40th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein – September 9th.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming 40th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein (1974). The release will be available for purchase on September 9th.

 Special Features:

  • Commentary by Mel Brooks
  • Interviews with Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman
  • “Inside the Lab: Secret Formulas to the Making of Young Frankenstein” featurette
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  • “It’s Alive: Creating a Monster Classic” featurette
  • “Making FrankenSense of Young Frankenstein” featurette
  • “Transylvanian Lullaby: The Music of John Norris” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
  • Production Photo Galleries and More

The Entertainers: Mel and Max Brooks

Mel and Max Brooks have the last word on a city where neighborhood is everything.

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner  for Town and Country - August 11, 2014

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MEL: I never wanted to leave New York, but the work—you always go where the work is.

MAX: He came out here to direct Blazing Saddles, and they put him up at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

MEL: I remember going to this party at Sue Mengers’s. She was my wife’s early agent. Sue had Roman Polanski—she had 100 crazy people. She was a big deal at ICM. And the first course was a bowl of beluga caviar. A bowl of it! So I figured this is the place to be. I think Van Cliburn was playing the piano—I’m kidding, but she had the best of everything. I forgot my Labor Party beginnings in Brooklyn.

MAX: My father liked living in the hotel, but my mother’s best friend, Lydia Fields, Aunt Lydia—

MEL: Bert Fields, the famous lawyer—his wife. She said, “Take that money, put it down, and pay off a house!” She took us straight up to this place on Rising Glen Road, and it was beautiful. It was simple. The only thing I really missed were the sounds of Brooklyn: the quick rhythms, because I noticed they are much slower here, their talking, their rhythm. I still miss the pizza. And the bagels from Vilna.

MAX: But you always said you liked houses better than apartments, because when you grew, up a house meant success.

MEL: Right. I came from Williamsburg—the south side, not rich. My mother raised four boys on her own, and we moved from one apartment to another. We had an option to buy the Rising Glen house, but we didn’t. We moved to another place, on Foothill Road [in Beverly Hills]. It was a ’50s classic ranch house. High ceilings. My favorite memory of L.A. was moving into the Foothill house, with that U-shaped pool. I said, “If there’s such a thing as heaven, this is it.” Continue reading

Congratulations to TNT on their 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Variety Special – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks

DVR ALERT: “Starring Mel Brooks” on TCM Thursday, July 31st

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In addition to his talents as producer, director and writer, Mel Brooks is one of our most gifted and hilarious comic actors–a point amply proven in this salute, which includes Dick Cavett’s delightful TV interview with Brooks from 2006.
 PrintTwo of the featured comedies are TCM premieres: Silent Movie (1976), an almost-silent film with Brooks as a once-famous director attempting a comeback; and High Anxiety (1977), a send-up of Alfred Hitchcock movies with Brooks as the director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous!
Also showing are The Twelve Chairs (1970), Brooks’ version of the Russian novel in which he takes the small role of the servant Tikon; and To Be or Not To Be (1983), a sparkling remake of the WWII-era Ernst Lubitsch comedy in which Brooks stars opposite real-life wife Anne Bancroft.

July 31,2014 – TCM Schedule:

8:00 PM – Twelve Chairs, The (1970)

A fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs. Color-93 mins, CC, Letterbox

9:45 PM - Silent Movie (1976)

A film director struggles to produce a major silent feature film. Color-87 mins, CC, Letterbox

11:30 PM - High Anxiety (1977)

A man must come to terms with his own “high anxiety” in this loving parody of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Color-94 mins, CC, Letterbox

1:15 AM - Dick Cavett Show, The: Mel Brooks (2006)

In this TCM world premiere interview, comedian Mel Brooks discusses his life and career with Dick Cavett. Color-58 mins, CC, Letterbox

2:15 AM - To Be or Not to Be (1983)

An actor and his wife struggle to survive (and make a living) when the Nazi’s invade Poland in this remake of “To Be or Not to Be” (1942). Color-107 mins, CC, Letterbox

Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952

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 for Variety,  @debrabirnbaum             

Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by names like Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Cantor. “Curtain Going Up” had a two-week tryout in Philadelphia before a planned Broadway debut. Alas, the show never made it to the Great White Way, but the uber-talented Brooks certainly did. Again. And again. And again. Continue reading