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All 9 Roald Dahl Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

13 September 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Roald Dahl Rankings   by Sam Adams   Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)   When it comes to Roald Dahl adaptations, there’s Wes Anderson‘s, and then there’s everyone else’s. Stop-motion animation was a logical step for one of the movies’ great miniaturists, and the animal-kingdom setting softens the harshness of Dahl’s worldview, which on screen often hardens into grotesquerie and cynicism. Like most of Anderson’s movies, “Mr. Fox” hides serious melancholy beneath its lacquered surface, just as Dahl’s whimsy mingles with the macabre.   Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)   Watched with adult eyes, Mel Stuart’s candy-coated adventure looks awfully threadbare in spots, »

- Sam Adams

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'I wanted to be Willy Wonka': how Gene Wilder inspired future pastry chefs

31 August 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wilder’s role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory resonated with children everywhere – but also in the hearts and minds of generations of chefs

The birth of Willy Wonka predated Gene Wilder’s embodiment of him by seven years. Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory first appeared in 1964; Mel Stuart’s retitled adaptation came in 1971. But with Wilder’s passing last week, the world also mourned the passing of the man synonymous with that of the mercurial candy man.

Widely seen and deeply felt, Wilder’s portrayal of the man behind the world’s strangest chocolate factory resonated with children everywhere – but also in the hearts and minds of inchoate pastry chefs who were inspired by the edible teacup and everlasting gobstopper. Rarely mentioned as a food movie, per se, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory inspired generations to enter into a world of pure imagination.

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- Joshua David Stein

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Willy Wonka's Violet Beauregarde Recalls Memorable Day on Set When Gene Wilder 'Stole My Heart'

31 August 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Of the many memorable characters created by the late Gene Wilder, his titular role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory carries a specific magical weight - particularly for those who acted alongside him, like former child actress Denise Nickerson (aka Violet Beauregarde). "He created an iconic character," Nickerson tells People of being in the film with Wilder, who died of complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 83. "He did the majority of that himself, his little idiosyncrasies [in character], kicking the ball, whipping the cane, stuff like that, that was all him." The former child actress, who was 13 during filming, remembers »

- Kara Warner, @karawarner

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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: 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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Gene Wilder's 10 Greatest Performances

29 August 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Everyone's got a favorite Gene Wilder performance: to younger viewers, he's a fondly remembered face in childhood favorites like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; to an older filmgoers, he was a brilliantly bawdy performer who owned comedy in the Seventies. At any age, however, he was one of those impossible-to-dislike actors whose very presence had a way of lifting up a film.

Most actors consider it a privilege to land one all-time classic role over the course of their career — Wilder had more than can be counted on one hand. »

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Gene Wilder dies, aged 83

29 August 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Aug 29, 2016

Some really sad news. The great Gene Wilder has died, it's been confirmed.

Gene Wilder, the actor, writer and director of unforgettable stage and screen comedies, has died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a statement from his nephew. Wilder was 83.

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants in 1999.

Less than two years after Wilder married Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20th 1989, at age 42. Wilder wrote and directed The Woman In Red (1984) and starred in two other films with Radner. After she died, Wilder became actively involved in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer and helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.

Wilder reportedly became a comic performer in order to cheer up his dying mother. »

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

30 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

30 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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