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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In season two of Wayward Pines, another man (Jason Patric) finds himself just wanting to go back home. The set up is quite similar to season one’s, but the current situation in the small town and the new cast should add some distinction to the upcoming season of Wayward Pines. Executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit), the thriller returns this month to Fox.

Watch the Wayward Pines season two teaser trailer below.

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Two-time Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America) has been cast as a series regular on Season 2 of Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan series Wayward Pines. Learn more details after the jump.

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Last year was a bit of a comeback for M. Night Shyamalan. The director of The Sixth Sense and The Lady in the Water scored some points with audiences and critics with The Visit and Wayward Pines. The latter, ran by Chris Hodge, ran for 10 episodes on Fox and starred Matt DillonShannyn Sossamon, and more. Much of the original cast will not return for Wayward Pines season 2, but it’s just been confirmed Jason Patric will headline the next season.

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Every once in a while a trailer is just demoralizing. Take The Prince, for example. There’s Bruce Willis, looking at first like he might be committing to his role. Jason Patrick shows up — often a good sign — but the plot reveals itself to be another knock-off of Taken. In this case, Willis plays a bad guy who is angry at Patric, himself a former assassin. So Willis kidnaps Patric’s daughter and, well, we start to feel like we know how it is going to go. (John Cusack factors in, somehow, as a wild card.) As a fan of both actors I couldn’t resist watching the trailer, and now we’ll pass it to you.  Read More »

Want to see a close up image of the rumored new Batman vehicle in The Dark Knight Rises? (That’s not it above) How about an inside glimpse at the NASA-based set of The Avengers? What do Kevin Costner and Diane Lane look like on the set of Man of Steel? Does Anne Hathaway get offended when asked about her weight in The Dark Knight Rises? And what documentary inspired Andrew Garfield‘s movement in The Amazing Spider-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Whenever I’m asked to name a great director who always manages to stay off the popular radar, Guy Maddin is the first who comes to mind. He makes films to appeal to the hardcore film nerd: things that look like broken artifacts once buried under the foundation of an old hotel in the middle of nowhere. Most of his movies are black and white and often shot on 8mm or 16mm film with in-camera effects techniques that would have been current around the time King Kong made his first trip up the Empire State building.

Guy Maddin’s stories follow their own very strange logic, but despite a deliberately unusual approach to narrative, he creates characters that are effective and memorable. The people in his movies want the same things we all want; they just live in worlds where the rules are a little different from ours. His last few features are absolutely worth a look for anyone who isn’t shackled to the idea that films have to be modern in appearance or traditional in story structure. (My Winnipeg and The Saddest Music in the World, are streaming on Netflix, and Brand Upon the Brain! has a great Criterion release.)

He hasn’t had a new feature since the 2007 pseudo-documentary My Winnipeg, but now Keyhole — which features gangsters, the reanimated dead and a near-mythological journey — is almost ready to go. There are new stills from the film that features actors such as Jason Patric (a very interesting addition to his company), Isabella Rossellini and Udo Kier. The shots are beautiful. If I needed to hear more than ‘new Guy Maddin movie’ to get interested in Keyhole, these shots would do the trick. Check ’em out after the break. Read More »

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Taylor Lautner‘s action film Abduction, to be directed by John Singleton, just got an extra dose of class. Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast as “a psychiatrist to Lautner’s character, who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” Also in the supporting cast are Lily Collins and Alfred Molina. [Variety]

After the break, Ashley Judd is back, and HBO’s movie blogger drama gets yet another cast member. Read More »