Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

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Next Role for Sidibe: Diet-Pill Peddler?

In return for one-year supply of product...provided it works

(Newser) - Gabourey Sidibe’s weight has become a matter of national interest. The latest: A weight loss company reached out to the Precious star, saying it wants to help her fight the “terrible affliction” of obesity. will give Sidibe a one-year supply of its weight loss formula as... More »

Stern Was Right: Sidibe Has No Future in Film

The sad truth is, Hollywood won't write for her

(Newser) - Howard Stern may have been “distasteful” when he said earlier this week that Gabourey Sidibe’s career is finished , but he was also one other thing: absolutely right. Sidibe is talented, but “nobody's tripping over themselves to write movies for overweight African-American girls,” writes Kevin Broccoli on... More »

Stern Defends Slam: Gabby Going to Be Dead Soon

She's in 'deep crisis' and 'needs help,' he says

(Newser) - Howard Stern didn’t do anything wrong when he called Gabourey Sidibe “ planet-sized ” the other day: In fact, he did something noble. The radio host defended his comments on yesterday’s show, explaining that “obesity in this country is out of control” and he’s simply concerned... More »

'Planet-Size' Gabby Sidibe Will Never Work Again: Howard Stern

Shock jock wonders 'what does she eat?'

(Newser) - Howard Stern went on for four and a half minutes on yesterday’s show about “enormous fat black chick” Gabourey Sidibe. “Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie,” he says. The Precious star got... More »

To Keep Working, Gabby Sidibe Must Lose Weight

'Precious' star is popular, but that doesn't mean she'll get parts

(Newser) - Gabourey Sidibe may have been nominated for a best actress Oscar right alongside Hollywood legend Meryl Streep, but industry sources say she’ll need to drop her extra pounds if she wants her star to keep rising. “I'm not saying it's correct, but it's a simple fact that she... More »

Precious Romps at Spirit Awards

Bridges, Harrelson, Mo'Nique, Sidibe snag acting honors

(Newser) - Harlem drama Precious took the best picture prize as it dominated the Spirit Awards last night, winning four other honors that included trophies for best actress Gabourey Sidibe and best supporting actress Mo'Nique. Jeff Bridges won best actor for the country-music tale Crazy Heart, and Woody Harrelson won supporting actor... More »

Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay

(Newser) - The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband... More »

Avatar, Hurt Locker Nab 9 Oscar Noms Each

Nine nominations each for Cameron, Bigelow films

(Newser) - The science-fiction sensation Avatar and the war-on-terror thriller The Hurt Locker lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Also nominated for best-picture: District 9; the animated comedy Up; the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds; the football... More »

Streep, Bullock, Hangover, Avatar Clean Up

Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, 'Mad Men,' 'Glee' also among winners

(Newser) - Avatar and The Hangover captured the top film awards, Meryl Streep and Drew Barrymore charmed with stream-of-consciousness acceptance speeches, and host Ricky Gervais generally behaved at tonight's Golden Globes ceremony. Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock established themselves as Academy Award favorites with victories in the leading dramatic role categories, as... More »

Gabourey Sidibe: 'I Feel Like a Model'

Precious star talks self-confidence, and her hatred of yoga

(Newser) - Now that Precious has catapulted Gabourey Sidibe to fame, the former psychology major from Harlem finds herself wearing fancy dresses, attending premieres and parties, and doing photo shoots—and she loves it all. Highlights from her Harper’s Bazaar interview:
  • On photo shoots: “I feel like a model. It
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Why Inglourious Basterds Will Win Best Picture

Tarantino's flick has the best shot at top Oscar

(Newser) - Though everyone is buzzing about Avatar’s best-picture prospects, Tom O'Neil was an early predictor of Inglourious Basterds snagging the top Oscar prize—and now he’s defending his position. Even though it came out eons ago (in August), the disappointing performance of many much-hyped late-year films leaves Basterds in... More »

Precious, Basterds Lead SAG Noms

Up in the Air also scores three Screen Actors Guild nominations

(Newser) - Award-season frontrunners Inglourious Basterds, Precious, and Up in the Air led today’s Screen Actors Guild nominations with three apiece. Included in those nominations for Basterds and Precious is a nod for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast—SAG’s answer to the typical “best picture” category. Other... More »

Notable Golden Globes Snubs

Lee Daniels misses Best Director race, The Road shut out, and more

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are “as notable for the films and performances that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association omit as for those that they celebrate,” writes Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times , and yesterday’s nominations “had no shortage of surprising snubs.” Lee, and... More »

AFI's Best Movies, TV of 2009

From The Hangover to The Messenger , AFI jury chooses its faves

(Newser) - Two men—one Serious, one Single—made it into the American Film Institute ’s 10th annual selections for Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year. The top 10 films:
  • Coraline
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Messenger
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
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New Moon Vamps to $141M Haul

Latest 'Twilight' entry enjoys 3rd-biggest weekend ever

(Newser) - In the third-largest weekend debut ever, The Twilight Saga: New Moon rang up $140.7 million, riding records for a midnight opening and a single day to totals trailing only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man. Audiences were four-fifths female, with the remaining 20% mostly teen boys, USA Today reports. The ... More »

2012 Soars to Top Spot

Apocalypse flick does $65M as 'Precious' cracks top 5

(Newser) - Apocalypse preview 2012 raked in $65 million domestically at the weekend box office, the high end of the prerelease estimate range, en route to a $225 million haul worldwide. The doomsday action flick handily beat A Christmas Carol, which performed strongly in its second weekend in release. A new entry... More »

Precious a Perfect Look at Black America

Tyler Perry's film tells a story buried far too long

(Newser) - At first horrified, political alarms blaring, as she watched the Precious trailer, Erin Aubry Kaplan realized after seeing the film that it’s actually a story that has long needed to be told: “that of a big, black, sullen-faced, illiterate girl who lives in the depths of the ghetto... More »

Christmas Comes Early

'Precious' shatters record for per-location average

(Newser) - The stop-motion version of A Christmas Carol topped the weekend box office, opening with a $31 million haul. The figure is a slight disappointment, on the low end of the projected range for the family-friendly flick, reports Variety . The Michael Jackson documentary This is It lost 40% off last week's... More »

Precious: Gritty Candor or 'Poverty Porn'?

Harlem drama brutally honest, some say manipulative

(Newser) - Precious packs a strong emotional punch with its story of an abused, illiterate teen in '80s Harlem, but where some critics see candid greatness, others see "poverty porn."
  • Precious is "a great American film," writes Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times, that finds a believable way
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Mariah Carey: I Look 'Rancid' in Precious

Carey still embarrassed by her appearance in film

(Newser) - Mariah Carey, who has her very own director of photography tag along to photo shoots to ensure the lighting and frame size are as flattering as possible, still finds her dowdy appearance in Precious “humiliating,” she tells Fox News . “When I first saw the film I thought... More »

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