Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy's latest collaboration Spy hits theaters this summer, and 20th Century Fox dropped a brand new trailer today featuring McCarthy as a CIA employee who finally gets to leave the office for some good old fashioned spy work. Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Hart costar in the film, which hits theaters June 5th.
The funniest movies tend to burrow into our brains like no other form of popular entertainment. Through repeated viewings and earworm quotes, they create unconscious templates for life's milestones and stopovers — dating, road trips, the college experience, marriage, the working world — and remind us of moments in time as well as entire eras. They're comfort food and therapy, high art and cultural critique, nestled lovingly amid fart jokes and crotch punches.
The best comedy movies also enjoy a freedom that seems out of place in most other media, with run-times that allow them to develop complicated but self-contained worlds, the full buffet of acting, editing, and musical options, and [...]
"If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard." That's the opening line from Variety's review of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's new buddy comedy, and it sums up much of the critical backlash since the film premiered at SXSW. Ferrell and Hart have responded to these accusations to varying degrees of success this week, but the most interesting coverage comes from HitFix's Louis Virtel, who confronted the guys about the issue head-on:
“You're both very smart, funny [...]
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Weird Al Yankovic's 1989 film UHF, The A.V. Club has a new oral history out today on the film that includes interview excerpts with Yankovic, director/co-writer Jay Levey, Michael Richards, Emo Phillips, and more that's a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the movie went from a box office bomb to smash cult hit. Here's an excerpt from Yankovic:
It’s been extremely gratifying for me. I’m not sure exactly why I was lucky enough to have this become a cult classic, because for years it was just… you know, a failed movie, a big box-office bomb. But somehow, it’s really found its audience. [...]
The upcoming Richard Pryor biopic by Lee Daniels just added another big name to its cast. Entertainment Tonight reports that Eddie Murphy is in talks to play Pryor's father LeRoy "Buck Carter" Pryor, joining previously announced star Mike Epps in the lead role and Oprah Winfrey as Pryor's grandmother Marie Carter. ET also confirms that Kate Hudson will play Pryor's wife Jennifer, who is co-producing the film. Daniels teased the Murphy casting news in an Instagram post last week, which you can check out below: