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
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
We haven’t really had a movie star like Melissa McCarthy before. This isn’t merely a carefully worded reference to her physical type, though that’s part of the package; more importantly, she’s a female comic actor with a gift for slapstick, an unimpeachable skill for improvisation, copious charisma, and a little bit of an edge. It’s easy to peg most movie stars these days to an earlier icon, but not McCarthy — the closest I can come up with is Bette Midler, but she couldn’t take a fall like McCarthy can (and, early on at least, Midler invested her persona with a Mae West-esque sexuality that McCarthy has thus far eschewed). We’re in uncharted waters here, is the point, which may be why no one (except Paul Feig, apparently) seems to know exactly how to make use of her on screen. And unfortunately, that seems to go for McCarthy herself, who co-writes (with her director and husband, Ben Falcone), co-produces, and stars in Tammy, which makes its utter blandness all the more befuddling. … Read More
In the new film St. Vincent, Melissa McCarthy stars as a regular mom, which might shock fans who are more familiar… Read More
Melissa McCarthy’s new starring role, in Tammy, and the fact that she’s more of a household name than ever mean she’s garnered quite a bit of press recently. While not purposefully malicious, some coverage can be insensitive about her weight in a particularly ignorant way. To call an actress whose last several films have earned over $100 million at the box office “America’s plus-size sweetheart” instead of merely “America’s sweetheart” fixates on her differences, despite the intended compliment. … Read More
Tammy, a film starring, co-written by, and very nearly directed by Oscar-nominated A-list comedian Melissa McCarthy, is coming out next week, on July 2nd. For a movie that will be in theaters really soon, its pre-marketing has remained mysterious. Why is that? Is it a comedy with no jokes? Is it secretly a work of genius that’s impossible to advertise? What’s your truth, Tammy? … Read More
When you Google Melissa McCarthy, the top automated search suggestion is “Melissa McCarthy weight.” Sure, McCarthy stars on a popular TV show in which her plus-size status is central to the concept (Mike & Molly), but the fascination with her weight is voyeuristic at best, fat-shaming at worst.
This is nothing new, of course. The public is cruel when it comes to celebrity standards of beauty. But this week came another reminder that the problem extends beyond viewers. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most unanimous sweethearts in recent years — magazine editors, please try out a different tagline than “favorite funny gal” — McCarthy struggles to find designers to dress her on the red carpet. … Read More
Unlike most super-spliced movie trailers and all-too-brief teasers, this trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Tammy focuses on one central scene,… Read More
Three-time host Melissa McCarthy joined the SNL crew for Seth Meyers’ last episode. Meyers has been part of the Studio 8H family since 2001 and has been a head writer for the series since 2006. The soon-to-be Late Night host wrote most of those Tina Fey/Sarah Palin bits you love. His presence as co-anchor for “Weekend Update” has helped the audience fully appreciate the carousel of characters that joined him at the desk — even the stinkers. McCarthy has the energy and comedic chops to make this an episode to remember. See how she performed after the jump. … Read More
Melissa McCarthy didn’t waste any time getting right to the funny stuff in last night’s episode of SNL, with musical guest Phoenix. She entered the stage staggering in sky-high stripper heels, face-planting in front of the band. The gag was more nuanced than we’re describing, which is what we love about the actress. You can watch it, below.
McCarthy is easily as gifted as Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and SNL’s other greatest ladies. Her commitment to a role is unwavering, and her physical comedy skills show courage and a willingness to stretch boundaries that’s on par with other uninhibited SNL all-stars like Will Ferrell and the late, great Chris Farley.
For McCarthy’s second hosting appearance, the writers leaned a little too heavily on the Bridesmaids star as the same crude and ridiculous character for nearly every sketch: the clumsy, oblivious, frumpy woman. She’s certainly adept at playing the loose canon, but just as things started to venture somewhere different, tired comedy like the food jokes — this time ham and pizza — returned. Also, where the hell were the other women? This ep felt more guy-heavy than usual. We took a look at more of the best and worst of last night’s episode after the jump. … Read More