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Melissa McCarthy's latest team up, Spy, with her Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig may be more of the same from the actress, but she does have a great cast of straight men, and women, around her that you wouldn't necessarily peg as having comedy chops. Case in point is Jason Statham, who in the clip below plays up his hard man persona to hilarious effect. Released: June 5th Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. »
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Thanks to Paul Feig, wackiness abounded Wednesday night at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon as the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation honored Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its Pioneer of the Year honor.
“I love Jim Gianopulos deeply and non-erotically,” Feig said. “Anywhere you go, you hear ‘Jim’s the best.'”
Feig dug up a 2-year-old video that was played for Fox employees at a town hall meeting showing Gianopulos botching an array of other jobs at the studio — security gate guard, gardener, sound mixer and human resources director dealing with the Gina and Beth characters from Feig’s movie “The Heat.”
The real Gina and Beth — Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin — weren’t done by a long shot, commandeering the podium from Feig for an X-rated 10 minutes that scored with the audience. “Is that your wife? You never talk about her,” Denbo told Gianopulos. »
- Dave McNary
Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos was honored with the 2015 Pioneer of the Year award in Las Vegas on Wednesday night during an event infused with a large dose of humor. Director Paul Feig, whose home is Fox and directed the studio's upcoming comedy Spy, enlisted The Heat actresses Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, who showed up in character as Gina and Beth. The duo helped fete Gianopulos with an impromptu gag that included poking fun at how News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch discovered Gianopulos while cruising off the coast of Greece (Gianopulos, of Greek origin, keeps a summer
- Pamela McClintock
Good news, Ghostbusters fans! Director Paul Feig scored millions for the upcoming reboot. The all-female movie was greenlit for a reported $154 million budget, despite new Sony executive.s plans to tighten movie budgets. This could mean bigger-budget special effects and (possible) fantastic CGI for the anticipated film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony.s new film studio chief Tom Rothman -- who was appointed to the new role in February -- has reportedly approved a $154 million budget just months after news broke that the all female reboot was in the works. This is a huge victory for the entire cast, crew and especially the director of the upcoming comedy, Paul Feig, despite reports of his concessions to reduce the budget of the project. THR also reports that the director had to make changes to the script in order to reduce the budget to the workable $154 million. The Heat director's take »
Spy stars McCarthy as a deskbound CIA analyst who gets thrust into the field when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised.
Spy will open via Fox on June 5.
The festival is set to run from May 14-June 7. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy” will open the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who is the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster. See video: From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘The Heat': The Evolution of Female Comedies The ensemble cast »
- Joe Otterson
Paul Feig is Hollywood’s most popular ladies’ man.
That’s not to suggest he’s a lothario or creepy man-on-the-make. It’s just that in his job as a top movie director, he arguably has done more in recent years than anyone else in the business to enable actresses to play the kinds of delicious characters that traditionally had been the domain of their male counterparts. There’s an encouraging shift under way at the box office with such female-driven hits as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Cinderella,” “Insurgent” and “Maleficent” burning up the bigscreen. And Feig, who has demonstrated a fondness for funny women, has played a central role part in helping to create and maintain that momentum, with a resume of blockbuster comedies.
- Jenelle Riley
Paul Feig's web-based comedy series "Other Space" launches Tuesday on Yahoo! Screen, and we got down and nerdy with the creator of the legendary TV series "Freaks and Geeks." Feig shared details about the web show as well as the latest Melissa McCarthy comedy he's directed -- "Spy" opens on June 5 -- and his semi-secret work on the planned 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, which will have all-female leads, including Ms. McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Despite his immense success in Hollywood after directing "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat, »
- Don Steinberg
Fox will release “Spy” on June 5. Feig directed from his own script and produced via his Feigco Entertainment banner. McCarthy plays an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who goes into action when agents played by Jude Law and Jason Statham are in danger.
Feig was the creator of “Freaks and Geeks,” and he has directed multiple episodes of “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Bored to Death,” “Weeds,” “30 Rock” and “Mad Men.” He’s directing a reboot of “Ghostbusters” with a female-led cast that will open in July 2016.
- Dave McNary
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
Warcraft - »
A regular part of the modern Melissa McCarthy movie is the scene, or more likely long string of scenes, where somebody is rude to her in a dismissive, often misogynist fashion. It’s almost the point of the films, really, to take all of that abuse and then to undermine it.
Maybe there are laughs to be had at McCarthy’s expense here, if you’re so inclined, but there’s also a definite sense that she’s in the right, and she has her own private, wry joke or two too.
Spy opens across the UK on June 28th though one of the big cinema chains, and you’ll know if your local is one of them, will be holding early screenings on May 28th. »
- Brendon Connelly
After earning rave reviews at SXSW, we have our first clip from the new action comedy Spy. The movie re-teams director Paul Feig with his Bridesmaids and The Heat breakout star Melissa McCarthy. This scene also includes Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne as a Russian villain named Raina who kindly insults McCarthy's super slick secret agent.
From 20th Century Fox, the R rated Spy follows Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster. Part of her mission finds Cooper infiltrating the security ranks of a Russian Kingpin's daughter, which we get to see here.
This first clip for Spy comes courtesy of MTV. »
Hollywood’s habit of leaving no stone unturned and no franchise rebooted looks to be hitting its limit with the news that Fox are ushering a movie version of Play-Doh to the big screen. Early word on the flick points toward Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig taking up residence in the director’s chair with Butter writer Jason Micallef handling the script. Hasbro, the company behind the toy, are connecting with Chernin Entertainment to produce alongside Feig’s Feigco production arm.
While detractors of the idea will no doubt cite the toy-to-screen misfires of Battleship and Ouija, Warner struck gold last year with The Lego Movie. At the time, the concept of a narrative-less toy brand heading up a feature movie seemed impossible. Since clearing away a tidy sum at the box office, that brick-building franchise has spawned a slew of future instalments, and the Play-Doh outing just might do the same. »
- Gem Seddon
The success of The Lego Movie has seemingly rejuvenated Hollywood's desire to make movies based on toys. It was a few months ago that we learned that a Playmobil film is in the works, but now new reports have revealed that a Play-Doh feature is now in the works at 20th Century Fox as well. Word of this project comes to us from Deadline, and their sources say that the studio has actually lined up an extremely in-demand director to make it. The site reports that Paul Feig - who is currently deep in development on the coming Ghostbusters reboot over at Sony - is reportedly now in talks to helm the the Play-Doh movie. This does make a degree of sense, if not just because Feig and the studio worked together on the blockbuster hit The Heat, and just recently collaborated on the upcoming Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy. Unfortunately, »
I adore The Lego Movie, but its success has wrought the belief that if anyone can make a movie out of Lego, then it’s possible to make a movie out of anything. First, that was technically true before The Lego Movie; second, Lego may not have a built-in story, but it does have settings and minifigures, and those figures convey personality. It also helps when your film is being handled by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, two guys who previously helmed a couple of other projects no one thought would be good movies—Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. Naturally, this entire context gets tossed out of the window, and what’s left is the belief that a brand alone is enough to get a movie going. We’ll see if it’s a strong enough starting place for a film based on Play-Doh, the terrible-smelling, »
- Matt Goldberg
South by Southwest (SXSW) is the best week of the year for film fanatics. Period. It's in a wonderful place (Austin, Texas), sweetened by a lovely atmosphere that mixes the highbrow appreciation of erudite film nerds with the go-for-broke excitement of genre enthusiasts. There's nothing quite like it in the world of film festivals -- the vibe at SXSW isn't something that's easily replicated or translated; it just is.
We were on hand to take it all in and report back. Our interviews from the festival will be coming soon, along with the films that they accompany. But we also wanted to rank every film that we saw, in order of best to worst. This year's crop was pretty wonderful, even those in the back half of the list are still pretty great. (There were a couple of stinkers, but that happens at every festival.)
So sit back and relax, »
- Drew Taylor
There’s a lot Jason Statham can do, and do brilliantly. He can punch, he can kick, he can smash a bottle over your head.
But his performances, outside of the exemplary action man stuff, can get mired, waste-deep in gravel. He’s a bit one-note, and sometime his face doesn’t sem to be alive.
Watch the new trailer for the movie, below;
I think this has better chance of crossover appeal than The Heat – by which I mean, a lot of young men rejected The Heat, despite it having a lot of excellent qualities, first amongst which was that it was actually funny. So Spy could make an absolute heap of gold at the box office. »
- Brendon Connelly
Melissa McCarthy is getting her James Bond on. A brand new trailer for the comedy/espionage flick "Spy" -- McCarthy’s latest collaboration with director Paul Feig – just dropped, and it looks absolutely hilarious. This time around, McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a deskbound CIA analyst who leaves her cushy desk job to go undercover and invade the world of a deadly arms dealer. Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Jannery and Jason Statham co-star in the flick, which is McCarthy’s third film with Feig. The director previously helmed "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," as well as the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot. "Spy" already had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, where Feig opened up to toofab’s Brian Particelli about working with Melissa again and what inspired this movie. "We just kind of fell in love with each other so quickly, which is why we like working with each other, »
- tooFab Staff
To answer the question I posted above: It sure seems like it. Our own Drew McWeeny loved "Spy," the new Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy directed by "Bridesmaids"/"The Heat"/"Freaks and Geeks" guru Paul Feig, and told us it giddily plays on "Mission: Impossible"-type tropes while giving McCarthy and costars Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Jude Law plenty to chew on. Apparently Jason Statham is funny. Are you clutching your face in awe yet? Check out the trailer below. "Spy" premiered at SXSW but opens nationwide June 15. »
- Louis Virtel
Feig serves as writer, director and producer on the comic spy thriller, which comes from 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.
Spy opens on June 5 in the Us and the UK.
Watch Digital Spy spotlight this year's biggest blockbusters below: »
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