July 7, 2013 |
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.
May 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - This is one way Sarah Polley describes the five-year process of making Stories We Tell , her ingenious documentary about family and family secrets, a mother who died and left her children, her friends, her spouse - and possibly a lover or two - searching for answers. And sometimes searching for answers to questions they didn't know they had. "You do feel like you're having a very expensive nervous breakdown," says Polley, laughing, about her role in all of this.
February 7, 2013 |
We're just going to write it. We don't claim to comprehend it. Says here that 80 percent of the surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus will do a new Monty P movie, a sci-fi flick, starring, of course . . . Robin Williams . Working title: Absolutely Anything . Well, in the Mork and Mindy days, Robin was sort of Pythonish. That was faux-sci-fi. Fo fum. Fo Forbes, the source of this tale. Robin will play a dog's voice, and extant Pythons John Cleese , Michael Palin , Terry Gilliam , and Terry Jones (who'll also direct)
January 8, 2010 |
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is vintage Terry Gilliam, a pour not to all tastes but one certain to please lovers of Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Kaleidoscope meets calliope in this trippy fantasy set to circus music and among a scruffy family of carny figures who bridge medieval and modern worlds. Doctor Parnassus (the grizzled Christopher Plummer, resembling a cross between prophet and panhandler) is the tale's first ringmaster, an ancient Faust who solicits customers to venture through the looking glass.
January 7, 2010 |
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" won't do much to change Terry Gilliam's rep as the industry's hard-luck director. Gilliam's had entire productions washed away by flooding, and even a success like "Twelve Monkeys" had setbacks - he was seriously injured falling off a horse. The difficulties that beset "Parnassus," of course, are notorious - star Heath Ledger died midway through production, sending Gilliam scrambling for some way to finish it. (And though not as widely known, his producer, William Vince, also died during production)
September 5, 2007 |
In 1969 Michael Palin quit smoking, a pastime he was quite fond of, through sheer willpower. Having achieved a victory for mind over matter, Palin decided to raise the stakes - he would keep a diary for the next 10 years come hell or high water. Fortuitously the decade he chose to document would see the rise and fall and return of Monty Python's Flying Circus. In clean, dispassionate prose spanning 650 pages, Palin documents the trials and tribulations of the daring, off-the-wall comedy ensemble from humble-but-edgy beginnings (the name Flying Circus was foisted on the lads by the bullying BBC)
December 15, 2006 |
The macabre, madhouse animation that Terry Gilliam perpetrated as a member of Monty Python turns live-action and weirder still in Tideland, a mix of Alice in Wonderland and William S. Burroughs, Psycho and the psychotic. It's pretty much a squirmy experience all around. Gilliam, in interviews, has said that his wee pet project - made during the unplanned production hiatus of The Brothers Grimm, and starring the Keane-eyed child actress Jodelle Ferland - is about the resiliency of kids, and that it requires the letting go of learned adult experience to really get it. Well, good luck.
August 26, 2005 |
Of course, The Brothers Grimm begins with a "Once upon a time. . . . " And of course, Terry Gilliam's madcap imaginings about the pre-writer days of the German fabulists are chock-full of fairy-tale elements: magic beans, an enchanted toad, a gingerbread boy, a little girl in red stalked by a wolf, you name it. But in many ways, this early-19th-century yarn is of a piece with the onetime Monty Python director's more modern fare: Twelve Monkeys, The...
February 20, 2003 |
It sounded like any up-and-coming director's dream job: follow the guy who helped create "Monty Python's Flying Circus" around Spain while he made a movie about Don Quixote with Johnny Depp. But it turned into every director's nightmare: the set experienced disasters of epic proportions, and production was shut down after only six days of filming. The result is "Lost in La Mancha," a new documentary by Temple University film school graduates Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe. The film, opening in Philly tomorrow, chronicles the demise of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," Terry Gilliam's personal take on the 17th-century Cervantes novel.