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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.

 

The top 25 laugh-getters…

 

 #25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.

 #24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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'The Crow' Remake Director Gets Fired, Legal Troubles Ensue

16 March 2016 5:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in November, Relativity's long-delayed remake of The Crow seemed to be finally heading in the right direction. Director Corin Hardy signed a new holding deal with the studio, just months after rumors surfaced that he was ready to leave the project. Production was slated to begin sometime in the spring of 2016, after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy proceedings, but now the project is tied up in yet another legal snafu. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Edward R. Pressman has filed court documents today seeking to deny Relativity the rights to make this remake and any future projects, after they quietly fired director Corin Hardy.

Edward R. Pressman signed a deal with Relativity back in 2009 that gave studio president Ryan Kavanaugh the option to make three Crow movies. That option was exercised in 2014, which gave the studio three years to start production, or the rights reverted back to the producer. »

- MovieWeb

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Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly To Star As Laurel And Hardy

20 January 2016 3:23 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will star respectively as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a new BBC production titled "Stan and Ollie". The film is shaping up as an affectionate tribute to the legendary comedy duo and will concentrate on their last personal appearance tour which took place in the UK in 1953. Hardy's health was failing at the time but they continued the tour as initially anemic attendance statistics began to grow. Ultimately the tour proved to be highly successful even as Laurel and Hardy came to the realization that their long-time professional partnership was at an end. Oliver Hardy died in 1957. Stan Laurel passed away in 1965. For more click here.   »

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Steve Coogan And John C. Reilly Cast As Laurel And Hardy In Stan And Ollie

19 January 2016 6:25 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It happens very rarely, but when inspired casting and beloved subject matter coincide, something very special is created. Such is the case with the upcoming film project Stan And Ollie, which has just found its two leads in the form of Academy Award nominees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Meeting the legendary pair in their later years, the film will centre on their 1953 tour of the UK, during which the stars each met challenges head-on, and reaffirmed one of the most iconic partnerships in entertainment history.

UK born Stan Laurel and Us born Oliver Hardy were both well-established contract players in their own right when they first collaborated onscreen in the 1927 silent short film, Putting Pants On Philip. They remained in partnership at Hal Roach film studios until 1940, when they began to work together with other production companies. Their final feature length film was titled Atoll K, which was »

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How important is it for actors to look like who they play in a biopic?

18 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jeff Pope's script for Philomena was a low-key winner, smart about the way it approached a painful and difficult subject. Pope was nominated for an Oscar along with Steve Coogan, who shared the writing credit, and while they didn't win, it must have been a good experience. After all, Coogan's just agreed to star in Stan & Ollie, the latest script by Pope to make it to the screen, and John C. Reilly has signed on to co-star, with Jon S. Baird (Filth) set to direct. Over the years, I've read lots of stories about tensions behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's great comedy teams, and I am curious to see what Pope and Baird do with the story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Wisely, they are focusing on a specific moment in their careers, rather than trying to tell the entire story. Set during their farewell tour »

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Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly Are Laurel and Hardy in Biopic 'Stan and Ollie'

18 January 2016 11:04 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

BBC Films is moving forward with a biopic on comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, with actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly signing on to play the title characters in Stan and Ollie. Screen Daily reports that Steve Coogan is playing Stan Laurel, and John C. Reilly is portraying Oliver Hardy in this movie, which centers on the comedy duo's final U.K. tour in 1953. Here's a description of the plot from Screen Daily.

"Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new. The tour becomes a hit, »

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Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly board Laurel & Hardy biopic

18 January 2016 4:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC Films production is written by Jeff Pope (Philomena) and follows the comedy duo’s final UK tour.

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are to star in Stan & Ollie, a biopic that centres on the final UK tour of the renowned comedy duo in 1953.

Coogan, star of Philomena and Alan Partridge, will play Stan Laurel while John C. Reilly, known for his roles in Chicago and We Need to Talk About Kevin, will portray Oliver Hardy

Directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth), the screenplay has been written Jeff Pope, who was nominated for an Oscar and won the BAFTA for Philomena.

Stan & Ollie is being made by BBC Films, which developed the feature, alongside Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures and Jeff Pope’s Sonesta Films.

Pope said the duo were his “heroes” but did not shy away from writing about their “flaws and shortcomings”.

“When I watch their movies, in my head »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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