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George Shapiro, Personal Manager and ‘Seinfeld’ Producer, Dies at 91

George Shapiro, the Bronx-born personal manager and champion of comedy who teamed with his late business partner, Howard West, to bring the iconic sitcom Seinfeld to television, has died. He was 91. Shapiro died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, a publicist announced. Shapiro and West also helped guide the […]

‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ Features Great Nod to Rick Moranis’ Villain in ‘Spaceballs’

The recently released Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is packed full of hilarious moments and Easter eggs. And there is even a fantastic nod to the 1987 Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs. In the Star Wars: A New Hope game story, there is a level titled “Best Leia’d Plans” where the player runs around the […]

‘The Godfather’ Turns 50: Film and TV Homages Likely Seen Before the Francis Ford Coppola Masterpiece

The Godfather is arguably the greatest film ever made. But at 50 years old, it’s a good bet today a decent portion of viewers saw an homage to the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece before watching the actual masterpiece. And that makes perfect sense. The film, based on the best-selling novel by the late Mario Puzo, […]

Paramount Lands Animated ‘Blazing Samurai’ Starring Mel Brooks, Michael Cera (Exclusive)

Paramount Animation has landed the animated feature Blazing Samurai, which has an A-list voice cast led by Michael Cera. The studio acquired the movie from GFM Animation for North America and other key international territories, setting a U.S. release of July 22, 2022. Along with Cera, the voice cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, […]

‘Drive My Car’ Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed in Saturday with the group’s picks for the top achievements in film from 2021. Drive My Car nabbed the prizes for best picture and best screenplay during the organization’s daytime event. The Power of the Dog was another key winner, with Jane Campion picking up the award for […]

Cary Elwes on ‘MI:7’ Production Snags, His Return to Rom-Coms and Standing Firm Against a ‘Princess Bride’ Reboot

Cary Elwes is a busy man. In addition to appearing in the highly anticipated (and secretive) Mission: Impossible 7, the iconic English actor is a part of the upcoming Guy Ritchie project Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre. Elwes is also making his first return to the rom-com world since The Princess Bride (1987) in Nextflix’s […]

Nancy Meyers Set to Receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award

The mark Nancy Meyers has left on film and TV comedy has garnered another prize as she’s been selected to receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award. Doled out as a way to recognize “exceptional achievements in film and TV comedy,” news of the award was announced on Tuesday by university professor Jack Epps, who holds the […]

‘The Automat’: Film Review | Telluride 2021

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are just a few of the prominent folks who recall the joys of the innovative cafeteria in Lisa Hurwitz's documentary.

Mel Brooks to Release Memoir

Mel Brooks is ready to look back at his life and success in show business in a memoir set to release this Fall. Ballantine Books announced Wednesday that they have acquired and will publish the comedy legend’s upcoming memoir, All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business.  In All About Me!, the director, producer, writer, and actor will […]

When Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder Had an Intense Argument Over ‘Young Frankenstein’ Scene

Among their many classic works together, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder only had a single argument about anything. The iconic filmmaker Brooks, who turned 95 on Monday, did not like a scene that the late writer-actor Wilder penned for Young Frankenstein. And the battle over it got intense, Wilder recalled in a 2005 interview with […]

Carol Arthur, Actress in ‘Blazing Saddles’ and Wife of Dom DeLuise, Dies at 85

Carol Arthur, the widow of comedian Dom DeLuise who appeared in Blazing Saddles and four other Mel Brooks films and on Broadway opposite Dick Van Dyke and Lauren Bacall, has died. She was 85.