The Cricket’s Daily 3: You can help finish Roger Ebert’s documentary
The surviving members of the Monty Python comedy group, from left, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese pose for photographers during a photocall to promote a reunion stage show they are going to perform together, at a hotel in London, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The group had its first big success with the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show, which ran from 1969 until 1974, winning fans around the world with its bizarre sketches. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture:
• Director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and producer Martin Scorsese are launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise $150,000 to finish “Life Itself,” his documentary about the life of movie critic Roger Ebert. [The Huffington Post]
• James McBride’s “The Good Lord Bird” and George Packer’s “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” are among this year’s National Book Award winners. [Vulture]
• Kermit has an evil doppelganger and Tina Fey is a mean Russian -- just two of the revelations of the “Muppets Most Wanted” trailer. [Entertainment Weekly]
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