Gene Wilder – five key performances

From The Producers to Stir Crazy, via Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles, we pick out the key roles by Gene Wilder, who has died aged 83.

Gene Wilder exemplified a certain kind of crazed comic intensity that found a mass audience in the 1970s and 80s, with Wilder seeming to function best in partnership with other comedy greats: principally Mel Brooks, with whom he made three masterpieces, and Richard Pryor.

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Nate Parker on rape controversy: ‘I never thought about consent as a definition’

Parker, who was acquitted of the charge of raping an unconscious woman while in college, said his definition of consent has changed in an interview with Ebony

Nate Parker has addressed the controversy surrounding the 1999 rape accusation in an interview with Ebony. After a screening of his film The Birth of a Nation at the Merge Summit on Friday, Parker spoke to the magazine about consent, privilege and how he is still learning.

“I’m 36 years old and I’m learning about definitions that I should have known when I started having sex,” he told Ebony writer Britni Danielle in an interview on Friday.

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Gene Wilder: a life in pictures

Gene Wilder, the writer, director and actor, has died at the age of 83. Best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka and his collaboration with Richard Pryor, he also directed films and turned to writing novels at the end of his career

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This Jungle Book Poster Is Just as Lush as the Movie

The fact Jon Favreau’s remake of The Jungle Book was so damn good was a huge surprise to film fans. No one was looking forward to yet another live-action remake of another classic animated Disney film, but the director and his team vastly improved on the original.

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Gene Wilder: a wild, inspired and sensitive actor who ran on rocket fuel

The singular comic star, who has died at the age of 83, cooked up a quartet of indelible neurotic which belied great intelligence and whose genius may yet to be fully appreciated

Gene Wilder was a smart, industrious and often very funny actor and writer who earned a slow-burn cult status as the weirdo chocolate mogul Willy Wonka in the Roald Dahl adaptation Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

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Gillian Armstrong: I used to think, ‘I did it, why can’t all the other women?’

The director has been given CinefestOz’s Screen Legend award – the first woman to feature in its walk of fame

The footpath outside the Orana Cinema in Busselton, Western Australia, is inscribed with names of Australian cinematic royalty: Jack Thompson. Hugo Weaving. David Wenham. Steve Bisley. Bryan Brown. Koko, the dog from Red Dog.

It is somewhat striking that of the nine names that have been featured on CinefestOz’s walk of fame, kelpies are better represented than women – but this year’s festival brought with it a new addition: the acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong.

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Visit Elk Grove With This Sneak Peek at Ash vs Evil Dead Season Two

We’re just over a month away from Ash vs Evil Dead’s October 2 return to the airwaves. “I guess it’s safe to say the truce is over,” Ash announces in this behind-the-scenes peek, which contains (awesomely gory) footage from the first episode as “Ashy Slashy” heads back to his Michigan hometown of Elk Grove.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Wife Can’t Control His New Home Assistant

Mark Zuckerberg continues making news on his Italy trip, the latest being an update on the AI he’s building to help around the house. The Facebook founder revealed he’ll be ready to demo the assistant he’s been working on throughout 2016 next month. He also revealed that, “much to [her] chagrin,” his wife Priscilla cannot use the technology quite yet.

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Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and Mel Brooks comedies, dies aged 83

The actor, who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein, dies aged 83 from complications from Alzheimer’s, family says

Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as The Producers and Blazing Saddles, has died. He was 83.

Wilder’s nephew said on Monday that the actor and writer died late on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Legendary Actor Gene Wilder Dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the legendary comedic actor who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and so many others, has passed away at the age of 83.

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Watch the Actor Behind Back to the Future’s Biff Utilize His Fame in a Fascinating Way

Back to the Future fans know that Tom Wilson is the white whale of the franchise. Wilson played Biff, in multiple versions over three movies, but prefers not to talk about it or participate in any Back to the Future events. Instead, he channels his experiences into other outlets, including a new, pretty surprising one.

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Don’t Look Away: Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Scifi/Fantasy Community

I was a guest of honor at a large convention when a drunk con-goer grabbed my ass as I exited the elevator. By the time my brain got past “Wait, did that just happen?” the elevator had closed. I told myself it wasn’t a big deal. It’s not like I’d been in real physical danger. This was just one brief interaction… but it soured what should have been a wonderful event. I kept looking around to try to spot my harasser so I might be able to identify them. I spent the rest of the weekend feeling angry and on edge.

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15 Things Obama Was Actually Watching in VR

Last week, we asked you to imagine what President Obama was actually looking at while wearing a virtual reality headset.

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How to Properly Wrap All Your Cables so They Don’t Turn Into a Tangled Mess

Did you know there’s a special way to wrap your cables that not only keeps them neat and tidy, but also makes them perfectly unfurl without tangling when you’re ready to use them? It’s the de facto way to store cables in the video, film, and music industries, and it can also help lengthen the life of all your cords.

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Zombieland 2 Is Still Somehow in the Works

We’re coming up on the 7th anniversary of the star-studded, horror comedy Zombieland. That also means we’re coming up on the 7th anniversary of talk about a sequel. However, now that the original film’s writers have a new monster hit movie under their belt, they’re back at it.

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Enter a World of Psychic Teens and Cold War Con Artists In The Skeptics

What if, at the height of the Cold War, Russia revealed that it had the ultimate weapon in its conflict against the Western world: Superpowered teenagers? That’s the premise of Black Mask Studio’s new comic The Skeptics—but as we’ve learned from writer Tini Howard, there’s a lot more going on that just Russian superteens.

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Let the Right One In Will Be a U.S. TV Show Because Vampires Never Die

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s teen vampire tale Let the Right One In began life as a best-selling book in Sweden, rose to international prominence in 2008 thanks to a Swedish film adaptation, then got a 2010 American cinematic re-do. Now, TNT is ordering a pilot based on Lindqvist’s book. Vampires really are eternal!

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Who Killed YTMND? 

In its heyday, You’re The Man Now Dog (YTMND) rode the cresting wave of early mainstream online communities, alongside its brethren like 4chan, Something Awful, and Newgrounds. The site allowed anyone to pair a gif (animated or not) with looping sound, to be voted on and shared by other users. At its peak, YTMND had four million monthly users.

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Why Wouldn’t An Immortal Black Superhero Have Just Ended Slavery?

Why Wouldn’t An Immortal Black Superhero Have Just Ended Slavery?

So, if a dark-skinned alien with Kryptonian-on-Earth levels of power landed in the Deep South in 1839 and found himself a slave, he’d just break the chains binding him and others, right? Not necessarily.

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This 3D Printed Replica of the Stargate Portal Looks Ready for Transport

It took 1,000 hours for 3D printing house Vigo Universal to craft and assemble the 2,000 parts of this 20-foot-tall replica of the Stargate portal—not to mention countless viewings of the film to get all the details right. The occasion: an exhibit at Belgium’s Royal Museum of Mariemont on “Egyptian gods in geek culture.”

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