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We're big fans of Monty Python around here (and really, who isn't?) and were reminded of their greatness when tickets were posted for a few shows featuring Python members John Cleese & Eric Idle. But rather than rehashing what makes Monty Python and the Holy Grail the standard by which all comedic films since have been judged, we're offering up 10 things you probably don't know about Monty Python. Or maybe you do, whatever.

10. Terry Gilliam et al., v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (1976)

Monty Python helped bring about a piece of legislation relating to how performers and networks deal with creative works. In 1975, while Monty Python’s Flying Circus was still on the air from the BBC, the team attempted to stop ABC (The American Broadcasting Company) from airing a special edition of Flying Circus on American television. Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam went before the court claiming that ABC’s edits of their work, e.g. that the network stiffs had “cut out all the rude bits,” and caused the resultant sketches to be soundly unfunny. And while the duo didn’t get a favorable ruling in time to stop ABC from massacring their work on air, by showing the original sketches followed by the edited versions to the court, they proved their point and set a landmark legal precedent: creative owners of a project now have protected rights and their works cannot be butchered simply because of what network executives decree. In essence, the precedent protects the integrity of creative works.

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It’s been eight years since Janet Jackson has released an album and four years since she has toured, however that is all about to change. Two weeks ago, Janet Jackson officially confirmed she would be releasing a new album this fall. The album, which will be her eleventh, is still untitled, but it will be released under Jackson’s newly formed record label, Rhythm Nation, a BMG subsidiary. Though this was big news for Jackson fans, it wasn’t the only official announcement the pop diva had up her sleeve. Earlier this week, Jackson announced she will embark on a tour this fall in support of her new album.


King James and Cavs Looking To Stay Alive In NBA Finals

It ain't bragging when you can back it up, and with Cavaliers superstar LeBron James' otherworldly NBA Finals numbers of 37 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, what more is there to say?

And so, even with his team down, 3-2, and on the brink of elimination, who's really going to argue when James boldly declares he's still the best the game has to offer?

Besides, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors will gladly cede King James that distinction for the right to hoist the franchise's first Larry O'Brien title in more than four decades.

Quicken Loans Arena will be rocking come Tuesday night when the two teams collide before what's almost certain to be an overflow crowd that will be ready to pull out all the stops in aiding the host Cavs in trying to extend the series to a winner take-all Game 7. Game 6 tickets' average prices at the moment are $670.01, with a get-in price of $264*.


US Open

This year’s United States Open Golf Championship will be played at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington—making it the first time the tournament has been played in the Pacific Northwest in its history. It will also be the highest-priced US Open on the secondary ticketing market for golf fans wanting to see the best players in the world live and in person.


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The Long Road from Actor to Rapper

It happens more than you might think: actors or actresses who decide they want to make a name for themselves in music - some successful, others not so much. Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, and Justin Timberlake are a few who made it. However, there’s another actor-turned-successful-musician who stands out. His name is Aubrey Graham, known to most of us as Drake. Why didn’t I mention him in the same breath as the others? The answer is simple, Drake’s work as an actor didn’t directly lead to a record contract, like his previous mentioned counterparts.



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