John Cleese turns 74 today, which is great because it gives us all an excuse to enjoy this clip from the Life of Brian and contemplate all the wonderful things the Romans have done for us.


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I am putting together a presentation on "Mary-Sue" characters in modern pop culture, and I need some good relevant examples. I am for sure going to be talking about Bella from the Twilight series as well as Clary from the Mortal Instruments books, but I am drawing a blank for more examples. For TV, I was thinking about using the Karen character from SMASH (whom I detested), but I am really looking for some film examples and examples of male characters who fit the stereotype as well. Can you think of any?