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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
After making a name for herself on the small screen with her hit Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian makes her big screen debut by writing and starring in Universal's Trainwreck. If you missed it in theaters this summer, you can check out this comedy on Blu-ray and DVD starting today from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We have a giveaway lined up where our readers can not only win a copy of the Blu-ray, but a prize pack that will ensure the perfect Trainwreck viewing party.
Three-time Emmy nominee Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) stars as a commitment-phobic journalist in Trainwreck, which is currently available Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Schumer takes her undeniable talents to the big screen tossing aside rom-com conventions with a timely and outrageously funny portrait of an unapologetically independent career woman whose hard-partying »
Amy Schumer has become quite the comedienne, taking the stage, television, and now film by storm. Trainwreck, her starring vehicle for director Judd Apatow, was my first sustained exposure to her and thought the fresh eyes could glean what the fuss is all about. Still trying to figure it out.
The story is about a woman who is professional star and a personal wreck who meets and falls for a guy, only to screw it up at much the same time she screws up her relationship with her sister, and loses her job. That it is about a woman and not a man has garnered a lot of buzz but the overall story is tired and predictable.
Apatow’s previous films have offered up fresh takes on old themes along with sharply delineated characters that avoid the clichés and bring with them a tremendous amount of heart. In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, »
- Robert Greenberger
True to form, Judd Apatow shot a number of different endings for Trainwreck. Remember how The 40-Year-Old Virgin had like 14 endings? That was intentional! “It could have ended when [Steve Carell] admitted to Catherine Keener that he was a virgin. It also could have ended after the wedding, before we see him have sex for the first time. We decided to go with all of it!” Apatow said to EW. For Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, he also had a few endings in his back pocket. This clip, available on the DVD coming out on Tuesday, has Schumer and Hader playing out the procreative version of a rom-com. “I usually have a few final scenes shot, and I’m aware that the movie could end at one of two or three places,” Apatow said. “The moment where [Schumer and Bill Hader] talk and kiss after the cheerleading sequence was so great that »
- E. Alex Jung
Three-time Emmy® nominee Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) stars as a commitment-phobic journalist in Trainwreck, the film Fandango calls “the funniest movie of the year,” is coming to Digital HD October 20, 2015, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 10, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Schumer takes her undeniable talents to the big screen tossing aside rom-com conventions with a timely and outrageously funny portrait of an unapologetically independent career woman whose hard-partying personal life is turned upside down when she meets Mr. Might-Be-Right. Directed and produced by comedy guru Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, “Girls”), Trainwreck Unrated arrives on Blu-ray™ & DVD with even more hysterical moments, including deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama & more!
Since she was a little girl, Amy (Amy Schumer) has been taught that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. »
- Movie Geeks
David Koechner has been a longtime favorite of mine—from his work on various television series like Saturday Night Live, The Office, American Dad, Reno 911!, The Goldbergs, and Another Period, to his roles in great films like Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Waiting…, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and of course my personal favorite, Anchorman—I have always appreciated Koechner’s offbeat approach to comedy and his ability to connect with audiences in hilarious, but often understated, ways throughout the years.
Koechner co-stars in the upcoming zombie-infused comedy, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, as the wonderfully weird Scout Leader Rogers, who gets attacked by the undead (that’s no spoiler either, as the actor in his zombified state has been featured prominently in the marketing campaign thus far), and we continue to see him pop up throughout the story as it unfolds.
At the recent press day, »
- Heather Wixson
Stars: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza, Ron Livingston, Allison Tolman, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Jessica St. Clair, Malcolm Barrett, Michael Hitchcock, Clea DuVall | Written by Karey Dornetto | Directed by Jamie Babbit
Reteaming director Jamie Babbit with Natasha Lyonne, her leading lady from the 1999 cult favourite But I’m a Cheerleader, Addicted to Fresno tells the story of Martha (Lyonne), a quiet reserved young woman who divides her day between working as a cleaner at the Fresno Suites hotel and working out at the local gym.
When her elder sister, Shannon (Greer), is finally released from a sex rehab clinic, their unshakeable bond of sisterhood is put to the test when, after Martha gets Shannon a job at the hotel where she works, she accidentally kills a guest post-coitus. With no option but to try and dipose of the body, the pair get entangled in a web of sex toys, »
- Phil Wheat
Unless you're Meryl Streep or Jennifer Lawrence, there aren't a lot of great roles for women in Hollywood. This isn't brand new information, and lately a number of actresses have spoken out about the problem.
As if that wasn't enough, many of cinema's most iconic heroines - the roles that we hold up as evidence to the contrary - were actually written with men in mind, before an enterprising actress or director stepped in to flip the script. And so, in honour of our favourite leading lady Sigourney Weaver turning 66, here are six times that approach paid off...
Catchily titled The Far-Reaching Philosophy of Edwin A Salt, Kurt Wimmer's initial draft of the spy thriller featured a male lead whom Tom Cruise almost played, until he passed because it felt too close to his Mission: Impossible role. The script was then rewritten after studio exec Amy Pascal »
Sarah Silverman, primarily known for her work in comedy, is one of the latest actors to branch out from lighter fare into the world of drama. This year’s I Smile Back, director Adam Salky‘s story of a troubled woman’s aim at redemption, was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and showcases star Silverman in a much different light than audiences are used to seeing her.
Silverman has ventured into dramatic territory before, with 2011’s Take This Waltz from director Sarah Polley, but was relegated to a supporting role beside stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. With I Smile Back, Silverman takes on the heavy lifting of a serious starring role.
The history of comedic talent spreading their dramatic wings is full of big names and, in certain cases, has led to major Oscar recognition.
At last year’s Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
Writer-director-producer Judd Apatow has just given his blessing to another budding comedian. The 40-Year-Old Virgin director will produce and direct the pilot for up-and-coming comedian Pete Holmes’ new hopeful show, Crashing.
According to Deadline, Crashing is a single-camera semi-autobiographical comedy written by and starring Holmes. The pilot, which has been green-lit by HBO, follows a wholesome comedian (played by Holmes) who begins sleeping on his fellow New York comedians’ couches after his wife leaves him.
Apatow has previously buddied up with Holmes a few times now, appearing as a guest on the latter’s podcast as well as appearing onscreen in a segment on TBS’ The Pete Holmes Show. Ironically, the skit (which you can view below) features Holmes awkwardly and uncomfortably pitching a movie of his post-divorce life to an unconvinced Apatow.
Apatow has been on comedic fire for the last decade or so, producing, writing and directing a »
- William Fanelli
The surprisingly impressive romantic comedy Trainwreck is coming to blu-ray, meaning if you somehow missed out on this one, you've got your chance to see it this November, along with a handful of special features to enjoy. Come inside to learn more.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch Trainwreck, but I'm very glad that I went. It's one of the better comedies I'd seen in a long time, coupled with a romantic story that doesn't feel bogged down with cliche. I loved it, and if you missed it, or want to see it again, Universal has revealed when you'll be able to do so on blu-ray: November 10, 2015.
Three-time Emmy nominee Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) stars as a commitment-phobic journalist in Trainwreck, the film Fandango calls “the funniest movie of the year,” is coming to Digital HD October 20, 2015, and Blu-ray™, DVD »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s »
Judd Apatow may be the king of modern American comedy, dominating the R-rated box office with a slew of Frat Pack-staring films with a deft balance of cringe, gross-out and bromantic humour, but I’ve always found the movies he actually directed (as opposed to simply producing) a bit lacking.
Oh, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up are fine – if decidedly mid-range – comedies, but Funny People was nothing more than a sappy melodrama and This Is 40 is far too self-involved. The running trait is less humorous times at the cinema than punishing runtimes and misjudged attempts to make a straight drama, making me somewhat apprehensive about his next film.
Maybe it’s not just me, because Trainwreck, his latest, arrives with a Shyamalan-esque lacking of directorial promotion – the key selling points are Amy Schumer (who we all now must pretend is a modern great because she »
- Alex Leadbeater
The Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck is being hailed as a breakthrough for much of its cast. It’s turned Amy Schumer – who stars as a monogamy-challenged New York magazine writer — into a movie star, Bill Hader into a leading man and LeBron James into his generation’s Bruno Kirby. But the film is an equally big break for the man behind the camera – Trainwreck cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes. In the past, Apatow has opted for veteran d.p.’s with intimidating credits. Unforgiven’s Jack Green shot The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Schindler’s List’s Janusz Kaminski lensed Funny People. On Trainwreck, Apatow turned the camera over to […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
“This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of offers. This puts her in the same realm as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.”
Schumer was already edging along the zeitgeist thanks to her sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” but “Trainwreck” propels her to household name terrain. The raunchy, but also surprisingly heartfelt, romantic comedy introduced the salty standup and television personality to wider film audiences, racking up $30.2 million. That’s more than “Bridesmaids,” “Spy” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” made in their launches — impressive company considering that those films starred A-listers like Wiig, McCarthy and Steve Carell.
Most of the credit goes to Schumer, who »
- Brent Lang
The Walking Deceased follows a group of survivors from all walks of the apocalypse – an idiotic Sheriff with definite coma-induced brain damage, his hardass son, four squabbling friends forced to survive this zombieland together, and a lonely zombie who just needs love to fully regain his warm body. They all leave their once-safe hideout in search of the rumored Safe Haven Ranch, a refuge untouched by the zombie virus that has ravaged humanity. But despite the comforting name, they discover that this sanctuary may not be as welcoming as advertised.
- Phil Wheat
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Judd Apatow is the maestro of the dick joke, the current reigning king of gross-out humor, and the guy who brought you all those hey-bro-let’s-get-drunk-and-get-laid movies. But Apatow’s secret weapon, and the likely reason for his broad appeal, is that he’s admittedly a family-values guy at heart. From The 40-Year-Old Virgin to This Is 40, the binge drinking and drug use and sexcapades in Apatow films always wind up leading to monogamy, long-term commitment, and reinforcement of American social norms.
So it makes for an interesting collision of creative talents – and personal values – when the similarly raunchy but more deeply subversive comic Amy Schumer teams up with Apatow in Trainwreck. Schumer writes and stars in the film, which focuses on a thirty-something journalist and dedicated wild child also named Amy. Amy drinks hard, parties harder, and hops constantly from one new sexual encounter to another, following the »
- Patrick Dunn
Before there was "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central and before Amy Schumer was covering every magazine, hosting the MTV Movie Awards and becoming a household name, I was listening to her comedy in my Spotify rotation. I can't remember the first time I heard her comedy, but listening to bits here and there, her edgy, no holds barred style had my howling. However, when I tried to listen to one of her comedy albums in its entirety I realized there can be too much Amy Schumer at once. This was my chief concern walking into Trainwreck, which Schumer wrote before teaming with director Judd Apatow to polish up the script and deliver the final product we now see on screen. Fortunately, there's just the right amount of Amy Schumer, but there is too much movie for the small story Trainwreck sets out to tell. Like virtually all of Apatow's films, »
- Brad Brevet
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