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Willy Wonka Child Star Swapped Acting For Animals

1st July 2013

The child star who appeared alongside Gene Wilder in cult classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory bowed out of the spotlight in order to find a "more steady" career - and ended up becoming...

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Musical Debuts In West End

By Lauren James | 26th June 2013

When Sam Mendes first decided to adapt Roald Dahl's 49 year-old best loved children's book about an eccentric chocolate maker and one very lucky little boy, he hadn't anticipated the scale or scope of his...

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Gene Wilder: 'Tim Burton's Willy Wonka Remake Is An Insult'

15th June 2013

Comedy icon Gene Wilder has taken aim at director Tim Burton for remaking movie classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, insisting the 2005 film is "an insult".The veteran actor, who turned 80 on Tuesday...

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Richard Pryor Smoked On His Deathbed

14th June 2013

Legendary comic Richard Pryor defied doctors' advice to smoke in his final days and continued to puff away even on his deathbed, according to his close pal Gene Wilder.The funnyman, who struggled with substance abuse...

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Fascinating Fact: 3715996

12th June 2013

Comedy legend Gene Wilder turned 80 on Tuesday (11Jun13). The Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star, born in 1933, retired from acting when he turned 70 in 2003 after almost 40 years in showbusiness.

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Douglas Hodge Signs On For Willy Wonka Musical

12th October 2012

British actor Douglas Hodge is to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder after signing on to play chocolate maker Willy Wonka in a new West End musical.The Olivier and Tony Award-winning...

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R.i.p Mel Stuart: Beyond Willy Wonka

10th August 2012

Following the sad news that American director Mel Stuart has passed away aged 83, following a battle with cancer, we here at Contactmusic.com thought it only right to doff our caps to the man responsible...

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Mel Stuart Dies Aged 83: Legendary Director Of 'Willy Wonka'

10th August 2012

Mel Stuart, director of one of the most beloved children's film of all time, has died aged 83 after losing his battle with cancer. His daughter Madeline confirmed to press that the Willy Wonka and...

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Sam Mendes To Direct 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' Musical

18th June 2012

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the classic Roald Dahl tale, will be opening in musical format next year, with the Bbc reporting that the world premiere of the show will take place at the London...

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Johnny Depp's Reveals Inspiration: George Bush, Stoned

9th May 2012

Johnny Depp may be one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, but it appears the inspiration for his weird and wonderful characters comes from even weirder and more wonderful places. His collaborations with...

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Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka Costume To Be Auctioned

3rd May 2012

Gene Wilder's costume from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is set to go under the hammer as part of a collection of memorabilia from the beloved 1971 movie.Bosses at California auction house Profiles in...

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Wilder Curses Movie Swear Words

25th March 2008

Veteran comedian GENE WILDER has called on Hollywood to cut back on excessive swearing in films. The Stir Crazy star is fed up with hearing curse words in modern movies, and wishes writers would try...

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Wilder Reveals Freudian Links To Young Frankenstein

24th March 2008

Veteran funnyman GENE WILDER has revealed the inspiration for his beloved YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN character FRAU BLUCHER came from letters written to the father of psychoanalysis, SIGMUND FREUD. The actor/writer created the cult comedy, which is...

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Wilder: 'I'm Not A Fan Of Chocolate'

5th June 2007

WILLY WONKA + THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY star GENE WILDER is hiding a surprising secret - he can't stand chocolate. The legendary funnyman admits he's not a fan of the cocoa-based snack - despite enthralling a...

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Wilder Waiting For Golden Ticket

16th May 2007

GENE WILDER will turn his back on his retirement from acting if offered a part he can't refuse. The Academy Award-nominated funnyman hasn't starred in a movie since 1991 comedy Another You. He made a...

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Wilder Roots For Democrats

15th May 2007

Hollywood star GENE WILDER hopes the next US president is a Democrat, so millions of Americans can benefit from the stem cell surgery that saved his life. The actor underwent a non-embryonic stem cell transplant...

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Wilder's Hollywood Comeback

15th May 2007

GENE WILDER is preparing to make a Hollywood comeback - his debut novel is being turned into a movie. The comedy star retired from the silver screen after appearing in 1981 film Another You -...

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Wilder Quit Acting Over Bad Roles

27th March 2007

Movie veteran GENE WILDER has officially quit acting to concentrate on writing novels and memoirs - because he's sick of the projects he's getting offered. The YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN star hasn't appeared in a film for...

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Leachman To Return For Young Frankenstein Musical

8th November 2006

Actress CLORIS LEACHMAN will reprise her FRAU BLUCHER character from the cult 1974 movie YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN for the 2007 stage musical. The 80-year-old actress is the only original cast member from the MEL BROOKS comedy...

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Kinnear To Star In Young Frankenstein?

13th October 2006

GREG KINNEAR is reportedly being considered for the lead role in the forthcoming Broadway production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. The AS GOOD AS IT GETS actor reportedly met with director MEL BROOKS in Los Angeles this...

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Mel Brooks Plans 'Young Frank' Musical

5th April 2006

Movie mogul MEL BROOKS is bringing his horror comedy YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to the stage after wowing audiences with THE PRODUCERS. The actor/writer has told internet radio talk show THE YOUNG TURKS that the musical adaptation...

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Mel Brooks Revisits Young Frankenstein

3rd December 2005

Funnyman MEL BROOKS is hoping to follow up his smash-hit THE PRODUCERS musical by bringing his YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN comedy to the Broadway, New York stage. Brooks is considering reworking his 1974 comedy, starring GENE...

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'Oompa Loompa' Lies Are Exposed

12th August 2005

A man from Nevada has been exposed as a liar after claiming to be an Oompa Loompa in the 1970s GENE WILDER movie WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Actor and hairstylist EZZY DAME,...

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Oompa Loompa's Snub Fury

31st July 2005

Original Oompa Loompa MALCOLM DIXON is heartbroken he was not invited to star in TIM BURTON's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY remake. The 70-year-old performer, who is 1.2 metres (4 feet 1 inches) tall,...

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Depp Invented Wonka Voice During Child's Play

29th July 2005

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY star JOHNNY DEPP invented his quirky WILLY WONKA voice while playing with his daughter LILY-ROSE MELODY. The Hollywood heart-throb always auditions his future characters on the six-year-old, because...

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Original Charlie Only Speaks About The Film One Day A Year

19th July 2005

The original CHARLIE from cult 1971 movie WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY makes only one public appearance a year to discuss the film. Reclusive PETER OSTRUM was just 13 when he made the...

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Wilder Thanks Brooks For His Success

10th July 2005

GENE WILDER has thanked close friend and filmmaker MEL BROOKS for saving his career by giving him plum roles in classic comedies THE PRODUCERS, BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Wilder, now 72, counts Brooks'...

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Wilder Retracts Depp Criticism

5th July 2005

LATEST: Movie funnyman GENE WILDER has hailed JOHNNY DEPP as a "magical" choice to play WILLY WONKA in upcoming film CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - weeks after attacking Depp's casting in the movie remake....

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Wilder Escaped Hollywood To Retain His Sanity

2nd June 2005

Veteran funnyman GENE WILDER has no regrets about leaving Hollywood at the peak of his movie career in the 1970s, because he fears he would have had a breakdown if he'd remained in Los Angeles....

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