April 1, 2010
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Janet Jackson stars in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? and contributes to the soundtrack with this little nugget – Nothing – produced by Jermaine Dupri. And the new music video directed by Tim Palen is here. Enjoy Nothing below –
via IMBD: Why Did I Get Married Too? – Four couples reunite for their annual vacation in order to socialize and to spend time analyzing their marriages. Their intimate week in the Bahamas is disrupted by the arrival of an ex-husband determined to win back his recently remarried wife.
Why Did I Get Married Too? is the sequel to Why Did I Get Married?, and it hits theaters on Friday, April 2.
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September 12, 2009
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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.
May 13, 2009
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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.
The stars of Star Trek – Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto – beam into Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Updates and reassures all trekkies and SNL-er Seth Meyers that this isn’t their father’s Star Trek, but entertaining nonetheless. I saw the film @ The Grove on Saturday and loved it, and I’m not even a trekkie.
The surprising story was well-written and strong with subtext, and the performances rival any Dark Knight acting effort. Star Trek is a must-see for the whole family, especially for summer movie-goers and cine-philes. As the trekkies say, [Vulcan salute], “long live and prosper”.
February 13, 2009
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Reserve Result (RR) and actor Randall Law were invited to The 40th NAACP Image Awards celebrating 100 Years @ The Shrine Auditorium co-hosted by Academy Award winner Halle Berry and writer/actor Tyler Perry, and we want to thank everyone @ NAACP for our invitations. The event was historic and particularly relevant today with Barack Obama as our President.
Again, thanks to thespian Randall Law, everyone at The 40th NAACP Image Awards and the staff at the after-party @ The Beverly Hill Hilton. The live broadcast event was sponsored by Chrysler, FedEx, American Airlines, Bank of America, Blockbuster, Ford Motor Company and Southwest Airlines.
October 6, 2008
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In Atlanta, Georgia, Stedman Graham, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and his girlfriend Gelila Bekele celebrate The Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson and Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis SoundStages as part of Tyler Perry’s new Motion Picture & Television Studio opening gala. Congratulation to Mr. Perry and continue with all of his success.
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Mr. Perry’s new television and film studio contains more than 200,000 square feet of studio and office space in an area that previously housed Delta Air Lines’ finance, reservation and computer center on 30 acres in southwest Atlanta.