By Nathaniel Grey
If June is the month for brides, shouldn't July be for bridesmaids? With the activity surrounding castmembers of the film Bridesmaids, such a month designation isn't that far-fetched. Little Britain's Matt Lucas reunites with his Bridesmaids costar Rebel Wilson in Small Apartments, based on the book by Chris Millis. The comedy features James Caan, Kaboom's Juno Temple, Billy Crystal, Rosie Perez and Dolph Lundgren. (Yes, he's still alive.)
Bridesmaid's costar Wendi McLendon-Covey gets to celebrate the holidays redneck-style in the comedy A White Trash Christmas. Destination Truth producer Ron Carlson directs this new version of A Christmas Carol costarring Eric Roberts, Meatloaf, Vacation's Beverly D'Angelo and Roswell vet Shiri Appleby.
The woman who stole all her scenes in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy, appears with Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet and Star Trek's John Cho in The Identify Thief from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon. The comedy, about a woman who steals a man's identity, also features Jason Bateman, Amanda Peet and Jon Favreau. Stonestreet's costar from Modern Family, Ty Burrell, joins Weeds star Justin Kirk, David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga for the independent comedy Goats. The coming-of-age comedy takes a young man away from his hippy dippy parents to his first year in college.
Celebrity watchers and paparazzi will fill Hollywood Boulevard when the Antonio Banderas film Ruby Sparks premieres at Grauman's Chinese on July 19. The story is about an author with writer's block who creates his ultimate lover and must deal with the consequences that arise when he brings her to life. Among the cast who could make a live appearance are True Blood's Deborah Anne Woll, There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano and The Kids Are All Right star Annette Benning. This modern updating of Pygmalion opens with a limited release on June 25.
Grauman's hosts another celebrity-filled premiere on July 23 with the Ben Stiller film The Watch. The sci-fi comedy offers a neighborhood watch group that finds itself defending their community from space creatures. It may sound like Attack The Block, but it's co-written by Seth Rogen. The cast also includes Watchmen's Billy Crudup, 21 Jump Street's Jonah Hill, MacGruber's Will Forte and Vince Vaughn.
The latest adventures of bisexual succubus Bo, played by Anna Silk in the Canadian import series Lost Girl, moves to Friday nights on Sy Fy beginning July 20. Personally I don't care which night it airs as long it brings more shirtless scenes of Kris Holden Reid. Reid joins Lost Girl costar Zoie Palmer in Sex After Children, a comedy shooting in the country that misses the irony of calling sexy uniformed law enforcement 'Mounties.'
The reality show that taught America 'being a designer doesn't mean you have to know how to sew,' Project Runway returns for a new season on Lifetime beginning July 19.
Glee's best dancer, Harry Shum Jr., plays a gay teen in White Frog, which debuts as part of Outfest at the Director's Guild of America on July 21. The long-awaited film features B.D. Wong and Twin Peaks vet Joan Chen as parents of Shum, and the Twilight saga's Boo Boo Stewart. The drama about family loss was directed by Quentin Lee, whose last project was the Wilson Cruz film The People I've Slept With.
Shum's Glee costar Chris Colfer is getting a lot of attention during the show's hiatus. The film version of his first screenplay, Struck By Lightning, closes this year's Outfest, and on July 26 he appears at The Grove's Barnes & Noble signing copies of his new book of fairy tales, The Land of Stories.