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January 27, 2008 | Noel Murray
According to John Cleese, the cult comedy troupe Monty Python was kicking around ideas at a London restaurant when member Eric Idle piped up with the title, "Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory." This inspired the brutally funny 1979 religious satire "Life of Brian," which is now set for a features-packed special-edition DVD re-release Tuesday. Python stalwart John Cleese recently phoned to discuss the enduring legacy -- and controversy -- surrounding Monty Python's most fully realized feature film.
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November 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Monty Python's big reunion has sold out in less than a minute, leading the British comedy troupe to add four performances to its July engagement at the O2 Arena in London. On Monday, Eric Idle tweeted that the July 1 performance sold out in 45 seconds. He wrote that the four additional performances -- July 2 to 5 -- also sold out in less than a minute. "This pretty much took us by surprise, so we are talking about adding more shows. I apologise if you didn't get seats. We're working on it," Idle tweeted.
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March 14, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
John Cleese is a man of improbable versatility, one in an apparently endless line of latter-day university wits who come down from Cambridge and Oxford with their reputations already formed and careers awaiting them.
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March 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's not a good omen for "The Croods," about a likable family of Paleolithic cave dwellers, when a joke about "the first joke" falls flat. I don't fault the actors. The character voices provided by Nicolas Cage as the Croods' cautious dad, Grug; Emma Stone as Eep, his rebellious teenager, desperate to get out of the cave; Ryan Reynolds as Guy, the outsider who sees the future; Catherine Keener as ever-patient mom Ugga; and Cloris Leachman as cranky Gran are spot on. But "The Croods" was primed for problems before its 3-D characters found themselves right in the middle of the first continental divide.
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January 21, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
Tall even for a cultural icon, John Cleese has interests beyond abusive hotel management, the dearth of cheese and the mortality of parrots. The 63-year-old actor and writer has long been a student of creativity as well as a distinguished practitioner. In fact, when he talks about creativity, Cleese doesn't bring up such timeless examples as Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks or the parrot sketch.
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March 31, 1995 | ALEX RAKSIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Cleese? The man who wigged out in Monty Python's "Cheese Shoppe" after politely requesting Gruyere, Edam, Gouda and three dozen other cheeses, only to be eventually told that there was in fact no cheese at all ? The skittish hotel manager, Basil Fawlty, who had a knack for opening the wrong door just as the wrong person was entering? John Cleese has the gall to tell us about "life and how to survive it"? Indeed!
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November 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Most people know him as the Minister for Silly Walks on "Monty Python" or as Q in James Bond films. But John Cleese will also go down in history for another reason: lemurs. Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have named a newly discovered species of lemur -- one of the most primitive and endangered primates in the world -- after the British comedian in honor of his work with the animal.
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July 31, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
One Down: With London awash in new libel charges and countercharges involving pop star Michael Jackson, another libel suit was settled out of court Thursday. The Sun agreed to pay actor John Cleese nearly $48,000 to settle a libel lawsuit involving two articles the tabloid published in March making allegations about his sex drive. The tabloid later withdrew the allegations. Cleese said he will donate the money to the Fulbright Foundation, which encourages British screenwriters.
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December 8, 1989 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Cleese Signs On: Former Monty Python trouper John Cleese will promote the Schweppes beverage company for two years. Cleese, the star of "A Fish Called Wanda," will appear in three television and five radio commercials beginning next spring. He also will be seen in "Gratuitous Violence," a 90-second Schweppes promo that will precede the home-video version of the James Bond film "Licence to Kill."
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March 20, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
In May 2005, DreamWorks Animation SKG and Aardman Animations announced that, following their collaborations on "Chicken Run," "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "Flushed Away," their next joint venture would be "Crood Awakening," a stop-motion comedy about a caveman living in a small village with a prehistoric genius. John Cleese of Monty Python fame and Kirk DeMicco ("Racing Stripes") were hired to write the script. And now nearly eight years later, a vastly different version of the tale is opening Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2012
SERIES Whitney: John Cleese — who did a memorable guest turn as a marriage counselor on "Cheers" — guest stars as a couples therapist in this new episode with Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia (8 p.m. NBC). Remodeled: After things don't go as planned at Fashion Week, the Network helps Annelise pursue a major clothing campaign in this new episode (9 p.m. KTLA). Nova: In the new episode "Ice Age Death Trap" archaeologists uncover preserved bones of mammoths, mastodons and other giant extinct beasts (9 p.m. KOCE)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2009
EVENTS An Evening With John Cleese The "Monty Python" alumnus discusses his hilarious life and career. The Academy Award nominee shares the humorous sides of his many problems and dilemmas, including his latest plan for world peace. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. 8 p.m. $50. (562) 985-7000. MOVIES "Withnail and I" With the 1986 British cult classic "Withnail and I" screening at Cinefamily and Werner Herzog's new "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" opening this Friday, the theaters will be flush with odes to bad living.
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January 27, 2008 | Noel Murray
According to John Cleese, the cult comedy troupe Monty Python was kicking around ideas at a London restaurant when member Eric Idle piped up with the title, "Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory." This inspired the brutally funny 1979 religious satire "Life of Brian," which is now set for a features-packed special-edition DVD re-release Tuesday. Python stalwart John Cleese recently phoned to discuss the enduring legacy -- and controversy -- surrounding Monty Python's most fully realized feature film.
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June 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
He gave the world the Ministry of Silly Walks and foul-tempered hotelier Basil Fawlty of TV's "Fawlty Towers." Now John Cleese wants to pass his comic skills on to a new generation. Cleese, one of the founders of the comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus, said he planned to write a history of stage, film and TV comedy, from silent screen classics to the workplace sitcom "The Office." "I'm too old to write new comedy," Cleese, 66, was quoted as saying Monday by London's Times newspaper.
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January 26, 2006
British comedian John Cleese -- a Monty Python original, master of silly walks, "Fawlty Towers" madman and lemur namesake -- presents the U.S. debut of his one-man show, "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot," a multi-character outing featuring, he says, "various Cleese underlings, flunkeys, retainers, sidekicks, minions, cat's-paws and cronies." Bill Brown, a Royal Shakespeare Company alum, directs. "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot," Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara. 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Monday.
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August 20, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Madonna gave the first of three London concerts Tuesday night, exhorting fans to throwing their underwear onto the stage of Wembley Stadium. Others fainted from the heat and crush of the crowd of 77,000. Scotland Yard said police arrested 10 people, mostly for being drunk. At the height of her two-hour act, Madonna removed her frilly red underpants and the crowd in Wembley Stadium went wild.
NEWS
January 26, 2006
British comedian John Cleese -- a Monty Python original, master of silly walks, "Fawlty Towers" madman and lemur namesake -- presents the U.S. debut of his one-man show, "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot," a multi-character outing featuring, he says, "various Cleese underlings, flunkeys, retainers, sidekicks, minions, cat's-paws and cronies." Bill Brown, a Royal Shakespeare Company alum, directs. "Seven Ways to Skin an Ocelot," Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara. 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Most people know him as the Minister for Silly Walks on "Monty Python" or as Q in James Bond films. But John Cleese will also go down in history for another reason: lemurs. Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have named a newly discovered species of lemur -- one of the most primitive and endangered primates in the world -- after the British comedian in honor of his work with the animal.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2004 | Shawn Hubler, Times Staff Writer
"John Cleese's Wine for the Confused," airing Sunday night on the Food Network, is a show about class disguised as a show about booze disguised as a comedy. Hosted by the famed Monty Python alumnus, it opens with an ode to wine that seems at first to promise an hour of the silly Brits and madcap goose-stepping on which Cleese made his reputation. "WHAHN!" a hilariously insufferable French-accented voice intones in the introduction. "Four sousand yearrs of tradeetion!
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