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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New look (46,858) by Luis from Spain

Is it just me or Mariah has radically changed her look? She seems to dress "her age" (okay, inverted commas because this is a cliché) but, now, really, she seems to have quitted dresses and extravagant clothing and now she looks fantastic.
(Friday 19 September 2014; 23:31)
Ariana Grande (46,857) by Otti from Belgium

If you take a look (listen) to Mariah Carey her catalogue, from her very begin until now, you can tell that Mariah is a true talent, her written and singing ability where beyond her age. Ariana Grande on the other hand is just an imitator of Mariah, and she does it well, without no soul, realness or rawness. Her style is just like Mariah was in the... read more
(Friday 19 September 2014; 23:30)
Lee / Travon (46,856) by Abraham from USA

I for one think it's ridiculous comparing Ariana to Mariah. Ariana's voice is nothing special. She may sing better than other female artists as of now, but even on her best day, will never touch Mariah. Especially in her prime. Mariah has a beautiful one of a kind voice. And even if some say it isn't what it used to be, I don't care. She still soun... read more
(Friday 19 September 2014; 22:54)
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