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Seen and Heard Backstage at the Primetime Emmys Awards

18 September 2016 9:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There was a common theme among the backstage remarks for the acting winners from “The People V. O.J. Simpson” — being part of the FX miniseries was nothing less than a life-changing experience.

For Sterling K. Brown, absorbing the character of prosecutor Christopher Darden made him rethink his perspective on the real-life Simpson murder verdict even as he also recognizes that “not everybody feels they are protected and served” by the criminal justice system.

Courtney B. Vance, who played Johnnie Cochran in the TV series, said he came to value his family even more after spending six months in a trailer on the Fox lot. It also helped him reflect on the current rise in racial tension in America. “In this world we need each other,” he said. “We can’t do it alone. White folks, black folks, all races — we need each other. We’ve got to find a way to build bridges not walls. Our »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Superhero Bits: Superman vs Thor, Good Thinking Batman, Flashpoint & More

13 September 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Want to see the God of Thunder take on the Man of Steel? How much of an impact will the Flashpoint storyline have on the future of The Flash TV series? Could Agents of Shield be the best part of the Marvel cinematic universe? Was Richard Pryor once slated to play Brainiac in Superman III? […]

The post Superhero Bits: Superman vs Thor, Good Thinking Batman, Flashpoint & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Mel Brooks: Why 'Blazing Saddles' Is the 'Funniest Movie Ever Made'

31 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"It's a good thing you're in New York and I'm in Los Angeles then," Mel Brooks says, before howling with laughter. He's just been informed that, as preparation for getting the 90-year-old filmmaker on the phone, the interviewer he's speaking to has consumed a large amount of black coffee and baked beans — the same combination that fuels the notorious, and extremely noisy campfire sequence in Blazing Saddles. "Actually, three thousand miles between us might not be enough — it depends on the coffee. There are easier ways to get in the mood to talk to me, »

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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

30 August 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the »

- Jim Batts

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

30 August 2016 4:18 PM, PDT | 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 »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Gene Wilder Talks ‘Willy Wonka’ Remake, Why He Stopped Acting in Last Major Interview

30 August 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Wilder lived out of the spotlight and evaded the media up until the end of his life, making his interviews few and far between.

Wilder, who died on Monday at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease, gave his last major interview on June 12, 2013, to Turner Classic Movies. The iconic interview, which took place a day after his 80th birthday, would serve as one of Wilder’s last public appearances. While speaking with host Robert Osborne, Wilder discussed his career and filmography, working with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, and why he stopped acting.

“Once in a while, there was a nice, good film, but not very many,” he said. “If something comes along that’s really good and I think I would be good for it, I’d be happy to do it. But not too many came along. I mean, they came along for the first, I don’t know, »

- Arya Roshanian

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Gene Wilder: A Master of Timing Who Radiated With Comedic Energy

30 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With his rowdy head of frizzy red hair and bulging blue eyes, Gene Wilder was the sort of comedic genius who could make you laugh just by looking at him — and lose it altogether once he opened his mouth.

Thanks to his turn as a sweet-toothed trickster in 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder entered the pantheon of beloved children’s idols, winning over fresh generations with the impish charm he’d perfected in a résumé of more grown-up roles.

After gaining attention in theater playing a hotel valet in “The Complaisant Lover” on Broadway in 1961— and the part of Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1963 — Wilder launched his screen career with a scene-stealing bit part in 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” earning one of the raucous New Hollywood classic’s big laughs as a hapless character in the back seat of a car that »

- Peter Debruge

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Great Job, Internet!: Watch Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor get serious in 1989

30 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Gene Wilder died yesterday at the age of 83, and as frequently happens following celebrity deaths, random bits from his career have begun to resurface. That includes this lovely interview he and Richard Pryor did with Texas entertainment journalist Bobbie Wygant back in 1989. It’s not a particularly comedic chat (although there are plenty of jokes), but it shows off a more thoughtful side of both performers.

Bobbie Wygant Interviews Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder for See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 from Erik Clapp Films on Vimeo.

The duo were promoting their new comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and the conversation first turns to the research they did for their roles (Pryor plays a blind character and Wilder plays a deaf one). Perhaps surprisingly for such a broad film, they seem to have taken their preparation seriously; Pryor spent two weeks working with the Braille ...

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- Caroline Siede

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

30 August 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | 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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James Corden on Gene Wilder: 'Never Anything Less Than Brilliant'

30 August 2016 6:09 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

James Corden honored Gene Wilder on Monday night following the 83-year-old actor's death from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. "He was never anything less than brilliant at all times ... He was just this magical person," Corden said. 

Corden recalled his first encounter with Wilder while he was doing theater in New York. "When you hear that Gene Wilder is in the audience, you're just terrified," Corden said. "The whole cast was like, 'oh my god, I can't believe he's going to watch this play!' It was incredible, and he came backstage afterwards. »

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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: a comic enigma whose genius shone brightest in collaboration | Hadley Freeman

30 August 2016 2:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Enduring partnerships with Richard Pryor, Gilda Radner and Mel Brooks show Wilder’s gift wasn’t just his own mastery, but an ability to coax it from others, too

Anyone who’s read Gene Wilder’s 1970 letter about the costume suggestions for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory to the movie’s director, Mel Stuart, let alone seen his performance in the film, knows that he was no slouch when it came to creating wise and confident solo performances.

“I don’t think of Willy as an eccentric who holds onto his 1912 Daddy’s Sunday suit and wears it in 1970,” he wrote, “but rather as just an eccentric – where there’s no telling what he’ll do or where he ever found his get-up – except that it strangely fits him … Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers – baggy through preoccupation with more »

- Hadley Freeman

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R.I.P. Gene Wilder 1933-2016

30 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Gene Wilder, star of stage and screen has sadly passed away at the age of 83. Wilder was known for his roles in the likes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He also starred as Doctor Ross in Woody Allen’s 1972 film, Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask, and various roles opposite Richard Pryor, including Silver Streak and See No Evil Hear No Evil.

According to the BBC Wilder passed away on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him,” his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said.

He will be missed. Our thought go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

The post R.I.P. Gene Wilder 1933-2016 appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Gene Wilder 'Was In a Class By Himself' Says Young Frankenstein Co-Star Cloris Leachman In Touching Tribute

29 August 2016 10:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder, the beloved actor from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday. He was 83. Since then, tributes had flooded in for the legendary comedian. Cloris Leachman, who worked with Wilder on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein and other projects, shared her statement with People on Monday. "Gene was in a class by himself. I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us. I remember when we were shooting Young Frankenstein there was a scene where I had to get the group up the stairs immediately. I had to say, »

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Gene Wilder 'Was In a Class By Himself' Says Young Frankenstein Co-Star Cloris Leachman In Touching Tribute

29 August 2016 10:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Gene Wilder, the beloved actor from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died on Sunday. He was 83. Since then, tributes had flooded in for the legendary comedian. Cloris Leachman, who worked with Wilder on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein and other projects, shared her statement with People on Monday. "Gene was in a class by himself. I looked up to him yet on the set he was just one of us. I remember when we were shooting Young Frankenstein there was a scene where I had to get the group up the stairs immediately. I had to say, »

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'Willy Wonka' Star Gene Wilder Is Dead at 83

29 August 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Gene Wilder, one of the great comedic minds of our time, has passed away at the age of 83, according to reports.  Probably best known as the original Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wilder dominated movie and TV screens for two decades with a number of memorable roles that took advantage of neurotic and frenetic sensibilities. He's been absent from any notable roles for awhile now, following a 1989 diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, eventually passing away at his home in Stamford, Ct due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of Wilder's best roles were typically opposite another comedian, like when it came to his long-running partnership with Richard Pryor, which produced films like Stir Crazy and See No...

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- Erik Davis

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Gene Wilder: Remembering A Comedy Movie Icon – Photos

29 August 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Here is a photo gallery focusing on the career of Gene Wilder, who died Sunday. The revered comic actor starred in such inarguable classics as The Producers, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein and worked alongside such comedy greats as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor (four times), Wilder’s wife Gilda Radner, Madeleine Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman and Charles Grodin — and even with the likes of Donald Sutherland and… »

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Rip Gene Wilder (1933 - 2016)

29 August 2016 4:28 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Comedy legend Gene Wilder has passed away, after complications with Alzheimer's disease. He served as Mel Brooks's leading player, producing such classics as Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein. After those films, he also frequently starred opposite Richard Pryor. But to many he will always be remembered for the hilarious sly cruelty of his Willy Wonka, a performance that seen from a childhood gaze is awe-inspiring and warm only to become more delectably rotten in adulthood.

After the passing of his wife Gilda Radner (Wilder also had his own battle with cancer), he mostly stepped out of the spotlight, leaving those mentioned behemoths to speak for his legacy. For me, his Frederic Frankensteen is the one that sticks - all barking neuroses and feigned composure while lampooning the heightened acting styles of Universal horror classics. The performance is so physical and modulated to extremes that his comedy becomes like a set piece, »

- Chris Feil

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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 »

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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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