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Remembering George A. Romero, Sam Shepard, Jeanne Moreau and More Reel-Important People We Lost in July

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Harvey Atkin (1942-2017) - Actor. He starred in Meatballs and appears in Silver Streak, Atlantic City and The Stupids. He died of cancer on July 17. (THR) Trevor Baxter (1932-2017) - British Actor. He starred in Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowA Man for All SeasonsVan Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj and Cold Comfort Farm. He died on July 16. (Big Finish News) Chester Bennington (1976-2017) - Singer. As front man of Linkin...

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Harvey Atkin, ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Meatballs’ Actor, Dies at 74

Harvey Atkin, ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Meatballs’ Actor, Dies at 74
Canadian actor Harvey Atkin, best known for his roles in “Meatballs” and “Cagney & Lacey,” died early Tuesday morning in Toronto after a battle with cancer, a rep for Atkin confirmed to Variety. He was 74.

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The mustachioed actor, remembered for his signature large-framed glasses, was born in Toronto. Atkin’s breakout performance was as Camp North Star camp director Morty Melnick in Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy “Meatballs,” where he worked alongside Bill Murray, Kate Lynch, and Chris Makepeace. He was also a regular on the 1980s TV detective drama “Cagney & Lacey” as staff sergeant captain Ronald Coleman, as well as on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Judge Ridenour. Atkin’s long list of guest-starring credits in television and film include “Beetlejuice,” “Goosebumps,” “Silver Streak,” and “Atlantic City.”

In addition to his on-screen roles, the actor voiced characters in a number of animated television shows, including
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Harvey Atkin, ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Meatballs’ Actor, Dies at 74

Harvey Atkin, ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Meatballs’ Actor, Dies at 74
Canadian actor Harvey Atkin, best known for his roles in “Meatballs” and “Cagney & Lacey,” died early Tuesday morning in Toronto after a battle with cancer, a rep for Atkin confirmed to Variety. He was 74.

The mustachioed actor, remembered for his signature large-framed glasses, was born in Toronto. Atkin’s breakout performance was as Camp North Star camp director Morty Melnick in Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy “Meatballs,” where he worked alongside Bill Murray, Kate Lynch, and Chris Makepeace. He was also a regular on the 1980s TV detective drama “Cagney & Lacey” as staff sergeant captain Ronald Coleman, as well as on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Judge Ridenour. Atkin’s long list of guest-starring credits in television and film include “Beetlejuice,” “Goosebumps,” “Silver Streak,” and “Atlantic City.”

In addition to his on-screen roles, the actor voiced characters in a number of animated television shows, including several Super Mario Bros. series, “Jacob Two-Two
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Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a
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Why Sidney Poitier’s ‘Stir Crazy’ Is Still the Most Successful Movie Ever Made By a Black Director

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Why Sidney Poitier’s ‘Stir Crazy’ Is Still the Most Successful Movie Ever Made By a Black Director
In the history of black filmmaking, “Stir Crazy” is rarely cited as a groundbreaker or an enduring high point. However, Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy sold more tickets in North America than “The Fate of the Furious,” or any other film by a black director.

Poitier’s career has included multiple breakout moments. He was the first black lead acting Oscar winner with “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner;” he starred in two blockbuster films in 1967 with “To Sir With Love” (over $300 million, adjusted gross) and “In the Heat of the Night” ($177 million, adjusted gross). He was, more than even Denzel Washington or any other black actor-turned-director, an icon of cinema when he made “Stir Crazy.” And it was this film, more than any other, that found access to all domestic audiences.

That said, it’s a film that doesn’t have the resonance of other historical blockbusters like “Gone With the Wind,
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James Bond actor passes away

Veteran Hollywood actor Clifton James passed away yesterday, the 15th of April. He was 96 years old and is survived by his wife, five children, 14 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and his two sisters.

 

James was known for his role as a southern Sheriff J W Pepper in Bond movies such as Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun with Roger Moore. He was also known for essaying similar sheriff roles in notable films like Superman II and Silver Streak.

 

Rest in peace Clifton James.
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Match the Gene Wilder character to the film - quiz

As we bid farewell this week to the mighty Gene Wilder, find out how many of his movie roles you can recognise

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Bonnie and Clyde

The Producers

Young Frankenstein

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Rhinoceros

The Woman in Red

Silver Streak

The Frisco Kid

Haunted Honeymoon

Blazing Saddles

Stir Crazy

Blazing Saddles

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Start the Revolution Without Me

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

The Woman in Red

The World's Greatest Lover

Silver Streak

Stir Crazy

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Hanky Panky

Another You

Silver Streak

Sunday Lovers

Bonnie and Clyde

Blazing Saddles

The Little Prince

Young Frankenstein

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

Rhinoceros

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
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Newswire: Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka are returning to theaters this weekend

  • The AV Club
The recent death of Gene Wilder has been a stark, saddening reminder of just how good the man could be, whether the winking, sarcastic intensity of his Willy Wonka, or the deadpan-to-manic transitions he mastered while working with Mel Brooks. But even as we all pass YouTube clips around of our favorite moments from Blazing Saddles or Silver Streak, it’s not quite the same as sitting in front of a big screen and sharing in Wilder’s comic genius. (Especially since, for many fans, they’ve never had the chance to see Wilder in a movie theater, since he more or less quit acting in 2003.)

Luckily, AMC here’s to scratch that enigmatic, twinkly-eyed itch, announcing today that it’s planning to bring two of Wilder’s most beloved performances—Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles—back to theaters this weekend. (The chain did a ...
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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the
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Gene Wilder: A Master of Timing Who Radiated With Comedic Energy

Gene Wilder: A Master of Timing Who Radiated With Comedic Energy
With his rowdy head of frizzy red hair and bulging blue eyes, Gene Wilder was the sort of comedic genius who could make you laugh just by looking at him — and lose it altogether once he opened his mouth.

Thanks to his turn as a sweet-toothed trickster in 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Wilder entered the pantheon of beloved children’s idols, winning over fresh generations with the impish charm he’d perfected in a résumé of more grown-up roles.

After gaining attention in theater playing a hotel valet in “The Complaisant Lover” on Broadway in 1961— and the part of Billy Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1963 — Wilder launched his screen career with a scene-stealing bit part in 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” earning one of the raucous New Hollywood classic’s big laughs as a hapless character in the back seat of a car that
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Flashback: Gene Wilder Sings 'Pure Imagination' in 'Willy Wonka'

Flashback: Gene Wilder Sings 'Pure Imagination' in 'Willy Wonka'
Gene Wilder has 37 acting credits to his name, ranging all the way from the 1961 TV series Play of the Week through a guest spot on Will & Grace in 2003. He had lead roles in Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, arguably the three greatest Mel Brooks movies. He formed a hilarious comic duo with Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Silver Streak. But when the stunning news of his death hit yesterday, most outlets paired their obituaries with an image from a single movie:
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Gene Wilder: A Master of Hysteria

Gene Wilder: A Master of Hysteria
Gene Wilder made it impossible not to laugh. Sometimes it's as simple as that — a gift that keeps on giving. So even as we mourn Wilder's death at 83 from complications of Alzheimer's disease, we remember that talent he had for reducing us to helpless giggles.

How did he do it, this bullied Jewish kid, Jerome Silberman, from Milwaukee, the son of a Russian immigrant father and a mother who thought military school was a good idea for her sensitive son? In the army, he served as an aide in a psychiatric unit,
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R.I.P. Gene Wilder 1933-2016

Gene Wilder, star of stage and screen has sadly passed away at the age of 83. Wilder was known for his roles in the likes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He also starred as Doctor Ross in Woody Allen’s 1972 film, Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask, and various roles opposite Richard Pryor, including Silver Streak and See No Evil Hear No Evil.

According to the BBC Wilder passed away on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him,” his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said.

He will be missed. Our thought go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

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Film News: Gene Wilder of ‘Willy Wonka’ Fame Dies at 83

Los Angeles – The genius comedy of Gene Wilder was often in the subtlety. With a slow burn or a raised eyebrow, Wilder was able to draw big laughs. The star of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “Young Frankenstein” died in Stamford, Connecticut, according to his nephew in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Wilder was well into his thirties before the first big break came along in 1967, in the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde.” From there he was able to trade in his frizzy-haired persona in his co-starring role in Mel Brook’s “The Producers” (1968). It was his collaboration with Brooks that certified his legacy, with one-two punch of “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” in 1974. He was also held in high regard by a generation of children with his classic turn as the title character in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971).

Pure Imagination: Gene Wilder in ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate
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Gene Wilder Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Comedy Icon

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Gene Wilder Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Comedy Icon
Sad news came today as legendary comedian Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. The actor's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed that the cause of death was complications from Alzheimer's Disease. As news of this comedy legend's passing continues to spread, we have more details from Jordan Walker-Pearlman about his uncle's final moments, while several members of the Hollywood community have honored Gene Wilder through social media.

Along with several Twitter tributes, Jordan Walker-Pearlman released a full statement about his uncle's passing. It was never made public that the actor was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, a decision that was made by both the actor and his family. Here's how his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman had to say about why it was never revealed that Gene Wilder suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.

"We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones - this illness-pirate,
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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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R.I.P. Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016)

Some sad news this evening, as it has been announced that the legendary American actor Gene Wilder has passed away aged 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1933, Wilder began his career in the theatre and made his big screen debut with a minor role in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde before starring in a lead role in Mel BrooksThe Producers the following year. This marked the first in a series of collaborations with Brooks, and also gave Wilder the first of two Oscar-nominations.

In 1971, Wilder appeared in one of his best-loved roles, portraying the titular Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. He would receive another Oscar nomination for 1974’s Young Frankenstein, this time for co-writing the script with Brooks, and also appeared in Brooks’ Blazing Saddles that same year.

Wilder would also form a hugely successful comedy double act with Richard Pryor,
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Gene Wilder Rip

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It's on a very sad note that I write this. Gene Wilder has passed away. The man was an absolute giant of Hollywood with memorable performance after memorable performance. Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka and Stir Crazy instantly spring to mind. He died on Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. According to his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman the icon died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family!!
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Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' and 'Young Frankenstein' Star, Dead at 83

Gene Wilder, 'Willy Wonka' and 'Young Frankenstein' Star, Dead at 83
Gene Wilder, the comedian known to a generation as Willy Wonka and an icon thanks to his works with Mel Brooks on The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has died from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease, according to Variety. He was 83.

Wilder's nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman revealed the actor died following a private three-year battle with Alzheimer's. "The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family," Walker-Pearlman wrote. "We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this
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