It’s been a busy day for Freaks & Geeks and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. In the wake of the runaway success of Bridesmaids, the director looked at a few different projects, and was set to make the third Bridget Jones film before walking away from the project thanks to indecision on the script side.
But today there is word that he’s going back to TV in the UK, and has a new feature project set in the US. The show is a version of the stage production Ronna & Beverly, and the feature is a remake of the French film The Intouchables, which will star Colin Firth. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of True Blood creator Alan Ball’s very serious-sounding Banshee, today’s TV Bits is all about the funny. After the jump:
- Dwight Schrute could leave Dunder Mifflin for Schrute Farms
- Paul Feig will direct Goldie Hawn in HBO’s The Viagra Diaries
- CBS orders a pilot written by and starring Bridesmaids‘ Rebel Wilson
- Alan Ball sells an Amish country-set action drama to Cinemax
- HBO decides to turn Indie Game: The Movie into a half-hour comedy
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Not Bridesmaids 2, not Bridget Jones 3, Paul Feig has signed on to direct an original film as a result of his massive 2011 success. The director of Bridesmaids and co-creator of Freaks and Geeks has committed to direct The Better Woman, a comedy at Universal about a powerful young woman whose boyfriend dumps her for an older lady. The younger woman then befriends her elder to figure out what the ex-boyfriend sees in her. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is writing the screenplay and Reese Witherspoon was, at one point, attached. But no longer. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though Melissa McCarthy was the big breakout star of last spring’s Bridesmaids, it was really Kristen Wiig‘s movie. The Saturday Night Live vet not only played the lead, she also co-produced the project and penned its script with co-writer Annie Mumolo. It’s tough to imagine seeing another Bridesmaids without Wiig — but apparently, that’s exactly what Universal is considering.
With Wiig and Mumolo reportedly uninterested in doing a sequel, the studio is now weighing the possibility of moving forward without them, and pinning its hopes on McCarthy to help get the project going. More details after the jump.
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Even the people who dislike Paul Feig‘s Bridesmaids agree that Melissa McCarthy is the film’s hilarious stand-out. The actress, previously known for Gilmore Girls and her own CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, came into Kristen Wiig‘s world and totally stole the show as Megan, a belching, boisterous new friend who also happens to be wealthy, well-connected government official.
McCarthy is so strong in the film that her character gets the credits gag with a food-filled sex tape between her and Air Marshall Jon, played by Ben Falcone. Falcone also happens to be McCarthy’s real life husband, which makes so much sense when you see the full version of the sex tape from the Bridesmaids Blu-ray. It’s after the jump. Read More »
Don’t worry Bridget Jones fans, the third film in the series is still coming. It just won’t be directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig. Deadline is reporting that Feig, who had been developing the script and planning on directing, has amicably left the project and that Universal is now looking for a British director to shoot the film beginning in January. There’s more on Feig and the film after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Part of the great appeal of Bridesmaids — and indeed, of any Judd Apatow flick — is the loose, sometimes improvised dialogue between characters. But for every witty line that makes it into the film, there’s tons more material that ends up on the cutting room floor. Thankfully, that’s what Blu-rays, DVDs, and YouTube are for.
If you saw the movie, you may remember the scene where disgruntled jewelry store employee Annie (Kristen Wiig) begins lashing out at her customers, including one pretty teenager (Mia Frampton) who gives as good as she gets. Only a few choice lines were seen in the movie, but there’s much more where that came from, in the form of a 10-minute extended scene from the Blu-ray titled “The Longest Argument Ever.” And you may want to treasure this extra bit of Bridesmaids, because if co-star Jon Hamm‘s comments are to be believed, a Bridesmaids 2 may not be coming down the pipeline after all. Watch the scene and read Hamm’s comments after the jump. (A note of warning: The bickering ends with some NSFW language, so if you’re watching the video at work you may want to stop around the 9:20 mark.)
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The oversized success of Bridesmaids instantly turned Freaks & Geeks veteran Paul Feig into a big director in Hollywood. He’s already got possible foll0ow-up projects brewing, including one comedy that would see him working again with Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy. But his next film may not even be made in Hollywood, as one report says he’s in negotiations to make a third Bridget Jones film. Read More »