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?
Saturday 17 May 2008
by Mimi L. from
Mariah was at the Hallmark red carpet talking about a Christmas movie that she will supposedly direct and star in. Not sure if it's the same movie as the RatPac one since she said she won't star in the RatPac one and that she is going to be an executive producer, not director. Anyways, I just saw the pictures and wow she is serving simultaneous Rai... read more (Thursday 30 July 2015; 10:57)
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by CDC from CA
Just saw that Mary J and Latifah are cast in The Wiz remake. Wouldn't Mariah be the absolute perfect person to play Glinda the Good Witch? The role that Lena Horne played in the film. It's a small role (more like a cameo, really) but has the biggest song in the film, "If You Believe". Who better than Mariah, the queen of second-person narrated insp... read more (Thursday 30 July 2015; 5:24)
by Liz Archer from Sweden
I want new music. I guess it's not coming for a while. Why can't we see her in something completely different like a serious movie role? (Thursday 30 July 2015; 1:18)
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