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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 18-24

18 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Revenant"

Leo's ready to come home with you this week. Leonardo DiCaprio had a bear of a time making this historical drama, but he won his first Oscar for it, and Alejandro Inarritu won his second in a row for directing. "The Revenant," which also picked up an Oscar for Cinematography, is finally out on DVD/Blu-ray on April 19. Blu-ray extras include "A World Unseen," a documentary of "The Revenant."

"The Lady in the Van"

Maggie Smith plays Miss Shepherd in this British dramedy based on the true story of an eccentric elderly woman who "temporarily" parks her van in Alan Bennett's driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. The critically acclaimed film, based on Bennett's memoir, »

- Gina Carbone

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Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Really Proves She is ‘The Boss’

9 April 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If anything, “The Boss” is a bigger testimony to Melissa McCarthy’s status as a comic superpower than her breakthrough role in “Bridesmaids.” That one had a veritable treasure trove of comedic talent, while McCarthy has considerably less to work with here.

She single handedly drags this movie kicking and screaming into the realms of watchability based on her comic charisma alone.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, the kind of self made mogul who gives bombastic get rich seminars and sells out the United Center in the process. Apart from one scene involving McCarthy in a dental brace that’s simultaneously interesting and horrifying, the first third of the film is pretty much all setup and a bit of a slog to get through.

She’s sent to prison for insider trading, and emerges broke, friendless, and homeless. She crashes on the couch of her long suffering assistant Claire »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review: McCarthy's Talents Not Enough to Rescue Latest Limp Comedy

8 April 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Boss' movie: Melissa McCarthy funny only with certain directors, the right material. 'The Boss' movie review: Melissa McCarthy founders in husband Ben Falcone's 'limp comedy' At this point no one would dispute that Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest people on the planet. However, after the limp comedies Tammy and now The Boss, there is something else not in dispute: Melissa McCarthy is funny only with certain filmmakers and with scripts that would work even without the benefit of her gifts. One can imagine Bridesmaids and Spy being perfectly fine comedies had someone been cast other than McCarthy. Add her physicality, ad-lib abilities, and razor-sharp timing and you've got two films that were among the funniest of their respective years (McCarthy even earned a well-deserved Oscar nod for Bridesmaids). The Boss is McCarthy's second film directed by Ben Falcone. The first was Tammy which, »

- Mark Keizer

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Kristen Bell: ‘The Boss’ scene when she feels up Melissa McCarthy ‘got real intimate real quick’

8 April 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy had her getting very familiar with co-star Kristen Bell. In The Boss, which opens in theaters today, there’s a scene that has the two actresses in a lengthy session of feeling each other up (with their shirts still on — don’t get too excited guys). Surely making that scene all the weirder was the fact that their director was Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s husband. Falcone directed the film about Michelle Darnell, a character McCarthy created for The Groundlings. After Darnell, a wealthy media mogul, loses everything when she’s convicted for insider trading, she turns to former assistant Claire (Bell), who reluctantly takes her in. While Darnell lives in Claire’s apartment, she starts a for-profit girls club fundraising enterprise with Claire’s daughter, putting them in ruthless competition with a Girl Scouts-esque group as they sell Claire’s delicious brownies. Bell talked with »

- Emily Rome

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Movie Review – The Boss (2016)

8 April 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Boss, 2016.

Directed by Ben Falcone.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Ella Anderson, Peter Dinklage, Tyler Labine, Cecily Strong, Kristen Schaal, Ben Falcone, and Kathy Bates.

Synopsis :

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Melissa McCarthy is a talented comedian and actress, provided she is given direction by actual competent filmmakers. The Boss however, is the next lazily constructed feature from her and her husband Ben Falcone (2014’s dreadful Tammy), based on another character from McCarthy’s past comedy sketches). Putting it bluntly, these two seem to be incapable of creating a movie with value, which is somewhat shocking considering McCarthy is essentially the muse of director Paul Feig (yes, I know Ghostbusters looks terrible, but that »

- Robert Kojder

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The Boss Review

6 April 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Somewhere on the Melissa McCarthy Rating Scale, between Tammy (lowest) and The Heat (highest), lives The Boss – hubby Ben Falcone’s latest McCarthy-driven comedy. The film reeks of Get Hard‘s atmospheric influence, minus the overtly unfunny racism, which should come as no surprise since it’s a Gary Sanchez production that fails on many of the same levels.

Falcone’s knuckle-headed strain of humor dives into weird realms of adults clotheslining teenagers, or boyfriends chivalrously offering to suck-off strangers as a distraction, but coming off the razor-sharp heels of Spy, McCarthy’s riches-to-rags buffoonery stinks like a stale, knock-off perfume. When she’s on, this go-getter slays audiences – just expect those moments to be muffled by T-Pain cameos and soaring golden eagles.

McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a self-made businesswoman who clawed her way to international infamy. While ascending to greatness, Darnell made a few enemies, one of whom »

- Matt Donato

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Film Review: ‘The Boss’

6 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One hopes never to have to tell a couple, “Man, that’s one ugly baby,” but it’s hard to avoid in the case of “The Boss,” the second big-screen love child conceived by Melissa McCarthy and her director husband, Ben Falcone (after 2014’s mediocre “Tammy”). As she demonstrated with her career-high comic showcase in last year’s “Spy,” McCarthy remains one of the funniest actors alive — a truth that frequently rescues, but doesn’t really redeem, this sloppy comedy about a ruthless, self-absorbed ex-ceo trying to recover her millions with the help of her former lackey (the always appealing Kristen Bell). As expected, the road to success is paved with violent pratfalls, tired vulgarities and forced lump-in-the-throat moments; save for the few folks who wandered in expecting a Bruce Springsteen biopic, audiences will probably lap it up.

As scripted by McCarthy, Falcone and actor-turned-writer Steve Mallory, “The Boss” represents »

- Justin Chang

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Boss’ With Melissa McCarthy

2 April 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “The Boss” starring Melissa McCarthy!

The Boss,” which opens on April 8, 2016 and is rated “R,” also stars Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage, Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Margo Martindale and Tyler Labine from writer and director Ben Falcone. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “The Boss” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Melissa McCarthy Admits She’s Not ‘The Boss’ at Home

29 March 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy had a true-life confession on the red carpet at Monday night’s premiere of Universal’s “The Boss” at the Regency Village Theatre.

“I try to boss my kids around, but it doesn’t work,” she admitted of her relationship with her two daughters, who are 7 and 5.

McCarthy — whose spouse Ben Falcone directed the comedy — also admitted that she had some sympathy for her Michelle Darnell character, who spends most of the movie bossing people around.

“I don’t think she’s a horrible boss — she just wants people to work hard,” McCarthy added. “You have to play a character with real ups and downs.”

Ella Anderson, 11, who plays the daughter of Kristen Bell‘s character, said there wasn’t any question as to her favorite part of the movie.

“We had a three-day fight scene with the Girl Scouts and it was so much fun,” she added. »

- Dave McNary

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Voltron: Legendary Defender Arrives on Netflix June 10

27 March 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Friday, March 25, 2016 – Live from the packed WonderCon 2016 Voltron panel, executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender), Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery (The Legend of Korra), and writer Tim Hedrick (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender) sat alongside newly unveiled cast members to showcase never-before-seen artwork and footage of DreamWorks Animation’s all-new Netflix Original Series Voltron: Legendary Defender, debuting June 10, 2016.

Dos Santos shared “As children of the 80’s who grew up with Voltron what was there not to love? You had 5 awesome lions, piloted by 5 awesome heroes who combined to form a giant, sword wielding Titan! It unapologetically married Sci-fi and Fantasy in one incredibly over the top, bombastic package. Fans of the new series [Voltron: Legendary defender] can look for us to keep all those elements but also expect a much more fleshed out universe with a rich backstory and characters who will evolve over the course of the series. »

- ComicMix Staff

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Voltron: Legendary Defender First Look

26 March 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Huge fan of this series so there may be a bit of nerd out in some of this, there’s your disclaimer. So having been a fan of Voltron since the first time I heard the voice of Optimus Prime introducing them I’m very happy to see that a new series, Voltron: Legendary Defender, is set to debut. But to put a bit of icing on it it’s going to be on Netflix. So there have been several series telling us the story of five pilots ripping through space in robotic giant lions that can form an even larger mecha know as Voltron.  Now the last one that aired was on Nickelodeon and despite starting strong it ended on some weak sauce crap. Sorry for that bit but I warned you earlier.

So the synopsis reads,

Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jason The X)

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The Boss Movie Releases Telling Pictures For McCarthy/Falcone Vanity Nonsense Follow To Tammy

16 March 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

In Hollywood, when you string together a lot of hits (and/or projects that offer a solid Roi), you obviously get a lot of perks that go along with the money. You can be a lot more picky about your roles, people fall all over themselves to get on your good side, and (apparently) your husband becomes a writer/director, if that’s something that interests you.

In Melissa McCarthy‘s case, that means that Ben Falcone is a name we’re going to hear a lot more, but it’s a safe bet that it’s only going to be when McCarthy puts her name on it.

Which isn’t to say that the duo might not put out a few decent flicks, but Tammy wasn’t just awful, McCarthy and Falcone apparently still think it’s a win. That means the future isn’t at all clear.

The latest effort, »

- Marc Eastman

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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

2 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »

- simonbrew

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Deadbeat: Season Three Launches 4/20 on Hulu

24 February 2016 6:20 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Undoubtedly winking at the calendar, this morning Tyler Labine and Kal Penn announced the third season of the Deadbeat TV series will premiere April 20, 2016, on Hulu. Of course, given this is Deadbeat, the date is referenced as "4/20." Watch a teaser, below. Fans still fondly recall Labine's turn as Burt Wysocki or "Sock" on Reaper, which was cancelled by The CW after two seasons and a total of 31 episodes.

In Deadbeat Labine is slacker Kevin “Pac” Pacalioglu. Kal Penn plays Clyde Shapiro, a stoner entrepreneur. The supernatural comedy is executive produced by showrunner Dan Lagana, Cody Heller, Brett Konner, and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Co-executive producers are Sarah Esberg and David Baldy.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV News Roundup: Dermot Mulroney to Star in CBS Medical Pilot; Hulu’s ‘Deadbeat’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date

24 February 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dermot Mulroney lands the starring role on CBS’ “Bunker Hill” and Eliza Coupe joins the cast of Hulu’s “Future Man.” That and more in today’s news roundup…

Casting

Dermot Mulroney is joining the CBS medical drama pilot “Bunker Hill,” playing Walter Wallace, a surgeon who may care a bit too much about his patients. “Bunker Hill,” created by Jason Katims, follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a “new school” approach.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Hulu comedy pilot “Future Man” has found its female lead in “Happy Endings” alum Eliza Coupe. Coupe will star as Tiger, a soldier and character in the video game “Cybergeddon.” Tiger recruits Josh Hutcherson’s Josh Futterman, a janitor who is a world-ranked gamer, to travel back in time and save the world.

Premiere Dates

The third season »

- Jacob Bryant

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21 fiendishly funny horror-comedies from the last decade

18 February 2016 8:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Tucker & Dale, Sightseers, Grabbers and more, as we highlight 21 horror-comedies well worth your time...

Hey y’all! I’m back to-

Shaun Of The Dead!” someone shouts.

Alright, alright, settle down now. Settle down. I’ve got something to tell you. A lot of you know what I’m about to say. Some of you might sense what’s coming. Regardless, let’s all take a knee.

Deep breath in.

Deep breath out. 

Okay.

Shaun Of The Dead is almost 12 years old.

I know. It hurts. We’re super old and it’s a problem. Kids who were born the day Shaun came out are in secondary school. They’ve probably hit puberty. They’re feeling weird feelings about each other that they can’t explain. Their parents are probably starting to piss them off. Their parents who are probably us. We could be the parents of »

- simonbrew

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New poster and red band trailer for The Boss starring Melissa McCarthy

13 February 2016 5:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new poster and red band trailer have arrived online for Ben Falcone’s upcoming comedy The Boss, which sees the director reuniting with his Tammy star Melissa McCarthy. Check them out below…

Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Tammy”) headlines “The Boss” as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

The Boss is set for release on April 8th 2016, with a cast that also includes Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Margo Martindale and Kristen Schaal.

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- Amie Cranswick

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How The X-Files Paid Tribute to Those It Lost in "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"

1 February 2016 6:01 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When The X-Files returned to Fox, it brought more than just Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) back with it. Eagle-eyed fans can tell you this. In "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," not only did the show bring back stoner characters played by Tyler Labine and Nicole Parker, but it also cast Alex Diakun in a new role, featured Mulder in red briefs (never forget) and had callbacks to Scully being immortal, her dog and the 1970s series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And that's not all. Two familiar names were featured on tombstones in the graveyard: Kim Manners and Jack Hardy. Manners directed more than 50 episodes of The X-Files and Hardy served as the first Ad on Millennium and The X-Files: I »

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Chace Crawford's Latest Red Carpet Appearance Will Give You Serious Gossip Girl Flashbacks

30 January 2016 11:30 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Is that you, Nate Archibald? On Friday, Chace Crawford gave us major Gossip Girl flashbacks when he hit the red carpet at the La premiere of his new movie Mountain Men. The actor looked to be in good spirits, posing for photos and sharing laughs with his costar Tyler Labine. In the comedy, Tyler and Chace play two brothers who make a trip to their remote family cabin in the mountains to evict a squatter. Keep reading to see more of Chace's picture-perfect appearance, and then scroll through his hottest Instagram moments - so far! »

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Red Band trailer for The Boss starring Melissa McCarthy

8 January 2016 6:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has released a new red band trailer for the upcoming comedy The Boss, which sees director Ben Falcone reuniting with his Tammy star Melissa McCarthy. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Tammy”) headlines “The Boss” as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

The Boss is set for release on April 8th 2016, with a cast that also includes Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Margo Martindale and Kristen Schaal.

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- Amie Cranswick

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