12 items from 2013
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 »
- email@example.com (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
Mel Brooks is responsible for some of the greatest film comedies in movie history. It's a list that includes "Spaceballs," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," so he clearly knows the ins and outs of landing a punch line. In an exclusive clip that will appear in the DVD outtakes of PBS' upcoming appreciation of the director, actor and writer, Brooks offers some advice to aspiring comedy filmmakers. "You musn't ever let a producer, ever let a producer in the editing room," he says. "They're not bad people. They're just dumb people." The reason »
- Brent Lang
Why Watch? Well, because Steven Spielberg calls it the “Citizen Kane of animated film.” That’s not enough for you? Here goes. One Froggy Evening is among the best of Chuck Jones‘s cartoons, recognized by the National Film Registry along with Duck Amuck and What’s Opera, Doc? It’s the first appearance of Michigan J. Frog, American cinema’s most influential singing and dancing amphibian. The top-hat wearing vaudevillian toad starts out in a box, hidden in the cornerstone of a just-demolished building. The innocent construction worker who finds him can the piles of cash waiting to be collected before his eyes (literally, because this is a Chuck Jones cartoon), and rushes him off to an entertainment agency. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. We all know the story: the frog never performs when he needs to, and everyone thinks that the poor sap selling him is a lunatic. It »
- Daniel Walber
To celebrate… is that the right word?
To acknowledge the release of Scary Movie 5 today, we at Thn present the Top Five (and Bottom Five) Movie Parodies.
Before we begin, some ground rules. The Top Five can only contain one film per director. Otherwise Mel Brooks and the mob behind Police Squad would dominate the upper regions. This does not apply to The Bottom Five, which presumably will be owned by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Don’t know who they are? Consider yourself lucky.
5. Carry On Screaming
dir. Gerald Thomas (1966)
‘Frying Tonight!’ screams Kenneth Williams in what was the greatest British horror send up ever (until Simon Pegg got his cricket bat out). Like all the great parodies, it doesn’t just spoof its subjects (targets?) but pays homage as well. Thomas and screenwriter Talbot Rothwell clearly love the Great British horrors of the age, such as Hammer »
- John Sharp
The BBC has just announced that the dreaded Zygons will be returning to Doctor Who for its 50th Anniversary Special and don’t they look gorgeous:
Unlike other recently-resurrected Who monsters such as the Daleks, Cybermen and Silurians, the Zygons don’t seem to be getting much of an overhaul. The essential design is the same, but now it looks a lot more refined; he actually looks like a monster, not a man in a monster suit. Personally I think he looks like something out of Farscape, but since that’s my other (other) favourite Sci-Fi show of all time, I’m not complaining.
Coupled with the news that David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning for the as-yet-unnamed Anniversary Special, and being joined by the living legend that is John Hurt (Spaceballs, Frankenstein Unbound), this is shaping up to be one hell of a party. (Interesting to note that »
- Rob Burch
Rarely do we take the time to feature items from television, but when we do, it's because of some sort of great tie-in to the world of cinema, or because it's worthy of the same attention that films on the big screen deserve. PBS has one such project as part of their American Masters documentary series, focusing on distinctively American people that made our culture, the people that changed our history. Every now and then this includes some of cinema's most iconic minds, and in May, we'll get to see Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, a documentary taking a look at the prolific comedian and longtime writer/director of such films as Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and more. Now we can see the first trailer below! Here's the first trailer for the documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, directly from USA Today: Mel Brooks: Make a »
- Ethan Anderton
The new horror anthology "The ABCs of Death" wants to give gorehounds what they want in alphabetical order by representing each of their 26 segments with a letter. That's fine with us, since we always have plenty of death scenes organized with the Dewey Decimal System, and here are 15 of the most memorable, bloody, and enjoyable ones in the bunch.
Oh yeah, um, spoilers.
Taketoki Washizu in 'Throne of Blood' (1957)
'A' is for 'Arrows'
In one of Akira Kurosawa's many samurai epics with star/badass supreme Toshiro Mifune, the two of them created the kind of arrow-related death that "Lord of the Rings" elf Legolas must dream about at night. By the time this Macbeth stand-in is done for he's got more wood in him than Jenna Jameson and resembles a stoned porcupine. Sayonara, sucker!
- Max Evry
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• Airport Fashion: Stars keep it casual at Sundance. It's also the only time of year you might see some of them in winter coats. [Hollywire]
• "Iron Man 3" set videos feature »
- Bryan Enk
There’s a lot to love about Washington, D.C., but let’s be honest: living in such a political town it can be easy to get tired of politics. Rather like the way I wasn’t big into watching legal shows while in law school, my first inclination, having lived in the D.C. area for going on ten years now, surrounded by politicians and government buildings and workers, wouldn’t necessarily be to watch a show about the President.
But when I saw the description for 1600 Penn in a media event alert in The National Press Club newsletter a couple of weeks ago, and then saw that Bill Pullman would be playing the President in this NBC show about the First Family in the White House, I knew I’d have to give it a try. I mean, come on – Pullman was a win last time he was »
- Emily S. Whitten
Bill Pullman is no stranger to the fictional presidency, having played the commander-in-chief in "Independence Day," but his latest role as President Dale Gilchrist on NBC's "1600 Penn" is pretty far removed from the 1996 blockbuster.
The comedy series aims to make the first family more relatable, dealing with problems like unplanned pregnancy, adult kids being forced to move back in with their parents, and the friction between a stepmother and her new children.
Created by star Josh Gad (who plays oldest son Skip Gilchrist), Jon Lovett and Jason Winer, the show also co-stars Jenna Elfman as First Lady Emily; Martha MacIsaac, Amara Miller and Benjamin Stockham as the other Gilchrist kids; and Andre Holland as press secretary Marshall Malloy.
Below, see what Pullman told HuffPost TV about returning to comedy, the complicated dynamics within the Gilchrist family and his top tips for playing the president.
What can you tell us about your character, »
- Laura Prudom
12 items from 2013
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