Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lee Daniels "Push" Gets a Big Push from Oprah & Tyler Perry

Lionsgate, in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, has picked up Lee Daniels' Sundance sensation "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire.'' A rare Sundance title the critics, audiences and the competition jury all loved, "Push'' will be a tough sell because of its very dark subject matter -- the triumph over adversity of a obese, illiterate and abused 16-year-old Harlem teenager who is pregnant with her second child by her father, who gives her AIDS. Oprah and Perry can help sell to the urban audience and women, but their endorsement is often anathema to many of the critics whose support will be necessary for crossover appeal.

No release date was announced, but there has been talk about an Oscar nomination for Mo'Nique, who plays the heroine's monstrous mother; she won the jury prize at Sundance.

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

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