DAILY LLAMA NEWS FROM 2004

 

John is the highlight of three Bay Area benefit events February 10, 11, & 13

Worldwide Open Auditions Being Held to Play Young Monty Pythons in Graham Chapman Biography Film
Hippofilms has announced a worldwide casting call for the roles of the young members of Monty Python, for the upcoming theatrical film, Gin and Tonic, a comic-drama based on the life and times of late Python Graham Chapman. Friday, 6 February 2004

John Cleese's Life and Times Benefit Evenings Hosted in California This Month
John Cleese will be the guest of honor at three benefit events being held in the Bay Area of California next week, raising funds for one of John's favorite educational centers, The Esalen Institute. Friday, 6 February 2004

Maxim Ranks Monty Python as Funniest Movie Moment
Maxim magazine has ranked the 50 Funniest Movie moments. The list includes several Python movie scenes and rates one of them the best of all time. Sunday, 22 February 2004

Everything or Nothing, Video Game Featuring Cleese, in Stores
John Cleese contributed both his voice and likeness to the new James Bond video game, Everything or Nothing. Read more about the stellar cast, the development process, and Cleese's participation. Sunday, 22 February 2004

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Voted Best British Film of All Time
In a poll of British movie fans, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian have both made the top 10, including honors to Holy Grail for being #1. Sunday, 22 February 2004

Monty Python's SPAMALOT Musical to Premiere in December 2004 in Chicago
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, a new fully-staged musical officially ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will make its World Premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre, December 21, 2004 through January 16, 2005. Thursday, 26 February 2004

Monty Python Does Vanity Fair
This month's Vanity Fair features the Monty Python chaps in one of its famous montages. The photograph, by entertainment photographer Art Streiber, is part of this year's installment of a Vanity Fair tradition called “The Hollywood Portfolio.” Read Eric's account of the shoot and see the photo! Saturday, 6 March 2004

Chapman Biopic Aims to Set the Record Straight
PythOnline was fortunate to be the first to publish this article by journalist Declan Joyce, who wrote about Gin and Tonic, the biographical film about Graham Chapman currently in pre-production. Interviewed are Jim Yoakum, Kim 'Howard' Johnson, and Hans ten Cate. Wednesday, 10 March 2004

Limited Edition Graham Chapman Photo Available, Also to Support Amnesty International
British photographer David Calvert recently announced that, on March 15, he will begin selling one of his ultra-rare photographs of Graham Chapman as part of a high-quality limited edition print, with some of the proceeds going to Amnesty International. Monday, 15 March 2004

Eric Idle Discusses Spamalot
In this reprint of an interview from Broadway's premiere publication, PlayBill, Eric discusses how the Pythons are going about constructing a Broadway musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sunday, 21 March 2004

Fawlty Towers Saved (Again)
A developer has been proposing to demolish the Gleneagles Hotel, the now famous Torquay hotel that was John Cleese's inspiration for Fawlty Towers. The local council has once again turned down the plans to replace it with a three-story apartment building. Sunday, 21 March 2004

Manila Restaurant Offers Spam, Spam, Spam, and Spam
The menu at an all-SPAM fastfood restaurant in Manila, Philippines sounds like it could have been taken directly from the Monty Python sketch. Sunday, 21 March 2004

Alternate Lyrics to Holy Grail's 'Camelot Song' Unearthed
Eric Idle just recently sent us these alternate lyrics to the Camelot song, while planning and writing SPAMALOT, the Broadway musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sunday, 21 March 2004

The Passion of the Brian: Life of Brian to be Re-Released in Theaters Next Month
Monty Python Producer John Goldstone wrote us over the weekend with some wonderful news. “In view of the furore over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ we think it important to offer an alternative view from Monty Python and are planning a theatrical re-release (or second coming) of Life of Brian.Tuesday, 23 March 2004

Nude Portrait of Terry Jones to be Exhibited
Terry Jones is touring the UK naked. Well, a portrait of Terry that is. The painting, by artist Heidi Harrington, has been part of several exhibitions and was most recently selected by special invitation to appear at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters* annual exhibition in London. Sunday, 25 April 2004

Monty Python's SPAMALOT to Feature All Star Cast
David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria will head the cast of the eagerly anticipated new musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Sunday, 18 July 2004

Additional Cast Announced for Monty Python's SPAMALOT
The producers of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT announced that Douglas Sills, Michael McGrath, Steve Rosen and Sara Ramirez will join the cast of the musical. Sunday, 18 July 2004

Superman: True Brit to be Published October 2004
DC Comics has disclosed that the 96-page graphic novel will go on sale 13 October 2004. Comicon's Pulse website also recently published an interview with Kim "Howard" Johnson about his work on the upcoming Superman comic book that he has co-authored with John Cleese. Sunday, 18 July 2004

John Cleese and Terry Jones Nominated for 2004 Emmy Awards
Congratulations to John Cleese and Terry Jones! Both have been nominated this year for the American Emmy Awards. Sunday, 18 July 2004

American Express Ticket Sales for SPAMALOT
A special American Express Gold Card Events Exclusive sale of tickets to SPAMALOT has begun. Get your tickets to one of the Chicago performances at the Shubert Theatre. The offer is good through August 6 only, so hurry. Friday, 23 July 2004

The Tale of SPAMALOT - Part 1
Eric Idle writes in to tell the story of SPAMALOT, the upcoming Broadway musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monday, 26 July 2004

Eric Idle's Greedy Bastard Diary to be Published in February 2005
Eric Idle's diary documenting his travels and travails during last year's Greedy Bastard Tour will be published by Harper Collins this coming February (2005). The book will hit bookstores to coincide with the Broadway debut of SPAMALOT. Thursday, 29 July 2004

Exclusive Advanced Ticket Sales to SPAMALOT for Python Fans!!
SPAMALOT will make its World Premiere at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre this December, and you, as loyal PythOnline people, can get tickets before the box office opens to the general public! Monday, 9 August 2004

BusinessWeek Magazine Launches SPAMALOT Job Contest
To celebrate the magazine's milestone 75th anniversary, BusinessWeek magazine is offering its readership and the public-at-large an innovative opportunity to try out-of-the-box careers, including a chance to help produce SPAMALOT. Tuesday, 10 August 2004

The Tale of SPAMALOT - Part 2
Eric Idle writes in to tell the next story of SPAMALOT, the upcoming Broadway musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Friday, 13 August 2004

Llama Droppings - August 2004
You asked for it... here is a huge dump of llama droppings for those who simply had lost faith in PythOnline. A rundown of the latest Python related news, if you will... Thursday, 19 August 2004

Monty Python's SPAMALOT Announces More Players
Monty Python's SPAMALOT has announced who will be joining the ensemble for the upcoming musical. The cast is now 23 members strong. Wednesday, 25 August 2004

The Tale of SPAMALOT - Part 3
Eric Idle writes in to tell the third tale of SPAMALOT, the upcoming Broadway musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Monday, 6 September 2004

Terry Gilliam Begins Filming Tideland in Canada
Terry Gilliam wrote me a ways back to say that "Tideland starts shooting Sept 27 in the delightful city of Regina, Saskatchewan. 'I can see for miles, and miles, and miles, and miles'...of wheat.." Of course, back then, I was sadly out burrying the cat and unable to post Terry's email. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Monty Python's Dead Parrot is Voted Top Comedy Sketch
Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch has topped a Radio Times poll to find the best alternative comedy sketch. More than 1,200 people voted in the poll with Dead Parrot getting twice as many votes as its nearest rival. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Ticket Sales for SPAMALOT Begin on Broadway
Ticket sales for the Broadway run of Monty Python's SPAMALOT began on Monday, December 6. A special event was hosted at the Shubert theater in New York City, where the show will begin its preview run on February 14. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

SPAM Returns the Favor, Official Monty Python Flavor of SPAM to be Introduced
SPAMALOT is being honored by Hormel Foods with the introduction of a limited edition flavor, SPAM™ golden honey grail in a “SPAMALOT collector’s edition” can. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Fawlty Towers is for Sale
The Devon hotel which inspired the classic BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers has gone on sale for more than £1.5m. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Official "Pre-Cast" Bootleg Album of SPAMALOT
Eric Idle announces that he is releasing an Official Bootleg of the music John Du Prez and Eric recorded over the past three years for Spamalot, including seven tracks that aren't in the show. Tuesday, 7 December 2004

Post Election Cheer from Eric Idle
Eric sent me this email the day after the Presidential election. Sadly, I'm only getting around to posting it now. I figure I would have had four years to do it though... Tuesday, 14 December 2004

Monty Python is Animators' Delight
Over the past few years, a number of short animated films based on the works of Monty Python have surfaced on the web. Here, in the words of the talented animators that created them, is how these came to pass. Downloadable clips included. Tuesday, 14 December 2004

Date Correction on SPAMALOT Bootleg CD
Eric sent an update, informing us that the official 'bootleg 'CD, Eric Idle Sings SPAMALOT, will likely not begin sales until the official cast album. Wednesday, 15 December 2004

Tideland Wraps Filming
News from the Tideland front! Terry Gilliam wrote in to update us on the state of his latest film. Wednesday, 15 December 2004

'Very Naughty Boys' Chronicles History of HandMade Films
In April of last year, British journalist and author Robert Sellers published Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, the fascinating and thorough inside story of Handmade Films. To mark the recent release of the paperback version of the book, retitled 'Very Naughty Boys,' Robert Sellers himself agreed to tell the story of how and why he wrote the book. Thursday, 16 December 2004

Life of Brian's 'What Have the Romans Done for Us?' Voted Funniest Scene Ever
In a poll of 4,000 British movie fans conducted by video rental giant Blockbuster, John Cleese's rant in Life of Brian demanding ‘What have the Romans done for us?’ has been named the funniest movie scene of all time. Wednesday, 22 December 2004

SPAMALOT is Officially Open!!! The First Report from the Show!
Kim Howard Johnson was at the December 21st premiere of SPAMALOT in Chicago last night! With the permission of Eric Idle and the PR department, Howard has sent the fans a field report. This is the first official word about the show, since there is a press blackout until January 9. Wednesday, 22 December 2004

Comedy Troupe Brings French Production of Flying Circus to London's West End
The first and only authorized stage version of the Monty Python television sketches, as performed by non-Pythons, is coming to London. The comedy troupe Remy Renoux have taken their French-language version of Monty Python's Flying Circus and will be performing the show at the Riverside Studios in London's West End starting this January. Thursday, 23 December 2004