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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Gotti and Holmes & Watson lead 2019 Razzie Awards nominations

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday…

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.

The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday night (20Jan19), with John Travolta’s crime-drama Gotti and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s buddy comedy Holmes & Watson each receiving six nominations.

In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s black comedy The Happytime Murders garnered six nods, as did Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Death of a Nation, while Winchester, Robin Hood, Fifty Shades Freed and Death Wish all received multiple nominations.

Travolta is up for the Worst Actor for his performance as mob boss John Gotti, with the category rounded out by Bruce Willis in Death Wish, Ferrell in Holmes & Watson, Johnny Depp in animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, and perhaps most controversially, U.S. President Donald Trump is nominated over archival footage of himself in documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston also scored a nod for Worst Screen Combo.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is up for worst actress in two films, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while Peppermint’s Jennifer Garner, London Fields’ Amber Heard, Winchester’s Helen Mirren, and The Clapper’s Amanda Seyfried join her in the category.

The winners of the 39th edition of the Razzie Awards will be announced on 23 February – the night before the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The full list of Razzie Awards nominations is as follows –

Worst Picture:

Gotti

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress:

Jennifer Garner – Peppermint

Amber Heard – London Fields

Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Helen Mirren – Winchester

Amanda Seyfried – The Clapper

Worst Actor:

Johnny Depp (voice only) – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell – Holmes & Watson

John Travolta – Gotti

Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis – Death Wish

Worst Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx – Robin Hood

Ludacris (voice only) – Show Dogs

Joel McHale – The Happytime Murders

John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress:

Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Marcia Gay Harden – Fifty Shades Freed

Kelly Preston – Gotti

Jaz Sinclair – Slender Man

Melania Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo:

Any two actors or puppets – The Happytime Murders

Johnny Depp and his “fast-fading film career” – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Kelly Preston and John Travolta – Gotti

Donald J. Trump and his “self-perpetuating pettiness” – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:

Death of a Nation

Death Wish

Holmes & Watson

The Meg

Robin Hood

Worst Director:

Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Kevin Connolly – Gotti

James Foley – Fifty Shades Freed

Brian Henson – The Happytime Murders

Peter and Michael Spierig – Winchester

Worst Screenplay:

Death of a Nation – Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Gotti – Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs

The Happytime Murders – Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robinson

Winchester – Tom Vaughan, Peter and Michael Spierig

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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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Melissa McCarthy apologised to realistic puppet co-star after bumping into him

Melissa McCarthy soon forgot she was working with puppets on the set of her new film The Happytime Murders.The film tells the story of disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet Phil Phillips as he investigates the murders of the puppet cast of…

Melissa McCarthy soon forgot she was working with puppets on the set of her new film The Happytime Murders.

The film tells the story of disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet Phil Phillips as he investigates the murders of the puppet cast of an ’80s children’s TV show, who start getting picked off one by one.

Directed by Brian Henson, son of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, Melissa plays Phil’s ex-partner Detective Connie Edwards, and the actress quickly got to grips with her non-human co-stars.

“What’s crazy is that I thought it was gonna be this whole tricky thing. I thought, ‘Okay, I guess it will be kinda like with a tennis ball, just ‘cause there’s no eye contact and they’re not looking at you’,” she said to Collider. “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.”

Bill Barretta is the puppeteer behind Phil, and will be known to audiences through his work as Pepe the King Prawn and Swedish Chef from The Muppets.

Melissa credits her co-star with making Phil so believable to act opposite.

“Bill Barretta is a dreamboat,” she stated. “He’s so good. This is his grandfather – Phil. It’s such a personal, dreamy character, at the heart of it. His face can barely move and his eyes can barely move, but when Phil is upset, everybody feels it. That’s Bill Barretta being this weird wizard at what he does.”

The Happytime Murders hits cinemas in August (18).

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