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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 and 'Parks and Rec' Writer Katie Dippold Are Making Another Movie Together

Paul Feig, the creator of Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, has a new movie called The Heat out this summer that was written by Parks and Rec writer Katie Dippold, and Deadline reports that the duo is already working on another movie together. The plot of the new project is being kept secret, but it's described as a "mother/daughter action-comedy." Feig and Dippold's first collaboration, The Heat, a buddy cop movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, tested so well that Fox moved it to July 4th weekend, expecting it to be a big summer hit. The Heat is Dippold's first movie after spending three [...]

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.

Paul Feig Discusses How Steve Martin Influenced Him

"Steve Martin was the No. 1 comic I tried to emulate. To this day, I wear three-piece suits all the time because of him. I got the Let’s Get Small album right when it first came out and did the routines for my classmates, but not telling them that it was Steve Martin. They thought I was the funniest man in the world. And then Steve Martin broke big, and everybody knew that I had stolen all the material."

-Bridesmaids director Paul Feig talking about his influences to Vulture. It's a list that, in addition to Steve Martin, includes Groucho Marx, David Letterman, and his parents.