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Kristen Wiig: Turning down 'Bridesmaids' sequel 'wasn't a hard decision'

In summer 2011, Bridesmaids took the box office by storm, and talk immediately turned to a sequel. The studio wanted it and fans wanted it, but the one person who wanted nothing to do with it was writer/star Kristen Wiig.

Fast-forward almost two years, and Wiig stands by that choice.

“It wasn’t a hard decision,” she told Harper’s Bazaar for a profile in the July issue. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”

And Wiig’s director and co-stars respect that choice.
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'Bridesmaids' Matt Lucas (and his giant alphorn) star in 'Small Apartments' trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Remember Kristen Wiig’s oddball roommates in Bridesmaids? Well, actors Matt Lucas (Little Britain) and Rebel Wilson are back together in Small Apartments, a comedy about one sad Swiss-obsessed man’s misadventures after his landlord drops dead in his kitchen. Lucas plays the sad man, one unfortunately named Franklin Franklin who plays the alphorn in his undies. Wilson pops up as another character that only she could play.

The film, which premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, also stars Billy Crystal, Juno Temple, James Marsden, James Caan, and Johnny Knoxville. It arrives on DVD and video-on-demand on Feb. 19. Watch the bizarre trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'The Heat' trailer: Director Paul Feig on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's buddy-cop movie

A by-the-book Federal agent. A take-no-prisoners Boston detective. Forced to work together to bust a drug ring. It’s the tried and true buddy-cop formula from movies like Lethal Weapon, 48 HRS., and The Other Guys, but director Paul Feig is hoping to prove once again that the ladies can do anything as well as the guys can. In 2011, Feig helped a party of Bridesmaids led by Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy crash the box office to the tune of $169 million, trashing the notion that you need a Y-chromosome to score R-rated hilarity. In The Heat, out in April, Feig and McCarthy are raising the stakes even higher, recruiting Sandra Bullock to bust some crooks in an R-rated action-comedy.

In the new trailer, posted on Apple’s website, McCarthy and Bullock’s characters get off on the wrong foot, but pity the perp who crosses them — especially if he weighs more than they can lift. Feig tells EW about reuniting with McCarthy, what ’80s buddy-cop movie was The Heat‘s real inspiration, and how the movie will showcase another side to America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Nice trailer. Now which one was Cagney and which was Lacey?
PAUL FEIG: Exactly. It’s a whole new twist, my friend. No, I’m really proud of it because the irony is doing a green-band trailer is kinda hard. We’re definitely a good R-rated movie. But the first trailer definitely gives you a feel for these characters and the chemistry between them. These two actresses are just so funny together. Now they’re like best friends in real life, so the chemistry just comes through. READ FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Muppets,' and 'Dragon Tattoo' named best trailers of the year

The first full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the clip that showed an entire football field collapsing, was named Best in Show at the 13th annual Golden Trailer Awards. The preview for Christopher Nolan’s superhero epic was also named Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster at last night’s awards celebration in Los Angeles. The Bridesmaids red-band trailer earned Best Comedy, and The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo was named Best Drama. Click below for more winners: READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids' breakout Rebel Wilson would love to do a spinoff movie

Plenty of actresses have burst onto the scene playing doe-eyed ingenues or bikini-clad sex kittens, but it’s safe to say that Rebel Wilson is the only actress in history whose star-making moment involved pouring a bag of frozen peas down her back. Ever since her scene-stealing turn as Kristen Wiig’s sublimely annoying, Mexican-drinking-worm-tattooed roommate Brynn in last year’s Bridesmaids, the 32-year-old Australian-born comic actress — who’s profiled in this week’s issue of EW — has become one of the most buzzed-about new faces in Hollywood. She has no fewer than five films set to come out this year, starting with the May 18 ensemble comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting; she recently shot a pilot for a CBS sitcom that she created, wrote, and stars in called Super Fun Night, executive-produced by Conan O’Brien; she just wrapped a supporting part in Michael Bay’s upcoming action film Pain and Gain; and she has an original musical-comedy script in development. Not bad considering Wilson just moved to Los Angeles in 2010. “Rebel has gotten so much bounce off the movie,” marvels Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. “In a weird way, she’s gotten more than anybody.” READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games,' 'Bridesmaids' top MTV Movie Award nominees

This year’s MTV Movie Awards will be a showdown between a bevy of bridesmaids and a cast of killer kids.

“Bridesmaids” and “The Hunger Games” top nominees at MTV’s annual film honors with eight nods apiece, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance and movie of the year. Rounding out the best-picture contenders are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” ”The Help” And “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.”

MTV announced nominees Monday in 12 categories, including six new ones such as “best on-screen dirtbag” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” Also new this year: Nominees were selected by a panel of actors, producers, agents and industry tastemakers instead of via online vote from the public.

Fans can still choose the winners, though. Voting begins online Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards will be presented June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and broadcast live on MTV.

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Box office preview: Will 'The Five-Year Engagement' earn as much as 'Bridesmaids'?

Four new wide releases enter theaters this weekend — rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, kiddie flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits, literary thriller The Raven, and Jason Statham’s Safe — but will any of them be able to take out Think Like A Man, which ended The Hunger Games‘ reign atop the box office last week?

Check out my predictions below:

1. The Five-Year Engagement – $20 million

The Jason Segel/Emily Blunt romantic comedy is the latest 2012 release to target women, and if the success of The Vow, The Lucky One, and Think Like A Man are any indication, females should turn out this weekend as well. The Five-Year Engagement, which was produced by Universal for a modest $30 million, has been framed as a companion to Bridesmaids, which opened in May 2011 to $26.2 million before grossing $169 million overall.  If the hot pink and white color scheme of the advertisements didn’t make that connection clear, then the fact that every inch of marketing includes the words “FROM THE PRODUCER OF BRIDESMAIDS” should. Oh yeah — it’s also about a wedding.

Tracking for the film has been encouraging in the weeks leading to its release, and while it hasn’t garnered quite the same amount of buzz as the ultra-bawdy Bridesmaids did last year, its prospects are pretty rosy. Jason Segel has become a more familiar face thanks to the success of The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and although Emily Blunt is not a proven box office draw, she comes across nicely in advertisements. Sure, The Lucky One will eat up a bit of the film’s core female demographic, but guys should turn up in higher volumes for a straight-up comedy like Engagement, which stars Segel as well as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt. Playing in 2,936 theaters, the wedding comedy may pick up about $20 million and find legs in the weeks to come.

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SXSW: 'Bridesmaids' and 'Little Britain' star Matt Lucas on baring (almost) all in 'Small Apartments'

Matt Lucas has appeared in a significant state of undress throughout his career, from playing Kristen Wiig’s odd roommate in Bridesmaids to several characters on his hit BBC America sketch comedy show Little Britain. But for his first feature film leading role, in Jonas Åkerlund’s dark ensemble comedy Small Apartments – which premiered Saturday night at the SXSW film festival — Lucas was still quite not prepared for how much skin he’d be showing in the role. As the not-quite-all-there shut-in Franklin Franklin, Lucas is predominantly in just a large pair of tighty whities, a bad wig, and some clogs. After the premiere, Lucas told the audience, “I saw a rough cut of the film about six month ago and thought, oh f—, what have I done?”

When asked about it later, he winces, then smiles. “I don’t think vanity is going to help me,” Lucas tells EW. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012: EW goes inside the star-studded rehearsals for tonight's show! -- PHOTOS

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In a place full of celebrity sightings, sometimes even the host can find himself camouflaged.

Tonight the 84th annual Oscars bring a close to Hollywood’s award season, but before that, EW takes you behind the scenes as stars gather to rehearse the big telecast.

Here’s what happened when Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, and the ladies of Bridesmaids (among others) came together to put on a show. Even past Oscar-winners like Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured here, can have a “d’oh” moment.

Among the stories from backstage over the past two days is the hilariously bizarre account of what happened when the voice of Darth Vader met Miracle Max — and said he mistook him for “a hoodlum.”



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Image Credit: Chris Carlson/AP

It’s rehearsal time for the Academy Awards, and a woman striding offstage pretending to be a winner is holding an Oscar so fake it could be a child’s art project.

In the shadows beside a great velvet curtain, the stand-in for best actress comes face to face with none other than the real Tom Cruise, who has an envelope clasped in his hands and is waiting for his cue to walk out and practice presenting the next award.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The Mission: Impossible star tips a slight bow and raises his eyebrows with a wry, mega-watt smile. “Congratulations!” he declares, like he really, really, means it. Really. He chuckles, and – after a beat – so does the stunned stand-in.

If sincerity is the goal, it is surely one of Cruise’s worst-ever performance. But he’s just goofing around.

That’s the great thing about being backstage in the final few days before the Academy Awards — guards are down, and a guy like Cruise can just kid around. Though the crew is working hard, the stars are literally going through the motions.

Tonight when the real show begins (8:30 p.m. Eastern and 5:30 Pacific, on ABC), the pressure returns for everyone with a vengeance.

MORE ON REHEARSALS: Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. and the shadow dwellers

For more Oscar news tonight, follow @Breznican on Twitter.

'Bridesmaids' the most popular video-on-demand title of all time

Break out the bubbly and avoid the questionable meat: Bridesmaids is officially the most in-demand movie available on video-on-demand (or VOD). The Oscar-nominated comedy has racked up 4.8 million rentals in just over four months, according to Rentrak (via a Universal Pictures release), which adds up to over $24 million in VOD grosses.  READ FULL STORY

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