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Happy birthday, Kristen Wiig! Her 5 best moments, plus a 'Bridesmaids' bonus -- VIDEO

Kristen Wiig, best known for her prolific and glorious seven-year Saturday Night Live run, turned 40 years young today.

Wiig got her start at the legendary Groundlings Theatre and School (and you must check out her earlier stuff if you haven’t! Like her Confessions of a Tooth Fairy skit) before her media takeover as a dramatic actress, Emmy nominee, Oscar-nominated-screenwriter, animated bunny, and perfect late-night talk show guest.

To celebrate the winsome Ms. Wiig, (although I tried to resist with every funny bone in my body to not pick clips exclusively from Bridesmaids) here are five of my favorite Wiiggin’-out moments:
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The ESPYs: Jon Hamm is mad funny as host

Welcome to the ESPYs! You know, that awards show that happens on a Wednesday on ESPN? Yeah, they give out awards to athletes who are like “Thanks, but I totally have an actual championship ring back at home.”

I’ve personally never felt the need to watch the awards show, or as host Jon Hamm calls it “the world’s largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors,” but the idea of missing the Mad Men star hosting was too risky to pass up. Those of you who’ve seen Hamm guest on 30 Rock or make a cameo in Bridesmaids knows that the man with immeasurable beauty can crack a joke or two, and tonight’s awards were no different. Showing no mercy, Hamm poked fun at Dwight Howard, the city of Detroit, and swimmer Ryan Lochte. Some examples of his killer lines: “Honestly, I’ve always been a little wary of the BCS system. I just feel like you can’t completely trust something just because a computer says it.” and “Manti Te’o — fake internet girlfriend or a real girlfriend who goes to Notre Dame? Pretty much the same amount of sex.” Boom. (Check out Hamm’s full monologue.)

We were off to a good start, and thankfully, the show very rarely lost its steam, thanks to some on-point sketches shown in between the awards. Here are the top 10 things that I took away from it:
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Happy Bastille Day! Here are our favorite French moments in pop culture

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Happy Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale, if you’re actually in France)! Though it’s a holiday celebrating French independence from monarchic rule, French culture — and Paris in particular — is a theme oft-represented onscreen. And who could blame writers, directors, and actors for falling in love with the City of Light? There’s the food, the national love of art, the PDA, the style — to celebrate, here’s a feast of our favorite French moments in pop culture.

Of course, there are classics like Breathless, modern marvels like Amour, and anything by Truffaut that should be included without mention, but we wanted to take a more literal approach to our roundup, choosing visually stunning moments, scenes that reference Paris, and clips that just ooze Parisian style.

Enjoy!
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Duh, 'The Heat' is going to be a hit. Now what?

Many forces have converged to make this the best possible weekend for The Heat, the new buddy cop comedy starring two of Hollywood’s most game and charming actors, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. There’s a record-setting swelter across much of the country that ups the draw of some easy laughs with good company in an air-conditioned theater. The hunger of a female moviegoing public that’s endured a long June of capes and bro jokes. And I’d add to this list Tuesday’s barn burner thrill ride of watching/tweeting about/bowing down before Texas Senator Wendy Davis, who stood for 13 hours in protest of a bill she believed would dangerously undercut women’s health. Politics aside, it was a bravura performance of a fiercely capable and passionate woman having her most important day at the office ever. Women want to see women on screen they recognize and sometimes aspire to be. And that’s part of why it was so fun last night to watch Bullock and McCarthy, both operating in top form, bring it.

It’s great news that The Heat is going to make a ton of money. (Friday’s box office estimates has the Paul Feig-directed film bringing in $13.6 million, nearly $5 million ahead of the new Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx sweaty action movie White House Down.) Great news for everybody involved. Though I worry how much we, the moviegoing public will benefit from the success. I dread the same game-changer stories on Monday about the surprise power of female dollars at the box office. The problem is it’s always the same “surprise”–the unexpected success of Something’s Gotta Give or Sex & the City or Bridesmaids or Magic Mike or Pitch Perfect. But the game seems to remain the same because then there follows the same unacceptably long slog in between movies for women to rally around.

So for those of us without the power of green-lighting movies, what can be done? Here are a few ideas: READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy on cruel weight comments: I feel bad for someone 'swimming in so much hate'

It’s hard out there for a plus-sized-and-proud actress like Melissa McCarthy — especially in a world where svelte Jennifer Lawrence says she’s considered “obese” by Hollywood standards. But McCarthy has built a career even the tiniest starlet should envy — one that’s included an Emmy (and another nomination), an Oscar nod, and roles in two $100 million-plus-grossing comedies in the past two years.

Even so, McCarthy’s weight has made her a target for Photoshop-happy marketing execs, mean-spirited Internet commenters (that’s right, guys — we see you!), and at least one film critic. The New York Observer‘s Rex Reed famously attacked McCarthy in his review of Identity Thief this past February, calling her “tractor-sized,” a “female hippo,” and “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” His comments quickly went viral, prompting online rage but no direct response from the comedian herself — until now.
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Melissa McCarthy hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Melissa McCarthy has already proven herself. She won our hearts on Gilmore Girls, turned Mike & Molly into something actually worth watching, and broke through on film in the mega 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Best of all, she showed herself to be a capable and nimble host the last time she stopped by SNL. In 2011, McCarthy’s first night at the rodeo won critical praise and high ratings. It may have spiked Hidden Valley’s salad dressing sales as well. (Er, maybe not.) This time around, she comes to the show as an even bigger star: McCarthy has both The Hangover III and a big movie with Sandra Bullock (The Heat) out this summer, she’s supposedly snagged the female lead in the Oscar-ready dramedy St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and she’s starting production on her directorial debut, Tammy — a film McCarthy also wrote (with husband Ben Falcone, who’s co-directing as well). Oh, and did I mention she’s starring in that one too?

Does McCarthy’s increased celebrity mean she may not be as fearless and game as she was when she hosted just two years ago?  READ FULL STORY

The Melissa McCarthy dilemma: Where'd you go Sookie St. James?

Melissa McCarthy has more than one setting, but you wouldn’t really know that from her recent slate of film characters.

Ever since she made a splash–and earned an Oscar nomination–with her Guy Fieri-inspired bridesmaid, McCarthy seems to have set herself up to repeat a certain type of role: loud, crass, and obnoxious. Her next three projects, including the new-in-theaters Identity Thief and June’s The Heat are all described as raunchy comedies, and she has a few more projects in the works with her new production company that sound as though they will go that route as well.

She can do much more than these roles might suggest–Gilmore Girls fans already knew that.

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Rebel Wilson learns American English from Honey Boo Boo -- VIDEO

Sporting a forest-green Adidas track suit and bedazzled necklace, Rebel Wilson impersonated reality-show darling Honey Boo Boo last night on Conan.The native Australian — from the “gangster side” of Sydney — disclosed the secret behind her flawless American accent: she watches reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to learn. Well, what’s more American than the South and the Valley?

Wilson, who had “gone Gebel” — ghetto Rebel — for the episode, was spot-on with her imitation, “Got a red-neckonize!” The Bachelorette and Pitch Perfect star, more commonly known for her small, but memorable role in Bridesmaids, later read aloud an anonymous letter penned by an angry neighbor who wanted her to stop singing Annie showtunes and swimming in her pool and hot tub.

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Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle': How will she rank among these posthumous performers?

Nobody wants to join the list of actors whose last movies were released after they died — but you’ve got to admit that the company is good. And as of today, that unfortunate club has another illustrious member: Whitney Houston, star of the Jordin Sparks vehicle Sparkle. (Not to be confused with Marian Carey’s Glitter, though both are lustrous tales of up-and-coming singers.)

EW’s Owen Gleiberman wasn’t a huge fan of Sparkle; he gave the film a B- in EW this week, calling it “an overheated mediocrity.” He does, however, praise Houston, applauding her “gravelly conviction” in his review. “This could have been the first step not merely in a comeback but in a major re-invention,” he continues. “She had the instincts of a superb character actress.”

So Whitney’s last movie isn’t exactly Oscar material — but could she still enter the pantheon of stars who gave especially memorable posthumous performances? Let’s take a look at some of her competition:

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Kristen Wiig: What are the 'SNL' MVP's career prospects?

Kristen Wiig made her final regular appearance on Saturday Night Live last week with a moving send-off that was grander and more heartfelt than the sketch show has given a cast member in quite some time. With half a dozen film projects in the works, Wiig is poised to launch into a long, successful career on the A-list. But then again so was David Spade, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. While those SNL vets have all flourished in television, Wiig has made no move toward the small screen, and it’s harder to become a bankable star on the level of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy. Can Wiig leverage her Bridesmaids success to become SNL‘s first major female breakout film star? And, if so, where would she fit in the industry? EW reached out to some authorities on the show’s history to determine Wiig’s chances for headliner success.

“It’s a weird thing, having that SNL brand attached to you when you move from the show to movies,” acknowledges Nick Marx, a Media and Cultural Studies Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. “That assumption is there that successful stars of SNL will eventually leave the show and go on into movies. It’s really a decidedly mixed bag as far as whether it’s an advantage or not when you begin a movie career.” So will she go the route of Ferrell or the way of Chris Kattan? READ FULL STORY

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