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On The Lot: 'Transformers 4,' Melissa McCarthy, piracy and more

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Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, Director Michael Bay, Nicola Peltz, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jack Reynor pose at the photo call for the worldwide premiere screening of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" on June 20, 2014 in Hong Kong. Callaghan Walsh/Getty Images for Paramount

On today's On The Lot with Rebecca Keegan of the L.A. Times, actress Melissa McCarthy has a new role behind the camera, Hollywood finds a novel weapon to fight pirates and Mookie turns 25. 

"Transformers 4" dominated the box office this past weekend, but looking ahead to this week, the new Melissa McCarthy vehicle, "Tammy" comes out. 


Melissa McCarthy is best known for her comedic roles in films like "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat." This film isn't too far afield from those, but how is this different? She co-wrote "Tammy" with her husband Ben Falcone, who directed the film. What did making this film together mean to them?

Now some news in Hollywood's battle against piracy. What's the new strategy?

This comes after other attempts to combat piracy through legislation have failed. Why is this such a tricky issue?

271 people were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week. Sounds like a lot, but is that number usual? Who's included in this list? How does one get invited to become a member?

The L.A. Times has done a lot of reporting on Academy membership. It's quite secretive, but your colleagues were able to put together some statistics. Does it look like this new crop of invitees will change things?

The Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 this year. How is he celebrating? How was this film received when it was released.  

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