- Directors: Vondie Curtis Hall
- Producers: Laurence Mark, E Bennett Walsh
- Writers: Cheryl L West, Kate Lanier
- Genres: Music, Romance
- Actors: Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, Terrence Howard, Da Brat, Tia Texada
Lillian, the mother of Billie, is a performer at a nightclub. Lillian tries to rouse the crowd with her torch song, “Lillie’s Blues,” with Billie accompanying her on vocals. The ploy fails and Lillian is fired. After asking her ex-lover (Billie’s father) for money, a defeated Lillian falls asleep while smoking a cigarette and accidentally starts a fire, causing the building to be evacuated. Due to her mother’s actions, Billie is fostered. Lillian promises she will regain custody but never does.
Years later, the adult Billie is a club dancer along with her foster-care friends Louise and Roxanne. They meet Timothy Walker, who offers a contract as backup singers/dancers to the singer Sylk. Initially, Billie refuses, hoping to achieve stardom on her own terms. After pestering from her friends, Billie relents and the three are contracted. They record the hit single, “All My Life” but Sylk’s vocal is sub-standard. To maximize sales based on the sex appeal of Sylk, Timothy asks Billie to sing while Sylk lip-syncs.
Later at a nightclub â€“ DJ’d by Julian “Dice” Black â€“ Sylk debuts “All My Life.” Dice, knowing that Sylk is an indifferent singer, is shocked but goes backstage to congratulate her. Sylk insults her backing singers in front of a photographer and Billie, not wanting to take the verbal abuse, exposes Sylk by singing “All My Life” a cappella in front of Dice. Impressed, he wishes to produce her but Billie turns him down. When she relents, she raises concerns about her contract with Timothy. Dice threatens to not play any more artists from Timothy in his nightclub unless Timothy surrenders Billie and friends’ contacts. Timothy eventually agrees on the provision that Dice pays him $100,000.
Afterwords Billie reads a note Dice had left her, where he tells of his love for her, his plan to see her perform and that he has found Billie’s mother. Billie’s limo takes her to the secluded rural property where she is reunited with her mother.
- Directors: Cameron Crowe
- Producers: James L Brooks, Cameron Crowe, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai
- Writers: Cameron Crowe
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
- Actors: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, Jonathan Lipnicki, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Kelly Preston, Jay Mohr, Jerry O Connell
Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a 35 year old sports agent working for Sports Management International (SMI). After suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of stress and a guilty conscience, he writes a mission statement about perceived dishonesty in the sports management business and how he believes that it should be operated. He goes to a copy shop early the next morning and distributes copies of it, entitled “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business” to all of his fellow employees. His co-workers are touched by his honesty and greet him with applause the next business day, but the company’s management orders Maguire fired for his actions.
The management sends Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr), Maguire’s protÃ©gÃ©, to fire Maguire. Jerry and Bob then proceed to call all of Jerry’s clients to try to convince them to not hire the services of the other. Jerry gets through to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), one of his clients who is disgruntled by his contract that he believes to be far inferior than that of his teammates. Tidwell tests Jerry’s resolve through a very long telephone conversation, which culminates in the famed “Show Me the Money!” telephone yelling match between Rod and Jerry. Meanwhile, Bob Sugar secures most of Jerry’s previous clients as his own. Frank Cushman, a superstar football prospect expected to be drafted #1 in the NFL Draft, also ends up staying on with Jerry after he makes a visit to Cushman’s home. Leaving the office, Jerry announces he will start his own sports management agency and asks if anyone is willing to join him to which only 26-year-old single mother Dorothy Boyd (RenÃ©e Zellweger) agrees. Boyd had previously bumped into Maguire in the airport and told him personally how inspiring she found his “memo.”
Rod Tidwell later appears on a sports show for an interview. Unbeknownst to him, Jerry has secured him an $11.2 million contract with the Cardinals that will allow him to finish his pro football career in Arizona. The visibly emotional Tidwell proceeds to thank everyone who helped accomplish this success and extends warm gratitude to Jerry for his help. Jerry, who is also on the set of the show, speaks with several other pro athletes, some of whom have read his earlier mission statement and express their positive opinion of it as well as respect for the work he had done with Tidwell. The film ends with Jerry, Dorothy and Ray walking in the park and stumbling across a Little League baseball game. When the ball lands near them, Ray picks it up and throws it back onto the field; a surprised Jerry then comments on his natural throwing ability, much to Dorothy’s dismay.
- Directors: Bill Condon
- Producers: Laurence Mark
- Writers: Stage musical, Tom Eyen, Screenplay, Bill Condon
- Genres: Drama, Musical
- Actors: Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson
As in the original stage musical, Dreamgirls can be broken up into two acts: the first taking place from 1962 to 1966, and the second taking place from 1973 to 1975.
The film begins in Detroit, Michigan in 1962, as an amateur African-American girl group known as The Dreamettes enter a talent competition at the Detroit Theater. Backstage, the three girls â€” full-figured lead singer Effie White, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson â€” meet Curtis Taylor, Jr., an ambitious Cadillac dealer with plans of breaking into the music business. Placing himself as their manager, Curtis arranges for the Dreamettes to tour as backup for a regional R&B star, James “Thunder” Early. The tour takes the company – also including Effie’s songwriting brother C.C. and Jimmy’s manager Marty – across the country on the chitlin’ circuit.
Hoping to help Jimmy and the girls cross over to mainstream audiences, Curtis starts his own record label, Rainbow Records (“The Sound of Tomorrow”), out of his car dealership’s office, and makes C.C. his head songwriter. However, when Rainbow’s first single fails after a white pop group releases a cover version, Curtis and his sidekick Wayne turn to payola. By paying the right people, Curtis manages to get Jimmy and the Dreamettes to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and into a headlining gig at the Apollo Theater. Offstage, Effie is quickly becoming infatuated with the slick-talking Curtis, and Jimmy – a married man – begins an adulterous affair with Lorrell, who becomes equally as lovesick as Effie.
As a result, Deena Jones & the Dreams give a farewell performance at the Detroit Theater. At the conclusion of the concert, Effie joins Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle onstage and the reunited Dreams give one final performance of their signature song, “Dreamgirls”, with Effie singing lead. As the concert ends, Curtis notices Magic in the front row and seemingly realizes that he is the girl’s father.
- Directors: Alex Proyas
- Producers: John Davis, Topher Dow, Wyck Godfrey, Laurence Mark, Will Smith
- Writers: Novel, Isaac Asimov, Screenplay, Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, Hillary Seitz
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
- Actors: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk, Shia LaBeouf
In the year 2035, robots are commonplace, doing all forms of jobs from factory work to mail delivery. On the day before the release of the new Nestor Class 5 (NS-5) Chicago Homicide Detective Del Spooner receives a call that his old friend Doctor Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), inventor of the Three Laws of Robotics and co-founder of U.S. Robotics (USR), had been found dead. Surveillance footage initially suggest Lanning’s death is a suicide. However, Spooner, who has an intense distrust of robots, believes Lanning was murdered. With the help of Doctor Susan Calvin, he searches Lanning’s office where he finds an NS-5 and captures it after it fails to obey Doctor Calvin’s commands. During interrogation, the robot, who calls himself Sonny (Alan Tudyk), tells Spooner that he was built by Doctor Lanning himself and insists, when accused by Spooner, that he didn’t kill Lanning, visibly angered. Sonny also tells Spooner that he is capable of sleep and having dreams, but before Spooner can get any more information, USR CEO Lawrence Robertson (Bruce Greenwood) arrives with his lawyers and takes custody of Sonny.
After Spooner’s Commanding Officer John Bergin (Chi McBride) insists that the death was a suicide and that Spooner is getting nowhere in his investigation, Spooner decides to search Lanning’s home. As Spooner searches the house, a demolition robot with a command to demolish the house the next morning activates and destroys the house with Spooner inside. He manages to get out, but is unable to convince Doctor Calvin of his suspicions. On his way home, Spooner is approached by two USR trucks and attacked by the NS-5s inside, causing an accident. Spooner fends off an NS-5 with his cybernetic left arm, but when the police arrive, the NS-5 destroys itself while other robots clean up the remains of the accident. Spooner is unable to convince Bergin of the truth and is relieved of duty.
After escaping Robertson’s office with Sonny’s help, Spooner decide to use nanites designed to decommission robots to destroy VIKI. Sonny is sent to get them, since his dense alloy can withstand the force field protecting the nanites. Meanwhile, Calvin’s attempt to open the hatch to VIKI’s mainframe is thwarted by more NS-5s. When Sonny arrives, Spooner orders Sonny to give him the nanites and rescue Doctor Calvin. Spooner successfully destroys VIKI, returning the NS-5s to normal. Concluding that Doctor Lanning ordered Sonny to kill him after designing Sonny as a safeguard against the coming rebellion, Spooner dismisses the charges against Sonny under the pretense that murder can only happen between two humans.