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First poster for Night School featuring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish

With a first trailer set to arrive this Tuesday, Universal Pictures has unveiled the first poster for its upcoming comedy Night School featuring Kevin Hart (Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip). Take a look here…

Night School follows a group of troublemakers and misfits who are forced to attend adult classes at night in the hope of passing the Ged exam to graduate from high school. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Girls Trip) directs a cast that includes Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Yvonne Orji, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ben Schwartz, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Winters, Taran Killam, Keith David and Jacob Batalon.

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Showtime Pilot ‘Ball Street’ Adds Regina Hall, Casey Wilson, Paul Scheer

The upcoming Showtime pilot “Ball Street” is rounding out its cast.

The premium cabler has set five actors to star alongside leads Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells. Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Kurt Braunohler, and Eugene Cordero will all join the pilot with Casey Wilson set in a guest role.

The pilot begins on October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday – one of the worst stock market crashes in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who or what caused it. It follows the story of how a bunch of fearless underdogs took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street. Among the intrepid traders who make up the group led by Cheadle’s character are Dawn (Hall), the no-nonsense head of trading and the only woman on the team, along with Keith (Scheer) and Ronnie (Cordero). Braunohler appears as Ty Daverman, a vice president at Morgan Stanley. Wilson will play Tiff, the girlfriend
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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'

Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee Team for Universal's 'I Almost Forgot About You'
Viola Davis and Malcolm D. Lee are teaming up for Universal's adaptation of I Almost Forgot About You.

Davis is attached to star and produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip, The Best Man series) will direct and produce through his Universal-based Blackmaled Productions. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing. Vice President of production Sara Scott will oversee production on behalf of Universal, and Melanie Clark will oversee for Blackmaled Productions.

Ron Bass will adapt with author Terry McMillan, as the two previously collaborated on the onscreen adaptations
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Ben Davis, Carmen Cusack and Betty Buckley to Headline Reading of Only A Kingdom Musical

On Sunday, August 20, Guild Hall presents a staged reading of 'Only A Kingdom' directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man, with book, music and lyrics by Judith Shubow Steir, and orchestration and arrangements by Peter Mansfield. Tom Ware is Executive Producer.
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'NCIS: Los Angeles' Enlists Nia Long as Series Regular for Season 9

CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles is building up its ranks for season nine.

Nia Long has joined the cast of the NCIS spinoff as a series regular. She will make her debut in the season nine premiere slated for Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 p.m.

Long (Boyz N the Hood, Soul Food, The Best Man) will play Shay Mosely, the team's new executive assistant director. As a former secret service agent now working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an East Coast style and demeanor to the West Coast team.

“The character was...
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Girls Trip review – 48-hour party people

Four old college friends take a trip to New Orleans in this raunchy, freewheeling comedy

There are four members of the “Flossy Posse”: Ryan (Regina Hall), “the second coming of Oprah”, regal and never more beautiful (“It’s like travelling with Beyoncé!” one character remarks); uptight single mum Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith); gossip-blog maven Sasha (Queen Latifah); and foul-mouthed party girl Dina (Tiffany Haddish, a rollicking, scene-stealing presence). College besties who haven’t reconnected in five years, they take a girls’ trip to the Essence festival in New Orleans for a weekend of raucous, boozy fun – and fun it is.

Directed by Malcolm D Lee of The Best Man films, and written by Kenya Barris (black-ish) and Tracy Oliver (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), the film’s female-led cast and barrage of raunchy gags will inevitably draw comparisons with Bridesmaids, but its bombastic set pieces, freewheeling energy and
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Revenge of the Auteur: As Bloated Franchises Bomb, Original Stories Own the Box Office

Revenge of the Auteur: As Bloated Franchises Bomb, Original Stories Own the Box Office
When it comes to the summer movie season, late July is the new August. Now that blockbusters jockey for attention in early May, we already feel wrung out by the barrage of spectacle. And with that, an exciting new box office trend has begun to make itself known: franchise fatigue, with a twist. Audiences seem to be rejecting force-fed franchises, and instead opt to check out original material.

The numbers don’t lie. While films designed to launch brand-new franchises like “The Mummy” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” burned out at the domestic box office, original offerings are making big bucks. Even more compelling? Those would-be one-offs could start their own franchises.

This past weekend was won by a pair of original projects that couldn’t be more different: Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Malcolm D. Lee’s uproarious girls-gone-wild comedy “Girls Trip.
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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Conquers Weekend With $50.5 Million, ‘Valerian’ Flops

Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Conquers Weekend With $50.5 Million, ‘Valerian’ Flops
Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” are opening above expectations at the domestic box office, while “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” looks like a huge flop.

But let’s start with the good. Christopher Nolan’s World War II film from Warner Bros. is flying past earlier projections to a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 locations. $11.7 million of that total came from Imax screens alone — that’s 23% of the total market share from 402 locations. That $50.5 million number is a good one considering it is expected to have a large multiple, and continue to play well through August. The movie’s production budget was reportedly just under $100 million, although earlier reports speculated that it was much higher.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this incredible result on this brilliant film,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “In a summer that has had a lot of disappointments, this movie way over-achieved.”

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Win movie merchandise with Girls Trip

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To celebrate the release of this summer’s biggest comedy Girls Trip, in UK cinemas from July 26th, we’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures to give 2 of you the chance to win an awesome merchandise pack including everything you need for the perfect girls trip…

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Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

When four lifelong friends— Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

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'Girls Trip' Review: Comedy About Four Besties in Nola Hits All the Right Notes

'Girls Trip' Review: Comedy About Four Besties in Nola Hits All the Right Notes
Call me surprised with a cherry on top. Girls Trip is not what it looks like on the surface – a black-demo take on Rough Night, Scarlett Johansson's recent white–ish-girls-gone-wild romp in Miami which hit a wall of critical apathy and audience indifference. Not this time. In all the ways ScarJo & co.'s film went wrong (the dead male stripper – ugh!), Malcolm D. Lee's comedy goes hilariously right. Starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as former college besties doing the reunion thing in New Orleans,
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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Battles ‘Girls Trip,’ While ‘Valerian’ Looks to Sputter

Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Battles ‘Girls Trip,’ While ‘Valerian’ Looks to Sputter
Dunkirk” is ready for battle against a duo of 28th century special operatives, and a gaggle of wild women on a weekend getaway.

During a rare summer weekend that brings three non-sequel, non-franchise (at least … not yet) movies to theaters, Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to end up on top. The latest estimates put “Dunkirk” between $30 million and $35 million during its opening weekend. Those aren’t numbers that warrant a standing ovation — especially for a production with a speculated $150 million budget — but Warner Bros. is playing the long game.

Critics have come out in force for the World War II movie, earning it a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and starting the awards season conversation early. After all, July is not a typical Oscar-bait date, but this weekend is the same one when Nolan released his biggest hits (“The Dark Knight” in 2008, “Inception” in 2010, and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012). It’s also almost 20 years after another World War
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‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal

‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal
Universal Pictures has entered into a first-look production agreement with writer, director, and producer Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Productions.

The studio made the announcement three days before the launch of its comedy “Girls Trip,” which Lee directed and produced. The announcement was made by Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production.

“Starting with ‘The Best Man,’ Malcolm has an incredible track record telling resonant stories that make audiences laugh and cry, which he has done brilliantly once again with ‘Girls Trip,'” Cramer said. “We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Malcolm by welcoming his company to the lot, and we are excited about making many more films with him, starting with his next film, ‘Night School.'”

Lee said in a statement, “I am extremely gratified to officially be a part of the Universal family. This is a place I’ve always considered my home. They
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‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Inks First-Look Deal With Universal

‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Inks First-Look Deal With Universal
Universal Pictures has signed a first-look production deal with Malcolm D. Lee, the writer-director-producer that has made nine films with the studio including his first, The Best Man, and most recently Girls Trip, which hits theaters Friday. The pact with Lee and his Blackmaled Productions was unveiled by Universal production president Peter Cramer. Paradigm and Del, Shaw repped Lee and Blackmaled in the deal. “Starting with The Best Man, Malcolm has an incredible track…
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Universal Signs First-Look Deal With 'Girls Trip' Director Malcolm D. Lee

Universal Pictures has signed a first-look production deal with writer, director and producer Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Productions.

Lee most recently directed and produced the Universal comedy Girls Trip, which will be released Friday in North America.

"Starting with The Best Man, Malcolm has an incredible track record telling resonant stories that make audiences laugh and cry, which he has done brilliantly once again with Girls Trip,” Universal Pictures president of production Peter Cramer said Tuesday in a statement. “We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Malcolm by welcoming his company to the lot, and we...
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Universal Sets First-Look Production Pact With ‘Girls Trip’ Director

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Universal Sets First-Look Production Pact With ‘Girls Trip’ Director
Universal Pictures has set a first-look production agreement with writer, director and producer Malcolm D. Lee and his Blackmaled Productions, Universal’s President of Production Peter Cramer announced Tuesday. Lee’s next movie, “Girls Trip,” starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, will hit theaters this weekend. “Starting with ‘The Best Man,’ Malcolm has an incredible track record telling resonant stories that make audiences laugh and cry, which he has done brilliantly once again with ‘Girls Trip,'” said Cramer. “We are thrilled to formalize our long-standing relationship with Malcolm by welcoming his company to the lot, and we are excited about making many.
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7 Movies That Donald Trump Should Be Forced to Watch — IndieWire Critics Survey

7 Movies That Donald Trump Should Be Forced to Watch — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: If you could force Donald J. Trump to watch one movie for any reason (whether to educate him, torture him, amuse him, etc.), what would it be and why?

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Can you really educate Trump through cinema? I think not. Put this year’s devastating trio of Syrian documentaries in front of him, and he’d say, “those people, including children, get what they deserve.” Make him watch a climate change film, and he’d call it fake news. For crying out loud, expose his eyeballs to “Finding Dory” and he’d probably mock poor Dory
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Girls Trip’ With Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “Girls Trip” starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah!

Girls Trip,” which opens on July 21, 2017 and is rated “R,” also stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and Kofi Siriboe from director Malcolm D. Lee and writers Kenya Barris and Karen McCullah. Note: You must be 21+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Girls Trip” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’

Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’
Move over, Tyler Perry. Let “Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee show you how it’s done. In what could easily prove to be the summer’s word-of-mouth comedy sensation, Lee sends four black ladies — Aka the “Flossy Posse” — on a long-overdue weekend getaway, where “Madea’s Class Reunion” meets “The Hangover” for a raunchy mix of empowerment and intoxication at Essence Fest, New Orleans. There’s girl fighting, male nudity, multiple self-help lessons, an impromptu prayer session and not one but two musical numbers — all of it so consistently outrageous that audiences shouldn’t even miss the absence of a cross-dressing black lady.

Whereas Perry’s work serves mostly as counter-programming “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” appealing to those who typically feel more comfortable going to church than going to the movies, “Girls Trip” has something for everyone — provided that they’re old enough to see a hard-r-rated comedy
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Girls Trip In St. Louis

In Girls Trip, when four lifelong friends—(L to R) Ryan (Regina Hall), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), Sasha (Queen Latifah) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish)—travel to New Orleans for the annual “Essence” Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

Lee says of his film: “There is this closeness that women have that you notice, even if they don’t say a word. In this movie, we’re capturing with them dancing together, sleeping in bed together, and eating and laughing together. All women are going to enjoy this movie, but black women are going to really own this movie. They’re going to say,
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Queen Latifah And Jada Pinkett Smith Hit The Big Easy With ‘Girls Trip’

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, [...]
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