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Fox to adapt Spamalot for the big screen: Eric Idle to pen script

Fox have sight their sights on a big screen adaptation of the stage musical, Spamalot after acquiring the rights to the production.

Monty Python member, Eric Idle has been set to pen the script, which is based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Broadway’s Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon) – who choreographed 2005’s Broadway version of Spamalot – has been set to helm the project.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, received 14 Tony Awards nominations, winning in three categories, including Best Musical. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.

Also in the news – Matthias Schoenaerts and Garrett Hedlund to star in mob story The Sound of Philadelphia

Adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a parody of the Arthurian Legend. The Holy Grail was a comedic send-up of the grim
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The Funniest Monty Python’s Flying Circus Sketches

First airing on The BBC on October 5, 1969, Monty Python’s Flying Circus would go on to redefine comedy as we know it. Running for five years and across forty-five episodes, the show eschewed traditional comedic structure, breaking all the rules regarding how sketch comedy and television should function.

The show’s name – and the eventual name of the troupe composed of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin – came about in a similarly surreal fashion.
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Netflix acquires Monty Python back catalogue

The official Monty Python website has announced that Netflix has acquired almost all of the back catalogue of the legendary British comedy troupe.

Beginning April 15th, the streaming service will be home to the films Life of Brian, The Holy Grail and The Meaning of Life, along with the entire run of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It will also include the live shows Almost the Truth, Conquers America, Best Bits (Mostly), The Meaning of Monty Python, Personal Best, Fliegender Zirkus, and Monty Python Live (Mostly), as well as Eric Idle’s “What About Dick?” special.

According to Dark Horizons, Netflix is also considering a number of original commissions featuring the surviving Pythons Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.
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The Monty Python Comedy Catalog is Coming to Netflix This Year

The Monty Python Comedy Catalog is Coming to Netflix This Year
The comedy troupe Monty Python was a milestone in the evolution of comedy. Hailing from the United Kingdom, members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin brought some of the most surreal, silly and satisfying laughs to television in the 1970s with their sketch series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. […]

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The Entire Monty Python Catalog is Headed to Netflix

Fans of the legendary sketch comedy troupe Monty Python can rejoice, as Netflix has acquired the rights to the group’s entire catalog. While there are many comedic icons to hail from Britain, arguably none are more revered than Monty Python. Consisting of members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, the late Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam, the troupe formed in the 1960s, and starred in their signature sketch TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974.
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Indie Beat Podcast Talks To Native American Filmmaker Terry Jones

Start your engines, we got a new episode of… Indie Beat!

Our guest is Terry Jones, a rising Native American filmmaker based in upstate New York.

Jones enrolled in the film program at Syracuse University in 2012 and composed a number of film projects there with collaborator Govind Deecee. Since graduating in 2016 the pair have toured around the world with their movies and even scored the rare distribution deal for their short films.
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Labyrinth Returning to Movie Theaters April 29th, May 1st and 2nd

Movie lovers will journey into Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth this spring when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen for three days only as a nationwide fan celebration from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Audiences are encouraged to attend the screenings in costume to celebrate the nostalgia and legacy of this beloved film.

Starring David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, who must rescue her baby brother by finding her way through the massive maze of the title, “Labyrinth” will play in movie theaters nationwide at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29; and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2 (all local times).

All presentations of the film will include introductions by Brian Henson and Jennifer Connelly, captured exclusively for Fathom Events. In addition, audiences will enjoy a special theatrical screening excerpt
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Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Returning to Us Theaters for Three Days Beginning This April

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Fathom Events, the Jim Henson Company, and Sony Pictures Entertainment are teaming up to honor the Goblin King by brining Labyrinth (read Patrick Bromley's 30th anniversary reflection on the film here) back to select theaters in the Us for three days only beginning April 29th, including special video introductions by Brian Henson and Jennifer Connelly:

Press Release: Denver – February 26, 2018 – Movie lovers will journey into Jim Henson’s magical“Labyrinth” this spring when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen for three days only as a nationwide fan celebration from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Audiences are encouraged to attend the screenings in costume to celebrate the nostalgia and legacy of this beloved film.

Starring David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, who must rescue her baby brother by finding her way through the massive maze of the title,“Labyrinth
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Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky

Blu-ray

Criterion

1977/ 1:85 / 105 Min. / Street Date November 21, 2017

Starring Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier

Cinematography by Terry Bedford

Written by Charles Alverson, Terry Gilliam

Music by Hector Berlioz, Modest Mussorgsky

Edited by Michael Bradsell

Produced by Sanford Lieberson

Directed by Terry Gilliam

The prospect of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam promised a brave new world of sophisticated nonsense; The Mad Hatter meets the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Equally appetizing was the thought of illustrator John Tenniel’s hideous creature brought to life by Gilliam, the Python’s premiere visual satirist. But Gilliam, working in a chaotic British climate that saw Harold Wilson being upstaged by the Sex Pistols, had other ideas, exemplified by the film’s title sequence which rolls by over some of Pieter Bruegel’s most unnerving canvasses.

The Dutch artist was no Pollyanna (his most famous painting was
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Criterion Collection: Jabberwocky (1977) | Blu-ray Review

It was rather a rough start for Terry Gilliam’s solo directorial career. While 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which Gilliam co-directed with Terry Jones (whose next film was 1979’s Life of Brian), became an iconic, seminal film of the decade, he would follow it up with the less well-revered Jabberwocky in 1977, a haphazard medieval comedy inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll poem, the adaptation co-written by fellow Help!

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Trafalgar Releasing Scoops ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Ahead of Anniversary (Exclusive)

Trafalgar Releasing Scoops ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Ahead of Anniversary (Exclusive)
Trafalgar Releasing has acquired worldwide theatrical rights (except North America and selected others) to “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” ahead of a push to put the iconic comedy back in cinemas next year to mark its 40th anniversary. The deal sees most of the global rights sit with one distributor, whereas in the past there was a patchwork of deals in place.

Trafalgar, which was Picture House Entertainment before a management buyout and rebrand, has worked with the Python team before, on the theatrical release of 2014’s live show “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.” It registered 330,000 admissions globally.

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” was the second major film from the comedy troupe and is a scathing satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. It will be back in cinemas next year as part of a program of celebrations around the 40th anniversary.

The film fared
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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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For Our Consideration: Labyrinth’s soundtrack is an essential part of David Bowie’s legacy

A kidnapped baby. A Bog Of Eternal Stench. A Goblin King whose stretchy pants leave very little to the imagination. In 1986, director Jim Henson, producer George Lucas, and screenwriter Terry Jones combined these and other elements to make Labyrinth, a movie that depicts the horrors of being a teenager as a bedtime story gone terribly wrong, a magical journey filled with bizarre creatures and frustratingly deceptive pathways. In the film—a box-office and critical disappointment that’s since gained a massive cult following—the oddly intriguing Goblin King steals away with teenage Sarah’s baby brother, offering to return him only after Sarah navigates his maze. For the part of Jareth, the Goblin King, Henson recruited professional intriguing oddball David Bowie, who also provided a handful of the movie’s songs.

In a 1985 New York Times article, Henson explained his choice as the result of wanting to do ...
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Robin Williams’ Final Film Arrives in Theaters: Watch the Beloved Star Recording Lines for Absolutely Anything

Robin Williams’ Final Film Arrives in Theaters: Watch the Beloved Star Recording Lines for Absolutely Anything
When it came time for Robin Williams to record his lines for what would be his final film, Absolutely Anything, producers Ben Timlett and Bill Jones weren’t sure the comedy legend was still onboard.

“We started filming in March 2014, so it took a bit longer to get going, as it always does,” Timlett tells People. “By the time we got started, we kept wondering, ‘Oh, is Robin Williams still going to be interested?’ “

Williams was the first major talent to sign on to the project, which was written and directed by Jones’ dad, Monty Python legend Terry Jones. The
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.

Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More

Electric Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Rob Reiner’s “Lbj,
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Official Us Trailer for Wacky Superpower Comedy 'Absolutely Anything'

"I can solve anything in the world!" Atlas has revealed a new Us trailer for the upcoming American release of a comedy film titled Absolutely Anything. This film was originally released in Europe back in 2015, and has been waiting to get released in the Us until now. One way they're marketing it: this film features the "final" performance by Robin Williams, who voices a talking dog. Absolutely Anything is about a goofy school teacher who is granted the superpowered ability to make any wish or desire come true. Simon Pegg stars, with Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Robert Bathurst, Eddie Izzard, and Joanna Lumley. This looks pretty bad, but the only redeeming side is that it's directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Maybe there's some good humor? It looks like this was lost in the 90s and only recently found. Here's the first official Us trailer (+ poster) for Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything,
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Newswire: Robin Williams’ last film is finally coming to U.S. theaters

According to Deadline, the last film Robin Williams made before his death finally has a U.S. release date. The movie is Absolutely Anything, and it stars Simon Pegg as a guy who gets godlike powers from aliens so they can determine if the Earth is worth saving, but he just ends up using them in silly ways like making it so his dog can talk like Robin Williams. The movie was released in the U.K. a few years ago, but it didn’t have U.S. distribution until now, with Atlas Distribution Co. picking it up and announcing that it will be released on May 12.

Unfortunately, if Absolutely Anything being Robin Williams’ last film isn’t sad enough, it will also most likely be the last film from Monty Python member Terry Jones, who announced that he has dementia last year. Jones directed Absolutely Anything, and Monty ...
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Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date

Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date
After coming out more than two years ago in the U.K., Robin Williams' final movie is going to get released in the U.S. The comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, has finally secured distribution from Atlas Distribution Co. Outside of the appeal that comes from Robin Williams, the movie also serves as something of a Monty Python reunion, which isn't likely to happen again on the big screen.

According to Deadline, Absolutely Anything will be given a limited release, with Atlas hoping to get the movie in theaters on May 12. Terry Jones, who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of life, directed Absolutely Anything from a script that he wrote more than 20 years ago. The movie also stars Monty Python alums John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. So comedy fans have several very good reasons to go see this movie.
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‘Absolutely Anything,’ Robin Williams’ Last Film With Monty Python Crew, Gets U.S. Release Date

‘Absolutely Anything,’ Robin Williams’ Last Film With Monty Python Crew, Gets U.S. Release Date
Exclusive: Absolutely Anything, the comedy that stars Simon Pegg and Robin Williams as the voice of his faithful dog — the last feature film that the Monty Python crew have worked on together — has found distribution. Atlas Distribution Co. will distribute the Terry Jones-directed film theatrically. The film also stars his Monty Python pals John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Outside of documentaries, the Monty Python crew have not worked on a feature film together…
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