When is a New Monty Python Film Not a New Monty Python Film?

When it’s this one:

Proof for all to see that The Wrap kinda sucks: The pic they used to go with their announcement of a film with at least 7 TV superstars is this one of some babe named Gemma Arterton.

Monty Python Feature ‘Absolutely Anything’ Attracts Gemma Arterton, Benedict Cumberbatch (Exclusive) – by Liza Foreman (TheWrap.Com)

The long-gestating Monty Python project “Absolutely Anything” is moving full steam ahead, with Gemma Arterton confirmed for the project and Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to join the comedy, TheWrap has learned.

To be directed by Terry Jones, “Absolutely Anything” will include voiceovers from Monty Python alumni, including Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese. Robin Williams will also do a voiceover.

Filming is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, with Jones directing from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing.

The story revolves around a teacher who discovers he has magical powers and can make things happen with the wave of his hand. He can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students and bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap as he tries to learn how to use these powers.

GFM Films is handling sales of the feature. The project was first announced in 2010.

Arterton’s recent credits include “Clash of the Titans” and “Byzantium.” Cumberbatch recently signed on to play The Beatles manager Brian Epstein in “The Fifth Beatle.”

They didn’t exactly come up with an attention-getting headline either, did they? What’s wrong with those people?

Aha! For All MONTY PYTHON Fans, This is a Must-See

Found on YouTube:

After you’ve watched the funniest trailer for anything that we’ve ever seen (and we see a lot of $#@!ing trailers), click through to the URL and learn what’s behind it.

It’s the story of the late Graham Chapman’s autobiography, his recorded reading of it before he died, and how it took John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and 14 different animators working in 17 different animation styles to bring the book to the screen.

We have no idea what kind of guy Chapman really was, but John Cleese’s eulogy certainly brings the “freeloading bastard” into focus. Wouldn’t you die happy knowing you’d left friends like that behind? (Yeah, far behind. Rimshot, please?)

The whole film will be out “in select U.S. theatres in 3D on November 2, 2012.” We can’t wait.

A Terry Gilliam Treasure Trove

We could have just listed this blog by Terry Gilliam’s daughter in our Links, but it deserves so much more:

“Discovering Dad” aka delving into Terry Gilliam’s personal archive (@hollydubois)