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Gillian Jacobs is going to Spain with “SNL” alumna Vanessa Bayer and “2 Dope Queens” podcast co-host Phoebe Robinson. The three will star in the Netflix comedy film “Ibiza,” per The Hollywood Reporter. Jacobs stars as woman who travels to Spain on business and “finds herself on a wild ride of partying and clubbing, where she falls in love with a world famous DJ and realizes there is more to life than showing up to a job she hates.”
No word on Bayer or Robinson’s roles yet.
“Ibiza” is written by Lauren Kahn and will be directed by her frequent “Funny or Die” collaborator Alex Richanbach. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Kevin J. Messick are producing alongside Good Universe. Production will begin in Europe in July.
The comedy was originally developed for Sony before being sent to Netflix.
Jacobs stars as recovering addict Mickey on the Netflix series “Love.” She recently wrapped “Life of the Party,” a college-set comedy starring and co-written by Melissa McCarthy. The film hits theaters May 11, 2018. Jacobs also appears in “Magic Camp,” a fantasy comedy from Disney that opens April 6, 2018. “Don’t Think Twice,” “Girls,” and “Community” are among Jacobs’ other credits.
Robinson worked as a staff writer on “Girl Code.” The comedian and actress’ screen roles include “Broad City” and “I Love Dick.” You can catch her next in Stefanie Sparks’ comedy “In Case of Emergency,” currently in post-production. Robinson’s book, “You Can’t Touch My Hair,” was published last fall.
Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson to Star in Clubbing Comedy “Ibiza” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Ava DuVernay are all collaborating on one of 2018’s most highly anticipated films, “A Wrinkle in Time.” Winfrey and Witherspoon star in the DuVernay-directed adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel, set to bow early next year. The trio of A-listers have something else in common: they’re among the 24 women to make the cut for The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment List.
The number of women in this year’s THR 100 marks an improvement from last year’s, when 19 women appeared on the list. Women — such as TV titan Shonda Rhimes, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and producer/ host Ellen DeGeneres — earned spots on the list for acting, producing, directing, and fronting studios. Here are some highlights from the feature:
Witherspoon in “Home Again”
The best advice Witherspoon has received about power: “I had the privilege of working with Oprah Winfrey on a movie for three months this year, and she taught me so much about business. She does not waste a minute of her time, and she does it all with grace and style and humor. She is hustle personified.”
What Witherspoon has learned about her job from her kids: “My kids help me understand emerging platforms and the opportunity there to reach a broader audience. It inspired me to expand my production company into digital and mobile content for women and create a dialogue on social media with my fans.”
The best advice Jenkins has received about power: “I learned to watch the simplicity of shifting power dynamics from [producer] Brad Wyman, who used to break it down for me daily while we were making ‘Monster.’ He has one of the cleanest grasps on power of anyone I’ve ever met because it is totally unfettered by emotion or his own agenda. He’s a pessimist but could always be talked into pointing out the only available avenues for optimism when pushed. I learned a lot from him about the dry simplicity of strategy and patience.”
The object on Jenkins’ desk people would be surprised to see there: “An Avid. I don’t edit my films myself, but I need access to all takes, music, and ways of doing things at all times. It’s the writer in me who wants access to fiddle and learn.”
How Trump has changed Jenkins’ job and life: “I think he has made the messages and discussions I want to have more in-focus and pertinent than ever.”
Who DuVernay would switch jobs with in Hollywood for a day: “[Netflix’s] Ted Sarandos. I’d like to know how it feels to be the industry’s biggest disruptor and have those deep pockets too. I’d make it a shopping day.”
How Trump has changed DuVernay’s job and life: “He’s devastated me in many ways, but each of those ways has made me more determined than before.”
Diane Nelson: Wall Street Journal/YouTube
Who Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, would switch jobs with in Hollywood for a day: “Patty Jenkins. To feel demand for your talent, regardless of gender, and knowing you are creating films that are going to leave lifetime imprints.”
The best advice Nancy Dubuc, President/CEO of A+E Networks, has received about power: “I can’t say there’s been any specific advice that I could quote. But, so many people that I admire, especially those women who have climbed the ranks, from superagents to gifted storytellers and mentors — all taught me by example to respect your use of power and never assume it’s a given, certainly as a woman.”
See below for a complete list of women on the THR 100. Head over to THR for more words of wisdom from the most powerful women in Hollywood.
98. Reese Witherspoon (Actor/producer)
94. Patty Jenkins (Director)
75. Meryl Streep (Actor)
70. Ava DuVernay (Director/producer)
62. Melissa McCarthy (Actor/producer)
44. Nancy Dubuc (President/CEO, A+E Networks
43. Ellen DeGeneres (Host/producer)
41. Jennifer Lawrence (Actor)
37. Shonda Rhimes (Writer/executive producer)
27. Jennifer Salke (President, NBC)
21. Bonnie Hammer (Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment)
16. Dana Walden (Co-ceo/chairman, Fox TV Group)
9. Oprah Winfrey (CEO, Own)
Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, & Reese Witherspoon Make THR’s Most Powerful People in Entertainment… was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Melissa McCarthy will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actress for hosting “Saturday Night Live” this season. That’s according to the early predictions of our Experts, the TV journalists from top media outlets we’ve polled for their picks. As of this writing eight out of 11 Experts pick McCarthy for the win: Lynn Elber […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Paul Feig has been working in comedy for more than twenty years. Now the man behind Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, and the criminally underseen Melissa McCarthy film Spy is jumping genres – he’ll next direct a murder mystery called A Simple Favor that currently has Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Blake Lively (The Shallows) in talks to […]
- Ben Pearson
TV news outlets celebrated word that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would hold an on-camera press briefing on Tuesday. But Melissa McCarthy may be out of a gig – word is the media won’t have Spicer to kick around much longer. He’s said to be moving up to some off-camera position in the White House message-massaging department, and will be replaced as press secretary. Among the names, Laura Ingraham. But she seems to be angling for something bigger, this morning… »
When former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee June 8, 10 television networks broke into regular programming with live coverage of what was expected to be a potentially historic news event. For the staff of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” it was just another day at the office.
“Early on when I got here, we did live shows, which really focused the ability of the writers to turn around quick comedy on things that just happened,” says Chris Licht, executive producer and showrunner of “The Late Show,” speaking by phone from his office at the Ed Sullivan Theater. “On a day like today, you’re flexing that muscle where you are having to quickly digest and not only write jokes but put into a broad context a news event that has just happened. We’re at a point now where we just say, ‘It’s live- show mode.’”
- Daniel Holloway
Although TV Land ordered the first season of the Nobodies TV show in June of 2016, in January of 2017, the cable channel renewed the scripted comedy series for a second season, two and a half months before the series premiere. Will their faith be rewarded? Should Nobodies have been cancelled by TV Land instead? Stay tuned.A scripted comedy series on the TV Land cable channel, Nobodies stars creators, writers, and alumni of The Groundlings improv company, Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras as fictionalized versions of themselves. Guest stars in season one include: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Kristen Wiig, and Kristen Bell.Weary of writing for an animated children’s TV series, The Fartlings, Hugh, Larry, and Rachel are pitching their feature film, Mr. First Lady, to Paramount. When the »
This article originally appeared on Real Simple.
What do you get for the father who has everything? He already has every power tool on the market, season tickets to see his favorite teams, and enough cool techy toys to last him a lifetime. Although he might not fancy himself a big reader, there’s nothing more thoughtful, or personal, than a book picked just for him.
The great thing about giving books as gifts is that even the father who thinks he’s learned it all can still explore a new world, learn more about his favorite hobby, or be »
- Real Simple Staff
A month into Saturday Night Live's hiatus, Kate McKinnon brought her dopey, Grinch-like Jeff Sessions impression to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday. The comedian's hilarious take on the Attorney General was one of the sketch show's best political impressions this season alongside Alec Baldwin's Trump and Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer.
The SNL cast member said she was excited to finally utilize her bizarre facial contortion after Sessions took office. "There's a joyfulness with which [Sessions] proceeds," McKinnon said, calling the politician "Sesh" and curling up her mouth to resemble a turtle. »
Debby Ryan: Clevver News/YouTube
If you loved “Drop Dead Gorgeous” you’ll want to listen up. The 1999 Kirsten Dunst-led cult comedy isn’t getting rebooted, but Netflix does have another beauty pageant-centric project in the works. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the streaming giant has ordered Debby Ryan-starrer “Insatiable” to series. Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) penned the script.
The dramedy follows a “disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer turned beauty-pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager (Disney Channel alum Ryan) as his client,” THR writes. The supporting cast includes Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), Kimmy Shields (“Big Little Lies”), Erinn Westbroo (“Awkward.”), and Sarah Colonna (“Parker’s Anchor”).
You may have previously heard word of “Insatiable” in connection to The CW. Just weeks ago the network passed on the show’s pilot, though according to THR it was simply a matter of The CW having “no shelf space” left to air the program. It “remained high on ‘Insatiable,’” but ultimately had to let the show go. Fortunately Netflix also recognized the show’s potential — and handed out a 13-episode order.
Ryan’s credits include “Sing It!” “Jessie,” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” She’ll appear in “Life of the Party,” an upcoming college-set comedy toplined by Melissa McCarthy and “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.
Debby Ryan Beauty Pageant Dramedy “Insatiable” Lands at Netflix was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Hair and makeup departments made stunning moves this year, from reconstructing two very different-looking actors — Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn — into two iterations of Albert Einstein to reshaping the iconic Jessica Lange into an icon from another era, Joan Crawford. Not to be outdone, team Fargo's handiwork buffed and polished Ewan McGregor into two very different-looking brothers.
Perhaps no makeovers drew as much attention as the transformations of Alec Baldwin (into Donald Trump) and Melissa McCarthy (into Sean Spicer) during Saturday Night Live's unforgettable 42nd season on NBC. So uncanny was Baldwin's Trump that in February, »
- Carolyn Giardina
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Black Panther is in Avengers: Infinity War: Given the timeline of Marvel's Black Panther, it wasn't certain its title character would appear in Avengers: Infinity War until star Chadwick Boseman shared a set photo confirming his involvement. Read more, including what's in store for the future of the McU, here. Great News Melissa McCarthy Gets a Christmas Musical: The next holiday classic will star Melissa McCarthy as Santa's wife. Margie Claus will also feature her singing voice while following the title character in her search for a missing St. Nick. Read more here. Awards Buzz Wonder...
- Christopher Campbell
Melissa McCarthy is set to spread some festive cheer, with THR reporting that the actress has signed on to star in the festive family comedy Margie Claus, which is being directed by her husband Ben Falcone.
Described as “a broad holiday family musical” in the same spirit as Will Ferrell’s Elf, Margie Claus sees Santa going missing whilst delivering presents on Christmas Eve. His sweet wife Margie Claus must then put together an unlikely rescue team and set off from the North Pole for the first time in decades to rescue Santa and save Christmas.
Margie Claus is set for release on November 15th 2019, and will mark the third collaboration between McCarthy, Falcone and New Line after 2014’s Tammy and the upcoming Life of the Party, which opens on May 11th 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: Zhang Ziyi, who first gained international stardom in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and later in Memoirs of a Geisha (above), has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She is set to play a major role in the burgeoning monster movie franchise and is expected to return in future installments. The sequel to Godzilla stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford and Ken Watanabe (who also appeared in Memoirs of a Geisha); it's set for release on March 22, 2019. [Deadline] Margie Claus: Melissa McCarthy (above in The Boss) will star in the comedy Margie Claus. It's a holiday family musical that will also feature McCarthy's debut as a singer. She will produce the project...
- Peter Martin
On the Sunday morning in May after Melissa McCarthy hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, one of those dead-serious Beltway chat shows told a joke. Well, repeated a joke. The night before, Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost had summed up a claim by Donald Trump's attorneys that the President of the United States had received no money from Russian sources, "with a few exceptions." No Sunday pundit could have summed it up better than Jost. "That's like hearing… »
We still have a few blessed months before we’re bombarded with Christmas-themed advertising, but here’s some holiday news worth celebrating in June: Melissa McCarthy is set to topline and produce “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical she co-wrote. The Hollywood Reporter writes that New Line has picked up the comedy project.
The Oscar winner will play the title character, Santa Claus’ wife Margie. After Santa goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve, Margie swings into action. She puts together a rescue team and ventures away from the North Pole — for the first time in decades — to save Santa and Christmas.
Described as a “broad holiday family musical that New Line hopes will be in the same spirit (and have the same success) as another company Christmas movie, ‘Elf,’” “Margie Claus” will be directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator — and husband — Ben Falcone.
The film is scheduled for release on November 15, 2019.
McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for smash hit “Bridesmaids.” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” and “Tammy” are among her biggest box office successes. Her upcoming projects include college-set comedy “Life of the Party” with “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs, R-rated puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders,” and Marielle Heller’s follow-up to “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Musical “Margie Claus” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.
There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive »
- Michael Nordine and Anne Thompson
Making a holiday movie is rite of passage for on-screen talents in Hollywood. Eventually, almost every actor or actress makes an attempt at starring in a holiday movie because it’s one of those things that’s guaranteed to bring in residual checks every years when networks air them around Thanksgiving and Christmas. That time has come for […]
- Ethan Anderton
Melissa McCarthy is about to make a try for the holiday musical canon; per The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy has signed on to produce and star in Margie Claus, a new musical comedy that she’s working on with her husband and frequent production partner, Ben Falcone.
Starring McCarthy as Santa Claus’ wife, Margie, the film hopes to give the actress an Elf-style Christmas vehicle of her very own. Falcone—who also helmed Tammy and The Boss—will direct, from a script he’s co-writing with Benched creator Damon Jones.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear where Margie Claus—in which McCarthy’s character is forced to venture out of the workshop when her husband disappears on Christmas Eve—will fall in the wider “People With The Last Name Claus” Cinematic Universe, or if the producers have approached Fred Claus star Vince Vaughn about reprising his classic role.
- William Hughes
Vulture WatchWill Hugh, Larry, and Rachel continue to toil in obscurity? Has the Nobodies TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TV Land? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Nobodies season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A scripted comedy series on the TV Land cable channel, Nobodies stars creators, writers, and alumni of The Groundlings improv company, Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras as fictionalized versions of themselves. Guest stars in season one include Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Kristen Wiig, and Kristen Bell.Weary of writing for an animated children’s TV series, The Fartlings, Hugh, »
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