Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures
Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Laurence Mark
Screenwriter: Bill Condon
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy,
Danny Glover Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson
Synopsis: Set in the turbulent late 1960s and
early '70s, "Dreamgirls" follows the rise of a trio
of women - Effie (Hudson), Deena (Knowles) and Lorrell (Rose)
- who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes.
At at talent competetion, they are discovered by an ambitious
manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Foxx), who offers them the opportunity
of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James
"Thunder" Early (Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control
of the girls's look and sound, eventually giving them their own
shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however,
begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive
Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a cross-over phenomenom,
they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher
than they ever imagined.
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Featurette: The Making of
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November 23rd update - Robinson joins Condon's
cast in 'Dreamgirls'
another key piece of casting, Keith Robinson has been set
to play the composer C.C., brother of the pivotal character
of Effie, in the movie version of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls."
For Robinson -- whose credits range from "Fat Albert"
to the recent FX series "Over There" and NBC's
"American Dreams" -- the casting represents a
particular coup because at one point the performer Usher
was reported to be in negotiations for the part, though
no deal was reached. With filming on the DreamWorks/Paramount
Pictures production set to begin in January under the direction
of Bill Condon, the rest of the cast is quickly taking shape.