Early Peek at a "Dreamgirls" TV Spot

Dark Horizons was kind enough to point us towards the YouTube page where an all-new "Dreamgirls" TV spot has been posted, and (like the earlier promo clip) it looks pretty darn cool.

"Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, "Dreamgirls" set in the turbulent late 1960s and early '70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio of women -- Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyonce Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) -- who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a cross-over phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined."

Directed by Bill Condon, "Dreamgirls" hits theaters on December 22nd.

Comments

ozoz

Chris O'Bryant

This movie will take over the oscers. It looks real good. With Bill condon doing this, i know it will be a hit.

Jun 13 - 09:38 AM

hoodlum

chris o'bryant

I do not know the other people who wrote after me, but i meant to spell oscar not oscers. From the people who have seen the first 20 minutes have said it is oscar worthy. Besides this is from bill condon and Steven Spielberg. This movie will be a hit because of those people alone. People who are saying this will be a hit, based there opinion off the first 20 miuntes and the website footage. Nobody will look at a teaser and think that it would when an ocsar. Especially when the teaser do not have any scenes from the movie. People said Ray would not do good and look what happend to it. It is one of the best films ever made. Dreamgirls was a big hit on broadway just like Chacago and now that Bill Condon is writting and directing Dreamgirls it will be another hit. Bill Condon also did Chacago, and look how that tunred out. Go to JoBlo and read what people say. Do not base your idea of the movie after a teaser that do not show scenes from the movie.


Posted May 20, 2006 11:18 AM
Movie "Dreamgirls" casts spell over Cannes audience
Sat May 20, 2006 11:13 AM BST

By Bob Tourtellotte

CANNES, France (Reuters) - "The DaVinci Code" may have fizzled with critics at Cannes, but the second major Hollywood movie to sweep into the festival, "Dreamgirls," cast a spell over audiences that led to early Oscar buzz.

Movie studios Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks showed 20 minutes of their film, which is set for a December release, to a standing room only crowd late Friday night at a side venue at the world's largest gathering of movie makers and stars.

U.S. pop singer Beyonce Knowles and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who star in "Dreamgirls," were on hand, as were major celebrities like Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen.


Shouts of "more" echoed in the room following the brief four scenes that were shown and when Foxx addressed the crowd, Oscar whispers filled the room.

"They talk about the Oscar curse. I don't feel it right now," Foxx said to rousing applause.

The Oscars are the film industry's top honours given out each year by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Foxx won the best actor honour for playing singer Ray Charles in 2004's "Ray," and as he noted it is rare for an actor to win a second Academy Award.

"Dreamgirls" is based on the hit Broadway show about three black American singers and their manager who rise to stardom in 1960s. The story has reminded audiences of singers like Diana Ross and The Supremes, but "Dreamgirls" is a fictional movie.

Knowles plays the trio's lead singer, and Foxx is their manager. Newcomers Anika Noni Rose and Jennifer Hudson, who won fame on U.S. talent show "American Idol," round out the group.

"It's a dream come true," Hudson said of her Cannes debut.

"Dreamgirls" will not be seen by audiences until this coming holiday season when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its big-budget titles to compete for Oscars, and its producer Lawrence Mark acknowledged it has a long way to go before it can win the hearts of global audiences and Oscar voters.

First, it is not even finished. Moreover, last year musicals "Rent" and "The Producers," went into Oscar season widely hyped then fizzled with critics -- as did "Da Vinci" here at Cannes.

But Mark seemed fearless on Friday with the movie he now has on hand.

Jun 13 - 03:22 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

This movie will be a big hit. Jamie Foxx will win another oscer, but all eyes are on Beyonce, and Jennifer Hudson.

Jun 13 - 09:43 AM

hoodlum

chris o'bryant

This movie will rock. Jamie will win an ocser for this one. Bill Condon will win another oscer for directing and screenplay just like he did for Chacago.

Jun 13 - 09:46 AM

wbgoose13

William Goss

[b]Coincidence?[/b]
The first three comments were written within ten minutes of each other, all of them spelled "Oscar" wrong, and all three have bare journals with a slam on The Break-Up. Seems peculiar to me...

As for Dreamgirls, I still don't see what all the fuss is about, but I'll give it a shot.

Jun 13 - 02:40 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

totally agree... the teaser was lame, and this isn't much better. the first necessary ingredient for this film to be at all enjoyable is music that is good and catchy - what i just heard was neither. it sounded like a commercial for 409 spay or something... which especially scares me since they probably used the "best" song for marketing purposes... if that's the best song in the movie- I'll let me 8 ball finish that sentence...
outlook not so good.

Jun 13 - 02:48 PM

Praz

Rajit Sarkar

That plot sounds too much like what actually happened to Destiny's Child.

Jun 13 - 10:49 AM

wbgoose13

William Goss

[b]Coincidence?[/b]
The first three comments were written within ten minutes of each other, all of them spelled "Oscar" wrong, and all three have bare journals with a slam on The Break-Up. Seems peculiar to me...

As for Dreamgirls, I still don't see what all the fuss is about, but I'll give it a shot.

Jun 13 - 02:40 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

totally agree... the teaser was lame, and this isn't much better. the first necessary ingredient for this film to be at all enjoyable is music that is good and catchy - what i just heard was neither. it sounded like a commercial for 409 spay or something... which especially scares me since they probably used the "best" song for marketing purposes... if that's the best song in the movie- I'll let me 8 ball finish that sentence...
outlook not so good.

Jun 13 - 02:48 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

totally agree... the teaser was lame, and this isn't much better. the first necessary ingredient for this film to be at all enjoyable is music that is good and catchy - what i just heard was neither. it sounded like a commercial for 409 spay or something... which especially scares me since they probably used the "best" song for marketing purposes... if that's the best song in the movie- I'll let me 8 ball finish that sentence...
outlook not so good.

Jun 13 - 02:48 PM

hoodlum

chris o'bryant

I do not know the other people who wrote after me, but i meant to spell oscar not oscers. From the people who have seen the first 20 minutes have said it is oscar worthy. Besides this is from bill condon and Steven Spielberg. This movie will be a hit because of those people alone. People who are saying this will be a hit, based there opinion off the first 20 miuntes and the website footage. Nobody will look at a teaser and think that it would when an ocsar. Especially when the teaser do not have any scenes from the movie. People said Ray would not do good and look what happend to it. It is one of the best films ever made. Dreamgirls was a big hit on broadway just like Chacago and now that Bill Condon is writting and directing Dreamgirls it will be another hit. Bill Condon also did Chacago, and look how that tunred out. Go to JoBlo and read what people say. Do not base your idea of the movie after a teaser that do not show scenes from the movie.


Posted May 20, 2006 11:18 AM
Movie "Dreamgirls" casts spell over Cannes audience
Sat May 20, 2006 11:13 AM BST

By Bob Tourtellotte

CANNES, France (Reuters) - "The DaVinci Code" may have fizzled with critics at Cannes, but the second major Hollywood movie to sweep into the festival, "Dreamgirls," cast a spell over audiences that led to early Oscar buzz.

Movie studios Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks showed 20 minutes of their film, which is set for a December release, to a standing room only crowd late Friday night at a side venue at the world's largest gathering of movie makers and stars.

U.S. pop singer Beyonce Knowles and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who star in "Dreamgirls," were on hand, as were major celebrities like Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen.


Shouts of "more" echoed in the room following the brief four scenes that were shown and when Foxx addressed the crowd, Oscar whispers filled the room.

"They talk about the Oscar curse. I don't feel it right now," Foxx said to rousing applause.

The Oscars are the film industry's top honours given out each year by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Foxx won the best actor honour for playing singer Ray Charles in 2004's "Ray," and as he noted it is rare for an actor to win a second Academy Award.

"Dreamgirls" is based on the hit Broadway show about three black American singers and their manager who rise to stardom in 1960s. The story has reminded audiences of singers like Diana Ross and The Supremes, but "Dreamgirls" is a fictional movie.

Knowles plays the trio's lead singer, and Foxx is their manager. Newcomers Anika Noni Rose and Jennifer Hudson, who won fame on U.S. talent show "American Idol," round out the group.

"It's a dream come true," Hudson said of her Cannes debut.

"Dreamgirls" will not be seen by audiences until this coming holiday season when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its big-budget titles to compete for Oscars, and its producer Lawrence Mark acknowledged it has a long way to go before it can win the hearts of global audiences and Oscar voters.

First, it is not even finished. Moreover, last year musicals "Rent" and "The Producers," went into Oscar season widely hyped then fizzled with critics -- as did "Da Vinci" here at Cannes.

But Mark seemed fearless on Friday with the movie he now has on hand.

Jun 13 - 03:22 PM

daycare

chris mark

I see what people mean. I just went to the wedsite and saw the clips form the film. I did not want to see this movie at first but now i can not wait.

Posted May 20, 2006 11:04 AM
Cheers for 'Dreamgirls' Peek
20 minutes, and just four scenes greeted with a rousing cheer at Cannes.
May 20, 2006


CANNES, France ? It was only 20 minutes, and just four scenes, but the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical "Dreamgirls" was greeted with a rousing cheer and applause here Friday.

Starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy, the film won't arrive in theaters until December. But director Bill Condon, DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures saw a chance to launch the film's publicity machine here before the world's entertainment media.

A throng of fans lined the red carpet into the screening, waiting for a glimpse of Beyoncé in her blue, form-fitting floor-length gown. Foxx drew laughter when he quipped: "The toughest thing in this movie is to have to kiss Beyoncé."

In the snippets shown, Foxx, Knowles and Murphy dance and sing their way through the sounds of Motown. In one scene, jealousy arises when Beyoncé is named the group's lead singer. In another, Murphy, who plays a James Brown-style singer, blisters the stage with Beyoncé and her backup singers.



Posted May 20, 2006 12:47 PM
All the press has been amazing...this article is just glowing.

Oscars 2007? ?Dreamgirls?

It?s a little early to be predicting the next Academy Awards, but since yesterday a couple of things are crystal clear: The faces we?re going to be seeing on many red carpets early in 2007 will include the coolly sexy Beyonce Knowles, ?American Idol? runner up Jennifer Hudson, and the comic star of the 1980s, Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy? Huh?
Last night at the Cannes Film Festival, Dreamworks-Paramount did something that more studios should try: They put on a wildly successful reception and sneak preview screening of a potential Christmas blockbuster, the film version of the musical ?Dreamgirls.? Director-writer Bill Condon, who wrote the Oscar winner ?Chicago,? showed a star-studded, heavy A-list power player crowd about 30 minutes of what he and his crew have done so far. All the applause and cheering missing from the premiere of ?The Da Vinci Code? filled the Hotel Martinez ballroom.

?Dreamgirls,? from the look of things last night, will be a monster of a movie when it opens in December. Simply gorgeous to watch, and sumptuous to hear, the 1980 Broadway musical has been totally reinvented by Condon, who rightly so invoked the name of legendary musical filmmaker Stanley Donen before the footage unreeled. Everyone should have such a success, but Condon did it with most of his cast ? Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose ? and special guest stars like Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen.

Not only that: Paramount?s Brad Grey finally had something to smile wildly about, and he brought along Viacom chief Tom Freston. Condon also pulled off this minor miracle in front of his potentially greatest critic of all: David Geffen, the man who produced ?Dreamgirls? on Broadway and then held back the film rights for 25 years until he found the right people to do it. Geffen, a billionaire who should have no fears at this point, told me right before the show started: ?You can?t imagine how I hate these things. I never come to them.?

He may change his tune after last night.

Just before the lights went down, Beyonce ? dressed in a pea****-colored gown designed by her mother Tina and looking a like a million bucks ? seemed stunned and wide-eyed. She sat behind me in a makeshift room full of rows of those hardback metal chairs with little cushioning, by the way. This was not a regular theater, and there was no special area for the cast. Jennifer Hudson, who lost ?American Idol? to Fantasia two seasons ago, sat across the aisle from Beyonce with her mother. Jamie Foxx sat a few seats into the middle of her row; Anika Noni Rose was behind her.

?I am so scared, you have no idea,? said Beyonce, who looked like she was about to get a shot in the doctor?s office. Someone should have told these people that in 30 minutes their lives would change. Jamie Foxx knew: If you remember he said so in this column about 10 days ago.

And then Condon let us see the footage. Eddie Murphy, wearing a Little Richard-like pressed pomaded pompadour is the first revelation. It?s as if he?s awakened from a 20-year stupor and regained the sly genius we saw on ?Saturday Night Live.? Then comes Beyonce, playing the Diana Ross role, shining like Lena Horne, very glamorously gliding into the spotlight as a true screen siren. Each of them was shown singing and acting in scenes Condon had edited together, and you could feel the heat rising in the room. The gifted Jamie Foxx was featured singing an R&B ballad, but we already know how good he is at this stuff.

And then Jennifer Hudson ? playing Effie, the pa

Jun 13 - 04:20 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Possible Nominations For Dreamgirls

Golden Globes
Best Comedy/Musical
Best Actress-Beyonce
Best Actor-Jamie Foxx
Best Supporting Actor-Eddie Murphy
Best Song?

SAGS
Best Ensemble
Best Supporting Actor-Eddie Murphy

Oscars
Best Song?
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best supporting Actor-Eddie Murphy


'Dreamgirls' supreme
By Harlan Jacobson, Special for USA TODAY

CANNES ? Bruce Willis and Avril Lavigne were here Sunday to tout their new animated film "Over the Hedge", which turns forest creatures into fast-food nuts when the suburbs invade their home.

And Richard Linklater's look at the fast-food industry, "Fast Food Nation", got a mixed response.

But Friday night's showing of "Dreamgirls", which will arrive in U.S. theaters in December, seemed to whet the Cannes Film Festival crowd's appetite for more.

"Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon showed four scenes to an invite-only crowd. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, "American Idol"-almost Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose, all here to promote it, and Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover, who were absent.

Composer Henry Krieger wrote four new songs for the movie. The four scenes gave a sense of the story arc the girls travel, from naifs to superstars scarred by their loss of innocence.

Murphy plays headlining singer Jimmy Thunder Early, Jamie Foxx is The Dreamettes' manager, Curtis Taylor Jr., and Knowles is the Diana Ross character, Deena, who replaces Effie (Hudson) as lead singer.

Swarmed after the show was over, Knowles talked about gaining a bit of weight and then losing 20 pounds to play Deena through the years. "I was inspired by Tom Hanks. He went full out (for "Castaway"), so I went full out."

Hanks' "Da Vinci Code", wasn't well received here, despite notching the second-biggest worldwide opening ever this weekend.

Jun 13 - 04:27 PM

film

mark mark

My dad was at the cannes for both da vinci and dreamgirls. He said people was mad because they did not get to see the rest of dreamgirls. He said the first 20 minutes was fantastic. He could see why all the oscar buzz is on this film. Bill condon did good with Chicago and word of month is that he did better with this film. No matter how big the role of Effie (Jennifer Hudson) is, Hudson will go supporting at the Oscars. Judging by the film's marketing strategy, everything's being pushed as if Beyonce is the star of the film -- and rightfully, she is. Plus, Hudson doesn't even fit the mold of your typical Best Actress Oscar nominee. Beyonce is someone that I can see as a contender for Best Actress.

But despite what I can see, Hudson will be supporting. The role of Effie may be big, but everything basically centers around Deena (Beyonce). I don't see the Oscars doing what the Tonys did by putting Beyonce and Hudson as lead. They didn't do it this year with Ledger and Gyllenhaal, and I don't believe they'll do it with Beyonce & Hudson either.

Jun 13 - 04:48 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Condon and Spielberg was smart for doing this film. They will be at the 2007 oscars for sure next yeay for Dreamgirls.I agree with the last person. But I think once the film is released, her buzz will be for Best Actress, not Best Supporting Actress.

Jun 13 - 05:02 PM

skletonkee

Nicholas Hatten

[b]huh?[/b]
the studio so isnt paying a plant to post positive comments here so what gives?

Jun 13 - 07:01 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Maybe because this is the only movie so far this year that has been getting oscers buzz. The comment that people are making are from real critic who have saw some of the movie and loved it. Anyway Rt is a comment board for people to say what they wanted to say. Why do you post if you are not a critic.

Jun 13 - 07:08 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

[b]um..[/b]
heard of grassroots publicity lately? yeesh... whoever's paying you might as well stop because you're decreasing my interest in this movie with each post...

Jun 14 - 01:49 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Nobody is paying me asshole, my father works on the film and might be up for an oscar. This movie may not be for you. This is an oscar movie, maybe you need to stick with rent and the producers.

Jun 14 - 03:33 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

wo, take a chill pill curtis. it's not like i personally insulted your dad, i was just commenting on what I've seen so far, which is more of an indication of bad marketing rather than a bad movie. we'll wait until next year to see if this is an "oscar" movie or not, but even if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean its good. seen titanic lately?

Jun 15 - 09:26 AM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Maybe because this is the only movie so far this year that has been getting oscers buzz. The comment that people are making are from real critic who have saw some of the movie and loved it. Anyway Rt is a comment board for people to say what they wanted to say. Why do you post if you are not a critic.

Jun 13 - 07:08 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

[b]um..[/b]
heard of grassroots publicity lately? yeesh... whoever's paying you might as well stop because you're decreasing my interest in this movie with each post...

Jun 14 - 01:49 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Nobody is paying me asshole, my father works on the film and might be up for an oscar. This movie may not be for you. This is an oscar movie, maybe you need to stick with rent and the producers.

Jun 14 - 03:33 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

wo, take a chill pill curtis. it's not like i personally insulted your dad, i was just commenting on what I've seen so far, which is more of an indication of bad marketing rather than a bad movie. we'll wait until next year to see if this is an "oscar" movie or not, but even if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean its good. seen titanic lately?

Jun 15 - 09:26 AM

wbgoose13

William Goss

I didn't say it looks bad, or that I hadn't read good remarks. But don't cut-and-paste a bunch of articles and presume that we must start raving about this. All I'm saying is that, as MY OWN OPINION, the trailers don't impress me. Not good, not bad, and I'll make up my mind when I see it.

Oh, and it's "Oscar" and "Chicago". Christ...

Jun 13 - 08:28 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

[b]um..[/b]
heard of grassroots publicity lately? yeesh... whoever's paying you might as well stop because you're decreasing my interest in this movie with each post...

Jun 14 - 01:49 PM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Nobody is paying me asshole, my father works on the film and might be up for an oscar. This movie may not be for you. This is an oscar movie, maybe you need to stick with rent and the producers.

Jun 14 - 03:33 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

wo, take a chill pill curtis. it's not like i personally insulted your dad, i was just commenting on what I've seen so far, which is more of an indication of bad marketing rather than a bad movie. we'll wait until next year to see if this is an "oscar" movie or not, but even if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean its good. seen titanic lately?

Jun 15 - 09:26 AM

curtis

filmboy O'Bryant

Nobody is paying me asshole, my father works on the film and might be up for an oscar. This movie may not be for you. This is an oscar movie, maybe you need to stick with rent and the producers.

Jun 14 - 03:33 PM

santyclaus

max fletcher

wo, take a chill pill curtis. it's not like i personally insulted your dad, i was just commenting on what I've seen so far, which is more of an indication of bad marketing rather than a bad movie. we'll wait until next year to see if this is an "oscar" movie or not, but even if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean its good. seen titanic lately?

Jun 15 - 09:26 AM

santyclaus

max fletcher

wo, take a chill pill curtis. it's not like i personally insulted your dad, i was just commenting on what I've seen so far, which is more of an indication of bad marketing rather than a bad movie. we'll wait until next year to see if this is an "oscar" movie or not, but even if it is, that doesn't necessarily mean its good. seen titanic lately?

Jun 15 - 09:26 AM

killbill82

frank ford

"bad marketing" you're nuts my friend! plus "titanic" was the hotness!

Jun 15 - 12:20 PM

dc00777

dan calhoun

Im so sick of seeing Beyonce. Seeing 20 minutes of a film puts you in no posistion to say this movie will win this amount of Oscars. This sounds like every other famous singer movie or famous musical group movie. If you think Speilberg cant strick out look at Memoirs of a Geisha. Not saying this film will tank or be bad, just wait until its released to make your decision on it.

Jun 16 - 04:54 AM

daycare

chris mark

Beyonce is one of the hottest stares right now. People love. As for the movie. People did not see the first 20 minutes, the critics did. They are the ones that can teel an oscer film from the fist 10 minutes. Memoirs of a geisha has nothing to do with dreamgirls. When was the last time Condon did a bad film. This film is his heart. It took him 5 years to make it so i do not think he will mess it up. Critcis also perdicted that ray would win an oscer from the first 30 minutes and look what happend to that film. Let me just clear something up. Critics did not see the first 20 minutes of the film. They saw 20 minutes of footage from the hole 190 minutes film.

Jun 17 - 01:59 PM

dc00777

dan calhoun

LOL ok. This film might sweep the technical categories, I'll give it that.

Jun 19 - 06:57 AM

daycare

chris mark

Beyonce is one of the hottest stares right now. People love. As for the movie. People did not see the first 20 minutes, the critics did. They are the ones that can teel an oscer film from the fist 10 minutes. Memoirs of a geisha has nothing to do with dreamgirls. When was the last time Condon did a bad film. This film is his heart. It took him 5 years to make it so i do not think he will mess it up. Critcis also perdicted that ray would win an oscer from the first 30 minutes and look what happend to that film. Let me just clear something up. Critics did not see the first 20 minutes of the film. They saw 20 minutes of footage from the hole 190 minutes film.

Jun 17 - 01:59 PM

dc00777

dan calhoun

LOL ok. This film might sweep the technical categories, I'll give it that.

Jun 19 - 06:57 AM

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