Watch Eddie Murphy & Gabourey Sidibe In First Trailer For "Tower Heist"

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 28, 2011 4:35 AM
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Almost completely forgot that this was coming...

Ben Stiller leads an ensemble cast that includes Eddie Murphy, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and others, in the Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist, the action-drama produced by uber-producer Brian Grazer for Universal Pictures.

In the film, a group of vengeful maintenance workers, led by their manager (played by Stiller) for a luxury high-rise apartment building, use their knowledge of the building to rip off a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Streeter guilty of depleting their pension funds, who is under house-arrest in a lavish suite in the same building the work.

It opens November 14th.

So really this marks the big screen return of Eddie Murphy, and Gabourey Sidibe's first big screen role since Precious, right? Unless Victoria Mahoney's Yelling To The Sky beats this to a theatrical general release, and I don't expect it to.

The trailer below, which looks like 48 Hours meets Oceans 11.

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55 Comments

  • Douglas | August 24, 2011 4:32 AMReply

    Why are people so upset about this?! I completely don't understand. There should never be overweight black characters in movies? That's so stupid. Movies are stories about people that live in the same world we all do, where there are overweight people of every skin color. It's a movie, not a fashion show. I hate when people say they should add more black people or more gay people or more thin people or more fat people. Tell whatever story is in your head, and don't be influenced by people whining about what they think you should have done. They can either go make their own movie or f*ck off.

  • sandra | July 31, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    This topic took a bizarre yet interesting turn.

    @A You are coming from the point of view that Gabby is, "grotesque" which makes it hard to have a sensible conversation. Gabby is not stealing any roles from young black actresses. Direct your anger toward the real culprit: BEYONCE!

    Most posters are aware of the fat mammy obsession in Hollywood and mainstream? So what? Does that mean that Gabby is not allowed to pursue her dreams? She made a magazine cover or two? So what? You made it sound like she was on multiple covers stealing publicity from other black actresses, like the ever overexposed Beyonce.

    The real battle will be won when we have an abundance of roles for actors of all sizes and physical attributes (true for all races).

    Gabby will have the last laugh. She comes across as a very confident woman with an incredible sense of humor. I don't know how she got to be this size (excessive appetite, hormonal imbalance, hyper/hypo thyroid, genetic explanation,...) and I don't know her spiritual journey to where she is today, but her personality and respect for her craft are good enough reasons for me to root for her.

  • misha | July 30, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    Ahh, leave it to AV to mention the forgotten black male actor. :P I'm not interested in contesting who's the most oppressed, but for every rare appearance made by Faizon Love, there's Will, Denzel, Idris, Terrence Howard, Jamie Foxx, etc. to counteract that image of black men. I have no problem with Ms. Sidibe getting work. More power to her. But who are the MAINSTREAM black actresses providing us with something different? Well let's see, there's Zoe Saldana and.....*crickets* That's all I got.

  • Tamara | July 30, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    I'm in.

    Love Gabby with that accent and Eddie's reaction.

  • A | July 30, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    @ accidental vistor -

    Okay, so this is my last word on this, but I have to respond. I think equating Whoopi and this woman is VERY unfair. Whoopi may not be the most beautiful in the bunch, but I would argue that she is very cute (and talented), esp. back in the day. In no way is she hideous, like this actress.

    What you are ignoring is a historical pattern - the 'fat black woman' thing, the Aunt Jemima thing that is used as a weapon against black women since images of us first appeared in this country’s history - and nobody is asking why this continues in 2011.

    It’s not just one or two actresses, I see the ‘sassy fat black woman’ or ‘coarse fat black woman’ role all the time – especially on televison – don’t tell me you don’t.

    Also keep in mind that I don't see any black men championing Faizon Love the way I see black women pushing for this girl. And Love has never done anything close to a Precious- like role, nor does he get the media attention Sidibe is getting.

    Afrostyling - " One needs to ask why Hollywood is willing to accept Gabourey Sidibe above all the other talented and skinny young black actresses out there."

    This right here.

    Ladies, please read between the lines. All I’m asking is that people stop and think before they champion somebody. You don’t have to knee jerk defend every black person alive, you don’t have to champion every representation just because.

    Maybe if they remake 'The Elephant Man', call it 'Elephant Woman' and cast a black woman in the lead, we should champion that too. Charlize Theorn can play the white savior. Who are we to judge? We should be grateful for representation right? There are plenty of women of other races to play the beautiful slim sexy leading lady roles, so I guess it all evens out right?

    There will always be roles for the deformed, diseased, grotesque, sexually abused, obese, fat comic relief. . . . . . . but I think that black women should think twice before we CELEBRATE getting those roles.

    And we should also be able to ask . . . . . . . . . . WHY?

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 30, 2011 4:18 AMReply

    {{{ @ Super8Chick - AMEN! I noticed this too. As a slim women about her complexion, I noticed that too. WHY IN GOD’S NAME are black women championing this grotesque looking woman? Nothing personal against her, but if she never worked again it would be too soon.

    }}}

    Wow, I think both sides on this issue take it too far. The post above represents the side that feels any representation of black women as anything other than perfect and beautiful undermines some goal of black people to promote black women as the epitome of loveliness. I find this amusing because all my life I have seen Hollywood promote black men who were, more often than not, not ideal leading men and yet there was never any outcry from the black community about that. You bashers of Sidibe are worried that she will be put in too many movies in which she cannot, in the viewers' eyes, live up to the beauty of the non-black women in the same movies? Guess what....they've been doing that with buffoonish-looking black males forever. Welcome to my world (or my world view).

    Now get a grip already. You people pick on Sidibe. You act like embarrassed relatives who want to hide her in the closet and keep her off the streets in order to prevent any white people from seeing her and using her against the black race. It is over the top and it is cruel to Sidibe.

    However if many of you are so "discomforted" by her presence on TV and in movies you can sit back and feel comforted by this list of ladies who are also steading working:

    Zoe Saldana
    Zoe Kravitz
    Paula Patton
    Halle Berry
    Nichole B.
    Angela Bassett
    Thandie Newton
    Naomie Harris
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    AND OTHERS I'M TOO TIRED TO MENTION

    Some of you folks seem to forget that the women above are working just as much as Gabourey. Or maybe its that in your views Gabourey shouldn't be getting any work at all. How sad. As a black male i am not always happy when Hollywood picks a Forest Whitaker as the lone black male representative to star alongside a bunch of pretty-boy white actors. But that doesn't mean I feel that Forest should be banned from performing in front of a camera.

  • Cynthia | July 30, 2011 4:04 AMReply

    @AccidentalVisitor you've been with S&A long enough to know by now a few objectionable comments does NOT represent all of S&A readers.

    Here's a clue @Duncan + @A...GABBY IS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE EYE CANDY IN THIS MOVIE. Her role is CLEARLY comedic counterpoint. How you were able to make the issue about Gabby is beyond me.

    I think Sergio made a valid point on Eddie's placement in the poster which is very telling.

  • CareyCarey | July 30, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    WOW! I mean, Why-Oh-Why... and let me count the ways.

    But don't make your move too soon b/c somebody done spiked the punch.

    When this post first came out, the pied piper Duncan MaNutz blew the bugle and out popped the words FAT-BLACK-THIN and Gabourey Sidibe. Now, low and behold, all the kings horses and all the kings men, couldn’t stop the stamped that was about to begin... WTH has taken place up in here?

    I read the comments and then clicked the trailer. Now I am thinking, what the hell did Duncan put in the kool-aid? I mean, it appeared he was on a mission that had little or nothing to do with the trailer. But I am so proud of some of S & A’s more distinguished readers. They didn’t let Duncan spoil the punch. And quiet be keep, since I’m rooting for Gabourey Sidibe (loved Precious), and I'm sucker for Eddie Murphy movies (yeah, he’s fading a little) and Ben Stiller, so this movie will probably get my money. Maybe bootleg, but I am going to see this. Well, yesterday I sat through the over-hyped “The Social Network/Facebook” (free from the library) so I can surely spend a little time with Eddie and Hawkeye from M.A.S.H.

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 30, 2011 2:21 AMReply

    After thinking about it a better example than Forest Whitaker would have been someone like Faizon Love in "Couple's Retreat". Seriously having that guy "represent" black males in a major motion picture wasn't any fun either. And NO WAY could a guy like that get the hot wife he had in the film unless he is a major celebrity. But no one here complained about his appearance at all even though he could pass for Gabourney's big brother. The only complaint on this site was that the black couple's profile was as far back as the moon on the poster. I guess so long as the black female is acceptably beautiful by the Shadow and Act contingent all's good in the world? Good to know. Think how nuclear this site would be if it was around back when Whoopi was about the lone rep of black females in movies.

  • A | July 29, 2011 10:26 AMReply

    “And I wouldn’t exactly say that she is being accepted over ANY skinny, young black actresses.”

    She was on the cover in New York Times Magazine, She was on the cover of Elle Magazine, she hosted Saturday night live – Zoe Saldana was the female lead the biggest film OF ALL TIME and she didn’t get that attention. How many oscar nominated films has Kerry Washington been in – where’s her big fashion cover?

    How many fat white women are on fashion magazine covers . . . .? None.

    Come on now - don’t be so naïve, try to read between the lines.

    As SOON as I saw the trailers for Precious I said to a friend – ‘They’re going to make this girl a star – mark my words. This is exactly the sort of black woman many would LOVE to be a star.’

    Again, it’s not personal against this particular actress – but if you’re not able to recoginize when people are insulting you, you’re not going to be able to defend yourself. We should be able to notice these things and point them out without typical knee jerk defense– ‘ She’s a human being, we have to support her’. Well, of course she is, so am I. SO? AND?

    Why do we HAVE to support everything they throw at us, without thinking? Duncan is right.

    I was just baffled that some black women seem to zero in on this Gabrouey Sidibe – out of all the beauties (of various skin tones) who are still not getting the attention they deserve. Yes, things are getting better, but we’re not there yet.

    It’s my belief that many black women are very easily manipulated to act out in ways that NOT in their best interest. Sometimes we can be very naïve. I think that this is the case with this actress.

    This neo-mammy image is NOT in bw’s best interest. Not health wise, not in movies - not in any way. Obviously you disagree, but that’s how I feel.

    If there were plenty of pretty black actresses working and one or two bigger, okay, fair enough. But the girl from glee, Precious, pine sol lady, Monique – come on, nobody else notices this?

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 29, 2011 9:38 AMReply

    Also, @Sergio "By the way has anyone noticed how Murphy and Stiller are positioned in the ad? Stiller is the larger image dead center while Murphy is to his right slightly smaller. They’re not even side by size in equal size.

    No doubt a reflection of Murphy’s lower status currently in Hollywood. (i.e. he hasn’t had a hit in a long time) And also Stiller has the clout to decide how the poster one sheet will look like which A list stars have. Ten years ago Murphy would have been front and center"

    While I agree with the last paragraph, besides the clout of Stiller HE IS a really big star in this genre in 2011 and it would be a huge marketing blunder for him NOT to be positioned the way he is. That's like saying why is Dirk Nowitzki much larger than Kobe Bryant on the NBA.com homepage? I also don't think Eddie that mch smaller. I've seen far worst misalignments.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 29, 2011 9:30 AMReply

    First thought upon seeing Eddie Murphy in the jail cell, I'm like REALLY DOG? Surely you have some clout to change that, but at least he was in a suit later on. Yes it seems like pulling a scam, but oh well.

    I thought the trailer was ok and seemed to get better through the halfway point. The last few seconds with the "entry point" between Gabourey and Eddie WAS hella funny as was Eddie's reaction. People generally have NO IDEA what a hard job comedic acting is and his line delivery was superb!

    Dankwa's Girl? Because I agree with ever word Jessie's Girl said.

    Finally, @ Jug "I was personally more bothered by Eddie doing “Donkey” again than anything else. It’s like “Dude, what happened to the normal pitch of your voice from TRADING PLACES & COMING TO AMERICA?”"

    LOL. A friend of mine said she couldn't enjoy Dreamgirls becuase he sounded too much like Donkey. LMAO.

  • misha | July 29, 2011 9:06 AMReply

    I must admit that I chuckled once or twice but BLAH! Doesn't Hollywood have one freakin' original idea? Yes, I agree with Sergio. If Eddie and Ben switched roles, the film would be more interesting. But alas, seems Hollywood is only interested in peddling the same ol', same ol'.

    I'm a big fan of the likes of Joy Bryant, KeKe Palmer, Gabby Union, etc. But would the scene between Gabby S. and Eddie work with one of those actresses? Of course not because much of the (low-brow) humor is based on Eddie flirting with a big chick.

  • KeepUpWithYourFavoriteCeleb | July 29, 2011 8:15 AMReply

    Was looking forward to a fair film but again the stereotype came through. Ugh Why does the brother have to be a criminal its like they took a que from Horrible Bosses, I-Spy, etc etc. Anyone else tired of this same storyline too?

  • Cherish | July 29, 2011 7:56 AMReply

    Anwar,
    Thank you.

  • Anwar | July 29, 2011 6:25 AMReply

    I think the problem with us as people is that we direct our anger or frustration at the wrong people. There is nothing wrong with Gabourey Sidibe getting working. If you think she is "grotesque" that is your own personal problem. She is still a human being and therefore other people look like her and they deserve to be represented in an craft that is supposed to represent the human condition in all ways.

    Now, I get that people hate certain representations. I really do. But if you champion equality for all races in this industry, you have to champion equality of all sizes, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. How are you helping anyone by saying that she doesn't deserve work because she's not pretty enough. Black women do need more parts. They need to be repesented fully. But don't tear down one black actress because she's doing her own thing. Tear down this industry for not giving us enough. We don't need Gabby taken away...we need Rutina and Nicole and Gabrielle and many other nameless actresses added on. I believe that what they want us to do is to just keep dividing ourselves so we can never come together to actually do something.

  • Anwar | July 29, 2011 6:07 AMReply

    People equate her skin color with HER because it's a part of her and being dark and being overweight makes her acceptance more interesting. You don't see many dark skinned women or overweight women in a bunch of mainstream films, so her having both does cause for some mentioning of it. No one has ever equated her skin color with her weight because, well, how could we? We're only talking about her. Are you reading too far into the comments to realize that people are actually saying Hollywood equates "dark" with ugly and she's breaking two norms...?

    And I wouldn't exactly say that she is being accepted over ANY skinny, young black actresses. They only cast her to play "fat girls." How many parts has she REALLY taken away from other young actresses? No one is running to cast this girl in anything resembling "typical" black girl roles. I mean, Nicole Beharie is YOUNGER than her and she's not hurting because of Gabby. They hit the public in the exact same year.

  • Afrostyling | July 29, 2011 5:38 AMReply

    One needs to ask why Hollywood is willing to accept Gabourey Sidibe above all the other talented and skinny young black actresses out there.
    I might catch this or not.

  • A | July 29, 2011 5:22 AMReply

    First, I find it interesting that both Gabby’s defenders and detractors link dark skin with being overweight/obese. Are all dark-skinned black women obese (or vice versa)?

    By Super8Chick on July 29, 2011


    @ Super8Chick - AMEN! I noticed this too. As a slim women about her complexion, I noticed that too. WHY IN GOD’S NAME are black women championing this grotesque looking woman? Nothing personal against her, but if she never worked again it would be too soon.

    I swear, sometimes I believe that black women deserve some of what we deal with in Hollywood, because we are the only group of women unable to champion what is in our best interest. We act really dumb sometimes.

    When there are women like Gabrielle Union available, or Rutina Wesley or Naomi Harris or whoever – WHY do you think Hollywood is championing this sideibe? Why is she being put on the magazine covers? Gee . . . . .because it makes black women look ridiculous? Because they’re laughing at us? This woman’s entire career (I absolutely hated Precious) is a slap in the face to black women everywhere.

    Disturbingly, many black women seem too dense to even realize it.

    Pairing a slim, attractive white women and a grotesque black woman in a film isn’t ‘groundbreaking’ they’ve been doing it since ‘Gone with the Wind’.

    I find the fact that black people on this website are now linking having beautiful chocolate skin and being obese and having twelve chins is . . . . . . . . .chilling.

    Just scary. Like being a black women now means being sloppy . . . . . .

  • jessie's girl | July 29, 2011 4:26 AMReply

    I cannot believe that out of all of the comments on here only a few are actual critiques of the trailer. Everyone else seems obsessed with Gabby's looks and weight. If she can play the role what effing difference does it make? A year ago everyone was saying she'd never work again. Now she seems to be slowly but steadily working, so folks have to pick her apart some other way. Never satisfied.

    Of course one of the only on point comments comes from Sergio. I agree that it would be a much more interesting film if Eddie's & Ben's roles were switched. But it looks like it'll be good for a few laughs so I'll probably check it out.

  • Super8Chick | July 29, 2011 3:31 AMReply

    First, I find it interesting that both Gabby's defenders and detractors link dark skin with being overweight/obese. Are all dark-skinned black women obese (or vice versa)?

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 29, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    {{{ Uh What about Hattie McDonald? And WHY should we thank Hollywood for recognizing a overweight-dark skinned woman in a mainstream films?}}}

    Hattie wasn’t exactly being place into mainstream films with significant roles. Remember….we’re talking about the 1930s and 1940s. She got token representation even after GWTW. As for your other part….why shouldn’t Hollywood recognize overweight dark skinned black women? As long as that is not the lone representation of black women it shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

    {{{ When I glanced at your comment at first I thought the THIN was for how you thought the acting looked. But, no I think it’s great that Sidibe, a dark-skinned heavy set talented black actress is in this film and that she’s getting some decent roles, period. Hollywood almost always does thin and usually light-skinned black. We ain’t all thin like Halle Berry or even want to be. The fact that she’s playing a maid and Eddie Murphy’s playing an ex-convict, well that’s another tired story. }}}

    This! I mean we have a person complaining about an actress being the only “fat person” in the movie without making any mention that Eddie is playing the only character who served a prison sentence for God’s sakes (and is still in jail apparently when his character is first introduced).

  • Orville | July 29, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    Gabourey is the top black actress under the age of thirty at the moment. I do believe Gabourey could lose some weight to improve her health. However, in terms of Gabourey's career I can't think of another young black actress under 30 that is doing so well. Gabourey already has a best actress nomination for Precious.

    Gabourey Sidibe is actually doing very well she is on the critically acclaimed TV show with Laura Linney I think the show is called the B C or something like that. Now Gabourey has a role in a movie with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller she is definitely doing great. It is interesting because Howard Stern criticized Gabourey about her weight last year saying she would not get work. Gabourey proved the haters and Howard Stern wrong! It is interesting though to me that Hollywood is giving a young black actress that is overweight work yet a young white overweight actress Nikki Bolansky the girl from Harispray now works in a shoe store.

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 29, 2011 3:17 AMReply

    Didn't Murphy play this role like a dozen times from 1983 to 2000?

    {{{ Does this bother anyone else that the only Black Female in this film is Overweight ?
    Why did they choose Gabourey Sidibe over a Thin Attractive Actress ? }}}


    The vast majority of working, young black actresses working in movies are thin. Why should every actress look that way?

  • Neziah | July 29, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    Murphy used to be one of the funniest people of all time, but now I'm worried about whether he can attract a large audience.

  • Sergio | July 29, 2011 2:26 AMReply

    By the way has anyone noticed how Murphy and Stiller are positioned in the ad? Stiller is the larger image dead center while Murphy is to his right slightly smaller. They're not even side by size in equal size.

    No doubt a reflection of Murphy's lower status currently in Hollwyood. (i.e. he hasn't had a hit in a long time) And also Stiller has the clout to decide how the poster one sheet will look like which A list stars have. Ten years ago Murphy would have been front and center

  • incrediblejeff | July 29, 2011 1:52 AMReply

    Scratch that 15 years

  • incrediblejeff | July 29, 2011 1:51 AMReply

    Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller are about 10 years to late for me to care.

  • shawn | July 29, 2011 1:44 AMReply

    Damn, Eddie. Let's say it together cccooooooonnnnniiiiinnnggg. I can't believe that he's dusting off his 20+ year schtick and trying to make it work (albeit at a sub-talent level) in the 21st. Eddie, just let it go.

  • slb | July 28, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    Am I the only one who thinks the original concept would've been a better movie?

    Originally it was going to be a vehicle for black comedians. Eddie, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence. That isht would have been EPIC!!! Instead we get this watered down tripe from Brett Ratner. The ONLY thing funny in that trailer was Gabby's line at the end talking about, "You gotta use your fingers to find the entry point."

  • Cherish | July 28, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    I get Duncan's point. But based on the trailer, the movie is marketed as a comedy and Gabby Sidibe, based on interviews, has great comedic presence.

    Also, the only "romance" appearing the trailer was towards the end between Murphy and Sidibe. I don't think is a good example of what Duncan is trying to express.

    FYI - Is it me, or is Eddie Murphy's "feminine side" coming out more and more as he ages?

  • Sergio | July 28, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    Judging from the trailer looks pretty routine and predictable with Murphy and Stiller playing the same exact roles they've played many times before. Even the scene introducing Murphy rips off his introduction in 48 Hours

    How about changing up and having them switch roles with Murphy as the corporate guy who comes up with the plan and Stiller the jailbird he gets to train the team? You know do something different? Mix it up.

  • Duncan MaNutz | July 28, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    @ Anwar

    Of course it's all about looks...I didn't see Transformers 3, but I did notice that they replaced Megan Fox with a Victoria Secret Super Model to play a leading role in the film. So is too much to ask for a little "Eye Candy" for the black man.

  • sandra | July 28, 2011 9:43 AMReply

    @Duncan....Damn, I didn't see Keke's name on that list.

    HELL NO! Who would want little Keke and Eddie in the "entry point scene"?!?!?!??!?!?!??!!??!?

  • sandra | July 28, 2011 9:40 AMReply

    ***Pours a cup of tea for CareyCarey who has come in from the rain.****

    @Duncan ---> Gabby is my choice

    At first, I was apprehensive, but I'm sold based on the short clips in the trailer. It just works for me. The other ladies you mentioned are fine actresses in their own right. But, for this particular role, I wouldn't go with either one as my first choice.

    I've seen Gabby in interviews and her sense of humor is off the charts. She's witty, self-deprecating and very warm and flirty. She giggles a lot and is very friendly; so, to see her toting a gun and speaking all out vulgar-ish really cracked me up.

    I'm so happy to see Gabby getting more roles and showing off her comedic chops. I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up stealing every scene she's in. Can't wait for her to do the promo rounds. She's a really popular guest on the talkshows.

  • Anwar | July 28, 2011 9:37 AMReply

    Having said that, Gabrielle Union is only two years younger than Taraji P. Henson....dang....Gabrielle looks good.

  • Anwar | July 28, 2011 9:32 AMReply

    @Duncan...

    The one that had the best audition. But frankly I don't think Joy Bryant can really act or is very interesting. I think Keke Palmer is too young. Taraji P. Henson is probably too old. So, it's between Gabrielle Union or Gabourey Sidibe for me.

    I mean, what else can you go off of? It's kind of shallow to just go for the looks, don't you think? Is THAT the point of the role? Will it help the movie in any way. I don't think so.

  • darkan | July 28, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    Charges dismissed Carey. (With prejudice of course!) :-)

  • Duncan MaNutz | July 28, 2011 9:25 AMReply

    @ Everyone...

    If you have the final say in casting for this film and your only choices for the "Minority female" role are:

    Gabourey Sidibe
    Gabrielle Union
    Joy Bryant
    Keke Palmer
    Taraji P. Henson

    Who do you cast ?

  • darkan | July 28, 2011 9:19 AMReply

    *Eyes Wide Open and staring at the screen in total disbelief on how bad the trailer was* I felt like I was transported back to the 80's. That wasn't a good feeling this time.

  • CareyCarey | July 28, 2011 9:09 AMReply

    Your honor, judge Tambay, I want to appeal my conviction on the grounds that I was convicted by a tainted jury. I mean, in the American justice system we are given the right to be judged by a jury of one’s “peers“. Having said that, Tamara voiced her view, and JMac did too, and I think Jug (I think he would), Darkan and a few others, might give me a “retrial” after a mistrial by hung jury.

    On this post alone and the podcast, I have a little bit to say... positive.

    re podcast, I believe it was the best of the year and I’d like to say why. On this post, I am leaning toward the sentiments of Anwar, Sandra and Keepingitreal, and again, I’d like to say why. And I have a short comment on Gabourey Sidibe.

    Sooo, as I confer with my lawyer (I am acting in my own defense *smile*) and as we begin to pick our jury (I hope someone raises their hand ) my lawyer and I are considering a plea agreement. Yep, a conditional probation might be on the table. What say ye and y’all?

    **Carey sit quietly (and sweating) wondering if he will get any letters of support. He has but his fate on the mercy of the readers of S & A. **

  • other song | July 28, 2011 8:33 AMReply

    the last bit with the "entry point" was funny.

    Otherwise, looks stale.

  • Mecca | July 28, 2011 7:58 AMReply

    @ Anwar

    I am glad you cleared up a few things I understand your point of view now. Unfortunately, women have it a lot difficult than men do in Hollywood.

    An overweight, unattractive man like Paul Giamatti can star in film after film and co-star w/ gorgeous leading ladies (Barney's Version) and still remain as a solid working actor in Hollywood.

    Whereas, a women has to undergo the harsh scrutiny of the media and the feeling of being pressured to lose weight to satisfy Hollyweird's image of beauty.

  • Jug | July 28, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    LMBAO Duncan you right about that! I thought you were just on a normal rant, but you're on the "man cave" rant. "I wanna see something good too" LOL

    Oh, and as for Gabby "eating" & stuff, I noticed that too. The thing that always got me about Comedy is that the Laugh is king. If there's no laugh, you failed. So folks will do whatever it takes to get that laugh, sometimes doing some crazy shit.

    I was personally more bothered by Eddie doing "Donkey" again than anything else. It's like "Dude, what happened to the normal pitch of your voice from TRADING PLACES & COMING TO AMERICA?"

  • Anwar | July 28, 2011 7:45 AMReply

    Okay...that last paragraph I wrote came off wrong...LOL

  • Anwar | July 28, 2011 7:37 AMReply

    @ Mecca

    When I say that she's embraced by the mainstream in this way, I mean she's everywhere. Hattie McDaniel was not everywhere. Gabby is, in a way, being treated like any young actress that had a big break especially by the media.

    And I never said we should be thankful. I said we should be happy that she's getting work because her look is NOT relevant to her talent and this industry is known to toss aside anyone that does not fit the norm. She's a big black woman that is getting work and I think it's a good thing because I feel ANYONE that is talented enough should get work. Fat, skinny, black, white, dark, light. It just makes me happy to know she's not completely seen as the character she originally played. Which Hollywood is very quick to do with black women like her. But to say she should have not been cast because of her weight is just as wrong as saying she should not be cast because she's not white or lighter-skinned. What's the honest difference?

    You don't need to be thankful to see someone like her in a mainstream but you can't complain either. What's there to complain about? Because if you do complain, then we just want to be seen exactly like white people. Which defeats the purpose of even separating ourselves.

  • sandra | July 28, 2011 7:11 AMReply

    I definitely want to see this!

  • Duncan MaNutz | July 28, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    @ Jug...

    In my post I pointed out the Melissa McCarthy role, and the difference is that the rest of the cast is thin and white, excluding Mya. They did not cast a group of five thin black women and one Fat white woman....And we all know that Hollywood is all about "Eye Candy"....So when do I get some.

    And, why is this necessary: At 2:28 in the trailer she is eating and pointing a gun…WTF..

  • Jug | July 28, 2011 6:43 AMReply

    I gotta say Duncan, if that made you mad, then anything Gabby is in is going to make you mad, because ummm, how should I say this....Gabby is Fat!

    She could be playing the President and you'd say "Why does the President have to be a fat black Woman!?!" I mean, for real, there are fat black maids in the world. LOL

    I think the question you should be asking is "are black women ALWAYS fat in action/action-comedies" and the answer is "No". So Gabby is no different than Melissa McCarthy, whose career is on overdrive since BRIDESMAIDS, instead of the star and the movie it was made for, Kristen Wiig.

    The Big Girls are finally gettin' a break.

  • Mecca | July 28, 2011 6:33 AMReply

    @ Anwar

    "The first black actress of her kind to be accepted by the mainstream in this way. I think we should be happy that Hollywood is even willing to cast her and not throw her out as some “real-life Precious.”

    Uh What about Hattie McDonald? And WHY should we thank Hollywood for recognizing a overweight-dark skinned woman in a mainstream films?

  • keepingitreal | July 28, 2011 6:21 AMReply

    Yeah Gabby!!!!

  • JMac | July 28, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    I thought THIN referred to their acting abilities... or their current popularity/bankability. Only question I have how is this an action-drama when it has comedy written all over it?

    Can't have a comedy without a fat black sassy chick. If she steals the show, I won't complain.

  • Anwar | July 28, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    @ Duncan

    Usually when an "action comedy" casts a black actress she is thin. So, this is the first "action comedy" with an overweight woman of any race. What's the big deal? Should she not be cast just because of what she looks like? How is that fair or equal? Or it's okay to hire her as long as they have a skinny black actress as a bumper (and she most likely would be light-skinned which some people would STILL complain about) to prove that all black people don't look like her.

    Oh, well this the first movie of it's kind. And I'm all for it. There should be more equal casting. If you think her race has something to do with this, you have to be kidding. Gabourey Sidibe at the peak of her acting career. The first black actress of her kind to be accepted by the mainstream in this way. I think we should be happy that Hollywood is even willing to cast her and not throw her out as some "real-life Precious." But instead people are acting like the girl should not be treated fairly because white people might mistake her as the "everyday" black woman.

    Things are only issues if you make them issues and I think some people just like to complain. If you ask me, if you constantly have to find something in something as silly as a film to complain about...you're projecting your own insecurities out. If you really have a problem with a big black girl surrounded by a whole gang of skinny folks in a movie...what are you really worried about?

    Attractiveness was always a white standard in Hollywood. Overweight white actresses are cast as comic relief all the time. Now is that right? When they cast a skinny black actress(who is usually fairer skinned or biracial) in a movie, that's to show them sexy "just like the white women." Now I know some people think women like Gabourey Sidibe are shown to make black women look sexless. But do you really want to be shown in a positive "attractive" light when it's only the acceptable form to white America?

  • artbizzy | July 28, 2011 5:40 AMReply

    @Duncan MaNutz When I glanced at your comment at first I thought the THIN was for how you thought the acting looked. But, no I think it's great that Sidibe, a dark-skinned heavy set talented black actress is in this film and that she's getting some decent roles, period. Hollywood almost always does thin and usually light-skinned black. We ain't all thin like Halle Berry or even want to be. The fact that she's playing a maid and Eddie Murphy's playing an ex-convict, well that's another tired story.

  • Duncan MaNutz | July 28, 2011 5:17 AMReply

    Ben Stiller - THIN
    Josh Kovacs - THIN
    Eddie Murphy - THIN
    Matthew Broderick - THIN
    Chase Fitzhugh - THIN
    Téa Leoni - THIN
    Gertie Fiansen - THIN
    Casey Affleck - THIN
    Cole Howard - THIN
    Michael Peña - THIN
    Rick Malloy - THIN
    Alan Alda - THIN
    Arthur Shaw - THIN
    Gabourey Sidibe - OVERWEIGHT
    Odessa Montero - THIN
    Nina Arianda - THIN
    Judd Hirsch - THIN
    Milo Krayne - THIN
    Marcia Jean Kurtz - THIN
    Rock Kohli - THIN
    John Cenatiempo - THIN
    Aprella - THIN
    Danielle McKee – THIN

    Does this bother anyone else that the only Black Female in this film is Overweight ?
    Why did they choose Gabourey Sidibe over a Thin Attractive Actress ?
    When have you ever seen a Overweight White Actress in an Action Comedy ? - Never, and “Braid's Maids” don’t count.

    FYI, At 2:28 in the trailer she is eating and pointing a gun...WTF..

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