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Paul Feig, Nancy Meyers Set for Austin Film Fest Honors

Filmmakers Paul Feig and Nancy Meyers will be feted at this year’s Austin Film Festival for their contributions to cinema. Feig will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. His first feature, “I Am David,” won the award for best advance screening at the Austin Film Festival in 2003. Feig most recently wrote, directed, and produced last year’s comedy “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy. “The Heat” and “Bridesmaids” are among the director’s other credits. Feig helms this summer’s “Ghostbusters” reboot from a script he co-wrote with Kate Dippold. Meyers is set to receive the Distinguished Screenwriter Award from the fest. Meyers received an Oscar nomination for her first film “Private Benjamin” in 1980 alongside Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller. Meyers’ wrote and directed Disney’s remake of “The Parent Trap,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “The Holiday,” “It’s Complicated,” and last year’s “The Intern.” Her other writing credits include “Irreconcilable Differences,
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Spy: The Third Feature by Paul Feig, Our George Cukor

During his career, George Cukor was often referred to as a “women’s director” for his facility with foregrounded female performers: Katharine Hepburn in no less than 10 collaborations, Jean Simmons in The Actress, the women in The Women. By that logic, Paul Feig is our Cukor: beginning with Bridesmaids (since we’ve confined I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors to the rubble of collective amnesia), he’s established himself as a specialist in female-led comedy, following up with The Heat and now Spy. In interviews prior to Bridesmaids‘ release, he mused that the film better not bomb or he’d have messed it up for women in comedy for decades. If none […]
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Paul Feig on ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Spy’ and His Female-Centric Hollywood

Paul Feig on ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Spy’ and His Female-Centric Hollywood
Paul Feig is Hollywood’s most popular ladies’ man.

That’s not to suggest he’s a lothario or creepy man-on-the-make. It’s just that in his job as a top movie director, he arguably has done more in recent years than anyone else in the business to enable actresses to play the kinds of delicious characters that traditionally had been the domain of their male counterparts. There’s an encouraging shift under way at the box office with such female-driven hits as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Cinderella,” “Insurgent” and “Maleficent” burning up the bigscreen. And Feig, who has demonstrated a fondness for funny women, has played a central role part in helping to create and maintain that momentum, with a resume of blockbuster comedies.

The bawdy “Bridesmaids,” starring Kirsten Wiig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy, took in $288 million worldwide, and garnered two Oscar nominations, for supporting actress (McCarthy) and
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Watch: Trailer for Susanne Bier's 'A Second Chance'

I'm not particularly familiar with Danish director Susanne Bier's filmography. Scratch that, I'm actually not at all familiar with Bier's work. Her Oscar-winning film In a Better World is a movie I have heard plenty about but never seen, and the only other film of hers I've even heard of is Serena, Bier's Depression-era drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which will finally be released on demand tomorrow and in U.S. theaters on March 27 after spending eighteen long months in post-production. But never mind that, for Bier it's on to the next one, as the second trailer for her latest film A Second Chance has recently debuted online. The project, which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones"), Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing), and Maria Bonnevie(I Am David), debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, with The Playlist concluding the film contains more than
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Director Paul Feig picks his favorite underrated films

Director Paul Feig picks his favorite underrated films
Paul Feig went from creating ’90s cult favorite Freaks and Geeks to directing 2011′s comedy hit Bridesmaids, but between those, he directed 2003′s little-known drama I Am David – which he’s still proud of to this day. See what the director had to say about that film, along with his other picks for favorite underrated movies:

Loves of a Blonde

“This first feature film from Amadeus director Milos Forman is the funny and bittersweet tale of a pretty teenage girl living in Communist Czechoslovakia trying desperately to find anything to lift her out of her bleak everyday life. Filled with funny,
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Did You Know There Are Ghosts In The Heat? Paul Feig Reveals All

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has been something of a comedic deity since he created the 2000 TV series Freaks and Geeks, which is probably the best series that has ever existed and if you say any differently then I.ll probably ignore you. (Somehow, his Communist concentration camp drama I Am David that he co-wrote and directed doesn.t ever get brought up in the same conversation.) But what you may not be aware of is Feig didn.t get into this business to make movies about awkward kids or direct episodes of The Office. It.s all about fueling research for his ghost obsession. He appeared on a recent segment of Anatomy of a Scene - as part of the award-noticing .The Onion Master Series. . to discuss a specific scene from his recently released buddy comedy The Heat, which opened last weekend with a strong second place showing. The scene he
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Interview: Paul Feig Proves Again That Women Are Funny in ‘The Heat’

Chicago – Every once in a while, some moron brings up the argument again that men are funnier than women. These people are not only ignorant, they’re not paying attention to the current state of the genre. Whether it’s the state of the form on TV in shows like “Nurse Jackie” & “Parks & Recreation” or the success of films like “Bridesmaids” and the upcoming “The Heat,” women are ruling comedy.

One of the most important people behind this truth is Paul Feig, director of both of those films and a man who has worked on nearly every major TV comedy of the last decade. He came to Chicago recently for “Just For Laughs” to talk about “The Heat,” starring Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock, opening this Friday.

Hollywoodchicago.Com: Right from the beginning of “The Heat,” there’s a credit sequence with soul music behind it – I think credits set a
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Singapore International Film Fest 2011: Ignore All Detour Signs Review

This is one of those moments where I kick myself for not getting to hear the sounds of Singapore's post-rock band I Am David Sparkle early enough, but it's better late than never, thanks to this documentary film showcased at the Singapore Panorama section of this year's Singapore Interntional Film Festival, a film that was two years in the making since it charted the rock band's challenges when it got invited to play at South by Southwest in 2009....
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Watch: Hilarious Extended Reel of More Outtakes from 'Bridesmaids'

Back when the film hit theaters in May, we got a taste of some of the hilarious outtakes that happened on set during filming of the surprisingly successful wedding comedy Bridesmaids from director Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd along with some scene stealing performances from Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. Now with the DVD/Blu-Ray release next week we have almost ten minutes of new outtakes, and it makes me wish I could've been on set everyday. It's slightly Nsfw with some salty language (especially about assholes), but you can check it out below! Here's the entertaining outtakes reel from Bridesmaids pointed out by Vulture: Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie". The story follows
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'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig Says He's Rebooting A Comedy Franchise: 4 Possible Contenders

Plus Helmer Talks Upcoming Jon Hamm/Melissa McCarthy Comedy Almost everyone involved in "Bridesmaids" has gotten a major boost from its huge success (although, note we said almost everyone: more on this later on), and none more deservingly though than its director, Paul Feig. Since co-creating classic one-season wonder "Freaks and Geeks" with Judd Apatow over a decade ago, Feig has worked consistently on some of the best TV shows around, including "The Office," "Arrested Development" and even "Mad Men," but big-screen success had so far eluded him, with features "I Am David" and "Grounded" landing with a thud. But the…
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Review: Paul Feig's 'Bridesmaids' Breathes New Life in Comedy Again

"Something old, something new..." is the way the traditional wedding poem begins. It's also an appropriate way to describe Bridesmaids, the new comedy directed by Paul Feig (previously of I Am David, "Arrested Development", "Nurse Jackie", "The Office", Unaccompanied Minors) and produced by comedy mastermind Judd Apatow. The wild twists and turns leading up to a wedding. A friend rivaling for the attention of the betrothed from the newer, cooler friend in their life. The eccentricities of the wedding party and guests that lead to all kinds of high jinks. The pre-wedding blast that doesn't quite end as planned. All the standards are at work in Bridesmaids, every last, prosaic one of them, but there's something more important at work, too. Driving the comedy, covering the commonplace left character turns that pop up throughout, there's a new car sheen sprayed on by the sharpness of the humor, the honest imperfections
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Paul Feig Walks Down the Aisle With "Bridesmaids"

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Paul Feig Walks Down the Aisle With
Paul Feig is nothing if not open. As the author of two wonderfully observed memoirs - "Kick Me," covering his childhood and "Superstud" chronicling his twenties, with his TV series "Freaks and Geeks" to semi-autobiographically fill in the rest of his early years -- he's let audiences grow up with him. With sharp, self-deprecating wit and warmth, he's been the best teller of his own story, one that's led him from an adolescence in Michigan where a respite from constant teasing in junior high was making TV commercials for his father's hardware store before he eventually took center stage himself to the slings and arrows of being a standup comedian and actor. However, partly out of his considerable humility and just as likely because it would ruin some of his schtick, the one area of his life that hasn't been as nearly well-documented has been the success he's found as a director.
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James Caviezel's Box Office: Pre- and Post-the Passion Of The Christ

James Caviezel, Frequency James Caviezel's Jesus Backlash: "Rejected in My Own Industry" Below is the domestic box-office take of James Caviezel's films, whether in leads or supporting roles, released from 2004 to the present (via Box Office Mojo). Could that be one important reason producers have shied away from him? Highway Men (2004), $371k The Passion of the Christ (2004), $370.78m Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004), $2.69m The Final Cut (2004), $551k I Am David (2004), $288k Madison (2005), $517k Unknown (2006), $26k Deja Vu (2006), starring Denzel Washington, $64.03m Outland (2009), $166k The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009), $637k Caviezel's pre-2004 films — including supporting roles — generally performed much better perhaps because he was usually partnered with bigger names, including Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Dennis Quaid. Even so, none of his movies could be called a blockbuster. Titles from 1998 to 2002 are listed [...]
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Really? Another New Red Band Trailer for Universal's 'Bridesmaids'

We've already seen at least two full trailers, lots of other TV spots and featurettes on Apple and elsewhere, but that's not stopping Universal from releasing yet another new trailer for their big summer comedy Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Kali Hawk. This time it's a filthy red band trailer debuted on who-knew-they-were-still-around MySpace and it's actually funny, in spots, so give it a shot if you're still on the edge about this, as it might tip you one way (or the other). There's not much that makes it red band, at all, but enjoy anyway. Watch the newest red band trailer for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and
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Watch: Silly New International Trailer for Kristen Wiig's 'Bridesmaids'

Universal recently released a new UK trailer for Bridesmaids, their upcoming comedy starring Kristen Wiig as one of six bridesmaids. The others, as we know, include: Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper. Oh and don't forget Jon Hamm is in this, too. It's a newly recut trailer straight from YouTube and it doesn't look that bad, but it is a little silly. If you need any more convincing, read SlashFilm's rave review calling it "confident, a mix of laugh-out-loud funny, smart, raunchy, and heartbreaking... a homerun." Apple also released a new featurette today, too. Trailer is below! Watch the latest international trailer for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie". The story follows
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Watch: Second Official Trailer for Paul Feig's Comedy 'Bridesmaids'

Universal has debuted one more trailer via MSN for Paul Feig's new comedy Bridesmaids, starring a wild line-up of women: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Kali Hawk. The guys include Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd and even Jon Hamm. The film recently premiered as a "work-in-progress" cut at the SXSW Film Festival a few days ago, where despite not being finished, Peter Sciretta from /Film raved: "Confident, a mix of laugh-out-loud funny, smart, raunchy, and heartbreaking. Bridesmaides [sic] is a homerun." Now that's some praise! Check out the trailer below. Watch the second official trailer (first one here) for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie". The story follows Annie (Kristen Wiig
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Bridesmaids Trailer Starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph

Yeah, I know what you're thinking... do we really need yet another chick flick that revolves around a wedding? Isn't this just another Bride Wars or 27 Dresses knockoff? Well, judging by the first trailer, a more apt description seems to be the female-centric version of The Hangover. With a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Chris O'Dowd, I'm guessing there should be plenty of laughs here for both girls and guys alike. It also helps that this is the latest comedy to fall under the Apatow Productions banner. Bridesmaids is written by Kristen Wiig and her friend Annie Mumolo, and directed by Freaks and Geeks co-creator Paul Feig. Feig's previous feature film projects (Unaccompanied Minors, I Am David) have been a little bit lacklustre, so this is a chance for him to re-establish his comedy cred. For the most part, however, it
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Watch: First Full Trailer for Judd Apatow Produced 'Bridesmaids'

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap! Universal has debuted the first official trailer over on Apple for the upcoming comedy Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig, starring an ensemble cast of SNL alums, including: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Matt Lucas, Chris O'Dowd, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Kali Hawk and even Jon Hamm. It was produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, directed by Paul Feig ("The Office", "Nurse Jackie"), and written by Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo. As funny as this is in spots, there's definitely not enough Rose Byrne... or Jon Hamm for that matter. Enjoy! Watch the first official trailer for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids: [flv:http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/Bridesmaids-officialtrailer.mp4 http://media2.firstshowing.net/firstshowing/Bridesmaids-officialtrailer.jpg 598 248] You can also watch the Bridesmaids trailer in High Definition on Apple Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development
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First Poster for Judd Apatow Produced 'Bridesmaids' Has Attitude

We've been hearing about Bridesmaids from writer Kristen Wiig and producers Judd Apatow and Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks") for a little while now. Fortunately, the first poster doesn't make this look like your average wedding comedy as the bride (Maya Rudolph), maid of honor (Wiig) and bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) are lined up with attitude. With Apatow's raunchy, male-centric comedies like 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up & Superbad highlighted at the top, I think it's time for the women to have some fun this time around. Check this out! Here's the first sassy poster for Bridesmaids courtesy of Moviefone: Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie". The story follows Annie (Kristen Wiig), a maid of honor whose
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First Look: Paul Feig & Kristen Wiig's New Comedy Bridesmaids

This is another romantic comedy, heavy chick flick territory, so watch out. Last year we reported on various casting for a comedy co-written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo called Bridesmaids that is about, as you may have guessed, two women battling to plan their friend's wedding. As cheesy as that plot sounds, it actually has a stellar cast including Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Dianne Wiest, Matthew Lucas, Chris O'Dowd, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy and Wendy McLendon-Covey. The Playlist got their hands on an early first look from the latest Entertainment Weekly which you can check out below. Bridesmaids is directed by Paul Feig, of feature films I Am David and Unaccompanied Minors, but he has a lot of TV directing work on shows like "Arrested Development", "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie". "It's more of a story about friendship than a 'wedding movie'," Wiig told EW.
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