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The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

13 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.

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20. Babette’s Feast (1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel

The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Director Adam Rehmeier Takes Aim at 'Save a Bullet For Me'

7 April 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Adam Rehmeier, director of the controversial The Bunny Game (2010) and the acclaimed Jonas (2013), is ready to pull the trigger on his next film, Save A Bullet For Me.  This violent western / action / horror picture is slated to begin shooting later this year in British Columbia.

Rehmeier is no stranger to touching nerves and stirring outcry - The Bunny Game sparked protest worldwide, and was banned in the UK - and his new screenplay seems primed to continue the trend.   Set in the Us during the 1800s, the blood-splattered film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, and two wounded frontiersmen who make a desperate last stand against a Native American war party.  Writer/director Rehmeier describes the movie as “a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible.”  

Save A Bullet For Me is being produced by Shawn Williamson, whose numerous genre film »

- Eric Stanze

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Monty Python to retire after final o2 show

3 April 2014 11:37 PM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, April 4: Monty Python has decided to disband for good after their last live performance together at o2.

The British surreal comedy group's show on July 20 will officially be the last show for John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam as they have announced their retirement, reported.

The veteran comedy troupe, who had announced in November that they were getting back together for a series of live shows, confirmed the news in a statement. (Ani) »

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'Two Weasels, Covered in Gravy': Q&A with Eddie Izzard

28 March 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has never been one to shy away from a challenge. There's his openness with talking about his transvestism and his blithe attitude about cross-dressing onstage. (Commonly, the first observation people have on Izzard focuses on his choice of couture, his shade of fingernail polish or how high his heels are.) There was his successful running of 43 marathons in 52 days for charity. There's his talk about entering the world of politics and leaving show business behind, thus bypassing the normal sitcom-to-retirement route taken by many British comics. »

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Lionsgate UK takes Absolutely Anything

28 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Lionsgate has picked up UK rights to Terry Jones’ comedy Absolutely Anything from Gfm Films.

Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale lead cast in Monty Python star Jones’ first film (as director) in 18 years, which got underway in the UK on Monday (24).

The deal was struck between Michael Ryan for Gfm Films, producer Ben Timlett and Zygi Kamasa and Nick Manzi for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate will release the film in the UK between April and July 2015.

Interview: Terry Jones

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.

The Aliens will be voiced by Jones himself alongside Monty Python collaborators John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle.

The film’s supporting cast includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle and Robin Williams, who voices »

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Terry Jones says Monty Python film in pipeline

22 March 2014 3:01 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, March 22: Terry Jones, best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team, has confirmed that a film starring the surreal comedy group is in progress.

Sci-fi comedy 'Absolutely Anything' will be helmed by Jones and star John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Jones himself, the Daily Express reported.

Jones has insisted that getting the troupe together wasn't a ploy to get more cash from financiers for the movie. (Ani) »

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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything

21 March 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.

Shooting begins on Monday (March 24) on Absolutely Anything, a high-concept comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.

It marks the first time that Monty Python member Terry Jones has directed a film since The Wind in the Willows in 1996.

“I sort of gave up on the film industry when The Wind in the Willows wasn’t distributed,” Jones told ScreenDaily of the film that was critically well received but only received a limited relase. “It was so appallingly handled.”

While it is clear those wounds have yet to heal, Jones thought “it was about time” he made another film and is “very excited” to be back in the directors chair.

The comedy, co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott, stars Pegg as a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the »

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Rob Riggle joins Monty Python star Terry Jones's Absolutely Anything

20 March 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rob Riggle has joined the cast of Absolutely Anything.

The 21 Jump Street actor will appear as Colonel Grant in the comedy project from Monty Python's Terry Jones, reports Deadline.

Simon Pegg joined the movie last year as Neil, a struggling school teacher who suddenly discovers he has magical powers, given to him by a group of aliens.

Monty Python stars Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam will provide the voices of the alien creatures.

Kate Beckinsale will appear as Neil's love interest, while Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley will also feature in the comedy.

Riggle, a veteran of both The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live, was recently cast opposite Rob Lowe in NBC pilot Pros.

The actor will also reprise his role as Mr Walters in upcoming comedy sequel 22 Jump Street.

Production on Absolutely Anything is due to begin in London next week. »

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Casting: Hardrict, Bernhardt, Hawkins, Riggle

19 March 2014 8:31 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

American Sniper

Cory Hardrict ("Battle: Los Angeles" will play a Navy Seal in Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper". Bradley Cooper stars as decorated marksman Chris Kyle in the project. [Source: Deadline]

Term Life

Daniel Bernhardt ("Parker") has joined the darkly comic crime thriller "Term Life" opposite Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Bernhardt will play a dirty cop hunting down Vaughn's character, a man who takes out an insurance policy on himself and must evade his enemies until it takes effect. [Source: Deadline]

How and Why

Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener are set to join John Hawkes and Michael Cera in FX's half-hour comedy series "How And Why". Charlie Kaufman produces. Should it go to series, Hawkins will be a regular while Keener is guest starring.

Hawkes plays a failed children's science show host who tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market in the middle of nowhere. He soon encounters the supernatural world. »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Ryan Gosling might play Busby Berkeley; Plus, Channing Tatum, more

19 March 2014 6:08 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Ryan Gosling may direct and star in a biopic of famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros. has optioned Jeffrey Spivak’s book Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley for Gosling and Marc Platt (Drive) to produce. Berkeley was known for his elaborate, geographic dance numbers in studio musicals such as 42nd Street and Golddiggers of 1933. He moved on to directing films like Babes on Broadway and For Me and My Gal. It’s still very early in the process, and no writer is currently attached. [THR]

Channing Tatum is reportedly in talks to co-direct an adaption »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Rob Riggle Joins the Monty Python Comedy 'Absolutely Anything'

19 March 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With production scheduled to begin shortly, Rob Riggle has joined the growing cast of the upcoming comedy Absolutely Anything from Monty Python director Terry Jones.

The story centers on Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg), a mild-mannered teacher who is suddenly given supernatural powers by a group of aliens, which turns anything he desires into a reality. Robin Williams voices Neil's trusted dog Dennis, whom Neil turns to for help. After a string of accidents, Neil is forced to choose between his dog and the woman of his dreams, Catherine (Kate Beckinsale).

Rob Riggle is portraying Colonel Grant, with Terry Jones and his longtime Monty Python partners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin voicing the aliens. Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley and Sanjeev Bhaskar also star in unspecified roles.

Terry Jones is directing from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. The first poster released last month revealed that production will begin »

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Rob Riggle Joins Absolutely Anything

19 March 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If you follow the handy and regularly updated news service that is Simon Pegg’s Twitter feed, you know that his collaboration with Terry Jones and some of the other Monty Python veterans, Absolutely Anything is about to start shooting. And another comedy regular has jumped aboard, with Rob Riggle signing on.Pegg is playing Neil Clarke, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers, albeit in more of a Thor sense of the word, because the abilities come from some alien interlopers. The extra-terrestrials in question will be voiced by director Jones alongside old pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, with Robin Williams stepping into the voice booth to provide vocals for the main man’s dog, Dennis. Kate Beckinsale was a recent recruit, set to play Catherine, the object of Neil’s affection.Riggle, a veteran of The Daily Show and films such as 21 Jump Street and Going The Distance, »

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Rob Riggle Joins Terry Jones Comedy ‘Absolutely Anything’

19 March 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Rob Riggle has joined the Terry Jones-directed comedy Absolutely Anything for Gfm Films. Riggle will join Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard and Robin Williams. Jones and Gavin Scotts penned the screenplay and Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing. Production begins in April in London. Pegg plays a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes. This power is bestowed on him by a group of power-crazed aliens who are voiced by Monty Pythoners John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Riggle will play the role of Colonel Grant. Riggle is currently shooting the NBC pilot The Pro with Rob Lowe. He will next be seen reprising in Columbia Pictures’ comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, and follows with the Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops opposite Jake Johnson, Nina Dobrev, and Damon Wayans Jr. Riggle also co-stars with Jim Carrey »


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Rob Riggle Joins Most of Monty Python's Absolutely Anything

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21 Jump Street star Rob Riggle has joined the ensemble cast of director Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything , Deadline reports. The film, first announced in 2010 , features nearly all 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, Kate Beckinsale, 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 »

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BBC Two 50th anniversary: Dara Ó Briain, Sue Barker for special shows

19 March 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two has announced a series of special programmes to mark its 50th anniversary.

The channel celebrates the milestone on April 20, and will broadcast several one-off programmes featuring the likes of Dara Ó Briain and Sue Barker.

Earlier today (March 19), it was announced that Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse will star in a spoof look back at the history of the channel in The Story of the Twos, while there will also be a one-off Goodness Gracious Me reunion.

Ó Briain will host All About Two, a 90-minute quiz and celebration of BBC Two. Pointless star Richard Osman will reveal facts and figures, while celebrity teams and special guests will also appear.

50 Years Of BBC Two Comedy will look back at the channel's biggest comedy programmes and performers, including Fawlty Towers, Spike Milligan, Shooting Stars, The Office, Victoria Wood, and The Fast Show.

The two-hour special will feature Armando Iannucci, »

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BBC accountants' shallow pockets gave Michael Palin a global hit | Media Monkey

14 March 2014 3:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michael Palin became the modern-day Phileas Fogg solely because of the BBC's penny-pinching ways, he has revealed in an interview with the Travel Channel. The former Python has previously admitted he was not first choice for the job presenting Around the World in 80 Days – but now he tells us why the Beeb missed out on its top pick because of its refusal to stump up for some posh nosh. Alan Whicker had been lined up for the spot, but as Palin reveals: "He didn't do it because they took him for lunch to the Pizza Hut in Shepherd's Bush." Seeing as how successful the series was with the Python at the helm, Monkey would like to thank BBC accountants for not approving dinner at the Ritz.

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Exclusive: Laika chasing Terry Gilliam for animated film

13 March 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Ryan Lambie 13 Mar 2014 - 15:03

A stop-motion film by Terry Gilliam? The director's exclusively revealed that the makers of Coraline have approached about making one...

"The whole point of animation to me is to tell a story, make a joke, express an idea," director Terry Gilliam once said on the 1974 TV programme, Bob Godfrey's Do -It-Yourself Animation Show. "Whatever works is the thing to use."

Once he started directing live-action feature films with Monty Python And The Holy Grail (which he co-directed with Terry Jones) in 1975, Gilliam put aside the wonderfully creative cut-out animations that appeared in shorts like Storytime (1968) and Miracle Of Flight (1974), not to mention the surreal moments he brought to the TV series Do Not Adjust Your Set and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

For Gilliam, live-action became "the thing to use" for much of his feature directing career. But wouldn't it be great if he one day returned to animation, »

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Beckinsale bags 'Absolutely Anything'

27 February 2014 12:57 PM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, Feb 28: Actress Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of comedy movie "Absolutely Anything".

The 40-year-old will star with actor Simon Pegg in the movie, which will be directed by British comedy group Monty Python's Terry Jones, reports

The movie is about a disillusioned school teacher, essayed by Pegg, who is given magical powers by a group of aliens. The movie will be voiced by group regulars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin.

Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are co-producing the movie and Mike Medavoy and Chris Chesser are executive producing it.

"Absolutely Anything". »

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Kate Beckinsale to Star in Terry Jones’ ‘Absolutely Anything’

27 February 2014 6:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Kate Beckinsale has joined the cast of Terry Jones’ comedy “Absolutely Anything,” which stars Simon Pegg.

The cast also features Sanjeev Bhaskar, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley, in addition to a voice cast featuring Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Robin 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.

Jones and Gavin Scotts penned the script. The film is being produced by Ben Timlett and Bill Jones at Bill & Ben Prods. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Kate Beckinsale Will Do ‘Absolutely Anything’ With Monty Python

27 February 2014 5:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kate Beckinsale is taking off her skin-tight leather catsuit and strapping on her comedic clown trousers for upcoming feature Absolutely Anything. She’ll star alongside Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Sanjeev Bhaska, Eddie IzzardJoanna Lumley and the Monty Python Gang, all directed by Terry Jones.

The film tells the story of a deluded school teacher who discovers that he has special powers allowing him to do anything he wants. They’re bestowed to him by a gang of bizarre aliens who’ll be voiced by the Python Crew. As he goes about his new life he enlists the help of his dog (Robin Williams) whom, obviously, he can now hear. After a series of unfortunate debacles he’s left with the ultimate choice about whether to keep his powers or get the girl (Beckinsale).

Producer Ben Timlett had this to say about the casting:

“We are over the moon to »

- James Byiers

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