John Cleese has been defending Monty Python‘s legacy. He was responding to the ludicrous suggestion by the BBC’s Head of Comedy Shane Allen that Monty Python were somehow not “original” because their members were too white, male, and middle class.Allen said: “If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.” and: “And I think we’ve heard the metropolitan, educated experience. I think it’s about how original a voice you have over what school you went to.” Because that’s what we’re all craving, all those of us in Britain who have to fork out £150.50 every year for our obligatory BBC licence fee: “Don’t give us the ‘Knights who say “Ni”‘ or ‘Don’t tell him, Pike!’ or comedy that makes us laugh!”, we are forever yelling at our … [Read more...] about Delingpole: ‘Monty Python Was Too Male, Pale, Stale,’ Says Diversity-Obsessed BBC
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In 2004, former Monty Python actor Eric Idle penned Spamalot, a musical adaptation of the famous film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It’s a clever and ridiculously successful production that went on to win a Tony Award for Best Musical. Now, because time is a flat circle and Hollywood is an ouroboros, Deadline reports that Fox is planning to adapt the adapted musical as yet another film. Spamalot largely follows the plot of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, throwing in a number of other references from the group’s other films and sketch comedy. It follows King Arthur on his quest to unite England by going off in search of the legendary Holy Grail in 932 AD. Along the way, he gathers a motley team of knights, faces off against rude French soldiers armed with bovine catapults, braves bloodthirsty bunny rabbits and inscrutable bridge guards, and soft-shoes through a number of catchy musical numbers. The musical streamlines the film’s story a bit and throws in more than … [Read more...] about Fox is turning Monty Python’s Spamalot into a movie, for some reason?
Apple has made 1080p TV shows and music available for streaming and purchase via the iTunes Store. The price is the same as the previous 720p HD content, but is the image quality better enough to justify the bigger download sizes and increased storage they'll require? First of all it's worth remember that, as of now, only the new iPad and the new Apple TV, in addition to iTunes on the desktop, can even play back 1080p content. If you primarily watch your iTunes TV shows and movies on an iPad 2 and iPhone 4S or older device, 720p is all you can play. That makes the choice simple -- there is none. [Clarification: As pointed out in the comments below, you can load 1080p content onto iPad 2 or iPhone 4S, but the screen density is insufficient to play them at native resolution. For streaming, there's no reason to go 1080p. For purchases, you may want to swallow the size difference and go 1080p simply to future-proof your collection.] If you're getting the new iPad and/or the new Apple TV, … [Read more...] about 1080p iTunes video: Is the difference in image quality worth the difference in file size?
Best Android games introduction It's been ten years since Android was first announced and in that time we've seen hundreds of thousands of games hit the Google Play Store, but obviously not all of them are high quality, and with so many available it can be tricky to make sure you're putting your cash in the right place.Some titles are expensive and nothing more than just poor ports of a console game. Others are only a meagre amount but are genuinely more entertaining and enthralling than anything found on a console a few years ago.When deciding what Android game is best for you, well... you've got a few choices to consider.Firstly, remember that you won't have just one game on the go at any one time. You might have a title that's great for playing on the sofa or commute, and one when queuing at the bank.Some work better with headphones, others don't - and we thoroughly recommend playing through a few regularly to find the games that work the best for you. Nothing better than finding … [Read more...] about The best Android games of 2018: our top picks
Back in the '90s, when Webcams were hot and we used the World-Wide Web Worm as our preferred search engine, I worked for a tiny online village of Apple Mac users called eWorld. Apple dabbled in this easy-to use community between June 1994 and March 1996, and eWorld became my first full-time job in college. From 1995 to 1996, I worked as a Web editor for eWorld in an R&D division of Apple's Electronic Media Lab in Boulder, Colorado. I wrote reviews of websites for the InGuide section of eWorld, which covered topics such as entertainment, education, technology, news, sports, kids' content, lifestyle and gaming. I made sure users could find the best sites, which everyone would share with each other over email, and I did it all on a Power Macintosh 8100, a major improvement from the ancient IBM DOS-only computers I'd written on during my internship at the local paper. Back then, the Internet was just starting to pick up steam, and I couldn't wait to get into the eWorld office every … [Read more...] about My Apple gig: Helping ‘ePeople’ untangle the World Wide Web