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A Genius Idea

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Posted: February 20, 2014
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A friend recently posted on Twitter that a smart film executive would get a script for a Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy stat. It’s a brilliant idea. Those two have struck box office gold in America, and seem to be beloved by the public. I’ve raved about Ms. McCarthy before. Now, it’s time to give Mr. Hart his due.
 
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I should first confess that my girlfriend LOVES him. Everything — his comedy albums, his films, his stunning grin and even his short stature. When Ride Along, Hart’s film with Ice Cube, broke the normal January doldrums at the box office, people in the industry and audiences alike took notice. And, it’s just been announced that a sequel is in the works. If your film passes the $100 million mark on a $25 million budget, you can expect that another film will be ordered.
 
His great work isn’t just confined to Ride Along. He stood tall (pun intended) opposite heavyweights Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match. He stole every scene he was in–whether it was leaving his crappy car in the middle of the street when he learned he had gotten a financial sum or verbally sparring with Alan Arkin. If you watch the film, just forward to his scenes.
 
And, the more I think about it, I love the idea of Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy. I’d pay $14 to see that.



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Is Melissa McCarthy The Funniest Woman in America?

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Posted: April 8, 2013
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Melissa McCarthy rules the big screen and the boob tube. This past weekend, she hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time, and the rave reviews are rolling in. Gothamist hailed the episode the “best” of the season so far. The Los Angeles Times raves that her performance is a “slam dunk” while Entertainment Weekly raved that Melissa “brought the heat”.
 
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With her bright smile and game attitude, McCarthy made sketches about an abusive coach and dancing ham must watch TV. In fact, she’s memorable in anything she does. Audiences aren’t the only ones championing her talent. She’s received an Emmy for her work on the CBS comedy “Mike and Molly” and and Oscar nomination for her wildly funny turn in the film Bridesmaids.
 
Not bad for someone who played the charming, yet often overlooked Sookie St. James on “Gilmore Girls” for eight seasons and got her start on her cousin Jenny McCarthy’s show in the late ’90s.
 
Melissa, whom I called one of the funniest mothers, is currently one of the hottest names in a comedy. She joins a long lineage of funny women — Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtain, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig. Melissa matches these hilarious women in her ability to make fun of herself, yet she also possesses a genuine likeability — a warmth that very few actors or actresses have. She is relatable, yet still funny. Now is the time to ask, “Is Melissa McCarthy the funniest woman in America?
 
Perhaps the answer will come this summer when Melissa re-teams with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for The Heat, a buddy comedy also starring Sandra Bullock. The film comes out at the height of summer blockbuster season, opening on June 28th. Here’s the NSFW international trailer:
 



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