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Lee Daniels' Paperboy visceral and well crafted, by Moira Sullivan

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                          Near the end of the Cannes film Festival comes a film that just blows it all in a new direction, clearly the most visceral, and a well crafted film at that. Every shot is loaded with punch and some of the montage sequences recall the principles of Eisenstein for the creation of pathos. Paperboy is a gritty narrative, shockin...

Paper Boy by (Precious) Lee Daniels deals with social injustice

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For his third full-length movie, the director of the critically-acclaimed Precious (2008) has taken his inspiration from a psychological thriller written by journalist Pete Dexter. The Paperboy is above all a reflection on human behaviour. Before US director Lee Daniels finally brought it to the screen, the script of The Paperboy sat for a long time on Pedro Almodóvar’s bedside table. After the Spanish film-maker dropped the project, Lee Daniels picked it up and set out ...

Elephant Eye Films Feted At FESTROIA

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  It takes a lot of energy, enthusiasm and patience to handle independent films in this distressed market. The economic depression, the evolution of how film is being watched and the nagging uncertainty of what role the internet plays in it all, have made the independent film distribution not something for the weak of heart. While independent films fight for theater space in a world dominated by the Hollywood majors, it becomes even more important for a company to use innovative techniq...

Elephant Eye Films Feted At FESTROIA

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  It takes a lot of energy, enthusiasm and patience to handle independent films in this distressed market. The economic depression, the evolution of how film is being watched and the nagging uncertainty of what role the internet plays in it all, have made the independent film distribution not something for the weak of heart. While independent films fight for theater space in a world dominated by the Hollywood majors, it becomes even more important for a company to use innovative techniqu...

The Global Film Village: It was a Precious Spirit Awards Gala

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 by Marla LewinLenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey celebrate with Lee Daniels at Spirit AwardsLee Daniels' Precious swept the 25th anniversary of the Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female awards. Precious won in every category for which it was nominated taking 5 awards. The other winners were lucky that Precious didn't have any male actors nominated and Lee Daniels wasn't a first time filmmaker....

The Year Of The Black Director?

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  In the 81 year history of the Academy Awards, nearly 500 films have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Up until now, not a single film that was directed by a black filmmaker has been included on that list. However, this year, with the critical and popular success of the urban indie drama PRECIOUS, that ignoble record could be history. PRECIOUS, directed by Lee Daniels, has undergone a fascinating journey to become the "it" film of the indie film season.....a jo...

Mariah Carey to be honoured at Capri Festival

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Mariah Carey on Oscar TrailToday it was announced that Mariah Carey will be honored at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival on Monday, December 28 with the “Capri Award for Supporting Actress of the Year 2009” for her outstanding performance in the critically acclaimed feature film Precious. The festival runs from December 28, 2009, through January 2, 2010. Capri is a stunning island off the coast of Naples, located only 20 miles from the mainland, it's a popular destination for day trips. Mar...

The Global Film Village: Mariah Carey on Oscar Trail

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Mariah Carey - Precious(c)Lionsgateby Marla LewinToday it was announced that Mariah Carey will be honored at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival on Monday, December 28 with the “Capri Award for Supporting Actress of the Year 2009” for her outstanding performance in the critically acclaimed feature film Precious. The festival runs from December 28, 2009, through January 2, 2010. Capri is a stunning island off the coast of Naples, located only 20 miles from the mainland, it's a popular desti...

Mariah Carey to be honoured at Palm Springs Fest

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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah Carey with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010. Festival chairman Haro...

“Precious” and “Children of God” will bookend the Bahamas Int’l Film Festival as opening and closing night films

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced today the two features that will bookend the Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer's acclaimed indie drama CHILDREN OF GOD will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Lee Daniels' critically lauded drama PRECIOUS starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd and Paula Patton will bring the week's festivities to an end as the ...

Video Interview: Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS)

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  Link to video interview with director Lee Daniels of the American indie hit PRECIOUS, on stage at the Jacob Burns Film Center, New York on Monday, November 9: http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/films/precious-moreinfo ...

Oscar, Meet Precious

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tide surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screened to great acclaim in Cannes, Toronto and New York, opened theatrically in the United States this past weekend…..and broke box office records for its per-screen performance. Logging in an astonishing $100,00...

"Precious" moments at AFI

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Last night the AFI hosted a star studded, red carpet affair introducing the world to Clarice "PRECIOUS" Jones, directed by Lee Daniels. A film that will "split you open," is due to open later this week. Audience members, the likes of which made me feel like I was crashing a private party for all the cool kids, included Olivia Wilde, Lisa Edelstein, Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon, Sidney Hicks, Gayle King, Paula Abdul, Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria Parker, Will Smith, Forest &...

Precious was named the Festival's Audience Choice Award winner in Chicago

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Lee Daniels' Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push' by Sapphire takes Audience Choice Awards honors at 45th Chicago International Film Festival The Centerpiece film of the 45th Anniversary Chicago International Film Festival, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push' by Sapphire, was named the Festival's Audience Choice Award winner Friday. "Like everyone else who's seen it, I was left absolutely shattered by Precious," says founder and artistic director Michael Kutza. &qu...

“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” Opens in Select Theaters, November 6, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - October 21, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was held at the new state of the art Alice Tully Hall, September 25 - October 11, 2009. A special press screening of  "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE," preceded the press conference with director Lee Daniels moderated by NYFF selection committee Melissa Anderson, at the Walter Reade Theater, on Thursday, October 1, 1:00 PM. PRECIOUS,...

Oscar, meet Precious........Film In Focus from NY Fest

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Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tides surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On A Novel By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screening as the Centerpiece Film this past weekend at the New York Film Festival, is getting some of the hottest reviews of the year and positioning its director, screenwriter, actors and techicians into the Oscar gold circle. The...

47th New York Film Festival Centerpiece Presentation of PRECIOUS Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 7, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) Centerpiece Presentation of "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Dainels was held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on Saturday, October 3, 7:00 PM.  NYFF09 presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Centerpiece red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, directors, producers, recording artists, and celebrity guests. PRECIOUS released by Lionsgate, winner of the Audien...

Film In Focus: PRECIOUS

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tides surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On A Novel By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screening as the Centerpiece Film this past weekend at the New York Film Festival, is getting some of the hottest reviews of the year and positioning its director, screenwriter, actors and techicians into the Oscar gold ...

Hollywood Awards announces honorees

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The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony. Actress Carey Mulligan will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Awar," for "An Education," actor Jeremy Renner will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award" for "The Hurt Locker,"director Lee Daniels will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award" for "Precious," Gabourey Sid...

The 20-year anniversary for The Stockholm International Film Festival

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The 20-year anniversary for The Stockholm International Film Festival is drawing closer! We can already present five films that will be screened during the festival in November. The first batch contains Andrea Arnolds award winning Fish Tank, Precious: Based on the novel ”Push” by Sapphire by Lee Daniels which have already garnered great acclaim, the winner of Un Certain Regard Dogtooth, this year’s American indie-darling Humpday by Lynn Shelton and Sebastián Silvas much talked about The ...

Sundance Award Winners

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The complete list of winners:Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic:“Push: Based on a novel by Sapphire,” Lee Daniels.Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Documentary:“We Live In Public,” directed by Ondi TimonerWorld Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic:“The Maid,” directed by Sebastian SilvaWorld Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary:“Rough Aunties,” directed by Kim LonginottoAudience Award, Dramatic:“Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire,” directed by Lee Daniels.Audience Award, Documentary:“The Cove,” dir...

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