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Trailer for “Cook Off!”: Melissa McCarthy Mockumentary on Food

Melissa McCarthy has been making us laugh in the last decade with movie hits such as Ghostbusters, Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids. However, Melissa is also well known for multiple successful TV programs. She first won our hearts as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls, and since then she’s starred in Mike & Molly. She’s also done several Saturday Night Live guest appearances and has also appeared in Conan and Nobodies. However, before any of these happened after Gilmore Girls, Melissa actually starred in a mockumentary that was released in 2007 to a limited audience. That mockumentary is now finding

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‘Sleepless’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, David Harbour, Dermot 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,
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Lionsgate Buys Sandra Bullock Thriller ‘Vigilance’

Lionsgate Buys Sandra Bullock Thriller ‘Vigilance’
Lionsgate has purchased U.S. distribution rights to “Vigilance,” an action thriller with Sandra Bullock.

The deal was announced out of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Vigilance” follows an American who gets a job at a London armored car company that was the target of a robbery. Her motivations for working there grow more mysterious and tangled.

Bullock most recently starred in “Our Brand Is Crisis,” a box office flop that premiered at Toronto in 2015. Her other credits include the hits “Gravity” and “The Heat,” as well as her Oscar-winning turn in “The Blind Side.”

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Josef Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the picture. Joel Silver, the producer of “The Matrix,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Die Hard” franchises, is overseeing the production. Despite his earlier run of successes, Silver has had a rough spell of late, with recent films such as “The Nice Guys” and
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Melissa McCarthy to Topline and Produce Film About Boston’s First Female Cops

Melissa McCarthy as Detective Shannon Mullins in “The Heat

Melissa McCarthy has lined up her next project. The comedy superstar will team up with her producing partner, frequent collaborator, and husband Ben Falcone on an untitled film about Boston’s first female cops in the 1970s, Variety reports. McCarthy and Falcone have signed on to produce the New Line project, which will be based on an as-yet unpublished book by Alexandra Lydon. McCarthy is also expected to star in the drama as one of Boston’s inaugural policewomen.

Lydon’s book was bought by Picador USA and “follows the transition of black and white women joining the Boston Police Department as they find themselves on the front lines of a racially divided city and become unwitting participants in a social revolution,” Variety summarizes.

McCarthy and Falcone will produce via their On the Day production company and Lydon will serve as executive producer. No word on a director or screenwriter yet.

This will not be the first time McCarthy has portrayed a Boston cop. The “Ghostbusters” star took on the role of Detective Shannon Mullins in the 2013 comedy “The Heat” opposite Sandra Bullock. McCarthy will also play a detective investigating a serial killer who is targeting puppets in “The Happytime Murders,” an R-rated comedy set to hit theaters August 17, 2018. The Emmy winner is attached to produce that project as well.

McCarthy’s next gigs include two features directed by Falcone: “Life of the Party,” a college-set comedy, and “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical revolving around Santa Claus’ wife. McCarthy co-wrote both scripts.

She’s also signed up to star in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” a dark comedy about a journalist who forges letters from late writers and actors.

McCarthy won an Emmy for her role in the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” in 2011 and received an Oscar nomination for “Bridesmaids” in 2012. She reprised her role as Sookie St. James in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” for Netflix in November. McCarthy has also recently appeared as Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” and as herself on the TV Land series “Nobodies,” on which she serves as exec producer.

Melissa McCarthy to Topline and Produce Film About Boston’s First Female Cops was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Henry Golding Joins Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick’s ‘Simple Favor’

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Henry Golding Joins Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick’s ‘Simple Favor’
Crazy Rich Asians” actor Henry Golding will co-star opposite Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in Lionsgate’s thriller “A Simple Favor.”

Paul Feig is directing the film, with shooting starting on Aug. 14 in Toronto. Kendrick will play a mommy blogger trying to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding has been cast as Lively’s character’s husband.

Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through their Feigco production company. Jessica Sharzer wrote the script based on Darcey Bell’s book of the same name.

Fox 2000 was originally developing the project after buying the movie rights to “A Simple Favor” in a preemptive deal. The story is in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut “The Girl on the Train” — two best-selling thrillers in which a female protagonist disappears from a seemingly perfect relationship, part of the “domestic noir” genre.

A Simple Favor
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Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer

Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer
New Line has landed the spec “Super-Intelligence” from Steve Mallory who co-wrote “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. McCarthy is attached to star.

Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.

The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.

Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.

New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.

Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and
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Ok, We Need to Talk About How Darn Adorable Melissa McCarthy and Hubby Ben Falcone Are

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Ok, We Need to Talk About How Darn Adorable Melissa McCarthy and Hubby Ben Falcone Are
You may know Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone for their hilarious onscreen moments, like the semi-awkward yet chuckle-worthy sex scene that played during the ending credits of Bridesmaids (you know, the one that involved a gigantic sandwich). Oh, and let's not forget the time Ben made a cameo in The Heat for a quick bar makeout session with Melissa's character, Shannon Mullins. But there's way more to Ben and Melissa than what's been captured for the movies. The dynamic duo met during improv school in 1998 and tied the knot in 2005. Since then, they've welcomed two daughters into the world and have enjoyed an 11-year marriage that we have to imagine has been filled with plenty of laughs. Read on to witness the sweet evolution of their relationship. Related19 Funny Couples Who Know That Nothing's Sexier Than a Sense of Humor
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2 Netflix Projects Begin Casting for Supporting Roles

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “The Happytime MurdersMelissa McCarthy may have proved a difficult officer to work with in “The Heat,” but the actor is looking to team up and fight some crime with an old puppet pal for her next film, “The Happytime Murders.” The project, which hearkens back to Jim Henson’s heyday, will pair humans with puppeteers in a time when Earth finds itself inhabited by both. Often at odds with one another, two detectives from either side of the human-puppet fence will have to team up to stop a series of mysterious murders occurring on a popular children’s television show. While McCarthy is the only human talent currently attached, McCarthy/Abellera Casting has its work cut out for it with finding both actors and puppeteers to fill the various roles.
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Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Talks to Star in Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor”

Anna Kendrick in “Pitch Perfect

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively may be teaming up for a murder mystery. Deadline reports that the actresses are in talks to star in “A Simple Favor,” a project being set up at Lionsgate. Paul Feig has signed on to write and direct the film.

Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel of the same name, “A Simple Favor” centers on a mommy blogger whose best friend suddenly disappears. The book has earned comparisons to two other page-turners that went on to receive big screen adaptations, Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.”

The project is expected to shoot this August in Toronto.

Feig is best known for female-driven comedies like “Spy,” “The Heat,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Kendrick will next be seen in the third installment of the “Pitch Perfect” aca-franchise. Directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” is set to bow December 22. Lively’s newest film, “All I See Is You,” hits theaters September 15. The “Gossip Girl” alumna plays a blind woman who regains her sight.

Lively has already signed on to star in another adaptation of a mystery novel, “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret.” “The Shallows” star will play a woman who discovers a shocking secret that her husband has been hiding for years.

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Talks to Star in Paul Feig’s “A Simple Favor” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick To Star In Paul Feig’s Mommy Blogger Thriller ‘A Simple Favor’

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Paul Feig hasn’t had the easiest year. After a string of comedy hits—”Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy“—the director went blockbuster with “Ghostbusters,” and immediately faced backlash from hardcore fans who feared that women might ruin their precious childhood memories. It didn’t help that the final result didn’t get the best reviews either, nor that Dan Aykroyd publicly slammed the movie.

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‘Atypical’ First Look: Jennifer Jason Leigh Heads to TV For New Netflix Comedy Exploring the Spectrum

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‘Atypical’ First Look: Jennifer Jason Leigh Heads to TV For New Netflix Comedy Exploring the Spectrum
Netflix has announced the release date for its new comedy series “Atypical,” a series about an 18-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who’s learning to navigate life. The announcement came with a clip from its premiere episode, and parents of teenagers will relate.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Keir Gilchrist (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) play the mother and son duo in this heartfelt coming-of-age story that unfolds from the point-of-view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist).

According to the summary provided by Netflix, “Sam decides it is time to go on a date, find a girlfriend and hopefully love, a journey that sets Sam’s mother, Elsa (played by Jason Leigh), on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Sam’s entire family must adjust to change, all
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‘Atypical’ First Look: Jennifer Jason Leigh Heads to TV For New Netflix Comedy Exploring the Spectrum

‘Atypical’ First Look: Jennifer Jason Leigh Heads to TV For New Netflix Comedy Exploring the Spectrum
Netflix has announced the release date for its new comedy series “Atypical,” a series about an 18-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who’s learning to navigate life. The announcement came with a clip from its premiere episode, and parents of teenagers will relate.

Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in June, and The Best Episodes of Each

Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Keir Gilchrist (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) play the mother and son duo in this heartfelt coming-of-age story that unfolds from the point-of-view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist).

According to the summary provided by Netflix, “Sam decides it is time to go on a date, find a girlfriend and hopefully love, a journey that sets Sam’s mother, Elsa (played by Jason Leigh), on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Sam’s entire family must adjust to change, all
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Rough Night review – girls gone wild in amusing if ramshackle comedy

Scarlett Johansson leads an adept comic cast in a debauched take on Weekend at Bernie’s that has laughs but isn’t quite the slam-dunk it should have been

After the Oscar-nominated, $288m global success of Bridesmaids, it seemed as if the film industry would finally put to rest the tired assumption that female-fronted comedies can’t be just as successful as their male counterparts (in fact, it remains the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced film to date). But progress was strangely, frustratingly slow, and despite the darnedest efforts of Bridesmaids director Paul Feig (who went on to make The Heat, Spy and Ghostbusters) and, well, Bad Moms, this particular glass ceiling has remained relatively crack-free.

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Musical “Margie Claus”

Melissa McCarthy on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show

We still have a few blessed months before we’re bombarded with Christmas-themed advertising, but here’s some holiday news worth celebrating in June: Melissa McCarthy is set to topline and produce “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical she co-wrote. The Hollywood Reporter writes that New Line has picked up the comedy project.

The Oscar winner will play the title character, Santa Claus’ wife Margie. After Santa goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve, Margie swings into action. She puts together a rescue team and ventures away from the North Pole — for the first time in decades — to save Santa and Christmas.

Described as a “broad holiday family musical that New Line hopes will be in the same spirit (and have the same success) as another company Christmas movie, ‘Elf,’” “Margie Claus” will be directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator — and husband — Ben Falcone.

The film is scheduled for release on November 15, 2019.

McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for smash hit “Bridesmaids.” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” and “Tammy” are among her biggest box office successes. Her upcoming projects include college-set comedy “Life of the Party” with “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs, R-rated puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders,” and Marielle Heller’s follow-up to “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Musical “Margie Claus” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked
Now more than ever, the world could use a laugh. This bizarre, in-progress century has already produced any number of great comedies, which is to say that many of your (and our) favorites were left out: sorry, “Toy Story 3”; sorry, “Knocked Up.” As we tend to lean toward the indie side — and away from certain men-behaving-badly movies — there are also some titles on here that you might not have seen.

There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive
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Snatched review – a couple of lols and the rest is downhill

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

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.
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Snatched – Review

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

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

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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
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