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Something Wilder: Gene Wilder Dies at 83

It's always something... It is with broken hearts we report gifted actor and writer Gene Wilder has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 83. Yes, we're thinking what you're thinking. Gene is with Gilda, now. May they rest in peace, together.Wilder mostly worked in features, but he did headline the Something Wilder TV show. This sitcom aired 18 episodes, before being cancelled by NBC in 1995. Wilder was famously married to SNL alum Gilda Radner, who died far too soon, at the age of 42, due to ovarian cancer. Despite a subsequent marriage, Wilder remained a dedicated advocate for a cure.Read More…
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Film News: Gene Wilder of ‘Willy Wonka’ Fame Dies at 83

Los Angeles – The genius comedy of Gene Wilder was often in the subtlety. With a slow burn or a raised eyebrow, Wilder was able to draw big laughs. The star of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “Young Frankenstein” died in Stamford, Connecticut, according to his nephew in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Wilder was well into his thirties before the first big break came along in 1967, in the classic film “Bonnie and Clyde.” From there he was able to trade in his frizzy-haired persona in his co-starring role in Mel Brook’s “The Producers” (1968). It was his collaboration with Brooks that certified his legacy, with one-two punch of “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” in 1974. He was also held in high regard by a generation of children with his classic turn as the title character in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971).

Pure Imagination: Gene Wilder in ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate
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Gene Wilder, Star of Willy Wonka, Passes Away at 83

Gene Wilder, Star of Willy Wonka, Passes Away at 83
The comedy world has lost another beloved performer, in a year that has seemed to claim more legends than most years. The iconic Gene Wilder passed away earlier today, at the age of 83, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, revealed that the actor died due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

The actor was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who worked as a manufacturer of miniature whiskey and beer bottles. He made his professional acting debut in the 1961 off Broadway adaptation of Roots, before making his Broadway debut later that year in The Complaisant Lover. He won the Clement Derwent Award that year as the most promising newcomer. He also starred in the 1963 play Mother Courage and Her Children, alongside Anne Bancroft, who would become Mel Brooks' wife, which would change his life forever.

After meeting
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Comic Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Comic Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83
Gene Wilder, a comedic actor whose career included notable TV turns on Will & Grace and the mid-1990s series Something Wilder, died Monday at homein Stamford, Conn., our sister site Variety reports. Cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

Wilder was known for roles in several Mel Brooks big-screen comedies, including Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, as well as playing the title part in the 1971 adaptation of Willy Wonky & the Chocolate Factory.

His television credits included the sitcom Something Wilder, which aired on NBC from 1994-95, TV movies including Thursday’s Game and a 1962 production of Death of a Salesman,
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Rumour: Steven Spielberg looking to coax Gene Wilder out of retirement for The Bfg

According to Aint It Cool News, director Steven Spielberg is looking to coax Gene Wilder out of retirement for a role in one of his upcoming films.

According to the site, their source claims that Wilder is wanted to lend his voice to The Bfg, which would be his second Roald Dahl project after the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. They also speculate that the role could be that of James Halliday in the recently-confirmed adaptation of Ready Player One.

Wilder officially retired from the screen in 2008, while he last appearance came in 2003 with a guest role in Will & Grace. Although he’d appeared in a few TV movies and the short-lived sitcom Something Wilder, his last big screen outing came in 1991 when he starred alongsdie Richard Pryor in Another You.
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Best TV Pilots: NewsRadio

NewsRadio Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Written by Paul Simms

Directed by James Burrows

Aired 3/21/1995 on NBC

Airing as a mid-season replacement after the failure of The Martin Short Show and the Gene Wilder vehicle Something Wilder, it still boggles me to this day that NewsRadio wasn’t more popular in its time. Debuting between Wings and Frasier (two shows it would often be sandwiched between over the years), NewsRadio never achieved the same mainstream penetration as other seminal NBC comedies from the same era, teetering on the edge of cancellation and ending in tragedy, airing a creative but deflated fifth season in the shadow of Phil Hartman’s murder.

Revisiting NewsRadio‘s pilot, it still astounds me the show never took off. Mixing farce with hilarious ironies, the pilot opens with Wnyx’s new news director Dave Nelson (a post-Kidz in the Hall Dave Foley) arriving (approximately) 35 seconds early to
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Alice Cooper talks about his 'Dark Shadows' cameo -- and his many other memorable onscreen adventures

Alice Cooper talks about his 'Dark Shadows' cameo -- and his many other memorable onscreen adventures
It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to discover horror movie-lovers Alice Cooper and Tim Burton had plenty to talk about when the rocker turned up to film a cameo in the director’s new, Johnny Depp-starring movie Dark Shadows. “We had dinner one night in London and we both knew every point of reference,” Cooper recalls. “If he would say, ‘Suspiria’ I would say ‘Dario Argento.’ I see the humor in horror as much as Tim or Johnny does, so we really do fit together.”

The “School’s Out” star plays himself in Burton’s big budget adaptation of the bizarre,
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