People: Monty Python, Pippa Middleton, Robin Thicke, Robin Williams, Lou Gehrig, Jennifer Love Hewitt
July 2, 2014 12:00 AM
From left, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of the comedy group Monty Python pose for photographers during a photo call in London to promote their reunion for a series of concerts. The group had its first big success with the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show, which ran from 1969 until 1974.
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The five remaining members of Monty Python will go out with a bang when they deliver their final performance July 20, a global event that will be broadcast live to more than 2,000 movie theaters and on TV screens in more than 100 countries from Afghanistan to Yemen, according to The Guardian of London.
Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam (Graham Chapman died in 1989) held a press conference in London Monday to give more details of their shows at London’s O2. They opened on Tuesday with a show that will be a cross between theater and rock concert, with dancers and a full orchestra. In the UK, the channel Gold, dedicated to comedy reruns, plans a live broadcast of the last night of Monty Python's 10-night run.
There will be live cinema screenings at 570 UK and Irish venues and 1,800 more in 39 countries across the world. Deals have also been struck with TV channels for it to be broadcast live in more than 100 countries. The websites fathomevents.com and montypythonlive.com suggest people in the Pittsburgh area check back closer to July 20 for theaters that will be showing the finale.
“It means we’re actually going to say goodbye publicly on one show. Nobody ever has the chance to do that; the Beatles didn’t get a last good night,“ said Idle, the show’s driving force. He added that there would be no new material but some sketches may be reimagined and there will be guests.
NBC’s ”Today“ show won the Pippa Middleton sweepstakes, scoring an interview with the photogenic sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Speaking to Matt Lauer, she gushed about her nephew, Prince George, who turns 1 on July 22. ”He’s sort of brought us all together, and we love spending weekends with him, and he’s very funny,” she said.
She said she has remained close with her sister since Kate’s marriage to Prince William. “Obviously she has pressures that she’s taken on and things, but we spend a lot of time together. ... We have a very normal sisterly relationship. We’re very close, and we support each other and get each other’s opinions and things,” Pippa said.
Robin Thicke is a man on a mission. On Tuesday, the soulful singer dropped his seventh album, “Paula,” with its 14 tracks mostly dedicated to winning back the heart of his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton.
Since their legal separation in February, Thicke has campaigned at both the Billboard and BET Awards, singing and pining for Patton’s affection, acceptance and forgiveness, MTV.com reported. On Wednesday, he premiered the “Still Madly Crazy” music video in which Thicke (who doesn’t appear) sings about longing for better and more loving days as nine adorable children put on a pretend wedding, MTV said.
Robin Williams has checked into a rehab center for several weeks not because he fell off the wagon, but because he's sober and wants to stay that way, according to People.com.
“After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud,” his rep tells People.
A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939 — the day he retired from baseball — is going on the auction block, The Associated Press reports.
Heritage Auctions says more than 60,000 tickets to the game at Yankee Stadium were sold and only two are known to still exist. The mezzanine box ticket signed by Gehrig is estimated to bring more than $100,000 to its unidentified owner at the Aug. 1 sale in Cleveland.
Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, now also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Indio Downey, the son of ”Iron Man“ actor Robert Downey Jr., was arrested Sunday for cocaine possession, according to TMZ. Indio, 20, has been in and out of treatment programs for several years and with family support had a long stretch of time when he was clean, TMZ said. Robert Downey’s own struggle with addiction was well-chronicled and included prison time before he mounted one of Hollywood’s biggest comebacks. ... Actor Billy Unger, 18, of Disney’s “Lab Rats” was pulled over for speeding and arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday morning, according to TMZ.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has joined the cast of “Criminal Minds” as a series regular, CBS announced today. Hewitt will play Kate Callahan, a seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
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