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There was a lot of LOLing in movie theaters this year, thanks to stars like Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, James Franco, and more who starred in hilarious comedies. The setups ranged from end-of-the-world comedies to a buddy cop flick and a movie about a sperm bank mix-up, so there was a lot to choose from in the genre. Which comedy made you laugh the most? Vote on all our Best of 2013 polls! »
- Shannon Vestal
Struggling through the costly, back-to-back box office debacles of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Jack the Giant Killer” this past March, New Line chief exec Toby Emmerich knew not to panic. Having risen up the ranks of the Time Warner-owned production outfit over the past 22 years, including nearly six as its president and chief operating officer, the 50-year-old executive has seen the company score momentous successes and endure its fair share of failure.
Indeed, New Line came roaring back in the summer with two surprise hits — James Wan’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s comedy “We’re the Millers.” Combined, the midbudget smashes have amassed about $600 million in worldwide ticket sales.
The company returns to the spotlight this week with the global launch of Peter Jackson’s sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — a year after “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $1 billion worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features. Briefly: Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th. Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th. Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd. Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th. Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd. This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th. The Hobbit: There and Back Again »
- Adam Chitwood
Real-life married couple John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo are set to play one on TV. The husband-and-wife duo has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on NBC‘s new comedy series About A Boy, based on Nick Hornby’s feature. The show centers on bachelor Will (David Walton) and his new neighbors, needy single mom Fiona (Minnie Driver) and her 11-year-old son. Bowie and Denbo will play a married couple and business partners in an organic toy company, who hire Fiona to work with them. Denbo, a standout in the hit Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock feature comedy The Heat, along with Jessica Chaffin, are getting a spinoff movie, with Paul Feig and Peter Chernin producing for Fox.Denbo is one half of the comedy troupe Ronna & Beverly and recently sold her feature pitch Wedding Dance to Universal Pictures. Bowie, who is recurring on hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The ‘Gravity’ star looked gorgeous in a Carolina Herrera frock at the Tokyo premiere — did you love her look? Vote.
Sandra Bullock opted for a clean, feminine dress for the Tokyo premiere of her hit movie Gravity. She is such a fashion chameleon that she can wear everything from figure hugging dresses to more conceptual pieces, just like this Carolina Herrera dress, which she debuted on Dec. 5. The shade of blue and stunning lace hem that peeks out from underneath the frock are perfect for the Tokyo setting.
Sandra complimented her look with natural makeup and a simple, pulled back hairstyle to accentuate the neckline of her dress. She also kept her jewelry minimal by wearing only a pair of stud earrings. The cut of this dress is so flattering on her. The seam lines mimic the curves of her body and give her a subtle hourglass figure. »
- HL Intern
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung | Written by Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin | Directed by Todd Phillips
The Hangover Part III bills itself as the ‘epic finale to the Hangover trilogy’, which is pretty bold stuff for what is ostensibly a fairly knock-about, not that funny comedy series. Yeah that’s right, I said not that funny. I saw the first and didn’t really laugh, I skipped the second because I heard it was awful and wasn’t invited to watch it for free and I didn’t really laugh at this third outing. That’s not to say I didn’t find the film fairly watchable and inoffensive – it provided a similar level enjoyment to finding that the cup of tea you forgot about hasn’t gotten as quite cold as you expected it to. »
- Jack Kirby
So long, Ashton Kutcher. The "Two and a Half Men" star is no longer the highest-paid actor on TV. That honor now goes to "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara, who made an estimated $30 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes.
The magazine has released its list of the Top 20 highest-paid actors on TV, and Ashton has been knocked down to second place. While Vergara makes $175,000 an episode like her "Modern Family" co-stars, her endorsement deals are pretty impressive. In addition to doing commercials for brands like Diet Pepsi and Cover Girl, the actress also has a clothing line at Kmart and several other endeavors.
While Kutcher is no longer in the lead, he's not doing to shabby, himself. He raked in roughly $24 million for the year, mostly due to his "Two and a Half Men" work. However, he also starred in a Steve Jobs biopic and continues to get checks for "That 70s Show, »
The Hangover Part III, 2013.
Directed by Todd Phillips.
When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam.
In 2009, The Hangover was released to surprising critical praise and became one of the highest grossest comedies of all time. 2011 saw a sequel to the hit comedy that was met with less than stellar reviews but still saw huge success at the box office. With the third and supposedly final entry in the franchise director Todd Phillips and company decided that taking a different route with the story was the way to go.
- Gary Collinson
In Case You Missed Them... here are a dozen highlights from the month that was as we round the corner into the last leg of 2013 and sprint towards Oscar nominations.
My imaginary Actress Roundtable for THR. They need to mix it up a little for freshness. I've added Léa, Sandra and Margo.
Emma Thompson's Shoes... Nathaniel meets the actress over cocktails
Hollywood Actress Roundtable Oprah gushes over Lupita. Octavia and Amy listen. Julia and Emma steal the spotlight
Naomi Watts' Rough Year Paging Lacuna, Inc
She's Finally Got It Angela Lansbury & Honorary Oscars
International Transgendered Day an Oscar Trivia List
Critics Choice Young Actor/Actress Ballots who should be on them?
Animated Features 2003 the 10th anniversary of a key Oscar shortlist
The Best Man Holiday opens big
Frozen = Wicked is this the closest we're getting to the stage musical onscreen?
- NATHANIEL R
Locate your balls or prepare to get spanxed when Bridesmaid director Paul Feig's hilarious new comedy The Heat (2013), starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, makes its way onto DVD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet on 25 November. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Feig's The Heat this coming Monday, we've been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of the laugh-out-loud American comedy to give away to our readers, courtesy of the hardworking folks at distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Prolific comedy writer, producer and director Judd Apatow is about to heml his fifth film. Titled Train Wreck, it will star stand-up comic and Comedy Central darling Amy Schumer, who also wrote the script, which The Hollywood Reporter cites is about “a basket case who tries to rebuild her life.” Casting for the film is now underway, just as Apatow oversees the final touches on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Although his last directorial efforts, Funny People and This is 40, got a chilly audience reception and saw modest box office success, Apatow is still one of the most trustworthy names in comedy cinema. The good news is that he has been a helping hand to many funny females. Cases in point: Lena Dunham’s buzzy HBO comedy/drama Girls (that Apatow produces) and helping three very funny women – writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and actress Melissa McCarthy – land Oscar nominations for Bridesmaids. »
- Jordan Adler
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the Golden Globe Award nominations through December 12th, when the nominations are announced. Here's our take on the best actress in a comedy/musical category, where Meryl Streep is already looking strong to take home her 9th Golden Globe (and will definitely nab her record 28th nomination). "August: Osage County" is the only film with a leading contender for a best actress Oscar nod submitting in comedy/musical, meaning Streep -- and probably her co-star Julia Roberts (if she ends up in lead at the Globes, instead of supporting) -- are looking good here. Joining them could be a mix of indie actresses whose presence here would be most welcome (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julie Delpy, Scarlett Johannson, Greta Gerwig) and actresses from big budget studio comedies (Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston). Best actress in a comedy/musical predictions below. Check out »
- Peter Knegt
Judd Apatow's next movie is going to be a "Train Wreck."
That's the working title for the film, to feature comedienne and Comedy Central star Amy Schumer, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will play "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life." THR reports that the film has already begun casting, and the production is still looking to snag people to play the parts of Schumer's boyfriend, best friend, and parent.
Apatow has met with actors in L.A. throughout the past month. Schumer and producer Barry Mendel are set to continue additional meetings in New York this week.
Apatow taking the directing reins is good news for the project, which was announced this summer. At the time, Apatow was only attached to produce and help write the script, so the director also deciding to get behind the lens must bode well for its quality.
Studio Universal »
- Katie Roberts
The Heat is a brilliant move at getting people into theaters, and the best part of that statement is that by “people,” I mean women (and those they’ll bring with them). It’s a brilliant move because the movie industry is trying like hell to put off the death of theaters, and they are changing their game in a variety of ways as desperation sets in.
For decades, we’ve known how and where to go for half-baked “pulls.” For men, we put Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, or giant robots in a film, and release a trailer that offers little in the way of plot description, and a lot of explosions. For women, we pick a hot guy and have a woman cry in the trailer. Of course, there are variants. We might have a really stupid comedy involving a bunch of guys who are probably stoned, and a scantily-clad babe on the poster… »
- Marc Eastman
Sandra Bullock is EW's Entertainer of the Year -- and we have to agree, she rules!The 49 year-old has had a stellar 2013 with two box-office smashes – "The Heat" and "Gravity" – to add to her already prolific and acclaimed resume. Sandra chatted with the mag on how she didn’t expect to be the straight man in the comedy "The Heat" opposite Melissa McCarthy’s craziness. "Once I realized that that drove the film, I had to step back," she says. "Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together." The Oscar winner for "The Blind Side" is also getting some serious awards buzz for her dramatic turn in the epic space odyssey "Gravity." Her co-star in the film, »
- tooFab Staff
Melissa McCarthy is the latest celebrity to jump on the Old Navy commercial train. Following in the footsteps of Kristin Chenoweth, Fran Drescher and George Takei, McCarthy is featured in a cutesy Old Navy commercial promoting the store's Black Friday deals.
Directed by Roman Coppola, the ad features McCarthy as a contestant on a retro game show called "Overnight Millionaire." While she expects to win something like a houseboat, she gets towels instead, which drives her to try to win Old Navy's $1 million giveaway instead.
The company is giving the first 500 customers in line at every Old Navy retailer on Nov. 28 the chance to be entered for the $1 million giveaway. But they'll be winners already, because Old Navy is offering 50 percent off everything in their stores on Thursday and Friday.
Does seeing McCarthy in this commercial make you want to visit Old Navy more? »
And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock!
She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the »
- EW staff
Jessica Lange tells EW why she wants to make the next season of American Horror Story her last one, “It’s like doing a stage play between the rehearsal and the run. This is a 6-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row. I want to have more time to myself I guess. Once it’s over and I have a full year ahead of me with nothing to do, who knows?”
Aasif Mandvi has joined the HBO pilot The Brink, according to Deadline. He’ll play a Pakistani man who works for the U.S. embassy in the dark comedy about a geopolitical crisis. This isn’t the first pilot The Daily Show correspondent has joined, last year he was part of NBC’s The Gates, so don’t count him out of The Daily Show yet.
The amazing Michelle Forbes will »
- Lyle Masaki
When Al Higgins took over as showrunner on Mike & Molly in May, executive producer Chuck Lorre posed a question that he couldn't answer.
"We sat down and the first thing Chuck Lorre said to me was, 'Why is Melissa McCarthy a movie star and not a TV star?' And I had no idea," Higgins tells TVGuide.com. "I was stumped. And he said, 'In her movies, people react to her and on the show, she reacts to everyone else.' I thought about that and he was right. He said, 'I want to flip that dynamic.'"
Fall TV Report Card: How's the new class doing?
And thus, the "new" Mike & Molly was born. Nearly 30 freshmen ...
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- Joyce Eng
Britain's cinemagoers are currently in thrall to Alfonso Cuarón's extraordinary space thriller Gravity, for which Sandra Bullock is getting those Oscar-baiting "didn't know she had it in her" notices. No one said any such thing about her equally marvellous turn in The Heat (Fox, 15) but it was ever thus: Bullock built a career on her surgically precise comic timing, but it's only when she furrows her brow that people remember what a terrific actress she is.
Admittedly that's often because her films aren't as funny as she is, but that's not the case here. A glorious throwback to the 1980s school of motormouthed cop-coms – think a sharply feminised 48Hrs – The Heat scores by pitting Bullock's harassed everywoman act against the louder, lairier shtick of telly-trained star Melissa McCarthy. »
- Guy Lodge
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