Nick Frost is going to be in his own movie in 2014, Cuban Fury. He won't have Simon Pegg as a co-star. Will this be a good move on his part or will it cause him to have to retreat back into life as a second fiddle, not to get top billing again?
This will be a big test. Sure, Frost is a very funny man, but he's always been the sidekick: the best friend who becomes a zombie, the bumbling partner ... he's never really been front and center. I actually have to say, good for him. He's decided to take a shot at a bigger part in the movie world, and if the gambit succeeds, then he was well worth the risk and if the movie does poorly, he'll be able to look himself in the mirror and say that he at least tried, which is more than many of us do.
Frost has relied a lot on physical comedy and this movie looks like it's not going to be any different, if scenes like his doing a face plant on the windshield of Rashida Jones ' character's car are a barometer. Of course, a movie about dance offers plenty of opportunity for pratfalls. In the other movies, though, Frost has not been a main focus, so when he does something silly, it's a welcome surprise. Can we take a whole movie of it or will the novelty wear thin in the first half hour?
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Some may say that he doesn't have the body or face for being a leading man, but then again they said the same of John Belushi, John Candy and Chris Farley. Let's not let the fact that all three are prematurely deceased change the fact that they were hugely successful despite not sharing the same body type as say... a Dan Ackroyd or Chevy Chase. Frost could very well become a star in his own right..
The main thing is that it is just weird to see Frost without Pegg involved somewhere. Then again, the sidekick can step out of the shadow of the larger star. Ben Affleck can become just as big a star as Matt Damon.
So let's say that Cuban Fury does great in the theaters - getting Jones and Ian McShane to appear in it was a good move to help take some of the edge off for Frost - then he might be the one having Pegg call him to appear as a co-star. That's not so farfetched. It could happen. Wait, I think there's a zombie at my do-
Some celebrties like to use Twitter as their creative writing class and can spout off some truly random tweets. This week's stars, however, took to Twitter to muse about the intracacies of life, like unconditional love, being kind to your fellow humans, and Beyoncé (because of course). Rainn Wilson also took the time to ask the one question that everyone in the world has been asking.
Remember, kids: cocaine-buying Rep. Trey Radel was into hip-hop, so let this be a warning about the dangers of the Congressional lifestyle.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 21, 2013
Those Congressman are so hard.
There are Beyoncé songs and there are the song we listen to in between Beyoncé songs. #MakeupTrailerMorningTruths
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 16, 2013
Not positive, but guessing that Anna's a Beyoncé fan?
Put in the work & kill 'em with kindness...or your bare hands. (kindness is less messy). #FinishStrongFriday
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 22, 2013
If someone would know, it'd be The Rock.
The most disturbing thing a person can say to another person is 'do you like to party'
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) November 21, 2013
Rashida gives us the ultimate of all truths! Those 5 words are never not suspect.
Yes, unconditional love sometimes feels like being hit by a car... Or being on fire... How does it feel to you?
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) November 20, 2013
Take a gander, kids - this is what starts going through your mind when you date John Mayer.
Why isn't Suri Cruise on twitter yet?
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 23, 2013
AMC is looking to fill a Breaking Bad-sized hole in their upcoming television lineup, and it doesn't seem like Low Winter Sun is up for the task.
The network has recently ordered two new drama pilots for the 2015 television season, and they both sound like fresh takes on familiar ideas. The first pilot, Knifeman, will take the medical drama to Victorian London by focusing on a surgeon named John Tattersal, a charming and arrogant medical genius that uses extreme methods to break the boundaries of medicine, and is not afraid to dig up a few bodies to do so... literally, he's a graverobber. The pilot was written by Rolin Jones, following a deal with David Cronenberg that went south a few years back.
On the flip side, we also have Galyntine, a science-fiction epic that tells the story of a new society created after a technology-induced disaster leaves humanity clinging to life. The few remaining survivors eschew any and all forms of technology. This show will examine one man's journey through world in which humanity has evolved. This project is written by Greg Nicotero.
Both shows seem like interesting twists on existing genres. The description of Knifeman is conjuring up images of Grey's Anatomy with horse-drawn ambulances and frequent outbreaks of whooping cough, while the story of the sci-fi Luddites from the Galyntine description errs a little too close to the synopsis of NBC's Revolution. Hopefully, Galyntine will differentiate itself from the other post-apocalyptic dramas filling the airwaves.
The stars of Monty Python are planning to include their late castmate Graham Chapman in their upcoming reunion show by using modern technology to feature him in their skits. Michael Palin admits previous plans for a tour fell apart 15 years ago as the surviving members of the British comedy troupe did not want to continue without their friend, who died from cancer in 1989.
Palin was initially very reluctant to agree to perform without Chapman, but was won over when he realised technology could be used to bring him back to life for the reunion show next summer (14).
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Part of my reason for not doing a stage show 15 years ago was because we'd miss Graham. He was a vital member of the cast and a brilliant writer. Who else could play the Colonel and do all of those other amazing things Graham did? He was such a distinctive performer that I can't imagine hiring anyone else in his place.
"But this time we haven't had to think about him - and not because we're anti-Graham in any way. The great thing is that we can use technology to bring Graham in and not actually have to replace him. I think in a few of the sketches one of us will play his role, but not too much. He'll be seen and remembered, he's very much part of the show."
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Palin will perform at London's O2 Arena on 1 July (14).
The stars of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python decided to reunite for a live performance after South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker begged them to make a comeback. The five funnymen - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - confirmed on Thursday (21Nov13) that they are getting back together for a huge show at London's O2 Arena in July (14).
It will be their first time working together in 30 years, and Jones has now revealed the unlikely inspiration behind their reunion.
He tells London newspaper Ham & High, "The South Park people brought us together, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They approached us and suggested we should get together and do something together. That's what triggered the interest in the show."
Funnyman John Cleese is unable to perform his legendary 'silly walks' at the upcoming Monty Python reunion show because hip and knee replacement surgery has left him unable to contort his legs. The comedy troupe - Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - held a press conference in London on Thursday (21Nov13) to confirm they are getting back together to stage a show at the city's O2 Arena in July (14).
The Meaning of Life stars said the production will contain some new material alongside their classic sketches, but fans' favourite skit, The Ministry of Silly Walks, will not be featured as its star Cleese would struggle with it.
The routine features Cleese performing a series of bizarre methods of walking, and the British star is adamant surgery to his hip and knee have left him unable to repeat the famous sketch.
He told reporters at the conference, "That's impossible now because I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip, so there's no chance of that now."
The five writers last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Idle joked that they decided it was time for them to revisit Monty Python for one last time, saying, "If we left it too long it would be too late. We don't have that long, do we?... We just thought it would be fun to do one (show) and see if we are still funny, and to do the O2 and see if we can fill it."
The Monty Python reunion show will take place on 1 July (14), with tickets priced between $41.25 (£27.50) and $135 (£90) going on sale on Monday (25Nov13).
It will be filmed for a later DVD release, and Palin says they might even consider a European tour if the show is a success.
Lionel Richie is teaming up with veteran singer John Farnham for a joint tour of Australia. The two crooners will launch a double bill show in March (14) and will take the tour to cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Farnham, who has previously enjoyed joint tours with stars such as Olivia Newton-John, Sir Tom Jones and Stevie Nicks, reveals hitting the road with Richie is a dream come true.
He says, "You never think these dreams will actually come true," while Richie adds of Farnham's talent, "He pours his heart into a ballad and gives everything to an anthem."
The tour kicks off in Swan Valley on 2 March (14).
Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
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Break out your SPAM, perfect your silly walks, and return your dead parrots: Monty Python is set for a reunion stage show, according to Terry Jones. The news is expected to be officially announced on Thursday when the surviving members of the legendary sketch troupe -- Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- will hold a press conference to announce some big news. However, Jones revealed the surprise early, when he told the BBC: "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," adding that he was "quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The show will mark the first time that Monty Python has performed together since 1998, when they appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival (although they have made some appearances together, most notably at the 2005 opening of their musical, Monty Python's Spamalot). The troupe's sixth member, Graham Chapman, passed away in 1989.
Rumors about the reunion began swirling when members of the press received invitations to Thursday's press conference, followed by Idle tweeting about the event to his followers. Cleese was also quoted as stating that "Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again," which seemed to confirm fans suspicions that the troupe would be getting back together. No details about the stage show have been revealed, including whether or not it will be a one-time event or a tour. It is also not clear whether the group will perform any new material or simply stick to their classic sketches, like they did with their performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
It will be interesting to see if the group incorporates any of the musical numbers from Spamalot, which despite being based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail was only worked on by Idle. Due to its source material and Idle's involvement, it's just as likely to be part of the performance as any of the other Python projects, although it seems to be less popular and holds less significance for fans than the films and sketches do. Regardless, there is sure to be a performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," which Idle performed at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, as well as other classics like "The Lumberjack Song," "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "The Dead Parrot Sketch," and "The Spanish Inquisition." Fans have also speculated that the show could be a lead-up to a potential film or television show (which would probably make Jones enough money to pay off that mortgage), but seems to be an unlikely conclusion.
The press conference formally announcing the Monty Python reunion will take place on Thursday, November 21. According to Idle, it will be televised live from The Playhouse Theater in London, where Spamalot is currently running. Fans outside of the UK will also be able to watch the announcement live as Idle has promised to tweet out a link to a live stream for all of the Python fans in other countries. Until then, you can watch the most recent Monty Python reunion, the 30th anniversary of their final film, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, below.
The stars of Monty Python are to announce their long-awaited reunion plans at a press conference in London later this week (beg18Nov13). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will attend the event on Thursday (21Nov13), when they will reportedly confirm plans to work together again for the first time in 30 years.
After the invitation to the press conference was sent out to the media, Jones revealed the cult comedy group will reform for a stage show.
He tells the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The British comedy troupe last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred late member Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Earlier this year (13), Cleese revealed plans for a get together in a new alien comedy movie directed by Jones had fallen through.
He said, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
However, the Fawlty Towers legend insists the friends still get on well, adding: "We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."