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Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy): A Comic Oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian Libretto by Eric Idle and Music by John Du Prez The Collegiate Chorale and Orchestra of St. Luke's/Ted Sperling Carnegie Hall, December 15-16, 2014
Not the Messiah was superb (albeit with minor overtones of shtick). But what else to expect from Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle, and John Du Prez, one of the composers of Spamalot and composer of the soundtrack for Python's swan song film, The Meaning of Life. This was truly an evening of whimsy on a grand, grand scale, with an excellent full orchestra playing wonderful arrangements, a chorus of one hundred-or-so voices, four outstanding soloists, and of course Eric Idle (who at this stage of his long career possesses whimsy-imprinted DNA).
The story follows the life of a man named Brian, born a few doors down from »
- Jay Reisberg
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, »
Given that it reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold after eight weeks on the shelves, it.s safe to say that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was one of the best parts of Guardians of the Galaxy. These songs were already classics, but the way they worked alongside the film.s narrative was spectacular. The end of the film teased Peter Quill.s new Awesome Mix Vol. 2 which we.ll hopefully get to hear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But if you.re looking for more music that helped shape the colorful sci-fi epic, there is another selection of songs crucial to the production that director James Gunn has revealed to the masses. Earlier this week on his Facebook page, Gunn posted a listing of songs for what was originally called the Boot of Jemiah playlist, but is now officially titled Awesome Mix Vol. Zero. They are »
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
It would be pointless – not to mention foolish – to judge Caesar And Otto’s Deadly Xmas by the same standards as other films. This is chiefly because if we did we’d have to face up to the fact that this Christmas-themed horror/campfest doesn’t even deserve in the same VHS bargain bins as the films it clumsily imitates. That said, if the only movies people ever enjoyed were the good ones then…well, Netflix wouldn’t exist, for one thing.
With that in mind, I decided to view Caesar And Otto in the spirit in which I hope and pray it was intended: with tongue firmly embedded in cheek. It’s a good thing I did so immediately, as an early scene sees the recent recipient of »
- Mark Allen
Years ago, my husband would amuse me now and then with a re-enactment of the moment in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, where a society hostess is called out by Death for having inadvertently killed her guests by serving them mousse made with canned salmon. Her response — "I'm most dreadfully embarrassed"— became a go-to phrase useful for any faux-calamitous event. Years later, when my husband asked if I had ever eventually seen the sketch itself, I had to stop and think: Had I? Or did it just thrive in my memory, through his re-enactment and my subsequent adoption of the punch line, so that I only believed I'd seen it? In moments like those, I say that I've been Chris Markerized: A combination of images and sounds has become so vivid in my mind that »
As obsessed with bodily fluids as it is with social awkwardness, The Inbetweeners, be it on TV or the big screen, determinedly sets out to make viewers laugh until a bit of lung comes out. And with The Inbetweeners 2 now taking the boys, ahem, down under for more sexual shenanigans in Australia, the gross-out levels are set to soar (or plummet, depending on your viewpoint).
But making audiences squint, wince and fight their gag reflexes has always been a part of cinema. Sometimes it's done for belly laughs (Cameron Diaz styling her hair with Ben Stiller's homemade gel in There's Something About Mary), sometimes to elicit feelings of shock or revulsion (Ray Liotta forced to dine on his own brain in Hannibal). And sometimes it does all of the above at once (an army of zombies being cut to dripping ribbons with a lawnmower in Peter Jackson's splatstick horror »
San Diego — The latest young adult novel to head to the big screen, "The Giver," showed its wares at Comic-Con 2014 on Thursday. Oscar winner and movie legend Jeff Bridges was on hand, but none other than original author Lois Lowry stole the show. Based on Lowry's 1993 novel, "The Giver" is actually a drama set in a dystopian future that precedes "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" by almost 15 years. It finds the remnants of the human race living in a very controlled world after an apocalyptic "fall." When Jonas, a young man played by "Maleficent's" Brenton Thwaites, is chosen to replace the society's Giver (Bridges), a chain of events occurs that could unravel this utopian society. Meryl Streep makes arguably her sci-fi debut playing the political leader of this world. She's joined by Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgård, who play Jonas' parents. Newcomer Odeya Rush (the upcoming "Goosebumps") plays Twaites' »
- Gregory Ellwood
In the latest of our Close Up series we look at one of HeyUGuys’ most treasured directors. Currently killing the Python (for the last time) on stage Terry Gilliam’s vibrant imagination and brutal humour has gathered him up a legion of fans who follow his every cinematic move with delight.
Though with a director such as Gilliam choosing a ‘best of’ list could easily be solved by pointing a link to his IMDb page I have chosen the elements of his work which I like the most. There are many, many more excellent moments and themes from his films, but as we near the release of The Zero Theorem on Blu-ray and DVD (out on Monday the 21st of July folks) we look back at those moments which made us fans.
The Kids are not what they seem.
A young boy holds his mother’s hand and watches silently »
- Jon Lyus
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 »
Labyrinth fans: do you ever sit around and wonder what happened to the actor who played Toby Williams, the infant brother of Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah who is kidnapped by David Bowie’s Jareth, the Goblin King? The end of the film shows little Toby safe and snug in his bed, but what did the child actor do when he grew up? The answer can be found in this trailer for the live-action puppet short film Lessons Learned. Actor and puppet maker Toby Froud is the son of Brian Froud and Wendy Midener — two of the renowned artists who worked on the Jim Henson-directed film and created some of its memorable characters (the “junk lady,” for starters). It turns out that young Toby was bitten by the puppeteering bug and grew up to attend the Muppet...
- Alison Nastasi
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
James Watkins, a British director who has gone on to stand behind the lens on the Hammer-produced horror film, The Woman in Black, made his directorial debut in 2008 with a film he also wrote, this tense and nasty little thriller called Eden Lake.
Jenny and Steve (played with conviction by Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender) take a trip for a romantic weekend away in the country in which Steve is planning to propose. They reach a secluded beach that is surrounded by forest land, and all seems peaceful and ideally as our loving couple set up a tent and lay back on their beach towels, watching the water drift calmly along. Their peace and quiet is quickly soiled as a group of »
- Chris Cummings
In recent years, the most demonstrable, descriptive, but ultimately fictional tie we have to the Mexican drug trade has been through Breaking Bad. We go back a little further to The Wire and we see how drugs in general can be routed and traced across entire cities through “following the money”. We keep going back until we arrive at Al Capone: once titled Public Enemy Number One during Prohibition-era America. That changed in 2013 when the Chicago Crime Commission named Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, a titanic Mexican drug lord, their 21st-century target.
Guzmán escaped from prison in 2001 under dubious circumstances, having already established himself as a kingpin while still behind bars, and the Us-Mexican governments reportedly went into all-out assault mode. His free reign came to an end in February this year when he was re-captured, but filmmakers Angus MacQueen and Guillermo Galdos almost got to him first as they set »
- Andrew Latimer
When I Saw You, the second film from Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, is a gentle tale of young boy Tarek, who is placed in a refugee camp in Jordan with his mother. Set in 1967, a time when thousands of Palestinian refugees were placed in the camp, Jacir’s film describes the longing felt by the people of Palestine at that time to return to their homes.
Mahmoud Asfa plays Tarek, and is by far the highlight of the film. An intelligent, curious child, Tarek is frustrated by the confines of the grim camp, and is desperate to return home to find his father. He decides to leave, and meets a fedayeen group who take him under their wing, and eventually teach him how to be a soldier.
The main issue with the film that is incredibly hard to ignore, is that the narrative seems to play out as a sort of adventure for Tarek. »
- Nia Childs
X-Men: Days of Future Past opened this past Memorial Day weekend to enormous box office success. And suave fans have noticed that the film is filled with easy-to-miss references to earlier films and subplots only found on the pages of the Marvel comic books. There are plenty of hidden Easter eggs to be discovered in this latest X-Men franchise adventure. Check out some of the moments you may have not noticed the first time around, before seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past again in theaters this week.
1 The Maximoff Family
True X-Men fans know that Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is the real father of mutant siblings Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and Scarlet Witch. This is never said outright in the movie, but it is alluded to. When Quicksilver hears Magneto say that he can control metal with his mind, he responds by revealing that his mother knew someone that could do the same thing. »
Stars: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Agustín Silva, Luis Dubó, Roxana Naranjo, Lorenza Aillapán, John Carlos Huenchunao, Rayén Aliquintuy | Written and Directed by Sebastian Silva
Chilean director, Sebastian Silva, the man responsible for the bizarre Michael Cera fronted Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013), made another film in 2013, and that film also starred Michael Cera. Magic Magic is that film.
A thriller with elements of horror and a surreal tone that runs throughout the film’s 97 minute running time, Magic Magic is an unusual little movie that will appeal to some and also piss a lot of people off.
Juno Temple (Killer Joe) plays Alicia, a young American girl who takes a trip to Chile with her cousin, Sarah, played by Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch). Sarah and Alicia, along with three of Sarah’s friends, go to a remote island to stay in a cabin. »
- Chris Cummings
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."
Who Are the 50 Funniest People Right Now?
After the group's final performance together in 1980, Gilliam – the American-born member of the group who made »
They brought the world the game-changing sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. They concocted bizarre monstrosities of movies like The Meaning of Life, Life of Brian and The Holy Grail. Then the members of the adored and acclaimed comedy troupe went their separate ways. But for one night only, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will reunite in London for The Last Night of Monty Python. If you didn't snag tickets to the much-anticipated stage show, you still have a shot to enjoy all its mayhem thanks to a special movie-theater expansion. Variety reports Picturehouse Entertainment has made a deal that will broadcast The Last Night of Monty Python live to theaters around the world on July 20th. Though Monty Python's surviving members (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin) have appeared on stage together a handful of times since »
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