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 »

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It’s easy to overlook the fact that David Lynch‘s career is inexorably linked to Mel Brooks. The two men don’t seem to have much in common. But¬† when Lynch’s first feature Eraserhead was on screens, one of Brooks’ producers, Stuart Cornfeld, saw the film and recommended Lynch as someone to work with. That ended up leading to The Elephant Man, which landed Lynch a Best Director Oscar nomination and established him as a filmmaker who could do more than outrageously weird stories.

Lynch had also been part of AFI’s class of 1970 — Eraserhead was made during Lynch’s tenure at the school — and yesterday AFI honored both Lynch and Brooks with honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees. That’s one shot of the two men at the ceremony, above, but there is a much better image of the two grads below. Read More »

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Geek Deal: The Mel Brooks Collection on DVD for $39

Amazon is offering The Mel Brooks Collection as the Gold Box Deal of the Day, for only $39.99 (60% off the MSRP). The Mel Brooks Collection includes eight Brooks comedies: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, To Be or Not to Be, History of the World Part 1, The Twelve Chairs, and High Anxiety.

Mel Brooks on Get Smart

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting interview with Get Smart creator (and did I mention comic genius) Mel Brooks. Here are a couple highlights:

“Someone called me up and said, ‘They’re making a movie of ‘Get Smart.” I said, ‘Oh, really? What are they going to call it?’ They said, ”Get Smart.” I said, ‘That was wise.’ Because they did do a movie based on ‘Get Smart’ about 20 years ago called ‘The Nude Bomb’. I said, ‘That’s foolish.’ … I had nothing to do with it. They never even called me! This one, they called me from Day One. They said, “What do you think of this?” Or “What do you think of that?” And I’d say yay or nay. … It’s got a good director, Peter Segal. Wonderful director. The writers were great. The producers were young and aggressive and smart. But the brilliance is Steve Carell. To choose a guy who’s right in the Don Adams groove. You couldn’t get a better guy than Steve Carell. And yet he doesn’t do Don Adams. He does none of his delivery. He just does Steve Carell.”

You can read the full interview on LATimes.com.

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