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‘He’s that rare thing in Hollywood, a man who seems to want to address the desperate gender imbalance’
If dictionaries had photographs to go with their definitions, next to the entry for “cult viewing” would be a tiny thumbnail shot of Paul Feig. He has directed episodes of high-school drama Freaks And Geeks (which he created and co-wrote), Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, The Office and Weeds. On the big screen, he helmed the hugely successful 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and is directing an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, due out next year. Inevitably, this has ruffled some feathers: Feig has been accused of “ruining people’s childhoods”. “Honestly,” he replied, “the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan.”
Related: Paul Feig: Hollywood's accidental feminist
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- Bim Adewunmi
Anthony and Joe Russo, who will helm the next two Avengers movies for Marvel while ramping up a Ghostbusters spinoff under their new first-look deal at Sony, did two things today: They named their company Getaway Productions, and they set Mike Larocca to be president. He comes from Chernin Entertainment, where he was senior veep and he exec produced the Paul Feig-directed Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy as well as The Drop and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Before that he… »
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
As many expected, the big news out of last night's Academy Board of Governors meeting wasn't that the Best Picture nomination process would be changing, but that telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were out. The news broke in an "exclusive" spin session, er, interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond and the longtime producing partners insist the choice was theirs to make. In fact, the duo insist they had been thinking long and hard about coming back and that "if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again." Of course, they could have announced their "decision" before last month's Academy Award telecast or even in the weeks following. Instead, they tweeted cryptic comments and waited for their bosses to decide. Now that the Academy has decided to move on? Well, let the spinning begin! "What people don’t know is that we signed a three-year deal with the Academy, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sony is ploughing ahead with a brand new Ghostbusters universe, set to commence with the Paul Feig-directed female-led reboot and followed up by a more “male-centric” sequel. Regardless of who is attached to write, direct, produce or star in any of the above – or indeed the other two movies expected to complete the rebranded series – that’s not going to stop the Internet from casting its judgment.
Or, other creatives from whipping out 4700-word pitches for a Ghostbusters 3 that circles back around to the first two and completely resolves the unfinished trilogy. Nope, nothing stopped Max Landis, the scribe behind Chronicle and about a million brilliant Tweets, from scratching out a preliminary pitch for a third instalment.
Referenced last year in a series of Tweets, Landis has since taken it upon himself to post the entire fleshed-out treatment to his blog. The ideas included in what he terms »
- Gem Seddon
Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their […]
- Germain Lussier
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
Having impressed the world and the Marvel brass with their excellent work on last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, filmmaking sibling duo Joe and Anthony Russo were quickly retained to handle its follow-up, Captain America: Civil War, which also has the difficult task of covering the fallout from Avengers: Age Of Ultron. They’ve been rumoured as successors to Joss Whedon’s place in the Marvel movie firmament for a while now and Badass Digest has heard that they’ve officially signed on to make both parts of Avengers: Infinity War.It’s a busy time for the pair, who also recently landed a first-look deal with Sony and have been connected to the studio’s attempt to make more Ghostbusters films following Paul Feig’s, which is due next year. While Marvel has not yet officially announced the Russos’ deal, various trade publications have confirmed that they’re on board. »
SXSW had no shortage of big studio comedies making a bow this year. Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck" (our review) and Paul Feig's "Spy" (our review) both got great reviews and some strong buzz, but not everything that hit Austin was an insta-hit. The upcoming "Get Hard" starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart screened and while audiences enjoyed it, critics were far less kind, with our own review noting the film's obsession with prison rape jokes derailing the effort. But Warner Bros. hopes audiences turn out anyway, and these six clips will give you a good idea if you're ready to roll with this one. To recap, the movie follows a convicted CEO who hires a low-level underling at the company he runs, to teach him the ins and outs of thug life, under the assumption that the man has served time behind bars. Of course, he hasn't, and what »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
The SXSW Film Festival has always been a launching pad for women in Hollywood — it’s where Lena Dunham premiered “Tiny Furniture” in 2010, and “Girls” in 2012; where 2011’s “Bridesmaids” debuted; and where Brie Larson became a star in 2013’s “Short Term 12.”
But this year’s SXSW had more girl power than ever before, from the female-driven comedies “Trainwreck” and “Spy,” to the work of breakout directors like Hannah Fidell (“6 Years”) and Shannon Sun-Higginson (“Gtfo: A Documentary About Women in Gaming”). As Hollywood still has a weak track record of putting women in front of and behind the camera — last year, women directors made only 4.6% of studio films — it’s still a question if emerging talent at festivals like SXSW and Sundance can cross over into the mainstream. “Since the industry is run by men, men have a tendency to want to make stories about themselves,” Sally Field told Variety. »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang, Joe Leydon and Dennis Harvey
Rock revealed on Thursday in an interview with Complex UK that he and producer Scott Rudin are currently working on a new project that he hopes to have ready soon. According to Rock, he meets with producer Scott Rudin “every week now going over this next movie,” and that Rudin wants him “to work at a faster pace.”
He added that Rudin also would like to see most of his cast from Top Five return, singling out Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan as two he would like to see more of. “Some people shine in Top Five. You might want to see a little more of Leslie Jones or Tracy [Morgan], once he gets better. I think Jerry Seinfeld »
- Zach Dennis
In the event that you were worried about Paul Feig ruining another part of your childhood (and we.re not talking about his Ghostbusters reboot), have no fear. The Bridesmaids helmer is producing The Peanuts Movie for director Steve Martino, and he assures us that we won.t be having a repeat of Space Jam. In other words, it won.t be a completely modernized interpretation. Speaking with Collider at SXSW in promotion of his latest film with Melissa McCarthy, Spy, Feig spoke a bit about what we can expect from The Peanuts Movie. It.s very sweet. It.s totally a G-rated movie, because you can.t get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family.s fear, that me and Fox everybody were gonna come in and hip it up and cast Justin Bieber as Charlie Brown and have it like Space Jam or something. All of »
While the web has put forward its divisive opinions on Sony’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, its director, Paul Feig has opted to playfully ignore detractors and focus on bringing a new lease of life to the franchise.
As we all know by now, four female ‘busters are set to lead the series into a new era commandeered by long-time Feig cohort, Melissa McCarthy. Since 2011’s Bridesmaids, the director and star reunited for 2013’s buddy cop comedy The Heat and this summer’s critical smash Spy. On their fourth collaboration, the pair are set for yet another reunion. This time, it will be with Bridesmaids‘ Kristen Wiig, who along with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will be strapping on a proton pack for the spooky update. And, as expected, McCarthy is very excited about it.
Here’s what the actress told Total Film about the flick:
“Oh my god, I cannot »
- Gem Seddon
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)
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- Jeff Bayer
Though filmmaker Paul Feig is best known for female-centric R-rated comedies like "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," he's also onboard as producer of the 3D CGI animated feature film adaptation of Charles M. Schulz's beloved "Peanuts" comic at 20th Century Fox.
One fear fans have had about the film is if the classic cartoon characters would undergo a "modern makeover" to cater to contemporary audiences more ala "The Smurfs" or films like "Space Jam". Speaking with Collider at SXSW, Feig says those fans have no need to fear:
"It's very sweet. It's totally a G-rated movie, because you can't get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family's fear, that me and Fox everybody were gonna come in and hip it up and cast Justin Bieber as Charlie Brown and have it like Space Jam or something. All of us were like, 'No.' We cast kids that sound »
- Garth Franklin
Melissa McCarthy may be America’s comedic sweetheart, but her filmography has been extremely hit-or-miss as of late. Where The Heat is a riotous take on hilarious buddy-cop antics with a female-driven spin, Tammy’s down-on-her-luck optimism barely musters a single chuckle-worthy joke throughout the entire film. But when McCarthy and filmmaker Paul Feig work together (The Heat/Bridesmaids), something magical always seems to happen, and in that same fashion, Spy ends up being another winning combination of Feig’s jovial cinematics and McCarthy’s sweetly bullish comedic stylings. Feig’s screenplay is smarter than the average spoof, McCarthy doesn’t overpower audiences, and a wonderful supporting cast ensures that every character scores a few laughs while kicking some terrorist ass along the way.
- Matt Donato
Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts comic strip characters are finally coming to life on the big screen later this year with The Peanuts Movie, a 3D CGI animated comedy from 20th Century Fox, director Steve Martino and producer Paul Feig, who is best known for his edgy comedies such as Bridesmaids and the upcoming Spy, in theaters May 22. There were several longtime Peanuts fans who were worried about a big-budget 3D animated film, and that these beloved characters might be reconceived to cater to modern-day audiences. While doing press for Spy at SXSW, Paul Feig revealed that the movie is "very sweet," confirming that it will be a G-rated movie, casting aside fear that it will be tonally comparable to a movie like Space Jam.
"It's very sweet. It's totally a G-rated movie, because you can't get edgy with Charlie Brown. That was the Schulz family's fear, that me »
Former Sony executive Amy Pascal has come aboard Sony Pictures' "Little Women" remake and has hired Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated writer/director of "Stories We Tell" and "Away From Her," to adapt the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. (The Wrap reports.) Originally published in 1868, the post-Civil War period drama about the times and trials of the four March sisters has been adapted by the likes of George Cukor (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy (1949) and was last reprised on the big screen by Sony arm Columbia Pictures in 1994. That film starred Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst. So let the casting speculation begin. Read More: How the North Korea Hack Set Amy Pascal Free Meanwhile Pascal, who is gearing up for Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" (set to shoot in June) and Spider-Man restarts at Sony, will produce with the 1994 version's Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Sony Pictures toyed with the "Little Women" idea back. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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
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