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  • America Needs a Good Laugh

    12/18/2018 7:33:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 18, 2018 | Salena Zito
    LEXINGTON, Va. -- Mark Rush could not name the last movie in the past 10 years that gave him a belly laugh -- or made him snort or chuckle or laugh out loud, at least for any extended period of time. "The last side-splitting movies I saw were 'Caddyshack' or 'Blazing Saddles,'" the politics and law professor at Washington and Lee College said. "That was way too long ago." Rush and I were talking over dinner at the Red Hen, a farm-to-table restaurant that made headlines earlier this year for its unfortunate decision to refuse service to White House spokeswoman...
  • Famous Veteran: Mel Brooks USARMY

    07/02/2018 5:34:42 PM PDT · by eastforker · 17 replies ^ | 2018 |
    Before he could complete his degree in psychology from Brooklyn College, Brooks was drafted into the Army to fight during World War II. He served as a corporal in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division as a combat engineer. One of his tasks during the war was to defuse land mines, and he also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. It has been reported that when the Germans played propaganda recordings over loudspeakers, Brooks responded by setting up his own sound system and played music by Al Jolson, a Jewish musician
  • Actress Hedy Lamarr laid the groundwork for some of today’s wireless tech

    11/26/2017 6:29:47 PM PST · by ETL · 49 replies ^ | November 26, 2017 | Maria Temming
    ‘Bombshell’ tells the story of Lamarr’s double life as a Hollywood starlet and inventor Once billed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” actress Hedy Lamarr is often remembered for Golden Age Hollywood hits like Samson and Delilah. But Lamarr was gifted with more than just a face for film; she had a mind for science. A new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, spotlights Lamarr’s lesser-known legacy as an inventor. The film explores how the pretty veneer that Lamarr shrewdly used to advance her acting career ultimately trapped her in a life she found emotionally isolating and intellectually...
  • John Hillerman, 'Magnum, P.I.' actor, dead at 84

    11/10/2017 9:14:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cnn ^ | Nov. 10, 2017 | Topher Gauk-Roger, CNN
    (CNN)Actor John Hillerman died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Houston, Texas, his publicist, Lori De Waal, said. He was 84 years old. Hillerman was best known for his Emmy Award-winning work in the long-running detective series "Magnum, P.I." The stage-trained actor first made an impression as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the NBC revival of "Ellery Queen" in 1975. Hillerman then took on notable roles as the boss of Bonnie Franklin on the long-running CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time," and trading sarcastic quips with Betty White in the short-lived sitcom "The Betty White...
  • 'Stupidly politically correct society is the death of comedy', warns veteran comedian Mel Brooks

    09/21/2017 4:39:50 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 52 replies
    society's "stupidly politically correct" sensibilities will lead to the "death of comedy", the veteran Hollywood comedian Mel Brooks has warned. Brooks, known for his plethora of acclaimed comedy movies, said political correctness was becoming a stranglehold on comedians. "It's not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks," he said. "Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king's ear, always telling the truth about human behaviour." The producer and director said that his iconic western parody Blazing Saddles could not be made in today's political climate.
  • Blazing Saddles on Turner Classic Movies Tonight, Friday Feb. 3, 2017, at 10:30 P.M. EST

    02/03/2017 4:44:50 PM PST · by kristinn · 84 replies
    Friday, February 3, 2017 | Kristinn
    FReeper fave Blazing Saddles is airing tonight on Turner Classic Movies at 10:30 p.m. EST. This FR thread from 2015 posited that Blazing Saddles could not be made today due to political correctness.Fortunately in 1974 Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Alex Karras, et al, were still free to make this comedy classic.The showing of Blazing Saddles is part of TCM's 31 Days of Oscar A to Z which started Wednesday.TCM airs films unedited, so all the jokes should be heard/seen.
  • Safe space alert: Triggering comedy from the late, great Gene Wilder is a-nearer

    09/01/2016 8:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 1, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Gene Wilder, star and writer of some of Hollywood’s greatest comedy classics, passed away this week at 83 years of age from complications of Alzheimer’s. He partnered with Mel Brooks for the best work both of them have done, including the original version of The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and one of my all-time favorite films, Blazing Saddles. Those films and others have long been in rotation on the movie channels and even on cable and broadcast outlets, albeit with heavy editing, but have been absent from the big screen for decades. Those who never caught Blazing Saddles on the big...
  • Blazing Saddles Movie

    11/12/2015 6:20:34 PM PST · by nevergore · 188 replies
    self ^ | 11/10/2015 | nevergore
    Could this movie be made today? Mel Brooks doesn't think so..... Could the kids at our universities watch it without turning into quivering masses of protoplasam?
  • Burton Gilliam, of East Dallas and ‘Blazing Saddles,’ joins fight to save the Lakewood

    09/05/2015 10:54:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 22 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/05/2015 | Robert Wilonsky
    If you’re on the fence about attending Tuesday’s Landmark Commission meeting during which they’ll discuss the fate of the maybe-maybe-not imperiled Lakewood Theater, perhaps this’ll get you there: Burton Gilliam will be sitting in the audience. So, if nothing else, you can say you attended the same Dallas City Hall meeting as the actor who appeared in Blazing Saddles, Fletch, Paper Moon, Honeymoon in Vegas, those Rodeo Ford ads and … well, the list goes on and on. This will be Gilliam’s first-ever city-government meeting in his hometown. “So this’ll be kinda fun,” says the 1956 Woodrow Wilson High School...
  • Mel Brooks Blasts Political Correctness: 'Blazing Saddles' Couldn't Be Made Today

    05/11/2014 4:46:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | May 10, 2014 | John Nolte
    In an interview with Yahoo News surrounding the 40th anniversary of his comedic masterpiece "Blazing Saddles," co-writer/director Mel Brooks blasted present-day political correctness and says he was "lucky" to have made the film in the days when he still could: "They can't make that movie today because everybody's so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word," says Brooks. "You've got to really examine these things and see what's right and what's wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom...
  • The Shaming of the True, or, The Obama Campaign Meets Blazing Saddles

    10/26/2012 4:40:15 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers | Oct 26, 2012 | grey_whiskers
    Yesterday, in an apparent fit of desperation (or possibly even self-immolation in the manner of a Buddhist monk), the Obama campaign released a YouTube video of Lena Dunham -- the star of a reality TV show about young skanks -- comparing voting for the first time to losing one's virginity. This video was roundly excoriated by everyone from Mark Levin to Michelle Malkin, and positively eviscerated on Twitter. Most of the comments centered on "the war on women" and the disintegration of our culture, but my favorite was "Guess what happens when Obama finds out my first time was with...
  • Liberal Congressman Cohen references "Blazing Saddles"

    07/30/2011 9:53:58 AM PDT · by Migraine · 67 replies
    C-Span | 7/30/11 | Self
    I was just watching the short morning speeches on C-SPAN when liberal Mr. Cohen from NC (I think), was referring to the fact that conservatives are now opposing the raising of the debt ceiling; but they supported same when Bush was president. He referenced the scene in "Blazing Saddles", when the citizens of Rock Ridge were asked by the new black sheriff for just 24 more hours to solve the crisis. Denied. Whereupon Sheriff Bart protested, "You'd do it for Randolph Scott." The citizens then showed reverence at the mention of that name, and capitulated.
  • The Blazing Saddles of Reconciliation

    03/05/2010 7:45:50 AM PST · by MadisonReagan · 60 replies · 1,389+ views
    In trying to pass their radical health care overhaul, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now are channeling the tactics of Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little from the movie "Blazing Saddles." Opponents and fence-sitters alike should not fall for their tricks. The Democratic leaders' "Blazing Saddles" hocus-pocus comes via their proposal to use the rare parliamentary maneuver of "reconciliation" to force their health care takeover into law. As currently described, the reconciliation plans are a charade.... To make the reconciliation gambit work, the House has to pass the existing Senate bill as is. ...If the Senate refuses to...
  • Speech Police: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today

    03/03/2010 11:10:17 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 147 replies · 2,494+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 03/03/2010 | by Chris Stigall
    One of the finest comedy movies ever made was the Mel Brooks classic “Blazing Saddles.”  It’s a cult classic that’s still aired on TV today.  The film’s dialogue is riddled with racist, sexist, bigoted speech. The “N” word is used 17 times. Yet, 36 years after the film’s debut the “N” word is “bleeped” whenever it’s broadcast on television. It isn’t because the movie was insensitive to racism in 1974.  Quite the opposite.  The bigotry is an intentional punch line at the expense of the bigoted.  Sensitivity to mere words has neutered an extraordinarily important commentary on race in film.Mel ...
  • Horse goes nuts, then takes a bite [Cringe alert!]

    03/13/2009 7:44:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 52 replies · 1,561+ views
    AN Indonesian villager had to be rushed to hospital after a horse bit off one of his testicles during a freak attack.
  • 35th anniversary showing of "Blazing Saddles" on AMC now

    02/15/2009 5:04:47 PM PST · by Born In America · 86 replies · 2,515+ views
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  • AMCTV Celebrates 35th Anniversary of BLAZING SADDLES

    02/15/2009 5:58:30 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 42 replies · 3,015+ views ^ | 02/15/09 | amctv
    Blazing Saddles (1974) Closed Caption Comedy, WesternTV14 Warner Brothers Mel Brooks Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens Tune In Sun Feb 15 @ 8PM | 7C....Sun Feb 15 @ 10PM | 9C......Sat Feb 28 @ 8PM | 7C.......Sun Mar 01 @ 12AM | 11C Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens,...

    01/22/2009 10:33:09 AM PST · by andrew roman · 14 replies · 785+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 22 January 2009 | Andrew Roman
    There will probably be some who don’t pick up on the reference to the classic Mel Brook’s movie Blazing Saddles, but today’s signing of the Executive Order by President Barack Obama calling for the close of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay was not unlike watching a scene from what is one of the funniest motion pictures ever made.The President reminded me of Governor William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks), the man in charge who is far more focused on the buoyant breasts of the lady in his office than the matters at hand. By his side is Hedley Lamarr (Harvey...
  • I just saw 'Blazing Saddles' on CNNMSNBCBSABC

    01/06/2009 12:23:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 119 replies · 19,826+ views
    01/06/2009 | Responsibility2nd
    I just saw 'Blazing Saddles' on CNNMSNBCBSABC At least I think it was Blazing Saddles. The story was a little bit different than the 1974 classic by Mel Brooks. But the plot was the same. It begins with an idiot governor And then the governor decided to appoint a black man I thought for sure the appointment was designed to drive the racists in Rock Ridge out of their minds. But no - it was to drive the senators in Washington DC out of their minds. Anyway, the new mayor (or was it senator?) heads off to Washington DC. (Or...
  • Comedian Harvey Korman Dies At Age 81

    05/29/2008 5:43:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 62 replies · 694+ views
    FoxReno ^ | 5/29/08 | FoxReno
    Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and was seen to hilarious effect on the big screen in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday. He was 81. Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations. "He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father," daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He had a very good sense of humor in real life. "...