And now for something completely different: Lost Monty Python scripts have been discovered in former member Michael Palin‘s archives. The scripts, originally penned as sketches for the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, were uncovered when Palin donated his private archives to the British Library in London where they will go on display later this month.
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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. That success led them to the big screen, where they delivered revered comedy classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
Now the hilarious work of Monty Python is coming to Netflix as the streaming service has just landed the rights to a huge chunk of the Monty Python comedy catalog, including their most famous television and film works, as well as a couple reunions and even a documentary about the troupe’s comedic influence. Find out what’s part of the Monty Python Netflix deal below. Read More »
It’s unfortunate to report Terry Gilliam‘s longtime passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been delayed again. The writer-director was going to start shooting the film (for the second time) next week, but another unexpected curveball has been thrown in this troubled project’s direction. Gilliam called the most recent delay of his fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “slight.”
Below, find out the reason behind the latest The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delay.
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Terry Gilliam is like the human punching bag of filmmakers. No matter how many hits he takes — which has been far too many throughout his bumpy career — he remains passionate, persistent, and unwilling to let go of dream projects, such as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Gilliam’s long-suffering fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel recently showed new signs of life, when the director acquired financing from overseas, which he couldn’t even get with Ewan McGregor and Robert DuVall attached to the project.
We last heard Jack O’Connell would play the protagonist, Toby, but if — and this is one big if — The Man Who Killed Don Quixote starts principal photography this September it’ll instead star Adam Driver. As for the titular role, Gilliam has enlisted an old collaborator of his, Michael Palin (Monty Python).
Learn more about Gilliam’s passionate project and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote star below.
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been making us laugh, and prompting us to quote its absurd dialogue, for forty years. The 1975 release will enjoy a new anniversary blu-ray edition in October. One bit of packaging for the disc is meant to evoke one of the most ridiculous concepts in the movie — and that’s saying a lot when discussing this film.
The new Monty Python and the Holy Grail blu-ray will feature a working catapult — a tiny one, these people aren’t monsters, and the shipping for an actual war machine would be outrageous — that will fling appropriately-sized animal toys about your room.
Even better, there’s a video featuring the Monty Python crew (Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam, who is thankfully very much alive) playing with the modestly-sized weapon. The glee with which Michael Palin puts the catapult to work might be the best thing I’ve seen today.
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Briefly: Before the on-stage Monty Python reunion became a real thing, the film Absolutely Anything seemed like the best hope for Python fans to see the remaining members of the comedy troupe working together once more.
The film features four of the five surviving Pythons, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones, all voicing aliens who give powers to a downtrodden schoolteacher. (Jones is also directing.) Now we know the teacher will be played by Simon Pegg. The film will be a live-action/CG hybrid, with the aliens not standing as the only CG elements — Pegg’s character also has a dog, which will be voiced by Robin Williams, so there’s probably going to be a little CG work there, too.
Back in 2010 John Oliver was going to play the lead role, but with filming now set to start in February 2014, the project has obviously taken longer than expected to come together. Oliver is busy — he’ll be launching his new TV show around then — but Pegg will be more than able to bring the role to life. [Screen Daily]
Earlier this week the five surviving members of Monty Python — all of the guys who aren’t Graham Chapman, in other words — announced plans for a reunion of some sort, with assumptions that the Pythons would do a stage show.
Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones took part in a press conference today (and in a not-terribly-revealing Reddit AMA), announcing that Monty Python Live will take place at the O2 Arena in London on July 1, 2014. The show will be televised, and a disc release will happen down the line. Right now it is planned as a one-off, though the Pythons admitted that a tour plan could come together. Phil McIntyre is producing, and Arlene Phillips is choreographing some bits. Read More »
The surviving members of Monty Python — Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, have revealed that months of “secret talks” have led up to plans to reunite for a new project.
The nature of the show isn’t quite known, though Terry Jones said to the BBC “We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real,” which is leading to the assumption that this will be a stage performance rather than a film or TV thing. (Jones also quipped “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!”) Read More »
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The surviving members of the Monty Python troupe — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin — have very rarely appeared as Monty Python since the death of Graham Chapman in 1989.
But the five actors have shown up together in various configurations in a few projects over the years. Now a new one is brewing: Absolutely Anything, a hybrid live-action/CG sci-fi farce that is planning to feature the living Pythons as “a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do “absolutely anything” to see what a mess he’ll make of things.” Read More »
Briefly: Terry Jones — the Monty Python member who directed The Life of Brian, not the nutter who wanted to burn the Qu’ran in Florida — is preparing to make his return to the director’s chair with Absolutely Anything. The film will star John Oliver, recently known as the Senior British Correspondent (among other titles) at The Daily Show. That makes Oliver the latest TDS alum to jump from small screen to large, and a well-deserved jump it should be.
Jones wrote the script with Gavin Scott, and it reportedly includes as diverse elements as “aliens, a goofy Brit, a talking dog and buckets of silliness,” to all of which I’ll simply say: ‘yes.’
We don’t have info about Oliver’s role (‘goofy Brit,’ one would assume) but Deadline says that Robin Williams is in talks to play the talking dog (named Dennis the Dog) while John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam have all been contacted about voicing aliens. Again: yes. Absolutely Anything is currently hoping to shoot in Spring 2011.