“Spy” is another comedy designed less as a coherent movie than one meant to let Melissa McCarthy exhibit her skillful comedy chops. The spy caper, however, is more successful than some of her past endeavors, and for the most part, the Paul Feig-directed film deals a fair amount of laughs.
McCarthy plays Susan, who despite her training is stuck at a desk at CIA headquarters, where she is constantly dismissed when not overlooked completely. Her real job is aiding someone seen as a real spy (Jude Law), but he — using his charm — must rely on Susan for information.
Inevitably, Susan does end up in the field, where her talents — and McCarthy’s — come to the fore, donning numerous amusing disguises. Nothing makes sense in the plot, but if you like watching the talented actress being funny, that’s enough.
Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Michelle Darnell has a new moniker: The Boss.
Originally named after the abrasive character McCarthy created years ago at the Groundlings Theater, the upcoming comedy follows a white-collar exec sent to prison for insider trading. After she’s released, she and her former assistant (Kristen Bell) attempt to rehab her image.
And in typical McCarthy fashion, Darnell has a pretty distinctive wig. “Michelle clawed for everything she had, and she did not do it in the most karmic way,” McCarthy told EW earlier this year.
McCarthy wrote the script with Steve Mallory and her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs. The Boss will hit theaters on April 8, 2016.
I’ve updated the Melissa McCarthy Source Gallery with the scan of the cover of this week’s People.
Melissa McCarthy Source Gallery > Scans > People Sept 21st 2015
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1. The Clothing Is Cute As Hell
Here is a sample piece from the collection to show you just how great the clothes truly are. This cardigan is amazing because it’s very functional and versatile, but also reflects popular 2015 trends (what with the fringe detailing and high-low cut). Considering on-trend fashions never seem to hit plus sizes until one or two seasons later, this is no small accomplishment.
Hollywood’s queen of comedy may soon hold another title—retail royalty. Melissa McCarthy’s newly launched all-sizes women’s clothing line, Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7, seeks to break down the barrier between plus sized and ‘straight’ sized clothing, one patterned pant at a time.
“I’ve fluctuated, I’ve been every size in the rainbow, but when I got to a certain size I couldn’t find the clothes that still made me feel modern,” says McCarthy, who has long been frustrated by the market choice for clothing of all sizes.
On the rare occasion she would find something she liked, it still wasn’t up to the standard of the vintage-loving former punk. “If I would find a good shape the fabric was terrible. No darts, no seams, no structure, just like, tents,” McCarthy recounts.
“When I went up to a [size] 12 I didn’t suddenly stop having any sense of style,”says McCarthy, whose movies have grossed $1.6 billion at the global box office. This year, the funny woman banked an estimated $23 million to be the world’s third highest-paid actress.
If Melissa McCarthy weren’t working in comedy, it’s very likely that she would have been in the fashion industry, having moved to NYC in the ’80s to attend FIT alongside her BFF Brian Atwood. While, happily, McCarthy’s early stints doing stand-up proved more fruitful than her time behind the workbench (two words: “which end?”), it’s evident from how different her clothing line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 is from the typical celebrity pet-project fare that she could have done very well for herself if her jokes didn’t slay, too. Case in point: how thoughtful, insightful, and passionate she is about every aspect of her collection, including the industry term her line is classified as, “plus-size.”
When asked about the idiotic haters, she recently explained to Refinery29, “I don’t read any of it. Between getting to do this dreamy job of Ghostbusters — with three other women that I already know and am absolutely crazy about — and then I get to go home to my great husband and two kids. To take time out of those two great things to take in a bunch of negativity — I just don’t do it. And it doesn’t improve me in any way. There’s nothing I can improve about myself from someone who wants someone else to be unhappy. People that do that, I hope they find a little more happiness. But I don’t read any of it. I don’t read anything like that. I’ve never been on a chat room in my life.”
Today, she sheds her big-screen skin to realize a dream from her childhood in Plainfield, Ill. — launching her first-ever clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7. The assortment of trend-conscious basics debuted on HSN.com and is rolling out over the next month at Nordstrom.com, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Von Maur and Lane Bryant, among other retailers, as well as melissamccarthy.com.
In creating her line, she draws from her own experiences fluctuating from a size 6 to 12 and up, and finding her options atrophied the higher she rose.
“I don’t understand why if you’re a certain size, designers think your taste level goes down and you have less money to spend,” she says in her brand brief. “The quality and construction is often so bad. Finding a great T-shirt or a great cigarette pant in a good fabric is next to impossible. Plus-size clothes are often really cheap and either look young or incredibly old.”