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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.

Paul Feig Working On 'The Heat' Beth And Gina Spinoff You've Been Waiting For

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 4:16 PM
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Far be it from us to question Hollywood wisdom, as we can easily see why Fox executives want more from "The Heat." The summer comedy was a smash hit at home, taking in over $155 million on its way to $229 million worldwide. And while there was some talk of a sequel, Sandra Bullock has been wary. Earlier this year she said she "can't imagine" doing a followup, point to her history of less that satisfying sequels ("Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" and "Speed 2: Cruise Control," need we say more) as the reason for her reticence. But we guess it always pays to have a Plan B, and Paul Feig has one.

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.

Paul Feig Talks His Love Of 'Girls,' 'Mad Men' & Why He Thinks 'Freaks & Geeks' Would Have A Better Shot On TV Today

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 1, 2013 11:01 AM
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If writer/director Paul Feig had only been responsible for creating the cult hit "Freaks & Geeks" that would probably be enough to endear him to cinephiles forever. Loosely based on his experiences growing up as an outcast in suburban Michigan (and shepherded to the small screen by pal Judd Apatow), Feig's magnum opus is still finding viewers over a decade after it was unceremoniously cancelled by the network. Though it only ran for 18 episodes, to this day the series frequently pops up on Best-Of lists and its cast of former unknowns -- James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, John Frances Daley, etc. -- are practically Hollywood fixtures. Hell, two-thirds of them just co-starred together in "This Is The End." After his show went off the air, Feig also mined his awkward experiences growing up for two hilarious non-fiction books ("Kick Me: Adventures In Adolescence" and "Superstud: How I Became A 24 Year Old Virgin") and has probably directed at least one episode of your favorite show ("The Office," "Nurse Jackie," "Bored To Death," "Weeds," "Mad Men," "30 Rock," "Parks And Rec," "Undeclared" and "Arrested Development").

Box Office: 'The Heat' Burns 'White House Down'; 'Monsters University' Still Valedictorian

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 30, 2013 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat
In its second week, Pixar's "Monsters University" is still top of the class with $46.2 million and a running total of $171 million. Pixar should enjoy the top spot while it lasts. With Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opening next weekend, 'Monsters' is bound to lose some of its family audience and may not even get a passing grade this 4th of July weekend.

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.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'The Heat'; Paul Feig Working On James Bond-Esque Spy Comedy 'Susan Cooper'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 19, 2013 10:41 AM
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The Heat Melissa McCarthy Sandra Bullock Marlon Wayans
When director Paul Feig isn’t breaking fans’ hearts by shooting down rumors of a “Freaks and Geeks” movie, he’s working behind the camera; his latest film, “The Heat,” comes out next Friday. With that, let’s discuss Feig’s possible next project, and look at a few clips from his upcoming film.

'The Heat' Soundtrack Features LCD Soundsystem, Santigold, Azealia Banks, Kimbra & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2013 12:17 PM
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The Heat
It's actually been a little while since we've had a good comedy at the multiplex (sorry "The Hangover Part III"), but Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are hoping to provide some laughs in a few weeks with "The Heat." The concept is simple and promising: the pair play mismatched Boston cops, and hell, we're still not sure what the actual plot is, not that it matters. But until we can weigh in on the movie, it looks like it'll be bringing an interesting batch of tunes to the table.

Summer Movie Photos: 'Before Midnight,' 'The Heat,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Bling Ring' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 1, 2013 10:36 AM
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Summer preview photos
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s 28,000 (not really) courtesy of stills from movies that run the gamut from highly anticipated sequels to smaller indie fare. Head on down below and get yr eyeballs ready.

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