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Universal Thinking About 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:04 PM
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Universal had a pretty bumpy 2011, but one very bright spot on their balance sheet was the modestly budegeted, Judd Apatow produced, R-rated hit "Bridesmaids." The film was nothing short of a sensation, powering its way to $288 million worldwide, but before word could even begin to get knocked around about a sequel, the film's co-writer, co-producer and star Kristen Wiig pretty much put the kibosh on returning. She's played coy whenever asked about the prospects of a "Bridesmaids 2," but this fall her co-star in the film (and in the upcoming "Friends With Kids") Jon Hamm stated bluntly, "I don't think Kristen is going to do it."

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

The Year In Review, Part One -- The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of January-June 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 29, 2011 3:47 PM
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Well, with twelve months basically in the can, it’s time to put the year to bed, and hopefully, into a little perspective. 2011 was, well, just another year in movies, and that's not to say it was an uninteresting year, it's just that while things are evolving, and not always for the better, Hollywood, indies and the general state of filmmaking kept on trucking like they had to.

Golden Globe Nominations Announced: 'The Artist' Leads, 'The Ides Of March' Surprises, 'Extremely Loud' Snubbed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 8:35 AM
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We've only just recovered from yesterday's SAG award nominations, where "The Artist" continued to lock down its frontrunner status, and "The Help" picked up a strong haul of nods, while the likes of "Shame" and "Hugo" were shut out completely (among the many snubs detailed here). A mere 24 hours later, and we're back on the awards beat, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing the annual Golden Globe nominations this morning.

'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. 

From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2011 1:59 PM
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The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of memorable moments to go around, even if we couldn't attest to them all following Hawks Law.

The Amazing Race: Who Will Win Golden Globes Nominations, And Why Do We Care?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 12:40 PM
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Melissa McCarthy & Paul Feig Project Titled 'Dumb Jock' & Talks New Project 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 6:29 AM
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Also Writing Dark Comedy With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor; Jon Hamm Says He Doubts Kristen Wiig Will Want To Do 'Bridesmaids 2'So just how scorching is the heat on Melissa McCarthy right now after her breakout turn earlier this year in "Bridesmaids"? Well, after taking the statue for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for "Mike & Molly" (a show wholly undeserving of her talents) at the Emmy's talk pretty much immediately began for an Oscar run for the actress. And while we'll believe it when we see it, that's just an indication of how universally beloved in a span of about four or five months. And Hollywood isn't wasting any time in making sure she has gigs lined up for her next hiatus from the CBS sitcom. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Judd Apatow are already developing a movie for her which may star Jon Hamm and she's got "ID Theft" lined up with Jason Bateman. And Judd Apatow also gave her a part in his forthcoming "This Is Forty." But believe it or not, that's not all.

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).

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

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