The New York film critic Betsy Sharkey wrote an excellent piece on filmmaker Lee Daniels and his film – Precious – based on author Sapphire’s Push novel. Betsy Sharkey interviews Lee Daniels before he jets out to the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] press conference and premiere of Precious on Sunday, September 13. The introspective piece is featured in Los Angeles Times Presents The Envelope and you can read the complete interview @ theenvelope.latimes.com.
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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire screens at Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 13 @ 9:30pm in Roy Thomson Hall and on Monday, September 14 @ 12:30pm in Winter Garden Theater. To see TIFF’s description and press coverage on Precious, visit tiff.net and tiff.net/press.
Producers Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness’ Smokewood Entertainment Group’s Precious hits theaters on Friday, November 6.
I’ve known about author Sapphire [Ramona Lofton]’s Push since 1999 when she first appeared on The Charlie Rose Show and have wanted to read her book since. Then the 1996 published Push was later optioned for adaptation, began shooting on 10/24/2007 and screened at 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it won three awards: the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for Acting (Mo’Nique).
Push was retitled as Precious when Lionsgate purchased director Lee Daniels’ film @ Sundance with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry presenting the incredible film. And finally today, the trailer is here. So click the image [below] to view the full trailer.
Precious is about Clareece “Precious” Jones – an overweight, illiterate African-American teenager in Harlem in 1987. Just as she’s about to give birth to her second child, Jones is accepted into an alternative school where a teacher helps her find a new path in her life.
Precious rolls into theaters on Friday, November 6.
Update: I’ve embed the trailer and official synopsis: Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative”, but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
In Saturday Night Live digital short, Jonah Hills admits to Andy Samberg that he’s dating and fucking his dad – played by James Downey. The funny short was based on Jonah Hill’s dream of a similar nature.
The short was directed by Akiva Schaffer, who’s attached to Hill’s upcoming comedy – The Adventurer’s Handbook.var addthis_pub=”reserveresult”;
Usher is the cover boy and one of the feature musician in Entertainment Weekly summer music preview issue.
On Usher’s son, Usher Raymond V., being a new addition to his family and healing his strained relationship with his mom: I have a beautiful baby boy that she’s in love with, he says. She’s very happy, and he makes us all a better family, period.
On replacing his mother / manager with Benny Medina (manages Mariah Carey and Nicole Richie): I understand the whole thing about the drama between me and my mother, he concedes. To be honest with you, we had a very one-sided relationship, and for obvious reasons: She had to make the majority of the sacrifices; otherwise we didn’t go forward…. I’m pretty sure that my mother would want to forever manage me. She’ll always be my partner. But I feel like I’m at a point where I wanna grow, be able to handle my business firsthand, and understand every facet of it. Also, on the other side is the fact that you get the stigma of being too sheltered. So now I make the move to go out as a man and stand on my own, and it’s bad?
On the sudden death of Usher’s father, who died of liver disease on January 21th of 2008: That made me care more about being a father than anything, he says. It’s my opportunity to make sure that [my son] never feels what I felt.
Grammy winner and wife of Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, performe at Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People party.
L.A. Reid, Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, CEO of Time Warner Richard Parsons and O Magazine‘s editor-at-large’s Gayle King attend Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World event at Lincoln Center in New York City.