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When a big movie studio is willing to show a film months before its release, they know they have the goods. That was definitely the case when 20th Century Fox world premiered writer-director Paul Feig’s comedy Spy at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The potential franchise-starter features Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who goes into the field for the very first time after her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid. Loaded with an all-star cast (Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Peter Serafinowicz, and Morena Baccarin), one of the main reasons Spy is so great is that each supporting character has a moment to shine, and Statham completely knocks it out of the park in his first big studio comedy. During the premiere, the crowd was laughing so loud I missed lines of dialogue between Statham and McCarthy. Trust me, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
When a big movie studio is willing to show a film months before its release, they know they have the goods. That was definitely the case when 20th Century Fox world premiered writer-director Paul Feig’s comedy Spy at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. The potential franchise-starter features Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who goes into the field for the very first time after her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid. Loaded with an all-star cast (Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Peter Serafinowicz, and Morena Baccarin), one of the main reasons why Spy is so great is that each supporting character has a moment to shine, and Statham completely knocks it out of the park in his first big studio comedy. During the premiere, the crowd was laughing so loud I missed lines of dialogue between Statham and McCarthy. Trust me, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
It is humanly impossible to be excited by the idea of a new talk show. When's the last time you sat through an entire talk show monologue? Was it recently? If so, then why? What did you hope to achieve by hearing three jokes about current events? Don't you understand that the internet will compile any worthwhile talk show clips for you in the morning? Come on. Grow up. Luckily, James Corden seemed very aware of boring talk show tropes during his "Late Late Show" debut and did his best to circumvent them. The Tony-winning actor served up a modest but promising first show with the help of guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis, who were brilliant and utterly boring (respectively). Kunis spent what seemed like a fortnight on Corden's couch discussing her jewelry designs. Almost bravely dull. To Corden's credit, there were practically no other lowlights to his debut. »
- Louis Virtel
And throughout his mild-mannered opening monologue, the British comic repeatedly referenced his surprise at being chosen to succeed Craig Ferguson in CBS’ 12:37/11:37c weeknight slot and his belief that most Americans have no idea who he is.
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If I’m being honest, though, I wish Corden — who’ll always be »
While we'll always miss Craig Ferguson, his robot friend Geoff Petersen, and that dancing horse, but we're already kind of in love with James Corden after just one episode. After a quick monologue during which Corden introduced bandleader Reggie Watts and told us "However shocked you are that I am doing this job, you're not as shocked as I am," we were treated to a skit in which he was given the job via golden ticket, Willy Wonka-style, beating out other hopefuls like Simon Cowell, Lena Dunham, Eddie Redmayne, and Katie Couric who opened their candy wrappers to find nothing but chocolate. Then, Corden was treated to some talk show host training sessions by Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Allison Janney, »
Back in November, Screenterrier reported on the casting of Asa Butterfield as lead role Jacob, and Ella Purnell as Peculiar Child Emma Bloom, joining Eva Green in Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home For Peculiars, based upon the best-selling novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (played by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Filming has now commenced and we can meet the young actors making up the rest of the cast of Peculiar Children, who all possess incredible powers.
Eight year old Pixie Davies plays little Bronwyn Buntley, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Austin - When "Bridesmaids" was in production, I visited the set, and it seemed to me that the collaborators working on the film were flying happily under the radar, no pressure on them beyond whatever pressure they put on themselves. When they brought the film to SXSW for a "work-in-progress" screening, it absolutely destroyed the audience, and Universal suddenly realized what a hit they had on their hands. Seeing Paul Feig onstage last Sunday at the Paramount to introduce his new film as a writer/director, I was struck by how far he's come even since I met him on the set of "Unaccompanied Minors." He's always been wildly funny and very smart, and if you haven't read his book, "Superstud," you are doing it wrong. It is a tremendous piece of writing. His work on "Freaks & Geeks" is also beautiful and nuanced. But with "Bridesmaids," he was launched into that rarefied A-list territory, »
- Drew McWeeny
On Friday (March 20) morning, I assembled a one-person appeals board and by a unanimous decision, I've decided that the TV Academy and its genre classification system is/are a Comedy, because darned if those clowns don't make me laugh, which is more than I can say for undisputed comedy "Nurse Jackie." For a few years, the TV Academy has had difficulties with Emmy classification, because nobody on the Emmy rules committee is capable of accepting that sometimes things that are dramatic can also offer comedic elements and sometimes things that are comedic can often have dramatic elements and sometimes things that have a running time of between 44 minutes and an hour can be comedies and, in occasional extremes, it's even been known for half-hour things to be dramatic. It's almost as if life itself is neither wholly dramatic or wholly comedic and sometimes tone is fungible. But don't expect for »
- Daniel Fienberg
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
I just caught up with the Red Band trailer for Spy, which I’ve also included below for you, and it’s looking pretty good. Thankfully, the marvellous McCarthy also appears to be back on form when it’s released on 5th June for movie goers in the UK.
Directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, who’s an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
It’s obviously all a little ridicolous but what else would we expect? There’s a top cast that includes the three below alongside Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Miranda Hart. »
- Dan Bullock
With the movie getting rather positive reviews from its screening at SXSW, we’ve been sent over new UK posters and character posters for comedy Spy, which features Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law.
Check out the posters below:
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
Spy is out in UK cinemas on June 5th 2015 and is directed by Paul Feig (Ghostbusters) with a cast that also includes Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Miranda Hart.
- Luke Owen
"The Duff" is the new teen comedy feature directed by Ari Sandel based on the novel of the same name by author Kody Keplinger, starring Thorne, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Allison Janney and Ken Jeong, released by Lionsgate and CBS Films.
Thorne plays 'mean girl' 'Madison Morgan' in the new film.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Duff"...
- Michael Stevens
It looks as though there is no stopping this Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy train. With Bridesmaids and The Heat behind us and a new Ghostbusters ahead, these two obviously have a strong relationship and will continue to work with one another. And good for them. I like the idea of partnerships, continuing to do new things with each other. Some of it works (Bridesmaids) and some of it really doesn't (The Heat). Their new film Spy kind of falls in the middle, giving McCarthy an actual three-dimensional character to play but suffers the fate of modern day alt-driven comedy. By "alt", I do not mean alternative or different. I mean the use of alts, alternate takes. On set, they improv a bunch of different variations of a joke and will see in editing which one works best. Except when this happens, more often than not, they end up wanting to »
- Mike Shutt
If recent misfires like “Tammy” and “Identity Thief” have proved anything, it’s that Melissa McCarthy is virtually indestructible, retaining her comic buoyancy, her tremendous likability and much of her fan base even when stuck with bargain-basement material. All of which makes it even more gratifying to see what she can do with a vehicle that’s firing on all cylinders for a change. In “Spy,” an uproarious blast of globe-trotting action-comedy delirium that doesn’t spoof the espionage-thriller genre so much as drop a series of banana peels in its path, McCarthy plays an eager-to-please desk jockey turned full-blown CIA operative who learns to wield a gun as skillfully as she does a one-liner — a dazzling transformation that represents the actress’s smartest, funniest, most versatile and fully sustained bigscreen showcase to date. Unsurprisingly, her key collaborator here is once again Paul Feig, who directed her to such show-stopping »
- Justin Chang
While Myra was off groaning her way through (unplanned?) child birth, Carol suffered the wrath of a jealous Helen, inadvertently screwing up Sean and Beverly’s new show, while Matt and Merc butted heads on the set of their madcap game show pilot.
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Pressly had been guest-starring as Jill, a rich, self-obsessed divorcee who’s been through rehab a few times and is working on her sobriety with the help of her friend and sponsor, Christy (Anna Faris).
- Debra Birnbaum
The My Name Is Earl alum, who debuted as Christy’s newly sober pal earlier this season, will be a permanent part of the cast when the recently renewed sitcom returns in the fall, the network announced Friday.
Pressly’s Jill is rich and a handful — which proves problematic when Christy tries to help »
After a recurring stint this season, Jaime Pressly is joining the cast of CBS’ sophomore comedy series Mom as a regular for its just ordered third season. Pressly will continue in her role as Jill, a newly sober woman with a lot of money that Christy (Anna Faris) is trying to help but gets more than her share. Pressly made her Mom debut in the second season premiere in October and has appeared in five episodes to date. In addition to Faris, Mom also stars Allison Janney… »
After about 24 hours of social media-fed rumors, fans of CBS comedies can now officially rejoice: Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls all will be back for another season, the network confirmed Thursday.
The Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy was renewed for Season 3, the Billy Gardell-Melissa McCarthy sitcom will return for its sixth go-around, and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs will keep slinging hash for a fifth season.
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The news leaked out Wednesday via Twitter and Instagram posts from people connected with »
CBS had good news for three of its sitcoms this week - the network officially renewed 2 Broke Girls, Mom and Mike & Molly. 2 Broke Girls will return for a fifth season, Mom, starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, is getting a third season, while the Melissa McCarthy comedy will be on its sixth. It joins CBS's other drama renewals from earlier in the year, along with a handful of other TV series that will be coming back. »
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