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'Producers' Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

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'Producers' Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

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'Producers' Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

'Producers' Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

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Lane and Broderick reprise their roles as Max Bialystock and Leopold Bloom in The Producers. Universal Pictures hide caption

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The Producers began as a 1968 film, became a Broadway hit in 2001, and this Christmas, gets a new film debut. Confused? Stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane take caller questions and discuss the move from stage to screen.

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All three versions bear the indelible stamp of Mel Brooks. The last two starred Lane as Max Bialystock, the irrepressible impresario, and Broderick as Leopold Bloom, a neurotic accountant. The two conspire to make millions by producing the biggest flop in the history of show business.