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Comedies Speak Truth to Power in Golden Globes Race

Comedies Speak Truth to Power in Golden Globes Race
Typically, the Golden Globe Award for best motion picture comedy/musical has been a mixed bag. Only once in the last decade has the victor — 2012’s “The Artist” — gone on to win the best picture Oscar. And, in 2015, “Birdman” lost to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” only to conquer the Golden Globe best pic drama winner “Boyhood” for top Oscar honors. Last year’s Oscar nail-biter pitted Globes comedy/musical winner “La La Land” against drama winner “Moonlight” — and the outcome of that contest produced an infamous finale to the night.

However, this year has flipped that script. The ugly duckling genre has transformed into a glorious swan with a juicy competition in the works. Front-runners include: “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “The Big Sick” and “I, Tonya.” With other potential nominees “Downsizing,” “The Greatest Showman,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Baby Driver” and “Beauty and the Beast,” a vibrant category rises, frequently reflecting
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Bridesmaids Movie Gifts That Will Make You Ready to Partyyyyy

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Kristen Wiig blessed us with the movie Bridesmaids back in 2011, but since weddings happen every day, the comedy will be relevant for as long as people walk down the aisle. In addition to delivering iconic one-liners in the film ("You're really doing it, aren't ya? You're sh*ttin' in the street."), Wiig's character Annie is also extremely relatable. From not having her life together to being attracted to the wrong man, we can all say we've been there at one point or another. We've rounded up some of the best Bridesmaids gifts to surprise your inner circle with this holiday season. Related15 of Kristen Wiig's Funniest Onscreen Moments of All Time
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A New Little One to Love! Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale Welcome Second Child

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A New Little One to Love! Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale Welcome Second Child
Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne‘s new addition has arrived.

The actress has given birth to the couple’s second child together, a source tells People.

Further details — including the baby’s sex and name — are currently unavailable, and a rep for the pair had no comment on the news.

Cannavale, 47, and Byrne, 38, also share 21-month-old son Rocco Robin, whom they welcomed in February 2016. Cannavale is also dad to 22-year-old actor son Jake from a previous relationship.

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Fyc: Tiffany Haddish for "Girls Trip"

by Chris Feil

Tonight Tiffany Haddish will be hosting Saturday Night Live in what some are hoping will be the beginning of a Best Supporting Actress campaign for her breakthrough role in Girls Trip. While it’s been unclear if the studio would be campaigning her, Haddish deserves the kind of groundswell effort that makes awards groups take notice.

How likely are her chances? Melissa McCarthy’s Bridesmaids nomination has been the obvious comparison, at least in terms of recent Oscar history - summer hit, female ensemble comedy, a presumptive “unlikely” narrative. But in her performance I see much more than that. To this viewer, she recalls the hilariously warped pathos of Madeline Kahn, the lovability of Octavia Spencer, and the imposing confidence of Rita Moreno. That’s high praise for sure, but gets at the full spectrum of her work that I’d wager hasn’t been fully explored.
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Tiffany Haddish: Meet 2017's Hot Breakout Comedian

Tiffany Haddish: Meet 2017's Hot Breakout Comedian
Actress Tiffany Haddish is photographed for Los Angeles Times on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Christina House/Contour by Getty Images

"I'm not pregnant by Leonardo DiCaprio yet, but who knows what could happen?" Tiffany Haddish asks in a way that makes it hard to tell if she's joking. And, truth be told, she probably isn't. Thus far, the 38-year-old comedian has manifested most of the other items on a wish list she made back when she was in her mid-20s, living out of her car ("but in Beverly Hills!
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Tiffany Haddish: on Girls Trip, saving the Hollywood comedy and the Dickensian horror of her life story

The breakout star of 2017 on growing up in foster care, Jay-z’s ‘black Friends’ and how Roger Rabbit saved her

Tiffany Haddish cannot take a compliment. Mention that her exuberantly unfiltered performance in the ensemble comedy Girls Trip stole the movie, and vaulted her into the position of breakout star, and the South Central, Los Angeles-born standup is quick to respond: “I’m not a thief. Where I come from, you don’t call someone that. I get really upset when people say, you stole the movie. I’m like: ‘I didn’t steal nothin’, that’s my job!’”

Related: Girls Trip review – raucous comedy delivers a fresh and filthy good time

Vanity Fair called Haddish "the funniest person alive right now" after her breakout role in Girls Trip. It is the only comedy so far this year to make $100 million at the Us box office.

Related: Hollywood after Bridesmaids
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Paul Feig to produce and direct Girls Code for Freeform

Variety is reporting that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) has signed on to produce and direct Girls Code, a new comedy series from creator Kim Rosenstock (New Girl) which revolves around female tech entrepreneurs.

The half hour comedy is described as “a half-hour women-in-the workplace comedy about an antisocial tech CEO and an outspoken feminist non-profit warrior who must put aside their issues with each other in order to mastermind a groundbreaking, all-women tech incubator.”

Feig has plenty of experience on the small screen, having created the cult series Freaks and Geeks, as well as helming episodes of 30 Rock, The Office, Arrested Development and Weeds.
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All-Women Tech Comedy from Paul Feig and Kim Rosenstock in Development at Freeform

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Ever wish the series “Silicon Valley” featured more women? Well, Paul Feig, “New Girl’s” Kim Rosenstock, and Freeform are here for you. Per Variety, “Girl Code” is currently in development at the network. Created by Rosenstock and directed by Feig, the half-hour comedy will be set in an all-female incubator.

The series will focus on “an antisocial tech CEO and an outspoken feminist non-profit warrior who must put aside their issues with each other in order to mastermind a groundbreaking, all-women tech incubator,” the source specifies.

Taking inspiration from women coders, robotics, and entrepreneurs, Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels (“13 Reasons Why”) originally brought the concept to Feig and Rosenstock. She will exec produce “Girl Code” with Feig, Rosenstock, and Jessie Henderson of Feigco Entertainment. Paramount Television and Anonymous are producing.

Feig has helmed women-driven features including “Bridesmaids,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Spy.” He is currently filming “A Simple Favor,” a thriller centered on a blogger whose best friend goes missing. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are starring. “Parks and Rec,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Weeds” are among Feig’s TV directing credits. In 2016 the director received the first Athena Leading Man Award at the Athena Film Festival.

Rosenstock is writing and exec producing an as-yet untitled comedy for NBC. The series, about a newly single woman who is forced to turn to her family for help, is also being exec produced by Amy Poehler and has a put-pilot commitment.

All-Women Tech Comedy from Paul Feig and Kim Rosenstock in Development at Freeform was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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10 Kristen Wiig Characters to Channel For Halloween

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From Saturday Night Live to the silver screen, Kristen Wiig has won over fans again and again with her hilarious, unforgettable characters. On SNL, she became known for popular personas like Gilly, Dooneese, and the Target Lady, and in 2011, she brought her signature wit to the big screen with her role as Annie in Bridesmaids. For a funny costume everyone's sure to love, take a look at all kinds of SNL Halloween costume ideas, then find out how to dress up as these hysterical Kristen Wiig characters - and get ready to paaaarty!
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Stephanie Laing’s Online Network Pypo Teaming Up with Norwegian Air

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Pypo, the multi-platform comedy network for women founded by Emmy winner Stephanie Laing, has partnered with Norwegian Air. According to a press release, the airline’s flights will feature exclusive Pypo content as their onboard entertainment beginning March 2018. The deal will also see Pypo “produce a unique event for Norwegian in early 2018” as well as potentially develop Norwegian Air-specific programming.

“We are very happy to have Norwegian as the first airline to dedicate a channel for Pypo on their flights, a channel for their female passengers to laugh and be entertained. As a frequent flyer and a woman, I appreciate an airline catering to my needs,” Laing commented.

“We are truly excited to partner with Stephanie Laing and Pypo, which is a whole new direction for Norwegian. Together we will be able to bring our passengers fresh content,” added Anders Lindström, Norwegian’s Director of Communications, USA. “We’re very pleased to be able to partake in Stephanie’s creative world and having something so unique produced for us.”

Designed for women “who are taking control of the conversation,” Pypo’s website produces original programming and editorial content. Each week the network chooses a topic to delve into via its content and social media. Pypo’s goal is to build “a place for women who are looking for a new narrative; one that speaks directly to who they are, and what they want.”

Rose Byrne (“Bridesmaids”), singer-songwriter Norah Jones, Michaela Watkins (“Casual”), comedian Kathy Griffin, and Mo Gaffney (“Ab Fab”) are among the stars of Pypo programming. Pypo directors include Laing, Susan Jacobson (“The Holding”), Gracie Otto (“The Last Impresario”), and Camille Solari (“A Tale of James Brown”).

Laing is Pypo’s creative director. She has helmed the short “Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow” and two episodes of “Veep” as well as produced projects like “Vice Principals,” “Divorce,” and “Banshee.” Laing’s feature directorial debut — the Gugu Mbatha-Raw romantic drama “Irreplaceable You” — is currently in post-production.

Stephanie Laing’s Online Network Pypo Teaming Up with Norwegian Air was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy

Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy
Harvey Weinstein’s implosion has been cathartic for Lauren Sivan, one of the dozens of women who have come forward in recent days alleging that the once-celebrated mogul was a serial sexual harasser and abuser. It’s a moment of justice and public condemnation that seemed all but impossible to imagine mere weeks ago when Weinstein enjoyed a position as one of the most powerful figures in media, a skilled operator whose connections stretched from Capitol Hill to Wall Street and whose sense of entitlement knew no bounds.

“You reap what you sow,” says Sivan. “I know that he believed for years that he was untouchable, and a lot of people helped him be untouchable.”

Weinstein’s precipitous fall has been stunning, if not a long time coming. He’s been fired from his own company, ostracized by his longtime friends and collaborators in the entertainment industry, transformed from power player to butt of late-night talk-show jokes, ditched
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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig condemns Harvey Weinstein: 'Men need to speak up'

Film director behind Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters remake says Hollywood must stop ‘predatory guys’

Film director Paul Feig called on men in Hollywood to speak out against embattled producer Harvey Weinstein, saying the industry must stop “predatory guys” and stand with the “heroes” who have accused the movie mogul of sexual harassment.

Related: Harvey Weinstein: allegations mount as three women accuse him of rape

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Tiffany Haddish Deserves an Oscar Nomination for Girls Trip

We’re now at the beginning of the awards season in which Oscar-bait films will endlessly campaign all their way to Oscar gold. But, the Academy shouldn’t overlook summer’s hit comedy: Girls Trip. Particularly, I’m talking about the breakout performance of Tiffany Hadish for her role as Dina. Academy members, please don’t forget her. The Academy rarely gives nominations to comedic performances and the last time that they did it was a few years ago with Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. But, she lost to Octavia Spencer for The Help. During that time, McCarthy doesn’t have the breakthrough career that she has

Tiffany Haddish Deserves an Oscar Nomination for Girls Trip
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Mitch Silpa and Ryan Gaul Join Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’

Mitch Silpa and Ryan Gaul Join Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’
Who is brutally murdering The Happytime Gang? The long-gestating, rated-r horror-comedy The Happytime Murders looks to finally be in production, and the impressive cast has received two new additons today. Via Deadline, Mitch Silpa (Bridesmaids, above) and Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief) have come aboard. They’ll star alongside Elizabeth Banks, Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale and Maya Rudolph. Last we heard, the movie has […]
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Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’

Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’
Hollywood comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow did not mince words Wednesday at an industry gathering when asked about President Donald Trump and whether there’s a silver lining to his presidency.

“I think we’ve revealed how horrible people can be,” Apatow, who has consistently criticized Trump, said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills. “And I think through social media, we’ve energized the worst of a lot of people’s instincts. So I think it’s more of a Pandora’s Box that’s going to get worse and worse.”

The comments were delivered during a panel titled “The 1990s: America’s Groundhog Decade” with Apatow and Dee Dee Myers, executive vice president at Warner Bros. and the White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The panel was moderated by Vanity Fair’s David Friend, editor of creative development.

Apatow has directed “Trainwreck,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,
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CBS' 9Jkl Premiere: Grade It!

CBS' 9Jkl Premiere: Grade It!
CBS’ new sitcom 9Jkl has landed a prime piece of TV real estate, airing right after The Big Bang Theory — but are you ready to commit to a season-long lease after Monday’s series premiere?

When we meet actor Josh (Mark Feuerstein), he’s in a bit of a slump: He’s newly divorced and his long-running TV show Blind Cop just got cancelled, so he’s reduced to living in the apartment next door to his nosy parents Judy (Linda Lavin) and Harold (Elliott Gould). Even though he insists it’s just temporary, his parents are thrilled to have
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The Mick’s Kaitlin Olson on pushing boundaries and luring Dennis back to Always Sunny

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Melissa McCarthy’s role in Bridesmaids earned her an Academy Award nomination in 2012, buoyed by the praise that finally women were being allowed to play crass, impolitic characters. But long before McCarthy’s star-making turn, there was Kaitlin Olson, who as Sweet Dee on Fxx’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, …

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Big Sick on Blu-ray

The Critically Acclaimed True-Life Romantic Comedy Arrived on Digital HD September 5 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD September 19 from Lionsgate.

Now you can own The Big Sick on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie featuring Holly Hunter? (mine is The Burning!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

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Based on the real-life love story between star and cowriter Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and his wife, The Big Sick arrives on Digital HD September 5 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On DemandSeptember 19 from Lionsgate. Produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids), the winner of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 97% critic score.
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Trailer for “Cook Off!”: Melissa McCarthy Mockumentary on Food

Melissa McCarthy has been making us laugh in the last decade with movie hits such as Ghostbusters, Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids. However, Melissa is also well known for multiple successful TV programs. She first won our hearts as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls, and since then she’s starred in Mike & Molly. She’s also done several Saturday Night Live guest appearances and has also appeared in Conan and Nobodies. However, before any of these happened after Gilmore Girls, Melissa actually starred in a mockumentary that was released in 2007 to a limited audience. That mockumentary is now finding

Trailer for “Cook Off!”: Melissa McCarthy Mockumentary on Food
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Melissa McCarthy Shines In Trailer For Never-Before-Released 2007 Comedy

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Melissa McCarthy was best known for playing Firefly Inn chef Sookie on “Gilmore Girls” prior to her breakout role in 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids”, but a new trailer for long-unreleased comedy film proves she was delivering comedy gold a decade ago. In the trailer for improvised mockumentary “Cook Off!” (above), McCarthy plays a hapless cook in […]
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