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2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

23 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest »

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2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

23 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest »

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Celebrate Douglas Adams' 60th Birthday With The Stars For Charity

15 December 2011 7:35 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

On what would have been Douglas Adams’ 60th birthday next year, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy author’s family and friends – in association with Save the Rhino (one of Douglas’ favourite charities) – will be throwing a very special party in his honor.

An evening’s entertainment from some of the finest names in the world of science, comedy, conservation and music, this is one event that is definitely not to be missed. Rock stars of science such as Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Jon Culshaw will talk on life, the universe and everything. Clive Anderson will interview Terry Jones and Michael Palin about Douglas’ comedy legacy and his influences, including Monty Python. Special comedy performances will feature The Meaning Of Liff’s John Lloyd, as well as Stephen Mangan, Sanjeev Bhaskar and many more, plus special guests from ‘Radio Active’

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Catch up TV Guide: From The Real George Osborne to Ugly Americans

25 November 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Online: The Real George Osborne

"If a hardcore bit of body-popping can't woo Worcester Woman then nothing will …" An uncanny online riff on George Osborne starring Rufus Jones (last seen playing Terry Jones in BBC4's Holy Flying Circus) from World Development Movement and writers Hoot Comedy that also makes a decent point about the "effective regulation of food speculation" ahead of a vote next year.

@MrGeorgeOsborne therealgeorgeosborne.com

TV: Brass Eye

American satire arrives tonight in the form of Onion News Network on Sky Arts 1, but it's worth going back to 1997 to revisit Chris Morris's post-Day Today series, which took spoofing the news to such a dark place that it upset the real news. Take your pick from Drugs (Yellow Bentines, Triple-Sod or Cake?), Animals (a heartbreaking campaign for Karla the elephant), or Sex (featuring "helpful contributors" Peter Stringfellow and David Sullivan).

4Od

Radio: Radiolab: Patient Zero

Many imitate Radiolab, »

- Rebecca Nicholson, Richard Vine

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Jones' New Comedy In Jeopardy

8 November 2011 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Production on Monty Python star Terry Jones' latest film project has hit a stumbling block due to funding issues.

The actor/director recruited funnyman Robin Williams and his former Monty Python co-stars, including John Cleese and Michael Palin, to voice characters in his upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything.

Production was scheduled to begin earlier this year but Jones admits he's unsure if movie bosses will be able to finance the project.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I'm hoping we'll get the money together. Robin Williams says he'll voice the dog, the Pythons have agreed to voice the aliens. I can't see the problem but they still seem to be having trouble getting financing."

But optimistic Jones refuses to give up on the movie, adding, "I'm sure we'll make it eventually." »

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Eunarchy in the UK: George Harrison's first movie

30 October 2011 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Long before The Life of Brian, George Harrison funded an award-winning film stuffed with British talent – so why has it taken 40 years to surface?

In 1979 George Harrison purchased, almost on a whim, what Terry Jones would later call "the most expensive movie ticket of all time". After a single reading of the script of Monty Python's Life of Brian, he mortgaged his own luxury mansion and sank the resultant funds into a project that had been abandoned, days before shooting started, by its original backer, Bernie Delfont of Emi. Why did he do it? "Because I liked the script and I wanted to see the movie," said Harrison later. A Beatle can do that.

From that almost informal exchange of favours between good friends sprang arguably the most interesting British production company of the 1980s, Handmade Films, backed by Harrison and his producing partner Denis O'Brien. Handmade gave us Brian and Withnail & I, »

- John Patterson

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Scary Monsters 2011, Round 3

27 October 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Following rounds 1 and 2, this one will take us right on through the countdown to Halloween and will surely be the most actively updated of the bunch. Best to begin, then, by grounding it in a classic, so we turn to David Kalat: "Frankenstein isn't a science fiction story about an arrogant scientist who intrudes on God's domain, it's a metaphor about our relationship to God." That's his argument, and I'll let him explain, but I want to pull back to a couple of earlier sentences in his piece. Mary Shelley's novel, "and the 1910 film version, treated the 'science' of Frankenstein as just so much folderol, a MacGuffin to introduce the artificial man into the story. Whale was so good at providing a reasonably convincing visualization of reviving the dead — no, more than that, a stunningly satisfying visualization of reviving the dead — it focused popular attention on that part of »

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Exclusive: New Marty Feldman Bio Goes Behind the Scenes of Young Frankenstein

24 October 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

This week brings film buffs and comedy devotees alike the pleasure of Marty Feldman: The Biography of a Comedy Legend, author Robert Ross's revelatory new chronicle of the turbulent life and premature death of the titular British TV and film comic. An aspiring jazz musician-turned-comedian known predominantly for the pop-eyed visage he brought to his acting, writing and directing projects, Feldman's broad influence on British comedy of the '60s receives a close look from interview subjects including Michael Palin, Terry Jones and, from tapes recorded for his unfinished memoir, even Feldman himself. But his impact hardly ended there -- as anyone who's seen Young Frankenstein knows. »

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Rewind TV: Origins of Us; Holy Flying Circus; The Kid's Speech; Brave New World with Stephen Hawking – review

22 October 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It was all fingers and thumbs with Dr Alice Roberts in the fascinating Origins of Us, while stammering Reggie silenced this critic in The Kid's Speech

Origins of Us (BBC2) | iPlayer

Holy Flying Circus (BBC4) iPlayer

The Kid's Speech (BBC1) iPlayer

Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (Channel 4) | 4oD

As metaphors go, there's nothing like an African sunrise for bringing out one's yawn reflex (an adaptive response wrought by aeons of documentaries about the dawn of humanity and our former life as apes), but I must admit Origins of Us had me otherwise quite gibbering with interest on Monday night. Why did chimps end up swinging from the same trees as our common ancestors while we flew to the moon and wrote musicals? Well, the big reasons were still there – walking upright and growing better thumbs – but the how, when and why of it, courtesy of the likable bone expert Dr Alice Roberts, »

- Phil Hogan

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This Week In DVD: October 11th

11 October 2011 4:02 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Comedy is probably the most subjective genre of all, and what makes one person shoot milk from their nose in laughter may make another person yawn. To that end I’m happy to point out that two of the year’s funniest movies are hitting DVD today. They’re both perfectly cast and filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments, and that’s a guarantee. Whether or not you respond appropriately to them is your business… but I recommend soy milk as the nasal spurting liquid of choice. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Erik the Viking (UK) Erik (Tim Robbins) is a really nice guy, but he’s a pretty shitty viking. Weary of looting and pillaging, and having never really discovered a taste for rape, Erik convinces his fellow vikings to head to sea in search of the legendary Rainbow Bridge. In »

- Rob Hunter

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Life of Brian would be risky now, says Terry Jones

11 October 2011 6:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Monty Python star claims making satire now would be too risky following resurgence in religious belief

Monty Python's Terry Jones has revealed that he would shy away from making the comedy Life Of Brian today, because of a resurgence in religious belief.

Jones directed and acted in the 1979 film, starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, which sparked a religious storm and accusations of blasphemy.

Opponents of the comedy, which was a worldwide box-office success, claimed it made fun of Jesus.

But Jones told the Radio Times: "I never thought it would be as controversial as it turned out, although I remember saying when we were writing it that some religious nut case may take pot shots at us, and everyone replied: 'No'."

The 69-year-old said: "I took the view it wasn't blasphemous. It was heretical because it criticised the structure of the church and »

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Terry Jones would 'think twice' about new Life of Brian

11 October 2011 2:45 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Monty Python's Terry Jones would ''think twice'' about making 'Life of Brian' now because of political correctness. The 69-year-old actor-and-director doesn't think people would appreciate the religious views in the 1979 movie - which was the recipient of widespread protests in the Us - which tells the fictional story of character Brian Cohen who gets mistaken for the Messiah after being born in a Bethlehem stable next to Jesus. He said: ''At the time religion seemed to be on the back burner and it felt like kicking a dead donkey. ''It's come back with a vengeance »

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

7 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Senna

The mark of any great documentary is that it satisfies both viewers who know its subject intimately and those who may have never been interested.

Even if you are someone who thinks Formula One racing is just a rich person's folly where the fastest car always wins, Senna will put you straight. Brazil's Ayrton Senna was to F1 racing what Jimi Hendrix was to guitar playing and what Ali was to boxing: someone so naturally gifted he made being the best look easy. Yet closer inspection reveals levels of effort and devotion most would find impossible. Senna wasn't a tactical racer like his nemesis, Prost, or a lover of the computer-corrected cars that briefly took over the sport; he was a purist, a driver who could be so "in the zone" that things like poor weather only gave him something to overcome. He was so in tune that he »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Monty Python (And Terry Gilliam) Invade The Tiff Bell Lightbox

30 September 2011 7:18 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Rejoice, Toronto area fans of Monty Python! For the Tiff Bell Lightbox is about to throw (almost) every damn movie they ever made on the big screen and they're bringing along a stack of Terry Gilliam's stuff, too! If they'd only managed to score a print of Terry Jones' Erik The Viking life would be pretty much perfect.On the occasion of the restoration of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian to their original murky glory, this season's Late Night series surveys the Python boys' ventures into the cinema, as well as the solo directorial outings of their mad animation genius Terry Gilliam. Films in the series include Gilliam's most ambitious and visionary film Brazil (1985), a darkly funny »

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10 Greatest British Ensembles In Film History

16 September 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With the much anticipated release of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in theatres today, WhatCulture! were challenged with coming up with our 10 best British ensemble casts. With Tinker’s all star British cast – including the likes of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch – it was a bloody hard challenge to come up with ten that could even come close to rivalling such a solid cast!

Read on to discover what we came up with!

 

10. Gosford Park (2001)

The murder mystery genre is always one that employs a vast and impressive ensemble cast and Gosford Park is a prime example of how effective a film can be when this is done proficiently. A range of talented British stars fill the screen, disclosing the everyday workings of a 1930s mansion house from the privileged inhabitants and their wealthy guests, right down to the most invisible of servants. »

- Stuart Cummins

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Top 100 comedies of all time according to Time Out London

15 September 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Comedy is very subjective, so this list may not represent your favorite comedic moments in cinema. Time Out London has compiled their list of the 100 Best Comedies Of All Time, and did it in a unique manner. 200 people that work in, with, or around comedy were surveyed to find out their top ten comedies. Then those lists were averaged to get the top 100.

The cool thing about the list is that the mag also included thet top ten of each person surveyed, including Edgar Wright, Dan Aykroyd and The Office creator, Steven Merchant. Below is the top 100 and a few other top ten lists. To check out all the lists visit Time Out London. 

100. Sister Act (1992)

99. Carry on Screaming (1966)

98. Brazil (1985)

97. Swingers (1996)

96. BASEketball (1998)

95. The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

94. Midnight Run (1988)

93. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

92. Nuts in May (1976)

91. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

90. Mean Girls (2004)

89. The Great Dictator (1940)

88. Arthur (1981)

87. A Fish Called Wanda »

- Tiberius

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Are These The Top 100 Comedies Of All Time?

15 September 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

From time to time, major organizations such as the AFI give us lists of the best movies of all time. There's some kind of grand countdown from 100 to 1 and then we debate for a few days over how low this one was ranked or why was another ranked too high. And most of the time, we rarely get a glimpse behind the process. Time Out London has just released their list of the 100 Best Comedies Of All Time but have done it in a fun and uniquely transparent way. They surveyed over 200 people who work in, with, or around comedy and asked them for their top tens. Then they averaged all those lists together to come up with the top 100. The best part, though, is that all the lists are public. So instead of just listing the 100 best comedies of all time, we can also find out which ten comedies »

- Germain Lussier

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Shark Night 3D,’ ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy’ & ‘The Debt’ Alternatives

1 September 2011 5:12 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile movies streaming online via Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Shark Night 3D & The Debt.

This week theaters strive to scintillate with sharks, spies and sex! Can’t get enough of monstrous sea-beasts, captivating thrillers, and over-sexed comedians? Well we’ve got you covered with a bevvy of titles sure to delight and disturb!

A group of thirtysomethings celebrate the end of summer with an orgy. Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Nick Kroll, Will Forte and Martin Starr star.

You like a little kink with your comedy?

Party Down (2009) Yup. I’m recommending Party Down again. Besides being one of the best comedy series of the last decade, this short-lived sitcom also starred Martin Starr and had an orgy themed episode in season 2. Also streaming is that episode’s inspiration, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Book Review: Marty Feldman – The Biography of a Comedy Legend

21 August 2011 4:53 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Marty Feldman: The Biography Of A Comedy Legend

Written by Robert Ross | Published by Titan Books | Format: H/back, 320pp

Mike Myers regards him as ‘a genius’, while John Cleese considers him a ‘true cultural icon’. A pioneer of comedy, he died aged only 48. His name was Marty Feldman, and here, at last, is the first ever biography. Paving the way for Monty Python, then becoming a major Hollywood star, Marty will be forever remembered as Igor in Mel BrooksYoung Frankenstein.”

Acclaimed author Robert Ross, who has previously penned books on Monty Python and the Carry On films, draws from previously unpublished material that Feldman gathered together in preparation for an autobiography he never wrote. Ross combines this material with new interviews with many of Marty’s family and friends – including Monty Python’s Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

The book covers the entire of Feldman’s life »

- Phil

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Monty Python's Life of Brian recreated for BBC comic drama

15 August 2011 1:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The story behind the making of the film and the religious storm it caused are the subject of Holy Flying Circus

As Brian Cohen, the hapless hero of Monty Python's Life of Brian, finds out, it can be tricky stepping into the shoes of someone worshipped by all. And the fear of not passing muster is on the minds of all six actors cast as Pythons for a BBC comedy drama about the release of the film in 1979.

Holy Flying Circus will tell the story of the making of Life of Brian and the righteous fury that surrounded the release of its satirical take on the gospels. It is the first attempt to dramatise the activities of the sextet who transformed the nature of comedy in this country and produced a British film now critically regarded as one of the very best.

Coming together this summer to play Michael Palin, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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