All-Black STEEL MAGNOLIAS Film In The Works

julesboogie
Featured Actor
joined:5/2/10
ah thx for the clarification
crewdude
Understudy
joined:11/29/10
"(Sorry, but Julia Roberts can't act. And I remember thinking her epileptic and Sally's "Drink your juice, Shelby" were funny when they shouldn't have been.)

I won't get in to a discussion of Ms. Roberts' acting chops. BUT you should know that Shelby is not epileptic. Shelby was diabetic. You don't get a kidney transplant for epilepsy.
Freedomme
Swing
joined:8/15/10
Ummm, did anybody clear this with Sondheim?
stone_blue
Swing
joined:9/2/10
@crewdude yup, you also don't treat epilepsy with juice. that comment was making me twitch...which now strikes me as an unfortunate colloquialism in this context.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
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Starcarolina
Understudy
joined:8/16/11
Uh,oh....
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
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"BUT you should know that Shelby is not epileptic. Shelby was diabetic."

Sorry you are right. But I still think that her performance borders on the comic as PRS's picture indicates. I saw this show originally off-Broadway and I don't remember it being unintentionally funny.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
uncageg
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I won't be spending money to see this in the theater. I may rent it from Netflix. I agree, leave it alone. The original is iconic. Take some good black actors and maybe try for something original that may become an iconic picture.
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Phyllis Rogers Stone
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It's gonna be on Lifetime, baby! You won't even need to leave the house!

I'm still down with this. I really hope it happens!
SonofRobbieJ
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I grant that the films is iconic. But it still isn't good.

Maybe the black actresses can make this material work better than the miscast originals.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
What if the original cast did it in blackface?
SonofRobbieJ
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I'm there.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
They'd also have to dress in Solid Gold-esque clothes and say things like "jive turkey" and "Honkey" all throughout.
themysteriousgrowl
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CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
And instead of a seizure, Shelby does the moonwalk.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
I wish it was on today!
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
And Jonah Hill (in drag AND blackface) must play Annelle.
Patash
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Not to hijack this thread, but has anyone yet found out the cast of the all white remake of A Raisin in the Sun?
doodlenyc
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"Annelle, I'm trippin'!"
"Carson has combined his passion for helping children with his love for one of Cincinnati's favorite past times - cornhole - to create a unique and exciting event perfect for a corporate outing, entertaining clients or family fun."

"In Oz, the verb is douchifizzation." PRS

Phyllis Rogers Stone
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How can a script that often sounds like it was written by cribbing slogans off the buttons pinned to an eighth-grade girl's purse NOT be considered a classic?

Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
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If you don't have anything nice to say, come join the republican party!
ChiChi
Broadway Legend
joined:8/8/04
I think it's funny how many people are dissing the original movie. I remember people talking about how awful the revival cast was on Broadway compared to the movie cast.
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My Oh My
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/07
I rented the film a long time ago on a whim and, yes, it did make me whimper and sob like a babe without its mother. I loved that it made me sob 'n laugh at the same time when they were at the cemetery and the Olympia Dukakis character grabbed MacClaine and said, "Here! Hit Ouiser!!!!" I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it as I was initially resistant to watching it and my gut feelings are rarely THAT wrong, LOL.

The all-black/purple/yellow/pink/lavender/tri-color thing can be irritating, especially when it's obvious it's a gimmick, but this sounds great. One of the things that, apart from the moving tale, is a feature worth noting in the work itself are the potential for varying takes on the same roles due to their rich characterization.

So it also points out we are not equal, as blacks are apparently different enough to warrant another go on film. You could view it that way or just view it for what it is, which is likely more a way of showing just how similar we are that an all-black variation of the story won't hurt a bit and could even offer an interesting perspective worth experiencing for ourselves.

I doubt the intention here is to top the original. But if it does, then so be it, and I'm certain it will have something to do with the performances rather than anything to do with race.

Recreation of original John Cameron orchestration to "On My Own" by yours truly. Click player below to hear.
Updated On: 10/15/11 at 12:44 AM
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
I'm just glad that nobody on this thread has resorted to cheap jokes like "Drink your 40, Shelby".
Mister Matt
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I'm still bemused by the comments demanding that Lifetime should do something different and write something original. Um...isn't that what they're known for? That's their schtick. And if anyone has ever seen their original work, why ask for more?
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AC126748
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joined:7/15/06
Casting is announced:

Jill Scott as Truvy
Queen Latifah as M'Lynn
Phylicia Rashad as Clairee
Condola Rashad as Shelby
Alfre Woodard as Ouiser
Adepero Oduye as Annelle

Too bad Phylicia and Condola aren't playing mother and daughter here!
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steel-magnolias-lifetime-queen-latifah-phylicia-rashad-jill-scott-alfre-woodard-301662
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