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Head of the Class: The ABC Sitcom Ended 25 Years Ago

It's time for a big class reunion. Twenty five years ago today, Head of the Class aired its final episode on ABC.

Created by Michael Elias and Rich Eustis, the sitcom centers on history teacher Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman) and his group of gifted students at a Manhattan high school. William G. Schilling played the principal and Charlie's students were played by Jeannetta Arnette, Leslie Bega, Dan Frischman, , Robin Givens, Khrystyne Haje, Jory Husain, Tony O'Dell, Brian Robbins, Kimberly Russell, Dan Schneider, Tannis Vallely, Michael DeLorenzo, Lara Piper, Rain Pryor, Jonathan Ke Quan, and De'voreaux White. Billy Connolly joined the cast in season five after Hesseman left the series.

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report: Talent Gets Raw Deal as Content Delivery Goes Digital

Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report: Talent Gets Raw Deal as Content Delivery Goes Digital
Earlier this year director Stanley Donen, the estate of Charles Bronson and several other filmmakers filed class-action suits against five studios over a practice that has long been a standard way of doing business: When it comes to divvying up backend homevideo money to profit participants, studios take it from a pot of just 20% of the returns.

The other 80%? The studio, Donen’s suit stated, “wrongfully” keeps the money. In Donen’s case, the studio was Fox.

Why would the studios withhold 80% of the kitty from profit participation? It’s a practice that dates back to the early days of homevideo, when it was written into the original contracts. At the time, the rationale was that the studios needed the money to cover the high cost of manufacturing and distributing VHS tapes.

The question now hanging over Hollywood — and the lawyers representing its players — is whether that one-fifth share will endure in the digital age.
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Metan targets China transmedia

  • ScreenDaily
Metan Development Group and a coalition of North American TV and film writers have joined forces to launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture linking Western writing talent with transmedia projects for the China market.

Metan Wen Zhi Ku’s first project is a rom-com web series to be set in China, Europe and South America.

Metan president and CEO Larry Namer made the announcement with writers Art Eisenson and David Gittins on December 4.

The talent roster includes Marilyn Anderson, Michael Elias, Eric Estrin and Lynn Roth.

Metan Wen Zhi Ku will have access to a talent pool of more than 2,000 writers. After targeting China, the company plans to expand into India, Brazil and Russia.
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5 TV Shows That Aren’t On DVD – And Should Be

With fall shows wrapped, Mad Men and Game of Thrones winding down, and the Louie and True Blood season premieres still weeks away, it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of your television set or computer (which actually seems really uncomfortable) and indulge in a little vintage TV series binge. While most of your old favorites are probably available to you on DVD, Netflix, or Hulu, several noteworthy classics inexplicably and unjustly aren’t. In some cases, no one even had the foresight to record every single episode back when they originally aired and then do their duty to mankind by illegally uploading the series onto YouTube or selling bootleg copies through shady-looking websites and, honestly, that’s just infuriating. If Emily’s Reasons Why Not – a 2006 Heather Graham snoozer that only aired one episode – is on DVD, then surely the following superior series should be released. Head of the Class
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Sam Riley To Play Christopher Marlowe

Sam Riley, who is your agent? Manager? Because they should get a raise. Or maybe you are really just that good. Because in what feels like two days, the once band mate (of the Leeds-based 10,000 Things) was starring in the indie hit Control as doomed rocker Ian Curtis, then alongside Eva Green and Ryan Philippe in Franklyn and now is starring in an American action thriller (13), a British action thriller featuring Helen Mirren (Brighton Rock) and Walter SallesOn The Road playing Jack Kerouac, or Sal Paradise.

And here’s one more envy-inducing role: that of Christopher Marlowe, the successful poet who wrote alongside William Shakespeare and was killed in a bar room brawl. Marlowe was rumored to also be a spy for the queen, which the Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) novel, A Dead Man In Deptford, readily embraces. Television director Nick Copus will take on the adaptation from a script by Michael Elias.
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Sam Riley Is Marlowe In "Dead Man"

  • Dark Horizons
Sam Riley ("Control," "Brighton Rock") has signed on to play British playwright Christopher Marlowe in "A Dead Man in Deptford" for Ballpark Prods. and Neversink Prods. according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Anthony Burgess' novel, the story plays on the idea that notorious bar room brawler Marlowe was also a royal spy for Elizabeth I, and that his death at age 29 may have been an assassination ordered by the English Secret Service.

The cast also includes James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair. Michael Elias adapted the script and Nick Copus will direct. Shooting kicks off in the spring.
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Sam Riley Set for A Dead Man in Deptford

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Sam Riley set for A Dead Man in DeptfordSam Riley has signed on to portray British playwright Christopher "Kit" Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The cast also includes James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair.

Adapted by Michael Elias from Anthony Burgess' novel, A Dead Man in Deptford will be directed by Nick Copus for Ballpark Prods. and Neversink Prods.

The movie will play with the idea that Christopher "Kit" Marlowe, a notorious bar room brawler, was also a royal spy for Elizabeth I and that his death in Deptford at age 29 may have been an assassination ordered by the English Secret Service.

Production is scheduled to begin in the spring.
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Sam Riley Is A Dead Man In Deptford

Sam Riley Is A Dead Man In Deptford
Filmmakers just can’t stop taking the lives of real-life icons and spinning stories about them. Shakespeare in Love is probably the most famous example, but now A Dead Man in Deptford – which will see Control’s Sam Riley starring as Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (who, coincidentally was played by an uncredited Rupert Everett in Shakespeare) in a tale outside of the usual biopic.Since little is known about the real life of the man who wrote plays such as The Tragical History of Dr Faustus and The Massacre at Paris, many rumours have cropped up about how he spent his time when he wasn’t hunched over a quill.The most common, and one used by Anthony Burgess in his eponymous novel, is that Marlowe’s lustful, bar-hopping ways were matched by the fact that he was a royal spy for Elizabeth I, and that his death at the age
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