All-Black STEEL MAGNOLIAS Film In The Works

Phyllis Rogers Stone
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joined:9/16/07
EW gave it a B+ and had some nice words for the Queen, but that's the only review I've seen.
Jungle Red
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joined:8/13/12
The Queen is going to be the Queen.

As Oprah would say, "This is a role she was BOOOOORN to PLAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
"Bill Clinton is the ultimate whore! He stole Madonna's crown." -Jim Colyer, on 10/29/2012
Jordan Catalano
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joined:10/9/05
Well Oprah just did a masterclass episode with two extreme homophobes so I don't really care to hear anything she has to say for a little while.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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joined:9/16/07
Just over an hour! Although, I probably won't start watching it until an hour or so after it starts.
Jordan Catalano
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Is it racist to hope Queen Latifah throws herself on Shelby's coffin and screams "Not My Baby!!"?
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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I don't think so. Also, thanks for the spoiler alert! Jeesh!
Jungle Red
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I wonder if the moved the big house in the beginning of the movie to the projects.
"Bill Clinton is the ultimate whore! He stole Madonna's crown." -Jim Colyer, on 10/29/2012
CarlosAlberto
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joined:6/29/10
^ I fail to see the humour. Fvckingracistretard
Jungle Red
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Ya win some, ya lose some.
"Bill Clinton is the ultimate whore! He stole Madonna's crown." -Jim Colyer, on 10/29/2012
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Anyway, did anyone else watch? It mostly lived up to my expectations. I thought the Queen was just marvelous and I thought all the other ladies were great, too. I feel like Phylicia Rashad had the least amount to do and it took me a while to warm up to Jill Scott, but all in all, I loved it.
Jordan Catalano
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joined:10/9/05
I'm taping it now and will watch it tomorrow. I will say thatI can't wait for someone to do a YouTube mashup of the two movies.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
CarlosAlberto
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joined:6/29/10
In my opinion it was a MAJOR snoozefest. If ain't broke, don't fix it.
Auggie27
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joined:10/13/03
Have to agree. Not really funny, and though well enough acted, almost devoid of real surprise. I would've cast Alfre Woodward as M'Lynn. Latifah was okay, but the role didn't seem an easy fit. Woodard is much closer to the Harling idea of this mother (saw the originals, Rosemary Prinz played the role on stage). As with the original film, however, it was too busy by half. It's one thing to open up a claustrophobic play, another to make sure it's constantly moving. A lot of the stuff with the men felt distracting. The strength of the material lies in the beauty shop scenes, and whenever that's trusted the story's point of view is sharpened. It's about what happens there, and everything else becomes boilerplate and far soapier than any moment in those salon chairs. Nothing wrong with this adaptation, but nothing to make it required viewing (or invite multiple viewings).

"I'm a comedian, but in my spare time, things bother me." Gary Shandling
Updated On: 10/8/12 at 10:43 AM
SonofRobbieJ
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joined:12/10/09
There were some unkind words for Condola Rashad in some of the reviews...and I thought she was the best thing in the movie. Completely unsentimental. A little flinty. She was terrific.
taboo123
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joined:5/27/05
i do not understand the love for Queen Latifah.
She is tone-deaf, has no emotion in her face and delivers her lines in every movie the SAME EXACT way... there is no tone, quality or dimension to any of her performances.
you can look at Living Single-Chicago-Hairspray-Steel Magnolias and Taxi- and her countless horrible films and it's all the same emotionless toneless diatribe.

The only good thing she did was her first rap song in 89' 'Ladies First'-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLB5bUNAesc

and even in that- she's using that same lifeless monotone delivery

I have no idea why she keeps getting work.
Updated On: 10/8/12 at 10:58 AM
BrodyFosse123
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joined:2/27/06
I have no idea why she keeps getting work.

Because she wisely produces the projects she's in. She is one of the producers of this Lifetime adaptation of STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
So what does that make you, Brody? A zero-trick pony? - Wanna Be A Foster .........................The only power brody wields is in his own mind, joe. But it's amusing to watch him pretend nonetheless. - tazber
Jordan Catalano
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STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the gay GONE WITH THE WIND. You just don't mess with it.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
SonofRobbieJ
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joined:12/10/09
STEEL MAGNOLIAS is terrible. Just terrible. It will never, ever be good. Not in any iteration. Black, white, Asian or other. It's just dreadful. I mean...I like it. The same way I like Funyuns.

Updated On: 10/8/12 at 12:58 PM
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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joined:9/16/07
I don't understand the non-love for Queen Latifah. But then again, I don't understand the love for The New Normal, so there you go.

Jordan Catalano
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joined:10/9/05
Latifah is not a good actress. She's had some good performances in a few films (SET IT OFF being her best, by far) but every movie he does she just seems extremely uncomfortable and totally unwilling or unable to "let go" and really become the character she's playing, so they all seem the same and very one-note. There are films where it works for her, like in that hilarious BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE or even CHICAGO where she doesn't need to display a range of emotions. But when asked to do that, I feel she completely fails.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
CarlosAlberto
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I have to agree that SET IT OFF was by far Latifah's best performance.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Clearly you guys have never seen Last Holiday.
tazber
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joined:5/10/05
I love the Queen too. She's one of those personalities that doesn't really need to "act". She just needs to do a sassier version of herself and I'm happy

You know who is an excellent actress though? Mo'nique.

Seriously, her performance was volcanic and ultimately heartbreaking in Precious.

That ranks near the top of completely unexpected turns I've ever seen. I had no idea she had it in her. I wish she'd act more.
....but the world goes 'round
Jordan Catalano
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Baby, you know I don't eat nothin but my Lean Cuisine.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
somethingwicked
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joined:5/27/05
I found Latifah incredibly effective playing very much against type in STEEL MAGNOLIAS. I was skeptical when I heard she was playing M'Lynn and not Truvy, but she really pulled it off.

For the record, I'd say her best work was a few years ago in the HBO movie LIFE SUPPORT, where she won a Golden Globe for playing a recovering drug addict who becomes an AIDS activist in the black community.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Well, I'm sorry more people didn't like the movie or don't like the Queen, but that doesn't change how I feel. Like Robbie, I don't take the original version too seriously, but I'm not going to take offense at those who didn't like this.