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Exclusive: Mel Brooks Talks About Casting Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles (VIDEO)

Exclusive: Mel Brooks Talks About Casting Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/05/2014 06:00AM

Blazing Saddles turned 40 this year, and the iconic comedy is getting the royal treatment on Blu-Ray. The film, proudly offensive and outrageously funny, has appeared on many "Best of" lists through the years, including the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Laughs."

The Blu-Ray, out May 6, contains many special features, and we're offering you a sneak peek of one of them right now: Mel Brooks talking about casting the late, beloved Madeline Kahn as the indelible seductress Lilian Von Schtupp.

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Mickey Rooney Poses with Old Friends in One of His Last Photos | Dick Van Patten, Mel Brooks, Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney Poses with Old Friends in One of His Last Photos

Originally posted 04/08/2014 11:40AM

An acting thoroughbred himself through a career spanning more than 150 films, Mickey Rooney loved to hit the racetrack at Santa Anita Park to bet on the horses.

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Amy Poehler and Beau Nick Kroll Have a Hollywood Date Night | Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll Enjoy Date Night in Hollywood

Originally posted 06/07/2013 03:15PM

It's a Hollywood date night!

Amy Poehler and her new beau, Nick Kroll, enjoyed each other's company at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring funnyman and filmmaker Mel Brooks at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on Thursday night.

"Amy looked really happy and upbeat throughout the night – they were cozy," an observer tells PEOPLE. "I haven't seen Amy look this light and airy while out in a long, long time."

Poehler, who split from Arrested Development's Will Arnett last September, and Kroll started dating earlier this year.

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Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft: Their Love Story

Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft Shared Love and Laughs

Originally posted 05/19/2013 11:00AM

On the surface it seemed one of the stranger matches of the 20th century: the serious, award-winning dramatic actress Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, and the man whose fertile imagination introduced both flatulence around an Old West campfire and a singing-dancing Adolf Hitler to the silver screen, Melvin Kaminsky.

Or, as the world knew them, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks.

Asked about the couple's marriage, which lasted from 1964 until her death from uterine cancer in 2005, an introspective Brooks says in the new PBS American Masters documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, "You know, it took because Anne and I both grew up during the marriage, we both grew up, we both knew what was really important, and what love meant, and ... what doing for each other meant."

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QUOTED: Obama Jokes About Needing a Fake ID | Barack Obama, Mel Brooks

QUOTED: Obama Jokes About Needing a Fake ID

Originally posted 12/07/2009 02:05PM

"I was telling [Mel Brooks] that I went to see Blazing Saddles when I was 10. And he pointed out that I think, according to the ratings, I should not have been allowed in the theater. That's true. I think I had a fake ID. But the statute of limitations has passed."

• President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night, joking about having to sneak in to see Brooks's famed 1974 comedy.

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In Mel We Trust

Originally posted 01/20/1999 12:00AM

Mel Brooks, an old friend of the PEOPLE Daily, wishes to make clear to those who read his quote about the 25th anniversary of his "Young Frankenstein" in last Thursday's edition that at the moment the film is being re-released theatrically in New York ONLY. Other venues are expected to crop up soon, and a special videocassette and DVD version is scheduled to be released in the fall.

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