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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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Criterion Collection: Jabberwocky (1977) | Blu-ray Review

It was rather a rough start for Terry Gilliam’s solo directorial career. While 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which Gilliam co-directed with Terry Jones (whose next film was 1979’s Life of Brian), became an iconic, seminal film of the decade, he would follow it up with the less well-revered Jabberwocky in 1977, a haphazard medieval comedy inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll poem, the adaptation co-written by fellow Help!

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Trafalgar Releasing Scoops ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Ahead of Anniversary (Exclusive)

Trafalgar Releasing Scoops ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Ahead of Anniversary (Exclusive)
Trafalgar Releasing has acquired worldwide theatrical rights (except North America and selected others) to “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” ahead of a push to put the iconic comedy back in cinemas next year to mark its 40th anniversary. The deal sees most of the global rights sit with one distributor, whereas in the past there was a patchwork of deals in place.

Trafalgar, which was Picture House Entertainment before a management buyout and rebrand, has worked with the Python team before, on the theatrical release of 2014’s live show “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go.” It registered 330,000 admissions globally.

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” was the second major film from the comedy troupe and is a scathing satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. It will be back in cinemas next year as part of a program of celebrations around the 40th anniversary.

The film fared
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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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For Our Consideration: Labyrinth’s soundtrack is an essential part of David Bowie’s legacy

A kidnapped baby. A Bog Of Eternal Stench. A Goblin King whose stretchy pants leave very little to the imagination. In 1986, director Jim Henson, producer George Lucas, and screenwriter Terry Jones combined these and other elements to make Labyrinth, a movie that depicts the horrors of being a teenager as a bedtime story gone terribly wrong, a magical journey filled with bizarre creatures and frustratingly deceptive pathways. In the film—a box-office and critical disappointment that’s since gained a massive cult following—the oddly intriguing Goblin King steals away with teenage Sarah’s baby brother, offering to return him only after Sarah navigates his maze. For the part of Jareth, the Goblin King, Henson recruited professional intriguing oddball David Bowie, who also provided a handful of the movie’s songs.

In a 1985 New York Times article, Henson explained his choice as the result of wanting to do ...
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Robin Williams’ Final Film Arrives in Theaters: Watch the Beloved Star Recording Lines for Absolutely Anything

Robin Williams’ Final Film Arrives in Theaters: Watch the Beloved Star Recording Lines for Absolutely Anything
When it came time for Robin Williams to record his lines for what would be his final film, Absolutely Anything, producers Ben Timlett and Bill Jones weren’t sure the comedy legend was still onboard.

“We started filming in March 2014, so it took a bit longer to get going, as it always does,” Timlett tells People. “By the time we got started, we kept wondering, ‘Oh, is Robin Williams still going to be interested?’ “

Williams was the first major talent to sign on to the project, which was written and directed by Jones’ dad, Monty Python legend Terry Jones. The
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.

Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More

Electric Entertainment has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Rob Reiner’s “Lbj,
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Official Us Trailer for Wacky Superpower Comedy 'Absolutely Anything'

"I can solve anything in the world!" Atlas has revealed a new Us trailer for the upcoming American release of a comedy film titled Absolutely Anything. This film was originally released in Europe back in 2015, and has been waiting to get released in the Us until now. One way they're marketing it: this film features the "final" performance by Robin Williams, who voices a talking dog. Absolutely Anything is about a goofy school teacher who is granted the superpowered ability to make any wish or desire come true. Simon Pegg stars, with Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Robert Bathurst, Eddie Izzard, and Joanna Lumley. This looks pretty bad, but the only redeeming side is that it's directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Maybe there's some good humor? It looks like this was lost in the 90s and only recently found. Here's the first official Us trailer (+ poster) for Terry Jones' Absolutely Anything,
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Newswire: Robin Williams’ last film is finally coming to U.S. theaters

According to Deadline, the last film Robin Williams made before his death finally has a U.S. release date. The movie is Absolutely Anything, and it stars Simon Pegg as a guy who gets godlike powers from aliens so they can determine if the Earth is worth saving, but he just ends up using them in silly ways like making it so his dog can talk like Robin Williams. The movie was released in the U.K. a few years ago, but it didn’t have U.S. distribution until now, with Atlas Distribution Co. picking it up and announcing that it will be released on May 12.

Unfortunately, if Absolutely Anything being Robin Williams’ last film isn’t sad enough, it will also most likely be the last film from Monty Python member Terry Jones, who announced that he has dementia last year. Jones directed Absolutely Anything, and Monty ...
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Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date

Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date
After coming out more than two years ago in the U.K., Robin Williams' final movie is going to get released in the U.S. The comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, has finally secured distribution from Atlas Distribution Co. Outside of the appeal that comes from Robin Williams, the movie also serves as something of a Monty Python reunion, which isn't likely to happen again on the big screen.

According to Deadline, Absolutely Anything will be given a limited release, with Atlas hoping to get the movie in theaters on May 12. Terry Jones, who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of life, directed Absolutely Anything from a script that he wrote more than 20 years ago. The movie also stars Monty Python alums John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. So comedy fans have several very good reasons to go see this movie.
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‘Absolutely Anything,’ Robin Williams’ Last Film With Monty Python Crew, Gets U.S. Release Date

‘Absolutely Anything,’ Robin Williams’ Last Film With Monty Python Crew, Gets U.S. Release Date
Exclusive: Absolutely Anything, the comedy that stars Simon Pegg and Robin Williams as the voice of his faithful dog — the last feature film that the Monty Python crew have worked on together — has found distribution. Atlas Distribution Co. will distribute the Terry Jones-directed film theatrically. The film also stars his Monty Python pals John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Outside of documentaries, the Monty Python crew have not worked on a feature film together…
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 10 Tips For Screenwriters: Learn Their Tricks of the Trade

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 10 Tips For Screenwriters: Learn Their Tricks of the Trade
“Lego Movie” masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller think it’s nuts to offer advice via the esteemed BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture master class. “If anyone calls themselves a ‘master screenwriter,'” Lord told the London audience last October, “they are about to write a terrible screenplay.”

Nevertheless, Lord and Miller persisted; after writing and producing together for 20 years, including the upcoming Han Solo origin story, they had plenty to say. BAFTA has just made their nearly 90-minute video available to the public, glitchy graphics and all, and it makes for some very funny viewing (not to be missed: their short that “was not educational enough” for Disney, which attempted to teach children about the Brontë sisters using Victorian era-inspired action figures). It’s also educational — some might even say, masterful.

Here’s 10 of the best bits of advice from Lord and Miller.

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Terry Jones Offers an Update on His Dementia Diagnosis: ‘My Frontal Lobe Has Absconded’

Terry Jones Offers an Update on His Dementia Diagnosis: ‘My Frontal Lobe Has Absconded’
The Guardian has an update on Terry Jones, the “Monty Python” member who last fall revealed he has dementia. Most of the news isn’t good, unfortunately, as Jones’ condition has worsened in the months since he went public with his diagnosis. Though still able to get around by himself physically, the once-verbose performer’s speech is now limited to just a few words at a time.

Read More: Monty Python Star Terry Jones Receives Dementia Diagnosis

Jones has frontotemporal dementia, which affects the language and social-control centers of the brain. In addition to reducing patients’ ability to speak, it may also make them appear less concerned with their loved ones. Though his speech is “now restricted to a few words, usually uttered to agree with those who are speaking to him,” Jones “remains an enthusiastic walker, likes his beer and wine, and watches old films compulsively. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is a favourite.
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In a fix, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Sheen, Lior Ashkenazi and Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer

Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.

Joseph Cedar on the costumes: "Michelle Matland is the person I should be crediting. We did these wardrobe trials at Ann Roth's studio." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian
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Michael Tuchner obituary

TV and film director who won a Bafta award for the BBC play Bar Mitzvah Boy

The British television and film director Michael Tuchner, who has died aged 84, left a body of work that vividly reflected life in the UK and Us during the 1970s and 80s. As Tuchner was an unshowy man who allowed the performances and narrative to dominate a film, his contribution often went unsung, even though he made more than 40 television and big screen movies. Nevertheless, after his debut feature, Villain (1971), starring Richard Burton, he was always considered a safe pair of hands by producers and was nominated for four Bafta awards, winning one for the acclaimed BBC Play for Today production of Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976).

Tuchner was born in Berlin, the son of Martin, a tailor, and his wife, Rosa (nee Wolochwiansky). When he was seven, the family moved to the UK,
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UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood dies aged 82

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UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood dies aged 82
Glinwood worked with Roman Polanski, Jeremy Thomas, Karel Reisz and Terry Jones.

UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood has died aged 82 following complications from surgery for a minor complaint.

Glinwood’s career spanned fifty years as a producer and sales executive during which time he worked closely with some of the European industry’s leading figures.

He entered the business in the 1960s as a production controller working on Roman Polanski films Repulsion and Cul-De-Sac.

In the 1970’s he would work closely with fellow-producers Ned Sherrin and Beryl Vertue and director Bob Kellett on a string of UK comedies including Up Pompeii and The Alf Garnett Saga as well with UK producer John Heyman and Grease and Saturday Night Fever producer Robert Stigwood.

In the same decade Glinwood struck up a fertile collaboration with Rpc boss Jeremy Thomas for whom he would work in a sales and financing capacity on Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and [link
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How To Watch the BAFTAs: Live Stream Online

How To Watch the BAFTAs: Live Stream Online
Before the film world descends on Hollywood for the 89th Academy Awards in two weeks, they’re heading to Britain tonight for the Ee British Academy Film Awards 2017, better known as the BAFTAs. The ceremony is Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars and sees many overlap nominees, including Best Picture contenders “Moonlight,” “Manchester By the Sea,” “Arrival” and “La La Land,” which leads with 11 nominations.

Read More: 2017 BAFTAs: ‘La La Land’ Leads with 11 Nominations

The BAFTA Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, will air on BBC America at 8pm Et. The show can be live streamed by logging into your cable provider, but there will not be a public broadcast of the ceremony, which is aired as an edited version several after the show has ended. The BAFTA Facebook page will be live streaming from the red carpet, which you can watch in the embedded video below.

The red carpet live
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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Coming to Amazon as a Miniseries

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Coming to Amazon as a Miniseries
Years ago, director/genius Terry Gilliam set out to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliant novel Good Omens into a feature film starring Robin Williams and Johnny Depp. It never came to pass. Other versions, including a television adaptation by Terry Jones, briefly appeared before vanishing again. But good things sometimes come to those who […]

The post Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s ‘Good Omens’ Coming to Amazon as a Miniseries appeared first on /Film.
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Cool Videos: How to make a proper Big Kahuna burger from Pulp Fiction

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Some of the food we see in movies looks so damn good it's enough to make you wanna drop everything and go feast until you explode a la Terry Jones in The Meaning Of Life. One of those scenes is from the classic Pulp Fiction in which Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) takes a big bite of a Big Kahuna burger, then washes it down with some Sprite. The burger chain in the film does not exist in real life, so one man has... Read More...
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