One of Melissa McCarthy's upcoming projects just got a premiere date. Deadline reports that Michelle Darnell — which stars McCarthy as "a titan of industry who’s sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading" — has been slated for an April 8, 2016 release. McCarthy co-wrote Michelle Darnell with husband/director Ben Falcone and Groundlings alum Steve Mallory; the lead role is based on a character McCarthy debuted during her years at LA's Groundlings theater.
As this column wraps up its first full year, I present the 1st Annual 2014 Comedy Film School Awards. These awards are determined by a voting body of one and hold all the prestige and none of the starpower of the Hollywood Film Awards. The idea is not to rank or give out superlatives, but rather use these names to discuss some of the most interesting work of 2014, why, and what this could mean for a larger comedy landscape this year and going forward.
When I look back on the year in comedy movies, a few indelible images come to mind. The two-beat punch of Morgan Freeman introducing Michelangelo the painter and Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle in The Lego Movie. Jenny Slate peeling off her shirt before giving an emotional and vulnerable monologue in Obvious Child. Matt Vogel as evil frog Constantine trying to learn Kermit’s voice in Muppets Most Wanted, a scene that made me think “too soon, too soon,” even though Jim Henson has been dead for almost 25 years now.
Also: Melissa McCarthy with a bag on her head in Tammy, and… um… Bradley Cooper making jokes about stealing somebody’s leg? [...]
One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:
Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise [...]