Thought 2011 was a good year for Melissa McCarthy? Just wait til you see her in 2013. Since breaking out in 2011′s Bridesmaids, she’s been booking comedy roles left and right, and next year is when they finally hit the big screen.

Among her upcoming releases is The Heat, which reunites her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for another female-driven story. Scripted by Kate Dippold (Parks & Recreation) the comedy follows a classic buddy-cop formula: McCarthy’s unpredictable Boston PD detective teams up with Sandra Bullock’s more straitlaced FBI agent to bring down a drug kingpin. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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A bevy of major release date announcments and shifts were just revealed. Here goes.

  • The Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is now called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and has been dated May 23, 2014.
  • A 3D re-release of Independence Day will hit July 3, 2013.
  • The untitled sequel to X-Men First Class will hit on July 18, 2014 with Matthew Vaughn directing.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse has been pushed from 2013 to April 25, 2014
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, has been dated for Christmas 2013 along with Walking With Dinosaurs.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits August 16, 2013
  • Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy‘s untitled Paul Feig-directed comedy lands April 5, 2013.

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After much talk, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy have finally settled on a project to bring them back together. The pair are set to team with Sandra Bullock for an untitled new comedy from Parks & Recreation writer Katie Dippold, which will see the two actresses playing a mismatched law-enforcement duo. More details after the jump.

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Before Paul Feig directed Bridesmaids and became a mainstay on Hollywood’s comedy director go-to list, he’d made a fantastic career working in TV. Along with Judd Apatow, he co-created the seminal show Freaks and Geeks which launched the careers of some of the biggest movie stars in the world (Rogen, Franco, Segel, etc.). The show wasn’t a hit with audiences when it first aired but its frank and funny take on high school continues to resonate with audiences who discover it today.

In a new interview, Feig revealed that he used a bit of that talent on the set of Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, punching up one of the scenes that takes place in a high school. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Universal Doing ‘Bridesmaids 2′ Without Kristen Wiig?

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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