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How To Make Your Own ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ Lickable Wallpaper (Video)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

When you were a kid watching 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you no doubt found yourself wishing you were there in that factory enjoying the sugar rush to end all sugar rushes those kids were experiencing.

That of course includes the famous scene in which Wonka points out that the wallpaper in one particular area is no ordinary wallpaper. This wallpaper, adorned with various fruits, actually tastes like those fruits if you lick it. If you feel like getting a little crafty, this wallpaper is one thing you no longer have to fantasize about. A video has been shared that shows you how to make it at home.

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Remembering Gene Wilder: ‘Willy Wonka’ & ‘Blazing Saddles’ On The Big Screen
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Gene Wilder Blazing Saddles

The world became a little less funny on August 29th when Gene Wilder passed away at the age of 83. Wilder is most remembered for his work with Mel Brooks, first in The Producers (1967) as Leo Bloom, and then for his roles in 1974’s comedy double feature of Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Sandwiched in the center of these Brooks’ classics was his spectacular turn as the titular character in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), directed by Mel Stuart and written by the author of the book, Roald Dahl.

Last weekend, in commemoration of Wilder’s passing, both films were back in select theaters, and my wife and I took my son to see them.

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‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ Actor Gene Wilder Dead At 83
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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, the actor best known for his headlining roles in such films as Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers, died today at his at home in Stamford, CT, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to Variety. He had also been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.

Wilder was the star of many beloved classics and helped pave the way for “pure imagination” to many of today’s creative artists, whether they are directors, actors, or music performers.

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‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Ferris Bueller,’ More Added To National Film Registry
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The Big Lebowski

Every year since 1989 the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry has selected twenty-five short films and full-length features to be recognized, in the words of the librarian of Congress James H. Billington, as “cultural, historical, or aesthetic cinematic treasures.” From Citizen Kane and Star Wars to Woodstock and This is Spinal Tap, each year’s list contains some of the most beloved and significant films ever made, and now the Dude and Ferris Bueller get to join their ranks.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comic thriller The Big Lebowski, which has become a certified cult classic in the sixteen years since its theatrical, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, and John Hughes’ endlessly quotable high school comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry, bringing the total amount of films in the Registry to 650.

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Gene Wilder Talks ‘Willy Wonka,’ Acting, and Life In This Animated Short Video
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Gene Wilder Blank On Blank

The great Gene Wilder hasn’t acted since 2003 when he was a guest star on the sitcom Will & Grace—a role that won him a Primetime Emmy. But from time to time the 80-year-old still makes appearances and sometimes does interviews, sharing stories of his life and work while continuing to inspiring many.

In 2007 Wilder spoke to Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and from that chat a short animated video was created that you can see below. In the video, Wilder talks about acting (and why he doesn’t do it anymore—though would, if the right role came along), his life and how his mother inspired him to get into acting and making people laugh, and his one change to the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory script he requested in order for him to take the job.

It’s a wonderful video, and a reminder of why we love and miss Wilder on the screens big and small. Much like Mel Brooks, who Wilder of course worked with many times, you could listen to him tell stories all day long.

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Blu-ray Deal: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
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Willy Wonka

Right now, Amazon is offering up the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Blu-ray box set for only $27.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of $64.98).

This is the Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo box set, which contains the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with bonus features like commentary and an interview with author Roald Dahl, as well as collectibles.

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Geek Gear: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘Snozberry Smoothies’ Shirt
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Snozberry

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed shirt “Snozberry Smoothies” by artist Jason Tracewell.

The sale began at Teefury today, Sunday, September 25, 2011, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

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Watch Now: The Cast Of ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ Reunite 40 Years Later
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Recently on Today, part of the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunited almost 40 years after the now-classic fantasy favorite first arrived.

As they note at the beginning of the video, the movie — based on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — wasn’t all that well-received at first, and it took some time before it started to develop its following, making it technically a cult classic. But now the movie is something many of us grew up watching, and is a near and dear favorite to millions all over the globe.

You can see the video of the Willy Wonka cast reunion by heading on over to the other side now!

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