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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.

Broadway year off to a good start

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Broadway started 2004 by posting the best first week of any year with $20.44 million in ticket sales, the Daily Variety reported Tuesday.

'The Producers' make way to big screen

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures has signed a deal to bring the popular Broadway production, "The Producers," to the big screen, the Daily Variety reported Tuesday.

Lane, Broderick return to 'The Producers'

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick have returned to "The Producers," the show they helped make one of the biggest hits in Broadway history.

HBO sets date for 'Enthusiam'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- HBO announced Friday that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will begin its fourth season on Jan. 4, following the final season premiere of "Sex and the City."

Mel Brooks on the bench

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Comedy film-producer and actor Mel Brooks spoke a memorable line in his 1981 film "History of the World, Part I." Brooks plays a monarch who loves the special p
MARK Q. RHOADS, A UPI Outside View commentary

Major Hollywood auction scheduled

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- Joseph Maddalena of Profiles In History has assembled a million-dollar collection of Hollywood memorabilia for his next auction.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, June 28, the 179th day of 2003 with 186 to follow.
By United Press International

Hollywood Digest

U.S. TV networks broadcast a "dramatic decrease" in sexual content between 8-9 p.m. from 1998 through 2002, according to a new study.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

'CHICAGO' TEAM READY TO CUT LOOSE
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Writers Guild announces awards nominees

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees Thursday for the 55th annual Writers Guild of America Awards, to be presented March 1.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

HONORS FOR MEL BROOKS
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Book review: Smiling through the tears

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Book at a glance: The Haunted Smile: The story of Jewish comedians in America by Lawrence J. Epstein. Public Affairs, $27.50, 356 pages.
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

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CONTROVERSIAL FORMER BUTLER'S SHOP TORCHED
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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
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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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