In case you needed another reason to love her.
Melissa McCarthy is the reigning Queen of the Internet after her spot-on impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on 'Saturday Night Live' last week. The crazy gum-chewing, aggressive shouting and extremely convincing wig have earned the comedienne over 10.5 million views online.
Melissa McCarthy's impersonation of Sean Spicer is the best thing about SNL
She's best known for starring in the likes of 'Mike and Molly', 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Ghostbusters' but Melissa McCarthy truly outdid herself with her impersonation of Donald Trump's press aide Sean Spicer, who has been frequently mocked by the media ever since he made outrageously false claims about attendance at Trump's presidential inauguation in Washington D.C..
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Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists the ten worst movies of 2016
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...
10. 13 Hours - Michael Bay's bombastic filmmaking style may have seemed like the perfect fit for this rah-rah Benghazi dramatisation. But this is a loud, silly thriller that completely misses the point.
Continue reading: 10 Worst Films Of 2016
‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ has had huge buzz since its release last week, but Lauren Graham hasn’t tuned in yet.
Lauren Graham, better known to millions of fans as Lorelai Gilmore, has revealed she hasn’t watched the highly-anticipated Netflix revival yet.
‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ hit the streaming service on November 25, but Graham says she still hasn't sat down to enjoy it yet and admits she may never.
Lauren Graham hasn’t watched ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’
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Forbes published its annual list of the highest-earning female actors in Hollywood, and the 'Hunger Games' star was top again.
Jennifer Lawrence has been named as the highest-paid female movie star for the second consecutive year, with her earnings from the final instalment of The Hunger Games primarily responsible.
The 26 year old American star’s income for the 12 months spanning June 2015 to June 2016 was $46 million, according to the annual list published by Forbes. Although this was down by approximately 11.5% from last year, it was accounted for by earnings from Mockingjay Part 2, in which she took a cut of the box office takings, and the big-budget X-Men: Apocalypse as well indie hits such as Joy.
Lawrence was also the youngest actress, and the only one under the age of 30, on the list of twenty stars, which substantially looks the same as it did last year.
If only Bill Hader and Melissa McCarthy went for the role.
The role of a young Han Solo has got to have been the most coveted part known to Hollywood, even taking James Bond into account, so it's difficult to imagine what the auditions might have been like. Luckily for us, we don't have to imagine because the latest 'Conan' sketch has done that for us.
Melissa McCarthy auditions for Han Solo on 'Conan'
Ultimately, it was 26-year-old Alden Ehrenreich who landed the part of Han Solo, taking over from Harrison Ford for a new stand-alone 'Star Wars' film due to be screened in 2018. We know that the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor all auditioned and subsequently lost out, but a new skit on TBS' 'Conan' shows us just how funny it could've been with it's own series of potential auditionees.
Continue reading: 'Conan' Explores Just How Funny The Han Solo Auditions Could Have Been
When producers announced that they were remaking the 1984 action-comedy classic Ghostbusters with a cast of women, the internet predictably erupted in a barrage of abuse. But the cast and crew did their best to ignore it.
Ghostbusters (2016) reunites Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy), plus Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Of the social media backlash, McCarthy just laughs. "I don't even talk about it," she says. "It's not like I can improve myself from the criticism. I can't become a better person or a better actor or a better mother, nothing. If somebody has a good point, I am the first to be like, 'Let me have it.' If someone just wants to spew hate, tear down women, I prefer to keep that out of my life."
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Had A Blast Making Ghostbusters
Sources suggest that the all-female 'Ghostbusters' could fall foul of a rule that prohibits movies that promote the supernatural.
After all the division and controversy over its roll-out last week, the new all-female Ghostbusters re-boot may not be getting a theatrical release in China – but not for that reason…
According to a report in Variety, the newly-released movie has not yet been screened by Chinese censors, but a source suggests that the film is likely to be blocked from release there because of rules that prohibit the promotion of “cults and superstitions”.
Sony has attempted to give Ghostbusters as much chance as possible of passing the censors – if it does come out in China, it will be re-titled Super Power Dare-To-Die Team.
Continue reading: Reports Indicate 'Ghostbusters' May Be Banned From Release In China
The Ghostbusters star said she backed the actress "one hundred thousand billion per cent"
Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful essay attacking body shaming and Melissa McCarthy has come out in support of the actress’ message. The star of the new Ghostbusters - who, along with her co-stars, has been battling a slew of sexist remarks about her latest film- came out in defence of the Along Came Polly actress and called for society to "stop tearing women down".
Melissa McCarthy has come out to back up Jennifer Aniston
McCarthy told Entertainment Tonight people need to stop focusing on the way women look.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Praises Jennifer Aniston's Essay
After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride Along movies, Kevin Hart takes on The Rock in this entertaining action-comedy bromance. They make a great couple, as Dwayne Johnson's bulk cleverly contrasts with Hart's tightly wound intensity. Even more enjoyable is that they've essentially swapped roles, with Hart as the straight guy opposite Johnson's awkward goofball.
They play characters who knew each other in high school, when Calvin (Hart) was the king of the campus, captain of every sports team, star of every theatre production, top student and boyfriend of the sexiest cheerleader (Danielle Nicolet), whom he went on to marry. On the other hand, Bob (Johnson) was a badly bullied, overweight kid, who now turns up in town for their 20th reunion as a beefy muscleman. Clearly a little unhinged, Bob is also a rogue CIA operative, hunted by his boss Pam (Amy Ryan) for killing his partner (Aaron Paul) and other crimes he insists he didn't commit. So he ropes Calvin in to help clear his name, but Calvin finds this situation so insane that he's not sure who to believe.
While all of this plays out in a blissfully silly way, there's also a bit of an edge to the movie as it explores the issue of bullying with some gentle nuance that includes racism, sexism and homophobia. So even when it's rude or mindlessly corny, the movie is making a point. That said, the message might have been more convincing without the over-the-top violence that fills all of the action sequences. Thankfully, that never drowns out the terrific chemistry between Johnson and Hart, who bounce hilariously off each other as two men who have been emasculated in very different ways and need to prove themselves. This vulnerability makes both of them easy to identify with, especially as they play with their usual on-screen personas.
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The actress says she's taking note of those who didn't offer to dress her for the upcoming premiere.
Actress and comedian Leslie Jones has criticised fashion designers on Twitter after she had trouble finding a dress for the upcoming Ghostbusters premiere. Jones stars in the all-female reboot alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, which is set for release next month.
Leslie Jones says designers haven't been willing to help her find a dress for the Ghostbusters premiere.
On Twitter Jones wrote: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.” The comedian did receive a reply from one designer, Christian Siriano, who responded with a clapping emoji.
The actor will make an appearance in the new movie.
If you're still unsure as to what to think about the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' re-boot starring Melissa McCarthy and others in the originally male lead roles, let the cast of the original movie help you. They seem to be pretty excited about the feminine twist to their beloved franchise.
Bill Murray gives Ghostbusters his seal of approval
The cast of the original 1984 film (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts) joined the cast of the new addition to the franchise (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) on an episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (June 8th 2016) for 'Ghostbusters Day' - aka, the 32nd anniversary of when the film first hit theaters.
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Melissa McCarthy brings another of her improvisational alter-egos to the big screen with this energetic comedy. The first cause for pause comes because this is a reteaming with her filmmaker husband Ben Falcone, with whom she made the bizarrely unfunny Tammy, as opposed to the filmmaker Paul Feig who directed her to box office triumph with Spy and The Heat and an Oscar nomination in Bridesmaids. Yes, there's a significance difference.
This time she plays hugely popular financial guru Michelle Darnell, whose stardom ends abruptly when she is sent to prison for four months for insider trading. When she's released, everyone she stepped on as she rose to the top turns their back on her, and her nemesis/ex Renault (Peter Dinklage) is still determined to get revenge. The only person who will talk to her is former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), so Michelle moves in with her family. Unable to restart her business, she also takes over the Dandelion Scout troup of Claire's daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson), pushing the girls to take aggressive measures to sell their cookies.
As always, McCarthy throws herself into the role, creating a vivid character who indulges in a lot of outrageously silly slapstick. As with Tammy, the humour centres more on abusive interaction and humiliation than actual wit. McCarthy and Falcone strain to get laughs from physical wackiness rather than anything based on the character, so the movie only ever feels mildly amusing thanks to its high energy. But there's nothing engaging about Michelle, and it's only in a few cute-warm scenes with the terrific Bell that the film springs to anything resembling life. Thankfully, her scenes with the likeable Tyler Labine (as a potential boyfriend) have a loose humour to them. And Dinklage is surprisingly amusing as the sputtering cartoonish villain, while Kathy Bates generates a few sparks as Michelle's sassy mentor.
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The director says he couldn't be more excited about the all-female reboot which stars Melissa McCarthy.
Director Judd Apatow, who helmed Trainwreck and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has hit out at those who’ve criticised the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Speaking to Uproxx, the director say that those who bash the female-led reboot are probably the same people who are ‘excited about the Donald Trump candidacy.’
Judd Apatow says Ghostbusters haters are probably Trump supporters.
“I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful Ghostbusters will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,” Apatow said. “I would assume they are the exact same people. That movie is made by the great Paul Feig and stars the funniest people on Earth, so I couldn’t be more excited.”
Ghostbusters is a new film for 2016 and is based on the 1984 film of the same name and is directed by Paul Feig. The film features four women on their quest to save New York City when various ghosts take over and exercise control over the humans.
Two authors Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates write a novel about the existence of ghosts and the revelation that they believe they do exist. However this novel is not taken seriously and when it becomes apparent that Gilbert wrote this book, she becomes the centre of a joke in her professional career as a teacher at Columbia University, even her students don't take her seriously.
This film quickly becomes the tell - tale narrative of who's laughing now, when Gilbert teams up with Yates and two other women to fight the ghosts that have decided to inhabit the city. A mission is deployed and the quartet set out to save the world from the evil ghost Rowan, providing the audience with lots of laughs along the way.
Star Lauren Graham made the announcement during an appearance on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’.
The much anticipated Netflix revival of ‘Gilmore Girls’ suddenly feels a lot more real, as the show’s title and first poster have finally be revealed. Lauren Graham, who played mom Lorelai on the much loved series, revealed the reboot’s title on the 'Ellen DeGeneres Show', while also giving us our first real idea of what’s in store.
Lauren Graham will be back as Lorelai Gilmore on Netflix.
Speaking to DeGeneres Graham said: “I feel so lucky to get to [revisit Gilmore Girls], but it's also been so bizarre because I open the door and we're across the street from you, which wasn't the case before.”
It’s an unfortunate honour for the upcoming female-led reboot.
The trailer for Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbuster’s reboot is Youtube’s most disliked movie trailer of all time, according to a playlist of the site’s most thumbed-down videos. The list of the top 100 most “disliked” videos on YouTube (as of April 16th), places the reboot’s trailer at number 18 overall with over 610,000 dislikes.
The Ghostbusters reboot is Youtube’s most disliked trailer.
Overall the trailer has had nearly 30 million views since its release on March 3rd, with 610,000 viewers choosing to hit the dislike button and just over 214,450 giving it a thumbs up. The trailer’s comment section is also filled with users complaining about the reboot, with many calling it unnecessary or just 'not funny'.
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For her new comedy The Boss, Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a fierce businesswoman who is sent to prison for insider trading, and when she's released she sets out to reinvent herself as America's sweetheart. But her old rivals aren't so quick to forget about how she screwer them over.
This is a character McCarthy has been living with for some 15 years, having created her as part of her stand-up improv routine when she was with The Groundlings. "For me, my favourite character that I created was always Michelle Darnell," McCarthy says. "I loved her so much that I couldn't let her go, and I would randomly bring her up in conversation and talk about her over the years. She's a tricky one, though, because she is so dynamic, so forceful and so confident. Yet Michelle is someone who makes you wonder what lies beneath it all when she says, 'I don't need anyone - other than myself.' In the weirdest way, no matter how extreme she was, she always kind of made sense to me."
McCarthy asked many big names to appear in the film including Kathy Bates
Working with her husband, director Ben Falcone, McCarthy was determined not to make a movie that felt like a sketch comedy stretched to feature length. "It's not that Michelle changed very much," she says, "but we figured out how to change or expand her world. We wanted to take this character who had enjoyed everything she ever wanted, but was kind of a terrible human being, then take all of the good stuff away from her and see what she does about it. That's a wonderful journey, I think."
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The comedy has dethroned 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at the US box office.
Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss has taken the top spot at the US box office over the weekend, knocking off Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The comedy stars McCarthy as a former tycoon adjusting to life after prison and was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.
Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss is on top of the US box office.
The Boss took an estimated $23.5 million during its opening weekend, according to Forbes. It managed to narrowly beat Batman v Superman’s $23.4 million total, with one of the closest margins between any top two films in recent years.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Shows 'Batman V Superman' Who's Boss At US Box Office
Lorelai's best friend will be back in Stars Hollow
As fans of Gilmore Girls went into excitement meltdown after it was revealed that a revival of the popular show would be returning on Netflix, many were soon stopped in their tracks when they realised Sookie - played by Melissa McCarthy - wasn’t included in the line-up.
Melissa McCarthy has finally confirmed she will be returning to Gilmore Girls
However, fans can now finally relax after the Dragonfly Inn’s chef and Lorelai’s best friend revealed that she will be returning to Stars Hollow.
Continue reading: Finally! Melissa McCarthy Will Return For Gilmore Girls Revival
McCarthy pulled out all the stops when she took on Jimmy Fallon for the most heated Lip Sync Battle yet.
Melissa McCarthy managed to go from DMX to Pocahontas during an epic Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s edition of ‘The Tonight Show’. The comedian used glitter, a wind machine and flying furry toys to give a unique performance of ‘Colors of the Wind’ from the Disney soundtrack, leaving Fallon and the rest of the audience lost for words.
Melissa McCarthy had an epic Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon.
Before the battle began Fallon had admitted he was nervous and McCarthy said she was too, but for different reasons. "I don't get nervous a lot, I'm pretty freaked out about crushing you,” McCarthy told the host.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Channels Pocahontas In Epic Lip Sync Battle
Erin Gilbert is a brilliant quantum physicist and holds a high ranking lecturing position at Columbia University, that is until a past novel she's written comes to light. The novel was written by Erin and her friend Abby and claims that ghosts are real. When strange occurrences start to happen in Manhattan, Erin and Abby are reunited in a bid to put a stop to the ghostly apparitions.
They set up a small business to help being who are being haunted by the ghosts, the old friends are joined by Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineering mastermind who's just as geeky as the other two girls, the team then recruit Patty Tolan, a lady whose knowledge of New York and its underground is almost unrivalled.
Together the four women for The Ghostbusters.
The much-anticipated all-female reboot of 'Ghostbusters' is out on July 15th, and the full trailer can be seen now!
Nearly 32 years after Ghostbusters first hit cinemas, the full trailer for the all-female re-boot has finally been released – and everything looks pretty faithful to the offbeat, deadpan humour of the original, despite what the sexist naysayers are prophesying.
Director Paul Feig reunites with his long-term creative foils Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as well as ‘Saturday Night Live’ regulars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The 53 year old filmmaker has previously described the irate response to the all-girl line-up as “vile, misogynistic s***”, and the trailer looks as if it’ll go a long way to proving him right.
Sharp wit and humour is on display, as well as some neatly touched-up special effects and digitally rendered music, and looks like it’s avoided the pitfall over being overdone in comparison to the much-beloved originals.
Continue reading: Full 'Ghostbusters' Trailer Released - Take A Look Here
Sony unveiled a teaser trailer, with a longer preview arriving in early March.
Billed as one of the summer’s biggest cinema releases, we’ve heard surprising little about the highly anticipated Ghostbusters remake – until now. Sony has released a teaser for the cult franchise’s third instalment, with a full trailer due to drop next month.
On Sunday (February 14th), the studio put out a 28-second clip, in which none of the four female leads are featured. Instead, we see shots of armed police scrambling through the streets of New York to surround an unseen entity (another Marshmallow Man??), as the words ‘Who. You. Gonna. Call?’ appear on the screen.
At the end, a date of March 3rd is promised for a full trailer, ahead of a scheduled July 15th theatrical release later this year.
Continue reading: Teaser Trailer For New 'Ghostbusters' Released
Rumours that the CBS sitcom would be ending after the upcoming sixth season were confirmed by McCarthy and executive producer Chuck Lorre on Monday.
Melissa McCarthy has reacted with shock and sadness at the apparent news that her role as Molly Flynn in ‘Mike & Molly’ will be coming to an end at the end of its current season.
The 45 year old actress, also a star of Bridesmaids, Spy and Tammy and due to feature in the rebooted Ghostbusters, took to Twitter late on Monday (December 14th) seemingly to confirm that the CBS sitcom was being cancelled.
“I was shocked and heartbroken when @CBS canceled #MikeAndMolly. I would have shot this show for 50 more years. I'll miss my 2nd family,” she wrote. Fellow cast members Katy Mixon and Reno Wilson quickly re-tweeted her post.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Reacts With Sadness To 'Mike & Molly' Cancellation
Michelle Darnell is one of the most successful businesswomen of her age. She's loud, boisterous and upset MANY people on her way to the top.
To Michelle, she's made it. She's made billions and she has everything -materialistic - that she needs. However, when the businesswoman is arrested for insider trading, she can't even begin to grasp the changes that are going to happen in her life.
Penniless, sent to jail and alone, Michelle's life has gone from an all-time high to the lowest point she's ever experienced. After being released from jail, she's sure that she'll be ready to reinvent herself as America's latest reformed sweetheart but having offended so many people in the past, finding people to help her along the way won't be easy.
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Patients at a Boston hospital were pleasantly surprised when the Ghostbusters remake cast popped in for a visit.
The cast of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake delighted the patients at a Boston hospital on Saturday (1st August) when they visited in full costume. The stars of director Paul Feig’s all female remake of the 1980s classic – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - chatted and posed for photographs with the patients.
Melissa McCarthy at the London premiere of Spy in May 2015.
And in a shocking plot twist...
This week at the box office, Melissa McCarthy’s SPY snuck a box office victory past everyone, including the guys’ guys of Entourage. The Paul Feig-directed SPY took the North American box office with $30 million, along with pretty positive reviews and a worldwide total of $86 million (all stats taken from Box Office Mojo). Not a bad start for Melissa McCarthy’s first solo movie, made on a $60 million budget.
In Spy, McCarthy is joined by Jason Statham for a wild ride of a comedy.
Entourage, meanwhile, fell flat with just $17,8 million in North America, despite its early release on Thursday. The Adrian Grenier starrer took fourth place in the box office chart over the weekend, preceded by a holdover from the previous week and the debut of Insidious 3.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy's Spy Beats All Expectations With $30M Domestic Debut
The director spoke about passing the Bechdel test and working with Melissa McCarthy in a couple of interviews on Monday (June 1st).
Paul Feig, the director of the new movie Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, has spoken about his desire to write realistic roles for women, rather than conform to the usual rom-com rubric where all that female characters talk about are their relationships with men.
The 52 year old director, who has previously helmed movies such as Bridesmaids and Knocked Up, told The Huffington Post on Monday: “I want to write to the things I want them to be discussing and not be discussing. I have no desire to do, at this point in time, a romantic comedy where it's all about… talking about a guy or this and that. I love to be able to pass the Bechdel test.”
Paul Feig spoke about his desire to write credible, realistic movie parts for women
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Melissa McCarthy will star in the long-awaited 'Ghostbusters' reboot.
Comedy actress Melissa McCarthy has signed on to lead Paul Feig's Ghostbusters 3, while Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live alumni Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are currently in talks, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Melissa McCarthy will lead Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot, while Kristen Wiig is in talks
Negotiations with the trio are on-going though everyone is expected to sign on for the reboot, which could shoot in New York this summer. McCarthy and Wiig have both worked with Feig before, on the critically acclaimed and commercial smash Bridesmaids.
Continue reading: 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: Melissa McCarthy Confirmed, Kristen Wiig In Talks
The actress seems to be the producers' first choice, but will her busy schedule prevent her from joining the reboot?
Ever since it was revealed that the Ghostbusters reboot would featured an all female cast, Melissa McCarthy has been the name which has come up most when discussing who could be the film’s main star. The Bridesmaids funny woman seems to be the perfect choice for the film, plus her frequent collaborator Paul Feig will be in the directors chair. So what’s stopping McCarthy from signing on?
Could Melissa McCarthy's next role be as a Ghostbuster?
Well it seems the actress’ popularity could be the problem as her busy schedule may prevent her from taking on a role in the reboot. The Hollywood Reporter writes that their sources say McCarthy is in early talks to star in the film, however there are ‘several hurdles that need to be overcome’, before the actress can join Feig for the fourth time.
Sportswear for plus-sized women? Melissa McCarthy has got you covered.
Ok, so you know how there are never any workout clothes for plus-size women? That actually fit well? Well, Melissa McCarthy is about to change all of that. The comedienne, who has, in her own words “gone through every size on the planet” is launching her own fashion line, starting with casual sportswear, this fall.
Melissa McCarthy has a vision and she wants to share it with the world.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, McCarthy is collaborating with with Gerard Guez’s Sunrise Brands to create a fashion line, including accessories and beauty products for women.
With Paul Feig and Katie Dippold on-board for 'Ghostbusters 3', speculation is that Melissa McCarthy will lead the cast.
Well, this is a nice Thursday surprise. We've been hearing about Ghostbusters 3 for years. Till now, it's always seemed like a bit of desperate nostalgia project from Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray made it clear he wants nothing to do with the thing. And so news that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is directing and writing a primarily female-led movie with Parks and Recreation scribe Katie Dippold is fascinating.
Paul Feig is writing and directing 'Ghostbusters 3'
"It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with@katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call," wrote Feig on Twitter.
Continue reading: 'Ghostbusters 3' Is Underway, But Is Melissa McCarthy The Star?
Bill Murray stars in 'St. Vincent' and the strength of his performance appears to be the only aspect of the film critics seem to agree on.
Critics have plenty to say about St. Vincent, the soon-to-be-released comedy drama written and directed by Theodore Melfi, but not all of it is as positive as the film.
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The second weekend brought a massive drop in profits for "Transformers," but the CGI-heavy flick still kept its lead in the charts.
Box office winner time. No need for a spoiler alert here – it was Transformers: Age of Extinction. The franchise’s only competitor this weekend was Melissa McCarthey’s Tammy and with lukewarm reviews, the indie comedy was just no match for the selling power of a bunch of giant robots. Age of Extinction’s $36.4 million mark a 63% drop in its second weekend, but still managed to keep its lead in the chart, with Tammy taking in just $21,2 million for the three-day period. It was a low week for the box office in general, despite the 4th of July being a typical sales booster.
Despite unfavorable reviews, Transformers is doing well at the box office.
"This ranks as one of the lowest Fourth of Julys ever," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, Said for the Huffington Post. "We always think of Fourth of July being a big weekend. This year, we just have to lick our wounds and look forward to 'Planet of the Apes' and some other films to get us back on track."
This is comfortable territory for McCarthy
After a career playing bubbly, enthusiastic characters in small roles, Melissa McCarthy hit the big time with her Oscar-nominated turn in 2011's Bridesmaids. But she has played essentially the same character in her last three films: as a sociopath in Identity Thief, a cop in The Heat and now a woman on the run in Tammy.
Melissa McCarthy at the premiere of Tammy - photo: Getty 2014, Christopher Polk
All three of these characters begin as out-of-control slobs, overweight and unkempt, impulsive and self-absorbed. And over the course of the film they discover others might like them better if they wore slightly less hideous clothing and combed their hair. Admittedly, McCarthy is great at this kind of role, but the joke is beginning to wear rather thin.
Continue reading: 'Tammy' Sees McCarthy In A Familiar Role
The actress might want to consider using a stunt double next time.
While promoting her new movie Tammy, Melissa McCarthy stopped by 'Chelsea Lately' earlier this week and revealed how a jet ski accident on set managed to leave her $9,000 out of pocket.
Melissa McCarthy stars as the lead in Tammy
McCarthy told the E! chat show host that the incident occurred during a test run of the film’s scene where the comedienne’s character rides a jet ski. "We weren't actually shooting yet, we were just doing a test," McCarthy explained. "It's hard to shoot on water because everything's moving… so we did a test and I'm like, 'Isn't it a great idea if I'm in full wig and costume? Because if we shoot some stuff, maybe it's usable.'"
Continue reading: How Melissa McCarthy’s Jet Ski Accident Cost 'Tammy' $9,000
Were all the best 'Tammy' lines used up in the trailer?
It's nearly July 4th which means at least one thing: Melissa McCarthy's new comedy Tammy is being released this weekend. The hilarious trailer for the movie gives a glimpse into the hijinks of McCarthy's titular "heroine" as she is forced to turn to crime to get herself out of a pickle.
The Bridesmaids actress finally takes centre stage in her own comedy, which is directed by her husband Ben Falcone. After somehow managing to pull off an unlikely robbery at a fast foopd restaurant, the now-fugitive Tammy hits the road with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) and heads to Niagara Falls. However, the pair must work hard to evade the police, getting caught up in many hilariously outrageous situations along the way.
Early critics have had chance to mull over the movie, and unfortunately for Melissa, Tammy hasn't been given a clean bill of health. Describing the film as an "unfortunate, though ambitious and intermittently enjoyable, misfire," the AP's Jocelyn Noveck fails to be immersed in the movie structure of Tammy, saying "Other recent comedies have been described as elongated "Saturday Night Live" skits, but it's especially apt here.
Michael McCarthy, Sandra McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone and Mrs Mr Falcone - Los Angeles premiere of Tammy held at the TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals - Los Angeles, United States - Monday 30th June 2014
The 43 year-old actress was inspired to start her own plus-size clothing line after she couldn't get a top designer to create a red carpet dress due to her slightly larger size.
One of the most important elements of the Academy-Awards is who is wearing what.
However, it doesn't take a top designer to look the bee's knees while walking the red carpet, just ask Melissa McCarthy.
The comedic actress, who doesn't have your average female Hollywood body figure, recently revealed that several designers refused to make a dress in her size for the Oscars.
It has been a triumphant week for the rap and metal tribes whilst the Met Gala and the American Comedy Awards gave us lots of fashion to ogle.
Met Gala: This year's Met Gala was even more extravagant than ever before as the biggest names in showbiz arrived in New York clad in "decorations" and finery. Anna Wintour's bash served up some true style winners, particularly the couples (Hello there Beckhams) as well as some shockingly badly dressed individuals (Looking at you, Rita Ora). Read our pictures round-up of the stand-out moments in fashion. And find out why Kendall Jenner's glamorous attire may have just won her a coveted new role.
Glasto Metal!: Metallica have been announced as the final headliner for this year's Glastonbury Festival. Read all about the announcement and reactions. Slicing through the synth pop and folk ubiquity, James Hetfield and his band of rockers will be bringing a hit-packed show to Worthy Farm and will be joining Arcade Fire and Kasabian at the June event. Get up to date on their back catalogue here.
Melissa McCarthy finally gets her own movie.
The trailer has been released for the new comedy from Melissa McCarthy, Tammy. The actress, who is known for her side-splitting roles in comedies like Bridesmaids and The Heat, stages centre-stage in her own comedy, which she wrote and is directed by her husband, Ben Falcone.
Melissa McCarthy Is The Star Of The Show In New Comedy, 'Tammy.'
The new film sees the 43 year-old actress team up with Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother, Pearl. The trailer shows McCarthy as Tammy gearing up to rob a fast food restaurant by pulling gangster poses and expressions to the sound of Coolio's 'Gangster Paradise' to get her pumped up for the crime.
Continue reading: 'Tammy': Melissa McCarthy Turns To Crime In Hilarious Summer Comedy
The british funny-woman is trying to make is stateside
Miranda Hart will be starring alongside Jude Law when she takes on Hollywood as part of a new spy film by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. The as-of-yet untitled movie is set to begin filming in Budapest on Monday (April 7).
This is Miranda Hart's face
The cast sees a host of big names combine, with Jude Law and Miranda Hart joined by ‘Bridesmaids’ star Melissa McCarthy and perennial hard-man actor Jason Statham. The ‘Bridesmaids’ link doesn’t stop there, as director Feig is involved.
Continue reading: Miranda Hart Taking On Hollywood With Untitled Spy Flick
Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night.
This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Melissa McCarthy and featured some great sketches with her, but it was really Seth Meyers who stole the show. And rightfully so – it was Meyers’ last episode at the Weekend Update desk. Joined by former SNL co-stars Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Amy Poehler, Meyers was given a proper Weekend Update sendoff.
Seth Meyers said "so long" to SNL and moved on to greener pastures (and a premium time slot.)
Meyers is moving on to the next step of his career – replacing Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night – but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some emotional goodbyes. "This is the job I always wanted, and I had the best time," Meyers said in lieu of a witty closing line at the end of his last Weekend Update.
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy - Variety's Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors to Watch Brunch Presented By Mercedes-Benz At The 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival - Palm Springs, California, United States - Sunday 5th January 2014
Melissa McCarthy, Vivian and Ben Falcone - Actress Sandra Bullock trick or treating with good friend Melissa McCarthy and thier kids in Burbank ca. "The Heat" actresses both wore bright yellow rain coat costume with a manly long beard. Sandra's son Louis wore a skeleton costume with wings while Melissa's 2 daughters Vivian 6 and Georgette 3 both wore little monsters costumes and dad Ben Falcone as a Cat Burglar - Burbank, CA, United States - Thursday 31st October 2013
Melissa McCarthy "loves the cover" of November's 'Elle' in which she appears wrapped in an oversized coat. The fashion magazine has been criticised for covering the curvy actress.
Melissa McCarthy "loves the cover" of November's Elle in which she appears with tousled hair and wearing an oversized coat. Critics have claimed the magazine was deliberately covering up the plus-size actress as she was barely showing any skin. The 43-year-old comedy actress is the cover for the fashion magazine's November edition which is celebrating their annual 'Women in Hollywood' issue.
Melissa McCarthy "loves" the Elle cover.
This is not the first time this year the actress has come under scrutiny for being one of the very few curvy women in Hollywood, let alone in the public eye generally. In June film critic Rex Reed, whilst reviewing McCarthy's performance in Identity Theft, described the actress as "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." He further went on to cruelly call the actress a "hippo" and "tractor-sized."
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy "Loves" Her 'Elle' Cover
Miss Congeniality shows up The Other Guys in this riotously funny buddy-cop comedy, which overcomes its silly script with the ingenious pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The plot is essentially a flimsy framework on which to hang a series of nutty set pieces, but they're so hilarious that we don't mind at all.
Bullock plays Ashburn, an FBI agent who endangers her upcoming promotion by being too obsessively efficient and showing up the boys. Her boss (Bichir) thinks she could use some new scenery, so sends her to Boston to find a drug kingpin. But she quickly encroaches on the turf of local detective Mullins (McCarthy), whose outside-the-box methods have deeply intimidated her frazzled chief (Wilson). As they investigate the same case, Ashburn and Mullins clash badly before they realise that they really should be working together. But neither is willing to relinquish even a tiny bit of control.
It's hard to remember the last time two over-40 actresses were allowed to play such lively characters. Bullock and McCarthy have a fantastic snap of chemistry on-screen, as they improvise much of their hysterical interaction. This is a terrific combination of Bullock's fearless slapstick physicality and McCarthy's stinging humour. They're a lot funnier when they're at each others' throats than when they're working together, although even then they use deadpan humour to play on their differences. And in another clever flip of the genre, the male actors all have thankless roles around the edges of the story.
Continue reading: The Heat Review
'Gossip Girl' actress Jessica Szohr, 'Identity Thief' star Melissa McCarthy and 'Saturday Night Live' star Vanessa Bayer with her friend are snapped in Soho, New York City where they all gladly stop to pose for a few pictures. Melissa is about to be driven off in a car, but waves at photographers from her window and appears to mouth 'Thank you' to a paparazzo who shouts that he loves her movies.
The Heat enjoys a hot box office weekend.
It was a big weekend for the U.S Box office, with Monsters University and World War Z both posting big returns. The Heat, though, was possibly the biggest surprise, bagging an impressive $40m weekend.
McCarthy and Bullock are best buds
Of the hands that changed some $40m to see the buddy cop film, 65% of which were female, showing that a break from the ‘manly’ Iron Man, Fast and Furious and Superman films was a welcome one. It was the biggest weekend for both Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, who are being talked about to return in a sequel for the popular film.
The Monsters Inc. prequel warded off competition from the new buddy cop comedy and the action adventure to keep hold of the top spot for another week.
The latest venture from Pixar animations, Monsters University, spent a second week at the number one spot at the US box office, battling off competition from newcomers The Heat and White House Down. The prequel to 2001's Monsters Inc. managed to take in an impressive $46.2 million, just under half of it's taking from last week, and has currently made a massive $171 million in it's two weeks at cinemas.
Close behind in second place was the Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy-starring buddy cop movie The Heat, which scooped an impressive $40 million over the weekend. Costing $43 million to make, the movie has all but recouped it's expenditure in a relatively successful weekend, whereas fellow newcomer White House Down only managed to bring in $25.7 million to land it in fourth place, behind the Brad Pitt starring World War Z. The takings for the Roland Emmerich-directed film will be particularly distressing to Sony Pictures, who spent an estimated $150 million on making the Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx-starring film.
The buddy flick doesn't boast much originality, but it's casting is definitely spot on as the girls do comedy.
The Heat –‘the buddy cop flick starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock – had its much discussed premiere this week and by now you probably know the premise by heart; two mismatched cops – a by-the-book FBI pro and an insanely independent (and possibly slightly insane) Boston cop team up to hunt some bad guys. It’s a classic setup with a comically mismatched pair, who learn to work together and file down each other’s rough edges by the end. It’s been done before, but what makes this one different is that, in case you haven’t heard, the team in this one is all female! This shouldn’t really be groundbreaking news, but it is and that’s what most critics are talking about. Speaking of critics, they certainly have a lot to say about this one.
Apparently, women can do the buddy comedy genre just as well.
In the year of the buddy comedy, Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are putting a new spin on the old refrain. They’re still cops and good ones as well, but check this out – they’re both women! The groundbreaking concept, which apparently hadn’t occurred before to anyone in Hollywood is earning both McCarthy and Bullock a lot of praise.
Female friendship, you say?
Continue reading: The Heat Brings Female Buddy Comedies To The Forefront
Sandra Bullock is seen sharing a joke with comic actor Marlon Wayans while they are being interviewed on the red carpet. Marlon dabs the interviewer's head with a towel before wiping his own. Sandra is also seen holding hands and hugging Melissa McCarthy as they pose for photographers; director Paul Feig briefly photo bombs them, before they are joined by the rest of the cast.
Sandra Bullock talks about researching her role as a cop in Boston in a brief interview on the red carpet at the New York premiere for 'The Heat' held at the Ziegfeld Theater. 'White Chicks' star Marlon Wayans and 'The Blue Lagoon' actress Brooke Shields with her husband Chris Henchy are also snapped at the event.
He's a smart kid
Hopefully, we’ll find Sandra Bullock more funny than her young son does, after the actress revealed that three-year-old boy, Louis doesn’t think she’s all that in the comedy department.
"He doesn't find me funny at all!" Bullock told E! when asked if her son thought she was funny at the New York City premiere of her new movie The Heat. "The only time he thinks I'm funny is when I go, ‘You know you need to go to bed.' He goes, ‘You so funny mamma. You so funny. He knows exactly what he's doing," the actress joked, assuring us that he hasn’t totally outsmarted her. "But he's hilarious. He is hysterical." Not that she minds, though: “I'm just here to change diapers and feed him and make money for school," Bullock said. "That's my purpose here and it's worth it." One person who does find her funny is her co-star in the new comedy The Heat. That’s right, perennial funny woman Melissa McCarthy thinks she’s a laugh. "They were thick as thieves almost from the start,” the film’s director, Paul Feig said. “It was almost to the point where I was like 'Hey, can I get in there?'"
The Heat is set for a strong opening weekend according to experts. "Is it really? I mean — oh, well, that’s too bad for them," Feig said with a smile. "I hope it’s a wakeup call to everyone in Hollywood that we need to put more funny ladies in movies. We’re the only studio film this summer with women in the lead roles — so let’s change that."
Continue reading: Sandra Bullock’s Not Funny, Reckons Sandra Bullock’s Son
Sandra was a knock-out on the red carpet in her understated, slightly revealing LBD
Sandra Bullock is trying her hand at comedy in the film The Heat, in which she stars alongside Melissa McCarthy in the buddy cop movie. This Sunday (June 23), the actress lit-up the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City and despite being closer to fifty than forty, the actress oozed sex appeal and made the red carpet her own before the movie was screened.
Wearing a black leather Ermanno Scervino dress with gold sequins patterned across it, complete with gladiator-style heels and a solitary gold bangle, the actress exuded all the beauty and presence of a Mediterranean Goddess - not to take anything away from the other stars on the red carpet of course. The actress is no stranger to showing off a bit of skin on the red carpet, and on Sunday she showed off exactly the right amount again, not revealing too much but still looking tantalising in her LBD. Her co-star McCarthy meanwhile wore a curve-hugging navy dress with a gold bangle, finished off with some strappy stilettos.
Whilst there the actress discussed her role in the film - in which she plays a hard-as-nails FBI agent who teams up with a small-town cop (McCarthy) for a big sting - as well as discussing how her part is usually reserved for male actor, but hopefully in the future will see more and more women taking to comedy roles. She also discussed how she and co-star McCarthy became particularly close during filming, with the two hitting it off with each other straight away.
Following some nasty insults from one critic, Melissa refuses to let comments like that get her down.
Melissa McCarthy reveals she's 'in such a happy spot' despite a reviewer from The Observer branding her 'tractor-sized' and a 'hippo' following her appearance in comedy 'Identity Thief'.
The 'Bridesmaids' star may not be look like your average Hollywood leading lady, but this bodacious beaut has proved that being a major movie star isn't all in the dress size with Oscar and BAFTA nominations under her belt alongside an MTV and Emmy award win. However, that's clearly not the opinion of Rex Reed; a reviewer from The Observer who slammed her new comedy and regurgitated a string of very personal abuse. 'Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success', was the concluding point, only after referring to her as a 'female hippo', 'a screeching, humongous creep' and 'cacophonous, tractor-sized'.
In response, Melissa expressed her pity for the critic during an interview with the New York Times. 'I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate', she said. 'I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot.' She did, however, admit that had the comment been made some years earlier, 'it may have crushed me'.
The studio's move could be construed as highly offensive.
Melissa McCarthy’s face has been photoshopped on the poster for her upcoming buddy cop flick “The Heat.” The obvious and pretty terrible attempt at photoshopping has been done by the studio behind “The Heat” for the film’s UK poster, the Daily Mail reports. While the US version is more stylized and it isn’t immediately obvious, there appears to have been some tampering there as well. This probably hasn’t been done with McCarthy’s consent, since the actress has said in numerous interviews that she doesn’t have a problem with her weight and she has, in effect, become an advocate for plus size women in the entertainment industry.
'I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it – it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls,' she told the U.S. edition of Good Housekeeping in November. 'I don’t really know why I’m not thinner than I am,' she said. 'I don’t really drink soda; I don’t have a sweet tooth, and we eat healthfully at home.'
And yet, the movie’s promoters seem to have a problem with her look. McCarthy’s face has been so dramatically reshaped, that it is rendered barely recognisable in the posters. The actress, who stars in the movie alongside Sandra Bullock, is yet to comment on the retouched photos.
Continue reading: Controversy Grows Around Melissa McCarthy's Retouched "The Heat" Poster
When Melissa McCarthy fires an extra, she must have done something dreadfully wrong, right?
When Melissa McCarthy fires an extra from a movie set, things must have gone very, very wrong. The bubbly Bridesmaids star gave a young woman her marching orders on the set of her and husband Ben Falcone's new movie Tammy for a frankly bizarre reason, reports TMZ.com.
The extra - a woman in her 20s - had brought along her child to the set for a daylong shoot by a lake. She was being paid $58. However, witnesses say the extra had been struggling to keep her kid occupied all morning and was constantly harping on the child to "stop it" and quiet down, loudly disrupting production apparently.
Sources say the last straw came when the young mother harshly jerked the child up in the air by the wrist and McCarthy saw the whole thing. The director immediately had assistants eject the woman from the set saying she wouldn't tolerate such abuse on her set. The woman's identity was not disclosed and representatives for McCarthy made no immediate comment on the incident.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Fires Extra From 'Tammy' Set For Bizarre Reason
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Chris Pine among award recipients at CinemaCon's closing night Big Screen Achievement Awards.
The honourees at this CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards proudly displayed their accolades on the red carpet at Caesars Palace on April 18th 2013.
This year twelve phenomenal actors and directors were awarded at the Las Vegas resort and casino as CinemaCon came to a close this week. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson landed Comedy Duo of the Year as they are set to reunite for the first time since 2005's 'Wedding Crashers' in 'The Internship'. Melissa McCarthy won Female Star of the Year after being hilarious in 'Identity Thief', while young Asa Butterfield who is set to star in 'Ender's Game' later this year won Rising Star of 2013. His co-star, Harrison Ford, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award while his other co-star Hailee Steinfeld was given an award dubbing her Female Star of Tomorrow as she takes on leading roles in 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Can a Song Save Your Life?' this year. Male Star of the Year went to Chris Pine with the upcoming release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness', 'Oblivion' star Morgan Freeman won Cinema Icon Award and Armie Hammer became Male Star of Tomorrow as he takes on the lead role in 'The Lone Ranger'. Other actresses to land awards were Aubrey Plaza with Breakthrough Performer of the Year as she is set to appear in 'The To Do List' and Elizabeth Banks from 'The Hunger Games' who won an Award of Excellence in Acting.
Actress struggled to cope with her high heels
Melissa McCarthy was a huge success when she hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last year, but she stumbled into the role quite literally this time round.
The comedienne was making her second hosting appearance of the long running comedy sketch show on Saturday night (April 6, 2013) but she was struggling to keep her feet at its beginning, after tottering towards the stage on some sparkly high heels. "I should've tried these shoes on," the Identity Thief star said, reports E! Online, before eventually taking tumble. Which a rehearsed dance number with Taran Killam lined up straight after it wasn’t exactly the best confidence-booster and the star consequently performed the routine on her knees.
"My quads are seizing up," she said. "They told me make sure you practice in your shoes, and I said ‘what? I live in heels,' which wasn't honest. I'm primarily in a Croc." However, once this was all out the way McCarthy shone, bringing forth the LOLs with a comedy parody on The Voice, in which she played an out-of-tune contestant, with Usher, Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton all chipping in as judges to comment on her terrible performance. Another highlight was the sketch Honey Baked Ham Bake Off, in which McCarthy played an over-talkative baker who went above and beyond getting her passion for pork across. It made for quite the hilarity.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Falls On SNL But Recovers With Style
Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage livened up the show last night.
Mellissa McCarthy had her second turn hosting SNL last night and, according to popular opinion, it was good.
Everyone knows that McCarthy’s biggest strength is in physical comedy and she didn’t disappoint on this week's SNL – from stumbling around in heels, to flailing in an eerily accurate impression of fired Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. Naturally, SNL picked the hot topic as their centerpiece sketch, in which McCarthy played the terrifying coach of a women’s basketball team. Rice may have shoved players and hurled slurs, but Cathy’s Sheila Kelly was equally as obnoxious, throwing toasters and making her players cook her meals on court. The reproductions of practice video and the character's "only in women's basketball" haircut, suit and shoes made the sketch a win.
The food theme continued throughout the night, probably because SNL writers didn’t have too many current events to sink their teeth into this week. Sports also made an appearance in several other sketches, like Kenan Thompson making an appearance on "Weekend Update" as Charles Barkley, sending up Sir Charles' fondness for gambling and constant ribbing of Michael Jordan ("the Michael Jordan of gambling"). Oh and let’s not forget Peter Dinklage’s cameo as Bobby Moynihan's drunk uncle, Peter Drunklage. By this point everyone’s agreed that anything Dinklage touches turns to gold, right?
Continue reading: Last Night's SNL Was Hosted By Melissa McCarthy. Hilarity Ensued.
There's real potential in this premise for a ripping screwball comedy anchored by two likeable actors, but the filmmakers simply don't trust the material, stirring in constant elements of action mayhem that don't work at all. Pointless car chases, over-violent fight scenes, murderous henchmen, a ruthless bounty hunter and even a full-on heist: all of these things feel like irrelevant distractions for a movie that's essentially just a remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, with an identity-theft twist.
Bateman plays the androgynously named Sandy Patterson, a Denver accountant struggling to make ends meet when he's offered a great new job with a colleague (Cho) that will better help him support his pregnant wife (Peet) and their two precocious daughters. Then suddenly everything is jeopardised when someone steals his identity and, for some inexplicable reason, he has to go to Florida and bring the culprit back to Denver himself. The con artist turns out to be Diana (McCarthy), who's a lot feistier than Sandy expects. And as they begin the long road trip to Colorado, he discovers that she's also being chased by two mob goons (Harris and Rodriguez) and a bounty hunter (Patrick).
Plenty of films manage to mix violence and comedy effectively, but director Gordon and writer Mazin seem to flail at every turn, wildly veering from corny sentimentality to ugly brutality, punctuated by humour that only occasionally makes us laugh. And at nearly two hours, the film feels far too long even though the pace is frenetic. The various set pieces simply don't fit in with the basic premise, leaving the plot in tatters. All of these nasty villains chasing Diana are utterly meaningless, and many of the action sequences feel both inexplicable and implausible.
Continue reading: Identity Thief Review
The trouble with messing with one McCarthy, is that the one might get you back… Jenny McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy’s cousin and the host of The Jenny McCarthy Show, tore into film critic Rex Reed after he had given Melissa and her new film, Identity Thief, a bad review.
Reed’s problem with film actually turned out to be a personal problem with the comic and actor, and he wrote in the New York Observer that she was a "gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." That didn’t go down too well with cousin Jenny, who told E! Online "I don't have the whole story, but, I do know that, after being in this business 20 years, it's really crummy that you get attacked in your personal life in general.” Beef!
Continuing, the talk show host fumed "That's obnoxious in itself. For anyone to attack like that, it's just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn't do anyone any good—not even Rex Reed, you know?" So what does Mr Reed have to say for himself? Quite a bit actually. "My point was that I object to using health issues like obesity as comic talking points...[McCarthy] is basing her career on being obnoxious and being overweight” he told WOR 710 FM, according to Indiewire. “And I don't think that's funny. I have too many friends that have died of obesity-related illnesses, heart problems and diabetes, and I have actually lost friends to this. I have helped people try to lose weight, and I don't find this to be the subject of a lot of humor. I have a perfect right to say that.” Can you smell that, readers? That’s right, looks like we’ve got some prime medium rare BEEF on our hands…
Beating the movie that propelled its star into the spotlight, Identity Thief starring Melissa McCarthy has beaten 2011's Bridesmaids in its opening days, scoring an impressive $36.6m over the weekend.
Despite largely poor reviews, Identity Thief has smashed expectations which, as MTV reports, were estimated between $20-30m rather than almost doubling the lower estimates. The number is particularly impressive given the horrendous snowstorm that ripped through the North East of the USA which would have certainly meant many people wouldn't have even been able to get to the movies. Identity Thief is about an exuberant identity thief (McCarthy) who steals the identity of a business man (Jason Bateman) who ends up losing his job because of the con. He then hunts down McCarthy wanting her to confess to her con to restore his life to normal.
McCarthy's performance wasn't criticized too much, it seemed the film as a whole just didn't work. Nevertheless, it might take something of a miracle to put her back in the goodbooks of critics. As the Hollywood Reporter wrote last week, she's got three new projects in the pipeline, so hopefully she'll claw back some brownie points there. The new projects are called; Michelle Darnell, Cousin Irv From Mars and Just Do It, an adaptation of the Douglas Brown memoir about he and his wife tried to rekindle their sex life after 14 years of marriage.
Melissa McCarthy's latest comedy caper Identity Thief defied poor reviews and blizzard conditions to top the US box office with rather huge takings of $36.6 million during its opening weekend. The movie, about a mild-mannered businessman who travels to Miami to confront a woman who has stolen his identity, is officially the biggest release of the year.
The result seems strange given the bad weather in the US and the fact that Identity Thief is one of the worst reviewed movies of McCarthy's career. Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com said, "Considering that it starts out with two distinctive and likable stars and a reasonably promising premise, "Identity Thief" reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy." Last week's top movie, the zombie comedy Warm Bodies, fell to number two with $11.5 million takings, while Steven Soderberg's Side Effects - one of the best reviewed movies of the director's career - took $10 million to finish third. Ticket sales were 45 per cent lower than the same three-day period last year, with most of the north-east coast of America buried in heavy snow. "It took such a chunk out of the business. But we can't control Mother Nature," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. Rocco suggested 'Identity Thief' would have taken $40 million if it weren't for the weather.
Rounding out the top five was Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook - which is expected to perform well at the Oscars next month - and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Good news for Melissa McCarthy: bad reviews don't always mean bad box office takings, as her the first movie for her to star in has snatched the top spot for the year so far. Taking over $30m in its first weekend, Identity Thief has defied critics and beaten all other films so far this year to be the biggest opener of 2013.
Identity Thief is about an exuberant identity thief (McCarthy) who uses credit cards to steal the details of unassuming members of the public. One of the people she cons (Jason Bateman) loses his job over the con and sets about to find her to make her confess so that he can get his life back on track. The success of the movie is said to be down to McCarthy's star power, who has delighted audiences for years in TV shows such as The Gilmore Girls and, more recently, the movie Bridesmaids. Nikki Rocco from Universal, said: "She is an absolute favorite of audiences... and has become an absolute darling particularly in middle America, where the film did very strong business."
As the LA Times reports, prior to Identity Thief, the collaboration between Guillermo Del Toro and Jessica Chastain in Mama had managed to take $28m back in January, but that was no match for the $36.6m that Identity Thief boasts. The only other movie to open nationwide this weekend was Steven Soderberg's Side Effects, which managed only $10m, a disappointing start for the director's purported final feature film.
To say that the critics have given Identity Theft a hard time would be, well, completely fair. They didn't enjoy it, and the reviews show that, but will the audiences be drawn in by Melissa McCarthy's performance?
Well, with only 25% accumulated so far on Rotten Tomatoes - and that's from 100 reviews - no one involved in the film should be awaiting any nominations, apart from maybe McCarthy. "Preposterous, goofy and a clear ripoff of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Identity still manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique," say USA Today in an article dedicated to praising the Comedy Actress. CNN were equally doting of McCarthy, saying, "Even with all its shortcomings and sentimental fudges, there is something about McCarthy's refusal to lie down and play the victim that gives it a comic edge. A blunt edge, to be sure, but an edge all the same."
So it's clear that McCarthy steals the show, but the film as a whole won't be enjoyed for years to come, unless it manages to forge a cult status, which, let's be honest, it wont. Identity Theft opened in America last night (Feb, 8) but U.K audiences will have to sit tight until March 22nd to get the chance to see it. And it'll probably an easy wait.
Continue reading: Identify Theft Saved By Melissa McCarthy's Performance?
For some time, it looked as though Melissa McCarthy was on track to follow the likes of Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey, to becoming one of those faultless American comic actresses that can seemingly do no wrong. We fell in love with her in Bridesmaids and she kept us entertained in 'Mike and Molly'. Her next major release, though, Identity Thief, has not gone down well with the critics and looks to be something of a doozy, with its clichéd slapstick and corny ending. We expected more from Melissa McCarthy, but Identity Thief just doesn’t deliver the goods.
Along with co-star Jason Bateman (who plays Every Jason Bateman Role Ever, Again), Melissa manages to get a decent tally of belly laughs out of the audience but it’s not enough to save Identity Thief from being just another bog-standard comedy. Diana (McCarthy) is a techno-savvy identity thief, who doesn’t bank on messing with a victim like Sandy (Bateman), who hunts her down in order to get his identity back and cling on the promotion he’d just got when he was wrongly arrested for credit card fraud.
McCarthy and Bateman get a thumbs up for their individual performances but as Magnola Dhargis writes, for New York Times, “it is entirely possible to ignore the worst parts of this movie, to drift along during the lulls, slide over the half-baked jokes and just wait for Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Bateman to do their things.” With a disappointing 23% on the Rotten Tomatoes reviews site, it looks as though director Seth Gordon has failed to make another Horrible Bosses and appears to have gone down the road of his 2008 flop, Four Christmasses. Let’s hope McCarthy’s future movie plans can do a U-turn on the damage done to her reputation, here.
Melissa McCarthy’s career has been going from strength to strength since appearing in the 2011 hit comedy Bridesmaids. Now, McCarthy and her husband and working partner Ben Falcone have a series of major projects in the pipeline with Universal and Fox. The projects will be helmed by On the Day, the production company formed by Melissa and Ben.
First up is Michelle Darnell, which has been snapped up by Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This particular project centers around a character created by the working couple and is set to star Melissa McCarthy, who will also be producing along with Falcone. Universal have also taken on Cousin Irv From Mars, based on the recent book by Bruce Eric Kaplan (the New Yorker cartoonist, who has also written scripts for Seinfeld and Six Feet Under). On the Day will also be taking on Fox’s adaptation of the comic self-help sex guide, Just Do It: How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives for 101 Days (No Excuses!). The adaptation is taken from a book by Douglas Brown, who told the story of his and his wife’s attempts to rekindle their sex lives after 14 years of marriage.
Sandy Bigelow Patterson is a successful businessman who lives in Denver, Colorado but his world is turned upside down when his credit card gets rejected at the gas station. He discovers that several expensive transactions have been made on his card including a water sports excursion in Florida - where he has never happened to venture. After making several enquiries and informing the police, he is told that his identity has been stolen. His initial shock and distress is quelled slightly on seeing a mugshot of the thief: an eccentrically dressed, overweight, middle-aged woman who Sandy thinks he can take on himself and force her to relinquish his identity after she has spent thousands of dollars on shopping, luxury items and partying. However, she proves too much for Sandy to handle when he tracks her down in Florida, aggressively refusing to give up her hold on his life.
'Identity Thief' is the side-splittingly funny crime comedy from the director of 'Horrible Bosses' Seth Gordon and written by Craig Mazin ('Scary Movie 3', 'The Hangover Part Two') . It is produced by Scott Stuber ('Ted', 'Love And Other Drugs'), Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman and Pamela Abdy ('Garden State') and will be released in cinemas in the UK on March 1st 2013.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, T.I, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Ben Falcone, Clark Duke, Mary-Charles Jones and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.
'This Is 40' is a spin-off of 2007 film 'Knocked Up' and surrounds the lives of husband and wife Pete and Debbie. Debbie is the sister of Alison, the woman who the 'Knocked Up' main protagonist Ben gets pregnant after a one night stand. Debbie's own tempestuous relationship with Pete is touched upon in this film when she and him separate briefly after she finds out he keeps disappearing at strange hours to play fantasy baseball thus finding an escape from married life. 'This Is 40' follows their marriage in more depth some years on. Debbie is turning forty and is generally depressed about life let alone her marriage, Pete is finding more ways to escape and their kids are going through difficult stages.
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Melissa McCarthy shot to fame as the irrepressible chef Sookie St James in the TV series The Gilmore Girls. On the big screen, she has varied her roles between comedy (The Back-up Plan and Life As We Know It) and suspense (opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines). Now she gets to shamelessly steal scenes from Kristen Wiig in this summer's comedy hit Bridesmaids.
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Kristen Wiig finally gets her chance to shine in a lead role with this hilarious comedy. The film veers a bit wildly between silly playfulness and extreme rudeness, but it keeps us hooked by maintaining believable characters.
Despite some heavy setbacks, Annie (Wiig) is happy in her life with a casual partner (Hamm) and a low-pressure job. Then her best pal Lillian (Rudolph) gets engaged, and even though Annie's the maid of honour, every wedding decision is a battle with seemingly perfect bridesmaids Helen (Byrne), while other attendants (McCarthy, McLendon-Covey and Kemper) have issues of their own.
Meanwhile, Annie's encounters with a local Milwaukee cop (O'Dowd) are a confusing mixture of attraction and reticence. Then as Helen seizes control of Lillian's wedding, Annie's life seems to fall apart around her.
Every character in this film is a bundle of insecurity, sometimes very well hidden, and watching them all interact is hilariously entertaining. This is due to an unusually smart, lively script and razor-sharp performances. Even the story's annoying characters have some complexity to them, so as the rom-com structure unfurls, we go along with it simply because we are interested in these people and want to see where they end up.
Wiig is terrific at the centre, generating warm camaraderie with Rudolph and spiky rivalry with Byrne. And her chemistry with O'Dowd is enjoyably funny and cute. Meanwhile, scene-stealers like McCarthy, Clayburgh (as Annie's mum) and Lucas (as Annie's flatmate) bubble around the edges. There isn't a scene in the film that doesn't generate a solid laugh, often of the gut-wrenching variety.
And while a few gross-out gags go over the top, they at least stay essentially good-natured.
Even so, the film is far too long for a comedy; at least a half hour could have been trimmed away. It's not that the material isn't entertaining (we're never bored at all), but some tightening would have made the overall plot that much stronger, even if that meant losing some of the rambling improvisational riffs.
They may be hysterically funny, but they dilute the overall impact of the story and would be just as amusing as DVD extras. On the other hand, the mid-credits sequence is priceless.
We leave the scene before Reynolds finds definite answers, but the three primary actors recur in each of the subsequent sections, playing different characters. In Part II, Reynolds is a TV writer trying to cast his actress friend McCarthy (playing a version of herself, a popular supporting player on Gilmore Girls) in a new series over the objections of a network executive (Davis), who wants to hire an actress with a development deal (it goes almost without saying that said actress also happens to be skinnier and more generic, and is played by frequent network TV guest-star Dahlia Salem, and that the character's name is also Dahlia Salem). Later, in Part III, we see Reynolds and McCarthy as characters in that series, with Davis popping up in another vaguely antagonistic part.
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