tylerperryinterview.pngTyler Perry, director, writer and star of Madea's Big Happy Family and all of the films in the popular Madea series, offered some harsh words to his critics in the entertainment industry, in particular filmmaker Spike Lee. "I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee," Perry said during a press conference Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. "Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.' I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,' as if black people don't know what they want to see."

"I am sick of him - he talked about Whoopi, he talked about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up!"

Perry's latest film Madea's Big Happy Family opens Friday in theaters nationwide. The filmmaker is one of the most successful in Hollywood, thanks to a string of hits that engaged African-American and churchgoing audiences like few others have been able to. Discussing an email he sent out recently to fans via his website, Perry said that he tries not to dwell on negativity, but sometimes gets frustrated about the criticism he receives from within his own community. "I was writing about just people and how hard people work to discourage people from seeing my work," he said. "I don't even understand it [but] this is where the whole Spike Lee [comment] comes from - the negativity, this is Stepin Fetchit, this is coonery, this is buffoonery, and they try to get people to get on this bandwagon with them, to get this mob mentality to come against what I'm doing."

The filmmaker admitted he can't understand why so much of the criticism of his films comes from his fellow African-Americans, when he doesn't see similar criticisms of other groups coming from their communities. "I've never seen Jewish people attack Seinfeld and say "this is a stereotype," I've never seen Italian people attack The Sopranos, I've never seen Jewish people complaining about Mrs. Doubtfire or Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. I never saw it. It's always black people, and this is something that I cannot undo. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois went through the exact same thing; Langston Hughes said that Zora Neale Hurston, the woman who wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, was a new version of the 'darkie' because she spoke in a southern dialect and a Southern tone. And I'm sick of it from us; we don't have to worry about anybody else trying to destroy us and take shots because we do it to ourselves."

Perry also said that he feels like many of the criticisms that his work doesn't reach other audiences or ethnic groups is simply unfounded. "So me being frustrated with it, and then they go on to say that people of other ethnic groups or white people don't go see my movies, and that's all a lie. I'm standing on stage looking at thousands of people, thousands of faces, with every race represented, and I'm tired of it. I'm tired of just laying down, tired of just being nice and letting them say whatever they want to say however they want to say it without people knowing what the intent really is."


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Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is set to helm The Passage, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Justin Cronin. Cronin's novel, originally written under a pseudonym, chronicles an experiment that goes wrong and unleashes an army of vampires on the world, bringing it to the verge of extinction. Distributor Fox 2000 purchased the book in 2007 for more than $3 million and since partnered with Tony and Ridley Scott's Scott Free production company to develop the forthcoming film adaptation.

Reeves' last film was a remake of the Norwegian vampire film Let the Right One In, and The Passage seems like a similarly mature take on vampire mythology; in other words, this will not merely follow in the commercial footsteps of teen romance franchises like Twilight. John Logan, who wrote Gladiator and The Aviator, wrote the first draft of the script, but his duties on the script for the next Bond film will keep him from participating in the work Reeves is doing currently to get the The Passage ready to go into production.

Reeves also signed a deal last week for another project, an adaptation of a short story by Ray Nelson entitled 8 O'Clock in the Morning, about a human being who discovers that he is being controlled by aliens. While Reeves is only supervising the rewrite of The Passage, he is writing 8 O'Clock himself, which should mean that it will happen after he's finished shooting The Passage, whose script is more finished than the other film.


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Universal City, California -- A rising politician finds himself caught up in a pulse-pounding, mind-bending conspiracy in The Adjustment Bureau, the acclaimed film coming to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on June 21, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (the Bourne series, True Grit) and Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolfman) are the star-crossed lovers chased by mysterious forces that threaten to destroy their futures unless they abandon one another. Deleted and extended scenes, filmmaker commentary and exclusive bonus features offer behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the film. Plus, for a limited time only, the Blu-rayTM Combo Pack of The Adjustment Bureau includes a downloadable digital copy of the film that can be viewed anytime, anywhere, on an array of digital devices.

Written for the screen by George Nolfi (Ocean's 12, The Bourne Ultimatum) who also makes his directorial debut, The Adjustment Bureau is based on the short story "Adjustment Team," by visionary writer Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner). The Adjustment Bureau also stars Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Eagle Eye), John Slattery ("Mad Men," Iron Man 2), Michael Kelly (Changeling, Dawn of the Dead) and Terence Stamp (Wanted, Valkyrie).

• THE LABYRINTH OF DOORS: INTERACTIVE MAP OF NEW YORK - Explore the bustling metropolis of New York City as only a member of the Bureau can: using the intricate network of portals to leap from location to location. Each location will trigger a short video pod, either with a behind-the-scenes look at that location with cast and crew or a scene from the film that took place there.
• BD-LIVETM-Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.

• pocket BLUTM: The groundbreaking pocket BLUTM app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, AndroidTM, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player. Also available on the iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLUTM made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-rayTM content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLUTM offers advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
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o Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device's intuitive keyboard.
• uHEARTM: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-rayTM disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn't hear!
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• LEAPING THROUGH NEW YORK - An inside look at how the production team filmed David Norris' (Matt Damon) race to the courthouse, featuring interviews with Damon, director George Nolfi, special effects coordinator Mark Russell and producers Michael Hackett and Chris Moore.
• DESTINED TO BE - The Adjustment Bureau provided Matt Damon with his first opportunity to play a true romantic lead in a feature film. Co-star Emily Blunt, director George Nolfi and Damon himself reflect on this new role for the star and the relationship between David Norris and Blunt's character, Elise Sellas.
• BECOMING ELISE - A look at Emily Blunt's dance training for the role of Elise. Blunt, Matt Damon, George Nolfi and Blunt's dance choreographer discuss her transformation from slender actress to well-muscled athlete.


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