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September 21, 2001 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Everyone has a favorite bit: the coconuts; the Black Knight who won't quit no matter how many limbs he's lost; the giant wooden rabbit that's wheeled to the castle gates, Trojan Horse-style; the Beast of Aaargh, whose ferocity is matched only by its cuteness; and the taunting Frenchie, who appears on the parapets to hurl insults and vile substances at Arthur and his Round Table gang. For me, it's the coconuts. A quarter-century after its original release, the first - and arguably funniest - of the Monty Python features is getting a rerelease.
NEWS
November 18, 1994 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
THE R&B BOX: 30 YEARS OF RHYTHM AND BLUES (1943-1972) Various Artists / Rhino There's never been a more thorough or important time capsule that preserves and promotes a vital chunk of pop culture than Rhino's just-released "The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues. " Music lovers will be inspired to hug and kiss its leather-look box as if they've discovered the Holy Grail. Chronologically arranged from Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five's slap-happy 1943 single "Five Guys Named Moe" to the Spinners' pre-disco summer of '72 serenade "I'll Be Around," this 108-track, six-CD ($75)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2008 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
It's funny - again. Maybe not as funny as it was the first time I saw it but, for sure, funny. Monty Python's Spamalot is a self-confessed rip-off of the crew's own movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a parody of Broadway musicals and the winner of enough awards to choke a killer bunny. Still running in London and New York, with touring companies roaming the globe, this is the same production - although not the same cast - that came through Philadelphia in March of last year.
NEWS
March 22, 2006 | By Frank Wilson INQUIRER BOOKS EDITOR
It isn't every day that a copyright-infringement trial leaves tens of millions of dollars hanging in the balance. But the lawsuit in a London court against Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, does just that. At stake are more than $3 million in legal costs, which must be paid by whoever loses the suit, dividends from book sales of more than 40 million copies, and box-office returns from a soon-to-be-released film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
MOAB, Utah - A team that shoots pumpkins from a 90-foot compressed air cannon says it achieved the holy grail of the sport - chucking a pumpkin a distance of more than one mile. The team from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey said it launched the 9.5-pound pumpkin at Moab's old airport on Friday. The team went to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help pumpkins sail farther. Ralph Eschborn, a 62-year-old wastewater engineer from Chadds Ford, Pa., said he had a better crop of pumpkins to shoot this time.
NEWS
April 11, 2006
Authors of fiction everywhere can mop their brows and get back to making stuff up. On Friday, Justice Peter Smith of the London High Court ruled - correctly - that Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown had not infringed on copyright laws when he based aspects of his megahit on a 1982 book. Smith said the commonsense thing: Yes, Brown had based some "items" on material from Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh's Holy Blood, Holy Grail. But such borrowings had been "at a general and low level of abstraction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1990 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
The rousing return of Indiana Jones, a scathing British comedy, a quiet evocation of Chinatown and three meditations on the Big Apple from three of today's most popular directors top the list of this week's new videos. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) (Paramount) $24.95. 126 minutes. 1/2 Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix, Alison Doody. In his third screen adventure, the whip-smart archaeologist has to rescue a dad instead of a damsel in continuing distress.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2004 | New York Daily News
If Mel Gibson created a perfect storm with "The Passion of the Christ," check the horizon next year for the film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code. " Dan Brown's novel, being adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") and director Ron Howard, is a provocative and damning lecture on the history of Gibson's Catholic Church. If you haven't read "The Da Vinci Code," or stories debunking it, its central argument, based on a millennium-old conspiracy theory, is about to be revealed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
After their television series gained them a following of fanatical loyalists on both sides of the Atlantic, the Monty Python troupe turned to the big screen in 1975 and pointed a very sharp lance at the legend of Camelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. By the time they were done, very little was left of poor King Arthur in this uneven but riotously funny romp through an England that is anything but merry. Take, for example, the moment when the king cites the revered story of Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake.
NEWS
October 5, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Graham Chapman, a founding member of the zany and irreverent Monty Python's Flying Circus comedy troupe, died yesterday of cancer in Britain, a spokeswoman for the group announced. He was 48. Mr. Chapman died in a hospital in Maidstone, Kent, said Nancy Lewis, who represents Monty Python in New York. Mr. Chapman was educated as a physician at Cambridge University, but abandoned medicine for comedy. The Monty Python Flying Circus had come together when its founders were in school at Cambridge and Oxford.
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September 26, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
A COMMON THEME in the old classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" goes like this: Someone is mortally wounded - arrow in heart, all limbs chopped off, the plague - and is given up for dead. Except that he not only survives, but pronounces, to the amazement of all, that "I'm feeling much better. " This then, is the position taken by the Philadelphia Eagles defense three games into the 2014 season, at least as expressed by its architect, and the majority of its warriors not named Cary.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
There was a giant concert in Philadelphia on Friday, with half a million people on the Ben Franklin Parkway to see the Roots serve as house band for a star-studded slate of acts. The next night, the big guns came out. Literally and figuratively - on Saturday, Beyoncé and Jay Z brought their overstuffed 21/2-hour "On The Run" tour to sold-out Citizens Bank Park. The most prominent power couple in music - she's in the top spot of the Forbes Celebrity 100, he's No. 6 - put on a 44-song hip-hop and pop action-packed extravaganza.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The encore portion of Jay Z's Magna Carter World Tour concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday - which, appropriately enough, began with "Encore" - lasted for five songs altogether. For the record, the other four songs were "Empire State of Mind," "Izzo (H.O.V.A)," "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)," and the feel-good closer "Young Forever," which was dedicated to Nelson Mandela. In total, however, the five songs didn't last as long as an interlude in the middle, when the rapper-mogul and Made in America main man, who was playing a non-festival solo show in Philadelphia for the first time since 2009, took the music down and had the cameras turned on the audience - for a good 15 minutes of bonding with his people.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
It's no secret that Jay-Z thinks highly of himself. Long before Kanye West declared "I Am a God" on his new album Yeezus , Jay-Z, the rapper and entertainment mogul born Shawn Carter, embraced the nickname "Hova," short for Jay-hova. His one-word job description on Twitter is "Genius. " And his new album, which became available to owners of the Samsung Galaxy smartphone on July 4 and to everyone else Tuesday, is called Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-A-Fella ***). Boasting, of course, is de rigueur in rap. It'd be hard to think of an MC who would nothave reacted as Jay-Z did when he stood on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last year to announce his inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, and a fan called out "You're the best, Hov!"
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - A producer on Friday won a British court victory over Monty Python for a bigger share of royalties from the stage musical Spamalot and said that despite the dispute he still found the comedy troupe funny. Mark Forstater brought a High Court lawsuit against the anarchic comedians over the show, which is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Forstater produced the film, and his lawyers claimed it was agreed that he would be "treated as the seventh Python" financially, entitled to the same share of Holy Grail merchandising and spin-off income as the other members.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Meeri Kim, Inquirer Staff Writer
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
SPORTS
May 25, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ
SOCCER FANS who are too enthusiastic are often called hooligans. These guys are terrorists. Giovanni Moreno, a midfielder for an Argentinian league team called Racing Club, was threatened at gunpoint recently because of his perceived ineffectiveness on the pitch. An unknown gang of thugs pointed a gun at his leg and threatened to blow off his knee unless he improved. "We think no one should have to go through something like this," Racing Club president Gaston Cogorno said Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011
ARE YOU SOMEONE, or do you know someone, or would you like to get to know someone, who doesn't eat meat? If so, here's your handy 2011 V for Veg Holiday Gift Guide: TofuXpress . You're welcome. OK, we do have a couple of other suggestions, but first, let's talk tofu. It's an ancient concoction from soybeans that is famously superhigh in protein and superlow . . . all right, supernonexistent in flavor. But it absorbs flavors well - when it's not already full, that is. A block of tofu packed in water needs that liquid squeezed out before it can be permeated with, say, a marinade.
NEWS
September 11, 2010
MOAB, Utah - A team that shoots pumpkins from a 90-foot compressed air cannon says it achieved the holy grail of the sport - chucking a pumpkin a distance of more than one mile. The team from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey said it launched the 9.5-pound pumpkin at Moab's old airport on Friday. The team went to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help pumpkins sail farther. Ralph Eschborn, a 62-year-old wastewater engineer from Chadds Ford, Pa., said he had a better crop of pumpkins to shoot this time.
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