Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ Will be Re-Released in Theaters for its 40th Anniversary

The original release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian was way back in 1979 and steadily gained a continuously growing fan base over the years. Four decades later it will be re-released for a one night only anniversary screening on April 18, 2019, as reported by Variety. Presently, there will only be 400 movie screens throughout the entire world where the movie will be playing. So, if you are a fan of the comedy troupe or the movie itself then make sure to look up to see if there is a local movie theater in your neighborhood or city that will be showing it. The official website for the anniversary release known as We Want Brian can help with the search for a nearby screening.

Life of Brian is a satirical film about the industry’s fascination with cinematic adaptations of religious stories and the interest by the consumers to continuously visit the local theater to see these movies on the big screen. It is currently available on Netflix for those who cannot wait until April to start watching it again and again.

The Return of the Four Oscar Categories; the Academy Claims ‘Backsies’

After the original announced plan to relegate four popular Oscar categories to be awarded during the televised commercial breaks, the decision has been formally reversed by the Academy on Friday evening after a tremendous backlash it received from its members. In a report from Variety, all 24 categories will be announced live during the televised broadcast, including across all available streaming services who are authorized to carry the video feed of the ceremony.

A formal statement was issued by the organization and posted on their website:

The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.

— Officers of the Board of Governors, The Academy.

These decisions made by the organization have all been with the intended goal to maintain a three hour long televised program; which has been the subject of jokes over the last several years. The original intention to move four of the categories over to a television commercial break, along with the still standing decision not to hire a replacement host after Kevin Hart chose to step down from the role last December, are all steps the organization has taken to cut down any excessive time in order to meet the goal of a three hour long program.

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Oscars 2019: Four Categories Will Take a Back Seat During Ceremony Presentation

Please remember these four categories if you happen to be watching the Academy Awards ceremony on television this year: Makeup & Hair Styling, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Live Action Short. According to the memo written and distributed by the Academy’s president, John Bailey, the announced winners for each category will only occur during the commercial breaks for the linear televised broadcast and then aired as a previously recorded segment later in the broadcast. He then continues on further in hist written statement with the following:

And, with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.

— John Bailey, Academy President.

Based upon the verbiage in the memo, I would presume those outside of the United States will see an uninterrupted (or semi-limited) feed online, whereas American viewers might be subjected to commercials regardless if they are viewing the linear television or the online streaming feed.

It is worth noting, John Bailey is a professional movie cinematographer who has worked on such films as Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire and Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado, among numerous other films. It seems worth noting since Best Cinematography is one of the four categories that will be shown a back seat at the ceremony this year. He has won award recognition for his work, but none of them are an Oscar award issued from the Academy.

The announcement of the 91st Oscar Nominations

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Source: Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.