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Bitch-Fest Wednesday: Moviefone’s Top 25 Funniest People Working in Hollywood (Right Now)

March 17, 2010

I’ve got problems with this list, BIG problems.  That being said, however, what this list does at least do is compile an overarching docket of comedians who are currently winning at Hollywooding.  I’ll let you follow the link to see the list for yourself, but some of my gripes are:

*Spoilers ahead (if you actually care about spoiling a Top 25 list)*

Mostly they have to do with placement rather than actually being put ON this list.  I understand the rationale behind LISTING all of these actors, but the stack-ranking involved has left me baffled.  For Instance, I have no idea why Elizabeth Banks is #14 on this list, ahead of Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais, and Ken Jeong.  Granted, she was in Role Models and Zack and Miri, and has played a couple of laughs for the Apatow gang in the past, but can ANYONE give me a reason that she should be ahead of the incredibly talented and devoted people behind her who have been creating and performing in comedy for years?  To further bitch, how is Anna Faris even farther up the list at #11?  Funny in the Scary Movies, yes, and pretty good in Observe and Report, but how far have we ACTUALLY seen her stretch?  She has adequately portrayed slapstick-ditzy and train-wreck-of-humanity, to great laughs.  That’s basically it.  And now that I mention it, I think I’m going to copyright both of those…

In addition to ranking wrong, I feel that this list is labelled wrong, as well.  This list is compiled of strictly Film and Television actors, nowhere on this list can producers, stand-ups, or late-night personalities be found, all of which, I would argue, constitute “Funny People Working in Hollywood.”  My notable ommissions would include Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow, Eddie Izzard, Craig Ferguson, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Chelsea Handler, Jo Koy, Loni Love, Josh Wolf, Guy Branum, Whitney Cummings, The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Gang of writers, producers, and actors, and the list could go ON AND ON AND ON AND ON…

To wrap up, I feel that the most egregious error comes with placing Paul Rudd at #1.  I’m certain that there are some die-hards out there that will greatly take offense to that, but let’s face it, Rudd is our generation’s leading straight-man.  An important position for comedy, sure, but his range is CERTAINLY no greater than that of Bill Murray, Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Carrell, and Tina Fey, just to name some of the accompanying members of the list.

Moviefone’s Top 25 Funniest People Working in Hollywood (Right Now)

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8 Online Fads You Didn’t Know Were Invented Decades Ago

November 17, 2009

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I was pretty blown away by how far-reaching some forms of technology are. I loved learning that lolcats are older than I am. Plus, anything filtered through the lens of cracked.com is always better. What this tells me is that the South Park “Simpson’s did it” mentality that everything is recycled is more real and scarier than any of us could ever imagine. Le Sigh. Yes, I am a nerd.

8 Staples of the Digital Age That are Less Than Digital

Halloween Costumes ’10!

October 7, 2009

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It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are changing, Jack-O-Lanterns are on display, and college girls around the country are trying to come up with what “Slutty” something-or-other they will be this Halloween.  Which is what prompted this article.  I love Halloween.  So it goes without saying that I love an in-depth creative costume choice and loathe a generic, simplistic one.  Below are some 2009-centric ideas that I would LOVE to see out in the public domain this Hallo-day.

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1. George Lukas and Steven Spielberg raping Indiana Jones, or a stormtrooper.

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2. Shakira writhing around in some form of epileptic interpretive dance, as referenced in her She Wolf video.

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3. Kanye West-run around all night interrupting people’s conversations with a mic in hand.  Bring a Taylor Swift with you to further interrupt.

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4. The Mighty Boosh-Vince, Howard, Naboo, Bollo, and Bob Fossil in some form or other.  Bonus points for going as one of their more elaborate side characters, like the band from the episode, The Priest and the Beast.

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5. Kate from Jon & Kate Plus Eight toting eight babies all tied to a single rope, sans-Jon.

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6. A plethora of Lady Gaga’s all fighting for attention and leadership in that poor girl’s clearly multiple-personality-driven head.  It would have to be a group outing, but it would COMPLETELY be worth it.

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7. I would LOVE to see the entire cast of The Office simply to see if it could be pulled off correctly.  As Michael Scott and crew have fairly uniform appearances, it would take quite the striking resemblance of ALL characters involved to pull this one off.  If done properly, however, it could be FAMAZING.

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8. Christian Bale (who I still love) constantly attacking a lighting guy as he sets up his rig in the middle of the street.  This would obviously require two people, and some sort of lighting rig, but with an uncanny Bale look-a-like and a slipping Welsh accent, it could be kind of fun.

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9. Fox Studios Destroying Wolverine-This one is VERY high concept but probably my favorite one.  Dress up clearly as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and then spend the rest of the night demolishing toy helicopters (as Jackman does in the film), crappy Deadpools with stitched-up mouths, and comic books in the symbolic act of Fox destroying everything sacred about Wolverine, The X-men, and Marvel Comics.

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10. Zombieland-Go with me on this one, I know it sounds generic, but just think, if you and three friends dress as the characters from Zombieland (which was AMAZING, by the way), complete with weaponry, you can spend all night running around interacting with people who dressed up as zombies!  Namely, killing them, but that’s not the point.

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Top 5 Musicals

April 24, 2009

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I really wish I had been able to see the above musical, I’m sure it would have made it on this list.  Speaking of this list, this SURELY (how do you convey sarcasm in print?) will be a top post.  The funny thing about this list is that despite absolutely no one caring about it, those who do will probably turn it into one of the most contested.  Anyways kids, while musicals are definitely one of my least favorite genres of entertainment, they have still managed to spawn some of my all-time favorite cinematic endeavors. I find that the best musicals (and there aren’t exactly a ton of them) are the ones that keep you so enthralled you don’t even realize they’re…well…musicals.  There were a lot of close calls and runner-ups, such as Sweeney Todd, Oliver!, and Godspell, but when it came right down to it, I just selected the musicals that I most enjoy watching again and again.

5.  The Producers

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This musical receives points right from the start.  The Producers was written, and directed by Mel Brooks.  And if that sheer fact alone doesn’t give the production merit, Gene Wilder co-starred with Zero Mostel as the nebbish Leo Bloom.  As one of Brooks’ first works, The Producers has become a comedy classic over the years with its brilliant dichotomy of the relationship of art and money and its hilarious treatment of the genre with classical numbers such as ‘Springtime for Hitler.’  The Producers has even enjoyed a revival recently with a broadway adaptation that ran from 2001 to 2007 and a cinematic remake starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

4.  My Fair Lady

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Pygmallion never looked so good.  Shaw’s original work was adapted to fit the silver screen in 1964 starring Rex Harrison and the incomperable Audrey Hepburn.  Audrey brought an incredible vitality and regal fragility to Eliza that many would argue was counter-productive, however, it made the character stand on its own as more than just gutter trash, but a living, breathing human being who really had just been born on the wrong side of the fence.  Hepburn’s portrayal of the fierce flower girl paired with Harrison’s unrelenting, unfeeling portrayal of ‘enry ‘iggins made this work crackle with virility and magic.  Ahhh, do you hear that, boys and girls?  That’s the sound of Old Hollywood.  It’s waving goodbye and never coming back.

3.  The Wizard of Oz

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It’s funny, but whenver people seem to talk about musicals, this one seems to completely slip their mind.  The Wizard of Oz was a masterpiece of cinema FAR ahead of its time.  Still considered one of the pinnacles of fantasy, Victor Fleming’s epic stretched every Hollywood convention at the time to its hilt to produce this astonishing beauty.  It made great use of the newfound Technicolor! technology while utilizing all sorts of effects and generic theatrical conventions of which still stand the test of time today.  All the musical numbers are poignant, catchy, and can stand the test of time.  Just try to keep yourself from humming the scarecrow’s theme.  ‘Oh, I, could tell you why…’

2.  South Park

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A masterpiece of a movie, let alone a musical.  Everything good about the cartoon was brought to the big screen in a script that was sure to dissapoint and, instead, delivered more than its fair share of awesome.  Honestly, how many cartoons do you know that have made a successful transition to the big screen, let alone a MUSICAL transition.  With musical numbers such as Blame Canada, Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch, and What Would Brian Boitano do? South Park asserted its ability to keep you laughing while writing an amazing soundtrack to boot.

1.  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is, without question, in my top 5 movies of all time.  So, naturally, it should ring true as my favorite musical, as well.  Gene Wilder portrays the quintissential ring leader of this magical exploration into every child’s factory of fantasys.  All the while rewarding sinful behavior with equivalent punishment.  Not a single part of this 1971 classic dissapoints.  If you haven’t seen it, BUY IT.  If you don’t like it, hold your breath and count to 48,139.