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 estranged father.
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?

(BBC News)

Saturday 17 May 2008
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Empire (50,663) by Commodore from USA

I read in a recent interview done by Lee Daniels that Mariah Carey will appear in the upcoming season. If this is true and she does a song then she will be working with Timberland. He is the executive music producer for the series. This is one rumor I hope is true.
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Silver anniversary concert (50,662) by Mandy Monroe from United States

On June 12 (MC's debut) Mariah is exactly 25 years in the business and this needs to be celebrated the right way. A star studded anniversary concert would be amazing. Everyone needs to be there. Boyz II Men, Michael Buble, Jay Z, Miguel, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Ne-Yo, Westlife, Joe, 98 Degrees, Usher, Justin Bieber, Bone Thugz, Snoop, The Dream... read more
(Thursday 5 March 2015; 17:38)
Edward (50,661) by Shelly from United States

This is off topic now but I've been thinking about what you said about WW and I think you're right. I had forgotten about the Aaliyah biopic. I didn't watch it but I read the reviews and apparently she was airing dirty laundry that may not have even been true. Nobody deserves that. I wouldn't want that to happen to MC so I take back what I said.
(Thursday 5 March 2015; 15:34)
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