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Melissa McCarthy

Why ‘Happytime Murders’ Offers Shock, No Awe
11 months ago

Why ‘Happytime Murders’ Offers Shock, No Awe

Sometimes one gimmick is all you need in our comedy-starved age.

That’s not to say “The Happytime Murders” is as subversive as it wants you to think. We’ve seen R-rated …
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Why McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ Gets Schooled by Rodney
1 year ago

Why McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ Gets Schooled by Rodney

Come back, Rodney!

Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 comedy “Back to School” wasn’t perfect, but it perfectly captured the comedian’s off-kilter sensibilities.

“Life of the Party,” which swipes core elements from that …
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Drag Comedy Is Dead. Cross-Dressing Women Rule
2 years ago

Drag Comedy Is Dead. Cross-Dressing Women Rule

Uncle Miltie might struggle to get gigs in the modern comedy world.

Milton Berle once delighted millions with his corn-fed jokes, his signature TV series “Texaco Star Theater” and, of …
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Facebook Must Lose Its Phony Sponsored Posts
3 years ago

Facebook Must Lose Its Phony Sponsored Posts

Only in each case it was 100 percent false.

First, Melissa McCarthy appeared to have passed. She’s just 45 years old and seemingly in fine health. Later, another story also …
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HiT List: Is ‘Ghostbusters’ a Flop Already?
3 years ago

HiT List: Is ‘Ghostbusters’ a Flop Already?

Sony movie chief Tom Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter he couldn’t be happier that the all-female “Ghostbusters” film inspired so much “hate.”

“It’s the greatest thing that ever …
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4 Ways to Reverse Bad ‘Ghostbusters’ Buzz
3 years ago

4 Ways to Reverse Bad ‘Ghostbusters’ Buzz

It’s what this summer’s reboot is battling, big time, and the key players behind the project are only making it worse.

To recap:

Hollywood has been trying to bring “Ghostbusters” …
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HiT Radio: The Not So PC ‘Next Cut’
3 years ago

HiT Radio: The Not So PC ‘Next Cut’

By  •  Radio

Is it any wonder it raked in more than $20 million over the weekend against the “Jungle Book” juggernaut?

I spoke about the free-wheeling “Barbershop: The Next Cut” during the …
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Warning: This ‘Boss’ Deserves a Pink Slip
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3 years ago

Warning: This ‘Boss’ Deserves a Pink Slip

Throw “The Boss” onto the pile of recent McCarthy duds. It neither savages nor applauds capitalism. It squanders not just McCarthy’s talents but those of co-star Peter Dinklage. And, worst …
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Critic vs. Critic: ‘Lazer Team’
3 years ago

Critic vs. Critic: ‘Lazer Team’

Wurst is a film professor, movie critic for MauiTime and founder of the Hawaii Film Critics Society. And he torched “Lazer Team” in his HiT review.

That didn’t sit well …
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