Star of 2011 hit says second movie would have made a lot of money but wouldn’t have been right thing to do artistically
Kristen Wiig has ruled out appearing in a potential Bridesmaids sequel. The actor told Harper’s Bazaar she turned down a sequel to 2011’s box office smash because it wouldn’t have been the right thing to do artistically. “It wasn’t a hard decision,” she said. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”
Talk of a sequel to the bachelorette comedy, which took almost $300m (£200m) globally on a $30m budget and made stars of Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, has re-emerged following the release of The Heat in the US at the weekend. The Heat is directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig and stars Sandra Bullock as a hard-nosed FBI special agent who finds herself teamed with a potty-mouthed Boston cop (McCarthy) to take down a Russian mobster.
Studio Universal was reportedly considering a Bridesmaids sequel without Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo, with the prospect of aping the financial success of the The Hangover trilogy. However, producer Judd Apatow said at the time that he was not keen on producing a sub-standard followup, and the prospects of a sequel have diminished as time has passed.
Nevertheless, another enduringly popular cult comedy, 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is about to get a belated sequel in the form of this December’s Anchorman 2. Wiig stars in that one opposite Will Ferrell and Steve Carell.
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Democrat mocks Trump for being the wrong person to lead the charge on mental illness
President Donald Trump may not be the best person to focus on mental health in America, a Democratic senator explained on MSNBC.
"All In" host Chris Hayes interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) before a live studio audience.
The two discussed Trump's focus on mental health instead of gun control following the latest mass shootings in America.
"I saw this article about the mental health proposal being floated. I gotta say, the more I hear him talk about mental health, the more freaked out I get, honestly," Hayes explained. "It seems like — like sci-fi dystopia. They want to do something like DARPA, the notorious Pentagon research association called HARPA. It’s going to develop 'breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence...The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be used to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home."
Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report
President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.
"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."
ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories
Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.
"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.