There’s something about arbitrary lists that we just can’t get enough of. In today’s installment, Premiere Magazine rounds up the 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time, ranking them in the highly controversial chronological order. Things are going well, with the first greatest comedy being the seriously hilarious Safety Last in 1923. But once we hit the 90′s, things get fuzzy, what with there apparently being a comedy dry spell between 1993′s Groundhog Day and 1997′s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. How are we expected to trust any list that leaves out the funniest comedy of all-time, Dumb and Dumber? There’s nary a diarrhea joke in the lot of them!
Unfortunately, Premiere doesn’t give us a final decision as to which is the funnier movie, putting both Wedding Crashers and 40-Year-Old Virgin on the list. Cop out, anybody? (For the record, it’s Wedding Crashers…)
Update: Premiere responds to our comments:
Why wasn’t the list ranked?
Because it originally appeared in the magazine alongside our Oral History of Comedy, which itself was in chronological order. Premiere Editor-in-Chief Peter Herbst and the rest of the editorial staff felt it made good sense to present their picks for the 50 funniest movies ever in the same timeline flow. Online, of course, the 50 comedies have room to stand on their own.
What Order Should Our 50 Greatest Comedies be in?
This is where we issue the challenge. Think chronological order is a cop out? Alright, you rank our 50 Greatest Comedies, with number one being the end all be all of funny in film. Email us with the order you think the films should be in, and we’ll post some of those orders right here on Premiere.com. And we know some of you are going to argue that there are films that deserved to be on this list more than the ones we picked, so if you’re game, send us your list of the 50 Greatest Comedies. Don’t be shy about saying why. We’ll post some of those too.
In honor of our 100th episode we’re counting down our Top 5 favorite celebrities to talk about all-week-long. Yesterday we saluted the one and only Paris Hilton for providing us with 2 1/2 years worth of entertainment. Today, we’re going to celebrate our 4th favorite topic of conversation in 100 seconds.
So here it is, #4: TomKat!
Don’t forget to tune into BWE’s 100th episode this Friday night at 11 and all weekend long. And be sure to check back tomorrow to find out who is #3!
Now that we’ve established that Mel Gibson has long had an interest in Judaism and is capable of enlightening us with previously unknown facts such as “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world”, we thought we’d see what else he knows about God’s chosen people, which is how we discovered the following list of Random Facts About Jews (According to Mel Gibson).
- Jews have secretly been trying to make candy and ice cream illegal.
- Jews don’t worship Jesus even though He’s God and they’re supposed to.
- Jews made that dude cut off Braveheart’s wang at the end of the movie.
- Jews made Lance Bass gay.
- Jews created Arrested Development just so they could piss us off by cancelling it.
OK — Don’t get nervous. We won’t be spoiling anything for you until after the jump. Before we try to crack the case, let’s talk shopping. Moichandising, moichandising! For those of you who don’t suffer from a debilitating addiction to online shopping, might I clue you in to the Project Runway store, which sells items such as the uncannily dissimilar Tim Gunn bobblehead doll, not to mention an adorably emasculating doggy raincoats. The site also auctions off the actual clothes that came down the runway in each episode, allowing you to own a piece of basic cable reality show history! (Note to the ladies: The outfits are “tailored to fit the model, sized 0 to 2 and anywhere from 5’10″ to 6’2″”, so get those trigger fingers oiled and ready.)
But more importantly, the site sells t-shirts which were designed by the contestants. Blogger Bex Schwartz discovered something veeeery interesting on the site, and believes she’s cracked the case and figured out the final four. Possible spoilers after the jump — you’ve been warned!
As always, South Park was ahead of the curve; they knew Mel Gibson was crazy years ago. This video should give you a little insight as to how he acted during his arrest on Friday (minus the anti-Semitism, sadly.) See for yourself.
Once again blurring the line between reality and fiction, Entourage creator Doug Ellin has slipped the folks at EW Johnny Drama’s resume. Now, this isn’t as crazy as the 2-page Aquaman advertisement in Variety, but it’s still cool that HBO wants us to think of Vinnie Chase and his boys as real people.
So what was Johnny Drama doing before his little brother hit it big? Well, he was Stoned Surfer #5 in Point Break, Tori’s stalker on 90210, and how could anybody forget his role as the Bulimic Pedophile on The Commish?
Check out his entire resume here. Hey, I’d hire the guy. Wouldn’t you?
As reported on July 20, Heath Ledger has now officially signed on to be the Joker in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Night. (Click the thumbnail on the left for our imagining of Heath in the part.) Ledger will join the “Hottest Actor with Rosacea” Christian Bale, who will reprise his role as the gravel-voiced crusader, but rumors still abound about the other villains in the film. The latest word is that Ryan Phillipe is up for consideration to play Two Face, and it is safe to say that at least one of those faces will be very, very pretty. Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has been suggested to fill Danny DeVito‘s tiny, tiny patent leather shoes in the role of the Penguin, although we’ll always keep a tiny golden shoe for DeVito in our hearts.
What’s your take? Have any better ideas, or do you think these actors would do the Batman series justice? And any ideas as to what Ryan Phillipe’s other face would look like?
It’s Best Night Ever for Monday, July 31st! Brian Faas is here to walk you through the best of Monday night tv, including Star Tomorrow, Hell’s Kitchen, and One Ocean View!