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I may not be “attractive” or “sexy” or “sane” but I finally found a way to get in Maxim anyway!
We each had to chose ten (which was tough) and then talk about one that we really loved and why:
We spoke to dozens of comedy writers, comedy directors, comic actors and stand-up comedians – including Dan Ackroyd, Richard Curtis, Edgar Wright, Kim Noble, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand and many, many more – and asked them to share with us their favourite comedy films of all time. Here’s the 100 best comedy movies as chosen by more than 200 people whose job it is to make you laugh.
See if you can spot it!
And in case you are terrible at Where’s Waldo…here are a couple screen grabs:
Come see me tonight in San Francisco!! I’ll be reading from and signing With a Little Luck at 7 pm at Books Inc. in the marina, 2251 Chestnut St. I’m hoping to find the heart that someone allegedly left here. xoxo
And here’s a great piece in today’s San Francisco Chronicle!
Caprice Crane: New novel is ‘With a Little Luck’
Louis Peitzman, Special to The Chronicle
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Novelist Caprice Crane has written for television series such as “Melrose Place” and “90210.” She is also known as an author of hilarious tweets.
When she’s not writing screenplays, TV scripts or hilarious tweets, Caprice Crane writes novels. But although her books feature a central romance, she says she’s reluctant to categorize them as love stories.
“I’d call my books romantic comedies before I’d say they’re love stories,” she says. “They’re hopefully heavy on the comedy and less so on that love stuff I’ve heard about.
“Mostly, I like living vicariously through my characters.”
Her most recent novel, “With a Little Luck,” follows Beryl “Berry” Lambert, a radio DJ who inherited her dad’s superstitions. Convinced that everything happens in threes, she’s on the lookout for the third dud after two awful relationships. Instead, she finds the seemingly awesome Ryan Riley.
“What if that third guy who she’s just trying to get out of the way so she can find the right guy happens to be charming and funny and really great?” Crane asks. “Does she risk it and let her guard down, or does she get in her own way because of her fears?”
In order to show the sparks between her characters, Crane uses sharp dialogue – also a feature of her scripts. (Crane has written most recently for the series “Melrose Place” and “90210.”)
“I think a witty back-and-forth can be a real bonding experience between two people when they’re first getting to know one another,” she says. “I usually build relationships based on that kind of connection rather than a sweaty, libido-driven thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Writing about relationships can leave some authors boxed in, but Crane says she doesn’t feel that “With a Little Luck” or her other novels are exclusive to female readers.
“Honestly, I’ve never for a moment thought that guys wouldn’t read my books,” she says. “But to make sure they do, I mention ‘boobs’ at least once or twice a paragraph.”
Rather than worrying about who her audience is, Crane is concerned with making her readers laugh, think and sometimes suffer through the romantic woes of her characters. The road to true love is paved with jokes but also some frustrating detours.
For her part, Crane says she enjoys holding the reins.
“It’s easier to break someone’s heart if I’m the one that created them in the first place,” she says. “And also easier to get them to forgive you and come back.”
7 tonight. Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F. (415) 931-3633. www.booksinc.net.
This article appeared on page G – 11 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Hope to see you there!!
But they are altered* post interview and also narrowed down to five.
*How can they do that?!
I always try to be careful about what I put in my mouth. (ahem.)
Excerpt from The Thin Crowd, Allure Magazine, June 2011
Crane (Family Affair, 2009, etc.) has once again built a story around an adorable/annoying girl with a self-conscious set of quirks. But she does not ignore the very real repercussions of Berry’s self defeating behavior, leaving room for real character growth.
Satisfying romantic comedy minus a too-sweet aftertaste.
Crane, Caprice. With a Little Luck. Bantam. Aug. 2011. c.320p. ISBN 9780553386240. pap. $15.
Berry Lambert does not feel lucky, despite her given name, Beryl, considered a token of good luck. Or so her professional gambler father has always told her. Some would say being a 28-year-old late-night classic rock radio DJ would belie her beliefs, but this gig follows a life of superstitious behavior, black cat avoidance, preferences for odd numbers over even, and bad relationships that run in threes (how odd). True to form, after two near misses with men, Berry isn’t looking forward to the trumped-up date with Ryan Riley, the Dr. Love advice expert on sister station KKRL. He is cute, with a droll sense of humor, but he’s the third guy. Need she say more? Yet everyone seems gung ho for the possible ratings boost, especially her boss and the corporate bigwigs. Even (odd?) her best friend, Natalie, would like nothing more than for Berry to rid herself of her father’s neediness and her own disaster-evading premeditation. Good luck! VERDICT Crane (Family Affair) is one of the funniest writers of popular fiction around. The dialog (inner and outer) is laugh-out-loud, snort-inducing hilarious. And though Berry’s issues seriously affect her view of the world, readers will want to cross their fingers and spit while throwing salt over their shoulders if it helps Berry reach her dreams. Highly recommended.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
The below are photos from the Los Angeles movie premiere of a movie called Love Wedding Marriage. I was more familiar with it when I wrote it as a much different script called Keep It Together. But it was a lovely evening. Here are some photos from the red carpet and the after party…
The movie opened to a limited release June 3 in theaters. But you can always watch it on IFC or on DVD when it gets released. Or, you know, whatever. It’s up to you; I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life.*
*That’s my subtle way of reminding you that I was rewritten. So…take from that what you will.
Remember: Christmas is no time to have to come up with bail money.
My latest piece on the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/eQjnTQ
Caprice was thrilled to become part of The NOH8 Campaign — a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley to promote and raise awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.
You can also see Caprice Crane’s photo on the NOH8 Website, HERE.
Uniting all dog lovers and fans of great writing with this humor-meets-heart collection, critically acclaimed memoirist Wade Rouse has gathered some of America’s best known humorists – authors, comics, actors – to write hilarious, never-before-told tales about their beloved dogs.
Caprice is contributing an essay to this humorous dog anthology titled, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship!, (NAL/Penguin) which will benefit The Humane Society of the United States and other local/national animal shelters/causes, and feature some of America’s favorite funny writers and comics, including Chelsea Handler, Carol Leifer, Jen Lancaster, Laurie Notaro, Bruce Cameron, Merrill Markoe, Alec Mapa, Jeff Marx, Rita Mae Brown, Jill Conner Brown, Jane Green, Stephanie Klein, Annabelle Gurwitch, Gigi Levangie Grazer and many others. It will publish in summer or fall 2011.
On Friday March 12th, 2010 at UCBLA at 10pm, Caprice and 139 other awesome folks from the world of comedy, music, sports, and entertainment were gathered by Ben Stiller to perform ONE tweet each, on stage, to a live audience (which is so much better than getting 140 people to perform in front of a dead audience) in the world’s first “live tweet stream” hosted by Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel.
Why did we all get together to humiliate ourselves? Because Ben Stiller told us to. And because he’s the one who organized the whole thing.
The show was filmed (for better or worse—in my case it’s always worse) and the entire show is available on DVD through amazon.com. All proceeds go to a wonderful charity to help rebuild schools in Haiti.
There were laughs, nudity and well… more laughs and more nudity. The event was a blast and for a great cause so check it out.
When Caprice Crane’s latest novel landed on our desk, we have to admit it was her author bio that initially grabbed us. The author is, after all, the daughter of television talk show host Les Crane and actress Tina Louise (aka Ginger from Gilligan’s Island)…
(Click the link to read on: http://www.wmagazine.com/w/blogs/editorsblog/2009/11/16/when-caprice-cranes-latest-nov.htm)
My New York Barnes and Noble Reading was so much fun thanks to my amazing friends, family, and most of all: my kick-ass fans—some of whom traveled from out of town just to see lil ol’ me— Thanks for making it such a great event!! xoxo
The kind folks at Movieline asked me to write a one-page screenplay for them. They’ve had some pretty snazzy writers tackle this request before me so I was honored to join them…
Click the below link to check it out:
An interview with Pop Entertainment:
I sat down to read Caprice Crane’s new book Family Affair (Bantam Dell) in the newly designated pedestrian park formerly known as the intersection of Broadway and 46th Street. Between chapters, I glanced up only to see a huge billboard for Melrose Place with its noir-esque cast seductively posed beneath the ‘Ménage a Tues’ headline. “Wow she’s got a hot new book out, features in development and writes for a hit TV show,” I say to myself. “Times might to tough for some in Times Sq. but for Caprice it is the year of the Crane”! …
I have the best friends and fans on the planet. Here are some snapshots from the Grove Reading on October 1st.
Carlos from Neverwood High split his night between me and Lauren Conrad. Parking at the Grove was a bitch so I tried not to be one…
Click THIS LINK to see Carlos’s side.
My latest piece on HuffingtonPost.com: I Want To Date Your Family
“Inlaws.” Even the mere word causes fear and revulsion. Think Jane Fonda in that horrific Jennifer Lopez flick. Or FDR’s mom, who friggin’ tortured Eleanor Roosevelt, of all people. Who is so evil they would torture a saint? Eleanor Roosevelt’s mother-in-law, that’s who. In-laws are evil…”
Stanton Barrett, IndyCar Series driver and Hollywood stuntman, will pilot the No. 98 Team 3G Dallara IndyCar at the Japan Indy 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on Sept. 19. The No. 98 car will carry associate sponsorship from Bantam Books’ Family Affair, a new novel by Caprice Crane. Crane is a published novelist, screenwriter and TV writer. She currently writes for the re-launched TV show “Melrose Place” and has also written for “90210.” She is the daughter of legendary actress Tina Louise, best known as Ginger on “Gilligan’s Island.” Interush will serve as primary sponsor of the Team 3G car, providing the No. 98 with the fan-favorite Interush paint scheme.
My new book is called Family Affair and it will be published September 29th, 2009 by Bantam/Random House!! Here’s how it’s described:
FAMILY AFFAIR by Caprice Crane: a smart, funny novel about a woman who’s extremely close to her husband’s family…so when he unexpectedly files for divorce, she files a counter-suit for joint custody of her in-laws.
Amazon Product Description:
When Layla Brennan married her high school sweetheart, Brett Foster, she finally got the big, loving family she’d always wanted: his. Now she’s closer to Brett’s parents than he is, partners with his sister in a successful pet-photography business, and confidant to his younger brother. She couldn’t be more of a Foster if she’d been born one. There’s just one problem: Brett wants a divorce. Stunned and heartbroken, Layla turns to the Fosters for comfort, only to realize that losing Brett means losing them as well. What else can she do but sue him for the most valuable thing he’s got–namely, his family. Breaking up may be hard to do, but for Layla and Brett it’s even harder to undo.
Fresh, funny, poignant, and brimming with insight into what makes modern families tick–and what can blow them apart–Family Affair proves that in love and war, everything’s relative.
Dermot Mulroney will be making his directorial debut with a script I wrote called Keep It Together. There’s already a pretty impressive cast in the works. See my projects page for more info…
Many of you know last year I went back to high school! Yup, I spent the last year writing the new 90210. And now I’ve graduated high school for a second time and have moved into Melrose Place! (How freakin’ cool is that?!) Be sure to tune in to the CW on Tuesday nights at 9 P.M. starting on September 8th. It will NOT disappoint. And keep checking back for info about my episodes. As of right now my first episode will air October 27th at 9 P.M.
Helping to bring 90210 back to life was an amazing experience. I loved the cast and crew and miss them like crazy. (Luckily the Melrose Place cast and crew are equally awesome.) Some highlights from 90210 were being quoted in Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundbites” section:
‘‘It’s a part of my New Year’s resolution to see more theater. I was doing pretty good until I saw the Blue Man Group while I was taking cough medicine. Hideous nightmares for weeks!”
—Kelly (Jennie Garth), after seeing Brenda’s stage performance, on 90210
And having the last scene from my first episode be chosen by E! as the “Clip Of The Day!”
I recently directed a short film called, “Passing The Time,” starring Abigail Spencer and Reid Scott—possibly two of the most adorable people you will ever have the pleasure of watching on-screen. Seriously. Abigail is currently starring on the new season of Mad Men and Reid is on the hit TBS show My Boys. The film can be seen on it’s own website or on my MySpace!