With its U.S. limited release closing in by days, "Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire" has got a red carpet treatment in Los Angeles. The premiere, held on Sunday, November 1 at Grauman's Chinese Theater, was a part of the drama movie's participation at AFI Fest 2009, which runs from October 30 to November 7.
Many of the cast members were present for the special screening event. Leading actress Gabourey Sidibe was present along with several of her co-stars, including Mo'Nique who stars as Precious' mother Mary, Paula Patton who portrays Ms. Rain and Mariah Carey who takes on Mrs. Weiss.
All of the last three mentioned actresses came to the premiere in the arms of their husbands. Mo'Nique was accompanied by Sidney Hicks, Paula by her singer/songwriter husband Robin Thicke, and Mariah by her actor/comedian/rapper hubby Nick Cannon. Joining them at the red carpet were director Lee Daniels as well as executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.
The festivity also managed to draw in a handful of celebrity guests. Mary J. Blige was spotted arriving with husband Kendu Isaacs, while actor Sidney Poitier tagged along his daughter Sydney Poitier. Other celebrities attending the premiere included Paula Abdul, Will Smith and Olivia Wilde.
"Precious" is set in Harlem in 1987 and revolves around Claireece "Precious" Jones, an overweight, illiterate sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. Abused by her mother and raped by her father, she is pregnant for the second time and reaches the ninth grade without being able to read or write.
Instead of being swallowed by depression, she tries to break from the chains of ignorance by digging deep into her own resources. November 6 will be the date the movie originally titled "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" opens in limited theaters across the country.