It may have only been in cinemas for three weeks, but it seems Avengers: Endgame (2019) will soon be the inevitable box office king, as it closes in on reigning champion Avatar (2009) at a frightening pace. After opening to a staggering $1.2 billion dollars globally back in April, the Marvel megolith has barely slowed down, crossing the $2 billion dollar bracket on its second weekend and adding another $63 million dollars in America alone these last few days. In the US it currently sits as the third-biggest film of all time, while on an international stage it has overtaken Titanic's (1997) colossal $2.2 billion lifetime gross to earn an unprecedented $2.48 billion - just $300 million short of James Cameron's Pandoran epic.
Speaking of the famed director, on Wednesday Cameron tweeted his congratulations to the superhero team on their win, writing: "To Kevin and everybody at Marvel, An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You've shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it's bigger than ever!". It follows a long history of film executives paying homage to their competition when their records are broken, with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy congratulating Marvel Studios just last year after Avengers: Infinity War (2018) became the then biggest domestic opening, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). While the comic-book champions have even done the same - praising Jurassic World (2015) when it roared to victory.
Meanwhile, with the official #dontspoiltheendgame spoiler ban now lifted, star Chris Evans used his weekend to share some special behind the scenes photos, including one of his make-up for Old Man Rogers. The look comes from the final moments of the film, which see Captain America travel back in time and live-out his days with his love Peggy, returning rather aged to pass on his shield to Falcon. The full effect was apparently achieved mostly through practical effects, but with some use of CGI as well. As director Anthony Russo told EW: "It was a very elaborate makeup job that was then augmented with CG... You can't shrink Chris Evans' neck on set, you know what I mean? He's still got that yoke neck."
Loki and Scarlet Witch shows headed to Disney's streaming service, while Netflix orders up a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series
Well, it might be hump-day, but there's certainly no mid-week blues for everyone's favourite streaming companies, with news that Disney and Netflix are adding some pretty big series to their upcoming slates. It appears Disney Streaming Services' as-yet-unnamed site is looking to bump up its already big schedule (think original Star Wars shows and Disney live-action films like Lady and the Tramp) with some Marvel-ous additions, by way of standalone Loki and Scarlet Witch limited series. While Netflix is keeping competition fierce by announcing that they are planning to take Nickelodeon's beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003) and make it into their own live-action show (here's hoping it's better than that god-awful 2010 movie from M. Night Shyamalan).
According to Variety, the Marvel shows will be top-notch productions, with plans to feature original actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in the title roles. While few details have been made available at the moment, the studio is said to be looking at a six to eight episode run per series. And although there's no reports yet on how big the production budgets will be, one could assume that Marvel aren't the type to spare any expense when it comes to their cinematic universe - which these series expected to be an extension of. And of course, there's the fact that Kevin Feige himself is said to be taking a hands-on role in their development. Aside from that, we may have to wait until the service launches sometime late next year to find out more details.
As for Netflix's Avatar series, Collider are reporting that production is expected to start on the Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko produced show as soon as 2019. Similar to the original animation, it will follow young avatar Aang as he learns to harness the four elements - earth, fire, wind and air - and stop the deadly Fire Nation from taking over. In keeping with the story's origins, the showrunner's have already promised that it will be 'culturally appropriate' and have a 'non-whitewashed cast'. They also said they were ready to go 'even deeper into the characters, story, action and world-building'. And, just think, if it's successful, there always the chance its sequel The Legend of Korra (2012) may also find an live-action adaption on the small screen.
It's hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2018 already, especially given the quality movies we've already been delivered. From John Krasinski's tense and atmospheric thriller A Quiet Place (2018) to Marvel's box-office giant Avengers: Infinity War (2018), there's plenty of films to satiate every genre fan. But as May ticks over into June, we officially enter the summer blockbuster season and a slew of new pictures competing for the top spot. And not too long after the cinematic offerings will begin to showcase a flair for the dramatic as the end of the year heralds in the Awards season pictures. So, to help you plan out your time over the coming several months, we here at Cinematicism have compiled a list of the most promising upcoming releases from now until New Years. Enjoy!
June 1 - Adrift (2018): The real-life survival story of two avid sailors who were swept up into one of the most catastrophic storm hurricanes in history.
June 8 - Ocean's 8 (2018): A crime-caper that follows the infamous Danny Ocean's sister and her team of accomplices as they pull off a heist at the Met Gala.
June 8 - Hereditary (2018): Dubbed this year's The Exorcist (1973), this familial horror film has plenty of secrets to uncover.
June 8 - Hotel Artemis (2018): A group of criminals take refuge in a secret, members-only sanctuary.
June 15 - Incredibles 2 (2018): The whole Parr family is back in Pixar's highly-anticipated saving-the-world sequel.
June 22 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018): More dinosaurs, an exploding island and a dangerous conspiracy are part and parcel of this action-packed sequel.
July 6 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne team-up again in Marvel's latest action-packed superhero sequel.
July 13 - Skyscraper (2018): Dwayne Johnson plays a security adviser and father looking to protect his family in this high-rise picture.
July 20 - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018): Sophie learns about her mother's early days in the sequel to 2008's fun-filled musical.
July 27 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018): The sixth film in the series revolving around spy Ethan Hunt and his daring assignments.
August 3 - Christopher Robin (2018): Disney returns to the world of Winnie the Pooh as everyone's favourite bear helps his friend rediscover the joy of life.
August 3 - The Darkest Minds (2018): Based on the YA novel of the same name, the film follows a group of under 18's with special powers.
August 3 - The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018): Two best friends become entangled in an international conspiracy after finding out the true identity of an ex-boyfriend.
August 10 - The Meg (2018): A 70-foot shark and a vengeful Jason Statham. What could possibly go wrong?
August 10 - BlacKkKlansman (2018): An African-American police officer successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in this based-on-a-true-story flick.
August 17 - Crazy Rich Asians (2018): An American-born Chinese professor travels to her meet her boyfriend's family in Singapore in this film based off the bestselling book.
September 7 - The Nun (2018): A priest investigates the mysterious death of nun in Romania in this side-story to The Conjuring 2 (2016).
September 14 - A Simple Favor (2018): A woman must uncover the truth of what happened to her missing friend Emily Nelson.
September 21 - The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018): A young orphan helps his uncle locate a clock with mystical and dangerous powers.
October 5 - Venom (2018): Journalist Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote and one of Marvel's villainous characters.
October 19 - Mowgli (2018): A young boy raised by wolves faces off against the menacing tiger Shere Khan in this latest adaption of Rudyard Kipling's famed book.
October 19 - Halloween (2018): Laurie Strode confronts the masked man Michael Myers four decades after that first terrifying night.
October 19 - The Hate U Give (2018): A young black girl witnesses the shooting of her friend by police and must find her voice to stand up for what's right.
November 2 - Bohemian Rhapsody (2018): The story of Queen's legendary front-man and iconic figure, Freddie Mercury.
November 9 - The Grinch (2018): A grumpy green figure plots to ruin Christmas in Illumination's new animation.
November 16 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): J.K. Rowling's wizarding world continues to expand in this magical sequel, featuring a young Dumbledore.
November 21 - Creed II (2018): Adonis Creed takes on Vitor Drago with a little training from Rocky Balboa.
November 21 - Robin Hood (2018): Sherwood Forest's famed crusader battles wages a revolt against the corrupt crown in this action-packed reboot.
December 7 - Mary Queen of Scots (2018): Mary Stuart faces execution as she attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I.
December 21 - Aquaman (2018): DC's Arthur Curry gets hi origin movie after discovering he is the heir to Atlantis.
December 25 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The continued saga of everyone's favourite British nanny, as she visits the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks.
Netflix's controversial break-out hit 13 Reasons Why (2017) has been on hiatus for more than a year now, but fans of the show were sent into a spin recently with news that it would be returning to our screens in a matter of days. Streaming giant Netflix dropped their announcement trailer for the original series on Tuesday, featuring not only a fantastically artistic first-look, but also the premiere date of the second season - May 18. First released in March 2017, season one followed protagonist Clay Jensen as he worked to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragic death of his classmate, co-worker and love interest Hannah Baker. After receiving a package of tapes detailing dark secrets of those in their town, Clay takes things into his own hands to try and enact change. Originally based on the book by Jay Asher, series two will seemingly pick up after the events covered in the novel, thus continuing the story past its source material.
The video begins with the tapes that made the first series so infamous, as a series of Polaroid pictures float around the main characters. In it we see Tony and Ryan in the former's Ferrari, with photos around them revealing the car with a smashed window and Tony with bruising on his face. It then jumps to Jessica smiling in front of her phone, as her pictures show the word 'liar' scrawled on a window, tears spilling down her face, and a note reading 'keep your f***ing mouth shut'. Mr Porter is seen at his desk as photo of Hannah in his office flashes past, as well as one that shows the phrase 'Know your place' in red, and another with a smashed computer. Bryce comes next and is seen pouring alcohol poolside with a young girl, with his photos hinting at a party and a woman being passed out. Hannah's mother also features, trying her best to link together the strands leading to her daughter's death. Her Polaroids show signs that have been defaced, as well as one of her listening to headphones. Finally, we see Clay, dressed in a suit and tie with a summons to appear in court lying on his bed. Among his photos we see the words 'You talk you pay' scribbled out, before the video finished on a half-face picture of Hannah and the tag line 'The tapes were just the beginning'.
13 Reasons Why (2017) received almost as much backlash as it did praise for its first season, following a choice to show Hannah Baker's suicide scene in graphic detail. It drew heavy criticism from mental health experts for allowing the depiction and failing to provide suitable support links following episodes. In addition, many worried that it would spur on similar suicides for vulnerable people watching. Since then, Netflix has commissioned a study of teens and parents regarding how the show affected them and have taken steps to provide more information. A video featuring the main cast informing people of the show's themes and the helplines available to them was released, with more videos and resources also compiled at the companion site 13reasonswhy.info. New warnings are also reportedly set to be introduced before the episodes of the latest season. You can check out the new clip below.
It's here. It's finally freaking here. After ten years, 17 (soon to be 18) movies and a hell of a lot of movie-studio money, the first trailer to Marvel's biggest blockbuster has arrived. Epic, action-packed and full of dread, here we break down 40 of the most crucial moments set to hit the screen in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The trailer kicks off with this ominous picture of Tony. Sitting on the ground, he appears to put his hand to his mouth in distress. There's been plenty of speculation around this opening moment already though, with arguments about whether he is grabbing someone else's hand (War Machine/Spider-Man) and whether the lighting suggests he is in another dream sequence.
Last time we saw Bruce Banner he hulked out to help save the Asgardians from Hela. Now we have confirmation that he makes it back to earth and does so in human form. The trailer shows us that he winds up crashing through the ceiling of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorium, meaning he might have some explaining to do.
Vision and Scarlet Witch are also making a re-appearance, albeit with one of them in a different form. A big part of their comic book arc includes the happy couple getting together, which seems to come true this time around. Potentially helping that along is Vision's new ability to turn into a more humanoid form (thus giving Paul Bettany a bit of a break from hours in the make-up chair). Interestingly, this scene appears to take place in Wanda's room (she is in a bed as Vision opens the curtains) and seems to happen early on, as Vision still has the mind stone.
It's not just people who will be making a return appearance too, but long-forgotten technology such as the Hulkbuster armour. Banner is pictured in front of one of the arms, which seems to have been modified for the green guy to potentially wear it himself. While Black Widow is back but without her trademark auburn locks, giving a sly smile (maybe) upon seeing Bruce.
This is the first real shot that gives us a bunch of the superheroes together. They appear to be inside the Sanctum Sanctorium and metres from where Banner may have crash landed. Intriguingly, Tony seems to be holding the cell-phone Captain America gave to him in case he ever needed to call. And we'd say Bruce telling everyone Thanos is on the way might just be the reason he's ready to get everyone back together. Then we get the gang springing into action in a street strewn with debris. Tony's showing off a new arc reactor underneath his tracksuit and interestingly - everyone in the background seems to be frozen in time...
The spidey-senses are finally tingling, as Peter Parker notices Thanos' giant portal gearing up to open over New York city. It suggests the city is set to face another destructive battle, bringing the Avengers movies arc full circle.
This is where the trouble really starts brewing, with the introduction of the first (seemingly) dead bodies and an infinity stone. Thor: Ragnarok's (2017) post-credits scene showed the Asgardians run-in with Thanos' ship, and from the new trailer it seems plenty of them won't make it out alive from that encounter. But the biggest speculation is over Loki handing off the tesseract (and space stone). He appears to be very fearful from his sombre and tearful face. But is he simply trying to save his life, or buy Thor some time to escape by creating a magical distraction? Or worse yet, did he lead Thanos there unknowingly after stealing the glowing box?
Here we get our first proper look at Josh Brolin's purple villain. Thanos is bald, scarred and bulky, as well as being decked out in gold armour. He has just walked through a portal, which seems to suggest that will be his way to finally make it to earth.
Spider-Man is leaping into action here, sliding along the portal as he tries to protect earth from its new threat. His eyes are glowing, and he has donned the new suit Tony offered him at the end of Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), the one he said would make him a member of the Avengers. So, between now and then has seems to have become an official part of the team.
Now frankly, I have no idea what is going on here. Thor appears to be trying to hold some giant mechanism together. I could hazard a guess he is trying to fix his ship after he encounters Thanos, but it could honestly be something else entirely. Maybe something to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy. All we know for sure is that he still has the eye-patch from his last appearance in the MCU, and it looks like the action is taking place in outer-space.
Our first glance of Thanos' Black Order finally comes thanks to this spear-throwing member, believed to be Proxima Midnight. While not much is revealed, we can gather they are in a warehouse and the weapon is directed at someone who has a really good catching arm (who we think is Captain America. He appears to be greeted in the warehouse area by Scarlet Witch, who takes a moment out of her busy fighting schedule to give a look of disbelief and perhaps hope (because we're presuming this is the same scene where Thanos' minions are trying to de-stone Vision).
The battle is definitely not going well for Spider-Man, who appears to be flattened by their foe. The moment is followed by a distressed look from Tony. It is hard to tell whether the two events are connected though, or as some speculate part of a dream sequence, similar to those Stark has had before.
Perhaps the only person worse off than Spider-Man in the first trailer is Vision, who looks set to lose his mind stone. The character is seen screaming out in pain as the item is dragged from his head by a sceptre/staff-like item. Of course, we knew such an event had to occur for Thanos to get all six stones, but it does leave the lingering question of how it will affect Vision.
Thanos definitely gets his hands on two of the gems somewhat early on, including the space stone and the power stone, which was last held by the Nova Corp. We know where the mind and time stones are in the universe, with both alluded to in the trailer. But the location of the final two - being the reality stone (from the aether) and the soul stone - are not mentioned here.
Both Bucky and Black Panther make an appearance towards the end of the trailer, as they prepare to wage war against the invading forces. The scene again appears to be set in Wakanda, alongside a mounted army of the countries people. We see T'Challa leading the fray as he gets his claws out, with Barnes and Rogers standing beside one-another (where they rightfully should be) towards the far back right.
Continuing the ever-growing list of superheroes in the film is Falcon, who is spotted flying in to help out during the big battle. Both sides run headlong onto the open-plains field, before we are given our best shot yet of the gathered group, this time in the jungle beneath a canopy of trees. It includes The Winter Soldier, War Machine (who is either miraculously healed or remotely operating), Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Okoye, Black Panther and Falcon.
Finally, to top it off we are given the tantalising tease of how the entire MCU is coming together, with Thor asking 'who the hell' the Guardians of the Galaxy are. Timeline wise the moment definitely occurs after their second movie, given Groot is in his teenage years and Starlord has a distracting moustache. Bring on May 4, 2018 already!
Hold on to your butts because Jeff Goldblum is rumoured to be returning to the Jurassic Park Universe
He played one of the most annoying, handsome and downright hilarious chaos theory specialists in filmic history. And now, reports are emerging that Jeff Goldblum is set to reprise his role as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm in J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World 2 (2018). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and alleges that he will return for the fifth instalment in the dinosaur universe, currently untitled, which is scheduled for a June 22, 2018 release. If the news is true, he will join other actors already announced for the follow-up film, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell and Toby Jones.
Goldblum first brought the character to life in the original classic Jurassic Park (1993), before returning for its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) four years later. With his addition in the latest film, he will become the only person besides B.D. Wong to have starred in three of the dino films. The actor is familiar with reprising his role form throwback nineties flicks too, after starring in the Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) last year. While starring in television series and cameos seems to have become his thing since his big budget early years, Goldblum has been making somewhat of a resurgence himself lately (literal in some cases), as he is set to star in the latest Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok (2017). But his character from Jurassic Park remains one of his most iconic, after he delivered infamous speeches about God creating man and man creating dinosaurs, as well as showing off his shirtless body.
The new film will be written by Jurassic World (2015) helmer Colin Trevorrow, who penned the script alongside Derek Connolly. On the producing front, Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, Steven Speilberg and Trevorrow will all return, with Belen Atienza and Universal VP Production Sara Scott joining them. While the storyline is being kept strictly under-wraps, it is believed that it will delve into the proliferation of dinosaurs, the use of them as weapons and how the technology of their creation is being warped across the world to suit different purposes. And while there has been no confirmation over which species may be the focus of this film, as the Indominus Rex was for the last, we're thinking it's got to be something big and bad enough to rival it in some way. And something threatening enough that Malcolm will come back preaching about looking at things rather than touching them.
While the Golden Globes are renowned for their glamour and the BAFTAs for their prestige, the awards season’s night of nights is reserved for just one event: The Oscars. But before the champagne is put on ice, the last sequins sewn on gowns and the red-carpet Instagram poses perfected, the nominees must be announced. So after months of guessing, potential racial prejudice churning and hilarious ad campaigns from the Deadpool (2016) camp, we finally have our list. There may be no #OscarsSoWhite backlash this year, but there have been plenty of snubs, surprises and shocks worthy of a mention.
Leading the pack with an incredible 14 nominations was Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land (2016). The Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-led vehicle managed to put its name in the record books early, tying with Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for the most nominations of all time. Barry Jenkins self-discovery piece Moonlight (2016) came in second, with eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Despite failing to secure a Best Actress nominee, Arrival (2016) put its mark on this year’s awards too, picking up eight nominations, while Manchester By the Sea (2016) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016) stayed close behind with six nominations apiece.
As for the surprises, they included Mel Gibson’s directing nod for WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge (2016), marking his first nomination since Braveheart (1995). Similarly, 20-year-old actor Lucas Hedges got his name into the Best Supporting Actor category for his brilliant turn in festival-favourite Manchester By the Sea (2016). Nocturnal Animals (2016) standout Aaron Taylor Johnson was overlooked for fellow cast mate Michael Shannon in the Best Supporting Actor category, while the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ piece Sully (2016) was hardly given an opportunity, nabbing only one nomination for Sound Editing. Other major snubs included Amy Adams in the Best Actress category for Arrival (2016) who lost her spot to the likes of Isabelle Huppert, Natalie Portman and veteran performer Meryl Streep. Perhaps the best moment though was the diversity that is beginning to be acknowledged in film, with Hidden Figures (2016), Fences (2016) and Moonlight (2016) earning their rightful place among the Best Picture and acting categories. But with such fierce competition, it’s anyone’s game as to who’ll win. You can check out a selection of the nominees below, or see the full list here before the ceremony on February 26.
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature
It’s the Circle of Life and it really does rule us all, especially big budget Hollywood studios like Disney. In the wake of a string of successful live-action adaptations like Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016), the studio has set their sights on one of the biggest properties of the bunch. That’s right, brace yourselves nineties babies, because the beloved animation The Lion King (1994) is officially headed for a remake. Releasing a statement on the matter today, the House of Mouse said they will be turning, once again, to acclaimed director Jon Favreau to spearhead the project, labelling it a ‘re-imaging’ that will retain its musical elements and be fast tracked into production over the next few years.
Favreau also confirmed the news in a mysterious Twitter message shortly before the statement dropped, declaring he was ‘very excited for his next project’ alongside some rather appropriate Lion King emoji’s. The choice of Favreau is arguably a no-brainer for the studio, with his previous work netting them close to a billion dollars at the box office and a critically acclaimed general consensus from critics. The director managed to create incredibly photo-realistic animals as part of his last project too, which definitely would have added to the appeal.
However it is important to remember that this time round he won’t have a human character to lean on, so it could prove dangerous territory to try and adapt. Outside of the directing news very little has been revealed yet, with production in its early stages, so there’s no point jumping to conclusions just yet. Stay tuned for more details as they come to light.
In comparison to their other titles, one could be mistaken for thinking that Marvel’s latest caped crusader has been forgotten. We’ve had tonnes of marketing for Captain America: Civil War (2016), set photos from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and even some cool concept art from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). However, until last month’s Comic Con we were yet to get a proper trailer for Doctor Strange (2016), the second film from the billion-dollar studio and one that is scheduled to bow in theatres this November.
Fans fears have been eased somewhat today though, with a special sneak peek video from the film, thanks to its inclusion in the special features section of the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Despite not revealing too much, the video does gift us a few brief notes on the film’s major characters, including Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). In addition, we get to see a lot of new concept art.
Given the film is still in post-production and Marvel makes its money by trading in secrets, we arguably couldn’t expect much better. Doctor Strange (2016) will follow the story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a terrible car accident, before seeking out a new purpose. The film will also star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Rachel McAdams as the rumoured love interest. Doctor Strange opens officially on November 4 and until then you can check out the sneak peek below.
It is a sad day in Hollywood today, with the news that legendary comic actor Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83. The beloved star of Blazing Saddles (1974) and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) is said to have died from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. A man who gave his all to everything he did, bringing smiles to the faces of even the most stoic among us, Wilder will be greatly missed. There is no greater legacy to leave than his charm, warmth and heart, all of which will live on for generations to come. Sadly, Wilder joins a long list of notable artists, actors and athletes who the wider world has lost this year, including Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Anton Yelchin, Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammed Ali and Garry Marshall.
Seemingly destined for stardom, Wilder started his career on stage and television, before breaking out in Arthur Penn’s legendary picture Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and regular co-conspirator Mel Brooks’ crazed film The Producers (1967). From there the roles came thick and fast, thanks to his daring, offbeat physical comedy, with iconic performances in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (1974). Continuing to hone his craft he also notched up a few directing nods too, with The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975), The World’s Greatest Lover (1977), The Woman in Red (1984) and Haunted Honeymoon (1986). Following the passing of his wife Gilda Radner, he took a step away from the spotlight, but he never disappeared entirely, making guest appearances and forever encompassing the lovable maestro of Dahl’s definitive novel.
Upon the announcement of his death today, Wilder’s nephew made a statement on behalf of the family, which read in part; ‘The decisions to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘There’s Willy Wonka!’ would not have to be exposed to an adult referencing illness or cause delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.’ Well, Mr Wilder, thank-you for leaving us in a world of pure imagination. Here’s hoping you found the same.
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