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It's been a lot of fun chatting about Marvel the past two weeks, but it's time to change it up a bit. This week, we go back a truly classic comedy. This week, we are going to discuss one of the most quotable movies ever made. This week's chat is for the Mel Brooks classic, Spaceballs! Your's truly has been hosting The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat for two years now and it's showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon! Each week, we discuss either a movie, a series of movies, or »
- James Orrell
Editor’s Note: I met Sean Williams at Comic-Con’s Hall H between panels on the first day of the Con this past July, chatting as people do. It turns out that Sean is a filmmaker, and he’s working on a sci-fi project – travel to another planet! strong women! – that sounds really great.
Last week Sean let me know that he was ready to start “officially” talking about the project, and wanted to know what I’d like to know. I told him I wanted to know, basically, everything. How the project got started, who’s involved, where he is in the process, etc. What follows is the narrative he wrote up on the spot on his phone and sent to me via Facebook Messenger in response. One long narrative that was completely engaging. He even copied and inserted biographies as he went along. It’s no wonder the man has won writing awards. »
- Erin Willard
Mel Brooks’ fingerprints are all over Conan O’Brien’s absurd brand of comedy — can’t you see Richard Pryor loving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? — and the famous funnymen’s mutual respect is evident in a recent sit-down for Conan’s Serious Jibber-Jabber web series. (The full chat hits TeamCoco.com on Monday.)
EW got Conan on the phone to talk about his admiration for Brooks and what he learned during their hour-plus talk. (The Serious Jibber-Jabber tagline: “Conan O’Brien talks for a long time with interesting people.”) We also nabbed an exclusive preview clip below, in which »
- Katie Atkinson
The comedian reveals how he always wanted to be a rock star yet has never minded playing the nerd
Good morning, Rick! Where are you?
I'm in New York. I've lived here for almost 20 years now.
Some of your fans won't know this, but music has been part of your life at least as much as comedy (1).
Like all teenagers in the early 60s I put down my hockey stick (2) when the Beatles got big and picked up a guitar. We all thought we'd be rock stars. Then I got into comedy, but I'd always find a way to use my guitar, such as writing songs and doing musical parodies.
Your new album, My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs, is heavily Jewish-themed. Did you have to explain some of the references to the record company, such as bris and mezuzah?
Everybody seemed to know what a bris was, so that was helpful. »
- Hadley Freeman
Mel Brooks AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Special airs on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8pm Et. A block of Mel Brooks’ movies follows the award presentation. Mel Brooks receiving the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award on TCM tonight is long overdue for a man who has been making people laugh for more than 60 years. Beginning tonight at 8pm Et with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, TCM is devoting its entire programming block to the Brooklyn man who was born in 1926 as Melvin Kaminsky. The son of Russian immigrants went on to make gut-busting comedies like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Robin [...]
The post Mel Brooks AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Special airs on TCM appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Tom Comi
• This awesome 'Iron Man' gorilla popped up in Norwich. [My Modern Metropolis]
• Wanna know what the 10 best movies of 2013 are so far? Gotcha covered. [Film.com]
• These are 10 amazing movie androids. [Neatorama]
• Did you know that every Pixar movie has a non-Pixar equivalent? It's true. [Hollywood.com]
• Higher ticket prices at the theater may be awful, but are they important? [Hypable]
• Jared Leto looks, um, good as a girl? [The Blemish]
• Speaking of Channing Tatum, betcha didn't know these 6 things about him. [MTV Movies Blog]
• Sketch comedy group, The Wait List, presents Puxar Animation's 'The Road Trip.' [Guy Code Blog]
• These are the best singing moments done by actors in non-musical movies. [BuzzSugar] »
- NextMovie Staff
You want legendary? Bam! Pow! Zap!'s got legendary. First up, film composer Hans Zimmer, who's been redefining the soundtrack to heroic epics for a generation. Then we've got comedy god Mel Brooks looking back on his pioneering – and very profitable - sci-fi spoof Spaceballs. Hans Zimmer: The Kryptonian Concertos of Man of Steel Having created memorable scores for a long list of distinguished movies – including Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, the Pirates of the Caribbean and Dark Knight films and his Oscar-winning work on The Lion King – Hans Zimmer is a superhero among film composers. But even he wasn't initially sure his powers were up to the task of reinventing the themes for the most iconic costumed adventurer of all. Zimmer...
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The skinny on Rick Moranis: He hasn't appeared onscreen as an actor since "Big Bully" in 1996, and his last feature credit is as a voice actor in the 2003 animated film "Brother Bear." Just don't call him retired.
"I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Dan Aykroyd's," Moranis said in an interview with Heeb Magazine. "Some sort of producer. And he said, 'Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you're retired' -- which is one of my favorites, by the way. [...] I just love when the Internet is wrong. It's the only thing that will save journalism."
That call was about "Ghostbusters 3," which may or may not happen, and will probably be discussed from now until the official end of journalism. The more interesting part of Moranis' interview with Heeb, however, deals with another sequel: "Spaceballs 2."
- Christopher Rosen
Rick Moranis is an interesting mix of a cult-legend but also a great well-known actor with many deserved plaudits and, quite frankly, we’ve missed him. So with continual rumours of Ghostbusters 3 happening or not happening, or happening (actually more happening than M. Night Shyamalan’s namesake movie), we’re very intrigued to hear that the comeback we never thought possible, might actually be a possible truth whisper in the trees. There are not only rumours about GB3 though but also Spaceballs II and the original hope for more! Here’s Rick in his own words talking to Heeb:
It’s a pity that never got off the ground and to keep us all in reality, that’ll surely never happen now. »
- Dan Bullock
Well, we've got to say that this was one we didn't see coming...
After so much speculation that legendary comedic actor Rick Moranis had retired from the movie industry after Honey We Shrunk Ourselves in 1997 (although he did do some voice work for Disney in 2003 and 2006), it seems as though "the Internet" was wrong. At least, according to Moranis we are.
In an interview with Heebmagazine.com to promote his new CD, Moranis said of his supposed retirement: "I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism".
He also spoke about the proposed sequel to cult comedy classic Spaceballs, "Mel [Brooks] wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit," he said. "It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. »
Rick Moranis hasn't appeared in a film since the late 1990s, but we keep hoping to see the quirky actor back on the big screen. The Ghostbusters star just released a new album, which we told you about in May. He's been raising a family as a single father and appearing in the occasional interview — like the one in Heeb Magazine, which has us wondering about Moranis' future in film. It turns out that Moranis almost made a new Spaceballs movie, and he was approached about a new Ghostbusters. There may be more Moranis in our future if the Ghostbusters crew can ever sort things out. The actor told Heeb: "I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, 'Listen, I gotta ask you something...
- Alison Nastasi
Just last month, we brought our attention to Rick Moranis. The star of Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and more has been mostly out of the limelight aside from a Grammy nomination for his album called The Agoraphobic Cowboy. The reason Moranis was back on our minds because his newest musical comedy album My Mother's Brisket was being released soon (buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify). And with that release, we were hoping Moranis would make some publicity rounds, and he might end up thinking about getting back on the big screen. Thankfully, it sounds like the actor isn't nearly as retired from the industry as once thought, and he might be up for a bit of a comeback. Read on! In an interview with Heeb (via Movies.com), the topic of a couple of Moranis' work in Ghostbusters and Spaceballs came up, and that »
- Ethan Anderton
It seems like it's been forever since we've heard anything from Rick Moranis. He was huge in the 80s and early 90s, making a bunch of great movies such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Strange Brew, and more. He hasn't made a film since 1996. He just kind of stopped. Then word got out that he retired, but did he really?
During a recent interview with Heeb Magazine regarding a new album he made called My Mother’s Brisket, Moranis talked about how he was in talks at one point to make a Spaceballs sequel with Mel Brooks. He also discusses being approached about Ghostbusters 3 a few years ago and debunks the whole retirement thing. Here's the Q&A that went down:
BA: Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money was a conversation?
Rm: Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. »
- Joey Paur
Looks like Dan Aykroyd isn't the only one who likes to talk about "Ghostbusters 3." Rick Moranis is joining the conversation, too, revealing in two recent interviews that Aykroyd has been in touch with him about reprising his role in the long-awaited sequel.
The actor, who hasn't appeared in a film since the late 1990s, spoke to The Heeb about his recent foray into music, his iconic work in the cult classic "Spaceballs," and his role as Louis Tully in the first two "Ghostbusters" films. While on the subject of "Ghostbusters," Moranis revealed that an associate of Aykroyd's got in touch with him several years ago, asking if he'd be willing to return to the series.
"I said, 'I don't say no to anything until everything is presented to me,'" Moranis recalled. "What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What's the part? Who else is in it? »
- Katie Roberts
A bevy of Hollywood heavyweights were on hand Thursday night (June 6) to honor a comedic cinematic genius when the American Film Institute bestowed the 41st Life Achievement Award upon Mel Brooks.
At a private dinner at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (the highlights of which will air on TNT on June 15), Billy Crystal, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Short, Larry David, Carl Reiner, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel were all on hand to toast the comedy legend.
Short opened the evening with a rousing song-and-dance performance incorporating melodies from Brooks' films, interspersed with a monologue. "The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one," he joked.
O'Brien and Kimmel praised Brooks for not only being a paramount filmmaker, but also being the consummate late-night talk show guest, with Kimmel's speech veering into a faux-eulogy. »
It's springtime for Mel Brooks and Hollywood. The comedy legend was feted Thursday with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, one of Tinseltown's highest honors, at a tribute gala that saw him toasted and roasted by the likes of Cloris Leachman, Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Amy Poehler, and Larry David, among others. The 86-year-old Brooks—one of the few entertainers with an Egot to his name, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony—is the mastermind behind such comedy hits as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs. And some may be surprised to learn that aside from writing, acting and directing, the funnyman also produced »
Earlier this year we pointed out a trailer for a new documentary in the PBS documentary series American Masters called Mel Brooks: Make a Noise. Featuring many entertainment veterans like Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers and Cloris Leachman, along with other staple names like Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the doc a takes an in-depth look at the prolific comedian and longtime writer/director of such films as Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more. The film already premiered on PBS over a week ago, but now you can watch the whole doc online in full, and it's definitely worth your time. Here's the full PBS documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise straight from PBS: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows to the film genres he so successfully satirized in Young Frankenstein, »
- Ethan Anderton
Martin Scorsese will present Mel Brooks with the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award – America’s highest honor for a career in film. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6 and will air on TNT Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt and as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. Et. Brooks will be recognized for his range of mastery as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer.
Martin Scorsese is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time having received the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to cinema, two AFI Awards, an Academy®Award, a Palme d’Or, Grammy® Award, two Emmys®, four Golden Globes®, a BAFTA and three DGA Awards. Scorsese’s body of work includes films such as The Departed, »
- Melissa Thompson
Chicago – I’m a huge Mel Brooks fan, one of those critics who bows at the altar of arguably the two best comedies of all time, “Blazing Saddles” & “Young Frankenstein.” I’ve seen them both a dozen times and can’t wait to watch them again. “The Producers,” “A History of the World,” “High Anxiety,”” “Silent Movie,” “To Be or Not To Be,” “The Twelve Chairs,” his work on “Get Smart” & “Your Show of Shows,” “The 2000 Year Old Man” — the first response that most people should have to “American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” debuting on PBS tonight and releasing on DVD tomorrow, May 21, 2013, is a simple one — What took so long? “American Masters” premiered in 1986 and he should have been one of the first choices.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
To be fair, “Make a Noise” doesn’t do much more than confirm what most of us fans »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Crossing one’s own timeline is a cardinal sin for a time traveler. Walking over one’s grave even worse. So when The Doctor is forced to do that…
The Name Of The Doctor
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Re-appearing after its defeat a year previous, The Great Intelligence forces The Doctor to the location of his grave, wherein is hidden the physical manifestation of his timeline, a map of his life, which in the hands of the wrong people could be used to re-write his life. The Intelligence chooses to do so, at the cost of its own existence. The only way to save The Doctor, and all the good works he did, is with another sacrifice.
Emotionally, the episode worked exceedingly well. We got a solid River Song story, one where we finally see The Doctor admit his feeling for her. But narratively, we’re very »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
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