Welcome to Tranquillum House, Melissa McCarthy.
That’s the name of the fictional health-and-wellness facility in Nine Perfect Strangers, an upcoming Hulu series based on the latest novel from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. Big Little Lies veteran Nicole Kidman has already been cast as the overseer of the facility, and McCarthy will play one of nine people who show up searching for a little R&R…only to discover that things may not be quite what they seem.
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This is the future of film: when studios are uncertain about a movie they’re going to send it to streaming rather than the big screen. It’s happened already, with studios like Paramount sending titles like The Cloverfield Paradox straight to Netflix and Disney dropping several new movies on their upcoming streaming service Disney+. Now Warner Bros. is making the move too, pulling the Melissa McCarthy comedy Superintelligence from its upcoming December theatrical release and dropping it onto the Warner streaming service HBO Max.
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Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss seem like an odd combination for a ’70s mob drama, but The Kitchen might be the perfect melting pot for these two comedians and the Emmy-winning actress. The drama (not a comedy!) stars the trio as the wives of mobsters who decide to take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands. Watch The Kitchen trailer below.
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Melissa McCarthy might be getting ready to go under the sea, because Disney wants the Can You Ever Forgive Me actress to play the villainous Ursula in their live-action The Little Mermaid remake. The sea witch character in the Disney original offers mermaid Ariel a Faustian bargain to grow legs and live on the land to seduce a handsome prince. Of course, since she’s a villain, she has more nefarious plans in store. Rob Marshall is set to helm the live-action Mermaid, which is good or bad news depending on where you stand on Rob Marshall. On the plus side, Lin-Manuel Miranda is on board to write new songs.
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Like many other comedians before her, Melissa McCarthy has fluctuated between small-scale dramas and broad studio comedies since her breakout role in Bridesmaids. The quality of those films is all over the place, but McCarthy can shine when she’s in the right project – and it sounds like she may have found another winner.
The actress is currently negotiating to star in The Starling, a “comedy grounded with emotion” that will reunite her with her St. Vincent director Ted Melfi (Hidden Figures) and her multi-time co-star Chris O’Dowd. Check out the plot details below. Read More »
For a film starring two of Hollywood’s most high-profile comedians, there’s not much to laugh at in The Kitchen.
Anyone looking for the physical comedy we’ve come to associate with Melissa McCarthy or the over-the-top antics we often expect from Tiffany Haddish should look elsewhere, because this 1970s mob thriller teams them with Elisabeth Moss and trades jokes for straight-faced, no-nonsense drama. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
A superhero movie starring Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy? Yes, sign us up. Spencer and McCarthy are close to closing deals to star in Thunder Force, a Netflix superhero flick from writer-director Ben Falcone. Falcone is the wild card here. Spencer and McCarthy are both capable of great things, but Falcone’s track-record is a little spotty. Let’s hope for the best.
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This weekend we have both the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards honoring the best in film from the year 2018. But before that, the Golden Raspberry Awards needed to announce the 2019 Razzies winners (or losers depending on how you look at it).
This year, the “honors” for Worst Picture went to the disastrous reteaming of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Holmes & Watson. The awful comedy took home four of the awards, but the bullshit antics of Donald J. Trump and his circus cabinet wasn’t too far behind with three awards for all their nonsense featured in Michael Moore‘s documentary Fahrenheit 11/9. Find out the rest of the 2019 Razzies winners below. Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how the new hounds of the sequel The Predator were created. Plus, dive into the philosophy of J.R.R. Tolkien to explore what deeper thinking lies beneath the epic fantasy adventure, and Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o sits down for a nearly 40-minute interview with Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Melissa McCarthy. Read More »
“Who’s the master, the painter or the forger?” asked Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle as he looked at a fake Rembrandt hanging on the walls of a major museum. Director Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? asks the same question, albeit from a much less cynical perspective. The film tells the true-life tale of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a writer who began crafting forged letters from dead celebrities when her literary career plummeted. As Lee buries herself deeper into a pit of deception, Heller finds both entertainment and involving drama.
Find out more in our Can You Ever Forgive Me review below. Read More »