June 7, 2013 |
Irreverent and often raucous, the 41st American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre honored the king of comedy, Mel Brooks, in a full-on laugh fest. Martin Short got the evening off to a flying start by singing songs from Brooks' films, including "I Want to Be a Producer" and "Springtime for Hitler" from "The Producers" and the "Blazing Saddles" theme song surrounded by a bevy of statuesque chorus girls who towered over Short. "I'm not speaking from the heart, I'm speaking from the TelePrompter," said Short as he went into a series of jokes about Brooks being Jewish. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Very rarely do you get a chance to say thank you to one of your heroes," said Billy Crystal, who related how he became friends with Brooks at PTA meetings when his daughter Jennifer and Brooks' son Max were in the same class in grade school.
August 1, 2010 |
Mel Brooks suddenly seems as though he's all over Hollywood. The 84-year-old writer-composer-lyricist-producer-director-actor, based in Los Angeles, has a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The American Cinematheque recently paid tribute to Brooks and his close friend and co-conspirator Carl Reiner with a film retrospective at the Egyptian Theatre. And after 15 months on Broadway, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein" launched its national tour this week at the Pantages Theatre, where it's running through Aug. 15. When did it first occur to you that Frankenstein was funny?
May 30, 2009 |
It has been a stressful few months for the man who decided to market Hitler in Berlin. But for the last several days, Falk Walter says he has enjoyed "the deepest sleep I've had for an age." The reason for his contentment is the swift box-office success of an in-your-face production of "The Producers" at his iconic Admiralspalast theater.
June 6, 2013 |
Funnyman extraordinaire Mel Brooks has already won an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys and three Tony Awards, and Thursday evening he'll be adding another prestigious honor: the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The writer/director/actor/producer - and let's not forget songwriter - is responsible for enormous belly laughs in his classic comedies, including 1968's "The Producers," for which he won an Oscar for his screenplay, 1974's "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," 1976's "Silent Movie," 1977's Alfred Hitchcock spoof "High Anxiety" and 1983's "To Be or Not to Be," in which he starred with his wife, the late Anne Bancroft.
December 9, 2012 |
Mel Brooks has just welcomed a visitor into his office when the comedian gets noticeably excited. "Have you seen the Hitler rap?" he asks, referring to the satiric music video from 1983 that has him busting rhymes dressed as the Fuhrer. "Oh, we have to watch it. " Brooks jumps from his chair and calls for an assistant to fire up a DVD. "I'm a rap pioneer," he says with a gleam in his eye as he watches himself on-screen. He adds, "This would be big on YouTube," possibly unaware that the video has in the last few years in fact become a viral-video sensation.
March 8, 1987 |
We're on the set of a $22.7-million movie. The director has a lot on his mind. His script supervisor is at one arm, wondering how many takes of the previous scene to print. His camera operator is at the other arm, proposing a new angle for the next shot. A screenwriter hovers nearby, lobbying for a new line of dialogue. An assistant director wants to know when to release the extras for lunch.
January 17, 2008 |
SPRINGTIME is coming early for Mel Brooks at the American Cinematheque. On Wednesday, the director will be at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre to launch a retrospective of his movies, beginning with perhaps his best-loved film, 1968's "The Producers," and the rarely seen 1970 comedy "The Twelve Chairs." "So you heard about this Mel Brooks retrospective," quips the man himself, one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. "Not bad.
May 2, 1993 |
The King of Parodies and Prince of Thieves apparently won't be stealing from the rich to pay the poor together in the upcoming send-up "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." Mel Brooks, the producer-director-writer-actor of such genre lampoons as "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," considered offering Kevin Costner a cameo in his upcoming summer comedy from Fox, believing audiences would find it a hoot to see the star parodying his own role as a dashing, arrow-slinging hero.
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January 19, 2007 |
Ron Carey, the short and puckish comedic actor who played Officer Carl Levitt on the hit situation comedy "Barney Miller" and was a member of Mel Brooks' comedy troupe in films such as "High Anxiety" and "Silent Movie," has died. He was 71. Carey died of a stroke Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Michael Ciccolini, a relative.
June 4, 2001 |
It's a Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks lyric: "The toast of society's burning tonight!" On Sunday night, no one in Broadway society glowed more brightly than Brooks, the main man behind the phenomenon, the colossus, the Mothra known as "The Producers." We've officially hit it. Hype-othetically speaking, we've hit the point where people on other planets have heard plenty about this show.