Ever wonder where THE Monty Python foot came from?

Hanging in Room 8 of London’s National Gallery is a rather unassuming painting. Bronzino’s Mannerist masterpiece, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, was made in the mid-1500s for King Francis I, the King of France reigning from 1515 until his death in 1547. The piece, which hangs alongside works by Michelangelo and Raphael, depicts Cupid kissing his mother Venus, with great detail and […]

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Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther’s Cato and LOTSW’s Entwistle, dies at 85

Best known for playing alongside Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films, Burt Kwouk has passed away at the age of 85. While his international fame came from his recurring role as Inspector Clouseau’s sidekick, Cato, in the Pink Panther films from 1975-1993, Kwouk was a small-screen fixture from 2002-2010 starring as electrical and mechanical engineer Entwistle in Last Of The […]

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Terry Gilliam to try again with ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Fraught with years of on-again/off-again attempts to bring his vision to the screen, it looks like Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys) is finally set to get underway on his long-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Based on the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote offers a “modern and satirical twist” on the […]

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Fancy a Silly Walk Traffic Sign in your community?

Monty Python’s Flying Circus burst onto the scene some 4+ decades ago premiering on the BBC in October 1969. some people refuse to let memories of the legendary comedy group’s performances fade away. The Python fan base in the small town of Ørje, Norway, a village of about 2,000 people near the Swedish border, is apparently particularly dedicated. A […]

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Basil Fawlty enters the 21st century with tree branch in hand!

It has been (gulp!) just over four decades now since John Cleese (a.k.a. Basil Fawlty) last gave an automobile a ‘damn good thrashing’ for not starting. It was a cold October night in 1975 when Basil, in yet another attempt to climb the Torquay social ladder, left his friend Andres’ restaurant with duck in hand during […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by….John Cleese

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or Tuna Christmas, one of my annual Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Never mind that there have been endless readings over the years by the likes of Art Carney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Perry Como, Dick Van Dyke and […]

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‘Holy Grail’ found in lost Monty Python animation

Following last night’s 40th anniversary re-release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (in sing-along fashion, no less), comes the brilliant news that 14 minutes of ‘lost’ animation has been discovered that never made it to the film when it was released back in 1975. Kind of like finding the ‘Holy Grail’ of sorts if you think […]

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