The Monty Python gang is coming back for a reunion show at London’s 02 arena in July, The Associated Press reports.
Eric Idle said Thursday that the London show was planned as a single event but that further engagements are possible. The show will be filmed for possible distribution.
The group had its first big success with the "Monty Python’s Flying Circus" TV show, which ran from 1969-74, winning fans around the world with its bizarre sketches. The group branched out into movies including “Life of Brian” and backed theatrical shows such as “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
The veteran comedy troupe — Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones — announced the news at a press conference in central London.
Striving for a bit of anarchic humor, the five men sat behind incorrect name cards at the event, with one member answering questions addressed to another. They joked that they hoped some of their old material would seem new because the audience would have forgotten it.
Cleese said the group’s famous “dead parrot” sketch would likely be incorporated into the performance. Idle said the show would also include material that had never been performed live before.
The five surviving members last performed together in 1998. The sixth member, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989.
NBC says Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and William Shatner are among those joining Kelly Clarkson’s holiday special, the AP reports.
The special, titled “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,” is also set to include country stars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood, NBC said Wednesday.
The show is a comedic musical take on the meaning of Christmas, the network said. In the story, Clarkson schemes to boost her popularity with a holiday special but ends up learning an important lesson.
The featured songs are from the Grammy-winning pop star’s newly released Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red,” with classics including “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.”
Other guests include Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum and Jay Leno. Clarkson’s special is set to air at 10 p.m. on Dec. 11.
Clarkson, 31, also had personal news to announce this week. The original “American Idol” winner said she and husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child together.
Clarkson and Blackstock were married last month. Blackstock is the son of Clarkson’s manager, Narvel Blackstock, and McEntire’s stepson.
Leonardo DiCaprio wants to help the tiger population of Nepal.
His Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to the World Wildlife Fund to work with the Nepal government on protecting the animals.
In a statement Wednesday, the actor and activist said he’s “hopeful” the money will help “exceed the goal” of doubling the tiger population that exists in Nepal.
The money will help build up anti-poaching patrols and protect and restore areas for them to breed and expand.
The hope is to increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022, which is the Chinese Year of the Tiger.
DiCaprio, 39, is a WWF board member.
Why is Hugh Jackman sporting a bandage on his face?
The “Wolverine” star posted a photo on Instagram Thursday, explaining to fans that he recently had skin cancer removed from his nose, People reports.
No stranger to gushing about his wife, Jackman revealed it was Deborra-Lee Furness who encouraged him to get the “mark” checked.
“Boy, was she right! I had [basal] cell carcinoma,” Jackman, 45, writes. “Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 2.8 million cases of basal cell carcinoma are diagnosed in the United States each year, and it is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers.
Treatment options include removing the tumor, radiation and topical medicine, among others.
He may be battling to be the winning coach on NBC’s hit series “The Voice” but Adam Levine has this year’s Sexiest Man Alive crown in the bag.
“As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table,” the singer tells People in this week’s cover story. “I was just amazed and stunned, and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren’t, so that’s cool.”
The L.A.-raised Levine also reveals that he cries at movies (“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” always gets him), loves to be naked and is looking forward to settling down with his fiancee, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. “I didn’t think marriage was for me for a long time,” the 34-year-old says. “I was ready when I was ready. That’s about as simple as it could possibly be.”
As for that incredible body, Levine credits yoga and spinning for keeping his stamina up, especially as his success continues to skyrocket. “This is just a really interesting time where everything seems to be heading in a certain direction,” he adds. “And I’m not taking any of it for granted.”
A fire damaged a film set in northern Thailand where Owen Wilson and Lake Bell have been filming a Hollywood thriller, police and the production company said Thursday, the AP reports.
Both stars of “The Coup” had left the set for the day and were unharmed, said Korrawuth Arsana, a spokesman for Living Films.
The film is about an American family that gets caught in a military coup in Southeast Asia. It also stars Pierce Brosnan, who is due to join the film shoot next month.
Before the fire, the cast had filmed an explosion scene inside a dilapidated building in the town of Lampang, Korrawuth said.
“We had finished filming after the explosion scene,” he said. “As the crew was packing and moving things downstairs somebody saw the fire on the third floor of the building.”
Police Col. Thanakorn Khumwong said investigators suspect the high voltage required by the special effects caused an electrical short circuit that caused the fire.
A Thai PBS television station showed footage of flames shooting from an upper window of the building as firefighters on the sidewalk worked to extinguish them Wednesday evening.
Korrawuth said that a new location would be found for filming the remainder of the explosion scene due to extensive fire and water damage to the set.
A judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday ordered Chris Brown to spend three months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother’s car window, People reports.
Superior Court Judge James Brandlin also added additional rules for Brown in the coming months, requiring him to perform at least 24 hours of community labor a week and to submit to drug testing as he deals with anger management issues.
Brown, 24, and his attorney agreed to the terms, which were suggested by probation officials who are overseeing Brown’s sentence for his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, 25.
The Grammy winner threw a rock through his mother’s car window Nov. 10 after a joint counseling session in which she suggested the singer remain in treatment, according to a letter submitted by the rehab facility. The facility’s name was not included in court filings.
“Mr. Brown proceeded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother’s car window and it shattered,” the letter states. Brown was discharged because he had signed a contract agreeing to refrain from violence while in treatment.
The singer voluntarily checked into rehab for anger management treatment Oct. 29, just days after he was arrested in Washington, D.C., after a man accused Brown of punching him after he tried to get in a photo with the singer.
The incident and the resulting misdemeanor assault charge could still trigger a probation violation that could lead to more sanctions against Brown.
Brandlin ordered probation officials to collect more details on the Washington arrest and report back to him before a Dec. 16 hearing. A prosecutor did not seek any revocation of Brown’s probation at Wednesday’s hearing but said she was awaiting more details.
Brown is due to appear in a Washington, D.C., court Monday. Brandlin allowed the singer to travel for the hearing, but his ruling makes clear that the expectation for the singer for the next few months is to receive treatment and perform community labor such as graffiti removal or roadside cleanup.