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Here’s a big step toward a (hopefully) long career in film comedy stardom. Two years ago this Summer, Melissa McCarthy exploded on the big screen (after paying her dues on TV and small film comedy bits) in the surprise smash hit Bridesmaids, stealing almost every scene and nabbing a much deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, Since then she’s been toiling away on her day gig starring in TV’s “Mike & Molly”, hosting a superb episode of Saturday Night Live, and destroying her scene-mates in a small role in the recent This Is 40. Now, she’s ready to go for the gold. Identity Thief is her first big movie lead (well sharing the lead with vet Jason Bateman) and The Heat with Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is just around the corner. But can she carry a lead role on her petite shoulders? Sure she killed opposite lady comics like Kristen Wiig, »

- Jim Batts

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