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MovieWeb's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

1 December 2014 12:29 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »

- MovieWeb

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Lost John Cleese and Graham Chapman sketches found

23 October 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

47 years on, some thought-lost pre-Monty Python John Cleese/Graham Chapman sketches have been found…

At Last The 1948 Show was a sketch comedy programme with John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Contrary to the name, it aired from 1967 to 1968. Predating Monty Python, this is where the immortal phrase ‘and now for something completely different’ was first uttered.

Two episodes, lost since their initial broadcast, have now been found. They turned up in the archive of the late, great David Frost, whose company produced the show. The BFI have assured us that the episodes will be aired again in due course.

Rediscovering some the first screen performances for the men who go on to build such a whopping cultural legacy can only be a good thing, and the BFI are understandably thrilled. Further fantastic comic talent also starred in the programme, namely Tim Brooke-Taylor, Aimi MacDonald and Marty Feldman.

Dick Fiddy from »

- rleane

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Lost episodes of At Last the 1948 Show rediscovered

22 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BFI announces two almost complete episodes of TV programme featuring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor found in archive of David Frost

In its opening scene the programme promises seat-gripping action, knee-gritting suspense, spine-raising horror and gallstone-jangling drama and later there are sketches with a silly walking doctor, a patient with too thin legs and a wrestler who throws himself around the ring.

There is also a man walking into a shop looking to buy some chartered accountants and another episode that spoofs TV news broadcasts including a vox pop on the increasing problem of publicity-seeking vicars.

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- Mark Brown, arts correspondent

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John Cleese to premiere newly-found At Last the 1948 Show episodes

22 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BFI has confirmed that two lost episodes of pre-Monty Python sketch show At Last the 1948 Show have been re-discovered.

The first and last-ever episodes of At Last the 1948 Show were recently discovered on reels of 16mm film in the private collection of the late David Frost.

Frost executive produced the ITV sketch show in 1967 and 1968, with future Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman, future Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor and Aimi MacDonald in the cast.

Cleese will be presenting the episodes at BFI Southbank in London on Sunday, December 7 as part of the BFI's annual Missing Believed Wiped. These shows have not been seen in full since their original broadcasts.

BFI television consultant Dick Fiddy said: "This latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents.

"These gifted comedians, »

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Daniel Radcliffe Talks Playing Igor in 'Frankenstein'

20 October 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Some of you might be asking: why do I care what Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, has to say about Frankenstein? He, person who doesn't know, is playing Igor in 20th Century Fox's take on a prequel to Mary Shelly's novel that focuses on the relationship between James McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein and Igor, his assistant.

Empire talked to Radcliffe about the role:

The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended.“There is that physicality,” he stressed of Igor’s famous hunchback, “but the story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, »

- Da7e

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Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe On Frankenstein

20 October 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Photo: Marco VitturWith his quirky drama Horns just around the corner, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by to chat movie things with Empire. With his Seb Coe movie Gold currently in a holding pattern, the current Rad-slate is dominated by 20th Century Fox’s new take on Mary Shelley’s weird scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe, who plays Igor (or Ygor), bills it as “a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie” while stressing that there’s brains to go with the brawn. “[It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.”Igor, of course, is Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) factotum. The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended. »

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Thoughts I Had... The "Big Eyes" Poster

19 October 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We finally have a poster for Tim Burton's Big Eyes. Herewith some thoughts as they came to me.

• "Visionary Director" would be so much more impressive as a description if it weren't so overused.

• "Big Eyes" could well describe lots of celebrities: Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Marty Feldman*, Heather Graham, Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Anne Hathaway, Sailor Moon.

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have Normal-Sized Eyes but that will never be a film title. The only person in this cast with gargantuan eyeballs is Krysten Ritter

• The tag line is basic but it does cleverly have a double meaning with the last bit "... and everyone bought it" 

• A lot of people seem to be sure that this one won't be a major Oscar player but apart from test screenings (a notoriously unreliable source of info) no one has seen it so it's one of our mystery movies when it »

- NATHANIEL R

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Young Frankenstein at Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ October 30th

16 October 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged. “

Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by Chef Liz Schuster, Chef Steve Schmidt, and the other talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 6:00 for the pre-show which includes an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!

The new locale is Food Outreach, 3117 Olive Street in St. Louis. The next Tenacious Eats ‘Movies for Foodies’ event will be a screening of the Mel Brooks’ 1974 gutbuster Young Frankenstein on October 30th. Tickets are $65.00  and ticket information can be found at the Tenacious Eats site Here

http://tenaciouseats.com/

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- Tom Stockman

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What Hump? Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein Plays Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli!

8 October 2014 8:33 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I am not a Frankenstein. I’m a Fronkensteen!”

Young Frankenstein plays this weekend (October 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

Good comedies are rare. Great ones are rarer. Great parodies are needles in the haystack, and this is it. The parody can be brilliantly funny (most are horrid), but Young Frankenstein is near perfect.

Mel Brooks hit all nails right on the head in his black & white classic from 1974. Taking its themes from the Mary Shelley novel and providing some spot-on homage/parody to the James Whale classic Bride Of Frankenstein (and plenty of references to Son Of Frankenstein as well), Young Frankenstein is a breathless laugh and a half. In a weak comedy, you have the entire cast setting up one character for the laughs. Here, you have every character providing humor in every scene. None more »

- Tom Stockman

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Mel Brooks Riffs on ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Laddie and the Biz

9 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for decades.

Many decades.

This includes the decade known as the ’70s, when lunchee Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote “Young Frankenstein” (1974) for fellow lunchees, former Fox studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. and the film’s producer, Michael Gruskoff, as well as longtime Ladd associate Jay Kanter, who once repped the likes of Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.

But this is clearly Brooks’ show, a point he reinforces when Gruskoff tries to tell their guest about the day the two of them and star Gene Wilder pitched the “Young Frankenstein” project to the top brass at Columbia Pictures.

Gruskoff may have gotten through the first word of the first sentence but he quickly and wisely lets Brooks finish: “Let Me Tell The Story I Can Tell It Better Than You.”

“So everything was great, »

- Steven Gaydos

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New on Blu-ray DVD September 9: 'Captain America,' 'Homeland,' 'Supernatural'

9 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

What's It About? Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) is still getting used to life in the 21st century, but before he gets too comfortable he's enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help stop another big bad. Captain American partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a lot of action and awesomeness in their mission to stop the Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie co-stars as Falcon.

Why We're In: The "Avengers" series just keeps getting better and better. Plus, "Winter Soldier" gives us even more of Black Widow's bad-assery, proving once again that it's high time we get a stand-alone for this fantastic character.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The Great Race"

What's It About? Blake Edwards directs Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood in this slapstick comedy about a globe-trotting car race. »

- Jenni Miller

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Join The Academy on Sept 9th for Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Screening

25 August 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.

Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman.  It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).

Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:

“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”

The »

- Michelle McCue

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Frau Blucher! Young Frankenstein Celebrating 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray!

14 August 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the single funniest films of all time, Mel Brook's 1974 classic Young Frankenstein is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a brand new Blu-ray that's guaranteed to electrify! Frau Blücher! *horse whinnies*

From the Press Release

The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, »

- Steve Barton

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Young Frankenstein Gets New Blu-ray for 40th Anniversary

14 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Gene Wilder will make you laugh all over again as Fox is readying a Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray that will be available to own in plenty of time for the upcoming Halloween season.

Time flies when you take a moment to realize that Young Frankenstein is actually 40 years young this year. That's a big number to reach, so Fox Home Entertainment is offering a promotional opportunity where 40 winners will each take home a rare autographed set photo from Mel Brooks. This will take place at YoungFrankSweeps.com starting September 1.

The Mel Brooks classic stars Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein who recently inherited his grandfather's castle. Dr. Frankenstein sets out to reanimate a dead body and the hilarity ensues. Also starring are Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn.

Bonus features are robust on the Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray as outlined below:

Commentary by Mel Brooks

Interviews with Marty Feldman, »

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Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Announced

14 August 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated* It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 40 years since the release of Mel Brooks’ classic horror comedy, but Young Frankenstein was released on December 15, 1974 and Fox is preparing a new 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray.

“Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2014) – The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, »

- Jonathan James

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40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein Coming to Blu-ray & DVD

14 August 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a special edition that will hit DVD and Blu-ray on September 9th.

Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in this hilarious riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein.

The post 40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein Coming to Blu-ray & DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Arrives September 9th

14 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2014) – The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times) Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. More than 40 years later, the film has stood the »

- Pietro Filipponi

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A Hard Day’s Director: The Best of Richard Lester

8 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Richard Lester’s directing career has had a rather tortured epilogue. His last completed film was the dreadful, unloved Return of The Musketeers (1989), during the making of which his long-time friend and troupe-member Roy Kinnear died after a freak accident. To add insult to injury, the Comic-Con crowd has been burning Lester in effigy ever since Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II was released in 2006. Donner had been fired as director of the 1980 sequel half way through filming and Lester was hired to finish the job. Since the release of the Donner cut, expressing a preference for the original, jokier version is rather like suggesting that Cesar Romero was a better Joker than Heath Ledger.

I do wonder sometimes whether the fanboys realise what an important, highly influential and iconoclastic director they’re dismissing when they’re kicking sand into Lester’s face. Martin Scorsese would certainly correct them (sternly, »

- Cai Ross

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Three Quickies: Caesar, Victor, Jared

19 June 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Caesar

Have you ever considered the job of Location Manager? I can quickly confess that I have not despite often considering plentiful jobs that go on behind the scenes on motion pictures. The Credits discusses the complicated work with Catou Kearney the Location Manager of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It's a technically challenging movie, not least of which because they shot so much outdoors and needed a lushly overgrown forest.

The apes ... have created a vast forest utopia. Finding such a place, one that looks as abundant as the script demands, but that could also support a large crew and a ton of equipment, takes months of research, legwork, and a few thousand phone calls. Kearney is a seasoned location manager, and relishes the opportunity. “It’s like putting a ten-thousand piece puzzle together,” she says. “When that last piece falls into place, there’s nothing like it. »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels

10 June 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There is something about getting a kick out of the sleazy celluloid cretins that feels rather intriguing. Whether these movie weasels are unctuous lawyers, abusive spouses or borderline bullies the concept of being a big screen weasel brings to mind some of the most colorful cast of conniving cohorts of misbehaving ever assembled. Okay…maybe that is a stretch as there are countless of other worthy weasels deserving of making a top ten list–probably even better known or notorious than the selection being presented currently.

Nevertheless, let’s check out the weasel-like wonders that movie audiences have learned to love or despise depending on the frame of mind in celebrating these shifty oddballs.

Note: The selections of The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels featured below are presented in no particular preference or order:

1.) Igor from Young Frankenstein (1974)

Now how can anyone omit one of »

- Frank Ochieng

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