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Afternoon Links: Hollywood Really Wants to Be in the Melissa McCarthy Business

tim_grierson
The Projector
October 17, 2011
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For as much heat as Kristen Wiig got from "Bridesmaids," we're starting to wonder if this summer's breakthrough comedy did even more for co-star Melissa McCarthy. Now people talk about her as a serious Best Supporting Actress nominee, and she's riding a wave of popularity thanks to her Emmy win (for "Mike & Molly"). Well, now she's sold a script that she co-wrote called "Tammy," about an unhappy fast-food employee who goes on the road with her foul-mouthed grandma. McCarthy may play the lead; we kinda want to see her take on the grandma part. [The Hollywood Reporter]

"Take This Waltz," which stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, was one of the real pleasant surprises at the Toronto Film Festival, and Magnolia just announced they'll be releasing the movie next summer. So that's at least one quality film about domestic discontent you can look forward to amidst "Madagascar 3" and "Step Up 4." [Deadline]

We knew that the World War II air drama "Red Tails," about the Tuskegee Airmen, was producer George Lucas' pet project. What we didn't know is that the movie cost $93 million and Lucas bankrolled the whole thing. Geez, if this thing tanks, what else could he do to "Star Wars" to make more money off it? [Speakeasy via Shadow and Act/indieWIRE]