9 items from 2017
Andrew Blair Feb 15, 2017
Readers of this site may have read last week's news that there's to be a new Star Wars spoof. This film comes from the team who brought us Date Movie, Epic Movie, and apparently something called The Starving Games which blissfully passed me by. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selzer make relatively cheap movies that, despite critical maulings, tend to make money at the box office. When I worked at a cinema, an eleven year old boy went to see Meet The Spartans three times, proclaiming it the best film he had ever seen.
Mel Brooks has revealed his greatest comedy secret – and it’s surprisingly royal.
“Comedy’s job is to say the truth in the king’s ear,” the 90-year-old comic told People at the BAFTA awards in London on Sunday. “I think comedy is too PC.”
Brooks made no mention about whether he did just that to real-life future king (and academy president) Prince William when collecting a BAFTA Fellowship from the royal dad, who attended the ceremony alongside wife Princess Kate.
Yet the experience of meeting the second-in-line still left something of a mark on the man behind such comedy classics as Blazing Saddles, »
- Phil Boucher
One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and the White House sidekicks that are no laughing matter
Related: Mel Brooks to receive the 2017 Bafta fellowship
On Sunday night, the legendary director, producer, screenwriter, gag writer, standup comic, composer, impressionist and drummer Mel Brooks will be honoured for a lifetime of comedic excellence by Bafta. Noting that an awful lot of great British comics – Morecambe and Wise, the two Ronnies, even Rowan Atkinson – never made it big in the Us, Brooks says, “I was happy that they got my work in Britain. And I was surprised.”
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- Joe Queenan
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that legendary actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks is set to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards this Sunday, February 12th.
Brooks, who began his career in the 1940s, is one of only twelve people to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award, and his C.V. includes the likes of The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor,” said Brooks. “To be included among such iconic talents is absolutely humbling. In choosing me for the 2017 Fellowship I think that BAFTA has made a strangely surprising yet ultimately wise decision.”
“Mel Brooks is a truly unique and multi-talented filmmaker,” added Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA. “We are absolutely thrilled to award him the Fellowship, »
- Gary Collinson
Mel Brooks has been named this year’s recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Fellowship, it was announced Wednesday. The actor, director and producer will receive the award from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who serves as president of BAFTA, at the British Academy Film Awards, which take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.
“Mel Brooks is a truly unique and multi-talented filmmaker. We are absolutely thrilled to award him the Fellowship,” said Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA.
The BAFTA Fellowship is the body’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Recent recipients include Terry Gilliam, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Mike Leigh and last year’s honoree Sidney Poitier.
“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor,” said Brooks. »
- Robert Mitchell
8 February 2017 1:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Legendary funnyman Mel Brooks is set to receive the BAFTA Fellowship, the British Academy's highest honor.
"I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor," said Brooks. "To be included among such iconic talents is absolutely humbling. In choosing me for the 2017 Fellowship I think that BAFTA has made a strangely surprising yet ultimately wise decision."
- Alex Ritman
“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honour.”
The Duke Of Cambridge will present Brooks with the honour, which recognises an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Director, writer, actor and producer Brooks is one of only 12 people to win an ‘Egot’ – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award – but he is most famous for his comedy films The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Mel Brooks said: “I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honour. To be included among such iconic talents is absolutely humbling. In choosing me for the 2017 Fellowship I think that BAFTA has made a strangely surprising yet ultimately wise decision.”
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards kick off from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, and Et has everything you need to know about the star-studded event.
Et's Red Carpet Coverage: You can catch all of Et's coverage of the night right here at ETonline.com, on our official Facebook page, and on Twitter (@etnow) and Instagram (@entertainmenttonight). Plus, be sure to tune into Entertainment Tonight on Monday for our full post-show coverage.
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What Time Do the SAG Awards Start?: The show will begin airing live at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pt on TNT and TBS.
Who's Presenting?: Noteworthy presenters include Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Common, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson, Mahershala Ali, Octavia Spencer, Viggo Mortensen, Casey Affleck and the stars of Stranger Things.
Guest of Honor: Lily Tomlin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, which will be »
In the exclusive club of Egot winners—entertainers with an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony to their names—Mel Brooks is almost certainly the only one to stage a scene frequently described as a “symphony of flatulence.” (Though maybe there’s something in the Marvin Hamlisch oeuvre we’re overlooking.) The 90-year-old Brooks holds fast to the opinion that the movie that produced all that gas, 1974’s Blazing Saddles, is the funniest ever made, and he’s been gathering evidence on this hypothesis by hosting a cross-country series of screenings in recent years. Brooks and his film—a silly-smart, taboo-testing satire in which a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) and the hard-drinking, fastest gun in the West (Gene Wilder) outwit scheming bureaucrats and tyrannical cowhands, winning the hearts of a “twue”-hearted showgirl (Madeline Kahn) and the local yokels—make their next appearance at the Riot La »
- Erik Adams
9 items from 2017
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