Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters

Earlier this week we found out the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away at 83 years old due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Fellow actors, comedians, filmmakers and fans have been paying tribute to Gene Wilder all over the web, and now movie theaters are offering the chance to celebrate the man’s life by enjoying two of his most iconic roles on the big screen again.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles will both return to select AMC Theatres locations for this weekend only. Since neither of these titles are readily available on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime for free, this might be your best way to experience the classic films and enjoy them with fellow comedy lovers and Gene Wilder fans.

Get the full list of locations where you can see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles in theaters after the jump. Read More »

Mel Brooks

From Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein to Spaceballs and The Producers, legendary filmmaker Mel Brooks has been responsible for some of the most beloved movies ever made. And unsurprisingly, at various points in his career, he has discussed the making of almost all his films. Except for one—the lone dud in his canon—a film so bad The New York Times declared it “an embarrassment,” and which Brooks has never publicly discussed: Solarbabies. Well, at least not until now. Because last week, on behalf of the How Did This Get Made? podcast, I spoke with Brooks at length to try and figure out how (the hell) did this get made?

Going into the interview, I expected to hear tales of unforeseen calamity and production run amok. But what I didn’t expect—and what became the prevailing thread of our conversation—was the enormous personal toll that Solarbabies had on Brooks.

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Two Mel Brooks classics are screening as a double feature at San Francisco’s Castro Theater Friday and Spoke Art has commissioned two really cool posters for the occasion. The films are Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs and the artist is Brandon Schaefer. Check both images out below. Read More »

VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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