Paul Samuel Feig is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing films starring frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy. These include Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters. He also directed A Simple Favor.
Our guest on this week's soundtracking is something of a protofeminist in Hollywood terms, in that he makes it his mission to put strong, charismatic women at the very centre of his narratives.Paul Feig made his name with Bridesmaids in 2011 - a much loved comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne and Mellisa McCarthy that has more than stood the test of time. 8 years later he's back with another female-led offering, Last Christmas, which was written by (and features) Emma Thompson and sees Emilia Clarke take the lead.Scored by Paul's regular collaborator Theodore Shapiro, Last Christmas is held together musically by a string of George Michael classics, both of whose work you'll hear plenty of ...
Welcome, welcome, welcome to episode THREE HUNDRED of the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! The Gerard Butler edition! We made it! Well, zero chances of Gerard sightings here, as Pip is joined this week by a mildly abbreviated by nonetheless great chat with the truly excellent director PAUL FEIG!With his new film ‘Last Christmas’ on the horizon, now is the perfect time to catch Paul, and Pip does just that, managing to pick him up on all things directorial and cinematic philosophy. Beginning with the importance of eye contact in an interview, they get cracking on it all - the film in question (‘Last Christmas’), his old Xmas film ‘Grounded’, the perennial success carrot to chase in a Xmas film, whether or not you can have too much fun on set, whether or not moments are funny in front of a crowd, fatal flaws and runaway trains, finding intimacy in London, well rounded characters and not just mindless representation, aiming for a perfect cast, getting along with said cast, film vs TV, the need for honesty behind the scenes, relating to women and a whole lot more in not a huge amount of time… Also some extrapolated thoughts up top from Pip about a point hinted at near the end - all will make sense! It’s a goody, and definitely a conversation starter I would say. Enjoy! EPISODE 300!!!EPISODE LINKS:• PAUL FEIG on IMDB• PAUL on TWITTER• LAST CHRISTMAS• BRIDESMAIDSLINKS FOR SCROOBIUS PIP & SPEECH DEVELOPMENT:• KILL BEN LYK - GET TICKETS HERE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!• SCROOBIUS PIP on TWITTER!• SCROOBIUS PIP on INSTAGRAM!• SCROOBIUS PIP on PATREON!• POD BIBLE!• SPEECH DEVELOPMENT RECORDS • DISTRACTION PIECES NETWORK on FACEBOOK• DISTRACTION PIECES NETWORK on INSTAGRAM• NEW LISTENERS TAKE NOTE • You can find the full DISTRACTION PIECES episode list HERE! For information regarding your data privacy, visit
The director of 'Last Christmas' joins us in studio. With Beau Ryan & James Weir filling in for Kyle. Follow us @kyleandjackieo [hyperlink]
For the inaugural episode of ‘Sue Perkins: An hour or so with…’ Sue is joined by the finest dressed film maker in Hollywood.Paul Feig made his name as creator of the critically acclaimed tv show ‘Freaks and Geeks’ before directing a number of smash hit comedy movies including Bridesmaids, Spy and The Heat.Paul talks to Sue about his early movie memories, the success of Bridesmaids and the criticism of his 2016 Ghostbusters reboot.Paul’s latest film ‘Last Christmas’ is out in the UK on the 15th November and the US on the 8th November 2019.This conversation contains adult language.The music in this episode is by ‘Waiting For Smith’.
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Sep 17th, 1962
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