Monday, March 11, 2013
This will be the Joliet Catholic Academy grad's second appearance on NBC's venerable comedy show.
Set your DVR. Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy will return to host Saturday Night Live on April 6, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly. This will be her second stint at hosting the show. McCarthy's debut was in October 2011. Perhaps best known for her Emmy-winning performance on the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly, McCarthy is appearing on the show in advance of her new movie, The Heat, co-starring Sandra Bullock. The Joliet Catholic Academy graduate also was recently in the news after film critic Rex Reed made some blunt remarks about her weight in a review of her film Identity Thief. That film has made more than $115 million, according to Entertainment Weekly. Click here for another clip of McCarthy's first appearance on …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Movie Critic Rex Reed criticized the Plainfield native's weight in a review of her recent movie, "Identity Thief."
On Tuesday morning, National Public Radio listeners heard about a movie review of "Identity Theft" that attacked not only the movie, but also actress and Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy. Tony Sarabia, a host at the Chicago-based NPR station WBEZ (91.5-FM), talked to Nico Lang, who posted a blog on the NPR Web site taking Rex Reed to task for his scathing review. Among other things, Lang had this to say: "...McCarthy paid her dues, working her way up through The Groundlings and character acting in everything from Gilmore Girls to Samantha Who and The Back-Up Plan." In his original New York Observer review, Reed referred to McCarthy as "cacophonous and tractor-sized" as well as saying she is a "gimmick comedian who has devoted her short …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Plainfield native gave a nod to “little-town Plainfield” while promoting her new movie on Jon Stewart’s show.
It may no longer be the sleepy farm town she left behind, but Melissa McCarthy hasn’t forgotten her roots in Plainfield. The “Mike & Molly” and “Bridesmaids” star recognized her hometown during a Jan. 29 appearance on “The Daily Show,” giving “little-town Plainfield” a shout-out. McCarthy was on Jon Stewart’s show to promote her new movie, “Identity Thief,” costarring Jason Bateman. McCarthy’s introduction drew massive applause from the “Daily Show” audience, prompting Stewart to joke, “Soak it in, baby, soak it in.” The former St. Mary Immaculate student’s story about how she got her start in stand-up comedy also got big laughs from the host, who told her, “That may be my favorite first comedy night story ever.” “Identity Thief” opens Feb…
Monday, February 27, 2012
It wasn't a huge surprise that the nod didn't go the Plainfield native -- comedy roles rarely win -- but to be at the Academy Awards might be reward enough for now.
Melissa McCarthy won't be able to add "Academy Award winner" to her resume just yet; the honor Sunday night went to Octavia Spencer for her role in "The Help." But if getting to shine in the spotlight before an international crowd of millions is an honor in itself, the 41-year-old Plainfield native found herself in rarified company. And, frankly, the doors her breakout role as Megan in "Bridesmaids" have opened may be worth more than Oscar gold. McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone just landed a sitcom deal in which Falcone will play the lead, McCarthy has a choice of movie roles in front of her, she's starting her own clothing line, and she's got a steady paycheck coming in (not to mention an Emmy Award) from her television role on "Mike…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Plainfield native was nominated for her scene-stealing role as Megan in "Bridesmaids."
Add another feather to the cap of actress Melissa McCarthy -- the Plainfield native has been nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in Bridesmaids. Her competiton: Bernice Bejo, The Artist; Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs; and Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, The Help. To see the full list of nominees, click oscar.go.com/nominees. To watch a clip of McCarthy in Bridesmaids, click here or go to videos.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Plainfield native is the cover girl for the magazine's annual comedy issue.
Entertainment Weekly has spoken, and the queen of their annual comedy issue is Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy, who adorns the magazine's cover looking like Queen Elizabeth on steroids. Here's what the article had to say: "Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly, and a winning SNL gig have turned Melissa McCarthy into a red-hot star, as well as the cover girl for our 2011 Comedy Issue. EW sat down with the hilarious McCarthy for a little steak, a bunch of drinks, and an unexpected amount of tears. “Comedy to me is all about the bumps and bruises and weird tics,” says McCarthy. “It’s everything you find out about somebody when you fall in love with them that on paper is really creepy but you find adorable.” "When McCarthy was a teenager at an all-…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
McCarthy made the cover of The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, and has a slew of new projects coming up thanks to her breakout "Bridesmaids" role.
If actress Melissa McCarthy keeps a diary, it's hard to imagine how she'd be able to adequately describe all of the red-letter days she's experienced in the last two weeks. The Plainfield native went from presenter to winner on Sept. 18 when she won the Best Actress Emmy for her role in the sitcom Mike & Molly. Wednesday, she landed on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and this weekend she'll be hosting Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., NBC). Of course, it may be her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids, this year's breakout summer comedy, that opens doors to a whole new level of fame. According to The Hollywood Reporter story, McCarthy's been tapped for two high-profile films, Dumb Jock, being directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, and Judd …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
"I'm from Plainfield, Illinois, and I'm standing here and it's kind of amazing," she said in her Emmys acceptance speech.
Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy included a hometown shoutout in her Emmys acceptance speech Sunday night after winning best lead actress in a comedy series for Mike & Molly. "I'm from Plainfield, Illinois, and I'm standing here and it's kind of amazing," she said during the Sunday night awards ceremony. McCarthy, a Plainfield native who has starred in a series of movies and television shows, landed her biggest role to date with last fall's debut of the CBS comedy, Mike & Molly. She learned of her Emmy nod while announcing the list of award nominees in July. In an interview with Patch last fall, McCarthy said she based her Emmy award-winning Mike & Molly character on her former teacher from her childhood days in Plainfield, who she …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Plainfield native nominated for her first TV acting award for role as teacher on 'Mike & Molly.'
Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy received her first Emmy nomination today for her role as a teacher who finds love with a Chicago cop on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. The actress learned of her nod while announcing the 2011 Primetime Emmy nominations in Los Angeles with Joshua Jackson, one of the stars of the Fox drama Fringe. The announcement came near the end of the list, and clearly caught McCarthy by surprise. "Oh, my god, yikes," she said, as she immediately had to announce another list of nominees. "OK, keep it together." McCarthy is nominated in the best actress in a comedy series, along with Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Tina Fey, 30 Rock(NBC), Laura Linney, The Big C(Showtime), Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope(Fox) and Amy …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Teacher made quite an impression on her middle-school students in the 1980s at St. Mary Immaculate School, then called St. Mary's Academy.
Girls with fond recollections of Melissa McCarthy’s Mrs. Breen have been forwarding their memories our way since she showed up right under our noses last month. Lynne Breen, now Lynne Mau, a second-grade teacher at Troy Heritage Trail Elementary School, became something of a shirt-tail celebrity when actress Melissa McCarthy told Plainfield Patch that she was her inspiration for the teacher role she plays on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. The young Mrs. Breen, just 23, was in her first year of teaching at Plainfield's St. Mary Immaculate School -- then call St. Mary’s Academy -- when she met the petite, bouncy fifth-grader everyone remembers as “Missy.” Like McCarthy, her classmates recall Mau as a pretty, stylish teacher who never made …