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The 101 Funniest Screenplays of All-Time, According to the WGA

12 November 2015 5:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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, »

- Dave McNary

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Carrie Fisher Has Sex Advice for 'Star Wars 7' Star Daisy Ridley

30 October 2015 1:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Don't be a slave and watch who you date. That seems to be the immortal advice Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Carrie Fisher is imparting upon her new ingenue Daisy Ridley as they prepare for the premiere of this epic sci-fi sequel. Many believe it will be the biggest movie of all time. And it will surely rocket the little-known Daisy Ridley into super stardom. Soon, she will be recognized everywhere, and she needs to be weary about some fans' ulterior motives. With a trilogy planned, and the young actress possibly stepping into the shoes of a Jedi Knight, Carrie Fisher simply believes she needs to be prepared for what is about to come. As she'll be immortalized in this franchise forever.

Carrie Fisher has already gone through the whole process before. No one really knew who she was before she appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, »

- MovieWeb

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12 Movies You Won't Be Able to Stream on Netflix After This Week

28 October 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Brace yourself: as with every month, Netflix is removing a handful of titles from its streaming library, and there's always good news and bad news. The bad news: great movies like Scream and Fargo are leaving. The good news: there is still a ton of great stuff to watch on Netflix. Take a peek at the list below to find out what's disappearing from the service on Nov. 1, and figure out what you need to cram in now (might we suggest the scarier fare? 'Tis the season). Oh, and check out everything that is being added in November! Batman & Robin Cleopatra Fargo Jonah Rudy Saw Scream The Blues Brothers Three Kings Stand by Me Teen Beach Movie (Leaves Nov. 16) Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (Leaves Nov. 22) »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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13 amazing things you probably didn't know about Star Wars' Carrie Fisher

24 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Ok, on Tuesday, on your laptop - the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealed a host of new titbits to intrigue and torment us. As well as, among the new and familiar faces, our first proper look at Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.

And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.

So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:

1. She was born into Hollywood royalty

Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born »

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What's Leaving Netflix in November 2015

21 October 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Halloween is ending abruptly on Netflix: You only have until midnight on October 31st to stream "Scream" and several "Saw" installments as these horror films are all expiring on November 1.

And if you want to watch "Fargo" (1996), "Rudy" (1993), "Stand by Me," or "The Blues Brothers" (1980), they're also vanishing on November 1.

Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in November 2015.

Leaving November 1

"1492: Conquest of Paradise" (1992)

"America in Primetime" (2011)

"Bali": Season 1 (2006)

"Balto 3: Wings of Change" (2004)

"Batman & Robin" (1997)

"Best Kept Secret" (2013)

"Best Laid Plans" (1999)

"Changing Lanes" (2002)

"Cleopatra" (1963)

"Conspiracy Theory" (1997)

"Death Warrant" (1990)

"Fargo" (1996)

"Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon" (1982)

"Funny Games" (1997)

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" (2012)

"Hero and Terror" (1988)

"House of Flying Daggers" (2004)

"Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie" (2002)

"Lunopolis" (2009)

"Move Over, Darling" (1963)

"Norman" (2010)

"Pajanimals": Season 1 (2010)

"Rudy" (1993)

"Saw" (2004)

"Saw II" (2005)

"Saw III" (2006)

"Saw IV" (2007)

"Saw V" (2008)

"Scream" (1996)

"Secrets of Mary Magdalene" (2006)

"Soul Plane" (2004)

"Stand by Me »

- Sharon Knolle

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‘How to be Deadly’ is a great Canadian indie comedy

25 September 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

How to Be Deadly

Written by Edward Riche & Nik Sexton

Directed by Nik Sexton

Canada, 2014

How to be Deadly is proof that in the right hands, you can make a great movie from a comedy sketch. The film is delightful, clever, and very funny.

Normally, the phrase – feature length comedy based off a YouTube persona – does not inspire confidence. After all, movies based on Saturday Night Live skits are usually worse than movies based on video games. How to Be Deadly is a welcome exception to this rule. The film joins Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers as one of the few comedies that are better than their source material.

How to Be Deadly, based on the 2012 short film of the same name, is the story of Donnie Dumphy (Leon Parsons), a fictional cult hero, Canadian YouTube sensation, and the LeBron James of mini bike riding. Throughout the film »

- Hugh Gordon

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'Star Wars' Original Trilogy Unaltered Blu-rays Coming?

19 September 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Many fans have hoped and dreamed that the 1977 theatrical cut of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope would eventually arrive on Blu-ray alongside the original trilogy sequels Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It seems we may be closer to that happening if one wily director is to be believed. According to John Landis, good friend of George Lucas and the man behind such classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Disney is gearing up to release the unaltered versions of the first three Star Wars movies very soon.

While many films get a 'director's cut', the case of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and its sequels is out of the norm. Ever since the first film's May, 1977 release, director George Lucas has been tinkering with it. Even during its original »

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Stuntwoman May Boss Dies: Doubled For Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth & Others

16 September 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

May Boss, a legendary stuntwoman who doubled for Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day and Dorothy Malone, has died. She was 90 and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2008. Boss, whose stunt career spanned over 50 years, appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, including Mary Poppins, The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Earthquake, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Soylent Green, True Lies and Total Recall. Widely considered one of Hollywood's best… »

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Stuntwoman May Boss Dies: Doubled For Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth & Others

16 September 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

May Boss, a legendary stuntwoman who doubled for Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day and Dorothy Malone, has died. She was 90 and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2008. Boss, whose stunt career spanned over 50 years, appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, including Mary Poppins, The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Earthquake, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Soylent Green, True Lies and Total Recall. Widely considered one of Hollywood's best… »

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Max Landis Pitches His Idea for ‘Lethal Weapon 5′

23 August 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis may be a relatively new talent in Hollywood (he also wrote American Ultra in theaters right now, and Victor Frankenstein coming next year), but he’s been around the industry his entire life. His father is filmmakier John Landis, director of The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller.” […]

The post Max Landis Pitches His Idea for ‘Lethal Weapon 5′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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13 Awesome Movie Bands That Rocked the Big Screen Before ‘Ricki and the Flash’

27 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Meryl Streep is once again proving her acting range by playing an aging rock star in a drama from director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody, but Streep is far from the first movie star to pick up a guitar. Listen to 13 fake bands that rocked the big screen before Ricki and the Flash.   The Blues Brothers in The Blues Brothers (1980) This classic comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi was inspired by a Saturday Night Live sketch, as well as the great rhythm and...

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Amusing 'Staten Island Summer' Proves the Best Way to Make an 'SNL' Film Is to Not Make One at All

24 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Saturday Night Live' Turns 40: 6 Things You Can Expect From The Premiere During its 40 years on the air, American comedy institution "Saturday Night Live" has spawned 11 feature films, kicking off with 1980's "The Blues Brothers" and recently wrapping things up with 2010's "MacGruber." Most of the beloved sketch comedy series'  theatrical output hasn’t performed well at the box office, however, and only two of those 11 films have ever cracked even the $50 million mark in domestic returns ("The Blues Brothers" and the first "Wayne’s World"; even "Wayne’s World 2" couldn’t push past $50 million). "It’s Pat" was a notorious bomb — not even a box office under-performer, but a true disaster — that made just $60,000 when it hit limited release for just a single week in 1994. "SNL" movies, by and large, just don't work, and whatever affection television viewers have for popular sketches »

- Kate Erbland

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What happened to the cast of Ghostbusters? Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the rest

10 July 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Ghostbusters reboot is officially up and running, with set pictures flooding in and director Paul Feig tweeting out images of proton packs and the new Ecto-1.

Who you gonna call? First pictures of new Ghostbusters revealed

Everything we know so far about the all-female Ghostbusters

But what happened to the stars of the original movie after it hit big in the '80s? Digital Spy goes then and now with the stars of Ghostbusters to find out their career moves after giving up ghoul-catching.

Bill Murray

A familiar face on Us TV screens thanks to Saturday Night Live, Murray transitioned to movie stardom effortlessly in Meatballs, Caddyshack and Stripes before hitting it huge as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.

Roles in Groundhog Day and Kingpin followed before he was embraced by indie darlings Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson. More recently Murray has kept us entertained with a handful of eccentric public and chatshow appearances, »

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Dan Aykroyd, ‘Blues Brothers’ Launching St. Lawrence Film Festival

25 June 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dan Aykroyd will help launch the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival on October 22 with a 35th anniversary screening of “The Blues Brothers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Aykroyd, a native of Canada, has been tapped as the festival’s honored guest. He will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A prior to the screening, which will be held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, and benefit the Rcmp Foundation.

Dan Aykroyd’s contributions to film and television couldn’t be more in line with the boundary-smashing DNA of this festival,” said festival executive director and founder Adam Paul. “We’ve chosen the theme ‘Beyond Borders’ to highlight the kind of unexpected and inspired body of work Mr. Aykroyd has demonstrated throughout his storied career.”

The Blues Brothers,” directed by John Landis, starred John Belushi and Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues — the characters they developed on “Saturday Night Live. »

- Dave McNary

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John Belushi's Most Awesome Facial Expressions

15 June 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

  One thing we'll always love about John Belushi, apart from his iconic stint on Saturday Night Live and his classic roles in movies like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, are his unique and inventive facial expressions. Over the years they've become a trademark of his bombastic comedic style, and we'll never get enough of 'em. So in honor of the 35th anniversary of The Blues Brothers -- a movie that first danced into theaters on June 20, 1980 -- here are...

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Interview: Hilarious Writer & Director Paul Feig, of New Film 'Spy'

4 June 2015 7:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – He’s not a household name, but he has certainly rocked a few houses…with laughter. Writer/director Paul Feig has a new film called “Spy,” in which he re-teams with two of the supporting cast of his “Bridesmaids” romp, Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne. “Spy” opens on Friday, June 5th.

Spy” is a perfect tonic to today’s super serious movies depicting undercover chicanery. McCarthy portrays Susan, a ex-teacher-turned CIA desk jockey, who often is paired with superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When Fine is disposed of, it is up to Susan to complete his international mission, under the disguises of cat lady and unmarried tourist. Like Feig has done in his previous films, “Spy” loves the juxtaposition of having the unlikely Melissa McCarthy as the world’s greatest operative.

Director Paul Feig (background) Prepares Melissa McCarthy in a Scene from ‘Spy

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Drive-In Dust Offs: An American Werewolf In London

30 May 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Werewolf film. A staple of the horror genre since Lon Chaney, Jr. got all out of sorts in The Wolf Man (1941), it’s popularity (like the moon itself) , has come and gone in cycles. Leading the pack in 1981, An American Werewolf in London showed the world that there was life in those old lycanthropes yet.

Released in August, An American Werewolf in London earned over 30 million in North America alone. It was a hit, and the reviews were generally favorable, especially in regards to the groundbreaking effects work by Rick Baker (he would go on to win the inaugural Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for this film – deservedly so).

Our tale goes like this: David (David Naughton - the Dr. Pepper guy from the TV commercials – ask your parents) and Jack (Griffin Dunne – After Hours), two Americans, are backpacking through the English countryside. They stop for a »

- Scott Drebit

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Mary Ellen Mark: The Empathetic Eye

27 May 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mary Ellen Mark, the street photographer, empath and occasional catcher of celebrity souls, died Monday at the age of 75. She was equally deft at capturing the spirit of those on the fringes of the society as she was in getting those at the center of the red carpet.  My favorite among her celeb shots is the one she made of John Belushi on the set of The Blues Brothers, very deadpan, a perfect distillation of his sly humor. Yours? »

- Carrie Rickey

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Tenacious Eats Presents ‘Super-8 Super Snacks’ Saturday at Wizard World Comic Con

20 May 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If Christian Kane gets hungry this weekend at Wizard Works Comic Con, he’ll likely head over to the Tenacious Eats Presents Super-8 Super Snacks event Saturday at 2.

We were going to show the Marvel Super-Heroes cartoon, it turns out there’s a moratorium on all things Marvel at this time (thanks a lot, Avengers!), but the show will go on!

Tenacious Eats “movies for Foodies’ is a one-of-a-kind event where food is prepared and plated in front of you while you watch a film on the big screen. We’ve covered many of the movie-dinners here at We Are Movie Geeks. Now we’ll be teaming up with Tenacious Eats this Saturday at Wizard World Comic Con for an event we’re calling Tenacious Eats Presents Super-8 Super Snacks. It will be from 2pm to 2:45pm in Room 106 at America’s Center

We will be showing a pair »

- Tom Stockman

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