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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 [...]

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Start a Production Company and Set Up Three New Movies

Bridesmaids and Mike and Molly's Melissa McCarthy has her first movie in which she has a starring role, Identity Theft, coming out tomorrow, and she's already set up her own production company with her husband, writer/actor Ben Falcone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy and Falcone's company is called On the Day and has three movie projects in the works. They are:

  • Michelle Darnell – Based on an original character created by McCarthy and on a story written by McCarthy and Falcone, the plot for this movie is under wraps. McCarthy and Falcone will write the script with fellow Groundlings alum Steve Mallory.
  • Cousin Irv from [...]

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's 'The Heat' Will Now Be a Big-Time Summer Release

The Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock police comedy The Heat was supposed to be released April 5th, but the studio has moved the movie's premiere date to June 28th, according to Collider. This means the studio was likely really impressed with the film and wants to put it up during the competitive but lucrative summer movie season. The Heat, which also stars Tony Hale, Demian Bechir, Kaitlin Olson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rappaport, will now be facing off with big summer movies Kick-Ass 2 and White House Down. This is the first movie directed by Paul Feig since Bridesmaids, and the studio quickly locked him down to a first-look deal [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Watch Melissa McCarthy Steal Jimmy Kimmel's Identity

Melissa McCarthy stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote her new movie Identity Thief and to demonstrate how easy it is to steal somebody's identity in real life. It's not hard at all as long as you can sneak someone's credit card out of their wallet without them noticing, dress like them, and happen to own a wig very similar to that person's hair.

The Red-Band Trailer for 'The Heat': Now With 500% More Melissa McCarthy Profanity

Here's the new red-band trailer for The Heat, the Paul Feig-directed action comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as a pair of mismatched partners taking on a criminal organization of some sort (I assume — the bad guys aren't all that well defined in the trailers). It's all pretty standard buddy cop stuff, but the casting in this looks inspired and like it'll elevate it above standard genre expectations. Look for it, wonderfully foul-mouthed McCarthy and all, in theaters on April 5th.

Melissa McCarthy to Be Hungover 3

You know that thing that happens when a comic actor starts getting some mojo, so they're thrown into every movie possible? McCarths is in that phase. She has been cast for an unspecified role in Hangover III. The script probably just read, "Woman, 30s" and they'll just have Melissa fill out the role with her McCarthyism. Maybe, she and Zach's character will go on a date and split a bottle of ranch dressing.

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 [...]

Melissa McCarthy Reminisces About Her Failed Stand-up Career

Here's Melissa McCarthy on The Daily Show last night. Towards the end of the interview, she tells a really funny story about her first time doing stand-up. If you are out there and you have late '80s video of her first set, please don't hold out on us. We need to see this.

'The Heat' Trailer: Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock Could Be the Best Buddy Cops Ever

Here's the brand new trailer for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's new buddy cop movie The Heat, which is directed by Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) and written by Katie Dippold (Parks and Rec). Expectations are high.