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Josip Elic Dies: ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actor Was 98

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Josip Elic Dies: ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Actor Was 98
Josip Elic, remembered for his performance as the confused, constantly tired asylum inmate Bancini who carries Jack Nicholson’s rebellious, basketball-dunking McMurphy on his shoulders in 1975’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, died Monday at a rehabilitation facility in New Jersey. He was 98.

His death was announced by his friend, manager Matt Beckoff, in a Facebook post. Elic had been in failing health since suffering a fall at his New York residence several years ago; he lived with friend and caretaker, the actress Lee Meredith, and her husband at their home in River Edge, New Jersey, before transferring to a nearby assisted-living residence, according to a 2018 North Record newspaper profile.

After early TV roles in 1950s series such as Kraft Theatre, The Phil Silvers Show, Peter Gunn and The Asphalt Jungle, Elic made appearances in two Twilight Zone episodes. Soon came roles in the 1964 camp classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a 1966 TV adaptation of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, and, in 1967, Mel BrooksThe Producers. In the latter, he was featured in a memorable scene as the violinist who gets a bottle of champagne dumped down his pants by Zero Mostel.

He’ll best be remembered for his role as Cuckoo‘s befuddled Bancini, a near-catatonic patient who repeatedly mutters an exhausted “I”m tired,” only once rising in anger during a group therapy session shouting “I’m tired! And it’s a lot of baloney!” His major moment, though, was an improvised basketball court scene in which Nicholson’s McMurphy climbs atop the towering Bancini’s shoulders to teach the other asylum inmates how to dunk a basketball – all under the watchful, scornful eye of Louise Fletcher’s sadistic Nurse Ratched.

In the North Jersey Record interview last year, Elic and Meredith spoke of their long friendship and Elic’s recent health problems.

“He was living in New York all by himself,” Meredith said. “He had these steep stairs he was going up and down. His doctors said, ‘You can’t be alone any more.’ So Joe came here, and things worked out pretty well. We’re kind of his family now.”

Said Elic, “They were wonderful to me. Took care of me right and left. Changed my sheets, wouldn’t let me go into the kitchen to wash my cup or anything.”

His friend and caretaker survives him, as does a sister.
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Josip Elic, Actor in 'One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest,' Dies at 98

Josip Elic, Actor in 'One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest,' Dies at 98
Josip Elic, the familiar character actor who carried Jack Nicholson on his shoulders in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died. He was 98.

Elic died Monday in River Edge, New Jersey, of complications from a fall, producer and manager Matt Beckoff told The Hollywood Reporter.

A burly 6-foot-3 native of Montana, Elic also played a restaurant violinist who gets a bottle of champagne poured down his pants by Zero Mostel in Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967) and appeared in Pocketful of Miracles (1961), starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford.

On The Twilight Zone, he portrayed an officer in a future totalitarian state ...
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Film Review: ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’

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Still beloved and routinely revived 55 years after its Broadway debut — including a Yiddish-language version now playing in New York — “Fiddler on the Roof” is a popular phenomenon that shows no sign of subsiding. Max Lewkowicz’s “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” provides an entertaining if hardly exhaustive overview of how the unlikely success came to be. The story it tells might easily have filled an engrossing documentary twice the length of this competent, not-particularly-inspired one.

Someday, doubtless, we’ll get that deeper dive. Meanwhile, “Miracle” opens on multiple screens Aug. 23 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to more U.S. cities the following week, and with a high likelihood of finding a readymade audience nearly everywhere it goes.

Dedicated to recently deceased producer Hal Prince, “Miracle” benefits from the fact that so many of the show’s original prime movers were still alive to be interviewed: not director Jerome Robbins or star Zero Mostel,
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‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Film Review: Joyous Doc Celebrates Long, Triumphant Journey of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

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‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Film Review: Joyous Doc Celebrates Long, Triumphant Journey of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
How exactly does a 1964 musical, based on the impoverished and persecuted Jewish shtetl community in 1905 Imperial Russia, still connect to audiences around the world? That’s the question director Max Lewkowicz seeks to uncover in his documentary “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles.”

Rather than exploring the 55-year-long success of “Fiddler on the Roof” and serving something akin to a highlight reel, Lewkowicz wisely chooses to take us on the journey of the show’s complicated and dramatic beginnings. He instead focuses on the key players of the original production through interviews with lyricist Sheldon Harnick as well as previously recorded interviews with composer Jerry Bock and librettist Joseph Stein, both of whom passed in 2010.

The story the three key players weave regarding the creation of the musical really touches on how the show pays homage to its source material, the original short stories of Russian-Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem. Each interview is wisely placed and timed,
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‘Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles’ Review — An Untraditional Documentary on a Beloved Musical

A documentary about a 55-year-old musical sounds like a quaint and nostalgic cinematic scrap book. But Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles turns out be an exhilarating, expansive, warts-and-all look into 1964 Broadway phenomenon Fiddler on the Roof. Director Max Lewkowicz delivers an emotional powerhouse in which none of the compromises, growing pains and ego wars of Fiddler’s creation are left out in the name of tribute. The film is dedicated to the memory of Hal Prince, who produced the original show and died last month, and truly documents what goes into the creation of a masterpiece.
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Bob Ullman Dies: Veteran Broadway Press Agent Was 97

Robert “Bob” Ullman, a longtime Broadway and Off Broadway press agent whose career spanned Ethel Merman, A Chorus Line, Curse of the Starving Class and many others, died of cardiac arrest on July 31 in Bayshore, Long Island, New York. He was 97.

His death was announced by longtime friend (and former Broadway press agent) Rev. Joshua Ellis.

Among the many Broadway productions on which Ullman worked were Ethel Merman and Mary Martin: Together on Broadway, A Chorus Line (from workshop to Public Theater to Broadway), Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in The Visit, Lauren Bacall in Cactus Flower, The Dining Room, Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George, and over 150 additional Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals.

Actors and theater greats with whom Ullman worked include Tallulah Bankhead, Luise Rainer, James Dean, Dame Edith Evans, Geraldine Page, Phil Silvers, Bert Lahr, Rosemary Harris, James Earl Jones, Sam Waterston, Colleen Dewhurst,
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Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Blu ray

Criterion

1986 / 2.35 : 1 / 120 Min.

Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern

Cinematography by Frederick Elmes

Directed by David Lynch

Voyeurs come in all shapes and sizes, from wallflowers like Russ Meyer’s Immoral Mr. Teas to the handsome but lethal pin-up artist of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom – all of them slackers compared to Jeff Jeffries, the sleepless shutterbug played by James Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

A house-bound photo-journalist obsessed with the strange behavior of his reclusive neighbor, Jeffries stops at nothing in his compulsive pursuit. This being a Hitchcock film, what drives Jeff’s curiosity is a mix of fear and desire that in the end implicates everyone, including the audience.

Jeffries’s boyish smile disguised his darker inclinations – a notion Mel Brooks had in mind when he christened David Lynch “Jimmy Stewart from Mars” – an apt characterization of the director as
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Harvey Sabinson Dead: Broadway League Executive Director And Press Agent Was 94

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Harvey Sabinson Dead: Broadway League Executive Director And Press Agent Was 94
Harvey Sabinson, one of Broadway’s legendary press agents and a former long-time executive director of The Broadway League, died on April 18 of natural causes at his residence in Sarasota, Florida. He was 94 years old. Sabinson capped a 50-year career in the theater when he was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1995. That year he stepped down as executive director of the League of American Theatres and Producers, (now known as the Broadway League) a national trade association of theatrical producers, presenters and theatre operators. Sabinson joined the organization early in 1976, when it was known as the League of New York Theatres and Producers, as director of special projects. Prior to this appointment, he spent 30 years as a theatrical publicist, beginning shortly after his discharge from Army service during World War II, during which time he received a Purple Heart. He became executive director in 1982. In
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Bww Review: Brooks Ashmanskas Gives a Classic Musical Comedy Star Turn in Hilarious and Touching The Prom

Let's cut to the chase. The Prom is a great musical comedy on the same level as How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and The Producers. Brooks Ashmanskas, the flamboyantly-styled song and dance man with a razor-sharp comic flair who has spent over twenty years on Broadway stealing scenes in supporting roles, is now giving a great musical comedy star performance that should rank up there with the classic turns given by Robert Morse, Zero Mostel and Nathan Lane in those smash hits.
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Al Roker Travels From 'Today' To Broadway For Debut Role In 'Waitress'

After playing the role of the weatherman on NBC's Today for so many years, Al Roker has decided to stretch his wings and has soared to Broadway for the role of Old Joe, owner of the pie diner, in the critically acclaimed musical, Waitress, replacing Bill Nolte until Nov. 11. "It's kind of like what we do on the Today show, in that it's an ensemble. It's a family," Al, 64, pointed out to Playbill. "And this is me trying something new for the first time, so you don't know what to expect. I guess that's what I'm most looking forward to: finding out what this is going to be like. Because right now, I don't know." View this post on Instagram Last night is still a blur, but a wonderful experience appearing in @waitressmusical thinking about my Mom and how tickled she would’ve been, loving #broadway #musicals the way
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The Hot Rock

Donald Westlake’s lovably luckless crook John Dortmunder is brought to life by Robert Redford, in a lightweight crime caper engineered by top talent: screenwriter William Goldman and director Peter Yates. Redford’s partner is a worrisome, talkative George Segal; Moses Gunn is the unhappy client, Ron Liebman a jolly master of all things technical and Zero Mostel a major obstacle in the obtaining of a priceless diamond.

The Hot Rock

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 100 min. / How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons / Street Date August 21, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn, Zero Mostel, William Redfield, Lynne Gordon, Robert Weil, Christopher Guest.

Cinematography: Ed Brown

Film Editors: Fred W. Berger, Frank P. Keller

Original Music: Quincy Jones

Written by William Goldman from a novel by Donald E. Westlake

Produced by Hal Landers, Bobby Roberts
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Win a classic film bundle and poster with The Producers

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary release of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic The Producers in cinemas on August 5th for one day only, we’re giving you the chance to win a limited edition The Producers poster and classic cinema Blu-ray bundle, including The Graduate, Kind Hearts And Coronets and Playtime.

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed up Broadway producer forced to romance old ladies to finance his plays. When timid accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) is brought in to do his books, he inadvertently reveals to Bialystock that under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than a hit. Bialystock cajoles Bloom into helping him achieve this end and together they come up with what they consider to be a sure-fire disaster waiting to happen – a musical version of Adolf and Eva’s love story entitled ‘Springtime For Hitler’. But is it possible that
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Gene Wilder’s Greatest Screen Performances

Gene Wilder learnt to be funny after his mother had a heart attack when he was eight, he once reflected that the doctor had taken him to one side and advised “Don’t ever get angry with her, you might kill her” before turning to leave and adding “You can make her laugh, though.”

He got his big break after starring on Broadway with Anne Bancroft, who was then dating her future husband Mel Brooks. He reportedly invited Wilder to read an early screenplay for The Producers, although he had not yet got the funding to turn it into a film, but a year later was able to cast the young actor in one of the leading roles.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Producers, a very special 4K restoration will be shown in cinemas nationwide for one night only on August 5th. However before then, we take a
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Movie Review – The Producers 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration (1967)

The Producers, 1967.

Directed and written by Mel Brooks.

Starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars and Lee Meredith.

Synopsis:

A down on his luck Broadway producer and a permanently nervous accountant join forces to pull a desperate money-making scam that involves putting on the worst play ever written – ‘Springtime For Hitler’.

There are fans of Blazing Saddles, there are devotees of Young Frankenstein and there are those who crack up at Spaceballs every time. I, however, didn’t really have a favourite Mel Brooks film until this week, when I saw The Producers ahead of its return to UK cinemas for one night only on 5th August in a new 4K restoration. It’s a madcap comedy, with a rapid-fire rate of gags, all centered around a story that is very familiar in 2018 – a work of art that many believe to be so bad that it’s good.
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Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ Receives Trailer for 50th Anniversary Restoration

“A producer can make more money with a flop than with a hit!”

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Mel Brooks’ 1968 classic comedy The Producers is getting a rerelease on the big screen, and for one night only. After a famously troubled and controversial premiere in 1968, the film has since evolved from cult classic status to being regarded as one of the greatest comedies ever made. In 1996, The Producers became an official selection of preservation by the National Film Registry, and in 2001 it placed 11th on AFI’s list of all-time best comedies. To celebrate the film’s seemingly evergreen cinematic footprint, following a U.S. event earlier this month, TCM will be releasing The Producers into U.K. cinemas on August 5th.

The film follows failing theater producer Max Bialystock, played by the great Zero Mostel, as he juggles multiple courtships with wealthy older women in order to remain financially supported.
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New Trailer for 4K Restoration of Mel Brooks' Classic 'The Producers'

"We've got to find the worst play ever written!" Studiocanal UK has debuted a short new trailer for a 4K restoration re-release of Mel Brooks' original comedy classic The Producers, which first hit cinemas in 1968. They're celebrating the film's 50th anniversary, and putting it back in theaters for one day only this August (in the UK). There's no Us plans yet, but we expect to hear something soon. Brooks' The Producers is about two producers who decide to make a flop Broadway show since it will make them more money than a hit. They go on to produce the hilarious show Springtime for Hitler. Gene Wilder stars in the film, along with Zero Mostel as his producer cohort, with Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Lorenzo St. DuBois, Lee Meredith, Estelle Winwood, Christopher Hewett, and Andreas Voutsinas. Jawohl! This is a major comedy classic and a film that everyone should have seen by now anyway.
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Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ Is Returning To Screens With A 4K Restoration This Summer

We’ve just heard that Mel Brooks’ classic The Producers is returning to cinemas this August with a fantastic 4K restoration from Studiocanal. The release is timed to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary and will hit in August. We have the celebration poster and a brand new trailer below.

The Oscar-winning feature will also include a very special Mel Brooks introduction from Turner Classic Movies.

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed up Broadway producer forced to romance old ladies to finance his plays. When timid accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) is brought in to do his books, he inadvertently reveals to Bialystock that under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than a hit. Bialystock cajoles Bloom into helping him achieve this end and together they come up with what they consider to be a sure-fire disaster waiting to happen – a musical version
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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90

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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90
Clint Walker, who starred in the television Western “Cheyenne” and had a key supporting role in the WWII film “The Dirty Dozen,” died on Monday in Northern California, according to the New York Times. He was 90.

For seven seasons from 1955-61, he played Cheyenne Bodie, a rambunctious wanderer in the post-Civil War West, on the ABC series “Cheyenne.” (He also guested as the character on “Maverick.”)

The actor’s seriocomic confrontation with star Lee Marvin was one of the highlights of the classic 1967 war picture “The Dirty Dozen.”

After “Cheyenne” ended, Walker made some guest appearances on TV — “77 Sunset Strip,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre” and “The Lucy Show,” in an episode called “Lucy and Clint Walker.”

But the actor became more interested in movies both theatrical and for TV. In 1964, he had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” His acting was not distinguished,
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It’s Springtime for the Theatrical Return of The Producers June 3rd & 6th

We are in the throngs of springtime so it can only mean one thing: it’s time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of movie history’s funniest–and controversial–cult comedies turned classics, The Producers. Returning to nationwide movie theaters for two days only, Sunday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time), Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Rialto Pictures are bringing back the Mel Brooks‘ comedy masterpiece in a brand-new 4K restoration (at select theaters) so that moviegoers can properly laugh, groan, and laugh again at washed up Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his neurotic accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) as they attempt and epically fail at cashing in on a seemingly surefire flop: a musical extravaganza singing the praises of the Third Reich.

The shock-inducing, rib-tickling Springtime for Hitler becomes an unexpected and unfortunate smash hit, and
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Stars React to Bill Cosby Verdict, Recognize Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese at TCM Film Festival Opening Night

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Stars React to Bill Cosby Verdict, Recognize Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese at TCM Film Festival Opening Night
En route to perform two back-to-back shows in Vegas, Mel Brooks made a pit stop to introduce the 50th anniversary world premiere restoration of “The Producers” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but it was another comedy legend that everyone on the red carpet was talking about: Bill Cosby.

Rosanna Arquette agreed with the verdict. “Justice was served today,” she said. “I cried for the women. But we all feel justice was served. And let’s hope it keeps going with many other people whose lives and careers have been ravaged by predators.” Arquette was one of the many women to speak out amid the sexual harassment controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

“I think he has to get some time even though it was so long ago,” said Dana Delany, who was celebrating a different milestone — her TV series “China Beach” premiered 30 years ago on the day. “I’m happy
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