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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.

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Co-Produce CBS Sitcom, Ruben Fleischer Revives 'Remington Steele' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 11, 2013 11:37 AM
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The new shows this television season may have been a weak slate — Joss Whedon's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to up its freshly-renewed game, while the less said about Seth McFarlane's “Dads” the better — but as always in Hollywood, there are plenty of potential replacements waiting in development, and now a massive batch of new comedy projects with promising talent has been announced.

Animation Voice Round-Up: Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich To Voice 'Penguins of Madagascar' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 3:32 PM
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DreamWorks Animation is hard at work filling out the voice casts for two of its upcoming animated features with big name stars joining the ranks of both "B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)" and "Penguins of Madagascar." In two separate scoops, The Wrap reports that Matt Bomer and Rashida Jones will join Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy in 'B.O.O.' while John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch will become part of "Penguins of Madagascar," an offshoot of the bizarrely popular "Madagascar" franchise. DreamWorks Animation has always had a history of casting insanely popular, of-the-moment stars in its animated features, and these decisions seem to reinforce that.

Sandra Bullock "Can't Imagine" Returning For 'The Heat 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 24, 2013 9:29 PM
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The Heat
Well, apparently once was enough for Sandra Bullock: while talking with Entertainment Weekly about her upcoming sci-fi mind-bender "Gravity," the Oscar-winning actress said that it was unlikely she would return for a sequel to her summer sleeper hit "The Heat." “I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it,” Bullock told EW. "I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I’m not there.” But. Sandy. We love you.

Review: 'The Heat' Starring Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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The Heat
It isn’t maybe halfway through “The Heat” when you realize its purpose for existing isn’t for the freshest reasons. Paul Feig’s new cop comedy, a spiritual follow-up to his brassy “Bridesmaids,” seems heavily indebted to pretty much every cop comedy you’ve ever seen, Feig dutifully playing the hits for audiences who have come to understand and expect the regular rhythms of this subgenre, from its exasperated police chiefs to a casual disregard for due process and even the old chestnut of overwhelming tension between bureaus. The hook seems to be that “The Heat” comes from a female screenwriter, Kate Dippold, and stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Fans of the Bechdel Test will be delighted that this film passes it early and frequently.

Bringing 'The Heat': 10 Good, 5 Bad And 5 Weird Buddy Cop Comedies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 26, 2013 2:05 PM
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10 Good, 5 Bad And 5 Weird Buddy Cop Comedies
Given the immense unknowable diversity of the thriving planet on which we live, statistics state that there must exist somewhere a human adult person, maybe an abandoned jungle orphan who was raised by wolves, who has never experienced a buddy cop film. Haha, just kidding, that’s absolutely impossible. From the genre’s sputtering beginnings in the '70s, the crescendo built until some sort of sociological tipping point was reached with “Lethal Weapon” in the late 80s, leading to a Cambrian explosion of renegade cops teamed with straitlaced partners much to the chagrin of their permanently choleric police captains, whose ass the Commissioner/Mayor was almost constantly riding. The decades since have seen the genus evolve its own subspecies at an alarmingly rapidly rate: the cop-and-a-kid movie, the cop-and-a-dog movie, the cop-and-a zombie movie, and so on.

Stay Classy: Rex Reed Refuses To Apologize Over Remarks About Melissa McCarthy

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 26, 2013 10:20 AM
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Melissa McCarthy came to our collective attention in Paul Feig's “Bridesmaids,” in a supporting role so good that even in a movie full of brilliant, breakout performances, hers was the brilliantest and breakingoutest. Hers was also, in a sense, the most satisfying: suddenly a larger, older actress (McCarthy was 40 when “Bridesmaids” came out, which in Hollywood is further over the hill than you could possibly imagine) was getting big lead roles in major comedies, like February's hit “Identity Thief” and Feig's upcoming “The Heat.”

Watch: Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy Are Good Cop/Bad Cop In Clip From 'The Heat' Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 10:15 AM
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If you were too busy last night watching "Game Of Thrones" and "Mad Men," you likely missed the onslaught of teasers and clips from the MTV Movie Awards. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Man Of Steel," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" were all out in force, but not everything previewed was a special effects blockbuster.

Melissa McCarthy May Join The Congregation Of 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys' With Bill Murray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2013 10:24 PM
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Rex Reed and critics be damned, because audiences are loving Melissa McCarthy. “Identity Thief,” her first major leading role following her Oscar-nominated breakout success in “Bridesmaids,” is massive hit, already earning over $115 million and counting. And it’s probably a safe bet that her summer comedy “The Heat,” with Sandra Bullock, will generate as many bucks if not even more. So what's potentially next on her slate? How about a movie with Bill Murray?

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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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.

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