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John Cleese Makes Fun Of Taylor Swift's 'Weird' Cat

October 13th, 2014 1:35pm EDT
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During an interview on "The Graham Norton Show," John Cleese made fun of singer Taylor Swift's cat Olivia.

The cat is white and has folded ears. The British host was showing photos of the pair's pets when Cleese, puzzled by the animal's appearance, said, "How did it have the accident?"

"What? What accident?" replied Swift.

The Monty Python star then commented, "Is that a proper cat? That's the weirdest cat I've ever seen in my life."

However, a photo of Cleese's overweight cat was also shown to the TV audience, to which Swift pointed out, "That's a monster."

Towards the end of the cl...
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Monty Python's Eric Idle Ignores Critics, Says Reunion Show Had '15,000 Happy Customers'

July 2nd, 2014 1:16pm EDT
Monty Python's Eric Idle Ignores Critics, Says Reunion Show Had
The Monty Python comedy troupe reunited for the first time in more than 30 years last night, performing a comeback gig at the O2 Arena in London. Critics slammed the highly anticipated production, claiming the group relied too much on old jokes, overdone routines, and too-familiar sketches.

The show features some of their most popular skits from "Monty Python's Flying Circus," including fan favorites - the dead parrot, Spam, "The Lumberjack Song" and the Spanish Inquisition.

Comedian Eric Idle was seemingly unaffected by the negative reviews and instead was pleased with the fans' response...
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Monty Python Funnymen To Reteam For New Movie

January 26th, 2012 9:12pm EST
John Cleese
The often-feuding members of the Monty Python comedy troupe are setting their differences aside for a new live action movie.

Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have already signed on for the science-fiction comedy, which Jones will direct - and project insiders claim producers are close to landing Eric Idle as well.

Absolutely Anything will follow the exploits of a man who is given the power to do whatever he likes by aliens.

The Monty Python stars will lend their voices to the out-of-this-world characters.

Jones tells Variety, "It's not a Monty Python picture, bu...
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John Cleese Attacks Eric Idle Over 'Spamalot' Cash Comments

December 14th, 2011 9:49pm EST
John Cleese
John Cleese has lashed out at former Monty Python And The Holy Grail collaborator Eric Idle for "moaning" about the cash he has had to pay his Holy Grail castmates in royalties for stage musical Spamalot.

Dubbing the disgruntled comedian/singer 'Yoko Idle' - a reference to Yoko Ono, who is incorrectly blamed for breaking up the Beatles - Cleese took to his Twitter.com to address Idle's latest remarks.

He writes, "I see Yoko Idle's been moaning (again), about the royalties he had to pay the other Python's for Spamalot. Apparently he paid me 'millions.'

"Actual rough figures last time we c...
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John Cleese: 'London Is No Longer An English City'

September 3rd, 2011 7:30am EDT
John Cleese
Funnyman John Cleese has spoken out about the high levels of immigration in his native U.K., insisting London is "no longer an English city."

The Monty Python star is adamant the multi-cultural nature of the British capital is changing the country beyond recognition and traditional English culture is fading out.

In an interview on Australian TV, he says, "I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Let me say this, I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city and that's how they got the (2012) Olympics."

"They said, 'We're the most cosmopolitan city o...
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John Cleese Plays Detective To Get Persistent Paparazzo's Name

August 9th, 2011 10:15pm EDT
John Cleese
John Cleese has asked for the help of his Twitter.com followers as he attempts to identify a photographer who followed him home on Tuesday.

The funnyman was ticked off when the paparazzi caught him shopping and decided to stay on his trail - and so he snapped the guy, posted the picture online and asked fans to help him get the guy's name.

In a series of tweets, the Monty Python star wrote, "Darling Twits, you can help me with a quick experiment... Some Paparazzo guy caught me this morning, followed me home... not content with snapping me, he wrote down my address (no doubt to sell).

"Do...
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SAG Awards Top Moments: Why Was Natalie Portman's Acceptance Speech Censored?

January 31st, 2011 9:20am EST
Natalie Portman | Photo Credits: John Shearer/WireImage.com
Here are our top moments of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

10. Most Nurturing: "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the Uplifting Award," The King's Speech actor Geoffrey Rush says on behalf of the cast, before giving nods to the movie's supporting actors, including his on-screen family and Freya Wilson, who played the young future Queen Elizabeth. His SAG family must be very proud.

9. The Kanye West Memorial Award: Has someone been enjoying a little post-Prohibition tipple? A spacey, dark-lipped Paz de la Huerta commandeers the mic after Steve Buscemi's speech...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: April

January 1st, 2011 3:00pm EST
Bret Michaels
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland at the end of March meant the following month was dogged by stories of stranded stars as a giant ash cloud swept over northern Europe and closed airports across the continent.

California's Coachella festival was under threat as a number of acts canceled their slots when they were unable to fly out to the U.S.

Several movie premieres were also affected in the chaos - the "Iron Man 2" red carpet event in London was moved to Los Angeles when stars including Robert Downey, Jr. were unable to jet to Britain. Miley Cyrus also scrapped plans to unveil her fil...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Shrek Forever After,' 'MacGruber,' & More

May 17th, 2010 10:10am EDT
MacGruber
A lot of other critics have blasted Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” but honestly I found it to be pretty interesting. It is slightly long winded and its action scenes are a bit frenetic, however it dares to be different in how it approaches the Robin Hood tale which I appreciate.

As a narrative "Robin Hood" operates like a prequel, covering the events leading to Robin’s branding as an outlaw. This Robin is serious, more like a solider commanding his friends in battle, than the lighthearted rogue whose archery and skills with a sword are so well known in the legend. While he believes in eq...
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John Cleese's $5,000 Taxi Ride

April 18th, 2010 10:00am EDT
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John Cleese refused to let a volcanic eruption in Iceland disrupt his busy schedule - the actor paid $4,950 for a taxi to take him from Norway to Belgium after his plane was grounded.

The funnyman was in Norway for an appearance on a talk show earlier this week and was due to fly home to England after his TV spot.

However, he was unable to catch a flight to the U.K. as nearly all air services in Europe have been cancelled because of a heavy cloud of volcanic ash floating in the skies above.

But Cleese didn't let this spoil his plans - he paid $4,950 for a taxi to take him from No...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Twilight Saga: New Moon,' 'Planet 51' & More

November 17th, 2009 9:59am EST
Twilight: New Moon
Vampire junkies of all ages hooked on the Twilight saga will get their fix this week with release of "New Moon." Further excitement about the premiere has generated among those obsessed with the series, since rumors of an off-screen romance between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have recently been confirmed.

Aside from the vampire romance "New Moon," other films hitting theaters this week include "Planet 51," "The Blind Side," "Broken Embraces," "Red Cliff," "Mammoth," and "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."

PLANET 51

The natives of Planet 51 live in perpetual fe...
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Celebrate 40 Years Of Monty Python Live And Uncut

October 13th, 2009 2:04pm EDT
Monty Python
The Independent Film Channel (IFC) announced today that Python fans across the U.S. will be able to enjoy the long-awaited reunion of the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe LIVE on IFC.com and PythOnline.com. The invitation-only event, held October 15 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, will celebrate the group's 40th anniversary and premiere the original IFC documentary, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)."

By visiting IFC.com or PythOnline.com Thursday, October 15 at approximately 9:00 PM EST, audiences across the U.S. can watch the historic event reuniting all...
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Top 10 Celebrity Twitterers You Should Check Out

May 22nd, 2009 9:56am EDT
Twitter
What is Twitter and why does everyone seem to talk about it these days? Well Twitter is a social networking device where you register an account and update in 140 words or less what's on your mind. This can be commentary on life, media, politics, movies, food, or responding to people who start to 'follow' you. This website has become a national hit, leading its name to be plastered everywhere and people constantly using their phone to send 'tweets.' A lot of the credit (or blame) can be placed on the shoulder of the various celebrities who embraced Twitter and love to give their fans insigh...
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'Monty Python' Documentary To Celebrate 40 Years

March 27th, 2009 3:21pm EDT
Monty Python
Just as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition, IFC will be airing a six-part documentary to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The six-part documentary Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) airs Oct. 4-10 and features John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, who, along with founding member Graham Chapman created groundbreaking humor with such sketches as "The Ministry of Silly Walks" and "The Upper Class Twit of the Year."

IFC's Python Week also will include airings of the films Monty Python And The Holy Grail,...
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Movies With Best Ensemble Casts

February 9th, 2009 5:13pm EST
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Sometimes a single actor makes a film, and sometimes too many egos don't fit on the same screen, but when you find a group of talented actors who manage to make it look like they're having the time of their lives, then the audience wants to be a part of the magic. Chemistry can't be faked. Whether He's Just Not That Into You, starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Bradley Cooper, and Scarlett Johansson will be one of those remarkable collaborations remains to be seen. In the meantime, here's a little taste...
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John Cleese Bitter About Working To 'Feed The Beast'

October 31st, 2008 10:43am EDT
John Cleese
John Cleese is bitter about having to work well into his old age, but he has to take on acting roles to help pay for his third divorce.

The star, 68, is facing a multi-million dollar pay out to Alyce Faye Eichelberger following their split earlier this year after 16 years of marriage. Cleese is currently paying out just over $1.64 million a year to his estranged wife until they reach a divorce settlement. She is also entitled to half of his earnings since their 1992 marriage and half of his nine properties across the world.

He says, "People would think I'd have enough money (to re...
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John Cleese Compares Sarah Palin To A Parrot

October 15th, 2008 1:22pm EDT
John Cleese
When a reporter asked John Cleese his thoughts about Republican vice president nominee Sarah Palin, he burst out in laughter and compared her to a parrot. "A parrot speaks beautifully and kind of says 'Oh, shucks' now and again but doesn't understand the meaning of the words it is producing."

He added, "The truth is Sarah Palin is no way good enough (to run the United States)."

Watch what Cleese says here:
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Starpulse's 'Holiday Survival Movie Guide'

November 23rd, 2007 12:00pm EST
Shrek The Third
Another Christmas is upon us, as well as one more year down the drain. On that cheerful note, here are some recently released and upcoming DVD releases to help you survive another holiday season.

The first movie on our list is the third installment of the very popular family friendly "Shrek" series. In this sequel, Shrek and the love of his life Fiona attempt to have a fairy-tale wedding, but the death of King Harold throws a monkey wrench into their plans. The film stars the usual gang of suspects, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, as well as the always funny John Cleese. It...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 27

October 27th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kelly Osbourne Bad Hair Day
Happy Birthday to singer/actress Kelly Osbourne (1984), Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke (1972), Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland (1967), British pop icon and "Duran Duran" lead singer Simon Le Bon (1958), New York crime boss John Gotti (1940; d. 2002), British actor John Cleese (1939), author of "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath (1932), African-American actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1924), American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923), 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Italian composer Niccolo Paganini (1782), and British naval captain James Cook (1728).
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John O'Hurley Stars in 'Spamalot'

January 12th, 2007 4:40pm EST
Spamalot
1969 is remembered as the year that man walked on the moon; Elvis Presley took up residency in Las Vegas; and Monty Python's Flying Circus first aired on BBC television. 2007 will go down in the history books as the year that the inspired lunacy of Monty Python came to The Grail Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with the smash hit show Monty Python's "Spamalot."

Eric Idle has created a deliriously funny live spectacle which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features lusty maidens, dancing divas, a killer rab...
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Starpulse.com's Movies To Look For In 2007

January 1st, 2007 12:00pm EST
Spider-Man 3
Now that the book on 2006 has been officially closed, it’s time to set our eyes on the horizon ahead of us. 2007 will be a year full of superhero movies, long-awaited CD releases and over-hyped video game shipments – and just about everything coming our way this year in the entertainment field is a sequel. Here are the movies to look for in 2007:

The Buzz Favorites

Jump In! – Corbin Bleu returns from the runaway success of High School Musical to star in this movie about a Double Dutch tournament. Expect no one over the age of 25 to know anything about the movie, other than the ri...
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Danny Elfman's Original Score For Charlotte's Web Hits Stores Dec. 5; Features Sarah McLachlan; Win It!

December 6th, 2006 4:37pm EST
Charlotte’s Web
Three-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s inspiring score for the motion picture Charlotte’s Web will be released December 5 on Sony Classical’s original soundtrack recording, which will also introduce the original song “Ordinary Miracle,” performed by Sarah McLachlan and written by acclaimed songwriter/record producer Glen Ballard and music legend Dave Stewart.

In the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web from writer E.B. White, someone very small finds that the most powerful force in the world is friendship. In the big-screen adaptation, the characters embar...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 27

October 27th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kelly Osbourne Bad Hair Day
Happy Birthday to singer/actress Kelly Osbourne (1984), Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke (1972), Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland (1967), British pop icon and "Duran Duran" lead singer Simon Le Bon (1958), New York crime boss John Gotti (1940), British actor John Cleese (1939), author of "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath (1932), African-American actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1924), American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923), 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Italian composer Niccolo Paganini (1782), and British naval captain James Cook (1728).
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'Shrek The Third' Cast To Include Amy Poehler, Cheri Oteri & Others

July 13th, 2006 4:14pm EDT
Amy Poehler
DreamWorks Animation announced today that the final cast for its upcoming computer-animated comedy Shrek the Third has been set. Joining the cast is an all-new ensemble of actors and comedians. Making up a new fighting force of fairy tale princesses are: Cheri Oteri as Sleeping Beauty, Amy Poehler as Snow White, Maya Rudolph as Rapunzel, and Amy Sedaris as Cinderella. Ian McShane will play Captain Hook.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Timberlake will play the role of Fiona's rebellious teenage cousin Artie, the inimitable Eric Idle will play Merlin and John Krasinski will...
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Mariah Carey Stars in Her First TV Advertisement

March 23rd, 2006 10:10am EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has starred in her first ever TV advertisement. The superstar singer - who has been offered glamorous ad campaigns in the past - has become the unlikely new face of Intel. Carey promoted the Intel Centrino Duo - a state of the art computer chip. A source is quoted in Daily Star newspaper as saying: "Mariah is asked to do commercials every day but when she heard that Lucy Liu, Seal and John Cleese had all done the Intel adverts, she agreed."

Meanwhile, Mariah has been hotly-tipped to star in new movie 'Tennessee' - despite being lambasted for being a bad actress. The songst...
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Endangered Species Named After John Cleese

November 11th, 2005 12:23pm EST
John Cleese
Researchers from the University of Zurich named a newly discovered species of Lemur after Monty Python star John Cleese. The avahi cleesi weighs less than two pounds, eats leaves, and was discovered in 1990 in Madagascar.

The name was chosen in tribute to Cleese’s promotion of lemurs in his film Fierce Creatures and the documentary In the Wild: Lemurs With John Cleese. The lemur is an animal close to extinction. In the documentary, Cleese traveled to Madagascar to take the viewer into the life of the lemur. This mammal represents a lifelong passion for Cleese who is working to restor...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 27

October 27th, 2005 2:20pm EDT
Kelly Osbourne
Happy Birthday to daughter of "the Prince of #$%!*@^ Darkness" Kelly Osbourne (1984), Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke (1972), Velvet Revolver & Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland (1967), British pop icon and Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon (1958), New York crime boss John Gotti (1940), British actor John Cleese (1939), author of "The Bell Jar" Sylvia Plath (1932), African-American actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1924), American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923), 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858), Italian composer Niccolo Paganini (1782), and Briti...
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