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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.
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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
Comedy and television legend Joan Rivers has died at the age 81, according to an official statement from her daughter Melissa Rivers. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. [Melissa's son] Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." The comedy and television legend went into cardiac arrest during minor surgery on her vocal cords on Aug. »
- Katie Hasty
Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of “The Tonight Show” and star of TV’s “Fashion Police,” died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Sept. 3. She was 81.
“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is
difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Rivers had been admitted to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic, and was placed in a medically-induced coma to assess her condition.
A petite blonde firebrand, the always-wry Rivers, known for the catchphrase “Can we talk?,” was a pioneering confessional female comic, »
- Carmel Dagan and Pat Saperstein
What's scarier than an evil clown? How about an evil Gingerclown? Or something like that... Anyway, here's a new movie featuring a grease-painted psycho and Tim Curry. That should be enough to keep you reading.
Terrifying nightmares come to life in the thrill ride Gingerclown, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand November 11 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the Gingerclown DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
When a group of high school kids break into an abandoned amusement park, they come to find it is overrun by monsters. A house of horrors reminiscent of It, Gingerclown stars Tim Curry (Charlie's Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Brad Dourif (Halloween), Michael Winslow (Spaceballs), and Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
To impress the football team and the girl of his dreams, Sam dares to enter an old amusement park, »
- Steve Barton
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is a doozy. For today only, you can get The Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray for 69% off, which means it's $21.99 on Blu-ray and $18.99 on DVD. The set includes The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. On Blu-ray, that breaks down to less than $2.50 per movie, and all of these films come with special features. I've been waiting a long time to pull the trigger on this set, and at this price, I couldn't resist. Click here to order. [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.]
- Matt Goldberg
What can I possibly tell you about Blazing Saddles that you don’t already know as a movie fan? Unless you’re one of those people who puts Spaceballs and Robin Hood Men In Tights at the top of your comedy list. In that case, I’d tell you to replace your funny bone and get serious about life by watching the greatest comedy of all-time, Blazing Saddles.
By coming out the same year as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles is a perfect counterpoint to highlighting the mastery of Mel Brooks over the comedic film medium. While many folks will often highlight Young Frankenstein or The Producers as Brooks’ greatest achievement, I’ve always been a Blazing Saddles guy. I’ve mentioned my love of Saddles in the past, most often in other comedy reviews. Overall, I’m just a Brooks fan, but there’s something about the sheer audacity and »
- Robert Ottone
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