Mel Brooks is a national treasure whose comedies have entertained generations of moviegoers — and having just hosted a screening of Blazing Saddles at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last week, Brooks will again play presenter when one of his classics returns to the big screen. On Oct. 5, Fathom Events will bring Brooks’s Young Frankenstein back to theaters, and the writer-director will provide a live-streamed introduction that includes a tour of the 20th Century Fox studio lot where he produced the film.
The world is still adjusting to the devastating news that Gene Wilder died at the age of 83 earlier this week. “I expected he would go, but, I don’t know, when it happens it’s still tremendous, it’s a big shock,” Mel Brooks added. Mel Brooks then recalled how he first met Wilder when he was performing in ‘Mother Courage’ opposite Brook’s late wife Anne Brancoft, and they quickly became close friends.
Blazing Saddles is already pretty rude. The 90-year-old movie legend appeared in front of an audience at the Radio City Music Hall in New York last night, following a special screening of the movie. According to reports, fans clapped as each new character came on screen, the biggest applause being for Gene Wilder, who died last weekend at the age of 83.
The late Gene Wilder’s amazing performance in ‘Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory’ found a new generation of fans after it was turned into one of the internet’s most popular “memes”.There are thousands of memes - usually funny photos with user-generated captions that go “viral” - around the web, but ‘Condescending Wonka’ is one of the funniest.Featuring Wilder’s face from the scene in which he unveils the 'everlasting gobstopper’ in the 1971 movie, it originated as a way to mock newcomers (Wilder’s face underscored with the text 'you must be new here’), but the 'Condescending Wonka’ has long since taken on a life of its own as a way of delivering withering put-downs.Above are some of the finest examples…Image credits: Know Your Meme/Warner Bros
It was in 1991 that Gene Wilder turned in his badge and quit the big screen, his final movie being ‘Another You’ with long-time collaborator Richard Pryor, sadly a critical and box office failure. Speaking to Robert Osbourne on TCM, he explained that it was the lack of quality roles which were coming his way, not to mention their more modern sensibilities.
The legendary Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83. Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee in June, 1933, he took his stage name in his mid-20s from the writer Thomas Wolfe’s character Eugene Gant and the playwright Thornton Wilder. Studying with the revered Lee Strasberg, the father of ‘method acting’, and known for his work with both Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, Wilder will be remembered as one of the truly great comic actors not only of his generation, but of all time.
Gene Wilder, the actor who elevated panic to a comic art form, died on Sunday in Stamford, Conn., from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Wilder was 83.
As part of our series on mind-blowing movie fan theories, we’re changing the way you watch some of Hollywood’s most famous films. - 5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Was A Genius - Amazing Picture Of A Young Benedict Cumberbatch Today – a double! 1971’s ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ and the Johnny Depp remake ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ from 2005. The theory Published in 1964, Roald Dahl’s masterpiece about a reclusive confectionary inventor who hides five Golden Tickets in bars of chocolate around the world so a group of kids can win a visit to his factory has thrilled readers for generations. It’s been adapted for the screen twice – originally starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka and again with Johnny Depp.
The 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel is not just a joyous family film with a stunning lead performance from Gene Wilder, but also one of the creepiest and strangest children’s movies EVER MADE. Frankly, there’s no explanation for this utterly bizarre and startlingly scary sequence, in which the remaining visitors board a paddle boat and go through a tunnel at dizzying speed while Wonka intones a portentous poem and mad images flash up on the walls behind them. - Is Willy Wonka Really A Child Murderer?
In the the horror movie ‘The Forest’ (in theaters now), Natalie Dormer becomes the latest in a long line of actors who’ve had us seeing double as they play identical twins in a movie. Click through for a mini-history of this time-tested cinematic phenomenon.