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!
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.
The Sundance film festival kicked off on Thursday in Park City, Utah and while there are more than a few impressive black films in the lineup we are most excited about sexy rocker Lenny Kravitz‘ big screen debut in Lee Daniel’s film Push.
Not to be confused with the Dakota Fanning thriller Push, which hits theaters in February, Daniels’ Push is an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Ramona Lofton, aka Sapphire -the heart-wrenching drama of an abused, overweight and illiterate teenage mother trying to turn her life around in the Bronx section of New York.
Not only does Push provide Daniels’ with much needed directorial redemption from the disappointing 2005 film Shadowboxer, but Lenny Kravitz finally follows in his mother Roxie Rocker’s footsteps and show off his acting talents.
Kravitz, the ex-husband of Lisa Bonet and father to Blindie’s favorite budding actress Zoe Kravitz plays a male nurse who shows kindness to the teenage mother Clareece ‘Precious’ Jones played by newcomer Gabourey ‘Gabbie’ Sidibe.