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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.

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 [...]

Paul Feig: "The Funniest People I Know Are Always Women"

"All the funniest people I know are always women… I would also feel sick to my stomach when I would see these movies and how bad the female roles were. In a comedy, they were always the mean girlfriend or the bitchy whoever. Comedy's just so male driven behind the scenes that I think a lot of comedians have kind of a little boy’s perception of women, like: 'oh they ruin the fun,' or 'they’re just mom breaking up a good time.' It’s always just bothered me to see women relegated to such bad roles. All my favorite people that were making me laugh were female comedians on SNL. So I [...]

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 Signs a Deal to Develop Comedies for Fox

Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig just signed a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox to develop comedies for the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, Fox was so impressed with his upcoming movie The Heat, which comes out in April and stars Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids' Melissa McCarthy as an FBI agent and a cop teaming up to take down a drug lord, that they wanted to lock the in-demand director down. Feig released a statement about the dealsaying, "I had an amazing time working with the gang at Fox on The Heat and am very excited to team up with them to make [...]

'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.

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 [...]

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.