Melissa McCarthy Gets Real As Lee Israel In Biopic

Melissa McCarthy’s new movie is a departure from the broad, raunchy comedies she’s become known for. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the memoirs of disgraced author Lee Israel, and it’s already generating buzz about a possible Oscar nomination for McCarthy. At a press event, she revealed that she had no idea who Israel was when she got the script, but once she got to know her story, she was grateful to have gotten the role. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa McCarthy)

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me? opens October 19 in theaters.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Secures Box Office Victory For Second Week In A Row

Crazy Rich Asians had another fantastic weekend with a $25 million weekend, continuing its reign at the #1 spot for the second week in a row. The Meg was a distant second with $13 million while Melissa McCarthy’s The Happytime Murders flopped at #3 with just $10 million. Here’s the top 10:

  1. Crazy Rich Asians – It takes in $25 million this weekend  and has a worldwide gross of $83 million (on a $30 million budget!).
  2. The Meg – To date, it’s grossed over $408 million worldwide. This weekend it takes in $13 million.
  3. The Happytime Murders – It’s not a very happy time for these filmmakers with a sub-par $10 million debut.
  4. Mission: Impossible FalloutTom Cruise flick makes $8 million.
  5. Disney’s Christopher Robin – Family film collects $6.3 million.
  6. Mile 22 – Mark Wahlberg film underperforms in its second weekend with $6 million.
  7. Alpha – Prehistoric dog movie makes $5.6 million.
  8. BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee drama takes in $5.3 million and has collected over $32 million domestically.
  9. A.X.L. – Robotic dog movie debuts with $2.9 million.
  10. Slender Man – Thriller makes $2.7 million and has grossed over $25 million domestically. 

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For Melissa McCarthy, Muppets & ‘Murders’ Were An Eye-Opener

Melissa McCarthy has worked with her share of intriguing co-stars in the past, but nothing quite like what she dealt with while making The Happytime Murders. The movie, set in a world where humans and puppets coexist, finds McCarthy working with Jim Henson’s famous Muppets. She knew the shoot would be different than what she was used to, but she says she was shocked to discover how much work goes in to making the Muppets act so life-like. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa McCarthy)

 

The Happytime Murders, which also stars Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, and Joel McHale, open in theaters on Friday.

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Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Life of the Party’ Hits Blu-Ray In August

Life of the Party, Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy, hits Blu-ray and DVD August 7 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The picture continues McCarthy’s collaboration with husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the actress in Tammy and The Boss.

The story centers on a newly divorced mom (McCarthy) who, deciding it’s never to late to get an education, enrolls in college. Gillian Jacobs and Maya Rudolph co-star in the flick which was written by Falcone and McCarthy. Life of the Party took in $51 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray comes with a plethora of featurettes (“’80s Party,” “Mom Sandwich,” “Line-O-Rama,” “Bill Hate-O-Rama,” “Gag Reel) and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “’80s Party” segment.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Dominates Box Office With $41 Million Weekend

Powered by an all-star cast, Ocean’s 8 captured the top spot at the box office with $41.8 million. Trailing a distant second was Solo: A Star Wars Story ($15.1 million). Here’s this weekend’s Top 10:

  1. Ocean’s 8Sandra Bullock and company have a solid weekend with a $41.8 million debut.
  2. Solo: A Star Wars Story – To date it’s made over $176 million domestically. It collects $15.1 million over the weekend.
  3. Deadpool 2 – It’s another strong outing for Deadpool 2 with a $13.6 million take.
  4. Hereditary – Great debut for horror flick as it amasses $13 million in revenue.
  5. Avengers: Infinity War – This Marvel flick continues to keep ticking with $6.8 million.
  6. Adrift Shailene Woodley flick collects $5 million.
  7. Book Club – Comedy takes in $4.2 million.
  8. Hotel Artemis – Action film misfires with $3.1 million debut.
  9. Upgrade – Good reviews can’t save this movie from a poor box office showing ($2.2 million).
  10. Life of the Party Melissa McCarthy comedy rakes in $2.1 million.

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