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Let's all reflect on the moment Gene Wilder slammed Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka'

1 hour ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's fairly common knowledge that Roald Dahl despised Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film adaptation of his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only was he averse to Wilder's performance as eccentric candy-peddler Willy Wonka (the author wanted Spike Milligan for the role), he was irritated that it placed more emphasis on Wonka at the expense of the book's good-hearted hero Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum). (For the record, Dahl allegedly hated most adaptations of his books, at one point terming Nicolas Roeg's big-screen interpretation of The Witches "utterly appalling.") So perhaps it's fitting that Tim Burton, who directed the 2005 re-adaptation of Dahl's novel, similarly found the 1971 version lacking, telling BBC News in an interview: "I don't want to crush people's childhood dreams, but the original film is sappy." But while Burton's film proved very successful both critically and commercially -- it grossed »

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R.I.P. Gene Wilder: Legendary Comedian, Hopeless Romantic

6 hours ago | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

“I don’t want my gravestone to say: ‘Willy Wonka lies here,’” said Gene Wilder to TV Guide in 2002, midway through his long war with lymphoma and 10 years before the Alzheimer’s diagnosis that took his life this week. Roald Dahl’s madman wasn’t him. It wasn’t even the kind of part he’d dreamed of playing.... Read more » »

- Amy Nicholson

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R.I.P. Gene Wilder: Legendary Comedian, Hopeless Romantic

6 hours ago | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

“I don’t want my gravestone to say: ‘Willy Wonka lies here,’” said Gene Wilder to TV Guide in 2002, midway through his long war with lymphoma and 10 years before the Alzheimer’s diagnosis that took his life this week. Roald Dahl’s madman wasn’t him. It wasn’t even the kind of part he’d dreamed of playing.... Read more » »

- Amy Nicholson

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Actor Who Played Charlie in ‘Willy Wonka’ on Gene Wilder Death: ‘It’s Like Losing a Parent’

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Ostrum had never set foot on a film set when he was cast as Charlie Buckett in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” It fell to Gene Wilder to show him the ropes.

“He was the pro and I was a rookie,” said Ostrum, who left the acting business and became a veterinarian.

Wilder died Monday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Ostrum said he had not seen Wilder since the film ended production, but he still took the news hard.

“It’s  kind of like losing a parent,” said Ostrum. “You know it’s going to happen, but it’s still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, ‘Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.'”

“He was a gentle man, »

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Flashback: Gene Wilder Sings 'Pure Imagination' in 'Willy Wonka'

9 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Gene Wilder has 37 acting credits to his name, ranging all the way from the 1961 TV series Play of the Week through a guest spot on Will & Grace in 2003. He had lead roles in Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, arguably the three greatest Mel Brooks movies. He formed a hilarious comic duo with Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Silver Streak. But when the stunning news of his death hit yesterday, most outlets paired their obituaries with an image from a single movie: »

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

29 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow, »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

29 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow, »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Gene Wilder dies, aged 83

29 August 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Aug 29, 2016

Some really sad news. The great Gene Wilder has died, it's been confirmed.

Gene Wilder, the actor, writer and director of unforgettable stage and screen comedies, has died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a statement from his nephew. Wilder was 83.

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants in 1999.

Less than two years after Wilder married Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20th 1989, at age 42. Wilder wrote and directed The Woman In Red (1984) and starred in two other films with Radner. After she died, Wilder became actively involved in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer and helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.

Wilder reportedly became a comic performer in order to cheer up his dying mother. »

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Gene Wilder's Most Unforgettable Roles: Willy Wonka Alone Would Have Made Him a Legend, but There's So Much More

29 August 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We're guessing the reason why they went with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory instead of sticking with Charlie in the title, as dictated by the Roald Dahl tale, had something to do with the film's leading man. Because once Gene Wilder donned that top hat, cocked his head and that look of Peter Pan wonder tinged with brilliance and more than a dash of mania radiated from his crystal-blue eyes, the 1971 cult-classic was his. Wilder, whose comedic performances were rooted in brilliantly frantic energy and his ability to churn out one perfectly timed turn of phrase after another, died Monday at 83. His family says he had been suffering from Alzheimer's »

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Goodbye, Gene Wilder: a few of our favourite roles

29 August 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Goodbye, Gene Wilder: a few of our favourite rolesGoodbye, Gene Wilder: a few of our favourite rolesAmanda Wood8/29/2016 3:58:00 Pm

Gene Wilder, comic extraordinaire and accomplished actor, has died at the age of 83.

He’s been making us laugh on the big screen for as long as we can remember, playing iconic roles in classic films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. Wilder was an incredibly diverse comedian known for his penchant for collaboration with the likes of Richard Pryor and Mel Brooks.

We’ll never forget watching Wilder play Willy Wonka himself, bringing Roald Dahl’s vision to life in all his wacky craziness. With a career that spanned decades and mediums, Wilder was one of the most respected comics of his generation. He was married to SNL alum Gilda Radner until her untimely death, and the two undoubtedly made the funniest couple in Hollywood. »

- Amanda Wood

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Gene Wilder: a wild, inspired and sensitive actor who ran on rocket fuel

29 August 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The singular comic star, who has died at the age of 83, cooked up a quartet of indelible neurotics which belied great intelligence and whose genius may not yet have been fully appreciated

Gene Wilder was a smart, industrious and often very funny actor and writer who earned a slow-burn cult status as the weirdo chocolate mogul Willy Wonka in the Roald Dahl adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

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- Peter Bradshaw

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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, ‘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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Sam Mendes in talks for live-action James and the Giant Peach movie

27 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite suffering a box office dud with Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg, it looks like Disney is keen on taking another crack at a live-action Roald Dahl adaptation, with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Spectre) is in talks to develop and direct a James and the Giant Peach movie.

Dahl’s 1961 children’s book centres on a young orphan boy who befriends human-like bugs living inside a giant magical peach, and together they embark on an adventure to escape his cruel aunts. The script for the new film is being penned by Nick Hornby (Wild, Brooklyn).

Having secured the rights in 1992 following Dahl’s passing (with the author having rejected a number of offers during his lifetime), Disney previously brought the book to the big screen back in 1996, with Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) directing a live-action/stop-motion animated hybrid version, which was produced by Tim Burton.

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Movie News: 'Spectre' Director Touted for Disney's 'James and the Giant Peach'

26 August 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

James and the Giant Peach: Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) is in early talks to develop and then direct a live-action version of James and the Giant Peach, based on a book by Roald Dahl. First published in 1961, the book follows a young orphan boy and his adventures inside a gigantic peach. Henry Selick directed a stop-motion animated version in 1996 (above). Nick Hornby (Wild; Brooklyn) has been tapped to write a new script for Disney. [Deadline]   Inner City: Denzel Washington (The Magnificent Seven, above)  is considering a starring role in legal drama Inner City. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) wrote the original screenplay and is attached to direct. If things work out, Washington will portray a lawyer dealing with a major change at his company. The movie is said to be...

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007 Director in Early Talks to Direct Live-Action James and The Giant Peach

26 August 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Director of Skyfall and Spectre may be taking his talents to one of the most classic Roald Dahl stories, James and the Giant Peach!  Come inside for more details!

One of my favorite movies growing up was 1996's James and the Giant Peach, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic tale.  It told the story of an orphan who lives with his two mean aunts, because his parents died from a wild Rhino.  James befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they journey to New York City.  

The delightful tale may be making a comeback as James Bond director Sam Mendes is in early talks with Disney to develop and direct a live-action James and the Giant Peach, according to a report by Deadline.  The screenplay is being written by "Brooklyn" screenwriter, Nick Hornby.

Since it's in such an early stage, there aren't many details to uncover. »

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Live-Action James And The Giant Peach Movie Eyeing Sam Mendes

26 August 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that his tenure overseeing the James Bond franchise is all but over – barring a radical change of heart, of course – writer-director Sam Mendes is beginning to seek pastures anew.

He’ll remain in the realm of high-profile tentpoles, it seems, as Deadline is reporting that the Oscar-winner has entered early talks to direct and develop a new, live-action spin on James and the Giant Peach for Disney.

It’s the latest redo of a previously animated movie to tumble off the conveyor belt over at the House of Mouse, which has found marked success through such crowd-pleasing hits as Alice in Wonderland and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. That streak looks set to continue long into 2017 with the release of Beauty and the Beast, indicating that Disney is likely prepping this James and the Giant Peach overhaul for release in late 2018 or, potentially, 2019.

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- Michael Briers

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Sam Mendes Considering Directing ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Live Action Remake

26 August 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director Sam Mendes in early conversations to come aboard a live action version of “James and the Giant Peach” for Disney, Deadline reports. Nick Hornby is writing the screenplay for the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s novel.

Henry Selick previously directed the 1996 animated feature “James and the Giant Peach” for Walt Disney Animation. The film grossed $28.9 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. Dahl’s story follows an orphan living with his two cruel aunts when he meets and befriends a group human-like bugs living inside a giant peach. Together, they embark on a trip to New York City.

Mendes’ latest feature directing job was last year’s James Bond film “Spectre,” his second of the franchise after 2012’s “Skyfall.” He has stated publicly that he’s done with the Bond franchise, however. Other projects listed as “in development” on IMDb Pro for Mendes include the drama-thriller “The »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sam Mendes In Talks For Live-Action James And The Giant Peach Movie

26 August 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Looks like Disney is talking another one of Roald Dahl's (The Bfg) classics and turing it into a new film. Deadline is reporting that Sam Mendes in early talks to develop and direct James And The Giant Peach, a live-action project in the works at Disney. The book was adapted into a feature by Henry Selick via Walt Disney Animation in 1996.

The site indicates that talks are in the very early stages, and that Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) is penning the script.

The story centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with seven magically-altered garden bugs he meets. They set off on a journey to New York City as their final destination to escape from James' two mean and cruel aunts.

Mendes is coming off two back-to-back James Bond movies with Skyfall and Spectre, and has »

- Kellvin Chavez

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