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Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Natasha Lyonne Joins Kristen Wiig's Pet Project Comedy 'Imogene'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 4, 2011 5:03 AM
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June Diane Raphael Also Joins CastIn case you're unaware, the aughts weren't particularly kind to indie actress Natasha Lyonne. After break-out roles in "Slums of Beverly Hills," "But I'm a Cheerleader" and the hit franchise "American Pie," things went seriously awry for the actress. From 2001 through 2007 she was in various drug and alcohol treatment centers and was arrested several times for her exploits (friend and fellow actor Michael Rapaport wrote a lengthy and candid article in a 2005 Jane magazine about her downward spiral and how he was forced to evict her from the New York apartment she rented from him).

First Look: Ed Helms & Jason Segel In The Duplass Brothers' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 4:08 AM
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Plus Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig & Adam Scott In 'Friends With Kids'Lots of Toronto first looks coming down the wire today, so we'll keep it brief, but two of the more anticipated comedies that'll bow at the festival just had their first official stills released. First up is "Jeff Who Lives At Home," the second mainstream picture from The Duplass Brothers, who became indie favorites with films like "The Puffy Chair" and "Baghead," proving to be standouts of the so-called 'mumblecore' scene, before getting to work with bigger names and budgets on last year's excellent "Cyrus."

Kristen Wiig's Dark Comedy ‘Imogene’ From ‘American Splendor’ Directors Starts In August

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 13, 2011 11:46 AM
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Not to be Nikki Finke about it, but like toldja or something? The trades are making noise about Kristen Wiig's "new" project "Imogene," a dark comedy that's a labor of love and one that she's been working on for two years. We've heard of it, as you had too. We asked a few months ago rhetorically, why had all the cast and crew of "Bridesmaids" -- Melissa McCarthy, writer Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, Ellie Kemper -- reaped the benefits of that film ($206 million worldwide and counting) except for its star, co-producer and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

Isla Fisher & Ed Helms Joining Cameron Diaz & J-Lo In 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:46 AM
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Kristen Wiig & Matthew Morrison Forced To Drop Out Due To TV SchedulesUpdate: Reps for Ed Helms have told us he will not be in the film.

Why Has Everyone From 'Bridesmaids' Landed Big New Gigs Except Its Leading Lady Kristen Wiig?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 9:28 AM
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Did The 'Game-Changing' Comedy Really Change Anything?As we've already discussed at length, "Bridesmaids" is not only one of the best films of the year so far, but also a big, giant hit. Already the third-biggest grosser in the Judd Apatow stable, it's had hugely impressive legs, dropping fractionally week-on-week and is heading to at least a $150 million domestic gross, and possibly even more. And, as is usual with hits, most of those involved have gotten big career boosts: Apatow is back on top after a string of under-performers, breakout star Melissa McCarthy has lined up two "Bridesmaids" reunions, one with writer Annie Mumolo, the other with director Paul Feig and star Jon Hamm, romantic lead Chris O'Dowd bagged a gig in the "Knocked Up" sequel/spin-off, and Ellie Kemper joined the cast of "21 Jump Street."

"I Told You It Would Fit In There": Watch 3 Minutes Of NSFW Outtakes From 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2011 12:59 PM
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After a tough few years, 2011 has turned out pretty well for Universal so far: "Fast Five" is currently the top-grosser of the year, fairly impressive considering its the fifth entry in a franchise, with "Hop" not far behind, and even "Paul" and "The Adjustment Bureau" did better than expectations. On top of all that, there's "Bridesmaids," not only a film that's one of our collective favorites of the year, but also a genuine word-of-mouth hit, taking a minimal drop in its second week, and steaming towards at least $100 million.

Kristen Wiig, Judd Apatow, Maya Rudolph & Paul Feig Talk Making The Female-Driven 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • May 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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We did it. We made it to May 13th. And now anyone with a nearby megaplex can head out and see the long awaited "Bridesmaids," because this hilarious, heartfelt opening to the summer comedy season is totally worth those hard earned Andrew Jacksons. With a solid cast of some of the funniest voices in comedy from both sides of the gender line (that's right ladies, Tim Heidecker makes an appearance), anyone with a sense of humor will find something to love about this movie.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 9:15 AM
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While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

Kristen Wiig Says She Hopes Audiences See The 'Knocked-Up'-Sized Heart Of 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 10, 2011 10:18 AM
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Directed by Paul Feig ("Freaks & Geeks"), starring underrated "Saturday Night Live" MVP and perpetual film scene stealer Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" rolls into theaters this weekend and obviously boasts a trifecta of excellent pedigree behind it. Our love for the film is unabashed and collective; every Playlist member who has seen the film has been head over heels for it, a rare confluence of consensus for our opinionated group (read our review here, the film also made our list of 7 Best Films we saw at SXSW 2010).

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