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Chris Rock Hopes To Woo Melissa McCarthy For Upcoming Dysfunctional Marital Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 3, 2012 4:52 PM
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The news on potential projects coalescing for the stars of this past summer’s breakout hit comedy “Bridesmaids” has been a steady stream as of late, though breakout star Melissa McCarthy seems to be the one amassing the most since her post-“Bridesmaids” fame. There’s the Seth Gordon-helmed comedy with Jason Bateman called “Identity Theft,” the R-Rated road movie “Tammy” she’s been trying to get off the ground, and the always looming potential of a “Bridesmaids Part Deux” to name just a few.

Seth Gordon Will Commit 'Identity Theft' With Melissa McCarthy & Jason Bateman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2012 1:57 PM
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First announced last summer, and expected to be Melissa McCarthy's first post-"Bridesmaids" starring project, not much had been heard about "Identity Theft" since. But it looks like the plans to shoot this during McCarthy's hiatus from the dreadful CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly" are coming together, as a director has been roped in.

Melissa McCarthy Says 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig "A Terrible Idea"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2012 3:23 PM
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It has been no secret that Universal wants to sequelize "Bridesmaids," but they've found a roadblock in form of its creator, co-writer and star Kristen Wiig. Demurring from any talk of a sequel, Wiig has done everything except sign on to another followup to the breakout comedy hit of 2011. She's lined up a slate of projects -- "Imogene," "The Comedian," and the recently announced "Freezing People Is Easy" -- but Universal isn't going to wait around. The studio has every intention of going forward with "Bridesmaids" sequel whether it's with Wiig or without, but it seems they may miss out on another integral ingredient to film's success.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

Joel Edgerton Opts Out Of '300: Battle Of Artemisium', Tate Taylor Turns Down Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 21, 2011 2:44 PM
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You can't stop Hollywood from trying to make stars, even if the audience isn't biting. After the complete failure of "Warrior" and "The Thing," Joel Edgerton remains in demand, evevn if he can still walk the streets completely unrecognized. He was in the mix for a potential supporting role in the now-defunct "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and recently was sought to play Themosticles in the currently-gestating "300: Battle Of Artemisium." However, Variety has heard something new on the Aussie grapevine: they're reporting that Edgerton has turned the role down, leaving the Noam Murro actioner without a leading man.

'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 10:23 AM
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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Being Lined Up To Direct Melissa McCarthy's R-Rated 'Tammy'
Despite the (somewhat unfair) criticisms lobbed at "The Help," its director Tate Taylor has walked away smiling. Disney's movie powered its way to over $175 million worldwide and lest you think that number was padded out by foreign tickets, guess again -- 90% of that figure is domestic (no pun intended). Clearly winning over audiences in a big way, and with Oscar nominations a strong possibility for both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor could pretty much do anything he wants. And it looks like he might want to make a total gear change for his next effort, pairing up with another talent who is very hot right now.

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