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Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
It all ends. As the promotional rollercoaster began, the third and final part of the Hangover trilogy took a few notes in publicising its finale from fellow trilogy closer, The Dark Knight Rises. A similarly “epic” conclusion, this time the turn of famed Wolfpack, endured and loved by many, judging by its ridiculously successful box-office statistics, return for their final chapter. But despite its big promises, The Hangover Part III is neither funny nor indeed epic, and is more proof that this Wolfpack needs to be put to sleep.
Starting with a Shawshank-esque prison break, which sees the villainous but surprisingly likeable Chow (played brilliantly again by Community’s Ken Jeong), fleeing a Bangkok prison, and soon thrusting himself back into the Wolfpack’s lives. Said Pack are back, helping Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to both get his obvious mental deficiencies sorted once and for all (killing »
- Scott Davis
Director: Todd Phillips; Screenwriters: Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin; Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham; Running time: 100 mins; Certificate: 15
"It ends tonight," is the solemn promise made by Bradley Cooper when the Wolfpack gets drawn into another waking nightmare, but it does feel like the third (and ostensibly, the last episode) is being dragged out. Phil, Stu and Alan are looking jaded, too, except that's part of the gag and writer/director Todd Phillips mixes up the formula just enough to keep it gently fizzing.
Things get off to a slow start. The 'morning after' tension that opens the first two movies is gone, replaced by Chow in a Shawshank-style Thai prison escape and Alan decapitating a giraffe on the freeway. These are big, broad comedy strokes that don't tickle the ribs as much as make your heart sink, because it seems like Phillips »
It was love at first sight (of those peas falling down her back in Bridesmaids) with Rebel Wilson, so we were very happy when ABC announced it was picking up her pilot Super Fun Night for this coming Fall TV season. For Wilson, she was just excited to be able to convince her family she really had her own show. "I think my family was like, 'Do you really got a TV show, because when is it gonna come out?'" she told us on the ABC Upfronts red carpet. "Now I can say it's coming out after Modern Family on Wednesday nights." Not a bad time slot, seeing as that ABC comedy is one of the most popular shows on the air right now. "I've heard of that show Modern Family. I've heard »
Bridesmaids scene-stealer Maya Rudolph and HBO "Eastbound & Down" star Danny McBride appear in a photo shoot inspired by the legendary website "Awkward Family Photos" for GQ's June Comedy issue. The two stars have been busy working on their highly-anticipated summer movies (Rudolph in The Way, Way Back and McBride in This Is The End), but made time to adopt six fake families, throw on some matching outfits, and sit for some of the most delightfully awkward family photos ever captured. See attached photo for your use and check out GQ.com: Photos * Also, watch behind-the-scenes video from the shoot here »
- April Neale
Kristen Wiig has been signed to star in the upcoming Welcome to Me produced by Bron Studios and Gary Sanchez Productions, it was announced today. Cargo International has picked up international rights for the film which it is currently selling at Cannes.
Directing is Shira Piven (Fully Loaded), from a screenplay by Eliot Laurence. The dramatic comedy is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert and Marina Grasic with Margot Hand as co-producer on behalf of Bron Studios. For Gary Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum are producers, with Robyn Wholey as executive producer. Kristen Wiig is also a producer. Welcome to Me will begin production in California this summer.
Welcome to Me tells the story of Alice (Wiig) who suffers from dissociative personality disorder and wins the lottery only to decide to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. The show reflects her larger-than-life »
Melissa McCarthy is proving to be one stern boss. The "Bridesmaids" actress fired an extra on the set of her directorial debut, "Tammy," after she witnessed the woman abusing her child, according to TMZ. The incident happened yesterday on the film's set in Wilmington, Nc. Witnesses reportedly saw the woman -- in her 20s -- struggling with the young child all morning, telling the kid to behave and keep quiet. The mother's scolding was apparently loud enough to disturb production, which included more than 200 extras. According to TMZ, McCarthy had had enough once she witnessed the extra "harshly jerk" her child up into the air by the wrist. The Oscar nominee then had production assistants escort the woman off set, claiming she would not tolerate the abuse. Show 'em who's in charge, Melissa! [via TMZ ] »
- Dana Taddeo
Melissa McCarthy's got some serious pull on the set of her new movie -- 'cause the "Bridesmaids" star just Fired an extra for mistreating her own little kid on set ... TMZ has learned.It happened yesterday in Wilmington, Nc ... where she's filming "Tammy," directed by her hubby Ben Falcone.The extra, a woman in her 20s, brought along her child -- age approximately 4-5 -- for the daylong shoot by a lake ... and the standard $58 payday ... sources tell TMZ. »
- TMZ Staff
She was nominated for an Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in the comedy Bridesmaids and won an Emmy for her work alongside Billy Gardell in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly -- which debuts its season finale tonight. Here are five things you probably don't know about Melissa McCarthy.
1. Born a farmer's daughter in Plainfield, Il on August 26, 1970.
Pics: Star Sightings
2. Cousin of actress and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy.
3. Studied clothing and textiles in college with the goal of becoming a fashion designer, but eventually dropped out of school to pursue stand-up comedy. She has plans to launch her own plus-size clothing line.
Video: Mike & Molly Stars Preview 'Stormy' Finale
4. Met her actor husband Ben Falcone at The Groundlings improv group in Los Angeles.
5. Got her big TV break in 2000 when she landed the role of the loveable control freak Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls.
Video: McCarthy & Bullock Trade Quips in Sin City »
It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Hit U.S. TV Show Wedding Band starring Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210, Sarah Conner Chronicles) comes to DVD 27th May after a successful run on 5*, and to mark the release we have 3 box sets to give away!
Also starring Harold Perrinau (Lost, Matrix Reloaded), Peter Cambor (NCIS Los Angeles) and The Us Office’s Melora Hardin the show also boasts fantastic guest appearances from the likes of Megan Fox (Transformers), Wendi McLendon Covey (Bridesmaids) and Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad)
Written by Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle (South Park) and produced by Emmy Award winning Mike Tollin (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Wild Hogs) Wedding Band is a comedy drama about the bromance between four likable, occasionally reckless, friends whose weekends are spent playing in Seattle’s premier wedding and events band. Tommy, Eddie, Barry and Stevie – collectively known as Mother of the Bride – all have day jobs, but in living »
Don’t mess with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy – says the latest poster for their upcoming comedy The Heat! We already shared some cool clips from Paul Feig‘s latest flick, so I’m sure you know it follows the above mentioned ladies who join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord. Will they become best buddies after all? That’s a plan… Bridesmaids helmer Feig directed the whole thing from a script written by Katie Dippold, and beside Bullock and McCarthy, The Heat cast also includes Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport. Still, it’s all about Bullock’s character FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, described as a »
- Jeanne Standal
Actor plans big-screen version of Summer Crossing, Capote's 'inspired' early work about young debutante in 1945 New York
The project will see Johansson make her directing debut with the story of a 17-year-old Protestant debutante who embarks on an affair with a Jewish parking-lot attendant while her family vacations in Paris during the summer of 1945. It is currently being touted to potential investors at the Cannes film festival.
"Several years ago I began working alongside the Capote estate and writer Tristine Skyler to adapt Summer Crossing, an inspired early work of Truman's which has long captured my heart," said Johansson in a statement. "Being able to bring this story to the screen as my full-length directorial debut is a life dream and deep privilege. »
- Ben Child
One has a side-parted afro, another an app for bloke-chat in pubs – these geeks turn technical support into a fresh and very funny job
Long before Glee and The Big Bang Theory turned geeks into heroes, The It Crowd was shining a light on that most stereotypical of nerd jobs: technical support. Doing the same for computer experts as he did for the clergy in Father Ted, writer Graham Linehan tackles geek stereotypes head-on, while putting his characters into some very silly situations indeed.
The status of the It department within Reynholm Industries is made immediately clear by the fact that central characters Roy, Moss and Jen work in the basement of their office, shut away from people and sunlight. Much of the humour in The It Crowd stems from their inability to interact normally with others. Roy, played by Chris O'Dowd, even has an app to help him chat to blokes in the pub. »
- David Renshaw
It will be a crime not to laugh when Kristen Wiig gets Simpsonized. The former Saturday Night Live lady gets animated for an upcoming Simpsons episode to air on Fox in the fall, according to the EW report. Speaking of SNL, Wiig returned to the familiar comedy set to host back on May 11. She may have played host then, for The Simpsons she’ll play an officer of the law. She’s an FBI agent! How interesting.
The episode, to be titled “Homerland,” reveals Homer acting out of character. He’s too nice after returning from a nuclear power plant convention. This is very suspicious behavior, suspicious enough for his daughter, Lisa to enlist the help of an “intense” FBI agent. That will be Wiig’s character. »
- Sasha Nova
A new clip featured the minions released today for Illumination Entertainment’s supervillain-centered comedy Despicable Me 2 directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Despicable Me 2 serves as a follow-up to the 2010 hit Despicable Me, which took in a whopping $540 million at the box office. It is currently the 10th biggest animated film in U.S. history. Steve Carell (super-villain Gru), Cosgrove, Gaier, and Fisher are all slated to return for the film’s sequel. “Bridesmaids” actress Kristen Wiig, who voiced a sadistic orphanage owner in the first film, is also set to come back for the new movie, though oddly in what seems to be a »
- Allan Ford
Upfronts, the Christmas Eve of Us television, are upon us. This is a sort of annual television cattle market, where networks show advertisers their wares for the upcoming autumn season in the hope of getting them to buy ad time "up front". Handily for us TV fans who aren't in charge of a whopping great ad budget, the networks also stick trailers for the majority of their new output online. Here are six of the most promising.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC
Key personnel: Joss Whedon (executive producer)
Joss Whedon's return to the small screen after the monster success of Avengers Assemble will be another dip into Marvel mythology. This time, the Buffy creator tackles agency S.H.I.E.L.D., who are responsible »
- Gwilym Mumford
Maybe Olivia Pope needs to do some damage control for ABC, which brought back only two of the 10 shows it premiered last season. At the network’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, Kerry Washington appeared in a pre-taped clip as her character from Scandal, and offered advice to Anne Sweeney, the president of Disney/ABC Television Group, alongside Jimmy Kimmel. Discussing the problem of Dancing With the Stars, which took a ratings dip this season, Kimmel quipped, “For one thing, they’re not really stars.” There aren’t a ton of stars in ABC’s new lineup, either — but there are »
- Melissa Maerz
ABC’s upfront Tuesday afternoon was an upbeat affair - not all upfronts are - with shoutouts to breakout hit Scandal and its star, Kerry Washington; to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; and to now destined-to-retire Barbara Walters. Kimmel, as is traditional, did a few minutes' worth of jokes at the expense of the other networks (he referred to CBS as "smug @#%&!!!!s") and his own: He suggested that Splash, the diving-celeb reality show, should be replaced by one with an empty pool. To be called Splat. The clips introducing new shows were, on balance, pretty promising. These are the ones »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE'S TV CRITIC
ABC's comedy development has had a rough couple of seasons. The network hasn't had a real breakout since the one-two punch of family comedies "Modern Family" (an ongoing mega hit) and "The Middle" (a modest but stable hit) premiered back in 2009.
Only three comedies launched since then remain on the air: "Suburgatory," which faded enough in Season 2 to be held back for midseason next year; "Last Man Standing," which plays to a base and is otherwise ignored on Friday nights; and "The Neighbors," which will join "Last Man" in its Friday irrelevance in the fall. That means ABC needs to find a few more real players and the network has planned an aggressive launch of four new comedies in the fall and one more on the bench for midseason.
• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006′s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap]
• Action-thriller The Candy Store has gained some more Oscar-winning talent. »
- Emily Rome
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