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13 items from 2013


Daniel Radcliff Gives Us a New Twist on a Twisted Character

4 December 2013 8:42 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliff is reinventing the time honored image of the mad scientist’s sidekick as a more refined Igor in the upcoming new interpretation of Frankenstein.

 

                        Bela Lugosi as Ygor

 

The character of Igor has become part of horror movie lore, thanks to horror film legend Bela Lugosi who played him in the Son of Frankenstein and the Ghost of Frankenstein (See picture above) as well as Marty Feldman who played the hilarious parody character Eye-Gore from Young Frankenstein. The first image that comes to mind of Igor is of a crazed, misshapen guy, dressed in peasant clothes. However, we’ll be getting a new interpretation of the character in director Paul McGuigan’s currently-filming Frankenstein.

 

Daniel Radcliff continues to distance himself from Harry Potter-type roles, and is taking on the part of Igor. However, he will be playing a more attractive and well-dressed version of the character. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Did Kaufman Fake His Own Death? How Easy Is It to Swallow the Most Absurd Hoaxes?

14 November 2013 8:12 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late ’70s / early ’80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by the name of McCoy. Well, if — and that’s a big if (or perhaps a small one, considering people’s willful gullibility and/or downright stupidity) — you believe the story reported in numerous outlets in the last couple of days: Andy Kaufman may have faked his own death of lung cancer at age 35 in 1984 so he could escape the limelight. (Photo: Andy Kaufman) At the New York-based Andy Kaufman Awards last Monday night, November 11, 2013, a woman claiming to be Kaufman’s daughter — calling herself "McCoy" (reportedly the name Kaufman used when checking himself into hospitals) — appeared on stage with Michael Kaufman, »

- Andre Soares

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Graham Stark obituary

31 October 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Prolific comedy actor who worked with Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Hattie Jacques

The stony-faced, beaky comedy actor Graham Stark, who has died aged 91, is best remembered for his appearances alongside Peter Sellers, notably in the Pink Panther movies. His familiar face and voice, on television and radio, were part of the essential furniture in the sitting room of our popular culture for more than half a century. A stalwart in the national postwar comedy boom led by Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery, Eric Sykes and Benny Hill, he worked with them all in a sort of unofficial supporting repertory company that also included Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, Patricia Hayes and Arthur Mullard. He was also a man of surprising and various parts: child actor, trained dancer, film-maker, occasional writer, and dedicated and critically acclaimed photographer.

Like Gypsy Rose Lee, he had a resourceful and determined »

- Michael Coveney

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Graham Stark obituary

31 October 2013 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Prolific comedy actor who worked with Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Hattie Jacques

The stony-faced, beaky comedy actor Graham Stark, who has died aged 91, is best remembered for his appearances alongside Peter Sellers, notably in the Pink Panther movies. His familiar face and voice, on television and radio, were part of the essential furniture in the sitting room of our popular culture for more than half a century. A stalwart in the national postwar comedy boom led by Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery, Eric Sykes and Benny Hill, he worked with them all in a sort of unofficial supporting repertory company that also included Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, Patricia Hayes and Arthur Mullard. He was also a man of surprising and various parts: child actor, trained dancer, film-maker, occasional writer, and dedicated and critically acclaimed photographer.

Like Gypsy Rose Lee, he had a resourceful and determined »

- Michael Coveney

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Conan O'Brien previews hour-plus chat with the 'relentless' Mel Brooks -- Exclusive Video

18 October 2013 1:58 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Mel Brooks’ fingerprints are all over Conan O’Brien’s absurd brand of comedy — can’t you see Richard Pryor loving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? — and the famous funnymen’s mutual respect is evident in a recent sit-down for Conan’s Serious Jibber-Jabber web series. (The full chat hits TeamCoco.com on Monday.)

EW got Conan on the phone to talk about his admiration for Brooks and what he learned during their hour-plus talk. (The Serious Jibber-Jabber tagline: “Conan O’Brien talks for a long time with interesting people.”) We also nabbed an exclusive preview clip below, in which »

- Katie Atkinson

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Young Frankenstein on Blu-ray (PG)

4 October 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Mel Brooks's funniest parody benefits hugely from a wild Gene Wilder as Dr Fronkensteen, who follows in the same ghoulish footsteps as his deranged father and creates a monster (Peter Boyle) from dead body parts. Brooks lovingly recreates the look of the Universal horror films of the 1930s, though it's the cast and dialogue that make this a hoot. Marty Feldman is ideal as Igor, but it's Madeline Khan who steals the show as saucy Elizabeth: “He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker…” »

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“Survivor” Recap: Parting Is Such Weak Sorrow

3 October 2013 5:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Ready to hear my new CBS sitcom pitch, Les Moonves? It’s called Ugh, Colton!, and it’s a multicam riot about my hundreds of frustrated reactions to Colton Cumbie‘s ridiculous exit from Survivor on Wednesday. There’s a shot of me screaming! There’s a faraway shot of me rolling my eyes! Here’s a closeup of me realizing I have a migraine! Now my eyes are bulging like I’m Evil Marty Feldman. All these reactions and more, Fridays at 9 before an all-new Blue Bloods. Tah-dahhhh! Anger!

It’s not even a spoiler to say Colton left Survivor last night since his departure was previewed last week and happened right at the top of this episode. After realizing his tribe was hip to his sinister tricks, he threw his arms in the air, wept before the Redemption Island challenge, and pouted, “I don’t want to be here anymore! »

- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Radcliffe Electrified by Possibilities of Igor Role in 'Frankenstein'

17 September 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

  Daniel Radcliffe says while it's a bit too early in the project to figure out what sort of read he's going to give Igor opposite James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein in 20th Century Fox's Frankenstein, he already has his eye on the possibilities the role presents.   "We haven't even started rehearsals yet, but in terms of Igor, I think we're going to see a character who is given a lot more depth than we've seen him allowed in any other incarnations of the story," Radcliffe recently said in a phone call with FEARnet from the Toronto International Film Festival.   While the former Harry Potter star can't share any intricate details of Chronicle scribe Max Landis's screenplay just yet, he implied that it's going to be a Frankenstein tale like none other.    "It's a wild script. It constantly surprises you and it's great, great fun as well," Radcliffe enthused. "The »

- Tim Lammers

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R.I.P. Henry Polic II, of Webster and Batman: The Animated Series

12 August 2013 2:58 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Character actor Henry Polic II has died at the age of 68, after a long bout with cancer. Polic made his TV debut in 1975, playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood sitcom, When Things Were Rotten. After that show was canceled, Polic played a reformed Dracula on the live-action Saturday morning series Monster Squad.    Polic was in Marty Feldman’s The Last Remake Of Beau Geste (1977), Joan RiversRabbit Test (1978), Scavenger Hunt (1979), and Oh God! Book II (1981). He was a frequent guest star on series TV. He also did a great deal »

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Young Frankenstein

16 July 2013 1:58 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Mel Brooks' horror spoof stars Gene Wilder as the great-grandson of the infamous Baron Victor Frankenstein who goes to Transylvania to continue his ancestor's monstrous experiments. An affectionate, laugh-out-loud send-up of the Karloff era with much to savour: Marty Feldman getting the hump as wise-cracking assistant Igor (that's "Eye-gor"), Peter Boyle's tux-clad monster lumbering his way through 'Putting On The Ritz' and Gene Hackman creating blind havoc in an unbilled role. »

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TV Review: ‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’ Captures Comedy Genius

20 May 2013 7:47 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I’m a huge Mel Brooks fan, one of those critics who bows at the altar of arguably the two best comedies of all time, “Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein.” I’ve seen them both a dozen times and can’t wait to watch them again. “The Producers,” “A History of the World,” “High Anxiety,”” “Silent Movie,” “To Be or Not To Be,” “The Twelve Chairs,” his work on “Get Smart” & “Your Show of Shows,” “The 2000 Year Old Man” — the first response that most people should have to “American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” debuting on PBS tonight and releasing on DVD tomorrow, May 21, 2013, is a simple one — What took so long? “American Masters” premiered in 1986 and he should have been one of the first choices.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

To be fair, “Make a Noise” doesn’t do much more than confirm what most of us fans »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Watch: Terry Gilliam's Debut 1968 Short Film 'Storytime'

13 March 2013 9:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Terry Gilliam went on to direct such great films as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Brazil” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (to name just a few), but he began his career primarily as an animator. Before moving to England he was a strip cartoonist on Help! magazine, and then after making his trip across the pond one of his first gigs was as an animator for sequences on the children’s TV show “Do Not Adjust Your Set” which starred future Pythons Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones, as well as other future comedy icons like David Jason. It was during the same period that Gilliam directed the first of his two pre-'Holy Grail' animated shorts, “Storytime.” The film contains three loosely connected animated segments – “Don the Cockroach,” “The Albert Einstein Story” and “The Christmas Card” – with the latter actually originally created specially for the "Do »

- Joe Cunningham

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe set for starring roles in two classic tales

1 March 2013 8:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Former Hogwarts alumni in line for two new films: Watson for Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella and Radcliffe for Frankenstein

Harry Potter alumni Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe are lining up leading roles in two new versions of well-known tales: Cinderella and Frankenstein respectively.

Watson, fresh from the well-liked teen flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is being courted for Disney's live-action version of the Cinderella fairy story, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Watson, 22, had a somewhat tentative start to her post-Potter acting career, taking on a TV movie of Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes and a small role in My Week With Marilyn as she appeared to concentrate more on fashion-related work. But the success of Perks has seen her sign up to more substantial projects: she has a leading role in Sofia Coppola's celeb-thief drama The Bling Ring, plays herself opposite James Franco in Evan Goldberg »

- Andrew Pulver

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