Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reunion

It’s not exactly a milestone celebration, but this year marks 44 years since the release of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the classic musical adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To celebrate the occasion, the five golden ticket winners (Peter Ostrum, Paris Themmen, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bolner and Denise Nickerson) from the movie appeared on The Today Show to reminisce about the making of the movie, and chief Oompa Loompa Rusty Goffe accompanied them.

It’s a pretty fun little interview, with part of the conversation turning to the disgusting chocolate river. As if you couldn’t tell in the movie, it wasn’t actually made of chocolate. Read More »


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Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder hasn’t been seen onscreen since an Emmy-winning guest spot on Will & Grace in 2003, and in 2008 he publicly announced his retirement. He’s said he’d be willing to return for Mel Brooks, but otherwise it’d probably take something huge to get him to un-retire. Like, perhaps… a Steven Spielberg movie?

Rumor has it Spielberg is trying to coax Wilder back in front of cameras for one of his upcoming projects — perhaps The BFG, or even Ready Player One. More on the Steven Spielberg Gene Wilder rumor after the jump.  Read More »

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

You’ve probably seen Mel Stuart‘s 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder more than once. But I bet you haven’t seen the alternate ending that wasn’t used in the final cut of the film. This deleted scene was just uncovered yesterday in the Paramount Pictures achieves. Watch this newly restored piece of cinema history right now, embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: Wonka Recut

Wonka: Recut Trailer

The Pitch: Dogfoodfilms recut Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory as a dark, hallucinogenic thriller slash morality tale. Thanks to /Film’s own David Chen for passing this along.

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