Despite the fact that Glitter (not to mention her skanky wardrobe) has rendered Mariah Carey a perpetual cinematic punchline, she's been hired to star in Tennessee, an indie drama from Lee Daniels, the producer of Monster's Ball. While Daniels claims to have been impressed by Carey's performance in a movie called WiseGirls, the hiring was also admittedly motivated by the massive success of The Emancipation of Mimi (Carey's most recent album) so perhaps he's thinking more of ticket sales than quality.

In the film, to be directed by Aaron Woodley, Carey will play a mixed-race waitress (she "struggles with all sorts of issues because of" her ethnicity) who "sets off with two brothers to find their estranged father." The brothers are hoping to get their father reengaged with the family, specifically their younger brother, who is suffering from leukemia. How cool would it be if Mariah wears, like, big sweatshirts and baggy pants and acts her ass off? Yeah, not very likely. I know.