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A man with more than 50 years of comedy experience is taking his crack at YouTube. John Cleese, who is best known as one of the co-founders of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, has launched a personal channel on which he will share sketches, stories, and other videos.
Cleese co-founde Monty Python in 1969 and went on to engineer some of the group’s most popular sketches, including “Dead Parrot” and the “Ministry of Silly Walks.” He also served up several memorable roles in the group’s films, including his portrayal of the indefatigable Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Beyond Python, Cleese has also appeared in several films, including the James Bond franchise (where he played Bond’s gadget man, Q) and Harry Potter (which featured him as the jovial ghost Nearly-Headless Nick).
With his YouTube channel, Cleese will continue his legendary career. “On my YouTube, channel, »
- Sam Gutelle
It is, according to its director, “the Sisyphean rock that keeps rolling back”. A film, more than 20 years in the making, that’s been stalled by vanishing funds, flash floods and disease. Yet Terry Gilliam is again pushing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote up the hill.
The director’s treasured adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s book has seen years of false starts. A who’s-who of acting talent have been attached to play the arrogant, dreamy Don (Jean Roquefort, Robert Duvall, John Hurt) and an approximation of his staunch squire Sancho Panza (Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Jack O’Connell). All departed, for reasons ranging from the dull (Depp’s been too busy making films for »
- Henry Barnes
Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.
Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.
The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Terry Gilliam Age: 75 Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota Best Known For: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys Nobody makes movies quite like Terry Gilliam. His flair for off-kilter comedy and big, bold visuals has made for some truly iconic movies over the years. And while there are certainly more famous entries in his filmography, we're celebrating one of his lesser known and underappreciated movies that was released this very week back...
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Michael White, the Scottish producer whose long list of largely U.K. stage and film credits includes Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has died. He was 80. The producer died March 8 of heart failure in Ojai, CA. White was the subject of the 2013 documentary The Last Impressario. Watch the trailer above. White, who received a 2014 special lifetime achievement Olivier Award, produced his first play on the West End in 1961 but made his… »
Michael White, the British film and theater producer best known for his work on “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” has died. He was 80. White passed away Monday night in Ojai, California, at the home of ex-wife Louise White. However, his death was confirmed to Reuters by his former girlfriend, filmmaker Lyndall Hobbs. “It would seem he died of heart failure having been told about eight weeks ago that he needed open heart surgery but he was too weak for surgery,” Hobbs said, explaining that his ex-wife and son had cared for him as his “health deteriorated rapidly. »
- Debbie Emery
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As any "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" fan could warn you, you don't want to mess with a rabbit. They may look cute, but just watch what happens when two guards underestimate Kevin Hart's widdle white Snowball in this new character-focused trailer for "The Secret Life of Pets."
"Liberated forever! Domesticated never! Yeaaaaah!"
The cat toying with the poop is the best part.
The story is set in a Manhattan apartment building, as a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) sees his life as a favorite pet turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But they have to put their differences aside they find out that Snowball the bunny is building an »
- Gina Carbone
Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.
1.Annie Hall (1977)
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
4. Airplane! (1980)
5. Tootsie (1982)
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Producers (1967)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
16. Bridesmaids (2011)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
19. The Jerk (1979)
20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
21. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. The Princess Bride (1987)
23. Raising Arizona (1987)
24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
25. Caddyshack (1980)
26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
27. The Graduate (1967)
28. The Apartment (1960)
30. The Hangover (2009)
31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
32. The Lady Eve »
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9 items from 2016
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