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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look ‘Totally Real’

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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tones Down the Blood and Gore to Keep Look ‘Totally Real’
When Jeff Campbell, a visual effects supervisor with VFX studio Spin, initially set to work on the first “John Wick,” the 2014 action thriller from director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, he started with an industry-standard test: Establish a single, simple kill effect meant to get a sense of the look of the violence the filmmakers were after. “We did different levels of blood and gore,” Campbell remembers. “Everything up to the look of ‘300’ (2006), where it’s slo-mo blood flying everywhere.”

What Campbell found was surprising: Stahelski and Kolstad, both former stuntmen, asked for the violence to be stripped down, understated and “totally real.” “They wanted us to dial it all back, [using] just a little blood mist and muzzle flashes,” he says. “These are stunt guys, right? They claim they have seen all these effects before. They’ve witnessed broken limbs, gunshots. They’d sometimes catch us and say: ‘That
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10 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of Season 44

10 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of Season 44
You wouldn’t say that Saturday Night Live had an off year per se — any season that gave us the sight of Adam Driver crushing stuffed birds with a cane is not a complete flaming trash-heap of a failure. But there was a certain sense of SNL fatigue that started to hit around the halfway point of Season 44; you began to dread the inevitable big-political-story-of-the-week opener, the fake music videos, the surprisingly weak meta-monologues and beaucoup celebrity cameos. It was an odd year out, with the usual dominating forces (God bless you,
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Monty Python And The Holy Grail Screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!”

Monty Python And The Holy Grail Midnights This Weekend (May 24th and 25th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight Series

“We’re knights of the Round Table, we dance whene’er we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impec-cable, We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.” This toe-tapping, musical interlude is just one example of the genius that is found in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. It’s the medieval send-up of Arthur “King of the Britons,” along with his Knights of the Round Table, quest for the Holy Grail. All the knights run into various
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Watch a Perfect Game Of Thrones and Monty Python And The Holy Grail Mashup and Another Simpsons Prediction

While we wait for the final episode of Game of Thrones to air later on tonight and see how this epic fantasy series is going to end, here’s a couple fun videos for you to watch. You may have already seen these popping up on social media, but just in case you haven’t we have them here for you to enjoy.

The first is a hilarious video from Funny or Die that features Tyrion Lannister attempting to negotiate with the French Taunter (John Cleese) from Monty Python And The Holy Grail. It’s the perfect Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail mashup.

The other video comes from New York Post and shows us how The Simpsons predicted the ending of the last episode of Game of Thrones when a dragon flies around destroying a city.

I hope you all get a kick out of these two videos!
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The Bright Side of Monty Python's Life Of Brian at 40

Mark Harrison Apr 19, 2019

As Monty Python’s heretical hit returns to cinemas for its 40th anniversary, we look back at a quintessential Easter comedy.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

There aren't a whole lot of Easter movies. It would be odd if there was, really. Sitting somewhere in between kids' films like Hop or the Easter Bunny bits of Rise Of The Guardians, and more violent fare like Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and the far more emotionally gruelling John Michael McDonagh film Calvary, (or 'The Passion Of The Brendan Gleeson') your best bet is Monty Python's Life Of Brian, which is back in cinemas for its 40th anniversary.

For those who've never seen it, the film stars Graham Chapman as a man called Brian Cohen, who was once a teenager called Brian, and a boy called Brian, and so on. Born on Christmas
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Terry Gilliam on the Evolution of ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ and the Weight of Expectations

Terry Gilliam wonders if The Man Who Killed Don Quixote can live up to its larger than life production trouble. The trouble is due to the insecurities Quixote faced being an independent production, but that independence is also how Gilliam’s kept the project alive long after a studio would have scrapped it.

The movie’s storied production history is well-documented, including Amazon’s last-minute decision to pull out of the project when producer Paulo Branco claimed rights to the film, which nearly derailed their 2018 premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

In our conversation with Gilliam we discuss how Jonathan Pryce’s Don Quixote built his own ramshackle armor, how directing is like being “an ignorant peasant who knows no better,” and his feelings about Fathom Event’s one-night-only screening strategy.

The Film Stage: I found Quixote’s costume so beautiful. It looks like a leftover costume from the movie within a movie,
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La Fire Department Attends Home Of Monty Python’s Eric Idle Following “White Powder” Scare

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La Fire Department Attends Home Of Monty Python’s Eric Idle Following “White Powder” Scare
Emergency crews in hazmat suits attended the L.A. home of Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich yesterday evening following an anthrax scare.

The La Fire Department and Lapd hazmat units attended the Hollywood Hills home on Monday evening after an unknown powder substance was reported to have been found in the mail. The Fire Department has since said that they have yet to discover hazardous chemicals or powder in the envelope.

“There is no hazard here to be concerned about,” explained the investigating officer on the scene after the incident. “There was no powder found by us,” he added.

Two women were taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, but neither has displayed any symptoms, the fire department confirmed. The letter in question was sent by a shipping agency and regarded the delivery of a package.

Idle is is best known for his turns in comedy troupe Monty Python
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Home of Monty Python’s Eric Idle Evacuated but No Suspicious Powder Found

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Home of Monty Python’s Eric Idle Evacuated but No Suspicious Powder Found
Updated: Residents of a home belonging to Monty Python comedian Eric Idle and his wife, former Playboy model Tania Kosevich, were evacuated Monday evening after reports that a powdery substance was found in a piece of mail. But authorities said later that it appeared to be a false alarm.

According to NBC4, the resident called police to the 3100 block of Floye Drive near Nichols Canyon in the Hollywood Hills at approximately 6:23 p.m. after opening a certified mail item from Thailand that released a white, powdery substance. Police and fire officials mounted a hazmat response, and two women were taken to a nearby hospital as precaution, Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Holland told reporters.

However, the investigation found that “there was no hazard. There was no chemical found,” Holland said. “There was no powder to be found.”

The suspect letter was a notice from a shipping company that a package had arrived.
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Sandra Oh on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Sandra Oh on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows.

There aren’t many episodes of Saturday Night Live that have only incredibly great or incredibly bad sketches, but Sandra Oh’s first time hosting yielded essentially only those two results. The first twenty minutes or so were so dire that you could actually hear the audience squirming. The show correctly itself smartly after that, but then nose-dived again in the final third. The “Kremlin Meeting” sketch had such an amazing premise (Putin is actually damaged by the
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‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ Gets 40th Anniversary Release (Exclusive)

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“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is heading back into movie theaters to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the classic comedy film.

Trafalgar Releasing took the rights to the film last year. The event cinema specialist is planning a 400-screen release on April 18 that will span the U.K. and U.S. as well as territories and regions including Australia, Canada, Germany, and Scandinavia.

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” was the second major film from the team and a biting satire on religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical. It stoked controversy upon release in 1979, getting banned in Ireland and Norway.

“It’s another coming of Brian, and we are here to fill the world with laughter,” the Pythons said in a joint statement. “’The Life Of Brian’ may have been set 2000 years ago, but it’s a mirror of what’s going on today. Except that it’s funny.
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‘The Prodigy’ Film Review: Killer-Kid Tale Suffers From Bland Plotting

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‘The Prodigy’ Film Review: Killer-Kid Tale Suffers From Bland Plotting
There’s no shortage of films about evil children, so at the risk of indulging in hyperbole, let’s just say Nicholas McCarthy’s “The Prodigy” is the latest. If the idea of a serial-killing pre-teen terrifies you, this film might give off some shivers, but “The Prodigy” doesn’t add anything terribly new to the recipe. Except a little paprika. (Literally.)

Taylor Schilling stars as Sarah, a woman whose eight-year-old child Miles has heterochromia (one eye is a different color than the other), and a genius-level intelligence. He also has a nasty tendency to beat his fellow students with a wrench. There’s something terribly wrong with Miles, but Sarah just can’t figure out what it is.

The audience, however, knows exactly what’s wrong from the film’s opening minutes. Miles was born at the exact same time as a despicable serial killer, Edward Scarka, was shot dead by the police.
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in January 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 27 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in January, including the red-hot Oscar contender “Incredibles 2.” Among the returning shows are season 3 of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” season 5 of “Grace and Frankie” and the final episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Available January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (Netflix original)

Across the Universe

Babel

Black Hawk Down

City of God

Comedians of the World (Netflix original)

Definitely, Maybe

Godzilla

Happy Feet

Hell or High Water

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Friends from College

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It Takes Two

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Boys

Mona Lisa Smile

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pinky Malinky
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What’s Coming to Netflix in January 2019

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The holidays might be over, but Netflix has a quick fix for the back-to-work blues. Sing along to your favorite Beatles songs in “Across the Universe” or laugh along with the Joker as he tries to thwart Batman in “The Dark Knight” when both arrive to the streaming platform next month.

A couple classics are set to arrive as well — meet a bloodthirsty bunny and a not-dead prince in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and revisit the strange events of “Pulp Fiction.” Among the list of Netflix originals coming is stand-up smorgasbord “Comedians of the World,” featuring Nicole Byer, Chris D’Elia, and Neal Brennan, along with the second season of “Friends From College” and the third season of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. “The Incredibles 2” will wrap up the month of releases, dropping Jan. 30.

See the full list of titles below.
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Finding Authenticity and Artistry in the Costumes of ‘Black Panther,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

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Finding Authenticity and Artistry in the Costumes of ‘Black Panther,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
This season’s period costume design was marked by a striking blend of authenticity and artistry in such Oscar contenders as “Black Panther,” “The Favourite,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Colette,” and “Outlaw King.”

And the secret weapons were denim and wool, the Pan-African flag, and going black-and-white. How’s that for evoking a sense of modernism?

Read More: ‘Black Panther’: Building Wakanda on Ryan Coogler’s Vision of Identity and Unity

Ruth Carter’s colorful costume designs for “Black Panther” represented a diverse celebration of African cultures — past and present — and elevated the Marvel superhero genre to a new aesthetic realm per director Ryan Coogler’s mandate. She mixed a panoply of tribal influences along with Afropunk for the fictional Wakanda in making a beautiful and positive cultural statement about Africa. And in keeping with the indigenous direction, she stayed true to the authenticity of fabrics in adapting them for a superhero aura.
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The Last Week In Wrestling #9 (Wrestling Round-Up)

Welcome to this edition of The Last Week In Wrestling, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some wrestling to get to, so let’s do so.

WWE Match Ratings Out Of 5: Raw Natalya & Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 1 Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mickie James & Alicia Fox – 2 The Lucha House Party vs. Scott Dawson (Lucha House Rules) – 2 Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre – 2.5 Aop & Drake Maverick vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (3-on-2 Handicap Match) – 2.5 Heath Slater vs. Rhyno – 1 Finn Bálor vs. Jinder Mahal – 2 Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax & Tamina – 2.5

Raw Verdict: 1 out of 5 - This was among the worst shows in Raw history. People have been saying that a lot about Raw, so this probably isn’t a surprise.

Smackdown Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Charlotte Flair & Asuka – 2.5 Jey Uso vs. Xavier Woods and Cesaro – Triple Threat Match – 2.5 Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy – 2.5 Aj Styles vs.
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Movies New to Netflix in January: ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ and More

As Netflix heads into its first legitimate Oscar season, the streaming giant is hoping to pull out nominations and wins for “Roma,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and “Girl.” Lest Netflix lose sight of its one true purpose, the platform will be streaming the entire “Indiana Jones” franchise beginning in January. The streamer announced today its full list of titles for the new year, and it’s the expected mix of cult hit indies and little-known original films.

Quentin Tarantino fans can rejoice in January: “Pulp Fiction” heads to Netflix in the beginning of the month, and the classic continues to be endlessly re-watchable. Guillermo del Toro fans can also peruse “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and relive a simpler time before the Mexican filmmaker’s polarizing “The Shape of Water” Oscar win. David Mackenzie and Taylor Sheridan’s 2016 crime drama “Hell or High Water” also becomes available on the same day.
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Christopher Willis (‘The Death of Stalin’ composer) on writing a ‘very pompous Soviet composition’ to offset the comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]

Christopher Willis (‘The Death of Stalin’ composer) on writing a ‘very pompous Soviet composition’ to offset the comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]
“Veep” “only afforded us these tiny little slices of music,” so composer Christopher Willis had “a great feeling of release” when re-teaming with Armando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin.” “We realized that we were going to be needing these great slabs of music to take us through some complicated scenes,” he explains. “So it was very much a feeling of opening up,” of finally being able to “try some stuff out.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Willis above.

See Armando Iannucci (‘The Death of Stalin’): ‘Putin did our PR for us’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Based on a graphic novel of the same name, this IFC release imagines the mad power grab that followed Soviet dictator Josef Stalin‘s sudden death. The cast includes Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Iannucci is “a real authority on classical music,” so
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‘The Princess Bride’: Revisiting Rob Reiner and William Goldman’s Paean to Pure Storytelling

After Monty Python and the Holy Grail eviscerated the self-seriousness of the Arthurian epic but before Shrek added pop songs and fart jokes galore, Rob Reiner and William Goldman’s The Princess Bride was pop culture’s definitive postmodern comic fairytale. Penned by the late, great screenwriter based on his own novel (sorry–his abridged version of the novel by stuffy 19th-century fantasist “S. Morgenstern”) Goldman’s most beloved creation plays to the uninitiated as a deliciously eclectic mixture of loquacious wit, dry self-mockery, and sweetly earnest paean to pure storytelling–long before such tropes became codified cliche in blockbuster genre cinema. Its precarious balance between irony and sincerity has often been copied, but never truly replicated.

The comic adventure at the story’s core remains as charming today as it was thirty years ago, filled with loving pastiche of the romances of old: passion, intrigue, honor and vengeance all
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‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ ‘Reality Bites’ Set for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

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‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ ‘Reality Bites’ Set for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its first programming for the 2019 festival with a 35th anniversary screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” and a 25th anniversary showing for “Reality Bites.”

The titles were announced Monday for the festival’s 18th edition, which will run April 24-May 5.

This Is Spinal Tap” stars and creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner, who also directed, will pay tribute to the band after the screening with a musical performance and a conversation to follow.

“’Spinal Tap’ proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” said Reiner, quoting from the movie.

Reality Bites” starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, and Ben Stiller, who also directed. A conversation will follow the screening to take a look back at the making of the film and the characters who are sometimes cited as having embodied the spirit of Generation X.
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Slideshow: Eric Idle & Bob Odenkirk for Idle’s New Book, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | NextEric Idle of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.’

Chicago – When the “Say No More Squire” Guy meets “Better Call Saul,” you know a memorable night is ahead. Monty Python’s Flying Circus member Eric Idle has written a new memoir, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” and Bob Odenkirk (who portrays the title character in “Better Call Saul”) was the moderator for an event at North Central College in Naperville (Ill.), sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Eric Idle titled his book after one of his most famous songs, featured at the end of the Monty Python film, “Life of Brian.” He later added it into the musical stage version of the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ the Mike Nichols’ directed “Spamalot.” Idle was born in Northeast England, where his mother escaped to during the bombings of World War II. He attended Cambridge University,
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