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So, the world has survived the (gasp!) Ghostbusters female reboot (did it really “ruin your childhood”, fellas?). Are we ready for another “lady led” comedy, one that’s a bit edgier than the new phantom-fighters? You know, not as “all-ages’ friendly, in others words, “R” rated (for raunchy). Yes, Edina and Patsy went from the small screen to the big screens last weekend. And Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates is still roaming the multiplex with Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick as a formidable comic duo, so there are lots of funny women in adult-themed comedies around. But this current flick addresses the somewhat new social media concept of “mom shaming”, though it was probably done in whispers in pre-tech days. This weekend’s new comedy attempts to put a funny spin on all this judgemental nonsense with a story that owes a lot to Mean Girls, filtered through Bridesmaids, »
- Jim Batts
“Bad Moms,” starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, follows three overworked and under-appreciated mothers who are pushed beyond their limits and ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom and fun. The raunchy comedy is out in theaters on July 29, here is what the critics are saying.
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland gave the film a B-, noting that it “boasts some good jokes but Hahn’s revelatory performance is the big draw.” It’s not the most iconic film of the year but Kate writes, “Like so many other films hitting the big screen this year, from ‘Neighbors 2’ to ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,’ ‘Bad Moms’ isn’t afraid to let its leading ladies prove that women can behave just as badly as men, and be funny as hell while doing it… Hahn steals every single scene she’s in, a hilarious ball of pure comedic id. »
- Liz Calvario
When Universal Pictures' The Boss hit theaters back in April, it not only marked the return of Melissa McCarthy to the big screen, alongside her husband and director Ben Falcone, but it also brought two of HBO's biggest stars together. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage starred as the villainous Renault and Veep's Timothy Simons as his associate Stephan. Now that this comedy has debuted on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this week, we have an exclusive preview that showcases the comedic rapport formed by these beloved actors.
Writer/actor Steve Mallory reveals on this video that both Peter Dinklage and Timothy Simons had never met before working on this movie, but their chemistry was instantaneous. Timothy Simons says that nothing you try will ever throw Peter Dinklage off his game, while we see some behind-the-scenes outtakes of both characters in action.
32 years ago today, the acting debut of a music icon we lost this year opened in theaters. Audiences were first treated to Purple Rain on July 27, 1984. Purple Rain proved that Prince could be just as captivating in a feature-length film as he was onstage and in music videos. The rock musical debuted a month after the album of the same name hit record stores, giving us such hits as “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “I Would Die 4 U.” Other notable July 27 happenings in pop culture history; • 1940: Bugs Bunny made his official debut at a screening of the short film A Wild Hare. • 1979: The Amityville Horror opened in theaters. • 1982: Little Shop of Horrors had its Off-Broadway opening at the Orpheum Theatre. The writing team behind the wacky musical, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, went on to write some of Disney Animation’s most beloved songs. »
- Emily Rome
Tony Sokol Jul 27, 2016
The 1977 story of supermodels being snowed in on the slopes of Chile is heading to the movies...
This article first appeared at Den Of Geek Us.
Paramount has picked up the rights to Supermodel Snowpocalypse, an Elle magazine article written by Mickey Rapkin and Ghostbusters and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will oversee its transition to the big screen.
Feig won’t be directing the adaptation, just producing it under his Feigco banner with his partner Jessie Hendeson. Feig, who directed The Heat and Bridesmaids, also produced The Peanuts Movie for Fox.
Supermodel Snowpocalypse will tell the story of a group of models, including Jerry Hall and Maria Hanson, ad execs and photographers who went to a mountain ski resort in Chile for a lavish fur-themed photoshoot in 1977. The group got snowed-in by a big storm and kept warm by partying like it was, well, 1977. They dug themselves »
Feig will produce the adaptation with his Feigco banner partner Jessie Hendeson. Sources add Feig will not direct the pic.
The Elle article followed two sisters, the older’s photographer boyfriend, advertising executives and a group of models (including Jerry Hall and Maria Hanson) who traveled to Chile for a lavish fur-themed photoshoot.
A snow storm hit soon after the group arrived at a mountain ski resort but even though it was massive, the men and women put on a brave face, turning the place into their own Studio 54 with the other Brazilian and Argentinian patrons.
After being stranded for a week with no working phones (and the only way to exit the hotel was through second floor windows), the American crew hatched a plan to escape back to civilization. »
- Justin Kroll
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Annie Mumolo, co-writer of Bridesmaids and Bad Moms star, reveals that she’s working on an adaptation of Patrick Dennis’ 1955 novel Auntie Mame for the very Auntie Mame-ish Tilda Swinton.
The book chronicles the comic adventures of a young boy living with his eccentric (read: free-thinking and independent) aunt after his father dies. In 1958, Warner Brothers released a film adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell as the titular heroine. Russell was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her performance. The film went on to become the highest-grossing U.S. film the following year because viewers found no end to the hilarity of a woman making her own decisions every day.
- Matt Wayt
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The Boss: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. »
The original is based on Patrick Dennis' 1955 novel about an orphaned boy who is placed in the care of his flamboyant, exuberant aunt who hosts frequent parties with eclectic bohemian guests. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Mumolo says:
"She [Swinton] asked me, 'Have you read Auntie Mame?'. I said, 'No, I haven't read the book but I've seen the other version of it made into a film version in the 50s.' She said, 'Would you take a look at it? I want to see if you are interested in writing a modern-day adaptation.' I said yes, because you say yes to Tilda Swinton when she asks if you want to do something.
I read the book and it was one »
- Garth Franklin
Will Paul Feig’s streak of ruined childhoods and devastated kids never find its end? It’s bad enough that the Bridesmaids director had to go and make a fun, funny, female-led reboot of Ghostbusters. Now he’s going after the childhoods of today, too, by encouraging kids to buy an absolute crap-ton of toys based on his film.
That’s per Mattel, which says that its Ghostbusters line of toys has “exceeded expectations” for sales in the wake of the film’s July 15 release. That’s across both male and female demographics, apparently, which might owe in part to the company’s decision to ignore decades of cootie-prevention research and place action figures of Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig—confirmed girls—in the “boy” action-figure aisles at stores.
“We’re thrilled with the response to the new Ghostbusters toy line,” a company executive told Variety, before presumably darting ...
- William Hughes
I have only one requirement of a comedy: It must make me laugh. A chuckle is fine. A smile or a grin is appreciated. A knee slap is great. However if you promise me a comedy, at some point i’m going to have to laugh. The Jackass movies are childish larks of grown men performing ridiculous stunts and abuse to themselves, but when those guys jump into a shopping cart and crash into a garbage dumpster, I’m laughing. Or when i’m watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon doing their Michael Caine impressions over a nice meal, I’m laughing. Or when the Kristen Wiig and the cast of Bridesmaids are dealing with a bout of food poisoning and desperate to find a private place to void their bowels, I’m laughing. Not all comedies work and humor is very much a subjective experience. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Academy Award®-nominated Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) takes charge in the outrageous, hilarious new comedy The Boss, arriving on Digital HD on July 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more fun and hilarity with deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel, and alternate ending not seen in theaters! The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD also feature even more extras including an exclusive look at Melissa’s original 2005 comedy performance as Michelle Darnell at the world famous Groundlings – the act that brought The Boss to life!
Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere »
- Movie Geeks
The new Ghostbusters remake has resembled a cultural flashpoint for so long—thanks to a series of stupid protests by Internet-dwelling misogynists—that it felt like a tired topic even before the movie arrived in theaters last week. But if there is a positive side effect of that unwarranted attention, it’s that the critical debate surrounding the film has been somewhat more rousing than a decisively mediocre studio comedy might usually attract. At the New York Times, Manohla Dargis describes the movie’s generally agreed-upon strengths:It’s at once satisfyingly familiar and satisfyingly different, kind of like a new production of “Macbeth” or a Christopher Nolan rethink of Batman. As it turns out, the original “Ghostbusters” is one of those durable pop entertainments that can support the weight of not only a lesser follow-up (the 1989 sequel “Ghostbusters II”), but also a gender redo. That the new movie stars four »
How the Filmmaker Honors Women by Capturing Our World Authentically.
In case you missed it during your trip to Mars: the new, very funny and in some ways, revolutionary Ghostbusters — co-written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig — stars four exceptional women in lead roles. After much noisy whining and many buckets of tears shed by insecure manbabies, we finally know that the Paul Feig-directed remake is indeed very good, stands on its own as a fresh take on an existing universe and resides harmoniously alongside the original film that came 32 years before it. But that’s not all. We also know that the new Ghostbusters thankfully isn’t just a simplistic gender-swapped comedy that forces male-centric themes onto its story just for the sake of being gentle on the aforementioned manbaby crusaders and skeptics. It is instead unapologetically true to the female experience in portraying its lead characters (played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig »
- Tomris Laffly
Well, it wasn’t quite the unmitigated disaster many were predicting, with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot opening to a decent enough $46 million in its domestic opening weekend (albeit in second place behind The Secret Life of Pets). International takings from a few major markets including the UK and Australia weren’t too strong though, adding just $18.1 million for a worldwide debut of $64.1 million.
Given its net production budget of $144 million, and marketing costs, THR estimates that the film will need to earn $375 – $400 million to break even – something that looks highly unlikely at this point, particularly with China refusing it a release and Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course set to cut into its audience.
Still, according to Sony’s Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution, the studio is very happy with the result, and he has no doubt we’ll see the gang back together for a sequel, »
- Gary Collinson
Read the reports on the weekend box office and you might wind up scratching your head about the performance of Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Did it “fail” to unseat “The Secret Life of Pets” in first place? Yes. But opening at number one doesn’t necessarily guarantee a hit.
Was it strong enough to jump-start a long-dormant possible franchise? Sony is weaker in franchise depth than other studios and needed this Amy Pascal-produced flick to thrive. According to distribution chief Rory Bruer, the likelihood of a sequel is strong.
Box office success is measured by cost vs. return, expectations vs. reality, and last year’s record numbers vs. a weak summer 2016. Few summer 2016 releases grabbed more advance attention. During this feast-or-famine season, the mid-range initial “Ghostbusters” performance is far from great, but mainly positive. Word of mouth could drive more attendance.
This is a glass half-full/half-empty story. »
- Tom Brueggemann
After months of speculation, YouTube video mass disliking, and vitriol-spewing across the Internet, the Ghostbusters reboot finally hit theaters this weekend. And it did just fine, thank you very much. Ghostbusters earned $46 million in North America in its first weekend. While that number’s having some outlets blast out headlines like “Is a $46 million weekend big enough?” and “Why the Ghostbusters reboot may haunt Sony,” there is one positive milestone I have to highlight here. Ghostbusters amassed the biggest opening weekend gross for any live-action comedy in 2016. Last year’s largest opening weekend for a non-animated comedy: Pitch Perfect 2. (The a cappella sequel also went on to be the highest grossing live-action comedy of the whole year.) Pitch Perfect 2 earned more than other 2015 comedies like Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 and Seth Rogen movie The Night Before. This weekend, Ghostbusters grossed more than twice as much as this year’s Rogen comedy, »
- Emily Rome
The remake has many issues, but one of them tops the rest.
Warning: this column features Spoilers for Ghostbusters (2016).
The new Ghostbusters is dividing critics and fans, and it has nothing to do with the heroes being women this time. Well, actually the female leads are a part of some of the praise going around, including this site’s official review of the movie. But it’s never a problem, unless you’re sexist. The actual problems with the movie vary from issues we can nitpick about, like the distracting cameos, and subjective criticisms, like the jokes not being funny, to quality complaints, such as those regarding the CG effects. None of these, even added up, make it a bad movie, though. Just one major problem takes care of that, and it’s the matter of the Ghostbusters’ lack of shortcomings.
Do they have moments of slapstick bumbling? Sure, but when it comes to the whole story »
- Christopher Campbell
Few summer 2016 releases have grabbed more advance attention that Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot. During this feast-or-famine summer, its modest initial performance is far from great, but mainly positive.
The weekend brought few new releases, another reason grosses fell short of the same weekend last summer.
The Top Ten
$50,560,000 (-51%) in 4,381 theaters (+11); PTA (per theater average): $11,541; Cumulative: $203,148,000
2. Ghostbusters (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 60; Est. budget: $144 million
$46,000,000 in 3,963 theaters; PTA: $11,607; Cumulative: $46,000,000
$11,120,000 (-47%) in 3,551 theaters (-40); PTA: $3,132; Cumulative: $103,050,000
$11,040,000 (- »
- Tom Brueggemann
Sony claims that by arming Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig with proton packs and sending them out to battle the undead, the studio has successfully rebooted the “Ghostbusters” franchise. On Sunday, Sony marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein predicted more sequels to come.
“This is a restart of one of our most important brands,” he said. “We relaunched a 30-year-old property by making it both new and nostalgic.”
It’s true that internet trolls, horrified over the idea that the original ’80s all-male team was getting an estrogen injection, were foiled in their attempts to spew ectoplasm all over the film. But its $46 million debut isn’t exactly a blockbuster result. Indeed, the paranormal comedy’s launch exists in a nebulous region between hit and disappointment.
“The story isn’t told on this film,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It’s too soon to say they’ve relaunched this franchise. »
- Brent Lang
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