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CinemaCon 2013: Melissa McCarthy to Be Named Female Star of the Year
March 27, 2013

The star of the upcoming “The Heat” will receive the award at the April convention.
Melissa McCarthy, the Oscar-nominated star of Bridesmaids and the recent Identity Thief, will be honored with the “CinemaCon Female Star of the Year Award” at this year’s convention.

“With an incredible comedic timing that has had audiences around the world falling out of their seats laughing, Melissa McCarthy has proved to be the new queen of comedy,” said CinemaCon’s managing director Mitch Neuhauser, who announced the award Wednesday. “We could not be more thrilled to be able to honor her as this year’s ‘CinemaCon Female Star of the Year.’”

McCarthy can be seen this summer opposite Sandra Bullock in The Heat, a comedy about two female cops forced to work together on a case. With McCarthy as an unconventional Boston cop and Bullock as an uptight FBI agent, the film sees the unlikely pair team up to bring down a ruthless drug lord. The Heat hits theaters June 28.

Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in her award-winning Bridesmaids performance, also directed The Heat.

“I have now had the honor to direct Ms. McCarthy in two films and am hoping to direct every frame of film she appears in from now until the sun swells and consumes the Earth,” said Feig. “I have also officially filed adoption papers to make Ms. McCarthy my daughter. That’s how wonderful she is. She also smells like very expensive flowers.”

McCarthy stars in the CBS series Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. Her most recent film, Identity Thief, is in theaters now and also stars Jason Bateman and Eric Stonestreet. This summer, McCarthy will produce and star in Tammy, which she co-wrote with her husband Ben Falcone. He will serve as director of the project.

The award will be given to McCarthy on April 18 at the final-night gala. CinemaCon opens April 15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Anne of Green Gables Gets Racy Update
Feb. 7, 2013

The classic 1908 book gets a new cover with an older — and sexier — Anne on display.

Anne of Green Gables sure had one heck of a ride through puberty.

The title character of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels of the same name has been transformed into an older, blue-eyed blonde on the cover of a new three-volume edition.

Now that Anne of Green Gables is in the public domain, it is open to any cover art a publisher  sees fit.

But whoever designed this most recent photo — the publisher is listed on Amazon as CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform — must not have read the books, as Anne is described as a redheaded, freckly pre-teen who lives on a farm.

The news sparked a flurry of reaction from fans on social media.  Rachel Held Evans tweeted, “Tell me this blond Anne of Green Gables thing is an April Fool’s joke sent out too early. Please.”

At Amazon, user, Amy1228 commented, “This book is supposed to be Anne of Green Gables NOT Anne Does Green Gables!”

Somehow, the plaid shirt and bale of hay just isn’t convincing enough for many.


‘Chelsea Lately’s’ Ross Mathews Lands Book Deal

The comedian and television star’s “MAN UP!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence” will be published in May and include an introduction from Gwyneth Paltrow and afterword from Chelsea Handler.

Comedian Ross Mathews, a frequent roundtable guest on Chelsea Lately and a staple of E!’s red carpet specials, has signed a book deal with Grand Central Publishing.

The book, MAN UP!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, will be Mathews’ first and include a humorous collection of observations and personal stories. It also will feature a foreword by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and an afterword by late-night host Chelsea Handler.

“Ross has been a friend of mine for 10 years, and this book is hilariously sad, hilariously naïve and hilariously gay. I love this book,” Handler said.

Mathews got his start on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 2001 and remains a correspondent there. He also has starred in E! Network’s After Lately, and his own talk show has been in the works with E! for about a year.

“Not to totally toot my own tooter, but MAN UP! is my greatest triumph since that summer vacation I spent memorizing every line in Steel Magnolias. Filled with every embarrassingly honest detail of my personal and professional milestones, reading MAN UP! is like having an all-access pass to my private diary (only with less unicorn stickers),” Mathews said.

The book is slated for publication May 7.

MAN UP! will be the second book to be published under the A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing imprint of Grand Central. It will be available in downloadable audio and e-book formats.


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