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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Amy Poehler had ‘work cut out for her’ directing friends in Wine Country

Amy Poehler had her “work cut out for her” directing her real-life friends in upcoming comedy Wine Country.The former Parks and Recreation star makes her feature film directorial debut with the upcoming Netflix movie, which also stars her best friends …

Amy Poehler had her “work cut out for her” directing her real-life friends in upcoming comedy Wine Country.

The former Parks and Recreation star makes her feature film directorial debut with the upcoming Netflix movie, which also stars her best friends and former Saturday Night Live co-workers Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, and Emily Spivey.

And Spivey, who co-wrote the movie, admitted Poehler had a challenge on her hands trying to make the group get to work.

“She had her work cut out for her with having to wrangle us because we’re always doing bits and chatter and talking,” she said to Vanity Fair magazine. “She’s really like a good mama bear.”

In the film, which was inspired a real-life birthday trip, Poehler’s character Abby organises a break to Napa in California to celebrate the 50th birthday of Rebecca, played by Dratch.

Poehler realised that their trips were the perfect fodder for a film “not only because these are the greatest, funniest performers,” she said, “but there’s just not enough films that take full advantage of what it’s like to be our age and to be around women that have known you for a really long time but aren’t competing for the same job or the same guy.”

Although the movie is based on the group and their trips, it is fictitious and the tale was designed to show off the women’s comedic strengths.

“We already have this common language where we can set each other up and—what’s that word in volleyball?” Bridesmaids star Rudolph added.

“You pop it up. And that was also part of the delicious goal of this: why not work with these people that you love working with, that you do not have to question?”

Wine Country is released on Netflix on 10 May (19).

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Amy Poehler grateful wine country wildfires didn’t destroy Calistoga film setting

Actress-turned-filmmaker Amy Poehler is thankful to local officials in Calistoga, California for allowing her to shoot new comedy Wine Country in the city so soon after 2017’s devastating wildfires. The Inside Out star made her directorial debut with …

Actress-turned-filmmaker Amy Poehler is thankful to local officials in Calistoga, California for allowing her to shoot new comedy Wine Country in the city so soon after 2017’s devastating wildfires.

The Inside Out star made her directorial debut with the upcoming Netflix movie, about a group of girlfriends who head to Northern California for a boozy 50th birthday celebration, but she reveals a number of potential filming locations had to be scrapped after suffering severe damage in the October, 2017 blazes, so she was lucky to be given the go ahead to let cameras roll in Calistoga just a few months later.

“We were really grateful that Calistoga opened up its streets to us, because we were coming a short time after the fires, which were incredibly devastating for that area, and very traumatic,” she told WineSpectator.com. “And a lot of places that we scouted had burned, or had suffered a lot of loss.”

Wine Country reunites Amy with her Saturday Night Live (SNL) co-stars Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch, among others, and was inspired by a real-life trip the ladies took for Dratch’s age milestone in 2016.

“It wasn’t too complicated,” she explained of how the project came about. “I’d been directing television and looking to direct a feature, and to turn this (trip) into a film was almost an instant idea, because we were all together, and we’re always just looking for projects where we can work together.

“So after the trip, I said to (former SNL staff writer) Emily Spivey, who was on the trip and is in the film, and is a terrific writer, ‘Should we try to write this as a script and turn this into a movie?’

“We enlisted Liz Cackowski, our old friend, who is also an SNL alum, and just kind of took it from there. So it was very organic — much like the winery that we visit in the movie.”

The movie follows the ladies as they enjoy a racaous time in the top wine region, but in real life, Amy admits she was pretty much sober the entire shoot – because she was too busy worrying about getting the feature just right.

“I was the teetotaler because I was the one going to bed every night with homework,” she told WineSpectator.com of juggling her roles as actor, producer, and director. “I know a bunch of the ladies, while we were filming, also had great dinners and got to relax and unwind, but I was always the nerd who was going to bed early.”

“I didn’t drink, for example, I think the entire time I shot this movie,” she shared. “I think I had my first glass of wine three days before we wrapped, because I was too anxious about making sure we got everything right.

“So, funnily enough, I had the opposite of any kind of debaucherous time in wine country. I’m gonna have to go back there and do it up right next time.”

Wine Country is set to premiere on Netflix on 10 May (19).

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Academy confirms Oscars will have no host

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy. A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday nigh…

A representative for The Academy has officially confirmed that the Oscars will go ahead without a host following the Kevin Hart controversy.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) confirmed to Fox News on Monday night (04Feb19) that the 91st Academy Awards will have no official presenter after Hart stepped down from the post in December (18) following the resurfacing of some old controversial tweets. It marks the first time the ceremony will be without a host since 1989.

On Monday they announced the first wave of presenters, which include Oscar winners Brie Larson and Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chris Evans and Tessa Thompson, Crazy Rich Asians co-stars Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and comediennes Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph. More talent will be announced in due course.

The announcement comes weeks after a spokesman for actors’ union SAG-AFTRA put out a statement blasting AMPAS bosses, claiming they had been placing “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” on celebrities, insisting they appear exclusively at the Oscars and no other ceremonies during this awards season.

In their press release on Monday, Oscars producers said the ceremony would honour the night’s nominees and “embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience”.

“This is an important moment in Oscar history,” said Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson. “This year’s show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience.”

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday. Notable nominees missing from the snap included Olivia Colman, Adam Driver and Emma Stone.

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra will perform during the In Memoriam segment, while all five Best Original Song nominees will be performed. They include Shallow from A Star Is Born, All the Stars from Black Panther, The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, I’ll Fight from RBG, and When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

The Oscars will take place on 24 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Melissa McCarthy was wowed by The Happytime Murders script

Melissa McCarthy signed on to The Happytime Murders after reading two pages of the script.The Bridesmaids actress is starring as Detective Connie Edwards in the crime-comedy flick, which tells the story of puppet private investigator, Phil Phillips (Bi…

Melissa McCarthy signed on to The Happytime Murders after reading two pages of the script.

The Bridesmaids actress is starring as Detective Connie Edwards in the crime-comedy flick, which tells the story of puppet private investigator, Phil Phillips (Bill Barretta), as he looks to find the serial killer who murdered his brother. Directed by Brian Henson from a screenplay by Tom Berger, Melissa has shared that she was immediately intrigued by the unconventional concept.

“By page two, when I read this – and I’m not exaggerating – Ben (Falcone, husband) was outside and I walked out and was like, ‘I think I’m in.’ He was like, ‘You’ve been gone 13 seconds. What do you mean?’ I was like, ‘I know, but there’s a big street scene of gritty L.A. and they’re playing I’m Your Puppet,” she recalled during a recent roundtable interview about the film, according to Collider.com. “He was like, ‘Why don’t you go read it?’ And then, I came back out on page four and was like, ‘I’m just saying, I really think I’m already in.’ I never say that.”

Melissa went on to explain that her reaction was one of the “strangest” she’s ever had to a script. And while the film features a cast of humans, including Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Hanks, as well as puppeteers, she emphasised that the flick isn’t for children and her daughters Vivian, 11, and Georgette, eight, won’t be seeing it.

“It’s definitely a grown-up movie. My kids are like, ‘We can’t wait to see this!’ And I’m like, ‘I can’t wait to show you, when you’re 40! It will be so wonderful, when you’re 110 and you can see this!’ I think it’s part of the fun of it,” the 47-year-old smiled.

During the interview, Melissa also shared that she found it a little odd to be working with puppets at first. But after a few scenes, she was totally captivated by the characters.

“What happened about 15 minutes in was that I bumped into Phil and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, Phil.’ And then, I was like, ‘Oh, okay, I’m nuts!’ We’ve had emotional scenes,” she added.

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Tiffany Haddish gives beloved Alexander McQueen dress a third outing at Oscars

Tiffany Haddish recycled her favourite Alexander McQueen gown for a third time at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Oscars.The U.S. comedian and actress wowed in white at cinema’s biggest night of the year, though she first stepped on to the red carpet in a…

Tiffany Haddish recycled her favourite Alexander McQueen gown for a third time at Sunday night’s (04Mar18) Oscars.

The U.S. comedian and actress wowed in white at cinema’s biggest night of the year, though she first stepped on to the red carpet in a traditional Eritrean gown to honour her background and her late father.

By the time she appeared on stage with Maya Rudolph to present the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film, Tiffany had changed into her bejewelled McQueen, and showed off her comic skills by dangling her high heels on her fingers and wearing a pair of Ugg slippers.

Tiffany first wore the dress, which she paid for herself, at the Los Angeles premiere of Girls Trip in July, and then again during her opening monologue when she hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) four months later, where she promised fans would see it again.

“I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want, as long as I Febreze it,” she laughed on SNL. “My whole team told me, ‘Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on SNL. You already wore it. It’s taboo to wear it twice.’ And I said, ‘I don’t give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress. This dress cost way more than my mortgage.’

“This is a $4,000 dress! I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times. You might see this dress in two sketches tonight. If someone invites me to a ball or a bat mitzvah, guess what I’m wearing to it? This Alexander McQueen.”

However, in the days leading up to the Oscars, Tiffany admitted to People magazine that she hadn’t made a final decision on her dress yet.

“I’m still working on this Sunday Oscar dress problem,” she said. “It’s going to be something, I know that much.”

“You will see the white dress again, yes you will,” she added. “That dress will be making a comeback.”

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