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ROSARIO DAWSON urges all her old homies from the 'hood to go see RENT

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ROSARIO DAWSON is hoping to mend a few broken friendships with her new movie musical RENT - because it will remind former family friends of the tough times they all shared.

Like her character MIMI in the new film, Dawson grew up among a poverty-stricken community in New York's lower east side, and she fondly recalls the times when they all pulled together to help each other out.

But, as the neighbourhood went through a renaissance and property boomed, her bohemian friends started to behave like the yuppies who were buying property in the area.

Dawson explains, "The film is so important for so many people and it will remind people of past times because New York's lower east side is so gentrified now.

"When we all got water and electricity and the plumbing in, people closed their doors and all the generosity that once existed was gone. We used to help each other because we literally had nothing. That all stopped.

"A lot of big issues cropped up because people just forgot about their idealism. I hope that some of the people I grew up around, who were vital and important to me, see this film and remember how it used to be.

"I don't talk to a lot of these people now, but I respect what they did. They were young idealists and maybe things didn't turn out the way they wanted them to but they had the courage to try."

SOURCE: contactmusic.com
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This is good! Let's hope that with the movie coming out soon that it will give people a chance to see this play for what it's worth and maybe let people become a little more open-minded on certain things.
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The character of Mimi has really affected her. I read an article in some magazine where she went to a horse ranch with some terminally ill kids and she kept talking about living today like it was your last and how Mimi is so close to her mom (minus the HIV/drug thing). I think that's great when an actor is motivated by the character they play.
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awww, I love Rosario. Good for her!
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Rosario, honey, you can't go home again.
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I'm Really glad that she has the "balls" to say something like this. This situation is not only typical in New York, but all over the country. Too many people just worry about themselves, and it is definetly time for a chang.
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She seems like a great person.
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EadieWasALady, as you are just a *swing* and I am *Legend* (on and off this board, FYI) let me just "school you" on something okay?

Before you go ahead and post any type of comment (whether it be positive or negative) make sure you have something to back it up.

Obviously you are ignorant to the fact that Miss Dawson has kept her studio apartment in the very neighborhood she grew up in. She only just recently moved to California with her boyfriend Jason Lewis.

Had you known this you wouldn't have posted what you did, but it's typical of the ignorance that runs rampant on these boards.

Congratulations, you're off to a great start. You should fit right in.

Updated On: 11/19/05 at 04:28 PM
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Marquise--From the title of your thread Ms. Dawson appears to be no better than the people she claims to have lost their values. She is simply interested in drawing paying audiences for her film.

By the way, are you a male, honey? Have you thought about enrolling in charm school?
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Eadie: Yes, Marquise IS a male. Click on the avatar, and it tells you what gender the user is, stuff like that.

Oh, and welcome to the boards!
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Thank you, Piazza, for that information. It is helpful to know that.
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Eadie your ignorance continues to shine like a beacon.
In the article it clearly states as to why she would like them to see the film. The themes and issues in RENT are very close to her. She wants them to remember. It has nothing to do with trying to get as you put it: "paying audiences to see her film".

Rosario Dawson doesn't have to go out of her way to drum up business for this film. The film has a built in audience.

And speaking of charm, talk about the pot calling the kettle....you seem in dire need of a dose of it yourself.

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Eadie you really have no idea whatsoever as to what you're talking about, Marquise is right, only two months ago did she move out of her apartment building which she grew up in. Her mother still lives in that building. Read up before you comment
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can Rosario dance? they seemed to cut many of the dancing from "take me out tonight"...and she wasnt wearing blue pants or leopard boots.
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You're right-she was wearing less. I've seen the movie and she does some really amazing dancing. Her body is really awesome and, though alot of it isn't the traditional "Out Tonight" dance, her version maintains the same integrity and energy of any Mimi I have seen. I hope that answers your question.
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What she wears in the movie is far more like what you might really see in a strip club. The reason she's in the blue pants on stage, I assume, is because she has no time for a costume change before they go out to dinner, and would she wear almost nothing out to dinner? Probably not! Anyway, she is a heck of a dancer.
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