February 2009 - Heroes of Mariah
"It's not called MC3 or wathever" 
Mariah addicted to Twitter 
Mariah can't stop anymore  Go girl!!!!!!  I'm not gonna post every update, don't forget to check Mariah's Twitter page a few times a day.

- To the studio will be there "all night long "(sung like Lionel ritchie or the Mary Jane girls) depending on how much vintage rnb U know haa
- Some quick replies: I friggin love you too! I can't really define the new album yet but I'm in love w/it and its not called MC3 or whatever.
Heroes comment: I can't believe some fans don't only say they love her and support her, no, they ask infos about the new album, go ahead and Mariah will stop the Twitter stuff....
Posted on February 28

Mariah started posting on Twitter!
Until now it was kind of some infos you find on Mariah's official site, but apparently Mariah now posts herself on her Twitter page, if it's not done yet, add her to your Twitter page.

- Waking up. "Good Morn-Ting"(said like Madea) watching my husband in "American Son" on Starz in Black right now. Check it out.
4 minutes ago from TwitterBerry 

- TRYING to fall back asleep but now that I figured out how to twitter from my bberry its like my new lil toy. Lol
4 hours ago from TwitterBerry

- Going back to sleep so I can sing a new song tonite.
5 hours ago from TwitterBerry
Posted on February 28

When I told you to follow/spy Nick to have Mariah news 
Thanks to Nick's updates on his Twitter page, fans were able to catch him talking on Chicago B96. 
Thanks to Amelia, April and Mariah Daily for the audio and transcript you can find on Mariah Daily.
Posted on February 28
For video collectors
Here we go again.....
- Extra TV Rumor Mariah & Nick Visited A Fertility Clinic in The Hills, click here to download.
- Entertainment Tonight reporting the clinic visitation rumors, click here to download.

- In E! News, Mariah's backup singer, Deborah Cooper, talked about how caring a person Mariah is, however, it is strangely tied to the promotion of a diet book, click here to download.

Source: Moony
Posted on February 28

"Precious" (Push) out of NY festival and pushed back!
"Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire" has bowed out of its planned closing-night berth at the News Directors/New Films fest in Gotham.
Lincoln Center's tony fest, which highlights emerging talent culled from Sundance, Toronto and elsewhere, unspools March 25 to April 5. "Push," the major prizewinner in Sundance, was acquired by Lionsgate, which secured marketing support from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. It now plans a fall release for the film.

The Weinstein Co. sued Lionsgate shortly after Sundance, claiming it had made an offer to buy the film that was accepted by sales agent Cinetic. Lionsgate counter-sued and the matter remains in court.

Reps for Lionsgate and Weinstein said the legal tangle is completely separate from the decision to drop out of the fest.
Source: Variety

More speculation today surrounds the whereabouts of Precious (née Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire), the celebrated, Benjamin Bratt-terrifying drama that won last month's Sundance Film Festival before tumbling into bidding-war lawsuit limbo.

We'd really hoped this one would be visiting your neighborhood sooner than later. Alas, Precious, featuring Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, lauded newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, and Mo'Nique in a career-defining performance as an abusive mother from hell, quietly disappeared this week from its prestigious closing-night slot at New York's New Directors/New Films festival.

In any event, it's a 180-degree reversal from Precious's trajectory out of Park City, where news of a big-time deal with Lionsgate, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey accompanied its Grand Jury Prize. That wasn't the only accompaniment, however; The Weinstein Company soon intervened, claiming that they had a deal to release the film domestically. Breach-of-contract suits and countersuits followed — none of which are yet resolved, we hear, indefinitely postponing Precious's appearance anywhere outside Sundance. 

Meanwhile, a Lionsgate representative told us this morning that the film is on track for a fall release.
Source: Lionsgate - Gawker
Posted on February 27

Oh damn!!!!!
It was to good to be true.... we all thought (at least me) E=MC² regained some inexplicable success as it re-entered the Billboard Top 200 at #132.
But.... Angelica sent me an e-mail telling me she probably know why the album re-entered the Top.  Angelica is working (not for long anymore) at Circuit City, all the 567 stores from the chain are closing the doors 'cause of bankruptcy.  At her store they putted the dozens and dozens of  E=MC² albums left at only $3,00  There were a lot of E=MC² albums left in the stocks not as much as Janet Jackson's thought.  These albums were marked down in all 567 US stores.

I'm not saying this is the only reason, but I believe Angelica and it totally makes sense.  Well, on a side it's still good news as all those people will discover E=MC² 
Source for the info: Angelica by e-mail
Posted on February 27

Mariah to guest on Nick's TV show
Nick Cannon has won over producers as the new host of U.S. TV show "America's Got Talent" - by enlisting his wife Mariah Carey to make a guest appearance.
TV bosses announced the actor/rapper would replace Jerry Springer as the show's MC earlier this month (Feb09). 
And, according to America's In Touch magazine, Carey has agreed to join existing judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff for a one-off episode this summer (09). 
An insider says, "Mariah is a superstar and rarely does TV appearances, but this is for her husband. In addition to her stint as a guest judge, she's even planning on being a regular in the audience." 
Source: Contactmusic
Heroes note: It seems Dean Piper (see Feb. 24 news) was right....
Posted on February 27
Sometimes you wonder why Mariah's name come up while you're searching for infos, until you see a tiny pic on the side 
Posted on February 26
Mariah attended another Oscar party
While Vanity Fair, the Governor’s Ball, and Elton John cornered the market for specialized Oscar parties, what about Dani Janssen?

In case you don’t know, Dani and her late husband actor David Janssen — yes, the Fugitive! — started the whole Oscar party business years ago. Eventually it became the Swifty Lazar party at the old Spago. But when Swifty died, Vanity Fair took over the big gala. David Janssen died suddenly of a heart attack, and Dani — everyone’s favorite person in the Hollywood community — downsized to the most exclusive gathering in town on Oscar night.

And so it was on Sunday — and a great relief to her guests, I’m told, who felt cheated last year when Dani took a break because of the Writers Guild strike. Janssen herself remains as secretive as Dick Cheney when it comes to her guest list or menu, but my sources say that Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Penny Marshall, Quincy Jones, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, comedian Don Rickles, Berry Gordy, Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg — who parked her motor home in Dani’s courtyard, and Shirley Maclaine all dined on Janssen’s homemade fried chicken and signature "monkey bread." Someone said Sophia Loren popped in, but I have no confirmation.
Source: FOX (All rights reserved) (extract)
Posted on February 26

MTV UK's "Greatest Album Ever"
Thanks to the ones who send me the news over and over, but there's a reason I didn't post it.  Mariah didn't make it....
Posted on February 26
Mariah buys furniture for new LA house
Pop superstar Mariah Carey isn't letting the economic crunch wreck her spending sprees - she bought over $200,000 (£142,800) worth of chairs, sofas and furnishings during a four-hour shop at a trendy Melrose Avenue store on Thursday (19Feb09).
The singer and her entourage closed down Kreiss Showrooms so she could shop in peace with husband Nick Cannon and top interior designer Kenneth Bordewick, who is reportedly advising Carey on what to buy for her new Los Angeles home. 
A source tells WENN that Carey bought a host of top items from the Kreiss Collection, including contemporary chairs and sofas from the company's Gatsby range. 
And it seems the Hero singer is set on giving her new home a taste of old Hollywood, picking out stylish items in beige and taupe with dark wood frames in rosewood and mahogany. 
One insider says, "It was like a raid - the shop was closed down and her huge minders stood guard at the door. 
"Mariah clearly knew what she wanted, but took her time making sure she got the right matches and designs. She has terrific taste." 
And the source insists Carey and Cannon made perfect shopping partners, adding, "They looked very much in love and she looked great." 
Carey has made an inspired choice in her adviser too - Bordewick has revamped homes, nightclubs and restaurants all over the world. 
He's the man behind the look of trendy Los Angeles hang-out The Abbey and he also oversaw the recent restoration of the Royal Palace in Venice, Italy.
Source: Contactmusic
Posted on February 26
Mariah Mention in The Dream's 'Love vs Money' TV Commercial 
Click here to download it.

Source: Moony
Posted on February 25
US: "My Love" day 2
C'mon guys!!!!!!  The track made it to #13 on the Top R&B on iTunes, but it's nowhere to see (yet) on the Top 100. 
It's here and now!
Also, request the track on your local radio!
Posted on February 25
"My Love" video
While the track is now up on iTunes and radios play it with moderation, we are still curious to know when exactly the video will premiere.  The-Dream's new video for "Rockin' That Shit" premiered only 2 weeks or so ago, there's now already a "Rockin' That Shit" remix video too.  Also, LA Reid told his favorite track from Love vs.Money is "Walkin’ on the Moon." feat. Kanye West, he thinks it will be bigger than "Umbrella" (we can already say this is the track which gonna be pushed, right....). 
We can only hope the video for "My Love" will be coming soon to support the track!
Posted on February 25
US fans: It's up to you!!!!!
Request My Love and download it on iTunes.
Posted on February 24
Mariah bashed by some medias
Some medias were bashing Mariah telling she was such a Diva, she needed a private dining room at the Grey Goose party. What they didn't say is why she was in a private dining room.  It's 'cause she was invited to celebrate designer Ozwald Boateng's birthday in the private dining area.  Some media really need to make their work...
Posted on February 24
Me posting this is not meant to spread negativity on Nick, everyone needs a push and if it's true and Mariah could help good for him!

Mariah Carey hooked up Nick Cannon with America’s Got Talent - and UK host Cat Deeley almost got the job!
You have to admit it was a shocker when Mariah Carey’s hubby Nick Cannon bagged the job to replace Jerry Springer as the host of America’s Got Talent. Well I hear that Miss Carey had a lot to do with Nick being hired. A source close to the show reveals: “Mariah was determined to get Nick a big job in Hollywood - and she wasn’t hiding about it. She was running around town touting his talents and trying her hardest to get him a gig on a big show. It helped that Mariah performed on X-Factor in the UK at the end of last year and got talking to the shows producer Simon Cowell after filming ended. She mentioned Nick would be a talented host. Simon had him audition and he was perfect.”

But Simon Cowell also had another person in the frame - So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley. The star also auditioned too for the role on America’s Got Talent but when it came down to the decision making they went for Nick - as Cat couldn’t commit to the show because of her involvement on the dance show. A source adds: “Simon still likes the idea of working with Cat Deeley on one of his shows in the future.”
Source: Dean Piper
Posted on February 24

Mariah and Nick at the Grey Goose vodkapre-Academy Awards parties at Cecconi's (Jan. 20)

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Source: Bilel from mimijadore.skyrock.com
Posted on February 24
Daily 10 Interview on The Red Carpet of Independent Spirit Awards
Click here to download

Source: Moony
Posted on February 24
Luscious Pink available in France
The site ParisGlam has now Luscious Pink in stock and will update their site in a few days.
Source for the info: Cynthia by e-mail
Posted on February 24
Oscar Party Weekend
Sandy Gallin hosted a star-studded dinner for Hugh Jackman at his newly built Bel-Air pad. And here, you would never have known the country is in the worst recession in decades. The house itself is 16,000 square feet, with seven bedrooms, and a swimming pool that measures 150 feet long. The bookshelves, completed almost seconds before the party, required their own decorator. 

Seen milling about were Mariah Carey, Harvey Weinstein, Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, Donna Karan, Barbra Streisand and David Geffen. 

“It was supposed to be, like, 10 people,” said Gallin, “but then I invited 10 people, and they started inviting people and by today, I was receiving phone calls from people asking if they could come.”

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King made the mistake of saving the house tour until after dessert, and discovered at the end of their expedition that all the other guests had left. “Are we the last ones here?” Winfrey asked.

Indeed they were. By that point, the party had moved nearby to the Creative Artists Agency agent Bryan Lourd’s home.
Source: WWD (All rights reserved) (extract)
Posted on February 23

Mariah makes todays Yahoo! frontpage

Click on the cap to access the videos
Posted on February 23
Another remix album soon?????
This was posted on Sound Check Music:
"I just received word that another Mariah Carey remix album is planned for a release in the next few weeks. It's supposed to contain new club remixes of songs from the E=MC2 album and some classics. So far, Yinon Yahel and Tony Moran are doing "I'm That Chick" and Jerome Farley is doing "Dreamlover". More info to come soon."
Source for the info: Andy by e-mail
Heroes note: Yinon Yahel is indeed  in production for a new title with Maya vs Mariah - "I'm that chick", but Maya vs Mariah looks so....?????
Posted on February 23
Censoring or Not? I decided not 
When I found these 2 articles about Mariah at the Grey Goose vodka party at Cecconi’s (see pic from Jan. 21), I first thought of censoring some parts, then I thought I hadn't the right to censor something written by an other person (as long as it's not mean or insulting) and afterall it's funny...

Grey Goose diva night
Here's some insight on how B moves. She was having dinner with a couple of ladies. All the while, a massive bodyguard was hovering in the opposite corner about 10 feet away from her. Like Secret Service. Except he was wearing jeans. For 3 hrs this is what he did. The only thing he did.

B looked beautiful. Grey knit cap loosely arranged over wavy hair, fresh face, very low key. But the best...the best is when B ran into Mimi.

Mariah Carey and her husband were inside the private dining room. As she was leaving she stopped to exchange pleasantries with Beyonce. The entire restaurant suddenly had to take a smoke break to watch.  Fascinating.

At one point both their lips were moving at the same time. And they were nodding and occasionally one would touch the other's arm, all while talking over each other. Amazing. 

Even better? While this was going on, Nick Cannon was ordered to stand behind his wife, chatting with a random, waiting waiting waiting, holding on to her coat. Waiting, still waiting, for 15 minutes he’s waiting waiting waiting. Mimi smiles patronisingly at Beyonce, Beyonce earnestly continues yapping, Mimi keeps yapping, Mimi then decides it’s time to leave, and Nick helps her exit the area. She puts her coat on, she seems inordinately chatty, Laura said she was drunk  she’s stopped by this person and another person and she’s the queen now, knowing everyone is watching, and Nick’s kinda holding on to her elbow as she cheek kisses a dude who is desperate to get in there and then finally she totters past us as her security rushes through the foyer surrounding her and ushering her into the car.

We almost died when she made a point of stopping to adjust her hair just as she lifted her leg to get up into the SUV.

And then it was like the entire place deflated.
Source: Lainey Gossip

Ladies Night at Cecconi’s
Another day, another celebrity packed night at LA’s hottest new venue Cecconi’s.

I was there again to mingle alongside the stars. Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Canon looked happier than ever before and apparently earlier in the evening Mariah and Beyonce were seen having a heart to heart and hugging at a table. Nice to know two huge divas like that can get along. Beyonce was looking super cool without a shred of make-up and a wooley hat. She refused to have her picture taken by the in house photographer despite blagging a free dinner at the exclusive venue! Cheeky chops!(Ouch... )
Source: Dean Piper
Posted on February 22

Mariah will be at every party!
Ms. Carey won’t be at the big dance Sunday night at the Kodak Theater, but she assured me, “I’ll be at every party.” 
Source: MSNBC
Posted on February 22
Mariah Interview on Red Carpet at Independent Spirit Awards Last Night
Watch the interview here.
Download the interview here (thanks to Moony)

Mariah Proud Of Role In 'Strong And Different' Film 'Precious'
We caught up with the singer/actress, who had one thing to say about Chris Brown and Rihanna: "No comment."
Mariah Carey has known her share of controversy over her markedly up-and-down career (currently on an upturn thanks to a successful album and a role in the critically lauded film "Precious"), and she's never been one afraid to share her opinion on matters. However, one topic had her clamming up on the red carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) — when asked what she made of the Chris Brown/ Rihanna situation that is dominating the news at the moment, she was unequivocal: "No, absolutely no comment," she told MTV News. 

Carey was much more loose-lipped when it came to talking about her much-heralded next acting project, "Precious," the story of a teenage girl living in Harlem. Walking the carpet alongside director Lee Daniels, Carey gushed that she was "just honored to be a part of it. It's really something that's so strong and different and I think that it's really going to enlighten a lot of people and help a lot of people." Carey plays a social worker in the film with comedian Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. 

"Precious" debuted at Sundance and quickly became the talk of Park City, eventually earning the Grand Jury and Audience awards. The film marks a change for Carey, whose career on the big screen has been lackluster at best. Clearly, neither "Glitter" nor "Wise Girls" was feted at the Independent Spirit Awards — though the former did earn attention from the Razzies for what it's worth, garnering five nominations. 

Carey lamented that she missed the big Sundance moment for "Precious" (at the time titled "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire") at the award ceremony in Utah in January. "I wasn't able to be there for when he won all the awards," she said before playfully being interrupted by Daniels. "Where was she?" he mocked the singer. "Obama was more important," he laughed, referring to Carey's trip to the inauguration that interfered with the Sundance festivities. 

Clearly proud of the film and all its early success, Carey called the acclaim "great, because I know how much [Daniels] put into the film. And all of us who participated in the movie, we feel so attached to this." 

"Precious" has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate and will be released later this year. 
Source: MTV (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 22

More pics of Mariah at the 24th Annual Film Independent's Spirit Awards

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Many more pictures can be found here.
Source: Socialite Life
Posted on February 22
Mariah arriving at the 24th Annual Film Independent's Spirit Awards in Santa Monica today 

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Source: CU
Posted on February 21
Mariah at a pre-Academy Awards party

Grey Goose vodka hosts a series of pre-Academy Awards parties at Cecconi's West Hollywood, during its opening week.The events will benefit road safety charity, RADD
In the back of the eatery, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon joined a large group of people, including Laurence Fishburne and NBC honcho Ben Silverman.

Most everyone had come over to Cecconi’s. Across from us, Jennifer Aniston chatted with Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Next to Elizabeth, “Fantastic Four” actor Ioan Gruffudd and his actress wife Alice Evans, commanded another group.

Further inside Cecconi’s, NBC chief Ben Silverman was hosting a table for British designer Ozwald Boateng. Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Cannon were there, along with the mayor of Los Angeles — his second night in a row at Cecconi’s — and more celebrities in every corner of the new restaurant, from Jason Bateman to Peter Fonda to Anthony Mackie to Isaiah Washington to “The Reader” director Stephen Daldry, “Frost/Nixon” writer Peter Morgan and producer Lawrence Bender.

The flashbulbs were flooding the front of Cecconi’s all night — Elton John and David Furnish had already been there at lunch time. It was the place to be. In the washroom, one producer told me that even though the entire star-studded cast of his new movie was in town, he — and they — had all been snubbed by their talent agency for that night’s party. So where were they?

“We’re all here,” he said. “And who cares!”

Pic of Mariah, Nick and British designer Ozwald Boateng 
Click on the pic to enlarge, there's a little 1 more on Rex Features site
Source: E!Online - FOXNews - Rex Features - Pic info: Dennis by e-mail
Posted on February 21

More vids for collectors
Shake them haterz off girl!!!!!! 
- TMZ TV (longer version) (DVD - HD)
- The Insider: HD - DVD
Source for the links: Moony
Posted on February 21
More pics of Mariah and Nick outside Mr Chow

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Source: CU
Posted on February 20
For video collectors!
Here's a zip file containing 3 online videos shot outside Mr. Chow in LA last night. (ET Online - Pop TV - TMZ)
Click here to download

Source: Moony
Posted on February 20
"Push" renamed "Precious"
While speaking at the premiere of his latest film, 'Madea Goes To Jail,' Tyler Perry revealed that the title to Lee Daniels's film has been renamed 'PRECIOUS, Based On the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.' It was formerly known as 'Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire.' 
Source: Blackvoices
Heroes note: They probably changed it to avois any confusion with that other Push movie, too bad I liked that title.
Posted on February 20
More videos of Mariah and Nick outside Mr Chow
Paps will always be paps.... turn off the sound, Mariah looks great.
- ET online
Posted on February 20
Video of Mariah and Nick outside Mr Chow

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Source: PopTV - Dennis by e-mail
Posted on February 20
Mariah and Nick outside Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last night

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Source: GossipGirls
Posted on February 20
Stevie Nicks wrote Mariah a letter
Nicks, who turned 60 last year, is a friend and inspiration to younger musicians, including Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch and Mariah Carey. 

“When Mariah Carey was going through all her craziness a few years ago, I wrote her a long letter telling her how everybody else is crazy — not her,” she told Rolling Stone. “I saw her recently, and she told me she keeps the letter with her jewelry! I love that.” 
Source: MSNBC
Posted on February 20

Mariah On Polish TV This Saturday & Sunday
VH1 Poland will be airing its own "Weekend z Mariah Carey" from 9:00am to 11:00am on both Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22. 
Mariah will also be featured on the network's show called Monografia on Sunday, February 22, at 9:00pm.
Source: MariahPolska - Moony
Posted on February 20
Tyler Perry: "Mariah Carey is so freakin' great in this movie and she is unrecognizable"
Perry: (Lionsgate execs) called me from Sundance. They brought it to me and I watched it and I called Oprah and said, "You've got to watch this film," and she said, "I've got it, I've had it for a month." So she watched it and then we were like, "What can we do to make this film get to an audience?" Mo'Nique should win the Academy Award. Mariah Carey is so freakin' great in this movie and she is unrecognizable.

THR: Is it Lionsgate's film or could it possibly go to the Weinstein Co.? 

Perry: It's Lionsgate's film. 34th Street has a first-look deal with them. There are two brains at work here. There is 34th Street that is going to do more of these "Push" kind of movies, more artistic kinds of things that people don't expect me to do. Then there is the Tyler Perry-branded movie that is specifically branded as simple stories, funny, family, faith-based, no incredible plot twists. It is very important to me to show children what a whole family unit looks like. If you see the worst of what a man can be, as I did growing up, you can also see the best a man can be.
Source: THR (All rights reserved) (extract)
Posted on february 20

New Mariah single this spring???
The-Dream spoke exclusively to Rap-Up.com about his involvement with Mariah Carey’s twelfth studio album, tentatively titled MC3.

“We’re working on M.C. stuff…incredible!” said the “Rockin’ That Thang” singer. “We’ve got seven songs already; it’s been like two weeks. We’re just moving right along, so hopefully she’ll just put the single out there in the next couple of months.”

The-Dream and producer Tricky Stewart have already written and produced the bulk of Carey’s follow-up to last year’s chart-topper E=MC². A release date for the new album has not been set, but the first single will likely be crafted by the hitmaking duo, who were also responsible for “Touch My Body.”
Source: Rap-Up
Posted on February 18

Good deal!!!!
After the info I posted this morning, Dennis searched more infos about the Corvette, the person who bought it for $115.000  from Joe is now selling the car for $137.500 with a signed pic of Mariah driving the car.  Good deal,  this means $22.500 for a signed pic, kinda disgusting, isn't it?
Source: Barrett-Jackson - Dennis by e-mail
Posted on February 18
Tidbit: The "I Stay In Love"corvette has been sold
In case you had a doubt, the car didn't explode for real in the video , Joe, the owner of the company who rented the Corvette for the video, says it has now been sold for  $115.000
Posted on February 18
Some Inauguration party pics keep surfacing
Remember, after the Neighborhood Ball, Mariah went to several parties including one at the Georgetown Club at Don Peebles' party, pics were alredy posted here on January 22.  Enjoy these new ones.

Posted on February 18
Mariah and Nick at church pics
For the ones who like complete infos about pictures, the 2 men in the picture with Mariah and Nick are Bishop Noel Jones (right), brother of Grace Jones who has his Ministry in the City Of Refuge Church in Gardenia (California), you can see him here or here preaching and performing at church, his choir "The City Of Refuge Sanctuary Choir" (click here or here to watch them perform on a Sunday office) already performed with Mariah, Patti LaBelle, Kanye West  and Diddy.  The other man is Bishop T.D. Jakes, the most popular preacher in the United States at this time.
Posted on February 17
Push related news
The Recession That Ate The Art Films
The hottest film to emerge from this year's Sundance Film Festival is such an uncommercial movie that even the festival's programming director didn't think it was going to sell. 

Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire, is the story of an abused, illiterate African-American high school girl who is pregnant with her second child by her father. There are no stars aside from cameos by Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey.

Yet the movie is now at the center of a well-documented legal battle between Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein claims his company had a verbal deal with the film's representatives to distribute the movie, but it ultimately went to Lionsgate for a reported $5.5 million.

Why spend money on lawyers to fight over a movie that the L.A. Times called "nightmarish" and The New York Times called "grim to a level that many film executives say they have rarely seen on film"? Because it was only the third film in Sundance history to win both the jury prize and the audience prize for best drama at the January festival, a rare Sundance feat. That makes it as close to a sure thing as exists at the festival level. And at $5.5 million, it's half the price Focus Features paid for 2008's festival hit Hamlet 2, which earned only $5 million at the box office.

In today's tough economic climate studios want sure things, not risks. "No one's going to buy a film they don't think they can make money off of," says John Cooper, Sundance's programming head. 

That's going to be especially true in the coming year. Right now the independent film world is still digesting a glut of movies financed during the easy-money era of the past three years. 

For a while, Wall Street loved Hollywood, throwing cash at almost any decent filmmaker who asked for financing. That led to too many films fighting for attention. In 2000 there were 373 films released in the U.S. Last year that number was 604, but the number of tickets sold was still the same.
Source: Dorothy Pomerantz for Forbes (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 17

"Kiss My Ass" 
No, no, this is not for the ones who bash me or my site .   "Kiss My Ass" is a remake of "U Make Me Wanna", the track is great, "Kiss My Ass" by Bow Wow feat. Nicki Minaj is featured on Bow Wow's Half Man Half Dog part 2 mixtape, the track has been sent to DJs worldwide.
Posted on February 17
Mariah and Nick wrote a song for Mariah's new album!

French magazine's Télé Loisirs correspondant in Hollywood had the chance to interview Mariah.  I'll translate the full interview later, but this is the most important part.

What do you like?
I love working with my husband.  Since I'm married, my music evolved a lot.  Nick and me have written a song for my new album.  I really love working with him.  I hope we will be able to work together again, 'cause it's a real happiness to be at his side. 
Source for the scan: Pascal by e-mail
Posted on February 17

Mariah and Nick at the City Of Refuge Church in Carson. Los Angles, CA. January 29, 2009. 
Pictures of Mariah and Nick at the City Of Refuge Church have surfaced thanks to Sihame from MariahSource.

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Source: Sihame - Moony
Posted on February 16
"My Love" radio edit and instrumental sent to DJs
The track (radio edit and instrumental) has been sent to DJs worldwide.
Posted on February 16
Mariah weekend on VH1 Europe
Saturday February 21 and Sunday February 22, VH1 Europe honors Mariah with a special Mariah weekend. 
Mariah Carey is an artist apart having achieved phenomenal success at such a young age with a number one single in every year of the 90's, the record for the most weeks at number 1 ever, plus currently perched number two behind the Beatles for the most number 1 singles.

Sa, Su 13:00 - 16:00 CET
This weekend we pay tribute to the Hero singer who also writes and defines all her material having had to reinvent herself on several dark occasions in her career.

Always fun, inspiring and creative, Mariah Carey is the feel good artist of the millennium with such blow-out hits as Dreamlover, Heartbreaker, One Sweet Day, Touch my Body and Fantasy. 
Source: VH1 Europe - Jérôme by e-mail
Posted on February 16

New take on an ethnic hero
Claireece "Precious" Jones in "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" 

If there were a T-shirt emblazoned with "Precious Jones Is My Hero," we'd buy it in a heartbeat. The protagonist of Lee Daniels' adaptation of the poet Sapphire's 1996 novel — about abuse, illiteracy, and the fierce and magical energy of words — is a hero of going forward. Daniels, a magical realist himself, says he slept with the book under his pillow, so it could infuse his dreams and then his waking life with its hard wisdom, its dark knowing. But newcomer Gabourey Sidibe's indelible teen is not the only character suggesting the reach of this rough and jubilant film into a diversity of lives. The variety of characters captures the richness of the "American" in "African-American." 

When Precious' social worker (played by Mariah Carey with powerful reserve) is asked pointedly about her racial makeup, it's a knowingly funny scene on two levels. First, it reminds audiences that even black folk believe they learn something absolute when they ask that question. They don't. Second: because that query dogged hit-maker Carey, especially in her early years. Is she black? Is she white? What's the deal? 

Director Daniels and Precious Jones move us forward by resisting some of the old questions and posing new ones.
Source: Denver Post (All rights reserved) (extract)
Posted on February 15

Michael? Nope. Magic? Not quite.  Mariah? Definitely.

MEMORIES OF MARIAH: Michael? Nope. Magic? Not quite.
Mariah? Definitely.

Though Michael Jordan was his idol and Magic Johnson is the player he is often compared to, neither made the biggest All-Star impression on LeBron James.

"My favorite All-Star memory was seeing Mariah Carey in the Michael Jordan jersey dress," James said Saturday. "Was that Atlanta? Yeah, that's my favorite memory of All-Star weekend. Whew!"

James was a high school senior in Akron, Ohio in 2003 when that performance took place. During a tribute to Jordan, who was playing in his final All-Star game, Carey sang while wearing tight-fitting dresses patterned after Jordan's Chicago and Washington jerseys.
Source: AP (All rights reserved - extract)
Posted on February 15

Don't forget to record/send your e-card.  It's here and now
Posted on February 14
The-Dream: "7 tracks for Mariah's record"
On his MySpace, The-Dream posted a video blog in which he talks about working on Mariah's new record:
"The album I'm workin on is Mariah Carey's MC³ project, I'm doing 7 songs or so and should be finished within the next week and a half"
Source: The-Dream
Posted on February 14
"My Love" single cover and iTunes info

Here’s the official cover for The-Dream’s Mariah Carey-assisted single “My Love,” which goes to iTunes on February 24.
Source: Rap-Up
Posted on February 13
No NAACP Award for Mariah
It seems the best selling female artist with 18 #1's is not enough to win; how well....
Here's a lil' video of the nominees (including Mariah of course) for video collectors.  Click here to download it.
Thanks to Moony for the vid
Posted on February 13
"Push" in New York!!!!
"Push" among ND/NF’s Chosen 25
Cherien Dabis’ “Amreeka” and Lee Daniels’ Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” will bookend the 39th edition of New Directors/New Films, it was announced today by Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at The Museum of Modern Art and Richard Pena, program director at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. They join 23 other films representing 20 countries, in a program “dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging directors.” The films will screen in their New York premieres or, in some cases, their United States and world premieres. New Directors/New Films 2009 will be held at the MoMA and The Film Society of Lincoln Center from March 25 - April 5.

Daniel’s lauded “Push,” currently the center of a legal battle care of The Weinstein Company, chronicles the world of Precious Jones, an overweight, iliterate, teenager pregnant with a second child by her own father. The films fantastic cast includes Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Paula Patton. It 

Lee Daniels’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” will also be showcased as the series’s first-ever Closing Night feature. The much-discussed drama chronicles the world of Precious Jones, an overweight, functionally illiterate, lonesome teenager pregnant with a second child by her own father. Daniels, working with a script by Damien Paul and an extraordinary cast led by Gabourey Sidibe and including Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Paula Patton.

The complete public schedule for New Directors/New Films 2009 will be announced in early March. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 13. They will be at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, MoMA, and online at filmlinc.com.
Source: indieWire (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 12

Let's cross the fingers tonight!
As previously reported, Mariah is nominated for a NAACP Image Award.
Outstanding Female Artist
Alicia Keys (J Records)
Beyoncé (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
Rihanna (Island Def Jam) 

The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. 
Halle Berry and Tyler Perry will host tonights ceremony broadcasted live at 8pm on FOX .
Posted on February 12

Bid on a Mariah autographed iPod preloaded with her fav tunes

Want a peek at your favorite celebrity's playlist? How about the chance to own an autographed copy of his or her iPod? Now, thanks to socially conscious Tonic.com, you can vie for one. 
Starting today, fans can register for an iPod auction series on eBay; 100% of the revenue goes to Music Rising, which replaces instruments that musicians lost in Hurricane Katrina.

More than 70 notables, as diverse as Bill Clinton, Warren Buffett, Ellen DeGeneres and Scarlett Johansson, signed over iPods preloaded with 10 to 20 favorite tunes. 

The first week's participants are Mariah Carey (who chose Da Brat, Kanye West and the Notorious B.I.G.), Faith Hill (husband Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige), Pete Wentz (Bob Marley, ABBA) and Gwen Stefani (Peter Gabriel, Prince).
Source: USA Today - Tonic
Posted on February 11

"My Love" impacts Belgium 
Belgian radio Top Radio added "My love" to their playlist.  Belgian fans, you can request the track at studio@topradio.be

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Posted on February 11
Let's beat Elvis once again!
I have nothing against Elvis, he was a great artist.... but let's beat him once again, 40 thousand people recorded their own Elvis song to send virtually, we can do it, we need to do it!!!!! C'mon, send an e-card to your love, your mom, your dad, your cousins, your neighbourgs, and add one for yourself, spread the link and ask your friends to do it too! If you don't want to sing 'cause you're outside the US and it costs to phone, then send the e-card with Mariah's voice (for some of us it's maybe even better ).   It's here and now.
Posted on February 11
US News: "The Ballads #46 with 12.200 sold albums
This week, Mariah's The Ballads dropped 15 spots to No. 46 with 12.200 sold albums, which makes it a total of 55.700 in 3 weeks.
US fans: Be sure to pick up your copy!!!!
Posted on February 11
Luscious Pink in Germany!
German fans can now buy Luscious Pink in the Karstadt stores or online.
Source for the info: Andrea by e-mail
Posted on February 11
Will the gossips make a Mariah/Nick pause?
If you google "Mariah Carey", you'll find entire pages of links to Nick's contract with NBC and only a few are a bit trashy.  Maybe with the Chris Brown/Rihanna case, the gossips will make a Mariah/Nick pause 
Posted on February 10
Mariah or not Mariah?
Yesterday, I posted one of the octuplets was called Mariah, I didn't gave that baby her name myself , I read it in a few reports (one of the sources is the New York Daily News), they clearly say "Mariah", apparently other sources say the name is "Nariyah".   In any case, Mariah or not, welcome to that baby!
Source for the info: Dennis and Marie by e-mail
Posted on February 10
Mariah was at L.A. Reid's House of Hype/Island Def Jam soiree
Yesterday evening, over at the chef's Beverly Hills steakhouse, host L.A. Reid's House of Hype/Island Def Jam soiree brought out Mariah Carey, Duffy, Lionel Richie, Grammy-winning collaborators Estelle and (blink-and-you'd-miss-him) West.
Source: LA Times (extract)
Posted on February 9
One of the octuplets is called Mariah 
You've probably all heard an unemployed single mom of 6 kids gave birth to octuplets by implanting six embryos which two split in utero.  I'm nobody to judge how you will be able to raise 14 kids without money, without father, so no comments.... anyway 1 of the octuplets is called Mariah.
Posted on February 9
Take that "In Touch" magazine ....... wait could this be the reason Mariah cancelled her Tour????
Nick new host of America's Got Talent
Nick Cannon isn't short on talent, and now Talent isn't short on Nick Cannon.
Mariah Carey's mister has signed on to replace Jerry Springer as the new host of America's Got Talent, NBC announced today.

The 28-year-old will join returning judges Sharon Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan in the Simon Cowell-conceived (parade of freaks) reality show when it returns for its fourth season this summer.

"I'm thrilled to be working with NBC," Cannon said, adding that network brass "understand my vision as not only an entertainer but as a creative show producer."

"I look forward to working with the network and their executive team on America's Got Talent and other shows to come."

Cannon becomes the third emcee, following in the footsteps of season one's Regis Philbin and Springer, who announced last week that commitments to his talk show and a forthcoming stage role precluded him from returning for another season.

As for Mr. Carey, he does have previous hosting experience under his belt, having manned four seasons of his titular MTV showcase, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out, since 2005.
Source: E!Online
Posted on February 9

The way we were, growing up on Long Island

Mariah's yearbook picture from 1987 is exposed for the exhibit "Growing Up on Long Island" from February 14 through October 25, 2009, at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. 
Posted on February 9
"If Grammys reflected sales, then Mariah Carey would have ninety,"
Source: The New Yorker
Posted on February 9
For video collectors: Mariah Mention in the Grammy Broadcast
In last night's Grammys show, they ran an ad for Grammy eBay online auction which they said that there were exclusive items including Mariah items.
Click here to download the video.
Source: Moony
Posted on February 9
Reminder via Yahoo Finance:
Sony Music Entertainment Presents 'My Mariah Ballad' - A Viral e-card That Gives Fans the Chance to Sing Their Own Version of a Ballad and Send It to Their Sweetheart

Sony Music Entertainment is giving Mariah Carey fans the opportunity to sing their own version of a Mariah ballad and send it to their friends and family in the form of a Valentine's Day e-card.

Starting now, fans can go to www.MyMariahBallad.com to create a special Valentine's Day card with a personal recorded message. Using one of Mariah's hit ballads 'Dreamlover,' 'Vision of Love,' or 'Hero' fans can then sing the ballad themselves or use the original version sung by Mariah. The ballad along with a personal message is then embedded into an animated e-card which can be sent virally to friends and family in time for Valentine's Day.

Sony's Commercial Music Group created a similar interactive e-card to celebrate the release of the "Elvis Duets" CD. The site, www.SingWithTheKing.com, which allowed fans to sing a Christmas duet with Elvis, had over 200K visitors in December and over 40 thousand people recorded their own duet to send virtually.

Mariah Carey's recent CD release The Ballads features 18 chart-topping hits including nine #1 fan favorites like: 'Hero,' 'Vision of Love,' 'One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men)' and 'Dreamlover.'

Mariah Carey has sold over 200 million albums worldwide. She made her recording debut in 1990 with Columbia Records, becoming the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Posted on February 9

New videos on the set of "My Love"
Thanks to anghugo1 on YouTube we get 6 video clips of the "My Love" video shoot!
- part 1
- part 2
- part 3
- part 4
- part 5
- part 6
Source for the info: Andy by e-mail
Posted on February 8
Weird article from In Touch magazine
Click here to read it if you want.
Posted on February 8
Videos for collectors
- Movie Maker Magazine: Push Scenes & Press Conference (Mariah Only) - HD - DVD

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- Mariah Outside Mr. Chow on Wed. from E! Online (another angle)
Click here to download
Source: Moony
Posted on February 7

Mariah prisoner of the crowd!
I already posted my thoughts about what happend at the presidential inauguration and will not doing it again, but seriously, just look at Mariah prisoner of the crowd while some other celebrities got a car with a police escort...

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Posted on February 6
Watch clips from Push
Watch Clips From 'Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire'
Click here to watch MovieMaker's coverage of the movie Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Push features Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton and Lenny Kravitz and was directed by Lee Daniels. This coverage features clips from the movie, an interview with Gabourey Sidibe & Mo'Nique, as well as coverage of the Push Press Conference, featuring Mariah Carey, Sapphire and Lee Daniels.

During the press conference, Mariah said: "Lee was encouraging us to go there. He was encouraging us to continue to go as deep as we could and to kind of just throw everything aside and really have an experience... This should be required and the people should have to see this because people that don't know that this exists within the world, they need to be educated about it. And I think kids growing up, seeing something like this, this will change. This will help change and help take us to where we need to go."
Source: MariahCarey.com
Posted on February 5

Download: Footage of Mariah coming out Mr. Chow Last Night 
- From Extra TV - Click here to download: HD - DVD
- From HollywoodTV - Click here to download

Source: Moony
Posted on February 5
Uh, Oh... troubles...
Battle for "Push"
“Push” Lawsuits; Lionsgate, Weinsteins, Cinetic At Odds over Sundance Sale
In the wake of this week’s high profile Lionsgate acquisition announced by iW several days ago, The Weinstein Company is publicly fighting to try and get Lee Daniels’ Sundance ‘09 film “Push: Based on The Novel by Sapphire,” claiming they had an agreement in place to buy the triple award-winning movie. Lionsgate and TWC filed lawsuits against each other yesterday, with TWC also suing seller Cinetic Media. Each side is claiming a deal for the movie, while Cinetic today respectfully told indieWIRE that Harvey Weinstein is over-reaching.

“TWC reached a firm agreement for the rights to ‘Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire’,” Weinstein Company attorney Bert Fields said in the statement, claiming breach of contract and inducing breach of contract. “Behind their backs Cinetic Media tried to make a better deal with Lionsgate,” he said. TWC has also enlisted David Boies in the action against Lionsgate and Cinetic.

“Lionsgate closed a North American distribution deal for ‘Push’, and the sellers confirmed that no other agreement was in place,” a Lionsgate spokesperson countered today in a statement, adding, “The Weinstein Company seems to have a different belief.”

“We respect Harvey tremendously,” Cinetic partners John Sloss and Bart Walker told indieWIRE a few moments ago, in a joint statement. “In this case he is over-reaching. There was never a deal with The Weinstein Company, there were numerous material unresolved points.” 

Cinetic repped the film, closing a deal with Lionsgate at Cinetic’s New York office late Friday night, according to insiders at the time. The North American rights pact, which includes the support of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street banner, was pegged at a $5.5 million sale. Late Friday, after indieWIRE caught wind that the deal was closing, a Lionsgate rep declined to confirm the sale saying that a pact was premature and still being negotiated. On Monday, LGF announced its acquisition highlighting the support of Winfrey and Perry.

Bert Fields’ TWC statement noted that Lionsgate filed a pre-emptive suit against TWC yesterday. “This is obvious forum-shopping by a party that knew TWC was going to sue,” the Fields statement continued, “We will deal with it appropriately.”

“With this filing, we are simply protecting our rights and seeking a judicial declaration that The Weinstein Company does not have any right, title or interest in ‘Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire’,” the Lionsgate spokesperson said.

An insider close to the deal today noted that TWC was understood to be pursuing a worldwide deal for the movie but Cinetic brokered a pact for North American rights. International rights to the movie are going on the market here at the European Film Market in Berlin via Elephant Eye Films.

Buzz about the suit is enhanced by the recent executive shuffle between the two companies. In a move announced last week, longtime Lionsgate President of Theatrical Films Tom Ortenberg recently left the company to join The Weinstein Company as its President of Theatrical Films.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that the Lionsgate suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, preceded TWC’s action yesterday. The trade paper reported, “The moves were seen as an attempt by each side to stake out jurisdiction. Often in cases featuring identical parties and issues, the case will be heard in the venue where the first lawsuit is filed; this instance is murkier, however, since both lawsuits were filed on the same day.”

For some, the situation evokes a 2005 situation at the Toronto International Film Festival surrounding the rights to Jason Reitman’s “Thank You For Smoking,” although insiders claim the situation is quite different. That deal, brokered by William Morris, played out after Searchlight announced a deal and then Paramount claimed it had secured a deal for the film. Searchlight prevailed and released the film.

Produced by Lee Daniels, and Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness of Smokewood Entertainment Group (S.E.G.), the “Push” was executive produced by Lisa Cortes and Tom Heller, from a script by Damien Paul, based on Sapphire’s 1996 book. The film stars Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd and Lenny Kravitz.  The pact is the second collaboration between Lionsgate and Daniels, who produced the company’s Oscar-winning “Monster’s Ball.” 
Source: indieWire (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 5

Lil' video of Mariah and Nick leaving Mr. Chow
Click here to watch the video, courtesy of Hollywood.tv
Posted on February 5
Mariah and Nick spotted at Mr. Chow yesterday
Smiling and waving to her adoring fans, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon were spotted walking hand-in-hand into Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night (February 4). 
Hitting the famous Asian eatery while in town for the Grammys, Nick was ever-the-gentleman as her escorted his lady by opening her door and keeping her close to his side.

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Source: Gossip Girls
Posted on February 5
Rihanna used to sing "Vision of Love" in the shower
A video commercial, which features Rihanna, for this year's Grammy Awards has arrived. It features the names of singles, which become Rihanna's inspiration in making music, dancing to "Disturbia" beat. At the end, all the letters come together and form Rihanna's face with a tag read, "Celebrate the Music That Makes Us." 
Stating that she has "always been a lover of music," Rihanna shares that since she was only a little girl, she has listened to Madonna, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. She then adds, "I used to sing 'Vision of Love' all the time in the shower with toothbrush as my microphone. You'll never know, maybe some little girls doing the same thing with my songs. That will be pretty cool." 
You can watch the commerciah here.
Source: Aceshowbiz
Heroes comment: Wait, Riri is born in 1988 right?  This means she sang "Vision of Love" in the shower at 2 years old  (no, I'm not making fun of her, I'm not interested in what she does, it's just, well.... )
Posted on February 5
"Marvelous Mariah" doll
Don't get all excited , it's not our Mariah doll...
A company which makes dolls was smart (or let's say dumb) to make 2 dolls called "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" (well, well...) but they claimed the dolls were not named after President Obama's daughters.... Michelle Obama, released a statement after the dolls' original names were announced and called the move "inappropriate."   So now the dolls are renamed "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney".
Posted on February 4
Video of The-Dream talking working with Mariah
Last week (see January 30 news), while at the listening party for "Love vs. Money, The-Dream talked about "My Love" and working on Mariah's new album. 
Nothing really new, but here's the video.
Source for the info: Dinter by e-mail
Posted on February 4
"The Ballads #31 with 14.800 sold albums
This week, Mariah's The Ballads dropped 21 spots to No. 31 with 14,800 sold albums, which makes it a total of 43.400 in 2 weeks.
US fans: Be sure to pick up your copy!!!!
Posted on February 4
"Tennessee" due for theatrical release next month???
Filmmaker Daniels happy about promotion
"GOD PUT OPRAH HERE for a reason. You can't get someone who believes in you the way she does," says Wynnefield native filmmaker Lee Daniels. He's thrilled that both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have agreed to do what they can to promote his new film, "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," which has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate Films.
Daniels swears the film, about a teenage girl in Harlem who is pregnant for the second time with her father's baby, is "not as dark as people might think." He assures it's "OK to laugh along with the situation as our main character [played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe] does." Despite the multiple awards heaped on the film at Sundance, where it premiered, Daniels, who won an Oscar for producing "Monster's Ball," says he "learned early on never to read any of my reviews because if I believe the good ones, I have to believe the bad ones." So he's not too excited. 

His next film, "Tennessee," stars Mariah Carey and is due for theatrical release next month. Carey also co-stars in "Push," which has no release date yet.
Source: Philly Daily News
Posted on February 4

Send a Mariah Valentine ecard!

Sing Your Favorite Mariah Ballad!
As part of the promotion for Mariah Carey The Ballads, Sony Music Entertainment is giving fans the opportunity to sing their own version of a Mariah ballad and send it to their friends and family in the form of a Valentine's Day ecard.

Starting February 2, fans can go to www.MyMariahBallad.com to create a special Valentine's Day card with a personal recorded message. Using one of Mariah's hit ballads "Dreamlover," "Vision of Love," or "Hero" fans can then sing the ballad themselves or use the original version sung by Mariah. The ballad along with a personal message is then embedded into an animated e-card which can be sent virally to friends and family in time for Valentine's Day.
Source: MCarey.com - Sony
Posted on February 3

US fans: One Sweet Day Sweepstakes with VH1.com

Want to win a complete set of Mariah's CDs on the Sony label, a deluxe edition of The Ballads (which includes a sample of her Luscious Pink fragrance) an autographed photo and a Mariah-branded iPod Nano? Well, jump into VH1's Mariah Carey: One Sweet Day sweepstakes.  All you have to do is write some romantic missives in on the contest page at VH1.com.

They could be about your current love, an old flame, a horrible break-up, a wonderful new relationship, your favorite Mariah romance tune, or anything else having to do with the topsy-turvy world of romantic endeavors. The comments must be 50 words or less. 

The contest ends on February 16 at Noon.  Good Luck! 
Source: MariahCarey.com
Posted on February 3

"Tennessee" theatrical release later this year
In a Press Release telling Larry Levy is named Vice President, Theatrical Distribution at Vivendi Entertainment, they quote:
"On deck for later this year is Tennessee from producer Lee Daniels (Push, Monster's Ball, The Woodsman) and starring Mariah Carey."
Source: Yahoo!Finance
Posted on February 3
Press Release
Lionsgate(R) Pulls in Lee Daniels' Sundance Film Festival Triple Award Winner PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE

Studio Acquires North American Distribution Rights From Smokewood Entertainment Group And Reunites With Academy Award(R) Winning Monster's Ball Producer Daniels

LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE: LGF), a leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights to 2009 Sundance Film Festival sensation PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE. Directed by Lee Daniels (SHADOWBOXER), PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, only the third film in Festival history to do so. Star Mo'Nique was honored with a Special Jury Prize for acting. PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE was produced by Daniels, and Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness under their Smokewood Entertainment Group (S.E.G.) banner; Lisa Cortes and Tom Heller were executive producers. The screenplay was written by Damien Paul, based on Sapphire's 1996 book. PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE stars newcomer Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Paula Patton (DEJA VU), Mo'Nique (SHADOWBOXER), Grammy(R) Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd ("30 Rock") and Grammy(R) Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz. The deal marks the second collaboration between Lionsgate and Daniels, who produced the studio's Academy Award(R)-winning MONSTER'S BALL. The announcement was made by Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

In an unprecedented partnership, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry will support Lionsgate's distribution of PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE, through their respective motion picture companies, Harpo Films and 34th Street Films. It will be the first film affiliated with Perry's 34th Street banner. 

"PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE is an extraordinary film about taking hold of life; to watch it is to be galvanized and uplifted," said Constantine. "MONSTER'S BALL introduced Lee as a gifted producer; we believe PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE firmly establishes him as one of America's finest directors."

Said Daniels, "I know from my MONSTER'S BALL experience that PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE has found the best home possible. I'm really looking forward to working again with smart, innovative friends at Lionsgate."

Commented Winfrey, "I've never seen anything like it. The moment I saw PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE, I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to encourage other people to see this movie. The film is so raw and powerful - it split me open." 

Added Perry, "I am honored to join Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate in releasing Lee Daniels' exceptional film. I was immensely moved by PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE, and wanted to do whatever I could to help others share in its redemptive experience. Lionsgate is the ideal studio to shepherd this artistically courageous film to market."

"We like to work with filmmakers who harness instinct and vision to compelling projects, creating motion pictures that resonate emotionally with an audience. That is why we chose PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE," said Sarah Siegel-Magness, managing partner of S.E.G. 

PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE is the second film directed by Daniels, following 2006's SHADOWBOXER. Daniels made motion picture history with his first film as a producer, MONSTER'S BALL, becoming the first African-American sole producer of an Academy Award-winning, substantial critical and box office success. The film garnered Halle Berry the 2002 Academy Award(R) for Best Actress and also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Daniels subsequently produced the award-winning drama THE WOODSMAN and the recent TENNESSEE, which was funded by S.E.G. in its first collaboration with Lee Daniels Entertainment. S.E.G. fully financed PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE. 

The deal was negotiated by Eda Kowan, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Constantine on behalf of Lionsgate; Cinetic sold the film and negotiated the deal on behalf of S.E.G. and Lee Daniels in close collaboration with attorneys Roger Arar and Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb, Sloss Eckhouse Brennan, and Jonathan Gray of Gray Krauss.

FILM SYNOPSIS (Courtesy Of Sundance Institute) 

With sheer audacity and utter authenticity, director Lee Daniels tackles PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE and creates an unforgettable film that sets a new standard for cinema of its kind. Precious Jones (Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father's child - for the second time. She can't read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo'Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious's instincts tell her one thing: if she's ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. Don't be misled - PUSH: BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope. The entire cast are amazing; they carry out a firestorm of raw emotion. Daniels has drawn from them inimitable performances that will rivet you to your seat and leave you too shocked to breathe. If you passed Precious on the street, you probably wouldn't notice her. But when her story is revealed, as Daniels does in this courageous film, you are left with an indelible image of a young woman who - with creativity, humor, and ferocity - finds the strength to turn her life around. 
Source: PR Newswire (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 2

Great news!!!
Lionsgate, Winfrey, Perry push 'Push'
Lionsgate has acquired Sundance Film Festival winner “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire.” Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry will team up to help promote the film.
Directed by Lee Daniels from an adapted script by Damien Paul, “Push” became only the third film in Sundance history to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition last month. Film stars newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. 

Project reteams Lionsgate and Daniels for the first time since “Monster’s Ball.” 

“Push” revolves around an overweight, illiterate African-American teen in Harlem who is about to give birth to her second child when she is accepted into an alternative school.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. The moment I saw ‘Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire,’ I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to encourage other people to see this movie. The film is so raw and powerful--it split me open,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey and Perry will promote “Push” through their respective film companies, Harpo Films and 34th Street Films.

Lionsgate prexy of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine announced the deal.
Source: Variety (All rights reserved)
Posted on February 2

Grammy Charity Auction: Mariah Carey Signed Anthology Songbook 

On December 3, 2008 Mariah Carey performed her very own 2008 GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame inducted song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” at the GRAMMY Nominations Live Concert held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. This is only one of Mariah’s many smash hits, and while backstage during rehearsals of this performance, Mariah signed the cover of her Anthology songbook which includes 40 of the diva’s biggest hits as well as four beautiful 9” x 12” color photographs.
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Grammy Charity Auction: Celebrity Diva Signed Daisy Rock Electric Guitar

This electrifying purple Daisy Rock guitar was signed by four of the greatest divas of pop music, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Taylor Swift while backstage at the GRAMMY® Nominations Live Concert on Dec. 3, 2008 in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles where they each performed at the Nokia Theatre. Christina, Mariah and Taylor all personalized their signatures with a heart, while Celine wrote “Love, Celine Dion, oxo…”
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Posted on February 2

For video collectors!
- Mariah talking about Hero from Splashcast.net (not tagged) - click here to download.
- Mariah at the Push Premiere Q&A (shot by greeningproductions on YouTube) - click here to download.
- Short clips from Access Hollywood where Jessica Simpson's weight gain and high waist jeans were discussed, HD or DVD.
Thanks to Moony
Posted on February 1
Fans on set of the video 
A few years ago, Mariah allowed Sylvain from the French fan club to take pics of the "Say Somethin" vid inside the Louis Vuitton store in Paris, this time Nick allows MariahDaily's team to take some shoots from the "My Love" vid 

The one-block stretch of South Pecan Street was closed to traffic and promptly at 3:30pm, the video shooting commenced with a scene showing Mariah on a house porch singing. Below you will find the description of each of the scenes filmed, in the sequence that they were shot (not necessarily the sequence in which they will appear in the video). Director Nick called it a day at 10:00pm.

Scene 1: Mariah is on the porch singing. At the end of the song, Rachel, Mariah's friend and choreographer enters the scene, hands her a puppy and she pets it.
Scene 2: Mariah gets ice cream with two kids. The-Dream, driving a flashy sports car, passes by the neighborhood and sees Mariah and she joins him in the car.
Scene 3: The-Dream and Mariah sing in the street. People from the neighborhood join in the scene.
Scene 4: Skit. Mariah is seen cooking, and gets into a fight with The-Dream in the kitchen talking about unpaid bills, among other things. (We think that the skit will be a prelude to the music video)
Scene 5: Mariah is singing in the bedroom.

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Source: MariahDailyJournal - Andy, Ronald, Lena by e-mail
Posted on February 1


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