Melissa McCarthy just landed another starring role. Deadline reports that McCarthy has signed on to play Tinkerbell in an upcoming feature film by Fox with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy attached to direct. The film is described only as "a fresh take on the classic tale" that Levy conceived with McCarthy. Nick Stoller (Undeclared, Muppets Most Wanted, director of Neighbors) will pen the script.
A funny thing about Americans: every year, crowds flock to the theatre and spend millions of dollars for the chance to see pretty people die on screen. The horror genre is popular for the same reason that people spend hundreds of dollars to go to a theme park to ride roller coasters — people love being scared. In fact, while sitting in a movie theater watching a horror movie, you’re likely to hear equal parts laughter and screams coming from the audience. Generally the cries of terror are heard first, followed almost immediately by a wave of chuckles, giggles, and knee slapping. In a paper on the functions of humor, Dr. [...]
Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, and Judy Greer are teaming up with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong for a dramatic film. Variety reports that Armstrong will star in Geezer, a movie that follows "the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel — where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things." Other announced cast in Geezer includes Dallas Roberts, Chris Messina, and The Office's Brian Baumgartner, with writer/director Lee Kirk (The Office, The Giant [...]
"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"
- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.
Eddie Murphy just landed his first dramatic film role since 2007's Dreamgirls. Slash Film reports that Murphy has signed on to star in an upcoming film directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford and written by Two and a Half Men writer/producer Susan McMartin. Titled Cook, the film follows Murphy's character as a man "hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s gone." Murphy is reportedly replacing Samuel L. Jackson, who dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. "Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the [...]