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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
Despite Bill Murray's reluctance to jump back into character for the now dead Ghostbusters 3, he has no problem pulling on an overcoat adorned with the iconic logo for EW's latest reunion issue, appearing alongside former cast mates Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Ernie Hudson.
In what has become an anticipated annual tradition, EW has once again gathered the casts of quite a few fan favorite TV shows and movies, reuniting ensembles that span decades. Also included on the cover are Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey, The Fabulous Baker Boys themselves, Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges, who appear alongside their leading lady Michelle Pfeiffer. And Sports Night duo Peter Krause and Josh Charles.
Also appearing inside the issue will be the men of Monty Python's Flying Circus, the women of Little House on the Prairie, the cast of beloved 90s series Sisters, and the gang from Napoleon Dynamite. »
The BFI has confirmed that two lost episodes of pre-Monty Python sketch show At Last the 1948 Show have been re-discovered.
Frost executive produced the ITV sketch show in 1967 and 1968, with future Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, future Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor and Aimi MacDonald in the cast.
Cleese will be presenting the episodes at BFI Southbank in London on Sunday, December 7 as part of the BFI's annual Missing Believed Wiped. These shows have not been seen in full since their original broadcasts.
BFI television consultant Dick Fiddy said: "This latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents.
"These gifted comedians, »
The Dead Parrot has been voted the UK's favourite Monty Python sketch.
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It was voted the most popular moment by 45% of the 2,000 British adults surveyed, who were asked to choose their top Monty Python sketch from a list of over 35 scenes.
Coming in at second place was The Lumberjack Song (28%), which ended up being released as a single in 1975.
In third place was The Ministry of Silly Walks, which received votes from 23% of respondents.
The top ten favourite Monty Python sketches are as follows:
Dead Parrot – 45%
The Lumberjack Song – 28%
The Ministry of Silly Walks – 23%
The Spanish Inquisition – 16%
Spam – 15%
Four Yorkshiremen – 12%
Nudge Nudge – 11%
Fish slapping dance – 8%
The Restaurant sketch (dirty fork) – 7%
The killer joke – 6%
Narrowly missing »
John Cleese has blasted the BBC for not understanding comedy. The Monty Python and 'Fawlty Towers' legend doesn't think his comedy troupe's famous sketch show, 'Monty Python's Flying Circus', would survive on BBC today because commissioning executives have no experience in writing or producing comedy. He told Time Out magazine: ''What has happened since my time is that a very simple process, which worked wonderfully well at the BBC, has been lost. In those days the departmental heads were very trusting of their producers. ''What happens now is you have a new species, a 'commissioning editor', who, as far as I can make »
Terry Gilliam is reportedly having a hard time getting excited about reuniting with the other members of the pioneering comedy troupe Monty Python. "I find it depressing that we’re getting back together again," he said in a recent interview with the London Evening Standard. "We worked so hard to get careers beyond it, to get to this stage, and now we’re being dragged back again."
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After the group's final performance together in 1980, Gilliam – the American-born member of the group who made »
The third episode of the current season of Game of Thrones, which is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, contains an Easter egg of Arthurian proportions: Monty Python references. The show's linguist, David Peterson, has revealed that the references appear in the scene where Daario Naharis faces off with the champion of Meereen and the latter shouts at Daenerys Targaryen in some foreign tongue. Although she asks what the invective means, she does not get an accurate translation. "He's actually saying a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's »
They brought the world the game-changing sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. They concocted bizarre monstrosities of movies like The Meaning of Life, Life of Brian and The Holy Grail. Then the members of the adored and acclaimed comedy troupe went their separate ways. But for one night only, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will reunite in London for The Last Night of Monty Python. If you didn't snag tickets to the much-anticipated stage show, you still have a shot to enjoy all its mayhem thanks to a special movie-theater expansion. Variety reports Picturehouse Entertainment has made a deal that will broadcast The Last Night of Monty Python live to theaters around the world on July 20th. Though Monty Python's surviving members (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) have appeared on stage together a handful of times since »
Despite growing from strength to strength with their Comedy Central series Key & Peele in the Us, the duo are arguably largely unknown across the Atlantic. In case you aren't sure who this duo are, Digital Spy takes a look at just why they are two of the best comics out there.
After first appearing together on the Fox comedy series MADtv, the duo signed up to star in their own sketch show on Comedy Central in 2012. The show is yet to be broadcast in the UK, which is a huge shame, as it is quite possibly the funniest sketch show in the world right now.
Thankfully, Comedy Central makes pretty much every single sketch available on YouTube, allowing the pair to most likely »
Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Mar 2014 - 06:29
In person, Terry Gilliam's every bit as mischievous, funny, generous and entertaining as you'd hope. The director of some wonderful science fiction and fantasy films, from Jabberwocky to Time Bandits and Brazil to The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys, he's one of the most imaginative and individual filmmakers working - and then there are the wonderful animated short films he created, which came to international prominence thanks to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
When we meet Mr Gilliam on the fifth floor of a London hotel, the sun's shining through the window and the director's positively beaming. He's encouraged because there's plenty of light and fresh air in the room - a stark contrast, he says, to the sometimes dark and claustrophobic rooms he »
News Ryan Lambie 13 Mar 2014 - 15:03
A stop-motion film by Terry Gilliam? The director's exclusively revealed that the makers of Coraline have approached about making one...
"The whole point of animation to me is to tell a story, make a joke, express an idea," director Terry Gilliam once said on the 1974 TV programme, Bob Godfrey's Do -It-Yourself Animation Show. "Whatever works is the thing to use."
Once he started directing live-action feature films with Monty Python And The Holy Grail (which he co-directed with Terry Jones) in 1975, Gilliam put aside the wonderfully creative cut-out animations that appeared in shorts like Storytime (1968) and Miracle Of Flight (1974), not to mention the surreal moments he brought to the TV series Do Not Adjust Your Set and Monty Python's Flying Circus.
For Gilliam, live-action became "the thing to use" for much of his feature directing career. But wouldn't it be great if he one day returned to animation, »
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