Pixar has always been able to lure in impressive casts for its films, and now the studio has roped a classic comedy foursome into its Toy Story 4 cast. Legendary comedians Betty White, Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks have been added to the mix of toys and given pun-tastic character names to boot. Read More »
Depending on who you listen to, so-called “PC culture” is the scourge of modern comedy. Stand-up comedians (primarily those who are older and white, which is clearly a weird coincidence) often rail against the notion that younger, more diverse audiences aren’t too excited at the prospect of laughing at humor targeting wide cultures of people by utilizing hoary stereotypes. The world of film comedy has had many examples of massively successful films that are proudly offensive, from Animal House to The Hangover.
But one of the rarest examples — a film that is both one of the greatest comedies of all time, and a film that absolutely could not be made in 2019 — remains one of the most un-PC films of all: Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this week.
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In Mel Brooks’ classic 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, Bill Pullman’s Han Solo stand-in, Lone Starr, asks Brooks’ Yoda stand-in, Yogurt, if they’ll ever see each other again. Yogurt responds: “Who knows? God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.”
That was thirty years ago, and ever since, Brooks and the cast have been asked whether they’d ever consider turning that one-off joke into a reality. Against all odds, it seems like a sequel is now closer than ever, because Brooks says he’s having active discussions with MGM about making it. Get the latest Spaceballs 2 news below.
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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 »
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 1970, an L.A.-born artist who went by the name “Metrov” moved to New York City. He began the decade working as a designer for the famed Push Pin Studios and then eventually made a name for himself as a fine arts painter, working out of a loft studio across the street from Andy Warhol’s Factory.
In 1979, inspired by a friend and guerilla filmmaker, Metrov came up with an idea for a low-budget, high-concept movie he wanted to direct: Solarbabies. This is a story about what happened next—how it was sold to Mel Brooks, how it was directed by a choreographer—and why, by the time Solarbabies was finally shot, its creator was no longer involved in his creation.
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Update: We originally posted about these screen printed posters on December 8th 2015, and the set quickly sold out. Well Nakatomi has announced they are bringing the Josh Budich’s sold-out three-print set back in a new OPEN edition, so if you missed out on these fast-selling prints last time, FORTUNE SMILES UPON YOU. Individual prints are $30 each, and full sets are $80. Orders should ship by the end of the month.
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If for some reason you’ve seen Star Wars but you haven’t yet partaken of Mel Brooks‘ classic parody Spaceballs, it’s about time you fixed that. In classic Mel Brooks fashion, Spaceballs mocks everything about Star Wars with self-referenctial humor, fourth wall breaks, and jokes about sci-fi tropes and goofy characters like Dark Helmet. It’s a favorite among comedy fans and sci-fi fans alike.
And now there’s the chance to partake in wise Yogurt’s noble endeavor of merchandising. One fan at LEGO Ideas has crafted two custom LEGO sets that give two of the iconic spacecrafts from Spaceballs the building block treatment. You can help vote to make them a reality. See the Spaceballs LEGO sets after the jump! Read More »
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Family issues get more complicated in Hotel Transylvania 2 when the half-vampire grandson of the Adam Sandler-voiced version of Dracula doesn’t seem to be developing his monster side, and when Drac’s daughter gets a real taste of the human world while visiting human in-laws.
But the real attraction here is probably Mel Brooks, who voices the very old and seriously old-school father of Sandler’s vampire. That’s likely to provide even more generational conflict, and with Brooks providing the voice work, we’re ready to see (or hear) it in action. Get a taste of Brooks’ work in the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer, below. Read More »
The idea of Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money was a great joke in Mel Brooks‘ hilarious 1987 comedy Spaceballs. The line about a hypothetical, self-aware sequel was a commentary on the licensing and popularity of the original Star Wars franchise Brooks was spoofing. Yet, because of that joke, Brooks and his co-stars have been asked about the sequel for the past twenty-five years.
Well, with a new series of Star Wars films coming this year, Brooks thinks it might finally be the right time for the Spaceballs sequel. In a new interview he hypothesized that, if they were to ever make Spaceballs 2, after the release of The Force Awakens would be the time. But the hurdles are many. Read more about Spaceballs 2 The Search for More Money below. Read More »