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Tiffany Haddish delivers a breakout performance in the R-rated hit comedy Girls Trip, and her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live went viral. Haddish says stardom has already changed her life and she has big plans for where she goes from here. Haddish and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee tell us about making movies with black casts that can cross over to all audiences, and Haddish pitches her idea for a Girls Trip sequel in South Africa.

Photo: Tiffany Haddish as Dina in Girls Trip (Michele K. Short/Universal)

Hollywood news banter 6 MIN, 20 SEC

Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • The annual summer gathering of the Television Critics Association is underway in Beverly Hills. But this year one of the most talked-about shows is one that hasn't even started production yet. HBO programming president Casey Bloys admitted that the way they announced the upcoming show Confederate -- via press release with no context -- may have been misguided
  • Amazon is dipping its toe in the waters of self-distribution with the upcoming Woody Allen movie Wonder Wheel.
  • At $180 million, Luc Besson's Valerian is the most expensive independent movie ever made. So far, it's landed with a thud in the US, but may do better in China. Still, it looks like a lot of investors will be losing money.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

Director Malcolm D. Lee & actress Tiffany Haddish on 'Girls Trip' 20 MIN, 42 SEC

Girls Trip -- which looks like it will be the breakout R-rated comedy hit of the summer -- follows four best friends who met in college but have drifted apart in recent years. As the movie begins, they have decided to reconnect by heading to New Orleans for a weekend of fun.

The members of the so-called Flossy Posse are played by Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and someone whose name few would have recognized before girls trip. Until now, Tiffany Haddish was probably best known for a recurring role as Nekeisha on the now-canceled NBC series The Carmichael Show.

For Haddish, Girls Trip has delivered the overnight stardom that she worked for years to achieve. She plays Dina, the crazy, funny friend, and it is fair to say she more than holds her own alongside other members of the Posse.

And even people who haven't seen Girls Trip were charmed by Haddish's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, when she told the story of bringing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith along on a swamp tour she booked through Groupon, during a break in filming.


Director Malcolm D. Lee on the set of Girls Trip
Photo by Michele K. Short/Universal

Girls Trip is directed by our other guest today, Malcolm D. Lee, whose past films include The Best Man in 1999, and its 2013 follow-up, The Best Man Holiday, as well as Barbershop: The Next Cut.

Lee and Haddish tell us how they first met, the logistical challenges of shooting during the real-life Essence Festival in New Orleans, and why they want their movie to reach a broad audience. Plus, they share their pitch for a Girls Trip sequel.

Guests:
Malcolm D. Lee, filmmaker (@malcolmdlee)
Tiffany Haddish, comedian and actress (@TiffanyHaddish)

CREDITS

Host:
Kim Masters

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

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