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Redbox's 10 Most Rented Films Of 2013 Reveal People Really Like Melissa McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 24, 2013 11:02 AM
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Sometimes it's hard to tell if the buzz around an actor or actress exists simply among entertainment writers or has currency in the real world. And so, when Melissa McCarthy broke out in 2011 with "Bridesmaids," earning an Oscar nomination (among other accolades) it remained to be seen if that success would be a springboard to future hits. And indeed it was.

Rex Reed Names 'To The Wonder,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Her' & 'Spring Breakers' Among Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spring Breakers
Move over Paper Magazine critic Dennis Dermody, there's another New York critic even more cranky and contrarian, and he's been doing it for years. That's right, Melissa McCarthy's biggest fan, Rex Reed of the New York Observer, has weighed in on his worst films of 2013, and usual, he's running hard against the tide.

Box Office: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Barely Climbs Beanstalk To Number One

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 3, 2013 12:50 PM
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The writing was on the wall as soon as director Bryan Singer retreated to the “X-Men” franchise for next year’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” “Jack The Giant Slayer” was destined to be a money-loser, looking like just another post-”Alice In Wonderland” fantasy epic but costing somewhere in the vicinity of an improbable $200 million. With Warner Bros. putting out a quiet ad campaign for the film, scrimping money off the ad budget was the only way to save face: 'Jack' is poised to take a major bath this weekend, coming in under the minimum $30 million the studio was hoping for.

Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Returns To First; Stitches For 'Snitch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So far, 2013 is trailing 2012 in box office receipts, allowing “Identity Thief” to celebrate the spoils of war. The comedy is slated to become the highest grossing film of 2013 within days (beating out “Django Unchained,” which is actually a 2012 release), and this weekend it romped over a couple of weak newcomers to reclaim the top spot at the box office.

Sorry Rex Reed, Universal Wants An 'Identity Thief' Sequel, Eyes Summer 2014 For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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Though Universal Pictures seemed the picture of suffering through 2012 -- crawling through the “Battleship” disaster and receiving tepid returns on their other large bets -- the year was in fact the studio's highest-grossing worldwide. “Ted,” “The Lorax,” and “Les Miserables” are mostly to thank for that, but for a renewed 2013? It seems Kristen Stewart, “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” and Rex Reed's worst nightmare lead the charge.

Box Office: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Has A Good Weekend At #1, 'Beautiful Creatures' Not So Pretty

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2013 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the world of the new blockbuster. Would Hollywood studios learn to make good movies, or make smarter fiscal decisions first? Given that we're looking at "A Good Day To Die Hard" ruling over the box office, the latter is true, with the fifth installment in the action series winning a very close horse race on this Presidents' Day weekend. The fact that this opening is significantly smaller than the one for "Live Free Or Die Hard" and that the picture is assuredly the worst in the series turns out to be irrelevant.

Rex Reed Says Melissa McCarthy Bases "Career On Being Obnoxious And Fat," Invokes Constitutional Right To Be A Jerk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 3:22 PM
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  • 42 Comments
So, a couple of things happened over the weekend. A major snowstorm nailed the east coast of the country, "Identity Thief" opened to huge numbers making it the best R-rated comedy bow of all time, and the largely irrelevant and already cantankerous Rex Reed penned a scathing review of the movie. Not just scathing, but also bizarrely personal, the critic took dead aim at Melissa McCarthy calling the actress "tractor-sized," "humongous," "female hippo" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." As FilmDrunk noted near the end of last year, the critic has an Armond White-esque tendency to say outrageous things, but this seemed to well over the line, and the internet and media responded swiftly to denounce Reed. Well, you can't keep a cranky, seventy-four year old critic down.

Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Steals Top Spot With Best R-Rated Comedy Opening In February Ever

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 10, 2013 12:08 PM
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Schedule management is underrated. Your studio might have a film that screams “hit,” you might market the picture like a genius, and you might have the hottest actor in the world. But sometimes, films are filling a void left empty for casual audience goers, and the demand is pent-up not for a specific film, but rather a specific type of film. In this case, we’re talking about “Identity Thief,” now in line to score the year’s biggest three-day opening with $36 million, making it the best R-rated comedy opening ever in February.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Would You Rather' 'Glimpse Inside The Mind' Of 'Side Effects' Or 'Identity Thief'?

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 8, 2013 4:58 PM
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It's a big weekend for names. Steven Soderbergh is back for one last go-round on the theatrical circuit (read our retrospective of his work here). Indiewood favorites of this past fall, John Hawkes and Bill Murray, show up to remind us how fantastic they are (and why they should have gotten Oscar noms). Even Charlie Sheen makes a (rather central) appearance. It's a big weekend for experiments too: surrealism, wuxia, and modern-day Shakespeare are here in full force. And, of course, no theatrical release bundle is complete without the "torture porn" of a middle school game gone adult and awry. So, uh, get ready. And let us know what you'll be seeing in the comments below! (And if you're on the East Coast facing Nemo, stay warm and safe!)

Review: 'Identity Thief' Joylessly Steals Nearly Two Hours Of Your Life

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2013 9:18 AM
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When studios screen comedies for critics, there is typically an audience there, no matter how far in advance the screening. The reason, of course, is that an audience responding to a comedy in a positive way has a kind of transformative power – laughing and having fun with your fellow moviegoers is something that you actively want to engage in. And it is a good barometer for whether or not the movie will be a success – when we saw "Ted" last summer, we weren't too crazy about it, but the audience went ape shit. (This translated to one of the biggest R-rated comedies ever.) At a recent screening of "Identity Thief," the new high-concept road movie from Universal, a packed audience responded politely but not enthusiastically.

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