| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:43 PM
The highlights Thursday night: Fox's “American Idol” should have a good night in the ratings because it's facing reruns on CBS. The singing contest wraps up the sudden-death round from Las Vegas at 8. The last 10 male singers, including ...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:33 PM
American Masters: Mel Brooks — Make a Noise Monday, May 20 PBS, 9pm ET (PBS programming varies regionally) Of all the anecdotes Mel Brooks shares in his American Masters special, it’s one that takes place back before he ever walked onto a film...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Ending the day with a dose of Johnny Carson was an American tradition for nearly 30 years, as the King of Late Night seemingly perfected the art of the talk-show interview, and the format itself. Johnny's been off the air since 1992, but audiences will...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 4:39 PM
2013 is shaping up as the year of Mel Brooks. The filmmaker will receive the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in June, and TNT will show the event later that month. The special will repeat on TCM. But first, PBS' “American...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
It won't be only Disney executives who are watching the box office returns for "The Lone Ranger" this weekend. Lots of people are wondering whether Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer can ride to the rescue of a genre that was once a staple of American cinema...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 3:29 PM
There's a moment in the 1976 comedy "Silent Movie" in which Mel Brooks, playing a Hollywood director, calls the French mime Marcel Marceau and offers him a part. Brooks asks the question through title cards — it's a silent movie, after all —...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 6:35 PM
"The Producers" returned to Los Angeles for three performances this past weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. And during the curtain call at Friday's opening, Mel Brooks, who wrote the giddy score and co-wrote the zany book with Thomas Meehan, came onstage to...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:30 AM
It's springtime for Hitler and Germany — and New Britain — as Mel Brooks' guffaw-rich musical The Producers heads to Trinity-on-Main, where devious impresario Max Bialystock (New Britain's Jason Ferrandino, far right) teams with ingenue Leo...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Jerry Seinfeld is back behind the wheel this week with new episodes of his most interesting post-"Seinfeld" project: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
Capitalizing on the recent trend of comedians hosting shows where they interview other comedians...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 10:41 AM
Irreverent and often raucous, the 41st American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre honored the king of comedy, Mel Brooks, in a full-on laugh fest.
Martin Short got the evening off to a flying start by...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:50 PM
You don't have to be Jewish to love comedian Allan Sherman. But if you are - and especially if you are a baby boomer - chances are he was a touchstone of your childhood.
For a brief and shining moment in the early 1960s, the bespectacled, corpulent...