Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone wore matching tracksuits to Oscars party

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits. The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort an…

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone made a style statement on Hollywood’s most glamorous night by trading in their designer red carpet outfits for matching black and white tracksuits.

The couple ignored the traditional dress code and opted for comfort and street cred as they arrived at Sunday night’s (24Feb19) post-Oscars Vanity Fair party in matching Adidas jackets and pants.

The actress opted to pair the look with black and white Nike Cortez sneakers while Falcone wore a black pair of Converse All-Star high tops. The actor/writer was thrilled when the Bridesmaids star came up with the outfit idea.

“I was like, ‘Oh God yes, 150 per cent yes. Let’s do this,'” he told Entertainment Tonight.

For McCarthy, the style change was refreshing.

“It’s not (less glamorous) to me guys,” she told the news outlet. “I’ve doubled my diamonds – I feel great.”

Earlier in the night, the two looked much more formal, with McCarthy wearing a custom Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit, complete with a cape, while Falcone looked dapper in a classic tuxedo.

“I knew I wanted to wear something really strong,” she told news show Extra of the Oscars red carpet ensemble. “I wanted to show my girls (daughters Vivian and Georgette)

that you can go to this (Oscars) and look really empowered.”

The 48 year old, who was up for Best Actress for her role as late writer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, provided one of the 2019 Academy Awards’ most memorable comic relief moments when she and Bryan Tyree Henry presented the Best Costume Design award, wearing over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films, Black Panther, The Favourite, Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Poppins Returns.

The key element of the get-ups was the rabbit hand puppet McCarthy wore – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

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Melissa McCarthy: ‘Castmate’s fragrance is signature scent for my marriage’

Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone have more than marriage in common – they also smell the same.The Hollywood couple shares one favourite scent, with the comedienne revealing her Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-star Richard E. Grant’s new fragran…

Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone have more than marriage in common – they also smell the same.

The Hollywood couple shares one favourite scent, with the comedienne revealing her Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-star Richard E. Grant’s new fragrance has become the go-to spritz for the pair.

“Jack by Richard E. Grant, who has the most developed olfactory abilities of any human (is our signature scent),” Melissa gushes to InStyle. “He created this perfume that Ben and I wear every day. (The top notes are) lime, marijuana and mandarin. Come on!”

This isn’t the first time Grant’s nose for smells has been praised – filmmaker Marielle Heller, who directed Richard and Melissa in the hit new film, noted his knack for niffs was a riot on set.

“Richard has this habit where he goes into new places and he smells everything. It’s this really wondrous thing that he does,” she told WENN. “We were going into these beautiful old book stores and our whole thing was we wanted the movie to feel dusty; that there were windows that had been painted shut for 17 years with no fresh air in these places for a long time. Richard would walk into these old book stores, go up to the bookshelves and start smelling all the books!”

The Withnail & I star was encouraged to get into the perfume business by designer Anya Hindmarsh while holidaying with her in the Caribbean.

She noted the actor’s keen sense of smell and became his “impromptu-start-a-business Fairy Godmother” as he embarked on his new career two years ago.

“I dreamt of making the perfect perfume by combining Gardenia flowers and rose petals in a jam jar of boiling water, melted sugar, sealing the top, shaking it up and burying it in the ground for a week,” he recalled of his early attempts to make scents of it all when he was nine.

“Regrettably, when I dug it up, ‘Big Stinko’ was the nostril curling result. Tried using cold water instead, forgoing the sugar. The result was even more rank… What it didn’t do was stop my lifelong obsession with smelling everything and secretly dreaming of working out how to trap that elusive gardenia in a bottle.”

Grant’s Jack perfume is now on sale at fragrance e-commerce site Aedes.com for $135 (£105) per bottle.

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Melissa McCarthy ‘wormed her way in’ to husband’s new film

Melissa McCarthy “wormed” her way into new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? after becoming fascinated by the project her actor/director husband had just landed. The Bridesmaids star, who is better known for her comedy roles, portrays real-life author Le…

Melissa McCarthy “wormed” her way into new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? after becoming fascinated by the project her actor/director husband had just landed.

The Bridesmaids star, who is better known for her comedy roles, portrays real-life author Lee Israel in the new biopic, which chronicles her efforts to revitalise her failing writing career by forging letters from famous deceased artists to make a living.

Israel, who lived in New York, ended up pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property and served six months under house arrest in 1993. She died in 2014.

Melissa admits she would never have heard of the story had it not been for her husband Ben Falcone’s casting in the film.

“He was cast first, and then I wormed my way in,” the actress confessed. “That’s what he gets for showing me the script!”

“I felt a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t know who she was,” she added to breakfast show Good Morning America. “I lived in New York during this time period, and I thought, ‘I should have known her.’ Then to find out the FBI got involved and she was convicted…, I was like, ‘Why don’t I know the story?'”

Once Melissa scored the lead, she began researching Lee’s background, but she found that task to be harder than imagined.

“The research was slim to none,” she said, “because true to Lee’s form, she did not want people in her business; it’s not there, really.”

Luckily, Melissa had Lee’s memoir, on which the film is based, to study as she developed her onscreen persona and she enjoyed exercising her dramatic skills.

“It was fantastic. I know that it is tonally something that I’m not really known for.. but for me it’s like, I still fall in love with the character, I fall in love with the story,” she shared. “The process for me in playing Lee Israel was just finding all her little quirks and ticks, of which there were many – she is not an easy person by any stretch, but I still became really enamoured with her early on, and it was really fun to play.”

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which also stars Richard E. Grant, opens in theatres this week (19Oct18).

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Bobby Cannavale to re-team with Melissa McCarthy for Super Intelligence

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence. The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous rel…

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence.

The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous release, The Boss.

Super Intelligence centres on an unfulfilled former corporate executive, played by McCarthy, who is selected for observation by a newly-developed form of artificial intelligence that may or may not be set to take over the world.

James Corden has been tapped to provide the voice of the artificial intelligence.

Cannavale will portray her onscreen ex-boyfriend, who re-enters her life following an extended absence, reports Collider.

The Ant-Man star and the funnywoman previously joined forces for the 2015 hit Spy, which was a critical and commercial success – taking in $235 million (£180 million) globally.

The new project also marks another reunion for the husband and wife team of Falcone and McCarthy. After appearing in Bridesmaids together, the 47-year-old also starred in Falcone’s directorial debut Tammy, which they co-wrote.

They also collaborated on follow up films The Boss and Life of the Party, and are also behind the forthcoming crime drama The Kitchen, featuring Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.

Super Intelligence will be developed for the couple’s production company, On the Day.

Production is set to begin later this month (Jul18) and is slated for release at the end of 2019.

Both McCarthy and Cannavale will be keeping busy for the rest of the year.

Oscar nominee McCarthy will appear in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? as the author Lee Israel and The Happytime Murders, while Cannavale recently featured in the blockbuster sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will soon be seen in The Big Lebowski spin-off Going Places, as well as the small screen drama Homecoming.

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Bobby Cannavale to re-team with Melissa McCarthy for Super Intelligence

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence. The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous rel…

Actor Bobby Cannavale has signed on to star as Melissa McCarthy’s love interest in the action comedy Super Intelligence.

The film will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, with a script by Steve Mallory, who penned the actress’ previous release, The Boss.

Super Intelligence centres on an unfulfilled former corporate executive, played by McCarthy, who is selected for observation by a newly-developed form of artificial intelligence that may or may not be set to take over the world.

James Corden has been tapped to provide the voice of the artificial intelligence.

Cannavale will portray her onscreen ex-boyfriend, who re-enters her life following an extended absence, reports Collider.

The Ant-Man star and the funnywoman previously joined forces for the 2015 hit Spy, which was a critical and commercial success – taking in $235 million (£180 million) globally.

The new project also marks another reunion for the husband and wife team of Falcone and McCarthy. After appearing in Bridesmaids together, the 47-year-old also starred in Falcone’s directorial debut Tammy, which they co-wrote.

They also collaborated on follow up films The Boss and Life of the Party, and are also behind the forthcoming crime drama The Kitchen, featuring Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.

Super Intelligence will be developed for the couple’s production company, On the Day.

Production is set to begin later this month (Jul18) and is slated for release at the end of 2019.

Both McCarthy and Cannavale will be keeping busy for the rest of the year.

Oscar nominee McCarthy will appear in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? as the author Lee Israel and The Happytime Murders, while Cannavale recently featured in the blockbuster sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will soon be seen in The Big Lebowski spin-off Going Places, as well as the small screen drama Homecoming.

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