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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
Former WWE Divas champion Nikki Bella is taking time off from WWE with an injury. She posted an update to Twitter “My home 4 awhile. Injuries can only keep u down 4 a little bit. Time 2 get stronger & Stay Fearless! #FearlessNikki”
Alongside the text was a photo of a gym and a massage bed. There’s no confirmation of what the injury is, or how long she will be out of action, but the timing isn’t surprising when you consider her boyfriend John Cena is also taking some time off from Raw. This is an opportunity for them both to heal up and have some quality time together as a normal couple.
It is a shame to see Nikki gone, as she had only just hit her form as a women’s wrestler. Both in the ring and her overall act, she’s been vastly improved in recent months. Indeed, »
- Grahame Herbert
At this point, you'd think celebrities would always be wary of some type of prank while shooting for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but somehow the daytime host continuously manages to pull it off! Her latest victim? Josh Duhamel. Fergie's husband joined Ellen for her Halloween episode on Friday dressed as Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber. When he started chatting about his upcoming film Lost in the Sun—and admitted feeling a bit silly doing so while in costume—a man popped out of a box sitting next to him and sent him into total shock. "Ah! You son of a bitch!" He screamed as the guy ran off stage, and Ellen couldn't stop herself from busting up with »
It's a truly odd experience to see Daniels working off himself, and so well, but when you've been doing Harry Dunne over the course of 21 years, it must be second nature by now.
It's not the first time Daniels has goofed off for the good of a chat show, of course, with last year's bit on Jimmy Fallon's show now clocking in at nearly 8 million views on YouTube »
“Project Greenlight” returns to HBO after a lengthy hiatus, and begins with a great big fib. Producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon say the show, which chronicles the production of an independent film under a novice director, is “about what it really takes to make a movie.” But in actuality, the show is, and always has been, devoted not to the art of filmmaking, but to the commerce of reality television. The movies — the mission in which these reality players are engaged — are, frankly, an afterthought. As a consequence, the reunited star power merely yields a display of premium-tier self-aggrandizement.
For starters, the educational component of the show is mitigated by the fact the movie being made will be shot for HBO on a $3 million budget. Just to put that in context, that’s the equivalent of about one-and-a-half Hallmark movies, perhaps a quarter of one of HBO’s prestige movies, »
- Brian Lowry
How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »
Variety is reporting that Showtime has picked up I’m Dying Up Here, a new hour-long TV project set in and around the 1970’s comedy scene, produced by comedy legend Jim Carrey (The Mask, Dumb and Dumber).
The project is set to be officially announced at this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, with the project based on the title novel by William Knoedelseder and is written by former stand-up Dave Flebotte. Carrey will serve as an executive producer.
The show will delve into the Golden Age of Los Angeles stand-up comics in the 70’s, a period when a lot of today’s most-reverred comedians got their starts. Jonathan Levine (50/50) will direct the pilot.
Showtime boss David Nevins said on the show: “The 1970s L.A. comedy scene gave rise to some of the biggest and most influential performers of the last half-century… Who better than Jim Carrey and Dave Flebotte, »
- Scott J. Davis
Have you met Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), the most contemptible Wes Anderson character to not star in a Wes Anderson filmc Well, she's the object of desire for one Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff), or "Q" as he's constantly referred to in Paper Towns, a film so easy to hate it's almost as if it was created for that specific purpose. Adapted from the novel by John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), the hope here is to mimic the success of the previous adaptation, but there isn't even an inkling of the humanity, romance or humor found in The Fault in Our Stars to save this film from its loathsome self. We meet Q at the tender age of nine-years-old as his 18-year-old self tells us he believes in miracles. Every one of us receives at least one miracle in our lifetime he says and for him it's when »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this phenomenal Friday? Find out everything wrong with the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Conan O'Brien creates new superheroes with Bruce W. Timm, and we have a breakdown of the fastest spaceships in cinematic history. Plus, we have some homemade movie props from MythBusters' Adam Savage and hilarious Star Trek: The Next Generation cardigans. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Everything Wrong With the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer *Nsfw Language
With the touted release of the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer at Comic-Con last week, Cinema Sins is back to break down everything that's "wrong" with this new footage. This five minute video, »
Jon Hamm first obliterated his Don Draper austerity with guest appearances on "30 Rock" and "SNL," but the "Mad Men" alum plays his zaniest character yet with a voice role in "Minions." As Herb Overkill, the snazzy British husband of supervillain Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), Hamm gets to be rambunctious, silly, and even a little diabolical. We caught up with Hamm to discuss meeting Bullock, trying new things in film, and the fact that he's seen "Dumb and Dumber" a thousand times. "Minions" opens in theaters July 10. »
- Louis Virtel
Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a touch of Zen (and sin). Told in the old-school tradition of wuxia serial novels, the film’s simple fable of good and evil unfolds with wondrous visuals that recall the stylistic chutzpah of Chen’s “The Promise,” but absent that pic’s kitschiness. The feast of fighting styles on display will easily woo core Asian genre fans and conquer ancillary markets, and despite the gloomy fates of equally virtuoso martial-arts movies like “Wuxia” and “Reign of Assassins” in China, domestic B.O. looks encouraging; “Monk” took in $7 million on opening day.
Based on a widely read martial-arts novel by author-helmer-scribe Xu Haofeng (“The Sword Identity,” “Judge Archer”), who co-wrote Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” the film is set in Hangzhou during the turbulent 1930s. »
- Maggie Lee
Jim Carrey did not hold back his anger over vaccinations on Tuesday when he unleashed his wrath on Twitter. “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,” the “Dumb and Dumber” actor wrote. Carrey was referring to the controversial law that was passed earlier in the day by Gov. Jerry Brown eliminating the state’s previous exemptions from vaccinations for personal or religious beliefs. The new ruling requires mandatory vaccinations for nearly every school child in the state. Also Read: Jim Carrey Gives Jerry Seinfeld a Tour of His Art Studio on. »
- Debbie Emery
Although it premiered to very mixed reviews and seemingly disappointing box office back in 2012, it appears there’s life in The Three Stooges yet. An independent production team is reuniting Larry (Sean Hayes), Curly (Will Sasso) and Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos) for more comedy madness in a sequel.While Dumb And Dumber duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly were the co-writers and directors last time, realising a long-held dream to bring the characters to a new audience, Variety’s story on the sequel makes no mention of either. Instead, Cameron Fay has been hired to write the script, which will apparently have more of an action comedy slant this time, with producers C3 Entertainment looking to add a big star into the mix.“With Sean, Chris and Will back as our Stooges, and Cameron writing, this next film will be a truly unique blend of fast paced action with the hilarious mayhem of The Three Stooges, »
Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series may not have reached the dizzying heights of the company’s other Ya juggernaut, The Hunger Games, but the property has still managed to carve out an audience of its own to warrant Lionsgate seeing the series through to its two-part conclusion, Allegiant.
With little less than a year until the arrival of Part I, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio is on the verge of snapping up its first new addition to the anticipated finale: The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels. It’s understood that the part reserved for the Dumb and Dumber star is a key role, one which will stretch across both installments.
- Michael Briers
★★☆☆☆ Twenty years after the release of Dumb and Dumber (1994) Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) return with another dose of malodorous humour in Dumb and Dumber To (2014). Lloyd has been in a fallow state for two decades but now he's back and itching to go on another road trip with Harry whose just discovered he has a long-lost daughter with the one time love of his life, Fraida Felcher (Kathleen Turner). The pair sets off to find Penny (Rachel Melvin) just as she heads off to a big science symposium to give an important speech on behalf of her adoptive father Dr. Pinchelow (Steve Tom). Two ineffectual and methane-loving knights in shining armour, the pair follow Penny to the symposium.
- CineVue UK
Filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer ran out of gas a long time ago as aggressively madcap movie spoofers. (Not that they had much in the tank to begin with – remember, we’re talking about the pair who gave us “Vampires Suck,” “Disaster Movie” and “Meet the Spartans.”) But they’re still spinning their wheels, even while stuck in a rut, and continuing to produce lamely unfunny drivel such as “Superfast!,” a low-octane goof on the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Much like “The Starving Games” (2013), heretofore the nadir of their careers, their latest opus is receiving only a limited theatrical release — during the opening weekend of monster hit “Furious 7” — concurrent with its VOD debut. But, really, some theatrical releases can never be limited enough.
This time out, Friedberg and Seltzer keep their freewheeling pop-culture digressions to a minimum, preferring to concentrate almost exclusively on the primary object of their affliction. »
- Joe Leydon
After profiling "thirtysomething" creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, "X-Files" creator Chris Carter and others, the AOL original series "Inspired" has turned its attention to the Farrelly Brothers. As co-directors of such classics as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary," Peter and Bobby Farrelly rank among the most prolific and enduring comedy filmmakers around. More recently, they've been behind remakes of "The Heartbreak Kid" and "The Three Stooges," as well as the sequel "Dumb and Dumber To." In the upcoming episode of "Inspired," the writing-directing team explains how after nine years of writing without ever getting anything produced, they were able to write and direct one of the most successful and beloved comedies in history, "Dumb and Dumber," and helped make Jim Carrey one of the biggest stars in film. Check out two exclusive clips of the »
- David Canfield
As brands scramble to make sense of Snapchat and its value as the fastest growing mobile app, Hollywood may already be ahead of the curve. Universal was one of the first to see potential in the platform’s growing audience. Snapchat’s first two ads were trailers for the movie studio’s “Ouija” followed by “Dumb and Dumber To.” Since then, movies such as “The Duff” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” plus TV shows including “Girls” and “Pretty Little Liars” have made strong plays on the mobile messaging app. But the 2014-2015 awards season may have shown the social platform’s »
- Lia Haberman
The duo sang their hearts out – and tickled many funny bones – on such beloved numbers as Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” (complete with hair-flips), Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” and Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much.” Dumb and Dumber fans, meanwhile, »
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