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When talk turns to penning a great comedy film script, Woody Allen is often referred to as one of Hollywood’s best scribes. And now that honour seems to be official – the Writers Guild of America has named Annie Hall as the funniest movie of all time.
Members of the writers’ union have weighed in on what they deem to be the best comedies released in the English-language. The result is a list of 101 features topped by 1977’s Annie Hall.
Directed and co-written by Allen, and starring him opposite Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is centred on a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the titular heroine, a budding singer. The romantic comedy was a huge success at the time – winning four Oscars, including Best Picture – and remains a highly-acclaimed classic.
- Sara Hemrajani
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
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
Ellie Kemper is as charming as one of the heroines in a Woody Allen film–fast-talking, genuinely affable, quick on her feet with a deftness for physical comedy—not unlike the cutups that Mia Farrow portrayed in Radio Days and Broadway Danny Rose. The Princeton grad propelled herself through New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and soon gained industry recognition with her multi-character one-woman show Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper. She auditioned for Saturday N… »
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If you haven’t had a chance to check out Denny Tedesco’s The Wrecking Crew, then you should stop everything you are doing and watch it right this minute. This film goes above and beyond what you would expect in a documentary, and contains the perfect mixture of music, interviews, and photographs to tell the story of a group of talented musicians that made musical history, and will forever be known as The Wrecking Crew. Recently, I had a chance to sit down and talk to the Director, Denny Tedesco, as he tells us all about this must see film, his father, Tommy Tedesco, and of course, how he put this amazing documentary together.
How did the idea for The Wrecking Crew documentary come about?
Well, I’ve always had the idea of doing something about my Dad and his friends, I was into film making, I have always been into film, »
Film strikes a rare and welcome balance between screwball comedy and touching emotion
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have been a match made in indie-film heaven since “Greenberg” in 2010, and the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Mistress America” this weekend showed the two fully in sync once more.
By turns wacky, amusing and touching, the new film isn’t as focused as “Frances Ha,” the last film directed by Baumbach, starring Gerwig and co-written by both. But the Fox Searchlight project is one of the delights of this year’s festival, and one of the most satisfying, sure-handed and touching »
- Steve Pond
New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin has died. He was 88.
“Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night,” friend and former producer Steve Garrin told CNN.
Franklin was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York. Over the years, he worked at radio stations Wjz and Wor and more recently at the Bloomberg Radio Network.
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)
“The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years, »
- Todd Cunningham
Joe Franklin, the New York media fixture who hosted one of TV’s first and longest-running talk shows, died Saturday. He was 88.
“The Joe Franklin Show” was a Gotham latenight staple on Wwor-tv from 1962 to 1993. Franklin got his start in 1951 with a daytime show on Wjz-tv, the station that is now Wabc-tv. The Wwor show was known for its odd mix of B- and C-list guests and the occasional A-lister, along with quirky New Yorkers from all walks of life.
A native of the Bronx, Franklin worked in radio and publicity before segueing into television in its infancy. Although he never gained much fame outside of New York, Billy Crystal famously parodied Franklin’s look and rapid-fire style on “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1980s. Franklin also played himself in Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose” and 1984’s “Ghostbusters.”
He earned a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy »
- Cynthia Littleton
Veteran television and radio personality Joe Franklin, who often is credited with pioneering the modern TV talk-show format with The Joe Franklin Show, died on Saturdayfollowing a battle with prostate cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 88.
Affectionately nicknamed “The Wizard of Was” and “The King of Nostalgia” for his encyclopedic knowledge of old-time show business, Franklin’s guests on his New York-based TV talker over the decades ran the gamut from Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent Price and Andy Warhol to Tiny Tim, Madonna, Woody Allen and Julia Roberts.
Franklin is credited with giving emerging talents (including Liza Minnelli »
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
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