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Snatched review – a couple of lols and the rest is downhill

17 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The gags are frontloaded in this Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn vehicle, as humour takes second place to strenuous plotting

Katie Dippold is the screenwriter who gave us The Heat and worked on Ghostbusters and TV’s Parks and Recreation; now she has scripted an action comedy with the neat idea of pairing up Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as a hopeless mother-daughter duo. Linda and Emily Middleton are two single women going on a highly unwise intergenerational “bonding” vacation in Ecuador. And then something scary happens.

This movie has two sensational gags at the beginning: one with Schumer making conversation while trying on clothes in a store (a supporting cameo here for Katie Dippold herself) and one where Goldie Hawn misunderstands the hotel’s tradition of the welcome cocktail. But, as with most comedies, the material is frontloaded into the premise and the opening 20 minutes. Once the action starts, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Film Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Bring Hilarity to ‘Snatched’

12 May 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – This is the Amy Schumer-in-the-movies we’ve all been waiting for… the brash zing factory who has a bit of insecurity behind her adventurous and licentious ways. Schumer teams with Goldie Hawn in a mother and daughter laugh factory called “Snatched.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

There are two names on this production team which immediately give this film some comedy credibility – screenwriter Katie Dippold and executive producer Paul Feig. This was the writer/director team which created another great female buddy comedy, “The Heat.” Like that movie, “Snatched” uses real life (and familiar) action scenarios and has a funny lady riff on them. To top it off, Amy Schumer’s character has a penchant for murdering people, which gets incredibly darker as the story goes on. This is the summer comedy that has a perfect opening on Mother’s Day weekend, especially if Mom likes to laugh.

Emily (Schumer) is hitting a severe life rut. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Snatched – Review

11 May 2017 10:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

It’s a big holiday weekend, so Hollywood has concocted a new flick that’s a perfect match for that very special day. It’s an ode to mothers everywhere, but it’s not sugary and sappy, no hearts and flowers here. That’s because it’s the sophomore feature film from Amy Schumer, so it’s more than a touch tart and spicy. Two years ago the superstar of stand-up and cable TV (the critical and ratings darling of Comedy Central) stormed the multiplex with the hit comedy romance (which she wrote) Trainwreck. For this follow-up , she’s decided to share the screen (top billing, above the title in the ads) with a movie veteran. Of course, she had terrific co-stars in her previous flick (Bill Hader, future Oscar-winner Brie Larson and NBA icon LeBron James, for gosh sake). But this time Amy’s part of a team similar »

- Jim Batts

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'Snatched' Review: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn Almost Save So-So Raunch-Com

11 May 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

There have been complaints in early reviews about Snatched being disposable junk. Huh? Let's back up a minute. The comedy stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as mom and daughter – those words alone should mean something for film enthusiasts, and not just because Mother's Day weekend. Schumer, the baby-faced bad girl of 2.0 comedy, is teaming up with Hawn, a laugh-inducing golden girl since she won an Oscar for her breakthrough role in 1969's Cactus Flower. So, yes, we'll allow that this female raunch-com is built on a script by Katie Dippold (The Heat, »

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Movie Review: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn score a few good laughs in the flimsy Snatched

10 May 2017 2:44 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Here’s one to watch, laugh at, and forget. Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer), dumped by her musician boyfriend right before a planned (and non-refundable) vacation for two in Ecuador, opts to bring along her overprotective mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), only to get herself and her mom kidnapped for ransom on their first trip outside the resort. That’s nothing to worry about, though, as mother and daughter quickly escape their captors and proceed to bump into one oddball after another as they try to make their way to an American embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. Written by Katie Dippold (The Heat, last year’s Ghostbusters) and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before), Snatched is a movie in the flimsiest sense; in terms of craftsmanship, the best that can be said is that it clears the very low bar set by the typo in the expository opening crawl. (Which raises the »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

9 May 2017 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Schumer is one of those rare comic artists, like Louis C.K. or Chris Rock, who can get you laughing out loud at reality. Two years ago, she carried that scorched-earth impulse right into her first movie, the fearlessly funny and close-to-the-bone “Trainwreck.” Written by Schumer herself, and directed by Judd Apatow, it was the most audacious romantic comedy in years — and the most satisfying, too — because it touched a nerve of almost masochistic sincerity. In “Snatched,” her first movie since “Trainwreck,” Schumer gets cast as a loser who’s even further down on the totem pole of respectability. It’s a sign of Schumer’s rapport with the audience that in the opening scene, where she appears to be playing the most annoying off-the-rack clothing-store customer in history (it turns out she’s actually the sales person), the deeper the hole she digs for herself, the more we like her. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Sleepless’ Review

4 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, David HarbourDermot Mulroney | Written by Andrea Berloff | Directed by Baran bo Odar

The English-language debut of Swiss director Baran bo Odar delivers nothing of what we want, namely: half-decent action, interesting characters, witty writing, or surprising plot deviations.

Jamie Foxx plays Vegas cop Vincent Downs, whom we first meet in the throes of a violent robbery. He’s stealing a whole bunch of cocaine, which belongs to a casino owner named Rubino (Dermot Mulroney). Problem is, Rubino himself owes it to fearsome gangster Novak (Scoot McNairy), who in turn is in thrall to his megalomaniac father.

After his son is kidnapped by Rubino’s thugs, Downs tries to return the drugs. But he is confounded by Internal Affairs partners Bryant (Michelle Monaghan) and Dennison (David Harbour); suspecting corruption, they step in to disrupt the deal. But in doing so they instigate a sleepless night of fighting, »

- Rupert Harvey

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Dark Comedy Puppet Movie The Happytime Murders Moving Forward with Melissa McCarthy

3 May 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After years in development, it looks like viewers will finally get to see a darkly comedic take on the world of puppets in The Happytime Murders. Taking place in a world where puppets and humans live together, the film will feature a grisly murder mystery that must be solved by a pair of detectives, one human and one puppet. The movie is now finally moving forward with Melissa McCarthy set to star and produce, Brian Henson (son of the legendary Jim Henson) on board as the director, and filming expected to begin this August.

Press Release: (Burbank, CA, May 2, 2017) — STXfilms, whose Bad Moms was 2016’s highest grossing R-rated comedy, teams with comedic genius Melissa McCarthy in The Happytime Murders, directed by Brian Henson. The announcement was made today by STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson and Sam Brown, President of Production for STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment.

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- Derek Anderson

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Henson and McCarthy team up for "The Happytime Murders"

3 May 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Robert Balkovich

Melissa McCarthy has been positioning herself as one of the great comedic actors of the 21st century for quite some time now. Like most stars she has her share of hits (The Heat, Spy) and misses (Tammy, The Boss), but even if the movie flops, McCarthy always brings it. On that note, be extremely excited about her newest project:, a puppet/human hybrid dark R rated comedy directed by heir to the Muppets Brian Henson called The Happytime Murders »

- Robert Balkovich

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’

2 May 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy has come on board Stx’s noir comedy “The Happytime Murders.”

The comedy, directed by Brian Henson, is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

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“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy said in a press release.

The film is set to begin production this August and will be produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. Producers are Brian HensonJeffrey Hayes, McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson »

- Dave McNary

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Contest: Chicago, get Snatched early and for free

2 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Snatched teams up Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother-daughter duo whose vacation goes awry (to say the least) when they get kidnapped. The comedy marks returns of sorts for both of its leads: It’s Schumer’s first time back in the big-screen game after her breakout hit Trainwreck, and Hawn’s making her return after 15 years off the big screen. On top of that, the film is written by Katie Dippold of Parks And Recreation, The Heat, and Ghostbusters fame.

Should you, a Chicago resident, want to take this dangerous journey early, know that we’re giving away free passes to a screening at 7:00 p.m. on May 9 at the Kerasotes Showplace Icon on Roosevelt. Just click here to claim your trip, but make sure you get there early, as these screenings can get crowded.

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Why we haven't seen sequels to Paul Feig's hit comedies

26 April 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Edward Douglas Apr 27, 2017

Wondering where Bridesmaids 2, Spy 2, and The Heat 2 are? Paul Feig explains why they haven't happened.

Paul Feig took part in one of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Directors Series Tribeca Talks in New York earlier this week, being hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Ché. While a wide variety of topics were covered from stand-up to working with women, one of the interesting things asked from the audience was when Feig might do a sequel to one of his hit comedies, whether it be Bridesmaids or The Heat or Spy. The latter two there had been talk about a sequel but he didn’t seem too optimistic that any of them might happen.

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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until »

- Garrett McCormick

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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until »

- Garrett McCormick

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest

12 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Melissa McCarthy in “Spy

Melissa McCarthy’s filmography includes roles such as a ghost-catcher, spy, and cop, so it comes as no surprise that the Oscar-nominated actress will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. Variety broke the news.

Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” and “Tammy” are among the action-packed films McCarthy has starred in.

“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival commented. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” emphasized Melanie Wise, the festival’s founder. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

McCarthy will be presented with the honor on the fest’s opening night, April 20. Other women set to be honored at the third edition of the fest include McCarthy’s stuntwoman Luci Romberg, actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), and former Mma star and actress Gina Carano (“Deadpool”).

McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for her role in “Bridesmaids.” Her upcoming projects include Marielle Heller’s dark comedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the college-set comedy “Life of the Party.” She co-wrote the latter film, which co-stars “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.

Check out our guest post explaining why McCarthy offers a better return on investment than Tom Cruise, one of the best-known action stars of all-time.

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival runs from April 20–23 in La.

Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored by Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Exclusive)

11 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented on the opening night of the festival — now in its third year — on April 20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival said. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”

McCarthy’s credits include “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Ghostbusters,” and “St. Vincent.” She received an Academy Award nomination in the best supporting actress category for “Bridesmaids.”

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” said film festival founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

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- Dave McNary

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The Most Memorable Drunk Moments in Movies

16 March 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Since St. Patrick's Day is here, it's only appropriate to highlight the most memorable drunk scenes in film - the good, the bad, and the laugh-out-loud funny. In honor of the beer-filled holiday, we're taking a look at unforgettable drunk moments from iconic movie parties, awkward hookup scenes, and more. From Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy chugging shots in The Heat to Kristen Wiig losing her cool in Bridesmaids, take a look at the best, most memorable drunk moments in movies. Related:10 TV Bars We'd Like to Frequent on St. Patrick's Day - Additional reporting by Kelsie Gibson »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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Lego Ninjago Movie and Snatched trailers, plus Lego Batman Movie clips and more make our weekly round-up

10 February 2017 2:48 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Lego Ninjago Movie and Snatched trailers, plus Lego Batman Movie clips and more make our weekly round-upLego Ninjago Movie and Snatched trailers, plus Lego Batman Movie clips and more make our weekly round-upGarrett McCormick2/10/2017 5:48:00 Pm

Check out our weekly round-up featuring this week's most buzz-worthy movie news! Fist Fight

Ice Cube is ready to pound Charlie Day into the ground in the upcoming film Fist Fight!

After Mr. Andy Campbell (Day) accidentally gets a fellow teacher Mr. Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) fired from his teaching job, Strickland invites Campbell to participate in a brawl against him after school. Being a short, scrawny and timid little man, Andy tries to wiggle his way out of it before he gets himself clobbered. If only school was this fun back when we attended!

Tell your friends, tell your neighbours, and tell your siblings there's going to be an all-out brawl after »

- Garrett McCormick

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AFI Selects Paul Feig as Distinguished Artist for Women’s Directing Workshop

7 February 2017 12:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Feig has been selected as the distinguished artist for the American Film Institute Conservatory’s directing workshop for women.

Feig has become one of Hollywood’s top directors of female-driven movie comedies with credits on “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters.” He created the show “Freaks and Geeks” and directed episodes of “The Office,”  “Arrested Development,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Mad Men.”

AFI’s filmmaker training program is committed to increasing the number of women working as directors and showrunners in film and television. Class of 2018 filmmakers are Beth de Araújo, Georgia Fu, Milena Govich, Tiffany Johnson, Katrelle Kindred, Nancy Mejía, Gandja Monteiro and Lorraine Nicholson.

The group will spend the year of mentorship, collaboration and creation to make a short film or series.

“To meet with this amazingly impassioned group of diverse, talented filmmakers is a dream come true,” said Feig. “I salute the AFI for their strong support of female storytellers. »

- Dave McNary

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Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn get tough in this new trailer for Snatched

7 February 2017 9:19 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Love her or hate her, Amy Schumer’s star is on the rise as the comedian/actress prepares to star opposite Goldie Hawn in Jonathan Levine’s exotic locale comedy Snatched - a mother and daughter romp set for a Mother’s Day weekend release. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie, which bears a script penned by The Heat and Ghostbusters scribe Katie Dippold: After... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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