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Thn are proud to announce that English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Michael Palin Cbe will receive BAFTA’s highly-regarded accolade, the Fellowship, at this year’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 12th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and we have the official release for the career of this outstanding individual!
Starting out as a writer for series such as The Frost Report, Michael quickly found himself in front of the camera. He is a founding member of world-renowned comedy group Monty Python, featuring in such classics as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Michael’s intelligence, wit and masterful creativity were crucial elements to Monty Python’s success.
Michael continues to work on several critically acclaimed televised series, presenting some of the most recognised travel documentaries on television: Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, »
- Dan Bullock
Review by Barbara Snitzer
The most surprising detail I noticed while watching this movie is that Kate Hudson gets top billing. Fortunately, her locks and silliness are somehow tamed by her being brunette.
An even more surprising post-viewing detail I learned was that while the movie globe-trots, the book takes place in only one location, that of the café in Lahore, Pakistan where Changez (Riz Ahmed) meets with American journalist Bobby (Liev Schreiber). At the beginning of their meeting in the café, Changez insists that Bobby listen to Changez’ story in its entirety lest he fail to understand why Changez’ fundamentalist activities are indeed, reluctant.
This might be the first time a great movie made me not want to read the book. »
- Movie Geeks
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to fete former Monty Python star Michael Palin.
The English comedian and writer will receive BAFTA’s top honor, the Fellowship, at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on May 12 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
BAFTA chairman John Willis said: “Michael Palin, ex-Python, writer, presenter and BAFTA-winning actor whose amiable onscreen manner belies the seriousness of his craft, has made an incredible contribution to the medium over five decades.”
Palin kicked off his career as a writer for series such as “The Frost Report,” before becoming a founding member of comedy group Monty Python. As well as the BBC TV series Palin starred in Python features “The Holy Grail” and “Life of Brian.”
- Leo Barraclough
The movie ends with a visit from the Grim Reaper and a trip to heaven (where it's always Christmas), so it's fitting that Monty Python's The Meaning of Life should be this week's reminder of your own mortality. It opened on April 1, 1983 -- 30 years ago. Which means that if you remember it, You're Old™. As a group Monty Python had been popular since the days of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-'74), and especially since 1974, when episodes of that show had started airing in the U.S. The first two "real" Python movies (not counting 1971's And Now for Something Completely Different, which was just a collection of reshot TV sketches), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Life of Brian (1979), were hits. The group's albums...
- Eric D. Snider
Citizens of Earth,
We've double-checked our slide rules and the calculations are true. Planet Fanboy will be going into deep orbit for the foreseeable future. It has been lovely beaming transmissions to you, but all things in our dark, cold, expanding universe must end. (Except packing peanuts.)
It has been a little over one of your Earth years since we first made contact, so we figured this is a good opportunity to look back at some of our brighter moments.
There were previews, there were recaps, there were marching orders on how to plan your Comic-Con, but we also like to believe that we sometimes made you stop and think.
Remember the time we explained how the well-dressed and charming James Bond is actually a big fat geek? Or when we broke down what about our 16th president was actually true in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? Perhaps you recall our »
- Jordan Hoffman
Feature Paul Martinovic 26 Feb 2013 - 11:41
A few months ago a programme aired on ITV called Superstar. If, like the majority of the British viewing public, it passed you by, let me quickly get you up to speed: the reality show was the brain child of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the hugely successful composer behind West End smashes such as Cats, Starlight Express and Evita who has seen a late career resurgence as the self-appointed Simon Cowell of musical theatre.
Following Webber's similarly successful recruitment shows for productions of The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound Of Music, Superstar saw contestants compete to win the title role of Jesus in a new production of Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Sporty Spice as Mary Magdalene and a newly unemployed Chris Moyles as Herod. »
Films aren't there just to exercise your eyes while you shovel popcorn into your mouth; they can change your life. Here's one reader's pick of movie bons mots – now send us yours
This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Matt Clough. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Films hold a command over our emotions like few other mediums; they make us laugh, they make us cry, they even make us angry ("Why is Michael Bay making another film about sentient sports cars?") However, some films go further and leave us with food for thought, or even a whole new outlook on life. Here are my top five film quotes to live your life by.
The Godfather: Part II: 'Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer'
Michael Corleone's piece of inherited family wisdom in The Godfather: Part II »
- Guardian readers
I've always enjoyed the comedic entertainment that Monty Python has brought us over the years. I'm excited to report that the classic comedy group is coming back together to bring us a sci-fi comedy called Absolutely Anything!
The movie will be a combination of CGI and live action. Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian) is set to direct the movie, and Mike Medavoy (Life of Brian, Black Swan) will produce. It's set to go into production in the UK this spring!
According to Variety, "the Pythons [will be] voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow an earthling 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 who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Robin Williams will voice the character. »
- Joey Paur
They say a great script makes a great film, and, in the case of all the movies below, result in hundreds of quotes, ranging from the hilarious to the devastating. What with the release date of Movie 43 (which could prove to be the most quotable comedy of all time) approaching rapidly, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourite films guaranteed to inspire a healthy quote-a-thon wherever you may be.
10. Van Wilder
“Write that down”, “The first day of spring semester. A time to say goodbye to the parents once again, and say hello to a few new student bodies”, “Details. Only details”
Perpetual party animal Van Wilder may be remembered for staying in school just that little bit longer than his classmates, but boy-oh—boy can he throw out some one-liners. Now just over ten years on from its original release, Van is »
- David Agnew
Brad Pitt is reportedly circling the title role in Pontius Pilate, a new interpretation of sorts on the man that ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. A biopic is in the works at Warner Bros who acquired the script from Tortilla Soup writer Vera Blasi.
The 49-year-old actor is not committed, but is reportedly close to signing on for the title role in a big budget Biblical epic.
Instead of a straight-ahead biblical story, the script describes the titular character as a ‘proud, capable Roman soldier’ whose ‘arrogance and inability to grasp the devoutness of the citizenry and its hatred for the Roman occupiers and their pagan gods leads him to make catastrophic decisions’ to allow Jesus to be crucified.
The period drama about one of history’s most vilified figures also features the Roman emperors Caligula and Tiberius as well as New Testament figures such as John the Baptist, »
- Nick Martin
As revealed last autumn, Warners are planning to add to the recent spate of proposed Biblical epics with its own yarn based around Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. Deadline now reveals that Brad Pitt is circling the lead role. Reports that it's because he wants to wash his hands of World War Z remain unverified.The familiar version of Pilate is more or less the one played - rather well - by Hristo Shopov in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, and by David Bowie in Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ - although perhaps you prefer Telly Savalas in The Greatest Story Ever Told or Michael Palin's portrayal in Life Of Brian. He's the politician who orders Jesus' crucifixion, securing himself a role as one of history's greatest villains.There is plenty more to his story than that, however, and the idea of showing the character's younger »
11 items from 2013
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