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Paddingting director, Paul King in final talks with Warner Bros to take the helm on Willy Wonka

Author: Zehra Phelan

Paddington helmer, Paul King can do no wrong after the latest adventures of the Marmalade scoffing bear, so to hear the latest news that he is currently in final talks with Warner Bros to direct the reimaging the age-old classic Willy Wonka makes us very happy.

The 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film was adapted from the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film told the story of Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) as he receives a Golden Ticket and visits Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with four other children from around the world.

We spoke to Paul recently at the Critics Circle Awards about the success of the Paddington movies

In 2005, Tim Burton took the helm on the remake which starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
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Weird Al, Finn Wolfhard & more to star in Willy Wonka live concert event!

  • JoBlo
Throughout the years, Roald Dahl's classic children's novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been adapted into a variety of entertainment mediums. There's Mel Stuart's 1971 film, a Broadway adaptation, Tim Burton's visually splediferous version of the tale, and Tom & Jerry cartoon crossover, and even a full album of the Willy Wonka... Read More...
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Moscow Never Sleeps Movie Review

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Moscow Never Sleeps Movie Review
Moscow Never Sleeps Cavu Pictures Director: Johnny O’Reilly Written by: Johnny O’Reilly Cast: Alexey Serebryakov, Evgenia Brik, Yuri Stoyanov, Mikhail Efremov, Lubov Aksenova, Oleg Dolin Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/16/17 Opens: June 9, 2017 at New York’s Village East Theater In Mel Stuart’s 1969 movie “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium,” a diverse […]

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Bill Paxton's Aliens Armor and the Actual Skywalker Star Wars Lightsaber Go Up For Auction

There's a bunch of epic movie props that have recently gone up for auction from Profiles in History that seriously hardcore geek collectors will want to get their hands on.

The actual Skywalker lightsaber that was used in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction and is expected to sell from between $150,000 and $250,000! That's a lot of freakin' money. But there's some Star Wars fan out there who is willing to fork over that kind of cash for it.

The lightsaber prop was in the possession of producer Gary Kurtz for years, and he's also including a personalized letter to certify authenticity.

As cool as that lightsaber is, one of the things that I'm most excited about going up for auction is the armor Bill Paxton wore in Aliens. I've always loved that Colonial Marine armor and that fact that this is the
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How to ruin other classic movies by inserting Tom and Jerry

The trailer for the pair’s bizarre remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has caused online ire but what other films should they also stay well away from?

Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a weird film. It’s a cheaply animated, near shot-for-shot remake of the beloved 1971 Mel Stuart movie – containing recognisable scenes, likenesses and backgrounds – that also happens to star Tom and Jerry, the cartoon characters so unsuitable for today’s climate that compilations of their cartoons now have to come with disclaimers where Whoopi Goldberg apologises for how racist they are.

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TCM Film Festival 2017 Recap

Once again, Wamg attended the 2017 Turner Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, and as always, it did not disappoint!

Ahhh…so many movies, so little time to cover everything, but here are some highlights of my favorite movies of this year’s festival.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Shown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this classic was perfect for opening night. Brightly colored inflatable balls and lights floated in the pool like some of Wonka’s best candies as guests enjoyed snacks and cocktails on a beautiful spring evening. In attendance for this special screening were some of the cast members of the original movie. Miss Veruca Salt herself, Julie Dawn Cole; Mike Teevee, also known as Paris Themmen; and one of the original Oompaloompas, Rusty Goffe.

Along with host Illeana Douglas, they recounted some great memories of being on the set of the film in Germany more than 45 years ago.
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Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84

Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84
Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.

“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.

Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.

Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in
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'The Eagle Huntress' to kick off Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival

'The Eagle Huntress' to kick off Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival
I, Daniel Blake, The Salesman, Under the Shadow and Fire at Sea will also screen at youth-focused festival.

The fourth edition of the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Nov 30-Dec 5) kicks off this week with the Mena debut and gala screening of UK director Otto Bell’s Mongolia-set documentary The Eagle Huntress (pictured).

The father and daughter tale about a young girl who defies social convention and the elements of Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to become her community’s first female eagle hunting champion premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

It is among a number of Academy Award hopefuls screening at the youth-focused event alongside Under The Shadow, The Salesman, The Idol and Fire At Sea.

Festival director and CEO of the Doha Film Institute Fatma Al Remaihi said the tale of female empowerment at the heart of The Eagle Huntress chimed with Ajyal’s focus on “positive social change” this edition.

“We’re delighted
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'The Eagle Huntress' to kick off Qatar’s Ajyal

'The Eagle Huntress' to kick off Qatar’s Ajyal
I, Daniel Blake, The Salesman, Under the Shadow and Fire at Sea will also screen at youth-focused festival.

The fourth edition of the Doha Film Institute’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Nov 30-Dec 5) kicks off this week with the Mena debut and gala screening of UK director Otto Bell’s Mongolia-set documentary The Eagle Huntress (pictured).

The father and daughter tale about a young girl who defies social convention and the elements of Mongolia’s Altai Mountains to become her community’s first female eagle hunting champion premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

It is among a number of Academy Award hopefuls screening at the youth-focused event alongside Under The Shadow, The Salesman, The Idol and Fire At Sea.

Festival director and CEO of the Doha Film Institute Fatma Al Remaihi said the tale of female empowerment at the heart of The Eagle Huntress chimed with Ajyal’s focus on “positive social change” this edition.

“We’re delighted
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Newswire: New Willy Wonka movie may explore how the candy boy became the candy man

Origin stories are always a slam dunk with audiences. Seriously, go through IMDb and just try to find one example of a prequel detailing how a famous movie character came to be that isn’t considered an instant classic. Don’t bother trying. You can’t do it! That’s why it’s great news that Warner Bros.’ upcoming Willy Wonka film is probably going to provide the much-needed backstory of Roald Dahl’s beloved candy magnate.

In an interview with /Film, producer David Heyman revealed the slimmest slivers of info on the the inchoate film. “It’s not a remake. They’ve done two films, quite different,” he explained, referring to Mel Stuart’s 1971 classic and Tim Burton quixotic 2015 attempt at a reboot. “But it’s possibly an origin story. We’re just in the early stages of it, working with a writer called Simon Rich, which ...
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All 9 Roald Dahl Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

  • The Wrap
All 9 Roald Dahl Movies Ranked From Worst to Best
Roald Dahl Rankings by Sam Adams Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) When it comes to Roald Dahl adaptations, there’s Wes Anderson‘s, and then there’s everyone else’s. Stop-motion animation was a logical step for one of the movies’ great miniaturists, and the animal-kingdom setting softens the harshness of Dahl’s worldview, which on screen often hardens into grotesquerie and cynicism. Like most of Anderson’s movies, “Mr. Fox” hides serious melancholy beneath its lacquered surface, just as Dahl’s whimsy mingles with the macabre. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Watched with adult eyes, Mel Stuart’s candy-coated adventure looks awfully threadbare in spots,
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'I wanted to be Willy Wonka': how Gene Wilder inspired future pastry chefs

Wilder’s role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory resonated with children everywhere – but also in the hearts and minds of generations of chefs

The birth of Willy Wonka predated Gene Wilder’s embodiment of him by seven years. Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory first appeared in 1964; Mel Stuart’s retitled adaptation came in 1971. But with Wilder’s passing last week, the world also mourned the passing of the man synonymous with that of the mercurial candy man.

Widely seen and deeply felt, Wilder’s portrayal of the man behind the world’s strangest chocolate factory resonated with children everywhere – but also in the hearts and minds of inchoate pastry chefs who were inspired by the edible teacup and everlasting gobstopper. Rarely mentioned as a food movie, per se, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory inspired generations to enter into a world of pure imagination.

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Willy Wonka's Violet Beauregarde Recalls Memorable Day on Set When Gene Wilder 'Stole My Heart'

  • PEOPLE.com
Willy Wonka's Violet Beauregarde Recalls Memorable Day on Set When Gene Wilder 'Stole My Heart'
Of the many memorable characters created by the late Gene Wilder, his titular role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory carries a specific magical weight - particularly for those who acted alongside him, like former child actress Denise Nickerson (aka Violet Beauregarde). "He created an iconic character," Nickerson tells People of being in the film with Wilder, who died of complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 83. "He did the majority of that himself, his little idiosyncrasies [in character], kicking the ball, whipping the cane, stuff like that, that was all him." The former child actress, who was 13 during filming, remembers
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Let's all reflect on the moment Gene Wilder slammed Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka'

  • Hitfix
Let's all reflect on the moment Gene Wilder slammed Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka'
It's fairly common knowledge that Roald Dahl despised Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 film adaptation of his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only was he averse to Wilder's performance as eccentric candy-peddler Willy Wonka (the author wanted Spike Milligan for the role), he was irritated that it placed more emphasis on Wonka at the expense of the book's good-hearted hero Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum). (For the record, Dahl allegedly hated most adaptations of his books, at one point terming Nicolas Roeg's big-screen interpretation of The Witches "utterly appalling.") So perhaps it's fitting that Tim Burton, who directed the 2005 re-adaptation of Dahl's novel, similarly found the 1971 version lacking, telling BBC News in an interview: "I don't want to crush people's childhood dreams, but the original film is sappy." But while Burton's film proved very successful both critically and commercially -- it grossed
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Gene Wilder: a comic enigma whose genius shone brightest in collaboration | Hadley Freeman

Enduring partnerships with Richard Pryor, Gilda Radner and Mel Brooks show Wilder’s gift wasn’t just his own mastery, but an ability to coax it from others, too

Anyone who’s read Gene Wilder’s 1970 letter about the costume suggestions for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory to the movie’s director, Mel Stuart, let alone seen his performance in the film, knows that he was no slouch when it came to creating wise and confident solo performances.

“I don’t think of Willy as an eccentric who holds onto his 1912 Daddy’s Sunday suit and wears it in 1970,” he wrote, “but rather as just an eccentric – where there’s no telling what he’ll do or where he ever found his get-up – except that it strangely fits him … Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers – baggy through preoccupation with more
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Gene Wilder's 10 Greatest Performances

Gene Wilder's 10 Greatest Performances
Everyone's got a favorite Gene Wilder performance: to younger viewers, he's a fondly remembered face in childhood favorites like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; to an older filmgoers, he was a brilliantly bawdy performer who owned comedy in the Seventies. At any age, however, he was one of those impossible-to-dislike actors whose very presence had a way of lifting up a film.

Most actors consider it a privilege to land one all-time classic role over the course of their career — Wilder had more than can be counted on one hand.
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Gene Wilder dies, aged 83

Den Of Geek Aug 29, 2016

Some really sad news. The great Gene Wilder has died, it's been confirmed.

Gene Wilder, the actor, writer and director of unforgettable stage and screen comedies, has died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a statement from his nephew. Wilder was 83.

Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants in 1999.

Less than two years after Wilder married Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20th 1989, at age 42. Wilder wrote and directed The Woman In Red (1984) and starred in two other films with Radner. After she died, Wilder became actively involved in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer and helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.

Wilder reportedly became a comic performer in order to cheer up his dying mother.
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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like
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19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

  • PEOPLE.com
19 Things You Didn't Know About Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
American treasure and crown jewel in Gene Wilder's spectacular oeuvre Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turns 45 this week. To celebrate, not only have we justly singled out the crime that was Gene Wilder getting passed over for an Oscar, but we're also giving fans an anniversary-based roundup of obscure facts and trivial bits about everyone's favorite vaguely sinister candy factory. 1. Wilder only accepted the role on one condition In a letter to director Mel Stuart, Wilder wrote that he'd read the script and would take the part on the condition that, "When I make my first entrance, I'd like
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TCM Big Screen Classics 2016 Lineup Announced

Discover the stuff that dreams are made of. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three. Take a day off with Ferris Bueller. Survive a winter in the Overlook Hotel. Movie lovers will be able to do all of this and more in 2016 as Fathom Events partners with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the biggest-ever “TCM Big Screen Classics” series.

The not-to-miss lineup begins in January and continues monthly throughout the year as Fathom Events and TCM bring some of the greatest titles ever back into movie theaters, each for just four showings. These classics will each be accompanied by specially produced commentary from TCM hosts Robert Osborne or Ben Mankiewicz.

The series will include “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Planet of the Apes” and “The King and I” from Twentieth Century Fox; “The Maltese Falcon,” “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “The Shining” from Warner Bros.; “The Ten Commandments,
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