‘Dreamgirls’ casts spell over Cannes audience

  (From l-r) Anina Rose, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson "The DaVinci Code" may have fizzled with critics at Cannes, but the second major Hollywood movie to sweep into the festival, "Dreamgirls," cast a spell over audiences that led to early Oscar buzz. With a powerhouse all-black cast, Dreamgirls is set to be released in December when Oscar contending movies are usually shown. The 20 minute teaser at Cannes just made the audience impatient to wait for 7 more months---what a teaser!   To learn more about this exciting movie, click below:

Here is the story of Dreamgirls:

Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson – three friends from Chicago – are a promising singing trio called The Dreamettes. Accompanied by their songwriter C.C. White (Effie’s brother), they travel to New York to compete in a talent show at the Apollo Theatre. Although the girls lose this first bid for fame, their talent attracts an ambitious manager by the name of Curtis Taylor, Jr., who uses unscrupulous tactics to move the girls from backup singers of superstar James “Thunder” Early to superstars of their own. Curtis reshapes the group to “crossover” from R & B to the lucrative pop music scene. Lead singer Effie gets replaced by the more attractive Deena and is eventually dropped from the trio. The group evolves into a more sophisticated group, The Dreams, with a lighter sound and chic look. They successfully attract a “whiter” audience and The Dreams rise to international stardom. The money, fame, and adulation, however, doesn’t bring them happiness. Deena decides to leave The Dreams and pursue a film career, and when the group finally learns of Curtis’ drug problems and payola schemes, they decide to let it all go. At the final appearance of The Dreams, they reunite with Effie for one final number. The score includes And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, I Am Changing, One Night Only, Fake Your Way to the Top, When I First Saw You, Dreamgirls, Steppin’ to the Bad Side, and Cadillac Car.

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