Dan Gross: Kristin Wiig on the big screen

Posted: April 20, 2011

"SNL" STAR Kristin

Wiig says that when she and Annie Mumolo wrote "Bridesmaids," they wanted to make a film about women, and cast funny women, but she swears it's not a chick flick.

She's right. The film, which centers on Wiig's character trying to get her act together in the context of her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding, is a funny and raunchy comedy.

Wiig, who lived in Lancaster for a time as a kid and remembers visiting the King of Prussia Mall often, and co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey were in town yesterday promoting the film and spoke with us at the Four Seasons.

The pair became friendly working in the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles along with Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, who also co-stars.

We asked Wiig, who has appeared in films such as "Knocked Up" and "All Good Things," if she felt more pressure now that she was starring in a movie, and she said, "You're going to obviously be more nervous the bigger the part. But it's exciting. It's a lot of emotions, but mostly exciting."

McLendon-Covey, best known from "Reno 911," was quick to predict that the film, which opens May 13, will be a success because "people love this woman," she said as she pointed at Wiig. "People react to her like she's Paul McCartney. She's too modest, but they go nuts."

Wiig also hopes for a successful opening and says, "I would be happy if I had the opportunity to write other things and direct and do something more dramatic."

Kevin Hart shooting here

Philly-raised comedian Kevin Hart's Hartbeat Productions is shooting at Community College of Philadelphia, where he briefly studied, for a stand-up film, "Laugh at my Pain." The movie is also shooting at the Laff House (221 South), where Hart got his start, as well as other locations around town, says producer Harry Ratchford. Ratchford says the movie should be out in theaters in late summer/fall.

Hart, a George Washington High grad, was seen in "40-Year-Old Virgin," "Little Fockers," "Soul Plane" and "Epic Movie."

'Snoop' shooting here too

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, best known from HBO's "The Wire," has joined the cast of "Must be the Music," the Charles S. Dutton film shooting now in the city. Pearson cracked up her castmates Monday afternoon on set after she said, "I'm glad I don't have that role," after a few takes of a scene in which Dutton's character grabs a guy by the neck and drags him into a building. Pearson plays the daughter of Dutton's record-mogul character.

Pearson, accompanied by her agent,

Salaam Iddeen, is commuting from her native Baltimore, and wearing an electronic ankle monitor while on bail from a March arrest on drug charges during a massive raid in Baltimore. Sources tell us that Pearson is innocent and that they expect her to be exonerated soon.

During Monday's shooting along the 1200 block of Green Street, a neighborhood woman described by an onlooker as "a crackhead" wandered onto the set. After learning the film's title, she began dancing and singing the movie's namesake song, "Must be the Music," by Secret Weapon.

Portman does Perrier

Natalie Portman and soon-to-be-baby daddy Benjamin Millepied made time for a late seating at Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut) a few nights before leaving town.

The Oscar-winning "Black Swan" star accompanied the choreographer here while he worked with the Pennsylvania Ballet.

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