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Terry Jones On Four Decades Of Monty Python And Robin Williams’ Final Film

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Terry Jones On Four Decades Of Monty Python And Robin Williams’ Final Film
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,
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Monty Python’S The Meaning Of Life On Blu-ray October 8

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, re-live every side-splitting comedic moment, every outrageous vignette and every tasteless joke, as Monty Python’S The Meaning Of Life commands your attention once again. The classic Python film will debut on Blu-ray™ on October 8, 2013 with Digital Copy & UltraViolet™, and is packed with extra features including a nostalgic cast reunion featurette The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The Meaning of Life brought all the loyal Pythonites back together, sharing writing responsibilities as they returned to their much loved sketch show format, with Terry Jones directing and John Goldstone producing. Bringing to life roles ranging from The Grim Reaper to the legendary Mr. Creosote are John Cleese (Faulty Towers; A Fish Called Wanda) Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Brazil), Eric Idle (What About Dick?, Shrek the Third), Terry Jones (Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Tasha Brown Joins Chernin Entertainment

Exclusive: Chernin Entertainment is getting serious about comedy. The 20th Century Fox TV-based television division of the company has hired Tasha Brown as VP comedy, its first executive dedicated to developing half-hour projects. She started this week reporting to TV president Katherine Pope. Brown comes from BBC Worldwide Prods where she served as director of comedy development and worked on developing projects based on BBC formats, including Gavin and Stacey at ABC. Before that, she was a consultant in Bbcww's scripted division and was instrumental in setting up Absolutely Fabulous at Fox/Sony last year. Brown started off as a production assistant at comedy powerhouse Carsey Werner where she rose to staff writer on the company's series Grounded for Life before switching careers to become a development executive. Interesting footnote: Brown is the product of show business parents - her mother is renowned UK literary agent Linda Seifert and her
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List: Pass the Kool-Aid - Five Flicks That Aspired To Cult Status

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By Matt Singer

The trailer for this week's "Repo! The Genetic Opera" announces itself, via a quote from Fearnet editor Joseph McCabe, as "an instant cult classic!" With that idea in mind, distributor Lionsgate is forgoing the industry standard 3,000-screen release and taking "Repo!" on tour as a roadshow ("It's not just a film," the official website boasts, "it's an event!"). Some cultists have already bought in; at "Repo!"'s U.S. premiere at September's Fantastic Fest, at least a dozen people showed up dressed as characters to the movie, even though they hadn't even seen it yet. Terrance Zdunich, one of the stars and co-writers of the film said, "It's already becoming a "Rocky Horror" experience and we hope it continues in that vein."

The phrase "instant cult classic," though, is something of an oxymoron. By definition, a cult film has to first be passed over by the mainstream
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