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Monty Python’s Flying Circus To Reunite; Press Conference Will Be Held On Thursday
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Monty Python

The surviving members of the pioneering British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus are set to announce a reunion this week via a press conference on Thursday, November 21st. And in the typical Python fashion of unpredictability, there’s no leak or tease on just what this reunion is going to entail. No matter what form of media it finally manifests itself as, it’s probable that it’s going to be met with a lot of success and adoration by Python’s rabid fans, some who have been following the comedy ensemble and its individual members since 1969, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus originally aired on BBC-TV.

That show broke every single rule of conventionality that was affixed to the “rules of comedy” and presented sketches in bizarre manners in which sometimes abruptly ended, had no middle, no end, no theme, sometimes engaging in slapstick or broad comedy, witty repartee and banter, visual gags which ran the gamut, it was almost as if the program and the men who created/wrote and performed in it, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and the late Graham Chapman were hell bent on presenting an A to Z of comedy styles, and then decimating it with their own flamethrower styles.

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‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ Gets A Modern Epic Trailer (Video)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

These days, movie studios are under the assumption that for their film to draw in audiences, their movie trailers have to be filled with that ominous BRRAAAAHHHMM! sound, made so popular thanks to its overuse in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

So, how would the trailer of an older movie come across to today’s audiences if it were recut to appeal to this modern assumption?

Check out the video here below for a trailer for 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a feature-lengthy comedy by the Monty Python troop, created to make the film come across as a 2013 tragic and epic blockbuster.

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Deal: Monty Python’s Flying Circus Complete 16-Ton Megaset
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monty python dvd box setThe Gold Box deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset for only $34.99 (that’s 65% off the list price of $99.95).

Note, this sale is only for today, Wednesday September 8, until midnight PST while supplies last.

This 16-disc DVD box set contains all 45 episodes of the 1960s British television sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which starred John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam, along with the two-disc 1982 concert film Monty Python Live, all in a slim casing.

The set also includes plenty of bonus features: Meet the Chaps, Pythonisms Glossary, Gillianimations, Art Gallery, Troupe Career Highlights, Trivial Quest, Useless Tidbits, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1, Post-Python Troupe Highlights, Pythonisms, Bleeding Critics, and Confusing Musings.

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Deal: The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset
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monty python dvd box setThe Gold Box deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset for only $34.99 (that’s 65% off the list price of $99.95).

This 16-disc DVD box set contains all 45 episodes of the 1960s British television sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which starred John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam, along with the two-disc 1982 concert film Monty Python Live, all in a slim casing.

The set also includes plenty of bonus features: Meet the Chaps, Pythonisms Glossary, Gillianimations, Art Gallery, Troupe Career Highlights, Trivial Quest, Useless Tidbits, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus: German Episode #1, Post-Python Troupe Highlights, Pythonisms, Bleeding Critics, and Confusing Musings.

Note, this sale is only for today while supplies last.

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Watch Now: Tonight’s ‘Monty Python’ Reunion + Clips From ‘Almost The Truth’ DVD
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The Monty Python comedy troupe are currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of their 1969 BBC TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus and tonight the surviving members — John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin — reunited at the Ziegfeld Theatre in NYC. A video of the event is now online, which you can watch here below — and I suggest you do so! It’s great stuff, seeing the gang together again, talking about their experiences and creating the sketches for the show, basically just answering questions from the audience. Seriously, watch now!

Also, there’s two new clips online from the documentary Monty Python: Almost The Truth: The Lawyers Cut, a 3-disc DVD — due out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 27, 2009 — with new interviews with the fabulous British comedians as well as other celebrities, along with tons of clips from pre-Python material, the original Flying Circus TV series and the films. Watch the two clips here below: one of John Cleese talking about writing the “Cheese Shop”; the other of comedian Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) doing “The Undertaker” skit. From October 18-23, IFC will be airing the documentary in six parts, so you can catch it ahead of time (though the DVD will have more material in it).

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus Officially Turns 40
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Monty Python

The legendary comedy troupe Monty Python had a little show called Monty Python’s Flying Circus that began in 1969, which made Monday their 40th birthday. The group is composed of gods of the comedic realms John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and of course, Graham Chapman, who passed away in 1989.

All five of the remaining members are gearing up for one of their rare gatherings on October 15, when they will head to New York City and receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Celebrations for the event were underway back in July when it was announced that four of the six members would be reuniting for a new show based on Life of Brian called Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) (Read: Monty Python To Reunite For Their 40th Anniversary; Documentary To Follow). Palin, Idle, Gilliam, and Jones are will appear in the special event, while Cleese was unable to commit due to a conflicting schedule.

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Monty Python To Reunite For Their 40th Anniversary; Documentary To Follow
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The boys of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python rarely get together anymore. Reunions have been rumored many times, but in the past ten-plus years, the group has only gathered together two times: once for a group interview in 1998, and a second time in 2002 for the George Harrison memorial.

Now The Independent is reporting that of the six-man group, four will reunite for a live stage show based on their very own Life of Brian called Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy). Python members Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam will appear in the show, while John Cleese can’t make it due to a scheduling conflict and of course Graham Chapman passed away in 1989.

The show, which will reference many classic sketches, stars Eric Idle, who also wrote it with John Du Prez. The rest of the Monty Python guys — including another Flying Circus regular Carol Cleveland with Neil Innes — will make appearances within the production.

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Say No More: ‘Monty Python’ Comes To iTunes
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Monty Python fans rejoice!

iTunes has launched the Monty Python iTunes Store [link launches iTunes application], which has five of the comedy troupe’s films — including Monty Python and the Holy Grail — as well as all 45 episodes of their comedy sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, available for purchase.

Along with Holy Grail are other classics film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Monty Python’s Life of Brian, plus their 1982 live performance Monty Python: Live At The Hollywood Bowl as well as Terry Gilliam’s medieval satire Jabberwocky.

The Flying Circus television series is available in several variations: by episode, by season (Series 1-4), by “Personal Best” from each cast member (Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin), or by the best of compilation Parrot Sketch Not Included: 20 Years of Monty Python; there’s also two pre-Python collections: Do Not Adjust Your Set, and At Last The 1948 Show.

Also available as a free download exclusively through iTunes is the Why I Love Monty Python, a short documentary featuring interviews with today’s top American comedy creators like Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, as well as South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, about their love of Python and how the British sketch comedy show influenced their lives and creations.

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