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After years of toiling away in nameless bit parts like “Sky King Waitress” in Disney’s The Kid (2000) and thankless supporting parts in rom-coms like The Back-Up Plan (2010), Melissa McCarthy finally broke out as a big screen star in Bridesmaids (2011). Since then, she’s been on a career roll, acting in such box office hits as Identity Thief (2013) with Jason Bateman and The Heat (2013) with Sandra Bullock. This summer, however, McCarthy set out to test her box office mettle without the help of a big name costar – well, at least not one made obvious in the film’s marketing materials – with Tammy, another middling, low-brow comedy hit. Written and directed by Ben Falcone, a.k.a. Mr. Melissa McCarthy, Tammy tells the story of a down-on-her-luck young woman (McCarthy) who, in one single, very bad day, loses her job, her car, and her cheating husband. In the angry aftermath, Tammy »
- Harrison Pierce
After becoming the break-out star of Bridesmaids with her puppy hoarding and sink stools, Melissa McCarthy likely had her pick of comedy projects to choose from in the years that followed. Based on the 50/50 track record of those choices, however, it’s unclear whether she squandered or took full advantage of the boost Bridesmaids offered. For every decent follow-up flick (The Heat and St. Vincent), we get a dud like Identity Thief or Tammy, and the shortcomings of the failures tend to outweigh the highlights of the successes. Case in point: Tammy, the roadtrip comedy co-written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone (who also directed), which fails to generate laughs at every stop and which seems to be nothing more than a bunch of poorly executed and written jokes strung together by a very loose premise.
- Lex Walker
Beijing-based visual effects studio Base-fx, which has close links to Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm), is pacting with Chinese online giant Tencent and Glori Entertainment to make a TV thriller, Fog Zone, which they say will involve the biggest-ever TV spend on visual effects in China. Base-fx has a strategic alliance with Lucasfilm subsidiary Ilm and is also working on the three upcoming installments of the Star Wars franchise. It has also worked on Identity Thief, Looper, Pacific Rim, Endangered, Pain & Gain and Black Sails. Although financial details were not available, Fog Zone will be one of the biggest budgeted
- Clifford Coonan
Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 should do decent business over the long Thanksgiving weekend, though its unlikely that the two new franchise titles come anywhere close to taking first place from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.A year ago, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend. If Mockingjay matched that drop, it would earn $57 million over the three-day weekend, and around $85 million for the five-day frame (including Wednesday and Thursday).However, word-of-mouth for Mockingjay isn't quite as strong, and grosses have dropped off at a slightly steeper rate from Friday to Tuesday. Look for Mockingjay to fall 55 to 60 percent in its second frame, which would put it around $50 million ($70-75 million five-day).Opening at 3,654 locations, Penguins of Madagascar should take second place ahead of Horrible Bosses 2.Madagascar is one of DreamWorks Animation's most successful franchises: all three movies have earned over $180 million in the U. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The 44-year-old mother of two has a slew of box office hits to her name (including The Heat and Identity Thief) and scored an Emmy in 2011 for her work in Mike & Molly, but now she tells Women’s Wear Daily that she once thought she’d be a clothing designer. Promoting her new fashion line, McCarthy said that the new collection takes her “back to how I thought I’d make my living.”
Photos: Biggest Celebrity Weight Loss Transformations!
The Oscar-nominated star will be releasing a new collection in partnership with Gerard Guez’s Sunrise Brands. The designs will reportedly be a reinterpretation of the company’s already existing Seven7 line.
Even with an incredibly busy schedule, Melissa says she’ll be involved in the process every step of the way.
"I told them »
It’s not funny, only its villains speak truth, and its putative heroes are now the horrible bosses… though the movie doesn’t seem to realize that. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the first movie
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s disconcerting when this happens: My reaction to a sequel is so powerfully diametrically opposite my reaction to its progenitor that it makes me wonder if I entirely misread that first film. (This has happened before.) Horrible Bosses 2 left such a rancid taste in my mouth that it left me reconsidering the fact that I kinda liked Horrible Bosses. Was I wrong back in 2011?
But I rewatched Bosses, and no: It’s a pretty good — not great, but pretty good — black comedy with a little bit of something to say about the desperation of the Great Recession »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The screenplay is based on Aj Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo’s graphic novel of the same name about a skilled assassin with multiple personalities, published by Image Comics. Scribes Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese (“Zombieland”) wrote a first draft, with the most recent draft coming from Craig Mazin (“Identity Thief,” “The Hangover Part II”).
Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner of Film 360 are set to produce along with Mark Gordon of The Mark Gordon Company. Bryan Zuriff will exec produce. There’s currently no word on who will direct the pic. Film 360 found the underlying material based on the graphic novel, and then brought the project to The Mark Gordon Company.
- Marianne Zumberge
Since she broke through with Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has been tearing it up with comedies like Identity Thief, The Heat, and Tammy. Now the funny lady is going to bring her box office prowess to a new interpretation of Peter Pan's pixie sidekick Tinkerbell. Deadline reports Fox has bought the rights to make the untitled Tinkerbell project, which will have Melissa McCarthy in the starring role as the iconic and feisty fairy. The comedy will be penned by Nicholas Stoller, the scribe behind such raunchy laffers as Get Him To The Greek and Sex Tape, as well as a co-writer on The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted. Night at the Museum trilogy helmer Shawn Levy is on board to direct. McCarthy and Levy will both pull double-duty as producers on the project. You might suspect that like most other incarnations of Tinkerbell tales, McCarthy's version will be animated. Well, that's »
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
Emmy nominated composer Christopher Lennertz returns to score Warner Brothers’ comedy Horrible Bosses 2, bringing a rock-n’-roll edge to the highly anticipated sequel opening in theaters November 26th.
The film picks up on the story of Dale, Kurt and Nick as they decide to start their own business. When things don’t go as planned, the trio is prompted to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. Directed by Sean Anders, the film returns Jason Batemen, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston, with Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine rounding out the all-star cast.
© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photo Credit: John P. Johnson. Caption: (L-r) Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and director Sean Anders on the set of New Line Cinema’s comedy “Horrible Bosses 2.
- Michelle McCue
Nearly 20 years after moviegoers were first introduced to Harry and Lloyd, the pair of morons once again ruled the box office this weekend.Long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To opened to $36.1 million, which was enough to take first place away from strong holdover Big Hero 6.The Top 12 earned $129.6 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from the same weekend last year. Dumb and Dumber To's $36.1 million is the biggest live-action debut for Jim Carrey since 2003's Bruce Almighty, and is also the best opening ever for the Farrelly Brothers. Among recent comparable titles, it's a bit lower than the five-day openings for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million) and We're the Millers ($37.9 million), and is a step above recent road trip comedies Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million) and Identity Thief ($32.1 million).The original Dumb and Dumber was a massive box office hit back in 1994, and developed legions »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
Melissa McCarthy weight loss success - the actress has taken off 45 pounds. The 'Identity Thief' star has reportedly been following a new diet and fitness regime in a bid to improve her health for the sake of her daughters, Vivian, seven, and Georgette, four, with husband Ben Falcone, 41. A source close to the actress said: ''She's been making small changes and seeing big results. It's given her a real confidence boost. ''She has been on a high protein, low carb diet.'' But the 44-year-old actress has no desire to shed too much weight, as she wants to maintain her curves. The insider also told Star magazine: ''Melissa knows that fans love her big and beautiful, and she's not obsessed with dieting. She's looking for a happy medium. ''Melissa realized she wasn't being as healthy as she could be. She wants to set a good example for her »
Try as they might, Sony has been having trouble getting the massively popular video game "Uncharted" to the big screen. David O. Russell was once attached to direct, and there was even talks of Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci taking roles in the movie, but that never came to pass. Then earlier this year, Seth Gordon ("King Of Kong," "Identity Thief") signed up to helm the movie, but there has been little in the way of news since, other than a planned release date for 2016. And before that can happen, Sony needs a leading man and a new script. THR reports that the studio made an offer to man-of-the-moment Chris Pratt, who passed on the movie. And given that the actor is already leading two franchises — "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and next summer's "Jurassic World," of which we presume there will be more — we figure he probably »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has officially passed on the video game adaption Uncharted for Sony. But not all is lost, as the studio moves forward on the project by hiring Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, the driving force behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.
Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is taking on this big screen adventure based on the popular franchise Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. David Guggenheim (Stolen; Safe House; the upcoming Narco Sub and Bad Boys 3) wrote the most recent draft, with Mark Boal being set up to finish the job. He will do a three week polish.
While Uncharted might seem like an odd fit for the more reality based writer, Mark Boal is a self-proclaimed fan of the video game. And he will help continue to see the studio's vision of Uncharted as a swashbuckling Indiana Jones type adventure.
Naughty Dog.s Uncharted video game series is a breakneck cinematic experience modeled after the Indiana Jones films, Romancing the Stone and a pinch of Han Solo.s attitude. They make for outstanding watches, already, and would provide a ton of great content for a film franchise. Now, it sounds like the pieces (once again) are falling into place for an Uncharted movie adaptation. THR reports that Sony has tapped Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal to polish an existing screenplay for an Uncharted movie that Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) will direct. Attaching Boal.s voice to the project might mean a shift in tone. While the video games aren.t exactly outright comedies, there.s far more humor in thelead character of treasure-seeker Nathan Drake than you can find in Boal.s screenplays for The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. Will Uncharted look like this? What Boal does »
Hart will play a former high school sports star turned accountant who, on the eve of a class reunion, is contacted by a former classmate who used to be a bullied "loser" but is now a contract killer for the CIA. The latter will be played by Johnson, who will recruit Hart's character to help foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.
Central Intelligence will begin shooting in the spring.
Source: Variety »
- Laura Frances
Is 'Big Hero 6' headed for an Oscar win?
The stars of Big Hero 6 are already feeling Oscar fever.
Et broke news to the cast that the film has entered the Oscar race as one of 20 animated films submitted for the "Best Animated Feature" category.
Video: Go Behind the Scenes of Disney's 'Big Hero 6'
"Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I'd be a part of a film that would be potentially nominated for an Academy Award," said the film's star Ryan Potter, voice of Hiro Hamada.
"I think the people who created this film deserve any accolades they get," said Scott Adsit, voice of Baymax.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed animated comedy following the special bond between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voiced by 30 Rock's Scott Adsit) and boy prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Supah Ninjas' Ryan Potter). Hiro »
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastHorrible Bosses 2Release Date: November 26thStudio: Warner Bros.Genre: ComedyDirector: Sean AndersWriters: Sean Anders & John MorrisCast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph WaltzStudio Description: Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.Analysis: The first Horrible Bosses was one of the bigger hits of Summer 2011: after opening to $28.3 million, it held well and closed with over $117 million total. The entire (surviving) cast of that movie returns for Horrible Bosses 2, which Warner Bros. will release nationwide over Thanksgiving weekend.Comedy sequels tend to be a mixed bag: for every 22 Jump Street, there's a Grown Ups 2. They seem to be most successful when they're closely-timed to the original: for example, Jump Street »
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Following its limited theatrical release, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is set to release Kevin Smith’s Tusk to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on December 30th. Here’s a look at the official cover art and list of bonus features:
“Santa Monica, CA (November 4, 2014) – From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes this wickedly funny modern-day monster movie that will hold you in terror as it keeps you in stitches. The highly anticipated film Tusk arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto »
- Jonathan James
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