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Academy Award® Nominated: Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

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Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Lee Daniels’ Precious is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.

Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.

Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee Daniels
Screenwriter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geoffrey Fletcher
Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness
Co-Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark G. Mathis
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry
Executive Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lisa Cortés and Tom Heller
Co-Executive Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simone Sheffield
Associate Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Sforzini
Associate Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asger Hussain
Director of Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Dunn, BSC
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Klotz
Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marina Draghici
Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mario Grigorov
Music Supervisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lynn Fainchtein
Production Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roshelle Berliner

The cast includes: Mo’Nique, Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, and Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Lane, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt Dot, Nealla Gordon, Grace Hightower, Barret Isaiah Mindell, Kimberly Russell, Bill Sage, and Susan Taylor

44D’s Reviews

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First let me say, this was not an easy movie to watch. It’s a very intense film that deals with poverty, child abuse (mental, physical and sexual), and a broken education system. It hits you at a gut level and it becomes painfully obvious that the system has failed Claireece Precious Jones. From that point on, you can’t stop watching it, and rooting for her to overcome all of these obstacles. The performance by Gabourey Sidibe was incredibly powerful for a virtual unknown, and it’s easy to understand why she has decided to pursue a acting career. As for Mo’Nique’s performance as the abusive mother, lets just say she kept it so real…she scared me. In my book, both of these ladies deserve the awards they’ve been given so far, and the nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress from the Academy.

Did You Know?

Over 400 girls were interviewed from across the country for the part of Precious. Gabourey Sidibe was cast a mere six weeks before the start of shooting after being forced to the audition by friends.

Helen Mirren was originally cast as Mrs. Weiss, but dropped out. Mariah Carey was chosen as a replacement by director Lee Daniels only two days before the film went into production. Daniels has stated that he chose Carey based on her performance in Tennessee (2008), which he produced.

Oprah Winfrey said that when she saw the movie, it “split [her] open“, and that she immediately called Tyler Perry who gave her Lee Daniels’ number, so that she could call him and tell him she would do anything to promote the film. When she called him, he was onstage getting an award at the Sundance Film Festival. Oprah later stated that this film was why “we make movies“, and that she thought people might not “enjoy“, but would “appreciate this experience“.

This movie holds the record for averaging US$100,000 per screen in fewer than 50 US theaters.

Six Nominations

Best Motion Picture
Best Director
Best Actress~Gabourey Sidibe
Best Supporting Actress~Mo’Nique
Best in Adapted Screenplay
Best in Film Editing

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Award Winning Actor Robert DeNiro to Play Governor George Wallace in ‘Selma’

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Alabama Gov. George Wallace stands at the entrance of Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1963

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Robert DeNiro has been cast as Alabama Governor George Wallace in director Lee Daniels’ (Precious) upcoming civil rights film, “Selma“, which is about the 1965 march in Alabama that was “the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.”

Robert Deniro

Award-winning Actor Robert DeNiro

Wallace was the controversial political figure known for his Southern populist pro-segregation attitudes. He famously said in his 1963 inauguration speech, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

To stop desegregation by the enrollment of African-American students Vivian Malone and James Hood at the University of Alabama, Wallace stood in front of Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963, until federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard forced him to step aside. (see clip below)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led marches between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama to protest Wallace’s unwillingness to give African-Americans their rights. The violence against peaceful marchers led to a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young and James Farmer on January 18, 1964

Some of the other key roles that need to be cast in Daniels’ film include President Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr.

ComingSoon.net did an brief interview with Daniel’s last October, and discussing the film, he said, “It’s a moment in time in Martin Luther King and LBJ’s (life) around the signing of the Civil Rights.

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Precious Dominates NAACP Nominations

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The Oscar hopeful gets eight nods for acting, writing and directing

Actors Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton

Actors Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton

LATimes/Susan King~~”Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods — best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz.

Competing with “Precious” in the best picture category are “The Blind Side,” “Invictus,” “Michael Jackson’s: This Is It” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

Joining Sidibe in the best actress category are Anika Noni Rose for her vocal performance in “The Princess and the Frog,” Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Sophie Okonedo for “Skin” and Taraji P. Henson for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself.”

Vying for best actor are Denzel Washington for “The Taking of Pelham 123,” Idris Elba for “Obsessed,” Jamie Foxx for “Law Abiding Citizen,” Morgan Freeman for “Invictus” and Quinton Aaron for “The Blind Side.”

Rounding out the supporting actress category are Alfre Woodard for “American Violet” and Zoe Saldana for “Avatar.”

In addition to Kravitz, supporting actor nominations went to Adam Rodriguez for “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” Anthony Mackie for “The Hurt Locker” and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover for “2012.”

Joining Daniels in the directing category are F. Gary Gray for “Law Abiding Citizen,” George Tillman Jr. for “Notorious,” Scott Sanders for “Black Dynamite” and Spike Lee for “Passing Strange: The Movie.”

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An Interview with Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels by Michael Ordoña

Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe

Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe

LATimes/Michael Ordoña ~~This seems like the classic overnight success story.

Gabourey Sidibe: I know, isn’t it weird?

Your first credit is an award-winning, heavily buzzed about movie. How are you setting your feet down?

GS: I’ve never been a serious person. And I don’t ever intend to be. I don’t often take stock of what room I’m in or where I am, just because it freaks me out. So, I totally have my feet off the ground.

Lee, you’ve said when you and Gabourey talked about the character in depth, she “gave you the facts.”

Lee Daniels: Gabby is way smart. Nauseatingly so. [laughs] In my head, the only room that was clean in the Jones house was her bedroom because it was her sanctuary. So I wanted her to dust under the bed; she says, “Lee. I’m a big girl. I wouldn’t be under there cleaning.” So I was like, ‘Ohhh. OK.’ She’s really smart.

How do you follow that?

GS: With agreement! [laughter]

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