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Why Blazing Saddles Would Never Be Made Today, According To Mel Brooks

16 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mel Brooks thinks Blazing Saddles would never exist in the current social climate, and he has reasons. »

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Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles Would Never Be Made Today

23 September 2017 6:39 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Mel Brooks says his classic Western spoof Blazing Saddles would never get made today because of the 'stupidly politically correct' culture. »

- Timothy Lammers

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Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

23 September 2017 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate.

The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, calling it “the death of comedy.”

“No, no, I mean maybe ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Maybe a few. But never ‘Blazing Saddles,’ because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” he said when asked if he thinks he could get films like “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” or “Young Frankenstein” made today. “It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”

Blazing Saddles,” a Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, starring »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Mel Brooks Says ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today Because Political Correctness ‘Is the Death of Comedy’

23 September 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Blazing Saddles” has long been considered an all-time-great comedy, as have several other movies directed by Mel Brooks. In a new BBC Radio 4 interview, the revered actor and filmmaker was asked whether he thought he’d be able to make such films as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” today. His response touched on a hot topic in the comedy world of late: political correctness.

Read More:Mel Brooks Jokes With President Obama as He Receives Medal of Arts at White House

“Maybe ‘Young Frankenstein,’ but never ‘Blazing Saddles,’” said Brooks. “Because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. »

- Michael Nordine

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Mel Brooks says he couldn't have made Blazing Saddles in our "stupidly politically correct" society

22 September 2017 2:32 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Blazing Saddles is arguably Mel Brooks’ masterpiece, a deft blending of Western parody, Looney Tunes silliness, and razor-sharp racial satire into one enduring, Frankie Laine-crooned package. It’s also a work full of elements that can make it hard for modern audiences to fully embrace it, thanks to the numerous racial…

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- William Hughes

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Rob Sheffield on Emmys 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Sean Spicer Suck-Up

18 September 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"This is TV's highest honor – us celebrating us," Stephen Colbert announced at the start of the 2017 Emmy Awards. "Tonight, we binge ourselves." It was a joke about smug self-congratulation probably intended to sound more ironic than it did. The Emmy ceremony, as always, was a night of the television world celebrating itself as the best Western civilization has to offer, not to mention an all-around swell bunch of people. The ego in the room was a marvel to behold – even when Seth MacFarlane wasn't onscreen. Colbert did his best with his Trump gags, »

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Mary Goldberg, Casting Director of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Alien,’ Dies at 72

11 September 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mary Goldberg, casting director of films including “Amadeus” and “Alien,” died Sept. 7 at her home in Ojai, Calif., following a short battle with lung cancer. She was 72.

Goldberg’s career spanned the New York theater community and the West Coast film industry, but she is best known for casting talent. She began her career in the early 1970s as an assistant to Bernard Gersten, the Public Theater’s associate producer, and became the Shakespeare Festival’s head of casting for both the Public Theater in downtown New York and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 1973. There, Goldberg assembled the casts of plays including “Two Gentlemen of Verona” starring Raul Julia, “King Lear” starring James Earl Jones, and “Much Ado About Nothing” starring Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widdoes.

From 1973 until 1975, Goldberg was also casting director for the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, managed by the New York Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp’s direction. At »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Mary Goldberg, Casting Director of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Alien,’ Dies at 72

11 September 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mary Goldberg, casting director of films including “Amadeus” and “Alien,” died Sept. 7 at her home in Ojai, Calif., following a short battle with lung cancer. She was 72.

Goldberg’s career spanned the New York theater community and the West Coast film industry, but she is best known for casting talent. She began her career in the early 1970s as an assistant to Bernard Gersten, the Public Theater’s associate producer, and became the Shakespeare Festival’s head of casting for both the Public Theater in downtown New York and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 1973. There, Goldberg assembled the casts of plays including “Two Gentlemen of Verona” starring Raul Julia, “King Lear” starring James Earl Jones, and “Much Ado About Nothing” starring Sam Waterston and Kathleen Widdoes.

From 1973 until 1975, Goldberg was also casting director for the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, managed by the New York Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp’s direction. At »

- Rebecca Rubin

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Five of Our Favorite Mel Brooks Movie Scenes of All-Time

11 September 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

He’s the master of slapstick and one of the reasons why comedy is still such an interesting genre. Mel Brooks has made some seriously controversial movies in his life but the truth of the matter is that every single one of them has had merit in some way or another. He’s dealt with realistic issues and even tackled some of the more uncomfortable truths of the world in many different ways but he’s always been able to make us laugh along the way. It’s surprising to find that some people don’t take his work that seriously and think he’s not

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’

8 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Consistently ahead of his time, political satirist and “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci — who forecast a female President that was not to be — has been developing “The Death of Stalin” since long before the current swell of anti-Russian sentiment hit American shores. While it’s unclear whether the country’s recent election-meddling shenanigans will make this defiantly anti-commercial comedy any more appealing to viewers (it seems a stretch), Iannucci certainly deserves credit for even attempting to tackle a movie whose very existence sounds like a joke: If only the end result were as funny as the idea that anyone would undertake a film about the turmoil surrounding the Soviet despot’s demise.

Though sporadically brilliant, this too-often uneven send-up of Russian politics attempts to maintain the rapid-fire, semi-improvisational style of Iannucci’s earlier work — most notably his revolutionary 2009 feature “In the Loop,” still the most delightfully madcap comedy of the last decade — while situating such madness within an »

- Peter Debruge

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Stephen King talks Skarsgard's Pennywise, Stranger Things, & clown sightings

6 September 2017 2:53 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

In the immortal words of Mel Brooks as King Louis XVI in History Of The World Part 1, "It's good to be the king." This is what I'd imagine the legendary best-selling author Stephen King says to himself at the beginning of every morning. The man has built quite the legacy for himself over the years, and has served as an inspiration to many as they've explored and... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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La Poison

4 September 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

La Poison 

Blu-ray

Criterion

1951 / 1:33 / Street Date August 22, 2017

Starring: Michel Simon, Germaine Reuver

Cinematography: Jean Bachelet

Film Editor: Raymond Lamy

Written by Sacha Guitry

Produced by Jean Le Duc, Alain Poiré

Music: Louiguy

Directed by Sacha Guitry

One of the most insightful commentaries on Sacha Guitry’s La Poison can be found right there on the cover of Criterion’s beautiful new blu ray release, a typically “warts and all” portrait by Drew Freidman of the film’s stars, Michel Simon and Germaine Reuver. The film’s diabolic mix of humor and horror is illuminated by Freidman’s precise rendering of Simon’s sagging jowls, Reuver’s venomous stare and the dingy trappings of the cramped little kitchen that threatens to suffocate these damned souls before they can get around to killing each other.

Filmed in just eleven days in 1951 by the speedy Guitry, La Poison tells the story of »

- Charlie Largent

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‘Bourne’ Director Paul Greengrass to Receive BFI Fellowship

29 August 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass will receive the BFI Fellowship at this year’s 61st BFI London Film Festival. The BAFTA-winning filmmaker will be presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honor – awarded in recognition of a person’s outstanding contribution to film and television – at the festival’s award ceremony Oct. 14.

Josh Berger, chair of the BFI, said Greengrass was “a director, writer and producer whose skill for storytelling is as powerful and courageous as the stories and figures he brings to life in the cinema and on the small screen.”

“As a filmmaker, Paul has been a true pioneer, bringing his instinct and experience from making hard-hitting programs into the world of cinema,” Berger said in a statement. “His distinct ability to combine the visceral with the cerebral and offer a nuanced picture of heroism has injected a bold new realism into action thriller movies, leaving audiences around the world transfixed and eager for more »

- Robert Mitchell

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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

27 August 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Box Office Disaster: Lackluster Releases, Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey Create Slowest Weekend in Over 15 Years

27 August 2017 7:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s no getting around it: this weekend’s domestic box office is a catastrophe.

In the grand scheme, it can seem like a small issue when compared with Hurricane Harvey — the deadly natural disaster that tore through the Gulf Coast of Texas on Friday, dumping more than 20 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. But Harvey also had at least some impact on the business, forcing theater closures in South Texas. Still, the degree to which the storm hurt the bottom line of moviegoing is up for debate.

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Another factor under inspection is Saturday evening’s Ufc match which saw Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor with a 10th-round Tko. The fight was estimated to reap as much as $1 billion in revenues, and among the biggest pay-per-view draws in history. Numbers regarding the amount of viewers will be released later in the week »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Leap!’ Review: Take The Chance

26 August 2017 2:48 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The new animated film Leap! has a strange, and storied background -- and we're not even talking about the film's story. Leap! was originally released last year in Europe under the title Ballerina, to great critical acclaim. It opened in Canada earlier this year, but didn't get an American release until after it was purchased by The Weinstein Company and certain roles were recast (or, in the case, re-recorded). Now, after almost a year, Leap! is finally in theaters and American audiences get the chance to jump into a charming and fun tale of girl chasing her dreams on the streets of 19th century Paris.

Leap! stars Elle Fanning as the voice of Felicie, an orphan who loves to dance, and Nat Wolff as the voice of Victor, a budding inventor who dreams of going to Paris to invent a better world. Felicie and Victor run away from the orphanage »

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‘Leap’ Review: Elle Fanning Is an Orphan With Ballerina Dreams in this Flat-Footed Animation

25 August 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Generations apart, but connected by chutzpah and talent, Mel Brooks and Kate McKinnon have two of the most signature voices in comedy. Now, try to identify their characters in “Leap!,” the latest mediocrity for children from the Weinstein Company.

Either they were both so ashamed by the humorless script that they masked their voices well, or it’s impossible to imagine either one in the movie’s shockingly lifeless version of 1880s Paris. Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin from a script by Summer, Laurent Zeitoun, and Carol Noble, this filmmaking-by-committee approach ensured “Leap!” got tugged in a million different directions — and none of them good. The movie is weighed down by too many secondary characters, which only serve to dissipate their flickering charms. No one in the film, even our heroine, gets more than a hint of backstory as the single-minded plot careens toward its predictable conclusion.

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- Jude Dry

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Mayweather-McGregor, Hurricane Harvey to Pummel Box Office

25 August 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight and Hurricane Harvey hurting moviegoing, holdovers “The Hitman's Bodyguard” and “Annabelle: Creation” are leading a disastrous weekend at the U.S. box office.

In fact, the Friday to Sunday frame in shaping up to be the worst of the year. According to early Friday estimates, both titles should finish in the $7 million range — by far the lowest gross for a weekend winner this year. The previous low mark was set during Super Bowl weekend on Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, when the third frame of “Split” led with $14.4 million.

Texas theaters are closing as the hurricane approaches, but one studio exec said the overall impact on the nation’s moviegoing business will be “minimal.” The Category 3 storm has already closed theaters in Corpus Christi, Texas City, Victoria, Lake Jackson, and Bay City.

“Regionally, the storm will have an impact, but the fight is a bigger threat to the overall box »

- Dave McNary

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Video Movie Review: Leap! (2017): Graceful Animation, But Clumsy Acting

25 August 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Leap! (2017) Video Movie Review, a L’Atelier Animation movie directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin and starring Elle Fanning as Felicie, Nat Wolff as Victor, Mel Brooks as Luteau, Carly Rae Jespen as Odette and Kate McKinnon as Regine. In this video review, I delve into Eric Summer and Éric Warin’s Leap! and discuss the film’s story, [...]

Continue reading: Video Movie Review: Leap! (2017): Graceful Animation, But Clumsy Acting »

- Mathieu Brunet

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Film Review: Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet in ‘Leap!’

25 August 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the rites of passage for most girls in the U.S.(and elsewhere, I presume) is ballet lessons. Usually it lasts for a very short time, but some girls-to-women keep pursuing it, and may even become prima ballerinas. A new animated film named “Leap!” is dedicated to that spirit.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The headline is a lyric quote from “A Chorus Line” and their magnificent song “At the Ballet,” about the longing and destiny of dance. There is a bit of that in “Leap!,” but mostly it deals with the usual plucky-orphan-sticking-it-to-the-man and becoming a ballerina against all odds. And since it works at a kid’s level, the story is nothing to write home about. But the choreography is the thing in this one, as the animators used the exquisite movements of ballerinas and reproduced them in cartoon characters. For every little girl who has taken the dance stage, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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