Last month, we reported that Dane Cook would lead the voice cast of Disney’s Cars spin-off, Planes. His character, Dusty, dreams of being a racer, but because he’s not built for it, he turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him take on the defending champ of the racing circuit. Today, Disney has announced the actors voicing the supporting characters. It’s a surprisingly large cast that has Top Gun‘s Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voicing fighter jets, which is a nice touch. The voice cast also includes Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Alazraqui, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Priyanka Chopra, Sinbad, Brent Musburger, and ESPN’s vile radio host Colin Cowherd. Cowherd voices blimp “Colin Cowling”. It is currently unknown if the blimp will engage in race-baiting.
Hit the jump to check out images of all the supporting characters. Planes opens in 3D on August 9th. [Updated: We've added a press release, which contains details on the new characters]
We’re happy to debut the exclusive new trailer for the animated feature A Liar’s Autobiography. Directed by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, and Ben Timlett, the film centers on the life of late Monty Python actor Graham Chapman in true Python fashion. The 3D animated pic uses Chapman’s recordings from his book A Liar’s Autobiography alongside the voices of fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam to bring this wonderfully bizarre story to life.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. A Liar’s Autobiography will premiere on EPIX November 2nd at 10pm ET.
Of the six members of Monty Python, it looks like “the dead one” is the first to get an autobiography. Graham Chapman, who passed away from cancer in 1989, is at the center of A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. Chapman himself will be a feature in the film, along with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The picture is a compilation of 17 different animation styles from 15 different animators and looks to be an absolute textbook lesson in absurdity. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, images and official synopsis for A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.
Those holding their breath for another Monty Python reunion can now rest easy, as it looks like many members from the comedy troupe are set to come together once again; for a sci-fi film, no less. Variety reports that members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus are reteaming for the sci-fi farce Absolutely Anything. The film will combine CGI and live-action, and the Pythons are set to voice key roles “as a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do ‘absolutely anything’ to see what a mess he’ll make of things.” Life of Brian director Terry Jones co-wrote the script with Gavin Scott and will helm the comedy.
The remaining members of Monty Python that could reunite for the pic include Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Eric Idle. Robin Williams is also in discussions to play a Frenchman in the pic, which Jones and Scott have been developing for two decades. There’s no word on when production will begin, but given the undeniably Python-esque nature of the story, count me wholeheartedly in. Hit the jump to relive some Python from years past.
The Daily Show‘s John Oliver is set to star in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything. Directed by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), Deadline says the plot is being kept under wraps, but the film’s producers say that the story involves “aliens, a goofy Brit, a talking dog and buckets of silliness.” Robin Williams is in talks to play the role of Dennis the Dog while Jones has reached out to fellow Flying Circus members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam to voice the aliens. Production is scheduled for next spring.
Oliver is The Daily Show‘s best correspondent and I can easily see him making the leap to feature films. Hopefully, Absolutely Anything will be a far better movie than his last cinematic outing, 2008′ The Love Guru.
by Ron Messer Posted: August 15th, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Kevin Kline is misunderstood. His performances on stage and screen over the past four decades are so seamless that audiences often attribute his characters’ traits to him. That is, of course, a tricky proposition that he observes with a healthy dose of humor.
Kline mused on the topic and several more in an interview leading up to the release of The Extra Man, which opened in several major markets this weekend as part of its continued national rollout. Hit the jump for the audio and transcript, along with tales of his love for Ricky Gervais, why he’d never run for President and John Cleese’s humorous take on Kline’s performance in The Big Chill.
The first official image from the upcoming black comedy, Burke & Hare has just been released.
Directed by John Landis, the film stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) in the title roles, and is based on the true story of two 19th century serial murderers and grave robbers who discover the highly profitable business of providing cadavers to a medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The film is currently in production and is slated to be released later this year. Burke & Hare also stars Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, John Cleese, and Tom Wilkinson. Now that’s a comedic movie line-up that we can all look forward to.
Hit the jump to check out the intriguing image from Empire Online and the complete synopsis.
It’s been more than two decades since A Fish Called Wanda, the heist farce co-written by Monty Python’s John Cleese, was released to critical acclaim (including an Oscar for Kevin Kline) as well as surprise success at the box office. Now British comedy site Chortle (via Empire) informs us that the musical adaptation that Cleese discussed over a year ago with Steve at Sundance 2009 is inching closer to fruition. In an e-mail to fans, Cleese announced that comedian Bill Bailey would join himself and daughter Camilla to work on songs for the Wanda musical, which they hope to debut in San Diego before hitting Broadway and London’s West End. From what I have seen of Bill Bailey on the otherwise delightful sitcom Black Books and various panel game shows (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, etc.), I have unfortunately never found him funny. But his ubiquity on British television suggests that many others do, so here’s hoping his teaming with Cleese, an undisputable comedic genius, bears hilarious fruit.
After the jump, read the full e-mail announcement from Cleese, itself a rather droll piece of work.
Opening this Friday is the animated movie Planet 51. The film is about an American astronaut who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds the planet inhabited by little green people who are living in a world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders. With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the world to try and get back to his spaceship before it returns home.
While I thought the story was mediocre, I was very impressed with the animation. Watching the film I was constantly looking at the texture and layers in the frame and was surprised by how great it looked. If you’re a fan of animation, it’s worth seeing just for what they accomplished. Just know the story is not going to wow you. So to help promote the film, we’ve been provided with ten clips and you can check them out after the jump.
The writing team of John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth probably put more sweat and brain power into constructing each sublime, chaotic, farcical half hour of Fawlty Towers than many writers expend on a full-length feature film. The manic design of the now-legendary 12 episode British series remains awe-inspiring, and is still one of a handful of gold standards against which to measure other television comedy. Read the full review after the jump.