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Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters

Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters
AMC theaters and Warner Bros. are bringing back a pair of Gene Wilder films — “Blazing Saddles” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” — in honor of the late actor this weekend.

The two films will screen Saturday and Sunday at 55 AMC locations nationwide, with tickets for each costing $5.

“Willy Wonka,” released in 1971, stars Wilder as a candy mogul. “Blazing Saddles,” released in 1974, is a collaboration between Wilder and director Mel Brooks.

Wilder died on Monday at the age of 83.

“Willy Wonka” will screen at 5 p.m. and “Blazing Saddles” will follow at 7:30 p.m. on both days.

The full list of locations is below:

Atlanta: AMC Barrett Commons 24, AMC Southlake Pavilion 24

Baltimore: AMC Owings Mills 17

Baton Rouge: AMC Baton Rouge 16

Boston: AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Charlotte: AMC Concord Mills 24

Chicago: AMC River East 21, AMC Streets of Woodfield 20

Cincinnati: AMC Newport on the Levee 20

Columbus: AMC Lennox 24

Dallas: AMC
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Actor Who Played Charlie in ‘Willy Wonka’ on Gene Wilder Death: ‘It’s Like Losing a Parent’

Actor Who Played Charlie in ‘Willy Wonka’ on Gene Wilder Death: ‘It’s Like Losing a Parent’
Peter Ostrum had never set foot on a film set when he was cast as Charlie Buckett in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” It fell to Gene Wilder to show him the ropes.

“He was the pro and I was a rookie,” said Ostrum, who left the acting business and became a veterinarian.

Wilder died Monday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Ostrum said he had not seen Wilder since the film ended production, but he still took the news hard.

“It’s kind of like losing a parent,” said Ostrum. “You know it’s going to happen, but it’s still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, ‘Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.'”

“He was a gentle man,
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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ Star, Dies at 83

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ Star, Dies at 83
Gene Wilder, the actor known for roles in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died at age 83. According to the Associated Press, Wilder died earlier this month due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He had all but retired from the industry at the time of his death, with his last credited on-screen role coming in a few episodes of “Will & Grace” back in 2003. He also lent his voice to an episode of “Yo Gabba Gabba” in 2015. Wilder’s onscreen career began back in the 1960’s, when he appeared on a number of TV shows...
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Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Director, Dead at 83

Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Director, Dead at 83
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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'Roots' producer David Wolper dies at 82

'Roots' producer David Wolper dies at 82
David L. Wolper, the groundbreaking producer who made television history with the miniseries "Roots" as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, died at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.

Wolper won two Emmy Awards for 1977’s "Roots" and its 1979 "Roots: The Next Generations," the two miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel about his African-American ancestors pioneered the docudrama genre. Broadcast in one-and-two hour segments over an eight-day period in early 1977, the first series won huge ratings, despite initial reservations that its focus on the history of African-Americans would not have wide appeal. It won a 44.9 Nielsen rating and garnered a 66% share of the national audience, becoming one of the most-watched programs in TV history.

Although he primarily turned out documentaries for TV and films, Wolper also produced several theatrical movies, including 1971's
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Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions

Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions
Hallmark Channel said Monday that it has acquired a slate of 39 feature films, including the network TV premiere of the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. The acquisition deal, which Hallmark called its most ambitious ever, gives the channel a group of more contemporary titles to air alongside such acquired series as Walker, Texas Ranger, M*A*S*H and Diagnosis Murder and original movies including the Mystery Movie franchises. In addition to Penguins, the deal includes the network television premieres of Troy and The Phantom of the Opera as well as rights to Miss Congeniality, The In-Laws, Hearts in Atlantis, Kangaroo Jack, New York Minute, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. Other titles in the package include The Bridges of Madison County, Michael, Jack Frost, City Slickers, Forever Young, Little Giants and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Wilder Retracts Depp Criticism

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Movie funnyman Gene Wilder has hailed Johnny Depp as a "magical" choice to play Willy Wonka in upcoming film Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - weeks after attacking Depp's casting in the movie remake. Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, recently accused director Tim Burton of remaking the Roald Dahl fantasy for "pointless" financial gain. And despite complaining Depp would not be able to improve upon his portrayal of Wonka, Wilder has now declared Depp is the perfect choice for the film. He says, "If I were going to cast the movie, I would cast Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka because I think he is wonderful. Mysterious - always - and magical."

Wilder: "Wonka Remake Is All About Money"

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Movie funnyman Gene Wilder has attacked Tim Burton's choice of Johnny Depp to play Willy Wonka in upcoming film Charlie And The Chocolate Factory as a money-making ploy. Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, is suspicious of movie moguls' motives for remaking the Roald Dahl fantasy, and sees it as "pointless". He says, "It's all about money. It's just some people sitting around thinking 'How can we make some more money?' Why else would you remake Willy Wonka? I don't see the point of going back and doing it all over again. I like Johnny Depp, and I appreciate that he has said on record that my shoes will be hard to fill. But I don't know how it will all turn out." Despite Wilder's reservations, Burton insists his film will be closer to the original Dahl novel, than Wilder's musical version.

'Charlie' Filming Halted As Lens Gets Chocolate Treatment

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'Charlie' Filming Halted As Lens Gets Chocolate Treatment
The remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when a worker dropped a $540,000 camera lens in a vat of chocolate. The clumsy technician had failed to properly secure his wire-held camera, and watched aghast as it plunged into the three foot deep tank. According to insiders, the delay the incident caused could cost director Tim Burton's project up to $900,000. One source on the English set says, "When the camera fell it was like a slap-stick scene straight from the movie. A team of riggers had come in specially from the States to set it up over the vat of synthetic chocolate. But someone made a mistake and it wasn't secured properly. The production team didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The camera is probably beyond repair." A film spokesperson adds, "Technical tests were being carried out to see how close the camera could be moved to the chocolate. A camera did go into the liquid owing to a mechanical fault." Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is an adaptation of the best-selling Roald Dahl novel of the same name, which was first filmed in 1971 under the name Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Grandpa Kelly will tour 'Chocolate'

Grandpa Kelly will tour 'Chocolate'
David Kelly has nabbed the role of Grandpa Joe in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Warner Bros. Pictures. The project is based on the celebrated Roald Dahl book, in which a young boy named Charlie and his grandfather tour a candy factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka. The book was made into a film in 1971, with the screenplay by Dahl, but titled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. According to Warners, Burton's take, with a screenplay by John August, will skew more closely toward the book than the 1971 version. Kelly, who starred in Waking Ned Devine, joins Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie. Kevin McCormick is overseeing for the studio. Producing are Brad Grey and Richard D. Zanuck, while Liccy Dahl, Michael Siegal and McCormick are executive producers. Kelly's other recent credits include Laws of Attraction and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

August bakes new 'Charlie' for Burton, WB

John August, who penned the current Tim Burton release Big Fish, is reteaming with the director to write the script for Warner Bros. Pictures' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp is attached to star in the redo of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Warners is keen on getting the project before cameras early next year. August, who is said to have enjoyed an extremely positive working relationship with Burton on Big Fish, isn't the first writer hired to help Warners mount the update. Scott Frank, Gwyn Lurie and Pamela Pettler have previously handled writing chores but August is starting from scratch, sources said, by heading back to the original source material, the Roald Dahl classic novel. Charlie is being produced by Brad Grey, Richard Zanuck and Matt Baer. Michael Siegel is executive producing. August is repped by UTA. He previously penned Charlie's Angels and it's followup, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, for Columbia Pictures. His other credits include scripting and co-producing Doug Liman's Go.

Aniston and Pitt To Revive 'The Chocolate Factory'

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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are bringing a new version of Roald Dahl's classic novel Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to movie screens. The Hollywood couple will serve as producers of the Warner Bros. film through their company Plan B - the newly formed partnership of Aniston, Pitt, Brad Grey and Michael Siegel, who manages the interests of the Dahl estate. Meanwhile, Planet Of The Apes director Tim Burton is in talks to helm the production. Although the film-maker has yet to sign a deal, the Dahl estate has already approved Burton as the director they wanted most. In the next few days, he will meet with the family in London, where he's putting the finishing touches to the movie Big Fish. Signing Burton will cap a long campaign to get the film under way with the blessing of the Dahl estate, which was reluctant to make a deal because the author didn't like the first screen adaptation - 1971's Gene Wilder flick Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

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