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All the hype about Star Wars: The Force Awakens inspired to rewatch Spaceballs. More specifically, I was inspired by a great mashup trailer that we posted about a month ago. It had been a few years since I last saw the movie, but it was just as hilarious as I remembered. There are so many great things in that movie that I had completely forgotten about. I’m glad that I watched it again. If you haven’t seen it in awhile yourself, I suggest you throw it on for some good laughs. I thought this would be just as good a time as any to do a fun facts list for the movie, and below you’ll find ten interesting things that you may or may not already know about it. One thing is for sure, I seriously miss seeing Rick Moranis in movies. That guy was hilarious. »
- Joey Paur
For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the Adg (Iatse Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.
As previously announced production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Camille Abbott will receive the illustrators and matte artists Lifetime Achievement Award, while set designer lifetime achievement honours go to John P Bruce.
Scenic artist Will Ferrell will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the scenic, title and graphic artists craft.
Bruce has worked on Jaws, The Matrix, Armageddon, The Sting and The Killer Inside Me.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Force is strong this Friday, and we have some fun tidbits to kick off the weekend for all you “Star Wars” fans. For weeks, rumors have been flying about when and where the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (aka “Episode VII”) teaser trailer would hit screens. Well, it finally made its grand debut, and as with any much-awaited trailer, the parodies came along for the ride. For instance, check out this Wes Anderson-style remix (via The Verge). In his “Galactical Motion Picture,” Jonah Feingold brilliantly captures the essence of an Anderson flick, complete with “hooded ruffians,” “magnificent spectacles,” and a French soundtrack. Or if Wes Anderson’s not your cup of tea, why not try this “Spaceballs” inspired remash? “Spaceballs” of course, for those who haven’t seen it (for shame), is Mel Brooks’ hilariously genius “Star Wars” parody. Using “Spaceballs” clips, the trailer overlays audio from the 'Episode 7' teaser. »
- Zach Hollwedel
The parody trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens continue to roll in, and we have four new ones that are worth checking out. The first is my favorite as it hilariously mashes the trailer up with Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. The second video features some Disney fun, the third is another mashup with The Phantom Menace, and the last one uses footage from The Empire Strikes Back. To watch the two parody videos that we posted previously, click here. There are elements in all of these that fans should enjoy, but out of all the parody videos that have been released so far, which is your favorite?
- Joey Paur
No one knows whether Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be awesome-good or garbage-bad yet, so in the meantime, the internet is biding its time by making newer, funnier versions of last week's 88-second teaser. Hot on the heels of the Special Edition version comes this Spaceballs mash-up, which matches scenes from the 1987 film to the beats in the new trailer. Thanks to some clever sound work, it turns out better than expected — let's hope we can say the same thing about Force Awakens someday. »
- Nate Jones
Hotel Transylvania 2 will feature the vocal talents of a comedy icon! This week, it was announced that Mel Brooks will star in the upcoming animated adventure. The legendary writer, director and actor will voice Vlad, the father of Adam Sandler.s Dracula in the film. You can even check out an image of their characters below. Mel Brooks and Adam Sandler will be joined by the vocal talent from >Hotel Transylvania, which includes Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, and Steve Buscemi,. Mel Brooks even explained to USA Today that when he accepted the role he couldn.t help but crack a joke to Adam Sandler. "I said, .Adam, are you sitting down? It.s a little shocking . I am your father.." Over the last 50 years, Mel Brooks has been involved with some of the seminal comedies of several generations, including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, Spaceballs and »
For fans of Star Wars, there are few comedies that bring as much joy as Mel Brooks' classic spoof Spaceballs. From Rick Moranis' great turn as the villain Dark Helmet to the late Joan Rivers as a scratchy voiced, lady C-3Po named Dot Matrix, there's just so much to love about this movie. And while Brooks is a master of comedy (he even planned a joke that will last forever with his Hollywood Walk of Fame handprint this year), YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has decided to give Spaceballs a dramatic makeover by giving the film a trailer in the style of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it's pretty cool. Here's the Interstellar style trailer for Mel Brooks' Spaceballs from YouTube (via Live For Films): For more on Interstellar see: fan-art posters, five new TV spots, third official trailer and the official website. Interstellar is »
- Ethan Anderton
Iif you can't roll with "Spaceballs," we don't know if we can hang with you. The 1987 Mel Brooks comedy, featuring Yogurt, Barf, Dark Helmet, Lone Starr, Princess Vespa, Dot Matrix, and John Hurt is a fantastic send up of the "Star Wars" series and sci-fi movies in general, and thus ripe for a trailer mashup. And so The Usual Suspect (via Live For Films) has pulled together paired clips from "Spaceballs" with the music and structure of the "Interstellar" trailer, and it makes us want to discover the Schwartz all over again. As for Nolan's movie, according to star Matthew McConaughey, its themes of science, humanity and the spirit of adventure which fueled humanity's greatest accomplishments are the basis of "Interstellar." "Those parts of the film are very relevant today. If you’re looking at Nasa, literally. This film challenges mankind, but at the same time has faith in it, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, this is the most adorable thing you're going to hear all day -- Tom Brady's 4-year-old son revealing that he and his famous daddy are gonna have matching Halloween costumes. Tom was having his weekly conversation with Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday ... when Brady's son Benny grabbed the phone and the cuteness took over. So what's the big Brady family theme this year?? Hint: it all has to do with a character »
- TMZ Staff
Joan Rivers died of low blood oxygen during a procedure to evaluate voice changes and reflux, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has ruled, according to The Associated Press. The comedian and actress died at age 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital a week after the operation, a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy which took place on August 28th at New York's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The official cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" – brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.
"The classification of »
It's a rite of passage for any star of entertainment to get a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The sidewalks of Tinseltown are covered with the stars, along with the imprints of their hands and feet. Just yesterday, American comedy icon Mel Brooks (writer and director of Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more) was given that very honor, and the master of laughter wasn't going to let this opportunity for what will be a more permanent joke just slip away. The comedy legend, who is actually fairly active on Twitter despite his oage, posted a picture of his imprint after he was done. Notice anything weird? Here's the image Mel Brooks posted on his Twitter, along with some other photos from BuzzFeed: I desperately need to wash my hands. pic.twitter.com/fKVl4FyMFt— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) September 8, 2014 And here is Brooks appearing on "Conan" shortly after, »
- Ethan Anderton
“What’s the matter, Colonel Sandurz? Chicken?”
Exciting news for both movie lovers and gastronomes! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by the talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal (and five unique cocktails from Eclipse Mixologist Seth Wahlman) while enjoying one of your favorite movies! That’s the Tenacious Eats way! The movie starts at 8pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the pre-show which includes live music and an hour of Super-8 Movie Madness!
The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, Mo 63112). Chef Liz Schuster will begin the newest incarnation of the series with a screening of the »
- Tom Stockman
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Fans were definitely saddened by the news of Joan Rivers’ death following a week in a medically induced coma and stay in Intensive Care. The comedian and actress had a long career of cracking jokes, making people laugh, and sometimes making people cringe. While many younger fans mainly remember Rivers for her work on the red carpet at the Academy Awards or as a style critic and host of E!’s Fashion Police, the comedian also spent a lot of time doing standup and even appeared in several cult classic comedies.
Thankfully some of her best work can be found on Netflix Instant. Those who want to celebrate Rivers’ life have several options to choose from this weekend:
Joan Rivers: Don’t Start with Me (2012)
Filmed during her 2012 tour, Rivers proved that at 78 she still had the same fierce comedic bite that made her a huge hit. »
- Stacy Lambe
By now, I imagine most of you have heard that Joan Rivers passed away today, at 81 years old, following complications from throat surgery. The loss is doubly shocking - not just because it came about so abruptly, without any history of health problems, but because Rivers was still such a prickly, alert life force: in her reliable appearances at red carpet events and her E! television presence, she had the same quick, tart wit that made her a pop culture mainstay for a solid half-century.
Rivers' presence in cinema was limited compared to her TV and stand-up: several cameos as herself, both in live-action and animation, and a part in Mel Brooks' sci-fi parody Spaceballs as a sarcastic robot make up virtually all of her movie roles of note. She did, however, appear as the subject of the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a remarkably intimate and »
- Tim Brayton
She drew ire with her razor-sharp wit, but she was a groundbreaking, controversial and outspoken comedienne, a true one of a kind. Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.Though far better known for her comedy and TV work than any contribution to cinema (yes, despite providing the voice of Dot Matrix in Spaceballs), Rivers co-wrote and directed Rabbit Test in 1978, which helped give Billy Crystal his film break and was a considerable achievement for a female filmmaker in the boys’ club of 1970s Hollywood.Born in Brooklyn in 1933 to Russian immigrants Meyer and Beatrice Molinsky, Joan Alexander Molinsky attended Barnard College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. Yet it was her comedy that really caught attention, landed her regular guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, which in turn led to her status as the show’s frequent fill-in host, a »
When news spread on Thursday of the death of Joan Rivers at age 81, fans, co-stars, and fellow comedians remembered her legacy as a sharp-tongued leading lady in comedy. As you look back, here is a list of some of Joan’s best work, and where you can watch them online.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work – Netflix
The 2010 documentary followed a year in the life of Rivers as she recalled the death of her husband and chronicled the filming of The Celebrity Apprentice with daughter Melissa.
Spaceballs – Netflix
- Jake Perlman
Joan Rivers’ career spanned several decades filled with dozens of hilarious film, television, and stage appearances. The comedienne and TV host, who died on Thursday at age 81, repurposed her own life experiences into biting, insightful, groundbreaking comedy.
From her early appearances on the Sammy Davis, Jr. Show to playing a robot in Spaceballs to her recent appearances on shows like Louie, Rivers imbued her jokes with energy and wit that few others have matched. In honor of her vast and memorable career, here’s a tribute featuring a few of the countless times Rivers made audiences laugh. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Some sad news today as it has been reported that legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81 following complications from a recent medical procedure. Rivers was perhaps best known as a red-carpet personality who spared no one when it came to her opinions on fashion. While often strident, Rivers was widely recognized as an equal opportunity offender who could absolutely take whatever she dished out (and probable then some). She also served as a guest host under Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and was an accomplished stand-up comic in her own right. Her life's journey was both chronicled and roasted in the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. While she appeared in numerous films, often playing herself, I was first exposed to her as Dot Matrix in Mel Brooks' comedy classic Spaceballs. A statement from daughter Melissa Rivers follows below. Here is Melissa Rivers »
- Evan Dickson
Joan Rivers died today and that sucks. She was 81. Joan Rivers was great because she had the smarts of Joan Rivers and the fire of Joan Rivers. She had no contemporaries and didn't need them. She's also had such a spectacular and versatile career that it's easy to overlook some of her stranger accomplishments. Here are nine things we wish more people appreciated about Joan. 1. She wrote a bad-ass, hilarious comedy called "The Girl Most Likely To." Stockard Channing plays a young, plain girl who gets in a car crash, undergoes dramatic plastic surgery, and finds that as a beautiful person, her life is transformed. It's edgy as hell and damn funny. It's ahead of its time. And Joan wrote it. 2. She read encyclopedias to prepare for her one-liners on "Hollywood Squares." 3. She defined our current version of red carpet coverage. Everything you see Giuliana Rancic, Ryan Seacrest, and Kelly Osbourne »
- Louis Virtel
American comedian, actress, writer, producer and TV host Joan Rivers has passed away today aged 81, her daughter Melissa has revealed. She had been on life support since August 28th, having suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery.
Born in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers began her career as a stand-up comic in New York City in the early 1960s, which led to regular appearances and guest hosting duties on The Tonight Show as well as various variety and entertainment shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show and Hollywood Squares.
In the 1980s, Rivers became the first female comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, and also the first female to front her own talk show, signing a bumper contract to host The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. She would subsequently win a Daytime Emmy for The Joan Rivers Show, which she hosted for five years, picking up another six nominations as host and writer. »
- Gary Collinson
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