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Match the Gene Wilder character to the film - quiz

As we bid farewell this week to the mighty Gene Wilder, find out how many of his movie roles you can recognise

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Bonnie and Clyde

The Producers

Young Frankenstein

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)


The Woman in Red

Silver Streak

The Frisco Kid

Haunted Honeymoon

Blazing Saddles

Stir Crazy

Blazing Saddles

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Start the Revolution Without Me

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

The Woman in Red

The World's Greatest Lover

Silver Streak

Stir Crazy

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Hanky Panky

Another You

Silver Streak

Sunday Lovers

Bonnie and Clyde

Blazing Saddles

The Little Prince

Young Frankenstein

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother


See No Evil, Hear No Evil

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the
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Gene Wilder was so much more than his pitch-perfect work as Willy Wonka

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Gene Wilder was so much more than his pitch-perfect work as Willy Wonka
What makes a great actor great? When I watch a performance, there are certain things I look for, and the biggest of those things is whether or not the actor is making choices about their work. There are plenty of actors who get through a scene just fine and who deliver their lines nicely and who never ever connect beyond that for me because it doesn’t feel like they’re bringing anything to the process aside from their physical presence. There are certain actors, though, who I am immediately drawn to because you can see how they’re taking the raw material of the script and they’re putting it through their personal filter so that the end result is something the writer couldn’t have imagined, that the director couldn’t have asked for, and that the actor never would have reached on his own. Gene Wilder was one of those actors,
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Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' and 'Young Frankenstein' Star, Dead at 83

Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' and 'Young Frankenstein' Star, Dead at 83
Gene Wilder, the comedian known to a generation as Willy Wonka and an icon thanks to his works with Mel Brooks on The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has died from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease, according to Variety. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman revealed the actor died following a private three-year battle with Alzheimer's. "The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family," Walker-Pearlman wrote. "We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this
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Gene Wilder Opens Up About Making of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ – Watch

Gene Wilder Opens Up About Making of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ – Watch
Public sightings of iconic actor Gene Wilder are as rare these days as public sightings of Willy Wonka (or Arthur Halliday). Three years ago, the retiree spoke with Robert Osborne at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in a rare public appearance. He discussed filming Mel Brooks classics like “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers,” making Willy Wonka into his own and the state of modern Hollywood (including remakes of his own films!). The results will make you wish you could see Wilder back on the big screen.

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It’s safe to assume Wilder has an old sensibility towards the industry. In this talk, he touches on his dislike for profanity in today’s films (“When they’re swearing… can’t they just stop and talk? Instead of swearing?”), confusion over what a podcast is (“Would I come on your what?
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Competition: Win two Warner Bros. Blu-ray boxsets!

On November 2nd, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) release the Johnny Depp: 4 Film Collection, two coming to Blu-ray for the first time, and the Harrison Ford: 5 Film Collection, three of which are also brand new to Blu-ray! To celebrate, we have Blu-ray copies to giveaway!

The Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Charlize Theron, Helen Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfieffer, Alan Rickman and screen legend Marlon Brando in films including The Astronaut’s Wife, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Don Juan DeMarco.

The Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection sees the actor starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, Alan Arkin, Virginia Madsen and John C. McGinley in films including Firewall, 42, Presumed Innocent, Frantic and The Fugitive.

Order today: Johnny Depp 4 Film Collection | Harrison Ford 5 Film Collection

© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

To win copies of both Blu-ray boxsets, just
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Netflix's 'Ridiculous 6' Trailer Has Adam Sandler in the Old West

Netflix's 'Ridiculous 6' Trailer Has Adam Sandler in the Old West
Adam Sandler is galloping to Netflix this December in the original comedy movie The Ridiculous 6. The first trailer and poster have arrived, and it actually looks, dare we say, funny? The popular comedian is joined by a cavalcade of stars for this bizarre Western that is certainly unlike anything you've ever seen before. Unless you've seen some of Adam Sandler's more off-the-wall movies like Little Nicky and You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

The Ridiculous 6 is the first of four Adam Sandler movies produced exclusively for Netflix. The jaw-dropping cast includes Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 co-star Taylor Lautner. The former Twilight heartthrob makes up one of the 6, and is joined by Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider and Luke Wilson.

But they're not the only comedy luminaries making an appearance in this throw back to such 70s classics as Blazing Saddles and The Frisco Kid.
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Slow West movie review: dark horseplay

Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and his unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this bitterly funny road trip. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Michael Fassbender

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Michael Fassbender. What else do you need to know? Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and that remains the case in Slow West. This is basically The Frisco Kid — you remember, that 1979 comedy with Gene Wilder as a rabbi and Harrison Ford as the scoundrel who helps him get across the Old West to San Francisco — as remade by the Coen Brothers. It’s far more Coen Brothers than the Coens’ own actual Western remake, True Grit, in fact, and Fassbender’s unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this dry, bitter road trip through
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Gene Wilder on Today's 'Dirty' Movies and Why 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Is 'an Insult'

Gene Wilder doesn't think he's funny -- at least not in real life.

"[People] say, 'What a comic, what a funny guy,' and I'm not -- I am really not -- except in a comedy film," said the actor, who made a rare public appearance Thursday night (June 13) at the 92Y in New York City. "I also make my wife laugh once or twice in the house, but nothing special."

It's a bit odd to hear Wilder, known for playing comedic roles in films, including "Blazing Saddles," "The Producers," and "Young Frankenstein," to say something like this. Then again, Wilder always was a dramatic actor at heart, studying at renown institutions the Old Vic, in England, and Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio, in New York, before earning acclaim in his now classic comedies.

Last night, Wilder spoke about his career in and outside of show business, with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osbourne.
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Watch It: 'Where The Wild Things Are,' 'Annie Hall' And More

Watch It: 'Where The Wild Things Are,' 'Annie Hall' And More
With "The Avengers" smashing box office records left and right, it's a bit challenging to focus on any other movies that don't involve Earth's mightiest heroes. But we're doing exactly that in this week's Watch It, which contains an ode to Maurice Sendak, a trip six feet under, and a visit to '70s era New York with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.

Tami Katzoff, MTV News producer:

The Frisco Kid” was one of my favorite movies when I was very young. The 1979 film stars Gene Wilder as a fresh-off-the-boat Polish rabbi on his way to a gig in San Francisco, and Harrison Ford as a soft-hearted Wild West bank robber who helps him get there. I must have watched “The Frisco Kid” (and “Time Bandits”) on VHS a dozen times in the 80’s, but until recently I hadn’t seen it in many years. So when I sat down
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Harry Potter's Mark Williams To Guest On 'Doctor Who'

It's going to be a heavily hyped season of "Doctor Who" this year, and it won't just be because two popular companions will be departing in a "heartbreaking" way. Filming began this week for the seventh season of "Doctor Who," and BBC News is sharing some of the guest list that has been invited to the party. They include David Bradley, Rupert Graves and Mark Williams. Bradley might be best known as Argus Filch, the squib groundskeeper at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. However, his resume is far more extensive than that, with projects that include "The Frisco Kid" as Julius Rosensheine in 1979, "The Canterbury Tales" as January in 1998, and "Hot Fuzz" in 2007 as Arthur Webley. He also appeared in the "Game of Thrones" episode "Baelor" as Walder Frey. Bradley is no stranger ...
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‘Cowboys & Aliens’ – Press conference report

If you saw our pictures from the premiere, then you’ll know that director Jon Favreau, stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford, and producer/writer Roberto Orci are in London promoting Cowboys & Aliens. We went along to the press conference to get some insight into the film, its production and the cast…

Which side this movie appealed to you more, the cowboy side or the alien side?

Jon Favreau: I grew up watching Science Fiction. I was first exposed to the Western through Science Fiction. I grew up with Star Wars, I’m part of that generation, and (George) Lucas drew a lot of inspiration from Kurosawa, and Kurosawa drew a lot of inspiration from John Ford. Spielberg is a huge John Ford fan as well. As you learn more about directing you appreciate the Western more. It was a great opportunity to do a large scale Western,
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30 of the Sexiest Cowboys

"Cowboys & Aliens" rode to the top of the box office this past weekend (tying with "The Smurfs"), so "Extra" is highlighting those sexy men of the West - be they old or new! Yee haw!

30 Sexy CowboysDaniel Craig in 'Cowboys & Aliens'

As Jake Lonergan, Craig is the latest Hollywood star to play a ruggedly handsome cowboy from the Old West.

Kurt Russell in 'Tombstone'

Role: The famed lawman Wyatt Earp Best line: "I
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Exclusive: Brendan Wayne Talks Cowboys & Aliens

Exclusive: Brendan Wayne Talks Cowboys & Aliens
Brendan Wayne discusses Cowboys and Aliens, following in the Western footsteps of his grandfather John Wayne, and more

Brendan Wayne, grandson of legendary Western actor John Wayne, is taking on the genre that made his family name famous with director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, in theaters this Friday.

After appearing in such fare as Hotel for Dogs, Fast & Furious, and Couples Retreat, this modest member of Hollywood royalty has decided to jump on a horse and show what he is truly made of. In Cowboys & Aliens, Brendan Wayne plays Charlie Lyle, deputy to the town's sheriff John Taggart (Keith Carradine). We recently caught up with Brendan to find out what it was like for him to truly become part of the Wayne legacy.

Here is our conversation.

What can you tell us about Charlie Lyle and his place within Cowboys & Aliens? I understand that your character is pretty integral to the storyline.
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Harrison Ford Discusses Almost Skipping Cowboys and Aliens; Calls it "Genius" in New Featurette

Harrison Ford's upcoming role of Colonel Dolarhyde in Cowboys and Aliens seems like a perfect fit for Ford — he gets to wear a hat, he fights aliens, the character is an antihero — but the movie is set in 1873 Arizona, making it Ford's first Western since 1979's The Frisco Kid. Ford had been looking for Western, the actor told Extra, but still, he almost didn't take the role.

I ready thirty pages and threw it across the room and said, "What the hell is this? There's nothing in this for me! I'm an actor!" Anyway, I told my agent, "Listen, I know there's not a lot going around these days, but..." [And] he said, "Go back and read the rest of it." And I did, and — I've always been looking for a Western — and, as I got deeper into it I sensed the complexity of the ambition of the piece a
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Harrison Ford Says Many Special Effects Films Are Soulless

Source: FilmShaft - Harrison Ford Says Many Special Effects Films Are Soulless

Here's an interesting piece of comment from superstar Harrison Ford who has spent more than a fair share of his career appearing in films with mucho special effects. Talking to Hero Complex, the star of the forthcoming Cowboys & Aliens aired his views on the modern over-emphasis on CGI.

Put into context, which is always important, what he says does have the ring of truth. Although Ford is known for being a bit grumpy with the press, he talked with candour about what he finds lacking in some sci-fi and special effects-driven movies:

"I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you’ve lost human scale. With the CGI, suddenly there’s a thousand enemies instead of six – the army goes off into the horizon.
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New Poster Lands For Cowboys & Aliens

Next summer sees a sci-fi spectacular in the shape of some Cowboys & Aliens. Jon Favreau is directing and the cast is quite frankly brilliant. Daniel Craig headlines alongside the lovely Olivia Wilde and the legendary Harrison Ford – who hasn’t starred in an oater since The Frisco Kid back in 1979. Saddle up for thrills, gunfights … and aliens!

If you haven’t seen the fabulous teaser trailer yet, check it out right here. I also love the Ronseal title. Does what it says on the tin, or what?


“1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde.
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Cowboys & Aliens – Teaser Trailer

The first trailer for John Favreau’s out and proud 2D sci-fi western adventure – Cowboys & Aliens – has landed, Earthlings. If you haven’t seen the teaser poster with Daniel Craig’s tight air-brushed buttocks on display, we’ve included that, too. Lots of people have complained it looks like a certain blockbuster loser called Jonah Hex, but Fav’s movie won’t be a turkey before Christmas judging from this trailer.

And Harrison Ford makes his first western since 1979′s The Frisco Kid! Wicked cool.

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s
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The Frisco Kid (1979)

Starring: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford; Director: Robert Aldrich The Frisco Kid is a lighthearted Western adventure about a Polish Rabbi named Avram (Wilder) who is charged with heading up a new Congregation in the newly burgeoning California during the Gold Rush. Missing his boat upon landing Philadelphia, Avram is forced to traverse the newly mapped American frontier to reach his destination. Along the way Avram becomes the target of vile thugs who rob him and leave him alone in the strange American Northeast. A twist of fate leads him to meet Tommy (Ford), a gun-toting bank robber who...
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Exclusive: Holy Rollers Director Kevin Asch

The premise for director Kevin Asch's debut Holy Rollers may seem like the basis for a wacky situational comedy--Hasidic Jews become drug smugglers--but in fact, it's a crime drama that probably owes more to early Scorsese than to Gene Wilder's The Frisco Kid . Possibly not since Henry Bean's equally controversial The Believer has a movie delved so fully into the Orthodox Jewish community and belief system in such a unique manner. Jesse Eisenberg plays a young Hasidic man name Sam with spiritual ambitions who gets caught up in the world of drug smuggling through his friend and neighbor Yusef (Justin Bartha) and an Israeli drug dealer named Jackie (Danny Abeckaser, the film's producer who originally came up with the basic concept). Even though he knows it's wrong, the appeal of...
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