Kristen Wiig might’ve lost in the Best Original Screenplay category at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, but she’s still reaping the benefits of the success of Bridesmaids. Just today, in fact, she added yet another movie – an action-comedy from the Oscar-winning screenwriters of The Descendants – to her busy upcoming schedule, and most of Wiig’s Bridesmaids co-breakouts have also been in-demand. Here’s what they have been, and will be, doing post-Bridesmaids.
Wiig stands as the main beneficiary of the blockbuster that was Bridesmaids, and deservedly so: As the film’s star and (Oscar-nominated) co-writer, she exhibited bankability in two areas, and in case you didn’t know, bankability in Hollywood plays a major role in opportunity, of which she has plenty: Aside from next week’s Friends with Kids, which she booked pre-Bridesmaids, Wiig has roles the Sean Penn-directed The Comedian, the star-studded remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the ambitious Imogen, the canine-centric Revenge for Jolly, the almost too-weird-to-be-true Freezing People Is Easy, and now the aforementioned untitled action-com from Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Meanwhile, her involvement, or lack thereof, in a potential Bridesmaids sequel seems to change with each week, but … how would she even have the time?
The true breakout star of Bridesmaids, as the laughable-then-lovable Megan, McCarthy lost Best Supporting Actress to Octavia Spencer on Sunday, but the two ladies are landing jobs at the same breakneck rate. Although McCarthy has a hit-sitcom day job (Mike & Molly), she’s managed to book two high-profile acting roles, in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 and the Jason Bateman vehicle ID Theft, not to mention a dual writing/acting gig in Tammy, directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor. And that’s just movies! McCarthy has been almost as active with small-screen projects, including two that she and husband (and Bridesmaids costar) Ben Falcone co-created and sold.
Rudolph seemed to disappear for a while pre-Bridesmaids, but now, thanks to her bride-to-be role – and perhaps her poop-in-the-street scene – in Bridesmaids, alongside old friend Kristen Wiig, her career is in full swing, probably more than ever. Rudolph is busy regularly playing an Oprah-esque talk-show mogul on NBC’s hit sitcom Up All Night, and she recently returned to her Saturday Night Live roots to host the show. Long-term, she’ll also be seen, er, heard in summer 2013’s Turbo, a surefire blockbuster from DreamsWorks Animation. Off-screen, she and director Paul Thomas Anderson welcomed their third child together last summer.
The Aussie actress, and arguably most under-noticed Bridesmaids cast member, didn’t necessarily need the career boost, which might explain the dearth of news regarding her post-Bridesmaids movement: Byrne will reprise her key role as Ellen Parsons on TV’s critically beloved Damages, whose fifth and final season will return this summer, and the very intriguing-sounding thriller The Place Beyond the Pines sometime this year, alongside hideous men Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. But aside from that, pretty much nothing ... yet.
The former Reno 911! actress, who played loose-cannon bridesmaid Rita in the movie, has appeared on a number of TV shows but seems ready to make the full-time leap to movies. Most notably, she’s landed roles in the male-stripper flick Magic Mike and the sure-to-be-huge adaptation What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but she’ll also soon appear in smaller fare like Sleeping Around later this year and the even better-titled A White Trash Christmas in 2013.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of activity for Kemper – whose role as receptionist/unlikely temptress Erin on The Office probably doesn’t leave her a ton of time – in the wake of Bridesmaids-mania, but she will be seen in 21 Jump Street, out March 16, and later in a wedding dress, following her recent engagement to Michael Koman.
Last but not least, the male (not named Jon Hamm)! If not the aforementioned Kemper, then O’Dowd is certainly Bridesmaids’ freshest face, even though it was a face that seemed so familiar to audiences. That, coupled with his likable and believable performance as Wiig’s boy toy-turned-boyfriend, has deservedly led to some upcoming movies for the up-and-coming Irishman: the comedy Frankie Go Boom, Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 – in which he’ll reunite with Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy (see above) – and the 2013 indie Calvary. Not to mention a prominent role in the soon-to-be-released, Bridesmaids-cast-friendly Friends with Kids. His own lead roles may well soon follow.
When the credits began to roll at the end of Bridesmaids, I was unprecedentedly somber. I had been waiting so long with such ardent anticipation to see this movie—and what a fine, fine movie it was—and it was all over. Never to be seen again. It turns out, I was so overcome by grief, that I had completely forgotten that it wasn't 1951. Because come this autumn, I will be able to see Bridesmaids again! And not just me, you will too! Because this movie—this fine, fine movie—is available on Blu-Ray™ and DVD starting September 20!
Kristen Wiig's masterwork of a dramatic comedy, detailing her character Annie's strained friendship with longtime best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) when the latter begins to plan her wedding. Annie is at increasing odds with Helen (Rose Byrne), her rival for Lillian's camaraderie, and is backed in comedy by a trio of slightly "off-kilter" bridesmaids (just like in the title!), Ellie Kemper, Wendi McClendon-Covey and the scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy.
Check out the special features included, and consider yourself lucky for living in the Blu-Ray age.
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
• DIGITAL COPY: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
• GAG REEL (Blu-Ray Version)
• DELETED SCENES: Tons of deleted scenes, plus a never-before-seen “commercial” for Brynn and Gil’s
• EXTENDED & ALTERNATE SCENES: Tons of extended and alternate scenes featuring the bridesmaids, the boyfriends, the roommates, Cholodecki’s employees and customers, and the hilarious “stolen” boot camp class.
• MADE OF HONOR—BEHIND THE SCENES OF BRIDESMAIDS: A behind-the-scenes “Making Of” the film featuring Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, writer Annie Mumolo, director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow, among others.
• DRUNK-O-RAMA: Featuring Kristen Wiig’s greatest moments on the plane.
• PEP TALK: Featuring Kristen Wiig on the tennis court
• ANNIE VS. HELEN: A montage of Bridesmaids frenemies’ – Kristen Wiig’s “Annie” and Rose Byrne’s “Helen” – best and worst moments together.
• “HOLD ON:” Full song performance of Wilson Phillips’ hit “Hold On.”
• BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch exclusive content, the latest trailers and more!
• pocket BLU™: The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android™, PC and Mac® to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player. Plus iPad® owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on the go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.VIDEO TIMELINE: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.MOBILE-TO-GO: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.BROWSE TITLES: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.KEYBOARD: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.• MY SCENES: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the film.
• uHEAR™: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS FEATURES
• FEATURE COMMENTARY: With director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo and cast members Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.
• GAG REEL (DVD Version)
• ADDITIONAL DELETED SCENES
• ADDITIONAL EXTENDED & ALTERNATE SCENES
• CHOLODECKI’S COMMERCIAL: Check out what’s new with Cholodecki’s when you watch the never-before-seen “commercial” from Annie’s jewelry employer!