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    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    Dreamgirls LA Premiere

    The stars were out yesterday night for the LA premiere of DREAMGIRLS at the Wilshire. Here are some pictures, to see more go to gettyimages.com or wireimage.com.

    Loretta Divine the orginal Lorelle

    Sheryl Lee Ralph the original Deena
    Mary Wilson original member of The Supremes
    Natalie Cole
    American Idol Judge Randy Jackson
    American Idol judge Paula Abdul

    Comments on "Dreamgirls LA Premiere"

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:25 AM) : 

    I'm so happy to see the original ladies from dreamgirls came out to support the movie. I just wish Jennifer Holiday were there as well...

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:37 AM) : 

    Yeah...me too. I was reading an article earlier this week. It said that Jennifer Holiday was apparently upset at the entire Dreamgirls cast because she didn't recieve a cameo or anything in the movie...it even said that she was hoping to get the part of Effie, herself. I don't know how I feel about that...She is a legend and all, but I don't think it would have been wise to make her Effie and then have two young ladies on the side (Beyonce and Anika.)
    Anyways, the girls look ablsolutely stunning, as usual, and I am so glad that Jennifer is recieving all of this publicity and awards...
    Also, thanks for having this site..I check out this site EVERY day!!!

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:38 AM) : 

    What is Beyonce wearing....must be another hideous Tina Knowles design....BLUH!!!!!
    But Jen and Anika look stunning

     

    Blogger DREAMGIRLS said ... (10:49 AM) : 

    Well if Jennifer Holliday would act mature about the situation then she could of been at the premiere too. Her time has come and went, it's time to let the others shine. When they made Chicago, Evita and so many other musicals for film I didn't see the original stars of the broadway versions up in arms about why they weren't included. Ms. Holliday's diva behavoir is just a turn off and I can see why Paramount is trying to stay out of her way. Who knows what kind of drama or stuff she would say on the red carpet. For someone that's so hurt she sure is taking the time to talk to any and every media outlet that will listen to her nosense. She could of used this new wave of Dreamgirls love as a way to revive her career, but no she wants to be front and center and that is just played. She is notorious for that kind of behavoir and I'm sure it is a contibuting factor as to why her career never really took off after Dreamgirls died down. I don't have an ounce of sympathy. At first I felt a little bad but as she continues to open her mouth I see why she hasn't been included. No one will ever forget the original Effie but Ms. Holliday is acting down right ridicoulous.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:58 AM) : 

    I totally agree with you!

     

    Blogger dcleo1515 said ... (11:17 AM) : 

    I also agree with you. Ms. Holliday is acting immature about everything and should be happy they made a movie on something she was apart of.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 PM) : 

    I would rather hear Jennifer Holliday's version before JHud version live.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:55 PM) : 

    I don't know about that...I watched Holliday's version of "And I'm telling you..." and it was very good, but when I saw Jennifer Hudson's rendition of it, I was moved to tears...it was incredible..I think that Hudson took it to a whole new level...Go Jen...
    And Thanks for having this site...it is absolutely wonderful.

     

    Anonymous Alia said ... (4:45 PM) : 

    Wow, I didn't even know Jennifer Holliday felt that way. What a shame! Even Sheryl Lee Ralph (who made a snide remark about Beyonce taking on the role of Deena early on) came out and is showing support.

    Everyone looks beautiful, that dress Jen's got on is badddd!!!!! I didn't like the dress she had on at the New York premiere too tough, but this one more than makes up for it.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

    As Florence Ballard used to say: "Honey, we is terrific!" And this site IS terrific!

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 AM) : 

    I agree with all the comments about Jennifer Holliday. She was and still is an incredible singer, and she will forever be 'Effie White', but what the hell is wrong with her?! She's acting like a complete spoiled old brat. Just look how GORGEOUS Sheryl Lee and Loretta looked. She should have been there too instead of staying home bitching and complainting about everything. Speaking of bitching and complainting, Why wasn't Diana Ross there too? Oh yeah, another one who stayed home to bitch and complaint. Mary Wilson at 61 looks absolutely STUNNING! What a breathtakingly beautiful woman! I check out this webpage everyday, it is totally awesome, and i cannot wait for the release on the 25th.

    Flo Ballard baby, this one's for you.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

    Beyonce looks beutiful as always

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:25 PM) : 

    Ms.Holliday is not getting the respect she deserves. she CREATED the role of effie and the part was beefed up in the play FOR her. in the original script of the play, the role of effie was a supporting one and she is no longer in the play after the first act. she agreed to do the role only if she could come back in the second act and show that the character of effie had survived and prospered. if it weren't for holliday, hudson would not be basking in the glow she is and beyonce would be getting all the attention.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM) : 

    And to add to your post, the reason why she's so angry is because singing "And I'm Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" is her meal ticket and David Geffen has prohibited her from performing this anywhere LIVE. This song is always associated with her and if it wasn't for Jennifer Holliday the role of Effie, songs such as AIATY and "I Am Changing" would have NEVER been as big and popular. The legendary theater critic Frank Rich of the New York Times (who made Broadway playwrights’ and actors’ careers due to his reviews), noted that her performance would go down as one of the greatest and most memorable dramatizations in Broadway history—and it has!

    It's sickening that an amazing, unique, one-of-a-kind singer such as Holliday doesn't have a record deal and isn't releasing albums. Early in her career producers had no idea how to use her because like one of her idols, Patti LaBelle, Holliday's voice is so Gospel-infused, so raw and superhuman—so black-sounding—they had no idea how to take such a voice and put it to music that could be embraced by mainstream. Sadly, Holliday came into the music scene at the wrong time—where manufactured stars and their music videos were starting to dictate to people who and what to buy. That one song says it perfectly: "Video Killed the Radio Star". Had Jennifer came out around the time as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole and Chaka Kahn, she would've had a more successful music career; her voice was made to sing straight Soul, Blues, Funk, Jazz and Gospel like the aforementioned, and that style of music being popular in the mainstream played-out in the 80s. In the 60s and 70s people didn't care about a singer's weight as they do now; if the song is catchy and sung extremely well on the radio, then the public goes out and buy it. Now, it's who is popular on MTV's TRL and BET's 106 & Park that programs people who and what to buy. Hence, why Pop tarts such as Fergie and Britney Spears are famous with big record sales to back them up.

    Holliday has every right to feel bitter and depressed that her legacy as one of the greats may be diminished and overshadowed because of a high-profile production of a play she helped bring into prominence on Broadway. Dreamworks and David Geffen already took her trademark song away from her due to the movie, and then she had to sit and read people praising how Jennifer Hudson now OWNS the song "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)," basically giving a huge F-You to the woman who made this song a huge hit on R&B radio and winning a Grammy for the vocal performance. She set down the blueprint for Effie and how to sing her songs, but people want to downplay this and erase any significance she had in “Dreamgirls”. If I was Holliday I’d be pissed-off too!

    The industry is less-welcoming to divas such as Holliday and there's a part of her that feels that all the hard work she put into being successful and respected doesn't matter anymore because people aren't realizing what a national treasure she is as a singer. We must understand that there's NO ONE in the music scene that sounds like Jennifer Holliday. She has a very original voice and such a singer should be canonized with the greats.

     

    Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:27 PM) : 

    Thanks for the clarification on the whole Jennifer Holliday story. Now it all makes sense. I was holding back on my oppinion on this drama until I got the full story. The tabloids and gossip rags get on my last nerve, because they tried to make Jennifer Holliday seem like she was just whinning for no reason. Everything you just explained makes so much sense and it IS a damn shame the way this whole thing is going down. God bless J. Holliday. I hope the success of this movie flips around in her favor. She most def. derseves her props after all these years AND another chance for a major record deal.

     

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