- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Attitude adjustment

Baltimore-born comic-author and actress Mo’Nique isn’t considered “precious” by executives at Lionsgate, which produced her upcoming film of the same name, the New York Daily News reports.

In fact, as first reported by showbizz411.com, the star’s bad attitude and shameless demands for money may jeopardize her chance for Oscar glory — all this before the highly anticipated movie opens Nov. 6.

According to published reports, the star was MIA Saturday night at the New York Film Festival’s premiere of the buzzworthy flick “Precious,” the story of an abused teen in 1980s Harlem.

Mo’Nique, 41, also reportedly ditched her promotional duties during the Toronto Film Festival — where “Precious” earned the People’s Choice Award — when she was denied a $100,000 appearance fee.

“That money didn’t even include hair and makeup costs,” the Daily News quoted an unnamed source as saying.

The source also said exasperated studio chiefs suggested that executive producer Oprah Winfrey get involved to deflate Mo’Nique’s substantial ego. However, even the media mogul couldn’t stop the actress from seeing green.

The star’s attitude is starting to work against her. Both Miss Winfrey and Tyler Perry — who serves as co-executive producer — reportedly have instructed Lionsgate to put its promotional machine behind fellow stars Mariah Carey and Gabby Sidibe for the Oscar race. Both turned up in New York and Toronto to push the film for free. Representatives for Lionsgate declined comment, the Daily News said.

Ins and outs

Universal Studios has replaced its two top movie executives in an apparent effort to reverse the box-office slump prompted by such costly failures as “Land of the Lost” and “Funny People,” Associated Press reports.

Universal Studios President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Meyer said Universal Pictures Co-chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde will be replaced by Adam Fogelson, the studio’s marketing chief, and Donna Langley, the studio’s president for production.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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