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  • 'Tammy's' Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Build a Comedy Empire One Raunchy Joke at a Time

    Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars. But her offscreen lifestyle suggests otherwise. She still resides in a small three-bedroom house in Los Angeles suburb Toluca Lake with her husband, Ben Falcone. Their two young...
  • Melissa McCarthy's star power helps her go out on a limb with 'Tammy'

     Melissa McCarthy's star power helps her go out on a limb with 'Tammy'
    WILMINGTON, N.C. — One humid night last June, on a dock along one of this port city's winding creeks, Melissa McCarthy and Kathy Bates took their places for a scene in the new movie "Tammy." Five years earlier, McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone,...
  • Melissa McCarthy: Despite outrageous antics, 'Tammy' is in everybody

    Underneath the outrageous protagonist at the center of her new movie, "Tammy," is an insecure person at a crossroads in her life, says Melissa McCarthy — something the actress believes moviegoers can easily relate to. “I think there’...
  • Kathy Griffin Talks Twitter Threats at Groundlings Anniversary

    Comedian Kathy Griffin has noticed an interesting trend in the people who threaten her life on social media. "It's amusing to me that many of Demi Lovato's fans will threaten my life, and if you look at their profile, it says 'hashtag no bully zone,'"...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
  • Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts

    Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera first began assembling the cast...
  • Melissa McCarthy: Critic Rex Reed was 'swimming in so much hate'

    Melissa McCarthy: Critic Rex Reed was 'swimming in so much hate'
    Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason...
  • Why folk music? Why not?

    Why folk music? Why not?
    Sneakers, drugs and everyday life. That's what Tracy Newman's albums are made of. "I usually mention tennis shoes and some kind of drug in my CDs," she said. "I was dating a guy whose tennis shoes were all over the place and I was always tripping on...
  • Faces to Watch 2014: TV | Jonathan Groff, Annet Mahendru and more

    Faces to Watch 2014: TV | Jonathan Groff, Annet Mahendru and more
    The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here’s who they picked: Jonathan Groff | Actor He closed out last year as the voice of the rugged mountain man romantic...
  • Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival

    Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival
    When the 13th annual Sketch Comedy Festival kicks off at Stage 773 next week, it will mark the return of Danny Pudi, who performed in the first few installments of the fest before landing the role of Abed on NBC's "Community." This is the first time...
  • Jennifer Coolidge is right at home in 'Austenland'

     Jennifer Coolidge is right at home in 'Austenland'
    It's been two decades since Groundlings alum Jennifer Coolidge got her first big break in "The Masseuse" episode of the NBC series "Seinfeld," as Jerry's new masseuse girlfriend who refuses to give him a massage. In the subsequent 20 years, the...