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Own The Nine-Film Mel Brooks Collection For $20

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Today on Amazon, $20 gets you nine popular Mel Brooks films on Blu-ray, including Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Spaceballs, plus a ton of special features. That’s an all-time low, and the first time it’s been under $30 in months. Needless to say, it would make a great gift for the comedy buff in your…

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October 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rawhead Rex, Wes Craven’s Summer Of Fear, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Criterion Collection

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With Halloween only two weeks away now, that means we have another killer batch of home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday, primed to get everyone in the mood for the macabre. Cult film lovers should get those wallets ready, as Kino Lorber is keeping busy with The Terror Within II, Revenge of the Dead, and a 4K special edition of RawHead Rex, too.

For those who still venture out into the real world to make their media purchases, Target has the exclusive on season one of Stranger Things that comes in nifty retro packaging, and Criterion has put together a stellar Blu for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Other notable releases for October 17th include American Gods: Season One, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear, Red Christmas, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Honor Farm, and Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection.

American Gods: Season One (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

When
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It’s a Shame a Movie Like “Blazing Saddles” Would Never Fly Today

Remember the days when we could laugh about racial inequality and throw off the casual racist remark as a bit of slapstick? Yeah, those times might not be coming around again until we’re all dead and gone, if then. Director/actor Mel Brooks was talking about one of his most offensive films some time ago and happened to comment that it’s quite possible that if the film Blazing Saddles were to ever be recreated in this day and age it would most likely never fly in the current political climate. That seems an understatement really since if you’ve ever watched the

It’s a Shame a Movie Like “Blazing Saddles” Would Never Fly Today
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Bodied Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

From the moment Bodied opens with a promotional advert for the Killafornia Battle League (in which we’re *immediately* told to “suck a dick!”) to the very last insert-rap-lyric-here outro line, director Joseph Kahn and co-writer Alex Larsen assassinate political correctness with pop-culture lyricisms and heat-seeking regard. Ninjas of the rapped word in their ranks, racial appropriation and misrepresented social justice tenacity in their crosshairs. We no longer can share a single thought without offending someone, somewhere, who wants to score uncashable “woke points” – and Kahn wants to make their fragile little minds explode. This is two straight hours of offensive battle rap bars, non-stop hilarity, layered introspection and the most stylized, take-no-prisoners commentary on what a black-and-white minefield our behavioral ethics have become.

That, and it’s the most motherflippin’ fun you’ll have in a theater of any kind this year, the next, and probably many to come.
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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks

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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks
Full credit where “It” is due: Currently standing at $266 million through its third weekend, “It” is a stunning success and boosted a domestic box office in serious crisis. A reasonable estimate, if somewhat conservative, is a domestic gross around $325 million.

All this, from a September horror film made for $35 million? That’s a stunning performance. And it’s by far the best-performing Stephen King adaptation. But it’s far from the top horror movie in history.

At $325 million, here’s where “It” will stand in adjusted totals:

Horror films The Exorcist (1973) – $983 million The Sixth Sense (1999) – $512 million House of Wax (1953) – $449 million Psycho (1960) – $379 million Signs (2002) – $345 million It (2017) – $325 million (projected)

House of Wax” was by far the biggest 3D hit in that technique’s first wave. “The Exorcist” is the ninth biggest-grossing of the post-silent era and a social phenomenon in its time. M. Night Shyamalan’s films both had high-end casts and
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Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture

Mel Brooks: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Be Made in Today’s ‘Stupidly Politically Correct’ Culture
Blazing Saddles” may be a groundbreaking comedy, but director Mel Brooks doesn’t think Hollywood would make the iconic Western parody in this current “stupidly politically correct” climate.

The Oscar winner discussed PC culture in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, calling it “the death of comedy.”

“No, no, I mean maybe ‘Young Frankenstein.’ Maybe a few. But never ‘Blazing Saddles,’ because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy,” he said when asked if he thinks he could get films like “Blazing Saddles,” “The Producers,” or “Young Frankenstein” made today. “It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering into the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.”

Blazing Saddles,” a Western spoof about a black sheriff in a racist town, starring
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Mel Brooks Says ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today Because Political Correctness ‘Is the Death of Comedy’

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Mel Brooks Says ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today Because Political Correctness ‘Is the Death of Comedy’
Blazing Saddles” has long been considered an all-time-great comedy, as have several other movies directed by Mel Brooks. In a new BBC Radio 4 interview, the revered actor and filmmaker was asked whether he thought he’d be able to make such films as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” today. His response touched on a hot topic in the comedy world of late: political correctness.

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“Maybe ‘Young Frankenstein,’ but never ‘Blazing Saddles,’” said Brooks. “Because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior.
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Mel Brooks says he couldn't have made Blazing Saddles in our "stupidly politically correct" society

Blazing Saddles is arguably Mel Brooks’ masterpiece, a deft blending of Western parody, Looney Tunes silliness, and razor-sharp racial satire into one enduring, Frankie Laine-crooned package. It’s also a work full of elements that can make it hard for modern audiences to fully embrace it, thanks to the numerous racial…

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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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Revisiting the Classic Movie Ski Patrol: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Ski Patrol was one of those movies you either love or learn to forget very quickly. Filmed in the early 1990’s it was one of many films that were trying to keep alive the same slapstick humor that had worked for movies like Revenge of the Nerds, Spaceballs, Blazing Saddles, and many others. The only problem was that it’s humor kind of got lost in mid-transition from the 80’s to the 90’s and as a result it fell a little flat. A lot of people would admit that the film is a humorous take on the world of skiing and

Revisiting the Classic Movie Ski Patrol: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
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Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles Screens Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“They said you was hung!”

“They was right!”

Mel BrooksBlazing Saddles screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 7th and 8th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

I showed the condensed Super-8 version of Blazing Saddles, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 Politically Incorrect Movie Madness show a few years ago at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!

Blazing Saddles is my favorite Mel Brooks comedy. Yes, even more than Young Frankenstein – it’s hard to believe Brooks produced both yuk-fests the same year. I just watched his 1977 follow-up High Anxiety on 16mm last weekend for the first time since it was new and Yikes! – I see why it was a critical disaster – didn’t laugh once!
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Mel Brooks Cut Just One Joke From 'Blazing Saddles' for Being Too Racy

Mel Brooks Cut Just One Joke From 'Blazing Saddles' for Being Too Racy
Mel Brooks' iconic Western parody Blazing Saddles broke ground with its no-holds-barred approach to comedy, but there was still one joke that went too far and was ultimately left on the cutting room floor. 

In an interview Brooks gave in 2012 to late-night host Conan O'Brien, the living legend said he just had a bad feeling about one line, so he pulled it. 

"When I saw it, I got scared, " Brooks told O'Brien. 

The joke occurred when Sheriff Bart, played by Cleavon Little, goes to visit Lili von Shtupp, played by Madeline Kahn, in her dressing room, and she puts the...
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Get a Bad Case of the Mondays at Office Space Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“If they move my desk again I’m quitting”

“I’m going to need you to come in on Saturday, and also come in on Sunday too”

“Are you related to the Michael Bolton?”

“Oh, and remember: next Friday… is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.”

Office Space screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 30th and July 1st) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

There are so many famous quotes from Office Space!

If you are working for a big company, especially if you are in software business, you will find yourself in Office Space, an irreverent comedy from 1999 starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston that makes fun of the inanities of work–particularly in a cubicle-ed office where the bosses are morons (not that
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in July 2017

It’s that time again, folks. Netflix has announced the titles that will be leaving the streaming service next month, and you better get crackin’ as the best of the bunch are departing on July 1st. If you haven’t yet honored the great Adam West with the underrated 1966 film Batman you best get on it, while Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and the comedy classic Blazing Saddles are also leaving. On the TV side of things, there’d been talk that all of Futurama was departing the streaming service, but Netflix’s release only specifies that Season 6 of …
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Netflix Announces July 2017 Movie and TV Titles: Say Hello to Titanic and Goodbye to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Netflix Announces July 2017 Movie and TV Titles: Say Hello to Titanic and Goodbye to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How many movies and TV shows can you binge-watch in nine days? On Wednesday, Netflix announced the next wave of titles coming and going in July. Subscribers are sure to be thrilled with the forthcoming additions of popular movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Titanic, as well as new seasons of hit TV shows like Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, iZombie and Pretty Little Liars. But that also means they will be losing beloved movies like Annie, Batman, Blazing Saddles, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, not to mention seasons of Futurama, The Ghost Whisperer, MacGyver and Saving Grace. There are nine days left in June. Let the countdown begin... Coming In July: July...
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Pour 1 Out For the Movies and TV Shows Leaving Netflix in July

Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. After releasing the incredible list of new titles it's adding in July (Titanic! Rogue One!), the streaming service also revealed which movies and TV shows will be disappearing before we know it. If your weekends consist of cuddling up and watching While You Were Sleeping or Futurama, we have some bad news . . . July 1 Blazing Saddles American Pie Presents: Band Camp Flicka 2 9/11: Stories in Fragments Secrets: The Sphinx Batman Working Girl Gentlemen Prefer Blondes An Unmarried Woman Hello, Dolly! MacGyver seasons one-seven Ghost Whisperer seasons one-five Futurama season six Day of the Kamikaze Mystery Files: Hitler Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci Nazi Temple of Doom The Hunt For Bin Laden The Incredible Bionic Man History in HD: The Last Bomb Secrets: A Viking Map? Secrets: Richard III Revealed Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission Titanic's Final Mystery Samurai Headhunters America's Secret D-Day Disaster Black Wings Blondie's New York Bombs, Bullets and Fraud Death Beach Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes American Pie Presents: Beta House Hugo American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging While You Were Sleeping Kate & Leopold El Dorado July 3 The Last Samurai Two Weeks Notice July 6 Los Heroes del Norte seasons one-two July 11 Opposite Field July 12 Sleeping Beauty Adventures of Pepper and Paula In the Basement July 13 Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain July 15 Lessons For a Kiss All That Glitters
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