RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

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RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby J T » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:50 pm

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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby J T » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:54 pm

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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby Garry K » Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:58 pm

Y'all can watch Gene Wilder on the "big screen" at the Redford Theatre http://redfordtheatre.com/events/ in Detroit when they show "Young Frankenstein" on October 21 & 22 (2016). Show times are at 8pm, tix are only $5. We showed that movie in October 2015 and got a big crowd. Lots of fun.

I volunteer at the Redford Theatre (usually as an MC). It's an old theatre that was built in 1928. Since it was built for silent movies, it had a pipe organ built into the theatre. And the theatre still has its original pipe organ. The theatre also has live organists play for 30 minutes before the movies and at intermission. Anyway, some of y'all should check it out sometime. It's in northwest Detroit, on Lahser just north of Grand River (which is just north of Six Mile Road in that area). And yes, the theatre has lighted, guarded parking.

Maybe I'll have to watch my VHS copy of Silver Streak this evening. Anyone up for taking a ride on Am Road? :-)

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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:49 pm

Woah, Jochs wasn't the first one to the celebrity obituary pages today?
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby AARR » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:57 pm

Dang, Gene Wilder passed away. I liked him :lol: .
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby hoborich » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:02 pm

Went to the Redford theatre many times. I grew up in the Six Mile/Lahser/Telegraph area. Used to make out with the chicks up in the balcony during the Saturday matinees. :lol:
Later, I took a few dates there after the renovation. I still remember the little candy store next to the theatre, Jims Sweet Shop. Good times.
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby Fred » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:45 pm

Thought Wilder & Pryor were a riot in Silver Streak.
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby fmilhaupt » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:16 am

It was rather depressing to go through the IMDB entry for Blazing Saddles last night and realize that you now have to get to the sixth actor listed before you get to one who is still alive.

Granted, the film was released 42 years ago. Such is life.

2016 has been a rough year for icons of the entertainment industry. Increasing numbers of the performers that many of us grew up with are reaching those ages where it seems they just fall like snowflakes.

'makes me appreciate all the more the interviews Marc Maron has been doing with the legends of comedy over the past few years, talking to them while he still can. It was just a few months ago that he talked with Garry Marshall, for instance.
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby SousaKerry » Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:57 am

Well at least now Charlie has the whole chocolate factory to himself.

Very sad day though.
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby Jochs » Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:23 am

One of my favorite movies of his was See No Evil, Hear No Evil. It also starred Richard Pryor.
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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby SousaKerry » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:57 am

Had to rent Silver Streak on Amazon last night, Hadn't seen it since I was a kid. I forgot just how well that movie was done with regards to railroading. A few misses here and there to help the story but just the fact that they wrote the deadman pedal into the plot several times made up for it. Although why they couldn't walk through the units to get to the cab to stop the train at the end still has me scratching my head, or why the entire train didn't go into emergency when they uncoupled the cars...

Gene at his best though.
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Unread postby Pixl » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:20 am

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Re: RIP, Gene Wilder, you'll be missed.

Unread postby Garry K » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:25 am

The Redford Theatre has just added a tribute showing for Gene Wilder. "Blazing Saddles" will show on Friday, Sept 16 (2016) at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $7.

http://redfordtheatre.com/events/blazing-saddles-tribute-to-gene-wilder/

The web site also mentions a "special tribute video" to be shown before the movie.

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