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The 10 Funniest Screenplays, According To Hollywood's Top Writers

12 November 2015 9:54 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Film buffs who have argued long into the night over the funniest screenplays in the history of cinema no longer need to quarrel. That.s because the helpful folks over at The Writers Guild Of America have compiled a list of the 10 funniest screenplays ever written. And, as you.d expect, the usual suspects feature prominently.  The East and West contingents of The Writers Guild Of America were able to put their differences aside to release their official list, which you can have a gander at below: 1. Annie Hall . 1977 . Written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman 2. Some Like It Hot . 1959 . Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond 3. Groundhog Day . 1993 . Written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis 4. Airplane! . 1980 . Written by James Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker 5. Tootsie . 1982 - Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal 6. Young Frankenstein . 1974 . Written by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks 7. Dr Strangelove or: How »

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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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The 10 Best Makeup Effects in Film

4 October 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

As in a great Halloween costume, makeup is an important aspect of film. Join us as we examine 10 films where makeup effects played a very large role.

Using Makeup to Create A Style

Example: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

While Edward Scissorhands may be one of Burton’s most beloved characters because of Johnny Depp’s performance, the character is also memorable for his looks. For starters, there is his birds-nest hair. The wispy cob-webb look not only reassured audiences of Edward’s sad, lonely and parentless existence, but it also became an easy identifier for Burton’s gothic style. Indeed, Edward’s wild, untamed yet solid hairstyle was similar to that of Beetlejuice, whose film came out two years prior, and would be similar to many other characters we would see in later Burton films.

Edward’s pasty white make-up helped audiences to understand that he was not just a normal man. »

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Why is one of Bill Murray's best movies still largely unavailable?

21 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everybody loves Bill Murray. Okay, maybe that's not 100% true, but there are days where it seems like it's true. Bill Murray is well aware of the way people feel about him, and over the course of his very strange career, he has taken full advantage of the latitude that people grant him because of the persona he has cultivated. Bill Murray has become something more than a comic lead, something bigger than a movie start, and arguably something more impressive and enduring than a legend. Bill Murray is an urban myth. Talk about transcending your corporeal form, man. We've all heard the Bill Murray stories, wild tales about the actor showing up at a party, staying till dawn, then doing all the dishes in the house before slipping out the back door without a goodbye, or tackling someone in the park before whispering to them, "No one will be believe you. »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Bachelor's sneaky editing, not Sam Wood, was the villain of this finale

17 September 2015 9:51 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Many a couch cushion was thrown on the floor as producers pulled off one last heist in the season’s big reveal on Thursday

• The Bachelor chooses Snezana but Mike Baird’s live tweeting steals the show

There’s no point beating around the bush: when The Bachelor drew to a close on Thursday night and Sam Wood finally expressed his true feelings, the ungodly screams my housemate and I issued were not unlike Teri Garr’s response to Dustin Hoffman’s big reveal in Tootsie.

We screamed, we threw couch cushions on the floor, we reached for another fistful of nacho cheese corn chips: in short, we had been comprehensively duped by a combination of careful editing and mind-numbing musical cues. We had steamed towards the finish line convinced Sam was about to break the heart of a single mum and her daughter.

Related: The Bachelor chooses Snezana but »

- Clem Bastow

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Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Docs Lead Toronto Film Fest

11 August 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

High-profile music documentaries on Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones will be included as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th. 

Janis: Little Girl Blue, directed by Academy Award-nominated Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), will make its North American premiere at the fest. The film chronicles Joplin's "short, turbulent, epic existence," with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) reading the rock legend's personal letters.  

The Arcade Fire documentary, The Reflektor Tapes, will make its world premiere at the fest. Director Kahlil Joseph followed »

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Tootsie Named Best Movie of All Time By Time Out New York Poll

29 July 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Tootsie,” the 1982 beloved classic starring Dustin Hoffman as a struggling actor who becomes America’s favorite soap opera diva, has been named the best film of all time in a new Time Out New York poll. The magazine has put out their list of the top 100 best films, and they declared “Tootsie” to be the best film ever made. “We had a tall request, ranking the best movies of all time, and it was an honor receiving the input of so many esteemed actors—many of whom have classics on their own resumes,” said Joshua Rothkopf, the film editor for Time Out New York. “I’m thrilled with the way this  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Actors vote Tootsie greatest film ever made

29 July 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A Time Out poll of stars, including Juliette Binoche and Cillian Murphy, placed Dustin Hoffman’s comedy ahead of The Godfather

Tootsie is the greatest film ever made. Or at least that’s what a group of actors apparently believe.

A poll of 73 stars, including Juliette Binoche, Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and Andy Serkis, placed the 1982 comedy at the top of a new list, assembled by Time Out New York. The film, which stars Dustin Hoffman as an actor who dresses up as a woman to get a role, is an unlikely winner, towering over The Godfather in second place and The Godfather Part II at No 6.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Why Dustin Hoffman Thinks Movies Are Getting Worse

6 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman may be 77-years-old, but that doesn.t mean he.s slowing down, or that he doesn.t have opinions on the current state of cinema. Always busy, the Tootsie star recently shared his view on the movie landscape, and it is blunt and none too rosy. Sitting down to talk to The Independent, the elder statesman of the industry assessed his chosen field, comparing the world of movies and television. In his view, one is clearly doing better work than the other. He said: I think right now television is the best that it.s ever been and I think that it.s the worst that film has ever been . in the 50 years that been doing it, it.s the worst. . It.s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did The Graduate »

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Michael Cera Reveals He's An Astute Cinephile in Criterion Collection Video

24 June 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As anyone who reads this site probably knows, there's something infectious about seeing one's love of film. It's a little hard to explain, but simply watching one talking affectionately about how various strips of celluloid affected them over the years is a fantastic way to get the blood flowing and your fingers itching to type in Netflix in the next browser tab. So if you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out the Criterion Collection's closet visit series. Whether it's Robert Downey Sr. reminiscing about past conversations with Jack Nicholson, Rudy Wurlitzer and Robert Downey Jr. while looking at copies of Two-Lane Blacktop and Easy Rider, Guillermo Del Toro gushing over their various Blu-Rays, Nicolas Winding Refn getting his day made with a copy of William Cameron Menzies' Things to Come or Bill Hader deep admiration of Nobuhiko Obayashi's House, each of these videos are fun little »

- Will Ashton

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8 Upcoming Acting Opportunities

19 June 2015 9:07 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Use the downtime between shifts at your survival job to look for some new audition opportunities! Here are eight projects seeking actors located all over the country! “Hurricane Bianca”Creators are casting eight supporting roles and background actors for an independent film shooting July 13–Aug. 3 out  of Fort Worth, Texas. “Hurricane Bianca” centers on a New York teacher who relocates to Texas and is fired for his homosexuality. He decides to dress up a lá Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie” to exact revenge. Some pay, meals, plus film credit and digital copy for your reel will be provided. Auditions are June 27 in Dallas. “New York Underground Kings”The writer-producer for this drama Web series is seeking supporting actors from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, N.Y., for a summertime shoot, beginning in June and taking place over the weekend. Actors needed include a petite female actor willing to play a junkie, »

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Jessica Lange Revisits O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night on Broadway

27 May 2015 6:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jessica Lange, best known for her movie roles in 1983’s “Tootsie” and 1994’s “Blue Sky,” both of which earned her Oscars, is slated to appear in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957. She will star opposite Gabriel Byrne, 65, who will play James Tyrone, Sr. [...]

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Dustin Hoffman Teaches Acting Classes Online for Masterclass

12 May 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dustin Hoffman is one of the best actors Hollywood has ever known. He’s a veteran of the stage and screen, and he knows his craft. More importantly, he knows how to practically employ that craft. You may not be able to work with him personally, but you can get the next best thing. Masterclass is an online service that has experts teaching courses online, and they have Hoffman providing 24 video lessons to students for only $90. The lessons include “Staying in the Moment”, “Being Present”, “Auditions”, and more. Obviously, this is a very different experience than being in a workshop with other actors, but there’s still plenty of wisdom to be gleaned from someone like Hoffman. It’s also a fascinating look at his thought process and what he’s come to believe over the years. Click here to learn more. Pretending like you’re in the opening credits »

- Matt Goldberg

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Blue Sky | Blu-ray Review

12 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The 1994 film Blue Sky is something of an anomaly from the mid-90s. Filmed in 1991, it would be the last film feature of British auteur Tony Richardson’s career, who had been working in television for several years prior, ever since his coolly received 1984 adaptation of John Irvine’s The Hotel New Hampshire. Then, due to the bankruptcy of Orion Pictures, the film’s distributor, the final product was shelved for three years, at long last released in the autumn of 1994, going on to snag actress Jessica Lange her second Academy Award. Now, twenty years later, it’s a prestige that would seem near impossible to attain for a feature treated to the same fate in today’s market. This distinction potentially sets the film up for failure, which perhaps explains the lack of continued enthusiasm surrounding it.

Nuclear engineer Hank Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) is forced to uproot his »

- Nicholas Bell

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Why 1982 was the best year in film history

28 April 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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. 1982 is the Best Movie Year Ever. How do I know this? Well, it's not just that it contains an absolutely perfect comedy with the name "My Favorite Year." It's that it contains so many different movies that you could consider the best ever of their particular type. In "E.T.," it has the best kids movie ever (and perhaps Steven Spielberg's best movie ever, depending on your preferred flavor of Spielberg). In "Tootsie," it has perhaps the best movie comedy ever (the AFI ranked "Some Like It Hot" one spot higher in its top 100 comedies list, but since this year also has "Victor/Victoria," I say you combine the two gender-benders to outmuscle Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). In "Diner," it has the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Dustin Hoffman plays the music man in Boychoir

3 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Long before two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman decided to become an actor he dreamed of a career as a classical pianist. Now, at age 77, Hoffman gets the chance to indulge his passion as Boychoir’s inscrutable Master Carvelle.

“I wanted to be a musician but I was never talented enough,” says Hoffman during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Initially, he studied music at Santa Monica College before making the switch to acting.

“I have small hands so I can’t reach much more than an octave,” he says with his fingers stretched over an imaginary keyboard. “And, I think you have to have one of two qualifications; you have to have a really good ear or be a good sight-reader, and I’m neither.”

Directed by Canadian François Girard (The Red Violin), Boychoir stars Garrett Wareing as 11-year-old Stet, a troubled kid blessed with a golden singing voice. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Stingers': Turn the Paige?

1 April 2015 8:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Americans" — which FX renewed for a fourth season yesterday — coming up just as soon as I'm trying to turn you into a travel agent... "You're... spies?" -Paige About the only negative thing I can say about "Stingers" is that I wish there had been more of it — or, at least, more of the Paige storyline, and perhaps less of the season's many other plots. Whether that would have meant devoting the whole episode to that conversation and its aftermath, or simply not cutting away to other subplots once her parents spilled the Soviet beans, I think an incredibly powerful episode would have felt even stronger if we weren't cutting away to Stan at the office, or Arkady and Tatiana discussing what's going on with Zinaida (who is confirmed as a double agent early in the episode). Fields and Weisberg (who get script credit for one »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Watch: Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates and More Gather to Perform in 'Boychoir' Trailer

24 March 2015 7:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Dustin Hoffman Brought to Tears While Eloquently Explaining Why 'Tootsie' Was ‘Never a Comedy’ A casting director could do worse than what's been assembled for "Boychoir." The film, from director François Girard ("The Red Violin"), stars Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard and, in what looks to be his best role in years, Dustin Hoffman. It centers on a rebellious, extremely talented 11-year-old (newcomer Garrett Wareing), who is taken under the wing of a demanding vocal teacher (Dustin Hoffman) at one of the most prestigious music academies in the country, as they prepare for the National Championship. If you think that sounds akin to a certain Oscar winner from last year, wait until you get a look of Hoffman in the official trailer (posted above): Seething, demanding and frequenter of "inspirational" lines like, "Quitting is all you know," Hoffman appears to be tapping into the same, »

- David Canfield

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Remembering Actress Wright: Made Oscar History in Unmatched Feat to This Day

4 March 2015 9:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »

- Andre Soares

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Mark Watson to take on 27-Hour Comedy Marathon for Red Nose Day

5 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Comedian Mark Watson will perform stand-up for 27 hours to raise money for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.

The comic's 27-Hour Comedy Marathon will take place at the Pleasance Theatre in London and will be streamed simultaneously on YouTube.

He said: "It's going to be quite a night. And day. And another night. But alongside all of this, the show is about money (for Comic Relief of course. Apparently I don't get paid – I know, unbelievable).

"So I'm asking the public to join my fundraising team by doing their own ridiculous challenge. Who will take on some sort of epic, self-imposed challenge just like me?"

Joining him on stage will be Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Rufus Hound, Sarah Millican and Susan Calman. Watson will begin his marathon at 9pm on Friday, February 27.

Calman is facing her own 27-hour challenge of dressing as a different person every hour - using only what »

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