Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why Did I Get Married Too? Box Office so far

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?

Production Budget: $20 million
Release Date: April 2, 2010
Domestic Total as of Apr. 14, 2010: $50,221,047

PROFIT: About $30 million so far.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?

Production Budget: $15 million
Release Date: October 12, 2007
Domestic Total Gross: $55,204,525

PROFIT: About $43 million.

*Note: films like these i.e. black films traditionally don't make money overseas and this film was no exception. The film made only $658,361 overseas box office.

August 20, 2010 UPDATE

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?

Production Budget: $20 million
Release Date: April 2, 2010
Domestic Total Gross as of August 20, 2010: $60,095,852

PROFIT: About $40 million so far.

This title will be released on DVD on August 31, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

No Fued-Spike Lee & Tyler Perry

No Feud by Spike Lee
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:05
Despite what has been written or said I'm not feuding with Tyler Perry. I was on a show being interviewed by Host Ed Gordon. The only words pulled from my answer about Mr. Perry were 'Coonery and Buffoonery'. Please read the below transcript of the exchange. I feel Artists should be able to critique each other's work, Athletes and Musicians have been doing this for ages. As long as it's given in a loving spirit (which my opinions were) it's all good.

Thank you for reading.
Spike Lee
Brooklyn, New York

Transcript from Our World with Black Enterprise:
Segment where host Ed Gordon with Director and Filmmaker Spike Lee talk about diversifying African American imagery
Aired: May 30, 2009
There is a sense of in our community...I remember having people come to me if I interviewed the president and say, 'oh that's great' but then we'd look at our numbers and if I had interviewed Whitney or Oprah the numbers were much, much bigger. There's a school of thought that says, 'oh, we're not diversifying our imagery enough in our community,' yet there are certain images whether they be in plays, or movies, or music that we flock to -whether we like to admit it or not. I'm wondering is that just the black middle class saying, ' Oh no, that's not what we want,' but a lot of us wanting it?
Well, this is a complex subject because each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavor, but I still think there's a lot of stuff that's on today that's coonery and buffoonery... and I know it's making a lot of money-
Audience applause.

Breaking records but we could do better. That's just my opinion. I'm a huge basketball fan and when I watch the games on TNT I see these two ads for these two shows and I'm scratching my head, ya know? We got a black president. Are we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep N' Eat?
Audience laughter.
Yet, if those films, and we're talking about Tyler Perry at this point -
Audience laughter.
No, I mean look...I'm not saying...let's not give them fodder for tabloid...I'm not saying we're talking about Tyler Perry, but those are the shows that we're talking about. If we're talking about that and we look at the numbers that come and see his movies ... that view the shows on question is that, maybe, what Black America wants to see?
A large part.
Mumbles in the audience.
I hear a lot of no's in the audience but a lot of people are watching it.
Here's the thing though, we've had this discussion back and forth because when John Singleton...people came out to see Boyz N' Da Hood. He did Rosewood...nobody showed up. So, a lot of this is on us. A lot of this is on us, we…you vote with your pocketbook, your wallet, your time sitting in front of the idiot box. And the man has a huge audience. Tyler's very what's he done. He started off with these plays. Church buses would pull up packed and he's parlayed it into...bought his own jet. If you could buy a jet, you got money.
Audience laughter.
But at the same time, for me, just imagery is troubling.
Is there disappointment from you as a director and an African American that Miracle at St. Anna won't get the same audience as some of the other movies that you will make and, therefore, the idea of what we support?
Here's the thing, DVD is the director's best friend. A lot of people have come up to me and said they like the film a lot. For whatever reason they didn't get to see it in the theatre but they definitely got the bootleg
Audience laughter.
Or watched it on television - Pay Per View - and even if nobody showed up, I wanted to make that film because Hollywood historically has omitted the contribution of 1.1 African American men and women who fought and died for this country in World War Two and I just got tired of seeing these films again, again and again which does not give any love to us. The first person that died for this country was a black man. Crispus Attucks. We're more patriotic than anybody.


November 2013 
Spike elaborates more on his differences with Tyler Perry

October 2019
Tyler Perry named a soundstage at his new studio after Spike Lee.
This is his pic from his Instagram.
You can see his post and read what he wrote HERE

See an interview with Spike on the Red Carpet of the Grand Opening of the studio below

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network reveals its upcoming slate of shows

Oprah Winfrey plans nighttime show on her network

Calling her new venture "the network built on great intentions," Oprah Winfrey says her sleeves are rolled up to make the Oprah Winfrey Network "all that I know it can be."

What will those great intentions look like? Speaking to media buyers Thursday at a presentation by partner Discovery Communications, Winfrey filled in a few of the gaps that have left people wondering just what her round-the-clock network will be since she announced it in January 2008.
She took her audience through a dozen or so new shows planned for OWN after its launch next Jan. 1, and offered reassurance that she would be appearing on the 24-hour network she'll also be guiding from behind the scenes.

After reigning in daytime for a quarter-century, she moves to nights to host a show called "Oprah's Next Chapter" that will release her from the confines of a studio and talk-show format for conversations and travel around the world.

"I'll do it anywhere, I'll do it anytime, with anybody I want," she summed up saucily. Expected to air two or three nights a week, "Oprah's Next Chapter" is scheduled to premiere in late 2011. That will be shortly after Winfrey lays to rest her weekday syndicated talk show at the close of its 25th season, a milestone she had said "feels right in my bones" when she made her plans official on the air last November.

A joint venture of Winfrey's Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc., OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network will replace the Discovery Health Channel and be available in approximately 80 million homes.
Winfrey, 56, said her network is "a dream that I've been carrying around for years," explaining that with OWN she meant to "take what I've established in daytime -- inspiring people and giving them hope and new cars -- and build on that, 24-7."

The network will also show her in "Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season," a "docuseries" that gives viewers an intimate look at the final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Judging from the sample clip, this show will let it all hang out. Winfrey is seen with her staff preparing for a show dressed down, sans makeup, her hair in rollers.
She had other shows to tout:

-- "Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind," on which the world's top talent take viewers inside their creative process, offering an opportunity to see how they bring their art to life. Included on the roster are Academy Award-winning director James Cameron, photographer Annie Leibovitz and performer, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, whom she welcomed to the stage.

-- "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star," which, co-produced with reality TV giant Mark Burnett, will mount a nationwide search to discover the next big TV personality.

-- "Gayle King Live!" will bring to TV the radio show of Oprah's best friend.

-- "Why Not? With Shania Twain" is a reality show chronicling the trials and triumphs of the hot-selling country music star. (Joining Winfrey on stage, Twain summarized her late-gained philosophy of life: "If I can't find three reasons not to do it, I say, 'Why not?'").

These new series join a slate of previously announced shows including:

-- "Breaking Down the Bars," billed as a prison show whose women inmates have a shot at rehabilitation and atonement.

-- "Enough Already" will send home-organization guru Peter Walsh on a quest to help people declutter their lives.

-- "In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman" aims to help couples with their relationships and sex lives.

-- "Inside with Lisa Ling" reports on unexpected people from far-flung locations.

-- "Kidnapped by the Kids" enables kids to take drastic steps to reclaim Mom and Dad from a routine of too much work and not enough attention for their youngsters.

-- "The Miracle Detectives" sets a believer and a skeptic on the trail of amazing events that couldn't possibly have happened -- or could they?

-- "Oprah Presents: Master Class" spotlights intriguing personalities hand-picked by Oprah (including Bono, Simon Cowell, Lorne Michaels and Condoleezza Rice) who share their stories, insights and lives.

-- "The Swell Life" takes a look inside the family of former competitive surfer Izzy Paskowitz, his wife Danielle and their three children (one of whom is autistic), as well as their surf school business.

-- "Searching" puts search specialist and genealogist Pam Slaton on the trail of the person who can complete another person's "life story."

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