Huh, looks very good for what it is. (Lifetime movie and all)
Great cast. I can see that Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard will get Emmy nominations even from the trailer.
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Queen Latifah looks really good, too.
The only real problem is that the original film has such a strong presence.
Wow,imagine if someone would write an original script for these terrific actresses.
I wish Jill Scott had more of a presence in the trailer. She's so totally underrated as an actress.
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Looks like something from Tyler Perry.
Looks better than something from Tyler Perry. If it had a theatrical release, it would've cleaned up.
I've never seen a Tyler Perry movie, so I have nothing to compare it against. I just know that I love all of the actresses involved.
Have Condola and Phylicia ever appeared together before?
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[quote]Wow,imagine if someone would write an original script for these terrific actresses.
Tyler Perry has. A few times.
I know you guys knock him a lot, but I love his sappy ass movies. There is always a great cast and often the acting is very good.
The original movie was a piece of shit. Something tells me this one will be a marked improvement.
Steel Magnolias in the Ghetto!
Do black women in the south really talk like that?
Magnolias have always been and will always be white.
Drank that muthafuckin' juice Shelby, or I'm a gonna smack the black right offa you face!
I think you mean Grape Kool-aid or forty ounce, R15.
Damn girl, you is nappy-headed! Get yo black ass in dis heah-uh churrr and I'ma gonna give you a fingah-weave-uh! Dat shit gonna be tite when I'ma true wit you! You know dat's right!
M'Lynn, sparking up a Newport 100
[quote]Magnolias have always been and will always be white.
Yeah, but I don't think calling it "Steel Eggplants" would fly.
r18, you've just reminded me of Grace Jones and her Steel Vagina line in Boomerang.
[quote]Damn girl, you is nappy-headed!
Bitch, you did not say that. Annelle, hold mah earrings, gurl. This ho is goin' down.
I'm waiting for the East Indian remake of Fiddler!
I don't think audiences will take to a black version of 'Steel Magnolias',Especially with the mediocre cast they have lined up !
Gee thanks R15,You made almost made me shoot Diet Coke all over my keyboard !
Wow, talk about revisionist history. Black women in the South worked FOR the white women. It was and still somewhat IS a racist culture at LEAST to the extent that black women would have to have racism WOVEN into their stories. M'Lynn was an upper middle class white woman and Ouiser was RICH. How many black women in the South even a few decades ago filled THAT bill? Steel Magnolias is the story of WHITE women. The Help is more along the lines of what a "black Steel Magnolia" story would be about. Not about buying up radio stations or opening chain beauty salons. "Southern lawyers do well whether they want to or not." How many black Southern lawyers does THAT dialogue line apply to, at least in just the most recent past?
I suppose it's nice to create a "perfect world" where black people have (or at least HAD, in past tense, since we live in a better world today) the same experiences as white people. But it strains credulity and suspension of disbelief to the point of absurdity when a story about Southern black women is not somewhat, at least, about oppression and limited opportunities.
Urrange an' terr-qouze be my signatuary coluhs.
Shelby, drankin' dat juice
Set it in American Beach, FL and there's black wealth all over the place.
R24, did you even see Steel Magnolias? It was not set back in segregated times.
The dialogue is almost word for word lifted right from the original movie. I thought they were going to remake it with a black perspective, not just recreate the entire script and just change the skin color.
[quote]The dialogue is almost word for word lifted right from the original movie.
So true. Shirley MacLaine's line "Like Beyonce?" is one of my favorites from the original. Quoted it many times as a young gayling in the bars.
[quote]I wish Jill Scott had more of a presence in the trailer. She's so totally underrated as an actress.
I agree. I will watch anything with Jill and Alfre Woodard.
This looks much, much better than I would have imagined - and I'm not a fan of the original.
I wish they would have had the actress playing Shelby doing handstands by the pool while she was having seizures.
I always think of the orginal Steel Magnolias as the movie that inflicted Julia Roberts on the public. Shortly after that came Pretty Woman and we've been suffering ever since.
"I'm waiting for the East Indian remake of Fiddler!"
It could be done. A poor village Indian milkman tries to arrange marriages for his daughters, but they all manage to get around him and marry for love. The milkman and his wife sing about learning to love each other in an arranged marriage, and there's a big cultural village party. At the end, political chaos makes them decide to emigrate to a more stable country.
Seriously, this sort of thing is done all the time, and sometimes very well. Remember "Clueless"? There's no reason that "Magnolias" can't be about them modern black middle class, because yes, there actually is a smug black middle class in the more prosperous parts of the south.
[quote]The dialogue is almost word for word lifted right from the original movie. I thought they were going to remake it with a black perspective, not just recreate the entire script and just change the skin color.
That's because Steel Magnolias is a 1987 stage play written by Robert Harling. So the dialogue from both movies is lifted from the play.
My thoughts exactly, R30.
[quote]This looks much, much better than I would have imagined - and I'm not a fan of the original.
Well, the film is anchored by Queen Latifah. She's proved herself to be a more than capable actress who isn't as prone to histrionics as, say, Sally Field. I think having a little less of Sally as M'Lynn is a good thing.
This is not to say that I don't really, really like Sally, but I could buy QL as a woman who lost her daughter much easier.
Although, I don't know if QL would be as effective at selling Boniva.
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[quote]I don't think audiences will take to a black version of 'Steel Magnolias',Especially with the mediocre cast they have lined up !
Are you [italic]HIGH[/italic], R22?
This remake will give drama- and drag queens YEARS of new material.
"Steel Magnolias" was a very WHITE movie about very WHITE people. I guess somebody thought it would be so very clever to do a remake with an all-black cast, but it's really a stupid idea.
From the trailer it's evident that the African-American cast is trying really hard to transform those oh so white characters into sassy black sistahs. The way they speak for example, is very BLACK"
"Ah havah stric philosophy that ah've stuck wit fo' fifteen yee-ahs."
It's *is* the South, R38.
I suppose you would faint dead away if you knew they did "West Side Story" in Spanish once.
Jesus Christ but that looks terrible.
Those of you who like Jill Scott should watch "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," a seven episode series by HBO and the BBC. Anika Noni Rose plays her right-hand (wo)man. You can rent the DVDs on Netflix or buy it on Amazon.
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[quote]Black women in the South worked FOR the white women.
You're an idiot. It takes place in modern time. Beyonce?
U Mad, R38?
How many black women, Southern or otherwise, are called M'Lynn, Shelby and Clairee? Couldn't they at least change the names of the characters?
It's modern times and the colored women have husbands? Too far a reach.
It's too bad they didn't cast Shirley Q. Liquor as M'Lynn. That would have been entertaining.
[quote]Couldn't they at least change the names of the characters?
How else will the white viewers tell them apart?
It was a schmaltzy, crap script to begin with and the movie sucked. A tv movie is the right environment. God knows Condola Rashad is 100x more sympathetic than Julia Roberts. I will make some popcorn and enjoy the camp.
It's a WHITE play with WHITE sensibilities. Black people in the South never had those social conventions, rules and colloquialisms. Nor did they ever have those kinds of names. There is a ghetto sensibility that will be hilariously missing from this if they use the same script, for heaven's sake. Black people DON'T TALK LIKE THAT.
R50 is having a meltdown.
"God knows Condola Rashad is 100x more sympathetic than Julia Roberts."
Not really. The character of Shelby (described as being "the prettiest girl in town", according to the play) is a dipshit airhead, blathering on about her garish (how much did such a spectacle cost, anyway?) wedding: "all the walls are banked with sprays of flowers in the two shades of blush and bashful. There's a pink carpet specially laid for the service. And pink silk bunting draped over anything that would stand still!" Her pink nail polish has to be DELICATE. And of course the one thing, the ONLY thing she cares about is having a baby. Nothing else matters to her, not even her own life. In my opinion, it's a relief when Shelby bites the dust, no matter who's playing her.
You DON'T know! You don't ANYTHING!!
Shelby was America's first Bridezilla.
I think for people who remember the original fondly, it's for Truvy, Clairee, and Ouiser. Since the story is really more M'Lynn's, it would be nice that she gets to stand out as well, and not just because Sally Field is pounding her chest.
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They should do an all-white remake of Roots. They could use an Irish family.
r50, troll...All my friends in L.A. talk like that- of course they've had Masters from NYC, UCB, Yale, etc., and some of them have grown up in Louisiana.
I don't think r50 means that black people do not use that particular kind of southern accent. That is a white southern accent. There is a black southern accent, which they are not using.
Save the date: October 7th at 9 PM.
Meanwhile, here's a new teaser.
Sad that in 2012 some people unabashedly proclaim that black people talk a certain way. Some "progress".
Set those DVRs.
And if you can't say anything nice, come sit next to me.
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Steel Magnolias was never a big deal in the North, but god do those Southern queens love it!
"This is the age of Facebook. If you can type, you can achieve a past."
An actual line from this remake.
This is airing on LIFETIME tonight. I hope it does well in the ratings. LIFETIME has started to cater towards black audiences, which is a good thing.
LIFETIME has become respectable over the last several years by attracting well-known and (mostly) respected actresses to star in television movies.
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