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    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    Heavy, Heavy!

    Yesterday afternoon there was just an onslaught of information about the movie. I was able to watch a Dreamgirls featurette and let me just tell you that if you are anticipating this movie then you must watch this featurette. It gives you a taste of whats to come. Very exciting. You can watch the featurette right here. I also added some caps from the featurette.

    Click: View Dreamgirls Featurette HQ
    (Dreamworks has the edited video, It's in the video section of the website)

    Sources and Big Thanks to RE, DCC Forum, youtube.com and Dreamworks

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006


    This is a scan from yesterdays NY POST of Beyonce, Anika and Jennifer in full Dreamgirls attire. They all look great and ready to take over the big screen. I can not wait for December 2006! Don't forget to watch Entertainment Tonight on wednesday for the highly anticipated interview with some of the cast. Scroll down for more deets.

    Source: NY POST via BeyonceWorld.net

    Monday, January 16, 2006


    Wednesday on Entertainment Tonight at 7/6c they will have the first look at the all star cast of Dreamgirls. I expect it to be capped by someone and once I have it uploaded I will make it available here for download. So check back wednesday night!

    Date: Wednesday - January 18, 2006 Time: 7/6c

    Check out ET's
    Official Website for specific time and channel.

    Source: ET online and alpha7201

    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Prince Music Theater Extennds Dreamgirls

    I am so excited because the revival of Dreamgirls at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia has been extended. Now I can try and catch it live on stage. I really hope this inspires a revival on Broadway. How wonderful would that be to see it back on Broadway?

    Prince Music Theatre's Dreamgirls Extends Through Feb. 26
    January 14, 2006 - by BWW News Desk
    Dreamgirls, presented by the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, has extended its fun for a second time. The show will now run through February 26th.The musical previously added an extended week from January 4th through 15th. It was originally announced to have closed on December 31st, but popular demand has kept the show going.Dreamgirls features Nova Y. Payton as Effie, Chaunteé Schuler as Deena, CJay Hardy Philip as Lorrell, Alexis Sims as Michelle, Kevyn Morrow as Curtis and Eugene Fleming as James Thunder Early. Richard M. Parrison Jr. is the director of the musical, while Mercedes Ellington handled the choreography, Todd Edward Ivins the sets and Mark Mariani the costumes.The Pennsylvania production of Dreamgirls precedes a highly-anticipated film version that begins shooting next month for a December 2006 release. "American Idol"'s Jennifer Hudson will play Effie Melody White, the phenomenally talented vocalist who is considered unmarketable as the lead singer of the Supremes-like Motown group The Dreams, and who is dropped in favor of the glamorous Deena Jones (played by pop superstar Beyonce Knowles). Sharon Leal (Rent, "Guiding Light," "Boston Public") will play Michelle, who replaces Effie in the Dreams. The cast also includes Eddie Murphy as soul superstar James "Thunder" Early, Danny Glover as Early's manager Marty Madison, Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx as Dreams manager Curtis Taylor Jr., three-time Tony Award-winner Hinton Battle as Wayne, and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, the vivacious third member of the Dreams.

    For tickets to and more information on the Prince Music Theatre's production of Dreamgirls, visit www.princemusictheatre.org.


    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    I Keep Working for You Baby, I Keep Workin'!

    The man who is adapting and directing Dreamgirls is none other than Bill Condon who wrote the screenplay for Chicago. Chicago was one of my favorite musicals since The Wiz ( Yes I know it was bad but let's not go there, it had Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in it). I wonder how he has written this screenplay. Will he add more dialogue or will he let the characters sing a lot of the dialogue like they did in the play? Is he adding new characters? So many questions, so little time. For now here's a picture and quick bio on the man who is reviving this masterpeice.

    Native New Yorker Bill Condon has been a film buff since childhood. After earning a degree in philosophy, he began contributing to such publications as American Film and Millimeter. In the early 1980s, he teamed with director Michael Laughlin as co-scenarist on a pair of cult thrillers, "Dead Kids/Strange Behavior" (1981), which focused on the mysterious murders of teenagers in a Midwestern town, and "Strange Invaders" (1983), a spoof of 50s sci-fi films that received generally positive notices. Moving to the director's chair, Condon steered the atmospheric, "Sister, Sister" (1987), a Southern gothic tale about two siblings who have converted their family's Louisiana plantation into a bed-and-breakfast. While many critics carped over the story (deemed too derivative of Hitchcock's work), there was grudging admiration for the lead performances of Judith Ivey and Jennifer Jason Leigh. '

    As "Sister, Sister" was a critical and box-office disappointment, Condon retreated to cable TV, helming a trio of 1991 films for the USA Network. In interviews, the writer-director has stated "that's where I learned to make movies. You have to do them in 20 day, you have $2 1/2 million, including the money they spend on 'stars', so you don't have much money to make them. Other than that, they leave you alone. I worked in all these different genres and put together a team. I got to learn how to do it all." Indeed, "Murder 101" focused on a mystery author and college professor (Pierce Brosnan) who finds himself framed for a murder. "White Lie" was a provocative story about a contemporary political aide (Gregory Hines) who returns to the South and looks into the 1961 lynching of his father. "Dead in the Water" was a taut thriller featuring a murder plan than goes awry. Moving to network television, Condon helmed the based-on-fact "Deadly Relations" (ABC, 1993), about an abusive and controlling father, as well as the unsold pilot "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" (ABC, 1995) which teamed a crime writer (Roger Moore) with a psychic waitress (Nancy Allen) in the search for a master criminal (Malcolm McDowell).

    Having served his apprenticeship, Condon returned to feature films first as one of the screenwriters on "FX2 - The Art of the Deadly Flesh" (1991) and later as director of the middling sequel "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" (1995). His previous work hardly prepared audiences and reviewers for what proved to be a triumph, "Gods and Monsters" (1998). In adapting "Father of Frankenstein" Christopher Bram's 1995 novel about the last days of British expatriate filmmaker James Whale, Condon fashioned a minor masterpiece, melding a gay theme with historical Hollywood and eliciting a towering central performance from Ian McKellen as the ailing director. Deliberately invoking Whale's style and making numerous inside references to the moviemaker's work, Condon brought wit and style to the material. This complicated, emotional story of, in the writer-director's words, "somebody in his decline, facing the loss of power ... and coming face to face with certain regrets and failures in his life" ranked as one of the year's best films and earned Condon a well-deserved Academy Award for his script.

    Condon was also nominated for the same award for the Oscar-winning adaptation of the musical Chicago. He received further accolades in 2004 for writing and directing the film Kinsey, chronicling the life of the controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. In 2005, it was announced that Condon would write the screenplay for, and direct the film adaptation of Dreamgirls, the acclaimed Broadway musical loosely based on the career of the musical group The Supremes with Motown Records. It will be his second adaptation of a musical.

    Source: www.hollywood.com

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    What About Me?

    While a lot of the talk has been about Beyonce, Eddie, Jamie and Jennifer. I thought what about some of the other wonderful cast members who are not getting as much shine. Anika Noni Rose who is playing Lorell is a Tony award winning star on Broadway. I wanted to just post one of her wonderful performances. Here is Anika performing "Let's Hear it for The Boys". http://www.megaupload.com/fr/?d=OSKUGXLG

    Source: Thanks Jensback4ever

    I Keep Working for You Baby, I keep Workin'!

    Here are some pics of Beyonce (Deena) and Jennifer Hudson (Effie) recording material with The Underdogs for Dreamgirls.

    Source: The Underdogs Entertainment

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    We're You

    Listen to the title track: Dreamgirls

    this is an audio post - click to play

    "Dreamgirls" is the highly anticipated adaptation of the Broadway Hit Dreamgirls. Bill Condon has written the screenplay and is also directing the motion picture. Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early '70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio of women)—Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyonce Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl groupcalled The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a cross-over phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.

    Source: The Movie Insider