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Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
"Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!"
Phineas and Ferb has had its fair share of annoying episodes, but they do have a handful of really cool ones as well. This Halloween special is sure to be a good one.
The show loves to play with pop-culture and pull on the nostalgia strings at times. They've implemented things from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, My Fair Lady, The Little Mermaid, E.T., Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Marvel, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more.
Pegg and Frost will fit right into this world, »
- Joey Paur
Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
The British comedy troupe Monty Python is beginning to roll out clips of sketches from its farewell run at London's O2 this year, and first up is the group's classic "Spanish Inquisition" bit, which dates back to 1970. Since nothing ruins a joke quite like explaining it, the clip will speak for itself – as long as the sketch's Cardinal characters, played by Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, can remember their lines. The YouTube description for the clip suggests that it is the first in a series of sketches that »
Some Like It Hot, 1959.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
After witnessing a murder, two musicians flee Chicago to join an all-female band on their way to Florida…
Some Like It Hot is not known for its mob ties. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, carrying their awkwardly-shaped bass-case and sax-box, dressed in drag, is the memorable image. It would be easy to watch the opening first ten minutes and not even realise what the film is as we see gangsters with tommy-guns, shoot through a hearse revealing the liquor inside. Remember the funeral parlour that doubles as a speakeasy with the appropriate knock? Or the dancing girls and jazz music that echoes out onto the street while drinkers order their “coffee”? Oh, and then the camera subtly moves to introduce Gerald (Lemmon) and Joe (Curtis). They look bored playing their up-beat music. »
- Simon Columb
The surviving members of the iconic and influential British comedy troupe Monty Python recently closed out their run of reunion shows by bidding farewell in a befitting way: a sing-along of their tongue-in-cheek ditty "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The comedians dressed in white suit jackets, with four conducting the London audience with batons as the song's writer, Eric Idle, played guitar. By the end of the song, a number of other performers from throughout the night, as well as Mike Myers, came out to wish the »
Vince Gilligan originally write the script for his upcoming CBS drama "Battle Creek" a dozen years ago. So when asked at press tour about the selection of the Michigan town as the setting, Gilligan admitted that he couldn't remember what he did last week, let alone a script he wrote that long ago. In this case, "Battle Creek" co-star Josh Duhamel stepped in to refresh Gilligan's memory, explaining that the "Breaking Bad" creator had been fascinated with the name of the city (which he has never visited) just from seeing it on Kellogg's cereal boxes since childhood. CBS had "Battle Creek" — which stars Dean Winters as a cynical Battle Creek cop and Duhamel as the perfect FBI agent who sets up a field office across the hall from the detective squad — in development a dozen years ago, didn't make it at the time because the right actors couldn't be found. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Join collector, Ashens as he embarks on a journey that will take to far and wide as he searches for the long lost most collectable item ever created, the GameChild.
A comedy-adventure film best described as Indiana Jones meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With nods to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and The Goonies, Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild a treat for fans of science-fiction and fantasy.
Starring new YouTube superstar Stuart Ashen, alongside established stars such as Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Return of the Jedi) and Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf), the film follows Ashen’s insane search for a piece of electronic tat… the fabled Game Child console.
Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Manga Entertainment UK on 14th July 2014. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit http://www.mangauk.com/
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- Gary Collinson
For your chance to see an encore presentation of Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 23rd, 2014 at the AMC Forum 30 theater in Sterling Heights, Michigan, enter the contest below!
For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe on Sunday, July 20th. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.
Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionized comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014.
Monty Python first hit our screens with the Flying Circus, which saw 45 episodes broadcast over four »
Director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is finally headed to the U.S., and we’ve got the MPAA-approved, green-band trailer to prove it. The U.S. theatrical preview for Gilliam’s new project draws comparison to his previous cinematic operas of madness – specifically, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are but the ones listed here. It also includes a series of critical raves for the film accompanied by some familiar material, but also fresh footage that illustrates the colorfully unhinged nature of Gilliam’s latest dystopian vision.
Zero Theorem, based on the script by relative newcomer Pat Rushin, revolves around one Qohen Leth – who, depending on your interpretation, can be read as either a Gilliam stand-in and/or a fleshed-out caricature of a modern-day computer nerd – or maybe just the latest oddball brought to life ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
For the first time in more than three decades, Monty Python comedy legends John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will reunite on stage for a special, historic trip down memory lane. In July, fans from around the world will have the opportunity to join one of the most anticipated live events of the year, and bid farewell on this final curtain call of the Pythons live from London’s O2 Arena performance. Presented by Fathom Events and Picturehouse Entertainment, “Monty Python Live (mostly)” will be broadcast live to cinemas.
Sunday, July 20 at 2:30 pm Et/1:30 pm Ct/12:30 pm Mt/11:30 am Pt
Additional showings scheduled on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 pm local time.
Tickets for “Monty Python Live (mostly)” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than »
- Movie Geeks
Monty Python have recorded a new verse for their 1979 song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," transforming it into a sarcastic theme song for England's soccer team a few days before the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
According to The Telegraph, the tune now features a line that predicts a loss in the team's upcoming game against Brazil: "When you're in the World Cup, and all your hopes are up, and everybody wants your team to win/ Then they go and let you down, and come »
The film, currently in post-production with Terry Jones directing, has been sold by Gfm Films in the U.K.. to Lionsgate, in Germany to Telepool and Senator, in Scandinavia to Svenske, in Australasia to Icon, in Cis to Exponeta and in the Middle East to Ecs.
Shooting finished a week ago in London following a 37-day shoot.
The Pythons are voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow a disillusioned teacher (Pegg) with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things — which is precisely what happens.
There’s also a talking dog named Dennis, voiced by Robin Williams, who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Pegg »
- Dave McNary
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 »
I’m not really sure what Disney executives were smoking when they decided to make Galavant into a series for ABC, but I do wish they’d share. It’s a comedy about a fairy tale prince (actor Joshua Sasse) seeking revenge against the evil king (Timothy Omundson) who stole his lady love. The biggest selling point: it’s a musical and Oscar winning composer Alan Menken is on board to work his typical Disney magic.
I have no idea who the market is for this. It’s probably not the female audience that tunes in to Once Upon a Time. And it’s not the stoned college students who live for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And I don’t think the kids who love Disney’s G-rated musical fairy tale movies should be exposed to this. Not only is it not four-quadrant, it’s no quadrant.
That said, »
- Ed Kennedy
In a reference so obscure only the most determined fan would find it, Game of Thrones' in-house linguist translated insults from Monty Python into the show's Low Valyrian language
Some stand in the rain in Leicester Square, others camp outside hotels. But fandom goes to the next level when, as with a recent Game of Thrones episode, you can spot a Monty Python quote translated into a fantastical invented language.
In the episode Breaker of Chains, the show's linguist David Peterson created the ultimate in-joke with series creator Dan Weiss, by translating Monty Python quotes into Low Valyrian, a language used by a clan on the show. More specifically, he took the insults hurled by a French soldier in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, such as "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries."
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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 »
Sometimes it's nice when the nerds behind the nerdy thing you're nerdy about are nerdy about other things you're nerdy about. Cue Game of Thrones' linguist David Peterson. He revealed an Easter egg from the third episode of this season, from the scene in which Daario Naharis goes up against the champion of Meereen. The champion shouts something at Daenerys, but Missandei is not translating what he's saying. "He's actually saying a Low Valyrian translation of the French guy's insults in Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Peterson explained. It was apparently the idea of series co-creator D. B. Weiss. Because pissing in the sand in front of Daenerys is not enough, a real bad guy also farts in her general direction. »
- Jesse David Fox
London — Picturehouse Entertainment has nabbed the international distribution rights to broadcast Monty Python’s final live show at London’s O2 Arena on July 20 to movie theaters around the world.
The show, “The Last Night of Monty Python,” has been billed as a farewell to the comedy troupe. “Join the crowd live from London’s O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for The Old Jokes Home … on the big screen, in HD,” the Pythons said in a statement.
It will be directed by Aubrey Powell and produced by Fiz Oliver. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will perform some of Monty Python’s best-known hits, “with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists.”
There was huge demand for tickets for the live performances at the O2, which was Monty Python first performance on stage since they appeared »
- Leo Barraclough
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