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The four guys sitting around the lunch table in Beverly Hills have been business associates and friends for 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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- Jenni Miller
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:
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- Michelle McCue
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
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
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, »
*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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- Ryan Turek
[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
An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.
For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.
The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):
Won the Academy Award for »
- Frank Ochieng
Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar as a widow who falls for Death Row prison guard Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) who was on duty for her husband's execution. The delicate situation is made even more volatile by Hank's irredeemably racist father (Peter Boyle), whose prejudice is shared by Hank's son (Heath Ledger). Sexual and racial tensions run at a feverish high in this unflinchingly acted drama, splendidly handled by future Bond director Marc Forster. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Seven years after his blockbuster success producing the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, Irwin Allen revisited the same story for a sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. The 1979 film represents all the reasons that sequels to most hit films are generally disdained. Yes, there was The Godfather trilogy to buck the trend, but there were also those God-awful sequels to Jaws. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure opens the morning after the capsizing of the cruise ship. Michael Caine is Mike Turner, the financially destitute captain of a small vessel who is facing bankruptcy after losing his cargo in the same violent storm that destroyed The Poseidon. On board his boat are his first mate Wilbur (Karl Malden) and Celeste Whitman (Sally Field), a perky but klutzy young drifter the men have befriended. They stumble upon the capsized wreck of the Poseidon and Turner immediately smells financial opportunity in the tragedy. »
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“But look at how they walk,” she squirmed, uncomfortably, at the cats awkwardly moving forward on their hind legs. “It’s creepy. I don’t wanna watch anymore.” And so, about 20 minutes in, we switched over.
She was right, you know. The cats walk slightly off-balance, their legs too short for their bodies, bestowing on them an odd, waddling gait; their front paws held aloft like a camp T-Rex’s. Nevertheless, their strut was an interesting aspect to take issue with. Of all the unnatural things to occur in The Cat Returns – talking crows, inanimate objects jumping to life, undertones of bestiality – the felines’ march is relatively tame.
The story, as is that production house’s way, is structured like a dream, tugging on the frayed ends of a narrative thread. A girl, Haru (Chizuru Ikewaki »
- Oliver Davis
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Running Time: 71 minutes
Originally planned as a short feature for a theme park and direct to video release, The Cat Returns gradually evolved into a film that has been looked down upon somewhat when compared to other Studio Ghibli features. Not having one of the studio’s two main directors and founders at the helm may have something to do with that, or it could be the very short running time; especially in comparison with other Ghibli films. The Cat Returns is also placed in a strange timeline where it is a “sort of” sequel to 1995’s Whsiper Of The Heart, but only in that it contains a couple of familiar characters.
Haru (Ikewaki/Hathaway) is a young girl who one day saves a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
PBS’ “The Pioneers of Television” returns for a fourth season, offering more fuzzy nostalgia, and squandered opportunity. While it’s something of a kick to celebrate programs from TV’s past, the franchise suffers from its pigheaded refusal to incorporate voices beyond the actual stars it features, providing a once-over-lightly account that could easily be enriched by incorporating a few behind-the-scenes and third-party voices. As is, a show that provides understandable and welcome comfort food for public TV’s older audience serves up a much thinner gruel than it ought to have been.
The latest batch of four episodes begins with “Standup to Sitcom,” featuring comics who successfully made the transition to TV, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Roseanne, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby. On its face, so far, so good.
Yet those performers are the only ones, for the most part, enlisted to share their memories, even »
- Brian Lowry
This story of a surly ex-con whose encounter with an almost-teenage version of himself is a return to more modest roots for men in front of and behind the camera in this new release. The star of Joe (in case you’re wondering, this is not a remake of the 1970 urban revenge thriller that starred Peter Boyle as the title character) is Nicolas Cage, who has often become an internet punchline (“Is he a vampire?” and endless “maniac, freak-out” montages) recently. After establishing himself as an off-beat character actor through the 1980′s , he won an Oscar as a boozing writer on a march toward death in Leaving Las Vegas. This lead to a series of big-budget action films with only an occasional foray into the unusual (Adaptation, Matchstick Men). He even entered the Marvel movie universe, starring in two Ghost Rider flicks. But with this new role, he’s squarely »
- Jim Batts
With Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, the English storyteller unleashed one of mankind's most memorable monsters. The reanimated corpse created by Victor Frankenstein made his film debut in 1910 in the 16-minute short "Frankenstein." Since then, this creature has appeared in a long list of feature films, portrayed by the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Peter Boyle, and Robert De Niro. Tomorrow, as I, Frankenstein hits theaters, the film's star Aaron Eckhart will join their ranks, and with a proud tradition of adding empathy to the tale of this misunderstood monster. Based on the graphic novel by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein follows the monster's journey from an 18th century cemetery to a contemporary dystopia where two immortal clans are engaged in a brutal war that will determine the future--or lack thereof--of the human race. Eckhart was tasked with the tricky role of giving »
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