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What to Watch: Old-School Gossip Girl, a Dance Tribute, Chloe Sevigny's Parting Hit and More

15 August 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Wednesday: Gossip Girl returns to her roots, The CW dares you to Sit on it, So You Think You Can Dance does right by Mia, something’s amiss with DirecTV’s Hit woman and Necessary Roughness has got (video) game. All told, we hand-selected 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Gossip Girl (Style) | Watch the Ues adventures of Blair, Serena et al from the very beginning, as Style rebroadcasts the entire series — three episodes at a pop — starting with the pilot (Where was Serena?), “The Wild Brunch” (Blair befriends Jenny!) and “Poison Ivy” (Dan and Nate »

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Mel Stuart obituary

13 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film director known for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Wattstax

Mel Stuart, who has died aged 83, became widely known for directing two radically dissimilar films, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Wattstax. The former, which Stuart called "the most rewarding experience of my career", was a garish and joyfully warped musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Received without enthusiasm on its release in 1971, the movie became over the next few decades a children's favourite, though its psychedelic overtones extended its appeal beyond that core audience. "Although I have been a film-maker for over 40 years," Stuart wrote in 2001, "Willy Wonka is the one work that has reached out to and been embraced by a wide audience."

Wattstax, released two years later, also acquired a cult following, one which might have increased had music rights issues not made the film hard to see until the late 1990s. »

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Et Creator and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Director Have Died

10 August 2012 6:45 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Mel Stuart, the Emmy-winning filmmaker who is best known for directing "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," has died. His daughter told The Associated Press that he died on Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. Then on Friday, Carlo Rambaldi (pictured), the special effects guru who won three Oscars for his work on the 1976 "King Kong," Ridley Scott's "Alien" and Steven Spielberg's "Et," also passed away at his home in Italy. He was 86. After designing aliens for the closing sequence of Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," Rambaldi worked on "Alien," earning his second Oscar for his work on the construction of the Xenomorph creature. He later re-teamed with Spielberg to design and create the iconic title character for "Et," for which he won his third Oscar. »

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'Willy Wonka' Director Mel Stuart Dies at 83

10 August 2012 2:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mel Stuart, the director of beloved family film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," has died. He was 83 years old. The cause was cancer, his daughter told the Associated Press. Though "Willy Wonka" has developed a passionate following due to its repeated airings on television, it was a commercial failure when it was first released in 1971. So disappointed was Paramount Pictures in the film's box office performance that it declined to renew its distribution deal when its rights expired, ultimately allowing rights to fall in the hands of Warner Bros., »

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R.I.P. Mel Stuart, director of Wattstax and Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

10 August 2012 12:29 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The Associated Press has reported the death of filmmaker Mel Stuart, a veteran director and producer who had a long, distinguished career as a documentarian, but who may best be remembered for introducing Oompa-Loompas into the nightmares of children the world over. He was 83. Stuart’s best-known feature, the Gene Wilder-starring Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, came about after his 10-year-old daughter, Madeline, read Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and asked her father to make a movie out of it. Stuart, along with his frequent producer David L. Wolper, creating a fantasy-musical that was a modest »

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Willy Wonka Director Mel Stuart Dies At 83

10 August 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian and producer, died Thursday night at the age of 83. In addition to making documentaries like The Making of the President 1960 (which won and Emmy) and Four Days in November, he directed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Odds are you saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when you were far too young to understand that someone had directed it-- when you're a kid you accept the reality of a film for what it is, and figure that if anyone is in charge, it's got to be Willy Wonka. But Stuart pulled off the amazing feat of handing over a film to a character as wild and unpredictable as Gene Wilder's Wonka, but telling the story of the five kids who enter his factory anyway, especially Charlie. Willy Wonka maintains the dark whimsy of Roald Dahl's book, but also one-ups »

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Willy Wonka Direct Mel Stuart Dies At 83

10 August 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian and producer, died Thursday night at the age of 83. In addition to making documentaries like The Making of the President 1960 (which won and Emmy) and Four Days in November, he directed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Odds are you saw Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when you were far too young to understand that someone had directed it-- when you're a kid you accept the reality of a film for what it is, and figure that if anyone is in charge, it's got to be Willy Wonka. But Stuart pulled off the amazing feat of handing over a film to a character as wild and unpredictable as Gene Wilder's Wonka, but telling the story of the five kids who enter his factory anyway, especially Charlie. Willy Wonka maintains the dark whimsy of Roald Dahl's book, but also one-ups »

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'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Director Mel Stuart Has Died

10 August 2012 10:35 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though Bob Hoskins retiring due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease was certainly some sad news, this hits just as close to my childhood heart. The Washington Post reports director Mel Stuart, responsible for the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has passed away at 83-years old after battling with cancer. In addition to directing that childhood favorite of mine, Stuart also leaves behind the legacy of documentary films such as The Making of the President 1960 (which won an Emmy) and the Academy Award nominated Four Days in November. More below. Stuart also followed presidential campaigns with a documentarian's eye on the campaigns from 1964 and 1968, in addition to lensing Wattstax, following the music festival of the same name and the aftermath of riots in the community in 1965. Other documentary features included work for PBS as part of their "American Masters" »

- Ethan Anderton

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Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Director, Dead at 83

10 August 2012 9:59 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Mel Stuart definitely made our childhoods a little bit sweeter. The veteran director, who helmed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, passed away on Thursday. He was 83. Per the BBC, Stuart died from cancer at his Beverly Hills home. Born in New York, Stuart spent much of his more than 50-year career creating documentaries and earned an Oscar nomination in 1965 for his John F. Kennedy-assassination film, Four Days in November. And while he made more than 180 films, Stuart will undoubtedly be best remembered for bringing Roald Dahl's novel to life with Gene Wilder starring as the famous candy maker. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, and three children. »

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'Willy Wonka' director Mel Stuart dies at age 83

10 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Director Mel Stuart's family tells the AP that Stuart has died of cancer in his Los Angeles home at the age of 83. Stuart was an award-winning documentary filmmaker, including films "The Making of the President," an "American Masters" piece on director Billy Wilder and groundbreaking film "Wattstax," which focused on the Los Angeles community of Watts in the wake of the 1965 riots and 1972 music festival.

Stuart did not film many feature films, but two of his are quite famous. His 1969 Golde Globe-nominated romantic comedy "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" stars Ian McShane ("Deadwood") as a British tour guide who takes a group of Americans on an 18-day tour of Europe and along the way has an affair with one of his clients, played by Suzanne Pleshette.

And of course, no one can forget the 1971 adaptation of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" starring Gene Wilder. We like »

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'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' director Mel Stuart dies at 83

10 August 2012 8:42 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Mel Stuart, the director of the beloved childhood classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died in Los Angeles on Thursday of cancer. He was 83.

The prolific filmmaker got his start in the early 1960s, directing and producing TV documentaries like The Rafer Johnson Story and Sophia: A Self-Portrait, about the Italian actress Sophia Loren. Stuart was nominated for an Oscar in 1965 for his seminal documentary Four Days in November, about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Some of his other notable documentaries include three editions of The Making of a President, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the groundbreaking Wattsax, »

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Mel Stuart, Documentarian and 'Willy Wonka' Director, Dies at 83

10 August 2012 7:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mel Stuart, the Emmy-winning filmmaker and documentarian who tackled such serious subjects as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and mental illness but is perhaps best known for directing the whimsical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83. Madeline Stuart told The Associated Press that her father died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 During the 1960s and '70s, Stuart was associated with David L. Wolper, with whom he established a base of West Coast documentary production at a time when New York filmmakers and TV networks'

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Mel Stuart Dead: 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory' Director Dies At 83

10 August 2012 7:34 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Director Mel Stuart passed away Thursday night. He was 83. Stuart is best known for his 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which starred Gene Wilder as the oddball chocolatier. Despite its poor return at the box office, the film went on to become a cult classic, inspiring a generation of kids and adults with its memorable songs and colorful visuals. Before the movie was released in theaters, Wilder sent a now famous letter to Stuart regarding Wonka's costume: "I love the main thing -- the velvet jacket -- and I mean to show by my sketch the exact same color. But I've added two large pockets to take away from the svelt, feminine line ... The hat is terrific, but making it 2 inches shorter would make it more special." In addition to "Wonka," Stuart also directed the groundbreaking music documentary "Wattstax," which followed the legendary Wattstax music festival in Los Angeles, »

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Willy Wonka Director Mel Stuart Dead at 83

10 August 2012 7:32 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Filmmaker Mel Stuart, best known for directing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died last night in Beverly Hills, his daughter announced today. He was 83. Stuart spent most of his career producing and directing documentaries, and he was nominated for an Oscar in 1965 for his film Four Days in November. He won an Emmy in 1964 for producing The Making of the President 1960, and was nominated four more times over the course of his career. Stuart produced more than 50 films and TV shows, and his most recent work was 2005's PBS Pov special The Hobart Shakespeareans. »

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'Willy Wonka' director Mel Stuart dies

10 August 2012 7:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart has died, aged 83. He passed away at his home in Beverly Hills on Thursday (August 10) following a battle with cancer, BBC News reports. Stuart started his career working on documentaries, before directing the adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1971. He worked on other feature films such as If It's Tuesday, This Must (more) »

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'Willy Wonka' Director Mel Stuart Dies

10 August 2012 6:41 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Mel Stuart -- who directed the iconic family musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- has died at 83.

Stuart's daughter Madeline Stuart told the Associated Press that her father died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.

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In 1971 Stuart directed Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- the story about a poor boy's visit to a fantastical candy factory starring Gene Wilder and Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson.

Stuart also made dozens of documentaries including three editions of The Making of the President, as well as the PBS series American Masters, which featured artist Man Ray and director Billy Wilder. His groundbreaking film Wattstax focused on the 1972 music festival and Los Angeles' largely black Watts neighborhood following the 1965 riots. »

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Mel Stuart Has Died

10 August 2012 5:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, has died.News of the 83 year-old Stuart's losing his fight with cancer at his Beverly Hills home late on Thursday night was announced by his daughter, Madeline, earlier today.Though a very successful and much-respected TV producer for the majority of his career, he is perhaps best remembered for adaptating Roald Dahl's children's book into Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in 1971 - a movie that only came about after an 11 year-old Madeline asked her dad to turn his favourite book into a film.The wonderfully-titled If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is another gem from early in his career, starring Ian McShane as an English tour guide and Suzanne Pleshette as one of a group of Americans he's taking around Europe.The prolific TV movie director won an Academy Award nomination (for his documentary, »

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Mel Stuart, Award-Winning Documentarian, Dies at 83

9 August 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | International Documentary Association | See recent International Documentary Association news »

Mel Stuart, whose career in film and television spanned nearly six decades and 150 films, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles at 83. The cause was cancer, as his daughter Madeline Stuart told the Associated Press.

While Stuart will always be best known for the classic 1971 feature Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, his documentary canon was prodigious. His Making of the President series, which covered the Us presidential campaigns of 1960, 1964 and 1968, earned him an Emmy for the 1960 installment. He earned an Academy Award nomination »

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Mel Stuart dies

9 August 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Mel Stuart, the acclaimed documentary-maker who won lengions of fans when he directed Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, has passed away from cancer at the age of 83. The producer of over 100 films, he was the prod recipient of a ioneer Award from the International Documentary Association and was nominated for an Oscar for Four Days In November, seen by many as the definitive work on the Kennedy assassination.

Stuart's documentaries took on a wide range of subjects, from music (he once dreamed of becoming a composer) to politics, sport, photography, the Holocaust and high finance. He was known for his sharp journalistic sense and was highy respected in the industry. His venture into Roald Dahl territory, creating a cult favourite, came at the request of his daughter who was convinced of his ability to bring her favourite book to life.

Stuart had been ill for some time and was »

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What the Us can learn from Willy Wonka

22 July 2012 8:04 PM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

As any moviegoer knows, charismatic heroes of the screen often personify what we wish we could be or what we aspire to do. Legendary but believable heroes of film include Atticus Finch, Clarice Starling or Rick Blaine, for example. But when it comes to the films of the last few decades, contemporary leading characters generally leave much to be desired from the Hollywood formulas that produce them. This is especially disappointing given the gloom and doom that has engulfed the United States — and much of the world — over the last several years.

As passé as it might sound, Willy Wonka as portrayed by Gene Wilder in Mel Stuart’s 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has always stood out to me as one of the most fascinating and inspiring movie characters of all time. While the picture has an air of timelessness from its storybook ambiance, some may view it as dated. »

- Charles H. Wade

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