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Rolling Stone's Top 100 TV show: Three mistakes and three oversights

23 September 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rolling Stone just issued their list of the 'Top 100 Television Shows of All Time.' The rankings, which came from a survey of actors, writers, critics, and producers, includes all the shows you’d expect like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Sopranos. And a bunch of other programs that don’t start with the letter “S.” It’s a pretty comprehensive list and a reminder of how many great shows there have been even before what we’re now calling the Golden Age of television. Like any “top” anything list, there’s controversy. And we’re more than happy to dive into that topic. One thing we didn’t do is re-rank everything. If we did that, we’d be here forever and you wouldn’t want to read any further. So rather than that, we’ve just picked three shows that made the list that shouldn’t have and three replacements to fill those gaps. »

- David Eckstein

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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

10 August 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.

With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.

50. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan)

It is wholly possible »

- The Film Stage

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'Airplane' Director David Zucker -- I'm Getting Divorced ... But It's All Good

5 July 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"Airplane!" and 'The Naked Gun' writer/director David Zucker filed for divorce from his wife Danielle ... but he says all is still fine and dandy between the two.  David submitted the docs earlier this week but he tells us it was a long time coming ... the couple has been separated for nearly 10 years. That's not all ... David says he and Danielle live just a few houses away from each other and routinely have »

- TMZ Staff

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Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition

19 May 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before launching his late-night legacy in the 1980s, David Letterman had a few forays into the acting world, appearing in an episode of Mork & Mindy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a few other programs in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. As it turns out, though, the actor/comedian actually auditioned for a role that may have changed his career. The iconic 1980 comedy Airplane!. Through the magic of the internet, the video of his screen test for the Ted Striker role has surfaced, which is well worth watching.

The video surfaced on YouTube last week, and is actually taken from a 1982 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, the first year of this landmark NBC program, where the host welcomed Airplane! writer-directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker as guests. During the episode, the filmmakers showed the audience David Letterman's 1979 screen test for Ted Striker, a »

- MovieWeb

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Apparently David Letterman Was Almost In Airplane!, Watch His Audition

19 May 2016 6:46 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are two types of people in the world. Those who believe that Airplane! is one of the greatest comedies ever made, and people who are wrong. The film has left an indelible mark on movie history since it was released in 1980. It.s been seen so often, by so many, that most of us could nearly recite the film from memory. However, now, for the first time, about to see the entire movie in an entirely new way. Imagine if David Letterman had played the lead. Ok, now stop imagining it, and just see it. The recently unearthed clip is from a 1982 episode of NBC.s Late Night with David Letterman in which the three writer/directors of Airplane!, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker were guests. As part of the interview, the three show the clip of David Letterman.s 1979 screen test to play the »

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CBS Orders Ridley Scott Drama Pilot ‘Sensory’

5 February 2016 6:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has added another drama pilot to its 2016-17 slate. “Sensory” is a two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protégé who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. Inspired by the true story of neurologist Joel Salinas. The pilot will be written and executive produced by David Zabel, with Ridley Scott, Scott Free’s David Zucker and Foundry Media’s Roger Freet will also serve as EPs. Also Read: CBS Orders Military Drama Pilot 'Four Stars' From 'Smash' Writer Among the network’s other drama pilots are “Bull,” about a young Dr. Phil; “Doubt, »

- Linda Ge

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AMC Ponders Ridley Scott's "Marvel" Series

14 January 2016 3:17 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

AMC is reportedly opening a writers room for "Marvel," a new drama series from Scott Free Prods. which is an adaptation of George Pendle's novel "Strange Angel".

"Angel' was inspired by the story of Jet Propulsion Laboratory co-founder Jack Parsons - a science prodigy and a later discovered to be a devotee of black magic when he died at 37 in 1952.

The writers room aims to have three to five completed backup scripts, several further episode outlines and a completely mapped-out first season so as to hopefully obtain a straight-to-series order. AMC has taken that approach with three other projects - "The Son," "Goliath" and "Lodge 49" - with one, "The Son," being ordered to series.

David Heyman, Ridley Scott and David Zucker will executive produce "Marvel" which comes out of a deal between Scott Free and AMC originally made for the Dan Simmons book "The Terror" about the failed Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage. »

- Garth Franklin

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