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Great Job, Internet!: A musical salute to Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles

13 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s difficult to imagine John Wayne and Gene Wilder being considered for the same role, but that’s exactly what happened with the Waco Kid, an ex-gunfighter turned alcoholic in Mel Brooks’ 1974 cowboy comedy Blazing Saddles. On the DVD commentary for Blazing Saddles, Brooks talks about how Wilder came to play this atypical role. The director had originally wanted Wayne for the part, but the Stagecoach star turned it down, saying the script was just too dirty. Wilder, who had appeared as high-strung accountant Leo Bloom in Brooks’ The Producers, lobbied for the role, but Brooks opted for Gig Young instead. When Young’s real-life drinking problem became an issue during filming, Wilder replaced him and managed to bring a dreamy, wistful quality to this broken, pathetic character. In the wake of Wilder’s death on Monday at the age of 83, it’s a good time to »

- Joe Blevins

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

29 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow, »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

29 August 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow, »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Matt Lauria Joins Hulu's Dimension 404

6 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Kingdom‘s Matt Lauria is the latest TV vet to enter a strange new Dimension.

The actor has booked a guest appearance on Hulu’s Twilight Zone-esque anthology series Dimension 404, TVLine has learned.

RelatedFriday Night Lights Reunion Photos: Connie Britton Joins Cast at Atx Fest

Inspired by the Internet’s notorious “404” error code, the mystery thriller — which is comprised of six, self-contained, hour-long episodes (each boasting a twist ending!) — aims to “evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. »

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