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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: '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...

Review: 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Is A Storyteller's Tale For Gilliam, Ledger Fans

December 28th, 2009 1:26pm EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is an interesting Hollywood director in that he's bizarre and not mainstream, and yet his films are so interesting and bizarre that they get critical acclaim and great notice. His started with the "Monty Python" gang and moved on to hits like "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys," and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He had his fair share of failures too with the odd "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and the lukewarm critical reactions to his film "The Brothers Grimm." It was always an uphill battle for Gilliam since his movies are visually intriguing, mind bending, and n...

Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...

John Cleese: 'My Costly Divorce Will Be Worth It'

May 14th, 2008 9:01am EDT
John Cleese
Monty Python star John Cleese is confident his divorce proceedings against his third wife will be "worth every penny."

The actor appeared in a California court on Tuesday, where a judge ordered him to pay his estranged spouse Alyce Faye Eichelberger Cleese $150,000 a month in temporary maintenance. Speaking outside the court, a wheelchair-bound Cleese - following surgery on his knee the previous day - said, "It's going to be very, very expensive - but it will be worth every penny."

Eichelberger is reported to be asking for two houses, half of Cleese's earnings since 1992, plus m...

John Cleese Desperate To Write For Barack Obama

April 9th, 2008 9:47am EDT
John Cleese
Monty Python star John Cleese has pledged his political allegiance to presidential hopeful Barack Obama - after offering to write his speeches.

The actor - who currently lives in California - admits he's an admirer of Democratic candidate Obama, and will be on call for the politician if he wins the battle against Hillary Clinton to represent his party later this year.

He says, "I am due to come to Europe in November, but I may be tied up until then because if Barack Obama gets the nomination, I'm going to offer my services to him as a speech writer. I think he's a brilliant man....

Notable Quotables

February 8th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Jessica Alba
"I'm so excited for my baby to be brown. I just have to believe that the dark gene is going to survive." Pregnant Jessica Alba hopes her baby has her fiance Cash Warren's African-American genes.

"If I could do something else, I'd probably color people's hair." New redhead Ashlee Simpson loves changing appearances.

"Gay men understand that I understand what it's like to be an outsider." Cher explains her homosexual appeal.

"Agreeable and friendly, yeah, I'll go for that - but nice has a kind of droopy, ineffectual connotation." Former Monty Python star Michael Palin on his 'n...

Starpulse Q&A With Jay Johnston: How the Mustachioed Half Lives

November 14th, 2007 4:19pm EST
Jay Johnston
Jay Johnston was used to strangers approaching him in public. After all, he was a prominent writer and actor on the cult HBO sketch series Mr. Show with Bob and David. Plus, he's had his fair share of encounters with the homeless and jerks who want to pick a fight with him simply because he's six foot five. But the oddest reactions Jay's received were the result of growing out a mustache during the first season of The Sarah Silverman Program for his role of Officer Jay McPherson. Suddenly, Jay found himself the victim of behavior he deemed to odd and annoying to endure and vowed to wear pro...

Eric Idle: 'Classical Music Saved My Life'

July 3rd, 2007 11:17am EDT
Eric Idle
Former Monty Python star Eric Idle has credited classical music with getting him through childhood. The British funnyman was enrolled into the Royal Wolverhampton School when he was just seven years old, after his father died in a road accident. Idle struggled to survive the bullying environment of the establishment, and fears he would have dropped out prematurely without music to distract him.

He says, "It was a lifeline. Boarding school being a brutal place for me, I learn to retreat into my head and music became an escape. I can cope with almost everything now, including, I should...

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Plans Album With 'Spamalot' Duo

April 24th, 2007 8:45am EDT
Sara Ramirez
Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez has formed an odd alliance with Monty Python star Eric Idle and his Spamalot co-creator as she embarks on a pop career. Idle and John Du Prez are penning tracks for the actress' first album.

Ramirez plans on spending her summer break recording the album in a Los Angeles studio.

-Sara Ramirez Pictures

-Grey's Anatomy Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Eric Idle's Spamalot Musical Cut Short In Vegas

April 12th, 2007 2:18pm EDT
Eric Idle
Monty Python star Eric Idle was forced to shorten his Las Vegas musical Spamalot by 20 minutes, after realizing potential theatregoers might be put off by the show's length. Idle knew the show, which is currently showing at the Grail Theater, had to contend with the city's numerous casinos, so cut the show in case people opted to gamble instead.

He says, "I knew upfront that I'd have to cut 20 minutes from the show. Partly this is because they want you back in the casino, and partly because they want you back in the casino."

- Monty Python Spamalot Tickets

(This news article ...

Elvis Was A Huge 'Monty Python' Fan

April 4th, 2007 10:22am EDT
Elvis Presley
Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley was obsessed with British comedy series Monty Python and spent hours impersonating characters from the cult show. Presley used to force his girlfriend Linda Thompson to watch the on-screen antics of John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones.

Thompson says, "He's be doing all the voices, which is mind-boggling. He'd even do the ladies voices."

- Elvis Presley Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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...

HBO Imports 'Little Britain'

August 25th, 2006 9:15am EDT
Little Britain
Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have struck a deal with showbiz mogul Simon Fuller to take the hit British comedy to America. HBO has snapped up the rights to the show, which pokes fun at quintessential England. It will be adapted to satirise urban America, with both stars working closely with writers.

Fuller tells Broadcast magazine, "We are on the brink of confirming something rather special. Think back to Monty Python. Who would have thought that would have been such a big hit in America?"

The show already has a cult following on the BBC America cable chann...

Miramax Greenlights 'Gnomeo And Juliet'

April 18th, 2006 8:10am EDT
Kate Winslet
Elton John's film project Gnomeo And Juliet has been given the green light by Miramax Films and will star Kate Winslet. The CG-animated feature is a twist on Shakespeare's classic and set in the world of garden gnomes.

The film was originally in development at Disney studios and John even made an appearance at a Disney showcase to promote the film's proposed 2008 release. Sources familiar with the project say it has a Monty Python sensibility and the move to Miramax will give it an edgier, hipper tone.

John said in a statement, "I am very excited about working with Miramax. Gnom...

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