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The raunchy gal-pal comedy “Girls Trip” was a box-office coup for Universal Pictures in 2017, collecting more than $140 million worldwide and spawning meme after meme — including that scene about the many unorthodox functions of a grapefruit. While an official sequel has yet to get the greenlight, with talks of a follow-up dating back to early 2019, Tiffany Haddish recently gave a status update on a possible second film to The Huffington Post from the comforts of quarantine.
Haddish said that she and her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith have been regularly keeping in touch about what shape “Girls Trip 2” could take. Haddish also added that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the script for the first film with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.
“Then it was like, 'Oh, you guys want too much money,'” said Haddish, who broke big after “Girls Trip,” which reportedly earned her an $80,000 payday.
The five actresses had a two-hour Zoom meeting, Haddish said, last week to discuss making the sequel, and said that starting Friday, they’ll meet again to begin chipping away at the script.
“We might decide not to even make it 'Girls Trip,'” Haddish said. “Maybe we'll do a different story just in case no one wants to make 'Girls Trip 2.'”
Haddish currently stars in the recently released Netflix series “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” opposite Octavia Spencer, who plays the titular black hair care pioneer and mogul. While Netflix audiences binge that show during quarantine, Haddish said she’s doing plenty of marathon-watching of her own, including “Tiger King,” “Wild Wild Country,” “Locke & Key,” “I Love Lucy,” and “My Three Sons.”
Otherwise, she said, her shelter-in-place experience is just like everybody else’s. “I got Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; I've got cable. I have a room that I've got to clean out. I have so many bills that are a year old that I just paid online,” she told HuffPo.
Haddish is also starring in the latest film from Paul Schrader, “The Card Counter,” whose production went on hiatus amid the coronavirus outbreak that has put virtually all of Hollywood on pause. Regarding Haddish, the fast-rising star who's become a favorite of many an auteur, including Paul Thomas Anderson, Schrader said in a recent interview, “I love Tiffany. I've never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She's a firecracker. It's like talking to a live-wire connection. She's very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone's sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So...
In its first weekend of wide release, Sam Mendes’ 1917 capitalized on its Golden Globe wins for Best Director and Best Drama and opened with a remarkable $36.5 million, despite a lack of marquee names all the known stars of the film - Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Richard Madden - only have glorified cameo roles. Most critics loved the film 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and were impressed that Sam Mendes managed to make a war film in one continuous take the ten percent of critics who didn’t like 1917 mostly regarded the continuous shot as a gimmick that otherwise obscured the film’s lack of substance. Audiences loved it, however, giving it an A- Cinemascore, and it’s no wonder: It’s an exhilarating gimmick! Dean-Charles Chapman Tommen Baratheon from Game of Thrones and George MacKay are also outstanding, but the real star of the show is Roger Deakins, who has 13 Oscar nominations for cinematography and only one win. This should be number two.
The movies in second and third place are familiar, as Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and Jumanji: Next Level continue to add to their already massive takes. They generated $15.3 million and $13.3 million, respectively, to bring their totals to $478 million and $256 million.
Two new entries take spots four and five. Despite a cast that includes Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish, Like a Boss could only produce $10 million in its opening weekend, amid negative reviews 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and only an OK ‘B’ Cinemascore. Audiences, however, loved the number five film, Just Mercy, which received an A+ Cinemascore. It also opened with $10 million wide opening, but with a lower budget and better word-of-mouth prospects. Just Mercy is probably also hoping for Oscar noms for Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan on Monday to boost its box office into next weekend and throughout awards season.
Both of those new entries did better than the more expensive Underwater, the $50 million sci-fi flick starring Kristen Stewart. It only mustered $6.9 million over its opening weekend despite mixed reviews and a lackluster ‘C’ Cinemascore. For Kristen Stewart, it’s her second dud in a row following Charlie’s Angels, although she should rebound later this year with Happiest Season, a lesbian romantic comedy pairing Stewart with Mackenzie Davis.
The rest of the weeks’ top ten were all holdovers, beginning with sixth place Little Women, which added $7.4 million to bring its total to $73 million as it eyes Oscar noms on Monday. With $5.72 million, Knives Out came in eighth place, as its domestic total now stands at $139.6 million after an impressive 7 weeks in the top ten and $256 million worldwide. Frozen 2 has eight weeks in the top ten, earning $5.6 million to bring its total to $459.2 million. Spies In Disguise grabbed the ten spot, earning $4.6 million to bring its...
The release of Netflix’s Tiger King documentary coinciding with everyone around the country beginning to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak has made it a phenomenon here in the United States. The documentary, which details the insane goings on at Joe Exotic’s ranch in Oklahoma and how he ended up getting sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot along with illegally selling tiger cubs has captivated seemingly everyone.
There are movie stars posturing for the hopeful role of Joe Exotic in a feature film adaptation, not to mention a bit of a controversy over some music videos that feature Exotic lip-syncing over tracks recorded by someone else. There are also some celebrity cameos in the documentary as the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and The Undertaker pop up as having visited the ranch. Given everything that happens with Exotic and him being eventually sent to prison, Shaq decided to clarify how he ended up visiting the tigers on the ranch and why, once he learned what was happening there, he stopped going on The Big Podcast with Shaq.
“So we go in there, and it’s a beautiful place, and the character that was there was Exotic Joe,” Shaq said. “We’re there and I dropped some donations for the tigers’ foods and all that. We take pictures with tigers. We went back a couple times. Then we go back another time and we found out that he’s involved with all the stuff, and then, actually, I stopped going.
“I love tigers. I love white tigers,” O’Neal said. “I met this guy–not my friend. Don’t know him. Never had any business dealings with him, and I had no idea any of that stuff was going on.”
Shaq, who went to school at LSU, said he loved tigers and that’s what led him to making visits, but was quick to note that he has no business dealings with him and stopped going to the ranch once he learned of some of the things “Exotic Joe” was involved in - it makes this all more ridiculous and funny with Shaq calling him Exotic Joe.
Shaq having to clarify that he was not actually friends with a guy that runs a tiger ranch and was involved in a murder for hire plot would normally be an incredible story, but is pretty much par for the course in 2020.
[h/t Sports Illustrated]
Movie theaters across the country are currently shuttered due to social distancing measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but one very notable theater is using its website to post movie reviews from one of the biggest directors in the world.
Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema has quietly posted reviews of classic movies from the director. Happy Mag spotted the reviews on the cinema’s website, and apparently the director has quietly written about movies like Escape From Alcatraz and A Man Called Tiger for months.
Tarantino bought the New Beverly Cinema in 2007 and last year’s release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood made it very popular over the summer. This part of his work with the theater is not a direct result of coronavirus boredom, as he started posting reviews on December 22 with six entries, including Escape and The Image of Bruce Lee. Still, things certainly have picked up in recent weeks: there were just two posted in February but March saw 10 reviews including Gunsmoke, Sometimes A Great Notion and Daisy Miller. And as to be expected, Tarantino is far from an easy critic.
The reviews are a treasure trove of insight into the famed director’s mind. One of them likens a film script to “one hot f*ckin’ potato”, whilst another calls Prophecy 1979 “pretty much a piece of sh*t from the word go.”
There are some very positive reviews, though, and many are less like a review and more a reflection on the time and place where Tarantino first saw the film.
“I’ve loved this movie since I was a child, and the older I’ve got, the more my affection grows. For the uninitiated it might seem like dumb crazy ass sh*t. But for a martial art film expert, and Wang Yu fan, it’s like a fine vintage wine only a connoisseur can appreciate.”
Tarantino has always had plenty to say about movies, and in the past he’s said he hopes to write books about cinema when he officially retires from filmmaking. So perhaps this is just a warmup to the role he hopes to play once his current career ends. In the mean time, we certainly can learn a lot from what he’s putting out online, and maybe pick up a few classics to watch along the way.