September 14, 2021ali No Comment

Captures from the episodes four, five and six of Nine Perfect Strangers are now in the gallery. If you aren’t watching you need to tune in! Melissa is fabulous as Frances!

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September 14, 2021ali No Comment

Are you watching Nine Perfect Strangers? Here is a highlight of each of the 9 characters on the show … learn a little more and get watching! Two more episodes left.

Join Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Luke Evans, Manny Jacinto, Melvin Gregg, Samara Weaving, Grace Van Patten and Asher Keddie as they discuss their characters and why they ended up at Tranquillium. Nine Perfect Strangers is streaming now, only on Hulu.

September 10, 2021ali No Comment

If you’ve seen Melissa McCarthy in a movie role, odds are you might have spotted her real life husband Ben Falcone alongside her too.

McCarthy seems to be a collaborative performer in general, after appearing alongside Octavia Spencer many times for over a decade. She’s also appeared in multiple movies and series with actor Bobby Cannavale.

No one can compare to her husband Ben Falcone, though; not only do they share a life together as husband and wife, they’ve also starred in over a dozen movie and television projects together.

Here’s a list of their joint work…

Before we dive into the full list, it’s worth noting a couple of occasions where the married couple have been part of the same project, but have not necessarily shared the screen.

McCarthy came to prominence as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls, but her husband also made a brief appearance as a lawyer in Season 3. They both stared in the short movie Chicken Party, alongside the likes of Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney. The pair also played themselves in multiple episodes of the TV Land comedy Nobodies.

1. Cook Off!
Falcone and McCarthy first made their big screen debut together in the mockumentary comedy Cook Off!.

McCarthy played an amateur chef hoping to win a national competition, while Falcone played her supportive but equally clueless-with-cooking husband.

2. The Nines
Melissa McCarthy played herself and various other characters in this perplexing 2007 movie. Ryan Reynolds leads and stars along with Hope Davis, and a very young Elle Fanning.

Falcone makes a cameo as McCarthy’s husband in the reality TV portion of the movie.

3. Pretty Ugly People
Missi Pyle is the star of this R-rated romcom while McCarthy plays her old college buddy Becky.

Falcone makes a brief appearance at the end as McCarthy’s character’s partner Coach Merryweather.

4. Bridesmaids
Perhaps the couple’s most iconic appearance on screen together, the image of them sat next to each other on a plane has stood the test of time.

McCarthy got an Oscar nomination for her role as the brash friend Megan. When she runs into Jon (Falcone) on a flight, sparks fly immediately as she’s determined to out him as an undercover air marshal.

Falcone revealed on Conan that he and his wife actually filmed a food-fueled sex scene for the movie that didn’t get used in the final cut.

August 25, 2021ali No Comment

Captures from the first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers are now in the gallery.

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August 24, 2021ali No Comment

I have added a poster featuring Melissa’s character Frances Welty for Nine Perfect Strangers. I also added a few set images that have popped up.

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August 24, 2021ali No Comment

Melissa talks about her new film The Starling with The film premieres on Netflix at the end of September.

EW exclusively chats with the Oscar-nominated actress about filming with very angry CGI birds in the trailer for her new Netflix movie The Starling with Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Kline.

Upon first glance, there’s an air of slight absurdity flapping through EW’s exclusive trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Netflix dramedy The Starling. The clip (below) teases a plot bordering on preposterous, in which the Oscar-nominated actress frequently dons a football helmet to skirt dive-bombs from a renegade bird nesting above her garden. But that’s just how the filmmakers want you to feel before they hit you square in the gut.

“It’s the thing we all relate to: You laugh at funerals, you cry at weddings,” McCarthy tells EW of the tonal spirit guiding the film’s deceptively deep plot, which follows her character, Lily, as she soldiers through unfathomable grief following the death of the infant daughter while her husband, Jack (Chris O’Dowd), recovers in a mental health facility — all while a feathered neighbor becomes hellbent on driving her out of the family home.

She continues: “Theodore Melfi is one of the most relatable, delicate directors, because he can still do humor and break your heart.”

That dynamic tone runs consistent throughout The Starling, with McCarthy’s layered performance shifting from searing rage to somber introspection at breakneck pace. It all mirrors the messy reality of piecing a shattered life back together through periods of extreme joy and sorrow as Lily’s recovery dovetails with her foe’s increasingly hostile attacks. She seeks out a prickly therapist (Kevin Kline), makes weekly visits to Jack, sells every piece of furniture in her home, and yet each time she seemingly finds her grip on a fresh start, she’s ruffled by avian terrorism that’s as emotional as it is physical; a staunch reminder that unmanaged grief can peck away at the soul.

McCarthy admits she enjoyed acting opposite a CGI bird for most of the film’s 28-day shoot, but hopes viewers see the pest as symbolic of something beyond, well, a “cantankerous pain in the ass,” she says with a laugh. Laughter was necessary to get through the film’s grittier moments, and she found her share alongside her director, who also stepped in as an impromptu scene partner.

“Ted would do the voice of the bird, which, at some point, I got used to it, but at first it’d make me laugh. He’d be trying to give me something to look at, but he’d be like [makes turkey noises]. It made me laugh, but I was supposed to be upset or angry. There’s lots of footage of Ted Melfi making bird sounds,” she remembers.

McCarthy’s ability to match her signature comedic chops with Lily’s grit — a dramatic feat she previously flexed across her tremendous turn in Marielle Heller’s 2018 gem Can You Ever Forgive Me? — gave Melfi confidence in asking her to navigate the peaks and valleys of the Starling script.

But, he needed to make some changes for his former St. Vincent star before she signed on.

“After reading the script several times, I felt that I had seen so many films whereby the ‘strong’ man fights to hold it all together while the ‘weaker’ woman takes a time out to deal with her mental state. This is beyond a cliche to me,” the Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures helmer explains, noting that he swapped the genders of the lead roles in Matt Harris’ story to serve a greater thematic purpose. “Switching Jack and Lily was not only more interesting, more compelling, fresher and more modern,’ it was simply more accurate. Seeing a strong woman hold her life together and fight for her marriage while going through the worst circumstance any couple could go through is a story we need to see and a story that I had to tell.”

McCarthy was ultimately fascinated by the resulting story’s earnestly hopeful heart roosting under its wilder dressings.

“There are a lot of shoulds in our world: How you should behave, how you should react, how you should get over something. You should be over it by now,” finishes McCarthy. “The shoulds are always judgmental. Jack’s not wrong for not wanting to join life again, and Lily’s not wrong for barreling through, pretending it never happened. There’s no right way to do it. Especially now when everybody wants to tell everybody else how to live with so much anger…. if everyone stopped thinking in terms of what other people should be doing and start thinking about what I could do to help, we’d have a very different world.”

The Starling debuts in theaters on Sept. 17 and will available on Netflix Sept. 24 following its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival earlier that month.

August 24, 2021ali No Comment

Netflix has released the trailer for Melissa’s newest film The Starling.

After Lilly suffers a loss, a battle with a territorial bird (the Starling) over dominion of her garden provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love.

August 19, 2021ali No Comment

McCarthy isn’t the best texter, which she says the Law & Order star called her out on after being injured.

Melissa McCarthy has revealed the origins behind last month’s grand gesture of support after her friend Mariska Hargitay broke her ankle — and it all comes down to guilt.

While visiting NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her Hulu show Nine Perfect Strangers, McCarthy admitted that the Law & Order: SVU star is a really good texter. McCarthy, on the other hand, isn’t so great at answering messages.

“She sent me a really funny text just like, ‘Oh, don’t worry, I’m just here in a lot of pain, recovering. I guess you’re too busy to respond to my texts,'” the Bridesmaids actress explained. “And so I was like, ‘Okay. Game on.’ So now, I have to make it seem like, ‘This is why I didn’t get back to you, because I was petitioning prayers.'”

That was what made McCarthy jump in a car and head to a Wienerschnitzel, where she stood outside with a sign that said “Honk if you’re PRAYING for Mariska Hargitay’s recovery.” She later posted the video on Instagram with the caption, “If you can’t produce quality care for your friend after ankle surgery, the next best is obviously standing outside Wienerschnitzel with a sign.”

Although McCarthy admitted to Fallon that she couldn’t tell if passerbys “were thinking, like, ‘get well Mariska’ or if they were like ‘get out of the way,'” she was happy to go all out when it came to cheering up her friend. And Hargitay appreciated the effort, reposting the video on her own Instagram and writing, “Above and beyond. Honk if you’re blown away by @melissamccarthy’s heart and humor. Might be worth breaking my ankle for. #PrayingSheGotMeATakeOutSchnitzel. #WomenSupportingWomen.”

In July, Hargitay broke her ankle when she tripped on pavement in the rain while leaving a Cinema Society screening of Black Widow in the Hamptons. She was treated at a local hospital, missing the remainder of the star-studded after-party which she was hosting.


August 19, 2021ali No Comment

Marie Claire Plays “How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star” with Melissa & Regina Hall!

Melissa McCarthy and Regina Hall of Hulu’s newest drama ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ see how well they got to know each other on set with our hysterical game of co-star trivia. Find out which two wildly different careers Regina Hall almost had, hear Melissa McCarthy nail (butcher?) an Aussie accent, and more. More ‘How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?’:

August 19, 2021ali No Comment

Nicole Kidman is well aware of wellness culture.

When she was younger, the Oscar-winning actress and producer attended a silent meditation retreat, where participants wrote on notepads to communicate with each other instead of talking.

“It is a complete roller coaster,” Kidman says of the experience. “I’ve always been curious and tried things. I’ve gone off and lived in a monastery. My past is lurid,” she adds, laughing. “But I recommend it – it’s really fascinating not being able to use words.”

Her latest outing was anything but silent. In Hulu miniseries “Nine Perfect Strangers” (first three episodes now streaming; new episodes released weekly on Wednesdays), Kidman plays Masha, an ethereal, enigmatic healer who runs the Tranquillum House, an idyllic health and wellness resort in Northern California.

She hand-picks a group to take part in a 10-day retreat. Among them: Frances (Melissa McCarthy), an author in a personal and professional tailspin; Carmel (Regina Hall), a mom with rage issues; and Tony (Bobby Cannavale), a former athlete struggling with addiction.

But beyond the placid swimming pool, daily nature hikes and personalized breakfast smoothies, something more sinister appears to be happening at Tranquillum House, involving hallucinogenic drugs and anonymous death threats against Masha.

The eight-episode miniseries marks Kidman’s third collaboration with writer-producer David E. Kelley, after last year’s “The Undoing” and two seasons of “Big Little Lies,” both on HBO. “Strangers” is based on the 2018 book by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote “Lies” and is a close friend of Kidman’s.

“When she was writing the novel, she said, ‘I’m writing a character for you called Masha,'” recalls Kidman, 54, who bought the TV rights before it was even finished. “And then I read it and was like, ‘This Masha character, should I be offended or flattered?'”

Kidman says she was drawn to the opportunity to do something “really weird and really strange as it unraveled, but also had these amazing characters for all these different women,” including McCarthy, whom Moriarty personally requested to play Frances.

“What maniac is going to say no to Nicole Kidman saying, ‘Will you read this (novel) and see if you like it?'” McCarthy says. “It could be like, ‘I’ve done some drawings in a dirty sketchbook,’ and I’d be like, ‘I’d love to!'”

With the exceptions of their critically lauded dramatic turns in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Support the Girls,” respectively, McCarthy and Hall are primarily known for their comedy work. But McCarthy, 50, says a three-dimensional character is what she looks for in projects, regardless of genre.

Reading the book, the “Bridesmaids” star was struck by how all the characters were “so complicated and so broken,” McCarthy says. “Everybody had a different way of putting a face on, and watching everybody get to chip that away; it’s just such excellent writing. I loved all the parts in this (series) and really had a sweet spot for Frances immediately.”

Hall, who’s beloved for her performances in “Girls Trip” and the “Scary Movie” franchise, calls the show “an incredible peek into what it is to be human, on all levels.” The series operates as a Trojan horse of sorts, luring in viewers with its central mystery about Masha and Tranquillum House before sparking deeper conversations about mental health, body image, relationships and success.

It’s powerful “coming out of the year and a half-plus that we’ve all been in, being able to say, ‘I’m not in a good place,’ and being able to reach out and know that we’re all feeling that,” McCarthy says. “And to know these are strangers – not family and friends – who help each other out? In a world that’s been so divisive lately, I thought that is not a bad thing to put (out there).”

Speaking to journalists during a Television Critics Association panel this month, Kidman made headlines when she revealed that she stayed in character throughout the five-month “Strangers” shoot. The Australian actress strived to maintain Masha’s calm demeanor and healing energy, and always spoke in the character’s distinct Russian accent.