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Review: 'Tammy' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon And Mark Duplass

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2014 12:45 PM
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Tammy
The marketing campaign for "Tammy," the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, has always been somewhat baffling. Instead of a straight-up teaser, Warner Bros chose to release a snippet of a single scene, where McCarthy's titular character was robbing a greasy fast food restaurant. It was funny enough, but it didn't get you any closer to understanding what the movie was actually about. The fact that this elliptical teaser was the cornerstone of the entire promotional campaign did, however, tell you something: that if anyone understood what the actual movie consisted of, they'd probably stay away in droves. Because "Tammy" is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd. As soon as our screening ended, a woman behind us sighed and said, "That was uncomfortable." We couldn't agree more.

Watch: 7 New Clips From ‘Tammy,’ Plus New Photos & Melissa McCarthy Unveils Details On New Projects

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 3:39 PM
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Tammy
If you hadn’t already noticed, “Bridesmaids” earned a lot of cache for lot of talent involved. Primarily star, co-writer/co-producer Kristen Wiig, but also break-out co-star Melissa McCarthy who earned the rare Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination for her hilarious turn in the film. Wiig parlayed her success into personal projects and a directing gig that’s coming up with the movie’s co-writer Annie Mumolo. And McCarthy has done much the same, only involved her comedian partner and husband Ben Falcone (both of them are Groundlings alum).

Watch: Dakota Fanning Romances Errol Flynn In Trailer For 'The Last Of Robin Hood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 12:49 PM
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Handsome, dashing, popular ... movie legend Errol Flynn had the world in the palm of his hand during his heydey, but when the '40s rolled around, her personal life overcame his onscreen persona. A trial for statutory rape—from which he was acquitted after a very public trial—forever damaged his reputation. And the upcoming "The Last Of Robin Hood" documents the fall of one of Hollywood's greatest icons.

Review: 'Ping Pong Summer' Is A Charming Indie Comedy Dunked In Nostalgia But Lacking In Depth

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 6, 2014 1:25 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
What’s fascinating and kind of fun about Michael Tully’s charmingly low rent “Ping Pong Summer” is that it is a movie set in the Me Decade that is based almost exclusively on nostalgia. It doesn’t just help the movie get past the finish line; it props it up and holds it together. Without such a heavy emphasis on heart-shaped nostalgia, “Ping Pong Summer” would be nothing.

Watch: New Trailer For Sundance Comedy 'Ping Pong Summer' With Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:31 PM
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Ping Pong Summer
You try and do what you can at film festivals, and sometimes scheduling sleeping/eating/screenings just doesn't work out. So this past January at Sundance, "Ping Pong Summer" just didn't make it onto our radar, but the buzz seemed to be good both there and at SXSW (where we missed it again), but the movie is coming to theaters so perhaps finally we'll see this thing.

Watch: Melissa McCarthy Is 'Tammy' In First Trailer For Road Trip Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 8:19 PM
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Tammy, Melisa McCarthy
As the most Redbox rented woman in America, it's safe to say that Melissa McCarthy's popularity is unassailable. And even if the results of "Identity Thief" and "The Heat" may be have been mixed (at best), who cares what critics think as long as audiences keep showing up? And Warner Bros. is banking on those fans once again coming out this summer.

Tom Tykwer Directing His First TV Series, Channing Tatum Brings Sitcom To CBS & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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After the massive undertaking that was "Cloud Atlas," what's next for Tom Tykwer? Well, first he'll shoot "A Hologram For A King" with Tom Hanks, and once that's done, he'll tackle a 12-part, German language TV series entitled "Babylon Berlin." Screendaily reveals it will based on the books of Volker Kutscher, and focus "on the figure of Inspector Gereon Rath who hails from Cologne and arrives in the Berlin of 1920s, the epicentre of political and social changes of those years." The initial batch of episodes will focus on Kutscher's first two books, with Tykwer adapting them alongside screenwriters Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, with producers hoping it the final result will sit along TV greats like "The Wire," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire."

Review: 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Preaches To The Converted

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • June 28, 2013 2:44 PM
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Under certain circumstances, selling drugs to earn a living becomes a choice for many. Humans are nothing if not survivors, eking out a living by any means necessary to put food on the table, pay bills, and stay afloat. Beyond teaching viewers the correct way to pronounce sheeeeit, "The Wire" gracefully portrayed the lack of options for many people, proving the drug game isn't everything, it's the only thing. But what if we could actually choose what we want to do with our lives, and the moral quandary wasn't an issue? Just like Sonny told the "The Godfather," "There's a lot of money in that white powder."

Mark Duplass & Susan Sarandon Say Hi To Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 21, 2013 7:28 PM
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Melissa McCarthy certainly seems to be building her career the right way. She first impressed in a big way on the small screen for many years in a supporting role on “Gilmore Girls,” and that eventually paid off with a lead role on a network sitcom with “Mike & Molly.” She’s paid her dues on the big screen too, with a slew of supporting roles eventually leading to “Bridesmaids” and after scoring a hit as a co-lead alongside Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief” she’s ready to go it alone.

Kevin Kline Is Errol Flynn In 'The Last Of Robin Hood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 5:16 PM
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Given his eventful life both on the screen and off, it's no surprise that Errol Flynn has already been portrayed by the likes of Jude Law ("The Aviator") and Guy Pearce ("Flynn"). But it looks like the screen legend is getting another go 'round on the big screen, and an equally capable actor is taking him on.

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