9 items from 2015
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
November is a great month for cuddling on the couch with a blanket and a full queue of new movies. If you have HBO Now or HBO Go, you have a lot to look forward to. Not only can you finally enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey guilt-free, but Kingsman: The Secret Service (starring the drop-dead gorgeous Taron Egerton) is debuting at the end of the month. Take a look at everything coming to - and disappearing from - HBO's streaming sites in the month of November, and make sure you're up to speed on all of October's new releases! Saturday night premieres: Nov. 7: Unfinished Business Nov. 14: Run All Night Nov. 21: Fifty Shades of Grey Nov. 28: Kingsman: The Secret Service Original programming highlights: Nov. 2: Project Greenlight, season four finale Nov. 8: Getting On, season three premiere Nov. 23: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Fall finale Other notable movies coming Nov. »
- Maggie Pehanick
eOne is releasing Gil Cates Jr's thriller The Surface on DVD, VOD and Digital HD on September 1st. Twitchfilm can get a copy of the DVD in your hands before that. When a plane crashes in the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan, the pilot is pulled from the wreckage by Mitch who has been stranded on his boat. Immediately suspicious of each other, these two strangers must overcome their differences to find a way back to shore. Together, they must fight against the harsh elements if they have any hope of making it back alive. The Surface stars Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). I've embedded the trailer below for you as well. If...
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“Does It Hold Up?” is a new semi-regular feature in which we take another look at past films and consider A.) Whether they hold up all these years later; and B.) Whether we still have a fondness for them. Cultural phenomenons are funny things. In the moment, it seems like there’s nothing in the world that could be bigger, and yet so often these cultural hallmarks fade as quickly as they came. A hit is fleeting; a legacy is forever. In 1997, Mike Myers was four years removed from the Wayne’s World sequel and was ready to break new ground with a comedy of an entirely different sort. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was a loving homage to James Bond and the spy genre as a whole, but also an incredibly silly comedy that would do solid business in theaters and become a bona fide hit on home video (remember home video, »
- Adam Chitwood
For the second installment in its new series, TheWrap brings you Will Ferrell‘s Top 10 movie quotes in honor of the release of “Get Hard” this weekend. Ferrell has had too many memorable movie quotes to count over the past 18 years after breaking out on the big screen in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “A Night at the Roxbury” in 1997, so needless to say, it was hard to whittle the list down. While we’re aiming to keep it to one classic line per movie, we included multiple quotes from several movies due to their immense quotability. Also Read:. »
- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge
Meta Golding (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Monet Mazur (Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery) and Colin Donnell (Arrow) have booked lead roles on NBC drama pilot Love Is A Four Letter Word. The project, from playwright-tv writer Diana Son, 20th TV and Fabrik, chronicles the collision of race, sexuality and gender roles when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. Golding, repped by Paradigm and A Management, will play Julie, a successful… »
Going to the cinema and watching films is a great way to engross yourself in a by-gone era you were never fortunate enough to witness first hand. The director’s portrayal of different time periods through the storylines, characters and artistic impression is one of the reason by the movie industry is thriving. With releases depicting the Roman, Cowboy and Prohibition eras, the casino industry has been an ever changing frontier on the silver screen.
To give you a better idea, here are a few films showcasing some of the most iconic casino periods:
The Roman – Spartacus (1960)
It wasn’t just money that the Romans gambled with, they often placed wagers risking slaves and gladiators lives – and sometimes even their own! The 1960 film Spartacus is set in the 1st Century BC, with the Roman Republic being rife with corruption and crooked behaviour. The Roman Senator Marcus Licinius Crassus forces Spartacus into battle, »
- David Agnew
“Mad Dogs,” published in 2006, centers on five deranged CIA killers who are forced to break out of an asylum after someone murders their psychiatrist and frames them for the deed.
Jones is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion. Roach is repped by Wme, Mosaic and Behr & Abramson.
News was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Dave McNary
9 items from 2015
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