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Monty Python and the Deleted Animations from The Holy Grail

It is, perhaps, a slightly wonky title for this 14 minute short, in which all of the cut animation sequences from Monty Python and the Holy Grail are strung together for our amusement. But it is, as Terry Gilliam notes int he voice over, perhaps the main reason one should buy the 40th anniversary edition of the film, which comes out on blu-ray at the end of the month.

Too bad they already put it on-line then, eh?

montypythongrail deleted animation

Gilliam, who the internet recently attempted to leave for dead, despite being very much still alive, does running commentary throughout the entire video. Partly because he never got a lot of speaking lines in the original Python skits (well, he was Americans, so his accent was all wrong.) And partly to explain why each sequence was cut form the original theatrical release–other than just that jealous members of the troupe were trying to keep a bright young animator down.

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Terry Gilliam Apologizes for Being Dead

When he finally goes, let us hope there is a nice comfy place for Terry Gilliam. Just..not yet.

As you might have seen a couple of days ago, Twitter was shocked and grieved to see that Terry Gilliam, the only American Monty Python member that ever was or will be, had shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. For about ten minutes. That was when Variety realized they had accidentally hit publish on a post that was prepping for that eventual day, instead of saving it to draft. (This is why I always date those sorts of posts ten years into the future when writing them.)

Variety apologized of course, and issued a retraction post-haste. But the damage was done. Terry Gilliam now had a perfect way to promote his upcoming book, which he is billing as his “pre-posthumous memoir.”

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“The Zero Theorem” Has A Trailer

Considering that some of Terry Gilliam’s movies never make it out of pre-production, let alone production or post production, making it all the way to premiering at festivals and being picked up by a distributor who cuts a trailer can be seen as something of a heroic feat.

For the record, it hasn’t secured US distribution. Because American audiences are assumed to not be able to handle Gilliam.

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Monty Python Reunion Sells Out in Under 45 seconds

I held off writing about the Monty Python reunion for various reasons. Partly because I couldn’t believe it, I mean, why? They’ve all earned their retirements at this point twice over. They can’t have invested that badly could they? (Actually, it turns out two divorces and several alimony payments means that John Cleese in fact has not, but that’s another story.)

But I also held off because Monty Python had their run, didn’t they?  Not to say they’re over, but will a younger generation really go in for The Parrot Sketch?

Turns out the answer is IN DROVES.

The Monty Python stage show has been extended from one date to five, running from 1 to 5 July next year.

The first show sold out within 43.5 seconds, organisers announced.

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Monty Python Set To Return with “Absolutely Anything”

I don’t know what makes me squee harder–the idea of the remaining Pythons getting back together for one last ride or who they’ve added to the cast for fresh blood.

Can we say Cumberbatch? Benedict Cumberbatch? The man with the name so British it hurts?

Sherlock star Cumberbatch is said to be in talks for the project, which will be directed by Python Terry Jones from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. [Gemma] Arterton has already signed on the dotted line, with filming set to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

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Terry Gilliam Making First SciFi Film in Two Decades

Excuse me while I gibber incoherently. Here’s slashfilm on what’s happening.

Just because Gilliam pushes pause on something doesn’t mean it is gone, however, and now The Zero Theorem is back, and with Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds,Django Unchained) replacing the once-attached Billy Bob Thornton as the man set to play Qohen Leth, “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius.”

Deadline says that worldwide rights sales will be going on in Toronto, as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks into gear. This one is actually moving quick, with pre-production going on in Romania now, and a planned October 22 shoot date.

Really happening….it’s really happening. Gilliam is so notorious for projects that never get off the ground (or crash and burn upon launching) that I haven’t dared hope for this one.

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