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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]

Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy

A Bridesmaids sequel isn’t in the cards, but a Bridesmaids reunion could be. Rose Byrne has entered talks to re-team with her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig on Susan Cooper, a potential comedy franchise about a female James Bond type. More details on the upcoming project after the jump.

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Melissa McCarthy

Over the past couple of years, Paul Feig has demonstrated an affinity for female-led comedies in general, and female-led comedies starring Melissa McCarthy in particular. The Mike & Molly star was the breakout of Feig’s Bridesmaids, and she drew raves once again in this year’s The Heat. Now the pair are looking to team a third time, for the James Bond-inspired comedy Susan Cooper. Hit the jump to get details on the new project.

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VOTD: ‘The Heat’ Trailer Rebuilt in LEGO

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Garrett Barati has recreated the trailer for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig‘s comedy The Heat in LEGO. We don’t usually post these LEGO recreations, but this one was actually impressively constructed. As you know, the film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI Agent who is forced to team up with a Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy. Watch the trailer recreation after the jump.

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The comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. (standing for Rest in Peace Department) features an agency staffed by deceased lawmen taking on spirits that don’t want to leave Earth. Just in case the kids won’t be attracted to that, DreamWorks Animation is making B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations), in which “a super secret government agency staffed with ghosts is dedicated to protecting humans from evil hauntings.”

In the animated  story, two new agents — Jackson Moss (Seth Rogen) and oddball partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) — uncover a plot to destroy the agency, and work to stop said plot from coming to fruition. Oh, and there’s a ghost army, so that might be neat. Read More »

Now that a director’s been locked in for Episode VII, the big question is who’ll get to star in it. And that’s what today’s Star Wars Bits is all about. After the jump:

  • Disney CEO confirms the original trio is in talks to return
  • Billy Dee Williams has also been asked to come back
  • Warwick Davis is “definitely” looking to do more Star Wars
  • New details revealed for Star Wars: First Assault game
  • Eli Roth, JGL, Mila KunisStanley Tucci and more weigh in

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