April 22, 2014

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Rihanna, Adele make ‘Time’s’ 100 Most Influential list

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Time’ magazine has released their list of the 100 Most Influential people and some major Hollywood stars are included on this one.
Both Rihanna and Adele made the list as female singers making music the way they want it done, states RadarOnline.com. But women in other industries also showed up strong on the list as Kristen Wiig and Chelsea Handler were also on it.
And the list would not be complete without Kate and Pippa Middleton on it as they have captured plenty of attention in the last year.
Are you surprised by anyone on the list?
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Oscars®: “Bridesmaids” cast will present at the 84th Academy Awards®

HollywoodNews.com: Six actresses – Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig – from the hit comedy “Bridesmaids” will be presenters at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. McCarthy received her first Oscar® nomination this year for her supporting role in the film, and Wiig also became a first-time nominee for the film’s original screenplay. All six will be making their first Oscar show appearances.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Kristen Wiig joining Ben Stiller in “Walter Mitty”?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As much as Universal would like her to move on to a “Bridesmaids” sequel, it sounds like Kristen Wiig’s more interested in joining Ben Stiller for his next comedy.
The “Saturday Night Live” star is close to joining Stiller in his remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” for 20th Century Fox. Wiig would play Stiller’s co-star, who happens to be the girl of his dreams, THR reports.
“Mitty” remakes a Danny Kaye comedy from 1947 about a man who escapes his humdrum reality by daydreaming strange adventures. Stiller will direct as well as star.
Wiig was flirting with a “Bridesmaids” sequel, though I’m thrilled she’s leaving that project alone. The first one, though very successful, was comedic lightning in a bottle, and I don’t see the need for another “Bridesmaids” story just to cash in on the original’s success.
Wiig is in negotiations. We’ll see if Stiller and Fox are able to close the deal.
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“Bridesmaid” sequel could happen without Kristen Wiig?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sequels aren’t always a good idea. Here’s why.
Universal reportedly is contemplating a sequel to the massively successful “Bridesmaids,” a summer smash that somehow finds itself in the Oscar race (where comedies usually don’t compete, though to be fair, most comedies aren’t as funny as “Bridesmaids”). And why not, right? If “The Hangover” can earn a sequel, “Maids” deserves one, as well.
Except here’s the problem: Kristen Wiig isn’t involved. And the studio might move forward without her.
THR reports that Wiig and her co-writer Annie Mumolo aren’t interested in pursuing a sequel. “We are writing something else,” she tells the trade. But Uni remains optimistic about a sequel if they can get it right. “We are over the moon with the success of ‘Bridesmaids,’ and if we do a sequel we want to get it right,” a Universal rep tells THR. “We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.” The rumor would have a sequel focusing on Melissa McCarthy’s character, though I honestly couldn’t see the actress moving ahead on a sequel if Wiig wasn’t on board.
Judd Apatow weighed in via a statement, saying, “The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. We don’t want to do it unless it can be great. I don’t think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year.”
Would you see a “Bridesmaid” sequel that didn’t have Wiig? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Kris Jenner also a fan of ‘SNL’ skit about family

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that the Kardashians and Jenners can laugh about Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage, at least when it’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ making fun of it.
Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, recently admitted that she was a fan of the skit that also had Khloe Kardashian laughing, states RadarOnline.com. “I thought Kristen Wiig got me head on. And as I said a couple days ago, I’d love to know where she got those earrings from!” Jenner said about the skit.
Khloe also loved the bit as she posted on Twitter that it had her laughing because stuff like that is what ‘SNL’ is all about.
Did you enjoy the skit?
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Kristen Wiig rumored to be in last season on SNL

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Wiig–who’s become a hot commodity with “Bridesmaids” this year–has wrapped her latest film in time for the new season “Saturday Night Live.” It may also be her last season, I’m told by a source.
Wiig, along with Jason Sudeikis, has enough of a film career to graduate at the end of this season. “Imogene,” a movie I announced her exclusively last spring, costars Annette Bening. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss. “Imogene” is produced by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray‘s Maven Pictures with some new partners 10th Hole Entertainment joining Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan, Gambit Productions, and Ambush Entertainment. Kristen, by the way, also has a co-starring role in Jennifer Westfeldt’s excellent comedy “Friends with Kids,” to be released by Lions Gate.
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“Bridesmaids,” “Star Wars” lead this weekend’s top rentals

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris Hemsworth and a certain Jedi named Luke Skywalker await you this weekend. Looking for something decent to rent? We’ve got you covered:
“Star Wars: The Complete Saga”
Hands down the most buzzed-about Blu-ray release of 2011, more for what it changes than for what it improves. Which is unfair, because even die-hard “Star Wars” fans screaming “Noooooooooo!” at the alterations George Lucas is making to his beloved sci-fi franchise are backtracking and admitting that the conversion to Blu-ray is spectacular.
20th Century Fox and LucasFilm reportedly hit it out of the park with this multi-disc set. If you can get past the endless gushing, Harry Knowles writes an impassioned speech about the various deleted scenes in the “Star Wars” set, which brings all six of Lucas’ films to Blu-ray for the first time. If you happen to know a Star Wars” fanatic and are wondering where they are this weekend, chances are they’re camped in front of a hi-def television set, nitpicking every little detail of the “Star Wars” trilogies … and absolutely loving every minute of it.

“Bridesmaids”
Still one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year, Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” hits DVD and Blu-ray this week in an unrated package from Universal. “Saturday Night Live” standouts Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph play best friends caught in a tidal wave of hilarious disappointment as Annie (Wiig) tries to throw Lillian (Rudolph) an unforgettable bridal shower. Wiig’s brilliant timing and outstanding support from Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper make “Bridesmaids” a must see. Stay for the extended and deleted scenes, the gag reel, and the feature commentary track with the cast and crew.

“Thor: Limited Edition 3D”
You haven’t seen the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) until you’ve seen him on Blu-ray. Marvel continues its mighty superhero prequels with an origin story for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) arrogant Norse god who is banished to Earth where he meets his true love (Natalie Portman) and learns the value of his lineage. We’re paying close attention because Kenneth Branagh’s weighty drama – along with Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” – sets the stage for Joss Whedons’ ensemble adventure “The Avengers,” in theaters next summer. To that end, Paramount’s spectacular “Thor” Blu-ray boasts a clever short film with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) that bridges Marvel’s story gaps, seven in-depth featurettes, 11 deleted scenes, previews for “Avengers,” [...]

Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” crosses $200M worldwide

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Summer 2011 officially is drawing to a close, and the producers of R-rated comedies will be sad to see it go.
Audiences have flocked to most raunchy comedies released into the marketplace over the summer, with three R-rated films crossing the $200 million mark worldwide. The latest, “Bad Teacher,” managed the feat just this past weekend, posting an additional $2.2M at international box offices to push its overall cume past the high-water mark. The Cameron Diaz comedy now joins Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II” and Kristen Wiig’s vehicle “Bridesmaids” as the latest R-rated comedy to hit the spot (as noted by THR).
Yet the rating isn’t the be-all-and-end-all. For every “Bad Teacher,” there is a raunchy “Change-Up” which fails to connect with audiences ($34.8M worldwide since opening on Aug. 5).
Don’t feel too bad for Jason Bateman, though, His “Horrible Bosses,” also rated R, has earned $170.3M globally so far, meaning it could be the fourth film to pass $200M before the year is through.
As for “Bad Teacher,” I wonder if this means a sequel is possible. Diaz isn’t opposed to sequels, and the star power of she and Justin Timberlake together could power a second film. Though the film has only made $98M in the States, foreign audiences showed up in support would they do it again? We may find out.
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Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy hosting “SNL” this season

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Live from New York … it’s Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy! At least, that’s what we know for now.
Baldwin and McCarthy have been named as the first two hosts for the late-night comedy show’s 37th season, The New York Times reports. The “30 Rock” star will be making his sixteenth appearance as host, making him the all-time leader in the host category ahead of Steve Martin, who has hosted 15 times.
As for McCarthy, she starred alongside Kristen Wiig in this summer’s surprise hit “Bridesmaids.” She also recently earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly.”
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Jon Hamm joining Cross, Arnett in “Todd Margaret”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There’s so much more to Jon Hamm than just Don Draper, as anyone who has seen him on “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live” and on screen in Kristen Wiig’s “Bridesmaids” can attest. Now it appears Hamm will find another outlet for his comedy.
Hamm plans to guest star on the IFC series “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret with David Cross and Will Arnett with the series resumes in January 2012, THR reports.
The “Mad Men” lead is on the hook for five of the series’ six new half-hour episodes, which also will feature anticipated new music by The Smiths’ legendary guitarist Johnny Marr.
No word yet on the character Hamm will play. The show follow an American (Cross) who takes a job running the London-based sales team for a bogus energy drink named Thunder Muscle. But the fish-out-of-water comedy always starts with Margaret appearing as a defendant in a British court, and the show flashing back to show how he has been charged. It’s like “Mr. Bean” meets Gervais’ “The Office.” Hamm will be an excellent fit.
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