy. From slapstick to scathing satire, the ridiculous and the surreal, the former Oxford and Cambridge grads took the British Broadcasting system by storm and the maelstrom is still going strong almost 40 years later. By now, fans all have their favorite bits -- the "Dead Parrot" sketch (a customer returns to a pet shop to complain about his lifeless purchase), the "Spanish Inquisition" (in which members of the famed Church torture tribunal use such horrific devious means as the comfy chair and the soft pillows to elicit confessions), and the "Ministry of Silly Walks" (pure physical comedy greatness in motion). While the troupe would go on to create three of the greatest big screen comedies of all time, the TV show equally illustrates their range as well as the reasons for their longevity.

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Michael Palin and David Starkey - Michael Palin and David Starkey London, England - The Foyles Summer Party at Charing Cross Road Thursday 4th September 2008

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Michael Palin Wednesday 7th November 2007 conducts a literary luncheon to discuss his new book 'New Europe' at the Star City Casino Sydney, Australia

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Michael Palin Friday 12th October 2007 signs copies of his latest book 'New Europe' at Waterstones book store in Oxford Street London, England

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Michael Palin and Monty Python - Wednesday 19th September 2007 at Hatchards London, England

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail Review


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Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write to someone who has never seen Python. Part of the job is to attempt to describe a movie to someone who has never heard of it or seen it, and with Python films this is probably the hardest part of the job. One of the Python movies, And Now For Something Completely Different, basically expresses the essence of their entire career in a single phrase. Python is completely different. Even years later, when people have tried to be Pythonesque, Python is still something completely different.

They are so different that only one film has accomplished the kind of humor since, and that is Being John Malkovich. BJM, however, has a tragic side to it that makes it completely different from Python films. So, in the end, Python is still completely different.

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Fierce Creatures Review


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One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles in 1988. It instantly became one of my all-time favorites, and I greeted the arrival of Fierce Creatures, a follow-up from the same four principals almost 10 years later, with heavy anticipation.

While the experience of seeing Fierce Creatures at the Highland 10 in Austin, Texas will be a considerably less memorable experience, the film is certainly full of entertainment and is worthy of an audience.

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A Fish Called Wanda Review


Excellent
I believe that if A Fish Called Wanda opened today, it would make at least $100 million, and possibly more if it weren't sharing screens with Borat and the next comedian of the month after Dane Cook and his five o'clock shadow fade away. What's odd is that Wanda, like Midnight Run, hasn't become part of the pop culture lexicon like Animal House, Blazing Saddles, or Airplane! That shouldn't be a deterrent. It's relentlessly funny, smart, and has a tremendous cast.

The Wanda of the title is named after a very lovely American (Jamie Lee Curtis) who is involved in a London jewel heist organized by her temporary lover, Georges (Tom Georgeson). Working a long con, Wanda recruits her boyfriend Otto (Kline) for the gig and has him squeal on Georges. The plan works except Georges hides the diamonds.

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Fierce Creatures Review


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One of the moviegoing experiences I'll never forget is seeing A Fish Called Wanda at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles in 1988. It instantly became one of my all-time favorites, and I greeted the arrival of Fierce Creatures, a follow-up from the same four principals almost 10 years later, with heavy anticipation.

While the experience of seeing Fierce Creatures at the Highland 10 in Austin, Texas will be a considerably less memorable experience, the film is certainly full of entertainment and is worthy of an audience.

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Monty Python's Meaning Of Life Review


Very Good
Don't pay too much attention or you may start to feel there's no meaning to it after all. A series of some of Python's most disgusting and raunchy vignettes -- from human butchery to a grotesquely obese man who explodes after his final nightly gorge -- the film purports to tell us about, obviously, the meaning of life. While a few moments are genuinely funny and the movie's musical numbers are quite memorable, most of the film is hit-and-miss. If you're Python-obsessed (like me), you'll find enough to overlook the flaws, but casual fans need not apply.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail Review


Essential
Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write to someone who has never seen Python. Part of the job is to attempt to describe a movie to someone who has never heard of it or seen it, and with Python films this is probably the hardest part of the job. One of the Python movies, And Now For Something Completely Different, basically expresses the essence of their entire career in a single phrase. Python is completely different. Even years later, when people have tried to be Pythonesque, Python is still something completely different.

They are so different that only one film has accomplished the kind of humor since, and that is Being John Malkovich. BJM, however, has a tragic side to it that makes it completely different from Python films. So, in the end, Python is still completely different.

Continue reading: Monty Python And The Holy Grail Review

American Friends Review


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A quaint true story, American Friends tells the dated fable of an Oxford scholar (Palin) in the mid 1800s who wrestles with abandoning his teaching post at the no-girls-allowed institution in order to run off to the mountains with an American girl (Alvarado). Not quite your Merchant-Ivory bodice-ripper, this tame little number likely wouldn't have even been made if it wasn't about Palin's great grandfather... Hmm...

Monty Python's Life Of Brian Review


Excellent
The year was 1979 and the world was threatened by fundamentalism. Following the end of a prosperous period, people had begun to become mistrustful again. Right-wingers were beginning to weed their way into the political landscape, and the hearts of men and the stupidity of the recklessly religious were creating the large voting bloc that we have today.

And a bunch of brilliant Brits had to do bugger with it.

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And Now For Something Completely Different Review


Excellent
Monty Python's feature debut wasn't much more than a reprise of some of its best-loved TV sketches -- refilmed, lightly touched up in the dialogue department, and presented with the usual bare bones, non-sequitur method of stringing it all together. It's basically a supersized clip show, before such a thing existed. At the same time, there is something new here for Python fanatics, as the reshooting of the skits lends them a slightly different character, while they retain their overall ribald excellence. Old-school fans will dig it, and Python newcomers will see what all the fuss is about.

Brazil Review


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Categorically, one of the greatest films of the century--about a lowly clerk in a postmodern dystopia fighting to regain a sense of self against the all-powerful machine of government tyranny. As fought-over as Citizen Kane. As filled with nuance and meaning as A Clockwork Orange. As prophetic as 1984. Anyone who doesn't like Brazil is a fascist. You can tell them I said so.

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5th May, 1943

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