Melissa McCarthy (born August 26th, 1970)
Melissa McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. Her most famous roles include Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?, as Molly Flynn on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, and as Megan Prince in the 2011 comedy hit film Bridesmaids.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Melissa McCarthy has a net worth of approximately $20 million.
Personal Life: McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, and raised on a farm with her family. Her cousin is actress and model Jenny McCarthy. McCarthy's career began with stand-up comedya fter graduating from St Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois. She was also a member of comedy troupe The Groundlings based in Los Angeles, California. An actor and alumnus of this group, Ben Falcone, later married McCarthy in 2005 and has made a series of cameo appearances in films she has had leading roles in, for instance Identity Thief, Spy and Bridesmaids.
Career: McCarthy's debut TV appearance came on the NBC comedy series Jenny with her cousin Jenny McCarthy. She also started off by doing some minor performances in films such as Go in 1999 and Charlie's Angels, as well as temporary voice acting for some episodes of Kim Possible. 2000 saw her go on to be cast as Sookie St. James on the The WB TV series Gilmore Girls. After the series ended in 2007, she starred in the science fantasy thriller The Nines, followed by appearances in the independent comedies The Captain and Pretty Ugly People. By 2009 McCarthy landed the role as Dena on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? A year later she became the star of the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, followed by a major performance in Bridesmaids which got her an Academy Award nomination. Her fame now escalating, she also received her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and went on to play some supporting roles in films like The Hangover Part III, as well as making several appearances on Saturday Night Live.
McCarthy then went on to further excel in the film industry. She co-starred in the 2013 crime comedy Identity Thief, which opened at number one at the box office, and later that year starred in the equally successful comedy The Heat. The following year McCarthy co-wrote and starred in the film Tammy - the debut project of her production company On the Day; McCarthy promises other films will come through this company in the future. She also played the female leading role in the 2014 comedy-drama St Vincent as well as in the 2015 comedy Spy. May 2015 saw McCarthy awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Other Achievements: McCarthy originally studied textiles at University prior to becoming an actor, and so at the age of 44 she became a fashion designer. Her first clothing line, Seven7, is designed for plus-size women with sizes going up to 28. This was done in an attempt to put an end to the social embarrassment felt by shaming plus-size women, according to McCarthy.
The original Ghostbuster will have a small cameo in the upcoming all female reboot.
Dan Aykroyd has confirmed he will be making a cameo in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot which stars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. The 63 year old actor played Dr. Raymond Stantz in the franchise’s original 1984 movie and later reprised the role in 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II.
Dan Aykroyd will appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.
In a now deleted tweet Aykroyd wrote, "On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig lady GB'S are adorable, hilarious and badass Exhilarating! #ghostbusters.” The actor’s cameo has since been confirmed by his reps to Entertainment Weekly, with no other details on the been provided.
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Paul Feig has shared the first picture of the ‘Ghostbusters’ cast in full costume complete with proton pack and Ecto-1 car.
Director Paul Feig has shared the first picture of the Ghostbusters cast in costume. Feig has been teasing the release of the image for a number of weeks after sharing a number of sneak peeks with his fans on social media. The official image shows actors Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kat McKinnon all kitted up and ready to take on the paranormal.
Melissa McCarthy stars in Ghostbusters.
Filming has begun on the all-female reboot of the classic comedy and now we’ve been given a sneak peek at the ladies’ uniforms.
Director Paul Feig has given fans their first look at the new Ghostbusters uniforms on Twitter, sharing an image of the four costumes hanging on a rail along with the hashtag whatyougonnawear. The pic shows that the ladies’ costumes will very much be in keeping with the classic Ghostbusters look, albeit with a modern twist.
'Jurassic World' has knocked it out of the park, passing the $200million mark in its opening weekend in America.
We all knew it would be big. Bring back the Jurassic Park franchise after a gap of 14 years, add Chris Pratt and a fearsome new dinosaur into the mix, and push the Steven Spielberg connection (albeit as executive producer), and Universal has undoubtedly got a hit on its hands.
Chris Pratt: now one of Hollywood's most bankable stars
But it's not until after Jurassic World's opening weekend that anyone knew quite how big it would be. The film has debuted in the US with a whopping $204.6million, doubling the studio's original weekend estimate, Box Office Mojo reports.
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The long-awaited fourth film in the 'Jurassic Park' franchise is smashing expectations at the US box office.
Dinosaurs ruled the earth 65 million years ago, and now they're ruling the box office, with Jurassic World making an estimated $82.8million in America by the end of Friday.
Chris Pratt and his wife Anna Faris at the Jurassic World premiere
Outperforming most analysts' predictions, the film has scored the third-best Friday opening on record, according to Box Office Mojo, placing it behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84.4m) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($91m).
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Over the weekend, 'Spy' took over the box office entirely, shoving all opposition out of the way.
'Spy', Melissa McCarthy's latest hit action comedy with her 'Bridesmaids'/'The Heat' director Paul Feig, clocked up an impressive $86.5 million worldwide in its first weekend. The film's US debut ($30m) was considered a bit soft, which pundits say may be due to audience frustration with McCarthy's less enjoyable recent films 'The Identity Thief' and 'Tammy'. But 'Spy' has a 7.6/10 audience rating at IMDb and an impressive critics' score of 95% positive at Rotten Tomatoes.
Melissa McCarthy stars in 'Spy'
This has already put 'Spy' into the top 100 of spy movies as ranked by Box Office Mojo. 'Despicable Me 2', 'Skyfall' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum' hold the top three slots, followed by three 'Mission: Impossible' films and two 'Austin Powers' movies.
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And in a shocking plot twist...
This week at the box office, Melissa McCarthy’s SPY snuck a box office victory past everyone, including the guys’ guys of Entourage. The Paul Feig-directed SPY took the North American box office with $30 million, along with pretty positive reviews and a worldwide total of $86 million (all stats taken from Box Office Mojo). Not a bad start for Melissa McCarthy’s first solo movie, made on a $60 million budget.
In Spy, McCarthy is joined by Jason Statham for a wild ride of a comedy.
Entourage, meanwhile, fell flat with just $17,8 million in North America, despite its early release on Thursday. The Adrian Grenier starrer took fourth place in the box office chart over the weekend, preceded by a holdover from the previous week and the debut of Insidious 3.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy's Spy Beats All Expectations with $30M Domestic Debut
Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ has taken the box office top spot this weekend.
Melissa McCarthy's Spy has come out on top at the US box office this weekend after taking an estimated $30 million in theatres between Friday and Sunday. The comedy stars McCarthy as a secret agent tasked with stopping an arms dealer from selling a nuclear weapon in her first big assignment.
Melissa McCarthy has impressed critics and movie-goers with Spy.
The comedy has gained positive reviews from critics and so far holds a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is McCarthy’s third collaboration with director Paul Feig who previously worked with the actress on 2011’s Bridesmaids and 2013 comedy The Heat. Overseas Spy has so far made $25.6 million in 54 markets, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $86.5 million.
Horror takes on comedy in cinemas this weekend, but there's no clear winner based on Friday's estimates.
As ticket sales for Dwayne Johnson's San Andreas cool off a little, two very different films are vying for the number-one spot this week: the third (but probably not the last) instalment of the Insidious horror series, and Melissa McCarthy's crime comedy Spy. And they're neck and neck after one day in cinemas according to Box Office Mojo - Insidious has made $10.4million, while Spy is slightly behind with $10.25m.
Lin Shaye (the one on the right)
The directorial debut of actor-writer Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 has received a warmer critical reception than many people expected, but its opening-day haul is roughly half what the second film in the series made in its first 24 hours, meaning it will likely end the weekend with a considerably lower total than Chapter 2's $40.3m.
Continue reading: 'Insidious' And 'Spy' Are Neck And Neck At US Box Office
After her outburst towards a journalist last year over her appearance in 'Tammy', Melissa McCarthy has earned new respect from her work on 'Spy', giving her a new platform to speak from.
With her new movie 'Spy' already proving to be a huge hit with both critics and audiences, Melissa McCarthy has been able to open up about some serious issues she sees in Hollywood. And as a victim of discrimination both as a woman and as a plus-size actress, she has a lot to say.
Melissa McCarthy in 'Spy'
Describing Hollywood sexism as an "intense sickness", she finally snapped when a journalist criticised her appearance in last summer's 'Tammy'. "It was kind of, 'How dare women not look beautiful, perfect and attractive in a movie'," McCarthy says. "But I put a lot of time and effort into having Tammy not look like she cared about herself, that was part of how I felt she felt on the inside."
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The ace partnership between filmmaker Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy evolves into something formidable with this raucous action comedy, which simultaneously spoofs the espionage genre and provides some genuine thrills. From ensemble player (Bridesmaids) to costar (The Heat) and now to the star of the show, McCarthy finds a role worthy of her talents, subverting rather than exploiting her distinct physicality.
She plays Susan Cooper, a desk-jockey at the CIA who works with the field agents, guiding them by radio link through their dangerous paces. When star spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is taken out of service and all other top agents have their covers blown, the boss (Allison Janney) has little choice but to send the well-trained Susan into the field to take down the villainous arms dealer Rayna (Rose Byrne). With her best pal Nancy (Miranda Hart) as her office-bound helper, Susan gets into a series of disguises and travels to Paris, Rome and then Budapest. And despite the constant attempts of rogue agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) to "help" her, Susan gets ever closer to Rayna and her gangster buyer Sergio (Bobby Cannavale).
The relatively simple plot is overcrowded with characters and subplots that add absurd layers of humour to the film, almost all of which are genuinely hilarious. Best of all, none of the laughs come at the expense of Susan, a capable, smart, witty woman who's the perfect alter ego for McCarthy (and certainly much more engaging than her obnoxious-slob persona in The Heat or Tammy). She has terrific chemistry with all of her costars, flirting shamelessly with the Bond-like Law, an amusingly swaggering Statham and especially the purringly hysterical Byrne. As always, the great Janney steals every one of her few scenes. Less effective is an extended goofy cameo by Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, who at least shows willing to dive into some ridiculous comedy. There's also another terrific foil in Susan's local contact Aldo, played with leering, opportunistic relish by Peter Sarafinowicz.
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The director spoke about passing the Bechdel test and working with Melissa McCarthy in a couple of interviews on Monday (June 1st).
Paul Feig, the director of the new movie Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, has spoken about his desire to write realistic roles for women, rather than conform to the usual rom-com rubric where all that female characters talk about are their relationships with men.
The 52 year old director, who has previously helmed movies such as Bridesmaids and Knocked Up, told The Huffington Post on Monday: “I want to write to the things I want them to be discussing and not be discussing. I have no desire to do, at this point in time, a romantic comedy where it's all about… talking about a guy or this and that. I love to be able to pass the Bechdel test.”
Paul Feig spoke about his desire to write credible, realistic movie parts for women
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Date of birth
26th August, 1970