Old age makeup! Homoeroticism! Oh my!
Is his career over?
Yeah, I totally stole that headline
The “Bridesmaids” actress has several movie and TV projects in the works
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments in last night’s Emmy Awards broadcast (besides host Jane Lynch’s well-written bits) was Melissa McCarthy’s surprise win for Outstanding Lead Acress in a Comedy Series. Made even better when the five funny ladies in that category turned the moment into an impromptu pageant. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I’ve never seen an episode of “Mike & Molly” (gulp—sorry Melissa!) but I thought she was one of the best things in “Bridesmaids” and I found it refreshing to see someone who doesn’t look like the typical Hollywood star get the acclaim her talent deserves. Nothing against the classic beauties who did take home the statue last night (I’m talking to you, Kate Winslet and Julianne Margulies) but I can’t help but think of McCarthy's win as the perfect capper for that ridiculous controversy that erupted last year when “Mike & Molly” began its run. Remember that one? A columnist for Marie Claire wrote that she was “grossed out” at the thought of watching “two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other.” Oh, and the clueless writer didn’t leave it there, adding “to be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across the room.” Oy. The columnist later apologized (following a firestorm of negative comments) and said she hadn’t meant to offend anyone. (Um…what?) Melissa's taking home one of the top awards last night was simply the cherry on the cake of that debacle.
Even before her Emmy win, McCarthy was fielding all sorts of offers. Deadline reported today that the actress just sold her first network pilot script “about a woman in her mid-40s who has a spectacular midlife crisis.” I smell a hit. McCarthy also recently sold her first feature script—a collaboration with her “Bridesmaids” co-star and writing partner Annie Mumulo. Paramount will produce the film with McCarthy in the lead. The incredibly busy "girl from Plainfield, Illinois" is also signed for two other big movie roles—one in Jason Bateman’s “ID Theft” and another in Judd Apatow’s “This is Forty.” You go girl. And tell those spindly Marie Claire waifs to shove it.
Check out McCarthy’s reaction to her Emmy win after the break:
Cast members of the film help celebrate the 64th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force
I was embedded with the troops this weekend. Okay…I admit I wasn’t exactly in harm’s way at Edwards Air Force Base, about 100 miles outside of Los Angeles, but it was a moving experience to spend time with the courageous men and women who live and work there (when they’re not serving in trouble spots around the globe). I was attending a special screening for the troops of the upcoming Open Road film, “Killer Elite.”
Action superstar Jason Statham was joined by co-stars Yvonne Strahovski (from TV’s “Chuck” and the cover of the current Maxim magazine), Dominic Purcell (“Prison Break”), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Oz,” “Lost”) at Edwards AFB on what was the 64th anniversary of the creation of the United States Air Force (before 1947 this branch of the armed services was part of the U.S. Army).
Before the screening, the stars met with air force personnel and their families who were either just back from missions in Afghanistan or Iraq or about to deploy. Colonel Gregory E. Schwab, commander of the massive 308,000-acre base in the middle of the Mojave Desert, introduced members of the different groups who were present, including experts in explosive ordnance disposal, security forces, and medical evac teams, among others. The actors talked about the making of the action film, which also stars Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. They engaged in a lively dialogue with the troops about what it’s like for them on the real front lines and how that differs from some of the Hollywood depictions of wartime action.
You can be the proud owner of said photo - for just a million dollars!
Last week, an eBay auction of a photograph lit up the Internet-ing world with both silliness and a big conspiracy bent. The photo came with its own wacky theory – that Nicolas Cage was secretly a vampire. eBay seller “jack_mord” was hawking a photo, billed simply as “Nicolas Cage is a Vampire / Photo from 1870 / Tennessee,” complete with its own presumption that Cage is not just a talented (and Oscar-winning!) actor from a Hollywood family (who may be prone to some of his own offbeat life choices), but a vampire who will rise up like a phoenix every few years, only to garner popular glory in whatever time period he lands.
The price for that little photo? A cool million dollars.
The photo is said to be from the 1870’s, featuring a man that looks like Cage, but whom seller jack_mord believes is Cage and “that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.” If I was going to go through all that trouble, I think I’d aim a tad bit higher than “talk show host,” but who am I to presume that I understand vampire Cage’s endgame career choices? The photo is billed as documenting a Civil War-era man who lived in Bristol, Tennessee. Found in album that contained “an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits,” the man in the picture was the only one not identified by name. Conspiracy!
And while the photo alone is worthy some serious scrutinizing and a few laughs, the Q&A section on the photo’s auction page is truly priceless. In it, jack_mord answers various questions like “If Nicolas Cage dies, thereby being proven to not be a vampire, do I get a refund?” and “will you hand-deliver anywhere in the universe?” and the comment-as-question “Nick Cage has aged terribly in the past 10 years, he's obviously not been drinking his daily amount of blood to stay young” that results in an answer that expounds upon the Cage-as-vampire theory.
Of course, there's one small hitch when it comes to this clever little slice of movie memorabilia and conspiracy theory - vampires don't get captured in photographs. Duh.
Sadly, as of now, the photo has been pulled from auction. Now that's a conspiracy. [THR]
Talking movies and DVDs with the star and co-writer of 'Bridesmaids'
Kristen Wiig, one of the only reasons to check in with "Saturday Night Live" in recent years, has been turning bit parts into defining comedy moment in films as "Ghost Town" and "Adventureland," not to mention a half dozen Judd Apatow comedies. Now Wiig takes charge as co-writer and star of "Bridesmaids," a boys night out comedy for women that defied all industry expectations, becoming a smash hit and the most successful comedy to date for producer Apatow. It’s also a necessary reminder that Hollywood's obsession with making films for adolescent males aside, effective comedy cuts across gender lines. Especially when you throw in a little bathroom humor. "Bridesmaids" hits DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download this week and Videodrone checked in with the multi-talented Ms. Wiig to talk movies, DVDs, Jon Hamm and doing nasty things in bridal shops.
MSN: I just listened to the "Bridesmaids" commentary track, with you, director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo and most of your fellow bridesmaids.
Kristen Wiig: Uh-oh.
It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.
Wiig: We did. I'm actually nervous because I haven't heard it yet. Did I say anything to embarrass myself?
Let's just say that you didn't say anything that was more embarrassing than anything you said in the movie.
Wiig: There! Okay, that's fair.
You recorded that commentary track the day before the film opened, when you had no idea that it was going to be huge.
Wiig: Yeah, that's crazy. I was probably very, very nervous. It's probably why we were drinking wine.
If the commentary track is anything to go by, it sounds like you all had quite a time on the set as well.
Wiig: We did. It was like summer camp for three months. It was so fun and the cast made it so special. We just got lucky. All the girls all fell in love with each other and, yeah, those are my girls.