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'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review

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

Midway through Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, there occurs a restaurant scene — set in a tres elegante 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, in specific,...
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VirginZilla Michelle has a soft spot for ‘Python’ on Bridezillas

This week the Bridezillas reboot continues as We tv follows some of the most outrageous brides you are likely to come across anywhere as sort out their nuptuals. If you thought your own wedding was stressful or got a bit crazy, then prepare to put all that in perspective as CougarZilla’s groom disappears and VirginZilla Michelle deals […]

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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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How Freddy Krueger Found the Perfect Luke Skywalker for Star Wars

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How Freddy Krueger Found the Perfect Luke Skywalker for Star Wars
There are still a lot of untold stories to be discovered about director George Lucas' original 1977 Star Wars. And today, we get to hear one of the cooler ones. Apparently we can thank Freddy Krueger for finding the perfect Luke Skywalker, as it was actor Robert Englund who helped set up Mark Hamill with his Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope audition. It's a small piece of the puzzle that is amazing to hear, and equally important to the universe as it has been laid out over the past forty years. Especially as we head into Star Wars: Episode VIII, which features Mark Hamill's Jedi Master as the secondary lead.

Back in the 70s, Mark Hamill and Robert Englund were friends, though not the cultural icons they are now. As it turns out, Englund played an important role in getting Mark Hamill in to audition for George Lucas.
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Terry Gilliam webchat – as it happened

The film director and Python has written his autobiography, and he joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat. Catch up with his answers here, from his creative process to his admiration for Tarantino and Heath Ledger

1.43pm BST

Thanks to everyone who posted questions, and to Terry Gilliam for so generously staying to answer as many as he could. Until next time!

Goodbye from me, and thank you for all the interest. I now return to my lonely, hermit-like existence.

1.42pm BST

BrianShaw001 asks:

Have you ever considered a really cut-down, raw, basic film production? It’d be great to see your direction and humour without the (admittedly amazing) “pomp and circumstance” . Almost like a Beckett play, I suppose.

Well, obviously you've not seen The Zero Theorem.
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Wamg’s Conversation With Mark Ryan (Lockdown) From Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction opens in theaters this Friday, June 27th and it’s poised to have a mega-opening weekend.

Here’s what the early reviews are saying about the return of the colossal titans:

Variety -

“As the sine qua non of the franchise, it’s the robots — endowed here with character-rich physicality and almost human-scaled facial features — who give the film its emotional heft. Optimus Prime’s charismatic leadership of his team, as well as his unwavering compassion for the humans, again makes him the movie’s moral anchor. Drift, with his samurai getup and Watanabe’s dignified line readings, strikes a neat balance with Goodman’s cigar-chewing, wisecracking Hound. Still, the character most likely to be beloved by audiences, especially tykes, remains Bumblebee.”

HitFix -

“The giant scale action in this one is amazingly staged once again. There are few filmmakers alive who
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Meme: Kevin Spacey Still Mad At “Esquire,” Chris Evans’ Sexiest Moments, Fresh Monty Python

Mississippi makes it official with right to discriminate, Cyndi Lauper remembers She’s So Unusual, Chris Brown in custody of U.S. Marshalls

Kevin Spacey was at the top of his Hollywood game when he decamped for London to start a theater company. He walked away from money and starpower, but one thing he doesn’t seem to be able to walk away from is the Esquire profile that insinuated he was gay. Mentioning it angers him. “Let’s let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it. All the chips will fall in the end, and we’ll all be judged by a much higher power than Entertainment Weekly can.”

I still haven’t caught up on Orphan Black, but the new season is almost here, and to get caught up you can watch the cloneversation, hosted by Wil Wheaton, who seems to be a busy man.
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Countdown to Halloween - Child's Play (1988)

To countdown to this year's Halloween, Luke Owen reviews a different horror film every day of October. Up next; the first of the Child's Play franchise...

With Curse of Chucky being released this coming Monday (read my review here), the next five editions of Countdown to Halloween will be looking at everyone's fourth or fifth favourite slasher villain: Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky.

When discussing the Child's Play series, many will hold up the first movie as the best of the bunch with the usual argument of, "it's the only one that is really scary". However its director Tom Holland doesn't agree with this statement, as he says in documentary Slice and Dice: Slasher Movie Forever, "do people think of it as a slasher? I thought it was a comedy!". Whether he was being sarcastic or not, it has been noted over the years that the once 'scary' Child's Play
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Half Past Danger #5 – Review

Half Past Danger #5

Written by Stephen Mooney

Art by Stephen Mooney

Colours by Jordie Bellaire

Published by Idw

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This issue is entitled “Ours is but to do and die” and paraphrases the poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ which praises the bravery and nobility of soldiers during a war but does not shy away from the consequences noting in its closing paragraph that not all who venture into battle will return. It is as close to a perfect description of the events in this issue as you could find.

The issue starts with a disorientating opening as Flynn, last seen facing down two T-rex’s (rexi?), stirs to find himself and Greta being rescued by Ishi and Noble. This is very surprising considering he was killed in the previous issue! Channelling Monty Python, he dismisses it as but a flesh wound. Although a significant upgrade from dead,

Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Iron Man Three' & More

"Dads leave, you don’t have to be such a pussy about it." – Tony Stark, 'Iron Man Three'

Greetings from the apocalypse! Free Comics? An "Iron Man" sequel that doesn't suck? Genre festivals, eccentric painter docs and serial killer biopics? Have I been irradiated and gone to heaven? Nope, it's all happening man, it's all happening …

Friday, May 3

Pow! In Theaters

As a raving fan of Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.'s first collab, the neo noir comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," I had hoped that this director/star combo would hit it out of the park with "Iron Man Three." Well, frankly, Shane hit it out of the park and into the stratosphere, mesosphere, ionosphere, etc. Pulpy, groovy, bang-up fun, this is the best cinematic iteration of ol' shellhead yet, and while Joss Whedon got the quipy part right in "Marvel's The Avengers," this one perfectly balances
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In Tune: Susan Lacy talks about Inventing David Geffen

Trevor Hogg chats with Emmy Award-winner Susan Lacy about the origins of American Masters and her latest documentary chronicling the life and times of David Geffen...

I’m the creator of the PBS TV series American Masters and it has been on the air for 27 years now,” states Susan Lacy who was in Los Angeles attending the celebrity studded premiere of her latest documentary Inventing David Geffen (2012). “We’re approaching our 200th documentary. The thing that separates my series from much of the other work in this area is I don’t do it unless I know I can get access to the material that is going to make the film sing so to speak. That’s no small feat because every element in this documentary, from the music you hear to the photographs and the headlines you see to any archival clips whether its movies or stock footage, costs
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Big Bang Theory: 100 episodes in, it has never been better

The old-fashioned sitcom with a cast of Roseanne graduates is still going strong, five years on

There used to be a surefire way to never get anything done over the weekend. Leave E4 on for more than five minutes and a vintage episode of Friends would appear to distract you from your ironing, trolling session or bake-off, dragging you off into another one of Phoebe's whimsical japes. It was familiar and predictable, but also compulsive and lovely.

E4 might not have Friends repeats anymore, but a new threat to the nation's bake-offs has emerged. At most random times of the day, you will probably find one of The Big Bang Theory's five seasons. The only difference is that Big Bang is not only still on – it's also still in its prime. Tonight, the science sitcom reaches its 100th episode with a special night of E4 programming.

When it started,
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DVD Playhouse--October 2011

DVD Playhouse—October 2011

By Allen Gardner

Terri (20th Century Fox) An awkward, obese teen (Jacob Wysocki) finds himself forming an odd friendship with his equally left-of-center vice-principal (John C. Reilly), who decides to help the boy navigate his way through adolescence’s rocky road. Low key film is filled with pathos and humor, but is ultimately too laid back for its own good (not to mention too long). Worth seeing for young Wysocki’s amazing, completely natural performance, and Reilly’s goofy charm. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurette; Deleted scenes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Mr. Nice (Mpi) Rhys Ifans stars in the true story of Howard Marks, a Welsh-born Oxford grad who gained the most notoriety in his life for being the UK’s biggest hashish smuggler during the ‘70s and ‘80s, when he wasn’t busy spying for Her Majesty’s government, hanging out with a
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168 Geeky Media People you should follow on Twitter

I was going through all my bookmarks and I came along this one that I have not shared with you all yet! Shame on me! Courtesy of GeekDad.

Whether you’ve been using Twitter since 2006, are determined never to use it unless dragged kicking and screaming, or are somewhere in between, you probably know that it’s wildly popular with all sorts of people. In addition to the celebrities who make a big deal about Twitter (e.g., Ashton Kutcher), there are tons of people, both famous and not, who tweet about lots of interesting things.

Here's a updated list of people to follow on Twitter.

Name Twitter ID Why They’re Listed Here Phil Plait BadAstronomer The Bad Astronomer himself; a source for great space-related info and a dose of healthy skepticism. James Urbaniak JamesUrbaniak The voice of Dr. Venture on The Venture Brothers, and a very funny tweeter.
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Cinema’s weirdest vessels of evil

From man-eating beds to killer clocks, cinema’s full of evil in unexpected places. Here are ten of our favourites…

There are spoilers ahead for some of the films we talk about!

As several decades of cinema have informed us, evil takes many forms. Aside from all the serial killers and ancient demons waiting to either leap out of the shadows and murder us or simply scare us into a weeping ruin, movies are also full of killer cars, malevolent dolls and rampaging animals to contend with.

Given that entire lists could be generated from those menaces outlined above, we’ll be dealing with more obscure manifestations of evil here. The sort of demonic objects you might win on The Generation Game if it were presented by the Devil, or the kind of unlikely scenarios you'd encounter if you were the star of a horror film directed by Benny Hill.
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04/12/2010: The Big Bang Theory – “The Wil Wheaton Recurrence”

Have you ever noticed the wardrobe of The Big Bang Theory’s cast? It’s a subtle enforcer of the casts’ geeky personalities. Leonard is usually seen wearing an opened zip hoodie, typically under the same corduroy jacket in every episode. Howard has a tendency to wear tight-fitting clothing in garishly bright colors. Raj wears multiple layers with clashing, busy patterns. Sheldon prefers graphic tees, which make him look like a ten year-old who hit several early growth spurts. It sounds like a George Carlin stand-up bit. There are certain pieces of clothing, in certain cuts and certain colors that you can wear, and there are others which you can’t.

Two weeks ago I stumbled upon a promotional image for tonight’s episode. Touting the return of Wil Wheaton, Star Trek: The Next Generation alumni and mortal enemy of Sheldon, the image was completely absent of the b-list celebrity.
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New On DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Night of the Creeps, the original Stargate, The Sam Fuller Collection, Orphan and the complete The Prisoner series starring and created by Patrick McGoohan (pictured above).

Check them out.

Movies

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan ~ Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer (DVD and Blu-ray)

42nd Street Forever 5: Alamo Drafthouse Edition ~ Charlton Heston, Robert Englund (DVD)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ~ Ray Romano (DVD and Blu-ray)

Into Temptation ~ Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto (DVD and Blu-ray)

Messiah of Evil: The Second Coming ~ Michael Greer,
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