Peter Bart: Why Has Female Empowerment Led To So Many Downer Roles For Women?

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‘Breaking In’ Signals the Rise of Gabrielle Union as a Box Office Star

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While “Avengers: Infinity War” left box office beancounters’ jaws on the floor with its huge Chinese launch last weekend, Gabrielle Union was quietly making her first steps on her path to becoming the next big box office star with her latest film, “Breaking In.”

Made on a thrifty $6 million budget, “Breaking In” stars Union as a mother forced to break out the shotguns after thieves invade her late father’s mansion and hold her children hostage in an attempt to access the house’s vault.

Though critics panned it, the film made $17.5 million from 2,537 screens this past weekend. By comparison, this past weekend’s other new release, Melissa McCarthy’s “Life of the Party,” needed over 1,100 more screens to open to $17.8 million, giving “Breaking In” the higher per screen average at just under $7,000 per screen.

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And while the film’s producer, Will Packer, has earned a devoted following thanks to his work on films like “Girls Trip” and TV shows like “Being Mary Jane,” he sees the film as a demonstration of Union’s drawing power with her own massive fanbase on social media. He says that while actors aren’t as big a factor at the box office as they used to be, that’s not because audiences aren’t interested in them anymore.

“The star system has kinda collapsed in a way. Just because a certain name gets put on a movie doesn’t mean that movie’s gonna work, but I think that’s because of the type of names,” Packer told TheWrap. “There’s a lot of interest for new stars who haven’t been given the opportunity to front a major motion picture but have these incredible, engaged, supportive fans waiting to see them in the right roles.”

Enter Union, an actress who has been working in Hollywood for 20 years, but who only now is getting the chance to be front-and-center in a film. Packer and Union have had a long history together, working on “Being Mary Jane” and the ensemble film “Almost Christmas.” Through those films and others like “Bring It On” and “Bad Boys II,” Union has built the sort of devoted, Dwayne Johnson-esque fanbase that includes 4 million Twitter followers and 9.9 million Instagram followers.

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So when Packer was presented with the script for “Breaking In” while working on “Being Mary Jane,” he was reminded of the work that Union did in an action role when she starred in “Bad Boys II” back in 2003 and saw “Breaking In” as an opportunity for her to finally get a tough, physical lead role that could put her first on the call sheet.

“Gab keeps herself in amazing shape. She has this physicality about her, and I asked her why she hasn’t used that since ‘Bad Boys II,’” he explained.  “She said she hadn’t gotten a role that gave her the chance to do that, and that she felt she was in better shape now than she was for ‘Bad Boys.’ From that point forward, there was no one else that would have been more fitting for ‘Breaking In.’”

Union herself said that it was a breath of fresh air to take on the role and in the process take control of how she would be viewed as an actor on the big screen.

“I just knew that I was going to be Lara Croft, I was going to be Sigourney Weaver. I was going to be the next ‘Terminator.’ But people decided they’d rather see me kiss boys,” Union told TheWrap last week. 

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Union’s desire to be in roles that usually belong to white actors is clearly shared by her fans, who overlap with the audience for other recent hit movies like “Black Panther” and “Get Out” that give black stars a chance to kick ass.

Packer has certainly worked to fill this demand, producing thrillers like “Obsessed” and “No Good Deed”  that feature actors like Beyonce, Idris Elba, and Taraji P. Henson in pressure-cooker situations. Packer says he certainly hopes that the turnout from Union’s fanbase for “Breaking In” will give her more opportunities to show her physicality.

What form that next action role might take is still yet to be seen. Union is shopping around a pilot for a “Bad Boys” TV spinoff called “L.A.’s Finest,” which would star her and Jessica Alba. The pilot was made for NBC, but the network announced this week it would not move forward with the show. Union has kept her schedule open in hopes that the show will get the green light and will continue to pitch the pilot to other networks. For his own part, Packer says he hopes to work on another TV project after “Being Mary Jane” concludes with a movie finale on BET later this year.

“Right now, we’ve been talking mostly about television stuff, and while we don’t have the next project lined up yet, I’m sure we’ll find it. We haven’t made a project yet that hasn’t been well received. I will work with Gab on another action film in a heartbeat.”

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Hits $1.6 Billion Globally to Become Top-Grossing Superhero Movie in History

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After three weekends in theaters, “Avengers: Infinity War” is now the biggest superhero release of all-time after making $61.8 million domestically this weekend and opening to $200 million in China for a global weekend total of $343 million. With a global count of $1.6 billion, the film has passed the $1.51 billion made by the first “Avengers” in 2012, and later this week will pass “Jurassic World” to become the biggest summer release of all-time.

Domestically, “Avengers” performed above analyst expectations, which pegged the film for a $55-60 million result this weekend. But the Marvel movie just keeps on chugging with a higher-than-expected $27 million on Saturday, keeping this weekend’s drop-off to just 48 percent down from last weekend’s $114 million total.

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Over in China, “Infinity War” posted the second-biggest opening weekend in that country’s history, blowing past the previous Marvel opening record in China, sitting 28 percent above the $156 million made by “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” We will have a more in-depth look at this huge Chinese launch later today.

Well below “Avengers” are two new releases, Warner Bros/New Line’s “Life of the Party” and Universal’s “Breaking In,” which had very different outings at the box office this weekend. “Life of the Party” made an estimated $18.5 million from 3,656 screens, scoring the lowest opening for its lead star, Melissa McCarthy. By comparison, McCarthy’s previous low, 2016’s “The Boss,” scored $23.5 million. Audiences and critics have been lukewarm to the film, giving it a 42 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and a B on CinemaScore.

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While McCarthy has had success as a lead star with action comedies like “The Heat” and “Spy,” the more traditional adult comedies she has made with her husband and director Ben Falcone have had diminishing returns. “Life of the Party” is the third collaboration between McCarthy and Falcone following “The Boss” and the 2014 film “Tammy,” which looks like it will remain the highest grossing release by the couple with a $33.3 million five-day start and a $100 million global total. “Tammy” was also made on a cheaper budget with $20 million compared to $32 million for “Life of the Party.

In third place is “Breaking In,” which may be a much darker film than “Life of the Party” but has a much sunnier box office outlook. Produced by Will Packer and starring Gabrielle Union as a mom who takes up arms to protect her kids from a band of home invaders, the thriller cost only $6 million to make and has hit the upper end of tracker expectations with $16.5 million from 2,537 screens.

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As with many of Packer’s films, women made up the majority of moviegoers, with CinemaScore reporting 65 percent of opening crowds being female. They were much kinder to the film than critics, giving it a B on CinemaScore compared to a 27 percent Rotten Tomatoes score from reviews.

In fourth is Pantelion/MGM’s “Overboard,” which is holding on strong with Latino audiences with $10.1 million in its second weekend, just 31 percent down from the Pantelion-record $14.7 million opening that the Eugenio Derbez romcom earned last weekend. The film now has a ten-day total of $29.6 million. Completing the top five is Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” which added $6.3 million in its sixth weekend to push its domestic total to just under $170 million.

Next week will see the reign of “Avengers” atop the box office charts come to an end at the hands of another, far more naughtier Marvel film: Fox’s “Deadpool 2.” The sequel, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular mercenary and sees “Infinity War” star Josh Brolin join as the mercenary Cable, is expected to at least match the $132 million made by the first “Deadpool” in 2016, which was a then-record for February releases.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Crosses $500 Million Domestic

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“Avengers: Infinity War” became the second-fastest film in box office history to make $500 million domestically after its third Friday in theaters, when it grossed $16 million, bringing its U.S. total to $502 million and its worldwide total to over $1.3 billion.

“Infinity War” hit the half-billion domestic mark after 15 days in theaters, one day faster than “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and five days slower than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “Avengers” also passed the global run of “The Last Jedi” on Friday thanks to a robust opening day in China, where strong pre-sales pushed the film to a $76 million start. “Infinity War” will look to break the Marvel opening weekend record in China, which is held by “Avengers: Age of Ultron” with $156 million.

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Back in the U.S., industry estimates currently project the Marvel film to finish its third weekend with $60 million, a 48 percent drop from its $114 million haul last weekend. That would bring the domestic total by Sunday’s end to $548 million.

Behind “Infinity War” is Warner Bros./New Line’s “Life of the Party,” which, after making $4.9 million on opening night, is in danger of becoming the worst opening weekend for lead star Melissa McCarthy with an estimated $18 million from 3,656 screens against a $32 million budget. That’s down 24 percent from her previous career low, “The Boss,” which opened to $23.6 million in 2016 and, like “Life of the Party,” was directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone.

Also like “The Boss,” “Life of the Party” has been tepidly received by audiences, earning a 42 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and a B on CinemaScore. 63 percent of opening night crowds were over the age of 35, with the 18-35 demo giving the film a B+ on CinemaScore while viewers under 18 gave the PG-13 comedy an A-. Warner Bros.’ will hope to raise opening weekend figures on Sunday, as their marketing campaign for the film has targeted mothers and daughters in the hope that they will spend Mother’s Day going to see the film together.

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In third is Universal’s Will Packer thriller “Breaking In,” which made $4.5 million on opening night from 2,537 screens and is estimated to hit tracker expectations with $14.9 million. While less than “Life of the Party,” this Gabrielle Union- fronted film is in a better financial position, holding a production budget of just $6 million. Critics, as they have with many past films produced by Packer, gave the film negative reviews with a 29 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. But Packer and Union’s fans were more positive, giving the film a B on CinemaScore.

Pantelion/MGM’s “Overboard” will take fourth in its second weekend, dropping 44 percent from its $14.7 million opening for an $8.3 million weekend total. Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” completes the top five with an estimated $6.1 million in its sixth weekend.

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‘Life Of The Party,’ Serves Up $700K, ‘Breaking In’ Grabs $615K In Previews – Friday AM

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In this third outing for Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone (after Tammy and The Boss), Life of the Party from Warner Bros. enjoyed some late night laughs to pull in $700K from its Thursday previews. Those screenings began at 7 PM in 2,900 lo…

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ Rages Ahead of ‘Breaking In’ at Thursday Box Office

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Melissa McCarthy’s “Life of the Party” grossed $700,000 in previews last night, while Gabrielle Union’s “Breaking In” scored $615,000 at the Thursday box office.

New Line’s “Life of the Party” stars McCarthy as a recently divorced mother who decides to go back to college to finish her degree…at the same school that her daughter (Molly Gordon) is attending. The film is rated PG-13 to be more friendly to mother-daughter audiences, whom WB is hoping will turn out on Mother’s Day weekend. McCarthy co-wrote the film with Ben Falcone, who is also the director.

Analysts are expecting “Life of the Party” to have a $20 million start against a low-$30 million budget. So far, the film holds a score of 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Universal’s “Breaking In” stars Union as a single mother who travels to her recently deceased father’s Malibu mansion to settle his estate, only to find herself in a ferocious battle to save her children from four criminals who invade the house and kidnap them, demanding she hand over the contents of her father’s safe.

The thriller is looking at an opening weekend of $15 million.

James McTeigue directed the film that Will Packer served as a producer on. “Breaking In” holds a score of 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot for one more weekend before giving it up to “Deadpool 2” next week. So far, the film’s holdover performance has been consistent with other May Marvel releases, but on a larger monetary scale. After scoring a record $257 million opening weekend, “Avengers” made $114.7 million in its second weekend for a 55 percent drop.

For its third weekend, analysts are projecting “Infinity War” to make approximately $55 million to $60 million. So far, the film directed by the Russo brothers has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide.

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‘Life of the Party’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Goes to College, But This Class Is Easily Dismissed

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Melissa McCarthy may be a crown jewel in today’s comedy realm, but she’s not doing her audacious shine any favors with “Life of the Party,” a slapdash back-to-college vehicle that leaves her formidable gifts floundering.

It’s become all too apparent that of the two directors who have worked with McCarthy the most since her “Bridesmaids” breakthrough — that film’s director, Paul Feig (“The Heat,” “Spy,” “Ghostbusters”) and McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone (“Tammy,” “The Boss,” and now “Life of the Party”) — it’s Feig who recognizes her strengths, who understands how to let her elevate material and bounce off the people and situations around her. (That usually starts with a halfway decent script.) Falcone, on the other hand, clearly adores his wife, but thinks just turning on the camera is all his genius, wind-up spouse needs.

What that means for “Life of the Party” is, it doesn’t matter that the McCarthy at the beginning of the movie and the McCarthy at the end feel like two of at least seven different versions of housewife-turned-student Deanna Myles in this undercooked story. Whatever “Life of the Party” needs its star to be, it gives us — frumpy, hot, weird, normal, kind, mean, humiliated, heroic, limber, uncoordinated, sexy, unsexy — in the desperate hope that you’ll latch on to some nugget of McCarthy-patented brazenness and you’ll laugh, as if story and cohesion meant nothing.

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To reference a college staple, this is McCarthy as everything punch, and as deliriously on as she can be. But the lingering effect is, “What exactly was that?” And not in a good way.

When we meet Deanna, she’s a half-permed, half-blow-dried, bespectacled, appliqué-sweatered mom holding back tears at saying goodbye to her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon, TNT’s “Animal Kingdom”) as she and impatient hubby Dan (Matt Walsh) drop their kid off at college. Deanna’s proud-ma vibe is quickly extinguished, however, by Dan’s asking for a divorce (he’s been having an affair) mere seconds after the car doors have closed.

After commiserating with her parents (Stephen Root and Jacki Weaver) and her best friend (Maya Rudolph), Deanna decides to finish what she cut short when she first got pregnant 18 years prior: getting her college degree at the same university where her daughter is now. Maddie is naturally sympathetic to her mom’s second-chance spirit, yet also mildly horrified, especially when, upon re-enrolling, Deanna gloms on to her sorority pals — a sweet oddball (Jessie Ennis, “Better Call Saul”), a shy beauty (Adria Arjona, “Emerald City”), and a twentysomething (Gillian Jacobs) returning to school after being in a coma for eight years — with well-intentioned, if awkwardly intrusive maternal zest.

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This would seem to be a suitably layered, conflict-ready dynamic for a mother and daughter, but it’s hardly explored as such, nor is any sense of what real college life is like; Deanna is presented as a responsible tornado of aw-shucks positivity instantly accepted by all the youngsters, save a pair of snarling mean girls (Debby Ryan, Yani Simone) whose status as foils for comeuppance is woefully transparent, and better suited to disposable high-school sitcoms than a movie supposedly about higher education.

The ins and outs of learning isn’t this movie’s focus, however: social flowering is, so we get the requisite makeover, the alcohol-fueled losing of inhibitions, the sorority initiation (McCarthy’s response to getting paddled is her funniest bit), and even a hook-up with a handsome frat boy (Luke Benward) that turns into a steady fling. The fast friendships and acceptance have the strange effect of neutering a late attempt to wring comedic tension out of Deanna’s ex quickly getting re-hitched to his snarling, well-heeled squeeze (Julie Bowen).

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Then again, much of “Life of the Party,” as cobbled-together by screenwriters Falcone and McCarthy, is a series of scenes intended to breed studio-comedy familiarity rather than honest character development: there’s the ’80s-themed dance party, the scarfed-down chocolate discovered (oops!) to contain marijuana, a classic McCarthy physical meltdown nervously delivering an oral midterm, and a money-raising final Greek blowout with a surprise-not-surprise appearance by a major recording star, message-y anthem at the ready.

Sure, comedy pros like Rudolph, Walsh, Bowen and Jacobs do their best to grab yuks in McCarthy’s towering shadow. But “Life of the Party,” and Falcone’s barely-there, beat-erratic direction, already makes it seem as if we’re in a greatest-hits stage of McCarthy’s career, when the reality is that a more comically nuanced, thoughtfully-structured, detail-rich movie about a middle-aged mom turning a gut-punch into a new lease on life could have been a killer showcase for McCarthy the soulfully hilarious actor.

Remember how she made every moment in “Bridesmaids” into a wild and richly dimensional portrait of proud outsider-dom? But also how she turned “Spy” into an unexpectedly shaded story of my-time-is-now, leading-lady heroism? McCarthy is the life of any party she stars in, but something’s wrong when she’s working overtime, with the seams showing, to hide how little else there is to enjoy.



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The second weekend of May has become a difficult spot to earn a solid opening weekend, as every film that enters the theaters at that time does so in the shadow of an unstoppable Marvel movie. That’s the situation faced by Warner Bros/New Line’s “Life of the Party” and Universal’s “Breaking In” against “Avengers: Infinity War” this weekend… mostly.

“Infinity War” is expected to easily hold on to the No. 1 spot for one more weekend before giving it up to “Deadpool 2” next week. So far, the film’s holdover performance has been consistent with other May Marvel releases, but on a larger monetary scale. After scoring a record $257 million opening weekend, “Avengers” made $114.7 million in its second weekend for a 55 percent drop. Last year’s May Marvel release, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” had the same drop, and most recent MCU May films have had drop-offs in the 55-60 percent range.

The third weekend drop-off for those past films averaged at around 50 percent, so analysts are expected “Infinity War” to make approximately $55-60 million this weekend. That’s well above the tracking for this weekend’s new releases, with “Life of the Party” expected to have a $20 million start and “Breaking In” looking at $15 million.

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But going up against a third-weekend Marvel film instead of a second-weekend one might allow these films to perform above expectations — if they have the goods. Past releases that got swallowed up by Marvel, like “Snatched” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” did last year, were dead-on-arrival after getting panned by critics, leading most moviegoers to skip them in favor of a superhero fix. But one film that was able to thrive despite Marvel, WB’s 2013 adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” which opened against “Iron Man 3,” rode strong word-of-mouth to a respectable $353 million global run.

“Life of the Party” won’t make that much, but it is looking optimistically for an opening in the low-$20 million range, a solid result given the film’s low-30s production budget. “Life of the Party” finds itself in a similar position to STX’s “I Feel Pretty,” a film that had a $32 million budget and opened to $16 million last month with a current domestic total of $39 million.

Recent adult comedies like “Game Night” — another WB/New Line film — and STX’s “Bad Moms Christmas” found success, but “Life of the Party” faces an uphill box office battle. The film is Melissa McCarthy’s first lead performance in two years, and numbers for comedies she’s starred in have trended generally downward due to bad word of mouth.

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McCarthy’s headlining career peaked five years ago with Fox’s “The Heat,” a summer action comedy film that opened to $39 million and grossed $159.5 million domestically. She found similar success in 2015 with “Spy,” a send-up of the spy thriller genre that performed respectably with $110 million domestically and $235 million worldwide against a $65 million budget.

But when she’s starred in cheaper, lower-budget comedies that are closer to the vein of “Life of the Party,” results haven’t been as good. “Tammy” and “The Boss” failed to move the need substantially, with “The Boss” making just $78.8 million worldwide against a $29 million budget in 2016, down from the $100 million grossed worldwide by “Tammy” two years prior.

“The Boss,” which opened April 2016, was hampered by poor word-of-mouth upon release and was lost in the shuffle when Disney’s “Jungle Book” remake opened the following weekend. To post a solid result as comedy counter-programming in the face of this month’s big blockbusters, “Life of the Party” will need to avoid a similar fate with audiences or else fade away next weekend when “Deadpool 2” hits theaters with both superhero movie thrills and naughty laughs.

“Life of the Party” stars McCarthy as a recently divorced mother who decides to go back to college to finish her degree…at the same school that her daughter (Molly Gordon) is attending. The film is rated PG-13 to be more friendly to mother-daughter audiences, whom WB is hoping will turn out on Mother’s Day weekend. McCarthy co-wrote the film with Ben Falcone, who is also director.

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“Breaking In,” meanwhile, may have a bigger upside this weekend thanks to the cult following of the thriller’s lead star Gabrielle Union and its producer, Will Packer. The film stars Union as a single mother who travels to her recently deceased father’s Malibu mansion to settle his estate, only to find herself in a ferocious battle to save her children from four criminals who invade the house and kidnap them, demanding she hand over the contents of her father’s safe.

This is Packer’s first film since last summer’s under-the-radar hit “Girls Trip,” and his first thriller since 2014’s “No Good Deed,” which grossed $54.3 million against a $13.5 million budget. “Breaking In” cost roughly half that amount to make, and is expected to open in the mid-teens. It could possibly take the No. 2 spot from “Life of the Party” if Packer and Union’s fans spread the word. With a few exceptions like “Girls Trip,” Packer films haven’t been critical hits, but like Tyler Perry, Packer has built a devoted audience and knows how to cater to them.

Union co-produced the film with Packer, with James McTeigue (“V For Vendetta”) directing from a screenplay by Ryan Engle.

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Melissa McCarthy Crashes Christina Aguilera’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ to Spit Redman’s ‘Dirrty’ Bars (Video)

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James Corden’s Monday primetime “Carpool Karaoke” special was blessed by Christina Aguilera’s golden voice — and a surprise appearance by Melissa McCarthy’s, well, normal voice.

Before the “Life of the Party” lead popped up from the backseat of Corden’s Range Rover to rap some Redman, Aguilera and the “Late Late Show” host talked about those stacked “Mickey Mouse Club” days. Remember that cast? It included Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and others.

When Corden asked if she was into a young Gosling, Aguilera responded, “I think there were crushes, but I wasn’t on the train.”

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The CBS personality took that cagey answer to mean she liked Timberlake instead. It sounds like she definitely did, but let’s let Aguilera awkwardly stumble through a non-answer, shall we?

“Um, I think, well, there was, there was like a– me and Britney, well, you know, well, now, you know– there was like a thing back then,” she stammered. “Oh my God, you’re going in.”

“He had swag, I have to say,” Xtina finally admitted of JT.

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Back to Gosling: “I know Ryan pretty much had a crush on Britney,” Aguilera added.

The equally dreamy Justin Timberlake ruined that — but before you feel too bad for the “La La Land” star, we’re pretty sure he’s made up for lost time by now.

Watch the video above, which as promised includes McCarthy rapping Redman’s verse on Aguilera’s “Dirrty.”

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