The filmmaker doesn't think 'Blazing Sandles' could be made today.
There's no denying the incredible cultural impact Mel Brooks has had on the world, with his major comedy flicks proving that when there are no boundaries when it comes to being funny, things can get very funny indeed.
Mel Brooks has some words to say about today's PC culture
At the helm of massive films such as 'Young Frankenstein' and 'The Producers', he's somebody who has without a doubt left his mark on the movie industry. One of his flicks that cut closest to the bone was Western comedy 'Blazing Saddles', starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder in the leading roles. Including a number of racial slurs, satire that would go far past anything we had seen in the past and a lot of moments that would make audiences wince one moment then burst into laughter the next, it still to this day is a much-talked about classic.
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Well deserving of a BAFTA Fellowship.
Mel Brooks is without doubt one of the most esteemed comedy filmmakers that ever lived, which is why he well deserved his lifetime achievement award at the 2017 BAFTAs. For his contributions to cinema, he was awarded The Fellowship last night (February 12th); the highest accolade the BAFTAs has to offer and one that has previously gone to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg.
Mel Brooks wins the BAFTA Fellowship Award
In honour of his legacy of hilarity, we reflect on some of his greatest films:
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Count Dracula seems to have really changed his ways, embracing humans and allowing them to stay at his monster-filled Hotel Transylvania after taking a shine to his daughter Mavis' new human boyfriend Johnny. Now the pair have a child together named Dennis, and despite having vampire in his blood, he doesn't seem to possess any monster ability of any kind. When Mavis and Johnny take a break to visit the latter's parents, she asks her dad to babysit her son - but that probably wasn't the best idea. In charge of young Dennis, Dracula enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to train him up to be a real monster, and take him on a trip of their own. But when Mavis finds out what they're up to, she's less than happy and makes to come home. But she's not the only one; Dracula's father Vlad is making a surprise visit, and he's not going to be happy that the hotel is filled with humans.
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The American director and comedian was honoured for his contribution to film.
Legend of comedy Mel Brooks was awarded the British Film Institute’s Highest Honour, the BFI Fellowship at a private London dinner on Friday evening, in front of guest including Terry Gilliam and Mike Leigh.
Mel Brooks recieved the BFI fellowship on Friday in London
The 88 year old was presented the award by BFI chair Greg Dyke, while John Hurt, star of Brook’s A History of the World Part 1 and Spaceballs, also spoke at the event. According to Variety guests on the evening also included Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Simon Pegg and Salman Rushdie.
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Following on from the adventures in the Hotel Transylvania, in which Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) was forced to hide a human from the clients of his "monsters only" hotel, things have gotten even stranger. Jonathan (Andy Samberg), the human traveller, and Mavis (Selena Gomez), Dracula's daughter, have fallen in love and had a baby. This new, half human half vampire baby, is accepted by the monsters inhabiting the hotel. But Dracula is not as impressed as he could be: he wants his grandson to take on the ways of a vampire like he did, and is willing to do whatever it takes to help him become a terrifying monster.
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20 years after its release, the cast of The Little Rascals recreate some of the film's most famous poses
They shot to fame and gained a momentous audience following in 1994 as a rag-tag group of troublesome kids in the American comedy Little Rascals. The little people that gave us so much joy in the film adaptation of Hal Roach’s Our Gang may have grown up but they haven’t stopped entertaining as the stars of the show got together to recreate the movie’s poster 20 years later.
Mr. Peabody is doubtlessly the most intelligent and most accomplished dog on the planet, and undeniably outshines the human race too. However, despite his achievements, he is determined to maintain a normal life for his adopted human son Sherman by inviting round Penny a classmate of his with whom he wants Sherman to be friends. She has other ideas, however, and only shows interest when Sherman agrees to show her Mr. Peabody's WABAC - a time machine in which they travel into the past despite being expressly forbidden. When Peabody finds out, he realises that their actions have ripped a hole in the space-time continuum and they are forced to return to the past to re-write history and save the universe. Along the way they meet some of the biggest legends of history, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Sigmund Freud, who help them on their quest.
'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' is a brilliantly funny animated movie based on the characters from the 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show' in the sixties in the 'Peabody's Improbable History' segments. It has been directed by Rob Minkoff ('The Lion King', 'Stuart Little', 'The Haunted Mansion') and written by Ted Key ('Hazel', 'The Million Dollar Duck', 'Gus') and Craig Wright ('Dirty Sexy Money', 'Underemployed'). 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' is set for release in the UK on February 7th 2014.
The Twitter comedy festival will see comedians embracing new video sharing app Vine.
Twitter is spreading its wings into the world of comedy and launching its own comedy festival played out in just 140 characters and six-second videos. Twitter is teaming up with Comedy Central for the 'ComedyFest' event, set to debut on April 29, 2013. Comedians will tweet jokes and post videos with the recently launched video app Vine over five days.
The launch of the festival is expected to be officially announced later on Monday (April 22, 2013), with big names such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Amy Schumer and director Paul Feig all thought to be taking part. Twitter introduced Vine in January - a video sharing service that lets users post six-second clips that matches the brevity of the social network's word limit.
On the Tuesday of the festival, comedian Steve Agee will host a 'Vine Dining' party, telling stories in six-second videos, while the cast of satirical political comedy 'Veep' will share 'Vines' from the set, as will the cast of ABC's hit show 'Scandal'.
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Renee Taylor and Mel Brooks Friday 24th July 2009 The Academy pays tribute to Academy Award-winning comic legend Mel Brooks held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills California, USA
Roger Bart and Mel Brooks - Roger Bart & Megan Mullally New York City, USA - Opening Night After Party celebrating the new Mel Brooks musical 'Young Frankenstein' at the Empire State Building- Arrivals Thursday 8th November 2007
So for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, we have Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Kevin Costner's Hood is aped by Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman's Azeem has turned in Dave Chappelle's Ahchoo. And Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's ice queen Maid Marion is replaced with Amy Yasbeck's mild, cute, and chaste dolt.
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In 1968, Brooks was at the top of his game. He was also at the very beginning of it: The Producers was his first feature film, and you can track the quality of his movies on a steady decline which stretches from the awesome Blazing Saddles (1974) to the middling Spaceballs (1987) to the awful Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), Brooks' last appearance behind the camera.
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28th June, 1926
Count Dracula seems to have really changed his ways, embracing humans and allowing them to...
Following on from the adventures in the Hotel Transylvania, in which Count Dracula (Adam Sandler)...
Mr. Peabody is doubtlessly the most intelligent and most accomplished dog on the planet, and...
I'll confess up front that I never saw The Producers on stage. Not that I...