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July 21, 2006
Editor's note: It will be welcome news to devotees of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" -- the 1975 movie inspired "Spamalot," the Tony-winning musical -- that the distributor struck a new print and restored 24 seconds that were snipped prior to its original release. What follows is a condensed version of a review by Kevin Thomas that was published June 15, 2001.
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March 20, 2014 | Salvador Rodriguez
The Holy Grail screen protector can defend against key scratches, scissor stabs and five-foot drops, but do not use it to stop a bullet. The accessory, created by Seattle company Sir Lancelot's Armor , went on sale this week. The company boasts that the Holy Grail, made from "bulletproof" laminated tempered glass, is the perfect defense for tablet and smartphone users looking for protection for their device without giving up style points by purchasing a bulky case. The Holy Grail is available for numerous top-flight devices, ranging from Apple's latest iPhone and iPads to Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones.
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BUSINESS
July 22, 1993 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, LAWRENCE J. MAGID is a Silicon Valley-based computer analyst and writer
Computer users are always chasing a Holy Grail. It has to weigh less than 4 pounds, be slim, trim and fast, have plenty of storage and memory, a good screen and keyboard and an easy-to-use pointing device. In other words, the perfect portable computer. I haven't found it yet, but two new sub-notebooks--the Hewlett Packard OmniBook 300 and the IBM ThinkPad 500--represent giant steps toward my tiny dream machine. At less than 2.9 pounds and, in inches, a slim 6.4 by 11.1 by 1.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
They are all officially senior citizens -- and so are many of their fans -- but that isn't stopping the surviving members of Monty Python from planning a reunion that is expected to take the form of a stage show. Members of the beloved British comedy group are expected to announce this week that they are reuniting for a new stage production. Eric Idle said on his Twitter account that a news conference will be held in London on Thursday. "Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event," he wrote.
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July 7, 1999 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The Holy Grail--so miraculously made musical in Wagner's last opera, "Parsifal"--can serve as a symbol of truth and beauty for all of us; and that is something we ever more urgently need as we approach the millennium. At least that's the message in the script that Placido Domingo reads, with beguiling sincerity, at the end of Tony Palmer's "Parsifal: The Search for the Grail," tonight at 8 on KCET.
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June 15, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To see "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" 26 years after its original release is to appreciate it considerably more than the first time around--especially when an initial look proved to be a turnoff. The inspired lunacy of the famed British comedy troupe's take on King Arthur and his knights' quest for the Holy Grail is more often amusing than hilarious in effect; if there are laugh-out-loud moments, there are also passages that are dry and overly talky.
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December 30, 1994 | COREY GRIFFIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Corey Griffin is a junior at Troy High School in Fullerton
During medieval times, King Arthur and his court searched relentlessly for the Holy Grail in order to save their kingdom. In the '70s, a troupe of British actors set out on its own comical pursuit of the Grail, delighting television and movie audiences in England and elsewhere. And, 20 years later, teen-agers continue the pursuit, converging upon video stores for copies of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
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October 28, 1997
Christopher M. Robison, 30, adventure cameraman who recorded snowboarders and skateboarders. Robison, who grew up in Ontario, Calif., worked out of Huntington Beach. His most recent video, "Nobody's Heroes," is in current release. Robison had gone to Austria to promote a new snowboarding video magazine. His other videos include "Broke and Penniless," "Gas Money," "Forward Into Battle," "The Holy Grail" and "High Noon." On Oct. 17 in a fall on Hintertux glacier in Austria.
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January 15, 2009 | A Times Staff Writer
Four years after it opened on Broadway, "Monty Python's Spamalot" will finally make its way to L.A. in July as the opening show of the new season at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," ended its Broadway run Sunday. Last year, a production opened at the Wynn Las Vegas, starring John O'Hurley. The former "Dancing With the Stars" winner and "Seinfeld" semi-regular will reprise the role of King Arthur at the Ahmanson from July 7 to Sept.
SPORTS
August 24, 1991
Listen up, you bores and boors who sneer and constantly put down the early departers from Dodger Stadium. These people are mostly season ticket-holders and undergird the franchise. They attend frequently enough that the game is an entertainment, not the event of the year or even the week. They have another life, often involving a long drive and early rising job. Privileged, yes. Indifferent, no. This a a ballgame, folks, not the Holy Grail. HAZEL R. ELLIOTT Long Beach
BUSINESS
November 9, 2013 | By David Pierson
Ethan Brown held up one of his ready-to-eat vegetarian chicken strips and peeled off stringy strands that mimicked the moist meat of the real thing. "That's the beauty. That's absolutely everything," said Brown, founder of Beyond Meat, admiring the filaments of faux chicken at a cafe near the company's El Segundo headquarters. The company gets close to creating that authentic but elusive texture by blasting soy and pea proteins through an alternating cascade of high heat and high pressure in a stainless steel machine.
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September 17, 2013 | By Leon Logothetis
Man is free at the moment he wishes to be -- Voltaire As I was trying to find a free place to stay at a hostel in Zagreb, Croatia, and had just been unceremoniously rejected, I trudged out to the courtyard and heard a familiar accent. A Scotsman popped his head out a side door, and we started a chat. Like me, he was on a mission. My mission: Circle the globe in a bright-yellow motorcycle, dubbed Kindness One, and prove that people are basically good and will help. His mission: a four-year trek across the world by bicycle.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jay-Z's video for the “Holy Grail” track from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album has now made it to YouTube following its 24-hour exclusive premiere on Facebook , a move that's heightened Facebook's profile as a platform for new video content from musicians. Using Facebook, rather than YouTube or Vevo for Thursday's rollout of the "Holy Grail" video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler and features Justin Timberlake during his chunks of the song, “will really allow him to go direct to a massive and instant global audience,” Facebook's head of content partnerships Nick Grudin told Billboard . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay-Z through the years “It's something that only Facebook, I think, can really deliver in this way, given the scale of the audiences musicians have and the global nature of those audiences and the social dynamics of what happens when they engage on Facebook," Grudin said.
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July 24, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is still No. 1. The hip-hop mogul's latest disc easily held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 for a second week,  selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The disc debuted at No. 1 last week with 527,000, the year's second-biggest opening after Justin Timberlake's comeback record, "The 20/20 Experience," moved nearly 1 million when it was released in March. Jay's 12 th  solo effort continues a hot streak of rap albums consecutively topping the chart, starting with Jay's collaborator/friend Kanye West early last month.  Recent efforts from Wale and J. Cole knocked one another off before Jay's album debuted.
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July 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
To judge by the media coverage this summer, only two hip-hop albums of note have been released. Both were recorded by multi-platinum multimillionaires raised on first- and second-generation hip-hop. As even your grandma could probably tell you, these albums, rolled out with the help of the sharpest marketing teams money can buy, are "Yeezus" by Kanye West and "Magna Carta Holy Grail" by Jay-Z, West's former label mate and "Watch the Throne" collaborator. What elders perhaps don't know, though, is that beneath the self-described Watchers are a legion of MCs a decade or more younger upending a genre that the reigning monarchs claim to control.
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July 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford. " "I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone who stayed up late Wednesday night to hear the record, issued first through a computer app available only to owners of a particular brand of smartphone, isn't in a position to argue. He's the man who can sell a million records with a minion's flip of a switch.
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February 11, 1990 | Pat H. Broeske \f7
Robin Williams and director Terry Gilliam are reteaming--this time, for a drama. Williams--who went uncredited for his depiction of the Moon King in Gilliam's fantasy, "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"--will star in "The Fisher King." He'll play a radio-show personality whose career and life take nose-dives. Down and out on the streets of New York, he encounters some street people who lead him on a personal quest. The title refers to a character who figures in the legend of the Holy Grail.
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July 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Jay-Z's new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” came out Wednesday night, and as the rapper predicts on one track from it, he did indeed crash the Internet. Not literally, of course, but the artist's 12th solo studio album, released early to owners of Samsung phones who downloaded an app, set Twitter and Facebook abuzz.  And not necessarily in a good way: Social media was rife with frustrated fans unable to get the app to work properly, and many of them ended up hearing the highly anticipated release long after those who'd secured "MCHG" free through file sharing links.
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