CinemaCon 2013: Melissa McCarthy to Be Named Female Star of the Year

10:50 AM PST 03/27/2013 by Emily Helwig
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The star of the upcoming "The Heat" will receive the award at the April convention.

Melissa McCarthy, the Oscar-nominated star of Bridesmaids and the recent Identity Thief, will be honored with the "CinemaCon Female Star of the Year Award" at this year's convention.

“With an incredible comedic timing that has had audiences around the world falling out of their seats laughing, Melissa McCarthy has proved to be the new queen of comedy,” said CinemaCon's managing director Mitch Neuhauser, who announced the award Wednesday. “We could not be more thrilled to be able to honor her as this year’s ‘CinemaCon Female Star of the Year.’”

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McCarthy can be seen this summer opposite Sandra Bullock in The Heat, a comedy about two female cops forced to work together on a case. With McCarthy as an unconventional Boston cop and Bullock as an uptight FBI agent, the film sees the unlikely pair team up to bring down a ruthless drug lord. The Heat hits theaters June 28.

Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in her award-winning Bridesmaids performance, also directed The Heat.

"I have now had the honor to direct Ms. McCarthy in two films and am hoping to direct every frame of film she appears in from now until the sun swells and consumes the Earth,” said Feig. “I have also officially filed adoption papers to make Ms. McCarthy my daughter. That's how wonderful she is. She also smells like very expensive flowers."

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McCarthy stars in the CBS series Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. Her most recent film, Identity Thief, is in theaters now and also stars Jason Bateman and Eric Stonestreet. This summer, McCarthy will produce and star in Tammy, which she co-wrote with her husband Ben Falcone. He will serve as director of the project.

The award will be given to McCarthy on April 18 at the final-night gala. CinemaCon opens April 15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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