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Melissa McCarthy News

by Melissa Silverstein
January 10, 2012 11:29 AM
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Melissa McCarthy

A couple of things to talk about on the Melissa McCarthy front.

First- She ain't doing a Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.  Ms. McCarthy was clearly pissed when word surfaced about making a film without Wiig in the film and Wiig and Mumolo writing.

Not so fast.  Here's what she said at the Palm Springs Film Festival:

This is not true at all.  That was a comment that someone made without having the authority to make it. It's was just an idea—and it got out there before any decisions have been made.

The other news is that Tammy, the film she co-wrote and will executive producer with her husband Ben Falcone now has a director - Beth McCarthy (no relation)  McCarthy is a well known TV director.  She spent many years at SNL.  She has also directed episodes of Modern Family, Up All Night and 30 Rock

The news here is that this will be her first feature film.  So I think that her gig would definetely qualify as being a part of "the Bridesmaids Effect."  Glad they are putting a woman in charge on this film.

Here's the description of the film:

The project centers on a woman who is laid off from her job at Hardee’s, discovers her husband is having an affair, and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother.

Wonder who is going to play grandma.  Helen Mirren could be quite funny and raunchy.

Melissa McCarthy Comedy 'Tammy' to Be Directed by Beth McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter)

Melissa McCarthy Discusses Future of Universal's 'Bridesmaids' Sequel (Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Gina Mitchell | January 14, 2012 4:15 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this movie. Absolutely Love Melissa McCarthy!!! I 'll watch anything with her in it. It will be awesome, I'm sure!!!

  • Courtney | January 11, 2012 10:41 AMReply

    I love Helen Mirrin, but I just don't see her playing an "alcoholic, foul-mouthed" character. I would also like to see more actresses from her age group get work. Are there really only parts for Helen Mirrin, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Meryl Streep? How about Cloris Leachman, Adrienne Barbeau, Diane Ladd, Fae Dunaway, Fionnula Flanagan, Olympia Dukakis, or Shirley MacClaine?

  • Destri | January 10, 2012 2:07 PMReply

    YAY! Great to hear that a woman will be directing this (hopefully) mainstream comedy. Can't wait to see it!

  • James | January 10, 2012 12:17 PMReply

    Helen Mirren?! No way. That's got Kathy Bates written all over it.

  • Courtney | January 11, 2012 10:44 AM

    I think Kathy Bates would do well in that kind of role, but she's not old enough to play Melissa McCarthy's *grandmother*. There's only a 22-year age difference between them. McCarthy looks young for her age, but she's obviously not a 20-something. You really need an actress who looks like she could be over 70 to play her grandmother.

  • grrljock | January 10, 2012 3:27 PM

    Second that. Kathy Bates would be awesome!

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