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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.
In case you needed another reason to love her.
Melissa McCarthy is the reigning Queen of the Internet after her spot-on impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on 'Saturday Night Live' last week. The crazy gum-chewing, aggressive shouting and extremely convincing wig have earned the comedienne over 10.5 million views online.
Melissa McCarthy's impersonation of Sean Spicer is the best thing about SNL
She's best known for starring in the likes of 'Mike and Molly', 'Gilmore Girls' and 'Ghostbusters' but Melissa McCarthy truly outdid herself with her impersonation of Donald Trump's press aide Sean Spicer, who has been frequently mocked by the media ever since he made outrageously false claims about attendance at Trump's presidential inauguation in Washington D.C..
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Absolutely Nails Sean Spicer On 'Saturday Night Live'
Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists the ten worst movies of 2016
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...
10. 13 Hours - Michael Bay's bombastic filmmaking style may have seemed like the perfect fit for this rah-rah Benghazi dramatisation. But this is a loud, silly thriller that completely misses the point.
Continue reading: 10 Worst Films Of 2016
When producers announced that they were remaking the 1984 action-comedy classic Ghostbusters with a cast of women, the internet predictably erupted in a barrage of abuse. But the cast and crew did their best to ignore it.
Ghostbusters (2016) reunites Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy), plus Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live players Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
Of the social media backlash, McCarthy just laughs. "I don't even talk about it," she says. "It's not like I can improve myself from the criticism. I can't become a better person or a better actor or a better mother, nothing. If somebody has a good point, I am the first to be like, 'Let me have it.' If someone just wants to spew hate, tear down women, I prefer to keep that out of my life."
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It's been more than 30 years since the Ghostbusters first hit the big screen with a then-original mix of comedy and supernatural action. Intriguingly, this new film is neither a sequel nor a remake; it's a reboot of the franchise, which loosely adapts the original 1984 premise to all-new characters. Thankfully, the screenplay is smart and funny, and the cast is flat-out hilarious.
It opens as university professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) sees her hopes for tenure evaporate when a book she wrote years ago with her childhood pal Abby (Melissa McCarthy) resurfaces, affirming their belief in ghosts. So Erin seeks out Abby, and discovers that she's still researching the supernatural, now with the sharp-witted gadget maker Jillian (Kate McKinnon). With spirit sightings on the rise in New York, the three decide to launch a ghost-busting business, joined by city expert Patty (Leslie Jones) and bimbo receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). But the apparitions popping up around the city are getting increasingly malevolent, and it's clear that an apocalypse is brewing.
The basic plot is lifted from the original movie, which is referenced in virtually every scene. Most of this is rather distracting, because a more original storyline would have been a lot more involving and the in-jokes will be lost on younger audiences. But it's fun to see the original cast members turn up here and there in random cameos.
Continue reading: Ghostbusters Review
The Ghostbusters star said she backed the actress "one hundred thousand billion per cent"
Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful essay attacking body shaming and Melissa McCarthy has come out in support of the actress’ message. The star of the new Ghostbusters - who, along with her co-stars, has been battling a slew of sexist remarks about her latest film- came out in defence of the Along Came Polly actress and called for society to "stop tearing women down".
Melissa McCarthy has come out to back up Jennifer Aniston
McCarthy told Entertainment Tonight people need to stop focusing on the way women look.
Continue reading: Melissa McCarthy Praises Jennifer Aniston's Essay
Actress Melissa McCarthy wearing a bright yellow mid-length dress at the premiere of the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters. The premiere was held at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 9th July 2016
After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride Along movies, Kevin Hart takes on The Rock in this entertaining action-comedy bromance. They make a great couple, as Dwayne Johnson's bulk cleverly contrasts with Hart's tightly wound intensity. Even more enjoyable is that they've essentially swapped roles, with Hart as the straight guy opposite Johnson's awkward goofball.
They play characters who knew each other in high school, when Calvin (Hart) was the king of the campus, captain of every sports team, star of every theatre production, top student and boyfriend of the sexiest cheerleader (Danielle Nicolet), whom he went on to marry. On the other hand, Bob (Johnson) was a badly bullied, overweight kid, who now turns up in town for their 20th reunion as a beefy muscleman. Clearly a little unhinged, Bob is also a rogue CIA operative, hunted by his boss Pam (Amy Ryan) for killing his partner (Aaron Paul) and other crimes he insists he didn't commit. So he ropes Calvin in to help clear his name, but Calvin finds this situation so insane that he's not sure who to believe.
While all of this plays out in a blissfully silly way, there's also a bit of an edge to the movie as it explores the issue of bullying with some gentle nuance that includes racism, sexism and homophobia. So even when it's rude or mindlessly corny, the movie is making a point. That said, the message might have been more convincing without the over-the-top violence that fills all of the action sequences. Thankfully, that never drowns out the terrific chemistry between Johnson and Hart, who bounce hilariously off each other as two men who have been emasculated in very different ways and need to prove themselves. This vulnerability makes both of them easy to identify with, especially as they play with their usual on-screen personas.
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The actress says she's taking note of those who didn't offer to dress her for the upcoming premiere.
Actress and comedian Leslie Jones has criticised fashion designers on Twitter after she had trouble finding a dress for the upcoming Ghostbusters premiere. Jones stars in the all-female reboot alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, which is set for release next month.
Leslie Jones says designers haven't been willing to help her find a dress for the Ghostbusters premiere.
On Twitter Jones wrote: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.” The comedian did receive a reply from one designer, Christian Siriano, who responded with a clapping emoji.
The actor will make an appearance in the new movie.
If you're still unsure as to what to think about the upcoming 'Ghostbusters' re-boot starring Melissa McCarthy and others in the originally male lead roles, let the cast of the original movie help you. They seem to be pretty excited about the feminine twist to their beloved franchise.
Bill Murray gives Ghostbusters his seal of approval
The cast of the original 1984 film (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts) joined the cast of the new addition to the franchise (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) on an episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last night (June 8th 2016) for 'Ghostbusters Day' - aka, the 32nd anniversary of when the film first hit theaters.
Continue reading: Bill Murray Shows Support For 'Ghostbusters' With Jimmy Kimmel Union
Melissa McCarthy brings another of her improvisational alter-egos to the big screen with this energetic comedy. The first cause for pause comes because this is a reteaming with her filmmaker husband Ben Falcone, with whom she made the bizarrely unfunny Tammy, as opposed to the filmmaker Paul Feig who directed her to box office triumph with Spy and The Heat and an Oscar nomination in Bridesmaids. Yes, there's a significance difference.
This time she plays hugely popular financial guru Michelle Darnell, whose stardom ends abruptly when she is sent to prison for four months for insider trading. When she's released, everyone she stepped on as she rose to the top turns their back on her, and her nemesis/ex Renault (Peter Dinklage) is still determined to get revenge. The only person who will talk to her is former assistant Claire (Kristen Bell), so Michelle moves in with her family. Unable to restart her business, she also takes over the Dandelion Scout troup of Claire's daughter Rachel (Ella Anderson), pushing the girls to take aggressive measures to sell their cookies.
As always, McCarthy throws herself into the role, creating a vivid character who indulges in a lot of outrageously silly slapstick. As with Tammy, the humour centres more on abusive interaction and humiliation than actual wit. McCarthy and Falcone strain to get laughs from physical wackiness rather than anything based on the character, so the movie only ever feels mildly amusing thanks to its high energy. But there's nothing engaging about Michelle, and it's only in a few cute-warm scenes with the terrific Bell that the film springs to anything resembling life. Thankfully, her scenes with the likeable Tyler Labine (as a potential boyfriend) have a loose humour to them. And Dinklage is surprisingly amusing as the sputtering cartoonish villain, while Kathy Bates generates a few sparks as Michelle's sassy mentor.
Continue reading: The Boss Review
Melissa McCarthy talks about her close relationship with the character she plays in The Boss. Having originally written and performed the character whilst on stage in groundlings theatre (15 years prior to the movie), Melissa tell us how she could never really let go from the bombastic and confident role which is quite different to Melissa in real life.
The actress also talks about some of the other people who appear in the film noting that Kathy Bates and Peter Dinklage were both incredibly fun to work with.
The Boss was written by Melissa, her husband Ben Falcone and their long-time friend Steve Mallory. The story centres around Michelle Darnell a hugely successful businesswoman who loses everything when she's convicted of insider trading. Darnell must rebuild her entire life and depends on the support of her former PA to make it happen.
Date of birth
26th August, 1970
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