• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
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If you’re a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s previous work — especially her blockbuster turn in The Heat last summer — it looks like Tammy was made for you. In addition to her starring role, McCarthy co-wrote the film with her husband, director Ben Falcone.
When Tammy (McCarthy) finds out her husband has been cheating on her, she embarks on a road trip with her hard-partying grandma (Susan Sarandon). But in the teaser trailer below, we see a solo Tammy gearing up for a fast-food robbery. She’s after bags of money and bags of pies while wearing a bag over her head and a bag over her “gun.” Check out the hilarious heist below: READ FULL STORY
• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
Imagine this: You’re an odd couple of buddy cops, and it’s been a long day on the beat. So you sit down at the bar and shoot the bull….
Fans of The Heat already saw the ridiculous scene play out in the film’s theatrical release. Now, thanks to an exclusive clip from the film’s DVD/Blu-ray extras, we get to go a little deeper into the psyche of Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Watch below as the partners cover everything from Mullins’ family life to how the phrase “Don’t let the door hit you on the a–…” isn’t just a parting zing for this rough-and-tumble gal. Also? Let’s just say Mullins misunderstood a few things about 1991 Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Melissa McCarthy in talks for a James Bond inspired role; Plus James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein, more
• Melissa McCarthy can basically do whatever she wants these days, especially alongside her Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig. Her latest awesome endeavor? Potentially starring in Susan Cooper, a spy comedy about a James Bond-esque character. McCarthy, of course, would play the female Bond spinoff. According to the report, the project is being developed as a potential franchise and Feig would direct. Scheduling could be an issue, though. McCarthy has multiple projects with her production company On the Day as well as her Mike & Molly commitments. Still, McCarthy as a James Bond-type sounds delightfully promising. [The Wrap]
Box office report: 'Monsters University' stays on top with $46.2 million; 'The Heat' hot, 'White House Down' not
It’s been a great June at the domestic box office — and thanks to a jam-packed slate of robust earners, the month finished strong this weekend. In fact, the top five films all earned over $20 million.
Monsters University stayed on top of the chart with $46.2 million, marking a slim 44 percent drop over the Friday-to-Sunday period, which was lower than the second weekend declines of Brave (49 percent), Cars 2 (60 percent), and Toy Story 3 (46 percent). The well-received family film has earned $171.3 million total after ten days — and it will definitely surpass the original Monsters Inc.‘s $251 million cume. The film will face a formidable challenge next week, though, when Despicable Me 2, which has been cleaning up overseas (it’s already earned over $50 million from just seven countries), hits theaters on July 3.
In second place, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s buddy-cop comedy The Heat scored an excellent $40 million — a career-best debut for both stars. The film, directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, cost Fox only $43 million to make — and it will surpass that figure by Tuesday. The Heat‘s great debut trumps the opening weekend of McCarthy’s other 2013 hit, Identity Thief, which began its run with $36.3 million on the way to a $134.5 million finish.
As might be expected, adult women drove business for The Heat, which carries an R-rating. According to Fox, audiences were 65 percent female and 67 percent above the age of 25. Crowds issued the film an “A-” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock proved they were an appealing comedic duo on Friday — but they couldn’t outpace the animated pairing of Mike and Sully at the box office.
Monsters University topped the chart with $14.3 million yesterday, putting the Pixar sequel on track for an excellent $49 million second weekend. That would give the family film a $175 million total after ten days — a healthy total as it prepares to take on Despicable Me 2 next weekend.
In second place, The Heat scored an excellent $13.6 million, which easily trumps McCarthy’s last two starring efforts: Bridesmaids, which opened with $7.8 million on a Friday, and Identity Thief, which began with $11.1 million on a Friday. The Heat may take in about $39 million this weekend, which would not only be a fantastic start considering its $43 million budget, but also a career-best opening for both Bullock and McCarthy. READ FULL STORY
Two brand-new action comedies, The Heat and White House Down, will try to unseat Monsters University from the top spot at the box office this week, but that could be a formidable challenge. Though both summery films are on track for healthy debuts, Monsters has no new family competition, and it could take in another monstrous weekend sum.
Here’s how the box office might shake out:
1. Monsters University – $47 million
The well-reviewed Pixar film will likely top the box office for a second frame unless The Heat breaks out in a major way. Last year, Brave fell by 49 percent in its sophomore frame, but with better word-of-mouth, Monsters U may fall by a softer 42 percent to $47 million, which would give the comedy $172 million total.
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Now this is how you bring The Heat. (As opposed to this. Good grief.) This morning, Mondo revealed exclusively to EW their righteous treatment of the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy buddy cop comedy. The collectible poster will be available for free while supplies last at Alamo Drafthouse theaters nationwide at 10 p.m. opening-night showtimes on June 27. Get there.
“I am a huge fan of the work Mondo does, so I was really pushing for them to do a poster for The Heat,” director Paul Feig said in a statement. “When they sent me their take I cracked up, as they really nailed it.”
“Everything Paul Feig touches is amazing, so were incredibly excited when he reached out to us and asked us if we wanted to do a poster for The Heat. After watching an early screening of it, we were sold on the movie’s hilarity and this poster is a direct result,” said Mondo creative director Justin Ishmael.
There is much to love here, from artist Tom “The Dude Designs” Hodge’s use of Beverly Hills Cop/Flashdance paint blaze font, to that cat reaching out for a big attack hug, to a teensy bespectacled Feig as a SWAT team member. (Though is it odd that the actors’ names are over the wrong heads?) The poster succeeds in making The Heat look equal parts retro ridiculous and high-stakes action fireball fun. I’ll even get behind that terrifically meaningless tagline: “Action’s never been so hot!” READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Adam Sandler says 'Hello Ghost,' Melissa McCarthy fights ghosts; Plus Liam Hemsworth, more
• Adam Sandler (Just Go With It) is set to star in Hello Ghost, a remake of a Korean comedy directed by Chris Columbus in which a man attempts to kill himself, but instead of dying is visited by four ghosts who refuse to leave him in peace until he grants each of them a wish. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Speaking of ghosts, The Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) has a new agent – Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) has signed on to voice Watts, an offbeat agent in DreamWorks Animation’s tale of a secret government organization that keeps us all safe from ghosts. McCarthy’s partner in B.O.O. is Jackson Moss, voiced by Seth Rogen (This Is The End). The story is an original idea by co-writer and director Anthony Leonidas, who directed the 2008 animated flick Igor. [Hollywood Reporter]
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