Mariah & Nick's New LA Home Featured in In Touch
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 31-May-2009, 4:51PM EDT
Mariah & Nick: Their First Home Together In Touch Weekly - June 8, 2009 Issue
A year after they wed, they're ready to move into a $7 million LA love nest. Is a baby next?
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may have seemed impulsive when they tied the knot after dating for a few weeks in 2008, but they remain as devoted as ever. "We're proving people wrong," says Nick. "They said we wouldn't make it – we're making it!" To celebrate, the couple recently treated themselves to a $7 million anniversary present: an 11,750-square-foot home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.
While Mariah already owns a triplex apartment in NYC's Tribeca and a compound in the Bahamas, this will be their first new home together. And it's a perfect "starter" house for an A-list couple.
"Bel-Air has a very prestigious zip code," says celebrity real estate agent Chad Rogers. "This property is very appealing because it gives them land. It is on about three acres with the most incredible 360-degree views of the city lights, the canyons, the reservoirs and the ocean. It's total seclusion on a quiet street, and they're minutes from anywhere they want to be in LA."
A place to start a family Mariah and her siblings lived in 13 different houses after their parents divorced, so making a permanent home is important to her. "I remember saying to myself, 'I want to have a good life and feel secure,'" says the singer. And though she once admitted that she didn't know how many bathrooms were in her NYC apartment, this enormous home features eight, plus seven fireplaces and five bedrooms – plenty of space for kids. "I don't think Mariah ever loved someone like she loves Nick. They are well-matched in every way," says a friend of Mariah's. "She very much wants to have a child with him."
That's definitely part of Nick's plan, but he seems content to settle into domesticity with his wife. "Right now, we're trying to enjoy the newlywed aspect," he says. "The first year of marriage was amazing. I can't for the second."
Note:In Touch's so-called "exclusive" pictures of Mariah & Nick's new LA home were previously posted here. See our April 28th post for more pictures to view.
Mariah Plays Snippets from New Album on AT40
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-May-2009, 1:12PM EDT
Earlier this morning, Nick Cannon who filled in for regular host Ryan Seacrest on American Top 40 had his wife Mariah Carey on the phone for an interview. During the interview, Mariah played 2-second snippets of songs from her new album, Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Listen below!
Mariah also talked about the concept of her new album. She says, "The name of the new album which I'm still finishing is Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. It's basically every song tells its own little story for some people to relate to. I feel it's for everybody but in a lot of ways some of the songs are very woman empowerment moment. I tell stories so it's not just like, 'Okay, this is a real life moment' 'cause some of the people might be like, 'She really did that?' And it means nobody is perfect and nobody is an angel. We're just all regular human beings. Certainly I'm not perfect so I'm just telling things from my regular point of view like the perspective of a woman."
Film Review: Tennessee
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-May-2009, 9:57AM EDT
Knoxville-grown screenwriter Russell Schaumburg's "Tennessee" certainly is not the first road movie to treat "home" as both idealized haven and personal hell, but it is among the few to do it without gnashing the story into pathetic mush. Sure, the film is burdened with familiar melodrama, conventional situations and stock roles – alcoholism born of childhood abuse, a dying angelic figure, a wounded martyr deserving redemption, stifled talent, you name it – but the refreshing difference is that Schaumburg and director Aaron Woodley don't pummel the cliches or chew on them endlessly.
Following two brothers along a journey of reclamation and catharsis across several states toward their former home near Knoxville, "Tennessee" saunters along mildly, covering that familiar ground with enough creative ideas and unexpected turns thrown in to make it a worthwhile view, even if it's not a wholly satisfying experience thanks to some glaring shortcuts, haphazard moments, inconsistencies and an overly painted atmosphere.
Having fluttered about the festival circuit a bit, the 2008 film enters wider but still limited release Friday, including premieres in several cities right here in the state that gives it its name. Along with cinemas in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, Johnson City's Real to Reel Theaters will open "Tennessee" in a special engagement as part of the managers' commitment to bringing more art-house and independent projects to the region.
Nationally, the film could garner some attention thanks to its chief supporting player, pop superstar Mariah Carey, but local viewers rightfully should key on the state's significance in the screenplay, as well as the handful of scenes shot on location in the Nashville, McMinnville and Dunlap areas.
It's fitting that Schaumburg's film would land here, not just due to East Tennessee's prominence in the film but because his maternal grandfather was highly successful baseball executive Bing Devine, who went on to develop three St. Louis Cardinals teams into World Series champions after cutting his teeth with the Cardinals' farm club here in Johnson City. Devine met his future wife, who would become Schaumburg's grandmother, while working with the Cardinals here, so the screenwriter owes his very existence in part to Johnson City.
Schaumburg penned "Tennessee," just his second script, in 2000 as he was trying to break into the film business in Los Angeles. Looking to write something with personal familiarity, he drew on his own personal longing for the comforts of home, as well as the many times he traversed the highways between L.A. and Knoxville, for the script's foundation. In a telephone interview, he said he saw Tennessee not necessarily as an actual place but rather as an ideal of home with all the pleasantries and painful connotations that come with it.
Though Schaumburg initially considered the script a lark project intended as a learning experience, he came to see it as something special that might have some legs. Still, the screenplay sat on the shelf for five years without interest from producers until Lee Daniels, who produced one of this decade's finest films in "Monsters Ball," picked it up and gave it the green light. "Tennessee" debuted at the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival with festival cofounder Robert De Niro in the audience.
With the film opening in New York, Dallas, Philadelphia and some other major markets on Friday, Schaumburg says he is excited by the prospects of shining a different light on the South and Tennessee in particular, since he believes the film does justice to the state's residents as capable of being "bright and authentic" rather than the stereotypical representations seen in many movies.
Schaumburg's protagonists are Carter (Adam Rothenberg) and his younger brother Ellis (Ethan Peck), who set out for Tennessee from New Mexico in hopes of recovering identity lost when they were forced to leave the Knoxville area as kids. Abandoning football stardom and the love of his life, teenage Carter (Ryan Lynn) had pulled Ellis and their mother away from the embattled life dominated by their pathologically violent father in the mid-'90s.
More than a decade later, Carter is still caring for Ellis, now a college student preparing for a career in photography. Their mother has passed on, so Carter is the sole breadwinner, driving a cab to keep the pair afloat. But when Ellis is diagnosed with leukemia and Carter does not match for a bone marrow transplant, Ellis convinces his brother to load him up in the cab and make the trek toward Tennessee to search for their often-barbarous father in hopes he is a transplant match and will agree to donate.
Cue road movie conventions. Camp under stars. Run out of cash. Car breaks down for good. Encounter pretty waitress (Carey) with golden voice. Meet her nasty husband (Lance Reddick of TV's "Lost," "The Wire" and "Fringe"). Go on the lam in the husband's car. Lie low in sleazy motels. Get drunk and fight. Hop on freight train that just happens to be headed toward a destination.
Some of those hackneyed moments are so rough, they're cringe-worthy, and many of the key transitions amount to bad shortcuts, especially the obligatory chase scene that forces the rail portion of the journey. Schaumburg acknowledged the flaws, chalking them up to a breakneck production. Only about 70 percent of his script made it into the 21-day shooting schedule, and much of what was trimmed was in backstory components that fleshed out relationships and characters.
And as pretty as the scenes are at times, "Tennessee" is one of those films where all the important moments magically take place at dusk or dawn when the light is just right to bathe everyone in beautiful orange glow. It's a technique that used sparingly might have strengthened the emotional impact of "Tennessee," but in overkill, it has the opposite effect.
When it counts, though, "Tennessee" surprises with some nice bits, especially when it defies its roots, sends a character into an unforeseen direction or spills out a creative exchange of dialogue. Given all the familiar territory, you'd expect the guys' search for dear old dad to conclude in equally typical fashion. It doesn't.
Some of the surprises even come from singer-turned-actress Carey, whose work here easily surpasses her much-maligned starring role in 2001's "Glitter," even if she's saddled with some rather clunky scenes, particularly the heart-of-gold waitress' singing debut in a Nashville bar, and doesn't always convince.
But Peck and Rothenberg carry the ball quite well for everyone involved, finding the right tone for the siblings and making them seem like real brothers. Given the dramatics at hand, they might have gone for chewy stuff, but they almost always stay in check. So there's rarely a false moment in their relationship, and that may be the most fitting representation of what amounts to home in "Tennessee."
Note:Tennessee opens in theaters in limited release this Friday, June 5th. List of theaters here.
Dancers Wanted for Mariah's '09 European Promo Tour
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-May-2009, 9:48AM EDT
Choreographer/dancer Eddie Morales is holding auditions for European dancers for a possibility to perform with Mariah on her upcoming European promo tour later this year.
The auditions will be held in The Netherlands at Sintmeerten College (Valkenburgerweg 219, Heerlen) on Sunday, June 14, 2009. The 20 best dancers will be presented at Club Mondial (Middelweg 12, Beek) later the same evening during the celebration of Eddie's birthday.
Lippman Talks About Mariah's Fragrance Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-May-2009, 4:26PM EDT
In an entry made in her Lippman Collectionblog on May 28th at 2:51am, manicurist to the stars Deborah Lippman talked about working with Mariah in a photo shoot for her new Elizabeth Arden fragrance.
"So who said working in fashion and with celebrities isnt glamorous? It is nearly 3 am and I am on a shoot with the great Mariah Carey whom I love and adore. She is a night owl and is so creative!
We have been on a shoot since 1 pm and being the nail diva that she is we are doing lots of nail color changes. We started the day with her wearing her personal favorite lippmann shade-- FASHION. The second shot we went with Believe (a soft silvered gold combo). We did a retro look and she wore Stop and Stare and it has been a long time since I have put a red on MC.
We are doing the last shot now and she is wearing a color that wont be out until Fall 09.... Wicked Game a sort of mood ring thing that I am bringing back from my VINYL line. Look for it soon. All the other shades are available NOW!!"
Mariah at Southampton's AXE Lounge Tomorrow?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-May-2009, 4:20PM EDT
Looks like the AXE Lounge at Dune (1181 North Sea Road) in Southampton, New York is keeping true to its promise of a star-studded summer as actor Nick Cannon will be performing DJ duties Friday. Of course, that begs the question: Will his wife come down to cheer him on? Yes, say AXE officials -- Long Island's own diva and superstar Mariah Carey is confirmed to be expected in the house to watch her hubby spin for the crowd.
Mariah Designs Jewelry For Good Cause
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-May-2009, 2:42AM EDT
The Mariah Carey-designed jewelry is one of the many celebrity items and memorabilia included in today's Stars For A Cause Charity Auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles.
Stars For A Cause Charity Auction Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 8pm Bonhams, 7601 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Public Preview: Thursday, May 28 - 12pm-5pm Auction will begin promptly at 8pm
In addition to the one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, superstars from the stage and screen have customized designer shoes, signed and "kissed" on designer purses, autographed commemorative limited edition Golden Globe posters, and even signed extraordinary 12 - liter Balthazar bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne.
Celebrities who have signed or designed items in this year's auction include Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Colin Farrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, The Jonas Brothers, Keira Knightley, Hugh Laurie, Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke, Steven Spielberg, Tom Wilkinson, Kate Winslet, and Reese Witherspoon among many others. Famous jewelry designer Robyn Rhodes has assisted celebrities with their designs and helped oversee the manufacturing of the jewelry.
All proceeds from the Stars For A Cause auction go to charity, half to the Prince's Trust and the other half to the charity of the celebrity's choice.
Proceeds from the sale of the Mariah Carey-designed jewelry, handmade hoop earrings with brown pearl and carnelian wired at the bottom, will benefit Make A Wish Foundation.
Mariah Carey is more than just the big star in this small story. She's the warm, charismatic, and deliciously down home presence that spontaneously fills the screen with charm to spare, in this comparatively weak and maudlin story. Though it's unfortunate and rather lopsided, that the details of her own character lack the attention and depth lavished upon the male protagonists.
In addition, what we have here is once again the black mammy syndrome, as Carey seems to be around mostly to tend to the physical and emotional needs of those perpetually moping males. She's even repeatedly fetching them food, long after Krystal has called it quits with waitressing. And in the brief interlude when she does get to grab some spotlight and show her far too professional musical skills as a supposed amateur on a stage in an unusually receptive redneck bar, Mariah through no fault of her own, feels as fish out of water forced as you can get.
Tennessee has its moments of tenderly spun brotherly love. But all the secondary characters lack a sense of being fully realized, particularly the many abusive one-note males, seemingly on hand more to make a vague point about domestic violence not being cool, than dramatically resolving or explaining anything about that terrible trauma.
Reminder:Tennessee will open in limited release on Friday, June 5th in 9 cities. View the list of theaters that will be playing the film.
Mariah to Release New Perfume in September
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-May-2009, 5:04PM EDT
In her most recent message on Twitter, Mariah has announced her new fragrance from Elizabeth Arden! The new fragrance has yet to be named and it will launch in fine department stores later this year - makes a great gift idea for the upcoming holidays!
MariahCarey On my way to a photo shoot for my new fragrance which comes out in september. I was in the studio til 7 am so I'm a tad sleepy-but,SGSHW!
Videos: Clips from Mariah's Turkey Show
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-May-2009, 4:00PM EDT
More video footage from Mariah's appearance in Antalya, Turkey for the grand opening of Mardan Palace. The AE&A video below briefly shows Mariah performing "My All" (Dance Remix) and "Touch My Body."
And here's another video clip of Mariah interviewing on the red carpet at Turkey's Mardan Palace grand opening reception on Saturday, May 23, 2009. In this video, courtesy of UK's Malton Mercury, Mariah talks about her new movie Precious, and what she looks forward to the rest of this year!
"I've done some other independent films and this is the first one that's really become... we won three awards at Sundance, it's been a fantastic ride so I'm looking forward to the rest of the year. I am in the middle of finishing my album and I should be home doing that right now but I'm here at this fabulous event so as soon as we're done with that, I will be home finishing up and have a single coming out really soon."
Mariah Carey Stylist's Bad Hair Day
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-May-2009, 2:45PM EDT
Mariah Carey won't be using celebrity hairstylist Ricardo Rojas again. Carey was trying out Rojas -- who tames the locks of Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum and Molly Simms -- because, a source said, "he came highly recommended and he traveled with her for a few weeks.
But at Cannes it got very stressful. At one point, Mariah, who went to beauty school, was unhappy with her hair and was showing him how she liked it. It must not have gone over too well because he didn't show up the morning of her press conference and premiere of Precious."
Carey was a lot happier several days later when she went to sing at the opening of the Mardan Palace in Antalya, Turkey, for which she was paid $1.5 million. In addition, Carey was gifted millions in diamonds, including a gigantic 5-carat ring in the shape of a huge butterfly. Her rep didn't return e-mails.
Mariah to Attend Lesotho Charity Event?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-May-2009, 12:33PM EDT
Prince Harry would probably rather meet Victoria's Secret babe Stephanie Seymour than her estranged husband, Peter Brant, this Saturday, May 30th on Governors Island in Manhattan, New York. But chukker champ Brant has staked his claim to join Harry when he mounts up for Veuve Clicquot's Manhattan Polo Classic.
Harry is also due to meet Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Common at the benefit. Proceeds from the event will be granted to American Friends of Sentebale, which supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa. Sentebale was co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho in honor of their mothers; Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen 'Mamohato.
Mariah Performs 4 Songs at Turkey Show
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-May-2009, 12:23PM EDT
From the Turkish daily newspaper, Gazete Vatan.
Mariah Carey performed only 4 songs during the night and she got 1.5 million dollars in return. The world-famous singer who talked about her butterfly-shaped ring she wore on the stage said, "This is a gift from Ismailov family for me." It was reported that the ring costs around 100,000 dollars.
The fascinating finale of the night was ended by Mariah Carey. Carey, who got all the guests on the dance floor, and the guests later on continued their night at the "Monkey Bar".
Note: Mariah performed "I'll Be There," "Touch My Body," "My All" Dance Remix and "Dreamlover." You can download video footage from various Turkish news agencies that include a clip of Mariah performing "Touch My Body" here. Thanks to Murat!
Source: Gazete Vatan | Murat
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-May-2009, 1:15AM EDT
Below are scans from the June 1st issues of Us, OK!, Life & Style, In Touch, Star magazines; and from the May 21st issue of the Croatian magazine Gloria.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Bojan
Video: Mariah at Precious Press Conference, Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-May-2009, 1:13AM EDT
Here's another clip from the press conference for Precious on Saturday, May 16th during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
Congratulations. What a great movie. It's very touching and we can feel it in the audience when they see, and when they come out. Did you find it, when you saw the final cut of that, moving? Thank you. You know it's been such a journey with Lee (director Daniels) because I went from a fan of the book which I read way before I ever knew Lee and that changed my life. And then having Lee offer me the part of Miss Weiss was like, 'Wow, how are we gonna do this?' And just stripping everything down and going the complete opposite and intentionally trying to be drab and you know putting the dark circles under the eyes and doing all that stuff in this flourescent office world we lived in. And living that moment, acting that moment and then watching it evolve like Lee showed me various cuts of the movie and I was just, I'm just so proud of him 'cause he lived and breathed that movie.
You know when I see the scenes where you are in, it almost feels like you're naked. Was that the same for you? To be without the make-up, without the other Mariah Carey. Not really. I think I look better naked than I look in that movie actually in real life [laughs]. I hope to God. But you know, it is what it is. And it was great for me because it helped me as a human being and as a creative person, to get past all the other stuff and just go in and really say, 'Okay, I am going to be true to the character and to what my job is to serve this material.'
The Cannes Film Festival's official sidebar, Un Certain Regard, has announced its results. Precious, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique, failed to scoop an award, despite tremendous praise for its handling of its subject matter and performances. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Video: Mardan Palace Red Carpet Interview
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-May-2009, 12:01PM EDT
Watch a video of Mariah's red carpet interview at Mardan Palace in Turkey from the German show Exclusiv Weekend on RTL. She was asked about the hotel owner Telman Ismailov. Mariah says he's a nice guy, very funny, that she had dinner with him the previous night.
Lasting Icon Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-May-2009, 1:29AM EDT
Soul legend Smokey Robinson says Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys are the outstanding musical talents of their generation. He insists there are many outstanding modern day artists whose music will last the test of time because they are so talented.
He said: "There are some wonderful talents out there and their music will live on. There's a bunch of them, I can name Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, there's a bunch of them. I know there's some good music being made by great young artists."
However, Smokey is worried that too much negative attention is being focussed on music instead of good artists being praised. "People look at music nowadays and there is far less censorship than there used to be so people tend to draw their attention to the negatives. This is not only true in music but it all of our lives - the news is always so negative, we are drawn towards the negative, so the negative music is out in the forefront of people's minds."
Photos: Mariah in Turkey
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-May-2009, 1:10PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah performing at the evening gala dinner as part of the launch party for the Mardan Palace at the Mardan Palace Hotel on Saturday, May 23, 2009 in Antalya, Turkey.
and pictures of Mariah arriving at the Antalya airport to catch a flight back to the U.S. on Sunday, May 24, 2009.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Can
Photos: Mariah Attends Hotel Launch Party in Turkey
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 23-May-2009, 3:59PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah arriving for a cocktail reception as part of the launch party for the Mardan Palace at the Mardan Palace Hotel on May 23, 2009 in Antalya, Turkey. Mariah Carey, Seal and Tom Jones have all been hired to perform at the launch of Europe's most expensive luxury resort - the USD 1.65 billion Mardan Palace Hotel on the Turkish Riviera.
Turkish Fans Meet Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-May-2009, 11:04AM EDT
Turkish fans Can, Cihan and Arif Can had the time of their lives meeting their idol Mariah Carey for the first time! Below, Can gives us a recount of their unforgettable moment with Mariah at the Antalya airport on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
[L-R] Arif Can, Mariah, Can, Cihan
"Mariah has never been to Turkey before so it was definitely a huge occasion for us all Turkish lambs that she was coming here. But there was this huge problem of not knowing anything about her arrival and schedule so it was all a matter of uncertainty which kinda freaked us all out as the 23rd got closer. After contacting one of our sources at the last minute we learnt that she was indeed arriving on Thursday night despite the general knowledge that she was to be arriving with others on Friday.
After some arrangements and quick flights, we made our way there together with Cihan and Arif Can. Since no one except us, two people from the press and the airport staff knew she was coming, we had our chance of making our voices heard. After speaking with the head security staff and him leading us to one of Mariah's bodyguards, we were promised that we will be given the opportunity to meet Mariah and maybe get a picture together.
Two guys from a media agency were really interested in us, they took some pictures of us (that they still have not shared yet), and asked us questions about how we became fans etc. Then to get Mariah's attention, we quickly designed some signs as we did not have enough time before thinking she'd arrive the day after.
It was past midnight when a guy from the security called us 'you three!' Together with our hands full of signs, albums & singles and cameras, we started running over there until we were told to stop at a line. We waited there for a while while having bits of anxiety attacks as I realized there was no battery left in my camera, then Cihan dropped his camera which did not work until Mariah left (thank God Arif Can brought his). Then we realized a rush at the gate which meant that Mariah was getting out.
And then that moment came, there she was, with flowers in her hand smiling and waving at us. It was a magical moment that we still cannot believe was happening. Then we were called yet again 'you three!' and we made our way near her when we all felt time probably had stopped that moment. We took some photos, showed our signs on behalf of all Turkish lambs telling her that we would like to watch her in a concert in Turkey soon, we had a quick chat, Mariah absolutely loved Cihan's MC tattoo below his knee and told Raychel that they 'should take pictures of this incredible tattoo.' Mariah was so friendly and happy to see us there, she signed my favorite Fantasy vinyl LP, Cihan's EMC² Adventure box and his concert ticket, and Arif's The Ballads CD. As she was heading to her car we told her that we loved the new album title, she thanked us and then left.
Then as you guys all know, she tweeted about us which was another highlight of the evening for us. Overall it was a short but a totally amazing experience that we think we may not come across for a long time."
Photos: Mariah Arrives in Turkey
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-May-2009, 8:30AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah arriving at the Antalya airport in Turkey on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
French Fans Meet Mariah in Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-May-2009, 8:21AM EDT
Our friends from the French Mariah site, MC Generation: Adelyne, Julie, Mark and Karim share their stories of meeting Mariah in Cannes, France.
Adelyne: We arrived at Nice airport on Thursday, May 14 around 7:30pm after Mariah twittered she was landing from London! We've waited where she usually arrives but we soon discovered it was the wrong entrance! When I saw a crowd of paparazzi and fans I knew she was coming soon. She came out one hour later, at 8:30pm. And oh my God, everybody (especially the paparazzi) ran to her to get a picture or authograph. It was awesome and quite violent. We had some flowers for Mariah (photo below). We were very close but unfortunately no one could get an autograph. It was so quick. I was desperate. But I looked behind and saw Rachel and ask her to give the flowers to Mariah. She was so nice! At this point I was happy again because I knew Mariah would have the flowers! Then we ran to our car and tried to follow her car to Cannes, but we lost her! We've waited until 2am in Cannes but she didn't come out that night.
On Friday, May 15th, we arrived at the Martinez Hotel few minutes before 4pm, and thought Mariah would go out to give a press conference. We were very surprised to see her coming out of a car. She was coming back from a previous event and we were not prepared, and too far away! We've waited hoping she'll come out again. She didn't but we saw Rachel again and she said Mariah liked the flowers! We stayed in front of the hotel despite the really bad weather. When she came out at 11pm, we saw her and screamed her name! She said hello with her hand and Nick was with her!
Tired and desperate, Julie and I bursted into tears. We walked from the hotel to the Palais des Festivals. We were in front of the red carpet thinking she might have already arrived. Sure enough, she was there. They played 'Hero' and she was gorgeous! It was the best moment of this adventure, really! Mariah was really shining here in Cannes.
Julie: I went to Nice with five other lambs that I know from the Mariah Carey Generation Forum. After we bought some flowers for MC, we decided to welcome her at the Nice airport. We waited for about 15 minutes in front of the door where Mariah usually arrive from, but we thought it was strange that there were no photographers around. Three of my friends decided to search for another place in the airport where MC could possibly come in, and suddenly phoned us to join them! In fact, after we ran as fast as we could, we arrived at the right place where a lot of paparazzi were staying, waiting for her. Only five minutes later (we almost missed her!), we saw Mariah enter the airport, with bodyguards Michael and Rob, with her pink dress on. She was oh so beautiful with that glossy smile! But the photographers were all around her, pushing everybody, and even one of them fell down just in front of MC! She signed some autographs and got into the car. Michael was very angry and even called out loud for Rachel to get into the car! Just before, one of my friends gave the flowers to Rachel and asked her if she could give them to Mariah; she replied, "Yes, for sure!" She was very sweet!
The day after, at about 10 p.m, it began to rain and Michael, who wore a white costume, parked the car too far from us but close to the hotel door. Mariah went out in her beautiful long black dress and we saw that Nick was with her! Probably because of her bodyguards, she didn't come to see us even if she was smiling at us and saying hello. I was so disappointed and tired by this long day that I cried! Still we went to see her climbing up the red carpet but, because of the crowd, we could only see her on the big screen. But we enjoyed seeing her and were so happy to hear "Hero," we were very proud of her and called her as loud as we could!
Mark: This adventure in Cannes was one of the best moments in my life. We waited for her at the Nice airport and when she appeared... Wow! She was like a bright lady in the middle, surrounded by a myriad of paparazzi! I was behind her and then I screamed, "Where is Nick?" Because of the emotion I didn't understand her answer but it was cool! Rachel was behind me and I said, "Hello, how are you girl?" to her! She is a very nice person.
In Cannes, we spent two days in front of the Hotel Martinez with good and bad results. And the masterpiece of the adventure? When we screamed her name while she and the rest of the cast were walking on the red carpet and going up the stairs! Mariah was definitely the STAR of the night and probably of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival!
Karim: I was with the other lambs Friday, and took two pics of Mariah in the afternoon and then one with Lee Daniels. I told Lee that we are really excited about Precious, and Adelyne wished him good luck.
When the others left at 2am, I decided to stay. Mariah and Nick came back from the Villa Murano around 3:30am. And she was quite tipsy haha! Nick and the bodyguard helped her walk into the hotel. I called her but she didn't come.
On Sunday, I went in front of the hotel at around 11am. I showed up one of MC's albums so she could see me. She did and walked over to me and signed my item! I'm so happy!
Photos: Mariah Heads to Turkey
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-May-2009, 4:38PM EDT
As reported previously, Mariah is bound for Turkey for the grand opening of the Mardan Resort in Antalya where she is scheduled to perform a one-hour set of her top hits on Saturday, May 23rd.
To the right are photos of Mariah arriving at the LAX Airport in Los Angeles last night, May 20th to catch a flight to Turkey.
New Mariah Song, "Hate U" Played at IDJ Event
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-May-2009, 4:23AM EDT
Last night, Chairman & CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid hosted and presented the Island Def Jam's Spring Collection where he unveiled the new and upcoming work from IDJ's stable of artists. The event took place at the Stephen Weiss Studio in New York and was attended by industry people, music reviewers and Def Jam artists. A Mariah song, reportedly titled "Hate U" was played at the event!
Shirea L. Carroll from Vibe Magazine live blogged during the event and said, "This is a WBLS hit for sure..."
It is not known if "Hate U" will be the lead single off Mariah's new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. More details to come as they become available. Stay tuned!
Mariah Reveals Her Fan-Designed Frock
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-May-2009, 8:12PM EDT
Created by 20-year-old Julian Contreras from San Jose, the pink concoction balances the star's love of body-conscious silhouettes with luxe red carpet glamour. And while Mimi had originally planned to wear the look as part of an upcoming tour, she loved the chic style so much that she skipped the stage and wore it for a romantic dinner with husband Nick Cannon.
Starting today, Mariah is auctioning off one of three copies of the dress in existence on eBay, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Bids start at $500, with the winner being determined May 30th. Click here to make it yours!
Mariah Collaborates with Timbaland on New Album
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-May-2009, 11:42AM EDT
Barely back from a very successful presentation of her film Precious at the Cannes Film Festival, we find Mariah already in the studio to continue work on her new, as-yet-untitled album!
In a message on Twitter earlier today, she excitedly wrote: In the studio w/Timbaland.. S.G.S.H.W.!!! : ) (Stone Groove Smash Hit Wonder)
This will be Mariah's first time ever to work with the Grammy Award-winning record producer, songwriter and rapper. Timbaland's illustrious career has seen him at the helm of the music business producing and writing songs for various artists like Justin Timberlake ("Cry Me a River," "SexyBack"), OneRepublic ("Apologize"), Madonna ("4 Minutes"), Nelly Furtado ("Promiscuous," "Maneater"), Rihanna ("Rehab"), just to name a few.
Timbaland has received thirteen Grammy Award nominations, winning two awards: one for his collaboration with Timberlake on "Sexyback" in 2007, and for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows," another collaboration with Timberlake, in 2008.
Mariah's upcoming album is reportedly due out this Fall. Already confirmed collaborations include The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, James "Big Jim" Wright, Tricky Stewart.
Note: It is likely Timbaland has been involved with the song "Babydoll," but the official album credits cite that the song has been written by Mariah and Missy Elliott, and produced by Mariah and Cory Rooney.
Mariah Interviews with Croatia's Slobodna Dalmacija
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-May-2009, 9:32AM EDT
Mariah Carey appeared at the interview for Slobodna Dalmacija at 3.14 Hotel and positively surprised us, again. Known as a sleeper, Mariah was not late for the interview, at 11:15h, and left an impression of everything but a dumb person who "never understood that Bluetooth crap on the mobile phone."
Slobodna Dalmacija: This is your first time in Cannes as an actress. Impressions? Mariah Carey: It's beautiful. I'm glad that we are all here, we lived and breathed for this movie. The film is powerful and we all deserve that everyone should say 'Bravo.' Maybe next time we could be in the competition [laughs].
SD: Critics described your acting as perfect. Do you expect an Academy Award nomination for the best female supporting role? MC: Oh, no. It would be too much to expect a nomination. I still have a lot to learn. It is enough for me that critics reacted well on my role, especially the ones that written me off because of lack of acting skills and the 'Glitter' failure. SD: Is this role a relief from presure or perhaps the burden, in terms of physical change and escape for yourself? MC: More relief, mostly because of the big pressure of the real Mariah Carey [laughs]. I'm currently in transition phase, I'm in the middle of recording my new album, so I needed to be 'free' of myself, and this role came at the right time. I changed my look, my attitude, the way of speaking... It was a big thing for me. I did a "mental strip" and took off layers of myself as a celebrity.
SD: Why "Precious" and not, for example "Transformers 2"? MC: I fell in love with the novel "Push," which grabbed me on first reading. Oprah Winfrey sensed that and involved herself in the making as a executive producer. When director Lee Daniels, my friend, offered me this role I didn't hesitate. It was my pleasure to do something real, which is still far away from reality, my world. SD: Your reality wasn't always glamourised... MC: Well yes, I did not have an easy life in childhood. Trailers where Hollywood actors stay on sets were larger than the apartment in which I lived.
SD: What kind of dreams did you have then? MC: I found singing as my external and inner voice, even as a little girl. It was my main excape from reality. SD: What kind of relationship did you have with beginner Gabourey Sidibe, who plays your protege and the title role? MC: She was aware of who I am and was flustered about it, but we developed a real mother-daughter relationship. I could easily relate. My father was from Harlem, he was Black, and my mother is White. Because I felt rejected, just like Precious, and I do not have to live in Harlem anymore to bring back those memories.
SD: How much has Obama impressed you not to feel that way anymore? MC: Lots. America is slowly changing and becoming more open to 'different' people. For the first time I feel free and like a real American. SD: What are your music plans? MC:I am planning a big tour in 2010 after I finish recording my new album. SD: Will your tour bring you to Croatia? MC: I don't know exactly, it is too soon to know such details. But, it is possible.
Mariah at Precious Press Conference
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-May-2009, 4:04PM EDT
Written by Déborah Laurent for the Belgian news site, 7 sur 7.
Mariah was less stupid than we thought, we met her "Would you like an interview with Mariah?" an all-smiling US publicist asks us. Wait, let me translate that correctly: a meeting? with Mariah Carey? THE Diva? Meuriah Carey? For the amazing movie, Precious, in which she appears for 5 minutes? "YES, with pleasure!" The meeting is arranged, things look well. It seems almost too easy.
And what if Mariah cancels? We don't have a very positive image of Mariah: apart from thinking she is vulgar and too affected, according to long-last rumors she's a capricious diva. It wouldn't be surprising then if she changes the promotional agenda and cancels all her interviews at the last minute (without notice). We think she's shy and scared by the press as she makes herself scarce and then we fear the interview won't be that exciting.
On Cloud 5 But she didn't. At 1:50pm, a few specially-selected journalists (including me) who will have the chance to talk to Mariah are gathered in the 3.14 hotel hall, right next to the Carlton. We're heading to the 5th floor, named "Sky." Men among the journalists already think they are on cloud 9, excited at the idea of meeting the singer with a crazy cleavage.
"Bonjour," in French Once we reach our destination, we are hurried, "Hurry, hurry, please!" A diva can't wait. Voice recorders are on the table. Next to me there's an opened picture window letting a warm and pleasant breeze in and looking out onto the sea.
Two bodyguards as large as the doorway from their waists to their shoulders are waiting for Mariah's arrival, she arrives simply without putting on airs, saying a smiling "Bonsoir," in French to no one in particular. She recomposes, noticing the room is bathing in the sun, "Bonjour!"
Mariah is beautiful Looking at her, as seconds go by I change my mind, Mariah Carey isn't vulgar. She's wearing a strict mauve dress, too short though and a simple colored cardigan with her sleeves pushed up above her elbow. She has sleek blonde hair. She wears small hoop earrings. She wears make-up of course, but slightly. Mariah Carey is beautiful when she isn't doing too much.
Surprising: Mariah is humble You quickly realized she has more neurons we thought she had: she happens to be more intelligent as planned, and moreover, she is funny. Maybe that modesty, that surprising humility and generosity are due to the fact she's here to defend a project that means a lot to her and in which she completely involved herself, the movie Precious was greeted after the official screening by a standing ovation and got great reviews.
"The Story left me speechless" "I was a big fan of the book," Mariah explains. "A friend of mine told me to read it. She told me that all colored women should read it. I thought that everyone should read it. That story is so intense that it leaves you speechless. It bowled me over. When Lee offered me a part in the movie, I was very excited." The star confides she is 'very sensitive.' "I cried at the end of the story. That book changed my life."
"What a Mess" Playing a social worker brings back personal memories. "In my father's family, one of my uncles had problems and he was in a very precarious situation. So I personally know people who had a difficult past. I experienced it myself as well. Everyone who plays in the movie felt like they were outsiders one day, ignored just like Precious. People think I grew up carefree in a magical world and I've been reaching high notes forever. But no, it wasn't like that at all. Yes, I know people who live in a mess. She insists in French "What a mess!"
Without make-up About her appearance without make-up, she confesses it wasn't easy. "I'm so used to wearing make-up. Well, they put on make-up: they added dark rings under my eyes (she laughs). It was a decisive choice. Had I refused, it would have been detrimental to the movie. To be honest, it wasn't easy for me. Music and movies are two different things as far as cameras and lightning are concerned. Here, we had a kind of office lighting reminiscent of the light of a dentist's surgery. It was so ugly!"
"That's your wrong side" "Precious is also about the glittering side of the music industry. Whenever Precious is given a rough ride, she focuses on positive thoughts and pictures herself as a movie star, a singer or a model... And yet things aren't easy either." Mariah remembers her first days in the showbusiness.
"When at 19 I set foot in the music industry and I signed my first contact, I've been told: 'That's your best side (she shows one side of her face), the other is the wrong one. Never do any photos showing that side. You look awful.' And obviously i got hang-ups like I didn't have enough already." She bursts out laughing.
If Precious finds the strength to face her misfortunes, thanks to her teacher. Mariah thinks that "music" and "her faith in God" allowed her to move forward in life. "My mother always told me: 'You'll become a star.' She definitively gave me that faith in myself. I took refuge in music a lot too. With time, it came from friends, from people who helped me through my first difficult relationship."
Mottola, "an abusive relationship" She hints at her seven-year-long mariage to Tommy Mottola who discovered her when she was 19. "I don't want to go any further with that question because it belongs to the past but honestly we can say it was an abusive relationship. Emotionally, but not only. Well, it's an old story."
Today, Mariah is married to Nick Cannon who encourages her to blossom. She hopes in the future she'll get other roles in movies as interesting as Precious, "A necessary movie," according to her. "especially for the US audience. Everybody should see that movie so that they will never ignore those kinds of situations."
The message got through, the meeting is coming to an end. Mariah leaves the room smiling making a small gesture with her hand, moving her fingers gracefully, a gesture reminding us she is a diva. We almost forgot it for half an hour.
Cannes 2009: Mariah Carey in Precious
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-May-2009, 1:47PM EDT
Raped by her father, abused by her mother, and pregnant for the second time, l6-year-old African-American Precious, played with intensity by debut actress Gabourey Sidibe, does not seem to have much of a shot at happiness. Her fantasy, as an obese introverted teenager, to hook up with the handsome stud Nurse John, played by glamour rocker Lenny Kravitz, strikes one as so far-fetched, it is humorous.
Asked by her teacher what she is good at in life -- "everyone is good at something" -- Precious responds, "I am good at nothing."
Any spectator of this new dramatic film by Lee Daniels, who has a tad of a self-esteem issue, will identify with the pains of this story. Indeed, the singer Mariah Carey -- who does an astonishingly good job as the compassionate social worker who deals with the dysfunctional family -- said at a press conference that what she liked about this film was that "Every one of us is Precious. And every one of us can make it like Precious does at the end of the film. So the film gives us hope."
Of course, there is a marked contrast between the group of stars gathered around the table at the sea-side of Cannes, in sunglasses, decollete, and mod hairdos, speaking about their future projects (a new album, a new film, a new acting role) with the life of Precious in Harlem. Precious lives with her mother (Mo'Nique), who beats her regularly, out of jealousy that she stole her husband's attention. In self-nurturing resignation, she eats fried food alone on a couch, expressionless as she watches television.
Or she fantasizes. One of the stellar highlights of the film is when the lonely girl fantasizes that she has been transplanted to an Anna Magnani movie, in the role of an Italian daughter, while a kind mother serves her food: "Muovati il culo" translates in subtitles as "Move your big ass."
Many stellar moments mark this film. My favorite -- and it is worth watching the movie simply for this -- is the scene where the mother cries out to the social worker that she let the husband abuse her baby out of fear that he would leave her, because "who would love her then?" In a shockingly human performance, Mo'Nique pleads that others do not understand how terrible it is when a husband's attention strays to the offspring. "I want him to make love to ME," she says, bawling, tears running down her face.
During the press conference, the team of stars referred to this mother as "a monster," the star going out of her way to insist that Mo'Nique herself, however, was warm and full of hugs off-screen. Yet what makes this performance so powerful is the fact that the mother does not seem like a monster, but merely a scared human being, very limited -- and hence all the more recognizable.
The film weakens its pull ever so often with some predictable "after-school special" scenes (the classic student-guidance counselor tete-a-tetes; the too well-meaning teacher played by a too beautiful Paula Patton), but the acting by the lead character and by Mo'Nique -- and the funny idiosyncratic fantasy scenes -- make the film, based on Sapphire's novel Push, an emotionally rewarding experience. As does the fact that Precious, at the end, does know something she is good at.
"I had to kind of completely lose everything that is me - the celebrity or the singer or however you want to describe me. That was number one like that had to go out the window immediately and that wasn't an issue really. Aside from that, it was like shedding layers of a mask or just skin, just really like becoming somebody completely new. Even more than just like, 'Okay, there's no make-up in this, we're gonna do a prosthetic nose.' They tried to do prosthetic nose. My face broke out from that. We had to take it off but it still... then it just enlarged my nose. It was like everything that could go wrong, you know, Lee wanted me to look as unglamorous as I could because you really didn't want people to be taken out of the film but he believed that I could do this role of the social worker."
"I guess people have this like confused version of who they think I am like I'm this like princess that fell down from you know, never-neverland like grew up exfoliating my skin with diamonds. No. That's not who I am. I really kind of had a lot of intense things happen to me as a child and growing up and stuff like that so I think we, all of us in this film, understand what it's like to be a little bit, a slice of what Precious' life is. I don't think anything could compare to how intense it is but I think we all feel for her and empathize."
Here's an another excerpt from the press conference. In this audio clip, Mariah talks about her rough childhood as it relates to the main character of the film.
"I, myself had been through things that I could draw on in terms of being able to sympathize and empathize with her character. And so I think all of us that were in the movie have been through some sort of like either feeling like an outcast or feeling ignored as Gabby described her sometimes. Precious has been ignored, you know, her whole life, the abuse she went through. All of us have had a little bit of a slice of what that tastes like. Most people think when I was born it was like, 'Wow, magical bubble.' And here I am singing high notes. It's worse than that. So I do know people who have been through some deep sh*t. Pardon my French. [laughs] Merde."
Photos: Mariah Attends Roberto Cavalli Dinner in Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-May-2009, 7:43AM EDT
Mariah and Nick attend Roberto Cavalli dinner held at the Roberto Cavalli's yacht RC during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009 in Cannes, France.
Note: Mariah has left Cannes. She was seen at Nice airport shortly before 12:30pm on Sunday, May 17 wearing a beautiful long orange dress and her hair tied to the side. She signed a lot of autographs in the car and was very cheerful. Thanks to Stefy for the update!
Mariah Carey was the undeniable hit of a dinner party Saturday night to celebrate the Cannes film festival screening of her new movie Precious - even if she did arrive fashionably late.
Guests at the party at Nikki Beach, where cocktails were served at 8 p.m. and dinner followed at 9, had given up hope after the star earlier canceled her scheduled appearance, then sashayed in with husband Nick Cannon at 11:30.
According to one guest, the glamorous Carey, 40, lit up the crowd, with many fellow diners holding cellphones aloft to snap a shot. "She was shaking everyone's hands, having kisses, saying 'thank you' for everything. She said the premiere was fantastic," a fellow diner says. Carey greeted friends around the table, including Precious director Lee Daniels.
"She looked a little tired from all the press junkets and so on," says the source, "but she had a happy face on seeing everyone."
Cannon, 28, was by her side throughout a brief stay at the party, where, according to another source with a peculiarly French way with words, Carey "was perfect in a perfect pink world."
The couple left after about 20 minutes, bound for a party on designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht.
Video: Mariah Featured on Le Grand Journal, France
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-May-2009, 12:37AM EDT
Le Grand Journal's Le Petit Journal People had its cameras follow Mariah's every move in Cannes. The host commented she looked great! Aired earlier today on the French channel, Canal +.
Mariah Out & About in Cannes- Le Petit Journal People [ Download here ]
Here's another video of Mariah leaving Hotel Martinez for the Precious photocall at the 314 beach club at La Croisette on Friday, May 15.
Photos: Mariah Leaves Hotel Martinez, Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-May-2009, 8:17PM EDT
Mariah was spotted leaving Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Click each of the thumbnails below to view large images.
Final Precious Cut to Feature Mariah Song: "100 Percent"
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 16-May-2009, 4:56PM EDT
Mariah Will Write/Sing Precious Theme Mariah Carey is so good in Lee Daniels's "Precious" in a small pivotal role of a social worker. But her involvement in this extraordinary independent film won't stop there. She told me yesterday at a lunch in Cannes that she and Jermaine Dupri are recording a theme song called "100 Percent" to be added to the final print. Expect to see and hear Miss Mariah at the Oscars next March.
Indeed, expect to see all the folks from "Precious" at lots of awards shows next winter. "Precious" is this year's "Slumdog Millionaire" or "Juno." It's a passionate, breathtaking offbeat drama that if handled properly - and that's questionable at this point since Lions Gate is not Fox Searchlight - could upset everyone's apple carts.
"Precious" is not in competition at Cannes because it was already shown at Sundance. Nevertheless, if it were part of the main race here, it would win hands down. It's just that good. Lee Daniels has taken the work of African American cult writer Sapphire and wrought a deeply honest, affecting, and indelible portrait of a young woman's triumph out of abuse.
Clareece Precious Jones is a 16 year old, morbidly obese and pregnant for the second time. She's an incest victim, and she's physically and mentally abused by her mother. This horror of a human being is played by comedian Mo'Nique in a performance that is guaranteed Best Supporting Actress in every award show. You've never seen anything like it: I cannot wait for the first Oscar nominee with an apostrophe in her name.
Precious is played by newcomer Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, who got the part after one audition. Like Ellen Page in Juno, Gaby is going to startle audiences who may think that she is Precious. She is not. She is simply a gifted, natural actress who has an amazing presence. The 26 year old New Yorker is going to be an actual overnight sensation.
Daniels, who produced "Monster's Ball," fills out the rest of "Precious" with a talented supporting cast. Paula Patton, a striking beauty, is Precious's astute, involved teacher. Mariah and Lenny Kravitz are each excellent in their supporting roles. Carey is a revelation as the social worker who must bring the movie to its climactic moment toward the end. She does everything right as Mo'Nique and Gaby play out the film's incendiary truths.
One thing "Precious" does need, however: better back end credits. I'm sure whoever designed them thought they were clever, but the actors' names are hard to read and disappear too quickly. Trust me, everyone's going to want to sit and see who's who when this film comes to an end. The producers should make it easier.
If you don't know already, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry saw "Precious" and decided to 'present' it to the public this fall. I hope they can get some others on the bandwagon, like Ellen Degeneres and Anderson Cooper. "Precious" has got to be a film that is not missed - by adults and teens, too. And PS, there's great older tracks from LaBelle on the soundtrack and a couple from Lenny Kravitz, too.
Note: We first heard about "100 Percent" as a rumored song title in June 2008 when it was reported Mariah wanted the track to be a theme song for either the Olympics or Barack Obama's campaign. At that point, the song had not been recorded yet.
In March 2009, producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox raved about the song after a recording session with Mariah.
Photos: Mariah at Precious After Party
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-May-2009, 12:35PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah and Nick at the Precious After Party at Murano House on Friday, May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France.
Video: Mariah & Precious Cast on Cannes Red Carpet
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-May-2009, 3:31AM EDT
Below is a video of Mariah, director Lee Daniels and the cast of Precious arriving and interviewing on the red carpet before the premiere of their film at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès during the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 15, 2009.
How did you get all this cast in your movie? It's incredible. Lee Daniels: A lot of prayer and a lot of love. And a lot of friendship. And a lot of trust. And a lot of soul, and a lot of belief. Lenny Kravitz: Amen.
Is it really different to play, to sing? Is it like do you consider both different? Mariah Carey: I consider them completely different. As an artist, I have creativity that needs to be released and I know Lenny can understand this. It's a different side of my creative self and I'm so grateful to Lee for allowing me to release that. This is a moment I'll never forget. I'm a totally different person, in totally different moment but I'm grateful to Gabby (co-star Sibide) and to everyone that worked together... ["Hero" starts to play in the background] Oh my goodness. I wrote this way back when. Haha. Merci beaucoup.
Precious Premiere at Cannes - Arrivals/Interviews [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
Tennessee: Limited Theatrical Release in Four States
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 16-May-2009, 12:28AM EDT
Here is an initial list of ten movie theaters which will carry Tennessee starting June 5, 2009. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2008 and played for a week in Los Angeles in December 2008. It is currently unknown whether or not the theatrical release will be expanded.
Landmark Sunshine Theatre 143 E Houston St New York, NY 10002 (212) 358-7709
Ritz Five 214 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 925-7900
Ridgeway Four 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy Memphis, TN 38120 (901) 767-3551
Coming-of-age ghetto tale 'Precious' triumphs at Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-May-2009, 8:16PM EDT
Hard-hitting US indie movie "Precious," the tale of an obese teenager trying to escape a lifetime of abuse, won a standing ovation for its director Lee Daniels at the Cannes festival Friday.
Daniels was moved to tears by the enthusiastic welcome for his film, which picked up the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and is running on the Riviera for the Un Certain Regard prize for new film talent.
The director was flanked by his mother, and by US singers Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, who both hold supporting roles in the film -- she as a dowdy social worker and he as a male nurse -- and who brought a splash of glamour to the red-carpet screening.
Set in 1980s Harlem, Daniels' harrowing film is the story of an illiterate black teenager, crushed by abuse and pregnant with her second child, who finds a chance to escape a dead-end life through a learn-to-read scheme.
The director said before the screening of his film, which is adapted from the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, that he was "deeply honoured" to be in Cannes. "It is a dream, and it is a far cry from where I came from," he told the audience.
Photos: Mariah Attends Precious Premiere at Cannes
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-May-2009, 7:08PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah posing for pictures on the red carpet at the premiere of Precious at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France.
A Platinum Star Turns to 'Precious'
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-May-2009, 4:44PM EDT
Cannes, May 15 -- A genuine paparazzi star moment occurred here just after lunch on a clammy, drizzly afternoon as the Cannes Film Festival hit its peak today. Mariah Carey, bedecked in a gold-flecked full-length gown, bangly hoop earrings and jewel-studded aviators posed patiently under a white umbrella, while the photographers and gawkers got their fill.
Chances are, they won't recognize her in the movie she's come to promote, "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." In the film, a harrowing coming-of-age story about an overweight teenage girl battling abuse, incest, early pregnancy and other depredations in 1980s Harlem, Carey, the multi-platinum selling singer with a penchant for glamorous, revealing clothes, plays a tough, no-nonsense New York City social worker named Ms. Weiss.
In "Precious," which will open in theaters in November, Carey undergoes a startling transformation that transcends the physical into the virtually existential. Gone are the trappings of fame and fashion that she brought out with full force at a press conference on the beach. The highlighted tresses she carefully tends with beige-polished fingernails are in the movie a mousy brown; out goes the square-cut diamond right-hand ring, out comes the full Long Island accent; even the perfectly blushed cheeks take on a bureaucratic pallor in the film, which is showing out of competition in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival. ("Precious" made its world debut at Sundance, where it won the festival's three top awards and caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, who signed on as executive producers.)
"Precious" director Lee Daniels, who appeared with Carey and co-stars Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe at the press conference, , said he cast Carey in the role after Helen Mirren dropped out -- surely making him the world's first director who, when Helen Mirren dropped out of his movie, thought, "That's okay, I'll get the pop singer who starred in 'Glitter.'"
In truth, the decision wasn't that spontaneous. Daniels admits that when Carey, a good friend and fan of "Push" the controversial 1996 novel by Sapphire, began dropping hints, "I never thought she'd be right" for the role. But he gradually came to realize "that if I was making such a bold movie, how bold would it be to cast Mariah? Why not go all the way there? And I asked her if she could dye her hair, put on a wig, take off the makeup and darken under her eyes. I thought she would begin to give me her soul. And she did."
Carey's is a supporting role in the film, which is dominated by a mesmerizing breakout performance by now 26-year-old Sidibe in the title role of Claireece "Precious" Jones, and the comedian Mo'Nique, who plays Precious's mother Mary, an almost psychotically abusive woman with a vicious violent streak.
As Ms. Weiss, Carey is a linchpin in the story, bearing witness to unspeakable breaches of faith Precious has been forced to endure. Carey's frank, unblinking performance is so free of mannerism and vanity that it literally takes a few moments to realize that it's her on screen. And it's all the more remarkable considering she joined the film's cast only three days before filming.
"I said, just let me kind of peel layers away of who the world thinks I am and even I personally think I am as a performer, and really, truly become this woman, who has a large responsibility," Carey said here today . "In a way, she is the audience, she is that shocked person who hears about what goes on and has to bare her soul because she's hearing something so horrific that she's never heard before." Even with such a daunting role and on such short notice, Carey says, she was confident she could do it. "Because I know that there's a creative side of me that needs to do work like this, and I trust Lee so much that I felt that there was no way we couldn't pull something out we could both be proud of."
Mo'Nique is already being touted as a probable Oscar nominee for her performance as Mary (she couldn't be in Cannes due to commitments to BET and her children, but she taped "Oprah" earlier this week). But with a well-timed release late in the year, "Precious" might bring Carey a nomination, too. It couldn't have escaped either woman's notice that Daniels shepherded Halle Berry to her Oscar win in 2002, for "Monster's Ball."
Daniels recalled a particularly searing moment in "Precious," when Mary throws a baby on the floor. It was one of the few times Mo'Nique didn't bring a sense of humor to the otherwise unbearably sad story. "I told her something I told Halle Berry when she was in prison and she had that conversation with Puffy before he went to the electrocution chair," Daniels recalled. "I said to Halle, 'You're gonna win an Oscar for this. I think you can win something for this.' I told Mo'Nique, 'People are really going to be blown away by this moment. She said to me, 'Lee, my Oscar is that I made you happy and that you had M&Ms on the set for me."
For his part, Daniels was clearly giddy that his Cannes debut is a film it took 12 years to make "with a little bit of bubblegum, Popsicle sticks and grease." He quipped, "I'm waiting for somebody to yank the rug from under me and tell me, 'Negro, you are not in Cannes. You are in Kan-sas.'"
Aside from a moment when Carey, a beauty school alum, snuck a little blush on to her cheeks , she was a surprisingly good sport for a bona-fide diva. "I honestly felt that [Ms. Weiss] would throw a little blush on," she said like a seasoned Method graduate. "But it doesn't matter. To me, it wouldn't be the same performance if I even remotely looked like the person that's on stage as a singer." For now, it's back to recording on her next album, a process she craves. "Being in the studio for me is the antithesis of these moments," she says, gesturing to the circus-like atmosphere around her. "I like to go downstairs in my pajamas and sing. There's no hairdo, none of that. Lee, you'd love it."
Videos: Mariah Arrives at Cannes, Attends Precious Photocall
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-May-2009, 12:55PM EDT
Below is video footage of Mariah, along with Precious actors Gabourey Sibide, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and director Lee Daniels at the movie's photocall at the Cannes Film Festival that took place earlier today - May 15, 2009.
Mariah & Precious Cast at the Movie's Cannes Film Festival Photocall [ Download here ]
Footage taken from French Television (May 15, 2009) - Festival Live Coverage, Le Petit Journal People (Canal +) and BFM TV.
Cannes 2009: Mariah Carey Gets Precious
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-May-2009, 11:22AM EDT
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, is the story of a young black girl from Harlem abused by her parents, struggling to get through high school and break out of the welfare cycle she's been born into. Playing as part of Cannes' official sidebar, Un Certain Regard, the film is directed by Lee Daniels and he was joined in Cannes today by stars Gabourey Sadibe, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey to welcome the premiere. Of course, they invited RT to lunch at the exclusive La Plage Vitaminwater on a beach front on the Croisette.
The film is a tale of tragic hardship but it's nevertheless full of hope and despite its starry lineup of supporting stars, it's as brutally real a portrayal of life in Harlem as we've ever seen on screen. Carey and Patton dispatch with glamour to play the film's integral supporting roles, as a social worker and teacher respectfully who work to rescue Sadibe's Precious from the world she's a part of, and we were impressed with just how good the performances were across the board.
"I read the novel many years ago and it really stayed with me," Daniels told us of his decision to direct the film. "Very few stay books with me, and they're mainly classics. This was that urban, edgy thing that was a modern-day version of those books."
Carey might seem an odd choice, but according to her director she wanted the role and was perfect for it. "Helen Mirren was going to play the role originally but Mariah and I are good friends and it was a very last minute thing, it sort of happened. I was surprised that she was as in love as I was. She never asked me to be in the movie but she hinted that she wanted to be a part of it and I felt if I was making a bold movie, how bold it would be to cast Mariah."
Carey told RT that she'd been a fan of the material for years. "I read it years ago and it changed my life. It's intense and it is life changing."
As a social worker in the film, it's her character's job to make Precious feel comfortable enough in her company to share the secrets of her traumatic past. "I said, 'Let me peel layers away of the world I live in and who I feel I am and really, truly become this woman,'" Carey told us. "I know there's a creative side of me that needs to do work like this and I trust Lee so much. I'm just grateful for being asked."
For Kravitz, the challenge came in completely abandoning his persona as a performer and inhabiting the character. "The thing Lee wanted to do was make me disappear. He'd say, 'You can't walk like that, you can't move like that, your hand can't do that, you can't talk like that." In an hour he completely changed my whole vibe. People didn't even know it was me."
The film's highlight in an already strong case is unquestionably Mo'Nique who plays Precious' abusive mother, Mary, and goes against type to deliver what may be the first truly Oscar-worthy performance of the year. She couldn't be in Cannes due to prior engagement, but her co-stars were strong in their praise. "Her truth as Mary was so intense," explains Carey of the one scene she shares with her, the film's emotional climax. "Honestly, that scene -- Lee just let us go. When Mo'Nique came in and it was the three of us, Lee was very protective of us. I knew my character wouldn't cry but it was so intense that I really wanted to."
For Gabourey Sadibe, the titular character playing in her first acting role, the experience of bringing the film to Cannes was emotional. "I'm having the most fun ever in Cannes," she told RT. "This is completely glamorous, something I never thought my life would be heading towards. I wasn't an actress, I was a college student."
The film releases in the US on November 6th with other territories to be announced. Keep an eye on it until then -- we suspect you're going to be hearing a lot of it as this year's awards season kicks into gear.
Photos: Mariah at the Cannes Film Festival
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-May-2009, 10:08AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on Friday, May 15, 2009.
Photocall for Precious held at Hotel 314
Precious Luncheon held at the La Plage, La Croisette
Mariah Carey calls film work "exhausting, exhilarating"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-May-2009, 9:46AM EDT
She's better known as a pop singer and her work in the movie "Glitter" didn't earn her much respect as an actress, but her next film, "Precious," will likely do a lot to change perceptions of Mariah Carey.
The pop diva appeared in front of reporters alongside her co-stars in the gritty, urban drama here at Cannes on Friday after a smashing debut at last January's Sundance Film Festival. In the film, she portrays a welfare case worker to a young, overweight teenager, Precious, whose life in the ghetto is hard.
To perform in the part, the glamorous Carey stripped down to her basic self and was required to wear no makeup except that which gave her dark circles under her eyes and made her look weary and worn. Yet Carey said it was among the best work she could have imagined.
"Doing it... was exhausting, exhilarating and it was just an honor," Mariah told reporters at Cannes.
Her director, Lee Daniels, said she plays entirely against type, and watching her perform - along with those of another music star Lenny Kravitz, comedian Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe" - will be a unique experience for her fans. "Mariah has never played this type before," said Daniels.
The movie came out of Sundance, at that time under a working title called "Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire") with an award and Oscar buzz. U.S. audiences can look for it on November 6, and international audiences will see it as it rolls out country by country.
Precious: If This Doesn't Make You Cry, Find The Wizard
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-May-2009, 6:33PM EDT
Oscar Watch 2010 officially just started thanks to the debut of "Precious," a new film starring Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, who will clean up this award season if there is any justice in the world.
The film -- which used to be called "Push" -- made a killing at Sundance earlier this year where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, all but guaranteeing it a major Oscar season push. Hell, even Mariah Carey looks pretty great in this.
Here's the rub, this movie ain't a lively romp. In fact, the film is heartbreaking. Even the trailer will make you tear up. There's simply no avoiding the emotions. So find the nearest tissue or shirt sleeve and watch the brilliance unfold.
This film by director Lee Daniels received a ton of acclaim at Sundance, so I'm in the minority for not being blown away by it. However, I do think this story of a large teenage girl pregnant with her second child (both fathered by her biological dad) and finding a ray of hope in an alternative school is a serious leap forward by Daniels. It captures the pugnacious, dreaming, hopeful tone of the book by Sapphire very well and contains a clutch of good performances, including the lead (Gabourey Sidibe), Mariah Carey (!) and especially Mo'Nique as Precious's hateful mother. She's so good it's possible she'll even get an Oscar nomination. I can't wait to see the next film by Daniels. It's called Tennessee and it stars Carey. So there.
Photos: Mariah Leaves LA for Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-May-2009, 12:48PM EDT
Mariah Carey was spotted at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles, California last night, May 13th, leaving for the Cannes Film Festival in France where her film Precious will screen and compete in the "Un Certain Regard" section on Friday, May 15th.
Mariah to Perform at Fashion Rocks, Brazil?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-May-2009, 8:58AM EDT
After shows in London and New York, Fashion Rocks soon will make its debut in Rio. Marc Jacobs and Versace have signed on as the first international fashion brands to participate and Mariah Carey is set to perform. Officially called Oi Fashion Rocks (thanks to sponsor Oi, a Brazilian telecom company), the two-day event will begin Oct. 23 with a charity dinner at the Copacabana Palace, hosted by Brazilian Vogue, followed the next day by the main event, which will take place at a specially built, 6,000-seat structure at the Jockey Club of Rio de Janeiro.
"We are going to feature four local designers and four international designers," said creative director Jason Herbert, who also worked on the show in London. He added that Christian Lamb, Madonna's stage director, has signed on, and KCD will produce fashion segments and handle international press.
Precious Nominated for MTV Logo's NewNowNext Award
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 13-May-2009, 1:40PM EDT
Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire has been nominated for one of MTV Logo's NewNowNext awards: "Best Future Feature." This award will be broadcast on the NewNowNext awards show on Logo on Saturday, June 13th at 9pm ET/PT and stream online at LogoOnline.com.
VOTE NOW for Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire on Logo's NewNowNext Awards! Voting closes on Wednesday, May 20.
Precious: Official Site Launch & Exclusive Movie Trailer
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 13-May-2009, 1:29PM EDT
Courtesy of Lionsgate, the official movie trailer for Precious is now exclusively available on Oprah.com and TylerPerry.com! In addition, an official site for the movie has been launched and can be accessed at weareallprecious.com.
Starring Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introducing Gabourey Sidibe, this inspiring film will release in theaters on November 6, 2009.
Lee Daniels's PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL "PUSH" BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo'Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.
Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn't know the meaning of "alternative," but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
In Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard, and winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire stars Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introducing Gabourey Sidibe.
Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
Source: Jennifer - Lionsgate
Precious, a Film to Watch Out at Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 13-May-2009, 12:50PM EDT
London Evening Standard lists Precious as one of a few movies that might be worth a look at this year's Cannes Film Festival (May 13 - 24).
Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire Who? Director Lee Daniels tackles the story of an illiterate, grossly overweight pregnant Harlem teenager.
Why? The film (then called Push) won three top prizes at Sundance and earned rave reviews, some of them containing five words you never thought you'd see together: great performance by Mariah Carey.
Where will you see it? Arthouses only, unless UK distributor Icon decides to take a chance on Carey fans.
Jasmine Recaps Mariah-Nick's Anniversary in Vegas
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 13-May-2009, 11:56AM EDT
A few days ago MTV BASE took a couple of days off work and flew to Vegas to attend Mariah Carey Cannon and her hubby Mr Nick Cannon's first wedding anniversary celebration which was being held at Palms in Vegas.
As if it's not bad enough trying to figure what gift you buy the couple that has everything, what to say at the wedding dinner toast speech or which bikini to pack for hot tub frolics. We had a dilemma before we even exited U.S Customs in L.A en route to Sin City.
When the immigration officer asked why we were there for just a few days and we mentioned a wedding celebration he asked who was getting married. In our confusion we stuttered "um a friend" or something and became flustered. We wondered what we'd have said if they'd have asked the name of who was getting wed. I mean do we tell the truth and say "Mariah Carey" and have them raise a cynical eyebrow and look at us as if we're nutters? Or tell a lie and their lil machine detects we're lying and a glove is inserted into a cavity before we can say "honey!"?
Just as we were getting over our "what if...." Scare, U.S Immigration then went through our hand bags and found our acceptable nail varnish and lip gloss but then looked unhappy with our (over 100 mgs) spray tan can we had just picked up at Heathrow a few hours earlier.
See readers, we used to love lying in the sun and burning up and aging our skin pre MC friendship. Post Mariah and us becoming mates she cussed us out for frying our skin years ago we've been very careful about not sun tanning and occasionally using a body lotion which contains self tanner for a lil golden colour. This time we were feeling silly and had snapped up a flash looking tanning spray just before boarding our flight - and it was expensive - and here were the feds jacking our tanning swagger!
They confiscated our spray on sublime bronze fake tan that we was gonna have friend of MTV BASE Monique spray on us in Vegas. When told, Monique sighed relief and said it was probably best as she was no good at graffiti at school and that we'd probably end up looking like a burnt orange. We wasn't having the worst time at the gate though, sat across from us in our mid journey flight transit in LA (in mid Mexico swine flu drama) a Mexican family at gate were given a ridiculously wide berth and avoided like plague!
That first night in Vegas, MTV BASE, Mrs Cannon and a couple of other girl friends stayed up until 7am catching up and splashing around in Mr and Mrs C's in suite pool. Did we tell you about the pool? It wasn't a regular hotel rooftop jacuzzi/pool. Oh no! We were on another level! Literally!
The pool protruded from the side of the building in mid air overlooking the magically colourful Vegas strip and was made of plexi glass so you felt as if you were swimming in water in the middle of the airspace over Vegas - it was head buzzing piposity!
That night MCC asked a couple of us to say a few words at the pre anniversary party dinner the next night. Normally MTV BASE are hard to shut up as peeps that know us will confirm. However the thought of speaking to a room of VVVIPs was at the very least daunting!
The next night, 40 very privileged people including members of both Mariah and Nicks families, head of Def Jam L.A Reid, music legend Andre Harrel, Steve Bartells (you better ask somebody!), singer Tyrese, Head of BET Stephen Hill and MTV BASE arrived at a beautiful cocktail reception followed by an amazingly scrumptious 3 course dinner which included a starter of "mixed greens, farmers market tomatoes and English cucumbers." The main was a mouthwatering "surf and turf prime filet mignon, butter poached marine lobster, spring asparagus, red wine demi glace and macaroni and cheese." The dessert was a "trio of creme brulee, molten chocolate cake as well as "lovey dovey white wedding cake."
MTV BASE were so caught up in the breath taking visuals of the evening and the classic conversations where Nick told us his story of how he and Mrs Cannon got together which was so romantic and funny, that when Mr C suddenly clinked his champagne glass and announced that there were only 10 mins left before we had to rush off to the party but before that he knew a couple of people had something to say we nearly passed out!
Gulp! Our big moment! By this time however our table (Mr and Mrs C, LA, Stephen, MC's bro Shawn, Nick's mum, and a couple of others) was having such a great laugh that we'd totally forgotten to get nervous and worry. We warned them that our speech alone would take at least 10 minutes but to bear with us. So we threw caution to the wind and just went for it telling the room our favourite anecdotes about the couple and why they were soul mates. Every couple of lines LA Reid heckled us but by the end everyone was laughing and looking entertained so we guess it went ok!
Others who made toasts included MCC's oldest friends Maryann Sheilds, Rachel McIntosh and Josefin Dean as well as of course MCC's bro Shawn McDonald and one of Nick's best friends Pastor Kase.
Then we were shooed down to the Moon Club where a lot more people like Floyd Mayweather, Sanaa Lathan and Emil Willbikin, were waiting for us and the party was about to go down. Nick began with a surprise for his wife by projecting on a huge screen a personal version of a video of MCC's song "Love Story" which was a documentary on their lovey dovey moments. As we all gulped with emotion Mrs C actually cried. Really emotional big tears of joy! First time we've ever seen her so choked up - it was a beautiful moment. She told the crowd she had the best man in the world.
Then to kick off the party Nick had the nightclub roof slide away (really!), and thousands of pink and lavender balloons were released into the tropical Vegas night and as they made a carpet across the skyline we realised that Nick had taken the roof off the party literally and that every male in the room was hastily taking notes. He is good!
Then the Cannons cut their 2nd giant white wedding cake of the night before Nick took over the decks and played a classic hot party set with a rock moment, a grown n sexy set and all the classics you'd expect as well as Mrs C's favourite song "Ante up."
At 4am after the party a few of us departed to the Cannons suite where MCC played her soon to be released new album (can't tell you title or we're dead!) to a few of her family. MTV BASE was formally introduced to the Cannons new puppy "Cha Cha," we twittered a bit and then we slipped into our bikinis to float in the once in a lifetime pool again until 7am when we called it a night! (or should that be day? Whatever.)
The next day was filled with power naps, shopping, picture taking around the Strip and a bit of dalliance with the slot machines, blackjack and crap tables. As the whirring of machines and ringing of jackpots screamed all around us MC's choreographer Rachel schooled us in how to play blackjack and we lost our cash, then made it up again and then won more! A whole 35 cents lmao!
The following evening Vegas was on fire as every flossy celeb flew in for the Ricky Hattan fight. On the American/Phillipino team were Diddy, Jay Z, Denzel, Jack Nicholson, Cedric the entertainer, Christian Bale and many others. On Ricky's side was MTV BASE and initially a load of hopeful, patriotic Brits which late became what the yanks described as a "sea of angry Brits."
The next morning (day 4 of the Carey-Cannon adventure), we jumped on the Carey Cannon jet and it was wheels up outta Vegas until our next adventure!
Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs C - you are blessed! Both "eternally 12," both "work hard, play hard and acknowledge the Lord in equal measure," and both "love a colour cordinated matching outfit." Whether it's the ski slope, hot tub or church, these 2 are always gonna be sitting there together! Braaaap!
Official Movie Poster for Precious Released
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-May-2009, 3:47PM EDT
Cinematical has just received this exclusive teaser poster for the film Precious (previously known as Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire), which will enjoy a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month after walking away with several awards (including the double whammy of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award) at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It's a hard, tough, nasty film -- the kind that knocks the wind out of you with more than a few punches to the gut -- but, as our own Eric D. Snider pointed out in his Sundance review, it's also "compelling and artistic, punctuated with warm humor and masterful performances, and ultimately triumphant and hopeful."
I could easily see an Oscar nod or two shelled out for this film -- which follows an overweight, pregnant, illiterate teen from Harlem who enrolls in an alternative school with plans to give herself and her child a better life. For one, Mo'Nique gives one of the coldest, harshest performances I've ever seen on screen, and now that both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry (talk about another double whammy) have lent their names and support to Precious, that -- along with a slew of awesome buzz -- should help it do well when it finally hits theaters later this year on November 6th. Check out the full poster by clicking the image on right.
Half of Lionsgate-Weinstein suit over 'Push' dismissed
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-May-2009, 2:04PM EDT
Half of the bicoastal lawsuit pitting Lionsgate Films against The Weinstein Co. over the distribution of a "Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire" was dismissed in a New York courtroom, court papers show today.
Both companies filed lawsuits in Los Angeles and New York Feb. 4, claiming they had an agreement with producers to distribute the movie based on the story of a young, illiterate woman who is the victim of incest and trying to find her way in 1980s Harlem.
The film stars Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe, who portrays Precious Jones, the central character in the film.
Lionsgate got to court first, suing Weinstein in Los Angeles just hours before TWC filed its suit against Lionsgate in New York. TWC also separately sued the agents for the producers, alleging fraud.
On May 6, a New York judge dismissed the Weinstein suit against Lionsgate. In doing so, he rejected Weinstein's claim that New York is the more appropriate location for the litigation to take place because most of the witnesses live there.
The judge said the parties "have a presence" in both New York and Los Angeles and frequently travel between both cities.
In its Los Angeles suit, Lionsgate is seeking a judge's ruling that it owns the rights to distribute "Push" in the United States and Canada.
Weinstein attorneys say the company had a firm agreement with the film's producers and that Lionsgate interfered.
But Lionsgate counters that the producers signed a written agreement stating they had no written or verbal agreement with Weinstein.
Confirmed: Mariah to Perform in Turkey
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-May-2009, 12:36PM EDT
Mariah is scheduled to be in Turkey on Saturday, May 23rd for the grand opening of the Mardan Resort in Antalya. She will perform a one-hour set to open the exclusive £926 million development - said to be the most expensive resort in Europe.
China's Best-Selling Singer Zhang Inspired by Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-May-2009, 9:28PM EDT
Today's Oprah Winfrey Show had Simon Cowell on the show and they were highlighting music competition programs and talents from across the world. China's #1 selling female artist Jane Zhang sang and when asked by Oprah who her favorite American singer was, she immediately said Mariah Carey then sang a snippet of "Hero" and talked about how Mariah inspired her to be a singer. Simon was there and began clapping with the audience. Jane then said she wanted to tell a story and said she heard "Hero" in a CD store.
In 2005, Jane was one of 120,000 hopefuls who auditioned for a new talent show, Mongolian Cow Sour Yogurt Super Girl. After singing Mariah Carey's "Hero," she was instantly chosen to compete for the title of the next Super Voice Girl. Four hundred million viewers tuned in to see who would take home the title, and although Jane didn't win the competition, she became the show's breakout star. With 15 number one hit singles, Jane's been named China's Best Female Artist three years in a row.
Source: Oprah | Jason | Marc
Mariah & Nick Arrive in LA on May 8
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 10-May-2009, 11:31AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah & Nick arriving to LAX airport in Los Angeles, CA via British Airways on Friday, May 8, 2009. Mariah and Nick returned from celebrating the honeymoon of their first anniversary at the islands of Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 10-May-2009, 11:00AM EDT
Below are scans from the May 18th issues of In Touch, Star, Us, Life & Style and OK! weekly magazines.
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 09-May-2009, 10:06AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 16, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #59 (Last Week #46) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #59 (Last Week #46) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #34 (Last Week #27) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #34 (Last Week #25) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #29 (Last Week #23)
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #77 (Last Week #79)
After a long hiatus, The Ballads has now returned to the iTunes Top 100 Albums chart. The digital album is currently #80 on the Top 100 Albums and #15 on the Top 100 Pop Albums. The album is offered for $7.99 and is placed on iTunes' list of "Mother's Day Albums for $7.99".
Source: Billboard | Marc
The Official Love Story Video
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 09-May-2009, 5:36AM EDT
Nick Cannon was kind enough to answer fan requests and upload the video he made as a gift to Mariah for their anniversary.
The video is set to the song "Love Story" from Mariah's album E=MC² and features footage of the couple in various happy moments of their life together including Mariah's anniversary party (2008), the "Bye Bye" music video shoot, Nick's marriage proposal to Mariah and Nick getting the "Mariah" tattoo on his back.
The video also shows Mariah singing "Love Story", footage that was likely shot when the song was intended to be released as a single.
The full video, which Nick titled "The Official Love Story Video" can be seen below. Nick first presented the video to Mariah at their first wedding anniversary celebrations at Moon Nightclub in Las Vegas on April 30, 2009.
Source: Nick Cannon
Background Vocalist Melonie Daniels Talks About Mariah
Posted by Liron on Friday, 08-May-2009, 3:33PM EDT
Melonie Daniels who was a longtime background vocalist for Mariah was interviewed by EJ from Gospel Pundit. Melonie is now a solo artist and a background vocalist for Gospel artists. Below are excerpts from the interview in which she talks about working with Mariah for over a decade and why she chose to leave.
EJ: Can you rattle off a quick list of people you've worked with?
MD: Mariah Carey, Kim Burrell, Ricky Martin, Karen Clark-Sheard, Marc Anthony, Donald Lawrence.
EJ: Talk to me more about your work with Mariah Carey. What was it like?
MD: It was incredible. I filled up a passport, had to add pages, and then pay for another one. *laughing*
EJ: Someone wanted me to ask you this and I told them I would: If Mariah was ever hoarse on stage, did you ever do her whistle tone notes for her?
MD: Oh, heck no. Mmmmm... That ain't my ministry. *laughing*
EJ: You can do that!
MD: Not those whistle notes, I can't do that whistle stuff. Well, I can do it, but it's not controlled. It's like a happenstance.
EJ: But you used to do her soundchecks for her, right?
MD: Yeah, cuz she wouldn't come. *laughing*
MD: But, it's like... at a certain point in your career, you know what you're gonna do and you know what you're gonna sound like. And if you have people working with you who know your characteristics, and they're able to handle it, you let them do what they do.
I don't think it was a "diva" thing. People who reach a certain status have so many people around them who overload their schedules. So, she would have interviews, photo shoots, TV tapings and all kinds of stuff, up 'til an hour before a performance. She wasn't able to even come to the soundcheck. So, I would end up checking for her and her sound guys- so on point. They knew what hertz, what megahertz, the treble... all that stuff. And I was able to mimic her voice enough that they could get exactly what they needed, so that when she hit the stage, it was ready to go.
EJ: What was the road like with her? How did you fare, as a little Baptist girl, thrown into the mainstream industry like that?
MD: I was scared outta my mind! *laughing* And I had a moment- I was like "God, I know you didn't give us the spirit of fear, but I've gotta be honest and say that I am scared witless that You'd allow me to go into this situation where I may be one of few, or maybe the ONLY one... I need You to shine through each and every thing I do- the way I work, carry myself, and sing." I didn't put singing first- I wanted my interactions before the singing because, at that point, singing was secondary. I had rehearsed and practiced enough.
EJ: How many years were you with Mariah?
MD: Eleven. From '92 to 2003.
EJ: Do you miss working with her?
MD: I do and don't. I did the road for eleven years and it was wearing. I walked away without it being a bad taste in my mouth. So, if an opportunity presented itself again, I would go. But I don't think it would be with that camp because I believe that, whatever my assignment was, it's done.
EJ: But, how did you know that? Why did you stop?
MD: Umm... God said it was time to move. I didn't have a plan, I didn't know where He was moving me, but it was a faith walk. And it was about taking the lessons that I learned in that professional surrounding and bringing that level of excellence to whatever was next, which happened to be Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica, New York.
MD: I've never sung with him [Stevie Wonder]. But when BET did the Walk Of Fame thing a few years ago, Mariah had to sing.
EJ: I remember that. She did "You And I."
MD: Right. And I did the vocal arrangement for the backgrounds, because he didn't have background vocals on that song.
EJ: I remember the performance AND the background vocals, and I could hear you loud and clear!
MD: *laughs* And I did her soundcheck. I'm glad they told me afterward, but he was sitting in the back listening to me. And I was like "WHAT?!"
EJ: I ask most of the background vocalists this when I interview them- can you assemble a dream team of background vocalists for me?
MD: Working with people like Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood, even with Mariah... I've had the opportunity to sing, coast-to-coast, with some great voices. There's a girl named Sharlotte Gibson, she's on American Idol now singing background. She used to sing with Mariah and she's incredible, one of the L.A. crew.
Update: Precious at Cannes
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 07-May-2009, 8:36PM EDT
As we reported previously, Director Lee Daniels' film Precious starring Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe will compete in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 13-24, 2009.
The film will debut at Cannes with two show times on Friday, May 15th - a Press screening at 2:00pm and a Film industry night at 10:30pm in which Mariah is expected to walk the red-carpeted stairs. Both screenings will take place at the Debussy Theatre in Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
Also on Friday, Precious is scheduled for a Photo Call, Interview of cast and crew, and a Press conference at about 4:00pm.
Rumor Mill: Mariah to Perform at Turkey Hotel Opening?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 07-May-2009, 2:30AM EDT
Mariah Carey and Tom Jones will each earn £1 million to open a new resort.
The 39-year-old diva and the 68-year-old Welsh singer will each sing a one-hour set to open an exclusive £926 million development in Turkey - said to be the most expensive resort in Europe.
The Mardan Resort in Antalya is owned by Russian tycoon Telman Ismailov - who also once reportedly paid Jennifer Lopez £1 million to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him - who is determined for the grand unveiling of his hotel to be a breathtaking affair.
A source close to the tycoon said: "Telman is not a man who hesitates when it comes to throwing big parties. He wants the opening of the hotel to be a major event and insisted Tom and Mariah be booked to perform, no matter what the cost."
The Mardan Resort features five acres of fresh water swimming pools and has a sunken aquarium stocked with over 2,000 fish as its centrepiece. The hotel boasts 560 rooms, and the best suite costs £13,000-a-night.
Many stars, including Sharon Stone and Sir Paul McCartney, have also been invited to attend the opening on May 23.
Nick Cannon: How Can I Not Fall in Love with Mariah?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-May-2009, 1:38PM EDT
Nick Cannon is replacing Jerry Springer as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent, but what sets him apart from mere mortals is that he's married to Mariah Carey.
Even though they just celebrated their one-year anniversary, Cannon still can't believe he got to walk down the aisle with the sexy chart-busting diva. And, he's ready to dish about his gorgeous wife and his new gig.
Waking up with Mariah Carey. "Every single morning I turn over and look at the most beautiful woman in the world next to me and say, 'How in the hell did I get her?' I don't believe in luck, but I feel like I'm one of the luckiest men in the world. I think one of the things about our relationship is the way we instantly connected. We both have a youthful spirit. We both enjoy life. We're both extremely optimistic. Aside from that, there's the fact that she's Mariah Carey. How can I not fall in love with her? It was one of those things where I went, 'This is a woman I can give and will give 100% of myself to.'"
Don't look for a duet. "I am not worthy of being on a Mariah Carey record. Maybe I'll help mix the tracks at the studio. I play a lot of instruments, so maybe you might see me in the background on one of her performances one day, but never like actually putting my voice and her voice together. The two of us on the same recording isn't going happen."
Being her wake-up call. "I'm her alarm clock. I wake her up every morning by singing to her and she's like, 'I can't take it. Stop singing.' But my voice does wake her up and get her going. Actually, I'm the one around the house singing more than anyone."
Video: Mariah Interviews with Extra at MGM Boxing Arena
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-May-2009, 9:57AM EDT
Mariah & Nick Interview with Extra TV before Pacquiao vs. Hatton Fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas [ Download here ]
Nick Talks About Mariah in TeenTV Interview
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-May-2009, 12:03AM EDT
Nick Cannon spoke to TeenTelevision about the new season of America's Got Talent, which will premiere on NBC on June 23rd, as well as what the first year of his marriage to Mariah has been like.
TeenTelevision: Do you want your wife to come watch you host? Nick Cannon: The amazing thing about Mariah is that, as busy as she is -- she has a movie coming out, she's going to Cannes, she's finishing up her album -- she still finds time to support the things that I do and it always amazes me. It's crazy. I'll be DJing in a nightclub, and she'll come in and shut the whole place down. So, I'm sure that she'll definitely stop by. You might not see her on camera, but trust that she'll be backstage in the dressing room, hanging out or something like that. That's just the type of person that she is. Nothing's too big and nothing's too small for us to share together.
How has the first year of marriage been? It's amazing! It's one of those things where it's continuing to grow. As clich� and corny as that may sound, every day we find something else new to love about each other.
Have you celebrated your anniversary this year? Yes. We told everybody that we were going to get married again, every single year, and we're going to do that. We had actually planned on getting married in Vegas, and we were going to get Elvis or somebody to marry us, or do the whole drive-thru thing. But then, we started inviting everybody and it got really big because all these people wanted to come, and we can't invite people to something tacky. Mariah doesn't do anything tacky. She said, "Okay, we're still going to get married, but we're going to get married at a secret location, the next day." So, we had this huge party and celebration dinner, but there was actually no ceremony because the ceremony was a secret.
Any luck yet with the baby plans? I don't believe in luck. It's all about skill. Because this year is so hectic for the both of us, after this year calms down, that's probably when we'll focus more on that.
MDJ Special: Your Favorite Mariah Moments
Posted by Liron on Monday, 04-May-2009, 2:47PM EDT
This May, MariahDaily.com is celebrating its 11th anniversary! We couldn't do it without you and we thank you for the continued support of Mariah and the site. And of course, thank you Mariah, for always being such an amazing inspiration as a person and as a musician. On behalf of the site's staff, visitors and fans worldwide - you have our eternal love and support.
On March 27th, Mariah's anniversary, we posted some of ourfavorite Mariah moments on the site and asked you to tell us what yours are. As part of the 11th anniversary celebration of MariahDaily.com, here are some of your favorite fan moments! Feel free to keep sending us your favorite Mariah performances, interviews or any other televised moment at email@example.com.
We always love to hear from you - please know that you are always welcome to send us your suggestions, comments, requests and share Mariah stories with us both through e-mail and now through Twitter too!
As part of the anniversary celebrations this month, we are going to give away a signed Mariah item to one of our Twitter followers! Any fan who sends us a tweet this month is eligible to win. The winner will be announced on June 1st.
Jimmy: One of my favorite Mariah moments was in 2004 at Disney World during the taping of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, she came on stage and waved to everyone, as she was taking pictures with Mickey Mouse, she started going back to the stage, and when she was right next to me I screamed "I love you Mariah", she looked right at me, waved and said "I Love you too!" Mariah is the best and I wish her the happiest anniversary ever!!
Luis: A favorite moment of mine off the top of my head: There was an interview with AJ, I don't recall the name of the show, but he was giving her words and then she had to comment on them or to answer with one word as well. He says "Glitter" and then she says "Dust!" Priceless!
Bartsey: One of the most amazing performances of Mariah Carey was her Grammy 2006 We Belong Together/Fly Like a Bird medley.. I remember that very moment, it was like MC's redemption in a way.. I like the performance so much because every element (the choir, the pastor, the cleavage, the dress, the hair extensions, the bejeweled mic) that made MC who she is today is in that performance, but more importantly it became meaningful because MC sang it with conviction & so much determination. Based on what Teri Hatcher said, she could've really saved us all with that performance.
Diego: My favorite live performance was Rainbow (Interlude) live at Teleshow Argentina, 'cause it was the first time I ever saw Mariah live... and soo close.. soo close, she literally hugged some of the first row fans. Not me, but still it was one of the happiest moments of my life. So close.. omg.. i was cryin, laughin. etc.. :)
Salim: I like this Mariah moment, because it corresponds to the vision which I make of a true diva. A powerful voice, an innocent look and a song which transmits a message. This live performance is not perfect but it's very nice for the eyes and ears. A big Bonjour for the Mariah Daily website!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 03-May-2009, 2:21AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 9, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Pop 100: #97 (Last Week #92) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #46 (Last Week #36) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #46 (Last Week #36) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #27 (Last Week #24) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #25 (Last Week #25) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #23 (Last Week #21)
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #79 (Last Week #89) Sales this week: 1,395 (-16%) Total Sales: 100,504
E=MC² Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #119 (Last Week #113) Sales this week: 577 (-3%) Total Sales: 1,251,165
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ritcher
Videos: Mariah & Nick's 1st Wedding Anniversary Party
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 02-May-2009, 1:03AM EDT
And here's video footage from X17. Nick makes a speech and introduces the "Love Story" video montage.
Mariah & Nick's 1st Wedding Anniversary Party Moon Nightclub, Palms Resort, Las Vegas - April 30, 2009 Download footage from: X17 Online
Nick: This is the most amazing person in the world and I dedicate my life to her daily and I truly love her from the bottom of my heart. She's my rock, she's my foundation, and together this union is gonna last forever. And as she always says for the haters, we just wanna shake them off. Mariah: We shake off the haters but we love everybody in this room and we thank you for being here to celebrate the one year anniversary of our wedding union!
Nick: So here - here's the knife, my love, you need it to cut the cake. We said we were gonna have a moment but before... Mariah: Sorry, knives scare me.
Nick: So we gon' do it like this. We got our family, we got our friends here, we got our extended family - you all, the YouTube people, I know this is going to be a YouTube moment, we love you on YouTube. Mariah:sings "YouTube..."
Nick: So we gon' do it like this. Before I actually have another present. We've been exchanging gifts all day long, but as we cut the cake and we're having this moment, I got a present that you don't know about, actually no one knows about, my mother... Mariah: Can I give somebody this knife 'cause I'm not holding it.
Nick: We're gonna need it to cut the cake, but I got a present for you that I've been working, you might have forgotten about it, we were actually working on it together, and then I went and did my own thing so hopefully you won't be mad at me after you see this, but I have a present for you and I'mma share it with the rest of the world, because sometimes you know, I'm just trying to invite everybody in to our journey and to our love story, so if everybody could focus your attention, we're ready, this is my last gift for the evening I have for you, check this out.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Bernard
More Photos: Mariah & Nick's Wedding Anniversary Party
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-May-2009, 10:41PM EDT
Below, view more photos from Mariah & Nick's One Year Anniversary party held Thursday night, April 30th at Simon at Palms Place & Moon Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nick And Mariah Celebrate 1 Year Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Cannon celebrated their 1 year anniversary last night at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The happy couple invited close friends and family, while they danced the night away gazing into each other's eyes.
The event began promptly with cocktails at 8pm, before the guests entered the fireplace-warmed room for dinner at 8:30pm. Afterwards, dessert in the form of a beautiful vanilla-iced anniversary cake adorned by two caged edible lovebirds was served. But the real fun began after dinner when the party got started at The Moon Lounge. Of course, Nick Cannon was spinning on the 1 and 2s to a packed crowd, before he surprised everyone with a videotape he put together commemorating the couple's first year.
VIP attendees included Sanaa Lathan, Tyrese, Andre Harrell, Def Jam president L.A. Reid, BET's own Stephen Hill, director Sanaa Hamri, and Giant Editor-In-Chief Emil Wilbekin. But the biggest celebrity of all was still the guest of honor, Ms. Mariah Carey, who looked stunning. The two received a wealth of gifts from their guests, including his and her baseballs caps, and a blinged out toaster courtesy of Mr. Stephen Hill.
Cannon dedicated the Angel champagne toast to his wife, before a balloon drop. The habby hubby arranged for the roof to open so hundreds of balloons could be released over Las Vegas.
Simon Cowell Loves Some Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-May-2009, 7:40PM EDT
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide (May 4th issue), American Idol judge Simon Cowell talks about the show and its contestants - the surprises, the disappointments, his all-time favorite and best performance; Twitter and the music he listens to.
What's on your iPod? Mainly classic stuff: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon. Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole. I love the old Mariah and Whitney stuff as well.
Mariah & Nick's Anniversary Party on Entertainment Shows Tonight
Posted by Liron on Friday, 01-May-2009, 6:00PM EDT
The Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon One-Year Anniversary party that was held last night at Simon at Palms Place & Moon Nightclub will be featured on the following Entertainment shows tonight:
Extra – Check local listings Access Hollywood - Airs at 7:30pm on NBC The Insider – Check local listings E! News – Airs at 7pm (6pm Central) & 11:30pm on E! Entertainment The Daily 10 – Airs at 7:30pm (6:30pm Central) on E! Entertainment
Be sure to tune in!
Source: Palms Resort | Gilbert
Fans' Footage: Mariah & Nick in Vegas for Anniversary
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-May-2009, 10:10AM EDT
Mariah and Nick celebrated their first wedding anniversary in Moon nightclub at Palms Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday night, April 30th. Gilbert gives us a recount of what went down at Mariah and Nick's Anniversary Party last night.
"My friend Gary and I showed up at Moon around 11:30, once we entered the club we saw all the decked-out festiveness everywhere. Nice balloons, and tons of people dancing it up. After making a round at the club to see which of our friends were there, we noticed the entire north VIP booths on the south side of the building were being blocked by security. And that's when we saw the 6-foot tall cake, gorgeous, white frosting with pink bows - very Mimi.
After staking out a good location and waiting for about an hour, we noticed Mariah was actually up in the VIP balcony of the club with Nick and a few of their invited guests. Once we saw Moon staff milling about the VIP booth with the cake, setting it up with napkins and champagne glasses, we knew the guests of honor would be down soon. I saw a few familiar faces; Jasmine D., Rachel, Michael Richardson, Tyrese, Floyd Mayweather were all in the 'invited guests' section of the room.
Nick came down first, but once Mariah came through, that's when we all got excited! The music was turned off and Nick said a few lovely words about his wife. Mariah looked very touched. Then Nick turned to her and said, 'We've been giving each other presents all day but there's one more that you don't know about. We started this project a few months ago and I wanted to have it finished for tonight...' Mariah seemed to know what he was talking about and held her hands up to her face as if ready to cry. Then Nick asked us all to turn our attention to the screens near the ceiling of the club and check out what he was talking about. It was a video to 'Love Story,' containing clips of the couple in various locations - some clips were from the 'Bye Bye' video.
After the video, a cavalcade of balloons were released into the sky through Moon's awesome retractable roof - Nick mentioned that the Palms had arranged for no air traffic in the area just for the occasion. Mariah kept asking over the P.A. system for some festive music to be played while the balloons were released, but the D.J. was taking his time which led Mariah to ask, 'Hello?! I need some festive music after that video made me cry!'
Our girl looked radiant (as always), wearing a beautiful beaded gown - I wish I could describe it better for you, but the people who'd rented out the booths near where we were standing had decided to stand up on their chairs and block our view.
Nick got the crowd moving with an energetic D.J. set, playing lots of old-school R&B, and at one point the B-52s... then Mariah got on the mic and sang to somebody named either 'Rasheem' or 'Rajeem' who presumably was still up in the VIP balcony: 'Rajeem, get your ass down here!' A cute moment. Then Nick told everybody to jump up and down and live it up on the dance floor as if they were in St. Tropez and the place blew up! They started shooting soap suds onto the dance floor and the crowd was hot!
All in all, being a mere 10-15 feet away from the lovely couple (who seemed very much in love) was all we needed. Lots o' Lambs were in the building - which was very evident since many people stopped dancing once she walked in the room and just stood there taking pictures. Nick asked if our arms were getting tired since he knew some of the footage would 'end up on YouTube' then Mariah grabbed the mic and sang 'YouTube' from 'Touch My Body' and the crowd ate it up! Nick thanked all the fans and called us 'our extended family' and kept spinning his amazing set."
Below are photos from last night's celebration. Thanks to Gilbert and Emeteria!
Source: Gilbert | Emeteria
Mariah Cries at Touching Anniversary Tribute
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-May-2009, 9:36AM EDT
Where has the time gone? With smiles on their faces, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated one year of wedded bliss Thursday in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort.
"It's a very special occasion," Cannon told the crowd at Moon Nightclub, where he was deejaying, "toast to everyone."
After a very private wedding a year ago, the couple decided to do the opposite for their anniversary, celebrating with a nightclub full of people. The couple did, however, dine in a private room at Simon beforehand.
Once inside the club, the couple were greeted with a four-foot birthday cake. And the surprises kept coming - at least for Carey. Unbeknownst to her, Cannon produced a video of the couple's last year, including video of intimate moments.
After the video was shown, Carey was seen crying.
"This is the most amazing person in the world," Cannon said into the microphone about his wife. "I dedicate my life to her daily, and together this union is gonna last forever. She is my rock."
Carey replied: "I have the best man in the whole wide world."
The gushfest continued after a balloon drop and a clubwide toast, which Cannon dedicated to his wife.
Mariah, Nick Celebrate One-Year Wedding Anniversary in Vegas (Us Weekly) The couple - who said "I Do" in a surprise ceremony in the Bahamas last April - arrived at the Palms Casino Resort's Palms Place Thursday night for dinner with 50 pals, including L.A. Reid, Tyrese Gibson, Sanaa Lathan and Floyd Mayweather.
The venue was decorated with candle-lit tables and a sign that read, "Happy Anniversary Mariah and Nick!" Guests snacked on surf & turf, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. For dessert, they had Creme Brulee and chocolate chip cookies.
Following dinner, the group moved over to the Moon Nightclub, where Cannon surprised his wife with a video presentation of the best moments from their first year of marriage. Then, 1,000 balloons were released into the sky when the Moon roof opened as partiers toasted them.
After the couple cut into a giant pink and white five-tiered Duncan Hines Yellow cake, Cannon hit the turntables and spun tunes.