Along with her run on the critically acclaimed NBC series The Carmichael Show, stand-up comic Tiffany Haddishis also carving out a promising film career. Her highest profile feature to date is Girls Trip, a comedy about four girlfriends who travel to New Orleans for a raucous good time.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Haddish. “First off, I love taking trips. Second off, I love hanging with my girls. Third off, my girls are Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith – three women who I’ve always wanted to be my friends. And now they are – in my head!”
In the flick, Dina (Haddish) teaches her friends the benefits of grapefruit when it comes to sex. It’s a fact that isn’t lost on Haddish, and in the clip below she talks about why grapefruit is more than a nutritional fruit (Regina Hall is also heard in the clip):
Girls Trip, directed by The Best Man filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee, opens nationwide July 21.
Girls Trip centers on four close friends (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish,Queen Latifah) who reunite in New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Hall previously worked with Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee in The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday.
Though the movie is a rowdy comedy, Latifah could relate to one of the aspects of the film, as she and Pinkett Smith rarely get quality time with one another.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed her,” said Latifah. “Spending this much time around each other was a lot of fun. We have busy lives and our lives have surely taken us, since we did Set It Off, in a lot of different directions. It’s nice to be able to do something where we get to hang (out together).”
Click on the media bar to hear Latifah and Pinkett Smith talk about shooting Girls Trip in New Orleans:
Girls Trip, co-starring Kate Walsh, opens July 21.
Academy Award nominated actress Queen Latifah has done many movies in which audiences adore her. Perhaps one of the most beloved characters is Ellie from the Ice Age films. Latifah once again returns to voice Ellie in the fifth installment of Ice Age franchise in Ice Age: Collision Course now playing theaters.
With all the great work she has done in film and television, Latifah told us that the Ice Age films is her favorite to act in because each installment has reached a high level of cinematic quality, and she believes the movies are transcendent. (Click on the media bar below to hear Queen Latifah)
Miracles From Heaven may be initially seen as a faith based movie, but thanks to dialed in performances from Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, and Eugenio Derbez, the film should score with moviegoers in search of a gripping family drama.
The movie is based on Christy Beam’s (Jennifer Garner) memoir of her daughter Anna’s (Rogers) battles with an incurable digestive disorder. Although Annabel received first rate treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital from Dr. Nurko (Derbez), her condition did not improve. During a pivotal morning while attempting to climb a hollowed out tree with her sister Abbie (Brighton Sharbino), Anna fell headfirst inside the tree but escaped without a scratch. What began as a potentially tragic accident altered her life, as she was miraculously cured from her debilitating condition.
Though naysayers will probably scoff at the validity of the aforementioned events, the heart of Miracles From Heaven centers on Christy’s determined struggle to find a cure for her daughter, a journey which understandably leads to her own crisis of faith. Thankfully, her veterinarian husband Kevin’s faith is unshaken even during the family’s darkest days, while Anna also attempts to deal with her rare disorder with as much strength as possible.
Director Patricia Riggen, who helmed last year’s underrated The 33, brings a steady and passionate hand to the proceedings, and though the story will undoubtedly leave many a movie fan in tears, she doesn’t resort to heavy handed manipulation. Instead, she relies on her actors to bring a sense of lived-in reality to the story, and during she also doesn’t get too preachy when dealing with the movie’s religious elements.
Queen Latifah also brings a bit of fresh air as Angela, a waitress who befriends Christy and Anna during their stay in Boston, with John Carroll Lynch starring as the pastor who helps share Anna’s story with the congregation.
Miracles From Heaven is a tearjerker that actually had me hooked to its story up to the final credits, and thanks to solid work from a talented ensemble cast and inspired directing from Riggen, the film doesn’t disappoint. Whether or not you believe in God in neither here nor there, as Miracles From Heaven is an intimate look at how a family perseveres through a life changing crisis and finds a stronger foothold in their faith. Family movies can be a bit too heavy handed and maudlin at times, and thankfully Miracles From Heaven rises above the fray.
Miracles From Heaven (PG, 109 minutes) opens nationwide March 16.
In the tradition of truly great musical biopics such as THE HELEN MORGAN STORY, LADY SINGS THE BLUES and THE ROSE (to name just a few), the HBO presentation of BESSIE gives star QUEEN LATIFAH what is, arguably, the role of a lifetime. A sumptuous period piece detailing the rise, fall and rise again of legendary blues singer BESSIE SMITH, the film allows its star to demonstrate both acting and singing chops we’ve not seen or heard from her in the past.
Produced by LILI and RICHARD ZANUCK, directed by DEE REES and featuring a cast that also includes Academy Award-winner Mo’NIQUE, BRYAN GREENBERG, KHANDI ALEXANDER, OLIVER PLATT, MIKE EPPS, TIKA SUMPTER and MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, the film is top-notch from beginning to end.
Already the recipient of several Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations, BESSIE will, undoubtedly, be mentioned several times in the upcoming Emmy nominations on 7/16 as well.
At a recent press conference to promote the film, QUEEN LATIFAH talked about getting involved with the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)