‘Precious’ Premieres In Hollywood

Part of AFI Fest 2009

Newcomer Gabourey Gabby Sidibe was joined by some of Hollywood’s elite, including Oprah Winfrey, at the Hollywood premiere of her new film Precious which is based on the book Push written by Sapphire. As you may or may not know, Precious has been getting serious awards show buzz for its stark portrayal of a young girl’s life and her struggle to overcome her circumstances in order to save her own life. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals at Grauman’s Chinese Theater last night and some deets about the Precious premiere:


With its U.S. limited release closing in by days, “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” has got a red carpet treatment in Los Angeles. The premiere, held on Sunday, November 1 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, was a part of the drama movie’s participation at AFI Fest 2009, which runs from October 30 to November 7. Many of the cast members were present for the special screening event. Leading actress Gabourey Sidibe was present along with several of her co-stars, including Mo’Nique who stars as Precious’ mother Mary, Paula Patton who portrays Ms. Rain and Mariah Carey who takes on Mrs. Weiss. All of the last three mentioned actresses came to the premiere in the arms of their husbands. Mo’Nique was accompanied by Sidney Hicks, Paula by her singer/songwriter husband Robin Thicke, and Mariah by her actor/comedian/rapper hubby Nick Cannon. Joining them at the red carpet were director Lee Daniels as well as executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The festivity also managed to draw in a handful of celebrity guests. Mary J. Blige was spotted arriving with husband Kendu Isaacs, while actor Sidney Poitier tagged along his daughter Sydney Poitier. Other celebrities attending the premiere included Paula Abdul, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde. “Precious” is set in Harlem in 1987 and revolves around Claireece “Precious” Jones, an overweight, illiterate sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. Abused by her mother and raped by her father, she is pregnant for the second time and reaches the ninth grade without being able to read or write. Instead of being swallowed by depression, she tries to break from the chains of ignorance by digging deep into her own resources. November 6 will be the date the movie originally titled “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” opens in limited theaters across the country.

I’ve started reading Push, the book this movie is based on, and I’ve already been gutted by the tale. I can already tell that when I see this movie, and I will be seeing this movie as soon as I possibly can, I will bawl my eyes out. I’m so curious to see how this group of actors — Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey — bring this story to life. I’ve only read amazing things about the film’s star, Gabby Sidibe, so … I think we are in for a revelation when this film opens. Have any of y’all read the book? Are you looking forward to this film’s release? If you are totally unfamiliar with this film, check out the movie trailer HERE. It look amazing. I can’t wait to see it.

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin; Source]

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  1. krissy

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I love movies that give you a glimpse into someone else’s perspective, that make you think of life in a different way. I am sure there are many girls out there whose stories are similar to this horrifying tale, and I think it will do people good to recognize that this is happening.

  2. Ana S.

    I’ve read the book and I’m anxious to see the film. The book was so sad and I know i’ll be bawling my eyes out too. I can’t wait to see how they portray some of the strong themes in the book to the film.

  3. AmyM

    wait, wait….is the bottom right picture Paula Abdul?!?
    je suis confused…she looks fresh from the dealership.

  4. Tanya

    I was wondering to myself just last night when this movie was FINALLY coming out! This is on my ‘to see’ list!

  5. Ama

    Just watching the previews for this movie made me a little teary eyed. ^^; I’m looking forward to watching this movie when it comes out. It looks like they did well in casting too.

  6. nicole

    i cant wait to see this movie. its been awhile since ive looked forward to a film, and i have good feeling this movie wont disappoint. i mean the previews get me..i can only imagine what the movie its self will do. i have to get my hands on the book soon.
    *and damn..mariah is lookin good*

  7. Lana

    The book is amazing! I can’t wait to see this movie!

  8. Alexa

    Saw this in a screening. Excellent performances–Gabby will become so beautiful to you as the movie goes on…so emotional and so well done by all.

  9. mudarling

    CAN’t wait to see this movie. I love the preview everytime that i see it so i can’t wait. I cry at the drop of a hat so i can only imagine what will be done in my seat. An ugly cry no doubt.

  10. alejandro

    :O omg i’m DYING for this movie!!!

  11. CHASE

    I really want to read the book and see the movie! I heard Mariah Carey was actually good. Gasp! Oh, and she surprisingly looks great, too.

  12. Jaded

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I’m already prepping for a major cry fest.

    Off Topic: Anyone else think Paula Abdul looks a little like Michael Jackson in that picture?

  13. rubi

    To say the book is amazing is bittersweet!!! The story is horrific, but her journey is epic! This is a must read and will definitely be a must see.

  14. Vanessa

    Rubi, I totally agree with you. Truly touching story cant wait to see it portrayed in film.

  15. musicdivaSF

    San Francisco’s Frameline is holding a special engagement tonight for their members. I saw a review of this movie last night and it looks like it’s going to be one intense movie and will definitely move you to tears. Also heard that Mimi was asked to drop the ‘diva’ attitude during the filming of this movie.

  16. SO excited to see the movie.
    AND since oprah is involoved i know it will be HUGE!
    Also, i’ll be sure to give the book a read, since many of you are lovin it:)

  17. J

    This film reminds me so much of Juno. I mean back in 07 when Juno came out, i had been reading about it for months and months – also helped out by this very site Trent. I mean i had heard buzz about it and also about Jennifer Garner opting out of a pay or something like that. Taking way less but receiving and percentage of gross. Then i saw a small trailer and heard about music. Premieres at Film Festivals and standing ovations. I would reguarly check on Rotten Tomatoes to see if any new reviews came out (it was stuck on 100% for over a month based on a few reviews).

    FInally it came out and i saw it first week! And this is so much like Precious. I heard of it through Mariah Carey. Reading about her upcoming film projects cause i totally thought her in film was dead. And then i read about the OTHER movie PUSH and they changed the title to Precious. Saw the trailer and nearly had tears. I mean the trailer alone, shows so much depth and emotion and realism of the movie. And the acting looks superb.

    I really hope Gabby gets nominated for an Oscar. I know its too soon cause we haven’t seen the film. But she suits the character so well. The emotions on her face through scenes i’ve seen is just so REAL! I read an interview about her on set and how once the director would call “cut” she would totally drop out of character and start giggling like whom she really is. Talking about how someone like Meryl Streep stays in character and how she is such a great actress. But this Gabby has a lot of potential and I KNOW and she knows it.

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