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The 49-year old actor took his time to talk to reporters on the appropriately-designed “Z-shaped” red carpet, often breaking away to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.
“We’re not doing this small… we’re going big this summer,” Pitt said of the premiere that resembled a music festival.
- Associated Press
The 49-year old actor took his time to talk to reporters on the appropriately-designed "Z-shaped" red carpet, often breaking away to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans.
"We're not doing this small... we're going big this summer," Pitt said of the premiere that resembled a music festival.
Pitt plays a former United Nations investigator who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is threatening to decimate humanity.
"We liked this idea of taking a genre and using that as, I guess, a metaphor for pandemics, and »
“Detecting trace amounts of mental activity, possibly a dead weasel or a cartoon viewer.” That’s a quote from Big Brain, mastermind of the Brain Spawn invasion of Earth in the animated sci-fi spoof Futurama, and it’s characteristic of the show’s self-deprecating humor. But all kidding aside, Futurama has nothing to be modest about. The series, which airs the back half of its final season starting June 19, is an undervalued gem. Its mix of rarefied genre parody and dumbass vaudeville recalls early Mel Brooks and Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker. It’s the kind of show that’ll build an episode around two seemingly disconnected plots (“Fry and Leela’s Big Fling,” the second half of the premiere night’s double feature) and merge them with a Slaughterhouse-Five joke yet stock this same episode with a solid three dozen gags that cry out for rim shots. (My favorite is an early bit, »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
When director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up in 2005 to make a new version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka was not pleased. Gene Wilder, who’d famously portrayed the reclusive candyman in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory condemned the idea of revisiting the classic, and accused the filmmakers of doing it for the money. “It’s just some people sitting around thinking, ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake Willy Wonka? I don’t see the point of going back and doing it all over again, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Gene Wilder doesn't think he's funny -- at least not in real life.
"[People] say, 'What a comic, what a funny guy,' and I'm not -- I am really not -- except in a comedy film," said the actor, who made a rare public appearance Thursday night (June 13) at the 92Y in New York City. "I also make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special."
It's a bit odd to hear Wilder, known for playing comedic roles in films, including "Blazing Saddles," "The Producers," and "Young Frankenstein," to say something like this. Then again, Wilder always was a dramatic actor at heart, studying at renown institutions the Old Vic, in England, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio, in New York, before earning acclaim in his now classic comedies.
Last night, Wilder spoke about his career in and outside of show business, with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osbourne. »
- Alex Suskind
Listen to (and share) episode 30 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the fevered campaign attending the opening week of Emmy nominations voting; Behind The Candelabra, The Bible and other contenders for Emmy Best Movie or Miniseries; Mel Brooks and his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; and the week’s notable movies, led by one Man Of Steel, along with the apocalyptic comedy This Is The End and two terrific specialty-market releases, Sofia Coppola’s tale of true crime and celebrity culture The Bling Ring and a fine look at the backing singers for countless rock music hits, 20 Feet From Stardom. Deadline Awards Watch, Episode 30 (MP3 format) Deadline Awards Watch, Episode 30 (MP4a format) The M4A version of this podcast is designed to run on any device using Apple’s iTunes software, and includes enhanced graphics and »
- PETE HAMMOND
Ph: Emily Shur
TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, a star-studded special celebrating the comedy legend. The highest honor for a career in the movies, the American Film Institute bestowed the honor on Brooks during a black-tie gala held in Hollywood on June 6. Many of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out for the tribute, which will premiere on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.(Et/Pt) and encore on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. (Et) as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks.
Among the more than 1,000 guests gathered for Brooks were Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Jon Avnet, Roger Bart, Richard Benjamin, James L Brooks, Billy Crystal, Sasha Baron Cohen, Stuart Cornfeld, Bob Daly, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Eugenio Derbez, Carey Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Marshall Herskovitz, Dustin Hoffman, »
- Melissa Thompson
For years now — especially since The Sopranos ushered in a new era of smart, complex, visually sumptuous television programming — Hollywood insiders and consumers alike have been saying that TV is a better avenue for gripping, intelligent entertainment than film. (EW actually declared this to be true way back in 1995, four years before David Chase’s mob series debuted.)
The directors had teamed up for a chat about the state of the film industry at the University of Southern California. (The »
- Hillary Busis
Back in the summer of 2012, one of comedy’s biggest names found a new home for himself: the Internet. And now he’s back for more.
On Thursday afternoon, Jerry Seinfeld — the man synonymous with sponge-worthiness, close talkers, and pretty much any television comedy catchphrase in the late ’90s — will unveil the first episode of the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show’s title is very literal: Each episode pairs Seinfeld with another comedian, puts them in a cool old car, and features a conversation over caffeinated beverages.
The concept is simple, but the results are often thrilling. »
- Kyle Anderson
It seems that "Young Frankenstein" is all grown up! Retired actor, comedian and author Gene Wilder celebrates his 80th birthday today. Best known for his roles as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" and as Jim in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," he had a successful film, television and stage presence that spanned decades before he decided to retire over 10 years ago. Wilder has since turned to writing memoirs, stories and novels, but can still celebrate a legendary comedic career as well as a happy 80th birthday.
- Samantha Toscano
A brilliant performance by Michael Douglas illuminates an affectionate and funny portrait of the flamboyant entertainer
Liberace was a fabulously rich, self-created midwesterner, the child of humble immigrant parents known for his extravagant lifestyle and vulgar tastes, as well as his worship of the American dream and the mystery in which he was wrapped. He was in effect a gay Jay Gatsby. His life was not, however, tragic, that is until his death of an Aids-related illness at 67, and he can be considered a success in that he achieved the acclaim and celebrity he had always dreamed of, and he died believing that he had taken the secret of his homosexuality to the grave.
Steven Soderbergh's cinebiography of Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, is (so he claims) his final movie, and it had to be made for America's HBO network because no Hollywood studio would finance a film for the »
- Philip French
The top stories of the week from Toh! Features: Ribald Mel Brooks AFI Tribute, from Scorsese and De Niro to Silverman Immersed in Movies: Shooting Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" in Black-and-White Reviews: Review: "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie" Charts the Rise and Fall of One of TV's Most Controversial Figures Review: "Free China": A Struggle for the Future of China's Soul Review: "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" One of the Most Important Documentaries of the Year Review: Joss Whedon's Verily Updated "Much Ado About Nothing" (Video) Review Roundup: Critics Divided on Brad Pitt's "World War Z" -- Tepid or Thrilling? Updated Review: "The Internship" Stars Vaughn and Wilson in Profoundly Unfunny Google Comedy Interviews: 'Precious' Writer Geoffrey Fletcher Talks Directorial Debut "Violet & Daisy" "World War Z" Composer Marco Beltrami Had to Pull Back "Aggressive" Score, Featuring Skulls, Emergency Sirens Television: "Game of Thrones »
AFI and A-listers from the TV and film comedy community bestowed the godfather of modern comedy, Mel Brooks, with AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night. Whether you'll be watching it when it airs on TNT on June 15 or were in the room yourself, here's what you missed or won't see on TV. Above: Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, and Sacha Baron Cohen. AFI regular Judd Apatow is "just like us." He arrived early to mingle and brought his daughter Maude over to meet Sarah Silverman at a centerfield »
- Mikey Glazer
World War Z book vs. movie (and World War Z poster above and Wwz trailer below) Written by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft), the World War Z book, a mix of apocalyptic horror and sociopolitical satire, shows what happens to Planet Earth following a zombie pandemic, possibly to have begun in China. Set in various parts of the world, World War Z tracks humans’ attempts to prevent (or at least control) imminent Zombageddon. However, in the movie — it’s a megabudget Hollywood production, after all — instead of various stories set around the globe, we have one (male) all-American hero (in the person of a long-haired Brad Pitt) who once again comes to the rescue of the Whole Wide World. Needless to say, the political overtones found in the World War Z book have been dropped, as Wwz is a Summer Movie and most moviegoers don’t »
- Zac Gille
The Tony Awards are this weekend, and we can't help but wonder which big names have not only landed a Tony in the past, but are also almost in the Egot club: that's a Tony, Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy. The title is Hollywood's grand slam of awards, and only a handful of celebrities (like Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mel Brooks) have made the list. For now, Kate Winslet only needs to round out her award collection with a Tony, while Adele is halfway there with her Grammy wins and her Oscar for "Skyfall" this year. Click through to see what it will take for stars like Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, and more to join the highly coveted ranks, and make sure to check out which stars hit it big on Broadway before the show this weekend! View Slideshow › »
- Ivana Dukanovic
XOExOh no. Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancee, Molly McNearney, were spotted taking a very awkward group shot with Kimmel's ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman at AFI's 41st Life Achievement Award Tribute to Mel Brooks. Kimmel and Silverman dated for five years up until 2009 while Kimmel and McNearney have been engaged since August 2012.
But ever the amicable exes, Silverman and Kimmel seem to have maintained a good relationship, with fairly regular gags on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- from the viral "I'm F***King Matt Damon" to Matt Damon's more recent takeover of the show, in which Silverman made an appearance.
You decide: forced smiles or totally awkward?
- Todd Van Luling
Though the film stars an Australian and a Brit — Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins — it’s the first Allen joint in four years that’s actually set stateside. The story follows an American-accented Blanchett as Jasmine, a socialite who moves from New York City to San Francisco after she and her wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) lose all their money. (Baldwin doesn’t seem to make the trip with Blanchett; he appears to be a Bernie Madoff-type figure. »
- Hillary Busis
On Thursday night, Poehler and fellow comedian Nick Kroll made their “debut as a couple,” to borrow Us Weekly’s language, at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala in Hollywood. The magazine reports that Kroll, who stars on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, and Poehler have been dating for a few months. Poehler and Arnett separated last September. If you’re a Parks and Rec fan, the takeaway here is that Leslie Knope is getting serious with The Douche! What would Ann say?
On Parks and Recreation, »
- Erin Strecker
Los Angeles (AP) — Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it. Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers." De Niro asked whether there was a casting-couch process he could participate in, and Freeman quipped, "I've never even been on the same bus as Mel Brooks." Still, they thanked him for »
- Sandy Cohen (AP)
Amy Poehler and new boyfriend Nick Kroll made their first public debut when they attended AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Mel Brooks in Hollywood yesterday. The two stars have reportedly been dating since April, but they have been friends for years before they got romantic. Amy and Nick met at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Nick recently admitted that he always had a crush on her, saying, "There are people you have crushes on because they’re physically attractive, and there are people you just have comedy crushes on, and they’re constantly intersecting. I had comedy crushes on men and women at [Ucb]. And I think it’s fair to say that everyone who meets Amy has a crush on her." Amy and Nick weren't the only funny couple at the bash, which included an appearance by Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, who recently costarred with Amy's ex-husband, »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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