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  1. I FINALLY saw this in November 2006...and yelled back at the TV during the whole doggone thing! I was glad to see that the film did indeed end with a good ole fashioned Second Line strut after all. Yeah, they didn't strut down the French Quarter, but they did get their strut on. Made me proud. FYI - the DVD has a brand new 90 minute (or so) Epilogue where Spike revisits the folks in the film to check up on them. I have the DVD but haven't seen the Epilogue yet.
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    Dreamgirls

    Nardis answered this earlier...but they didn't exacty enforce copyright laws...and not too many other laws for that matter...when people of color were the victims. Otherwise, Big Mama Thorton's offspring would be multi-BILLIONARES today.
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    Dreamgirls

    I wish you were in LA, Ellen. I'd love to see this movie with you and compare notes! And now, some responses to Pete's points in his review (I'm not MAD atcha, Peter!) Julie Andrews, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barbra Streisand: 3 actresses who won Oscars for singing (at least the first 3 that popped in my head). And 2 out of those 3 were singers first. So why can't it happen again?
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    Dreamgirls

    There's quite a bit of Motown backstory peppered in the movie. Problem is, as someone else stated, if you're unfamiliar with that folklore, the movie won't make that much sense.
  5. If "Brokeback Mountain" was a heterosexual love story, would it still receive the masturbatory (Pun or No Pun...YOU MAKE THE CALL!) praise that it got from Oscar and his merry band of tight @$$ed fllm critics last year? And...(this oughta make the "Dreamgirls" haters laugh!) Beyonce' didn't deserve a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination. She wasn't THAT GOOD!
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    Dreamgirls

    That is not the case. In 2003-04, I was on a HUGE Marvin Gaye bender. The "What's Going On" album was a major theme in my life during this time. One of the books I read was on the making on that particular album. The album was a compilation of interviews with the various Motown staffers/producers/etc. who either worked directly on the album or observed the grueling process to get the album made. As the story goes, Marvin cut the song and Berry Gordy HATED IT - he even used a four letter expletive to describe his dislike for the song. Some of the specfic lines that Curtis Taylor used in
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    Dreamgirls

    "Sparkle" FINALLY hits DVD on Tuesday. Here's The Diva's coverage of this long awaited event.
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    Dreamgirls

    Martha and the girls were too "Effie-esque" for the national stage. There's a scene in "Dreamgirls" in which . The second time I saw it, Diva La Ross was the first person to pop in my mind - and her voice in my eardrums - during that scene. As far as girl groups go, I'm a Marvelettes man myself! I go into a frenzy everytime I hear "Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" and "My Baby Must Be A Magician"! ::flip_anim::
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    Dreamgirls

    There were quite a few over-40's. Not too many teens. A bunch of folks my age, too. The film does explain the whole "crossover" thing - particularly with the As I'm sure you know, Ellen, it was initially a plan to protect the music from being ripped off by White-owned companies and their artists. But then the $$$ started rollin in and you know the rest. Pete/others, did you know any of this? BTW, The Chicks have posted my review.
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    A Black Thing

    I've seen "Dreamgirls" twice...and counting. I'm still shaken. This is Black Cinema history unfolding before our very eyes. I put a review on my HJ blog (which hasn't been stolen from me yet!) and sent an edited, non-Christian-ese version to The Chicks.
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    Dreamgirls

    I put a review on my HJ blog (which hasn't been stolen from me yet!) and sent an edited, non-Christian-ese version to The Chicks. Let me warn yall now - it's full blown "masturbatory" (a word I learned at AICN). BTW...saw it again last night with a predominantly White audience. No one was caught off guard or broke into laughter during the off-stage musical numbers.
  12. Single disc? His lmid 60's - mid 70's era stuff will take up 3 discs! And those are the single versions!
  13. If I had a flag, I'd hang it at half mast. Instead, I let his 19 minute live version of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" shake the walls of the living room. R.I.P. Godfather.
  14. Just got home from seeing it. My wife was more moved by it than I was, but it was still a very good flick. Will would probably win the Oscar if it wasn't for the freight train known as Forest Whitaker!
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    Dreamgirls

    There's a camp? Who's filing people there? Is it voluntary or involuntary? That camp has been in existence all of my life. I'd tell you more but I'm afraid of getting my ghetto pass revoked.
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    Dreamgirls

    Peter, have you ever seen a version of the original stage production? Just wondering. Listening to the soundtrack as we speak...makes me want to drive 40 miles to Hollywood to see the movie again!
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    Dreamgirls

    Meh. File him in the camp of "Bourgeois Black Folk" - the same folk who compare Tyler Perry's plays & movies to minstrel shows, blame rap music & hip-hop culture for the decline of Western Civilization, has plastic slip covers on their living room furniture, defended Michael Richards when he used the N word, etc.
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    Dreamgirls

    That was exactly my point. It's precisely our "baggage" that allowed us to go ape over this flick.
  19. I expect retaliation and accusations of being a hypocrite any second now from the new owners. I'll probably end up getting ostracized from HJ or something. I don't know if I'll ever review anything again. That's the honest truth. And that's not just because of the fallout from the HJ Takeover. I'm at a point where I would rather write my own stuff rather than write about other people's stuff.
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    Dreamgirls

    Almost everyone in the theatre had a certain measure of "baggage" they brought with them - either cultural (Black), historical (folks who know the story of Diana Ross & The Supremes), or emotional (the die-hard fans of the original Broadway musical). Mine was cultural as Motown is the soundtrack of the lives of me and my cultural kinsmen. But we all believed.
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    Dreamgirls

    I saw it last Saturday (12/16) in Hollywood. We, the audience, ate it up! At the end, we all had the same, singular reaction: WOW!
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    Dreamgirls

    The movie's out now (albeit, in 3 theatres in the entire USA!) so it's probably safe to lift your gag order. I saw it on Saturday night. It was one of the most soulful experiences I've ever had in a movie theatre. This ranks right up there with my Do The Right Thing experience - minus all the angry stuff.
  23. As I looked and looked and prayed and prayed, the obvious was made clear: David Bruce's vision got sold to the highest bidder. Here is how the way see "the takeover" (as I told it to my HJ inner circle): >Vision is the key component to this issue. David Bruce had a vision that > God obviously gave to him. As long as he stirred up his gifts and > operated in the vision God gave him, he was blessed. Eventually, God gave > him us. We as writers shared with his vision and helped to make Hollywood > Jesus such a beautiful place. > > The danger is that other folks are co
  24. 6 months later... To quote one of the most famous lines in "Malcolm X"... I've been misled. I've been had. I've been took. I've been hoodwinked. Bamboozled. Led astray. Run amok. You guys were right. Dead right. I was wrong.
  25. Sorry to go off topic, but I have a "Religion For Dummies" question. Just what exactly is Evangelicalism? And how is it different from Pentacostalism? Yes, I'm being serious. I know what Pentacostalism is...and, as one who regularly has Pentacostal-esque encounters with God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit, I don't quite understand why folks are scared of it since it IS Biblical. I just have never got a clear understanding of who and what Evangelicals are supposed to be. Understanding the difference between the two will (probably) help me finish writing my review of this film.
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