HBO promo poster
Some fans were concerned that Beyonce's upcoming HBO documentary "Life is But a Dream" would be a flat regurgitation of previous behind-the-scenes short films by the star, but the new trailer released today by Yahoo! News is very promising as Beyonce` discusses the artistic traps of being a commercial artist and concealing a pregnancy while promoting her 2011 album, "4." Her comments about her struggle to sustain artistry while having big sales confirm my long-held theories and thoughts about the design of her discography (See "The Discography Analyzed"). In short, her two middle albums ("B'Day" & "I Am...Sasha Fierce") served to expand her audience and make her an ever-marketable figure, but it has subsequently bit her in her fantastic butt, as those albums generated a fan-base that will expect her to continue to make the same type of music. Back on the subject of the documentary, this trailer makes me even more eager for the premiere on February 16th :) You can check out the trailer below.
It's a wrap: Clint Eastwood & Beyonce`
Today is definitely a “Seriously, Beyonce`, WTH?!” moment. MTV reports that Beyonce` confirmed to E! News on October 9th that she will NOT be filming the 3rd remake of the classic film “A Star is Born” with director/actor Clint Eastwood due to scheduling conflicts saying, "I was looking forward to the production of 'A Star Is Born' and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood. For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together." Now, most of the BeyHive (the pop culture name for Beyonce’s fanbase) is unbothered by the news, but I AM. I’m beyond pissed. I don’t know what Beyonce` has her calendar full with, but she needs to make filming this movie a priority. She needs to make it happen. Dropping out this project IS A HUGE MISTAKE.
Starring in this film is a monumental opportunity that could further solidify Beyonce’s staying-power and garner the respect from the film industry she desires. Not only was she a 1st choice hand-pick for Eastwood, a celebrated, Academy Award-winning actor and director, but she would be walking in the footsteps of legendary predecessors Judy Garland (1954 remake) and Barbara Streisand, who starred in the 1976 reincarnation with Kris Kristofferson. Smell the epic, yet? Add a potential Oscar nomination (assuming Beyonce` gets her acting game up; she’s said in previous interviews that she’s hungry for a nod) and the pivotal impact of the songstress being a woman of color in this role and it seems that much more ridiculous that the project would be bypassed. Perhaps Beyonce` needed the producers or film studio to wait longer than they were willing; they already made concessions during her pregnancy in 2011. No matter what the case, I don’t feel like she fought hard enough to stay involved. I could be wrong, but I just feel like scheduling could’ve been worked out. What is she thinking?
Seriously Beyonce`, WTH?!?
Most people figure out pretty quickly that I LOVE Beyonce`. She is my queen diva of choice. But every now and then, she does something that irritates or perplexes me. Here, I tell what's been buggin me about the Bee lately (with reviews and love for the Queen Bee in between).