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.
Terry Gilliam's Much-delayed Don Quixote Movie Has Been Postponed Again After Lead Actor John Hurt Was Diagnosed With Cancer.
The Monty Python star has been trying to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his film adaptation of the Cervantes novel, off the ground for more than 20 years, but production has stalled numerous times due to a series of disasters, including a shoot with Johnny Depp in 2000 which was marred by flooding and financial problems.
The film looked set to finally be made after Hurt signed up to lead the cast last year (14), but the British actor announced in June (15) that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the movie's insurers have now ordered the shoot to be postponed until the outcome of his treatment is known.
Hurt confirmed the news to Britain's The Times newspaper, adding, "Terry seems very optimistic that we will start filming soon. Optimism is a good thing."
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Monty Python Legend Terry Gilliam Has Poked Fun At Editors Of A Magazine After They Accidentally Published His Obituary.
A tribute piece dedicated to the 'late' funnyman was posted on the website of entertainment industry publication Variety on Tuesday (08Sep15) with the headline "Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, Director Of Brazil, Dies At XXX."
The obituary was later removed from the site and Variety bosses tweeted an apology, writing, "Correction: Variety incorrectly published an article stating that director Terry Gilliam passed away. We're deeply sorry for the mistake."
Gilliam, 74, has now addressed the blunder in a comedic post on his Facebook.com page, uploading a mocked up picture of himself on his death bed under a sign which reads, "He was only 30! Bad reviews from Variety aged him!"
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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).
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Filmmaker Terry Gilliam Has Praised A Decision To Block Planning Permission For A Massive Mansion Near His London Home As "Fantastic News".
Developers have been locked in a six-year battle over a planned eight-bedroom home in Hampstead, north London, as more than 5,000 opponents lodged formal objections to the proposal.
Officials rejected the design plans on Monday (08Jun15) after ruling the development was too large for the area and would harm London's heritage.
Monty Python star Gilliam tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I was appalled that the owner tried to wriggle out of his legal obligation to restore the building, which is why I became involved."
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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.
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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 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.
Filmmaking siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski never do anything by halves. The Matrix was a genre-changing blockbuster followed by two head-scratching sequels that ramped everything up a bit too much. Speed Racer was simply too much eye-candy for most viewers. And Cloud Atlas' intertwined storylines left audiences both exhausted and exhilarated. Now they've taken on the space action adventure with unfettered gusto, creating an utterly bonkers story that can't help but keep us thoroughly entertained.
So it turns out that Jupiter (Mila Kunis), an immigrant cleaner in Chicago, is actually the recurrence of a powerful matriarch whose empire runs the universe as a big business. Her three children (Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton) are tussling over control, because their mother's re-appearance changes their inheritance rights. Chased by bounty hunters, Jupiter is rescued by Caine (Channing Tatum) and his cohort Stinger (Sean Bean), who help her navigate the complex galactic society to claim her genetic rights. But each of the three children has plans for her. And as she zips back and forth across the universe, Jupiter realises that she's going to need to rise to the occasion if she wants to save herself. And Earth.
The Wachowskis clearly understand that the story is far too complicated to make much sense, so they only provide enough information to hold the audience's interest. Large plot threads and characters pop up and disappear at random, while Jupiter's own journey lurches through a series of contrived set-pieces and tense encounters that feel oddly unresolved. But none of that really matters, because the film is infused with a sardonic sense of humour that makes it enjoyable. Even the bad guys are intriguing; there's not much Redmayne can do with his leather-trousered grump, but at least he goes for it. Kunis has a great time with Jupiter's continual sexy costume changes, while Tatum performs a series of action scenes with his shirt off for no real reason. All of the cast members dive in without hesitation, using sheer charisma to make the characters a lot of fun to watch.
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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.'
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The director reveals he was recently asked by bosses at film distribution firm Criterion to review a new Blu-ray version of the mythical drama, about a man who descends into madness after his wife is murdered, and watching his old pal Williams at work helped to lift his spirits.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'd been pretty depressed since Robin died and watching it was exhilarating because there was Robin - alive and well...
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22nd November, 1940