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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The Heat team of Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Paul Feig are developing a spinoff of last summer’s hit, creating a comic vehicle that will focus on the characters played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin. That Feig-directed and Katie Dippold-scripted film, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, grossed $230 million worldwide. Denbo and Chaffin played Beth and Gina, who were part of McCarthy’s cop character’s extended family. That’s the clan that sat around a kitchen table and grilled Bullock’s character on subjects including whether she was a man and if so how was she able to get such a close shave, or whether she was a narc (they pronounced it nahhc, in that truly charming/excruciating Beantown parlance). Tricia McAlpin is writing the script. Feigco’s Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing with Chernin Entertainment. They are all working out the storyline, and »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This summer saw 20th Century Fox score a major hit with female buddy action-comedy The Heat, which paired Sandra Bullock with Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy as two cops determined to crack a drug and murder case. Despite an R-rating, the film opened with a surprisingly monster $40 million and went on to gross $224 million worldwide. On a budget of only $43 million! It wasn’t long before Fox confirmed a sequel was in the works with director Paul Feig announcing he’d return alongside screenwriter Katie Dippold.
Fans hoping for a continuing franchise with the mismatched duo are going to be sadly disappointed as Bullock has confirmed, while promoting Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi space epic Gravity, that she won’t return for that sequel.
I’m not doing a sequel to ‘The Heat.’ I’ve done two sequels. They were horrible.
- Craig Hunter
Earlier this summer, 20th Century Fox released "The Heat" comedy, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The R-rated film was a surprise hit, grossing $40 million in just three days on a budget of only $43 million. The film went on to take $224 million worldwide. As soon as the first box office numbers came in, the studio immediately confirmed that a sequel is in the works. Director Paul Feig said: "We've got ['The Heat' screenwriter] Katie Dippold writing away. I just love these characters so much. I want to see them fighting more crime and having more fun." But now that Bullock is promoting "Gravity," she revealed that she will not be returning for "The Heat" sequel. "I'm not doing a sequel to 'The Heat.' I've done two sequels. They were horrible," said the actress. But this doesn't mean that a sequel won't happen. Feig suggested that he would find new actresses if he had to. »
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We’ve all seen buddy cop movies. The 80′s was full of them, from 48 hrs to Beverly Hills Cop…all the way down to, erm, Beverly Hills Cop 2? But seriously, there have been dozens of high profile cases of buddy cop flicks over the past few decades of cinema. Stakeout, Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys. It’s a well trodden path, but one that still brings in the customers.
The Heat stars Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief) and Sandra Bullock (Speed 2) and follows a not unfamiliar plot about a “by-the-book” grumpy agent and a “down-to-earth” hard-ass cop from, »
- Chris Cummings
The comedy formerly known as Untitled Female Buddy Cop Movie lives up to its title
Where do you go after Bridesmaids? Well, director Paul Feig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy (Aka the one who sat on the sink) have opted to ditch the men, rip up the frocks and take a vow of unadulterated comedy. Where Bridesmaids was baggy round its petticoats, doffing its bonnet to romcom mores and spending an age mooning after Chris O'Dowd, The Heat is lean, mean and completely uninterested in anything that isn't funny.
For a long while, it was known as Untitled Female Buddy Cop Movie and, in some ways, it ought to have stayed that way. What we have here is a no-frills makeover of that blokiest of genres. It's gussied up with a feminist ribcage – both of our mismatched crime-fighters are battling institutional misogyny – then accessorised accordingly. So there's the classic scene »
- Catherine Shoard
Following up his critical and box-office hit Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig has returned with another comedy, which despite the gender of said director, many have referred to again as a ‘female comedy’. Penned by debut feature writer Katie Dippold, and led by Sandra Bullock and Feig’s breakout Bridesmaids star, Melissa McCarthy, the humour in the film is certainly driven by that trio of very talented comedic women. But we don’t call The Hangover, for example, a ‘male comedy’, and if we’re approaching a point where we won’t define female-driven comedy by gender any more, it will be precisely because of movies like Bridesmaids and The Heat. And in that case, we’re going to need a more apt descriptor for them. So fine, call The Heat a ‘female comedy’ for now if we must, but let’s make sure we push that other f-word to the fore. »
- Joe Cunningham
★★☆☆☆ Whatever happened to the 90-minute Hollywood studio comedy? Was it damned to obscurity by the bromantic Judd Apatow's unwavering faith in his actors' abilities to riff themselves through any situation? The Heat (2013) is yet another comedy so bewitched by its stars' improvisational skills that it feels curiously overloaded and under-nourishing at the same time. Director Paul Feig's film work, like his comedic compatriot Greg Mottola, is only ever as good as its script. And while there are frequent zingers in the screenplay written by talented Parks & Recreation writer Katie Dippold, the lulls are painfully drawn-out.
Opening with a brilliant but laughably misleading blaxploitation-style credit sequence, The Heat is so aware of the inherent ridiculousness of its set-up, it rushes to get it over with at a mercifully quick pace. Sandra Bullock (next seen in Alfonso Cuarón's Venice Film Festival opener Gravity) plays successful but selfish FBI agent Ashburn. »
- CineVue UK
A former writer on the small screen for MADtv and the critically adored Parks and Recreation, Katie Dippold’s first feature The Heat hits screens this week. Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), and starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, the buddy cop movie has already proved a big hit in the U.S., grossing $160million at the box office and prompting talk of a sequel almost immediately.
We sat down with Katie to ask her about what made her want to write a female-led buddy cop comedy, her experiences working with Paul Feig on the film, and a little bit about her previous experience on the small screen with Parks and Rec.
Were you always a fan of buddy cop movies?
- Joe Cunningham
Forget passing the Bechdel Test: Paul Feig's follow-up to Bridesmaids is way beyond that. The test requires that two women talk to each other about something other than a man, but you'd be hard pushed to find a scene in which Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's mismatched cop duo do talk to each other about a man. They're so busy butting heads over their crime-fighting styles - Bullock's FBI agent is by-the-book, McCarthy's Boston cop is the wild card - that the Y chromosome doesn't get a look in.
There's no particular reason why this should be revolutionary, except that it has generally been a truth universally acknowledged in movies that a single woman's happy ending must involve a romantic resolution. Bridesmaids is rightly hailed as a »
Paul Feig follows up the critical and financial success of Bridesmaids with The Heat, another female-led comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as chalk-and-cheese law enforcement officers forced to work together.
Bullock plays uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, who butts heads with McCarthy's street-smart Boston cop Sharon Mullins.
Digital Spy sat down with Bullock and Feig to discuss the buddy-cop genre, passing the Bechdel Test, and the difficulty of finding funding for female-centric movies.
The Heat is released in the UK tomorrow (July 31).
‘The Heat’ is being greeted as a breath of fresh air in Hollywood. In the same way that Bridesmaids proved that women had it in them to be funny, so Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s hit film illustrates that the buddy cop caper needn’t reside only in the male domain.
There are many laugh-out-loud moments that have helped the film take $160m at the box office so far – four times its production budget – and secure a sequel already.
However, one of the moments that has the potential to jar in the film is a bar-room scene halfway through, which sees both women get off their heads, but leaves only Bullock as the uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, with her shirt on the floor, while Melissa McCarthy – as the more reckless, streetwise cop Mullins – resolutely clothed.
Bearing in mind »
- Caroline Frost
Despite doing well at the box office and fairly well with critics, it doesn’t look like Sandra Bullock wants to reprise her role in a sequel to The Heat. Though nothing has been confirmed and 20th Century Fox hasn’t as of yet, we do know that a script for The Heat 2 was penned by Katie Dippold, it just hasn’t been given the go ahead yet. At this stage though, it’s only a matter of time before they do.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Bullock revealed her thoughts about returning for a sequel, telling them the following:
“I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it,” Bullock told EW. “I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, »
- Matt Joseph
Despite the film grossing more than $130 million at the U.S. box-office since its release, Sandra Bullock says she's in no hurry to get involved in a sequel to her recent cop comedy "The Heat". Bullock tells EW:
"I know they say never say never, but right now, I can't imagine it. I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I'm not there."
The critical and box-office failure of the two sequels she previously starred in - "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" - have understandably made her wary of returning to the trough:
"If you look back on my illustrious sequel work, nothing has proven successful. A sequel is such a daunting thing, »
- Garth Franklin
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
One word floated over this cinema week: Partridge. After years of coy suggestions, knock-backs and false starts, the Alan Partridge film – codenamed Alpha Papa – finally saw the light of day.
The film-makers bowed to a social media campaign they certainly didn't have any hand in or encouragement and agreed to hold the world premiere in Norwich – for which Partridge donned a particularly fetching powder-blue
safari suit – before sticking Partridge in a helicopter and flying him to London.
Fortunately, our reviewer liked the film. Jurassic Park…
South Africa's censors ban film about predatory teacher as 'child porn'
Despicable Me 2 blocked by Chinese censor, but Smurfs sequel approved
Skyfall highest grossing »
The co-star of the cop comedy has said that the only thing that would get her holstered up again alongside Melissa McCarthy is a miracle. "I don't want to ruin what Melissa and I had," Bullock tells Entertainment Weekly. "If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I'm not there."
Director Paul Feig recently revealed that "The Heat" screenwriter Katie Dippold is already working on a script for a second film. But will it be good enough to convince Bullock to sign on, despite her sequel curse?
- Erin Whitney
The female buddy comedy has taken in a massive $155m (£101m) at the worldwide box office, and there have been reports that writer Katie Dippold is working on a follow-up.
"I know they say never say never, but right now, I can't imagine it," Bullock said.
"I don't want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I'm not there."
Bullock went on to explain that her own past work in sequels like Speed 2: Cruise Control have made »
Director: Paul Feig.
Running Time: 117 minutes.
Synopsis: Aiming to nab a promotion, the straight-laced Agent Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) must prove she’s a team player by pairing up with slovenly maverick cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to bring down a highly elusive drug lord.
Paul Feig is up to his olds tricks again. This time the Bridesmaids director teams up go-to funny girl Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock for odd couple/buddy cop comedy, The Heat. 20th Century Fox is clearly confident, delaying the film’s original Spring release and holding out for a big summer box office return; a gambit that would appear to have paid off as the movie has performed well State-side and a sequel has already been announced.
The Heat, we are sad to say, is standard stuff. The film’s »
- Joe Upton
Well, apparently once was enough for Sandra Bullock: while talking with Entertainment Weekly about her upcoming sci-fi mind-bender "Gravity," the Oscar-winning actress said that it was unlikely she would return for a sequel to her summer sleeper hit "The Heat." “I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it,” Bullock told EW. "I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I’m not there.” But. Sandy. We love you. It was reported in late April that a script for a sequel, again penned by Katie Dippold, was already being worked on, in case the movie met studio projections. Clearly, it did. It's hard to imagine that the sequel »
- Drew Taylor
"The Heat," Paul Feig's hilarious buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, has been one of the surprise hits of this summer, earning $130 million in North America since its release on June 28. Before "The Heat" even debuted, studio Twentieth Century Fox commissioned screenwriter Katie Dippold to work on a sequel, owing to the advance buzz humming off the comedy in the lead-up to its premiere.
"I really like the idea we have for the sequel. I'm really excited about it," Dippold told HuffPost Entertainment in an interview. "I can't say what it is. I wish I could. I really wish I could, but I can't: I would be immediately fired and murdered. But I really think it could be so fun. So I'm hopeful that we get to do it."
Unfortunately, Dippold may not get the chance. Speaking with EW.com at Comic-Con, Bullock said she wasn't »
- The Huffington Post
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