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Gene Wilder Films Re-released At Cinemas To Honour Late Star

The two films will be screened at 55 AMC locations on 3 and 4 September (16). Ironically, Wilder was a last-minute replacement for director Mel Brooks' comedy western, Blazing Saddles. The filmmaker...

Mel Brooks: 'Gene Wilder's Death Is Still A Big Shock'

Wilder died on Sunday (28Aug16), aged 83, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. The screen legend had kept his illness a secret from fans until his passing, but Brooks admits he had...

Kelly Lebrock: 'I Always Loved My Gene Wilder'

The actress tells The Hollywood Reporter she couldn't believe she was a few rows in front of her former castmate on the flight four years ago. "I hadn’t seen Gene in a...

Gene Wilder's Charlie Remembers Warm And Friendly Willy Wonka

Wilder died on Sunday (28Aug16), and in a new interview with Variety.com, Ostrum admits he's still recovering from the shock of his old friend's death. "It's kind of like losing a parent,"...

Willy Wonka Child Star Michael Bollner Pays Tribute To Gene Wilder

The former actor, who played Augustus Gloop in the beloved 1971 film, admits he missed his old pal on the big screen during the last years of his life. Bollner, who is...

Gene Wilder Turned Down Late Late Show Sketch In Magical Fashion

The late actor, who died from complications from Alzheimer's disease on Sunday (28Aug16), at the age of 83, is known to people around the world as fictional chocolate factory owner Wonka. His portrayal of the...

Tributes Pour In For Gene Wilder Who Has Died Aged 83

Tributes have poured in for actor and writer Gene Wilder who has died aged 83. Wilder’s death was announced by his family on Monday, who revealed he had been secretly battling Alzheimer’s for three years....

Mel Brooks Leads Tributes To Gene Wilder

The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, has confirmed the actor passed away at his home in Stamford, Connecticut earlier this month (Aug16) due to complications from Alzheimer's disease....

Gene Wilder Dead At 83

The reclusive Hollywood legend, who was married to comedienne Gilda Radner from 1984 until her death in 1989, died earlier this month (Aug16) in Stamford, Connecticut from complications linked to Alzheimer's disease, but...

The Younger Members Of The Willy Wonka Cast Reunite On The Today Show

Well, that's something we never thought we'd see. A good chunk of the cast from the original 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' have reunited for the movie's 44th anniversary during an appearance on the...

Willy Wonka Child Star Swapped Acting For Animals

The child star who appeared alongside Gene Wilder in cult classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory bowed out of the spotlight in order to find a "more steady" career - and ended up becoming...

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Musical Debuts In West End

When Sam Mendes first decided to adapt Roald Dahl's 49 year-old best loved children's book about an eccentric chocolate maker and one very lucky little boy, he hadn't anticipated the scale or scope of his...

Gene Wilder: 'Tim Burton's Willy Wonka Remake Is An Insult'

Comedy icon Gene Wilder has taken aim at director Tim Burton for remaking movie classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, insisting the 2005 film is "an insult".The veteran actor, who turned 80 on Tuesday...

Richard Pryor Smoked On His Deathbed

Legendary comic Richard Pryor defied doctors' advice to smoke in his final days and continued to puff away even on his deathbed, according to his close pal Gene Wilder.The funnyman, who struggled with substance abuse...

Douglas Hodge Signs On For Willy Wonka Musical

British actor Douglas Hodge is to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder after signing on to play chocolate maker Willy Wonka in a new West End musical.The Olivier and Tony Award-winning...

R.i.p Mel Stuart: Beyond Willy Wonka

Following the sad news that American director Mel Stuart has passed away aged 83, following a battle with cancer, we here at Contactmusic.com thought it only right to doff our caps to the man responsible...

Mel Stuart Dies Aged 83: Legendary Director Of 'Willy Wonka'

Mel Stuart, director of one of the most beloved children's film of all time, has died aged 83 after losing his battle with cancer. His daughter Madeline confirmed to press that the Willy Wonka and...

Sam Mendes To Direct 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' Musical

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the classic Roald Dahl tale, will be opening in musical format next year, with the Bbc reporting that the world premiere of the show will take place at the London...

Johnny Depp's Reveals Inspiration: George Bush, Stoned

Johnny Depp may be one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, but it appears the inspiration for his weird and wonderful characters comes from even weirder and more wonderful places. His collaborations with...

Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka Costume To Be Auctioned

Gene Wilder's costume from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is set to go under the hammer as part of a collection of memorabilia from the beloved 1971 movie.Bosses at California auction house Profiles in...

Wilder Curses Movie Swear Words

Veteran comedian GENE WILDER has called on Hollywood to cut back on excessive swearing in films. The Stir Crazy star is fed up with hearing curse words in modern movies, and wishes writers would try...

Wilder Reveals Freudian Links To Young Frankenstein

Veteran funnyman GENE WILDER has revealed the inspiration for his beloved YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN character FRAU BLUCHER came from letters written to the father of psychoanalysis, SIGMUND FREUD. The actor/writer created the cult comedy, which is...

Wilder: 'I'm Not A Fan Of Chocolate'

WILLY WONKA + THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY star GENE WILDER is hiding a surprising secret - he can't stand chocolate. The legendary funnyman admits he's not a fan of the cocoa-based snack - despite enthralling a...

Wilder Waiting For Golden Ticket

GENE WILDER will turn his back on his retirement from acting if offered a part he can't refuse. The Academy Award-nominated funnyman hasn't starred in a movie since 1991 comedy Another You. He made a...

Wilder Roots For Democrats

Hollywood star GENE WILDER hopes the next US president is a Democrat, so millions of Americans can benefit from the stem cell surgery that saved his life. The actor underwent a non-embryonic stem cell transplant...

Wilder's Hollywood Comeback

GENE WILDER is preparing to make a Hollywood comeback - his debut novel is being turned into a movie. The comedy star retired from the silver screen after appearing in 1981 film Another You -...

Wilder Quit Acting Over Bad Roles

Movie veteran GENE WILDER has officially quit acting to concentrate on writing novels and memoirs - because he's sick of the projects he's getting offered. The YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN star hasn't appeared in a film for...

Leachman To Return For Young Frankenstein Musical

Actress CLORIS LEACHMAN will reprise her FRAU BLUCHER character from the cult 1974 movie YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN for the 2007 stage musical. The 80-year-old actress is the only original cast member from the MEL BROOKS comedy...

Kinnear To Star In Young Frankenstein?

GREG KINNEAR is reportedly being considered for the lead role in the forthcoming Broadway production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. The AS GOOD AS IT GETS actor reportedly met with director MEL BROOKS in Los Angeles this...

Mel Brooks Plans 'Young Frank' Musical

Movie mogul MEL BROOKS is bringing his horror comedy YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to the stage after wowing audiences with THE PRODUCERS. The actor/writer has told internet radio talk show THE YOUNG TURKS that the musical adaptation...

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