Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire
Hands up who wants to watch an overweight girl being abused by her father, being abused by her mother, and balancing raising a developmentally challenged baby in ’80s Harlem with learning to read. A fun night’s in store, right? Fortunately, this stirring adaptation of Sapphire’s bestseller is much, much more. The story of the put-upon Precious is harrowing, but not without its lighter moments. Most importantly, Gabourney Sidibe‘s amazing performance provides a revealing look at the kind of spirit required to overcome what look like insurmountable challenges. In addition, there’s also an Oscar-winning Mo’nique–stuffed into a catsuit and scraped free of makeup–playing one of the movie’s most memorable monsters. Check it out: Precious is a feel-bad movie that will actually leave you feeling like there’s some hope still left out there.
Extras: Commentary from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, making of featurettes, a deleted scene, Sidibe’s audition reel, and more.
– By C. Bottomley
For the last year, Gabourey Sidibe‘s star has risen higher than she probably ever thought possible due to her star turn in Precious. The awesome thing is that. as famous as she’s become, she is completely unaffected, in addition to being an amazing soundbite machine. One recent interview in the Daily Mail was a gem though, and we pulled some of our favorite quotes to prove our point.
On what it was like being a newcomer working with seasoned performers: “There were definitely no egos during filming and it was so exciting working with people I consider to be heroes. I just spent most of my time pretending that I actually belonged there.”
On Mariah Carey‘s prep for her role: “It wasn’t a big deal for me to dress down for the part. Mariah had it all stripped away and she had to put on the uglies every day!”
On her new fame: “I’m aware that people want to be friends for shady reasons and a lot of boys have suddenly come out of the woodwork, wanting to be with me. I’m thinking: ‘Do you really believe I’m that dumb?'”
On where she gets her sense of humor: “My mom was so proud of me in the film, but she laughed at inappropriate times.”
On meeting Oprah Winfrey: “I was on her show, so I know there’s documentary evidence of me having been there, but I can’t even begin to remember what she said. She’s such an icon, I kind of blacked out.”
We totally would black out if we met Opes, too, Gabby! If you have any other fun stories you want to share or if you just wanna hang out, call us – seriously.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Mariah Carey‘s still talking to anyone who’ll listen about how ugly she had to make herself for her role in Precious. In an interview out today, Carey recounts another story about life without makeup during her shoot for the film, saying “One day Lee [Daniels] caught me trying to put blush on, and he said ‘what are you doing?’ I said, ‘Precious has blush on,’ but he would not let me do it. It was one of those things that I had to do. I guess now I’ll feel better about myself when I’m dressed normally at my house and walk past a mirror and see myself. I’ll be like, well I’ve looked worse.” Onstage, though, she sure is overcompensating for her months spent on poorly lit sets, denied of Jolen Cream Bleach for her upper lip.
Last night at her Hard Rock Live! performance in Florida, Carey was a far cry from her social worker alter ego, Mrs. Weiss. Mimi descended from the ceiling of the venue in a gold and white fairy princess ensemble and jeweled microphone, only to have the white skirt removed (by someone else, of course – but what would you expect from someone married to her umbrella holder?) for the performance. We love that despite all the acclaim for a gritty role, Mariah hasn’t changed at all and is still as much of a diva as ever. [Photo: Getty Images]
Comedian, plus-size model and Critics’ Choice-nominated actress Mo’Nique blew audiences away with her performance in Precious as a monstrously abusive single mother. Long before Mo’ got major props for her acting chops, she was strutting her stuff in outrageous outfits with beaming confidence. We love her brave fashion choices – and just as all risks, some paid off while others flopped. Here are 25 of the most daring ensembles to ever grace the red carpet.
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1. Poof ‘N Shine
2. Disco Noir
3. Metal & Marigold
4. What The Fringe?!
5. Fabulously Feathered
6. Dyed Denim Disaster
7. All Tied Up
8. Chainmail Momma
9. The Casual Powersuit
10. Voluptuous in Violet
11. Curvaceous Canary
12. Keepin’ It Classy
14. Goldenrod Wonder
15. Partyin’ in Pewter
16. Platinum Diva
17. Red Hot
18. Body-hugging Blue
19. Straight From The Couch
20. Bronze Beauty
21. Leopard Liberation
22. Snow Bunny
23. Fur to the Floor
24. Slim in Denim
25. Primed For The Party
Mariah Carey got a mulligan last night at the People’s Choice Awards. She proved that she’s capable of delivering a sober, though maybe no less crazy, speech after her inebriated ramblings at the Palm Springs Film Festival, which practically blew up our awards season Twitter Tracker. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though, as her hubby Nick Cannon had to practically hoist her up on stage when her too-tight gown inhibited her from climbing stairs.
After winning Favorite R&B Artist, she told reporters why she was a wee bit wobbly the night before. Mariah claimed she and Precious director Lee Daniels hadn’t seen each other in a while and were celebrating their film’s success. She stated, “I love Lee, but he’s a bad influence.” [Source: MTV; Photo: Getty Images]
Check out photos from the People’s Choice Awards below, including Taylor Swift, Olivia Wilde, Mary J. Blige, and Jessica Alba.