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Career Watch: Superhot Melissa McCarthy Needs to Improve on 'Tammy'

Plenty of people – especially those dismayed by the continued dearth of women who occupy Hollywood power seats – want Melissa McCarthy to continue to prove herself to be the female equal of such bankable male laugh-getters as Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell both onscreen and behind the scenes.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 7, 2014 6:50 AM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Holiday Box Office Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

This fourth of July weekend, the box office, led yet again by Michael Bay's latest "Transformers," suffered a serious collapse. The Top Ten grossed $113 million. That is $107 million less than last year (when the 4th fell on a Thursday). It's worse than that -- no June or July weekend has grossed this low since 2005, nor any grossed lower for the holiday weekend this century. Some anomalies contributed including the lingering effects of World Cup issues.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 4:09 PM
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Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2014 5:27 PM
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Review and Roundup: Why Melissa McCarthy Vehicle 'Tammy' Never Takes Off

Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' may look like a comedy from its trailers, but it turns out it's actually a whole different ball game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 1:59 PM
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Forty Years of Groundlings: Vanity Fair Grills the Famous Troupe's Star Alumni, from McCarthy to Wiig

Today, the Groundlings is an institution, the kind of show-biz phenomenon that's spoken of in reverent tones. But the combination sketch comedy troupe/improv school that is now undoubtedly the preeminent West Coast breeding ground for comedic talent began 40 years ago in a much humbler way.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 6, 2014 11:59 AM
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Does Melissa McCarthy Have Another Summer Hit with 'Tammy'? (WATCH TRAILER)

Melissa McCarthy may well have another box-office success on her hands with "Tammy" -- helmed by her husband Ben Falcone -- and hitting theaters over the July 4 weekend. A new trailer has arrived for the comedy, which follows a bumbling fast-food restaurant robber (McCarthy), and the on-the-lam road trip she embarks upon with her mother (a de-glammed Susan Sarandon). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 7, 2014 12:07 PM
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WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL, Farewell to Seth Meyers

Melissa McCarthy hosts SNL for the third time--and faces some type-casting.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 2, 2014 12:51 PM
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Seven 2013 Box-Office Trends the Studios Should Not Ignore, Market Shares, Top 20 2013 Chart

At first glance 2013 wasn't much different from 2012. Sequels ruled the world. On closer examination, however, the Hollywood studios would do well to heed some key trends revealed by the 2013 box office.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 8, 2014 2:46 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Is Redbox's Top-Rented Actress of 2013

Melissa McCarthy gave the male demo a swift kick-in-the-pants this year while proving her box office bankability in her raucous comedies "Identity Thief" and "The Heat." The brazen comedienne is now Redbox's top-rented actress of 2013, and the two films are the DVD/Blu-ray kiosk's top-rented movies of the year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 21, 2013 2:44 PM
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Hollywood Wake-Up Call: Where Are the Women in 2013 Summer Movies? (GRAPHS)

As we've already observed, it's not a great summer for women in the movies. And now, Vulture's Amanda Dobbins has the graphs to prove it. The percentage of movies featuring one woman in a co-starring role, more than one woman in a co-starring role, and a woman in a starring role has noticeably gone down in 2013 wide-release summer films, as compared to the last few years. Charts below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2013 2:09 PM
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