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One of my favorite films from this year’s SXSW was director Paul Feig’s Spy. 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, this is a very funny movie that you should definitely see in a theater when it’s released June 5th. For more on Spy, read Perri’s review or watch the trailers. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Louisiana International Film Festival's 2015 program includes world premieres and acclaimed films that have toured the global festival circuit. As previously announced, the fest will open with the gala premiere of Paul Feig's raucous Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy" on May 7. Louisiana will host the American premiere of director Bernard Rose's ("Candyman") "Frankenstein," starring Xavier Samuel as the titular Mary Shelley monster roaming current day Los Angeles, on May 9. This year Louisiana has added a surfeit of hot Sundance and SXSW titles, including Sundance winners "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (which closes the fest on May 10) and "Cartel Land," along with acclaimed docs "City of Gold," "Best of Enemies," "Tab Hunter Confidential" and more. Louisiana will also host international arthouse sensations "The Tribe," "Eden," "Breathe," "Eden," »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
Jason Statham has destroyed more villainous goons than we’ve had hot (and cold) dinners - and we're greedy buggers. He’s back repeating the trick in Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy espionage action-comedy, Spy. This time, however, he’s playing things for laughs. A new clip from the film showcases his rather insecure agent and comes off like Alan Partridge channelling Daniel Craig's 007. Job done.brightcove.createExperiences();“This arm has been ripped off completely and reattached with this fucking arm,” he barks, desperately asserting his badass credentials in a way that would raise at least one Chev Chelios eyebrow.Statham, who plays a temper-fuelled spy called Rick Ford, has been on Feig’s wishlist since Lock, Stock and more specifically, those two Crank movies. “When people read the Statham role they assumed I’d go for someone like Will Ferrell, but I felt that it had to be the real guy, »
The Stath has become a cult figure all of his own and it’s basically come from a lot of hard work and non-stop effort from the husky-voiced Brit star. In this geninuely entertaining clip for Spy, the new comedy-action film from Paul Feig.
Opening on 5th June, the movie stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. 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.
We all know McCarthy has slightly hit the unfunny bone in her last couple of outings but here it looks like she’s back on form, and we’re looking forward to seeing the ridiculous, more natural comedy side return!
For more Spy fun, »
- Dan Bullock
Las Vegas - CinemaCon wrapped up its fifth year with their version of the Hollywood Film Awards, a fake awards show where the winners were predetermined and picked by studio lobbying and, um, who was available. This year's winners included Best Actress Oscar champ Julianne Moore, Francis Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, the cast of the "Fantastic Four," Rose Byrne and Paul Feig (who had his "Spy" actor Bobby Cannavale walk on stage and throw a pie in his face). The, cough, winners who really stole the show, however, were Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart and Paul Rudd. Because the show isn't broadcast and it's unlikely video will ever be released, what better way to end our CinemaCon coverage with some of the best acceptance speeches of the night. Let's begin with "Trainwreck" star Schumer who won Breakthrough Performer of the Year and had the funniest overall speech of the night. "You guys, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Melissa McCarthy's latest team up, Spy, with her Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig may be more of the same from the actress, but she does have a great cast of straight men, and women, around her that you wouldn't necessarily peg as having comedy chops. Case in point is Jason Statham, who in the clip below plays up his hard man persona to hilarious effect. Released: June 5th Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Twentieth Century Fox pulled out all the stops for its hour-long presentation at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, kicking things off with DJ Inferno and dance team Academy of Villains introducing the new “Peanuts” movie produced by Paul Feig. The “Peanuts” movie hails from Blue Sky Studios, which is also behind the “Ice Age” franchise. The film retains the spirit of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip, and introduced characters Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty via a school yearbook. The footage was enhanced by the use of The Who’s classic song “Teenage Wasteland, »
- Jeff Sneider
Thanks to Paul Feig, wackiness abounded Wednesday night at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon as the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation honored Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its Pioneer of the Year honor.
“I love Jim Gianopulos deeply and non-erotically,” Feig said. “Anywhere you go, you hear ‘Jim’s the best.'”
Feig dug up a 2-year-old video that was played for Fox employees at a town hall meeting showing Gianopulos botching an array of other jobs at the studio — security gate guard, gardener, sound mixer and human resources director dealing with the Gina and Beth characters from Feig’s movie “The Heat.”
The real Gina and Beth — Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin — weren’t done by a long shot, commandeering the podium from Feig for an X-rated 10 minutes that scored with the audience. “Is that your wife? You never talk about her,” Denbo told Gianopulos. »
- Dave McNary
Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos was honored with the 2015 Pioneer of the Year award in Las Vegas on Wednesday night during an event infused with a large dose of humor. Director Paul Feig, whose home is Fox and directed the studio's upcoming comedy Spy, enlisted The Heat actresses Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, who showed up in character as Gina and Beth. The duo helped fete Gianopulos with an impromptu gag that included poking fun at how News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch discovered Gianopulos while cruising off the coast of Greece (Gianopulos, of Greek origin, keeps a summer
- Pamela McClintock
The first photo is out of Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard at work on "The Guard" and "Calvary" director John Michael McDonagh's new film "War on Everyone" which is currently shooting in New Mexico.
The black action-comedy stars both actors as corrupt cops looking to blackmail and generally stitch up all the felons they cross paths with. Unfortunately they come across someone even more dangerous and unscrupulous than them. [Source: Empire]
Russ and Roger Go Beyond
The true story tale deals with how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with film critic Roger Ebert on "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," the first X-rated film to be released by a studio. [Source: Variety]
Ghost in the Shell
Out doing press for "Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Garth Franklin
Good news, Ghostbusters fans! Director Paul Feig scored millions for the upcoming reboot. The all-female movie was greenlit for a reported $154 million budget, despite new Sony executive.s plans to tighten movie budgets. This could mean bigger-budget special effects and (possible) fantastic CGI for the anticipated film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony.s new film studio chief Tom Rothman -- who was appointed to the new role in February -- has reportedly approved a $154 million budget just months after news broke that the all female reboot was in the works. This is a huge victory for the entire cast, crew and especially the director of the upcoming comedy, Paul Feig, despite reports of his concessions to reduce the budget of the project. THR also reports that the director had to make changes to the script in order to reduce the budget to the workable $154 million. The Heat director's take »
While it would be easy to dismiss Sony's aggressive plans to expand the "Ghostbusters" franchise, it's worth noting that Paul Feig, who will get out of the gate first with the upcoming female driven entry, was hesitant at first about taking it on. “I just couldn’t get my head around it,” he admitted to Variety, but when he struck upon switching up genders, inspiration hit. “I know how to do that movie, and I know all these funny women.” But no franchise expansion comes without risk and cost, and Feig's movie will definitely have both. Taking a look at Sony, now operating under the leadership of ex-Fox honcho Tom Rothman and following the departure of Amy Pascal, THR reveals that this "Ghostbusters" will have quite a price tag: $154 million. And that's after Feig tweaked the script for budget conscious Rothman, allowing the cost to be scaled back from an initial $169 million. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The original Ghostbusters had a budget of $30 million dollars. Adjusted for inflation, that would be the equivalent of $68 million today. The sequel was not even $10 million more and still ranks as a fan favorite. So, we know a quality film can be achieved for an average sum of money, does that mean that Paul Feig's Ghostbusters will do the same? Hell no! Sony is giving Paul Feig $154 million to play with for making Ghostbusters happen, and that is down from the original $169 million that he »
- Alex Maidy
Fans of Paul Feig have a new group of geeks to fall in love with, and the crew of the spaceship that makes up the set of Yahoo Screen’s Other Space are as odd and “freaky” as anything he’s come up with before.
Stewart Lipinski (Karan Soni) is mildly interested in pursuing a career in galaxy mapping, or whatever, and as we enter the show, he is taking his final test to become Captain of his own spaceship. He wins out over his sister, Karen (Bess Rous), largely because she is so… intense, that even the higher-ups of the space program are scared of her.
This is not exciting news for Stewart, who doesn’t want to spend a long space voyage dealing with her, especially when he has to convince her that he’s in charge.
The crew is basically a semi-typical gaggle of misfits, and Stewart »
- Marc Eastman
After world-premiering at SXSW in March and before opening Seattle on May 14, Paul Feig's comedy "Spy" will play the Louisiana International Film Festival on May 7. Previous big studio grabs at the three-year-old fest include Radius' Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet from Stardom" and Fox Searchlight's "Belle." "Spy," which hits theaters June 5, played uproariously at SXSW for its world premiere earlier this year. With its broad humor and long and muddled action scenes, this is one of Feig's more ambivalently directed efforts. But as always, he's a daffy and deft writer of female dialogue, giving Melissa McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Rose Byrne (as a prim, terrorist affiliate of the CIA's arch nemesis) many uproarious moments to chew on. Jason Statham brings comic machismo as a childishly sulky agent gone rogue. The audience ate it all up, with laughs drowning much of the dialogue. Read More: Paul Feig on "Spy, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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For those with questions about the all-male reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise starring Channing Tatum, here’s who you shouldn’t call: Paul Feig, the director of Sony’s forthcoming all-female update. Feig’s comedy is preparing to shoot with a star cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and “SNL” gals Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, but don’t bother making any cutesy “Battle of the Sexes” comparisons. “It had nothing to do with me, that was a surprise,” Feig told TheWrap at the Tuesday premiere “Other Space,” his new Yahoo Screen streaming series. “I just have my four funny »
- Matt Donnelly
Here on earth, Paul Feig is responsible for blockbuster comedies like “Bridesmaids” and the cult TV show “Freaks and Geeks.” For his new Yahoo Screen series, however, he’s taking matters out of orbit. “Other Space,” Feig’s streaming comedy set aboard a spaceship in the year 2105, held its premiere screening Tuesday night at West Hollywood’s London Hotel, where TheWrap spoke exclusively with the director about his love of sci-fi, the state of streaming content and his decision to return to the small screen. “I actually should sue Yahoo for stealing my color,” Feig joked when we asked if »
- Matt Donnelly
Spy stars McCarthy as a deskbound CIA analyst who gets thrust into the field when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised.
Spy will open via Fox on June 5.
The festival is set to run from May 14-June 7. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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