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'Girls Trip' Soars To $30 Million In First Weekend Sales

The film reportedly scored the biggest first weekend sales of any comedy movie in 2017. 

Girls Trip hit movie theaters this past weekend (July 21), and to what many are calling a surprise blow out, the comedy film soared to the No. 1 spot at the box office. The film reportedly raked in a whopping $30.4 million, making it the biggest first weekend sales of any comedy film this year.

The film follows the story of four friends – Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish – who reconnect at the Essence Festival for one wild weekend of heavy drinking, flirting, and other shenanigans. Following the happy news, many of the stars took to social media, where they thanked viewers for the tremendous support. "Thank you so much for everyone else showing up and showing out for a Girls Trip. This movie is not to be missed," Queen Latifah tweeted.

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The Will Packer-produced comedy did have a few hurdles going into opening weekend. The cast made a number of press appearances in order to differentiate it from similar comedies like Rough Night, which released only a month before. Not to mention, R-rated, female-based comedies have been known to struggle in the past.

While all of the actresses in the film held their own weight, much of the film's success could be attributed to breakout star, Tiffany Haddish. Many fans have already named Haddish as the one to watch for her stellar performance as Dina, the crazy friend who is way over the top.

Representation in Hollywood, but especially in comedy is very important. It'll be interesting to see how the film does overall, but its first weekend sales are a clear indicator that black women know how to deliver the funny and the money when Hollywood takes a chance on them.

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Andre 3000 Stars In New Space Thriller 'High Life'

A new space thriller is coming to theaters this year. Andre 3000 will star in the new film alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in High Life, and the first trailer looks pretty intense.

The feature focuses on a group of criminals who are coerced into a mission to travel towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. They are also forced to undergo sexual experiments while in outer space. The 2-minute preview features Pattinson and Andre 3000 as they struggle to survive on the spaceship.

High Life originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2018. It received positive reviews from numerous film critics.

"High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis," Rotten Tomatoes said of the film.

The film is written and directed by Claire Denis. High Life will hit theaters on Apr. 12. Watch the new trailer in the video above.

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