Posts Tagged ‘Precious’

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Oprah Winfrey to end her talk show in 2011 [25yrs feel right in my bones]

November 20, 2009
2009 AFI Film Festival Premiere of Precious

Oh My ! All mom-and-pop and unemployed population are already on tears left alone without any idea of an another messy, juicy talk show they can switch on.The Oprah Winfrey Show is to end in September 2011 after more than two decades on air, the production company behind the programme has said.A spokesman for the star’s Harpo production company would not say why Winfrey had decided to quit, but said she would discuss it on Friday’s show.

Winfrey is expected to focus instead on the launch of her own TV channel.

She already runs a satellite radio station, Oprah Radio, with presenters including Dr Maya Angelou and sex therapist Dr Laura Berman.

“The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on 9 September 2011,” Tim Bennett, president of Winfrey’s Harpo production company, wrote in a letter to affiliates.

The Oprah Winfrey Show, currently syndicated in 145 countries, has transformed the star into a cultural phenomenon.

The introduction of Oprah’s Book Club helped authors whose novels were selected become bestsellers overnight, and Winfrey’s support for US President Barack Obama was seen as crucial to his presidential election campaign.

Winfrey’s empire also includes a magazine, books and, from 2011, a cable TV network.

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications and is set to replace the Discovery Health Channel in more than 70 million US homes.

The end of the programme will be a blow to distributor CBS, which earns a percentage of licensing fees – estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars – from the more than 200 local ABC TV stations across the US that broadcast it.

Many stations also built their schedules around Winfrey’s show, using it to promote other programmes while also delivering a large audience to their local news programming.

source BBC
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Brandy wanted to play Precious !

November 11, 2009
MTV TRL Presents Brandy, John Legend, And Justin Long

Actress Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe is getting rave reviews for her portrayal as Claireece Precious Jones in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. But before the 26-year-old newcomer was cast, another unlikely actress was thought of for the role.

Sapphire, the author whose novel inspired the much-buzzed-about film, told Entertainment Weekly about the many offers she received and eventually turned down to take her book to the big screen.

One of them came from a producer who thought R&B singer and “Moesha” star Brandy should play the obese, illiterate New York City teenager. “I remember this one producer told me that he had found Precious”and it was going to be Brandy,” a shocked Sapphire said. “Excuse me? I literally almost hung up on him.”

Filmmaker Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball) eventually won the rights to make the movie, casting Sidibe as Precious and comedian Mo’Nique as her abusive mother, Mary Jones.

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Blige & Saadiq chatting

October 31, 2009

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Blige was a keynote speaker at a film and television music conference hosted by Billboard Magazine and the Hollywood Reporter.The R&B veteran was joined by Raphael Saadiq, who shares producing and writing credits on “I Can See in Color,”.She discussed the process of writing ” I Can see in Color”, the soundtrack from the movie “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push.

“I was damaged, in a good way,” Blige said of writing and recording the song.“It was a moment where everyone had something to say,” Blige said of writing the song. “Everyone had a moment of ‘me too.’ … It came from everyone’s experience, including Precious, LeNeah and me.”

On Another hand, Saadiq was inflenced by Donna Hathaway’s classic touch on” Giving up” -It’s a song that has a gradual, piano-driven build that keeps the focus squarely on the singer, and one that reflected the emotions and contradictions Blige wanted to tap into.

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“I see life in colors,” Blige said when asked to explain the song’s lyrics. “When I’m depressed, and going through something, it’s in black and white. The flowers are not yellow.”

Saadiq admitted to being slightly disturbed by “Precious.” Saadiq said he called his uncle after a screening, and thanked him for not abusing him. “He was just like, ‘What?’”.“It was pretty rough watching,” Saadiq said. “I liked the move, but I don’t know if I can watch it again.”

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Celebrity Stalker:Lenny Kravitz

October 5, 2009

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Last night on the red carpet at the New York Film Festival at the showing of Precious.