Tiffany Haddish holds virtual meeting to kickstart Girls Trip sequel

Tiffany Haddish isn’t letting social distancing halt work on a Girls Trip sequel.The actress, who found fame with her breakthrough role in the 2017 movie, revealed in a new interview with The Huffington Post that she recently had a group video call on …

Tiffany Haddish isn’t letting social distancing halt work on a Girls Trip sequel.

The actress, who found fame with her breakthrough role in the 2017 movie, revealed in a new interview with The Huffington Post that she recently had a group video call on Zoom with her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Accordingly, the conversation quickly turned to a sequel and why production hasn’t started yet, despite them all publicly declaring their interest in making a follow-up.

Haddish then explained that the project hasn’t been greenlit by executives at Universal Pictures because they are waiting for a script, and shared that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the original with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.

“Then it was like, ‘Oh, you guys want too much money,'” the 40-year-old added.

During their group call, Haddish and her co-stars decided to forge ahead on their own and have planned to meet on Zoom on Friday to start writing the script together.

“We might decide not to even make it Girls Trip… Maybe we’ll do a different story just in case no one wants to make Girls Trip 2,” she commented.

The original movie followed lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce, played by Hall, as she travelled to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans to serve as a keynote speaker with her friends in tow.

Elsewhere in the chat, Haddish also opened up about life in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have a garden. I’ve got plenty of food in the freezer. 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 joked.

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Jennifer Hudson celebrates completion of Aretha Franklin biopic

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed …

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.

The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed on a return to U.K. talent show The Voice so she could focus on her performance.

And before she took to the stage at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game to perform a Kobe Bryant tribute, she confirmed reports that work on Respect had wrapped.

“It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done!” she wrote on Instagram. “Too overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honour to honour the Queen’s request!”

Hudson also posted a series of photos from the set of Respect, which is due to hit cinemas in October.

“I have to give credit where credit is due!” the 38-year-old captioned one shot of the cast and crew. “To every single cast and crew member who put your heart and soul into this project! It was beyond a joy and a pleasure to work side by side with each and every one of u! Lord knows if I could post every picture, I would but u know who u r (sic)!!

“From the director to the DP (director of photography), to hair and make-up, acting coach and extras too! To each and every driver and everyone in between! Much Respect to all of you!!!!”

Hudson will be hoping this film is better received than her last – the movie adaptation of stage musical Cats was one of last year’s biggest commercial and critical flops.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect also features appearances from Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige, and Queen Latifah.

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Vivica A. Fox slams Issa Rae over plans to remake cult classic Set It Off

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los …

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.

Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los Angeles bank.

It was reported recently that Issa is in the early stages of developing a new version of the film but, when asked about the prospect by Entertainment Tonight, Vivica was less than accepting of the remake plan.

“It’s a classic, leave it alone,” the actress responded, bluntly, after “pulling a face”, according to the outlet. “There’s absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It’s been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

Continuing to state that Issa will face a massive backlash if she gets the reboot wrong, Vivica, 55, added: “Like, create your own franchise. If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she’ll probably, if it’s not good, they’re going to slay her for it.”

Issa’s version of Set It Off is to be written by Syreeta Singleton and Nina Gloster. It will be released through her production company lssa Rae Productions, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Queen Latifah to star in The Tiger Rising film adaptation

Queen Latifah has signed on to front a big screen adaptation of children’s book The Tiger Rising.The Star actress will take on the role of wise housekeeper Willie May in the upcoming film, which will be based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 work about a 12-ye…

Queen Latifah has signed on to front a big screen adaptation of children’s book The Tiger Rising.

The Star actress will take on the role of wise housekeeper Willie May in the upcoming film, which will be based on Kate DiCamillo’s 2001 work about a 12-year-old boy named Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the centre of the woods near his home.

Other key characters include Rob’s father Robert Horton, Rob’s classmate Sistine Bailey, her mother Mrs. Bailey, and school principal Mr. Phelmer.

No further casting details or a potential release date has been announced. Latifah will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is set to begin shooting in the fall.

However, it is known that Ray Giarratana has adapted the screenplay and will direct the feature. The filmmaker previously acted as a visual effects supervisor on movies such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and the recently released John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Latifah has just finished a three-season run as Carlotta Brown on now-cancelled TV series Star and played Sasha Franklin in hit 2017 comedy Girls Trip.

She is in the pre-production phases of Angela Tucker’s drama Paper Chase and Jeffrey Reyes’ King of the South, a biopic about Master P, the hip-hop mogul and founder of No Limit Records, and is also producing TV movie The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel and comedy The Trap.

Newbery Medal-winning writer DiCamillo is known for her 2003 novel The Tale of Despereaux and 2013’s Flora & Ulysses, while her 2000 book Because of Winn-Dixie was made into a family film by director Wayne Wang in 2005.

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Tiffany Haddish: ‘Girls Trip sequel has stalled’

The development of the Girls Trip sequel has hit a road bump and stalled, according to the movie’s breakout star Tiffany Haddish. The actress landed her big break in the 2017 comedy, in which she starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, an…

The development of the Girls Trip sequel has hit a road bump and stalled, according to the movie’s breakout star Tiffany Haddish.

The actress landed her big break in the 2017 comedy, in which she starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall as four lifelong friends who reunite for a wild vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The movie, penned by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, was a big box office hit, grossing $140 million (£107 million) worldwide, while it also made history as the first film written by an African-American woman to cross the $100 million (£76.4 million) mark.

The co-stars all expressed a desire to reunite for a follow-up in the wake of the project’s commercial success, but during a recent appearance at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Night of Comedy in New York City, Tiffany suggested studio officials at Universal Pictures had put the proposed sequel on ice.

After one audience member shouted out a question about the anticipated release, Tiffany explained, “I wish there was (a sequel), I hope there is. I have been petitioning for it.”

She went on to claim, “I’ve even written a script for it. Me and the girls (co-stars) punched it up and made it good. They (studio bosses) don’t want it. We understood how much money could be made, and they don’t want to pay it. So I doubt it.”

However, a representative for Tiffany has since insisted she was just joking about gathering her co-stars to complete the script: “She was totally joking,” her publicist tells the New York Post’s Page Six.

“While she would love to make that movie one day, she has not written or participated in writing any script, so there was nothing for the studio to pass on. I can’t stress enough that she was kidding.”

Meanwhile, a studio spokesperson has played down any tension between Haddish and company officials.

“Tiffany is a singular talent, and Universal continues to have a dynamic and successful relationship with her,” the representative states. “We look forward to collaborating with her on future projects.”

The comedienne’s comments emerge shortly after Latifah insisted the actresses were all still game for another Girls Trip – they just needed a finished screenplay.

“We are all in for Girls Trip 2. We’re just waiting for a script to be honest,” she recently told People magazine.

“Tiffany called me like two weeks ago like, ‘I know me, and you and Jada and Regina get in the room, we can write this script (sic).'”

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Barbra Streisand & Serena Williams among list of Best Picture nominee presenters at Oscars

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World star…

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, rocker Tom Morello, and Amandla Stenberg to take the stage to salute the night’s biggest movies.

Announcing the decision via a statement on Wednesday (20Feb19), Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said: “Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us.

“We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Meanwhile, rockers Queen will open the show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The group, whose beginnings feature in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhadsody, were asked to get things started in the absence of a traditional Oscars host.

Current Queen frontman Adam Lambert announced the big news via Twitter on Monday (18Feb19) and posted a 15-second video of the band performing We Will Rock You as the words “Queen + Adam Lambert. Feb 24th. 5pm EST. The OSCARS” flashed up on the screen.

He added the caption: “We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock.”

Academy Awards bosses confirmed the big news via social media, adding: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”

Their band’s movie, which is up for five awards on Sunday, has taken in more than $850 million (£649,000) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

The Oscars will be without a host for the first time in 30 years following comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down last year (18) after the discovery of past homophobic tweets he sent out almost a decade ago.

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