Watch: Beyoncé Shows Blue Ivy’s First Sonogram Photo In The Full Trailer For Her HBO Documentary

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A little while ago we saw the first teaser for Beyoncé‘s forthcoming HBO documentary. Although I kinda, sorta made fun of Queen Bey for writing, directing, and producing a movie about how, um, amazing she is, I still totally plan to watch Life Is But A Dream! The doc premieres on Sunday, February 16 and a full trailer was released earlier this week. In it, we get a peek at a prenatal Blue Ivy, among other things. And even though Bey… just, like… really gets on my nerves sometimes (she sounds soooo unnecessarily dramatic at certain points in the clip, lol), I’m still interested. Peep the video for more! Will you be tuning in?

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  1. Devonte

    I feel you and I are totally on the same page with Beyonce…We want to hate her so much because she’s just ridiculous and doesn’t know it. But’s she’s an amazing entertainer so she kinda gets a pass…but still…she acts like she’s an Icon when you shouldn’t act like you are one, just let it happen naturally…

    • Devonte, ‘she acts like she’s an Icon when you shouldn’t act like you are one.’ YES. I think Bey is, obviously, one of the greatest talents ever. I think she is a smart business woman, but I don’t think she’s smart on… like… other levels, lol. I always say that if I ever talked to her, there’s a slim chance that she’d say anything that would blow me away, or make me re-examine my life. But she’s not a philosopher! She’s an entertainer, and I like when she sticks to entertaining ;)

  2. James

    “I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne.”
    Yeah, I think she can maybe be a LITTLE bit narcissistic. A little, or like, a lot. I don’t get Beyonce, and I kind of think that nobody does except for Beyonce herself. Beyonce and her throne.

    • James, Nooooo! No she didn’t!!! I had to google that quote and I REALLY wanted it to be something you totally made up. But it wasn’t. Tragic.

  3. As far as her being narcissistic, I totally get why people would feel that way…but I feel she DOES work harder than her peers. If you see her concerts, she dances full out, sings full out, and is very involved in the creation of her productions. I feel this documentary is to show how much work SHE does. Some pop stars have teams of people that do most of this work for them. They just have to show up. Beyonce is different, and I don’t blame her for wanting the world to know that.

    • Krissy, ‘she DOES work harder than her peers.’ ABSOLUTELY agree with you on that. Like Devonte said, she IS an icon! I would never take any of that away from her and she deserves every accolade out there; movies should be made about her. I’m just poking fun at the fact that she’s the one doing it! The world does know that she’s crazy hard-working, that she’s in a class by herself. But when she draws attention to those facts, it comes off as a cross between complete conceit and total insecurity. However, she’s still the Queen Bey!

    • Matthew

      Ironically Krissy, I think this is what I like the least about Beyonce. Not so much that she has an ego, but that she let’s the “hard work” show too much.

      They say that in showbiz, the audience is supposed to see the glitz and the glamour, but never the hard work that’s going on behind the scenes.

      I feel like most of the older divas accomplish this. A Kylie concert is just fun times. Mariah has her somewhat rambling but still endearing monologues during her concerts.

      But every time I watch Beyonce, I see the effort. I see the work. I see how hard she is breathing and the sheen of sweat on her golden skin. I see the drive. I see the cold ambition. Her perseverance. Her hustle. I see how much she wants this. How much she needs it. To be an icon. And the result is that she gets my respect but somehow not my complete love.

      So she really doesn’t need to make a documentary to prove that. At least, not to me. But there may still be some people out there who don’t realize how hard she works.

    • “They say that in showbiz, the audience is supposed to see the glitz and the glamour, but never the hard work that’s going on behind the scenes. I feel like most of the older divas accomplish this”

      You also have stars like Madonna, where their hard work is evident and celebrated. I guess we are in stage of culture where “try hard” is mocked instead of respected.

      (Taking a turn here…) To be honest, I read an article on NPR a few months ago that really changed my mind. They talked about the difference between education in eastern and western cultures and how “struggle” fits in. Supposedly, Japanese school children would work for hours on an unsolvable math problem, where as US students would give up after 5 minutes and say they didn’t learn that stuff. In some cultures, being challenged indicates strength of character. It seems in the US, effort is accepted as a sign of weakness. Don’t know if I agree with that.

    • Here is the article if anyone cares to read it! Tee hee.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/12/164793058/struggle-for-smarts-how-eastern-and-western-cultures-tackle-learning

      “I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you’re just not very smart,” Stigler says. “It’s a sign of low ability — people who are smart don’t struggle, they just naturally get it, that’s our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity.”

      In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it’s just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and so struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle.”

    • Matthew

      I see what you are saying. The struggle that you put into something helps to show your character. I completely agree. And I respect Beyonce completely for what she has accomplished in such a short span of time. The woman is a work horse and a good role model for young girls.

      But there’s a difference between respecting someone and loving them. I don’t hate her at all, but I can’t completely love her. It’s just that the hustle kind of overshadows everything about her. She is a hard worker. I see it in every performance. I see the hustle in every commercial. I see it in the choreography. The effort and the drive and the ambition, and it kind of takes away from my enjoyment of her.

      I know other women do all of the things Beyonce does, and they are hustling too and working hard as well. But I guess they are just able to hide it better, because that’s what entertainers do. They take you away for just a little while. They make you forget the hustle for a moment. And that can be hard to do (at least for me) when the hustle is so front and center.

      Beyonce herself defines diva as a female version of a hustler. So you can see her mindset. It’s nothing bad. I give her much props and respect. Just not completely in love with her as an artist is all.

  4. Gillian

    Making a movie about yourself…written by yourself, directed by yourself, and produced by yourself is a little extreme. Correction, it IS extreme. This makes her look like a narcissistic control freak, who is in constant need of validation. Does anyone else think her ego needs to come down a notch or two? YES Beyonce IS talented. she can sing, dance, design and so on…But the movie is tipping her over the edge. In a bad way. She refuses to release ANY intimate detail about her private life – which was something I totally respected about her, she wanted to protect her private time out of the spotlight. But now it looks like she did that so she can sell it all off at once in a package deal otherwise known as “Life is but a dream”.

    • Isnt’ it just a different version of an autobiography?

    • Gillian

      An autobiography is a book, her life written by her. I would actually be 100% on board if it were a book about her rise to fame and stardom. It would be a way to show people how she accomplished her dreams, and how you (everyone else) can do the same thing, in a tasteful way. Instead of filming her every action and turning it into a movie. It’s just soooo tacky and makes her look like an attention whore.

    • IMO, autobiography it is just self documentary in a different format with the same substance. Do you think this movie won’t be about how she is her accomplishing her goals?

      I don’t really see how this is so different from other concert documentaries of late (Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, etc.). Those were all created at the star’s direction, even if they didn’t get “producting” credits.

  5. Man. I finally gave in and decided that I actually liked her after she announced she was pregnant. I winced when she and Hova tried to trademark the name ‘Blue Ivy,’ but I turned my cheek and looked the other way. Right now.. I’m falling out. I don’t think I can stomach watching her documentary.

    • emily

      @apriljan – I’m with you. I never really liked Beyonce’s music and felt kind of “meh” about her, actually more like I didn’t like her because of her love of fur. Then I decided to get on board when she announced the pregnancy, she seemed softened a little bit. Now, ugh, now it’s just too much. Kind of like RiRi, I’m turned off by the overexposure and desperate feeling of promotion.
      I liked Beyonce the best when she took a year off … we barely heard from her … that was a good year.

  6. sfmom

    The way she acts, you’d think she ended world hunger or something. I mean yeah, sure, she works hard…but she makes absolute truck loads of money. Didn’t she say a few days ago how she’d worked hard to get to a point where she could do whatever she wants? Well it’s official she can do whatever she wants. She can spend $150 on baby shoes that her kid will wear once. But she is richly rewarded for all her work. Bey is obnoxious because she acts like a) she is HUGELY important and b) like she’s some kind of iconic martyr or something.
    Admittedly – I despise the spotlight. I would never seek out a lifestyle or a career that would put me in the limelight. I don’t understand people who feel the “high” of performance (I have a sister who is that type of person…she eats it up…and I don’t get it). So maybe I just don’t identify with her personality…but to me it seems like she’s drinking too much of her own koolaid. The only person who thinks Beyonce is as important as Beyonce thinks she is is…Beyonce.

  7. Nathan

    This looks like it’ll be worth a watch.

  8. Ben@pr

    Beyonce, how do I say this delicately? You are not curing cancer or AIDS. So take a sit and stop feeling so superior. In show business there are only a few Icons and to become one you need TRAJECTORY and LEGEND status. Think Elvis, Donna, Tinna, MJ, Beatles and Madonna. You are not even half the way there.

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