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Monty Python: 30 years of near reunions from the comedy troupe

21 November 2013 12:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Monty Python fans everywhere woke up on Tuesday to the exciting news of an official reunion.

Since 1983's The Meaning of Life, the surviving members have yet to embark on a proper, official Monty Python project together. However, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are to reunite for a special stage production.

As Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Monty Python reforming to do a gig is as big as The Beatles reforming to do a gig."

To mark this monumental comedy moment, Digital Spy takes a look back at 30 years of near-misses, almosts-but-not-quites and other mini-reunions that have led to today's (November 21) press conference.

1983: Yellowbeard

Released shortly after The Meaning of Life, this comedy was written by Graham Chapman, alongside Peter Cook and Python collaborator Bernard McKenna. Centred around Chapman's pirate who is imprisoned for tax evasion, it also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle in minor roles. »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Rutles: Anthology

16 October 2013 12:19 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.95

Studio: Broadway Video

Meet Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band in The Rutles Anthology.

All You Need is Cash, the great 1978 rock mockumentary comedy created by Monty Python’s Eric Idle that outstandingly parodied The Beatles, makes its Blu-ray debut in The Rutles: Anthology.

Originally introduced by Idle in his post-Python BBC satire Rutland Weekend Television, the film All You Need Is Cash was brought to prime time in a 1978 TV special, produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, directed by Gary Weis and featuring the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. The film follows the epic rise and fall of the tight-trousered lads from Rutland as they hit the top of the pops and the heights of absurdity. Needless to say, it became a major cult hit…

The Rutles are played by Idle, Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar, »

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Jake Gyllenhaal and co spell double trouble at San Sebastián

23 September 2013 8:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The fare on offer at the Spanish film festival underlines film-makers' enduring fascination with the doppelganger

The San Sebastián film festival is in its fourth day, and if there's a theme emerging, it's this: doubles, mirror images, doppelgangers. All over the festival, actors are bumping enigmatically into themselves.

In Arie Posin's The Face of Love, Annette Bening plays a woman whose husband (Ed Harris) tragically dies: some time later, she finds herself attracted to a man with a striking resemblance to her late partner, played of course by Ed Harris. In Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a regular guy with a regular life who bumps into a minor-league actor with an uncanny resemblance to him: Gyllenhaal again.

I arrived at the festival last night, in time to see Cannibal, directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca. It's about a homicidal young tailor in Granada called Carlos, with a sinister »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

2 June 2013 11:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:


The Sopranos


Created by David Chase


Seinfeld »

- Cynthia Littleton

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