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Singer and actress Madeline Kahn is often remembered for her roles in Blazing Saddles, Paper Moon and in the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein. To this day, the late Kahn is thought of as both a comedic genius and something of a pioneer.

But 15 years after her death, new generations of film, musical theater and comedy enthusiasts are still discovering and learning from her work. 

"It's a measure of her gift...of her legacy that you don't have to have grown up on her to take delight in what she did," says biographer William V. Madison.

Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren

Many fairy tales have resurfaced in various forms on film, stage, musicals and even operas to appeal to large audience of all ages.

However, the classic fairy tales originally written by Brothers Grimm were gruesome, sexual and slightly violent - a far cry from the sanitized versions of today. The 2015 Cinderella film by Disney excludes pigeons pecking out the stepsister's eyes, and the sisters cutting off their toes and heels in attempt to fit into the glass slipper.

From Fat To Finish Line /

Milwaukeean Rik Akey and New Yorker Jennifer Roe are among a dozen people around the country who have essentially reinvented themselves, turning their struggles with weight into lives as fit, dedicated runners.

And the latest chapter in their lives is a film they’re making on the journey the dozen runners are sharing – metaphorically and literally, as they prepare to run in the Ragnar Relay race from Miami to Key West next month. 

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People who came of age in the 1980s often think back fondly on those days of skinny knit ties, shoulder pads, and Brat Pack movies.  It’s a period that people coming of age today might think of as, well, thirty years ago. 

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The 87th Academy Awards will be announced in a globally televised ceremony on Sunday, February 22nd.

For almost two decades, the French department at UWM and various partners have presented a series of films in French to the public.

In looking back at 2014, Lake Effect film contributor Dave Luhrssen doesn’t think the last year was an especially strong one for movies. 

The Surface Movie /

It’s been six years since the Johnny Depp film, Public Enemies, used Milwaukee as its setting. And with the short-lived tax credit for filmmakers long gone, it may be a while before that happens again.

For many people, their strongest connection to science is in the form of reading or watching science fiction.

Not long ago, the Milwaukee Film Festival convened a panel to discuss food insecurity in Milwaukee.

The Films of War

Nov 14, 2014

  Which leaves a more lasting impression on Americans – images of war or images from war movies? A new book tries to answer that question.

Give Me Liberty, the Movie

The creative team behind Give Me Liberty says the feature film is for Milwaukee, by Milwaukee and about Milwaukee.

The Surface Movie /

The Surface is a drama about two men, both at a desperate point in their lives, who have a chance encounter on Lake Michigan.

The history of LGBT cinema has always generally reflected the state of the LGBT community and its place in the world. 

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It’s been 41 years since the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, but the effects of the prolonged conflict are still being felt.