It's a huge day for British news outlets and comedy lovers of a specific stripe: The five living members of Monty Python have announced a plan to reassemble. "We're getting together and putting on a show — it's real," Terry Jones told the BBC. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!" Nothing thrills the fan base and inspires confidence like a little self-deprecation disguised as a cash grab — unless it's the other way around. Jones will be accompanied by John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin, none of whom are Sirs/Knights. Their average age on this day is 71.4; their average age on Friday will be 71.6. The five last gathered at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998; it looked fun. There are no details on what the next reunion will look like.
He flirted with villainhood as a robber in A River Runs Through ItThe River Wild and a dancing miscreant in Footloose, but now Kevin Bacon seems to have fully embraced unlikability: He'll follow his roles as a Nazi in X-Men: First Class and the guy who wrecks Steve Carell's marriage in Crazy, Stupid, Love. with one as the bad guy in Robert Schwentke's (Flightplan, Red) comic-adapted supernatural actioner R.I.P.D., about a murdered cop (Ryan Reynolds) who joins other undead officers in the Rest In Peace Department, then tries to catch the guy who killed him (Bacon, presumably). Grade: B+ [Variety]
Terry Gilliam is developing another movie, this one an adaptation of Paul Auster's highly Gilliam-y novel Mr. Vertigo, about a levitating sideshow performer and the mentor who teaches him to fly. Even Gilliam sounds doubtful that this project will ever advance beyond the screenplay he's writing, but just to be safe, everybody should probably buy more insurance. Grade: B+ [Playlist]