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Back in the day, folks only had a handful of channels to watch on their rabbit-eared tubes, but from 1964–1966, those who liked their laughs draped in a gothic atmosphere could happily bask in the glow of CBS's The Munsters and ABC's The Addams Family. If you have especially fond memories of the former, then take note, because characters from The Munsters are depicted in upcoming Pop! Vinyls from Funko, along with the neck-chomping Nosferatu and the pain-seeking Pinhead as he appeared in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Also recently revealed at New York City's Toy Fair: the Vinyl Idolz of memorable characters from Mel Brooks' classic film, Young Frankenstein.
The Munsters, Nosferatu, and Pinhead Pop! Vinyls are due out in August, while the Young Frankenstein Vinyl Idolz are set for release this fall. We have photos of the figures below (A big thanks to Comic Book Resources for the images! »
- Derek Anderson
Chicago – Like the recent movie-to-stage-musical adaptations, “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein,” Chicago has become the proving ground before a Broadway premiere. The latest is almost a no-brainer, “The First Wives Club,” adapted from the 1996 film that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.
The big news is that the original song writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) have reunited to write new music for the show, adding to their familiar hits “Stop in the Name of Love,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” 22 new songs have been added to “The First Wives Club” stage musical, representing the first new output in years from the famous songwriting trio.
Photo credit: First Wives Club The Musical
Portraying the threesome made famous in the film by Midler, Hawn and Keaton is Broadway baby Faith Prince, »
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Mel Brooks directed such films as "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," and "Young Frankenstein," but hasn't stepped behind the camera for twenty years. But during a recent interview, Brooks revealed that he may be interested in developing a sequel to his "Spaceballs" comedy. "Maybe I could do another musical, maybe I could do another movie. I was thinking about 'Spaceballs' the other day," he said. "In 'Spaceballs,' in the movie, Bill Pullman says to me, Yogurt, just plain Yogurt, he says 'Do you think we'll ever meet again?' and I say 'Well, I don't know... maybe in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.' And I'm thinking now, if I did a movie that came out right after 'Star Wars' comes out . maybe a couple of months later . I'd have a big weekend, you know? No matter what, even if it fell on »
As far as hilarious genre parodies go, you probably won.t be able to find a more beloved film than Mel Brooks. Spaceballs. (Perhaps, with the exception of Brooks. Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein.) The 1987 Star Wars satire gloriously took the then-recently-concluded Original Trilogy and mashed it up with a healthy dash of pop-culture lampooning into a heaping helping of hilarity. While rumors of a potential sequel have been floating around ever since, it seems that Brooks. latest comments on the matter show that he remains committed to using The Schwartz to make the film a reality and Soon. On a recent appearance on comedian Adam Corolla.s Take a Knee podcast (recounted on Reddit), Brooks would confirm to the audience that a Spaceballs sequel "is actually going to happen." The comedy icon further expressed that he "really wants to do it", with plans to ask back Rick Moranis and »
What do Sir Ian McKellen, Joy Behar, and Billy Crystal have in common? Other than the obvious talent, charisma, and fame, these three legends—along with the 10 others on this list—have put it all on the line (and the stage) with autobiographical one-person shows. Drawing from their early years, storied careers, and adventurous lives, these famous actors have shared themselves with audiences across the country while doing what they do best. Mel BrooksOne of only 12 EGOTs (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners) this comedic luminary took to the stage in Los Angeles for “Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen,” a one-man, one-night “introspective retrospective” of the director’s life and work. The creator of “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” and many more American comedy classics hit the boards to share stories from his long (and hilarious) career. Missed the live show? HBO is airing a special recording of the legendary event on Saturday, »
The American Film Institute is probably best known for those lists of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (y'know... if it's an American production in some way). Well, every year they hold their own awards, because every group of people has to have awards. They recognize the ten best films (for this year, it's eleven due to a tie) and the ten best television programs of the year. There are not winners in these categories, but each one gets celebrated. On that front, I kind of like the AFI approach to awards. Along with the awards, AFI has put together this four and a half minute montage chronicling the last 120 years of film. Now, it would be ridiculous to cover every single year. Instead, they start with 1894's Strong Man and jump every ten years, showcasing films like Rear Window, The Godfather: Part II, Pulp Fiction, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind »
- Mike Shutt
6 items from 2015
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