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Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Chris O' Dowd make BAFTA's longlist for Rising Star Award, but who should win? VOTE

While it won’t be quite as intense as what Katniss Everdeen will endure to outlast her competitors in Hunger Games, actress Jennifer Lawrence will have to fight to make it to the final list of nominees for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award. (That said, awards shows would be a lot more interesting if actors and actresses had to battle, Hunger Games-style, to remain nominees, let alone winners.)

But will the odds be ever in Lawrence’s favor? Granted, the 21-year-old is already an Oscar-nominee and snagged the coveted role of the aforementioned Katniss, but the long list for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award includes the equally impressive likes of ubiquitous Tree of Life star Jessica Chastain, Sundance darling Felicity Jones of Like Crazy, and Bridesmaids heartthrob Chris O’Dowd, who pulled off the unlikely feat of winning the girl in a movie co-starring Jon Hamm. READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone is totally deserving of her

Everybody loves Melissa McCarthy, the Emmy-winning, SNL-killing, breakout star of Bridesmaids. (And EW’s current cover queen.) Well it turns out that her actor and writer husband Ben Falcone, whom she met during their stint together in the Groundlings comedy troupe, is every bit as marvelous and cool.

Good news, Earth: They’ve spawned. (Their daughters Vivian and Georgette are 4 1/2 and 19 months.) McCarthy describes Falcone as the kind of man who will read to his daughter from her favorite princess book every night but change the dreary narrative unbeknownst to her. “The story is written as ‘Jasmine was a nice girl,’” McCarthy groans. “‘She had no life. She was very sad and lonely. Then she met her prince. They got married and lived happily ever after and he ran the kingdom.’ So I’ll be brushing Georgie’s teeth and he’s in the other room reading to Viv and he’s like ‘When Jasmine opened her new orthodontist’s office the prince came in with terrible teeth and she saved him.’ And the next night he’ll be like ‘Jasmine opened up a wild zoo!’ and I hear Viv like ‘No, no, no, the Prince did it!’ And he’s like ‘No he didn’t, no he didn’t. He worked for Jasmine for the next 17 years of his life.’” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Melissa McCarthy rules our 2011 Comedy Issue

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-girls Catholic school in Plainfield, Ill., she stunned her mild-mannered parents by diving deep into a wickedly surly goth phase. “There was a three-year chunk as a teen where I should have been tranquilized and put in a cage,” she says. If her daughters ever try to pull some of the crap she did in high school, she has a plan. “I will embarrass my kids to their core. I will threaten to show up in hot pants and a tube top. Their dad will drive me. And he’ll let me and my friend Lisa get pretty drunk in the backseat and we will come into that party and just rip it up.”  READ FULL STORY

The first 'Mike & Molly' episode post-'SNL': The particular badness of lemon cake

Confession time, PopWatchers. Before last night I’d never actually watched an episode of Mike & Molly. I know, I know, it’s inexcusable, especially considering I have been singing the praises of Bridesmaids and Saturday Night Live scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy all week. But after the banner past couple of weeks McCarthy has been having, I decided it was time to check out the show that earned the actress an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy.

Turns out, it’s a pretty sitcommy sitcom, complete with a laugh track, stereotypical characters, and problems that get resolved nicely within a half an hour. Still the show has one major redeeming factor. I think you can all pretty much guess what — or rather, who — that is. READ FULL STORY

Enough with the reviews pitting 'What's Your Number?' and 'Bridesmaids' against each other

Critics really, really don’t like the new movie What’s Your Number?, in which a likable weirdo vows to get serious about life and stop sleeping around. My beloved Lisa Schwarzbaum gave it a D-, which strikes me as the cruelest grade of all. I  saw the movie last night and kinda liked it, as did my row consisting largely of women. What’s Your Number? is far from great, despite the marvelous Anna Faris doing her best to serve up stale material in her fresh, offbeat, and occasionally uncomfortable manner. I loved Faris in The House Bunny and Smileyface, two movies far superior to What’s Your Number?, and am taken by her way of lingering over seeming throwaway lines. She’s at once the drowsiest and most perceptive person in the room. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch PSA: Please stop using Pink's 'Raise Your Glass' in every trailer

During my sixth consecutive hour of watching Friends on Nick at Nite (despite making me feel very old, this addition to their line-up is quite enjoyable), I started to lose my patience. And not just with the way Ross pronounces “karate.” Rather, it was because every single commercial break featured the preview for Anna Faris’ upcoming calculating-your-sexual-partners comedy What’s Your Number?. The movie itself doesn’t bother me. (In fact, Faris’ English accent-turned-Borat imitation is pretty amusing.) It’s the fact that Pink’s ubiquitous track has found its way into yet another rom-com trailer.

The tune, which dangerously started to veer into overexposed, overplayed territory when the Warblers got their hands on it last season on Glee, took the express lane to the land of Dear God, No, Not Again (“Who Let The Dogs Out?” welcomes you!) when it was featured in no less than three trailers for female-driven flicks. READ FULL STORY

Joel McHale is Melissa McCarthy's Mr. Miyagi for Emmy noms announcement: Watch the knock-out video

Announcing the nominees for the Emmys is serious business: You can’t react giddily to any of the nominations (not even yours), you’d better be able to pronounce Mariska Hargitay’s name, and you have to be able to roll with the punches. Sometimes literally, if Joel McHale is punching you. Thankfully, the Community star (who, please, oh, please might hear his own name this year) is here to help Rachel Getting Married The Wedding Planner Bridesmaids scene/puppy-stealer Melissa McCarthy out. Through rigorous training, complete with underwear-folding, chicken-catching, car-washing, and, of course, montages and freeze-frames, we think McCarthy (a possible nominee herself for her work on the sitcom Mike & Molly) is going to be more than ready for the challenge. McCarthy, along with Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson (and, maybe, if we’re lucky, that puppy), will announce the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday, July 14 at 5:35 a.m. PST. Watch the full clip below and try your best not to fall even further in love with the comedic gems that are McHale and McCarthy. Spoiler alert: It’s impossible. READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids' box office success: Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig deserve to bask in the glory, too

It needs to be said, first and foremost, that there’s no question — or even a debate, really — that Judd Apatow has produced some of the biggest stars and the best comedies of the past decade. After all, the Apatow factory has turned out hilarious hit movies from the likes of reliable stars like Steve Carell and James Franco. There’s some serious gratitude to be paid towards the guy.

What’s more, as we noted recently, as of July 1, the runaway hit comedy Bridesmaids — which Apatow produced — has earned an unexpected, albeit deserved, $153 million at the box office since finding its way into theaters and moviegoers’ hearts/funny bones. And following its box office success, the film has been touted in most headlines as the highest-grossing Apatow movie. But while he most certainly had his hand — and touch (i.e., the gross-out humor) — in the project, I can’t help but wonder: Shouldn’t we spread the credit a smidgen? While it’s reasonable to call it Apatow’s biggest hit, why aren’t we shouting from the rooftops with joy that Bridesmaids‘ director Paul Feig, who has been at the helm of classic episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, and Parks and Recreation (and most importantly gifted us the short-lived wonder that was Freaks and Geeks alongside Apatow) is finally getting his due on the big screen? READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids' becomes the highest-grossing Judd Apatow movie: Which is your favorite?

Bridesmaids officially became the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced movie at the domestic box office yesterday. After 49 days in theaters, the raunchy female comedy has pulled in an impressive $149.4 million, edging out Apatow’s previous best performer, Knocked Up, which earned $148.7 million in 2008. Apatow has already taken some time to gloat to Deadline’s Nikki Finke, who (along with many others) predicted the film would stall at the box office: “I am so delighted to confirm that I was right and you were wrong… From now on when you say something which hurts me, I will remember to read your early Bridesmaids opinions and predictions and that will soothe me.” Ouch!

Bridesmaids opened to a solid $26.2 million in its first weekend in May, and in the frames that followed, it displayed remarkable resilience. While most other summer movies were falling by about 40-60 percent per weekend, the bridal comedy posted tiny drops of just 20, 21, 27, 16, 30, and 26 percent over the next seven weekends, signaling terrific word-of-mouth. The honeymoon isn’t over for Bridesmaids, either — the Kristin Wiig laugher is still raking in money, and it should have no trouble breaking the $160M plateau in a few weeks. Congrats, ladies!

It may have made the most money, but is Bridesmaids at the top of your Apatow rankings? How does the comedy stack up against the super-producer’s other hits like Anchorman, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Step Brothers? Vote in the poll below:

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More on EW.com:
Bad girls make good: Do ‘Bad Teacher’ and ‘Bridesmaids’ signal a new comedy era?
‘Bridesmaids’: Could it be the Judd Apatow factory’s all-time biggest hit?

Bad girls make good: Do 'Bad Teacher' and 'Bridesmaids' signal a new comedy era?

Last weekend, Bad Teacher landed in a surprise second at the box office, raking in $31.6 million dollars — a solid 50 percent over projections for Cameron Diaz ne’er-do-teach comedy. Another unexpected hit came earlier this season in the form of Bridesmaids, which is well on track to surpass Knocked Up and become producer Judd Apatow’s highest grossing film yet. With these lady-led raunchfests blowing expectations out of the water, have we turned the corner on guys’ domination of the bad-behavior market? Audiences seems to think so. But one thing is for sure: Hollywood hasn’t gotten the memo. With only a few “girls gone wild” movies (for want of a better term) scheduled for release by year’s end, who (and what) will feed this growing appetite? READ FULL STORY

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