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Billy Connolly will talk openly about his battle with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer in a new ITV series.
The comedian and actor will discuss the subject of mortality and death within different cultures and communities in the two-part series Billy Connolly's Big Send Off.
Connolly will also discover the business behind death, and will share how he would like to be remembered and his own funeral plans.
His journey will take him to a funeral convention in Texas and a pet cemetery in San Francisco, as well as a drive-through funeral parlour in Los Angeles.
Connolly will also visit his favourite graveyard in his hometown of Glasgow, and shares stories of funerals that he has attended, including that of his friend Keith Moon.
Written by Pat Rushin
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Though writer Pat Rushin scripted and conceived the story of The Zero Theorem, one can be forgiven for assuming Terry Gilliam came up with the narrative himself, being that it comes across as the work of someone who either saw every film Gilliam’s ever made or just happened to direct them. Indeed, The Zero Theorem sees Gilliam very much in his storytelling and thematic comfort zones, though sadly to diminishing returns. It openly scrounges scraps from earlier efforts, especially Brazil, but has little idea how to develop its ever so slightly different ideas beyond thin sketches.
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is the jittery, button-pushing outsider of The Zero Theorem’s particular near-future dystopia. Eager to become a work-at-home employee, his attempts at a disability claim see him assigned to work on the titular theorem by the mysterious, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The pic follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg), who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed on him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin and Idle).
As he struggles to deal with these new found powers, and the events that subsequently arise, he calls on his dog Dennis (voiced by Williams) to help him along the way.
Beckinsale will play Catherine, the female lead and romantic interest to Neil.
- Leo Barraclough
Beckinsale will star as female lead Catherine and romantic interest to Neil, played by Simon Pegg. The British actress recently finished shooting Eliza Graves with Michael Caine, and Michael Winterbottom’s Face of an Angel with Daniel Bruhl.
The Absolutely Anything cast also includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, in addition to a voice cast featuring Jones alongside his Python co-stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin alongside Robin Williams.
The comedy follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space. As he struggles »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Underworld actress will appear alongside the surviving members of Monty Python in the film, reports Deadline.
Absolutely Anything will centre around a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who is given vast, wish granting powers by a group of aliens voiced by the Pythons.
Williams will voice the teacher's dog, while Beckinsale is on board as his love interest.
Beckinsale will next be seen in The Trials of Cate McCall and Eliza Graves.
Absolute Anything will begin shooting in London on March 23. »
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
We were already pretty excited about Monty Python troupe members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin reuniting for the Terry Jones helmed comedy Absolutely Anything. The deal was made sweeter when Simon Pegg was announced to play a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens (all voiced by the Monty Python crew). And while Eric Idle is sitting this film out, another British comedian and a lovely English actress getting involved might make up for it as Deadline says Kate Beckinsale and Eddie Izzard have joined the cast of the comedy. Read on! In the film, Pegg struggles with his powers, which allow him to communicate with his dog Dennis (voiced by Robin Wiliams) and help him figure things out. Of course, his misadventures lead him to a lovely lady (Beckinsale), but he may end up having to choose between her and man's best friend. »
- Ethan Anderton
That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I look back on that fall day when the pages first came into the darkroom at DC Comics. I’d been working there no more than a month or two.
Back in the day, pages of art that had bleeds were drawn on 12×18″ boards, which were too big to photocopy. To make copies for the colorist, every page had to be shot on a stat camera. Hundreds of pages a week. With photochemicals. It was a mind-numbing job, and I know one person who simply left one day for lunch and never came back.
And so one day, this book came in to be shot. Great, an oversized book, and it looked double-sized– 40 pages. There goes my break. »
- Glenn Hauman
Underworld franchise star Kate Beckinsale has joined the ensemble cast of director Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything , Deadline reports. The film, first announced in 2010 , features many of the surviving members of Monty Python, including John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones himself. Unfortunately for Python fans, Eric Idle (the only other member of the troupe outside of the late Graham Chapman) is sitting this one out, but the production is also set to feature Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley. Jones wrote the screenplay for Absolutely Anything alongside Gavin Scott ( The Borrowers , Small Soldiers ). The plot is said to follow a schoolteacher (Pegg), who is given the incredible power to make his every wish a reality »
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Feb 2014 - 06:26
As much as the 2015 of Back To The Future Part II has been lampooned in internet memes, truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that 30 years from right now, we'll have flying cars, hoverboards and 19 Jaws movies? Maybe, maybe not.
Given their track record for accuracy, it's doubtful that Robert Zemeckis and co could ever have foreseen themselves doing a stage musical version of Back To The Future around the time of the film's 30th anniversary, but sure enough, they announced one last week. It's coming to the West End next year, as we reported here.
The Power Of Love, Earth Angel and Johnny B. Goode are all essential musical moments from the original film, »
If the Us president had had his way, the actor, best known for Spinal Tap and The Simpsons, might have had a much shorter, more brutal life. But why has he now decided to play him in TV series Nixon's the One?
Richard Nixon hated television and the feeling was mutual. The new-fangled medium had done him no favours in the close-run 1960 presidential race against a more photogenic John F Kennedy in America's first televised debates. His five-o'clock shadow made him appear shifty. By the time he ran again in 1968, radically packaged up by Madison Avenue ad men, Nixon grumbled to a TV chatshow producer: "It's a shame a man has to use gimmicks like this to get elected." The reply came back: "Television is not a gimmick."
- Andrew Collins
Cinema International Corporation
Whenever somebody talks about sketch comedy, inevitably the name Monty Python is going to come into the conversation. Between 1969 and 1973 John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam blazed a trail of humour that was so different, surreal and successful that no-one dared approach anything like it again lest they be labelled as ripping off the Pythons.
Many of the sketches that have made the Pythons so influential are well known; like the Parrot Sketch, the Nudge Nudge Sketch or the Spanish Inquisition. These sketches have been become part of popular culture with fans being able to recite them off by heart for their own amusement (and for some other’s irritation).
But there are some sketches in Python’s repertoire that are just as good that do not get the recognition of the Lumberjack Song or the Four Yorkshiremen (which, incidentally, »
The Monty Python reunion in July might be the biggest cultural event of 2014. The Pythons- John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, minus the still dead Graham Chapman- are comedy royalty, and sketches like the Dead Parrot, the Lumberjack song and Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days, as well as three movies, have sealed their status as masters of surreal humour.
Any rundown of iconic Python moments would make a very long list- so why this fairly short, critical piece? Well, as big as the reunion is, there are several factors counting against it. And so, like a Gumby repeatedly smashing his face with a brick, here are my biggest gripes, none of which contain the word semprini.
5. It’s Not A Full Reunion
Dying with excellent comic timing on the twentieth anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Graham Chapman was the team’s »
- Allan Johnstone
News Ryan Lambie 6 Jan 2014 - 08:32
Featuring some lavish animation from Toei and a starry voice cast including Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles, the film was notable for the violent deaths of several characters, most infamously the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. With Hasbro keen to tie off the old line of toys, and use the movie to introduce a new range of robots, poor old Prime's fate was sealed - despite the warnings of screenwriter Ron Friedman.
Already an experienced writer for TV and film, Friedman had been involved in the Transformers series since it began in 1984, and also »
14 items from 2014
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