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Lee Daniels Strips Down Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in Precious and Delivers an Oscar Contender

precious-mariah-carey-lee-daniels Forget the praise given to Tarantino for rebooting and reaffirming the careers of Bruce Willis, Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and others. Give that crown to Lee Daniels, for stripping away the stardust personas of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique to reveal believable and very real working class New Yorkers in Precious, the tour-de-force film adaptation of the novel Push. Daniels not only showcases the talent of a most unlikely ensemble cast, he succeeds in pushing these actors to the forefront of the Awards season competition. They’ve gone from being the biggest long shots for dramatic roles to possible award contenders, which makes the vision and talent of Lee Daniels’ direction one to watch during award season as well. Newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a Harlem raised 26-year-old has already won a New Hollywood Award on Monday in Los Angeles and Daniels received the Breakthrough Director Award. Paula Patton turns out a performance Blindie always knew she was capable of giving if ever the right script came along. She plays her role with such delicacy and care that we can’t help but see the forming stages of the motherly adoption we all hoped would eventually develop between her and Precious. The tension in Lee Daniels’ film Precious is as gripping as any Hollywood Thriller. There are no chase scenes, no explosive helicopters and no espionage wordplay. There is however the poetic hard-edge slang of the late eighties, brought to you in hues of grey and dark-brown depictions of Harlem circa 1987, when crack cocaine was in full-effect. Clairece “Precious” Jones chooses to live in her head. In her dreams she’s locking lips with her curly-haired light skinned boyfriend, and posing for the flashing bulbs of fashion photographers. Already, Daniels’ showing us that this girl dreams big, even if she dreams to drown out the onslaught of abuse from her mother, played to perfection by Mo’Nique, in the year’s most head-spinning drama boot-camp makeover. Precious opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and if Oprah’s endorsement of Halle Berry’s performance in “Monster’s Ball” was any indication, her late addition to the film as one of the executive producers alongside Tyler Perry, is definitely serving as a marketing goad, pushing Precious to the top of both the critics list and (fingers-crossed) the Oscar nom list. O! The power of Oprah. Blindie will be watching and reporting on the trajectory of Precious.
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Precious Wins Toronto Festival’s People’s Choice Award

precious-movie-posterThe Lee Daniels directed and produced film Precious took home top honors at this year's Toronto Film Festival on Saturday nabbing the People's Choice Award. Previously titled Push, the intense drama has already picked up awards at the Sundance festival and has critics buzzing about possible Oscar noms. Last year's People's Choice Awards went to Slumdog Millionaire which then took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Oprah Winfrey has since picked up the film, which opens in theaters in November.
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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 Strips Down Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in Precious and Delivers an Oscar Contender

precious-mariah-carey-lee-daniels Forget the praise given to Tarantino for rebooting and reaffirming the careers of Bruce Willis, Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and others. Give that crown to Lee Daniels, for stripping away the stardust personas of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique to reveal believable and very real working class New Yorkers in Precious, the tour-de-force film adaptation of the novel Push. Daniels not only showcases the talent of a most unlikely ensemble cast, he succeeds in pushing these actors to the forefront of the Awards season competition. They’ve gone from being the biggest long shots for dramatic roles to possible award contenders, which makes the vision and talent of Lee Daniels’ direction one to watch during award season as well. Newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a Harlem raised 26-year-old has already won a New Hollywood Award on Monday in Los Angeles and Daniels received the Breakthrough Director Award. Paula Patton turns out a performance Blindie always knew she was capable of giving if ever the right script came along. She plays her role with such delicacy and care that we can’t help but see the forming stages of the motherly adoption we all hoped would eventually develop between her and Precious. The tension in Lee Daniels’ film Precious is as gripping as any Hollywood Thriller. There are no chase scenes, no explosive helicopters and no espionage wordplay. There is however the poetic hard-edge slang of the late eighties, brought to you in hues of grey and dark-brown depictions of Harlem circa 1987, when crack cocaine was in full-effect. Clairece “Precious” Jones chooses to live in her head. In her dreams she’s locking lips with her curly-haired light skinned boyfriend, and posing for the flashing bulbs of fashion photographers. Already, Daniels’ showing us that this girl dreams big, even if she dreams to drown out the onslaught of abuse from her mother, played to perfection by Mo’Nique, in the year’s most head-spinning drama boot-camp makeover. Precious opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and if Oprah’s endorsement of Halle Berry’s performance in “Monster’s Ball” was any indication, her late addition to the film as one of the executive producers alongside Tyler Perry, is definitely serving as a marketing goad, pushing Precious to the top of both the critics list and (fingers-crossed) the Oscar nom list. O! The power of Oprah. Blindie will be watching and reporting on the trajectory of Precious.
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Precious Wins Toronto Festival’s People’s Choice Award

precious-movie-posterThe Lee Daniels directed and produced film Precious took home top honors at this year's Toronto Film Festival on Saturday nabbing the People's Choice Award. Previously titled Push, the intense drama has already picked up awards at the Sundance festival and has critics buzzing about possible Oscar noms. Last year's People's Choice Awards went to Slumdog Millionaire which then took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Oprah Winfrey has since picked up the film, which opens in theaters in November.
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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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