Thursday, September 17, 2015



What do you get when a desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer in an attempt to prevent a diabolical global disaster?  A hilarious spoof on secret agent movies starring Melissa McCarthy in the blockbuster hit SPY which film critic Leonard Maltin referred to as "her funniest movie yet."  Jason Statham, Jude Law and Rose Byrne join McCarthy in delivering hysterical performances in SPY which earned more than $100 million  during its theatrical run in the United States and a 95% fresh rating on In anticipation of the movie's release on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, 2015, A Geek Daddy is sharing a few fun facts about Hollywood's newest Queen of Comedy, Melissa McCarthy, and giving away a SPY Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

Did you know Melissa is a Saluki?  She studied fashion at Southern Illinois University (who are know as the Salukis from their school mascot).  In fact she originally made her way to New York to be a fashion designer but after a fateful night at an open mic night decided to take a shot at being a stand-up comedian instead.  Melissa s still very talented when it comes to fashion though and designed her own gown that the actress/comedian wore to the 2011 Emmys where she won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

While Melissa McCarthy may be best know for her breakout role in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids where she received an Academy Award nomination for her part in the film, she had already been acting for more than a decade at that point having a primary supporting role in the television series Gilmore Girls from 2000-2007 and Samantha Who? from 2007-2009.  She currently stars in the CBS prime time sitcom Mike & Molly where she earned her an Emmy in 2011 for the role of Molly Flynn.  One of my wife's all time favorite TV shows is Gilmore Girls.  For a lot of years she watched reruns of Gilmore Girls every afternoon when returning home from work and we had to make time to watch every new episode whenever they aired.  So for our family Melissa McCarthy will always be Sookie from the Gilmore Girls.

Speaking of her big role in Bridesmaids - other than playing one in the movie, Melissa has been a bridesmaid in real life once - at her sister's wedding.

Melissa has a really sharp memory.  When she has hosted Saturday Night Live she hasn't used cue cards.  Melissa has memorized EVERYTHING for these "live" SNL performances.  Wow! That's impressive!  In fact, she's earned 2 Emmy nominations for hosting SNL (2012 / 2013).

What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you as a kid?  For Melissa who grew up in the rural farming community of Plainsfield, Illinois it was climbing up into a neighbor's silo and not being able to get back down.  She had to be rescued by a friendly farmer who climbed up, got her unstuck and brought her down to earth.

Since Bridesmaids, Melissa has had roles in the films Spy, The Nines, The Back-up Plan, Life As We Know It, Identity Thief, The Heat, and The Hangover Part III.  She will be starring in the upcoming Ghost Busters remake that is scheduled to be released in theaters across the USA on July 15, 2016.  Ghost Busters is being directed by Paul Feig who also directed McCarthy in the movies SPY, The Heat and Bridesmaids.

Thanks to our friends at Fox Home Entertainment, one lucky A GEEK DADDY blog reader will win a free Blu-rayDVD combo pack of SPY.  Must be a U.S. or Canadian resident over 18 years old and submit one or all of the following entry methods to earn up to 3 entries prior to 11:59 pm EST on Sunday September 27, 2015:

 E-mail thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com your name and mailing address plus tell us your favorite Melissa McCarthy role. Email subject line should be SPY (1 ENTRY)

Visit our Facebook page and on the contest post leave a comment telling us about your funniest moment  at work or school where you were caught out of your comfort zone like McCarthy is in the movie SPY (2 ENTRIES)

All valid entries will be assigned a number in the order they are received and one number will be  selected to determine the winner using  E-mails will only be used to contact the winner and deleted following the selection of a winner.

McCarthy is armed and hilarious in this comedy from director Paul Feig. Deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper is about to become the world’s newest — and unlikeliest — secret weapon. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer. Loaded with wise-cracking action and adventure, SPY is a mission impossible to resist!

Of course the Blu-ray and DVD come loaded with a bunch of bonus features in addition to the movies:

  • Unrated Cut 
  • 3 Redacted Scenes 
  • 15 Classified Alternate Scenes 
  • Top Secret Gag Reel 
  • Extra Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes Gag Reel 
  • Director of Intelligence Feig Makes the Cast Do His Bidding 
  • Susan and Her Men 
  • Super Villain Rayna Can't Keep It Together
  • The Many Deaths of Anton 
  • The Trouble With Covers 
  • The Great Rick Ford 
  • For Your Eyes Only: Jokes-A-Plenty 
  • The Handsy World of Spies 
  • Speaking is an Art Form 
  • Super Villains of the Animal World 
  • How Spy Was Made 
  • The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia) 
  • Top Secret Gag Reel 
  • Extra Top Secret Behind-the-Scenes Gag Reel 
  • Susan and Her Men 
  • The Great Rick Ford 
  • The Filmmakers Tell You How Spy Was Made While You Watch The Movie! aka The Commentary Track (Jessie Henderson, John Vecchio, Paul Feig, Robert Yeoman, Walter Garcia) 

 DISCLAIMER:  A Geek Daddy Blog will be responsible for selecting the winner of this contest, but Fox Home Entertainment is responsible for fulfillment and delivery of the prize.  By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion.  If you win this prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize will be delivered by UPS or FedEx so no P.O. Boxes are allowed as mailing addresses. A Geek Daddy Blog did not receive any financial compensation but did receive a review DVD for the blog and the prize that is being awarded to one of our readers for this contest.  A Geek Daddy Blog is hosting this contest as a benefit to our readers. Any opinions in this post are my own.  #SpyInsiders

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