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4 items from 2014


Theodore J. Flicker, Filmmaker and ‘Barney Miller’ Co-Creator, Dies at 84

15 September 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Theodore J. Flicker, a filmmaker whose eclectic career included the Cold War comedy “The President’s Analyst” and the much-loved ABC comedy “Barney Miller,” died Sept. 13 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 84.

Flicker’s family told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the writer-helmer died in his sleep.

Flicker moved into Hollywood after working with an improvisational group in New York that he co-founded, the Premise. Members including future showbiz notables George Segal, Joan Darling and Buck Henry. The group helped Flicker produce his first film, the indie cult classic “The Troublemaker” (1964).

Flicker directed episodes of a handful of TV series, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” got his first break in features by co-writing the Elvis Presley feature “Spinout” (1966) and then really broke through with 1967 comedy “The President’s Analyst,” an offbeat send-up of the era’s obsession with thrillers, spies and psychoanalysis that Flicker wrote and directed. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Theodore J. Flicker, Filmmaker and ‘Barney Miller’ Co-Creator, Dies at 84

15 September 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Theodore J. Flicker, a filmmaker whose eclectic career included the Cold War comedy “The President’s Analyst” and the much-loved ABC comedy “Barney Miller,” died Sept. 13 at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 84.

Flicker’s family told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the writer-helmer died in his sleep.

Flicker moved into Hollywood after working with an improvisational group in New York that he co-founded, the Premise. Members including future showbiz notables George Segal, Joan Darling and Buck Henry. The group helped Flicker produce his first film, the indie cult classic “The Troublemaker” (1964).

Flicker directed episodes of a handful of TV series, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” got his first break in features by co-writing the Elvis Presley feature “Spinout” (1966) and then really broke through with 1967 comedy “The President’s Analyst,” an offbeat send-up of the era’s obsession with thrillers, spies and psychoanalysis that Flicker wrote and directed. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]

6 May 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Blazing Saddles

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

Running Time: 1 hr 33 mins

Rating: R

Own “Blazing Saddles” 40th Anniversary on Blu-ray 5/6!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIP9KXdmO0

Plot (courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video): Blazing Saddles stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff in the town of Rock Ridge, Harvey Korman as the villain, Madeline Kahn as a Marlene Dietrich-style chanteuse, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid and Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico. Once the lunatic film gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards– Supporting Actress for Kahn, Best Editing and Best Song.

Movie: Right now there is only one Western comedy worth talking about, and it is Blazing Saddles. Yes, this »

- Jeff Bayer

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Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Arrives May 6

11 February 2014 12:35 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I don’t own Blazing Saddles. I know. That’s insane. Don’t worry, that will change May 6.

Here is the news release from Warner Bros.:

On May 6, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will commemorate the four-decade birthday of the great comedy classic Blazing Saddles, by releasing a new 40th Anniversary Blu-ray highlighted by a new featurette Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks’ Wild, Wild West in which Mel Brooks reflects on his own movie-making chutzpah, Blazing Saddles‘ lasting cultural impact on audiences of all generations, and alongside co-stars Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn, proves why his film is, without a doubt, the funniest and most outrageous film ever made. Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary Bu-ray will also include 10 quotable art cards with funny quotes and images from the film, plus vintage extra content including Brooks’ commentary, cast reunion documentary, and “Black Bart,” the 1975 television pilot inspired by the movie. »

- Jeff Bayer

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