18 items from 2012
"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 »
At 86 years old, Mel Brooks easily has more energy than the average man half his age. In support of his new Shout Factory! box set The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy, the Hollywood Egot legend (a member of the highly exclusive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner's club) enthusiastically regaled stories of his career to me for 45 minutes until his staff gave him the hook.
Out of the gate, Mel told me on the phone, "David, you're going to have to suffer. You're gonna suffer me eating a cinnamon-raison bagel as we talk." But before I could say another word, he turned the tables and asked me a barrage of questions about my life and career. The man wanted to know who he was talking to. He wanted to be able to relate, and ended with, "So this is good. You write for Entertainment Tonight -- the blogs, the web, the »
While Amazon typically has a decent selection of severely discounted movies and TV shows available on Blu-ray and DVD, it's always a good day when every Gold Box special is a bunch of movie and TV season collections. Today is such a day as Amazon has the Blu-ray edition of the Mel Brooks Collection (which includes Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, History of the World: Part 1, Silent Movie, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Young Frankenstein) as well as season sets of Dexter. Criminal Minds, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and History Channel's Mega Collection for The Universe.
The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray - $25.99 (68% off) - all day long Dexter: Seasons 1-5 on Blu-ray - $126.49 (57% off) - 9am - 12pm Est Criminal Minds: Seasons 1-6 on DVD - 12pm - 3pm Est Dexter: Season 1-5 on DVD - 3pm - 5pm »
- Lex Walker
Today's Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day is a pretty great bargain. The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray is 68% off, which brings the list price of $79.98 down to $25.99. That’s just $26 for nine films spanning writer/director Mel Brooks’ career, including Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not to Be, and The Twelve Chairs. Even if this set only included three films from Brooks’ career it would be a steal, so the nine-film collection at this price is pretty much a no-brainer. Click here to purchase The Mel Brooks Collection. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.] »
- Adam Chitwood
Blu-ray and DVD box sets have invaded Amazon's Gold Box today with the feature attraction being The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray as the Gold Box Deal of the Day.
For today only, Amazon is selling The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for $25.99. That's $20 off what it normally sells for and under $3 bucks a film for each of the nine films included in the set: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Silent Movie, To Be or Not to Be, and The Twelve Chairs.
Click here to purchase The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for $25.99 at Amazon.com.
That link takes you to the Gold Box page at Amazon where you can also see today's Lightning Deals, all of which are either Blu-ray or DVD box sets. Right now Dexter: Seasons 1-5 on Blu-ray is up. New deals will be »
In the immortal words of Max Bialystock, "I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?" A month after Shout! Factory releases its epic "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy" DVD/CD box set, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" will make its debut on HBO on Monday, December 10th at 9pm, a special filmed in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, CA. The show features Brooks in conversation with Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director, discussing his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian, and will include clips from "Your Show of Shows," a Brooks and Carl Reiner "2000 Year Old Man" routine, "The Producer," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety," as well as footage of Brooks performing the song "Retreat" with collaborator Ronny Graham. »
- Alison Willmore
In the immortal words of Max Bialystock, "I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?" A month after Shout! Factory releases its epic "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy" DVD/CD box set, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" will make its debut on HBO on Monday, December 10th at 9pm, a special filmed in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, CA. The show features Brooks in conversation with Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director, discussing his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian, and will include clips from "Your Show of Shows," a Brooks and Carl Reiner "2000 Year Old Man" routine, "The Producer," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety," as well as footage of Brooks performing the song "Retreat" with collaborator Ronny Graham. ...
- Alison Willmore
I grew up on horror movies. It wasn’t supposed to start that way. While kids my age were throwing baseballs or shooting hoops at a neighborhood park, I was feeding my insatiable craving for film. I barely differentiated between genres at the time. Whatever caught my eye on a VHS cover box went into my mental queue. Then I met Lisa, the older, Italian lady who’d eventually became my "pusher." Lisa looked like a gypsy. Chatty and warm, she worked what appeared to be a 24-hour shift at our town’s mom-and-pop video store. As often as possible, I’d bike to the video store and receive a stack of tapes from Lisa… my homework. In the beginning, she’d shuffle the cards: Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety, Rock ‘n’...
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The prior four articles of the good and ugly in comedy horror, all of it was in the run down to this final part. We’ve looked at Frank Henenlotter, Joe Dante, and an unfathomable number of pratfalls, puns, sarcastic one liners and gore, gore, gore. If you’re favourite comedy horror hasn’t appeared, tell us what it is in the comments section below. Maybe a variation on this article will appear in 12 months with some of those omissions included.
Now to the meat of the matter, what are the greatest films that combine both comedy and horror?
Wallace & Gromit And The Curse Of The Were-rabbit
Wallace & Gromit made their debut feature length with one of best horror homages in many a year. Maybe that’s a biased viewpoint as a Brit, Wallace and his pet dog can do no wrong on these shores. »
- Rob Simpson
I grew up on horror movies. It wasn’t supposed to start that way. While kids my age were throwing baseballs or shooting hoops at a neighborhood park, I was feeding my insatiable craving for film. I barely differentiated between genres at the time. Whatever caught my eye on a VHS cover box went into my mental queue. Then I met Lisa, the older, Italian lady who’d eventually became my “pusher.” Lisa looked like a gypsy. Chatty and warm, she worked what appeared to be a 24-hour shift at our town’s mom-and-pop video store. As often as possible, I’d bike to the video store and receive a stack of tapes from Lisa… my homework. In the beginning, she’d shuffle the cards: Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety, Rock...
- Sean O'Connell
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
Did Tj’s nadir teach the Barrish bunch nothing? This week on Political Animals, as the former First Family waited for the fallen son to wake from his overdose, Margaret and Annie got stoned, Doug and Susan got drunk (and then got busy), and Elaine and Bud were high on power. Here’s what happened in the USA Network series’ penultimate episode.
Flying High | Fresh off Tj’s Od at his nightclub opening, Elaine & Co. swung into damage control mode, inviting Susan Berg to pen a piece on the “adverse reaction” Tj had to some “antibiotics.” Susan (smartly) wasn’t buying a word of it, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Blu-ray has invaded Amazon.com's Gold Box Deal of the Day again, this time with laughs and a seriously cheap per-film price on the agenda.
For today only, Amazon is selling the Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for $28.99 or 64% off the $79.98 list price. That's about 20% less than what Amazon typically sells the set for.
The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray includes nine films from the actor and filmmaker's long career: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, To Be or Not to Be, History of the World, Part 1, The Twelve Chairs and High Anxiety. The math on the sale price works out to around $3.22 per movie.
Click here to purchase the Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for $28.99 at Amazon.com. »
The American Film Institute announced it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon American comedy icon Mel Brooks and celebrated surrealist David Lynch for “contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image” during AFI Conservatory commencement 2012 at Hollywood’s landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Both artists worked together on the Academy Award winning The Elephant Man (1980), with Lynch as director and screenwriter and Brooks as executive producer. The AFI Conservatory . named the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter . is renowned for its collaborative approach to hands-on filmmaking and its advanced training of the next generation of storytellers in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Previous recipients of the AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones,Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams. »
- Michelle McCue
Roald Dahl is a beloved children's book author who scares the hell out of me. I don't want to know where he lived, who raised him, or why he decided to address kids as an occupation, because the man is so, so disturbing. His Matilda is grim, his James and the Giant Peach is twisted, and his most beloved novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a frightening, cruel morality tale set in a candy-colored dystopia. I'm happy to report that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film adaptation of Dahl's sugary absinthe dream starring Gene Wilder, Oscar winner Jack Albertson, and a crew of unknowns, is just as frightening and cruel as the source material. And it has a secret gay relevance that I figured out only last night! Hooray! Now it's the Best Movie Ever.
I'm sure you know the story, but I'll dutifully recount it: Charlie »
New "science" show Super Smart Animals launches this week (Wed, 8pm, BBC1) featuring Liz Bonnin travelling the world to meet the planet's cleverest creatures. Qualified biologist Bonnin presents YouTube hamster clips dressed up as scientific experiment. Look, a skateboarding dog! A fish on Mastermind! Guaranteed to keep super dumb humans yuck-yucking at their intellectual overlords for the duration.
Meanwhile on Wild India (Mon, 8pm, Nat Geo Wild) Sir Attenborough gives us a guided tour of India's wildlife with special focus this week on elephants. A new baby elephant runs the gamut of drought, fire and flood in its first six months, not to mention the Bengal tiger and King Cobra who both want to eat it. The massive adult elephants stand in a tight circle around it like minders keeping fans away from Prince. You can also enjoy a boa constrictor throttling and ingesting its furry prey like Denise Welch meeting one of One Direction. »
- Julia Raeside
Chicago – Graham Greene’s haunting 1938 crime novel doesn’t deserve to be uttered in the same breath as Stephenie Meyer’s tween phenomenon, “Twilight.” Yet in the hands of British filmmaker Rowan Joffe, Greene’s masterwork loses its theological intrigue and becomes a self-conscious melodrama fueled by two grim lovers who could be dead ringers for Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.
Enter Pinkie (Sam Riley of “Control”), a pale-faced sociopath who becomes the leader of his underworld-dwelling gang despite the fact that he’s only 17. He doesn’t fit into modern society, and is an old soul at heart. His dark, brooding persona attracts the lustful gaze of Rose (Andrea Riseborough), a meek waitress with no life to call her own. She has no dreams or desires apart from romancing Pinkie, who treats her coldly and clearly harbors sinister intentions. All that’s missing is a shirtless werewolf to tear »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
18 items from 2012
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