Precious Film Critic Focuses On Fat

"But how about ­being fat? Isn't it bad for her? Aren't any of these caring teachers going to ­mention heart disease, or talk to Precious about overeating as addiction, or as the symptom of abuse?" Really, Peter Bradshaw? » 1/29/10 6:40pm 1/29/10 6:40pm

Mo' Nominations, Mo' Problems: Is Mo'Nique The Subject Of A Film Critic…

Mo'Nique's turn in Precious was phenomenal — but much of the chatter on Hollywood blogs has surrounded her refusals to campaign for an Oscar — or pander to the academy. But does Mo'Nique have the right idea? » 12/21/09 5:30pm 12/21/09 5:30pm

Author Sapphire Responds To Precious Criticism

On the reception to Precious: "Some blacks have criticized Sapphire for focusing on black family dysfunction. She replies, "If you're upset, then ask, 'Why does this happen? What can I do?' Not say, 'Bring back the Cosby family.'" [USA Today] » 12/10/09 12:30pm 12/10/09 12:30pm

"What Does This Mean Financially?": Mo'Nique Is Not Pressed Over An…

On last night's show, Mo'Nique drilled guests Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson about being nominated for Oscars, the purpose of campaigning, and how to properly show that you are pissed off when you don't win. Video at left. [NYMag] » 12/08/09 6:40pm 12/08/09 6:40pm

Precious: "Fairy Tale" Or Film With "As Much Redeeming Social Value As…

The reactions to Lee Daniels' Precious keep coming, and the results are as varied as the writers. How can one film reinforce pathology, provide a fairy-tale ending, and upend the traditional stories of how women move up in the world? » 11/18/09 3:20pm 11/18/09 3:20pm

Long Day's Journey Into Night: Reading Push, Watching Precious

Reading review after review of both Precious and Push, same words keep emerging: "bleak," "pathology," "devastating," and "stereotypes." However, after reading Push and seeing the much buzzed-about film adaptation, I discovered something slightly unexpected: a preponderance of hope. » 11/06/09 12:00pm 11/06/09 12:00pm

Push Comes To Shove: Precious Pushback

Today, David Edelstein at New York Magazine has some choice words for me and the Jezebel "posse" and Vogue's Andre Leon Talley reveals why he passed on a Precious cameo. [New York, Movieline] » 11/03/09 3:30pm 11/03/09 3:30pm

Mo'Nique Might Be A Diva Or She Might Just Be Overworked

BlackBook trumpets the headline: "Is 'Precious' Mo'Nique Sabotaging Her Career?" The article then details Mo'Nique's "diva complex" and reveals she may be demanding pay for appearances related to the movie. But is it really that deep? » 10/23/09 3:00pm 10/23/09 3:00pm

What We Talk About When We Talk About Precious

The buzz about Precious has continued steadily since its premiere at the Sundance film festival. As we creep toward the November 6th release date, I'm wondering how the reviews reflect the themes surrounding the movie - both intentionally and unintentionally. » 10/21/09 5:00pm 10/21/09 5:00pm