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Paul Feig Producing and Possibly Directing a Comedy Starring a Cast of Ethnically Diverse Actresses

Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, is keeping busy with a ton of movie projects. His latest is an untitled comedy written by Melissa Stack, who wrote the upcoming Cameron Diaz/Leslie Mann movie The Other Woman, Deadline reports. Stack based the script off an original idea from Feig. He will produce the film and is considering it as a potential directing project.. The plot of the potential film is currently being kept under wraps, but it is said to be "a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses." Feig said, "I’m always looking for an excuse to gather a bunch of funny women together, [...]

Paul Feig Is Overseeing the New Animated 'Peanuts' Movie

It was announced last year that 20th Century Fox is making a new CGI 3D movie based on Charles Schulz's comic strip Peanuts, and today, Deadline reports that Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig is overseeing and producing the film.

A November 6, 2015, release date has been set for the film, which will be directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) and the script was written by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. Craig and Bryan are Charles Schulz's son and grandson, respectively. "Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars,” said Feig. “Charles Schulz’s characters influenced everything [...]

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 [...]

Sandra Bullock Doesn't Want to Make a Sequel to 'The Heat'

It looks like a sequel to Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's hit buddy cop comedy The Heat may not be happening. Bullock tells EW:

I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it. I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I’m not there.

The first movie is a big hit, having grossed $130 million so far, but Bullock referenced past sequels she's done like Miss Congeniality [...]

'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 [...]

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 [...]

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."

Sarah Silverman Will Star in Lorne Michaels's HBO Pilot

Sarah Silverman is going to HBO. She's set to star alongside Topher Grace and Patti LuPone in People in New Jersey, a Lorne Michaels-produced comedy pilot for the pay cable network, TV Line reports. Freaks and Geeks creator and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is directing the pilot and producing it with Michaels. Girls and Six Feet Under writer Bruce Eric Kaplan created the potential series.

People in New Jersey follows an adult brother and sister (Grace and Silverman) living in the Garden State. Grace is playing a single locksmith named Carl Levin, while Silverman will play Melanie Levin, a woman working part-time in a department store who is in [...]

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 [...]

Paul Feig Is Writing and Directing the Spy Comedy 'Susan Cooper'

Paul Feig's next movie may end up being another female-driven action-comedy. Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks and directed Bridesmaids, also directed The Heat, the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy cop comedy that's poised to be a big summer hit upon its June 28th release. The Wrap reports that Feig is developing a new film called Susan Cooper, a spy comedy that he's writing, producing, and directing. Rather than a goofy spoof in the vein of Austin Powers or Get Smart, the project is a realistic comedy set in the world of spies that was inspired by the 2006 James Bond reboot Casino Royale. Feig is currently searching for an actress [...]

Paul Feig Is Making a Spinoff of 'The Heat' Starring Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin

Paul Feig is planning a spinoff to last summer's The Heat that will star Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, who played members of Melissa McCarthy's Boston-based family, Beth and Gina. Deadline says the movie will be written by LA-based writer Tricia McAlpin, who improvises on UCB LA's The Smokes alongside Heat writer Katie Dippold. There's no storyline for the characters yet, and the film doesn't mean that the reported Heat sequel is definitely dead.

Denbo and Chaffin are best known for their talk show-hosting characters Ronna & Beverly. Feig directed a Showtime pilot of Ronna & Beverly, and co-produced a six-episode series that eventually aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The characters also host [...]

Paul Feig Is Planning a Gay Rom-Com and Wants Channing Tatum and 'SNL's John Milhiser to Star

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig gave details about a new movie he's developing to reporters at a dinner party to promote the DVD release of his latest movie, The Heat, last night. The movie is a gay romantic-comedy, and he wants Channing Tatum and new SNL featured player John Milhiser (who Feig originally introduced to Lorne Michaels) for the lead roles, according to Cinema Blend. The untitled film involves an average guy who doesn't understand why a super attractive dude is dating him. Vulture is quick to point out that Tatum isn't actually attached to the project, hasn't even met with Feig about it, and [...]

Melissa McCarthy to Star in Paul Feig's Spy Comedy 'Susan Cooper'

Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig are making another movie together. The Wrap reports that McCarthy, who previously worked with Feig on summer blockbusters Bridesmaids and The Heat, is in talks to star in his new spy comedy Susan Cooper. Feig will direct and produce the film, which is based on a script he wrote unlike his previous two movies. Rather than being a wacky spoof like Austin Powers or Get Smart, Susan Cooper is a realistic comedy set in the world of spies that was inspired by Casino Royale, the 2006 James Bond reboot. The movie has one other lead character in addition to McCarthy's and is [...]

Paul Feig Took the Local Commercial/Ronald McDonald Path to Fame

Bridesmaids and Freaks and Geeks director Paul Feig dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote his upcoming buddy cop comedy, The Heat. Proving yet again that there's no typical path to Hollywood success, he talked about his first gig — writing, directing, and starring in commercials for his dad's army surplus store in Detroit, which were heavily influenced by his love of Steve Martin. He also gets in a bit of physical comedy as he recounts his early days as a Ronald McDonald; after the jump, the story of his close escape from a mob of candy-crazed children.