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In this April 9, 2008 file photo, actor Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" has died. He was 83. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

- Associated Press

Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 4-10

- Associated Press

Sept. 4: Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 85. Actor Kenneth Kimmins ("Coach") is 75. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 74. TV personality Dr. Jan Pol ("The Incredible Dr. Pol") is 74. Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 72. Bassist Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 66. Actress Judith Ivey is 65. Drummer Martin Chambers of The Pretenders is 65. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ("Welcome Back, Kotter") is 63. Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," ''NewsRadio") is 59. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 56. Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is 56. Actress Ione Skye is 46. DJ/music producer Mark Ronson is 41. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 41. Bassist Ian Grushka of New Found Glory is 39. Actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") is 38. Actor Max Greenfield ("New Girl") is 37. Singer Dan Miller of O-Town is 36. Singer Beyonce' Knowles (Destiny's Child) is 35. Singer-guitarist Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 35. Actress Whitney Cummings ("Whitney") is 34. Comedian Kyle Mooney ("Saturday Night Live") is 32. Multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers is 30. Singer James Bay is 26. Actor Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 21.

In this April 9, 2008 file photo, actor Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" has died. He was 83. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Carol Kane says Gene Wilder gave her a second chance

- Associated Press

At age 23, Carol Kane was fresh off a Best Actress Oscar nomination with no prospects on the horizon. The phone hadn't rung for a year, she said. Then Gene Wilder called.

FILE- In this March 16, 2015 file photo,  director Kenneth Branagh poses for photographers during the presentation of the film 'Cinderella' in Madrid. It was announced on April 17, 2015 that Branagh will stage a season of London plays with a cast including actors  Judi Dench and Richard Madden(AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)

He is 'The Entertainer,' but Branagh isn't quite sure where he stands

- The Washington Times

Sir Kenneth Branagh steps backward onto the darkened stage, dressed in simple pants and a white undershirt, the lighting catching the back of his head and the mane of his natively blond hair -- now almost certainly dyed. Alas, the show will continue on for more than two-plus hours, and never again will it even middlingly approach the grandiosity of this sublime opening scene. The Garrick production uses as its source material the play by John Osbourne, written in the 1950s. In Osbourne's writing, Archie is indeed a swiftly fading performer -- far more vaudevillian than Shakespearean -- whose pomp upon the dais is far outweighed by the mess of his domestic life.

Court dismisses data speed reduction suit against AT&T

Associated Press

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by federal officials that claimed AT&T misled millions of smartphone customers with unlimited data plans who had their Internet speeds cut.