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Tammy (2014) Movie Review

tammy_ver6Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon star in the Ben Falcone-directed road-trip comedy with Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Nat Faxon and Toni Collette.

Melissa McCarthy takes an unintended pratfall.

Opens: July 2 (Warner Bros.)

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh

Director: Ben Falcone

Several motor vehicles get totaled or badly damaged in the potholed and perilous Tammy, which prompts analogous speculation as to whether this first feature outing as producer-writer-star for the normally hilarious Melissa McCarthy represents a major career wreck or just a quick moment in a ditch. Just as it was no fun being stuck in a small car on a road trip with Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip two years back, so is it stifling to endure the same with another actress with a large shtick here; perhaps performers with such big personalities shouldn’t remain confined to such cramped quarters. McCarthy’s legion of fans will likely sign on initially for her first film since last summer’s girl-cop comic smash The Heat, but this one’s legs will be short.

The star plays the same aggressive, foul-mouthed, working-class slob she’s mined for comic gold in previous outings, but you can tell from the outset that something’s off; when she tells off the burger joint boss (director Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s husband and the script’s co-writer) who’s just fired her, cursing and throwing things at him and contaminating kitchen produce, what’s been funny for her before no longer is. Nor is it amusing when she explodes upon returning home to find her husband (Nat Faxon) having dinner with another woman (Toni Collette), nor when she erupts at her mother for not giving her a car and then drives off with her grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon).

And hold on there — McCarthy, who’s 43, has a mom, played by Allison Janney, who’s 54, and a grandma, portrayed by Sarandon, who’s 67? Even at the early ages at which women were once-upon-a-time known to give birth in the South, this is more than a bit beyond the pale. Especially when Grandma Pearl is still not only hot enough but hot-to-trot enough to provoke a randy gent, Earl (Gary Cole), in a Louisville barbecue joint to pick her up and have hanky-panky in the back seat of her car while the man’s ineffectual son Bobby (Mark Duplass) and Tammy chat in sight just outside the back window.

Presumably, we’re supposed to see the source of Tammy’s inherited bad behavior in Pearl, who confesses to having slept with the “wrong” Allman Brother as well as having made a pass at Tammy’s own dad. But however hard Sarandon tries to trash herself down, neither she nor Janney is a remotely plausible genetic contributor to the waddling disaster zone that is Tammy. Where are Marie Dressler and Shelley Winters when you need them?

Tammy messes up time and time again. She crashes Pearl’s Jet Ski, holds up a different outlet of her old burger chain wearing a paper bag on her head in a laugh-free sequence and eventually gets thrown in the clink for further vehicular destruction. Tammy comes out indisputably older and allegedly wiser, prompting a personality change that suggests that even a soul as seemingly unsalvageable as Tammy’s can be saved, just as Pearl can be made to stop drinking, thereby getting her diabetes under control and reducing the circumference of her ankles by two-thirds.

In its final third, the film makes a detour to take in a huge lesbian Fourth of July party thrown by Pearl’s cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates in bon vivant form) and her partner (Sandra Oh). It’s an all-female affair except for the unlikely appearances of Earl and Bobby, with the latter being proposed as a good prospect for Tammy despite the fact that he’s terminally dim and doormattish.

So the film progresses from merely unfunny to unconvincing to dull. It’s a waste of a good cast as well as a serious trip wire for McCarthy, who may know what’s best for her talents but, on the evidence, needs a deft-handed outsider to make sure she’s maximizing them.

Production companies: New Line Cinema, Gary Sanchez/On the Day Productions
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Ben Falcone
Director: Ben Falcone
Screenwriters: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Melissa McCarthy
Executive producers: Rob Cowan, Ben Falcone, Chris Henchy, Kevin Messick, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco
Director of photography: Russ Alsobrook
Production designer: Jefferson Sage
Costume designer: Wendy Chuck
Editor: Mike Sale
Music: Michael Andrews

Rated R, 96 minutes

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Check out the First Image of Superman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

BATMAN V SUPERMAN MOVHere comes our first look at Kent’s alter ego, Superman, courtesy of USA Today. Happy Fourth of July to you, too!

Director Zack Snyder says the movie will be “thicker, denser and more epic” than Man of Steel, with a bunch more characters appearing to help pave the way for an upcoming Justice League movie in 2017. Aside from Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the film will also see Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and reportedly Aquaman (Jason Momoa), though he’s not mentioned in the article. In addition, returning Man of Steel cast members include Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), with Jesse Eisenberg trying on the part of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Snyder also talks about the title, saying the ‘v’ instead of a ‘vs.’ keeps it “from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way,” adding “You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.”

The film hits theaters on May 6, 2016. What do you think about the new rain-soaked image? Feels a little Gothamy, no?

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Earth to Echo (2014) Movie Review

earth_to_echoPG, 1 hr. 29 min. Action & Adventure, Directed By: Dave Green, In Theaters: Jul 2, 2014 Wide, Relativity Media

Parents need to know that Earth to Echo is a family-friendly alien adventure that’s reminiscent of E.T., The Goonies, and other films featuring preteens who ultimately save the day. There’s some mild violence (against the adorable alien), peril, and the threat of violence, but the main characters remain unscathed, and the villains aren’t overtly scary. One guy makes a suggestive joke that may go over younger kids’ head, and the boys occasionally make comments about “hot” girls (one lies about kissing the most popular girl in the class), but overall there’s little romance. The young leads get into some iffy situations (they go to a bar and a high school party, etc.) and lie to their parents, but they’re unconditional friends to one another and selflessly commit to helping their extra-terrestrial discovery.

earth-to-echoIn Earth to Echo, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ella Wahlestedt, Reese Hartwig and Teo Halm play a group of kids whose neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project, forcing their families to move. Patrick Wymore/Relativity Media

Movie theaters were swarming with Transformers this past weekend, and that’ll also be true over the July 4 weekend. So this may not seem to be the best moment to bring out a sci-fi flick made on a budget that wouldn’t cover catering for Optimus Prime. But “small” has its virtues sometimes, and the kid flick Earth to Echo is one of those times.

It opens with eighth-grader Tuck about to lose his two best buds. Their families are moving from Nevada, and it’s their last night together, so they’re doing what kids do — taping goodbyes for YouTube. Which is why they have cameras and cellphones with them when they find an odd piece of metal in the desert about the size of a thermos. When they pick it up, it makes noise. Tuck grabs the video camera from his bike, and just as he’s about to start describing what’s happening, something happens. A lot happens, actually, and before long they’re making friends with a glowing, metallic, owl-like critter that needs their help.

The idea is that the kids are recording all this themselves — using smartphones and even a camera hidden in a pair of glasses — which means first-time feature filmmaker Dave Green can knock himself out with impressive but presumably inexpensive special effects. He can also set his film apart from the one it’s clearly paying homage to. It’s no coincidence that the title, Earth to Echo, abbreviates as “E.T. Echo” — the echoes of Steven Spielberg’s classic are everywhere. Kids zooming around on bikes; cellphones so central you can’t help thinking “E.T. phone home”; government bad guys whose first impulse on finding a little guy from the stars is to dissect him, though they’ll have to catch him first.

But the story’s been rethought, not just to do the found-footage thing, but in culturally interesting ways. Tuck is an African-American kid whose best buds are a picked-on nerd and an adopted foster child. A teenage girl joins them midway through, and if she’s kind of an afterthought, she’s still more central than Elliott’s little sister was in E.T. These are not huge advances, but they do suggest the filmmakers wanted to broaden the formula a little, make it more inclusive, do something a little adventurous. Kinda like Earth to Echo‘s tween heroes.

 

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Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2015

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The year of years. One to remember. By all accounts, 2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years in big Hollywood movies in a long time. From the return of Star Wars, to the return of The Avengers, to the return of Jurassic Park, to the return of Terminator, to the (re-)appearances of Ant-Man, Desmond Miles, SpongeBob, Aaron Cross, James Bond, Jason, Ethan Hunt, Ted & Mad Max. In keeping up with the features on FirstShowing, we’ve (finally) launched our 2015 Release Schedule, with listings that we’ll update as time goes on. For now, we wanted to inform everyone that the schedule is up and up-to-date.

We’re expecting 2015 to be considerably entertaining as we wade through so many of these new movies, and as always we’ll be here to keep you informed and updated on the latest news, trailers & details regarding all of these 2015 releases and beyond. In the meantime, dive into the 2015 schedule to stay current on the latest release dates for the 50+ movies on the line-up. From Star Wars: Episode VII, being directed by J.J. Abrams, to Brad Bird’s sci-fi Tomorrowland, to Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow, to Ant-Man from Edgar Wright, it’s going to be an unforgettable year. What movies are you most excited about?

2015 SCHEDULE

Official theatrical release schedule for all upcoming films in the year 2015. We tediously check and update this list to make sure the dates are 100% accurate. We also list both wide and limited release dates to the best of our abilities. If you find any discrepancies or missing films, just let us know. Please refresh for any updates.

Release dates subject to change. Click each title for project info / to view a trailer (if available).

January 2015

January 2 (Friday)

Amityville

January 9 (Friday)

Kitchen Sink
Taken 3

January 16 (Friday)

Cyber
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Underdogs
The Wedding Ringer

January 23 (Friday)

Black Sea
The Boy Next Door

January 30 (Friday)

Lazarus
Max
Project Almanac

February 2015

February 6 (Friday)

Jupiter Ascending
Mortdecai
Seventh Son (in 3D)
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

February 13 (Friday)

Fifty Shades of Grey
Poltergeist

February 20 (Friday)

Jane Got a Gun
The Gunman (Limited)

February 27 (Friday)

Focus
Hitman: Agent 47
Little Boy (Limited)

March 2015

March 6 (Friday)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
Chappie
Unfinished Business
The Coup (Limited)

March 13 (Friday)

Cinderella
Heart of the Sea
Scouts vs. Zombies

March 20 (Friday)

Divergent Series: Insurgent
Desert Dancer (Limited)

March 27 (Friday)

Get Hard
Home (in 3D)

April 2015

April 3 (Friday)

Fast & Furious 7
The Longest Ride

April 17 (Friday)

Monkey Kingdom
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Selfless

Summer 2015

May 2015

May 1 (Friday)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (in 3D)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Limited)

May 8 (Friday)

Don’t Mess with Texas

May 15 (Friday)

Mad Max: Fury Road (in 3D)
Pitch Perfect 2
Pixels

May 22 (Friday)

Spy
Tomorrowland (in 3D)

May 29 (Friday)

Insidious Chapter 3
Monster Trucks

June 2015

June 5 (Friday)

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (in 3D)
San Andreas

June 12 (Friday)

Entourage
Jurassic World (in 3D)

June 19 (Friday)

The Fantastic Four
Inside Out

June 26 (Friday)

Ted 2

July 2015

July 1 (Wednesday)

Terminator: Genesis

July 3 (Friday)

Magic Mike XXL

July 10 (Friday)

Minions (in 3D)

July 17 (Friday)

Ant-Man
Pan

July 24 (Friday)

Trainwreck

July 31 (Friday)

Grimsby
Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars

August 2015

August 7 (Friday)

Assassin’s Creed
Goosebumps
Point Break

August 14 (Friday)

Loomis Fargo
Straight Outta Compton

August 28 (Friday)

Regression

September 2015

September 18 (Friday)

Everest
Whitey Bulger Movie

September 25 (Friday)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (in 3D)
The Intern
Untitled Blumhouse Horror

October 2015

October 2 (Friday)

Frankenstein
London Has Fallen
To Reach the Clouds

October 9 (Friday)

The Jungle Book (in 3D)

October 16 (Friday)

Crimson Peak
Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

October 23 (Friday)

The Conjuring 2

November 2015

November 6 (Friday)

Bond 24
Peanuts Movie

November 13 (Friday)

Friday the 13th

November 20 (Friday)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

November 25 (Wednesday – Thanksgiving)

The Good Dinosaur (in 3D)
Midnight Special

December 2015

December 11 (Friday)

Untitled Christmas Eve Project

December 18 (Friday)

Inferno
The Nest
Star Wars: Episode VII (in 3D)

December 23 (Wednesday)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (in 3D)

December 25 (Friday – Christmas)

Joy
Mission Impossible 5

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‘Transformers 4′ is No. 1 again: $36.4M, holds No. 1 spot, no fireworks for ‘Tammy’

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTIONImage Credit: ILM

Sluggish start at No. 2 for Melissa McCarthy’s ”Tammy” ($21.2M for 3-day weekend)

Transformers: Age of Extinction showed its summer might once more by holding onto the No. 1 spot in its second weekend of release, grossing an estimated $36.4 million from 4,233 locations and effectively shutting out the slate of new releases. Michael Bay’s explosive epic also hit $400 million internationally after just 12 days in release.

But, overall, it was a quiet holiday weekend at the box office, and the gap between 2013 and 2014 summer earnings only continues to grow. None of the week’s new releases were ever going to match last year’s Despicable Me 2 opening.

Among the weekend openers was Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy Tammy (C+ Cinema Score), which managed to take in just $21.2 million in its first weekend in release and $32.9 million across the five-day, cooling star Melissa McCarthy’s recent box office hot streak. The second place opening isn’t a disaster by any means—the pic only cost $20 million to produce—but it also didn’t meet the studio’s modest expectations ($37 million across five days). On top of that, the lousy Cinema Score means that this one will drop hard and fast.

In third place, Screen Gems’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Deliver Us From Evil (B- Cinema Score) grossed an estimated $9.5 million from 3,049 locations this weekend, bringing its five-day total to $15 million. The “based on true accounts” supernatural tale reportedly cost $30 million to produce. It also earned $2.5 million from 16 markets internationally.

Sony’s 22 Jump Street snagged the fourth place spot in its fourth weekend with $9.4 million from 3,324 locations. That’s only a 41 percent fall from last weekend for the comedy, which now boasts a domestic total of $158.9 million. Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounded out the top five with an $8.75 million weekend.

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $36.4 million weekend ($174.7 million domestic)
2. Tammy – $21.17 million weekend ($32.91 million domestic total)
3. Deliver Us From Evil — $9.5 million ($15 million domestic total)
4. 22 Jump Street $9.4 million ($158.85 million domestic total)
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8.75 million ($140 million domestic total)

Earth to Echo, meanwhile, opened at No. 6 and earned an estimated $8.25 million across the three-day and $13.5 million over its five days in release from 3,230 screens, failing to meet analyst and distributor expectations by a few million dollars. Relativity bought the family-friendly pic from Disney in 2013, which follows a group of friends who discover an alien in their small town and resolve to help him find his way home. The inexpensive pic ($13 million) was released over the holiday in an effort to provide counter-programming to a slate mostly devoid of family films (an industry low since 2007). And, while it may have missed the mark opening weekend, the A- Cinema Score could indicate that word of mouth will be strong for this movie and that it’ll perform decently across the next few weeks.

In notable expansions, distributor Lionsgate rolled out Dinesh D’Souza’s America (A+ Cinema Score) to 1,105 theaters this weekend where it brought in an estimated $2.7 million, bringing its domestic cume to $4.04 million. Snowpiercer also expanded to 250 theaters and took in $998K across the three day weekend.

Check back in next weekend to see if Dawn of the Planet of the Apes can help salvage this summer’s box office slump.

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Why ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Is the Best Sequel Since ‘The Dark Knight’

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This past weekend the Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest held a special screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with a Q&A after featuring Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves. Seeing this incredible film and then hearing the Q&A, one thing became crystal clear: Matt Reeves saved this movie from being like every other sequel.

At several points Reeves mentions his initial contact with the studio and how the movie they presented to him wasn’t exactly the movie he was interested in making. It didn’t focus on the apes in the right ways, and it needed to tone down how much they had advanced since the last film. So the studio let him bring on a new writer to work with (Mark Bomback) and make the movie his way, so long as he could still get it done on time.

But asking for a rewrite isn’t the real reason Matt Reeves saved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

What really brought this movie away from the brink of being just another sequel is how much reverence Reeves clearly has for not only the old Planet of the Apes series, but what was laid out in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He points out a number of times during the Q&A how much admiration he had for Rise, and how many scenes influenced him, but what’s great about this isn’t that he saw what worked and did it again– which is exactly what you’d expect from a sequel. Rather, Reeves truly thought about and figured out why certain themes and ideas worked, what motivated them, and how those could be played out on a grander scale.

It’s odd that such simple extrapolation — of looking at an idea, understanding why it worked, and then applying those principles to new and different ideas — is rare for Hollywood sequels, but it unfortunately is. Just look at a sampling of big studio sequels from the last decade and you’ll see they pretty much only tackle what the first one did, but with bigger action scenes. Star Trek Into Darkness has Kirk battling with being a Captain again. Transformers 2 is just more bumbling humans as Optimus Prime fights Megatron again. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Peter Parker still dealing with his daddy issues. Thor: The Dark World threatens to change the game, but then presses the just kidding button and ends up being all about Loki’s continued desire to dethrone daddy. The Hangover 2 is just the first movie in a different city. The list goes on.

dawn-planet-apes-trusthat’s not to say that all of those sequels are bad movies (though some are), only they exist to tread water and maintain status quo. There’s no sense of development or forward progress from the first film. The circumstances haven’t changed. Nothing has been truly learned by the characters. And so what saves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from the fate of all these other sequels is Reeves’ awareness of progress, of understanding how the world of the first film has changed while the audience has been away. There’s a sense of intellectual continuity to it that’s pretty remarkable. The world kept spinning while we weren’t watching, and Reeves simply figures out a good point to jump back in and show us where things are now.

And not only is that how Reeves saves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from being like most other sequels, it’s how he elevates it to the same level as the recent benchmark for ambitious sequels: The Dark Knight.

Now Bat-fans, before you start throwing Batarangs at me for daring to put another movie on The Dark Knight’s pedestal, I am not arguing one way or another that Dawn is better or worse than Nolan’s film, simply that everything that makes TDK great is present in Dawn. It respects what happens in the first movie, it respects the audience’s intelligence, and with those crucial things under its belt, it is allowed to take risks, to have consequences.

It’s funny how many sequels don’t allow that last part. They’re afraid that if they make any permanent decisions or mess with the formula of the first movie, audiences will be confused and frightened away in droves. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t think that at all. It delights in making decisions. The entire movie is about decisions being made — both by the apes and the dwindling number of humans — and wow is that refreshing. And none of it would have ended up on the big screen were it not for Matt Reeves essentially telling the studio, “What if we…” instead of just going along with the status quo that was presented to him.

Having said all of that, it needs to be stressed that 20th Century Fox’s willingness to engage with Reeves’ ambitious plan is also what saved this movie. The studio folks could have simply said no to his counterpitch, but instead they had a dialogue with him. They selected a leader and they put their trust in him, echoing one of the movie’s biggest themes: a leader is only as strong as the community who enables them. And the result is a rich, complex movie unlike any of the other tentpole films that have hit theaters in years.


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Box Office Landmark: ‘Transformers 4′ Crosses $200M in China, Set to Pass ‘Avatar’

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Michael Bay’s tentpole, grossing $575.6 million globally in its first 12 days, will become the No. 1 film of all time in China sometime this week.

Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand.

And by midweek, the movie should eclipse James Cameron’s Avatar ($221.9 million) to become the top-grossing movie in history at the Chinese box office, not accounting for inflation.

Worldwide, Age of Extinction has earned $575.6 million in its first 12 days in release, including $400.0 million overseas. The international number is especially impressive considering it won’t launch in Latin America or most European countries until after the World Cup soccer championships.

China is the biggest market, where Age of Extinction grossed $50.9 million in its second weekend for a cume of  $212.8 million, followed by North America, where the fourth installment in the action franchise grossed $36.2 million in its second weekend for a total of $174.6 million.

That’s followed by Russia ($35.7 million), South Korea ($34.2 million), Australia ($17.7 million), Taiwan ($14.7 million) and Hong Kong ($10.3 million).

Age of Extinction has generated sizeable returns for Imax, becoming the fastest movie in history to reach $50 million in ticket sales. In China alone, Imax theaters have notched up $20 million in ticket sales, a record.

In North America, Age of Extinction is pacing behind the last two films in the series, the reverse of overseas. Box office observers believe the movie has a strong shot of reaching $800 million globally, the best showing of the year so far. Transformers: Dark of the Moon took in a franchise-best $1.123 billion worldwide, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 million).

Paramount considers Age of Extinction a reboot, considering it features a new leading man (Mark Wahlberg) and cast.

 

 

 

Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf
Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf
Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf

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Mel B ‘enjoyed steamy session with former Playboy model in disabled loo for ONE hour… as husband Stephen waited outside’

Mel B 1Steamy: Mel B is reported to have followed a former Playboy model in a toilet and kissed her

Spice Girl Mel B is reported to have been intimate with a former Playboy model.

Luann Lee claims the X Factor judge followed her into a disabled toilet, started taking her clothes off and spent an hour in there kissing her.

Speaking in the Sun, the centrefold also says Mel’s husband Stephan Belafonte was waiting outside the whole time.

Luann LeePassionate: Luann Lee described the incident to The Sun

Luann, who met Mel in hotel bar when she was starring in the The Peep Show at the Planet Hollywood Hotel, said: ‘It was very passionate and sensual. She’s like a man in that way — very assertive, very determined and very wanting. I can see why they call her Scary Spice.’

She goes on to claim that there was instant sexual chemistry between them and when she got up to go to the toilet – Mel couldn’t help but follow.

‘I went into the handicapped stall because it’s bigger and I wanted to put my purse down — and she just popped in with me. She said, ‘Do you mind?’ and came right in. Then she just threw me up against the wall and started kissing me,’ Luann states.

‘She was a good kisser. Her lips are very soft and full and she has a tender touch. It was maybe a five-minute kiss and after that she started going for other areas.’

Luann, who is a mother-of-one, says after about an hour a security guard came to check if they were OK before asking them to leave.

After the incident the blonde model was keen to keep seeing Mel, as apparently was the singer who was travelling back and forth between LA and London at that time.

However they found Mel’s husband Stephen ‘got in the way’ according to Luann and she believes he was jealous because he thought Mel had feelings for her.

Last year Mel admitted to shock jock Howard Stern that she had a five-year relationship with Christa Parker.

She elaborated on her sexuality, stating, ‘People call me lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual, but I know who’s in my bed and that’s it… I have a huge libido and a great sex life.’

Earlier this year she was seen kissing and cuddling a female friend while they relaxed in their bikinis, alongside her husband Stephen Belaf

Mel B 2By her side: Luann claims Mel’s husband Stephen was also there and aware of the situation

Mel has recently returned to the UK as the fourth judge on the X Factor joining Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell.

The star has been married to film producer Stephen since 2007 and the pair are parents to a little girl called Madison.

She is also mother to Angel, from a fling with Eddie Murphy  and Phoenix Chi from her marriage to dance Jimmy Gulzar.

A spokesperson for Mel has been contacted for comment.

Mel B 3Pucker up: Earlier this year Mel was seen getting cosy with a girlfriend while on a yacht on Sydney Harbour

Mel B 4Close: In the past Mel has had a relationship with a woman

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Paris Hilton – Bikini Candids in Malibu

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Rihanna – Braless See-Through Candids in West Hollywood

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Helen Flanagan – FHM Magazine Photoshoot (August 2014)

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