'The Producers' opens on West End

LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- "The Producers" has opened in London to standing ovations for U.S. actor Nathan Lane, who took over when Richard Dreyfuss left the show.

Mel Brooks disses Toronto bagels

TORONTO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Director Mel Brooks infuriated Toronto's Jewish community by saying he chose New York over Toronto to film "The Producers" because New York bagels are better.

'Producers' film to shoot in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks has decided to film his New York-themed film "The Producers" in the Big Apple rather than Canada thanks to new tax incentives.

'The Producers' will film in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The movie version of Mel Brooks' hit Broadway musical "The Producers" will be filmed at Steiner Studios in New York, officials said Tuesday.

Movie version of 'Get Smart' on the way

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. has decided on Steve Carrell to star in a long-planned movie version of the classic TV comedy "Get Smart," Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Actress Anne Bancroft produces first play

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress Anne Bancroft turns to theatrical production this month with a new one-woman off-Broadway play, Ann Randolph's "Squeeze."

Feature: The 'N' word gets its own show

LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- The "N" word, long banished from polite conversation, remains a subject of fascination in American culture, and a new Trio cable network documentary takes a fra
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Feature: Back in the 'Saddles' again

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Mel Brooks' classic surreal Western comedy "Blazing Saddles" is getting the special-edition DVD treatment 30 years after it set new standards -- or simply oblit
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'The Producers' closing in Canada soon

TORONTO, June 28 (UPI) -- "The Producers" organizers have surprised Toronto theatergoers by suddenly closing the Canadian version of the Broadway show.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, June 28, the 180th day of 2004 with 186 to follow.
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Analysis: AFI song list shows diversity

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute's newest list of 100 great examples of the best in U.S. cinema illustrates the American culture's wide diversity of musical styles a
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Larry David does 'Producers' on HBO show

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- The season finale of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO will feature star Larry David as Max Bialystock in a faux Broadway production of "The Producers."

Hitler spoof musical set for Germany

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "The Producers", the musical which deliberately uses bad taste to send up the Nazi regime, is set to open in Berlin.

Hitler spoof musical set for Germany

LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "The Producers", the musical that deliberately uses bad taste to send up the Nazi regime, could end up in Berlin.

Nicole Kidman cast in 'Producers' film

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman has been cast in the upcoming film version of the Broadway hit "The Producers," Zap2it.com reported Thursday.
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Mel Brooks
NYP2001042012 - 20 APRIL 2001- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Mel Brooks acknowledges the opening night ovation April 19, 2001, for the Broadway musical production based on Brooks' 1967 film The Producers. Brooks served as composer, lyricist, book writer and producer for this film to stage adaptation. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.

Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Maximilian Kaminsky and his wife Kate (née Brookman). His father's family were German Jews from the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (modern Polish port of Gdansk); his mother's family were Russian Jews from Kiev. His father died of kidney disease when Brooks was only two years old.

Brooks was a small, sickly boy who was often bullied and picked on by his classmates. Taking on the comically aggressive job of Tummler (master entertainer) in various Catskills resorts, he gradually gained in confidence. Following high school, he attended the Army Specialized Training Program conducted at the Virginia Military Institute (although not actually as a VMI cadet) and served in the United States Army as a corporal during World War II, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge.

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