Bad Trip

Release Date:  4/17/20; Amazon Prime
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:   R
Director:  Kitao Sakurai
Studio(s):  Orion Pictures, BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Netflix
Running Time:  84 mins.
Cast:   Eric André (Chris), Lil Rel Howery (Bud), Tiffany Haddish  (Trina), Anthony J. James (Anthony), Michaela Conlin (Maria), Charles Green  (Priest).

Story:  This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC, pulling its real-life audience into the action.

Details:  The film was originally supposed to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14, 2020, but the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. theatrical release date of April 17, 2020, through MGM’s Orion Pictures, was canceled for the same reason.  The movie was accidentally released on Amazon Prime Video on April 17, and taken down soon after. It was up long enough to be downloaded and leaked on pirating sites. Netflix bought the distribution rights from MGM a month later, and the leak did not impact the deal.  Sources:  IMDB; Variety.


Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Release Date:  3/20/20; Netflix – Limited Series
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director(s):  Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis
Studio(s):  Netflix, SpringHill Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television

Story:  The four-part limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker will debut on Netflix on March 20.  In the series, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer stars as Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker, the black hair care pioneer and mogul who overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and family challenges to become America’s first black, female self-made millionaire.  The series is inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles. Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black hair care, as she simultaneously fought for social change.

Self Made also stars Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Lelia, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Munroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Freeman Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin, Sweetness.  Source(s):  Deadline;


Nobody’s Fool

a/k/a The List

Release Date:  11/2/18 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Tyler Perry
Studio(s):   Paramount Players, Paramount Pictures, Tyler Perry Studios
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Taraji P. Henson, Courtney Henggeler, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Riley.

Story:   The film follows a woman who is recently released after serving her time in prison. Once on the outside, she reconnects with her sister, who is in the midst of discovering that her online relationship might be a man “catfishing” her.  Source:  Variety.


Uncle Drew

Release Date:   6/29/18
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Charles Stone III
Studio(s):   Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tiffany Haddish (Jess), Kyrie Irving (Uncle Drew), Nick Kroll (Mookie), Shaquille O’Neal (Big Fella), LilRel Howery (Dax), Nate Robinson (Boots), Erica Ash (Maya), Lisa Leslie (Betty Lou), Chris Webber (Preacher), Reggie Miller (Lights).

Story:   Uncle Drew, played by basketball player Kyrie Irving, originally appeared in a Pepsi Max advertisement which saw Irving, disguised as an old man, showing up on random basketball courts, shocking the players with his skills.  After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.  Source:  Flickering Myth.


Night School

Release Date:  9/28/18; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Yvonne Orji, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Romany Malco, Bresha Webb, Al Madrigal and Ben Schwartz.

Story:   The film follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the long-shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.  Source:  Blackfilm.

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Girls Trip

Release Date:  7/21/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  R
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Studio(s):   Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions.
Cast:  Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Tiffany Haddish, Deborah Ayorinde, Kofi Siriboe.

Story:  When four lifelong friends 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.  Source:  Shadow & Act.