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She first caught our attention with a supporting role in "Gilmore Girls" playing the best friend of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). She continued her work on television in the popular sitcom "Mike and Molly", but it was clear that McCarthy's comedic talent would soon allow her to become a full fledged movie star.
Most notably, her supporting turn in the breakthrough comedy Bridesmaids gave her not just a unique character in Megan, but also earned her a rare Academy Award nomination for a comedic performance. Those are few and far between, but it only proved the unstoppable force of McCarthy, who has gone on to headline countless comedy films including The Heat, Spy and The Boss. »
- Adriana Floridia
Queen Latifah is producing through her Flavor Unit Entertainment company with partner Shakim Compere. Epps is producing via his Naptown Productions with partner Niles Kirchner and Harris will produce under his Grand Hustle Films company with partner Brian Sher.
Robinson is also producing and Jesse Collins will executive produce. Producers are planning to begin shooting in the fall.
“The Trap” is based on a story by Epps and Nile Evans, who is writing the script about Harris’ character returning home to Atlanta help save the dilapidated restaurant run by his brother (Epps) and mother. A change in the chicken recipe revives the location.
- Dave McNary
The adult animated film “Sausage Party” was released last Friday to initial commercial and critical success. The film follows Frank, a sausage (played by Seth Rogen) who resides in a supermarket aisle, who discovers the truth about what happens when he and the other foods are brought to The Great Beyond, i.e. a kitchen in a customer’s home, and tries to warn all of his friends about their impending doom. While the film has garnered a reputation for its raunchy humor and theological underpinnings, one element that has gone largely unnoticed is its score. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film featuring Rogen, co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, and composers Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz discuss the film’s score.
Read More: ‘Sausage Party’ Review: It’s Feast Or Famine In A Grossly Uneven Comedy That Forever Redefines ‘Food Porn’
Alan Menken is best known for »
- Vikram Murthi
For a fifth straight weekend in a row an animated film has taken the #1 spot at the box office as Illumination and Universal's The Secret Life of Pets followed up its record-breaking opening with a chart-topping sophomore session, pushing the launch of Sony's Ghostbusters reboot to second. Meanwhile, Finding Dory has now become the highest grossing animated release of all-time domestically as Warner Bros. adds two new films to 2016's century club with The Legend of Tarzan and The Conjuring 2. The weekend was down 26% from last week and ~17% compared to last year, yet there is still plenty to highlight. The Secret Life of Pets finished #1 for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $50.5 million (51.5% drop), bringing its domestic cume to an impressive $203.1 million after just ten days in release. This already places the animated hit higher than Disney's Tangled and just behind Pixar's Ratatouille on the all-time animated chart. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
McCarthy and spouse Ben Falcone set up the comedy project several months ago at Warner’s New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing. As with “The Boss,” McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.
“Life of the Party” is the second project set up at New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing following 2014’s “Tammy,” which grossed $100 million worldwide on a $19 million budget.
- Dave McNary
If a franchise is dead, but you need some cash, who you gonna call? Not a bunch of women if the online hate was anything to go by. It’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters last hit the cinema, but why let a property go stale when you can reinvent it? The controversy around the film has been monumental, with the trailer becoming one of the most disliked videos in the history of Youtube. At first it seemed like a sexist hatefest, but after the first trailer dropped it became apparent that something was amiss. Worst fears were realised as the jokes fell flat – thinking the pulling of push doors or botched stage diving were still funny – and it was clear this was a remake and not a spin-off or semi-sequel. Still, trailers don’t »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Charming. A cleverly constructed and amusingly rendered fantasy adventure that sings with a sweet, wistful devotion to home, family, and friendship. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
What do our pets do all day while we’re at work or school? Mostly sleep, probably. Unless you have a Bad Dog or a Bad Cat, in which case the torn-up sofas and puddles of vomit you return to are already pulling back the curtain of mystery on their daily doings. So best consider the charming The Secret Life of Pets more an animated fantasy than a documentary, in case you were in any doubt.
- MaryAnn Johanson
“The Family Fang” follows the adult siblings Baxter and Annie Fang (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman), the children of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), two world-famous performance artists who used their young children in surprise, often disturbing public interactive art exhibitions. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Baxter and Annie return to their family home after years of being estranged to investigate their disappearance, and to discover if it’s a ruse or if it’s genuine. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a performance art piece with a young Caleb and Camille (played by Jason Butler Harner and Kathryn Hahn respectively) berating their children in the park for being terrible at playing music.
- Vikram Murthi
Not since people started taking Liam Neeson’s kids have we seen the same routine rolled out as much as with Melissa McCarthy. Now, I don’t mean to be throwing shade at the funny woman, she does what she does incredibly well and never fails to raise a chuckle, but with the exception of Spy, she’s never risen above her brash, loud, ‘I’ll win every argument by going an octave higher’ persona. Take The Boss for example, her latest collaboration with Tammy director/husband Ben Falcone, where her business mogul, and 47th richest woman in the world, Michelle Darnell is basically Identity Thief’s Diana if life treated her a bit better. As you would expect when your main character has it all in the opening scenes, she loses everything due to insider trading and is forced to sleep on the couch of former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell). Inspired by a trip to Claire’s daughter’s Dandelions meeting, Michelle embarks to get back on top by becoming the head of her own brownie selling »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Director Francis Lawrence is circling the “Battlestar Galactica” movie, TheWrap has learned, although he is not yet attached to the project. Having directed the last three “Hunger Games” installments, bringing futuristic television series to the big screen is right up his alley. Lisa Joy, of HBO’s “Westworld” will write the script to what’s being described as a reimagining of the 1978 television series created by Glen Larson. Also Read: 'Battlestar Galactica' Reboot Names Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber as Producers Bryan Singer was at one time attached to direct the Universal movie, but he has since dropped out. »
- Meriah Doty
What’s not to love about Melissa McCarthy? She’s a superstar in a comedy universe dominated by boys’ clubs and sylphs, and she’s funny as hell. She stole Bridesmaids, and Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, with a bracingly foul-mouthed cameo. And now she has four box-office hits under her belt, a near-unbroken run from Identity Thief through to The Boss.
Related: Melissa McCarthy fights off critics, Batman and Superman to top Us box office
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- John Patterson
The Avengers star Cobie Smulders will also star in the movie, which is set to start production very soon. The Hollywood Reporter says that the film ‘focuses on a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman who also happens to be an arrogant show-off, and decide to kill him. Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead.’
Also appearing will be Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2, Saturday Night Live), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief, House of Lies), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live, Sisters), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and Randall Park (The Interview, Fresh Off the Boat).
The trade says »
- Paul Heath
Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading back into comedy territory. The action star will topline Why We’re Killing Gunther, an action comedy that will be directed by Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam, making his directorial debut. Killam, who also wrote the script, also will star in the ensemble along with his wife, actress Cobie Smulders, SNL’s Bobby Moynihan, Paul Brittain (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Randall Park (The Interview) and Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief). Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante will produce, while StarStream Media will finance. MadRiver Pictures will introduce the project to international buyers at
- Borys Kit
Directed by Jason Moore.
Sisters Kate (Fey) and Maura (Poehler) Ellis return to their parental home in Orlando, Fl to pack up their bedrooms as their parents sell the house, and decide to throw the last ever ‘Ellis Island’ party for their high school friends. With Kate taking on the ‘party mom’ role for the first time, and Maura finally deciding to let loose… what could go wrong?
The combination of Fey and Poehler spells out comedic gold. For fans of SNL, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation, this is obvious. They’re comedy royalty. Whether they convince us as sisters is kind of besides the point; the very fact they’re involved already ramps up expectations considerably.
Having heard mixed things about this film, I was a little apprehensive about watching it at first. »
- Kat Kourbeti
Last weekend the top twelve at the domestic box office was down 24.3% when compared to last year. In fact, it was the first time since 2008 that the top twelve films at the box office failed to top $100 million in the 15th weekend of the year. This weekend won't have any such issues with Disney's The Jungle Book looking to become one of the top five April openings of all-time. Additionally, Warners' Barbershop: The Next Cut should deliver the largest opening that franchise has seen while Lionsgate's Criminal will likely finish just outside the top five. Disney has tapped into something special when it comes to adapting some of their most iconic animated movies into live action features in recent years. Last year's Cinderella opened with $67.8 million in mid-March, the year before Maleficent opened with $69.4 million and, in 2010, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland opened with an astonishing $116.1 million before grossing over $1 billion worldwide. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The battle this weekend was "Batman v Superman" vs. "The Boss," and while the superhero saga was widely expected to threepeat at No.1 on the box office chart, it ended up being a neck-and-neck race. On Sunday, it looked like "The Boss" would be the victor, claiming an estimated $23.5 million and edging out "BvS" by just $45,000.
For "Boss" to come out ahead of "BvS" and two new competitors ("Demolition" and "Hardcore Henry") is no small feat, especially considering how many obstacles it had to overcome. "The Boss" became the fifth McCarthy starring vehicle in a row to open above $21.5 million -- despite really bad reviews and a C+ CinemaScore. This weekend's results seem to show that, no matter what hurdles McCarthy has to leap, »
- Gary Susman
If those projections hold, it will be enough to narrowly topple “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” from first place at the weekend box office. As it stands, the superhero match-up fell just short of retaining the top slot, earning $23.4 million and bringing its total after three weeks to $296.7 million. Given that this is essentially a statistical dead heat, it is possible that those positions could shift once final numbers roll in on Monday morning.
“She has a hot streak going like no other comedian, male or female, working today,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “You have to consider the lineage »
- Brent Lang
As with “The Boss,” which opened Friday, McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.
Universal’s “The Boss” is battling Warner Bros.’ third weekend of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for the top spot at the box office with both expected to wind up the weekend at about $23 million.“The Boss,” which stars McCarthy »
- Dave McNary
Though Melissa McCarthy's star went supernova just five years ago in a role so popular that she won both an Oscar nomination and an Emmy statue (Bridesmaids... oh please, you know the Emmy wasn't actually for Mike and Molly!) she's wasted approximately zero days since in cementing her unlikely place as a box office titan with star vehicles emerging annually since. Right now that means her new capitalist diva comedy The Boss and if it isn't Spy (2015) or The Heat (2013) level funny (sorry... but few things are) it's not bad. It sure as hell runs rings around Identity Thief (2013) and Tammy (2014) so it's firmly middle of the pack, if you ask me. (It's weird that the reviews so far are the worst of any of her solo vehicles.)
We call her place as a truly bankable actress 'unlikely' because it's just that. Guess how long it's been since audiences »
- NATHANIEL R
Buoyed by her hilarious turns in Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, The Heat, Tammy and Spy, each of which grossed more than $100 million worldwide, Melissa McCarthy has become one of the most successful stars in Hollywood. As she preps for the same sort of commercial triumphs with leads in The Boss and Ghostbusters, the award-winning actress is opening up about how she made the leap from television mainstay to Hollywood power player. In the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview with People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, the 45-year-old chats about how she learned to throw caution to the »
- Dana Getz
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