Screen Junkies » Bridesmaids http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:22:06 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 7 Sorta High Points From Last Night’s Oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/seven-sorta-high-points-from-last-nights-oscars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/seven-sorta-high-points-from-last-nights-oscars/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:01:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246262 Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Last night’s Oscars ceremony was hardly a triumphant affair. It consisted of a Catskills comedian emceeing a show made to celebrate largely unpopular films. There were very few moments of interest throughout the program, but since we’re done bitching about the show (we got that out of our system last night), let’s scrounge for the high points in the telecast. Considering how flat the show was, they shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

The Wizard of Oz Focus Group

This bit was a welcome oasis in a desert of Crystaline humor. When they offered the heavy-handed introduction to the skit, I let out a slow audible groan, which was quickly silenced when it became apparent that the troupe tasked with the short were the Christopher Guest players. I’m guessing Parker Posey was in the hospital or something.

Though the skit wasn’t actually that funny by CGP standards, the novelty of seeing these guys gave it a big leg up over the things that came before and after it. Plus, seeing Fred Willard harp on monkeys like some sort of speed freak was almost worth the price of admission all by itself.

Nick Nolte’s Transformation into Rooster Cogburn

One of the best features of Oscar night is your ability to check back in with stars that often manage to stay out of the public eye during their normal lives. For example, Chris Rock. I saw Chris Rock and was surprised by how different he looks. I didn’t see the Ike Turner look coming, so that was a pleasant surprise.

However, Chris Rocks appearance paled in comparison to Nick Nolte’s, who looks like he killed three men on the way to his seat. Also, the slitty little eyes add an element of mystery to a guy who is known to take GHB and just be generally crazy. Crystal’s “mind reading” gimmick fell flat, save for his insight into Nolte’s psyche, which only revealed, “Uhhhhhhhhhhhh.” I was half expecting to see Nolte recreationally gnawing on a dead, intact rabbit, but I guess the camera never caught that part.

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7 Surprise Hits Besides ‘The Devil Inside’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-surprise-hits-besides-the-devil-inside/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-surprise-hits-besides-the-devil-inside/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:01:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241883 Satan is an official household name now.

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Paramount’s The Devil Inside caused film analysts to spit out the water they’d just taken a big sip of when it debuted as the first huge hit of 2012. The film (which was made for $34) nabbed the top spot at the box office with an opening of $34 million. That’s huge! And good news for the creaky, breaking bones lady in the commercial; She’s certain to be the toast of the town now. Can’t wait to see photos of her breaking her bones for paparrazi outside da clubs.

What’s most surprising here is that The Devil Inside garnered the very rare F rating from a thing called CinemaScore that apparently Joe Q. “I Wanna See Bones Twist” Public doesn’t check in with before buying a movie ticket. That, combined with the impressive box office, make the film a surprise hit like the films listed below.

District 9

Budget: $30 millionWorldwide box office: $211 million

District 9 defied expectations when it toppled G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and The Time Traveler’s Wife in its first week of release. Very little was known about the film’s plot, lead, or director when it opened strong. Analysts then anticipated for its revenue to fall off after week one, following Cloverfield’sexample, but great word of mouth and awesome special effects pushed the sci-fi action commentary on to be a global phenomenon.

Slumdog Millionaire

Budget: $15 million – Worldwide box office: $362 million

Starring a cast completely unknown to American audiences, the Danny Boyle-directed film became the darling of the Academy Awards after its release in 2008. When the critics began to notice the film, the film then opened wide reaping a huge box office and making a household name out of Virendra Chatterjee.

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Melissa McCarthy Is Getting Her Own Movie And Naming It ‘Tammy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/melissa-mccarthy-is-getting-her-own-movie-and-naming-it-tammy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/melissa-mccarthy-is-getting-her-own-movie-and-naming-it-tammy/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:33:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232992 She's a bonafide star.

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After sharting her way into our hearts, Bridesmaids’ breakout star Melissa McCarthy is on a roll. The recent Emmy winner is in talks to set up her own script, Tammy, at New Line. The story would follow McCarthy’s Tammy as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery…. with her tag-along grandmother.

Expect to see a lot more McCarthy in the next few years as she swiftly climbs the Hollywood A-list. If Tammy production can get underway before Betty White retires, they’ve got a bonafide hit on their hands. (Variety)

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Kristen Wiig Lines Up Dream Project ‘Imogene’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kristen-wiig-lines-up-dream-project-imogene/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kristen-wiig-lines-up-dream-project-imogene/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:08:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219898 Carefully craft enough poop jokes and your dreams will come true too.

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Kristen Wiig is parlaying her newly-afforded post-Bridesmaids success to get her dream project up and running. Imogene will star Wiig as the title character, a playwright who fakes a suicide attempt in order to win back her ex. Plans backfire when her plan forces her back into the care of her gambling-addicted mother.

The directing team behind American Splendor, The Extra Man, and The Nanny Diairies, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, are set to direct from a script by Michelle Morgan. Wiig has considered Imogene a passion project for the last couple years and, in fact, mentioned it to us when we interviewed her about MacGruber. It was in that same interview that we learned somebody stole Will Forte’s ass celery. It was a pretty revealing afternoon. (Variety)

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‘Bridesmaids’ Director Paul Feig Talks Melissa McCarthy And Jon Hamm Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bridesmaids-director-paul-feig-talks-melissa-mccarthy-and-jon-hamm-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bridesmaids-director-paul-feig-talks-melissa-mccarthy-and-jon-hamm-film/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:24:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216495 But he's being mysterious.

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Bridesmaids was a film that kept us laughing from beginning to end and the two unexpected highlights of the film weren’t Kristen Wiig making wacky noises or Kristen Wiig making a lazy eye face. Instead, they were Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm. This morning there was news that director Paul Feig wanted to call upon his all-stars again for another project. Moviehole caught up with Feig, who was surprised to hear that the news had broken.

“It was one of those things where I was like ‘Oh, that wasn’t supposed to come out’ but I’m kinda glad it did; I’ve been secretive about it the past few months but I guess I’ve dropped enough hints too. It’s a real passion project; again, I just want to tell stories that don’t normally get told and this is another of those.”

“They’re the inspiration for it”, Feig says of Hamm and McCarthy, adding that the film would be a “very unconventional love story, in the vein of [Bridesmaids]. Judd and I have a very specific storytelling style – it’s very real and out of the reality we’ll try to make it as funny as possible. I’m excited about that.”

How long away is this prospective Hamm/McCarthy movie? “I’m just writing it at the moment”, the filmmaker says, “There’s actually something in the Fall that…is a sequel to a movie that people know but I can’t really talk about it yet; we’re still trying to finalize it. That would be fun. It’s something I’ve wanted to with some actors I’ve wanted to work with.”

“This would be a reboot of a franchise. I want to talk about it but it might not happen because of actors deals and so on so I better remain mysterious.”

Ummmm…. my guess is Ghostbusters. Or something else entirely. Yeah, let’s go with something else entirely.(Moviehole)

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Feig And Apatow Teaming Up To Bring Us Some Sort Of Love Story http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/feig-and-apatow-teaming-up-to-bring-us-some-sort-of-love-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/feig-and-apatow-teaming-up-to-bring-us-some-sort-of-love-story/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:40:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215168 Details are sketchy, but it might entail charming adults acting like children.

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I the spirit of the studio system, the team behind a successful project is being preemptively reunited to do “that same thing again, but, you know…different.”

After Bridesmaids’ monster take at the box office this May, Universal has reunited director Paul Feig and producer/director/writer/man-child Judd Apatow by purchasing a pitch from their camp. Of course, the studio refuses to deliver the log line, but Deadline informs us it’s an “unconventional love story and is something Feig has been working on for awhile.” Wow! Consider my appetite whetted!

This duo has worked together since “Freaks and Geeks” way back in the 1990′s, and their bodies of work, both individually and as a team are pretty solid, so get excited about this project, if only because this reunion might mean an original new comedy from two bright minds, as opposed to a stale retread, similar to that other May release.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Outtakes: Jon Hamm Likes It Kinky http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bridesmaids-outtakes-jon-hamms-into-some-kinky-sht/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bridesmaids-outtakes-jon-hamms-into-some-kinky-sht/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 22:44:12 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213649 Kristen Wiig, kindly let Mr. Hamm "drive the bus."

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I thought the gags in Bridesmaids, gross-out and otherwise, were hilarious. However, I lost interest during the (endless) 45 minute Kristen Wiig pity party. “Boo hoo, I won’t call the guy I like.” Just keep the joke-em-ups coming, please.

Melissa McCarthy Reveals That She Was Channeling Guy Fieri In 'Bridesmaids'


That’s why I’m excited to share the video above from Funny or Die, which is a compilation of unused takes from the movie. It’s rapid fire improvs/cut lines from Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, plus the eventually underused Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey. I especially lol’d at the Hamm sex bookends, where things get wackier than in the original cut. I like wackier Jon Hamm. The guy has gravitas to spare, so let him make a butt cheeks joke every once in awhile, Mad Men.”

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Melissa McCarthy Reveals That She Was Channeling Guy Fieri In ‘Bridesmaids’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/melissa-mccarthy-reveals-that-she-was-channeling-guy-fieri-in-bridesmaids/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/melissa-mccarthy-reveals-that-she-was-channeling-guy-fieri-in-bridesmaids/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 20:51:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213613 It all makes so much sense.

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It all makes so much sense. Melissa McCarthy is enjoying some success thanks to her show-stealing turn as the oddball Megan in Bridesmaids. The character kept people laughing with tales of her connection to dolphins who saved her after a cruise ship messed up her shit and her off-kilter personal style. She told Conan last night that personal style was inspired by someone we all know.

“Really, when I first read it, the first person that I thought of was Guy Fieri from the Food Network. I wanted to do the shirt, the Kangol. Every scene I would have my glasses on the back of my head. I tried for a long time to convince them to let me wear short, white, spiky hair, and they were like, ‘You can’t actually be Guy Fieri.’ Cut it off at some point!”

Now that she’s pointed out the influence, it’s spot-on. I’d say we should get these two in a room together, but if they were to touch it could rip the fabric of space and time. And I personally refuse to travel back to a time before Panera Bread. (via Splitsider)

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Weekend Box Office Report: Pretty Good, For A Girl http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-pretty-good-for-a-girl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-pretty-good-for-a-girl/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 16:00:30 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212229 Who says CGI parrots can't be funny?

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Box office analysts are shocked at the news that Bridesmaids, a Judd Apatow comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and a bunch of other females, managed to gross a very respectable $24.5 million, putting it at number two for the weekend, right behind feminist icon Thor, with $34.5 million. Who says women can’t be funny? No, seriously, who is saying that? I’ve never heard anyone say that.

The other new release to crack the top five was Priest, the Paul Bettany-hunts vampires-in-3D movie, which snagged the number four spot with a weekend gross of $14.5 million.Fast Five continued its triumph with a number 3 $19.5 million gross, and Rio continued its reign of terror at number 5, with $8 million. Who says CGI parrots can’t be funny? (Box Office Mojo)

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Bridesmaids http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/bridesmaids/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/bridesmaids/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 22:43:03 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24668 Director: Paul Feig Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey Synopsis: A comedy centered on two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party....

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Director: Paul Feig

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey

Synopsis: A comedy centered on two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party.

Release Date: May 13, 2011

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Jon Hamm’s Soup Is Done In ‘Bridesmaids’ Red-Band Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jon-hamms-soup-is-done-in-bridesmaids-red-band-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jon-hamms-soup-is-done-in-bridesmaids-red-band-trailer/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:47:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209096 In case you didn't think these bridesmaids were rough-and-tumble...they are. This trailer has the ribald language to prove it.

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The red-band trailer for Jon Hamm, mid-coitus, which you should find just delightful, regardless of your sexual orientation. He also says “soup’s done” in a reference to reaching climax, which I have never heard before, and hope to never hear again.

Bridesmaids will completely eff with your sensibilities, in a charming, middle-America way on May 13th.

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Bridesmaids isn’t through trying to convince you that it’s actually secretly funny. A new international trailer has begun to swim its way across the pond and this one plays to Jon Hamm‘s strengths… being a total dick to women.

In this trailer, we see Hamm do his careful best to dismiss Kristen Wiig after a night of hot, steamy, bra-on sex (Hollywood’s favorite kind). But we shouldn’t rush to judge. Perhaps he just needs to fart really badly. Sometimes that happens to fellas. Especially if they aren’t careful about what they eat the night before. Damn you, Nestle Flipz!!

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SXSW: Kristen Wiig, Simon Pegg, And Paul Feig Talk ‘Paul’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Star Trek’, Everything Else http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-kristen-wiig-simon-pegg-and-paul-feig-talk-paul-bridesmaids-star-trek-everything-else/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sxsw-kristen-wiig-simon-pegg-and-paul-feig-talk-paul-bridesmaids-star-trek-everything-else/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 02:15:31 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202635 Brush up on their projects.

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Opposites Jon Hamm and Paul Feig Team-Up For Comedy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/opposites-paul-feig-and-jon-hamm-team-up-for-comedy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/opposites-paul-feig-and-jon-hamm-team-up-for-comedy/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:37:36 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201871 As Paula Abdul and a cartoon cat instruct us: opposites attract.

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Jon HammMad Men“) may have been voted Most Handsome in high school. Paul Feig (creator of “Freaks and Geeks“) was probably voted Most Likely To Write A TV Show About How Shitty High School Was For Nerds. However, as Paula Abdul and a cartoon cat instruct us: opposites attract.

On the set of the Feig directed Bridesmaids, he hit it off with Hamm. Now the two are working on some kinda top-secret-for-now project. Comedy nerds, start heaping tons of praise on this project right now. Speaking of “comedy nerds,” that’s how Feig described Hamm in a recent interview:

“[Hamm] is such a comedy nerd. He will quote lines from Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. You’re quoting something even I can’t quote! He’s always wanted to do comedy. One of the next things I’m developing a project for him to star in. I think he’s so funny. He’s like Cary Grant to me.”

It’s pretty awesome that Jon Hamm loves Brain Candy. If I was passing him on the street and said “cat on my head,” he might yell “cat on my head” back at me, rather than give me a freaked-out glare and walk in the other direction. I guess you can’t judge a nerdy book by it’s handsome cover. (Collider)

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New ‘Bridesmaids’ Trailer Offers No Surprises (And Vomiting) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-bridesmaids-trailer-offers-no-surprises-and-vomiting/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-bridesmaids-trailer-offers-no-surprises-and-vomiting/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:28:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=201769 If you're the type of person that enjoys watching people suffer from food poisoning in fancy environments, you will love this trailer.

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A new Bridesmaids trailer is up, and it appears to give away a LOT of gags in the film. Maybe all of them. If you had any preconceived notions of what Bridesmaids is going to be, this trailer will likely reinforce them. It’s an Apatow film about girls with slightly more gross-out humor than you would expect. ‘Cause normally it’s guys that are gross, get it?

If you’re the type of person that enjoys watching people suffer from food poisoning in fancy environments, you will love this trailer. If you don’t, who knows…you might still like it. (MSN Movies)

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SXSW Review: ‘Bridesmaids’ Work Print http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-bridesmaids-work-print/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-bridesmaids-work-print/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:47:09 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201446 Follows the same plot as all “outrageous wedding” movies.

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Bridesmaids played well at SXSW, but I wasn’t into it. It’s actually the first movie of the festival I haven’t liked, so it probably feels like a harsher letdown.

It opens funny with Annie (Kristin Wiig) having outrageous sex with Ted (Jon Hamm). Annie speaks in the stream of consciousness rambling that Wiig peppers with humor each time she adds a phrase. Once her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged, it becomes the typical wedding movie.

All the other bridesmaids are contrived one-dimensional types. Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) complains about her obnoxious sons and husband.  Becca (Ellie Kemper) is the lovey dovey newlywed. Megan is a butch type. Helen (Rose Byrne) is just so perfect it drives Annie crazy.

Wiig pretty much stops doing the Kristin Wiig thing in order to serve a generic, clichéd plot. She does a dance when Officer Rhodes pulls her over but stops the random phrases and tones down the physicality, so you don’t get a Kristin Wiig movie after all.

The big problem with the premise is that jealousy is not funny. Helen outshines Annie’s wedding plans and the film follows the same plot as all “outrageous wedding” movies. At the engagement toast, the dress fittings, the bachelorette party and bridal shower, Helen comes up with crazy plans that take over Annie’s sincere ones.

Helen’s manipulative usurping isn’t funny though. She has connections to a fancy dress shop. She wants to take the girls to Las Vegas. She has a fancy mansion with a fondue fountain. The only joke is that Annie is insecure that Helen’s more superficially impressive than she is.

Bridesmaids might coast if it was just generic, but it drags out so long it forces you to work it out. Directo Paul Feig said that “work print” only meant they had color timing and sound issues to polish. He should really consider taking 30 minutes out, because there’s so much plot. At a certain point you realize while Annie’s working out her relationship with Office Rhodes, hey, they still have to have a wedding to wrap this sucker up.

I like Kristin Wiig a lot. I think her physicality is phenomenal and her attitude is sweet. She doesn’t seem to make jokes at anyone’s expense. She just enjoys being silly. Bridesmaids doesn’t feel like her, and she wrote it herself!

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Apatow Lifts The Veil On ‘Bridesmaids’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/apatow-lifts-the-veil-on-bridesmaids-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/apatow-lifts-the-veil-on-bridesmaids-trailer/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:05:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=23802 The first trailer for Judd Apatow's first foray into "you go, girl," comedy is here.

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Judd Apatow’s first foray into “you go, girl!,” comedy Bridesmaids has its first trailer and it looks… okay. Kristen Wiig has proven her comedic chops with her roles in The 40-Year Old Virgin and MacGruber and by making repetitive noises on “SNL.” I’m happy to see her stepping into the lead.

The supporting cast looks funny too. You’ve got the fat one, the neurotic one, the horny one, and the bitch. Just like at your office. More importantly though, this trailer features what every trailer should — tuxedo-clad yawning puppies. Can we re-do the DGA Awards?

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‘Bridesmaids’ Poster: The Romcom Gods Are Smiling http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bridesmaids-poster-the-romcom-gods-are-smiling/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bridesmaids-poster-the-romcom-gods-are-smiling/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:27:38 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23486 A female driven romantic comedy produced by Judd Apatow? Is hell freezing over? Is it 2012 yet? No, it's just time for 'Bridesmaids', a new film written by and starring SNL's Kristin Wiig.

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A female driven romantic comedy produced by Judd Apatow? Is hell freezing over? Is it 2012 yet? No, it’s just time for Bridesmaids, a new film written by and starring SNL’s Kristin Wiig to be unleashed upon us all. Are we ready? I think so. The pedigree, from writer/actor Wiig, to Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper The Office“), Wendy McLendon-Covey (“Reno 911“), and even Jon Hamm, is strong, and the film’s been getting great reviews in advanced screenings. The poster, below, looks like primed and ready to mop the floor with Valentine’s Day, Bride Wars, Leap Year, or any other steaming pile of romcom bullshit that came out in the last five years. Bridesmaids is out May 13, 2011. (Moviefone)

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