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Melissa McCarthy talks Oscar nomination: 'At some point today, I'm having champagne, dammit!'

Bridesmaids fans might not be surprised that breakout star Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the kooky, puppy-hoarding Megan, but the actress herself still tells EW she couldn’t process the news after the nominations were announced this morning. “I didn’t get up or anything,” McCarthy says. “I just did not expect that. AT ALL! Hopefully I’m not nuts.”

Luckily, she’s not. And the first-time nominee can expect plenty of congratulations from her Bridesmaids co-stars. After all, the actress has remained close to the comedy’s cast. “Most of those girls — we’ve been friends for so long,” she says. “Rose [Byrne] and Ellie [Kemper] were new to me, and it took us about three-and-a-half minutes to all completely gel … It feels silly to call it a job – it was some weird adult playground. Anything you could think of, [director Paul Feig] would be like, ‘Yeah, let’s try it!'” READ FULL STORY

Sundance: 'Bachelorette' is a new kind of chick flick, caustically clever yet without a romantic bone in its body

It reduces the hilarious humanity of Bridesmaids to sum it up, simply, as the comedy that proved that girls in a movie could be just as gross and raunchy as guys. Yet there’s no denying that it did prove that. The movie, for all time, busted down that door. Bachelorette, a long-sloshed-night-before-the-wedding comedy that’s as caustic and brittle and high-strung as its damaged-princess heroines, zooms through the door that Bridesmaids kicked open without ever looking back — and, while it’s at it, it busts open half a dozen new ones. In Bachelorette, girls behaving badly isn’t just a joke, it’s a way of life.

In the opening scene, set in Los Angeles, Becky, who is sweet and plus-size and deeply self-conscious about it (she’s played by Rebel Wilson, Kristen Wiig’s cockney freak of a roommate in Bridesmaids), informs her best friend, the lovely platinum-blonde ice queen Regan (Kirsten Dunst), that she’s engaged, an announcement that Regan greets by just about choking on her lunch with jealousy. That’s what a petty, lacquered bitch she is. Most of Bachelorette takes place six months later, in Manhattan, on the eve of Becky’s nuptials, which is of course the perfect occasion for a drug-drenched bachelorette party that spins wildly out of control. But this isn’t a daffy clockwork farce like the Hangover films; it’s more like a relentless, revved-up pageant of naked feminine dysfunction. The setting may be New York, but at heart Bachelorette is a very L.A. movie, one in which vanity has become toxic. It’s a comedy of values about young women who don’t have any. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012: Watch videos for the major nominees

While you should see all the nominated films by Oscar night, Feb. 26, of course, here’s a good place to start, with clips from all the Best Picture, acting, and director nominees.

First up, the trailers for the nine films nominated for Best Picture:  READ FULL STORY

Paul Feig on 'Bridesmaids' sequel: 'Only... if we could make it as good or better than the original, and that's very hard'

Bridesmaids was named Best Comedy at last night’s Critics Choice Awards, which can only help our favorite “stone-cold pack of weirdos” and their Oscar chances in the coming weeks. But what about the film’s chances of a sequel?

Ever since the film’s massive box office and critical success last summer, there’s been talk of a follow-up. While nothing is set in stone (Bridesmaids cast members including Wiig came up with some sequel ideas, which they shared with EW, and Universal told us that they hope to reassemble the entire gang), EW caught up with Feig, Mumolo, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, all pictured above with cast mates Maya Rudolph and Ellie Kemper, at the Critics Choice Awards, to discuss the future of Bridesmaids.

On the (grey) carpet of the Critics Choice Awards...

With the exception of some commercial break schmoozing, Leonardo DiCaprio helping Martin Scorsese off the stage, and Brad Pitt’s constant hobbling out a side door for a smoke, not much went uncaptured by VH1 cameras at last night’s 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood. But before the show on the very crowded gray carpet, it was a different story. Here’s some of the more candid conversations and confessions EW had last night with this year’s crop of awards season stars:

• Bret McKenzie was given his award for Best Song (for The Muppets’ ditty “Life’s a Happy Song”) and a reality check on the arrivals line. “They presented the award over there in the corner and the reporter who was making the presentation looked at the three of us and was like, ‘Okay, which one of you is Bret?’ ” McKenzie admitted exclusively to EW. READ FULL STORY

'Thor' stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston among BAFTA Rising Star nominees

‘Tis a good day to be a son of Odin. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston — i.e., Thor and Loki (respectively), the warring sons of Anthony Hopkins’ mythic king in last summer’s Marvel Studios hit Thor — were nominated today for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. (Hiddleston is also in Steven Spielberg’s WWI drama War Horse and Woody Allen’s Parisian romp Midnight in Paris.) Sponsored by the mobile phone and movie theater partnership Orange Wednesdays — and voted on by its customers — the other nominees are:  READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig chat 'Bridesmaids' at TimesTalks event

Leave it to the director and star of 2011’s hit Bridesmaids to make a comedic entrance to their panel at the 11th annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig waltzed in carrying glasses of red wine to their chat with moderator Melena Ryzik. The audience noticed their liquid addition to the chat, and the stars quickly decided that they’d turn their talk into a drinking game. The rules were simple: Drink every time someone says a–hole. (Which really meant one of the stars would just say a–hole any time they wanted to take a drink.) Wiig and Feig both talked about the success of the film, but mum’s the word on that much-talked-about sequel. Here are a few more highlights from the night’s event:


'Bridesmaids,' 'The Descendants' lead WGA nominees

Comedy might not get an respect from the Oscars, but writers love to laugh, judging from the Writers Guild Awards nominations announced today. All five nominees for Original Screenplay were comedies, led by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids. Toss in Tate Taylor’s The Help and The Descendants from Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, and you have an awards slate connected by a common funny bone. Another Oscar favorite with a sense of humor, The Artist, didn’t make the cut, though likely only because it was ineligible (as was The Iron Lady, Shame, Drive, and My Week With Marilyn, among others) for not complying with the guild’s contractual guidelines. Click below for the complete list of nominees.


Could a 'Bridesmaids' sequel be in the works without Kristen Wiig?

With $288 million in global gross, and the best Oscar buzz for a mainstream studio comedy in decades, the prospect of a sequel to Bridesmaids seems as obvious as not eating at a sketchy restaurant before a bridal fitting. Both Kristen Wiig — who also co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo — and Melissa McCarthy have become breakout stars, and the studio behind the film, Universal, is certainly hungry for a lucrative comedy franchise to compliment its aging Bourne and Fast and Furious films.

But according to a Hollywood Reporter story, Wiig has made it clear she and Mumolo are not planning on writing a sequel. (Wiig’s rep was not yet available for comment to EW.) A Universal rep, meanwhile, tells EW that the studio would very much like to reassemble the entire Bridesmaids team — including Wiig, McCarthy, and director Paul Feig — but if that is not possible, the studio would be talking with producer Judd Apatow about other possible concepts for a Bridesmaids sequel.

When reached for comment, Apatow’s rep sent EW this statement:  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales


This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011’s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011’s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

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