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    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    Hollywood Reporter on DREAMGIRLS

    I got this excerpt from an online article at the Hollywood Reporter website. The article talks about the Oscar race and what films have not done so well and those that have flourished and gained some momentum. DREAMGIRLS is discussed and here is the excerpt.

    "At this point, Paramount and DreamWorks' "Dreamgirls" is in the most enviable position of all because it hasn't opened yet. Moreover, aside from 20 minutes of footage that was shown at Cannes, it really hasn't been seen (other than by Paramount marketing people who swear it's sensational and promise that they're really not just saying that). Here, too, there's a strong filmmaker pedigree that should help make this a top contender for Oscars, Globes and everything else that's up for grabs this year. It's a likely best picture nominee, but should also surface in other key races for directing, writing and acting.

    Directed by Bill Condon (an Oscar winner for writing the adapted screenplay for "Gods and Monsters" and an Oscar nominee for writing the adapted screenplay for best picture Oscar winner "Chicago"), it was adapted to the screen by Condon from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical. It's got a superstar cast, as well, in Jamie Foxx (a best actor Oscar winner for "Ray"), Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson in her feature film debut.

    "Dreamgirls" has the advantage of not arriving in theaters until Dec. 15 (in New York and L.A., after which it goes wide Dec. 25). A very good sign that the studio knows it's got a strong contender on its hands in "Dreamgirls" is that it's going to screen it Nov. 15, a month before it opens, and recently sent out save-the-date cards to media people who at this time of the year find themselves committed to screenings night after night and need to plan ahead. If you're on the list, by the way, don't forget to show up early that night. It's a safe bet this is one screening that's going to be packed!"

    To read the full article click here.

    Source: Thanks amartinpr2 and B for the heads up.

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