funniest screenplays ever

Comedy is no laughing matter, especially when you’re ranking some of the most hilarious movies of all time. The Writer’s Guild of America has released a list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written, and like any list on the internet, there are plenty of obvious picks, more than a few surprise choices, and handful of selections that are a little baffling. Also like any list on the internet, this ranking doesn’t feel like a definitive statement. It’s more of a window into a larger discussion.

In other words, prepare to read over the list and starting arguing. Check out the full list of the 101 funniest screenplays ever written (according to the WGA) after the jump.

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Groundhog Day

Much in the same way Phil Connors relives February 2 over and over again, we may be able to relive Groundhog Day all over again in the not-too-distant future. A Groundhog Day musical is officially in the works, with plans to hit Broadway in 2017. Get all the latest on the Groundhog Day musical after the jump.  Read More »

Max Dalton solo show

Max Dalton is an artist we’ve featured on /Film numerous times. He’s done incredible work based on the films of Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and many others. His style is deceptively simple, but by somehow perfectly evokes a quirky tone that’s either perfectly in line with filmmakers like those, or delightfully polarized from others.

Dalton’s first solo show is called On A Mission From God and it opens at 6 p.m. April 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco. It consists of a wide variety of pop culture influenced art from a small new series called “Greatest Moments in Film,” more traditions limited edition prints brimming with hilarious and unique detail, and even homemade toys and games. Have you ever wanted to play Where’s Waldo, but in the world of Breaking Bad? How about have a poster of your favorite Seinfeld quotes? What would a Groundhog Day board game be like? All of that and more is part of this exhibit.

Below, read more about the first Max Dalton solo show and see a bunch of art from it including several pieces exclusive to /Film. Read More »

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We’ve seen many different versions of time travel in movies, but how many of those time travel scenarios are actually scientifically feasible? ScreenJunkies have enlisted University of Southern California physicist Dr. Clifford Johnson and NASA scientist Christina Heinlein to talk about films like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Planet of the Apes, television shows like Quantum Leap, recent movies like X-Men: Days of the Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow. Watch the not-so-serious discussion in the Movie Time Travel Debunked By Scientists video embedded sometime in the past after the jump.

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Groundhog Day Live Read

10,000 years. That’s how long Phil Connors was stuck in Groundhog Day. At least, that’s what writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin said in an early draft of the now classic 1993 film. That revelation was later cut out, along with a lot of other things, to make the film we know and love.

But on March 20, Jason Reitman presented that early draft as part of his Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series. On a night dedicated to Ramis, the Groundhog Day co-writer and director, Reitman brought together a small but perfect cast to read through the script. That cast included Jason Bateman as Phil, Elizabeth Reeser as Rita, Jeffery Ross as Larry, Mae Whitman as Nancy, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned, the role he originated.

That balance of familiarity from Tobolowsky, coupled with a fresh but perfectly poignant take from Bateman, made Groundhog Day one of the best live reads to come out of the series to date. Read More »

There’s a ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical in the Works

Groundhog Day

Phil Connors is about to find himself reliving February 2 all over again (and again), this time on the stage. Songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus are reportedly working on a stage musical version of the 1993 Harold Ramis classic Groundhog Day, with a workshop set for this spring.

And if that report is giving you a bit of déjà vu, that may be because we last reported on the show in 2009, though it seems a lot has changed since then. Get the latest details on the play after the jump.

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I had the pleasure of helping to facilitate a special event at the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle this past weekend: a double feature of Groundhog Day (with itself), featuring an intro and Q&A with Stephen Tobolowsky. Since Seattle’s KUOW was the first major public radio station to air The Tobolowsky Files, we really felt at home here as SIFF sold out the 500-seat theater with many fans of the podcast in attendance.

As usual, Stephen was lively and fascinating with this stories on the making of the film. I cut together a rough video of the event, which you can find after the jump.
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Some readers might have been reminded that today is Groundhog Day because their morning news had a live broadcast from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That’s where the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. For me, I was reminded because my Twitter feed has been nothing but a live blog of quotes from the classic Harold Ramis film.

Either way, today is Groundhog Day and in the 1993 film of the same name, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again, improving himself a little bit each and every time until he finally gets it right.

In the movie, which many people will be re-visting tonight, there’s no real explanation given for why Connors gets stuck in time. However, someone with knowledge of an early version of the script has revealed exactly why it happened. Read the quote after the jump. Read More »

Los Angeles’s famous pop culture art gallery Gallery1988 will be launching a new show next week at their Melrose location called “Please Post Bills”, an art tribute to Bill Murray.  About 80 artists are involved in this group show that will be paying tribute to a comedic legend with prints, sculptures and original pieces.

The show will have its grand opening on Thursday November 3rd 2011, and will run through November 26th. But you won’t have to wait until the third to see some of the artwork as Gallery1988 have given us a bunch of images to premiere. We’ve also compiled some pieces around the internet. Check them out now after the jump.

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