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Remakes have been a big part of the film industry ever since the silent era. As part of our ongoing series, Cinelinx looks at the remake of a beloved classic kid’s film to see how it compares to the original. This week, we look at Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) on its tenth anniversary.
In the last article, we talked about how the choice of actors can improve a remake. Sometimes it’s not even a question of a good actor or a bad actor. It’s about the right actor, and the choices he/she makes in the role. In this week’s article, we focus on how the wrong actor can spoil a remake.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Thanksgiving. The real inauguration of the holiday season in the United States, and in homes, countries, points and vast places all around the globe, seems to begin here. If all goes according to plan, each year we enter into it primed to consider and acknowledge the aspects of our lives that make it worth living, our blessings, if you will. And so it is this year, even when things are not necessarily following the path to peace and happiness, in cities like Paris or Beirut or Chicago, or in many homes where sickness or poverty or other circumstances beyond individual control color our day-to-day experience outside the lines of a Rockwell-esque representation of holiday bliss.
And so it also has been for my family, a stressful month-long prelude to Thanksgiving Day precipitated by the simple act of changing bedsheets. One wrong move ended up meaning excruciating back pain, eventual back »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Murtada here.The Writers Guild of America released their list of the 101 funniest screenplays of all time. The screenplays were voted on by members of both the East and West coast branches of the WGA. The eligible screenplays had to be in English and at least one hour in length.
Woody Allen is by far the most popular name on the list. He has seven titles including the WGA’s top pick Annie Hall (1977) which he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Compartively Billy Wilder only has two titles on the list, The Apartment (1960) and Some Like it Hot (1959). Other writers scoring multiple films include Mel Brooks, Preston Sturges, Christopher Guest, Charlie Chaplin, the Coen Brothers and surprisingly Harold Ramis.
Perhaps to ward off criticism about the lack of representation of women and people of color, the WGA acknowledged the list’s heavy “white bro dudeness”:
"Comedy screenwriting has long been »
- Murtada Elfadl
Woody Allen's 1977 film "Annie Hall" has topped a '101 Funniest Screenplays Ever' list which the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East released this week.
Also making the top ten were "Some Like It Hot," "Groundhog Day," "Airplane!," "Tootsie," "Young Frankenstein," "Dr. Strangelove," "Blazing Saddles," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "National Lampoon's Animal House".
The full list can be found at the guild's official site. Other notable films to have made the list including "The Big Lebowski," "Ghostbusters," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Caddyshack," "The Princess Bride," "Borat," "The Hangover," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Trading Places," "The Naked Gun," "Midnight Run," "Shaun of the Dead," "Anchorman," "Galaxy Quest," "Best in Show," "Coming to America," "Clueless," "Fargo" and "Beverly Hills Cop".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
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.
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
The Important News First Look: The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped a whole bunch of pics. Sequelitis: Dennis Kelly is now writing the World War Z sequel. Mark Waters will direct Bad Santa 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is finally sort of getting a sequel. The Lego Movie 2 will feature Doctor Who. Jurassic World 3 has been confirmed. Daniel Craig might do another James Bond movie. Remake Report: French horror film Inside is getting an English-language remake. The Crow remake is happening again. Ricky Gervais will voice a character in the animated Blazing Saddles remake. Casting Net: Nicole Kidman will co-star...
- Christopher Campbell
Blazing Samurai, an animated feature inspired by the comedy classic Blazing Saddles, has announced its star-studded voice cast, which includes the likes of Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais and Blazing Saddles helmer Mel Brooks, who is also executive producing.
Variety reports that the feature, which is being directed by Mark Koetsier (Kung Fu Panda) and Chris Bailey (Alvin and the Chipmunks), revolves around “a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho”
- Gary Collinson
Ex-Sony Animation czar Yair Landau ("Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"), who is now President and Founder of Mass Animation, is serving up another animated action-adventure throwback with help from "The Lion King" director Rob Minkoff and "Blazing Saddles" creator Mel Brooks. Read More: Open Road Films Acquires Animated Saga 'Blazing Samurai' Minkoff is producing "Blazing Samurai" and assisting co-directors Chris Bailey ("Alvin And The Chipmunks") and Mark Koetsier ("Kung Fu Panda," "How To Train Your Dragon") as they navigate a screenplay by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper. "Samurai" borrows heavily from Brooks' seminal fish-out-of-water western, but instead of a wisecracking African American sheriff, the film's new protagonist will take the shape of a dog named Hank (voiced by Michael Cera), who dreams of becoming a samurai warrior. Ricky Gervais is voicing villain »
- Ruben Guevara
While he’s (possibly) hard at work prepping for his return hosting gig at the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais will give his vocal cords a different kind of workout. The Brit has joined the big-name voice cast of Blazing Samurai, a family comedy toon inspired by Mel Brooks’ 1974 uber-classic Blazing Saddles. The pic centers on Hank (voiced by Michael Cera), a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming… »
Sony Pictures International Releasing has already picked up several major territories worldwide. Huayi Brothers Media Corporation is distributing the film in China.
“Blazing Samurai” is about a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (voiced by Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights to save the town of Kakamucho. The film is inspired by Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles.”
Gervais will voice the villainous Ika Chu, the sneaky bad cat with a grand plan »
- Dave McNary
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks are set to provide the voices for the animated family comedy "Blazing Samurai" at Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media, Flying Tigers Entertainment and Gfm Films.
Inspired by Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," the story involves a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a true samurai and who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from the grips of a nefarious feline warlord.
George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and Heavenly Joy Jerkins also star in the film with Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau and Susan Purcell are producing.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Blazing Samurai, the animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films has cast Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks along with George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and introducing Heavenly Joy Jerkins.
The film is being produced by the director of The Lion King and Stuart Little, Rob Minkoff, along with long-time animation industry executive and President and Founder of Mass Animation Yair Landau (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) and producer Susan Purcell (Mother Up!).
Blazing Samurai is »
- Michelle McCue
Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks will provide the voices for animated family comedy “Blazing Samurai,” from Mass Animation, China’s Huayi Brothers Media, Flying Tigers Entertainment, and Gfm Films.
Inspired by Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” the story involves a scrappy dreamer of a dog who longs to become a true samurai and who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord.
- Patrick Frater
Mel Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cera will lead the voice cast of “Blazing Samurai,” an animated family comedy from Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and Gfm Films, it was announced Tuesday. The rest of the voice cast includes George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mel B., and newcomer Heavenly Joy Jerkins. “Blazing Samurai” is equally inspired by and an homage to Mel Brooks‘ timeless comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.” The story follows a scrappy dreamer of a dog named Hank (Cera) who longs to become a great warrior and fights. »
- Jeff Sneider
Adam Sandler is galloping to Netflix this December in the original comedy movie The Ridiculous 6. The first trailer and poster have arrived, and it actually looks, dare we say, funny? The popular comedian is joined by a cavalcade of stars for this bizarre Western that is certainly unlike anything you've ever seen before. Unless you've seen some of Adam Sandler's more off-the-wall movies like Little Nicky and You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
The Ridiculous 6 is the first of four Adam Sandler movies produced exclusively for Netflix. The jaw-dropping cast includes Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 co-star Taylor Lautner. The former Twilight heartthrob makes up one of the 6, and is joined by Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider and Luke Wilson.
If you name your pro football team the Washington Redskins, you're just inviting this kind of Bs -- a fan decorating himself like he's a "Blazing Saddles" extra ... except there's nothing funny about it. Some guy painted his face red and donned a black wig with long side braid ... then plopped himself down at MetLife Stadium to watch his team perform pitifully, and lose to the New York Giants. See, the play on the field »
- TMZ Staff
Already watched all of September's HBO Now/HBO Go releases? Never fear! A whole new crop of movies is headed to the streaming service in October. American Sniper, Focus, and Taken 3 are among the latest films, and in honor of the spookiest month of the year, there are a ton of horror movies. The Purge: Anarchy and The Pyramid are among the scariest offerings. Take a look below to find out what's coming and what's leaving! Saturday night premieres: Oct. 3: American Sniper Oct. 10: Focus Oct. 17: Taken 3 Oct. 24: Bad Words Oct. 31: The Purge: Anarchy Oct. 31: The Pyramid Original programming highlights: Oct. 4: The Leftovers, season two Oct. 9: Magnífica 70, series premiere Oct. 17: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Other notable movies coming on Oct. 1: 28 Days Blazing Saddles Blood Diamond Brick Burn After Reading House on Haunted Hill License to Drive »
- Maggie Pehanick
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