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Gene Wilder still upset over Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory': 'I don't care for that director'

When director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up in 2005 to make a new version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka was not pleased. Gene Wilder, who’d famously portrayed the reclusive candyman in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory condemned the idea of revisiting the classic, and accused the filmmakers of doing it for the money. “It’s just some people sitting around thinking, ‘How can we make some more money?’ Why else would you remake Willy Wonka? I don’t see the point of going back and doing it all over again,” Wilder said at the time. “I like Johnny Depp and I appreciate that he has said on the record that my shoes would be hard to fill. But I don’t know how it will all turn out. Right now, the only thing that does take some of the edge off this for me is that Willy Wonka’s name isn’t in the title.”

Well, the movie came out, and audiences ate it up like candy, to the sweet tune of $475 million worldwide, but Wilder still hasn’t cooled off. Last night, at a book event at New York’s 92nd Street Y, he called the remake an “insult,” and went out of his way to lay the blame at Burton’s feet. “It’s probably Warner Brothers’ insult, I think. I like Warner Bros for other reasons, but to do that with Johnny Depp, who I think is a good actor and I like him,” Wilder said. “But I don’t care for that director and he’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him for doing stuff like he did.”

Burton’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wilder, 80, was speaking with Robert Osborne at the 92Y to promote his new novel, Something to Remember You By.

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical sets London premiere

Nearly four years after it was first announced, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical helmed by Sam Mendes (pictured) has set a date for its London debut. EW has confirmed that the show will premiere at the London Palladium in June 2013. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony-winning partners who wrote the music and lyrics for Hairspray and Smash, will create new songs for the stage production.

Scottish playwright David Greig will take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novella to write the book. One Man, Two Guvnors‘ Tony-nominated designer Mark Thompson will create costumes and sets, and Peter Darling (Billy Elliott, Matilda) will choreograph.

Tickets go on sale in October.

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Johnny Depp's inspiration for Willy Wonka: An incredibly stoned George W. Bush

Johnny Depp visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time today, revealing the inspiration for some of his most iconic characters and his greatest personal terror — dancing. While Dark Shadows costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz hoofed it as they were introduced to the audience, Depp resisted. “I fear it more than anything in the world,” he told Ellen when she asked him why he refused to dance. “I’d rather swallow a bag of hair.”

Later, the star discussed some of his more famous creations, including Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Willy Wonka. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mention of Bush and Wonka in the same sentence. “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.” Watch the exchange below: READ FULL STORY

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