Paul Feig shoots down possibility of Bridesmaids sequel

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey. However, Feig has now poured wat…

Paul Feig has no plans to make a Bridesmaids sequel.

The filmmaker directed the hit 2011 movie, which starred the likes of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

However, Feig has now poured water on the idea of a follow-up to the film, which was co-written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and insisted that any story for the sequel would never be as good as the original.

“Everybody thinks they want a Bridesmaids sequel, and it could be fun, but I always have to say this: Bridesmaids works – you remember all the comedy stuff, that was great, but the reason that movie worked is because it was about Kristen Wiig’s character,” he told Collider.

Feig went on to note that protagonist Annie Walker is a “disaster”, and the flick ends with her overhauling her life and starting a relationship with police officer Nathan Rhodes, played by Chris O’Dowd.

And the director believes that the only possible story for a sequel would have to focus on another wedding – though he would leave that decision in the hands of Wiig.

“So, to do a sequel, I think you’re basically just gonna have to have a funny wedding. And I’ve seen those movies a million times and some of them are good and some of them are like, ‘O.K., whatever.’ It’s obviously up to Kristen, she’s the keeper of the keys on that, but it would have to be something that you can emotionally engage in again,” Feig shared. “That could be funny, but I just think you need more for a movie to be great.”

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Jamie Dornan thrilled to venture into comedy

Jamie Dornan is excited for audiences to see his first foray into comedy with Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar.The Northern Irish actor is known for his serious role in TV show The Fall as well as appearances in films such as A Private War and the Fif…

Jamie Dornan is excited for audiences to see his first foray into comedy with Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar.

The Northern Irish actor is known for his serious role in TV show The Fall as well as appearances in films such as A Private War and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

But in an interview with Variety, Dornan revealed that he had always dreamed of going down the comedy route and he’s excited he’s finally been given a chance to show off his aptitude for the genre alongside Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

“I’m so excited for people to see the movie. I’m so excited to see the movie myself,” he gushed. “Years ago, when I first started in the industry, I kind of only really wanted to do comedy and I was sort of making good comedy connections, feeling like I was going to go down that path. And then I did The Fall, and if you’re playing a serial killer, nobody’s considering you for comedy… I guess it’s taken me a while to find my way back to that world.”

The 37-year-old shared that the opportunity came to him after executives on the film saw him telling funny stories on TV programmes like The Graham Norton Show, and he is amazed that his first comedy gig is with Wiig and Mumolo, who won acclaim for co-writing the 2011 smash hit Bridesmaids.

“I mean, for my first comedy to be (with Wiig and Mumolo), it’s kind of mind-blowing. We just had such a laugh making that movie in Mexico last summer,” Dornan praised. “It’s a trip, though. I really hope people respond to it. It’s right up my street. They’re some of the funniest days I’ve ever had in my life.”

Wiig and Mumolo also wrote the screenplay for the comedy, which follows Barb and Star as they get tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s plot to kill everyone in town when they go on holiday. It is still scheduled to be released in July.

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Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne bonded over drinks to prepare for Like a Boss

Tiffany Haddish invited Rose Byrne for drinks so they could establish a friendship like their characters in Like a Boss.In the new comedy, Haddish and Byrne play Mia and Mel, who have been best friends for two decades and are co-founders of a beauty br…

Tiffany Haddish invited Rose Byrne for drinks so they could establish a friendship like their characters in Like a Boss.

In the new comedy, Haddish and Byrne play Mia and Mel, who have been best friends for two decades and are co-founders of a beauty brand.

When the Girls Trip star got the Like a Boss script and learned she might be playing the Australian actress’s best friend, she decided to reach out and invite her for drinks so she could see if they had the chemistry required to convincingly play longtime pals.

“We hung out for four hours,” the comedienne told InStyle magazine. “We’re sitting, we’re drinking, we’re eating, we’re laughing. Having so much fun. We just instantly connected. I was like, ‘Girl, I think we should walk down the street and see a psychic to see if we were sisters or cousins in a past life.’”

But the Bridesmaids actress admitted she was nervous to meet Haddish because she feared they might not get on as well as they needed to.

“I was so nervous,” she shared. “The most important part of the movie is that we’re besties and have that connection. And we’re so different — but we figured out that we have so many things in common. We’re exactly 5 feet 6 and a half, have really small ears, were born in 1979…”

Mel and Mia’s friendship is tested when Claire Luna, played by Salma Hayek, invests in their small company, and the Mexican actress couldn’t help but gush about her co-stars.

“The three of us were very different from each other, and that makes for a richer experience,” she said. “I just fell in love with them.”

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Melissa McCarthy pokes fun at rumours she’ll play Ursula in The Little Mermaid

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and…

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, she hilariously teased fans over the speculation.

“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” host Kimmel began, before McCarthy interrupted and jokingly asked: “What’s that?”

She then quipped, “I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding… We’ll see. If it did happen, it would be very wonderful.”

McCarthy then went on to explain that the role of Ursula would be perfect for her, as she watched the 1989 Disney animated classic “every single night for about a year-and-a-half” when she worked as a babysitter in her youth.

“I know it to my core and I weirdly still love it,” the 48-year-old said, before adding that her daughters Vivian, 12, and Georgette, nine, would probably advise her not to embarrass them with her portrayal of the iconic Disney villain.

Rob Marshall is set to direct the live-action remake, with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda working on the score with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken.

Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play mermaid Ariel, Harry Styles is reportedly in early negotiations to star as Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem is in talks to take on the role of King Triton.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey to reunite with Kristen Wiig for Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to reunite with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig in the upcoming comedy movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.The 49-year-old and Damon Wayans Jr. have been announced as new additions to the cast of the Lionsgate come…

Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to reunite with her Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig in the upcoming comedy movie, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

The 49-year-old and Damon Wayans Jr. have been announced as new additions to the cast of the Lionsgate comedy, which follows two best friends who leave their small midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida. They soon find themselves involved in a bizarre plot by an evil villain who plans to kill everyone in the town.

According to editors at Deadline, McLendon-Covey will reportedly play Mickey Revelet, who inspires the titular best friends, played by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, to take their vacation to Vista Del Mar.

The actress shared a link to the article on Twitter and expressed her excitement by adding, “Weeeeeee!so excited (sic)!”

The movie marks a reunion between McLendon-Covey and Wiig, after they appeared alongside each other in 2011’s raucous comedy, Bridesmaids.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan is another recent addition to the cast, and the Northern Irish hunk will portray Edgar, a lovelorn spy who gets caught between the forces of good and evil. Last week, Lionsgate executives shared a picture of Dornan, Wiig and Mumolo dressed in character on the set of the production.

Wiig and Mumolo, who also wrote the script and will serve as producers, have enlisted Josh Greenbaum as director. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum will also produce.

News of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was announced in April, and representatives for studio Lionsgate said they were “honoured” to be behind the duo’s upcoming comedy.

“Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane said in a statement.

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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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Kristen Wiig pulls out of filming comedy in Georgia due to abortion ban

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar…

Kristen Wiig has decided against filming her new comedy in Georgia following the introduction of anti-abortion legislation.

Last month, the star confirmed she was reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo on Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a movie which will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

But according to editors at Variety, Wiig has now announced that she will no longer be shooting in Georgia, as means of protesting the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which will outlaw abortions from the time a foetal heartbeat is detected, usually around when a woman is six weeks pregnant.

A spokesperson for film studio Lionsgate hasn’t commented decision, and a new location for the production is yet to be determined.

Since Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill earlier this month, a number of producers have abandoned projects in Georgia as part of a Hollywood boycott over the restrictive abortion laws.

Director Reed Morano has cancelled a trip to the state to scout locations for a new Amazon Studios show called The Power, and told Time, “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly. There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.”

Jason Bateman, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, as well as other film and TV heavyweights, have also pledged to take their entertainment business out of the state to oppose the bill.

Georgia has been a favourite location for various TV and film projects for years due to tax incentives.

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Paul Feig: ‘Last Christmas is a love letter to London’

Director Paul Feig has described his upcoming romcom Last Christmas as a “love letter to London”.The Bridesmaids filmmaker is currently in the post-production stages of the movie, which has a script from Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, and is lo…

Director Paul Feig has described his upcoming romcom Last Christmas as a “love letter to London”.

The Bridesmaids filmmaker is currently in the post-production stages of the movie, which has a script from Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, and is loosely inspired by the music of George Michael, especially his 1984 Wham! hit Last Christmas.

Emilia Clarke is to portray lead character Kate, with Henry Golding playing Tom, though Feig has now shared that the real star of the movie is the British capital city.

“(It’s a) love letter to London. We shot all in central London in locations that people don’t normally shoot at like Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, on The Strand, on The Embankment, in Covent Garden,” he said in a video interview for Collider.com. “I love London, my mom’s side of the family is British, so it really exciting to show off the London that I love.”

Not much is known about the plot of Last Christmas, though Thompson will appear as Adelia, and Michelle Yeoh will have an unknown role. Yet, Feig promised that the storyline won’t fall into the usual cliches of romance movies.

“We like to call it a dramatic romantic comedy. (Clarke plays) this woman whose life is a kind of a disaster in London, she’s just kind of screwing everything up. Then she meets Henry who is this kind of oddball guy who comes out of leftfield. They just develop this strange relationship where they start helping each other out,” the director smiled. “It’s a very sweet, funny movie. It’s unexpected because there’s a whole other two layers to it beyond the romantic comedy of it all…. I’m just really proud of it.”

In addition, Feig confirmed that Last Christmas will contain some of Michael’s previously unreleased tracks, including a song the singer recorded shortly before his death in December 2016 at the age of 53. The movie is set to hit cinemas in November.

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Rebel Wilson keen to tackle more ‘diverse’ acting roles

Rebel Wilson is setting her sights on taking on more “diverse” acting roles.The actress found fame when she landed a small part in 2011 hit Bridesmaids and has since gone on to star in other light-hearted movies, like the Pitch Perfect franchise. W…

Rebel Wilson is setting her sights on taking on more “diverse” acting roles.

The actress found fame when she landed a small part in 2011 hit Bridesmaids and has since gone on to star in other light-hearted movies, like the Pitch Perfect franchise.

While Rebel has made a name for herself as a comedy star, she’s now stated her desire to tackle parts that genuinely test her thespian skills.

“I’m going to get into more diverse acting roles because people haven’t seen the extent of my talent,” she said in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine. “I love the roles I play, but, obviously, I can do a lot more. I feel the same with all my businesses too.”

Rebel has already made a start on appearing in different film genres, having landed the lead in romcom Isn’t It Romantic, and as Fraulein Rahm in Taika Waititi’s upcoming dark comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit. The Australian is about to begin promoting The Hustle, a remake of 1998’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and is in the post-production phase of the new Cats flick too.

Accordingly, Rebel indicated that she would like to have more control over her projects in the future.

“I’d like more power in the work that I do. With comedy, I’m very particular, and sometimes it physically pains me to see something altered without telling me,” the 39-year-old admitted, adding that her personality is much different to her onscreen persona. “People are shocked that in real life I’m quite sensible and kind of conservative. They find that strange because when they see me in the movies, I’m like a joke a minute. I actually don’t think I’m very funny in real life, but, of course, it’s a part of me. If I acted that way in public, I would be a lunatic.”

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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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