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What's the funniest movie you've ever seen? According to the Writers Guild of America, it's Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman's "Annie Hall." That's the top of its just-released ranking of the 101 funniest screenplays, and Woody Allen appears several more times on the list: "Sleeper" (60), "Bananas" (69), "Take the Money and Run" (76), "Love and Death" (78), "Manhattan" (81), and "Broadway Danny Rose" (92). Harold Ramis made five appearances on the list, with "Groundhog Day" (3), "National Lampoon's Animal House" (10), "Ghostbusters" (14), "Caddyshack" (25), and "Stripes" (88). And Mel Brooks had "just" three screenplays on the list but they all ranked highly: "Young Frankenstein" (6), "Blazing Saddles" (8), and "The Producers" (12). He's also credited with "The Big Lebowski" (13), but he didn't write that, so I'm sure the WGA will correct its error shortly. (The Coen Brothers, who did write it, also appear at number 23 with "Raising Arizona" and 86 with "Fargo.") The most recent movie to make the list is 2011's "Bridesmaids »
- Sara Morrison
Woody Allen's groundbreaking 1977 comedy Annie Hall triumphed over 100 other films – including a handful of the director's other works – to land at Number One on the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays. The comedy's Allen- and Marshall Brickman-penned script beat out a Top Five that included 1959's Some Like It Hot (Number Two), 1993's Groundhog Day (Three), 1980's Airplane! (Four) and 1982's Tootsie.
Read More: The 25 Best Comedies Of The 21st Century So Far The Writers Guild of America has weighed in on the funniest films of all time, putting together a list of 101 features they consider to be the best comedies the movie business has ever offered. The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at Hollywood's Arclight Cinema Dome over a two-hour discussion panel hosted by Rob Reiner. The WGA East announced the winners in New York at the New School Auditorium in Greenwich Village. Woody Allen's Oscar-winning screenplay for "Annie Hall" topped the list, though it was just one of seven titles by the writer-director that was included on the list. Allen's other entries included "Sleeper," "Bananas," "Take the Money and Run," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Love and Death" and "Manhattan." "Some Like it Hot," "Groundhog Day," "Airplane!" and "Tootsie" rounded out »
- Zack Sharf
Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.
Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »
- Jordan Raup
“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
Do you enjoy special-effects laden blockbusters? How about gritty crime dramas? Or biting comedies? The New Hollywood movement helped to make all of these possible in mainstream cinema.
New Hollywood is less a trend about the kinds of films that were produced and more about the people making them. The New Hollywood movement was about a new generation of filmmakers who came of age in the 60’s and went on to define filmmaking in the 70’s. These are filmmakers who went against tradition to push film to new heights and explore new genres and ideas. New Hollywood is the passing of the torch from the classic era of filmmaking to the modern era. It showed us both how great intimate character-focused dramas could be, but it also expanded the possibilities of what film could be, giving birth to the blockbuster. The New Hollywood movement is the foundation upon which current cinema is based. »
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Chicago – Actor Sam Eliott will make you smile. The distinctive voice, his famous mustache and his character presence in a film or TV show increases any potential in the production. He recently was in Chicago with director Paul Weitz, as they teamed up in the film “Grandma,” starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin.
“Grandma” has a very unique premise. Tomlin is the title character of Elle, who is visited by her granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner). The girl is seeking an abortion, and her feminist poet grandmother seems like the right fellow traveler on her way to the procedure. Sam Elliott portrays Karl, Elle’s ex-husband – she left him for a same sex partner – who harbors a resentment toward circumstances in their relationship. The two meet along the way to the clinic, and the resentment boils to the surface.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics
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I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
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The countdown to finding out A's identity is just weeks away, although let's be real -- will "Pretty Little Liars" really tell us who Rosewood's resident stalker is, or will this be Ezra Fitz / Toby Cavanaugh / Mona Vanderwaal / every other character ever all over again? Only time will tell. Either way, "Pll" is ramping up its secret spillage, so get caught up with the latest in our recap. Spoiler alert: the liars remain confused about literally everything.
Ali Drugs Her Dad (#Casual), Charles Dilaurentis Gets Really Enthused About His Birthday
Remember last week when Charles Dilaurentis wrote his dad that creepy note and was like "Lol, I'm alive!" Well, poor Mr. Dilaurentis is deeply traumatized, and decides he should probably flee Rosewood to protect his himself. Uhm, yes, that is a great idea. The first great idea that's ever been on this show. But of course Alison ruins everything, drugs her dad with sleeping pills, »
- Mehera Bonner
Made entirely with CG, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn will premiere at Walker Stalker Fan Fest in July. Also in this round-up: release details for Wave 7 of Funko's Comic-Con 2015 exclusive figures and The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays.
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn: "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn is a new fully CG take on the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” This is the story of a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, the characters from the original film face new terror and question each other’s compassion and sense of humanity as they fight to stay alive against the army of the walking dead...It was directed by Krisztian Majdik, Zebediah Y. Desoto, and written by David Schwartz, Zebediah Y. De Soto, Jib Polhemus, »
- Tamika Jones
Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »
- Dave McNary
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
April showers bring… Quotes of the Week, of course!
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Yep, we’ve scanned the last seven days of small-screen activity for the best zingers, one-liners, retorts and more.
This time around we’ve got a Momzilla-to-be on Nashville, dental puns on Mom, discussions of race on SNL and Community, double doses of The Comedians and S.H.I.E.L.D. and much more!
So click through the gallery below for the full rundown — then hit the comments to share your thoughts and share any goodies we inevitably missed! »
Kids, they grow up so fast… and become junior spies?
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Offscreen, her portrayer Holly Taylor was as desperate as her alter ego for the truth to come out. “I just wanted her to find out already so she can be a spy!” she tells TVLine. “That’s like my main goal. So I was so excited when I saw this script.”
“I just think it would be so much fun, »
The 2015 Atx Television Festival (June 4-7) is beefing up its schedule with eight new panels, including a farewell to FX’s long-running drama Justified and an in-depth conversation with Friends creator Marta Kauffman.
The Justified panel will find series creator Graham Yost discussing his experiences during the FX drama’s six-season run — the series finale airs April 14 — alongside still-to-be-announced producers and cast members.
Bubble comedy The Mindy Project closed Season 3 on Tuesday night with 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating (again leading out of an old New Girl), dipping a tenth in the demo to a new series low.
RelatedMindy Project Season Finale Recap: Danny, You da Bomb(ay)
Opening Fox’s night, Hell’s Kitchen (3.7 mil/1.3) was flat.
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
NBC | The Voice (11.2 mil/2.7) slipped 12 and 16 percent to season lows. Undateable (5.2 mil/1.5) fell 19 and 21 percent from its season opener, while One Big Happy (3.9 mil/1.2) dropped 29 and 25 percent from its launch. A special Night Shift »
Taking place in the late 1970s, Season 2 — a prequel to Season 1 that stars Patrick Wilson as a younger version of Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson — is set against “the cultural transformation that was going on at that time,” as well as Reagan’s first campaign for President of the United States, previewed FX Networks CEO John Landgraf back in January. »
In a major coup, Amazon Prime's video streaming service has signed Woody Allen to write and direct a full season of half-hour programming. The new series has not been titled nor has a concept even been finalized. Allen- presumably in jest- said that his lack of vision for the project may make Amazon regret its decision. That seems unlikely. Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the world and has a track record that is unrivaled: he has released at least one major film every year since he made his directorial debut with "Take the Money and Run" in 1969. Allen is also arguably at the pinnacle of his career, with some of his recent films earning major awards and kudos from critics.
Amazon Prime is going toe-to-toe with Netflix in terms of dominating the video streaming business. Polls show that viewers are rapidly defecting from watching traditional TV »
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18 items from 2015
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