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“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.
- Dave McNary
"Seeing the world through the eyes of a Blaria (a.k.a. Black Daria)." With those 12 little words, my blog began in 2012. More than expressing my musings on race, gender, and pop culture, the most important aspect of Blaria, which I didn't realize until just now, is that it's a nod to one of the best and most influential '90s feminist icons: Daria Morgendorffer. Anyone who went to Blaria instantly knew what tribe I aligned myself with, and what a tribe it was: sarcastic, droll, hyper-self-aware, and way too smart to deal with the shallow and flawed world around it. Daria was its queen. Daria started out as a supporting cast member on Beavis and Butt-head because MTV's president, Judy McGrath, deemed that the show should have at least one intelligent female character. That's right, the mandate was not to have a bombshell character, or a sexy villain, or »
- Phoebe Robinson
Fox will present a two-hour Paley Center special celebrating television’s most iconic animated stars in December, the network announced Thursday.
The two-hour program, “TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special,” will count down the 40 greatest and groundbreaking animated characters. It will include interviews with the creators who conceived the characters and the actors who brought them to life for animation fans worldwide.
The special will profile Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Donald Duck, SponeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and many more. Additionally, the following talent will be interviewed during the special: Pamela Adlon (voice of Bobby Hill), Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck), Todd Barbee (voice of Charlie Brown), H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer), Alex Borstein (voice of Lois Griffin), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), John Dimaggio (voice of Bender), Seth Green (voice of Christ Griffin »
- Rick Kissell
Dick Costolo, TV scribe?
“I’m in the writers room, and it’s more consulting than writing,” Costolo wrote in an email to Bloomberg. “There’s plenty of writing talent in the room. I’m answering questions and describing how interactions would work between executives, VCs, employees, etc.” An HBO rep confirmed Costolo’s involvement with the show.
It’s not totally out of left field: Costolo worked as a standup comedian in Chicago after earning a computer-science degree in 1985. He went on to work for Andersen Consulting, which served as his entree into the digital-media biz.
“Silicon Valley,” which garnered Primetime Emmy nominations for its first two seasons, is a parody of high-tech and Vc culture that has gained fans in the industry. »
- Todd Spangler
It was a big night for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones last night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the show enjoying a record-breaking haul of 12 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama (Peter Dinklage).
In total, HBO pulled in 43 Emmys, winning Outstanding Comedy Series (Veep) and Outstanding Miniseries (Olive Kitteridge), while Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama (How to Get Away with Murder) and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama at the eighth time of asking.
Check out a full list of the winners here…
See Also: List of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (Winner)
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Gary Collinson
Emmys 2015: full list of winnersInside Amy Schumer wins first-ever variety sketch show awardEmmy 2015: red carpet fashion – in picturesTransparent star Jeffrey Tambor dedicates Emmy to transgender community - videoSee all our 2015 Emmys coverage here
Alright, here is a quick rundown of my Top 10 Moments from this Year’s Emmys.
10. Allison Janney’s hot Emmy date.
More on that Viola Davis speech. Here’s a transcript of the first half:
I am going to hang this speech on a wall! That is all. https://t.co/Zrb3FtmEnj
- Morwenna Ferrier in London, Brian Moylan, Lanre Bakare, Ruth Spencer , Ryan Kincaid andAlex Needham in New York
HitFix is live-updating all the winners from tonight's 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here's the list as it stands now: Allison Janney, “Mom” **Winner** Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” Niecy Nash, “Getting On” Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” Supporting Actor, Comedy Tony Hale, “Veep” **Winner** Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Adam Driver, “Girls” Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele” Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Directing For A Comedy Series Jill Soloway for Transparent, “Best New Girl” from Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Studios **Winner** Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The Last Man On Earth, “Alive In Tucson” (Pilot) from Fox and 20th Century Fox Television Louis C.K. for Louie, “Sleepover” from FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, »
- Chris Eggertsen
TV’s biggest night really just ended up being HBO’s biggest night.
The premium cabler dominated Sunday night’s Emmys, with its “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Olive Kitteridge” winning best drama, comedy and limited series, respectively. Few networks could stand up to HBO — “Game Of Thrones” alone took home a record 12 wins.
Even so, Viola Davis became the first African-American ever to win best lead actress in a drama for ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Jon Hamm finally took home the prize for lead actor in a drama for “Mad Men,” his last chance to win.
The 67th Emmy Awards aired live on Fox, with Andy Samberg as host. See the full list of winners below:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (Winner)
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
“Veep” (Winner »
- Variety Staff
It's been well-chronicled just how accurately "Silicon Valley" portrays Silicon Valley, but now we've seen a whole new level of self-parody, courtesy of Firefox founder Blake Ross. A long-term resident of Northern California's tech empire, Ross took it upon himself to pump out a spec script for Mike Judge's award-winning HBO comedy... and it's actually pretty funny. Read More: 'House of Cards' Creator Beau Willimon On Which Shows Started The Golden Age of Television The screenwriting newcomer picks up right where Season 2 left off — with Pied Piper founder Richard (Thomas Middleditch) winning his court case for control of the program's intellectual property, but then getting fired by the company's new controlling investor, Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) — and pumps out 31 pages of pretty well-constructed, tonally fitting and often sharply funny comedic insight. (Gilfoyle and Dinesh in particular have a spot-on rat-a-tat rhythm of sexually-infused insults.) It...
- Ben Travers
It's been well-chronicled just how accurately "Silicon Valley" portrays Silicon Valley, but now we've seen a whole new level of self-parody, courtesy of Firefox founder Blake Ross. A long-term resident of Northern California's tech empire, Ross took it upon himself to pump out a spec script for Mike Judge's award-winning HBO comedy... and it's actually pretty funny. Read More: 'House of Cards' Creator Beau Willimon On Which Shows Started The Golden Age of Television The screenwriting newcomer picks up right where Season 2 left off — with Pied Piper founder Richard (Thomas Middleditch) winning his court case for control of the program's intellectual property, but then getting fired by the company's new controlling investor, Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) — and pumps out 31 pages of pretty well-constructed, tonally fitting and often sharply funny comedic insight. (Gilfoyle and Dinesh in particular have a spot-on rat-a-tat rhythm of sexually-infused insults.) It »
- Ben Travers
As I sit here, writing my Bloodsucking Bastards review while glancing over my shoulder towards the only entrance to my cubicle, it’s easy to understand the true horrors of this wittily hilarious vampire splatterfest. One quote in particular hits home all-too closely, when a disgruntled character realizes how perfect his “fluorescent shithole” of an office is for a corporate vamp takeover, given how few windows permit the real world’s beauty from cutting through a demoralizing darkness.
Have we not all become bloodsucking drones, clocking in countless hours of work to achieve that next (meaningless) goal just to keep the numbers crunching and dollars flowing (most of which the average worker won’t see)? The horror of Bloodsucking Bastards is not found through vampire bites, but in stinging corporate satire that seems too smart for a horror comedy – and too damn real.
Written by the L.A. comedy troupe Dr. God, »
- Matt Donato
Directed by Brian James O’Connell
What would happen if Joss Whedon and Mike Judge had a cinematic love child? If our puny human brains were capable of comprehending such unmitigated awesomeness, it would probably resemble something like Bloodsucking Bastards. A product of the Los Angeles comedy troupe, Dr. God, this satirical bloodletting starts a bit sluggish, but finishes with an inspired stream of gags and gore. Director Brian James O’Connell has a cult hit on his hands.
This won’t be the first (or last) review to describe Bloodsucking Bastards as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television juggernaut, not the abysmal film) meets Office Space. And what the hell is wrong with that, punk?!? Endearingly quirky, sarcastic beyond all measure, and painfully observant, there are more clever one-liners and non-sequiturs packed into this 80 minute bundle than any other 2015 comedy »
- J.R. Kinnard
Back in 1999 had Office Spaces Mike Judge taken that films locale the wide array of wacky characters and the spoton portrayal of mindless and soulcrushing office work and added in a gaggle of bloodthirsty vampires Bloodsucking Bastards might well be the film approaching a 20year anniversary Even if you set aside the glaring shortcomings of No red Swingline stapler and No lunch breaks with flair Bloodsucking Bastards still offers you an enjoyable horrorcomedy treat »
Staging its UK premiere at this weekend’s Frightfest is the intriguing Demonic, the latest in the line of demonic possession films, this time produced by James Wan. The film stars Frank Grillo and Maria Bello as Detectives who are called in to find a missing girl after a spate of murders happen in an abandoned house with a history of turmoil. Their only chance of finding the girl is from the testimony of her boyfriend and massacre survivor John, played by Dustin Milligan.
Ahead of the premiere we spoke with Dustin about the project, »
- Kat Smith
Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.
Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:
Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »
- Derek Anderson
For five years running, the Emmys have kept the best comedy series race all in the family.
The quintet of consecutive wins for “Modern Family” already put ABC’s breakout laffer in the TV Academy’s record books: It’s tied with “Frasier” for the most ever wins in the top comedy category. One more victory and it would hold the record solo.
He says it would be “thrilling” if “Modern Family” broke the tie but doesn’t feel like it’s a competition. Rather it would mean recognition of how hard the show’s cast and crew continue to push themselves after six seasons and over 140 episodes.
“We aren’t writing for validation on ‘Modern Family,’ but we did set out »
- Geoff Berkshire
The HBO comedy mercilessly lampoons Google. But with its latest announcement, when it buried a reference to the sitcom in a press release, the corporation suggests it is in on the joke – much like the rock world embraced Spinal Tap
It is not often that mega-corporations show signs of cuteness or self-deprecation, but one such moment occurred recently when Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, penned his announcement for Alphabet, Google’s new parent company. You would have to be pretty alert and sharp with your cursor to get it; go to the sentence “Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort.” Click on the last four words and they link to Hooli.xyz. Those au fait with the series Silicon Valley, co-created by Mike Judge, will get the reference. Hooli is the Google-like company that looms large in Judge »
- David Stubbs
HBO has been known the last decade or so for their incredible original programming. Lately, they seem to have some of the best television series congregated on one channel during any given year. Out of five new shows they put out, three will likely be amazing. Whether they have a good eye for ordering new shows, or they have had insanely good luck, I am happy and hope whatever they are doing continues.
If you are a poor soul, who hasn’t had a chance to watch the shows below, take a day to marathon them. Binge watch them. Whatever you want to call it. Do it. These are the best shows HBO has given us.
(These are not in any particular order.)
Creator: Terence Winter. Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jack Huston, Gretchen Mol. »
- Sarah Sommer
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
The most recent seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed Silicon Valley and Veep (to get a sense of why, check out Jj Perkins’ coverage of Silicon Valley season 2 and Deepayan Sengupta’s coverage of Veep season 4) are coming out on Digital HD and in conjunction, we are excited to offer one SoS reader a download code for each! The code will give the winner all 10 episodes of each season, along with deleted scenes for Veep season 4. Listen to the latest episode of SoS’s TV podcast, The Televerse, to find out how to enter. The giveaway will run from July 29th until August 2nd, with a winner announced on next week’s podcast.
After taking the tech world by storm last season at TechCrunch Distrupt, »
- Kate Kulzick
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