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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the story of Theresa May’s failed campaign as told by Monty Python

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May lost the general election that she herself called. Both during and after the election, Twitter whipped itself into a frenzy, mocking everything from “protest vote” candidate Lord Buckethead to the “fields of wheat” that May admitted running through when asked about the “naughtiest” thing she ever did as a child.

Both of those make an appearance—as does lightning rod Boris Johnson as a bug-eyed dragon—in this latest video, which tells the story of May’s campaign and defeat by recasting her as King Arthur in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Huw Parkinson of Australia’s ABC News gracefully inserts May’s head over Graham Chapman’s as she spews some of her most memorable soundbites from the past year. Whether you’re into British politics or not, the video’s worth watching.

Although Lord Buckethead is rightly analogized as
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword review – Guy Ritchie's cheerful den of medieval dodginess

The Sherlock Holmes director has conjured up an entertaining rollercoaster that crashes through Arthurian legend, with only the occasional stall

Guy Ritchie’s cheerfully ridiculous Arthur is a gonzo monarch, a death-metal warrior-king. Ritchie’s film is at all times over the top, crashing around its digital landscapes in all manner of beserkness, sometimes whooshing along, sometimes stuck in the odd narrative doldrum. But it is often surprisingly entertaining, and whatever clunkers he has delivered in the past, Ritchie again shows that a film-maker of his craft and energy commands attention, and part of his confidence in reviving King Arthur resides here in being so unselfconscious and unconcerned about the student canon that has gone before: Malory, Tennyson, Bresson, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle etc. Instead, Ritchie launches into an all-purpose tale of medieval brigands and scofflaws. It’s more of a laugh than Antoine Fuqua’s solemn take in 2004.

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Monty Python Stars Sing ‘F*ck Selfies’ Song on ‘Conan’ — Watch

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Monty Python Stars Sing ‘F*ck Selfies’ Song on ‘Conan’ — Watch
After their successful, influential TV show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” five feature films and a series of reunions, the comedy troupe Monty Python is still going strong, showing up in places people never quite expect. Case in point: last night, former Python members John Cleese and Eric Idle were guests on “Conan” and premiered their new song “Fuck Selfies,” about their frustrations regarding people who request selfies with them on tour, which they describe as “one from the heart.” Watch Idle sing the song below.

Read More: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Receives Dementia Diagnosis

After Idle sings the song, in which he rhymes “gits” with “tits” and requests selfie sticks to be shoved up rectums, he, Cleese and Conan have a conversation about the awkwardness of strangers asking them for pictures. “I think it’s so strange that a complete stranger would walk up to you and say,
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Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia

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Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia
Terry Jones, who co-directed and co-wrote Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is known for his founding part in British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced in a statement Friday. Jones, 74, is being awarded with the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television for his contributions to the film and television industries. A representative for Jones released the following statement on behalf of the BAFTA-nominated actor, writer and director: "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia.
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Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia

Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia
Terry Jones, who co-directed and co-wrote Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is known for his founding part in British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced in a statement Friday.

Jones, 74, is being awarded with the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television for his contributions to the film and television industries.

A representative for Jones released the following statement on behalf of the BAFTA-nominated actor, writer and director: "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia.
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Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia

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Monty Python's Terry Jones Diagnosed with a Rare Form of Dementia
Terry Jones, who co-directed and co-wrote Monty Python and the Holy Grail and is known for his founding part in British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced in a statement Friday. Jones, 74, is being awarded with the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television for his contributions to the film and television industries. A representative for Jones released the following statement on behalf of the BAFTA-nominated actor, writer and director: "Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia.
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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like
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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like
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Jim Clark, Oscar-Winning Editor of ‘The Killing Fields,’ Dies at 84

Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.

His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).

In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”

Clark received the American Cinema
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Blu-ray Review – Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 40th Anniversary Edition

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975.

Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

Synopsis:

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

I have my town’s local PBS station to thank for my exposure to Monty Python when I was a kid. Not only did they show the series, but they showed it uncensored, which was even more exciting for a 12-year-old boy who usually couldn’t see breasts and hear certain swear words unless he snuck downstairs late at night when his parents were watching HBO.

Of course, the Pythons’ humor was what really struck a chord with me, and I’ve carried my love of their work until today, when I realized I am a mere five years older than Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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Afm: Terry Jones to direct animation 'Sherlock Hound'

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Exclusive: Sc Films boards 3D family-animation from Monty Python icon ahead of Afm.

Monty Python legend Terry Jones is set to direct family animation Sherlock Hound And The Case Of The Missing Santa Claus (3D), which Simon Crowe’s Sc Films has boarded ahead of the Afm.

Jones, who most recently directed Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale in UK comedy Absolutely Anything, is due to direct the feature with his producer-director son Bill Jones and his business partner Ben Timlett of UK production outfit Bill and Ben Productions, which is also producing.

Writers are Denis Higgins and Stephen Meier.

The Victorian-set story will feature canine sleuth Sherlock Hound on the hunt for Santa Claus after he goes missing.

Characters in the script include The Queen, a polar bear Father Christmas, Elves as penguins, Rudolph the Reindeer and evil feline Moriarty.

Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot next spring for a Christmas 2018 release. Casting is due
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Re-Viewed: Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains a comedy classic 40 years later

Re-Viewed: Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains a comedy classic 40 years later
Marking 40 years since the Monty Python troupe made their narrative film debut, The Holy Grail gets reissued in cinemas and Blu-ray - and this time you're invited to sing along. Like the Pythons' trailblazing BBC sketch show - and the more recent stage spin-off Spamalot - it's a triumph of silliness over British pomposity, led by Graham Chapman's King Arthur on a quest to find the you-know-what.

Setting the irreverent tone were untested co-directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones working from a script penned by the whole Python gang, following Arthur as he gathers the fabled Knights of the Round Table to run an errand for God (a cut-out animation of a bearded bloke in the clouds). The visual quirks that would become Gilliam's trademark are very much in evidence here, although John Cleese publicly grumbled that too much technical wizardry threatened to overpower the jokes. Not so.

Conversely,
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Why Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the film to watch this week - video review

The Knights Who Say Ni, The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh and a brave champion who fights on through the flesh wounds … Peter Bradshaw celebrates Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 40 years old and still brilliantly funny. Starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, the 40th anniversary edition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is available on Blu-Ray now

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Why Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the film to watch this week - video review

The Knights Who Say Ni, The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh and a brave champion who fights on through the flesh wounds … Peter Bradshaw celebrates Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 40 years old and still brilliantly funny. Starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, the 40th anniversary edition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail is available on Blu-Ray now

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'Tis but a scratch! 15 minutes of deleted Monty Python and the Holy Grail footage released

'Tis but a scratch! 15 minutes of deleted Monty Python and the Holy Grail footage released
Deleted Monty Python and the Holy Grail footage is the, um, Holy Grail for Monty Python fans - and now their dreams have come true.

Tying in with the 40th anniversary of the comedy classic, the Pythons have unveiled 15 minutes of Terry Gilliam animation originally created for the film.

Utterly, amazingly, delightfully bonkers, the quarter-hour of medieval madness features a giant bearded slug and a pair of legs with a face.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was the feature directorial debut for both Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, poking fun at King Arthur (played by the late, great Graham Chapman) and his kingniggets.

The film was also the inspiration for Eric Idle's Tony Award-winning comedy Spamalot, which is also very, very silly.

Available in a specially-packaged 40th anniversary version - complete with catapult - Monty Python and the Holy Grail can now help you fire toy cows at your friends.
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Today Is “Holy Grail Day”! Watch The Academy’s Tribute To Monty Python And The Holy Grail

“It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!”

Calling all King of the Britons. Grab up your shrubberies because October 14 is “Holy Grail Day”!

Get your costumes and singing voices ready for an epic sing-a-long. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Monty Python And The Holy Grail there are screenings being held around the world.

For information on these screenings in the U.S. visit here.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences takes a look back at the 1975 film in the newest Academy Originals episode this week called “The Moments That Changed The Movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

It tells the story of how the game-changing British historical farce came to be made, as well as the comedy and comedians it influenced in the decades since its release
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Monty Python And The Holy Grail vs Bill

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The director of Bill, Richard Bracewell, exclusively writes for us on the influence of Monty Python And The Holy Grail.

To Ni or not to Ni. That was the question. We were making a historical film comedy with a group who had found fame with a TV sketch show. There were going to be comparisons. What sort of relationship were we going to have with the godfather of historical movie comedy? Acknowledge it? Ignore it? Steal from it and run away? On the occasion of the film's fortieth birthday it seems a good moment to ask, as filmmakers: what has Monty Python And The Holy Grail ever done for us?

Monty Python And The Holy Grail was shot in 1974 on a budget of $400,000. It was enough to hire coconuts but not horses. Filming was confined almost exclusively to the Scottish estate of Doune Castle in Glen Coe.
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Monty Python And The Holy Grail Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

Monty Python And The Holy Grail Midnights This Weekend (October 16th and 17th) at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis 63130) as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series

“We’re knights of the Round Table, we dance whene’er we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impec-cable, We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.” This toe-tapping, musical interlude is just one example of the genius that is found in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. It’s the medieval send-up of Arthur “King of the Britons,” along with his Knights of the Round Table, quest for the Holy Grail. All the knights run into various perils such as the Knights Who Say “Ni!,” the 3-headed giant, and Tim the Enchanter. The heroes are lured to the Castle Anthrax by a faux grail beacon, followed
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BFI Announces Re-Discovery of Classic TV Series that Inspired Creation of Monty Python

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BFI Announces Re-Discovery of Classic TV Series that Inspired Creation of Monty Python
Read More: Watch:'#Tbt The Funniest Part of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Isn't in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' This Friday marks the launch of the Radio Times Festival in London. This year is an exciting one for Monty Python fans, as it marks the first chance to see the British comedy program that inspired it all, one that hasn't been seen since its original broadcast, 48 years ago. Last year, BFI rediscovered two episodes of the much-loved and highly influential comedy series, "At Last the 1948 Show." An anonymous member of the public has just come forward with a further two episodes starring John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Eric Idle and “the lovely” Aimi Macdonald. One of the discoveries -- Episode 3, of the first series of "At Last the 1948 Show," which was only ever seen on March 1, 1967 -- will be screened at the Radio Times Festival at.
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