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'Spy' movie poster with Melissa McCarthy. 'Spy' movie review: 'Transgressive' feminist statement There's been a lot of talk around the ol' virtual water cooler about the feminist messaging embedded in Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller's riveting, post-apocalyptic free-for-all features the male title character taking a back seat to a fierce, battle-scarred woman liberating five female sex slaves and delivering them to a group of women suggestively called the Vulvani and said to be living in a restorative oasis called the Green Place of Many Mothers. It's Trojan horse feminism, for sure: many guys would think twice about the movie if they knew what Miller was trying to say with it. And yet for all its ragged, dust-choked, girl-power finery, there is another feminist statement at a theater near you that, in its own way, is just as transgressive. Spy is an action comedy where the hero, »
- Mark Keizer
Taylor Swift is just perfect. The latest evidence: A photo of the singer hiking backwards with a man in front of her surfaced on Tumblr after fans began speculating what was going on (which is fair, because it is an odd photo). Taylor caught wind of what was going on, so she decided to get in on the fun and give her admirers some clarity. "Taylor wtf is happening here im confused," one fan wrote, while another said, "It's like she is doing that test that police officers do to see if you're drunk or not." Swift reblogged the photo and responded in an epic way, of course. She first posted a Gif of Kristen Wiig's character in Bridesmaids when she got pulled over in the »
James Bond, eat your heart out. After Monday’s New York premiere of “Spy” at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square, Melissa McCarthy hit the stage at the Plaza Hotel after-party with glitter-ball bedecked Ukrainian drag performer Verka Serduchka. (Serduchka cameos in the film in a scene that is best left unspoiled.) Before launching into the performance, Serduchka thanked the crowd and gave his blessings to the movie, wishing them “great box office.”
McCarthy’s first major role was playing the sweet-natured, demure cook Sookie St. James on the WB drama “Gilmore Girls,” and director Paul Feig‘s breakthrough was creating the beloved and quickly cancelled TV series “Freaks and Geeks.” Nearly 16 years later, the pair have teamed up for their third collaboration, the explosive action-comedy film “Spy.”
Though “Spy” is a long way from the small-scale character-based dramas they made their name on, McCarthy told Variety that she relished the challenge of making the film, »
- Michael Tedder
As far as summer comedies go, Paul Feig's "Spy" is a pretty good one. It’s better structured and more consistent than Feig’s last action/comedy hybrid “The Heat,” but is less inspired and more indebted to its plot than his breakout “Bridesmaids.” But it’s a ton of fun, marking the third time the “Freaks & Geeks” co-creator has taken an unpromising premise and turned it into one of the better comedies of the season. There are plenty of pleasures to be found in the film, including an involving story and some better-than-expected action sequences. Bobby Cannavale sleazes it up in a small role, British actor Peter Serafinowicz exults in a completely absurd accent, Jason Statham plays a macho bozo to total perfection and Rose Byrne once again shows off her comedic chops. But for all the film’s flaws, there’s one thing in particular that makes »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Coming to cinemas this coming Friday is the new Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) directed comedy Spy. The movie revolves around Melissa McCarthy’s character, Susan Cooper, who is forced to step away from her desk at the CIA, and go undercover to prevent a global disaster.
Feig has been out on the promotional trail, and this past week caught up with new web app 6Tribes where the interviewer, friend of the site Simon Thompson, ran a few new ‘x-rated’ swear words by him to try and inspire him for his next movie.
‘Spunk trumpet’ is certainly a new one on me.
The film looks to spoofing every single spy movie ever made, but in Simon’s interview, Feig revealed a very different potential source for inspiration.
“I’m obsessed with the Carry On movies.”
“Would I make one? Hmmmm, it is tempting… but with Sid (James) gone I don »
- Paul Heath
From 007 to Bourne, the secret agents of cinema have indulged in amorous affairs, tailored suits, and enough terrible puns to take down entire governments.
If we love one film genre more than all the others, it's probably spy movies. Pick any Bond – Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, even Timothy Dalton – and there’s something to love. If Americanisms suit you better, there’s always Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt or Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. Heck, even Amazing Amy – Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike – was a Bond Girl. Clearly, you can’t go wrong with the spy genre.
While most spy films lean toward a darker tone, there's no hard and fast rule saying spy movies can't be funny. Case in point: Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's Spy with Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law. The film follows McCarthy as a CIA agent more used to behind-the-scenes work »
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
"I got the call while shooting Spy," Feig told Time Out London of taking on the job.
He continued: "Then I had an idea: what if I could cast all the funny women I know?
"The backlash? A lot of people are angry that we're touching the franchise. I get that. It's legitimate. But when it's 'How dare you put women in!'. That's just misogyny."
Of how Hollywood has been wrong on female comedy, Feig said: "Before I did Bridesmaids, everyone told me that it wouldn't work. And they sounded compelling. »
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. As I noted in my review of this year's "Kingsman: The Secret Service," 2015 is going to be lousy with spy movies—and not just overtly serious spy stuff, but spoofs of the spy genre, too. This year, secret agents are the new superheroes. And the latest spy send-up is "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig's "Spy," a film which once again reunites him with Melissa McCarthy, this time playing a desk-bound office drone that is forced into active duty. The last time Feig played with genre, the result was "The Heat," an iffy buddy cop movie that I failed to connect with. This time around, though, Feig has found a winning formula between the silly and the serious, smartly housing an occasionally outrageous comedy in the strict trappings of a traditional espionage tale. This approach of delivering a silly »
- Drew Taylor
It’s fair to say that Sony’s plans for a shared Ghostbusters universe didn’t get off to the best of starts with the fanbase when it was announced that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is set to direct a female-led reboot of the beloved franchise with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. However, like it or not, the project is happening, and now Feig has revealed to AlloCine (via ScreenRant) why he passed on the chance to make Ghostbusters 3 in favour of a reboot.
“I had been contacted several times about doing a sequel for Ghostbusters and I just kept turning it down because I didn’t know how to do it,” states Feig. “The scripts had been written, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wasn’t excited about it. So finally, one day I was like, it’s »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Feig will always, always, always have a special place in our heart for creating the immortal TV series Freaks & Geeks. Now, however, he's given Jason Statham his straight comedy debut in Spy, which arrives in cinemas this coming Friday.
Ahead of the film's release, he spared us some time for a chat. It didn't take long for Statham's name to crop up either...
I was watching Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do the other day, oddly enough. It's you in that, isn't it?
[Laughs] Yes! The DJ!
I finally watched the extended cut. Have you seen that version?
I've always liked the movie. And Tom Hanks, of course, directed the film, having come from an acting background like yourself. What kind of tips do you pick up from someone like him? »
Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne are hilarious in the Bond spoof "Spy," the latest female-driven comedy from sharp writer/director Paul Feig, who brought us the strongly women-oriented box office hits "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat." The film played huge for the Paramount Theatre crowd at its SXSW world premiere, where McCarthy came briefly onstage to introduce the film before shuttling off to catch a flight to shoot another movie. Despite its broad humor and long and muddled action scenes, this is the work of a daffy and deft writer of female dialogue, giving McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Byrne (as a prim, terrorist affiliate of the CIA's arch nemesis) many uproarious moments to chew on. Jason Statham brings comic machismo as a childishly sulky agent gone rogue. The audience ate it all up, with laughs drowning much of the dialogue. "Spy" is an earnest comedy about funny women doing funny, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
When Melissa McCarthy is in a movie, you know Melissa McCarthy is in that movie. That's because the actress -- who truly broke out as a comedic tour-de-force in 2011's Bridesmaids, and hits theaters again this weekend in Spy -- is usually at the center of all your favorite funny moments. Here are a few of our favorites, in gif form. 1. Bridesmaids (2011) Bridesmaids is chock-full of so many laugh-out-loud McCarthy-related moments, it's almost...
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When Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was initially announced last year, the director found fan response to be “vile” and “misogynistic” after some criticised the decision to go with an all-female cast.
Related: Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?
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- Benjamin Lee
I’m “biast” (con): …but have not been a fan of her movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Director Paul Feig has made some very bad movies with Melissa McCarthy. The Heat and Bridesmaids were popular, this is true, but they were also cruel and unforgivably unfair to the women they were about. I console myself with the thought, however unlikely it may be, that it was McCarthy’s irrepressible charm and inherent likability, even amidst all the abuse she was forced to endure, that drew moviegoers to her (as well as to the other women featured in these films, of course).
But now, Feig — also taking on the screenwriting task — has made »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here she plays Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst kept as far away from the field as humanly possible (well, at first). She's behind a computer screen acting as the eyes and ears for Jude Law's suave, Bond-like Bradley Fine. He's directed through various death-defying missions by Susan, and their playful back-and-forth hints at a long and sturdy friendship that she wants to blossom into something more.
When one of their operations goes bad, the CIA is thrown into crisis forcing Susan to go undercover in a bid to prevent a worldwide catastrophe. The Brit trio of Miranda Hart, »
A reboot version of Ghostbusters is coming in July of 2016 with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig at the helm and actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the lead roles. We’ve heard some chatter about the film before from Feig, with comments on the backlash, as well as on the proposed spin-off movies […]
- Ethan Anderton
Reprising her role from X-Men: First Class, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) is set to return as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse. When we last saw her, her memory had been wiped by Charles Xavier in order to protect his school, and she was nowhere to be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past as a result. In the video below, the actress talks about how the '80s era setting will impact Moira's appearance, and goes so far as to say that Professor X is going to end up looking "like he’s in Spandau Ballet." Are you guys excited to see her return? Share your thoughts in the usual place! »
Ahoy! As always, I like to take a look at the month in advance to see what cinematic offerings are coming our way. This time out, it’s the June releases that I’m going to be prepping you for, and as an added bonus, I’ve seen a fair number of them already. In fact, if you include one that I’m seeing this coming Monday, there are only two or three that I’ve yet to lay eyes on at this point. That hopefully lends a little bit of extra credence to my picks, though clearly your mileage may ultimately vary. Regardless, June is shaping up to be a very solid month for film, so you’ll undoubtedly have multiple things to see starting next week. Take a look below and obviously stay tuned fore more on many of them… Here now are the ten best bets for »
- Joey Magidson
The amazing Melissa McCarthy knows how to strut Leicester Square’s red carpet. Her success in Bridesmaids has brought her critical acclaim as an actress to watch out for. Yet she’s struggled to find the right script, unable to show her complete range. The plot of the film is simple: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Spy has given her the opportunity to accentuate her action as well as her words, and provides hope that McCarthy is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Whilst promoting her latest film Spy, her latest collaboration with director Paul Feig, McCarthy attended the star-studded premiere held in London’s prestigious Leicester Square.
McCarthy was as amiable in the flesh as she is on the screen. “It was a big risk to take on this kind of genre, »
- Aly Lalji
When Melissa McCarthy teams up with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat), she fires on all cylinder, and judging by the positive word out of SXSW, their latest collaboration, Spy, continues that trend. McCarthy plays a CIA analyst who volunteers to goes into the field after all of the agents are compromised by a security breach. I’ve dug the trailers for the film, and Jason Statham, who plays a sidelined spy, is reportedly hilarious in his supporting role. Here’s hoping that we’ve got another great summer comedy heading our way. I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 30 admit-two passes for the Atlanta screening of Spy. To enter for a chance to see the movie early and for free, send an e-mail to Collider.Passes@gmail.com with the subject line “Spy”. The screening is on Tuesday, June 2nd @ 7:30pm at Landmark Midtown, so don »
- Matt Goldberg
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