Posts tagged as bridesmaids

Paul Feig, 'Bridesmaids', and Comedy with a "Feminine Sensibility"

Starting with the creation of his breakout sitcom, Freaks and Geeks, and the lead character of Lindsay Weir, Paul Feig has said publicly and shown in his work that he prefers a “feminine sensibility” in his comedy. His role as the auteur for the female comedic actress has been cemented in recent years with his back-to-back critical and box office successes, Bridesmaids and The Heat, and has helped to launch the careers of his stars and supporting players, particularly Melissa McCarthy. So then what is it about Feig’s storytelling and directing style that is so suitable for women performers? Primarily, the answer is that Feig is actively rebelling against [...]

'Freaks and Geeks' Creator Paul Feig Wants to Go Back to TV

Paul Feig, the creator of Freaks and Geeks and an accomplished television director, became one of the most sought-after comedy directors in the feature film world in 2011 after his movie Bridesmaids became a huge success. His next film, the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy cop comedy The Heat, is poised to be a big summer hit and to cement his reputation as a leading director in the movie industry, but he tells Collider that he'd like to return to TV in some capacity.

"I love doing movies, but TV's in such an amazing place right now that I feel like it'd be crazy not to be back in it in [...]

Rebel Wilson Is Your 2013 MTV Movie Awards Host

Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has just been tapped by MTV to be the host of the network's 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards next year. The ceremony is set to air on April 14th and sees the trend of MTV using a comedian to host the awards show continue. Russell Brand hosted last time and was preceded by Jason Sudeikis, Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Mike Myers, and Sarah Silverman before him. Prior to that, the MTV Movie Awards were in a weird era where they hired people like Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan to host. Rebel Wilson, who hails from Australia, has been keeping especially busy [...]

Melissa McCarthy is Now Officially a Movie Star, Steals Jason Bateman’s Identity in ‘Identity Thief’

After breaking out in last year’s Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy is set to make her debut as a leading lady on the big-screen with Identity Thief. The trailer, in which she beats the living crap out of her ID theft victim Jason Bateman, was just released today, well ahead of the movie's February 2013 release, which means that the studio has a lot of confidence in the new comedy. Identity Thief was directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, King of Kong), written by Craig Mazin (The Hangover II), and it also stars Jon Favreau, Eric Stonestreet, Amanda Peet, John Cho, and Clark Duke. This is Melissa McCarthy's first post-Bridesmaids movie, [...]

Ben Falcone Gets All Up In Melissa McCarthy and His 'Bridesmaids' Sex Scene

Ben Falcone was on Conan last night, talking about how he found himself having sandwich sex with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, on the set of Bridesmaids. He described it as a covert operation, which ended with him having turkey meat on his nipples. Yep, that's totally how all covert operations end because turkey meat makes your nipples sleepy, because of the tryptophan, and there's just no better way to come down from a week of shooting people and wearing really realistic masks that look like other people's faces and having your letters blow up after reading them.

Paul Feig Talks About Authentic Comedy and Funny Ladies

"The problem with comedy in general is that it’s heightened. The thing I’m always on guard for with an audience is when they go, “That's dumb, they wouldn’t do that.” So when you get rid of those moments, you just concentrate on what feels authentic."

- Fast Company has a great interview with The Heat and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig about honest comedy and getting rid of the term "chick flick."

'Bridesmaids' Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Cast in ABC Pilot

Wendi McLendon-Covey, best known for her roles in Bridesmaids and Reno 911!, has been cast in a new untitled comedy pilot (formerly called How the F— Am I Normal?) for ABC, TV Line reports. It's a family sitcom set in the 1980s, based on the childhood of creator Adam F. Goldberg (creator of Fox's short-lived Christian Slater sitcom Breaking In). McLendon-Covey will play Beverly Gold, the female lead, an overbearing loudmouth mom who, along with her hot-tempered husband, can't stand to see their three eccentric kids grow up. The pilot will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), produced by Adam Sandler's company [...]

Paul Feig: "The Funniest People I Know Are Always Women"

"All the funniest people I know are always women… I would also feel sick to my stomach when I would see these movies and how bad the female roles were. In a comedy, they were always the mean girlfriend or the bitchy whoever. Comedy's just so male driven behind the scenes that I think a lot of comedians have kind of a little boy’s perception of women, like: 'oh they ruin the fun,' or 'they’re just mom breaking up a good time.' It’s always just bothered me to see women relegated to such bad roles. All my favorite people that were making me laugh were female comedians on SNL. So I [...]

Review Roundup: 'Bachelorette' Is Definitely Darker than 'Bridesmaids', But Is it Better?

Regardless of the fact that Bachelorette was an off-Broadway play and a hot script well before Bridesmaids came out, the comparison is unfortunately unavoidable. Every single review seemed to be primarily hoping to contrast the two. Bachelorette is a good or bad movie insomuch that it's funnier or darker or more genuine or less genuine or grosser than Bridesmaids. Overall the reviews are split on the subject, resulting in a 49 on Metacritic and 50 on Rotten Tomatoes.

What Does 'Five-Year Engagement's' Box Office Disappointment Suggest About the State of Apatowian Comedies?

Five-Year Engagement earned $11.2 million this weekend, which is nearly half what was being predicted. It's also by far the lowest of the recent era of Apatowian films and it seems to be part of slow falling out of favor for his brand of comedies.

Paul Feig Explains Comedy's "Angry Villagers Syndrome"

"It’s what the editor from Bridesmaids called the 'angry villagers' syndrome. People who go to see a comedy are spending their money and want to have fun, so here comes the first joke, and it’s like, 'Eh, that wasn’t very funny. I guess that was supposed to be funny. Well, maybe that missed.' And here comes the next joke … and then the next joke doesn’t work. So all the villagers who were sitting there excited to see your movie, they start to get angry as the jokes don’t work and then they want to burn down the village."

-Writer/director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids), talking to Vulture [...]

Paul Feig Signs a Deal to Develop Comedies for Fox

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig just signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox to develop comedies for the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, Fox was so impressed with his upcoming movie The Heat, which comes out in April and stars Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy as an FBI agent and a cop teaming up to take down a drug lord, that they wanted to lock the in-demand director down. Feig released a statement about the dealsaying, "I had an amazing time working with the gang at Fox on The Heat and am very excited to team up with them to make [...]

'Bridesmaids' Co-Star Rebel Wilson and Co-Writer Annie Mumolo Each Sell Movies

Two Bridesmaids alums, actress Rebel Wilson and co-writer Annie Mumolo, just sold their own movie projects to major studios. Deadline broke the news that Rebel Wilson sold a pitch to Universal for an untitled comedy that she will write, produce, and act in. No plot details are known at this time. Wilson is on the rise after appearances in Bridesmaids, Bachelorette, and most recently, Pitch Perfect. In the second Bridesmaids-related movie sale of the week, Kristen Wiig's writing partner Annie Mumolo, with whom she scored Oscar nominations for Bridesmaids' screenplay, sold a movie too. The project, based on the life story of Joy Mangano, follows a single mom trying [...]

Paul Feig Teaches You How to Be 40

“Forty is the line of demarcation that says you’re an adult now. You’re an adult, so don’t pretend you’re a kid anymore. Here’s what you don’t want to do (and this is just how to be me, which I don’t recommend): You don’t want to get older than you should be, and you don’t want to be younger than you should be… Keep up with things just to have an appreciation of them — knowing full well that it will horrify some younger people. Because the last thing they want is their dad coming in going, ‘Hey, what’re you listening to?’ and dancing around the room going, ‘This is pretty groovy!’” [...]