Paul Feig Taps Miranda Hart For Female Spy Comedy

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 11:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

mirandahartEXCLUSIVE: Paul Feig has a knack for finding gem comediennes and he thinks he has got one in Miranda Hart. The British veteran has been set to join Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham in the untitled spy comedy that Feig is directing for Chernin Entertainment and Fox. Filming starts in Budapest on Monday and the film has been dated for Memorial Day weekend 2015·

The comedy marks the third collaboration for Feig and McCarthy, and he wrote the script, directs and produces through his Feigco Entertainment with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Jessie Henderson. ”I’ve been a fan of Miranda’s for years and am so excited to bring her to the big screen,” Feig said. “I’m also hoping I’ll finally get back that lawnmower I loaned her last summer.” Read More »

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Hot Teaser: Fox’s ‘Peanuts’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 8:45am PDT

Paul Feig is producing Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios’ attempt at the first big-screen CGI version of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic (UPDATE: Readers were correct to point out there have been other Peanuts features). From this first look that dropped today it’s clear this take won’t offer … Read More »

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Fox And Paul Feig Set Ensemble Musical

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

feig1feig2Fox has acquired a pitch for an ensemble musical to be scripted by Yana Gorskaya and Maia Rossini. Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment will produce. Feig hatched the idea … Read More »

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Fox Buys Melissa Stack Pitch; Paul Feig Eyeing To Direct Untitled Female Comedy

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 3:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

feigpEXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig is attached to produce and possibly direct an untitled pitch that Melissa Stack will write for Fox. She wrote The Other Woman, the Nick Cassavetes-directed pic that is in post at … Read More »

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Paul Feig Hatches ‘The Heat’ Spinoff, Focusing On Jamie Denbo And Jessica Chaffin’s Characters From Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock Comedy

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 11:03am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Heat team of Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Paul Feig are developing a spinoff of last summer’s hit, creating a comic vehicle that will focus on the characters played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin. That Feig-directed and Katie Dippold-scripted film, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, grossed $230 million worldwide.

Denbo and Chaffin played Beth and Gina, who were part of McCarthy’s cop character’s extended family. That’s the clan that sat around a kitchen table and grilled Bullock’s character on subjects including whether she was a man and if so how was she able to get such a close shave, or whether she was a narc (they pronounced it nahhc, in that truly charming/excruciating Beantown parlance). Tricia McAlpin is writing the script. Feigco’s Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing with Chernin Entertainment. They are all working out the storyline, and sparked to the potential of a vehicle for the comic duo. This by no means precludes the possibility of a sequel to The Heat, which was successful and funny enough to justify an encore. Read More »

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Paul Feig Lands Animated ‘Peanuts’ Fox Pic

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 1:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Paul Feig made his first-look producing deal at Fox primarily to generate R-rated comedies like The Heat, that doesn’t mean he can’t work clean and for a family crowd. Feig has just been set to produce and oversee 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios’ Peanuts animated feature based on the late Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip creation.

Fox has set a November 6, 2015, release date for the film that is being directed by Steve Martino, whose credits include Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift. The script was written by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Uliano are producing with Feig. It’s the first animated feature for Feig, who started with the cult fave series Freaks And Geeks and has really hit his stride directing Bridesmaids and The Heat and next will helm for Fox Susan Cooper, the spy comedy that will star Melissa McCarthy and likely Jason Statham. The Peanuts gig is the realization of a dream for Feig. Read More »

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CinemaCon: Hollywood’s Male Focus Shortchanges Women And Box Office Sales, Panelists Agree

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT

It is a decades-long trend,” actress Geena Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said at a luncheon panel on the subject. “We want to believe that things are Read More »

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Paul Feig’s Feigco Taps Jessie Henderson As Exec Veep

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 11:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment has tapped Jessie Henderson to be the company’s executive vice president. Henderson, who leaves Chernin Entertainment to take this job, will be in charge of finding and developing new projects … Read More »

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‘The Heat’ Scribe Katie Dippold Makes 7-Figure Sale To Chernin Entertainment

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 6:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment and Fox are so convinced they have a hit in the Paul Feig-directed comedy The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock that they moved the picture right into the heat of the July … Read More »

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Fox Makes Deal With ‘Bridesmaids’ Helmer Paul Feig To Generate R-Rated Comedies

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In the first overall filmmaker deal that 20th Century Fox Film has made since Jim Gianopulos became a solo act as Chairman/CEO, the studio has signed Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig to produce and direct films under … Read More »

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘The Heat’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 8:15pm PST

This one provides a little more graphic look at Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as reluctant partners in The Heat, written by Katie Dippold (Parks And Recreation) and directed by Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig:

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‘Mad TV’s Michael McDonald Joins Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat’

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 8:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

Michael McDonald, a standout performer for a decade on the Fox series Mad TV, has joined the cast of the 20th Century Fox Paul Feig-directed buddy comedy The Heat, which stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. He will play a … Read More »

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Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat’ Adds Online Comic Spoken Reasons

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 1:16pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Leaping from YouTube to the big screen, Spoken Reasons has been added to the cast of The Heat. The online comedy star joins Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the Paul Feig-directed … Read More »

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Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy Play Cop With Paul Feig

By | Saturday May 19, 2012 @ 11:52am PDT

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are going to be packing heat. The duo have signed up to do a cop buddy movie. Bridesmaids Paul Read More »

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‘Bridesmaids’ Helmer Paul Feig Behind UK Series ‘Ronna & Beverly’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 2:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids and hatched the series Freaks And Geeks, has gotten the go-ahead from Sky Atlantic HD for Ronna & Beverly, a six part mock talk show featuring two fifty-something Jewish American mothers who ask blunt questions … Read More »

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Fox 2000 Taps Elizabeth Sarnoff To Re-Write ‘Garlic And Sapphires’

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 11:15am PDT

Elizabeth Sarnoff Garlic And SapphiresEXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Sarnoff will shift to features to re-write the film version of Garlic And Sapphires, which Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is attached to direct. Cary Brokaw (The Resident) will produce for Fox 2000. Based … Read More »

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Paul Feig To Helm Darren Star’s HBO Pilot ‘Viagra Diaries’ Starring Goldie Hawn

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hot off directing summer boxoffice hit Bridesmades, Paul Feig has been tapped to helm HBO’s comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City creator/executive producer Darren Star and starring Oscar winner Goldie Hawn. Based on the book … Read More »

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Peter Cattaneo In Talks To Direct ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Full Monty helmer Peter Cattaneo is in talks to direct Bridget Jones’s Baby, the Universal Pictures/Working Title sequel that brings back Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Shooting begins early next year. The directing assignment has been … Read More »

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‘The Help’ Helmer Tate Taylor In Talks To Direct Melissa McCarthy In ‘Tammy’

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 5:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: There is a mad dash to get the next screen slot of Emmy-winning Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy. New Line is helping its chances by starting … Read More »

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