Reporter's log: Cannes 2008
Back in 2001, soul superstar Mariah Carey had a bit of a funny turn in the wake of
releasing her box office flop Glitter - a film which put the word corny into, erm...
popcorny. "Carey can act after a fashion, though dialogue gives her trouble," noted TV
Guide magazine in the US.|
Well, despite that setback, the singer has ventured back onto the silver screen in a
movie called Tennessee and, with a low-key Cannes premiere last night, there was really
no other option for our evening's entertainment.
Tennessee is a good old-fashioned road movie, where travelling along an actual highway
is a metaphor for making progress along your personal journey of life. Mariah plays a
waitress who - would you believe it? - wants to break into music. She gets picked up by
the film's heroes and accompanies them to Nashville, where they hope to find their
Amazingly, Mariah is the best thing in it. Her understated, downbeat performance is so
natural that pretty soon you stop wondering whether Busta Rhymes will pop up for a guest
rap. And for someone famed as an image-obsessed diva, Carey has no problem playing a
character who dresses down in dowdy clothes with greasy, toussled hair. She even carries
a little extra weight compared to her normal svelte image.
Carey is so good, in fact, that the film feels rather flat when she's off-screen. The
denouement, which is presumably supposed to be a heart-rending tear-jerker, kind of
passed me by. Maybe we wrote Carey's film career off too soon?
||Mariah Carey TV listing (42,864)
by Justin from USA |
Fuse has "Mariah Carey Takeover" scheduled for May 6th. That's a good sign.
(Friday 25 April 2014; 0:43)
||2 Mariahs (42,863)
by Danny Braden from Uk|
I think we have 2 Mariahs and we always have one is the Mariah we know and love who reaches us with those personal lyrics and we get the humour and realness and then there's two: promotional awkward commercial "stats" and "anecdotes" Mariah who can be quite evasive and wishy washy in interviews especially with people she isn't comfortable with. I t... read more
(Friday 25 April 2014; 0:41)
||Marissa and Sweetheart Aaron (42,862)
by Randy from USA|
Thank you so much for posting those videos. I want to speak to JD first. He says that people buy the promotion now? People should basically be surprised when the album is on the shelves with the cover and the title? What shelves; there are barely any music stores. And who buys an album (caps) solely because of the way it is promoted? And YME was pu... read more
(Friday 25 April 2014; 0:15)
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