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Melissa McCarthy is the Boss

Ithe boss knew I wanted to see The Boss the second I saw the official movie poster.  It features Melissa McCarthy posed with her feet on her desk with a portrait of her in the exact same pose.  After watching the trailer, I had the slight feeling it would be one of those movies where the trailer is the only hilarious part.  I mean, McCarthy has this tendency to be slightly over the top (i.e. disgusting) in her comedy.  I mean, let us all remember the Bridesmaids scene where she essentially dropped heat in the sink of a bathroom.  But I didn’t care, I generally enjoy McCarthy’s work. And, I got to say, I really enjoyed the film.  I may actually see it again (although, I’ll probably just wait for the DVD…movie tickets are so expensive these days).

The Boss tells the story of Michelle Darnell (McCarthy), a wealthy and powerful business woman who gets arrested for insider trading.  Upon being released from prison, she learns that she has lost everything and must stay with her former assistant (Kristen Bell) until she can reclaim her wealth and stature.

I saw different interviews with McCarthy where she said she created Michelle Darnell almost fifteen years ago when she was doing improv at the Groundlings, and that this character just stayed with her.  She also said that because she kept thinking about the character, she decided to write a full outline of the character’s story eight years ago but no film studios were interested it back then.  She credited that to be the climate of the film industry then, but I think part of it has to do with the fact that eight years ago she just ended Gilmore Girls and was only landing small roles in rather obscure movies…her breakthrough in Bridesmaids hadn’t happened yet.  But still, it’s interesting that this film/character wasn’t an overnight idea – she spent fifteen years creating it/her.

I found The Boss to be entertaining throughout.  Some of the jokes were a bit dirty – which, frankly, is to be expected…it’s Rated R – but there’s a great sword fight between McCarthy and Peter Dinklage and a scene where McCarthy raps a whole verse from DJ Khaled’s song “All I Do is Win.”  I can honestly say that the movie wasn’t a let down and there are more hilarious bits than just what’s in the trailer.

Who You Gonna Call?

They’ve finally released the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jordan.  I was first intrigued about this remake of the classic movie because they switched all the gender roles: they made the male leads female and they even turned the female secretary into a male (Chris Hemsworth).

I’m not really a Ghostbusters  fan, mostly because I haven’t seen the original movies (so I can’t say I like or hate them…I’m neutral)…but I’m actually excited about this film.  I do think Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy can get a bit over the top with their comedy (let us not forget the bathroom scene from Bridesmaids) but I typically enjoy their films nonetheless.  I also think Melissa McCarthy plays “possessed by a ghost” real well in this trailer.

This movie has the potential to be really funny, especially with the great cast.  But I also have a feeling that it may be a flop.  It may appear they tried too hard to make it a hit that it’s not actually funny.  That’s the challenge with making such a remake: the originals are so beloved that if you’re going to remake it you have to do it better, which is difficult.  It’s like when musicians cover other artists’ hit songs: they have to make the song their own and, in that way, better.

Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.  I’m excited to see the film, and I plan on seeing it in theaters (and if you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know that means something).

GILMORE GIRLS IS PROBABLY COMING BACK!!!

This week has had so many huge announcements, it’s crazy.  It all started Monday night when I couldn’t get to sleep, so I started scrolling through Facebook to find that Netflix is REVIVING GILMORE GIRLS!!!  Really, that was the last thing I needed to hear at 11:00 p.m. because I was bouncing off the walls with excitement.

I read on many different sources that Netflix got the rights of Gilmore Girls from Warner Bros. and they signed a four episode deal with Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show creator and writer.  The episodes would be about ninety minutes, so we’d basically get like four mini movies (and I was just hoping for one!).  As far as I hear, they are currently in negotiations with the actors (notable Lauren Graham who was Lorelai and Alexis Bledel who played Rory), which if that goes well we will have a revival of the classic television show!

I believe those negotiations will go well because during their reunion in August, they all seemed like they really wanted to make a movie or have a revival.  My only concern is Melissa McCarthy, who was pivotal in the series playing Sookie St. James, Lorelai’s best friend and business partner.  Since the series’ end, McCarthy’s career seemed to explode with another hit tv show, Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy, and a list of blockbuster movies, which include Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids, which got her numerous awards and nominations including an Academy Award nomination.  I sincerely hope Melissa McCarthy returns to her roots and makes these four episodes, Gilmore Girls really couldn’t work without Sookie.  Granted, there will be about an eight year gap – they’re not writing it as though no time has passed, they’re going to write it in the present – so Sherman-Palladino could find a way to write Sookie out, but it won’t have the same spark.

On a more positive note, I realized the other night that in the end of the last season, Rory got a job as a journalist where she’d follow Obama for as long as he “did well.”  By the time the revival would probably be released, Obama will be leaving office so Rory would have been returning to Stars Hollow after finishing up her assignment…it was timed so well!

Anyway, I read that this revival is not set in stone so we shouldn’t get our hopes up, but still…something is happening, and hopefully we can go back to Stars Hollow just one more time.