The morning of the Oscars nominations, one of the biggest snubs – in my opinion – was France’s The Intouchables not getting a nod for Best Foreign Film. Written and directed Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, it’s a hilarious and heartfelt true story about a quadriplegic and his unorthodox caretaker (François Cluzet and Omar Sy, above). In the United States, the film was distributed by The Weinstein Company, grossing an impressive $10 million. Add that to the $416 million (yes you read that right) it made internationally and the film seemed like a lock for a nomination.

Nope. Snubbed. It happens. Which actually was a blessing in disguise for the Weinstein Company, which has long since planned on remaking the film. With an Oscar nomination, more Americans would have been turned onto the original. Now it remains relatively obscure, leaving the door open slightly more wide for the remake.

Paul Feig was originally attached to write and direct, but has since moved on. His script remains though, along with a possible attachment from Oscar-winner Colin Firth as the quadriplegic. (Chris Tucker was rumored for the caretaker.) Now, the latest update is Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar is in talks to make the movie. It would be the director’s first feature film since 2007′s Evan Almighty. After that he had a near-death experience and stepped back from his Hollywood life, directing an autobiographical documentary called I AmRead More »

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Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat’ Moves to Summer

Briefly: Fox has already put out a couple of very funny trailers for Paul Feig‘s The Heat, but you’ll want to hold your laughter for now. The picture has just been pushed back from April 5 to June 28, where it’ll face off against Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 and Columbia’s White House Down. That slot has traditionally been a good one for comedies; high grossers like Ted, Bad Teacher, and Grown Ups have all opened on that same weekend in recent years. The studio has already made it clear that it likes what Feig has delivered, so this date comes across as a vote of confidence.

Feig’s follow-up to Bridesmaids features Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock star as a mismatched law enforcement duo. Here’s a synopsis:

Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence–and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids.”

Paul Feig to Develop R-rated Comedies for Fox

If you loved Bridesmaids and are looking forward to The Heat, you’ll want to keep an eye on 20th Century Fox going forward. Director Paul Feig has just struck a first-look deal with the studio to write and direct films under his Feigco banner. The move ushers Fox into the R-rated comedy game, where competing studios like Universal and Warner Bros. have recently found success. Read more after the jump.

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Not that there was ever any doubt Paul Feig‘s follow-up to hilarious and raunchy Bridesmaids would be hard R-rated, but the red-band trailer for The Heat makes it an absolute certainty. The female buddy-cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opens April 5 and looks to be everything you’d expect from McCarthy and exactly what you wouldn’t expect from the Oscar-winner Bullock. Unless, of course, you expected her to be throwing grenades and F-bombs everywhere in her next movie. Check out the red-band trailer, which also features Tom Wilson (Back to the Future) and Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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