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June 12, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
The ninth Mods & Rockers Film Festival opens June 26 in Hollywood with the world premiere of "The Seventh Python," a look at the life and music of longtime Monty Python associate, former Bonzo Dog Band member and Rutles singer and songwriter Neil Innes. The following night, Innes will play a solo concert in the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, where the festival's mix of new and classic music-centric films will be run. "The Seventh Python" references Innes' close working and personal relationship with the six members of the British comedy troupe.
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.
January 4, 2008 | Barry Hatton, Associated Press
LISBON -- Terry Jones giggles as he describes his latest project: Vacuum cleaners, dryers and parking meters singing opera on stage. The Monty Python alumnus and an all-Portuguese cast are rehearsing for the Jan. 12 world premiere in Lisbon of "Evil Machines." Jones co-wrote the libretto and is directing. To make the author's vision real, the singers climb into elaborate costumes, including one that creates a 15-foot-tall vacuum cleaner.
July 8, 2007 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
It's not Monty Python's Flying Circus, but British actor John Cleese has put Stalloreggi (the King's Stables) on the market in Montecito at $28 million. Stalloreggi is a 16-acre equestrian ranch, but in some ways, it's more like a zoo. Besides the trail horses, thoroughbreds and ponies, Cleese has kept what he once termed "a good supply of friendly animals" there since 1999, when he and his psychotherapist wife, Alyce Faye Cleese, bought the property.
April 7, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Monty Python fans, many thanks for being here today. I see we have the usual assortment of Brits, adolescent nerds (happily never short of recruits) and middle-aged couch potatoes with an undying silly streak. Would the Vegas regulars among you kindly identify yourselves? OK, we have some hands in the back and a few up front, but the answer doesn't seem overwhelmingly affirmative.
March 18, 2007 | By Eric Idle, Special to The Times
IT'S a dark and crowded theater in New York. The curtain has only been up five minutes, and Steve Wynn, the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, leans in, grips my knee and whispers in my ear: "Eric," he says, "this will be great in Las Vegas. " "Yes," I say, "it will. " Then I realize, slightly disappointedly, he means "Spamalot. " My future as a billionaire's date is still up for grabs. "Can I give you a ride home?" he asks nicely. I'm thinking 6th Avenue, but he means L.A. Well, OK. He flies us home in a plane bigger than my boarding school.
February 15, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Monty Python's Eric Idle and John Du Prez, who created the hit musical comedy "Spamalot," based on the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," have mined the comedy troupe's film canon for a new musical venture. "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)," an oratorio inspired by "Monty Python's Life of Brian," will have its world premiere in Canada this summer as part of Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity.
February 19, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
HERE is the Oxford English Dictionary on the word "Pythonesque": "After the style of, or resembling the humor of, Monty Python's Flying Circus, a popular British television comedy series that first ran from 1969 to 1974 and is noted for its absurdist or surrealist humor." Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English defines it more particularly as "pertaining to something that is fast-paced, surreal, and following stream-of-consciousness."
May 11, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"Spamalot," the musical comedy billed as "lovingly ripped off" from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," won 14 Tony nominations Tuesday in the race for Broadway's top honor. "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," another musical based on a film, and "The Light in the Piazza," with a score by the grandson of Broadway great Richard Rodgers, each received 11 nominations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on June 5.
March 31, 2005 | Susan King
What've we got? Well, there's Monty Python. Python, egg and Python. Python, bacon, Python and Python.... These days, everything is coming up Monty Python, it seems. On Broadway, "Spamalot," Eric Idle's musical version of the classic 1975 farce "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," is causing "Producers"-like guffaws. The very un-idle Idle's latest book, "The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America," was recently published.
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