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This Day in Film: “Glitter”

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 12:00 am.

(Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Mariah Carey’s debut film? Yep, a decade ago today Glitter was released.  The glam!  The drama!  The cleavage!  Yet Glitter did not sparkle, the film garnered Mimi the worst reviews of her career. Some declared the Columbia Pictures film one of the worst movies of all time.  Glitter received six nominations from the Golden Raspberry Awards — one that included a nod to Mariah’s cleavage for worst couple.

To be fair, the film was doomed from the start. Weeks before its release, Mariah suffered a public breakdown, which caused the film to be pushed back — the release date was 10 days after the September 11 terrorist attack. Back in 2009, Mariah famously said: “That movie was released on September 11, 2001 — could there be a worse day for that movie to come out? I don’t think so. I don’t even know that many people even saw the movie so I don’t think it’s the worst thing ever done.”

Then, she took a jab at Vondie Curtis-Hall, who directed Glitter, “Glitter was a learning experience and I wouldn’t do it again if you paid me. But I didn’t have representation or anyone to tell me: ‘What you need is a great director.’”

Mariah’s performance was panned.  The Village Voice critiqued, “Carey seems most concerned about keeping her lips tightly sealed like a kid with braces, and when she tries for an emotion — any emotion — she looks as if she’s lost her car keys.”  The cast also included Da Brat, Terrence Howard and Eric Benet.

The soundtrack was also a bust.  However, I stand by the music from Glitter is underrated.  With several tracks produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the album was a return to the ’80s before it was popular.  Even though Glitter is considered a “flop,” it still sold three million worldwide, according to Live Nation.

That said, Mariah redeemed herself with a strong performance in the indie flick Tennessee and of course her role as Ms. Weiss in the Oscar-winning Precious. Nonetheless, this is the day we remember Glitter!  Check out the vintage trailer below:

Glitter (2001) Trailer by Afro-Style-Communication

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Tyler Perry Vents About Mariah Carey

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 12:00 am.

As we reported, Tyler Perry cast Mariah Carey in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. However, Mariah recently bailed from the project, which left Tyler Perry in a casting dilemma — five days before the film was set to start filming. On his web site, Perry said:

Anyway, I’m there on vacation, celebrating life, thanking God and just relaxing when I get a message that I have to come home, that Mariah has dropped out of the film! I said “What? You’re kidding? It’s five days before she has to go to work, nobody does that. We have a deal. IT’S FIVE DAYS BEFORE SHE IS SUPPOSED TO GO TO WORK! So, I got on the plane and came home and started trying to re-cast this major role in the film.

I land and get to the studio, and I’m like, what happened? I was told that we got a call, saying that even though our deal was done, she had been advised by her doctor not to do the film. I said “What? You know I want a doctor’s note, don’t you?!”…LOL

Perry went on to say that he is a huge Mariah fan and knows it had to be something serious for her to suddenly bail.  This further fuels all the rumors that she is pregnant.

Thandie Newton replaced Mariah.

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Lee Daniels Talks Casting Mariah

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Mariah Carey and Lee DanielsLee Daniels made an appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show to talk about his six-time Oscar nominated film Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Stewart joked about working with a cast of mainly non-actors: Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Gabourey Sidibe.

Daniels describes how Mariah got involved; Helen Mirren canceled for a “paying job,” Mariah called later that day and soon after Mariah had the gig — with Mirren’s blessing.  Stewart, never one to miss a joke, laughed that Daniels somehow said, “Get me the girl from Glitter!”

Check out the video below.

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Mo’Nique Wins The Globe; Mariah Shows Her Globes

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:00 am.

monique Precious won only one award last night at the 67th Annual Golden Globes, but Mo’Nique stole the show with her acceptance speech for best supporting actress. It was no shocker, Mo’Nique beat out some heavy-hitters for her stunning performance as Mary Jones, an abusive mother. A teary Mo’Nique graciously accepted the Golden Globe thanking her husband and the director of Precious, Lee Daniels. She also added for those who have been abused: “It’s now time to tell and it’s OK.”

When Drew Barrymore won for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, she was so moved by Mo’Nique she said, “You said everything that so many people feel.  You are the most eloquent, beautiful human being.”

Congratulations Mo’Nique!  This makes her a shoe-in for the Oscar!

Backstage, Mo’Nique said, “I don’t know — to say me winning has a great importance on what the message is.  I think the message is far more important than anything…if that one life was changed, we won. So that message is more important than anything.”

The night continued with a cancer-stricken Michael C. Hall winning for his role in Showtime’s Dexter, Sandra Bullock winning for best actress in The Blind Side and James Cameron snagged best director and best film for Avatar.  Also, the legendary Martin Scorsese was honored by Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cecil B. Demille award.  Meryl Streep set a record for winning the most Golden Globes of any actor with her seventh win for Julie & Julia.

The night was also filled with mentions of relief efforts for Haiti.

Presenters included Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Tyson and a beautiful Halle Berry.  But, probably one of the most talked about moments of the night was Mariah’s bosom — she had her own set of Globes.  Gotta love Mimi! mariah

Click here for photos from the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Here is a complete list of winners.

Watch the video of Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech.

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Movie Review: ‘Precious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire’

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 12:00 am.

STIL0053Summary: A horrifying urban drama about an obese girl and single mother named Precious.  The Harlem teen is suffering a monstrosity of abuse in her home, neighborhood and school. Attempting to beat the odds, she is inspired by the unexpected, striving for education and fighting not to repeat the same cycle of circumstances.

Review: Believe the hype, Lee DanielsPrecious: Based on the Novel By Sapphire is everything you expect it to be, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Submit Your Questions For Mariah Carey; Plus, ‘Precious’ Video

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:00 am.

mariahcareypreciousIt has been a big year for Mariah Carey.  She was in the movie Tennessee and received rave reviews for her performance.  Her new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is in stores now and she plays a Harlem social worker in the highly anticipated Precious.  Always had a question for the pop princess?  Submit your questions for the pop diva and actress in the comments!

Also, the legendary Katie Couric interviewed Sapphire, who wrote the novel Push, which has been made into the movie Precious.  The Lee Daniels movie is in theaters a week from today, November 6th.  In the clip below, Sapphire talks how the book became a movie.

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Exclusive Images of ‘Precious’ Screening

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 12:00 am.

STIL0053On Saturday, October 3, the New York Film Festival presented the Centerpiece Premiere of Lee Daniels’ Precious at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Paula Patton and several others were in attendance for the film that is already being coined the Slumdog Millionaire of 2009.  Precious is in theaters Friday, November 6th.

In the meantime, check out’s exclusive images below!

PreciousPaulaAmina Robinson, Stephanie Andujar, Paula Patton and Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Precious.

PreciousLisaLisa Cortes, an Executive Producer of Precious.

bboard_mariah_carey_nick_cannonNick Cannon and the legendary Mariah Carey.

PreciousGabbyStephenGabourey Sidibe and BET’s own Stephen Hill.

Go to for more information on the film.

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Questlove Has Some Words For ‘Precious’ Mariah

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 9:53 am.

mariahcareypreciousPrecious is one of the most anticipated films of the year and some are coining the Lee Daniels production this generation’s The Color Purple. The film stars Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd and of course a less than glamorous Mariah Carey.

Talking to Oprah, Mariah casually ranted about her look for the movie. “‘This is so ugly, I don’t know what to do.’  He put dark stuff under my eyes, he … put fluorescent lighting, the most hideous lighting. Some people had the most beautiful, angelic lighting, and I looked at Lee like, ‘You motherf***er, why did you do this to me?’”

Well, Questlove of the legendary hip-hop band, The Roots, didn’t find Mariah’s comments too amusing.

On Monday 28th September 2009, @questlove said:

@MariahCarey slow the breaks on the Precious press saying how “ugly” you were made to look. 1) your character was not ugly 2) what about your fans that aren’t “cosmopolitan covershoot ready” that look like that character. i *know* you meant no harm but that’s a risky thin line you walkin.

I admit when any beautiful woman glams down for movies or television (think Tyra’s “experiments”) you might give them the side eye for rambling about how unattractive they might look.  However, to be fair, this is no different than Charlize Theron in Monster; she constantly said she gained weight and used makeup to blotch her skin in order to play one of the first female serial killers (won an Oscar for it!).  Or, Nicole Kidman in The Hours, who wore a prosthetic nose and little makeup.  No one can forget how many times Halle Berry mentioned she didn’t wear makeup or touch her hair for her Oscar-winning role in Monster’s Ball.

I think because Mariah isn’t looked at as a “serious actress,” people might raise an eyebrow to her.  There is so much to celebrate with the film Precious — come on Questlove, let Mariah live!

Do you think Mariah could be offending her fans when she says she was “ugly” in the role?

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Precious | Exclusive Stills

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:00 am.

preciousPrecious is in theaters November 6th and Lionsgate provided with exclusive images of the award-winning flick.  Precious is based on the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. has been on this film for months and earlier this week we reported the Lee Daniels‘ film won big at the Toronto Film Festival.

Push includes an all-star cast: Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd and introducing Gabourey Sidibe.

Check out the exclusive stills!

Precious (Gabourey Sidibe, left) and Mary (Mo’Nique, right) in PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE.  Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Precious (Gabourey Sidibe, left) and Mary (Mo’Nique, right) in PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Gabourey Sidibe stars as 'Claireece "Precious" Jones' in PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Gabourey Sidibe stars as 'Claireece "Precious" Jones' in PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

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Will ‘Precious’ Be Another ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 12:00 am.

preciousOprah Winfrey has already said that Lee DanielsPrecious is a modern day version of The Color Purple. There is an Oscar buzz for Mo’Nique’s performance. Now, Precious won the People’s Choice prize at the 34th Toronto Film Festival.  According to

Lee Daniels’ inner-city drama, “Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” nabbed the 34th Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice prize on Saturday.

“Precious,” starring Gabourey Sidibe, attracted mob scenes the likes of which the fest has rarely seen, thanks to producer Oprah Winfrey’s red carpet appearance and promotional push.

With Sundance’s grand jury, aud and acting (Mo’Nique) prizes already in the trophy case, the Lionsgate pic is solidly poised for awards season contention, if the eight-Oscar legacy of Toronto’s 2008 aud winner “Slumdog Millionaire” is any indication.

Precious also makes history as the first film to win the audience awards at Sundance and Toronto.

If Precious managed to snatch up similar awards to Slumdog Millionaire — like Oscars for best director or best movie — it would be a first for a film starring a predominately African-American cast.  As we all know, The Color Purple received eleven nominations and lost all of them.

Congrats again to another award for Precious!

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