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Ga Ga: The Official Trailer for Precious (aka Push) Creates Oscar Buzz

The trailer for Precious which made waves at Sundance is creating Oscar buzz for Mo'Nique in her first dramatic role. The film, which is an adaptation of Sapphire's beloved novel Push, changed its title to avoid conflict with the Dakota Fanning sci-fi flick. The drama is about a teen girl (played by Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, poverty, and an abusive mother (Mo'Nique). We can't wait for the flick (which also stars Mariah Carey and Paula Patton) to hit theaters!
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Lionsgate Films And Weinstein Co. File Lawsuits For Rights To Lee Daniels Sundance Film Push

After picking up three awards at Sundance and a lot of praise, Lee Daniels' dark drama Push, based on the 1996 novel by Sapphire, has picked up dueling distributors. Lionsgate Films and The Weinstein Co. have both filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and New York claiming to have nabbed distribution rights first. Weinstein's attorney Bert Fields released a statement attesting there was a "firm agreement for the rights" and "Lionsgate was well aware of the [Weinstein] contract but went forward anyway." Weinstein is suing for breach of contract and Lionsgate is seeking a judge's ruling that it has the right to distribute Push in the U.S. and Canada. Push was directed and produced by Lee Daniels and stars Mo'nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.
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Lee Daniels’ Push Starring Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey And Mo’Nique Wins Three Sundance Awards

The heart-wrenching drama Push about a 16-year-old overweight and illiterate pregnant girl based on the bestselling novel by Sapphire won top honors at this year's Sundance film festival -snagging the grand jury award, audience award, and a special jury prize for comedianne Mo'Nique who plays an abusive mother. Produced and directed by Lee Daniels, Push stars newcomer Gabourey Sidibe in the lead role and a handful of well-known music and film stars in unexpected roles, including Mariah Carey as a social worker, Lenny Kravitz as a male nurse, and Paula Patton as a teacher. Lee Daniels was overwhelmed with the film's performance at the festival and gushed, "We don't have no money. We got $2 to make some s--- happen. We're doing this story about this fat black girl who doesn't have a voice. They're all in it for the craft." The film has yet to be picked up for distribution but Daniels is hopeful. "I think [this win] means there's hope for people of color. Just because Obama’s president doesn't necessarily mean it's going to translate down to our world of cinema. And I think what it does is reiterate and strengthen this power of, Get yourself a freakin’ video camera. And you go out and tell your truth. That's what I started doing as a kid, and I think inevitably, it led to this. It's just so much hope." PHOTO CREDIT: AP
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Ga Ga: The Official Trailer for Precious (aka Push) Creates Oscar Buzz

The trailer for Precious which made waves at Sundance is creating Oscar buzz for Mo'Nique in her first dramatic role. The film, which is an adaptation of Sapphire's beloved novel Push, changed its title to avoid conflict with the Dakota Fanning sci-fi flick. The drama is about a teen girl (played by Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, poverty, and an abusive mother (Mo'Nique). We can't wait for the flick (which also stars Mariah Carey and Paula Patton) to hit theaters!
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Lionsgate Films And Weinstein Co. File Lawsuits For Rights To Lee Daniels Sundance Film Push

After picking up three awards at Sundance and a lot of praise, Lee Daniels' dark drama Push, based on the 1996 novel by Sapphire, has picked up dueling distributors. Lionsgate Films and The Weinstein Co. have both filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and New York claiming to have nabbed distribution rights first. Weinstein's attorney Bert Fields released a statement attesting there was a "firm agreement for the rights" and "Lionsgate was well aware of the [Weinstein] contract but went forward anyway." Weinstein is suing for breach of contract and Lionsgate is seeking a judge's ruling that it has the right to distribute Push in the U.S. and Canada. Push was directed and produced by Lee Daniels and stars Mo'nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe.
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Lee Daniels’ Push Starring Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey And Mo’Nique Wins Three Sundance Awards

The heart-wrenching drama Push about a 16-year-old overweight and illiterate pregnant girl based on the bestselling novel by Sapphire won top honors at this year's Sundance film festival -snagging the grand jury award, audience award, and a special jury prize for comedianne Mo'Nique who plays an abusive mother. Produced and directed by Lee Daniels, Push stars newcomer Gabourey Sidibe in the lead role and a handful of well-known music and film stars in unexpected roles, including Mariah Carey as a social worker, Lenny Kravitz as a male nurse, and Paula Patton as a teacher. Lee Daniels was overwhelmed with the film's performance at the festival and gushed, "We don't have no money. We got $2 to make some s--- happen. We're doing this story about this fat black girl who doesn't have a voice. They're all in it for the craft." The film has yet to be picked up for distribution but Daniels is hopeful. "I think [this win] means there's hope for people of color. Just because Obama’s president doesn't necessarily mean it's going to translate down to our world of cinema. And I think what it does is reiterate and strengthen this power of, Get yourself a freakin’ video camera. And you go out and tell your truth. That's what I started doing as a kid, and I think inevitably, it led to this. It's just so much hope." PHOTO CREDIT: AP
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