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If you don't know who Mel Brooks is, you could be a teenager, born without a sense of humor or someone who hasn't been paying attention for a really long time. Just in case, Brooks, 86, is one of the rare performers known as an Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner -- multiple times.
A comedian, actor, singer, director, producer and lyricist, Brooks is the brains behind "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein." He chats openly with his pal, Alan Yentob of the BBC, in an hourlong conversation, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, Dec. 10., on HBO. He had another open and long talk with Zap2it, condensed here.
Zap2it: What is your favorite one-liner?
Mel Brooks: "Walk this way." Don't ask me why. Groucho did it, and the double entendre was he walked in a funny way.
Zap2it: What's your favorite song?
Mel Brooks: It's probably "High Anxiety. »
Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Good Wife," "Dexter" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, December 10 at 9pm on HBO The comedy legend appears in conversation with the BBC’s Alan Yentob in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California, talking about his life and career, accompanied by clips from "Your Show of Shows," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." This is Brooks' second special with HBO -- in 2011 he did "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again." "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23": "Bar Lies..." Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm on ABC James Van Der Beek, in his continuing role as a...
- Alison Willmore
Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Good Wife," "Dexter" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" Monday, December 10 at 9pm on HBO The comedy legend appears in conversation with the BBC’s Alan Yentob in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, California, talking about his life and career, accompanied by clips from "Your Show of Shows," "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety." This is Brooks' second special with HBO -- in 2011 he did "Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again." "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23": "Bar Lies..." Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30pm on ABC James Van Der Beek, in his continuing role as a »
- Alison Willmore
Mel Brooks is one of the great comedy minds of the 20th century. He was part of the greatest comedy writing staff ever assembled — at various points, it included Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, among many others — for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." He and fellow Caesar alum Carl Reiner gave the world the 2000-Year-Old Man, and later he and Buck Henry created the classic James Bond spoof "Get Smart." And that's all before he went into the movie business and gave us "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and all »
- Alan Sepinwall
"The Producers" (1968): Mel Brooks snagged an Academy Award for his ingenious and hilarious screenplay about a shady Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) who schemes to make a fortune by overselling shares in a musical that is so mind-bogglingly terrible that it will close on opening night, allowing him to pocket most of the cash. Unfortunately, his chosen property -- "Springtime for Hitler" -- is such a surreal train wreck that audiences embrace it as a screwball comedy. Gene Wilder also was Oscar-nominated as Mostel's high-strung accomplice.
"Blazing Saddles" (1974): On its original release, some critics must have stared aghast at "Blazing Saddles" like that "Springtime for Hitler" Broadway audience in "The Producers," as Brooks gleefully challenged good taste to a gunfight at the Oy Vey Corral with his sendup of Western cliches that, among other things, lampooned the virulent racism of that period and pointed out the logical outcome of »
On TV this Monday: The Voice feels four-tunate, the Broke Girls offer a double pump, Michael Bublé invites you Home for the Holidays and Mel Brooks sits down with HBO. (We must tell our birds.) As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | How I Met Your Mother : Barney’s New Romance Heats Up, Plus a Buffy Reunion
8 pm American Country Awards (Fox) | Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) and Trace Adkins host this live celebration of country music. Scheduled performers include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.
8 pm »
- Kimberly Roots
Mel Brooks is one of the most influential voices in comedy, what with the groundbreaking TV series “Your Show of Shows,” films like “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” and, of course, the film-turned-musical “The Producers.” Now, Brooks will look back over his sprawling career in HBO’s “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” The special, which will air December 10 at 9/8c, will feature Brooks onstage with Alan Yentob, creative director for the BBC, at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, Cal. in front of a live audience. Brooks will talk about his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian. The special will also take a look at [ Read More ]
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Chicago – Mel Brooks is an indisputable genius and his comic mastery gets a perfect tribute in the 5-dvd-and-1-cd set from Shout Factory, “The Incredible Mel Brooks,” a treasure trove of rare clips, old TV shows, appearances, and recollections from one of comedy’s greatest writers. This is a fantastic set, a perfect gift for the comedy fan in your family.
As with all sets this big, it’s hard to know where to begin. And so I find it funny that the first clip on the first DVD of “The Incredible Mel Brooks” is “The Hitler Rap,” a promotional music video with Brooks as Hitler rapping to promote “To Be or Not To Be.” It’s the kind of thing that would typically be lost to movie history but Shout Factory has a wonderful track record of finding such lost material and bringing it to modern audiences. It sets the tone, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
HBO is set to chronicle comedy legend Mel Brooks’ career next month in a retrospective called Mel Brooks Strikes Back! Brooks will be joined on stage in front of a live studio audience by BBC creative director Alan Yentob as the two discuss Brooks’ long and illustrious career as an actor, comedian, composer, director, producer, writer and all the odd jobs along the way. According to a press release from the pay cabler, the special will feature clips of his appearances in classic movies and TV such as Your Show of Shows, The Producers and Blazing Saddles. He’ll also take »
I've already talked about intentional thrills in Tuesday's Best Movie Ever? subject Halloween, so to celebrate All Hallow's Eve, we're inspecting the flipside: nine unintentionally scary movie moments. I couldn't handle these as a kid, and I still can't handle them now. They're scrumdiddylumptiously traumatizing!
1. Willy Wonka's climactic freakout in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Plenty of Willy Wonka moments qualify as frightening -- the perilous ferry ride, Violet Beauregarde's blueberry explosion, the austere presence of Slugworth -- but angry Gene Wilder is a scary thing. His freakout at the chocolate factory's sole survivor Charlie has been turned into an ever-present internet meme, but I still can't shake the chills of his screamy "You Lose! Good Day, sir!" Trivia note: Did you know that Gene Wilder was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968 for The Producers but lost to The Subject Was Roses' Jack Albertson, who »
I make things up for a living. I don't get out much and I haven't allowed a newspaper in the house for thirty years, so I truly live in a world of fiction. I've got by with Louis B Mayer's definition of a documentary being a film without girls in it, while a semi documentary has one girl. Recently however, I've been obliged to confront reality head-on in the form of the film You've Been Trumped.
It turns out that an old piece of fiction of mine, Local Hero, bears unavoidable comparison with real life events in Aberdeenshire where the property developer Donald Trump is building his "world class" golf resort, captured in Anthony Baxter »
- Bill Forsyth
There are only 14 entertainers who have can be classified as an Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners and one of them is getting the documentary treatment on American Masters, Mel Brooks. Though the comedian has not shied away from performing on camera he has been reluctant until now to be interviewed for the career profile which will be broadcast in May 2013 on the Emmy Award lauded PBS series.
American Masters Mel Brooks (w.t.) which was made by filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg (Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer) features insights from Mel Brooks, Matthew Broderick (Ladyhawke), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show), Carl Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap), and Joan Rivers (The Swimmer). "When they called me to say I had been chosen as the next 'American Master' I thought they said I was chosen to be the next Dutch Master,” joked Brooks who is the »
The arrest took place at 6 Am this morning when FBI agents took Mark Hotton into custody at his waterfront home in West Islip, Long Island. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District Of New York in Manhattan, the 46-year-old stockbroker was supposed to help finance the $12M-$14M Broadway show Rebecca: The Musical which folded last month. But allegations are that Hotton fabricated four investors who were going to put up $4.5M in funds for the Broadhurst Theatre show based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel. The criminal complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court describes ”stranger-than-fiction frauds both on and off Broadway… Hotton faked lives, faked companies and even staged a fake death, pretending that one imaginary investor had suddenly died from malaria.” Sounds like a page straight out of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Hotton is charged with two counts of wire »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Few filmmakers have had as profound an effect on me as director David Lynch. When I was exposed to Twin Peaks during its initial run back in late 1990 my mind was blown out the back of my head by the possibilities of what film and television could be.
For many it was first seeing Star Wars and for other more recent generations it will be their first viewing of Fellowship of the Ring but for me it was the scene where an older Kyle Maclachlan speaks to a backwards talking dwarf in a red room and my life was changed forever.
As a result I have eagerly watched all of David Lynch’s directorial work many times over the years and await each new project eagerly. Sadly he seems to have slowed down somewhat from the productive decades of the 80’s and 90’s and has only directed two movies in the last ten years. »
- Chris Holt
Washington, Oct 6: The American Film Institute is presenting screen legend Mel Brooks with its highest honour - the Life Achievement Award.
The 86-year-old writer and director, whose comedy classics include 'The Producers,' 'Blazing Saddles,' 'Young Frankenstein' and 'History of the World: Part I' will be receiving the award at a gala tribute next June, AFI announced. »
- Arun Pandit
Mel Brooks won one Oscar over the course of his illustrious career. Care to guess which film earned him his lone statuette? Nope, it wasn’t Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein or even Spaceballs, though those are all good guesses. It was a writing Oscar for his The Producers screenplay. Brooks currently sits on the long list of esteemed directors who never took home the Best Director Oscar for their work. Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Tim Burton, Sidney Lumet, Sergio Leone … the list is pretty extensive. Yet with Brooks finding out today that he’s receiving the lifetime achievement honor from the American Film Institute, we wanted to go back over his resume and single out the five movies that should have...
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Mel Brooks has induced generations of fans to snort and giggle at his films, including The Producers, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles; he’s also part of a rare club of talented folks who have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, not to mention earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now the 86-year-old comic writer-director can add another honor to the list: an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.
Brooks, known for witticisms in both art and in life (think: “humor is just another defense against the »
- Solvej Schou
This is no joke. Funnyman Mel Brooks has been selected by the American Film Institute to receive the 41st Life Achievement Award, the organization's highest honor for a career in film. And the 86-year-old writer/director/producer/actor has certainly given us our fair share of belly laughs by way of several beloved movies including The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy—and as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king," Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI's board of trustees, said in a statement. "He's a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI's honor to »
AFI will honor Mel Brooks with the 41st Life Achivement Award, their highest honor. On June 6, 2013, Brooks will be presented with the award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, which will later be aired on TNT. AFI's Sir Howard Stringer states: "Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king. He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting [this award].” Actor, writer, director, composer and producer Brooks is one of fourteen people who have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Among his most beloved films are "The Producers" (1968), "Blazing Saddles" (1974) -- all three of which are on AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs List--plus "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "High Anxiety" (1977) and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993). »
- Sophia Savage
The American Film Institute announced this morning that Oscar-winning all-rounder Mel Brooks will receive the institution's Life Achievement Award next June, at a gala tribute event to be aired on TNT. The 86 year-old actor-writer-director-producer was actually honored by the Academy at the earliest opportunity, winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his 1968 debut feature "The Producers," before 1970s streak of genre-pastiche comedies including "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "High Anxiety" and "Silent Movie." AFI chairman Howard Stringer says, "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy... a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves." [La »
- Guy Lodge
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