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Interview with TYLER PERRY by Le Anne Lindsay of Tinsel & Tine

Friday, October 21, 2016


I’ve now interviewed both Ava DuVernay and Tyler Perry, do you realize how close that puts me to being in Oprah’s sphere!

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Tyler Perry was in Philadelphia earlier this month to promote his latest movie Boo! A Madea Halloween. He walked the red carpet and introduced the film to an enthusiastic Philly audience. The next day, just a few select outlet, (yours truly included!) and the young kid who sung for the Pope, Bobby Hill, got a chance to individually meet and chat with the entertainment mogul at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

T&T: I read somewhere that when you directed your first movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” The first Madea movie in 2005, you didn’t know the cameras should move. Which means you just kinda dived in, which is great and seems to have served you in your life; but for most people fear and doubt of something that they don’t know how to do stops them. How did you overcome? Where do you put your fear & doubt? And secondly, what was the second most import thing you learned about filmmaking after that?

Tyler Perry: Well, I didn’t direct the first one because I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t know what it was about, I never studied, didn’t know about camera movement, lenses, lights I didn’t know anything. It was actually directed by Darren Grant. But on set I had so many issues... well, let's put it this way, when I see things, I always see an answer to it. Why does it take 12 hours to set up this or 5 hour to do that? So I said come hell or high water, the next movie I’m just gonna jump in here and direct it. And that was Madea Family Reunion. I come from a place of sometimes ignorance is bliss, what you don’t know is really a wonderful thing, because you don’t have the fear attached to it. Had I gone through certain avenues in Hollywood and had to be faced with how things really worked, I wouldn’t have had the wherewithal to just do it my own way. So the greatest gift that I had was to come from the outside in.

T&T cont: And what was the second most important thing you learned about filmmaking?

Tyler Perry: Know what I can do and what I can’t do let somebody else do. I have an incredible team that allows me to shine where I can shine and where I can’t shine they pick up all the slack.

T&T: So if Madea were running for our 2016 Presidential Election what do you imagine would be some of the issues of her platform?

Tyler Perry: Oh My Gosh! That’s is a really, really good question. (In Madea’s voice) The first issue would be how to get rid of Trump. The second issue would be how to get rid of Trump and the third issue will be how to get rid of Trump! (laughter) The gun laws would be - do unto to me before I do it onto you or you will get done too. (laughter) (back to regular voice) I don’t know, that don’t even makes sense (laughter). That’s the strangest thing though, what’s happened in this country with social media and Reality TV that’s created this shift to allow a person to ascend to the nomination for the highest office in the land, with no experience at all! It’s shocking to me. Let me tell you something, I used to love staying at a Trump Hotel, but I don’t want him to be my President. He’s a great businessman. He’s very smart in that sense, but not as President of the United States.

T&T: Boo! A Madea Halloween of course is a comedy spoofing horror movie elements, but I’m someone who can’t watch real horror films, especially if someone is possessed. What’s your view on horror movies?

Tyler Perry: [Lionsgate, wanted Boo, A Madea Halloween made after Chris Rock spoofed it in his movie Top 5] I don’t do witches, demons, goblins. I’m not into that, I don’t want to play around with it, I’m from New Orleans, where there’s too much reality around it. But then, to do the movie, I found a concept that worked for me. When you look at the concept you realize it’s not rooted in that. Note: When asked about Halloween as a kid, Tyler Perry recalled a time he tried to dress as a ghost for Halloween, throwing a white sheet over his head and his mother ripped it off, saying “Oh no, not in this neighborhood!”
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween Synopsis: Madea (Tyler Perry) winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. 
Cast: Bella Thorne, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Andre Hall, Yousef Erakat, Lexy Panterra, Diamond White, Liza Koshy, Brock O’Hurn, Jimmy Tatro, JC Caylen, Kian Lawley and Mike Tornabene

T&T:  I was on a blog site which featured favorite scenes of Madea movies and one of the readers wrote a comment: Jody Werner 18 April, 2016 at 10:47 pm I’m going to order Madea movies for the staff at The Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana, Illinois, as a Thank You for ALL they’ve done for me! I LOVE MADEA!!!

You must hear about similar testimonies all the time. But can you elaborate on how it feels to be doing what you’ve obviously been called to do?

Tyler Perry: Yeah, that feels amazing and that’s gonna be a great gift for a lot of people, but some people are going to be very upset about it. (laughter) They might be like, why is she insulting us giving us these Madea movies!?! (laughter). Seriously, hearing those kinds of things are amazing. I’ve been hearing them for a very long time and they have been the things that have kept me comforted, kept me grounded, and kept my eyes on the prize when there were rough times and rocky times and critics where saying one thing - messages like that would always be the ray of light. As if to say, you’re on the right path, don’t stop.

T&T: Last year about this time you announced Fort McPherson Army Base in Atlanta will become the new home of Tyler Perry studios. Congratulations, that’s an exciting expansion, how much are you able to talk about your plans and where things stand now?

Tyler Perry: We’ve moved in. This whole movie was shot there. It’s not completely done, some stages are being built; it’s 338 acres, so there’s a section still under development, but we’ve renovated one of the main buildings, it’s amazing! Brian’s house in the movie, is actually a historic house that President Roosevelt stayed in on his way to Warm Springs.

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The base is just unbelievable. Every day I go there I pinch myself. So far over 1000 people have been employed since we’ve opened. Walking Dead is being shot there, they were my first clients. We just filmed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks there, and I’m not officially open to rentals yet, but people are coming.

T&T: I understand it’s part of the National Registry of Historic Places?

Tyler Perry: There’s only one area that’s a part of it, and that areas maybe 30 acres out of the 338, which has the most beautiful homes built in the 1800, that are perfect as they are. For any other person or developer, this would have been a problem, but for me, it was perfect because I have no desire to do anything with them other than maintain and keep them up and use them for back lot shooting.

T&T: Have you moved over the studio names from the old studio to the new studio?

Tyler Perry: I’m going to move over the Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson and Sidney Poitier stage names, but it’s now 14 stages, so I’m dedicating the other 11 to other notable entertainers. I’ve got a nice list going on, but I’m not exposing it just yet.

T&T: When you do, can your fans decide for you?

Tyler Perry: That would be really great to let them vote on it. I have about 12 - 13 people that I really, really admire who I’d love for them to break the bottle of champagne over the stages.

T&T: And if Boo! A Madea Halloween is super successful then Chris Rock should be one of them. (joking)

Tyler Perry: (laughter) Yeah… right, right… (laughter).

Note: The Q&A is shorten a bit for time. 
If you’d like to listen to the complete audio click player below. 

[The above questions and answers were all between me and Tyler Perry. However, the audio also includes questions from journalist David Onda of Xfinity with whom I tag teamed the interview.]

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The 25th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival Coverage (October 20 - 30, 2016)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tinsel & Tine's Look at the 11 Days of #PFF25

 By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

25 years! That makes this the silver anniversary or better yet, silver screen anniversary for The Philadelphia Film Festival produced by The Philadelphia Film Society, Executive Director, J. Andrew Greenblatt & Artistic Director, Michael Lerman.

I'm so excited that La La Land has been chosen for this year's opening night film (Thursday, October 20th Prince Theater 8pm). I've read so many good things about this musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; it's been on T&T's Can't Wait Coming Attractions page for months. Best of all, the writer/director Damien Chazelle, recipient of the Academy Award nomination for best writing and adapted screenplay for Whiplash will be in attendance opening night!

The closing night film is another one right up my alley, starring Amy Adams making Alien contact on earth in Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve (Friday, October 28th Prince Theater 8pm)

All toll you've got Over 110 films from 23 countries to choose from: 

Another Centerpiece Screening I wanna see is Natalie Portman in Jackie Director Pablo Larraín 2016 - Jackie is a powerful, innovative biopic depicting the events leading up to and following the shocking assassination of beloved President John F. Kennedy through the eyes of his wife, first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Some oldies, but goodies From The Vault - actually I've never seen Night on Earth, Auteur Jarmusch exploits the peculiar intimacy between taxi drivers and their patrons to hilarious and poignant effect, depicting quirky cab rides unfolding simultaneously in disparate cities. In Los Angeles, a jaded Hollywood bigwig (Gena Rowlands) finds herself enthralled by her streetwise, chain-smoking cabby (Winona Ryder).


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  • MARTHA (Fishtown / Kensington 2113 E. York St.Philadelphia, PA 19125) Enjoy your first drink at 1/2 price 
  • BRIDGET FOY’S (200 South St. Phila. PA 19147)  Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or sangria with purchase of an entree 
Discounts are listed on Festival Website under Events 

Spotlights, Presented by Philly Style: Highly–anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world. · Christine, Director Antonio Campos. 2016, USA. · King Cobra, Director Justin Kelly. 2016, USA. · Wolves, Director Bart Freundlich. 2016, USA.

From World Narratives this looks like a winner - The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Finland director Juho Kuosmanen) The Un Certain Regard winner at this year’s Cannes, this sweetly melancholic biopic features Finnish boxing amateur turned hero Olli Mäki as he competes for the international featherweight championship title.

Of course, Tinsel & Tine (reel & dine) has to catch a foodie film or two. Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story from the FEAST category looks good - In Insatiable, director Brett A. Schwartz tracks the story of world-renowned molecular gastronomist Homaro Cantu, from a troubled youth marred by poverty and abuse to international renown as the head chef at Moto, one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants. Cantu belonged to a scene of young, Chicago-based chefs innovating the field of molecular gastronomy, which introduced new, sometimes cerebral, techniques to fine dining.

American Independents, Presented by Comcast Xfinity: Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision. All films in this series are a part of the “PFF On Us” free ticketing program. 


Greater Filmadelphia, Presented by Philadelphia Gas Works
Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen. I saw Sarah Paulson on Jimmy Fallon talking about this movie Blue Jay (dir. Alexandre Lehmann) but I didn't know he was a Philly filmmaker! - Former high school sweethearts are reunited by chance as adults and spend the day reminiscing about their past and what might have been in this moving drama starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson.

There's also some informative and entertaining docs under Documentary Showcase, movies with music under Sight & Soundtrack, Animated Shorts, Late night The Graveyard Shift flicks and more...

The PFF25 PROGRAM GUIDE PDF can be downloaded

However, I recommend you use the FESTIVAL GENIUS to book all your movies and purchase tickets. The calendar can export to your Outlook or Google Calendar and it will cross reference and let you know if you're booking movies too close together or at the same time.

Then follow me on Instagram @tinsel_tine & Twitter  @tinseltine during the festival and also check back to this page too, as I'll be posting mini reviews and festival happenings every day.  Like I did last year... T&T's Look at #PFF24

Originally posted 10/7/16. Updated 10/18/16
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Philly Premieres A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Now on DVD in time for Halloween


Red Carpet Coverage by T&T Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

Last month I attended the premiere of a horror movie called A House is Not A Home. Regular readers know since blog contributor Candi Smith of "Candi's Corner" left T&T to pursue her own media career, I don't cover horror movies any more; the reason being, I like to be able to sleep at night.
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The reason I went to see A House is Not A Home is because the Actor & Producer of the film Gerald Webb, is originally from Philly!  I got a chance to chat with him a minute on the red carpet about his production company Deinstitutionalized, LLC which he runs with director and producing partner Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray, who I also interviewed.  There's also a little footage from the post screening Q&A - So check out the video below:

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A House is Not a Home played in select theaters in September and is now out on DVD. I didn't write a review since horror is not my genre. Here's the trailer, why don't you add it to your Halloween movie night viewing and let me know what you think.

Movie's Synopsis: Ben (Webb) and Linda Williams (Diahnna Baxter) move the family into a dream home in a last ditch effort to save their troubled marriage. Despite their good intentions, they cannot shake the feeling that they are being watched by something. Their unimaginable fears are realized when things inside the house take a supernatural and sinister turn. Ben and his family flee for their lives, but it is too late. The house isn't finished with them, trapping the family in its labyrinth. The Williams must come together as never before to fight for their

Director: Christopher Ray Writers: Victoria Dadi, James Kondelik, Jon Kondelik Cast: Gerald Webb, Diahnna Baxter, Bill Cobbs, Eddie Steeples, Richard Greico

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Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
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