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    Friday, April 28, 2006

    Throwback Video!

    Thanks Stacy for sending me this old clip of Michael Jackson commenting on Dreamgirls. Check it out for yourselves.

    Source: Thanks Stacy and Youtube

    Cannes Confirmation

    Here is an article titled "Dreamgirls Peek is Nightmare for Cannes Purists" that confirms that Dreamgirls will be at Cannes. They are showing a 20 minutes clip of the film. However, what I found interesting about the article is that the "purists" of Cannes are going to be angry because they feel like Cannes has been catering to big hollywood movies. I understand their anger or reluctance but I also think that just because you have a big budget and lots of Hollywood backing does not automatically mean that your movie will be crap. If anything Cannes should be a place that all movies can be judged, big budget and indie alike. However, I thnk once they see th eclip those purists will forget why they are angry. Anyway, here is an excerpt of the article:

    Cannes organisers are to screen 20 minutes of Dreamgirls, starring Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, next month - a move likely to further incense purists who fear the festival is abandoning its artistic roots and kowtowing to Hollywood's commercial mandate.

    Cannes' prestigious annual line-up attracts the biggest critics in the world and enjoys blanket media coverage, providing Hollywood executives with a gilt-edged promotional opportunity for upcoming releases.

    The excerpt from Bill Condon's Broadway adaptation, which stars Knowles as part of a 1960s soul trio and is supposedly loosely based on the story of the Supremes, will be the third of its kind to play on the Croisette next month.

    Already scheduled are segments of Oliver Stone's 9/11 epic World Trade Center, starring Nic Cage, and Irwin Winkler's Iraq war drama Home of the Brave, which stars rapper 50 Cent, Samuel Jackson and Jessica Biel.
    Dreamgirls wrapped two weeks ago and is set to open in US cinemas on December 21.

    To read the rest of the article just follow the source link.

    Source: Guardian Unlimited

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006

    Everybody Hates Dreamgirls

    Hey everyone, the news is a little slow on Dreamgirls. However, with the help of someone's watchful eye I came upon an interesting episode of Everybody Hates Chris that will be airing on May 18, 2006. It's titled "Everybody Hates Dreamgirls". It's the season finale and so far the description is this: "Julius' plans to see 'Dreamgirls' with Rochelle for their anniversary gets thwarted". So who knows, maybe there might be some kind of special treat in there related to the upcoming movie. Also, delm06 over at imdb.com pointed out that Everybody Hates Chris is filmed on Paramounts lot who is also helping to put out Dreamgirls. Anyway, you can check out the link for yourself. Stay tuned for more details as they come in.

    Everybody Hates Dreamgirls

    Source: Thanks Delm06 at imdb.

    Friday, April 14, 2006

    Danny Glover Predicts A Legacy for Dreamgirls

    Danny Glover Says 'Dreamgirls' Will Be Something Special

    Danny Glover has hailed forthcoming movie Dreamgirls as one of the most powerful films that will ever seen. The actor insists the movie, based on the award-winning Broadway musical, will be talked about for years to come.

    Glover stars alongside Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy in the tale of a black all-girl singing trio from Chicago who are propelled to fame, and he is certain the performances will match the caliber of seminal race movie The Color Purple, in which he also starred.
    He says, "Dreamgirls is something very special. It has such a strong appeal, even 25 years since its release on stage. This is going to be quite powerful. In 20 years time they're going to be talking about it in the way they talk about The Color Purple."



    Dreaming of Oscar With big stars and a killer pedigree, Dreamgirls may be poised to sing a song of victory next year.


    It won't be on screens for eight months--in fact, it only wrapped last week--but awards-season murmurs are swirling around Dreamgirls, the film version of Michael Bennett's 1981 stage musical about a Supremes-style trio torn up by backstage politics. The show's best- known song ends with the command "You're gonna love me"--a phrase that aptly describes the super-early campaign for the DreamWorks/ Paramount flick. The push started Feb. 27, in mid-production, when the studio ushered hundreds of media folks into a downtown L.A. theater to meet Jamie Foxx (he's Curtis, a Berry Gordy-ish talent manager) and Beyonce Knowles (she's Deena, a Diana Ross type). MIA that night: press-shy Eddie Murphy, whose dance routine as James "Thunder" Early was taken over by costar Keith Robinson. Next came the ShoWest convention in mid-March, where a "Star of Tomorrow" award went to Jennifer Hudson, the brassy, big-voiced American Idol contestant from season 3 who plays the brassy, big-voiced singer Effie. (Tony winner Anika Noni Rose plays a third member of the group, Lorrell.)

    So will it live up to the hype? EW got an early look and saw some arresting stuff, including Beyonce resplendent in a disco-era silver- lame cape and long, corkscrew-curl wig, and Hudson warming up for a smackdown song with Foxx. But while the stars and the studio seem confident, Bill Condon (who directed Kinsey) is behind the cameras sweating every detail and worrying how it'll go over--especially a host of Act 2 changes. There will also be four new songs, including an "11 o'clock number" for Beyonce titled "Listen" and a paean sung by Hudson called "Love You I Do." Frets Condon, "They'll be saying, 'He changed this, he changed that.' I mean, that's what I would say." The studio reps are betting critics and award balloters won't sing the same lament.

    1. ALL THE KING'S MEN Sean Penn and Jude Law (above) in a remake of the 1949 Best Picture.

    2. DREAMGIRLS The last movie musical Bill Condon adapted? Chicago.

    3. THE GOOD GERMAN Steven Soderbergh goes noir with George Clooney.

    4. THE GOOD SHEPHERD Robert De Niro directs Matt Damon in a history of the CIA.

    5. STRANGER THAN FICTION Marc Forster's oddball Will Ferrell comedy.

    Source: Entertainment Weekly

    Thursday, April 13, 2006


    I highly recommend everyone try to attend the Black 2 Broadway event in New York on June 11th. I am hoping to attend because it will be directly connected with Dreamgirls. I heard there will probably be some kind of display around the event for the upcoming movie version of Dreamgirls. Also, the amazing Ms. Holliday (the original Effie) will be there co hosting the event and there will be other black Broadway stars. I suggest you follow the links I provided for a full article on the event and how to purchanse tickets. Hopefully, I will see you all there.

    Black 2: Broadway, the exclusive event celebrating the contributions of performers of color in the arts, continues its second year honoring past Tony Award winners of color, with another all-star event on Sunday, June 11, 2006, 7 p.m. at the world famous Lucille’'s at B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W. 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues). Jennifer Holliday, who received a Tony Award for her iconic performance in Dreamgirls, will serve as co-host.

    B.B. King Blues Club is located at 237 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, near Times Square. On Sunday, June 11th doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the cocktail hour beginning at 7pm and Showtime at 8 p.m. sharp. Ticket prices are $75.00 in advance and $85.00 at the door day of event. This includes passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet, dessert and coffee station. Tickets may be purchased at the B.B. King Blues Club box office, by phone at 212 307-7171, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.For more information on Black 2: Broadway, log on at www.b2productions.xbuild.com.

    Source: For full article click here:

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    Effie Alert!

    Jennifer Hudson is going to be in the audience at American Idol tonight. So be sure to tune in, they probably will talk with her briefly or at least give her a shout out. Anyway, found this picture of Jennifer with some of her fellow season three American Idol alumni . Memories. That was a wild season. Anyway, make sure you check the show out tonight!

    Source: MaximusPrime, American Idol (Picture)

    Saturday, April 08, 2006

    It's A Wrap!

    Filming is complete on the highly anticipated movie Dreamgirls. It wrapped at 6:56 a.m. PST with Hudson nailing the last few bits of 'And I am telling you'. I am hearing that Jennifer was the last actor to wrap. I can not believe that its all done filming. Well, I posted a picture of the main cast to remind everyone what wonderful talent is involved in the movie. We should all wish them luck as they go into the editing phase. Be on the look out for more news soon because they will be showing a portion of the film in Cannes this summer. More than likely some of the cast will be there so that should be fun to get some early interviews after all the months the cast spent filming. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

    Friday, April 07, 2006

    Jamie Foxx Interview

    Jamie Foxx gave an interview to the Evening standard and he had some good inside information on Dreamgirls as well as a little prediction.

    To read the full article click on the source link at the bottom of the post.

    Source: The Evening Standard