Wendi McLendon-Covey Talks BLENDED, Being Cast at the Last Minute, Her Chemistry with Drew Barrymore, and More

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The family comedy Blended sees recently divorced single mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) on a disastrous blind date with widowed single father Jim (Adam Sandler).  When they each sign up separately for an adventurous family vacation at a luxurious African safari resort, they are brought back together, this time with Lauren’s two sons (Kyle Red Silverstein, Braxton Beckham) and Jim’s three daughters (Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd).

At the film’s press day, actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (who plays Lauren’s outspoken best friend, Jen) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being cast pretty late into the shoot, how much fun she had playing the instigator, how easy the chemistry was between her and Drew Barrymore, and how much improvisation she did.  She also talked about how gratifying it is to be a part of the only ABC freshman comedy series that got picked up for Season 2, with The Goldbergs, and what she’s most looking forward to with Season 2, as well as her experience working with the very funny cast of Think Like A Man Too, and that she’s gotten to see the film and says it’s funnier than the first one.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and the Cast of THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Talk Sequels, Improvisation, and Filming in a Casino in Our Set Visit Interview

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The ensemble comedy Think Like a Man, inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, was a huge hit, naturally leading to a sequel that will be bringing all of the couples back for a wedding in Las Vegas, when it hits theaters on June 20th, what was supposed to be a romantic weekend goes terribly awry when their various misadventures, and the bachelor and bachelorette parties, get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.  Back on June 13, 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino set of Think Like a Man Too and chat with the cast and filmmakers.

One thing that was evident from the scenes that we watched on set was that the cast – Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union and newest addition Wendi McLendon-Covey – was dedicated to making the sequel as funny as possible.  They improvised countless versions of lines, each getting a laugh from whoever was in earshot around the casino.  While there, I was able to participate in a small press conference with the cast, and you can check out what they had to say after the jump.   

First Trailer for THINK LIKE A MAN TOO Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, and Gabrielle Union

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Screen Gems has released the debut trailer for director Tim Story’s comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too. The follow-up finds the central couples gathering for a wedding in Las Vegas, but their romantic plans are subsequently sidelined when various misadventures ensue as the separate bachelor and bachelorette parties get underway.  The film looks to be a solid comedy slightly in the vein of The Hangover that gives equal time to both the male and female characters, and it should do swell business when it opens in the heat of the summer if the first film’s $96 million worldwide gross is any indication.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Megan Good, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terrence J, Jennifer Lewis, Gary Owen, David Walton, and Dennis HaysbertThink Like a Man Too opens on June 20th.

First Trailer for BLENDED Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for director Frank Coraci’s (Click) upcoming romantic comedy Blended.  The film stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore as two single parents who, after vowing never to see each other following a disastrous blind date, end up booking the same African safari vacation and are forced to share a suite with each other’s families.  The film is very much in the vein of Sandler’s other recent string of comedies (it starts out with a pretty sick gross-out gag), but Sandler and Barrymore’s previous collaborations turned out pretty well with The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, so hopefully Blended can follow more in their footsteps.  It also doesn’t hurt to add the very funny Terry Crews to the mix.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, and Joel McHaleBlended opens on May 23rd.

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s Romantic Comedy BLENDED Now Re-Titled THE FAMILYMOON; Joel McHale and Wendi McLendon-Covey Join the Cast

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Following their romantic comedy team-ups in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore will once again reunite, though now with a brand new title.  Previously named Blended, the movie has been changed to The Familymoon.  The story centers on “a couple who, after disastrous blind date, are stuck together in a family resort with their children from previous marriages.”  You can pretty much fill in the blanks on the rest of the story from there.  Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directs from an original script from Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera.  Deadline reported on the title change citing marketing’s preference for the new moniker.  Hit the jump for more on the casting news.

Sarah Silverman in Talks to Join Seth MacFarlane’s MILLION WAYS; Tim Heidecker and Wendi McLendon-Covey Join CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

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Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane’s next feature directorial effort is adding yet another impressive castmember.  MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up, A Million Ways to Die in the West, already has Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, and Giovanni Ribisi set to star alongside MacFarlane, and now Heat Vision reports that Sarah Silverman is in negotiations to join the cast.  The Western comedy centers on a cowardly farmer who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend (Seyfried).  He later meets the wife (Theron) of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge.

Should she sign on, Silverman would play the town prostitute who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.”  I’d say that’s pretty spot-on casting.  Production is set to begin this spring.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle

Ashley Greene Eyes SATANIC; Wendi McLendon-Covey to Star in Tyler Perry’s SINGLE MOM’S CLUB; Kristen Stewart Says SNOW WHITE 2 “A Strong Possibility”

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A few casting updates:

  • Ashley Greene is in talks to join Haley Bennett in Satanic (formerly known as Kristy), a horror movie about a group of college students who are attacked in their dormitory over Thanksgiving break.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey is the first of four female leads to be cast by Tyler Perry for his next movie, Single Mom’s Club.
  • Kristen Stewart suggests “there’s a strong possibility” she will return for Snow White and the Huntsman 2.

Details after the jump.

David Ramsey Joins The CW’s GREEN ARROW Series; Wendi McLendon-Covey to Star Opposite Goldie Hawn in HBO’s THE VIAGRA DIARIES

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The CW is casting up for Arrow, a drama series based on the DC comic Green Arrow.  Last week Stephen Amell (The Vampire Diaries) signed on to star as the playboy who moonlights as a hooded superhero, fighting crime with his enhanced arrows.  Variety reports David Ramsey (Blue Bloods) will join the pilot as John Diggle, “a former military man now working as a bodyguard for hire who soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, loyalty and trust.”  Diggle is a new character not found in the comic books, though the surname could be a nod to Green Arrow: Year One writer Andy DiggleGreg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) are producing Arrow along with Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe).

Hit the jump for details on Bridesmaid co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey‘s role in a new HBO series.

Kristen Wiig May Do BRIDESMAIDS Sequel After All

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Shortly after Bridesmaids became the smash hit comedy of the summer, Universal predictably began mulling over the possibility of a follow-up. Last week it was reported that the studio might be going ahead with a sequel without star/co-writer Kristen Wiig’s involvement. Much hubbub was made about Melissa McCarthy taking center stage in a Bridesmaids 2, but the actress was quick to clarify that she’s not interested in replacing Wiig. Now co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey is setting the record straight, saying that Wiig returning is still very much a possibility. Hit the jump for the details.

Adam Rodriguez and Wendi McLendon-Covey Join MAGIC MIKE; Rodriguez Also Lands Small Role in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Roles in Steven Soderbergh’s stripper comedy Magic Mike continue to evaporate as both Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) have joined the film. The pair join a cast that already includes Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Matt Bomer. For those unaware, Magic Mike is a semi-autobiographical tale about Tatum’s early days as a male stripper.

As you may expect, Rodriguez will play one of said male strippers in the pic. Additionally, Deadline reports that the actor has also landed a small and unspecified role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. As for McLendon-Covey, THR broke the news of her casting but fails to mention any details regarding her role. The Reno 911! veteran also has a role alongside Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid in the romantic comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting which is due out on May 11th, 2012.

Casting Call: Nick Frost a Dwarf in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Scott Eastwood in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D, Wendi McLendon-Covey is EXPECTING

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Nick Frost is in negotiations to take the last remaining dwarf role in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron topline as Snow White, the Huntsman and the Evil Queen respectively. Frost joins an impressive list of actors playing the dwarfs that includes Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham. Eddie Izzard was previously thought to be eyeing a dwarf role, but his name does not appear on this latest report. Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1st, 2012.

Hit the jump for the casting news of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Hilarious Alternate Takes from BRIDESMAIDS

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Bridesmaids is a must-see comedy and if you’ve already seen it, then you’ve probably guessed that there’s plenty of brilliant stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor.  Rather than endure an excruciating wait to see all of the alternate takes on the Blu-ray and DVD, the good folks at Funny or Die have now released at least some of those alternate takes online, and there as funny as you’d hope.  My personal favorite is Jon Hamm’s one-liner at the 2:57 mark.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  Bridesmaids is currently in theaters and you need to go see it.

Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey Video Interview BRIDESMAIDS

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With director Paul Feig’s (Freaks And Geeks) awesome movie Bridesmaids opening this weekend, I recently interviewed the cast for our partners at Omelete.  Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm, Bridesmaids is ridiculously funny and one of the best films I’ve seen this year.  In addition, there’s a scene in Bridesmaids that’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a movie theater.  You really want to see it. For some clips, click here.

During my interview with Kemper and McLendon-Covey we talked about how many takes they ruined from laughing, the wedding dress scene, how the trailer has a lot of jokes/scenes that are not in the movie, what do they have coming up, karaoke and video games.  Hit the jump to watch.

Red-Band Trailer and Six Character Posters for BRIDESMAIDS

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Universal has released a new red-band trailer for Bridesmaids along with six character posters.  I caught the film a couple weeks ago and overall I thought it was fantastic and a much-needed kick in the ass to the chick flick genre.  Women, if you like raunchy humor but are tired of only seeing it in movies featuring man-children, you’ll dig Bridesmaids.  Guys, if you’re thinking about avoiding this movie because of the all-female cast, you’ll be missing out.  The movie is damn funny and surprisingly heartfelt and I hope folks of both genders go see it.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer along with six character posters.  Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, and Melissa McCarthy.  The film opens May 13th.

International Trailer for BRIDESMAIDS

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Anyone who enjoys watching girls behaving badly (no, not in that way) has a reason to rejoice on this fine afternoon because Universal has seen fit to release an international trailer for the upcoming Kristen Wiig romp Bridesmaids. Not much is revealed than hasn’t already been seen in the previous trailer, but a few extra chuckles are to be had in this AC/DC scored montage (in particular, Mad Men fans will enjoy a little taste of Jon Hamm sleaziness). The film has been getting some pretty positive buzz so far at preview screenings and SXSW and could be a modest early summer comedy hit provided that both the R-rated sex comedy crowd and the chick-flick crowd can join forces to support it. How much overlap exists between the two groups remains to be seen, but this is the movie to bring em; together if anything can.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film was directed by Freaks And Geeks creator Paul Feig and also features Wiig’s former SNL partner in crime Maya Rudolph, as well as Rose Byrne, Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), and Melissa McCarthy (who frankly looks like she might steal the movie away from her co-stars). The film opens May 13th.

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