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Taking Names: Mel Brooks to receive AFI life achievement honor
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It’ll be springtime for Mel Brooks when the American Film Institute presents him with its highest honor, the Life Achievement Award.
The writer and director of comedy classics including “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “History of the World: Part I” will receive the award at a gala tribute next June, AFI announced Friday.
The 86-year-old Mr. Brooks is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to Hollywood legends including Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman. He’s one of only 14 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
The AFI ceremony will air in late June on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
Railroad Revival Tour featuring Nelson canceled
The Railroad Revival Tour has run off the tracks.
The cross-country tour featuring Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John C. Reilly has been canceled by organizers.
A note on the tour’s website says “certain complications would not permit us to host the shows in the manner intended,” but gave no further details.
The eight-stop tour in vintage railcars was expected to start Oct. 20 in Duluth, Ga., and conclude Oct. 28 in Oakland, Calif. Full ticket refunds are being given.
Emails sent to organizers were not immediately answered.
This would have been the second Railroad Revival Tour. The first, featuring Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, was chronicled in the documentary “Big Easy Express.”
Garth Brooks to end 3-year run in Las Vegas
Garth Brooks is ending his run in Las Vegas.
The country music superstar will play six more dates this fall at Wynn Las Vegas, concluding the three-year run Nov. 16-17.
Mr. Brooks slipped out of retirement to take the gig in 2009. It came with the gift of a jet from Steve Wynn.
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