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2009-07-02 16:09:43

Police said a 10-foot python discovered in a New York couple's driveway may have been a pet that was released once it became too large to keep. John and Karen Trapani said they discovered the snake in their driveway as they were preparing to leave for work Wednesday morning, the New York Post reported Thursday. It was startling, because we never got to see something like this before -- weird but true, John Trapani said. It was like watching the Discovery Channel, Karen Trapani said. Police...

2009-06-19 11:45:00

"I saw The Secret Policeman's Ball and it became a part of me. It sowed a seed." - Bono "I think everyone is in for a grave disappointment." - John Cleese NEW YORK, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Amnesty International's stellar and anarchic comedy and rock extravaganza benefit shows with "The Secret Policeman's Film Festival." Beginning on Friday, June 26 through Wednesday, July 1 (Six Days), the Walter Reade...

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2009-05-21 10:34:16

Television personality Samantha Harris is to make her Broadway stage debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, representatives for the musical announced. Harris is best known for her work on Extra, The Insider and Dancing with the Stars. She also appeared in the 23-city North American tour of the musical comedy show Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python and starred on stage in the original Los Angeles production of the award-winning Reefer Madness: The New 'Hit' Musical. She is slated to perform in the...

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2009-05-15 06:54:46

U.S. filmmaker Terry Gilliam will attempt for a second time to shoot his Don Quixote dream project, The Hollywood Reporter said. Gilliam first tried to shoot the film nearly a decade ago, but the production was sidelined by weather and budget woes, as well as an ailing leading man. The setbacks were chronicled in a popular documentary called Lost in La Mancha. The Hollywood Reporter said Gilliam, a former Monty Python comedy troupe member, has joined forces with British producer Jeremy Thomas...

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2009-05-14 12:00:00

The North American touring production of Monty Python's Spamalot is scheduled to close in Costa Mesa, Calif., Oct. 18, the musical's producers said Thursday. The national tour will have played 1,408 performances in more than 101 separate engagements throughout the continent to an audience estimated at nearly 3.6 million people. The tour began in Boston in March 2006 and recouped its investment in less than nine months on the road. By the time the tour ends, approximately 6.9 million...

2009-04-16 16:33:50

An Australian airline said two flights were canceled due to the escape of four baby pythons from a container in a plane's cargo hold. Qantas bosses said workers discovered that a shipment of 12 non-venomous Stimson pythons in the cargo hold of a plane that arrived in Melbourne from the city of Alice Springs was light four snakes, Britain's The Daily Mail reported Thursday. Officials said the Boeing 737 was grounded after staff members were unable to locate the escaped pythons. At first we...

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2009-03-31 11:41:21

IFC has announced plans to air a six-part documentary series reuniting the surviving members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. USA Today said director Alan Parker's Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) is set to premiere on the channel in October to mark the group's 40th anniversary. The series reportedly will feature appearances by founding Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, as well as interviews with celebrities such as Steve...

2009-03-20 11:14:53

A prop from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail prompted a precautionary evacuation of a London pub, police say. Police in London's Islington district said after water company engineers spotted a copy of the film's Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch while lifting a fire hydrant, the surrounding area was cordoned off, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. The recent bomb scare prompted the nearby Windmill pub to be evacuated as explosive experts were called to the scene. Those experts spent...

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2009-03-16 17:15:00

An Australian woman said a python slithered onto her property and swallowed her 12.8-pound dog. Patty Buntine said she became concerned Wednesday when her Maltese terrier mix, Bindi, did not show up for breakfast at 7 a.m. in her Katherine, Australia, home, the Northern Territory News reported Monday. She was always there so I got worried and went to look for her, she said. "I went around the side of the house and that's when I found the snake. It couldn't move and had its head up in a...

2009-03-01 01:05:00

Monty Python's Life of Brian, a spoof of religious movies, is to be shown openly in a Welsh town this month for the first time in 30 years. The movie -- which tells the story of a boy born in the next stable over from Jesus Christ and ends up crucified while singing Always look on the bright side of life -- was banned in Aberystwyth soon after its release in 1979. As near as anyone can remember, a committee of local religious leaders decided the film was blasphemous. As it happens, the town's...


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2008-11-21 16:21:55

The Children's Python (Antaresia childreni), is a non-venomous python found in Australia. It is found mainly in the extreme north of Western Australia, the northern third of Northern territory, and in northeastern Queensland. It is also found on the islands of the Torres Strait. It was named in honor of John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum around that time. No subspecies are currently recognized. Adults grow to about 30 inches in...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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