The Five Most Bittersweetly Funny Moments in the Animated Graham Chapman Film 'A Liar's Autobiography'

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The Five Most Bittersweetly Funny Moments in the Animated Graham Chapman Film 'A Liar's Autobiography'
Premiering tonight, November 2nd at 10pm Et on Epix, "A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" is an animated version of the late Monty Python member Graham Chapman's semi-fictionalized memoirs. It's not a Monty Python film, though it was made with the participation of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with an audio recording Chapman made three years before his death at the age of 48 providing the main narration. Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett directed the feature, which mingles the stylistically varied work of over a dozen different animation studios. "A Liar's Autobiography" is strictly a Python B-side -- combining Chapman's deliberately fuzzy storytelling with an even looser structure, the film demands a pre-existing familiarity with the troupe's work and with Chapman's life, including his homosexuality and his alcoholism. The animation tends...
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New Trailer and Bizarre Images from Monty Python Biopic "A Liar's Autobiography"

If ever you damned time for moving forward solely because it made the young men of Monty Python into the old men of Monty Python who don't get around as much, then A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman should be firmly on your radar as it reunites the famed troupe and brings their comedy to the screen once more. The downside of course being that it's animated so it's just their voices, but still, hearing Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam bring the story of the late Graham Chapman's life, is enough of a treat. Directed by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson & Ben Timlett, A Liar's Autobiography is an eclectic mix of animation styles and comedy that recalls some of Monty Python's best bits, and it also features voice appearances by Cameron Diaz, Carol Cleveland, Philip Bulcock,
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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Lineup

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Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.

The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.


A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)

Argo (Ben Affleck, USA)

The Company You Keep (Robert Redford, USA)

Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)

Emperor (Peter Webber, Japan/USA)

English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde, India)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)

Great Expectations (Mike Newell, UK)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)

Inescapable (Ruba Nadda, Canada)

Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)

Looper (Rian Johnson,
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Monty Python team to reanimate Graham Chapman

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will turn late actor's memoir into animated 3D film

He found himself laughed at, misunderstood and nailed to a cross while the crowd looked on the bright side. Now Graham Chapman, Monty Python mainstay and title star of Life of Brian, is set to rise again in a 3D animated biopic.

Adapted from the actor's 1980 memoir A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI, the film will blend contributions from the surviving Pythons with audio of Chapman reading from his book, recorded shortly before his death from cancer in October 1989. According to the New York Times, the picture is the brainchild of producers Ben Timlett, Jeff Simpson and Bill Jones, the son of former Python Terry Jones. It is set for a theatrical release in the UK next spring.

Educated at Cambridge, Chapman was a founding member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, the groundbreaking
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Pythons reunite for Graham Chapman film

Members of the classic comedy group Monty Python have lent their voices to a new 3D animated film based on the memoirs of the late Graham Chapman. A Liar’s Autobiography, published in 1980, was a deliberately fanciful account of his life and a taped reading by Chapman will be used, along with animation and added dialogue from the other Pythons. John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam will be voicing various roles. Eric Idle is currently the only member not to become involved, however the filmmakers are said to be “working on” getting him on board.

Produced and directed by Terry Jones’ son Bill Jones, along with Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, the film has 15 animation companies working on chapters that will range from three to 12 minutes in length, each in a different style to represent the different stages of Chapman’s life.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus
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Members of Monty Python Reunite for 3D Animated Feature Based on Chapman’s Book

London-based distributor Trinity announced that they will be distributing A Liar’s Autobiography, a film based on the outlandish book by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, in UK cinemas in Spring 2012. They are also co-financiers of the production, which reunites members of the Monty Python team with the exception of Eric Idle.

Mark Sandell, co-director of Trinity and executive producer on ‘A Liar’s Autobiography’ said: “Trinity are immensely proud to be involved with this fantastic project, working not only alongside the Pythons, but also with Epix, Bill and Ben Productions and Brainstorm Media – to help bring the unique talents of this extraordinary man back to a global audience”.

Written roughly ten years before his death by cancer, A Liar’s Autobiography chronicles Chapman’s life as a founding member of one of the greatest comedy groups of all time. The film’s world television premiere will
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Monty Python Troupe to Adapt Late Graham Chapman's Fake Memoir

Sadly, back in 1989 the world lost a charmingly funny man as Monty Python troupe member Graham Chapman died from cancer. However, it sounds like the funnyman might come back to life in some form on the big screen. Apparently most of the remaining members of the infamous comedy gang are in the midst of adapting Chapman's fake memoir A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI into a new 3D animated film. The New York Times says no less than 15 different animation companies are working on different chapters from the book with segments varying in length from three to twelve minutes each. Read on! Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, creators of the fantastic comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" are producing and directing the feature which will also utilize Chapman's voice from a recorded reading of the book made shortly before his death. His voice will run through the different ...
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(Most Of) Monty Python Gets Animated In Graham Chapman's A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI

The Monty Python gang is (mostly) back together. With the exception of Eric Idle, the complete Monty Python - even Graham Chapman, the dead one - is back together and hard at work on an animated adaptation of Chapman's A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI. Written roughly ten years before his death by cancer, A Liar's Autobiography chronicles Chapman's life as a founding member of one of the greatest comedy groups ever to walk this earth as well as his experiences as an openly gay man and a closeted alcoholic. Produced by Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson the film will be animated in a variety of styles with segments ranging from three to twelve minutes with Chapman himself providing a great deal of...
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(All of) Monty Python Reunite for New Animated Film Based on A Liar’s Autobiography

Having one of their number die in 1989 is clearly no obstacle when the Pythons decide to get the band back together, and it’s a Beatles ‘Free as a Bird’ style reunion as the remaining members of the comedy group are currently recording voices which will be cut together with Graham Chapman’s own voice recording of his book A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume IV*.

The New York Times report that an 85 minute 3D animated film will be the result with a number of animation companies working on bringing the surreal stories to life on the screen, although there’s no news on Terry Gilliam’s involvement on the animation side, something he has said he has deliberately moved away from over the years, however there’s never been a better time to return to the drawing board.

Exactly how much truth there was in Chapman’s book is not known,
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