Melissa McCarthy

And the All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Are…

I won’t be cruel — before I wax ecstatic with excess verbiage, these are officially the actors in negotiation to star… Read More

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Watch Melissa McCarthy Go Undercover in the First Trailer for ‘Spy’

Since director Paul Feig became one of Hollywood’s biggest comedy directors with Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy has been the De… Read More

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Melissa McCarthy Will Play Tinker Bell

Hollywood loves a good retread. (Or maybe a reframe?) And the newest piece of pop culture they’re going to… Read More

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‘St. Vincent’ Is Warm, Likable, and Worrisome for Bill Murray Fans

Somewhere around the scene where Vincent takes little Oliver to the racetrack, I realized that Bill Murray was playing the Walter Matthau role, if St. Vincent had been made in the early ‘80s. (Marsha Mason would’ve done the Melissa McCarthy role, by the way. Herb Ross would’ve directed, from Neil Simon’s script. I gave this a lot of thought.) On one hand, I’m fully on board with this metamorphosis, because Vincent is a vintage Matthau curmudgeon — hard drinking, chain-smoking, grouchy and bitter, but a pussycat underneath. On the other, Matthau’s late career is a lesson in how that persona can be declawed and defanged into something cute and cuddly and comparatively uninteresting. That’s not what happens in St. Vincent, which is a lovely little movie with a lot of laughs and a good heart. But it’s a warning signal for a direction Murray’s career could take, if he’s not careful. … Read More

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Today’s Bill Murray Singalong: Watch the Actor’s Take on Bob Dylan in ‘St. Vincent’

If you have a thing either for Bill Murray, Bob Dylan or any other deadpan-poetic Daddy, you’ll find a newly-released clip… Read More

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Here’s the First Poster for ‘St. Vincent,’ the Bill Murray Movie that Has Nothing to Do with Annie Clark

St. Vincent – neither the “Great Apostle of Charity” nor the great

Here’s the trailer:

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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most. … Read More

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Will Melissa McCarthy Ever Find a Film Role as Complex as Her TV Characters?

Melissa McCarthy’s arms must hurt from being tugged back and forth all the time. She’s changing Hollywood! No, she’s “selling out” fat women! Her performances show total commitment and a lack of self-consciousness! No, she’s a “gimmick comedian”! … Read More

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Could the Low-Budget Comedy Save Hollywood?

Twenty years ago, the highest-grossing movie of the summer wasn’t a budget-busting superhero movie, an explosion-driven sequel, a remake, a reboot, or (God help us) the fourth in a series of toy-based films about cars that turn into robots. The highest-grossing movie of the summer — of the year, in fact — was a mid-budget comedy/drama called Forrest Gump, which ended up winning six Oscars and grossing an astonishing $677 million worldwide, on a $55 million budget. Studios made mid-level movies like Gump back then (and not just in Oscar season); the following year, Universal’s Waterworld would make headlines and prompt giggles of derision when its budget zipped past $100 million. Such a thing was unheard of. Now, it’s impossible to imagine a major studio summer movie costing less than $100 million — unless, of course, it’s a film counter-programmed to make people laugh. … Read More

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Hollywood Is on Crack: What This Weekend’s Horrible Holiday Box Office Says About Cinema’s Blockbuster Fixation

If you spend too much time reading the weekly movie box office reports, the headlines can all start to blur together: “SUPERHERO MOVIE OPENS BIG,” “SUPERHERO SEQUEL TOPS ORIGINAL,” “TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BREAKS RECORDS IN FIRST WEEK,” “TRANSFORMERS MOVIE BREAKS RECORDS FOR SECOND WEEK DROP-OFF,” etc. etc. But there’s nothing normal about the headlines this Fourth of July weekend. Variety: “SUMMER BOX OFFICE DOWN NEARLY 20% AFTER JULY 4TH FILMS FIZZLE.” Box Office Mojo: “’TRANSFORMERS’ REPEATS ON WEAK INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND.” The Hollywood Reporter: “WHAT’S BEHIND SUMMER’S FREE FALL AT THE BOX OFFICE?” And Gawker, as usual, is not afraid to put too fine a point on it: “NO ONE WENT TO THE MOVIES THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND.” So, uh, what happened? … Read More

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