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It is something of a tragedy that the last role anyone gets to see of Robin Williams is in the inferior Night At The Museum sequel that has just hit cinemas (he’s actually in Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything but in a vocal performance only next year), but it’s not entirely unfitting. The actor and comedian was a brilliant talent, not only as a stand-up but also as a genuine straight actor, and his career was typified by some serious highs; unfortunately, it was also blighted by some terrible lows, painting a picture of contradiction that was ultimately the most bewildered reaction to his suicide.
Because sanctifying departed heroes is foolish, it remains important to look at Williams’ career as a whole: the greatest tragedy of his professional life was not that he wasn’t offered the opportunity to truly show his ability, it was that »
- Simon Gallagher
Today we bring you the first clip from the Monty Python reunion sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, which stars Simon Peg. The clip features an amusing scene between Pegg’s character Neil and his dog Dennis, who was voiced by Robin Williams. This is the first footage from the movie that we’ve seen so far, and it looks very funny. The film was directed by Terry Jones, who explained the story,
“It’s about a man called Neil, a teacher in a sink secondary school, who gets given magic powers by aliens. He can make anything happen, [but] he doesn't realise it until his colleague says, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ and Neil responds with, ‘I'd make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise them.’ Then there's an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there's a vast hole in the ground. »
- Joey Paur
The film follows Neil as he suddenly discovers he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens.
Absolutely Anything launches in UK cinemas on February 13, 2015. »
There’s a bittersweet feeling about this first clip from the Terry Jones directed Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg, and that’s because it features the last performance by Robin Williams in a motion picture. This clip shows Pegg’s character interacting with his pet dog Dennis (voiced by Williams), who, with Pegg’s powers to make ‘absolutely anything’ possible, can actually talk and think ‘rationally’.
Williams is, as always, comedically brilliant in this extended clip from the film, which will be released in 2015.
Watch below. One word – Biscuits!
Source: Deadline »
- Paul Heath
At the time of his passing earlier in the year, iconic comedian Robin Williams left behind four finished films that had not yet been released. A Merry Friggin' Christmas debuted early last month, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is in theaters this Friday. In 2015, we will see him in Boulevard opposite Bob Odenkirk, and we'll hear his voice in his final completed role as Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything. While neither of these movies has a confirmed U.S. premiere set, we do get a first look at Dennis in a just released clip from Absolutely Anything.
Monty Python alum Terry Jones directs Absolutely Anything, which follows a schoolteacher named Neil (Simon Pegg), who is given the incredible power to make his every wish a reality by a group of aliens. Neil demonstrates some of those powers in this sneak peek, which begins with him »
Simon Pegg takes the lead role in Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything as a schoolteacher who is granted the power to make any wish a reality by a group of aliens (voiced by Jones and his other Monty Python co-horts John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin). Besides the remaining Pythons, the cast is rounded out by Kate Beckinsale, Rob Riggle, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard, and Robin Williams, in one of his final completed roles, as the voice of Dennis the dog. The first clip from the movie has come online, courtesy of Deadline, showing Williams (well his voice at least) in action, and promising the final product will be chock full of charming humour. Released: February 13th 2015 (Irl/U.K.) ? (U.S.) »
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If you’d been wondering what it would look like if Simon Pegg talked to a dog – no, not Colin from Spaced – and the dog talked back... Now is your chance. The first clip from Terry Jones’ new comedy Absolutely Anything has arrived online.With Jones behind the camera, working from the script he wrote with Gavin Scott, Absolutely Anything finds Pegg as Neil, a secondary school teacher who is the very definition of the everyman.But when a group of aliens voiced by Jones alongside old Python pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin decide that it would be a lark to hand him amazing powers, Neil’s life begins to change – not always for the better. And, as you see from the clip, he ends up having his loyal pooch Dennis start talking. Dennis is voiced in the film by the late great Robin Williams, »
Deadline has debuted the first clip of Robin Williams’ last-ever performance in the upcoming comedy Absolutely Anything. Helmed by Monty Python stalwart Terry Jones, the film revolves around a schoolteacher – played by Simon Pegg – who finds himself granted the ability to do ‘absolutely anything’ by a gaggle of aliens.
Storywise, the film will revolve around Pegg’s everyman Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.” As evidenced by the first clip from the movie, the extent of his abilities really do encompass anything.
Originally pitched as the first re-teaming of the Python crew in years, the film garnered attention for its slapstick-y antics combined with sarcasm and sharp Python-esque witticisms. So, it should come as no surprise that along with Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin are all onboard – voicing the aliens, no less. On the live-action side of things, »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: In his final film performance, the late Robin Williams lends his voice to sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything for Monty Python’s Terry Jones. The legendary entertainer was the first to sign onto the long-gestating comedy about a disillusioned teacher (Simon Pegg) granted the power to do “absolutely anything” by scheming aliens, played by the Pythons. In Deadline’s exclusive clip, Pegg gives his devoted dog Dennis the ability to speak – and out comes Williams’ unmistakable voice.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” recalled Jones’ co-writer Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers), who with Jones spoke with me during a recent Adr session in Los Angeles.
Jones and Scott first began writing the film 20 years ago, but it didn’t come together until Jones’ son Bill and producing partner Ben Timlett found financing. »
- Jen Yamato
Monty Python’s Terry Jones arrived during a break in the clouds Friday for an Adr session at West La’s The Village, the storied recording studio where the late Robin Williams lent his voice to Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything shortly before his death this summer.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” recalled Jones’ close collaborator Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers). “The kind of attitude that led him to stick with the project through all its ups and downs, he totally exhibited here. He wanted to make everybody feel good from the engineer to the lady making the coffee. It was very late in the day for him and we didn’t know that, but he was a real mensch.”
Co-scripted over two decades by Jones and Scott, »
- Jen Yamato
Attendees at Saturday night’s American Cinemateque screening of Monty Python’s iconic “Life of Brian” at the Aero received a bonus — six minutes of footage from the Pythonesque sci-fi farce “Absolutely Anything,” screened by director Terry Jones.
Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale star and the late Robin Williams voices Dennis the Dog. The Pythons are voicing key roles as a group of aliens who endow a disillusioned teacher (Pegg) with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things — which is precisely what happens.
In a discussion with Cinemateque’s Grant Moninger, Jones explained that he and Gavin Scott had worked on the script for over two decades but shelved the project in 2003 when “Bruce Almighty” was released. “Five years later, Mike Medavoy asked me what project was at the bottom of my drawer,” he added.
He asked Williams to come on »
- Dave McNary
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Terry Gilliam about his bizarre fairy tale Time Bandits (available for the first time on Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection). After making his mark penning the outlandish animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the early ’70s, Terry Gilliam transitioned to live action: first sharing directing credit with his Python mate Terry Jones for the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, then with his debut solo effort, Jabberwocky. But it would be his next project, Time Bandits, which would solidify Gilliam as one of the major moviemaking talents of the next decade. Coming...
- Jason Guerrasio
The Fyzz Facility production follows a celebrated novelist and TV personality who finds his reputation on the line when his life invaded by a lonely security guard who catches him shoplifting.
Producers are Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Wayne Marc Godfrey (Cake) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) for The Fyzz Facility with backing from The Fyzz Facility, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI.
Tunnard’s feature debut
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Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.
The film, completed in October, covers the history of financial crashes and comprises a combination of live action, animation, puppetry and songs.
Contributors include Us actor John Cusack, journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, and experts such as Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman.
Terry Jones said of the film: “I wanted to be part of this project as soon as I discovered economics students are taught crashes just don’t happen.”
Kocken added: “The people in the street are the ones who directly or indirectly pay for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
John Cusack features in the film about the financial crash.
Journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, the Bank of England's Andy Haldane and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman also appear in the movie, which promises an accessible account of the economic downturn.
Boom Bust Boom consists of a mix of live-action, animation, puppetry and song.
"I wanted to be part of this project as soon as I discovered economics students are taught crashes just don't happen," said the Monty Python star.
"The people in the street are the ones who directly or indirectly pay for and suffer from financial follies," added Kocken.
"It is crucial the public as a »
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
“Monty Python” star Terry Jones, whose credits as a director include “Life of Brian” and “The Holy Grail,” has co-written, co-directed and presents a documentary feature on economics called “Boom Bust Boom,” which includes a contribution from John Cusack.
The film, which covers the history of financial crashes, is co-written by economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. It is co-directed by Terry Jones’ son Bill Jones and Ben Timlett, who run the pic’s production company Bill and Ben Productions. The film features a combination of live action, animation, puppetry and song. Click here to visit the film’s website.
As well as Cusack, contributors include journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, plus leading experts including Andy Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman.
Kocken commented: “The people in the street are the ones who directly or »
- Leo Barraclough
Terry Jones has finished work on the documentary Boom Bust Boom, directed together with his son Bill Jones and Ben Timlett. A unique, accessible and less dry take on the economics doc, the film looks to explain the concept of financial crashes through the means of live-action, animation, puppetry and song. Among the contributors are John Cusack, journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, the Bank of England’s Andy Haldane and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman. "I wanted to be a part of this project as soon as I discovered economics students are taught
- Alex Ritman
With only six feature films to his name, four of which featured his iconic onscreen alter ego, the cinema of Jacques Tati remains an island of unique delight despite his influence on decades of filmmakers since and comparative efforts of peers from his own period (considering Marguerite Duras’ critique, now widely accepted, concerning the taken-for-granted stylistic likeness between Tati and Robert Bresson, a director whose subject matters were a bit less pleasant or comical). Without Tati and his bumbling character Monsieur Hulot, sputtering about memorably in a series of some of the most well-crafted moments of ingenious, highly organized chaos ever put to celluloid, we’d be without latter day influences, like Roy Andersson, Otar Iosseliani, several Peter Sellers characters, and even Rowan Atkinson’s similarly crafted Mr. Bean.
- Nicholas Bell
While Monty Python member Eric Idle was directing last summer's reunion shows, he made sure to include a small role in the Michael Palin-fronted "Blackmail" sketch that could be played by a different famous Python fan each night. That roll call of guest talent would ultimately include both Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, who was also the guest performer during the Pythons' last performance at London's massive O2 arena. That the Austin Powers star would agree to appear in such a tiny part speaks to the huge and enduring influence of Monty Python's Flying Circus and the subsequent films created by Idle, »
- Clark Collis
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