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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Jason Statham, Nargis Fakhri, Melissa McCarthy, Peter Serafinowicz, Paul Feig, Jude Law, Jessica Chaffin, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney - 'Spy' U.K. film premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square at The Odeon,Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 27th May 2015
Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart - The European Premiere of 'Spy' held at Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 27th May 2015
Susan Cooper works as an analyst for the CIA; rarely out where the action is and working entirely from the office, advising some of the organisation's top agents during their most deadly assignments. However, following a serious lapse in judgement at the hands of her partner during a bomb disposal mission, the agency are forced to enlist another member of the team to uncover the location of the nuclear weapon. Deciding now is the time to drop her boring persona and become the super keen spy she always wanted to be, Susan volunteers to go undercover - to much derision from her colleagues who barely know her name let alone her position in the CIA. She's allowed to prove herself on the task though, with no appropriate alternative, but can she show that Susan Cooper is just as deadly as her team?
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Sir Donald Sinden, the British actor best known for his roles in the 'Doctor' series and his long associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at the age of 90.
Sir Donald Sinden, the prolific British stage and film actor, has died at the age of 90 after battling cancer.
Sir Donald Sinden at the UK premiere of Run For Your Wife in 2012.
Sinden died at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent just weeks before his 91st birthday. His son, as the Mail reports, explained how his father had been suffering from prostate cancer for several years.
Clare Cathcart was a much loved member of the acting community.
Clare Cathcart, the Northern-Irish actress best known for starring in 'Call The Midwife' and 'Doctors', has died at her home in Brighton - she was 48.
Miranda Hart had paid tribute to her co-star Clare Cathcart
"It is with huge sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved friend and client Clare Cathcart," a representative for the actress said in a statement.
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Miranda Hart could yet front the BBC's 'Generation Game'.
Miranda Hart could still front the BBC's newly rebooted Generation Game, despite distancing herself from the revival. Charlotte Moore, the controller of BBC1, said the corporation was "working closely" with Hart on a modern reinvention of the popular gameshow, which began with Bruce Forsyth in 1971.
Is Miranda Hart fronting the Generation Game?
Moore confirmed plans for the reboot in Monday's Guardian newspaper, though Hart - arguably the most lucrative star at the BBC - said it was the first she had heard of the idea.
Continue reading: Generation Game Mark II: Miranda Hart Is Basically The New Brucey
The british funny-woman is trying to make is stateside
Miranda Hart will be starring alongside Jude Law when she takes on Hollywood as part of a new spy film by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. The as-of-yet untitled movie is set to begin filming in Budapest on Monday (April 7).
This is Miranda Hart's face
The cast sees a host of big names combine, with Jude Law and Miranda Hart joined by ‘Bridesmaids’ star Melissa McCarthy and perennial hard-man actor Jason Statham. The ‘Bridesmaids’ link doesn’t stop there, as director Feig is involved.
Continue reading: Miranda Hart Taking on Hollywood with Untitled Spy Flick
Miranda Hart is determined to raise money for charity
Miranda Heart will put a brave face on as she struggles through her Red Nose Day commitments with an injured ankle. The comedienne fell while wearing heels, but isn’t going to let that stop her raising money for kids.
She said: "I should have known better, I was wearing a heel at the time, which is ridiculous as I'm 6ft 1in. To be honest, it was only an inch-and-a-half heel but that was enough to do it. I normally only wear ballet pumps. I was in my hotel room and I just went. So much for my Mad March - this is now definitely going to be Miranda's Mad Hop." Some of Hart’s challenges will be okay; she can do them sitting down. But there are a few challenges she might struggle with, like, maybe, dancing. She was told about her first challenge live on Radio 2 on Monday morning by breakfast show host Chris Evans – waxing as many armpits as possible in three minutes. "I'm a shaver not a waxer so this is completely new territory for me,” she explained. "Goodness knows where the wax is going to end up tonight - all I can say is, good luck Newcastle."
Injured but able to play on - Miranda Hart
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Miranda Hart is without doubt the most popular British female comedian of the minute, and with the recent season finale of her successful BBC sitcom, Hart is to begin work on writing material for a huge arena tour in 2014. Comedians have an uneasy relationship with huge emotionless hangars, but the likes of Peter Kay, Lee Evans and John Bishop have proven it CAN work.
Miranda has performed sketches and stand-up on the live circuit before, but the success of her TV series means her forthcoming show 'My, What I Call, Live Show' will take in far larger venues, including London's O2 arena. So what can we expect from the tour? The promotional bumf offers, "The award winning Queen of Comedy is on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series Miranda aired on the BBC. Grab a chance to see Miranda's laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply - such fun!"
Though there were initial reservations about whether Hart could fill a 15,000 capacity, ticket-buyers quickly allayed any fears. In fact, following Monday night's season three finale of her sitcom, Miranda has announced a handful of extra dates at London's O2 Arena, Manchester Arena, Liverpool Echo Arena, Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Birmingham's NIA and the new Leeds Arena.
Continue reading: As Her Sitcom Reaches Finale, Miranda Hart Eyes Arena Tour: Can It Work?
2012 was another brilliant year when it came to Christmas on the box. As well as some seminal family movies, both old and new, December's festive comedy, sci-fi and drama TV brought us much cheer throughout the holiday season making the couch our favourite place in the world in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Here are our highlights still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Channel 5 online.
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
The BBC has moved the time of the Christmas special episode of their award winning period drame, Call the Midwife, to fend off competition from ITV1.
National holidays have become a time for which families come and sit together to eat and watch hours upon hours of television. As the religious significance of Christmas continues to be eroded by the alternate shrine, one devoted to mass production and celebrity, it is of course the prime concern of all networks to make sure they draw in as many millions of people as possible, and to guarantee the top quality broadcasting on Christmas day and the days that surround it. Therefore it's necessary for the BBC to move Call the Midwife, ensuring that there's no clash with the ITV... tour de force, Downton Abbey, reports the Telegraph.
The BBC timing had already accommodated the parallel period drama from ITV, opting to broadcast it at a fairly early time of 7:45pm until 9pm, with Downton starting at 9pm. However, in a late move, ITV chose to pull Downton forward by 15 minutes to 8:45pm, meaning that viewers would be forced either to miss the final section of Call the Midwife, which stars Miranda Hart, or miss the opening of Downton. A very crafty tactic by ITV to steal some viewers. However, the BBC has chosen to move their show again, likewise moving it forward by 15 minutes.
Continue reading: The BBC's Call the Midwife Bows to Downton Abbey
Date of birth
14th December, 1972