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What’s The Latest News on Kristen Wiig?
November 17th, 2017 under Movies, Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Have you ever noticed how some celebrities just seem to vanish off the face of the Earth after a brief spell of fame? It is easy to think that this is the case with Kristen Wiig if you haven’t seen so much of her on the screen lately, but the truth is that the actress is still motoring along nicely. In fact, you are probably about to see a lot more of her in the near future.

Where You Know Her From

The New York-born actress/comedian first came to our attention a few years ago, when she was a firm favorite on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Her appearances on this iconic show led to award nominations and a place on the list of Entertainment Weekly’s 15 Great Performances in 2008. After this, she appeared in movies such as Paul and Whip It, while she won an Annie Award for Voice Action for Despicable Me 2. Of course, she is best known among movie fans for Bridesmaids, which was critically acclaimed and earned her nominations for a host of awards.

Wiig co-wrote Bridesmaids and starred in it as well. This 2011 comedy grossed over $288 million across the world and drew a lot of praise for being a powerful, female-centered comedy. Indeed, the chord that it struck with millions of viewers has given it a lasting appeal that sees it remain a firm favorite. The on-going success of Bridesmaids can be seen in the fact that it has also made an estimated $95 million in DVD and Blu-ray sales and is still a good seller on sites such as Amazon. Interestingly, Bridesmaids has also been turned into a popular slots game available to play online. In addition, the appeal of this movie has led to what has been called the “Bridesmaids Effect”, as it opened the door for more female-based comedy movies to be made. There is also talk of a sequel being planned, although Wiig was quoted as saying “”we aren’t working on that” when asked.

Kristen also recently starred alongside Will Forte in the third season of The Last Man on Earth. Rather than being a main character, Wiig was a guest star who played Pamela Brinton in the 10th episode of the 3rd season. She was a wealthy socialite who had managed to escape the deadly virus that killed most of the Earth’s population but was then alone and unable to spend her money. The writers of The Last Man on Earth credited Kristen with providing a lot of the material to base the character on, and it proved to be a popular episode among fans.


So, what is she up to now? It seems as though the actress has her hands full, with a number of projects underway. Downsizing could prove to be the next big milestone in Wiig’s career as a movie actress. This effort from Paramount Pictures is due out in the US on December 22, 2017. In it, Kristen will act alongside Matt Damon, together with Christopher Waltz and Hong Chau among others. Paramount Pictures’ Downsizing is a science fiction comedy drama that tackles the serious subject of global overpopulation.

The basic idea is that scientists have discovered how to shrink people to just 5 inches in height, leading to a plan to transition all the humans on Earth to this tiny size. Wiig acts as Audrey, who is married to Paul Safranek (Damon). Together, they leave behind the stress of their current lives to move to a downsized community. Downsizing premiered in August 2017 at the 74th Venice Film Festival and has received positive reviews overall.


This psychological horror movie features stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, and Ed Harris. It tells the story of a couple’s peace ending when a mysterious couple turn up at their home in the country. Kristen plays Herald, who is Javier Bardem’s publisher and she takes part in a particularly memorable scene in which she starts shooting people before she is killed in an explosion. While it is just a cameo role, the quality of her acting has been praised and may lead to her being viewed as more than just a comedy actor.

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! has grossed $43.7 million at the time of writing. It has been generally well-received, although some viewers were unhappy with the violence and the biblical connotations that it contains.

Where’s You Go, Bernadette

A May 2018 release is penciled in for this comedy drama in which Wiig acts alongside Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, and Laurence Fishburne. As in Downsizing, her character is called Audrey in this Annapurna production.

This movie is based on a successful 2012 humorous novel by author Maria Semple that spent more than a year in the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into over a dozen languages, and has been sold in 25 countries. While full details of the film haven’t yet been revealed, in the book Wiig’s character is a problematic neighbor of the title character, who goes missing after a series of arguments. It seems sure to be the sort of quirky, interesting comedy that is perfect for Kristen Wiig.

What About Her Personal Life?

Wiig has managed to keep her personal life pretty much under wraps despite her growing stardom. We know that she was married to actor Hayes Hargrove for a few years until 2009.

She is now said to be dating drummer Fabrizio Moretti from The Strokes and has mentioned in interviews that she would like to become a mother at some point. However, she has also said that she isn’t interested in getting married again.


How alike are these two classic films about the Titanic
September 14th, 2017 under Movies. [ Comments: none ]

Matt Skuta compared 1958’s A Night to Remember to 1997’s Titanic and the similarities are mind blowing. Even though the latter movie is not a remake of the former, there are times that the movies are almost shot-by-shot identical. Which makes you think that Paramount gave James Cameron too much money to make his version because they did it just as well almost 40 years earlier without a lot less technology. What do you think?

Forgetting that question, I highly recommend watching this video all the way through because it truly is quite incredible. My captain’s hat is off to Skuta.


The new Mary Poppins in action
July 15th, 2017 under Movies. [ Comments: none ]

We have seen photos of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, but today Disney released the first video of her in Mary Poppins Returns that will be out next Christmas. I want to be excited about this, but I cannot get into it. I just feel that it does not need to be made. Granted, I still have a year and a half to get all of the feels for it. Hopefully by then, it will be the spoonful of sugar I need to help the medicine to go down. How do you feel about it?


Chucky is back, sicker than ever!
June 29th, 2017 under Movies. [ Comments: none ]

While they have stopped making new Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween movies (those sh!tty remakes do not count), the Child’s Play franchise keeps on killing it! The red headed doll is getting his 7th movie this October and Cult of Chucky looks like it will murder all the other Horror movies this Halloween season.

I wish they still made slasher movies like they did in the ’80s. While most studios have abandoned them, thankfully Don Mancini keeps his Chucky alive for all of us fans of the genre to enjoy.


Happy Death Day to you over and over again!
June 15th, 2017 under Movies. [ Comments: none ]

What if you lived the day that you were murdered over and over and over again, what would you do? That is what Tree (Jessica Rothe) will find out on Friday the 13th this October in Happy Death Day. That is when she has to figure out who keeps killing her, so that she can live to see another or any other day ever again. I know I will be there on that day with candles on!

I think this might be the first horror movie that I have been this excited for since all of the Final Destination films. When are we going to get a new one of those?


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