×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy Show Off Dramatic Chops in First Look at New Line Thriller ‘The Kitchen’

Sure, Warner Bros. has Pikachu, Godzilla and an army of DC superheroes to impress audiences, but a first look at their straight-up dramas for 2019 did not disappoint at CinemaCon.

The studio showed off their wares at the annual convention of theater owners on Tuesday, with the August release “The Kitchen” playing strongest to the room at the Colosseum Theater in Las Vegas.

Rolling out on WB’s New Line label, the film is based on a graphic novel about a pack of women in the 1970s Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen who take over the crime routes of their jailed Mafia husbands. When casting was announced, many people were puzzled. The film’s leading ladies — Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish — are best known for their comedic fare.

The Kitchen” is certainly not a comedy, a first look trailer for the project revealed. McCarthy test-drives a kind of streetwise bravado you’re used to seeing from her in over-the-top comedies, but in “The Kitchen” there is no pause for laughter. Even more surprising was how measured and earnest Haddish played to the crowd, as the sole woman of color in her group (which also counts Elizabeth Moss).

“They didn’t want me in this family anyway,” Haddish tells her partners in crime over a tense meeting in a diner, where the women strategize ways to gain legitimacy as an organized crime force against a misogynistic mob boss.

“There’s so many layers to women,” Haddish told the CinemaCon crowd. “We can make you cry, we can make you laugh, we can be nutritious.”

Also impressive in a more literary vein was “The Goldfinch,” the long-anticipated adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ansel Elgort plays a young man haunted through the years by the loss of his mother. A syrupy orchestral score, hyper-slow-motion shots and a ton of stars gave the film an awards-bait vibe. Come September 13, you’ll see Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright, Luke WIlson and Finn Wolfhard unfold the story in theaters. Elgort promised theater owners that the film would be “an epic” and that the filmmakers had captured the spirit of the novel.

Also on deck was “Motherless Brooklyn,” fronted by director and star Ed Norton. He portrays a private investigator in 1950s New York, grappling with Tourette’s and agitated clients. Little was previously known about the project, which also stars Leslie Mann, Bruce Willis, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. That hits Nov. 1.

More Film

  • First Look at Cannes-Bound ‘Diego Maradona’

    First Look at Cannes-Bound ‘Diego Maradona’ Feature Documentary

    Diego Maradona waves to raucous Napoli fans before heading into a media scrum and press conference in the first clip from the feature documentary about the soccer superstar. “Diego Maradona” is the third film from the team behind the award-winning “Senna” and “Amy,” with Asif Kapadia directing and James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin producing. They [...]

  • Raising Hell: The Life and Times

    Film Review: 'Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins'

    One of the more entertaining as well as insightful political commentators of the past half-century is paid a suitably entertaining tribute in “Raise Hell.” A long tall Texan too amusingly outrageous to draw real resentment from most of her targets, Molly Ivins nonetheless aimed stinging criticism at political figures both national and in her native [...]

  • The Lighthouse

    Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Unveils Lineup

    Robert Eggers’s anticipated “The Lighthouse” with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, Bertrand Bonello’s “Zombi Child” and Japanese helmer Takashi Miike’s “First Love” are set to unspool at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight under the new leadership of Paolo Moretti. Described by Moretti as a “hypnotic two-hander” powered by Pattinson and Dafoe, “The Lighthouse” is fantasy horror film [...]

  • Media Luna Acquires ‘We Had It

    Cannes Festival: Media Luna Takes ‘We Had It Coming,’ ‘The Friendly Man’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    In the run-up to next month’s Cannes Festival, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has acquired international rights to “We Had It Coming,” starring Natalie Krill (“Wynonna Earp,” “Below Her Mouth”) and Brazil’s “The Friendly Man,” one of the standouts at Ventana Sur’s strong Copia Final showcase of near-finished Latin American movies. MK2 Mile End will [...]

  • ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches

    ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Make Emotional Speeches at Historic Marvel Premiere

    If more than twenty worldwide blockbusters over ten years sounds like a big undertaking, try locking up the cell phones and smartwatches of Hollywood’s most important people for four hours. Only a franchise with the cache of the “Avengers” series could have A-list talent, celebrity fans, agents and executives gladly turn over their gadgets for [...]

  • Avengers: Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame' First Reactions: 'Most Emotional, Most Epic MCU Film'

    The end is finally here. “Avengers: Endgame” had its world premiere Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center and reactions on social media from fans, journalists and critics are already pouring in. The reaction has so far been almost universally positive, with several commentors warning fans of the movie’s emotional elements. Brandon Davis wrote [...]

  • Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd. Josh Brolin,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Josh Brolin: Thanos' Butt Is a 'Beautiful, Purple Peach'

    On the eve of “Avengers: Endgame’s” world premiere, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the one crucial detail that could be the difference between life or death for the Avengers: Does Thanos have a butt? “I don’t know what that whole thing is about! I really don’t!” Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos, told Variety‘s Marc Malkin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content