Posts tagged "precious"

Jennifer Hudson Could Have Been “Precious” & 23 Other Casting Close Calls

It's hard to imagine "Precious" without then-unknown Gabourey Sidibe. But Jennifer Hudson was riding high after "Dreamgirls" and said she turned down the role because she didn't want to gain weight. "I had [gained weight] with Effie and as much as I was moved by this film, I wanted to try a role that had…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 1, 2012

Frisky Rant: Lee Daniels’ NAACP Weight Gaffe Shouldn’t Have Been Deemed Offensive

The big to-do everyone is making over "Precious" director Lee Daniels' acceptance speech at the 2010 NAACP Image Awards Saturday is unfounded. While accepting the Best Film honors, Daniels said, "No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black girl who had HIV." After realizing his so-called "blunder"…

By: Annika Harris / March 1, 2010

Quotable: Gabby Sidibe On Missing The Point Of “Precious”

"If you look at Precious and all you see is someone who is overweight and dark-skinned, you're missing the point. Just like if you look at me and all you see is someone who is overweight and dark-skinned. You've missed the point. You've missed me."-- Gabourey Sidibe at The New York Times Arts & Leisure

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 11, 2010

Quickies: Mo’Nique Shuns Oscar Season Convention & Zahara’s Too Cute For Words

Mo'Nique refuses to reorganize her life or her priorities to get her mitts on an Oscar, like other hopefuls. [NY Times] Oxygen is getting into the Jersey TV trend with "Jersey Couture," which follows a family that owns a formal wear shop in the Garden State. [The Live Feed] What are the nine questions you…

By: Annika Harris / January 8, 2010

The Golden Globes Nominations Are In!

The 2010 Golden Globe nominations were read early this morning from Hollywood by a supah-fine John Krasinski, Diane Kruger, and Justin Timberlake. Some of the nominees include Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious," Meryl Streep for her roles in "It's Complicated" and "Julie and Julia," Joseph Gordon Levitt for "(500) Days of Summer," January Jones and Jo…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 15, 2009

Gabourey Sidibe Continues To Win Hearts On “Leno”

You can have your Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Garner girl crushes. Me? I prefer newcomer Gabourey Sidibe from the movie "Precious." I have to admit, I didn't love the movie, though I thought the performances, particularly Sidibe's and Mo'Nique's, were amazing. The film was just a bit too dark and depressing for my…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 9, 2009

Frisky Rant: Please Don’t Bring Your Baby To A Rated “R” Movie

Have you seen "Precious" yet? It's everything the buzz says it's going to be: Gabby Sidibe plays Precious, who has been raped by her father and had two children by him, and Mo'Nique plays the abusive mother who calls Precious the most vile names and throws a TV set at her head. Incest, physical violence,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2009

We See Chick Flicks: “Precious”

Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey Directed by Lee Daniels Based on the book by Sapphire After all the hype surrounding "Precious" -- the critical acclaim, Oprah's endorsement, and the back-and-forth between some bloggers and reviewers about Gabby Sidibe's weight -- I walked into the theater this weekend with one expectation and that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 9, 2009

Trailer Park: “Precious,” “The Box,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Men Who Stare At Goats”

Thank goodness it's Friday, because this daylight savings thing has totally killed any motivation to leave the house after 5pm. This will have to change, though, because new movies open this weekend and there are some good ones. If you're in the mood to be an emotional mess, go see "Precious." If you have ever…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 6, 2009

Frisky Q&A: Actress & Comedian Erica Watson, Co-Star Of “Precious”

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working alongside a lady named Erica Watson at a dreary desk job. She's one-of-a-kind: nice as can be, whip smart, hilarious, and just an all-around bundle of good vibes. It was a total bummer Erica and I lost touch after we both moved on to other…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 6, 2009

(Another) Quote Of The Day: Mariah Carey’s Wardrobe In “Precious” Made Her Feel Rancid

"I felt completely rancid! With the music industry, it’s very like ‘Oh, she’s got a hair out of place! Go fix it!’ You know what I mean? And so this was such a liberating experience and yet humiliated me. But I needed that. We all need that. We all need to understand how to be…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / November 3, 2009

(Another) Quote Of The Day: “Precious” Star Gabby Sidibe Has Always Been Awesome

"[The media] try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I'm awesome. But the truth is that I've been awesome, and then I got this role."—"Precious" star Gabby Sidibe in New York magazine [via Feministing]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2009