BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Almost twenty years ago, Sandra Bullock brought an amusing kind of charm to her role as law enforcer Lenina Huxley in the futuristic action movie Demolition Man. From what's being reported, it looks like the Blind Side star will be back in a badge and teaming up with fellow funny lady Melissa McCarthy for a comedy written by Katie Dippold and directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig.
Chris Rock had one of the most surprising and charming acting turns at this year's Sundance Film Festival, playing the beleaguered husband of Julie Delpy's character in 2 Days In New York, an energetic comedy she also directed
Bateman will play a man whose identity is stripped, and while the script originally was supposed to pair him with another male comedian (as the thief), the premise was shifted once the Arrested Development star saw McCarthy in Bridesmaids. Thatís a big win for Theft, as multiple projects reportedly have been lobbying for McCarthyís talents as she continues to work her way through the awards race and eyes a potential Best Supporting Actress nomination.
The proposed sequel has grabbed plenty of headlines recently. First came reports that Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids' co-writer Annie Mumolo weren't interested in making Bridesmaids 2, which led to rumors that Universal would seek to produce a cash cow sequel without them. Speculation soon surfaced that the flick's breakthrough comedienne Melissa McCarthy would shoulder the Wiig-less spin-off...
While a Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig could be out of the question for Melissa McCarthy, we will be seeing the Mike & Molly star back on the big screen eventually. In addition to being credited for a part in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy This is 40, McCarthy also has Tammy in the works. The comedy, which McCarthy co-wrote and will executive-produce along with her husband/Bridesmaids-love interest Ben Falcone, now has a director.
She went on to say she hasn't been contacted with any specifics on the project, but would only consider reprising the role of Megan if its original cast and writers returned, saying, "I will show up wherever those ladies are." Without McCarthy on board (and by extension Wiig and Mumolo) it's hard to imagine where Bridesmaids 2 could go storywise.
The same goes for Taylor, who might be wise to play the waiting game before selecting his next project. Depending on whom you trust, Taylorís The Help could be a major player in this yearís still-developing Oscar race. And a select few Oscar trackers are saying the filmís pull could drag Taylor into the Best Director race as a result. If thatís the case, he suddenly could have his pick of a series of prestige projects, so thereís no need to jump on a film just yet.
I actually really like the idea of breakout stars working together. They all have something to prove with their next efforts, so why not work together to produce the best work that they can? Taylor proved that he can handle strong lead female characters with The Help, so Tammy seems right up his alley.
Melissa McCarthy is on fire. Seriously, someone douse her in ranch dressing because the woman is hot right now. Still glowing from her breakout performance in Bridesmaids, an Emmy win, and more recently hosting the funniest episode of Saturday Night Live this season, itís evident that McCarthy is having a good year. Whatís on the horizon for her? Quite possibly a starring role in New Lineís Tammy.
Of all the R-rated comedies that were hits this summer, and all the actors who suddenly seemed like hot properties as a result, it's hard to imagine two people who benefited more than Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. They each had big hits with Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids
While I can't imagine their parts will be very big, this is fantastic news. Lee's braced-faced pyromaniac was my favorite character in Super 8 and I'm not sure I can heap more praise on to McCarthy without repeating what thousands of other critics have said. If there's one thing that Apatow has proven over his many years in the industry it's that he has an amazing eye for talent, and it seems that he's using it well.
Every actor lucky enough to be part of Bridesmaids seemed to get a boost from what's doubtlessly the funniest comedy so far this year-- Kristen Wiig got the most attention in the lead role, of course, but with Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy all stealing scenes right and left
Before you get too excited about this new renaissance of female-led comedies, remember that selling a pitch to a studio is a long, long way from getting a movie made, and any number of things could get in the way of this film becoming a reality. For now, though, there's no reason not to look forward to it
It's our first look at the trailer that, if there is any justice in the world, will finally settle the debate about whether or not women can be funny