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I did it! I finally presented an installment of my "Guess the Movies" puzzles where one of the movies was never guessed. To be honest, I don't really intend for you to never guess all the movies, but to create a puzzle where only one doesn't get guessed, I think, is a pretty good day as it means I created a damn near perfect puzzle. In all honesty, I'm impressed people guessed #8, #12, #13 and #16, but it was #5 that stumped you all and I actually included it along with #21, which I thought might throw some of you off, but #5 is an image from Joon-ho Bong's 2009 film Mother, definitely not an easy one. That said, here are the answers to this latest graphic. If you want to browse the graphic before seeing the answers don't scroll below the image below or just click here to visit the post or on the picture »
- Brad Brevet
Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has always preferred the "slightly more absurd" versions of the King Arthur legend (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail), so it's with that spirit that he steps into the role of Lancelot in the third installment of the Night of the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, out on Friday. This time, Ben Stiller travels to the U.K. and, with his magic tablet, makes figures at the British Museum come to life. "Inside this tin suit that is on display there comes out this totally imaginary, fictional character," Stevens said. "He's obviously not real, even though he thinks he is." Stevens prepped by watching a lot of sword fighting from Errol Flynn films as well as The Princess Bride ("a big influence") so that he could embody the spirit of a lost knight who thinks he's on a holy quest. The actor »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Martin Freeman seemed like a solid but unusual choice to host “Saturday Night Live” when he was first announced. Had you asked me twenty possible hosts for the show’s December run, I’m not sure I would have put him anywhere near that list. (I’d have gone with Ian McKellan returning to host over Freeman making his debut.) Quite frankly, I’m surprised the star of “The Hobbit”/”Fargo”/”Sherlock” even had the time or energy to host at all. We’ve seen his comedic chops in all of those programs, as well as in the original version of “The Office,” so we know he has the bonafides to host. But how will he integrate with the show’s current cast? That’s what we’ll find out tonight. As always, I’ll be liveblogging as the episode progresses, assessing grades to each segment. As always, you the »
- Ryan McGee
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Terry Gilliam about his bizarre fairy tale Time Bandits (available for the first time on Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection). After making his mark penning the outlandish animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the early ’70s, Terry Gilliam transitioned to live action: first sharing directing credit with his Python mate Terry Jones for the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, then with his debut solo effort, Jabberwocky. But it would be his next project, Time Bandits, which would solidify Gilliam as one of the major moviemaking talents of the next decade. Coming...
- Jason Guerrasio
Now out in hardback is John Cleese's autobiography, So Anyway. It's a genuinely interesting read, very much written in his own voice, and he spared us some time to have a chat about it, and his career.
Here's how it went...
Can we start with the predictable stuff first, but I always wonder this when anyone writes an autobiography: why do it? Why put your life down in a book, who is it for, and did you enjoy it?
Well let's go backwards on that. Yes I enjoyed it very much. Who is it for me? In a funny kind of way it was for me, because some people seem to think that I've had a very interesting life, which compared with people who have fought in wars, and been spies, and discovered rivers in Africa, »
For those who miss the substance and scope of films like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Man Who Would Be King,” Philipp Stoelzl’s “The Physician” restores one’s faith in the medium — if not necessarily one’s faith in faith. A hearty historical epic that pits intellectual progress against the stifling influence of world religions, this absorbing adaptation of Noah Gordon’s international bestseller — better known abroad, where the film has earned more than 3.5 million admissions, airing on German television in its full four-hour form — tells of a lowly English urchin who travels halfway around the globe to study under Persian thinker Ibn Sina.
Though never widely embraced in the States, Gordon’s immersive 1986 novel introduced world readers to medieval hero Rob Cole, a Christian lad so committed to advancing the sorry state of 11th-century medicine that he disguised himself as Jewish (going so far as to perform his »
- Peter Debruge
Glenn here with a bit of a photography break. I had anticipated catching far more films at Doc NYC, the documentary festival that is wrapping up its season here in New York. One film that I was able to catch, a nominee for Best Documentary at the "Australian Oscars", was Gracie Otto's The Last Impresario. It is a delightfully portrait of the life and career of the so-called most famous man you have never heard of, Michael White, and an entertaining trip down the film and theatre industry's memory lane. Otto discovered White when visiting the Cannes Film Festival and sought to document him, looking at the way he changed London's West End with original productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oh! Calcutta! and many more, before getting into film production with the likes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
One of the film's best moments is »
- Glenn Dunks
The Twelve Monkeys director said that he plans to discuss potential new projects with his Python colleagues next month, following their sold-out live reunion stage show earlier this year.
"At a gathering in December we'll talk of what we might do," he told The Sun.
"There have always been talks about trying to do a musical of Life of Brian."
However, Gilliam played down the chances of a new feature film, saying: "There have always been talks about another film, but I don't know. One reason we did the show was because it only required a couple of months of our lives.
"But a film is a much longer process. »
Previously, we'd seen a colorful teaser poster for the comedy Absolutely Anything, a pseudo reunion of the infamous Monty Python comedy troupe with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones voicing aliens who bestow magical powers on a secondary school teacher and watch what happens. Simon Pegg leads the film, and Robin Williams voices his dog Dennis in one of his final film performances. Now we have some first look photos showing Pegg in the film with his talking dog, and we even get a shot of Kate Beckinsale, playing a love interest. Will this pack a hilarious Monty Python punch? Here are the first photos from Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything from Empire: Absolutely Anything is dircted by Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian), who co-wrote the script with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). The film follows a disillusioned school teacher (Simon Pegg »
- Ethan Anderton
If you are anything like me, John Cleese is a big part of your life. I remember seeing Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time and having my mind blown open by its comedy. From the scientific reasoning for a swallow to carry a cocoanut to the Black Knight, I had never seen a film like this before. Digging into the Python's other work was just as much a joy. Then there is all the stuff Cleese did separate from Python that shaped my sense of humor, like A Fish Called Wanda and "Fawlty Towers". He is an undeniable genius and legend. I said undeniable. So, if you deny this, you are wrong. Well, I have some unfortunate news for all the Cleese fans out there. He has decided he is done making movies. At the age of 74, Cleese would rather make better use of his remaining »
- Mike Shutt
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
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/
We have one »
- Gary Collinson
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