Melissa McCarthy to Play Tinker Bell for Shawn Levy

Melissa McCarthy in The Heat

Melissa McCarthy has a knack for playing big personalities, but one of her next roles will be very very small. She’s set to play the fairy Tinker Bell in an untitled new movie directed by Shawn Levy, described as a comedy adventure that’ll bring a new spin to the classic Peter Pan tale. Hit the jump for more details on the Melissa McCarthy Tinker Bell project.  Read More »

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The second rumors began circulating of an all-female Ghostbusters, the first person people though of was Melissa McCarthy. The Bridesmaids star is the most popular female comedic actress out there right now and her inclusion seemed like a forgone conclusion. That got even more likely when her frequent collaborator, Paul Feig, signed on to direct.

However, while McCarthy will probably, eventually, end up in the new Ghostbusters film, she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she not yet been cast. Watch McCarthy talk about the film, along with Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres, below. Read More »

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The upcoming  DreamWorks Animation film B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations sounds like an explicitly for-kids combo of Men in Black and Ghostbusters, as it follows two agents in “a ghostly, top-secret government agency devoted to protecting humans from evil hauntings.” Bill Murray is even voicing the villain, Addison Drake, who plots against the bureau. We don’t have a trailer or any footage yet (the film hits next summer) but an early bit of licensing gives the first early look at B.O.ORead More »

st. vincent trailer

Bill Murray makes a return of sorts to the sort of character he played decades ago, in St. Vincent. The film casts Murray as a grouchy old dude whose life is invaded by new neighbors: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son Oliver. Murray ends up babysitting for the kid, and teaches him the rules of life. Or his character’s own version of the rules of life, anyway. He dispenses pearls of wisdom such as ” You work, you get paid, and you drink.” And then there’s his association with a Russian “lady of the night” played by Naomi Watts. Check out the St. Vincent trailer below.

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In just a few short years, Melissa McCarthy has proven herself to be a major box office draw. This summer, she’ll put that appeal to the test again with her passion project Tammy. Her husband Ben Falcone directed the dark comedy, from a script they wrote together.

The plot centers on (you guessed it) McCarthy’s Tammy, a woman who’s just hit rock bottom. She’s desperate to get out of town, but she’s just crashed her car and doesn’t have any money. So she agrees to go on a road trip with her alcoholic grandma (Susan Sarandon), who wants to see Niagara Falls. The first teaser did a good job of setting the tone of the film; now check out the rest of the Tammy trailer, which lays out more of the story.

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Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes

It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.

Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.

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Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in Tammy, a road-trip comedy opening July 2. The actresss’ husband, Ben Falcone, directed the film, which finds the main character on basically the worst day ever. She tries to get out of town, but has no car, so ends up on the road with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). On paper, it sounds a little underwhelming but the prime Summer release date, and McCarthy’s last few hit films, definitely scream confidence. Does the trailer? Find out below. Read More »

Jason Statham

Briefly: Jason Statham is best known as an action guy, but some of his earliest roles had a heavy touch of comedy to them. He was good at it, too — the very charisma that makes him bankable as an action star has its roots in those partially comic roles. I’m surprised he’s been away from explicitly comic work for a while, though there’s no doubt that many of his action films have a definite undercurrent of humor; it’s just not as thick as you’ll find in, say, Snatch.

Now Statham is in talks for a supporting role in Susan Cooper, the film that will re-team Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy. She’ll be “a bumbling secret agent” and he’ll be a spy on her side of the national fence. Which probably means he’ll be the straight man, which is a role he’ll be very ably equipped to play.  [Deadline]

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