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Ever since Disney brought Star Wars back in 2012, rumors have popped up from time to time about a sequel to Mel Brooks’ classic Spaceballs. During a Q&A following a recent screening of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks spoke briefly about the possibility of a new Star Wars parody film:
“MGM is slightly interested in doing it.” Said Brooks, “So we’re talking. Who knows?”
While there is certainly nothing concrete there, Brooks did seem excited about the project and sounded optimistic about the film being made. Brooks also said the studio is looking at the success of the Star Wars movies as a factor in the decision whether or not to move forward. Considering the current state of Star Wars fandom, there probably isn’t a better time to bring back Spaceballs. The world also needs another Mel Brooks parody, the last film made that was written by Brooks was the 2005 remake of The Producers. »
- Seth McDonald
I will never not laugh at his bit on chicken and racism
Back when easy streaming was a twinkle in some young executive’s eye, some TV was just… unavailable. If you were desperate to watch that Us TV show, you could try the dodgy VHS guy down the market (ahem). So for a long time, I just heard about Us comedian Dave Chappelle’s legendary show. When I finally got to watch, on a grainy DVD copy, I laughed so hard I cried.
Dave Chappelle, 43, moved to New York as a teen and was soon on stage at the world famous Apollo theatre. By 19, he was cast as Ahchoo in the spoof Robin Hood: Men In Tights. The 90s were good to him (more film and TV work, and his first standup special) but it was the 2000s that cemented his legacy: he co-created Chappelle’s Show in 2003, influencing »
- Bim Adewunmi
The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.
As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »
- Steve Greene
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that legendary actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks is set to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards this Sunday, February 12th.
Brooks, who began his career in the 1940s, is one of only twelve people to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award, and his C.V. includes the likes of The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
“I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor,” said Brooks. “To be included among such iconic talents is absolutely humbling. In choosing me for the 2017 Fellowship I think that BAFTA has made a strangely surprising yet ultimately wise decision.”
“Mel Brooks is a truly unique and multi-talented filmmaker,” added Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA. “We are absolutely thrilled to award him the Fellowship, »
- Gary Collinson
It seems as if Hollywood learned nothing from last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” or really any other reboot that furrowed its brow in seriousness: going gritty isn’t always what audiences want. That being said, for all the iterations of Robin Hood we’ve had on the big screen from the heroic (“Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves“) to the satirical (“Robin Hood: Men In Tights“) to the animated (“Robin Hood“), I suppose we’ve never really seen him suffer with psychological wear and tear (though Ridley Scott took things in a more serious direction with his 2010 movie).
Continue reading Robin Hood Will Have Ptsd In ‘John Wick’-Esque ‘Origins’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
5 items from 2017
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