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John Cleese movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ ‘Monty Python’

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John Cleese movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ ‘Monty Python’
John Cleese celebrates his 80th birthday on October 27, 2019. Best known as a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, the Oscar-nominated funnyman has made a number of comedies that remain cinematic classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1939 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, Cleese rose to prominence thanks to the British sketch series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which ran for four seasons on the BBC from 1969-1974. The troupe — which also included Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — revolutionized comedy with their surreal, experimental sketches, the best of which were assembled into the film “And Now for Something Completely Different” (1971). This led to other cinematic outings, including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), “Life of Brian” (1979) and “The Meaning of Life” (1983).

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John Cleese movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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John Cleese movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
John Cleese celebrates his 80th birthday on October 27, 2019. Best known as a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, the Oscar-nominated funnyman has made a number of comedies that remain cinematic classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1939 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, Cleese rose to prominence thanks to the British sketch series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which ran for four seasons on the BBC from 1969-1974. The troupe — which also included Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — revolutionized comedy with their surreal, experimental sketches, the best of which were assembled into the film “And Now for Something Completely Different” (1971). This led to other cinematic outings, including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), “Life of Brian” (1979) and “The Meaning of Life” (1983).

Cleese achieved big screen success of his
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A TV channel to teach migrants English is a great idea. But Fawlty Towers? Really? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

The 1975 sitcom is one of a selection of cultural touchstones suggested by a thinktank – but it all seems rather narrow

Ask a random British person over the age of 30 if they can locate the origins of the phrase “don’t mention the war” and I’d hazard that most would guess correctly. Most British people of a certain age have seen, or at least heard of, Basil Fawlty’s guesthouse goosestep in the famous Fawlty Towers episode The Germans. It is a fundamental part of our comedy culture. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Fawlty Towers has been suggested as a candidate for a new TV channel proposed by the thinktank British Future in order to help migrants familiarise themselves with English, and English culture. Only Fools and Horses, Midsomer Murders, and Simon Schama’s History of Britain have also been recommended.

And yet, these apparent cultural touchstones seem
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Listen: Hugh Grant on Why He Would Kill Social Media if He Could

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Listen: Hugh Grant on Why He Would Kill Social Media if He Could
Hugh Grant has been very active in U.K. press reform initiatives, but he knows the problem is even bigger than the media moguls who control the world’s major news outlets. That’s why Hacked Off, the campaign he’s involved with, is also expanding its scope to include the impact of online propaganda.

“It’s particularly terrifying, the triumph of technology over democracy,” Grant told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “You realize, Trump couldn’t have happened without Facebook manipulation, and Brexit couldn’t have happened without it. It’s all the ability now, people with enough money and resources, to manipulate swing voters through very highly tailored Facebook ads.”

Grant’s solution: “I would just pull the plug on social media,” he said. “I look at the pluses and minuses, and to me the minuses way outweigh the pluses. We had perfectly decent lives before social media.
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Previously Unreleased Monty Python Audio to Get Airing for Troupe’s 50th Anniversary

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Previously Unreleased Monty Python Audio to Get Airing for Troupe’s 50th Anniversary
Michael Palin will exec-produce series of radio specials containing never-before-released audio from Monty Python as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the iconic comedy troupe. They will play on the BBC in the U.K. and then go out in the U.S.

Palin and his fellow Pythons – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman – will have their film, TV and radio work showcased to celebrate their group hitting the half-century mark. BBC Radio will premiere five specials, produced by Palin, in September. They will then go out on Sirius Xm in the U.S.

“Join Michael to find out what John’s mother thought about her care home, the extra unpleasant things that were planned for Eric’s Brave Sir Robin, what exactly Terry Jones is so worried about, and why the infamous Fat Ignorant Bastards have never been more relevant to the world today,
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8 Recent TV Shows Cancelled Far Too Soon

Jamie Andrew Jun 7, 2019

We mourn the recent passing of Z Nation, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Last Man On Earth, and more shows that left us unfairly soon...

Some shows take their curtain calls and ascend to legendary status mere moments after arriving on the stage; series like Fawlty Towers, The Leftovers, The Office, all of which enjoyed lean and compact stints, and were capped by their makers before the atrophy that often accompanies small screen longevity could set in.

Some shows roam and lumber, shedding viewers like rotting limbs and brittle digits, until a mixture of entropy and apathy leads them shambling to the grave.

Others – lame-legged lambs, and abominations of nature alike – are taken out and shot, quickly and mercifully. Yes, The Mist, we're talking about you.

And some are taken far, far too soon; mowed down in their prime, without a chance for a proper ending. These
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How John Cleese ended up in Aussie rom-com ‘The Naked Wanderer’

John Cleese on the set of ‘The Naked Wanderer

When Callan Durlik wrote the character of a media mogul in romantic comedy The Naked Wanderer, he thought of John Cleese but doubted the Fawlty Towers star would be gettable.

With the enthusiasm of a first-time feature writer-producer, Durlik sent a synopsis to Cleese, who then asked to see the script.

Two days later Cleese was in. The Perth-based writer subsequently spent two days with the Englishman in his London office, workshopping lines and bouncing ideas.

He filmed all his scenes in London, playing Brian King, the uncle of Cameron King (Durlik), whose best mate Jake (Angus McLaren) decides to walk 4,000 km up the coast of Western Australia, clad only in a loin cloth.

Jake’s purpose ostensibly is to raise money for charity but his ulterior motive is to win back his former girlfriend Jasmine (Megan Hajjar), who jilted him.
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Critics Pick the Best Alternative Streaming Platforms Beyond Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What is the best current or even upcoming alternative streaming service that is not Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime? Why?

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Freelance

No one really believes me when I say that I’m a big fan of CBS All Access but: I’m a big fan of CBS All Access. “Twilight Zone” is currently the biggest draw (as are other originals “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Good Fight”) but to be honest, I use it more for watching past series. Because it’s network-specific, its library isn’t as expansive as Hulu or Netflix but it has just the right mix of “Oh, I forgot about that show!” offerings that make for casual, low-energy background viewing. In the past year, I’ve raced through “Caroline in the City,
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At last, Brexit explained in two words: Basil Fawlty | Alex Clark

It’s all there in the 70s sitcom Fawlty Towers – rage, insularity, status anxiety. If only we had heeded its terrible warning

In a crumbling edifice, a farce plays out. The hapless central character fawns on an aristocrat who turns out to be a conman. He then fails to disguise his unease when confronted with his European neighbours, doesn’t bother to mask a thorough contempt for the Irish, and enters a love-hate relationship with ostentatiously wealthy Americans. Meanwhile, there are questions over food safety and supply as workers scurry around trying to pretend that nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Always disaster hovers at the edge of vision.

Related: Fawlty Towers named greatest ever British TV sitcom
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BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million

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The number of subscribers to BritBox has hit 500,000, the streaming service said Thursday. The platform, launched as a collaboration between BBC Studios and ITV, is designed to offer U.S. and Canadian viewers the best of recent and classic British television content.

The streaming service launched in the U.S. in March 2017 with a host of the latest British dramas and soaps, as well as classic comedy titles such as “Fawlty Towers,” “The Office,” “Gavin & Stacey” and “Absolutely Fabulous.” The service’s Canadian launch followed in February 2018.

Content and subscribers have grown rapidly, with BritBox leveraging programming including simulcast events, such as the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry last May, and new star-led programming like “Hold the Sunset,” which marked “Fawlty Towers” and Monty Python star John Cleese’s first leading role in a British sitcom in nearly 40 years. BritBox is now home to the largest collection
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The Girl In The Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story Review

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With five books and four films in the bag, the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series appears to be in great shape. At least in Sweden. As far as Sony are concerned, the English-speaking audience still has a lot of untapped potential.

2011’s first Hollywood adaptation of the Swedish crime thriller series was a non-starter. Beautifully shot by David Fincher with a stellar cast on fine form, the sterile atmosphere and complex plotting didn’t bring audiences out in the numbers Sony needed to justify making a sequel (despite Fincher and Mara’s enthusiasm).

Still, if you can compliment Sony for anything, then at least give them credit for persistence. Even if they do insist on rebooting a franchise when a sequel would have been far more welcome.

Instead of bringing the team back together, Sony have elected to not only recast and reboot (hence the new film’s confidence-free
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London Theater Review: ‘Othello’ With Mark Rylance, Andre Holland

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London Theater Review: ‘Othello’ With Mark Rylance, Andre Holland
From his unhinged Hamlet to a sympathetic Richard III, Mark Rylance has always been a great re-inventor of Shakespeare’s key roles. Now, returning to the Globe in “Othello” after a few years away (not to mention an Oscar win for “Bridge of Spies”), he flips the figure of Iago on his head. Instead of a master manipulator pulling on Othello’s puppet strings, he gives us a lowly, servile soldier outsmarting his superior officer. It’s an idiosyncratic, daredevil performance, one that risks tipping too far into the sort of crowd-pleasing comedy the Globe encourages, but ultimately it proves pivotal to an inspired political reading of the play.

Directed by Claire van Kampen and crisply cut, this is an “Othello” for the era of identity politics and intersectionality; an “Othello” that’s all about race but as rooted in resentment as outright racism. It’s keenly attuned to the
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Fawlty Towers among subjects banned by Mastermind as questions run out

Father Ted and Roald Dahl also no longer allowed as specialist subjects on BBC Two quiz show

Contestants on the BBC quiz show Mastermind will no longer be allowed to pick Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or Roald Dahl as their specialist subjects as the producers have run out of questions.

Mark Helsby, Mastermind’s producer, has revealed that some subjects are so popular that they have been “exhausted” for new questions. Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia have also been removed.

Related: The Price Is Right review – Alan Carr reboots everyone’s favourite guessing game

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Strictly Come Dancing: week seven results - as it happened

And then there were 10. After Debbie and Giovanni Tango-ed their way to 4 tens, who was the next Strictly contestant to waltz off home?

7.59pm GMT

Well on that bombshell, that’s It for another Strictly week – it’s been an emotional rollercoaster, thank you all for propping me up. I’m off to check out the outrage levels in the comment box, for all I know it’s just me and you’re all totally chilled about this absolute travesty.

See you next week for more dance-based larks; kick off is at 6.45pm, and don’t forget to wear your poppy as I’ll be checking each and every one of you*. I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you want to share some love/air your grievances in the meantime. Have a great week! Hx

7.57pm GMT

This has all got quite tearful. I’m still in the denial stage of grief right now.
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Blu-ray Review – A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda, 1988.

Directed by Charles Crichton.

Starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

Synopsis:

A Fish Called Wanda has been released on Blu-ray before, but this new edition from Arrow sports a fresh 4K restoration and a pair of new bonus features. Nearly everything from the prior Blu-ray and DVD releases have been ported over.

“Monty Python does a heist movie.” Yes, only two Python alumni star in A Fish Called WandaJohn Cleese as upright barrister (lawyer) Archie Leech and Michael Palin as the poor stuttering thief Ken – but the film captures many of the madcap sensibilities honed by the comedy team during their years together.

Okay, sure, a better description might be “Fawlty Towers does a heist movie,” given the fact that Cleese created that classic TV series and wrote this film. Certainly, the tone of A Fish Called Wanda is closer
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A Fish Called Wanda Available on Blu-ray October 3rd from Arrow Video

“The funniest movie I have seen in a long time” – Roger Ebert

A Fish Called Wanda will be available on Blu-ray October 3rd from Arrow Video

In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce another classic of British comedy.

Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves – two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin’s animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson – when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches…

Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline’s outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto,
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Snobbery is killing the great British sitcom, says Ben Elton

Blackadder writer says sitcoms are a ‘truly original art form’ but now critics and social media pundits dismiss them before they get a chance to grow on people

Snobbery and “lazy contempt” from critics and social media is killing the sitcom, according to Blackadder writer Ben Elton.

The comedian and author warned “we are in danger of losing something of real value in our culture”, pointing to shows now regarded as British television classics such as Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools & Horses.

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John Cleese doubles down on Brexit position: "I don’t want to be run by a bunch of European bureaucrats"

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John Cleese doubles down on Brexit position:
Iconic comedian also calls UK press “a disgrace”.

UK comedy legend John Cleese has reaffirmed his position in the Brexit debate, saying that while it will be five years before we know the full outcome, he thinks leaving the European Union is the correct decision.

“I don’t want to be run by a bunch of European bureaucrats because they always look after themselves first,” he commented to Screen.

The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star admitted that “it will be five years before we know if it was a good thing or a bad thing, or if it will be a hard of soft exit”, but added that he supported the possibility of the latter option.

Heart Of Sarajevo, ‘Edith’

Cleese was speaking to Screen at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which he has been attending this week to accept the festival’s top prize, the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

The actor said
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Sherlock Season 5 May Not Arrive Until 2020 – If It Arrives At All

From the moment the credits rolled on “The Final Problem” six months ago, Sherlock fans have become fixated on the possibility of a fifth season involving Benedict Cumberbatch’s sleuth and his literal partner in crime, John Watson (Martin Freeman).

Much of that interest has been funnelled toward Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss, co-showrunners on the hit BBC detective series, who have been badgered with all sorts of questions relating to Sherlock Holmes and his immediate future on the network. It all boils down to one thing, though: when, if ever, will Moffat and Gatiss welcome viewers back to 221B Baker Street?

Last we reported, Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott hinted that the as-yet-unconfirmed season 5 was around two years away due to complications with scheduling, though Gatiss believes Scott was a little conservative in his estimations. Speaking to Radio Times, the series showrunner, who also plays the part of Sherlock’s elder brother Mycroft,
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Mark Gatiss all but closes the door on Sherlock

Author: Zehra Phelan

According to Sherlock co-creators Mark Gatiss, the show is over. Well, for the time being anyway.

It’s been no secret that issues have always arisen when it comes to filming a new season of Sherlock, mainly due to the main cast members of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman being in high demand elsewhere and their schedules being booked up long in advance. However, in the recent A Stab in the Dark podcast Gatiss has laid the gauntlet for someone else to come along and make their own version of the Baker Street detective.

“It was very, very hard to schedule the last series, because of Martin [Freeman] and Benedict [Cumberbatch]’s availability. And Steve [Moffat]’s and mine.There is always that Fawlty Towers principle of, ‘Let’s just leave it’. We’ve had the keys to Baker Street for a while, but one of the wonderful things is that they’re always shared.
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