Blindie may not think it’s art, but Tyler Perry‘s Madea Goes To Jail didn’t only TOP the weekend box office, it set a Hollywood record.

Pulling in an impressive $41.1 million, Perry’s flick was the largest opening weekend gross on the fewest amount of screens ever (2,032, to be exact!). It was also the highest grossing weekend opening in Lionsgate history.

“It just tells you the power of the brand that is Tyler Perry,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers, said of Perry, who opened his multi-million dollar studio in Atlanta last October.

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Jennifer Hudson‘s resilience and strength through her family murder tragedy has inspired art–at least in the form of an upcoming Tyler Perry movie.

“I just wrote a movie for her that I’m really excited about,” the 39-year-old media mogul told People magazine at the premiere of Madea Goes to Jail. “I’m hoping she’ll be able to do it.”

“Looking and talking to [Jennifer], there’s sadness in her eyes, but my thoughts and prayers are always with her,” Perry added. “That’s one of the reasons why I want her to do this role, because I think it’d be really cathartic for her to take it on and work through some things.”

Of the prospective project, Perry says, “[Jennifer] says that she’s been wanting to work with me for a a very long time and I definitely want to work with her. We just have to find the right time.”

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Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry may have a hit television show, a string of successful movies, and even his own multi-million dollar production studio, but he’s not above stalking a diva.

During a press junket for his latest film Madea Goes To Jail, Perry revealed he has been stalking Diana Ross to play a role in his upcoming film A Jazz Man’s Blues.

Perry says, “I want her in the film. I’ve been sending flowers. I’ve been sending people by her. I’ve been sending emails to people who know her. I’ve talked to the man who walks her dog. I’ve been trying to locate where she’s at. Is she in this part of the country? Is she doing a concert somewhere? Can I get backstage?”

Blues is set around 1947 and Perry feels Ross will bring the same magic she brought to the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues which was set around the same time period.

Ben Kingsley, Cicely Tyson and Kimberly Elise are also part of Perry’s dream cast, as well as himself -of course!

Blindie would love to see Ms. Ross return to the screen especially in a 1940s blues drama!

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Ethiopian born model Gelila Bekele is only 24 years old and already racking up a resume of impressive campaigns including Pantene and Colgate and more than a few gossip pages.

The Ford model set tongues wagging when she accompanied Tyler Perry to the premiere of his film Why Did I Get Married as well as the launch of his film studio in Atlanta last year and ever since Perry called her a “special person” in his life on Oprah and Regis the engagement rumors have exploded.

Blindie is ga ga for Bekele, and not just because she has the first African American major film studio owner on her arm, but because the stunning beauty is also a humanitatian and works with the organizations Charity: Water, Kageno, Keep a Child Alive and Darfur Action Network.

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Hollywood heavy hitters Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Sidney Poitier were on hand at a huge bash to celebrate and witness the unveiling of filmmaker Tyler Perry’s new multi-million dollar film and television studio in southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

The more than 200,000 square foot production complex is housed in a former Delta Air Lines’ business center and features sound stages named after some of the most influential African American entertainers of the twentieth century -Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Cicely Tyson.

The momentous occasion was marred only slightly by Writers Guild of America picketers outside the celebratory party protesting against the recent firing of four writers from Perry’s TV sitcom House of Payne.

Perry is the first African American to open a major film and television studio and plans to shoot his TBS sitcoms House of Payne and Meet The Browns at the new complex.

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If there is one thing that Blindie loves more than anything is a comeback–and that is exactly what Tyler Perry’s latest film The Family That Preys does for actress Robin Givens.

Having been away from the limelight for nearly a decade (besides a shameful stint as a host on Forgive or Forget!), Givens has struggled to attain her 90s fame.

But in Perry’s current drama, Givens returns in full effect as a corporate woman, who reads villain Sanaa Lathan (she’s equally fantastic playing against type) her rights as a colleague and fellow black businesswoman.

Even more impressive is the film’s performance in the competitive box office weekend, which included a star-studded comedy by the Coen Brothers, Burn After Reading, and the Pacino-Deniro cop drama Righteous Kill. While Burn opened at No. 1 with an estimated $19.4 million, Perry’s lower-budgeted family drama came in second with $18 million.

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