Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is putting together quite the cast for his upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Feig wrote the project for Melissa McCarthy to star as a female James Bond-type, and the cast has recently been filled out with Jason Statham and McCarthy’s Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne. Now The Wrap reports that Jude Law is in final negotiations to sign on, marking a shift to a purely comedic role for the actor and a casting coup for the Susan Cooper production. Hit the jump for more.
The Oscars have released a neat promo for the 2014 awards ceremony. Host Ellen DeGeneres suits up in a bow tie and sneakers, then dances through the Warner Bros. backlot lipsynching Fitz and The Tantrums’ “The Walker” as dozens of tuxedoed backup dancers join her in a choreographed routine. The spot was directed by Paul Feig (The Heat)—I just now realized how much I want Feig to direct an old-fashioned musical.
Watch the promo after the jump. The Oscars air Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC.
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is not exactly lacking for material, and he may be adding another potential project to his slate. Deadline reports that Feig is attached to produce and possibly direct an untitled comedy pitch for 20th Century Fox. Plot details are under wraps, but Feig hatched the idea as “a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses.” Melissa Stack, who recently wrote the upcoming Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman, is attached to pen the script. Feig will produce alongside Jessie Henderson under their Feigco banner, which aims to make R-rated comedies at Fox.
Feig is coming off the success of this summer’s Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat and he will next direct McCarthy in the spy comedy Susan Cooper, which also stars Jason Statham and Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne. Additionally, he is developing a The Heat spinoff focusing on the characters played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin.
Though Sandra Bullock may not be 100% game for making a straight-up sequel to this summer’s comedy hit The Heat, director Paul Feig is still toying around with ideas of how to continue the story. Deadline reports that the Bridesmaids filmmaker is developing a feature film spinoff that would focus on the characters of Beth and Gina, who were scene-stealing members of Melissa McCarthy’s extended family. Played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, respectively, the characters harassed Bullock’s straight-laced cop with questions about her gender and whether or not she was a “nahc” in very thick Boston accents, so a feature film spinoff would appear to be something along the lines of a comedy version of The Fighter.
Tracy McAlpin will write the script, and Feig is currently hashing out the storyline with McAlpin and Jessie Henderson, who will produce alongside Feig. Denbo and Chaffin have extensive experience in the world of comedy, as they together formed the comedic duo Ronna and Beverly.
It’s the time of year to play the Peanuts holiday classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and in no coincidence, today also brings news that Paul Feig will produce and oversee the animated Peanuts feature for Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!), the Peanuts feature will be based on the iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz. The script was written by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Now due out November 6, 2015, Peanuts will mark Feig’s first animated feature and he couldn’t be happier. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has settled on the “female James Bond” pic Susan Cooper as his next project, and he’s assembling a little Bridesmaids reunion in the process. Melissa McCarthy is already set to lead the film in the title role, and now The Wrap reports that Rose Byrne is in early talks to sign on. Feig penned the script for the potential franchise starter, which will begin filming next spring while McCarthy is on hiatus from her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Byrne will be seen early next year opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.
Additionally, in a Les Miserables reunion Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried has been set to play Russell Crowe’s daughter in director Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds) drama Fathers and Daughters. The film takes place in two time periods: one in the 1980s where Crowe’s famous novelist and widower character struggles with mental illness while he raises his 5-year-old daughter, and another in present day New York where the grown up daughter battles her childhood demons.
With Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) The Heat arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today, I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with the busy director. As most of you know, the film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.
During the interview, Feig talked about the special features on the Blu-ray like the deleted scenes and how he got the Mystery Science Theater guys to do a commentary track, the box office success of the film, his thoughts on the running time for comedies, the status of Susan Cooper with Melissa McCarthy (they start filming in March), the pilot he’s directing called People in New Jersey, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reiterated its pledge to make a Wonder Woman movie. Arguably the most famous female superhero, the Amazonian princess still hasn’t gotten a feature film, and I doubt it will happen any time soon if Warners is still waffling between telling her story in movies or on TV. But they have fielded pitches from creative folk, and last night at an event for the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Heat, director Paul Feig revealed he recently gave the studio his idea for what a Wonder Woman movie should be.
Hit the jump for more.
Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig are looking to go three for three. The two first collaborated on the comedy hit Bridesmaids, and their second film The Heat opened to impressive box office and solid reviews earlier this summer. Now The Wrap reports that McCarthy is in talks to lead Feig’s female-led spy comedy Susan Cooper. The 20th Century Fox film centers on a female James Bond-type, but will not be a spoof and instead will handle situations realistically with a comedic bent. Feig wrote the script and will direct and produce, and McCarthy is currently negotiating her deal, figuring out how to work around her CBS sitcom schedule on Mike & Molly.
McCarthy most recently wrapped Tammy, which she co-wrote and stars in opposite Shirley MacLaine, and is currently filming the comedy/drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray.
With an estimated $46.1 million, Monsters University had no trouble holding on to first place in its sophomore frame. With Pixar’s track record, that was never really in doubt. Of more interest were the debuts of The Heat and White House Down. Would the summer box office make room for two strong openings, as it did for Monsters U and World War Z last weekend? Not this time.
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|| The Heat
|| World War Z
|| White House Down
|| Man of Steel
|| This Is The End
|| Now You See Me
|| Fast & Furious 6
|| Star Trek Into Darkness
|| The Internship
Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.
All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.
According to the MPAA’s theatrical market statistics for 2012, slightly more women went to see movies than men. However, most movies feature men in the lead roles or with an actress as a co-lead. Hit films are usually male dominated and then if there’s movie in the same vein but featuring women, it’s “the female [insert hit movie here]“. The Heat could be described as a female buddy-cop movie (you don’t need a specific movie title because there have been so many), which is not only pithy and unfair, but only serves to highlight how long it’s taken to get talented actresses to lead a genre that’s been around for decades. With tremendous chemistry between stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as well as painfully funny dialogue, The Heat isn’t a hilarious buddy-cop flick with women. It’s a hilarious buddy-cop flick, period. It’s also the funniest film I’ve seen all year.
At the recent press day for The Heat, we landed an exclusive video interview with director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids). The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.
During the interview, Feig talked about how Hollywood rarely makes a movie with two female leads, how he prefers to keep the theatrical release short but provide an extended/unrated cut on the Blu-ray, who broke the most during filming, how things changed for him after the success of Bridesmaids, whether he will do more TV projects, and how he’s developing a comedy starring a female James Bond. Hit the jump to watch. The Heat opens June 28th.
With director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat opening June 28th, 20th Century Fox has sent over six clips. The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord. The previous trailers and clips have teased some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and these new clips are no different.
The film also stars Katilin Olson, Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport. Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews for the film this week.
Sequels are already in the works for two upcoming cop comedies. Buzz is strong for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, and Deadline reports that screenwriter Katie Dippold has been tapped to start working on the script for a follow-up months before the first film even opens. The pic stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a by-the-books FBI agent and a rough-around-the-edges local Boston cop, respectively, who team up to take down a drug lord. The film’s red-band trailer promises plenty of laughs and great chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and the pic’s June 28th release date shows big confidence from 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news of a sequel to Ride Along.