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The Boss Review

11 June 2016 3:54 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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 »

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence Circles ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie

9 June 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Melissa McCarthy: why Hollywood’s first lady of funny is hit and miss

30 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

When she’s working with Paul Feig she’s a scream. But as her new film The Boss proves, other directors aren’t so lucky

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

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Arnold Schwarzenegger lines up his next comedy

4 May 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on for new action comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther, a film written and directed by Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam.

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).

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- Paul Heath

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in Action Comedy 'Why We're Killing Gunther' (Exclusive)

3 May 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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DVD Review – Sisters (2015)

2 May 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sisters, 2015.

Directed by Jason Moore.

Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Weist, John Cena, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan.

Synopsis:

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

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'Jungle Book' and 'Barbershop 3' Seek Strong Opening Weekends

14 April 2016 12:01 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

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 <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office: 5 Reasons Why Melissa McCarthy Defeated the Dark Knight

10 April 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Forget Wonder Woman or "Zootopia's" Officer Judy Hopps. The most commanding female at the box office this weekend was Melissa McCarthy's hard-charging tycoon Michelle Darnell.

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

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Box Office: Melissa McCarthy and ‘The Boss’ Narrowly Beat ‘Batman v Superman’

10 April 2016 7:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy’s star power lifted “The Boss” to an estimated $23.5 million opening weekend despite bad reviews and rough word-of-mouth for the R-rated comedy.

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.

With “Spy,” “Identity Thief” and now “The Boss,” McCarthy has become one of the most reliable comic draws in the movie business.

“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

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Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Boarding ‘Life of the Party’

8 April 2016 6:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy and spouse Ben Falcone have set up the comedy project “Life of the Party” at New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing.

As with “The Boss,” which opened Friday, McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.

Planning is underway to shoot “Life of the Party” in August. Other than having a similarity in tone to the late Rodney Dangerfield’s “Back to School,” plot details are under wraps.

Life of the Party” is the second project set up at New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone following 2014’s “Tammy,” which grossed $100 million worldwide on a $19 million budget.

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

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Posterized: Melissa McCarthy, Unlikely Superstar

8 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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 »

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How Melissa McCarthy Embraced Her 'Shortcomings' to Become a Hollywood Leading Lady: 'I'll Take Me as I Am'

8 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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 »

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How Melissa McCarthy Embraced Her 'Shortcomings' to Become a Hollywood Leading Lady: 'I'll Take Me as I Am'

8 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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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Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Boss’ Starts Strong With $985,000 at Thursday Box Office

8 April 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Melissa McCarthy‘s “The Boss” got right to work, with a promising $985,000 at Thursday preview shows in 2,533 theaters. By comparison, her 2014 comedy “Tammy” debuted to $1.3 million when it opened on a Tuesday night. Her hit “Identity Thief” earned $409,000 on its first night in 2013. And “The Heat” saw a similar number to that of “The Boss” when it debuted in 2013, making $1 million in previews en route to a $39 million opening weekend. In “The Boss,” McCarthy plays a disgraced industry titan who tries to redeem her reputation by building a brownie empire. According to analysts, the comedy »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Critic's Notebook: Will Melissa McCarthy’s Box-Office Clout Be Her Artistic Downfall?

7 April 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Does a pileup of negative reviews for a nearly laugh-free comedy matter when you’re laughing all the way to the bank? The film in question is The Boss, the latest letdown among Melissa McCarthy’s eagerly watched, uneven choices as a movie star. Her box-office success has been anything but uneven, though, and there’s little doubt that the new film is poised to ring up triumphant grosses like Spy, Tammy, The Heat and Identity Thief before it.  A pummeling by critics rarely has stood in the way of market clout. And clout might be McCarthy’s primary concern for

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- Sheri Linden

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War movie review: snow what?

7 April 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s got girl powerrr and lady-hating! It’s a mashup of Lord of the Rings and Frozen! It’s all these things, and less. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s full of girl powerrr and reflexive lady-hating! It’s a parody mashup of Lord of the Rings with Frozen and it’s a longform conceptual fashion shoot! The Huntsman: Winter’s War is all these things, and more, and sometimes less. It’s a story about the horror of child soldiers without the horror. It’s a love-conquers-all story with almost no genuine emotional content at all. It’s a comedy without any actual humor. It’s a movie in which, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Can Melissa McCarthy Show 'Batman v Superman' Who's 'The Boss'?

7 April 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Last weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw a 69% second weekend drop in the face of no new competition from the major studios, yet it still retained the #1 position at the box office by a wide margin. This week the superhero slugfest may have a tougher fight on its hands as Melissa McCarthy enters the ring with her newest comedy The Boss. Meanwhile, Stx is targeting the attention of gamers with the intense, first person actioner Hardcore Henry and Fox Searchlight has bumped up the release of Demolition from an estimated 550 theaters to over 850 theaters this weekend. At the top, Batman v Superman is hoping to bounce back this weekend. In an attempt to determine what that may look like, the first number to consider is the average, 47.5% drop for film's in their third weekend that opened in over 3,700 theaters and scored a "B" CinemaScore. That said, things could also go the other direction, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Melissa McCarthy's 'Boss' is getting slaughtered by critics - but does it even matter?

6 April 2016 5:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Reviews have been brutal so far for Melissa McCarthy's latest starring vehicle The Boss, a film that critics have described as "sloppy," "sterile," "slovenly" and all kinds of other not-so-flattering "s"-words. Its current Rotten Tomatoes score? A dismal 10%. And yet box-office pundits are predicting a debut somewhere in the low $20-million range this weekend -- a total that would put The Boss on track with McCarthy's critically-lambasted 2014 comedy Tammy, which managed an $84 million gross Stateside and another $16 million worldwide off a $20 million budget. While The Boss cost a bit more than that film at $29 million, a $20 million opening weekend would put it well on the road to profitability -- particularly if it can demonstrate the same kind of legs as Tammy, which eased a good 41% in both its second and third weekends. It's been a pretty remarkable run for McCarthy since that scene-stealing turn in Bridesmaids launched her onto the A-list. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Here's Who MTV Is Giving Its Comedic Genius Award To On Sunday

6 April 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One of the reasons the MTV Movie Awards are entertaining is because they reward a much wider variety of accomplishments in film than your average awards show. This is the place that gave lifetime achievement awards to the likes of Clint Howard and Chewbacca, after all. It’s also one of the few awards shows where comedy is given real consideration alongside much more traditional award winners. As part of that dedication, MTV will be handing out their third ever Comedic Genius Award on Sunday to Melissa McCarthy. Melissa McCarthy rose to prominence following the success of Bridesmaids, a film which MTV points out in their press release, won a pair of MTV movie awards for the actress. Since then, McCarthy has gone on to star in a string of comedies herself including Spy, Identity Thief, and Tammy. While not every film that McCarthy makes is the sort of »

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Film Review: ‘The Boss’

6 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One hopes never to have to tell a couple, “Man, that’s one ugly baby,” but it’s hard to avoid in the case of “The Boss,” the second big-screen love child conceived by Melissa McCarthy and her director husband, Ben Falcone (after 2014’s mediocre “Tammy”). As she demonstrated with her career-high comic showcase in last year’s “Spy,” McCarthy remains one of the funniest actors alive — a truth that frequently rescues, but doesn’t really redeem, this sloppy comedy about a ruthless, self-absorbed ex-ceo trying to recover her millions with the help of her former lackey (the always appealing Kristen Bell). As expected, the road to success is paved with violent pratfalls, tired vulgarities and forced lump-in-the-throat moments; save for the few folks who wandered in expecting a Bruce Springsteen biopic, audiences will probably lap it up.

As scripted by McCarthy, Falcone and actor-turned-writer Steve Mallory, “The Boss” represents »

- Justin Chang

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