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Watch Mel Brooks Heartbreakingly Remember Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’ (Video)

31 August 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mel Brooks was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Tuesday and took the opportunity to remember his friend Gene Wilder. The two had been friends and collaborators for nearly 50 years before Wilder’s death earlier this week. “He was sick and I knew it,” Brooks said. “I expected it — I expected he would go, but I dunno, when it happens, it’s still tremendous. It’s a big shock. I can’t call him.” Brooks and Wilder met when Brooks’ wife Anne Bancroft was doing a play with Wilder. “He came backstage and I got to know him a little bit, »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Newswire: Mel Brooks reminisces about Gene Wilder on The Tonight Show

31 August 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Get out your tissues, it’s story time with Mel Brooks. During a The Tonight Show appearance last night, comedy’s brilliant Jewish grandpa shared delightful anecdotes about his dear friend and collaborator Gene Wilder, who died earlier this week at the age of 83. “I expected he would go, but, I don’t know, when it happens it’s still tremendous, it’s a big shock,” he said. “I’m still reeling from no more Gene. I can’t call him. He was such a wonderful part of my life.” No, you’re weeping.

Brooks then described how he met Wilder when Wilder was performing in a production of Mother Courage with Brooks’ late wife Anne Bancroft. He went on to explain how Wilder “burst into tears” after being told that The Producers was going to happen, discussed the casting process for Young Frankenstein, and, of course, did a ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Mel Brooks Pays Tribute to Gene Wilder on ‘The Tonight Show’: ‘I’m Still Reeling’ — Watch

31 August 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The world is still mourning the passing of comedy legend Gene Wilder who died this past Sunday at his home due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Many celebrities have already paid their respects to the late star of such films as “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” but last night on “The Tonight Show,” director Mel Brooks gave a special tribute to his longtime friend and star of many of his films. “He was such a dear friend and I expected it, I expected he would go,” Brooks said, “But I dunno, when it happens, it’s still tremendous. It’s still a big shock. I’m still reeling from that ‘No more Gene’ and I can’t call him…He was such a wonderful part of my life.” Watch it below.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

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- Vikram Murthi

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Mel Brooks ‘Still Reeling’ From Gene Wilder’s Death

31 August 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mel Brooks got emotional while sharing stories about the late Gene Wilder — his longtime friend and frequent collaborator — with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday on “The Tonight Show.”

“He was sick, and I knew it. He was such a dear friend,” Brooks said. “I expected it; I expected he would go. But I don’t know. When it happens, it’s still tremendous. It’s a big shock. I’m still reeling from that: no more Gene. I can’t call him. And he was such a wonderful part of my life.”

Brooks recalled first meeting Wilder when the actor was starring in a play, “Mother Courage,” with Brooks’ wife, the late Anne Bancroft. Insecure about not being taken seriously, Wilder asked “Why are they always laughing?” to which Brooks hilariously replied, “Look in the mirror, blame it on God.”

The two worked together for the first time on “The Producers,” a film they weren’t sure would ever »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Mel Brooks Opens Up About the Death of His Dear Friend Gene Wilder: 'I'm Still Reeling'

31 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mel Brooks paid tribute to his "dear friend" Gene Wilder while appearing on The Tonight Show on Tuesday. The Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star died on Sunday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. "He was sick and I knew it. He was such a dear friend," said Brooks. "I expected that he would go but when it happens, it's still tremendous - it's a big shock. I'm still reeling. No more Gene? I can't call him. He was such a wonderful part of my life." Brooks, who collaborated with Wilder on several iconic comedies including Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Mel Brooks Opens Up About the Death of His Dear Friend Gene Wilder: 'I'm Still Reeling'

31 August 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mel Brooks paid tribute to his "dear friend" Gene Wilder while appearing on The Tonight Show on Tuesday. The Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star died on Sunday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. "He was sick and I knew it. He was such a dear friend," said Brooks. "I expected that he would go but when it happens, it's still tremendous - it's a big shock. I'm still reeling. No more Gene? I can't call him. He was such a wonderful part of my life." Brooks, who collaborated with Wilder on several iconic comedies including Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Mel Brooks Combs His Hair In Homage To Gene Wilder On ‘Tonight Show’

31 August 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mel Brooks stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s show, talked about collaborator Gene Wilder, who died Sunday at age 83, and to comb his hair. “He was sick and I knew it…I expected he would go. But, when it happens, its still tremendous, it’s still a big shock,” Brooks said. “I’m still reeling from no more Gene – he was such a wonderful part of my life.” Brooks talked about meeting Wilder, when he was in a production, with Brooks’ late wife Anne Bancroft, of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Co… »

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Watch Mel Brooks Mourn Gene Wilder: 'I'm Still Reeling'

31 August 2016 6:17 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Comedy legend Mel Brooks paid tribute to the late Gene Wilder Tuesday on The Tonight Show. "He was sick, and I knew it," Brooks said. "And he was such a dear friend. I expected that he would go, but when it happens, it's still tremendous. It's a big shock. I'm still reeling from ... no more Gene. I can't call him. He was such a wonderful part of my life."

Wilder, who died Monday at age 83 from Alzheimer's complications, collaborated with Brooks on a series of landmark films such as The Producers, »

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Gene Wilder: A Master of Hysteria

30 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Gene Wilder made it impossible not to laugh. Sometimes it's as simple as that — a gift that keeps on giving. So even as we mourn Wilder's death at 83 from complications of Alzheimer's disease, we remember that talent he had for reducing us to helpless giggles.

How did he do it, this bullied Jewish kid, Jerome Silberman, from Milwaukee, the son of a Russian immigrant father and a mother who thought military school was a good idea for her sensitive son? In the army, he served as an aide in a psychiatric unit, »

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Gene Wilder: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About His Early Career

29 August 2016 4:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before he achieved movie superstardom in the 1970s, Gene Wilder did Brecht on Broadway, Shaw in Louisville, and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Kirk Douglas on the Great White Way.

Wilder, who died Aug. 28 at the age of 83, also once pocketed $7,000 in an arbitration case waged by the Writers Guild of America West because of four little words: “A Mel Brooks Film.” Here are 12 intriguing facts from Wilder’s early career, as documented in the pages of Variety.

Wilder’s first mention in Variety came in the March 7, 1961, edition, in a review of an Off Broadway play directed by Mark Rydell. “Roots” was described as a “seamy” English family drama with not much going for it, per our critic. But Wilder was “well-cast as the thick-skinned son.” 1963 was a busy year for Wilder. In March he co-starred with Anne Bancroft in a Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Film News: Gene Wilder of ‘Willy Wonka’ Fame Dies at 83

29 August 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – The genius comedy of Gene Wilder was often in the subtlety. With a slow burn or a raised eyebrow, Wilder was able to draw big laughs. The star of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “Young Frankenstein” died in Stamford, Connecticut, according to his nephew in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Wilder was well into his thirties before the first big break came along in 1967, in the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde.” From there he was able to trade in his frizzy-haired persona in his co-starring role in Mel Brook’s “The Producers” (1968). It was his collaboration with Brooks that certified his legacy, with one-two punch of “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” in 1974. He was also held in high regard by a generation of children with his classic turn as the title character in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971).

Pure Imagination: Gene Wilder in ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Gene Wilder was so much more than his pitch-perfect work as Willy Wonka

29 August 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What makes a great actor great? When I watch a performance, there are certain things I look for, and the biggest of those things is whether or not the actor is making choices about their work. There are plenty of actors who get through a scene just fine and who deliver their lines nicely and who never ever connect beyond that for me because it doesn’t feel like they’re bringing anything to the process aside from their physical presence. There are certain actors, though, who I am immediately drawn to because you can see how they’re taking the raw material of the script and they’re putting it through their personal filter so that the end result is something the writer couldn’t have imagined, that the director couldn’t have asked for, and that the actor never would have reached on his own. Gene Wilder was one of those actors, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Gene Wilder, Star of Willy Wonka, Passes Away at 83

29 August 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The comedy world has lost another beloved performer, in a year that has seemed to claim more legends than most years. The iconic Gene Wilder passed away earlier today, at the age of 83, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, revealed that the actor died due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The actor was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who worked as a manufacturer of miniature whiskey and beer bottles. He made his professional acting debut in the 1961 off Broadway adaptation of Roots, before making his Broadway debut later that year in The Complaisant Lover. He won the Clement Derwent Award that year as the most promising newcomer. He also starred in the 1963 play Mother Courage and Her Children, alongside Anne Bancroft, who would become Mel Brooks' wife, which would change his life forever.

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Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' and 'Young Frankenstein' Star, Dead at 83

29 August 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Gene Wilder, the comedian known to a generation as Willy Wonka and an icon thanks to his works with Mel Brooks on The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has died from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease, according to Variety. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman revealed the actor died following a private three-year battle with Alzheimer's. "The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family," Walker-Pearlman wrote. "We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this »

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Gene Wilder, Beloved Star of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Dies at 83

29 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Long live the candy man. Gene Wilder, the actor best known for his iconic role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83. The Associated Press reports that Wilder's family confirmed the actor's death. The actor was also a frequent collaborator of Mel Brooks, and had starred in a string of iconic comedies including Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Wilder was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jewish Russian parents. The budding star made his first big break in the business partaking in an off-Broadway production of Arnold Wesker's Roots. Soon after, the »

- Alexandra Hurtado, @AliMarieHurtado

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

29 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or »

- Richard Natale

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

29 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to »

- Richard Natale

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

- Carmel Dagan

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Beauty vs Beast: Who's Those Girls

15 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here, letting you know for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" that sometimes, at night times, I close and lock the door so no one else can see and... I dance! I dance all by myself! And tomorrow we will all dance (for inspiration) because tomorrow Madonna, the one and only, is turning 58. So now is not the time to haggle over her acting skills - let's just accept the fact that the world would be a less fun place if the she-lady of white lace gloves had never stomped into it, and look at what is probably her best (fictional) turn on-screen, in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan.

I had never seen this movie until earlier this year when our estimable host Nathaniel dragged me to it at a screening at the Metrograph here in NYC, can you believe that? Speaking of, Metrograph is doing an entire retrospective »

- JA

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