Okay we’re off to the start of hopefully a beautiful 2007. Here are a few of my favs to kick off the new year!
DREAMGIRLS (I know this came out in 2006 – but it’s still playing in 2007 – had to discuss)
Based on the 1981 Broadway musical comes Dreamgirls (which I was so fortunate to see as a little girl), a story of greed, tough hate, and romance. Three young women Deena Jones (Knowles), Effie White (Hudson), and Lorrell Robinson (Rose) desire to become pop stars and get their wish when they're picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early (Murphy). Then they're set free for leads, but Curtis Taylor (Foxx) and Effie's brother C.C. (Robinson) decide for Deena to be lead which upsets Effie.
This movie contains both original Broadway and new songs and it's one movie that the whole family will enjoy! With Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Keith Robinson, and Danny Glover!
Bill Condon's glitzy adaptation of the '80s Broadway hit reaches a very high peak with its centrepiece. As Effie, the most talented but least svelte member of a Supremes-like group named the Dreams, Jennifer Hudson sings "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" with such desperate fury and unbridled chutzpah.
It's also got a refreshingly cynical take on the clash between entrepreneurial drive and artistic fulfillment, the former quality being embodied by the Dreams' slick manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx). He wants to get black talent on the white pop charts without losing control to The Man. With great success comes ever greater compromises and he betrays Effie when he makes the more crossover-friendly Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) the Dreams' lead singer. R&B star James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy) also bucks at Curtis' control.
Go see this in the theaters before it goes to DVD – LOVE LOVE LOVE.
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Based on the popular British series of the same name, this faster-paced American version follows the daily interactions of a group of idiosyncratic office employees via a documentary film crew's cameras.
If youve ever worked in a modern office youll like this show. Hilarious and emotional............
Filled with so many ups and downs. The branch is closed, the branch is saved, Jim is back, Jim doesn't want to go back, Jim is back!_Between the sheer hilarity of the stupidity of Dwight and Michael esp. at the end.."We did it! We did it" and the roller coaster of happiness YEA!! Jim and Pam will see each other again.
SO FUNNY – great way to spend a Thursday night!
NBC @ 8pm
Wishing all of you a fabulous new year – looking forward to all the faves in 2007.
ps - here is a mushy clip of Pam & Jim moments just for fun :)