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David Bowie, Legendary Rocker And Actor, Dead At Age 69

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Bowie starred in the 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

David Bowie, one of the most iconic rock and rollers of all time, has died after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. Bowie exploded onto the British rock scene in 1969 and quickly became an international sensation. Over the decades he remained relevant by constantly reinventing himself and producing a wide range of music. He even created an alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, who simultaneously built an equally enthusiastic audience. Cinema Retro readers should also recall that Bowie had a successful career as an actor as well. His first appearance on screen was as an extra in the 1969 film "The Virgin Soldiers" but over the decades he won acclaim for his performances that afforded him leading roles and the chance to play memorable supporting characters as well. His film credits include "The Man Who Fell to Earth
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Monty Python: 30 years of near reunions from the comedy troupe

Monty Python fans everywhere woke up on Tuesday to the exciting news of an official reunion.

Since 1983's The Meaning of Life, the surviving members have yet to embark on a proper, official Monty Python project together. However, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are to reunite for a special stage production.

As Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Monty Python reforming to do a gig is as big as The Beatles reforming to do a gig."

To mark this monumental comedy moment, Digital Spy takes a look back at 30 years of near-misses, almosts-but-not-quites and other mini-reunions that have led to today's (November 21) press conference.

1983: Yellowbeard

Released shortly after The Meaning of Life, this comedy was written by Graham Chapman, alongside Peter Cook and Python collaborator Bernard McKenna. Centred around Chapman's pirate who is imprisoned for tax evasion, it also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle in minor roles.
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Blu-ray: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 30th

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 8, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $19.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

30 years after the comedy movie was shown in theaters, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life is available on high-definition Blu-ray with a new reunion featurette.

The film is a throwback to the British troupe’s older TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In The Meaning of Life, the players thread together a number of sketches examing… well, life.

John Cleese (Winnie the Pooh), Michael Palin (Arthur Christmas), Terry Gilliam (Brazil), Terry Jones (TV’s The Legend of Dick and Dom), Eric Idle (Shrek the Third) and the late Graham Chapman (Yellowbeard) deal out the laughs in such iconic scenes as “The Miracle of Birth,” “Live Organ Transplants” and “The Autumn Years.”

The Blu-ray contains two new special features:

“The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion,” an hour-long conversation with the whole team talking about the last movie they made together.
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Your International Talk Like a Pirate Day Primer

Ahoy, mateys. If you haven't heard, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Aye, it's a real holiday – John Baur and Mark Summers began International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Itlapd) in 1996.

Needless to say, such an important holiday needs to be honored with more than just an eye patch and a few "argh"-punchlined puns. Thankfully, a vast array of pirate movies offers ample fodder to prepare you to impress your fellow scurvy-sufferers… and we've compiled their best hints.

Yo ho!

Make a First Impression

"Three shillings, forget the name."

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003)

Impress your mates right off the bat with this line. It's easily one of the most memorable scenes from any of the "Caribbean" films and Jack Sparrow's first line ever. He steals the guy's wallet after paying him off. We don't recommend you do that part.

Attire

"Put this
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Kenneth Mars obituary

American actor known for his comic roles in the films of Mel Brooks

Kenneth Mars, who has died aged 75 from pancreatic cancer, was cherished by audiences for his unhinged comic performances in two of the writer-director Mel Brooks's finest and funniest movies, The Producers (1968) and Young Frankenstein (1974). Along with performers including Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman, he created some of the most sublimely silly moments in Us film comedy.

For all that, he longed for his acting range to be recognised. Asked in 2001 what he would change about the perception of himself, he replied: "That I am only a comedic actor – I would like to be considered for more dramatic roles." Small wonder, then, that he cited as his favourite among his own work the little-seen 1971 drama Desperate Characters, in which he appeared opposite Shirley MacLaine and gave what the critic Roger Ebert called "a deeply felt,
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Kenneth Mars obituary

American actor known for his comic roles in the films of Mel Brooks

Kenneth Mars, who has died aged 75 from pancreatic cancer, was cherished by audiences for his unhinged comic performances in two of the writer-director Mel Brooks's finest and funniest movies, The Producers (1968) and Young Frankenstein (1974). Along with performers including Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman, he created some of the most sublimely silly moments in Us film comedy.

For all that, he longed for his acting range to be recognised. Asked in 2001 what he would change about the perception of himself, he replied: "That I am only a comedic actor – I would like to be considered for more dramatic roles." Small wonder, then, that he cited as his favourite among his own work the little-seen 1971 drama Desperate Characters, in which he appeared opposite Shirley MacLaine and gave what the critic Roger Ebert called "a deeply felt,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Celebrate 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' With Movies!

"Aargh!" "Ahoy, matey!" "Shiver me timbers!" Ok, that's it, I'm out of buccaneer bon mots, which are pretty much essential in order to honor Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated annually on September 19. And even those pirate sayings are ones I took from an article on the event in Los Angeles Times, which credits John "Oi' Chumbucket" Bauer and Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers for igniting the tradition years ago.

When it comes to movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series comes trippingly to mind, especially since Disney just announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be coming ashore in Summer 2011, with Johnny Depp returning as Jack Sparrow. But it's pretty tough to talk like Johnny Depp -- believe me, I've tried, and gotten my face slapped as a result -- so what other movie pirates can we safely imitate? Here's a quick list: Errol Flynn. I'm working on my Australian accent,
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