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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).

Review: Kristen Wiig's 'Bridesmaids' Is A Winning Balance Of Hilarious & Heartfelt

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 10, 2011 3:29 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.

Kristen Wiig & Anna Faris In The Mix For Female Lead In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 12:47 PM
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Gillian Jacobs Also In Contention; Jason Mantzoukas In Negotiations For Sidekick RoleWith Sacha Baron Cohen's next new character comedy "The Dictator" due into theaters a year from now, guess they better get around to casting it right? Well, a trio of very funny ladies are leading the pack to star opposite Cohen in the film.

Kristen Wiig Nervous, But Excited For Her Breakout Turn In 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 16, 2011 2:44 AM
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SNL Comedienne Also Talks What Drew Her To 'Paul' And The Lack Of Difference Between American & British Comedy Actors

Simon Pegg Says 'Paul' Is 'Easy Rider' With Aliens Or 'The Daytrippers' With E.T.

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 15, 2011 5:00 AM
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How The Film Doubles As Seth Rogen Biopic & More We Learned In Our Chat With The Cast & DirectorTwo nerds, after spending the time of their life at the geek haven that is Comic-Con, soon find themselves in the epic situation of having to get an alien to his homeship. And though it's a dream come true for the protagonists, it's also a certain death sentence with multiple villains on their tail. But thankfully in "Paul," nobody's yelling at any marines nor are there abrasive video game action scenes -- this is the "better" alien movie in theaters, chock full of laughs and coated with a genuine sweetness that you wouldn't expect from a movie centered on a foul-mouthed alien voiced by Seth Rogen.

Kristen Wiig Says Her Dark Comedy 'Imogene' By 'American Splendor' Pair Hopes To Shoot This Summer

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 8, 2011 4:35 AM
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Comedianne Also Talks New Project 'Clown Girl'Exclusive: With scene-stealing "Paul" and "MacGruber" supporting roles already in the can, plus the leading role in the upcoming Judd Apatow/Paul Feig female-centered comedy "Bridesmaids" (which we're particularly excited for), comedian Kristen Wiig shows no signs of slowing down. Yesterday we had a chance to sit with the "Saturday Night Live" actress and talk about a few the upcoming projects which she is spearheading herself including "Imogene," and, "Clown Girl," and a rumor making the rounds that turns out to be false.

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