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Louie Anderson got his start in comedy on a dare.
As a young man in Minnesota in the late 1970s, Anderson went to a comedy club with some friends. He wasn’t impressed.
“It was my fault because I said the comedians who were up there weren’t very funny,” he recalls. “That backfired on me. People said, ‘Why don’t you go up there?’ I said, ‘Ok, I will.’”
Within a week Anderson was performing on open mic night.
“I remember I wrote these jokes all week and I’d ask people if they thought they were funny,” Anderson says. “They were mostly about being a fat kid growing up. I was terrible with the mic technique, I was way too close.”
But almost instantly, Anderson, who is being honored by Variety as part of their “Legends and Groundbreakers” series at the Just for Laughs fest, started getting attention. A »
- Geoff Berkshire
McCarthy and spouse Ben Falcone set up the comedy project several months ago at Warner’s New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing. As with “The Boss,” McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.
“Life of the Party” is the second project set up at New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing following 2014’s “Tammy,” which grossed $100 million worldwide on a $19 million budget.
- Dave McNary
Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn: Katie Dippold, who cowrote the new Ghostbusters, has also written an action comedy that will star Amy Schumer as a daughter who takes her mother (Goldie Hawn) on a road trip. Dippold says it's based on her relationship with her own mother. She also says that Schumer and Hawn are "really awesome together." [Collider] Life of the Party: Gillian Jacobs (TVs Community) has joined the cast of Life of the Party. Melissa McCarthy will star in the comedy, which she cowrote with her husband Ben Falcone, who is directing. The movie is described as "in the vein" of Rodney Dangerfield's college comedy Back to School. Jacobs will play a sorority sister. Filming is scheduled to begin in August. [THR] Goat Trailer...
- Peter Martin
Universal is in the process of creating a classic horror creatures franchise, following the interconnected tentpole blueprint laid out by Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve already scored top-tier talent such as Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Russell Crowe, and they are now eyeing Javier Bardem for the iconic role of Frankenstein’s monster, which was clarified by Variety‘s Justin Kroll:
To be clear, he would be playing the monster in some form not Victor
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 11, 2016
The No Country For Old Men star previously declined an offer to appear opposite Cruise in The Mummy, a role which was deferred to Crowe. It now seems as though there’s a spot for everyone in this monster mash, which Bardem will shoot after Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, which is currently in production. Bardem will also be seen in another big-budget feature when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »
- Mike Mazzanti
Community and Love actress Gillian Jacob has inked a deal to join Life of the Party, a New Line comedy that will have her star opposite Melissa McCarthy.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that Jacob is attached to the role of an unnamed sorority sister in the Ben Falcone-directed flick. Story details remain few and far between at this time, though THR notes that it’s been pitched in the “vein of the Rodney Dangerfield hit college comedy Back to School.”
What we do know is that Life of the Party heralds a new collaboration between Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone. Critical acclaim may elude them, but there’s no doubting that both Tammy and The Boss proved to relatively bankable hits. We’re hoping that the pair buck trend and churn out a movie that satisfies across the board. McCarthy and Falcone are the brains behind the script, »
- Michael Briers
To make Tony Stark look like his younger self in “Captain America: Civil War,” artists referenced Robert Downey Jr.‘s early filmography. They studied him playing mallrat bully Ian in the 1985 comedy “Weird Science,” as the best buddy of Rodney Dangerfield’s son in “Back to School,” and as a drug addicted rich kid in the big-screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis‘ “Less Than Zero.” “We went a little closer to ‘Less Than Zero,'” said visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw during an interview with TheWrap this week. “No one wanted the spikey hair from ‘Weird Science’ like I did! »
- Meriah Doty
More often than not, a documentary tends to be about something you previously were not fully educated on or not even aware of. In this case, however, Weiner happens to be on a subject and about a person that already fascinates me. Somehow though, it managed to exceed expectations, so much so that I think it’s potentially a modern documentary classic. A look not just at a political scandal but at running a 21st century campaign in general, I think this is something pretty special. Anthony Weiner is a controversial politician, no doubt about it, but there’s no controversy here…this is a great doc. It’s hitting theaters this week and is a must see. The doc is a warts and all look at Anthony Weiner. It begins by bringing you up to speed on his congressional career, where he was a liberal Democrat and hero to the left. »
- Joey Magidson
Between them, Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone have staged rip-roaring road trips in Tammy and wealthy CEOs with the release of last week’s comedy, The Boss. It’s a cinematic partnership that impresses more in the box office department than anything else, though it’s one that will continue when McCarthy becomes the Life of the Party.
Setting up shop at New Line, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that McCarthy and Falcone’s third comedy effort will come tethered with a similar production budget to Tammy – somewhere in the $19 million ballpark, essentially – as the studio looks to carry out a similarly low-budget, high-profit feat.
Placing the soon-to-be-Ghostbuster as the movie’s lead, it’s understood that “the film has been described as being akin in tone to the Rodney Dangerfield hit Back to School and pitched as a broad comedy playing on McCarthy’s strengths.” While it’s »
- Michael Briers
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Melissa McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone, will be teaming up once again for New Line’s upcoming comedy Life of the Party. Falcone is set to direct the film and McCarthy has signed on to star, making this the pair’s third collaboration of that sort. The duo penned the script for the film and are both set to produce as well.
Life of the Party is described by the outlet as being “akin in tone to the Rodney Dangerfield hit Back to School and pitched as a broad comedy playing on McCarthy’s strengths.” Aside from that, plot details are currently unknown.
Falcone first directed McCarthy in 2014’s Tammy, a film that, while panned by critics, turned a tidy profit at the box office, taking in over $100 million on a $20 million budget. It looks like the pair’s most recent effort, »
- Justin Cook
Whether you know her from Gilmore Girls or Bridesmaids, it.s a pretty safe assumption that you know who Melissa McCarthy is. She.s exploded into popularity and whether you like her or not, you can.t escape her. Even though their latest collaboration, The Boss, just released in theaters this weekend, it appears that Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone have already gotten the green light for their next film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Newline has picked up the couple's latest film, Life of the Party. Melissa McCarthy is expected to star while Ben Falcone will direct off of a screenplay that the duo wrote together. This will be the third film from the husband and wife, the other two being Tammy and The Boss. Mum's the word on the plot but it.s being described as "being akin in tone to the Rodney Dangerfield hit Back to »
As with “The Boss,” which opened Friday, McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.
Universal’s “The Boss” is battling Warner Bros.’ third weekend of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for the top spot at the box office with both expected to wind up the weekend at about $23 million.“The Boss,” which stars McCarthy »
- Dave McNary
On the same day that their new Universal comedy “The Boss” hits theaters, Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are re-teaming on a New Line comedy titled “Life of the Party,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Like “The Boss,” McCarthy will star and Falcone will direct. The duo co-wrote the script and will produce as well under their On the Day banner. They previously collaborated on New Line’s “Tammy,” which grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but an insider likens “Life of the Party” to the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield. »
- Jeff Sneider
In 1989, Sam Kinison was riding high. As one of the most foul-mouthed funnymen to terrorize stages during the Golden Age of the Shock Comic, the hard-partying, beret-rocking dynamo was playing Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum and appearing on Married With Children and in Mötley Crüe's "Kickstart My Heart" video. (Rolling Stone also put him on the cover, dubbing him the "Beast of Comedy.") His gigs were part strip show, part heavy-metal concert, all primal-scream therapy. Rodney Dangerfield had championed him; Robin Williams and Howard Stern were fans. Three years later, »
Right now, it.s a damned good time to be Sylvester Stallone. After years of no respect from the industry that bordered dangerously on Rodney Dangerfield levels, the actor walked away from the Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday evening with an award for Best Supporting Actor in Creed, and this morning he parlayed that success into the grand daddy of all nominations: an Oscar. Stallone.s road to the Academy Awards has been a long and tumultuous one, so it has us wondering: what sort of chances does the Hollywood icon have of actually winning? Early this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a complete list of this year.s Oscar nominations, and of course Stallone.s name was there. We can.t exactly say we are surprised about that. The 69-year-old actor rendered an absolutely heartbreaking performance as the aging boxer with seemingly nothing »
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