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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...

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 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...

'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,...

Movies With Best Ensemble Casts

February 9th, 2009 5:13pm EST
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...

Silly Horror Villains

October 24th, 2008 12:12pm EDT
The Gingerdead Man
In the over 100 years of movie history we've seen lots of horrifying creatures. As time passes the wants and fears of the audience shifts, and some ideas exhaust themselves. Horror filmmakers have to be creative with ways to scare the audience. Crazy men with knives and the devil himself just don't do it anymore. This can yield excellent results in the form of a haunted video tape or zombies that can sprint. But most of the time things can get just a little silly.

Jack Frost

Horror directors often try to frighten moviegoers by digging into our childhood fears, and if handled well...

'Spamalot' To Close

October 19th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Monty Python's Spamalot is to end its successful Broadway run in January.

The curtain will come down on the stage adaptation of comedy film Monty Python & The Holy Grail at the Shubert Theater on January 18th, after 1,582 performances, according to The cast has included Tim Curry, David Hyde-Pierce and Clay Aiken, who currently plays Sir Robin in the production.

The show opened at the Shubert in March 2005 and it went on to win multiple Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards later that year for Best Musical.

Estimates suggest the show, written ...

Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

September 9th, 2008 10:10am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most inspiring and witty remarks were made on the latest stories on Hollywood’s latest Pervert, Lance Armstrong and his sexual prowess, and Tom Cruise and his latest beard, as well as a Story about something no one wants to see John C. Reilly in the buff.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and kind observations made about former teen heartthrob Leif Garret, Bespectacled actress Tina Fey h...

Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."


Olivia Wilde Signs Up For 'Year One'

March 20th, 2008 1:27pm EDT
Olivia Wilde
House star Olivia Wilde has been signed up to star in a new comedy film in the style of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Wilde has been cast alongside funnyman Jack Black and Superbad star Michael Cera in Year One, which has been scripted by Ghostbusters writer and star Harold Ramis.

The movie - due for release next summer - will attempt to recapture the spirit of the original Monty Python films including The Holy Grail and The Life Of Brian.

And Wilde is delighted to be involved in the project as she has long been a fan of the legendary British comedy group.

She says, "The s...

Point/Counterpoint: Should There Be A Separate Comedic Category For The Academy Awards?

February 13th, 2008 1:00pm EST
Think of your favorite comedies. Whether it be Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Caddyshack, Animal House, or recent films like Dumb and Dumber, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Borat, they all have something in common. Each film boasts incredible performances, and the Academy has not recognized any of them. How is this fair? Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller - all the successful comic actors should get their due.

It is equally hard to create a great comedy as it is to make a gripping drama. The Golden Globes have a separate category for comedic perfo...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Prestige actress Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfield (1921; d. 2004).

Starpulse Q&A With Kenny Vs. Spenny: Bigger Egos and Bigger Herpes

November 8th, 2007 3:33pm EST
Kenny Vs. Spenny
Kenny Vs. Spenny just might be Canada's biggest exports since Rush and BTO, but this duo is taking care of business in moving pictures as opposed to in sound, competing not just for your entertainment but to document what executive-producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, have called, "The most accurate examination of male friendships that we've ever seen." Starpulse sat down with Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice to discuss their forthcoming Comedy Central debut, how their friendship has survived for so long, and the philosophical underpinnings of humiliation and cheating....

'Monty Python' Star Accuses 'Shrek The Third' Producers Of Stealing Joke

May 21st, 2007 9:57am EDT
Shrek The Third
Eric Idle has accused Shrek The Third moviemakers of theft after they lifted a joke from his 1975 hit Monty Python And The Holy Grail. The 64-year-old, who voices the character of Merlin in the animated ogre sequel, is furious he wasn't told that a scene in which Prince Charming is shown riding a hobby horse while a minion bangs two coconut halves together for sound effect, was to be used. The clip is copied directly from the Python film.

He's now considering legal action against studio Dreamworks, who made the movie. Idle tells Canada's Mad Dog & Billie radio show, "I was shocked. It...

Spamalot Cast To Break Coconut Orchestra Record

April 11th, 2007 11:42am EDT
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
The cast of Eric Idle's London theatre show Spamalot are set to lead a world record attempt to get as many people as they can to bang coconuts together in Trafalgar Square on St. Georges Day.

The idea behind the banging of coconuts is homage to Spamalot's inspiration, 1975 comedy film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, which features the characters on foot, gallop as if they are on horses and bang coconuts together to simulate the sound.

The current world record, which is held by New Yorkers, had 1,789 people joining in. The coconut banging will be followed by a screening of the ori...

John O'Hurley Stars in 'Spamalot'

January 12th, 2007 4:40pm EST
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...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Prestige actress Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfield (1921; d. 2004).

Monty Python Star Terry Jones Undergoes Cancer Surgery

October 23rd, 2006 7:36pm EDT
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
Monty Python star Terry Jones has undergone surgery for colon cancer. The 64 year old was "in good spirits and the operation went very well",according to his agent Jodi Shields.

She says, "Terry's doctors are very cheered with an early diagnosis of possible colon cancer for which he has now had routine surgery in a London private hospital. He is in high spirits and very pleased that the doctors say they have caught it early.

The comedian was told he had cancer only days before the opening of the Spamalot musical in London on Tuesday, which is based on the classic Monty Python And...

Eric Idle Blasts Pythons

October 23rd, 2006 5:00pm EDT
Eric Idle
Monty Python funnyman Eric Idle has branded his old comedy partners two-faced for reaping the financial rewards of his hit musical Spamalot, despite expressing reservations about the show.

Idle, who wrote the musical which is based on 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, insists he's not bothered if his former castmates are unhappy with the result, because the flood of new Python fans he's attracted makes it a worthwhile venture.

The Life Of Brian star says, "I don't want to talk about the other Pythons. That's just stirring s**t up. They all accept their checks. I don't car...

Eric Idle Wasn't Idle in Convincing 'Monty Python' Stars To Greenlight 'Spamalot'

February 22nd, 2006 10:22am EST
Eric Idle
Eric Idle convinced his Monty Python castmates to let him use their work in hit musical "Spamalot" by playing them a song he had written for the show. Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam feared the play may damage the Monty Python legacy - but were soon won over.

And Idle was proved right - "Spamalot" has been a hit on Broadway, New York, won a host of Tony Awards and transferred to London's West End. He says, "That was the hardest thing - to persuade them that this was something that would go well. We played them 'The Song That Goes Like This,' and they cracked u...

They Said It: Amusing Celebrity Quotes

February 9th, 2006 11:56am EST
Kate Beckinsale
"I eat cotton wool to stay in shape. I have slept with everyone on the planet. There's a photograph of me doing unfortunate things with vegetables." Actress Kate Beckinsale remembers the false internet rumors about her.

"Honestly, I like everything. Boyish girls, girlish boys, the thick, the thin. Which is a problem when I'm walking down the street." Angelina Jolie is open to every man and woman.

"That's horse s**t. Maybe first thing in the morning, before I've had my coffee, but I'm not a grumpy person." Harrison Ford slams rumors that he is moody.

"You know the large pizz...

Watch Full-Length Movies on Your Cell Phone

November 30th, 2005 9:45am EST
Spider-Man 2
Sony Pictures Digital "Movies on Memory Cards" initiative enables people to watch full-length feature films on their cell phones. Spider-Man 2 and Monty Python and the Holy Grail were launched in June of this year and new titles including Stuart Little, Ghostbusters and Hitch became available earlier this month.

"Mobile phones are quickly becoming the entertainment device of choice for many consumers. People are constantly on the move today and watching full-length feature films is a great way for them to use their phone for entertainment while in transit," commented Mike Arrieta, seni...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2005 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Island's Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), actor Mark Ruffalo (1967), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), Bob Marley's bass man Aston "Familyman" Barrett (1946), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfi...

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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