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The reunion Mick Jagger didn't want to see: The Rutles to reunite at 30th anniversary film festival celebration

The four original Rutles - who are reuniting for their 30th anniversary at the Mods & Rockers Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday March 17th - in a scene from their 1978 film "All You Need Is Cash." Front - seated John Halsey (as Barry Wom). Back row (left-to-right) Eric Idle (as Dirk McQuickly), Ricky Fataar (as Stig O'Hara), Neil Innes (as Ron Nasty). Photographer: David Strickland. Copyright: 1978 Broadway Video
Update (4/1/08)
  • A Fan's Eye View of Rutlemania, with pictures and a review, from Pythononline by friend of the site Jeff Slate. Video links: "Love Life," "Cheese and Onions,"
  • There are also several Rutlemania clips on YouTube.
  • A friend with Jeff, Olivia and Dhani at a recent screening of "All You Need Is Cash" in Los Angeles from Beatle Photo Blog.

    Update (3/30/08)

  • A blogger's review of Rutlemania on LiveJournal.

    Update (3/29/08)

  • A review of Rutlemania from the Washington Post.
  • Newark Star-Ledger: The real faux Fab Four

    Update (3/20/08)

  • Here's an exclusive report from JamesRiz, who attended the Rutles reunion:

    There was a VIP reception before the film was shown at the Egyptian Theater. Martin Lewis hosted the event. Attending the reception, among others, was Jeff Lynne, Andy Summers, Eric Idle, Rutles drummer John Halsey, Peter Asher and film director Mark Romanek (his credits include the wonderful Johnny Cash video, "Hurt"). They introduced the Rutles themselves before the film started, though they didn't answer questions until after it. There were some brief comments before the original film as it aired on "Saturday Night Live" and the Lorne Michaels introduction. Then a short 1990 retrospective with Eric talking about the Rutles, then "All You Need Is Cash" was shown.

    Following that, the Rutles answered questions from Martin Lewis. Neil and Eric were effusive in their praise for each other. Eric discussed how the first Rutles film came about after Lorne Michaels offered U.S. financing, which was when things began to take off. Neil mentioned that the songs were written in a compressed period of time, most within a two-week period. Eric told a funny story that after the film was out, he and Neil were at George Harrison's house and Ringo happened to be there. Ringo and George sang "Ouch" to Neil and Eric. Eric thought it was rather remarkable that they had the fake John and Paul with the real George and Ringo. Eric remarked he thought they should form a group and call it the Brutles.

    Eric talked about the "Rutlemania" live show being put on in New York and Los Angeles. Eric said he had seen the Beatles tribute group the Fab Four at a party and really liked them. One of the things the group did at the party was play three Rutles songs. He envisioned this Rutlemania show and thought of them. So the Fab Four -- a Beatle tribute group -- is performing as the Rutles, a group based on a parody of the Beatles. For the finale, Martin Lewis introduced the Fab Four as the Rutles, who played Rutles songs for the crowd.

  • More links from the Edmonton Sun, LAist, PR-Inside, Entertainment Weekly.

    Update (3/17/08)

  • More Rutles links:

  • Los Angeles Times, Variety (1), Variety (2), Variety (3), Variety (4).


    QUESTION: Why do you think the Rutles broke up?
    MICK JAGGER: Why do I think they did? Why did the Rutles break up? Women. Just women getting in the way. Cherchez la femme you know.
    QUESTION: Do you think they'll ever get back together again?
    MICK: I hope not.
    -- From "All You Need Is Cash"

    A press release:


    Mods & Rockers Film Festival Salutes Rutles 30th Anniversary Original Members Reunite For Screening Celebration

    Los Angeles - Monday March 3, 2008 --- March sees the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the Rutles film "All You Need Is Cash". (World Premiere: NBC - Wednesday March 22nd 1978). To celebrate this landmark occasion - the Hollywood-based Mods & Rockers Film Festival is presenting the official celebration of the Rutles' 30th anniversary with a gala event at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It will take place on Monday March 17th 2008.

    There will be a screening of the digitally-restored 1978 version of the film. There will also be a treasure trove of Rutles rarities that will be presented at the event including the rarely-seen 1975 British TV skit that inspired the film, Rutles-related footage from "Saturday Night Live" (1976 & 1977) and highlights from the 2003 film "Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch".

    The four Rutles - Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey (Dirk, Nasty, Stig, & Barry respectively) - will be the guests of honor at the event - with other key members of the Rutles production team also invited.

    The Rutles will partake in a Q&A after the film with Mods & Rockers producer/host Martin Lewis - who produced the Rutles second album "Archaeology" in 1996. And the evening may also feature a couple of musical surprises!

    Many celebrities have appeared in Rutles films and music videos over the years including: Robin Williams o Steve Martin o George Harrisono Mick Jagger o David Bowie o Peter Gabriel o Ron Wood o Bill Murray o John Belushi o Dan Aykroyd o Billy Connolly o Jimmy Fallon o Tom Hanks o Conan O'Brien o Carrie Fisher o Bill Maher o Graham Nash o Bonnie Raitt o Dave Stewart o Slash o Paul Simon (see full list below)

    The Mods & Rockers Film Festival has been presented by the American Cinematheque since 1999 and has become America's largest and most influential festival of rock-culture films. In addition to its annual summer season, the festival also presents special events such as anniversary screenings and premieres.

    Tickets for the event go on sale immediately. $10. ($8 for students/seniors o $7 for Cinematheque members).

    Full Details and ticket purchase:

      *What: 30th Anniversary screening of the 1978 Rutles film "All You Need Is Cash" *When: Monday March 17th 2008 - 7:30pm *Where: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard - Hollywood * (2 blocks east of Highland Avenue) *Who: The Rutles: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, John Halsey *Hosts: The Mods & Rockers Festival at The American Cinematheque *Tickets: $10. ($8 for students/seniors o $7 for Cinematheque members) *Details: *Phone: 323 461 2020 (press: 3 - then press 1 - then press 5)

      *ORIGINAL FILM (1978) "All You Need Is Cash" *COMEDIANS/ACTORS: Michael Palin o Dan Aykroyd o Bill Murray o Al Franken o John Belushi o Gilda Radner *MUSICIANS: George Harrison o Mick Jagger o Paul Simon o Ron Wood *OTHERS: Bianca Jagger o Lorne Michaels *
      *SEQUEL FILM (2002) "Can't Buy Me Lunch" *COMEDIANS/ACTORS: Robin Williams o Steve Martin o Billy Connolly o Jimmy Fallon o Garry Shandling o Kevin Nealon o Conan O'Brien o Carrie Fisher o Catherine O'Hara *MUSICIANS: David Bowie o Graham Nash o Bonnie Raitt o Dave Stewart o James Taylor o Jewel *OTHERS: Mike Nichols o Jann Wenner o Salman Rushdie *
      *MUSIC VIDEO for "ARCHAEOLOGY" (1996) "Shangri-La" *MUSICIANS: Peter Gabriel o Graham Nash o Cyndi Lauper o Slash o Ben E. King o Richie Havens o Gloria Gaynor o Al Jardine o David Sanborn o Corey Glover o Aimee Mann o Michael Penn o Stephen Bishop o Paul Williams o Nancy Sinatra o Pat Boone o Eartha Kitt *COMEDIANS/ACTORS: Richard Belzer o Janeane Garofalo o Bill Maher o Taylor Negron *

    The Mods & Rockers Film Festival was launched in 1999 and has grown to become America's largest annual festival of rock-culture films. Over 300 films have been screened since 1999 - including many premieres and lost treasures. In addition to the annual summer festival - the festival present occasional special events during the year. The festival is produced and hosted by its co-founder Martin Lewis.

    The festival has always attracted major celebrities who appear as special guests to discuss films with which they have been associated. Guests who have made in-person appearances since 1999 include:

    Musicians, Composers & Actors Eric Burdon o Grace Slick o Donovan o Roger Daltrey o Michelle Phillips o Micky Dolenz o Spencer Davis o Howard Kaylan (The Turtles) o Keith Emerson (ELP) o Solomon Burke o Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) o Andy Summers o Denny Laine o Peter Noone o Nancy Sinatra o Rod McKuen o Barry McGuire o Olivia Newton-John o Lynn Redgrave o Michael York o Judy Geeson o Eleanor Bron o Michael Des Barres o Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller o Bill Nighy o Strawberry Alarm Clock o Peter Asher o Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) o Laurence Juber (Wings) o Jamie Farr o The Comets o Neal Hefti o Leigh Taylor-Young o Lee Meriwether o Pat Quinn o Justin Henry

    Directors, Producers & Writers Michael Lindsay-Hogg o Barbet Schroeder o Jeff Stein o Walter Shenson o Roger Corman o Dick Clement o Russ Meyer o Jay Roach o Paul Mazursky o Joe Massot o Murray Lerner o Val Guest o Dick Clement & Ian LaFrenais o Jerzy Skolimowski o Jim McBride o Allan Arkush o D.A. Pennebaker o Tony Palmer

    ABOUT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported, cultural organization dedicated exclusively to the public presentation on the big screen of the Moving Picture in all its forms. It is widely regarded as the premier organization of its kind in America. The American Cinematheque was founded in 1981 - and it presents festivals and retrospectives that screen the best of worldwide cinema, video and television from the past and present - ranging from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. The Cinematheque's festivals and programs are presented at its two permanent homes in Los Angeles: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood (first opened in 1922) and The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (first opened in 1940).

    - Press links:

    - Los Angeles Times: Rutlemania returns: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on March 17.
    - Variety: Rutles to reunite: Mock rockers team for 30th anniversary
    - Hollywood Reporter: Rutles reuniting for 'Cash' bash

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