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Gabourey Sidibe Says She's Attached To A "Cool Dark Comedy" To Shoot Next Year Titled "What's The Matter With Margie"

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 1, 2011 10:09 PM
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I lifted the following from an interview from the latest issue of The HF Magazine, with Gabourey Sidibe.

HF: Any future projects you can tell us about?

GS: Well Tower Heist is in theaters now, I will shoot the third season of The Big C on Showtime early next year and I have another film, a cool dark comedy that I am attached to, called What’s the Matter with Margie, that I hope to start filming next year, as well.

Of course, that last project got my attention because I've never heard of it... until now. A Google search of the title returned nada! I checked her IMDB page... no mention of this title. There isn't even an IMDB page for the film itself. Unless it's under a different title. 

So, I have absolutely no idea what this What’s the Matter with Margie "cool dark comedy" she mentions is all about, who the writer or director is, who else is attached, etc.

But, as has happened in the past, maybe this post will lead to an email from someone associated with the project, or someone who knows something I don't know, filling me in.

*Fingers crossed*

Gabourey can currently be seen trying to speak like a Jamaican woman for some reason in the underwhelming, underpreforming Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist.

She also co-stars, and does a wonderful job, in Victoria Mahoney's indie drama Yelling To The Sky, which will be released during the first half of 2012.

So... uh... What's the matter with Margie? 

The full interview can be found HERE, where you'll also find new photos like the one above.

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  • Orville | December 5, 2011 7:09 PMReply

    Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan are very talented and beautiful black women they just aren't light skinned. The black women some of you posters mention such as Halle Berry, Beyonce ect. are mixed race and Hollywood prefers mixed race women over darker skinned black women. Why do you think Angela Bassett never got her shine but half white Halle Berry did.
    Akimbo for your information, Rosario Dawson does NOT consider herself black she said so herself in interviews. As for Zoe Saldana all she talks about is her Latin roots she hardly ever mentions that she's black. Zoe's PR people probably want white America to think she's some dark skinned hispanic.

  • Akimbo | December 7, 2011 12:50 AM

    I think JMAC pretty much covered it, but I missed the part when the argument went from "they'll never put a 'sexy' (i.e. thin & pretty) black actress on the cover of magazine" to "they'll never put a brown or dark-skinned on on the cover." FYI, several of the other ladies I mentioned (Kerry Washington, J-Hud, Minaj) are brown-skinned without a doubt and one of your obsessions (Sanaa Lathan) is pretty light-skinned. If you can't stand the fact that a woman you don't find attractive is finding success while less talented women to whom you are attracted are not, then that's just what you should say. Stop trying to mask your fat-phobia in intellectualism.

  • Jmac | December 5, 2011 9:12 PM

    Cool down, O. It's obvious you've got some personal animus with these chicks. Halle gets more play because she'll do low down, degrading trash roles that white guys like and Angela (thank God) has standards. Rosario doesn't consider herself "only black" because she isn't "only black." Never heard/read of her denying the black part completely - that's all I care about... that and she doesn't throw her "multi-ethnicity" around like a damn trophy no one but a select few can possess. Zoe's been claiming black and Latina for as long as I've kept up with her so don't know where you're getting that mess from either. Have to agree with Akimbo - Gabrielle and Sanaa haven't been doing anything noteworthy lately. Heck, I wouldn't even put Sanaa in the dark skinned category. She's medium complexion at the most (looks closer to Zoe than Gabourey). Let fat black chick have her moment. She's not doing anything too Tyler Perryish. No one will remember her 10 years from now anyway. She better get behind the camera to buy some extra time.

  • Zeus | December 5, 2011 8:34 PM

    and it was quoted on THIS BLOG.

  • Zeus | December 5, 2011 8:25 PM

    In a Ebony mag article this year Zoe Saldana said she considers herself a black woman. Not only do you support the pimping of black writers you spout off without doing your homework.

  • Mark | December 5, 2011 12:14 PMReply

    OK. What is up with all the sexist crap about "sexy black women"? There's just a little bit too much objectification going on here.

    Anyone who believes Gabby is taking work from "sexy black women" is clueless.

  • T | December 5, 2011 10:59 PM

    Thank you Mark!! Incredibly sexist!

  • Orville | December 5, 2011 12:56 AMReply

    T, I never said that Hollywood should not be open to women of different body types. However, I think you need to look a bit deeper as to why Gabourey is so popular and getting roles. I don't think Gabourey is that great an actress yet and that is my opinion. I think she has potential. Gabourey Sidibe is indeed a mammy she is a non threatening to white America that is part of the appeal. Also, Gabourey doesn't just have flesh the woman is obese which is not healthy. I am angry that Gabourey can get the cover of Elle magazine but someone like Gabrielle Union or Sanaa Lathan would never get on the cover of the mainstream high profile publications.

    I am sorry to say but an obese black actress is not a positive image of the black woman.

    Where are the roles for the beautiful black women that have worked hard for years? I do have a problem with Gabourey and I won't deny it. I don't like the image of the black woman Gabourey Sidibe is presenting. Obesity is not healthy and Gabourey is not promoting a healthy image.

  • T | December 5, 2011 11:40 PM

    No, that seems to be EXACTLY what you're saying. Reread your own words: " I am sorry to say but an obese black actress is not a positive image of the black woman. Where are the roles for the beautiful black women that have worked hard for years? I do have a problem with Gabourey and I won't deny it. I don't like the image of the black woman Gabourey Sidibe is presenting. Obesity is not healthy and Gabourey is not promoting a healthy image." in other words b/c Gabby doesn't sufficiently represent an appropiate amount of health for the Black community she shouldnt be working---btw her "health" is nobody's business but hers, she doesn't owe her health or body to the Black community & and I'm sick of that body policing BS. So that IS exactly what you're saying---that women that look like her shouldn't be represented in TV or movies. Not to mention I'm calling bullsh#t right now, b/c you could care less about her health so just stop w/ that tired justification. The proof of that is in your continued use of phrases like "sexy black women" and "beautiful black actress" to make your argument. The bottom line is you don't like her aesthetic, so please don't pretend like you're beef is related to her health---Did you know Meagan Goode is a smoker? Oh but she's cool b/c she's petite with a nice body. GTFOHWTS!!!! Again, the women you named are mediocre actresses, sorry dude they aren't working b/c nobody wants to see their boring, no talent behinds on screen...So you're honestly going to sit here and tell me that Gabrielle Union or Meagan Goode could have pulled off a role like "Precious"?!?!?! Seriously?!?!?! HAHAHA!!! Gabby may be inexperienced but she is incredibly talented and has tons of personality and potential---THAT is why she gets roles!!! AND, if Gabrielle Union and Meagan Goode are so "beautiful" & "sexy", as you say, Gabby wouldn't be auditioning for the same roles they are anyway. They're sexy and beautiful right?! So they would play the love interest or would have boyfriends in movies or the physical attractiveness of their characters would play some a significant part (every movie I've ever seen of them this is the case)...Well Gabby being as asexual and ugly as she is isn't going to be considered a love interest (like you said), so how again is she blocking these "beautiful Black women" from getting roles? Ugh!!

  • Akimbo | December 5, 2011 10:41 AM

    Sanaa Lathan and Gabrielle Union have never been nominated for Oscars, nor are they A-list actresses. Zoe Saldana, who spent many years playing the same teen best friend roles that Gabrielle & Bianca Lawson did, IS on the cover of mainstream magazines. So are Halle, Beyonce, Rosario Dawson, Kerry Washington, Chanel Iman, Jennifer Hudson, and Nicki Minaj. Notice how all of the women are high-profile and working? The two women you keep mentioning are not only not that talented, but they're also not hot commodities. Having Union on the cover of a big mag would be the equivalent of putting Tea Leoni on one: just why? She has nothing going on. Gabourey is one actress, is not the only show in town, and is certainly not stealing roles from sexier black actresses.

  • T | December 3, 2011 1:16 PMReply

    What I LOVE (***snark alert***) about this discussion is that people keep talking about "sexy black women" yadda yadda yadda as if there is some universal standard, like whats sexy or beautiful isn't relative...Anyone who would consider Gabby an "asexual mammy" either has never watched anything she's been in or seen an interview she's done OR because they don't know anything about the mammy stereotype, automatically equate full-figured black women with mammy and start talking out of their a$$ because of some hatred they have for women with more flesh (I have my ideas about which one it is)...I mean look at the pic above, there's nothing asexual or mammy about that pic...

    Also, this idea that full-figured black women, like Gabby, are taking roles from "beautiful black women" (WTF?! I just can't even believe someone would write that viciousness) is laughable...but even if that foolishness were true rather than wanting Black women who don't fit into YOUR particular concept of beauty to be shut out or rendered invisible we should be recognizing that there is room for all kinds of representations of Black women in the media and demand THAT...

    Plus, Megan Good & Gabrielle Union are average actresses at best (I actually really like Sanaa), I don't share tears about their absence from my television/movie, YOU GO GABBY!!!! I hope you put 'em all outta work!!!

  • Orville | December 5, 2011 7:13 PM

    Really, Gabourey Sibide is a great actress? Give me a break, she has a long way to go before she is a good actress. Gabourey fits a type white Hollywood prefers the fat black chick. The fat black chick is stereotypical, asexual and has no love life. Just like the fat black girl on Glee and on other shows the fat black chick gets to be sassy or the white bitch best friend but is never the star.

  • Mark | December 5, 2011 12:08 PM

    Exactly! Gabby has her niche. She's never played a mammy role.

    As for her size, for her own health, she should consider losing weight. Screw what anyone else thinks or projects onto her, obesity is a killer.

  • Orville | December 3, 2011 2:30 AMReply

    Wordsmith one of the reasons Gabourey gets work is because she's the non threatening obese black woman. Gabourey is basically the asexual mammy an actress that will never get a love interest but can get steady work. By contrast, the beautiful black women such as Megan Good, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan have to fight for roles.

  • Akimbo | December 4, 2011 1:15 PM

    That is bullshit. There is one Gabourey- maybe three if you include the much prettier and smaller Amber Riley and Raevyn Goodwin- and fifteen variations on Paula Patton (pretty light-skinned chicks with mediocre acting ability). And I can not believe you named Megan Good (whose best performance was as a child in Eve's Bayou and is now little more than the low budget Megan Fox), Gabrielle Union (who only plays her smirky self at all times), and Sanaa Lathan (who has been nothing but a disappointment post Love & Basketball). Not that "Precious" was the end-all, be-all, but na'an one of the chicks you mentioned has shown herself capable of pulling off such a transformative role. Nevermind the fact that there is always going to be more work for character actors than"leading men & women." Just stop.

  • Logic | December 3, 2011 2:48 PM

    Gabourey is a beautiful black woman. I'm not about to devalue her or any success she has in her career because of her weight. That's just sad.

  • artbizzy | December 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    Wow, Orville. You're right! Obese black women are taking over Hollywood. Possibly even the world! Beautiful light skinned black women watch out! Because these big, uglay assed, sexless mammies are taking over all of the jobs you seem to get you threatening, sexy black women you! Remember when we used to watch you in all those films you well, now uh, and like obese black women are in those films because everyone knows how much uglay obese black women know how to work that hoodoo...Oh Orville, Next you'll be saying how obese black women are planting insidious microchips inside of human brains in order to plan world domination. GTFOOHWTS!

  • To Serve Man | December 3, 2011 10:04 AM

    OH SHUT UP WITH THAT SHIT! They said the same thing about Oprah 20 years ago when she got her own talk show...25 years later she proved to the rest of you that it takes more than being overweight to make it in this industry. These "diabetic", "obese", women are threatening to Negroes who make excuses for why they haven't fulfilled their own potential, not whites. Nobody seemed to be threatened by Sanaa when she was in Something New or Out of Time, or most recently, Contagion. I worry about her health as much as the next man, but to say that Gabourey is a normal fixture in Hollywood defies logic.

  • Micah | December 3, 2011 6:29 AM

    I like Gabourey and I'm proud of what she's accomplished but there is truth in your words. I hope she continues to get work and enjoys life, however it would be nice to see more sexy black women on screen who can also act.

  • WordSmith | December 2, 2011 9:40 AMReply

    Gabbie may not be everyone's idea of "eye candy", but many young black actresses could stand to take lessons from her about securing steady work in Hollywood.

  • YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE | December 2, 2011 7:44 AMReply


  • Duncan Manutz | December 2, 2011 12:57 AMReply

    So when do we get some "Eye Candy" for the Black Man in the theaters....? Cuz Gabbie anit it...

  • Mecca | December 2, 2011 6:45 PM

    @ U of I Alum
    " but there's an entirely overlooked demographic that's pleased to have her represent them on screen: the diabetic."

    Huh? Are all diabetics morbidly obesed? All this unecessary dislike for Gaborey really saddens me. You guys don't think she already knows that she is overweight? I mean I don't think she needs to be reminded about her size constantly. Leave her alone!

  • To Serve Man | December 2, 2011 12:07 PM

    Someone who replaces a "s" with a "z" like it's cool doesn't have the maturity or intellect to gauge a woman's beauty or worth in the first place. Beat it, you bunch of knuckle-dragging neanderthals.

  • Sergio | December 2, 2011 8:41 AM

    I'm feeling you brother

  • artbizzy | December 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    Sigh..."Duncan Manutz"...sigh...Is it possible to desire "eye candy for the black man in theaters" without putting a talented hard working actress-sister down? Don't you think she gets that enough? Grow up. Keep your personal issues with big, dark-skinned black women off the table on a black independent film website, you manutzack. This ain't BET.

  • U of I Alum | December 2, 2011 2:36 AM

    Gabourey might not appeal to you, DUNCAN MANUTZ, but there's an entirely overlooked demographic that's pleased to have her represent them on screen: the diabetic.

  • brandon | December 1, 2011 11:12 PMReply

    last time i checked her imdb, it said she was attached to seven psychopaths with colin farrel. I'm glad shes working

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