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Mel Brooks Tribute

Anne Bancroft, Mel Brooks in To Be or Not to Be (top); Mel Brooks at the 1969 Oscar ceremony (bottom) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a tribute to Mel Brooks on Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin, the evening will feature numerous film clips and stories from his artistic collaborators and friends, in addition to Brooks himself. Schedules permitting, special guests will include Richard Benjamin, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Tracey Ullman and Lesley Ann Warren. The Brooklyn-born comedian, writer, producer, director, composer, and actor Mel Brooks won an Academy Award for the original story and screenplay of the 1968 […]


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Mel Brooks Tribute



Mel Brooks Biography: Q&A with James Robert Parish

James Robert Parish, author of countless film books (The RKO Gals, Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops), answers a few questions on the subject of his upcoming biography, It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks (Wiley, 2007). Many comedians are supposed to be major bores when they're not “on.” Does Mel Brooks fit into that mold? Over the decades, few people (beyond Brooks' family and very close friends) have ever witnessed Mel when he is not “on.” He considers it his lifelong duty to be entertaining both on camera and off. Whether bantering on a TV talk show, parrying with a dour waiter in a deli, or directing his cast/crew on the film […]


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Mel Brooks Biography: Q&A with James Robert Parish



Richard Pryor + Director of '2001' Precursor 'Gog' & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died

Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy with Gene Wilder. Directed by Best Actor Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, 1963), the 1980 blockbuster comedy Stir Crazy marked the second pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor following Arthur Hiller's 1976 box office hit Silver Streak, which also featured Jill Clayburgh and a runaway train. Richard Pryor dead at 65: Troubled comedian starred in box office hits 'Silver Streak' & 'Stir Crazy' Dec. 2005 news: Actor Richard Pryor died today, Dec. 11, of a heart attack at a Los Angeles hospital. Pryor (born on Dec. 1, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois) was 65. One of the most popular Hollywood comedians during the second half of the 1970s and at the start […]


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Richard Pryor + Director of '2001' Precursor 'Gog' & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died