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Scott Adsit Joins Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in 'St. Vincent de Van Nuys'

30 Rock star Scott Adsit has landed an exciting new job. THR reports that Adsit has joined the cast of St. Vincent de Van Nuys, a coming of age comedy-drama that also stars Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Ted Melfi, St. Vincent stars Murray as a cranky misanthrope who mentors a 12-year-old neighbor boy whose mother (McCarthy) makes the mistake of leaving him in Murray's care. Adsit plays McCarthy's ex-husband who is disconnected with his son due to their divorce. Chris O'Dowd, Naomi Watts, and Terrence Howard are also playing supporting roles.

See below for writer/director Ted Melfi telling a fun [...]

There's Already a Sequel for 'The Heat' in the Works

Fox is very confident that its upcoming Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy The Heat will be a hit – so confident, in fact, that they've already started work on a sequel. Deadline reports that the studio has made "a pricey deal" with Katie Dippold, who scripted the first movie and previously wrote for Parks and Rec, to write a sequel. While it's a little crazy for the studio to be putting money and time into a sequel to a movie that doesn't come out until the summer, this kind of practice is fairly common in Hollywood. Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall were hired to write a 21 [...]

Melissa McCarthy Talks About 'SNL' on 'Fallon'

Here's this weekend's SNL host Melissa McCarthy on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, talking about how chaotic and rushed it feels changing costumes between sketches during the live show. If this doesn't give you a newfound appreciation for SNL's wardrobe department, I don't know what will.

Hit the jump for the rest of Melissa McCarthy's Fallon appearance, which concludes with her and the host playing Pictionary:

Melissa McCarthy May Star Alongside Bill Murray in 'St. Vincent De Van Nuys'

Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray may be making a movie together this summer. Deadline reports that McCarthy is about to be offered the female lead in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a low-budget comedy-drama that Bill Murray signed onto last year. Deadline writes that "this is a role that all the top comic actresses chased" and that McCarthy auditioned and campaigned hard for the part. St. Vincent, from new writer/director Ted Melfi, follows a debaucherous misanthrope (Murray) who takes the 12-year-old son of his single mother neighbor (McCarthy, possibly) under his wing, but the kid only extracts the good from all of Murray's character's morally dubious life [...]

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Disappoints Critics

The first big comedy of the year, Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy and directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, drops today, and reviews so far are overwhelmingly negative. Identity Thief, as of this writing, has received a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41/100 Metacritic. Reviewers have come to a consensus that Bateman and McCarthy aren't the problems with the movie and that the laugh-light, undisciplined script is its greatest weakness. Critics have singled out Bateman and McCarthy's performance, in particular, making the two leads the only subjects of praise in the movie amongst critics. The Seattle Times sums it up, writing [...]

Talking to Katie Dippold About 'The Heat', Female Camaraderie, and Lots of Swearing

A UCB improviser and former Parks and Rec staff writer, Katie Dippold is behind one of this year's most highly anticipated summer comedy blockbusters. The Heat, which opens Friday and was directed by Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, stars Sandra Bullock as a federal agent and Melissa McCarthy as a Boston cop who are forced to team up to track down a drug dealer. I spoke with Katie at a press junket for the film, where we talked about female friendships in films and how Chris Gethard ended up playing himself in the movie.

How are you feeling? This is a lot of hype for your first film.

I'm excited. I'm nervous [...]

‘SNL’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Breaks the Rules

"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." – Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards at the 1988 Democratic Convention.

When it comes to SNL, we rarely delve too deeply into a host's delivery. There are so many moving parts to the production of an SNL episode — last-minute rewrites and prop construction and wardrobe quick changes — that a host has but a narrow range within which to succeed or fail. They either fit nicely into the machine, like Alec Baldwin or Justin Timberlake, or, like Justin Bieber or Jennifer Lawrence, they clatter around within it like a forgotten wrench under the [...]

Watch Melissa McCarthy and Taran Killam Promo This Week's 'SNL'

After nearly a full month off the air, Saturday Night Live returns this week with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Phoenix. Here's McCarthy goofing around with her fellow Groundlings alum Taran Killam to get the word out about the show and about how weird Taran Killam's running style is.

Melissa McCarthy Will Return to Host 'SNL' April 6th

Newly-minted movie star Melissa McCarthy is returning to SNL next month, Us Weekly reports. This will be McCarthy's second time hosting the show. Her first was last season in October of 2011. She'll be hosting the April 6th installment of the show. A musical guest has yet to be named. McCarthy's next movie, The Heat, a buddy cop comedy starring her and Sandra Bullock, was set to premiere on April 5th before the studio pushed the release back to June 28th. It looks like McCarthy possibly booked the SNL hosting gig in conjunction with the movie's previous release date and can't really line her SNL appearance [...]

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone in Talks to Make Their Directorial Debut with 'Tammy'

Just days after starting up a production company with three movies in development, Melissa McCarthy and her husband/writing partner Ben Falcone are in talks to co-direct their first movie, which McCarthy will also star in, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is called Tammy, and McCarthy and Falcone wrote and sold the script back in 2011. Longtime SNL director Beth McCarthy-Miller was going to direct it but dropped out last year. Tammy tells the story of a lady who, after getting laid off from her job at Hardee's and finding her husband cheating on her, sets off on a road trip with her vulgar, diabetic [...]

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney to Join Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy is lining up quite an impressive cast for Tammy, her first movie as director. Variety reports that Dan Aykroyd and Allison Janney are both in talks to join the cast, which also includes McCarthy, Mark Duplass, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates. Tammy will mark the first movie as screenwriters and directors for McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, who are serving as co-writers and co-directors on the project. The film follows a woman named Tammy (McCarthy) who hits the road with her profane, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon) after finding out her husband is cheating on her and quitting her fast food job. Aykroyd is in negotiations to [...]

Chris O'Dowd in Talks to Be in a Movie with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy

Chris O'Dowd may reunite with his Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, a new comedy-drama that has Bill Murray in the lead role. Deadline reports that O'Dowd is in "early talks" to join the cast as a nice Catholic priest who is concerned about Murray's cranky misanthrope character mentoring a 12-year-old neighbor boy whose hardworking single mom (McCarthy) unwisely leaves him in Murray's hands. St. Vincent is the feature film debut of writer/director Ted Melfi, who has a fun Bill Murray story just like everybody who works with Bill Murray does. Chris O'Dowd will probably have one soon too.

'Identity Thief' Tops the Box Office, Becoming the First Big Hit Comedy Since 'Ted'

The past six months have been pretty sluggish for comedies at the box office, with high-profile movies like This Is 40 and Guilt Trip faring worse than expected, but comedy's dry spell seems to be over. This weekend, the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy vehicle Identity Thief topped the charts, earning $36.6 million despite mostly negative reviews from critics. Last weekend's #1 movie, Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com, came in second with $11.5 million. Identity Thief and Warm Bodies are the first comedies to top the box office since Seth MacFarlane's Ted was #1 for a single weekend last summer. Please use the comments section to thank me for not giving this post one of those [...]