Post by Emerald City on Mar 16, 2006 16:51:36 GMT -5
Beyonce Knowles Studies The Motown Diva Fr Her New Role
by Mike Baron
Famous for her hypnotic hip-shaking in music videos like Crazy In Love and Work It Out, bootylicious Beyonce Knowles has been told to "move it,not shake it" by her costume designer for her new movie, reports say. Fatima Robinson, who is dressing the bodacious beauty for her 'Dreamgirls' film, is apparently afraid Knowles might tear her expensive outfits! The Bootylicious star, famous for 'shaking it' in videos such as Work It Out and Crazy In Love has been told by costume designer Fatima Robinson to tone down her famous booty-shaking dance moves.
Robinson warned her to tone down her famous booty-shaking dance moves,reportedly telling Beyonce, "...You can move it, but don't shake it!" In preparation for her role in the film version of Broadway musical Dreamgirls, the songstress excitedly spent months studying her favorite Motown idols. Beyonce says, "I looked at everything The Supremes and Martha Reeves did. We rehearsed for two months before we started filming. And I prepared for two months before that."
We can all look forward to another smashing show from this dreamgirl when she says: "Oh God, I just light up when I talk about it, becauseI wanted it so bad. I'm doing it for real this time. I never wanted anything as much as I wanted that. Finally, I'm able to play a character with range." Dreamgirls, which also stars Jamie Foxx, is due for release in December.
Post by Emerald City on May 19, 2006 19:30:50 GMT -5
'Dreamgirls' Brings Glitz to Cannes
05/19/2006 4:56 PM, AP David Germain
Broadway invaded the Cannes Film Festival on Friday with a preview of the movie musical "Dreamgirls," with stars Jamie Foxx and Beyonce Knowles on hand to help show off scenes from the stage adaptation.
Director Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters") introduced about 20 minutes of footage to reporters and movie professionals, including rollicking musical numbers from the saga of a 1960s girl group that rises to superstardom.
Condon said he initially was uncomfortable with the idea of unveiling footage at the prestigious film festival until he recalled the Cannes tradition of showcasing great musicals.
"We in making this movie, all of us inspired to be part of the tradition of classic Hollywood musicals, Stanley Donen movies, George Cukor movies and Vincente Minnelli movies, and those movies were first taken seriously in this country and at this festival," Condon said. "So suddenly it did feel right."
"Dreamgirls" features Foxx as a car salesman who worms his way into the Detroit music scene and becomes an impresario, orchestrating the crossover of black music to white mainstream culture.
Eddie Murphy co-stars as a flashy R&B singer who Condon describes as a cross between James Brown and Jackie Wilson. Knowles, "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose play the Dreamettes, who start out as Murphy's backup singers but become a sensation on their own under Foxx's management.
Musicals have been hit and miss in the movies, but Condon managed to mix the excitement of the song and dance with the emotion of the story, Foxx said.
"He connected the drama to the music, so that when you are captivated by what Beyonce or Jennifer are going through, all of a sudden they open their mouths and they knock your wig off," Foxx said.
An Academy Award winner for "Ray," in which he lip-synched to Ray Charles' vocals, Foxx gets to sing on his own this time. With the movie debuting in December, the heart of Hollywood awards season, Foxx was not shy about speculating on the film's prospects.
"They talk about the Oscar curse," Foxx said. "I don't feel it now."