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28 March 1978: Nancy Banks-Smith reviews a spoof on the career of the Beatles and the commoner cliches of TV documentaries

Those of you who have been hiding from the rain in reference libraries will have noticed that, while Newsweek is overwhelmed by The Rutles “the world now has The Rutles... Yeah, Yeah,” Time is underwhelmed – “makes one nostalgic for The Monkees.”

This proves that TV critics are absolutely right 50 per cent of the time. Or 50 per cent are right 100 per cent of the time. Depending.

Related: DVD review: The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash

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What we do on the Big Screen – A Look at Mocumentaries

Ever wondered about the inner workings of a vampire’s mind? Do you spend your spare time thinking about how a group of flat-sharing vampires divide up the household chores, or how they decide what to wear for a night on the town? Yeah, so do we. All these musings and many more are answered in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waitit’s hilarious mockumentary, What We Do In the Shadows. To celebrate the release of the Flight of the Conchords writers’ latest project, we take a look at the other best mockumentaries to hit the silver screen.

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

What many consider the ultimate mockumentary, this cult classic has topped many lists since the 80’s. Most of the dialogue was ad-libbed and the actors were accredited as writers as well because of this. One of the best rock movie quotes, “turn it up to 11”, comes from this masterpiece.
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"The Rutles" Will Please Please You

If ever a comedy film deserved a pass on the basis of its cast alone (other than It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, naturally), one could make a pretty strong case for The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, the centerpiece of The Rutles Anthology. A collaboration between major figures of both Monty Python and the early Saturday Night Live crew, the Rutles serve as a clear forerunner to Spinal Tap, and Cash an early entry in the musical faux-documentary genre.

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Rutles: Anthology

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.95

Studio: Broadway Video

Meet Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band in The Rutles Anthology.

All You Need is Cash, the great 1978 rock mockumentary comedy created by Monty Python’s Eric Idle that outstandingly parodied The Beatles, makes its Blu-ray debut in The Rutles: Anthology.

Originally introduced by Idle in his post-Python BBC satire Rutland Weekend Television, the film All You Need Is Cash was brought to prime time in a 1978 TV special, produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, directed by Gary Weis and featuring the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. The film follows the epic rise and fall of the tight-trousered lads from Rutland as they hit the top of the pops and the heights of absurdity. Needless to say, it became a major cult hit…

The Rutles are played by Idle, Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar,
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The 10 Strangest Bill Murray Roles That Almost Nobody Saw

It’s not his birthday, he didn’t die (at least not when this was written), and he doesn’t have a new movie out, but gosh darn it – let’s talk Bill Murray. He is, as we all know, the best person. Today I wanted to try and find some more roles in the vein of The Razor’s Edge; just some odd, maybe funny/maybe not characters he’s played over the years that we all may have missed out on. My goal here: to give you, at the very least, one Bill Murray role you didn’t know about, but would now really like to watch. Here we go… 10. Bill Murray The K & Man On The Street in All You Need is Cash/Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video As a performance, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary here; it’s just Murray screaming and being Murray-like. That
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Bill Murray: five best moments

Here are some of our favourite scenes involving the world's most likable actor - what have we missed that you'd add to the list?

All right-thinking individuals love Bill Murray. From Caddyshack and Stripes through to Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, he's been one of cinema's most consistently likable presences for more than 30 years, turning in terrific performances even in forgettable films. But if you had to pick just one scene, from one of his films, to illustrate his talents, what would it be?

Here are five of our favourites, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @michaelrobb87, @AlBritten, @ChrisBza, @EdKeates and @filipequintans. We've aimed for a mix of some well-known, some more obscure appearances – but what have we missed?

1. The dinner scene in What About Bob?

Murray plays a psychiatric patient with multiple phobias, who invites himself on holiday with his increasingly apoplectic therapist (Richard Dreyfus). This scene is
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Clip joint: Cults

Believe us when we tell you we're exploring some of the best cults and quasi-religious groups on film. Join us ...

This week's Clip joint is by David Biddle.

Think you can do better? Email your idea for a future Clip joint to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk

Next month sees the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, a film about a drifter who founds a cult with absolutely no relation to any litigious, real-life organisation whatsoever.

Cults and other shadowy quasi-religious organisations are common in pop culture, generally as antagonists, largely because the past few decades have seen some genuinely terrifying real-life examples. Here are some of my cinematic favourites.

1) The Wicker Man

This 1973 horror film has the distinction of being not only about a cult but also a cult film. Led by Christopher Lee's charismatic Lord Summerisle, a group of pagan islanders with a fondness for
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Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul

Documentary

Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: August 10, 2012

Plot: A documentary about the mystery of Detroit songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who wrote two albums in the early 70s and then was rumored to have killed himself.

Who’S It For? You don’t have to know anything about the musical artist Rodriguez before seeing this documentary. But you will definitely be a fan of him after you leave.

Overall

Twenty minutes into Searching for Sugar Man, I thought I was watching a ruse. It had to be. How could I have never heard of this musician, if his two albums were reportedly so great? (And this is when the film had only shown me a couple songs). With comparisons to Bob Dylan being thrown around, I figured this “Rodriguez” guy was just a parody of Dylan, much like Ricky Fataar parodied
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Your next box set: Ripping Yarns

Charming, insightful and very silly tales of Englishness, empire-building and high adventure from Michael Palin and Terry Jones

After their groundbreaking BBC series Monty Python's Flying Circus wound down in 1974, the Python team pretty much ceased to be an entity on TV. While their disbanding led to more film work (and their masterpiece, Life of Brian), they all continued small-screen work freed from the restrictions of the sketch show. From this period we get such classics as John Cleese's Fawlty Towers and Eric Idle's The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash. Equally funny, if a little less famous, is Michael Palin and Terry Jones's Ripping Yarns.

Palin and Jones had worked together since their student days in the Oxford Revue, and they regularly paired up to write for Python. Ripping Yarns sprang from a one-off, half-hour parody of Tom Brown's Schooldays, mixed in with the duo's own
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80 Blocks From Tiffany's is a million miles from today's gang life

From a time before hip-hop and crack, cult documentary offers a vivid snapshot of south Bronx street life

"I've seen … 57s … I've seen 12-gauge shotguns, I've seen 12-gauge pumps … I've seen a .45 military special with a clip on the street … I've seen fuckin' Thompsons. A damn Thompson! I've seen it! I've seen hand grenades, I've seen damn beer-can bazookas getting made. That thing hit you, just the same as being hit with a gun! I've seen .22 zip guns, I've seen .38 zip guns. I see things you never think you'll see on the street. I've seen dynamite. I've seen all this, man; you'd be surprised. Pretty soon, they're going to steal the damn atom bomb!"

The young man recounts his amateur arsenal to the camera with a complete lack of drama or hyperbole, quickly ticking off the hardware of his daily life as though he were running through a shopping list.
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Tsr Blog – Trying to Create a ‘Saturday Night Live’ Top 7 Movies of All Time

Every week we look around and try to come up with ideas for Top 7 lists at The Scorecard Review. Some are easy to think of like Top 7 Superhero Sequel Seconds as a nod to Iron Man 2. Other times, we have to dig a little.

With MacGruber opening up on Friday, May 21 and me being a bit of a “Saturday Night Live” geek, I figured there couldn’t be a better time to whip up a “Top 7 SNL Movies of All Time.”

Complete MacGruber coverage including reviews and interviews

Now, when I say “bit” of a SNL geek. What I mean to say is, I haven’t missed an episode in probably a decade. If I had to place a bet on the matter, I would say the over/under on episodes missed in the last 12 years would be three. And I would take the under. Don’t get me wrong,
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Meet the Zombeatles in Brains mockumentary

Doug Gordon, better known in his native Scotland for his undead-comedian alter ego Angus MacAbre, gave Fango the scoop on his upcoming mockumentary The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains. The flick finds MacAbre teaming with and documenting Madison, Wisconsin band The Gomers, who every Halloween transform into and perform as The Zombeatles.

Nicknamed “The Fab Gore,” the Zombeatles consist of Jaw Nlennon, Pall Ickartney, Gorge Harryson and Dingo Scarr (see more record covers below). Since the band formed four years ago, they’ve become a seasonal favorite in Madison, and gained wider recognition in 2006 when Rob Zombie selected their music video for “A Hard Day’s Night of the Living Dead” for a Halloween collection.

All You Need Is Brains focuses on the rise and fall of the group, beginning with the meeting and biting of Jaw and Pall at art school in Pool of Liver. After transforming into the walking dead,
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Meet the Zombeatles in Brains mockumentary

Doug Gordon, better known in his native Scotland for his undead-comedian alter ego Angus MacAbre, gave Fango the scoop on his upcoming mockumentary The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains. The flick finds MacAbre teaming with and documenting Madison, Wisconsin band The Gomers, who every Halloween transform into and perform as The Zombeatles.

Nicknamed “The Fab Gore,” the Zombeatles consist of Jaw Nlennon, Pall Ickartney, Gorge Harryson and Dingo Scarr (see more record covers below). Since the band formed four years ago, they’ve become a seasonal favorite in Madison, and gained wider recognition in 2006 when Rob Zombie selected their music video for “A Hard Day’s Night of the Living Dead” for a Halloween collection.

All You Need Is Brains focuses on the rise and fall of the group, beginning with the meeting and biting of Jaw and Pall at art school in Pool of Liver. After transforming into the walking dead,
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Rutles Play Live - At Last

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Latest: Funnyman Eric Idle's mock Beatles, The Rutles, performed live for the first time in Hollywood on Monday night.

Following a question-and-answer session at the Egyptian Theatre, which marked the first time the quartet had appeared together since making 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash, Idle and bandmates Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar took to the stage at a Vip party.

The sold-out event was held to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, which the four-piece introduced at the beginning of the evening.

Celebrities who turned up to salute the mock rockers included Andy Summers, Jeff Lynne, Peter + Gordon star Peter Asher and The Simpsons regular Dan Castellaneta.

Asked about their 'reunion' after 30 years apart, Idle quipped, "This is the first time in history that a band has reunited before they have actually united in the first place!"

There was a surprise in store for the Rutles - 'reunion' instigator and 30th anniversary celebration host Martin Lewis read out a message from Sir Mick Jagger.

Jagger appeared as himself throughout the original 1978 film and, in the closing scene of the film, he was asked if he thought the Rutles would ever reunite. His response: "Hope not!"

Playing on that, Jagger sent the band the following message: "After all the on and off promises and cancelled shows, I can't believe you have finally decided - at your great age - to defy all the odds and recreate your magnificent past. I wish I could be there. If only to laugh!"

Rutles Reunion Continues In New York

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Latest: Eric Idle's The Rutles 30th anniversary revue is set for a limited run in New York, coinciding with former Monty Python star's 65th birthday.

Idle devised the Rutlemania show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the spoof Beatles band's All You Need Is Cash mockumentary, which first aired in 1978. A one-week season of tribute concerts, featuring Beatles covers act The Fab Four as The Rutles, interacting with clips from the original film and dancing girls is currently playing in Hollywood.

And Rutlemania will continue at the Blender Theater in the Big Apple from 24 March and run until 29 March - Idle's 65th birthday.

The anniversary celebrations in Los Angeles also include the first time the original Rutles - Dirk McQuickly, Barry Wom, Stig O'Hara and Ron Nasty - have appeared in public together; the quartet made no personal appearances at the time of the film's 1978 premiere.

Rock stars like Dave Stewart, Jeff Lynne and The Police's Andy Summers are expected to be among the fans in attendance to see a special screening of the 1978 All You Need Is Cash film, followed by a question-and-answer session with the four Rutles, Ron Nasty, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara and Barry Wom (aka Idle, Neil Innes, John Halsey and Ricky Fataar).

Reunion organiser Martin Lewis says, "This will be a magical evening where real rock stars show up to salute a reunion of mock rock stars."

Mods & Rockers celebrates 'Cash' anniversary

Mods & Rockers celebrates 'Cash' anniversary
It was 30 years ago today -- well, this month -- that the Rutles film All You Need Is Cash had its world premiere on NBC. The Mods & Rockers Film Festival will celebrate the anniversary with an event March 17 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood featuring all four original Rutles: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey.

A digitally restored version of All You Need Is Cash will be screened, along with the rarely seen 1975 British TV skit that inspired the film, Rutles-related footage from Saturday Night Live and more. A Q&A with the Rutles will follow. Details: ModsAndRockers.com.

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