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Book Review: Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir By Terry Gilliam
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Gilliamesque review

Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
By Terry Gilliam
Canongate Books | Harper Design
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Cover Price: $22.00

Terry Gilliam, entertainment renaissance man, pioneer illustrator, and cinema auteur, who was the key force behind the absolutely bizarre and hilarious animation in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, has recently released an autobiography in which he tries to make sense of his wild, sprawling, and utterly successful life career, titled Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir.

The title is a play on the word Pythonesque, which has pretty much entered the lexicon of language the last few years when describing a piece of humor which pushes envelopes and knows no bounds, like much of the zany oeuvre the madcap Englishmen manifested during their heyday of the late ’60s to the early ’70s. And for someone like Terry Gilliam, who just recently celebrated his 75th birthday a few weeks ago, it’s a term befitting of a man of his social, creative, and influential stature.

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Deleted Terry Gilliam Animation From ‘Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ Released (Video)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the cult classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing an updated Blu-ray of the film that has become a source for many a hilarious quote for film and comedy geeks around the world.

The Blu-ray will include an extensive selection of bonus features, most of which have appeared before on previous DVD and Blu-ray editions. Exclusive to the 40th Anniversary Edition will be a filmmakers’ Q&A from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and an assemblage of newly discovered unused animated sequences created by Holy Grail‘s co-director, the legendary Terry Gilliam.

Those sequences have made their way online through the official Monty Python YouTube channel. You can check them out here below; it’s enlightening and humorous to hear the man who would one day bless the world of cinema with Brazil, The Fisher King, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas explain the reasons for their deletion.

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Monty Python To Celebrate ‘Holy Grail’ 40th Anniversary At Tribeca
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Monty Python

In April of last year it was reported that legendary comedy group Monty Python‘s final stage performance, titled The Last Night of Monty Python and described as a “…final, weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Python’s as they head to the Old Jokes Home, on the big screen, in HD” would be shown live in theaters around the world.

A documentary titled Monty Python — The Meaning of Life was also filmed during these final shows that offers a glimpse into the preparation that went into the live shows and the history of the comedy group. The documentary will make its international debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival—running from April 15th to April 26th—where Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin will be on hand. While there, the group will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and their other classics with screenings followed by Q&A sessions.

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‘Absolutely Anything’ Clip: Simon Pegg Talks To Robin Williams-Voiced Dog
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Simon Pegg and Dennis (Voiced by Robin Williams) in Absolutely Anything

Back in 2012 we found out about a movie that would reunite the comedy group Monty Python (with Terry Jones leading the project as both writer and director) titled Absolutely Anything. The movie was to be a combination of live-action and CGI, following a teacher who’s given the ability to do absolutely anything he wants by aliens (voiced by Python members) so they can see how badly the human messes things up with this newfound power.

Way back then, apart from knowing that Monty Python members were involved, the only actor who was attached to the project was Robin Williams, who plays a talking dog named Dennis in what looks like will be his final role. The lead role was eventually cast with the great Simon Pegg. A new clip from the movie has been released of Pegg using his helpful ability, including having a chat with Dennis. You can watch it below.

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Monty Python’s Final Stage Show To Be Filmed For Worldwide Theatrical Release
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Monty Python

Looks like the world will collectively get to sing “The Lumberjack Song” again. British comedy ensemble Monty Python, who is reuniting its surviving members for a handful of performances at London’s O2 arena later this year, will film the final performance on July 20, 2014 for worldwide theatrical distribution.

The show is entitled The Last Night of Monty Python and it’s being tagged as a farewell to the comedy troupe, asking fans and filmgoers around the globe to “join the crowd live from London’s 02 Arena in a final, weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Python’s (sixth original member Graham Chapman died in 1989) as they head to the Old Jokes Home, on the big screen, in HD” as per a statement released by the Pythons in their glorious usual irreverent manner.

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Geek Gear: Monty Python Meets Mario Bros & Twister
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Monty Python Super Mario Bros I'm Invincible

The deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is for two Monty Python-inspired designs: “I’m Invincible!,” a mash-up with Super Mario Bros. (see image above) by Obvian, and “Black Knight Twister,” a mash-up with the game Twister (see image below) by Fanisetas.

Both designs went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL), women’s, and youth sizes for $10 each. Kids sizes are $10 (Girls, Toddlers, and Onesies); Hoodies for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes). See images on product page for shirt colors. You can also get the design on coasters for $25; prints 18″x24″ for $20 and 24″x32″ for $40; headphones for $40; laptop sleeves for $30-$40.

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Monty Python Announces Live Reunion Performance At 02 Arena Next Year
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Monty Python

As we reported yesterday, the zany and unconventional British comedy ensemble Monty Python was holding a press conference today with a grand announcement of the surviving members reuniting. In that press conference, it was revealed that the legendary funnymen, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin are going to do a one-off live performance at London’s O2 arena next July.

Promising, in the inimitable Pythonian fashion, that the live show will be chock full of “a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex,” this will be the first time this quartet have performed live for an audience (with the sixth member of the group, the late Graham Chapman) since they did stints that included The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles back in 1980.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus To Reunite; Press Conference Will Be Held On Thursday
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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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Geek Gear: Monty Python/Super Mario Brios. ‘I’m Invincible’ Shirt
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Monty Python/Super Mario Brios. I'm Invincible Shirt

The $11 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is a mash-up of Monty Python and Super Mario Bros. called “I’m Invincible” by Obvian.

The sale began at Teefury today, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site for $11 anymore, though it might continue into the next day for $14 (look for the After Hours bar at the top).

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