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BACKLASH Hollywood Rallies for Melissa McCarthy Kevin Winter/Getty

Hollywood Rallies for Melissa McCarthy

Living well is the best revenge. Hollywood rallied in support for comedian Melissa McCarthy after Observer critic Rex Reed called her “tractor-sized” and a “female hippo.” “Turns out Rex Reed didn’t die sad and alone 10 years ago,” tweeted Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet. Paul Feig, director of McCarthy’s breakout film Bridesmaids, tweeted that Reed could “go f--- himself.” Observer commenters also attacked Reed, accusing him of a double standard. But McCarthy may have gotten the last laugh: although it received mixed reviews, her new film Identity Thief brought in $11.2 million on its opening night, Friday, despite the blizzard that hit the Northeast.

February 10, 2013 8:49 AM