Young Frankenstein In Theaters

Last weekend, many movie theaters paid tribute to the late Gene Wilder by bringing both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles back to the big screen. However, it’s a testament to how big of an icon Gene Wilder is that we’ll now be getting another weekend where movie theaters honor the comedy legend.

Young Frankenstein will be returning to theaters for one night only in October, and this presentation is a little more special than most nostalgic screenings like this because director Mel Brooks will be providing an introduction live from the 20th Century Fox backlot. Get the details on when and where you can catch Young Frankenstein in theaters again after the jump. Read More »

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 »

Gene Wilder Conan O'Brien Interview - Late Night

Yesterday brought the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away. The star of films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein has inspired countless talents who we watch on the big screen and flickering box today. While many have remembered and honored Wilder in their own way since his passing was reported yesterday, comedian and late night host Conan O’Brien paid his respects by posting his interview with the legendary actor from NBC’s Late Night back in 2005.

At first glance, it’s just a regular late night interview with Gene Wilder promoting his autobiography that was published that year. But this is actually the final appearance the actor would make on any late night talk show, which makes it rather bittersweet. They have a fantastic eight-minute discussion ranging from Willy Wonka to Young Frankenstein and more. Watch it below Read More »

Gene Wilder Dead at 83

gene wilder dead

Gene Wilder, the legendary star of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and other beloved classics, has passed away following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 years old.

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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 »

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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