The Heat is killing it at the box office, making us all quite hopeful for the prospects of more female-led action comedies. We’re also wondering if it leaves the door open for a slightly different “female” FBI duo: Shawn and Marlon Wayans‘ blond alter egos from 2004’s White Chicks. Marlon, who also appears in The Heat as an FBI agent, told VH1 about the odds of a sequel. Read more…
When you hear that Marlon Wayans is in a broad buddy-cop comedy, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that the White Chicks star was one of said buddies. But in The Heat, the youngest Wayans brother is happy to be the relegated to the straight-guy role, playing Sandra Bullock’s FBI love interest, leaving the comedy up to Sandy and Melissa McCarthy. “I couldn’t be as silly as I wanted to be ’cause that wasn’t the role I was playing,” he told VH1 News. “The role I was playing was ‘the cute guy,’ and so I watched them be really funny.”
And after watching his co-stars in the Paul Feig-directed movie, what does Wayans have to say about the antiquated notion that women aren’t as funny as men? Read more…
Female buddy films are the Manolo Mary Jane pumps of Hollywood (i.e., so rare they’re almost nonexistent!). But the best ones — like The Heat, premiering this weekend — portray lady relationships as the complicated, rich, hilarious animals they are. From classics like Thelma & Louise to popcorn fare like Charlie’s Angels, check out our favorite estrogen-soaked casts in history.
If we had to Frankenstein together our dream movie, it would probably be Miss Congeniality, combined with Bridesmaids and starring our funniest aunt, Doreen. Obviously Hollywood has somehow gained access to our dreams (we’d be more concerned about that part, but it’s Friday!) and is using our subconscious for film fodder. How else can you explain the trailer for The Heat, a buddy cop comedy due next April featuring Sandra Bullock as a neurotic FBI agent Katerina James and Melissa McCarthy as a sloppy, raw-faced Irish detective Joyce Nelson cleaning up Boston with elaborate threats and pints of beer? This is the same industry that’s making three Smurf movies! Clearly they are mining somebody’s genius for comedy gold.
Call us cray, but it’s characters like McCarthy’s Joyce (and her Diana from Identity Theft, we’re assuming) that give us real faith the film industry is starting to acknowledge that people would rather laugh then stare at beautiful praying mantis people on a screen for 90 minutes. We won’t even get into how Melissa McCarthy probably had to spend 2 hours in makeup to look that flushed and disheveled. Okay, so maybe it’s not so much the film industry at large that’s moving us along so much as director Paul Feig, who also directed Bridesmaids. Regardless! We’ll raise a glass to Joyce either way…only to have it explode in our hands and get blood on our fancy pantsuit.
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