Legendary comedy troupe Monty Python sealed their live comeback in front of 16,000 fans in London on Tuesday night (01Jul14). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin kicked off their Monty Python Live (mostly) residency at the O2 Arena in front of a sellout crowd, marking their first public performance together since 1980.
They tackled classic sketches including the famous Dead Parrot gag, their I'm A Lumberjack song, and a rousing rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
The show also featured a live cameo from Stephen Fry, while TV star Professor Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking appeared in a taped segment, which included the revered physicist being pushed into a river.
However, the first gig sparked lacklustre reviews from critics, with many suggesting the act relied too much on old jokes and video sequences.
Peter Bradshaw of Britain's The Guardian writes, "Monty Python Live (mostly) isn't bad: it gives the crowd exactly what they want but relies pretty heavily on the fan love and makes a hefty withdrawal from the reputation bank... This live show won't make any converts. But it sends the faithful away happy."
The Independent's John Walsh writes, "I was a fan of the Monty Ps from the start, and it pains me to criticise them. But this is desperately lazy production, resting on its laurels, uninterested in showcasing new material, relying on TV footage and the whooping adulation of an audience who know all the words," but adds, "Elderly, much-loved and much-seen sketches are revivified in their mid-70s glory."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts writes, "Once they were the sharpest thing in satire. Last night, quite often, they looked and sounded like a dodgy tribute band."
Hugh Grant, Christoph Waltz, David Walliams, and Emma Thompson were among the celebrity guests who caught the show, which runs through until 20 July (14).
"I always took the work seriously. I always showed up on time. I'm prepared, I know my lines... but there was one movie... The Scarlet Letter, when I was in a dodgy place. And I was pretty good in it too. I have hardly any memory of making it, though... This past March (14) was 17 years since I last had a drink." Gary Oldman can't recall making The Scarlet Letter with Demi Moore and Robert Duvall.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston plans to direct an episode of the show's upcoming spin-off series Better Call Saul. The spin-off prequel is based on the dodgy dealings of lawyer Saul Goodman and has been created by Vince Gilligan, the writer and producer behind Breaking Bad.
Aaron Paul revealed in March (14) that he would reprise his role of troubled student Jesse Pinkman for occasional episodes but his co-star Cranston is not satisfied with simply playing his character Walter White once more - he wants to work on the show behind the scenes too.
He says, "If Vince calls me, I will do anything he wants. I hope to go back and direct an episode as well." Better Call Saul is due to air in the U.S. in November (14).
British singer Adele once fell sick with food poisoning from lamb kebabs cooked by Paloma Faith. The Rolling in the Deep hitmaker and singer Faith went to a dinner party hosted by U.K. chat show presenter Alan Carr, and Faith brought along a dodgy batch of meaty treats which left her friends feeling ill.
Speaking on Carr's show Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Faith says, "I gave them all food poisoning. I really like Alan and Adele and I did not mean to do that - I have not spoken to Alan until now. I did buy the meat from a really good supermarket, which I won't name but I'd love to sue."
The human guests at the party were not the only ones to suffer from the foul food - Adele also gave a bite to her dog Louie, who spat it out all over Carr's carpet.
Faith jokes, "She should not be giving lamb kebabs to her dog anyway... I'm sorry." The interview is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (02May14).
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is in "serious talks" to reprise his role in the hit TV drama for the show's upcoming spin-off series, Better Call Saul. Show co-creator Vince Gilligan has been working on a prequel based on the dodgy dealings of lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, and Paul reveals he has been invited to reunite with his old co-stars as troubled youth Jesse Pinkman.
His character will be portrayed as a low-level drug dealer before he joined forces with his high school chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
He tells the New York Daily News, "Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there. I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days - because it's all a prequel - it would be fun."
Paul won't be the only familiar face making an appearance on Better Call Saul - Jonathan Banks, who played private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut, has also signed on for the series.
It is not yet known if Cranston will also return, but Dean Norris, who was cast as his onscreen brother-in-law and drug enforcement agent Hank Schrader, will not be part of the reunion.
He says, "I think that experience was that experience. I'm not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it's going to be awesome. So I can't wait to see it."
Better Call Saul is due to debut on America's AMC network in November (14), a year after Breaking Bad's fifth and final season aired on TV.
Veteran entertainer Jimmy Osmond was shocked into taking better care of his finances after he and his singer siblings lost $80 million (£50 million) to con men during the height of their fame. The Crazy Horses hitmaker, 50, reveals his 1970s family group The Osmonds fell victim to dodgy money managers who swindled millions from the pop stars, but Osmond is adamant the bad appointments and the family's subsequent loss of funds ended up being a good thing, because it helped the youngsters stay grounded.
He tells Britain's The Sunday Telegraph, "We never got allowances or anything as children. My dad always pooled our money and he was really smart and he invested all the money in various real estate portfolios. Thank goodness he did, as he was able to sell off a lot and clear our obligations when things changed.
"We amassed a lot of money but were good at entertaining and not business. We ended up hiring people to look after the money and then we wondered what happened.
"We lost about $80 million, maybe $100 million in today's money. But it's actually the best thing that ever happened to my brothers and me because it made us really appreciate how to manage money and it forced us to refocus.
"We'd got to the point where we could have our own airplanes, and your attitude changes when you have that kind of money. It didn't leave us destitute but we had to start over. It was a wonderful thing, because my brothers are the most humble guys you will ever meet."
Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks is set to return from the dead to reprise his role as a private investigator on the series spin-off Better Call Saul. The actor played Mike Ehrmantraut on the popular crime drama from 2009, but his character was killed off in the fifth and final season, which ended last year (13).
However, he is now set for a return to the small screen in the new series, which will serve as a prequel to Breaking Bad, according to Deadline.com.
Better Call Saul will centre around the Bob Odenkirk's role as dodgy-dealing lawyer Saul Goodman and the evolution of his character before he took on Bryan Cranston's drug lord Walter White as a client.
One Direction star Niall Horan is worried he will be forced to quit performing while still a young man because of his troublesome knees. The Best Song Ever hitmaker was asked whether he could emulate 70-year-old Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger by performing in front of huge crowds in his twilight years, but Horan insists he will not be healthy enough.
He says, "Jagger does it but I don't think at the moment I'd be able to. I've got dodgy knees."
WENNDespite the fact that she appears to have been sleepwalking through most of her performances since her infamous meltdown, Britney Spears insisted last week that she always sings live when asked whether she would be lip-synching during her upcoming run of 'Piece Of Me' shows in Las Vegas. While the disastrous response to her previous Femme Fatale tour suggests her claims are nonsensical, there have been at least a handful of occasions when the troubled star has made the effort to switch her mic on. Here's a look at five examples of her on-stage vocal prowess.Star SearchBritney may have lost out to future Broadway star Marty Thomas during her appearance on Star Search in 1992. But her rendition of "Love Can Build A Bridge" at the tender age of ten years old is arguably her most impressive vocal display. What happened?Late Show With David LettermanSeven years on and this performance of her signature hit, "…Baby One More Time" on the Late Show With David Letterman proved that her voice had obviously lost some of its powerhouse quality, although it's still head and shoulders above anything else she's managed since.Top Of The PopsPerhaps a sign of the craziness that was to follow, Britney seemed more concerned with pulling the kind of faces you'd expect to see at a gurning competition than providing competent vocals during her slightly deranged take on "Lucky" for British TV institution Top Of The Pops in 2000."You Oughta Know"The jury's still out at just how unaided Britney was during this unexpected cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" during her 2009 Circus tour. But the odd dodgy note and moments of breathlessness suggest that fans who coughed up hundreds of dollars for a seat did at least witness one semi-live performance.The X-Factor USAOne of the few notable things she did during her stint on The X-Factor USA, Britney surprised fellow judge LA Reid and every single viewer when she sang "Happy Birthday" entirely without the use of AutoTune while presenting him with a cake in 2012.Follow @Hollywood_com
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It’s still uncertain whether or not there has been any child star that has come into adulthood unscathed, but what’s for sure is that stage parents are rarely ever as perfect as they make themselves out to be.
Here are 9 stage parents that will have you calling your mom tonight and telling her that you love her.
Dina & Michael Lohan A list about celeb parents gone wild would never be complete without the Lohans. Where to even start? In one side of the ring we have Dina Lohan, who has been blatantly freeloading off of Lindsay since she first shot to fame. Claims of being a Rockette (which she never was), a reality show, dodgy photos of her kinda-sorta making out with her own daughter (EW), showing up under the influence of WTF on Dr. Phil’s show, publicly sparring with her ex-husband, partying with Lindsay, and now a glorious DWI just weeks after Lindsay was released from rehab are some of the accomplishments Dina has under her belt. On the other side of the ring is Michael Lohan – over 6 years in jail, DUIs, random children with even randomer women, being violent towards his girlfriends, and talking to the press about how he’s not talking to the press anymore are some of Michael’s accomplishments. With parents like these, is it any wonder why Lindsay is the way she is?
Courtney Love Courtney Love is a hot mess and that title definitely passes over to her parenting skills. She was a shady parent from the start, admitting to Vanity Fair in 1992 that she took heroin while she was pregnant, though she stopped once she discovered she was with child. Love’s relationship with her daughter Frances has been plagued with drug overdoses, crazy Twitter rants, losing custody, restraining orders, and alleging that Dave Grohl hit on her daughter. It’s safe to assume that CPS was on speed dial for majority of Frances’ first eighteen years.
Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen, Father. If those 3 words don’t strike fear in your heart, then little else will. Sheen may be winning life with his warlock tiger blood, but he sure isn’t winning any fatherhood acclaim. After he split up with Denise Richards in 2005, the couple had no problem airing out their dirty laundry for the world to see, which included the earth-shattering surprise that Sheen visited prostitutes and Sheen, the ever-romantic, threatening to kill Richards. The situation was replayed when Sheen and Brooke Mueller divorced in 2010, with Mueller getting a restraining order against Sheen for making “descriptive” threats to her. If that’s “winning,” being a loser sounds pretty awesome right now.
Jaid Barrymore Drew Barrymore comes from a long line of esteemed and troubled actors, but it’s her mom that gets most of the slack when it comes to her. Drew is a paradigm for reformed wild child, and majority of her problems stemmed from her own mother teaching her how to party. Jaid allegedly took Drew to Studio 54 before Drew could even walk. Drew was smoking and drinking by 9, doing cocaine by 13, and had gone to rehab twice by the time she was 14. Luckily, Drew divorced her parents when she was 15 and ended up turning out better than ok.
Joe Jackson It’s no secret that Joe Jackson always had a bad relationship with his children, namely Michael, but he reminded us all exactly how low he’d go after Michael’s death in 2009. Joe used Michael’s death as a publicity vehicle, using events commemorating MJ’s career to promote his own business ventures. He also blamed Katherine Jackson for Michael’s death, because that’s just the kind of stand-up guy he is. Joe complained about the fact that Katherine couldn’t stop crying after losing her son, admitting, “I didn’t give her a hug because I was mad at her crying.” Sociopathic much?
Kris Jenner We can all thank Kris Jenner for unleashing the Krazy Kardashian Klan upon us. Though they claim to love each other dearly and be a close family unit, it’s pretty easy to see that Kris Jenner has the entire family by the proverbial balls. Kris all but admitted to brokering Kim’s sex tape, saying on an early episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, “As a mother, I wanted to kill her. But as a manager, I knew I had a job to do.” Kris also encouraged Kim to pose for Playboy in 2007, even though Kim was uncomfortable with the prospect. There’s also the fact that she had no qualms about her barely teenaged daughters dancing on a stripper pole (in her own house, no less).
Linda & Hulk Hogan The Hogan Family is basically Days of Our Lives with more peroxide and less Stefano, and at the center of it all is poor Brooke Hogan. First, Hulk Hogan cheated on Linda Hogan with one of Brooke’s female friends. Then, in a totally non-attempt to get back at Hulk, Linda ran off with one of Brooke’s male friends. If all that wasn’t bad enough, a sex tape of Hulk and Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Bubba the Love Sponge (yes, that’s what someone chooses to call themself) was suspiciously leaked onto the interwebs. Hulk may be a WWE superstar, but nobody wanted to see that. It’s one thing when celebs leak sex tapes, but celeb parents leaking sex tapes is a whole other shade of embarrassing.
Ryan O’Neal If there’s a perfect example of why people should have to be tested for competency before they become parents, Ryan O’Neal is it. Ryan is the reason why his son, Redmond, is also a drug addict, with the 2 of them sharing a touching father-son arrest for felony meth possession in 2008. His daughter, Tatum, also alleged claims of physical and emotional abuse on his part in her memoir and she’s no stranger to drug arrests either. Making things worse is the fact that Ryan admitted to hitting on Tatum at Farrah Fawcett’s funeral, stating, “I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick." At least we all agree on one thing, Ryan.
Chrisoula Workman The latest recruit in the Crazy Stage Parents Club is Chrisoula Workman, mother of Modern Family star Ariel Winter. In 2012, reports emerged that Ariel had been removed from her home due to her mother abusing her physically and emotionally. Ariel lived with her older sister Shannelle, who was also removed from the house by the Department of Children and Family Services and even lived in foster care for a while. Some of the things Chrisoula was accused of include name-calling, insults about weight, trying to ‘sexualize’ the then-14 year old, and even depriving Ariel of food. Instead of trying to solve her family’s problems, Chrisoula went all out on the offensive, spreading rumors about her daughter wanting to shack up with an 18-year-old and telling a judge not to believe Ariel, saying, “She’s an actress so I’m sure she can cry at the drop of a hat.” Wow. Hey Chrisoula, there’s this great guy that’s just perfect for you named Joe Jackson...
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