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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Mariah on (47,605) by davidf from mexico

Good to see MC extremely happy with her concerts, she should go back to Tokyo for vindication. I mean to give a free concert and clean that bad impression she left. Then she should go to Canada where she is well received. In the last show she is not wearing that glove and waves and moves her hand at ease again. Thank you God for saving Mimi.
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 17:33)
Stacey / dem backstage babies (47,604) by Edward from USA

Stacey, I agree with you, the end of Supernatural was phenomenal, so relatable and unpretentious. I'm so happy to see she has toned down the diva attitude a little bit too. For most people perception is reality, so I'm glad she's exuding confident. If she continues like this, by the time she hopefully hit the US, she'll be in a very good place voca... read more
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 17:33)
Lullaby of Birdland / discarded tracks (47,602) by Edward from USA

Mariah definitely did a great job with "Lullaby of Birdland". I can't wait to get my hands on a studio recording of the whole song, I know it must sound amazing, of course I made my very own mp3 of this performance, lol. She's been giving us some consistency, I hope she keeps it up. Something extremely bad must've happened in her marriage that Mari... read more
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 16:17)
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