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Eric Idle’s Hilarious New Memoir: 14 Things We Learned

Eric Idle’s Hilarious New Memoir: 14 Things We Learned
As a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python, Eric Idle’s name has been synonymous with British comedy for nearly five decades. It’s a history he’s relived in interviews but never in an official autobiography. A few years ago, when he spoke with Rolling Stone, he joked that he was working on his “posthumous memoirs,” but instead he’s decided to recount his life story while he’s still alive.

In his new book, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography (out October 2nd
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Movies New to Netflix in October: ‘The Shining,’ Two ‘Monty Python’ Features, a Pair of Unnerving Originals, and More

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Just in time for the Halloween movie-going season, Netflix is bringing out the big guns, offering up Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as one of its marquee titles new to the service next month. Consider it a peace offering of sorts, as the rest of the month isn’t exactly bursting with other horror picks, beyond Mickey Liddell’s “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” Jeff Wadlow’s “Truth or Dare,” and the decidedly creepy Dirty Harry feature “The Dead Pool.”

Want something lighter? There are a number of comedies arriving on Netflix in October, including “Billy Madison,” “Blazing Saddles,” plus a pair of Monty Python features — “The Meaning of Life” and “Life of Brian,” which will arrive together on October 2. The streaming giant is also offering up some modern rom-coms to take the edge off a month of thrills and chills, including “Must Love Dogs,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,
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‘Quixote’ Director Terry Gilliam on Filming Fantasy, Working With Actors

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‘Quixote’ Director Terry Gilliam on Filming Fantasy, Working With Actors
Fresh from the latest round of legal jousting, Terry Gilliam, rode into Karlovy Vary this week to screen “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” at the Czech film festival, determined to see his fantasy continue its globe-trotting tour after completing the film nearly 20 years after its first location shoot in Spain. But the jovial 77-year-old told Variety he is no knight errant – just a grown version of the giggling kid at the back of the class.

What would you like to be remembered for?

When I was in the States promoting “Brazil,” I went to Texas. I went on this radio show and this guy phoned in. ‘Hey, Mr. Gilliam – wonderful film. I giggled in awe.’ I want this to be put on my tomb. The giggles in school were always sitting at the back of the class.

For a director with so much attention to scene design, you’re
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'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review

<em>On March 31, 1983, the Monty Python team unveiled their latest feature, </em>The Meaning of Life<em>, in theaters. </em>The Hollywood Reporter<em>'s original review of the R-rated Universal comedy is below.</em>

Midway through <em>Monty Python's The Meaning of Life</em>, there occurs a restaurant scene — set in a <em>tres elegante </em>dining room, habited by black-tied dinner guests and one horrendously overweight patron — which evolves into, possibly, the grossest single sequence spliced into a mainstream film release. Unbelievably crass. And extremely funny.

That particular sequence sums up the essence of, in general, Monty Python humor, Python irreverence, Python unpredictability and,...
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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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Kelly Clarkson Thought She Was Asexual Until She Met Her Husband: ‘I Never Felt Sexually Attracted To Anybody Before Him’

Until she met Brandon Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson worried that she might be asexual, making the revelation during a SiriusXM private concert and Q&A at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in honour of the release of her new album, “The Meaning of Life”. “This isn’t a downer to anybody I dated before him, but […]
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi Elevated the Perilous Survival Drama

‘The Mountain Between Us’: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi Elevated the Perilous Survival Drama
With “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad, the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar,” found a reason to collaborate with a composer for the first time. He wanted to elevate the survival drama in which journalist Kate Winslet and doctor Idris Elba find themselves trapped 11,000 feet on a snow-covered mountain. And, with Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones” and “Westworld”), Abu-Assad found the right composer to capture the beautiful but deadly musical tone he was after (see the featurette below).

“I always thought [music] was helping a movie and didn’t think it was necessary, so working with Ramin elevated it and gave it an extra dimension that I didn’t see before,” said Abu-Assad after a recent scoring session at Fox. “With this movie, I wanted to merge the theme of survival with the theme of love,” he added. “Usually, these themes are separated in a love story or a survival story.
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Exclusive: Kelly Clarkson Says Husband Brandon Blackstock Inspired Her New Music: 'He Makes Me Feel So Sexy'

Exclusive: Kelly Clarkson Says Husband Brandon Blackstock Inspired Her New Music: 'He Makes Me Feel So Sexy'
We can thank Kelly Clarkson's husband for her new album. 

Et's Kevin Frazier sat down with the 35-year-old singer at Tao in Hollywood on Thursday, where she revealed that her hubby, Brandon Blackstock, inspired her new music. 

"He makes me feel so sexy," she confessed. "I already am a confident woman -- I don't think that's a secret. But I love being with somebody who is unafraid of making you feel sexy." 

"I always make fun of him, like, 'Why are you touching my behind in public?'" she explained. "He'll like, goose me or something, somewhere, and I'm like, 'What are you doing?!' but I really like it." 

Exclusive: Kelly Clarkson's Adorable Kids Come Visit Their Mom on Set of 'Love So Soft' Music Video

Blackstock definitely brings out Clarkson's sexy side, but that's not all her new album, The Meaning of Life, is about.

"Anytime our 16-year-old asks me questions, you know, life
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The 35 Most Anticipated New Music of Fall 2017

The 35 Most Anticipated New Music of Fall 2017
It’s time to revamp those playlists, people!

Whatever your music genre of choice, there are plenty of new options this fall from LPs to tours. While several stars including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and more have confirmed release dates (See: That New-New, below), that’s not stopping us from putting out some positive vibes for a few albums we are hoping to see sooner rather than later (Wishful Thinking).

Read on for 35 of the latest musical offerings set to hit your earbuds this season.

Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain and More: The Queens of Fall Music

That New-New

The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful

Sept. 22

The Killers return with their fifth studio album, their first since 2012’s Battle Born, featuring the singles “The Man” and “Run for Cover.”

“I wouldn't feel this excited if the songs weren't true,” lead singer Brandon Flowers told Billboard this summer. “We’ve been hearing a lot of false music out there
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Watch Nasa Short Film Entry Children Of The Cosmos From O Diabo Mora Aqui Group

Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini, the directing duo behind Brazilian horror flick O Diabo Mora Aqui and other short films, took a time out from horror to direct a short science fiction film and enter it into Nasa's CineSpace short film competition.    Together with their regular writer Rafael Baliú they made Children of the Cosmos. The short reflects on the wonders of the Universe and the cosmos, with a surprise ending. You just have to watch for yourself.   The Cosmos. Mankind. The meaning of Life. Come play with us.  Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith praised the duo and their short film via his Facebook yesterday which sent the lads over the moon. Winners of this year's CineSpace competition will be announced this Fall.   ...

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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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David Lowery Contemplates Secret Movies & The Meaning Of Life In ‘A Ghost Story’ [Interview]

Indie filmmaker David Lowery has diversified his portfolio like few others in the last few years. On top of that he’s been working at an enormously fast clip. 2012’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara put him on the map with a Terrence Malick-like lovers-on-the-run tale, and he quickly switched things up, following up the Sundance indie with a big budget, live-action adaptation of “Pete’s Dragon” for Disney.

Continue reading David Lowery Contemplates Secret Movies & The Meaning Of Life In ‘A Ghost Story’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Bergman's Spell

Mubi is showing the retrospective The Inner Demons of Ingmar Bergman from June 8 - August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom.I've told this brief story of how I fell under the spell of cinema so many times I've become brazen to it. At eighteen years, in February 1993, I found Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers (dubbed) at the video store. As Woody Allen spoke of the Swede in hushed tones, I decided I should try a film. Ninety minutes later I sat stunned and spellbound, not sure what to do or think, but surely sure I must be onto something. Cinematic rapture still has a psychical aspect for me, the torque the sedentary body goes through while coping with the images before it. I can always tell how good a film is if my armpits smell after. The body doesn't lie. Ingmar Bergman is an easy crush—one writer I know
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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 27, 2017

Doctor Who series 10: we go Easter egg hunting in The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Spoilers lie ahead...

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The Monks have taken over the planet, and I forone welcome our new decomposing overlords. Fortunately they’ve given us permission to publish this list of references, similarities and generally interesting things that we found inside The Pyramid At The End Of The World. They’ve also asked that we let you know it is your duty to leave anything that you feel we’ve missed in the comments section...

There’s a president for that

The Doctor’s role as president of the world comes into play again here; it was first established in 2014’s Death In Heaven
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Robin Williams' Last Film 'Absolutely Anything' Is Finally Coming to Theaters

Robin Williams' Last Film 'Absolutely Anything' Is Finally Coming to Theaters
In August 2014, fans the world over were rocked by Robin Williams' death, and the comedy icon's final film is now on its way to hitting screens across America.

The sci-fi comedy, Absolutely Anything, features Williams as the voice of a talking dog named Dennis. The story follows Simon Pegg as a random earthling who is given unlimited powers to shape the universe as he sees fit by a group of eccentric extra-terrestrials -- and one of the first things he does is bestow the power of human speech on his pet dog.

The film, which premiered in the United Kingdom in August 2015, is coming to American theaters on May 12.

Watch: Robin Williams Brings the Laughs in Never-Before-Seen 'Aladdin' Footage

Aside from being Williams' last film, the sci-fi farce is also notable for being the first movie to reunite every living member of Monty Python for their first project since 1983's Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life.

John Cleese
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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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The Seven Deadly Sins On Screen

A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do

Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.

These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins
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Fantastic Beasts: Colin Farrell On What He Thinks Happened To His Character

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

After years of there being no Harry Potter or Wizarding World on the big screen, 2016 brought with it a brand new entry into this magical world. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, audiences once again ventured into J.K. Rowling’s imagination, only this time, decades in the past in New York City. The story follows Newt Scamander, and the problem of his escaped beasts — which happens to coincide with a very tumultuous times between the muggle folk and the wizards.

At the forefront of the entire movement, you have the likes of Gellert Grindelwald, who is of the opinion that wizards are superior to muggles in every way, and as such, believes they should no longer hide. In his eyes, hiding only benefits the muggles, and leaves no room for wizards to grow. We didn
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Star Wars: Fan Cuts Together Rogue One’s Ending With A New Hope’s Opening

"Rogue One" Spliced with "A New Hope" v.2 from Barre Fong on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was an experiment from Disney and Lucasfilm that could have fallen flat. In the past, the franchise had expanded its universe through the use of other media like comics and books. However, never have the Star Wars films dared to venture outside the Skywalker storyline in the film form. It was a bit of a gamble, but one that had the potential to pay off.

However, while Rogue One was the first film not to follow the main throughline set up in the past several decades, it still had strong ties to that world. Taking place just prior to the events in A New Hope, it still very much had a lot of the same DNA, the same main reference points,
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Is Black Adam A Hero Or Villain? Dwayne Johnson Answers!

It was always interesting to us for the longest time why DC thought it necessary to hire someone like Dwayne Johnson to portray a villain — Black Adam, to be exact — in the DC Extended Universe. When his involvement in the franchise was first announced some time ago, a lot of fans wondered first why they’d lock down a villain so many years in advance, and why they’d select a baddie before the goodie — in this case, Shazam. It’d be like them picking a Joker before picking a Batman, right?

Well, yes and no. While Black Adam is traditionally something of a villain, Johnson was accurate in calling him more of an anti-hero. My own personal crackpot theory for the longest time was that he’d be the main villain in Justice League. The end of the film would see him fleeing and defeated, and he would arise
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