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Tyler Perry — Second Fire in Four Months at Tyler Perry Movie Studio

Tyler Perry — Second Fire in Four Months at Tyler Perry Movie Studio

Posted by Adam

Tuesday August 28, 2012

TYLER Perry‘s movie studio is on fire — literally.

The Hollywood mogul’s studios in Atlanta have been hit by its second blaze in four months.

The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday and there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say the fire was contained to the roof, which had been undergoing repairs at the time of the blaze.

On May 1, more than 100 firefighters battled a blaze that ripped through a simulated streetscape at the studios, sending flames about six stories into the sky.

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran has said the cause of the May fire would be recorded as undetermined. Cochran said the intensity of the May fire consumed any evidence that would lead to a cause of ignition.

Recent reports claimed Diana Ross hates Perry.

According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the singer as refused repeated requests to costar with the House of Payne creator because she regards his body of work — including Madea — as too low­brow.

“Diana feels Tyler’s mov­ies, TV shows and especially his main character ‘Madea’ have no substance,” a source said.

Perry has been trying to work with his idol Diana for years, sources say.

“But she refuses to even discuss the prospect with him,” said the insider.

“Diana is all about her enter­tainment legacy. The last thing she wants is to co-star in a cheesy comedy starring a black man in a fat suit playing a half-cocked, angry old woman waving a gun.”

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411 Music Roundtable: February 2011

Posted by Adam Hill on 02.02.2011

Did Steven Tyler have the best month or was it Britney Spears? Who had the worst month? Did the Decemberists or M.I.A. have the best album? Which releases are looking good in February? Check out the full article to find out!

Welcome to the February edition of the 411 Music Roundtable. It’s the first Roundtable of 2011 and a New Year, deserves a new banner. As well as a new banner, we have a brand new Random Question of the Month, as well as a look back at some big stories and great albums. So, let’s not stand around all day jibber-jabbering, let’s get straight into it and Roundtable!

Biggest Winner of the Month: Steven Tyler
Sure, American Idol isn’t killing it in the ratings like it once did. But hey, Steven Tyler is getting good reviews and for good reason. He has awesome curse-laden one-liners and he hits on quite a few of the female contestants. He’s charming and hilarious and it almost makes you forget how fucked up he was on tour and how he was kind of a douche towards his band for a while there. Oh, and he wants to do another Aerosmith album while he does Idol. Supposedly, he couldn’t track down Joe Perry to start said venture, but now the word is that they’ve been in the studio.

Biggest Loser of the Month: Lil’ Kim
I saw this horrible picture of her on our site recently and then saw that she’s calling out Nicki Minaj for the millionth time on some new mixtape. Sad…

Biggest Music News of the Month: U2 Forces MLB Series to Move
I thought this story was a pretty big deal, mostly because I hadn’t heard of something like this happening before. Apparently, when U2’s 360 Tour touches for its rescheduled stop (from 2010 when Bono blew his back out) in Miami, they’ll need so much time to set up the massive stage, that they’ve had to move a series between the Florida Marlins and the Seattle Mariners to Seattle. The Marlins will still be treated as the home team and bat last.

This is just crazy. An American institution ousted by imported Irish rock n’ roll!

Oh, and I can’t wait to go to the stop at Chicago’s Soldier Field. I’ve had these tickets for over a year and a half now, so it’s about damn time I get to see U2 live!

Best New Release of the Month: Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
This is a solid album. I reviewed it for 411Mania here in the Music Zone so check that out HERE if you like.

I’m new to the Iron & Wine game, but have been digesting Sam Beam’s catalog over the last few weeks. I liked what I heard so much that I’ll be attending an upcoming date on their tour. I hear he’s got a full band out with him to get the awesome eclectic rock sound of this album out there to the masses.

Your Most Anticipated New Release of the Month: Stryper – The Covering
There’s nothing I’m looking forward to that much next month music-wise, so I’ll go with the new Stryper disc, just because I find it interesting that Stryper is still putting out music. Is this a covers album?

#nowplaying: Rage Against the Machine – “Freedom”

Random Question of the Month: What is the worst album you have ever owned? Ween – The Pod
I love Ween, and bought up their whole main studio album discography in 2006. For some reason, I just don’t like this album. It’s just not as fun as the rest of their stuff.

Any Other Business: Chuck Klosterman
I’ve been borrowing some Chuck Klosterman books from my friend lately and they’re pretty fun reads. Klosterman is a music journalist and touches on a lot of pop culture topics. I read his chronicling of his visits to the death sites of many famous musicians, Killing Yourself to Live, over the Christmas holiday and I’m just finishing Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. My favorite chapter of this essay collection is Klosterman’s analysis of the marketability of country music songs.

Biggest Winner of the Month: The Decemberists
These guys went from being “big for the indies” to having the #1 album in the country. If that doesn’t qualify you as being a winner, nothing does.

Biggest Loser of the Month: Social Distortion
They took forever to make their latest album and changed their sound significantly, to the point of being unrecognizable–and sounded much, much worse for it. Don’t worry, SD fans, I’m sure that you’ll get to hear another throwaway album from the group sometime in 2019.

Biggest Music News of the Month: Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez Start Dating/Teens Lose Their Shit
I’m not a huge fan of either person, and their decision to hook up doesn’t change my opinion of either person in any way. It affected the lives of plenty of teenage girls, though, who took to Twitter and started reaming Gomez out, declaring death threats while calling her a pedophile (not true–it’s a slippery slope with their age difference, but it is not illegal). Seriously, girls, go after the ugly musicians around your age. They are the kind of folk that are going to name songs after you.

Best New Release of the Month: Destroyer – Kaputt
I said as much in my rumbling, bumbling review of the album, so I’ll just restate that I think we’ll be talking about this album at the end of the year and leave it at that.

Your Most Anticipated New Release of the Month: Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told
Hey, after all of the hype, actor spots, and rumors of retirement, the damn thing better deliver. If it doesn’t, he’ll get laughed out of the scene entirely. I hope it lives up to the hype, though.

#nowplaying: Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil
So much great music has been released this month that I’m willing to just call the year over right now. I’m not sure if I love Deerhoof’s latest as much as some of the excellent music championed on the site, but it sure got stuck in my head a whole hell of a lot faster than anything released this month. Damn you, Deerhoof, and your strange, addicting music!

Random Question of the Month: What is the worst album you have ever owned? The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute
I’m limiting this question to albums in major release that I bought on CD. I’ve certainly heard a lot worse music than this album, but that stuff was either given to me or demo music that I bought just to support local music (and, in one case, to keep a musclehead rap hopeful from caving my face in). I actually bought this album a couple of times way back in the day, thinking that this was deep music and that buying a copy that contained the title track (since it was too long to include on the album–DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM WITH THAT?!) would help illuminate the album’s mysteries. Then I turned 20, and I immediately grew distaste for the band. I can skip through half of De-loused without hating myself, and I can openly laugh at how terrible Amputechture was, but Frances just makes me angry.

Any Other Business: Daring To Have An Opinion
411mania’s Music section has been getting an influx of new writers and voices recently (hell, I’m one of them), and I’d like to think that the section is getting a lot better now because of the new opinions. There have been some growing pains, but now reviews are coming in quickly, in big numbers, and with better quality to the writing (then again, I’m one of these writers, so take that with a grain of salt). That said, the new opinions (mine in particular) have put off some of our readers. Sometimes I can see it coming–I knew that I would be getting some flak for being critical of work by Lecrae and Crystal Bowersox, with the former’s fan base praying that I see the light and stop listening to secular rap (my favorite rap albums of the Aughts were El-P’s Fantastic Damage and Invincible’s Shapeshifters, neither of which were secular or mainstream) and the latter’s fanbase claiming that she will get back at me for calling her untalented (which I didn’t–I stated that everyone around her is untalented). Other times, though, I’ll state something that I’ve believed for years and be told that I know nothing about music because of it. For instance, I’ve been told that I know nothing about rap because I didn’t like The Chronic. Well, I know people who don’t like Pearl Jam and still know a lot about rock, and I know people who don’t like Big & Rich and still know a lot about country, so I don’t see how my opinion concerning one album can make my opinion of the entire genre invalid. If you want to read about why you should buy into the current pop scene, read Rolling Stone. If you want to buy albums that EVERYBODY (your mom, an old guy who likes cardigan sweaters, an unqualified kid who lucked into a writing gig, some genius who lacks communication skills, and maybe you) will love, base your purchases on Metacritic scores. If you want opinions about music from people who aren’t getting paid to praise any particular artist, keep reading the Music section. We (well, I) love you guys a lot, but telling us that any of our subjective opinions are incorrect won’t magically change our minds, and it only helps our traffic figures.

Biggest Winner of the Month: James Blake
Releasing a series of sublime EPs to rave reviews from Pitchfork and the art house crowd is normally about the most an ambient electronic artist can hope for. January certainly didn’t look good for Blake when his powerfully emotive debut LP leaked a full month ahead of its schedule release; seemingly ensuring a sag in sales. Thankfully, his fortunes rapidly improved. The BBC put Blake on their influence Sound Of 2011 poll. This was no big shock as the poll always throws the artistic community a couple of bones, but something different happened this year. Jessie J romped to victory as was expected, she’s already made quite the name for herself in the UK charts, but Blake inexplicably finished second.

His music isn’t marketable to the mainstream, but with the powerful backing of the BBC and Guardian newspapers, he’s been swept up in the PR whirl wind. We already know, thanks to the leak, that his record will deliver, and while Blake may be too solemn and abstract for superstardom, this still remains a stark sign that, if they ever choose to, the industry can make stars, no matter how abstract. I bet Blake can’t believe his luck; acclaim, media hype and sold out shows, I’m sure a year ago he’d have consider 1,000 in sales a win, and now I’m happy to name him the winner of the month. (Apologies readers, the best audio version of “Unluck” isn’t on YouTube currently).

Biggest Loser of the Month: Glee And Kings Of Leon
So Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill have been engaged in a war of words over twitter (never a good thing, well unless you’re Kanye or Lily, then it’s just funny), and to absolutely no one’s surprise, both men have left with diminished reputations.
Murphy branded Kings Of Leon “self-centered assholes” leading Nathan to fire back with some poorly veiled homophobia (telling Ryan to get a manicure and put on his bra). Murphy then ranted so fervently (he probably was legitimately riled by Nathan comments) that he ended up not only coming across as a bit of a nutcase but doing damaged to his own point of view. Nathan issued a very straight and serious apology; the type that suggests that he was actually ashamed of himself and did, whether he likes to admit it or not, indulge in easy homophobic vitriol. The end result, both sides look terrible, petty and morose.

Another reason why PR departments should keep their evil eyes on twitter (as much as I’d hate that notion personally), Ryan certainly hasn’t learnt his lesson; it looks like Eminem is now in his sights. Well all publicity is good publicity right? Hmmn…yeah, we’ll see.

Biggest Music News of the Month: Sales of Rock Music Plummet In The UK
So in the 100 top selling singles of 2010 only three were by rock acts (not very good ones at that), and of the top 100 selling albums of 2010 only three were new records released by rock artists in the UK. Bon Jovi and AC/DC did well, and Bon Jovi were the highest grossing band in the world, but the message was clear; up and coming rock bands just aren’t making their mark on popular culture.
You might ask; why should we care? After all there is great new music being created every day, and the artistic fringe has never been so strong. This is true, and rock continues to inform pop, but its days as an integral part of pop culture appear to be numbered. Now, one might argue that the notion of pop culture is itself is in decline as the music industry continues to fragment, and this is true, but there is an underlying issue.

Namely money; artists need it, to survive firstly, and secondly to fulfill their ambitions. Not everyone is a lo-fi hero after all. If the trend continues to move in this way, the largely reactionary music industry will continue to ere in favor of “safe bets”; the Bon Jovi’s and the Black Eyed Peas of the world. This is not in anybody’s best interest.

If we want collective moments and great shared cultural experiences we need young rock bands to catch on in a major meaningful way. Technological innovation, in terms of delivery mechanism, may be the answer, and this whole business may well be cyclical, but this is still big news. Let’s just hope the A&R departments of the world don’t abandon risk altogether and show some faith in young rock musicians.

Best New Release of the Month: M.I.A – Vicky Leekx
A quick fast flowing stream of consciousness, Vicky Leekx perfectly highlights all of M.I.A’s best qualities and marks a much need return to form in the eyes of many of her fans. This quick fire free mixtape sees M.I.A bridging the styles and sounds of her past with the contemporary approach of // / Y /. She pulls off this merger with remarkable ease and in staggeringly successful fashion. I still haven’t listened to the Destroyer record so for now Vicky Leekx is my choice.

Your Most Anticipated New Release of the Month: James Blake- James Blake
Not exactly a surprise given my choice for winner of the month; despite having had a copy this record for the best part of a month I’m still extremely excited. Firstly I want the final edit with the top notch production and audio quality, and secondly I’m going to be heading to the launch party at Rough Trade records. I’m going to try and grab an interview with Mr. Blake after I’ve enjoyed what I’m sure will be a darkly atmospheric show.

#nowplaying: Cat’s Eyes – “Not A Friend”
Cat’s Eyes is the new project by Faris Badwan of The Horrors. He has teamed up with the opera singer Rachel Zeffira to create this haunting baroque pop outfit. They decided to debut this new band in the Vatican, no seriously they did, with the grandiose “I Knew It’s Over”, but it’s their beautiful lead single “Not A Friend” that has really captured my imagination.

“Not A Friend” is a beautifully sung slice of dream pop, Rachel’s vocals are divine and surprisingly reigned in given the capacity of her voice. A lesson to all vocalists; just because you can hit every note in existence, it doesn’t mean that you should, musicality first, technicality second people, do keep up.

Random Question of the Month: What is the worst album you have ever owned? The Vengaboys – Up & Down The Party Album!
You know it’s bad when there’s an exclamation point in the title right? Actually I don’t regret this purchase one bit. Vengaboys unique brand of awful euro-pop was great fun when you were young, and they are still fondly regarded among my generation. Seriously, I’m not just saying that, they headlined my Summer Ball at university (for the historians among you Wombats played before them, so yes, despite having an album in the top 10 at the time, The Wombats opened for the Vengaboys. Oh and yes, Wombats were terrible). So I guess my penchant for camp pop was born in my formative years.

Any Other Business: Lily Allen Launches Label
Any regular reader of will have figured out that I’m a big fan of Lily’s and this week’s any other business links to my biggest news story of the month and winner of the month (note my masterful leitmotif). Despite being hit with predictable criticism “your dad’s famous”, “pop is evil”, “you don’t like illegal downloading boo” etc… Lily has been given £100,000 to set up and run her own label In The Name Of. Those of us who’ve followed Lily’s career know that while her taste and decision making can occasionally be questioned, there is no doubting that she is wholly committed to new music, new artists and to the success of the record industry.

In keeping with this reputation it was announced this week that the first signings to her label were Cults. The hotly tipped art pop duo were named the “hope for 2011” by Pitchfork’s end of year reader poll and they are exactly the type of band who, love them or hate them, we need the major labels to get behind. It may be a minor story; but it’s a genuinely positive one. It’s also promising that Lily tried to keep her name out of the press (she was outed this week) but she had set about being the behind the scenes power, which would suggest she’ll be happy to let her bands revel in the spotlight.
Furthermore, if anyone’s fit to warn a newcomer of the perils of superstardom, the press and the industry it’s Lily. So here’s to high hopes; fingers crossed she starts a trend and other stars follow her lead and start signing the art house’s leading lights to major deals.

Plus any track that reminds us of “Blueish” by Animal Collective is a good thing right? Check it out for yourselves:

Biggest Winner of the Month: Britney Spears
Britney kicked off comeback #264 in sterling fashion with a half-decent new track that shot straight to #1 in practically every country in the world. Except the UK, where for some inexplicable reason, it was scheduled for release a full month after everywhere else (it has since been brought forward). She is now back in the news for the right reason, her music rather than the latest allegation of the week, and people seem genuinely interested and, dare I say, excited for her return. So much so that for a split second, the world even managed to forget about Gaga.

Biggest Loser of the Month: Gucci Mane


Biggest Music News of the Month: Diddy Sued for $1 Trillion.
Ok, so it is not technically the biggest news of the month, but (as long as you forget about the fact that the woman involved clearly needs medical help), this is without doubt the most entertaining.

From the main page:

“A woman has filed a $1 trillion lawsuit against Diddy, saying he not only caused 9/11, but also put her child in the hospital and stole a poker chip worth “100 zillions of dollars.”

Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks was denied a restraining order against Diddy, but does have a hearing set for January 31st.

Turks believes Diddy, his ex-girlfriend Kim Porter and Rodney King were behind 9/11, destroying the World Trade Center towers.

“[Diddy] went through Kim Porter and Rodney King and knocked down the WTC and then they all came and knocked my children down. Set me up to be on disability and disabled my baby. he put my baby in a wheelchair,” Turks writes in her papers.

Turks claims she once dated Diddy, and they have a 23-year old son together, Cornelius Wilson.

She also says, “”Plus I won a lot of money at the casino in Mississippi and Sean P. Diddy Combs has my chip to my money. I heard he gave it to Gwen Allen to hold but she cannot cash it in. I want my chip please help me. It’s well worth over 100 zillions of dollars, and my hospital keys. They put me and my baby in the hospital and broke my baby 2 legs and sexual assaulted my children and crushed us.”

She’s suing for $900 billion in child support, plus another $100 billion for “loss of income.”

Aside from all the other crazy that is contained above, what the hell kind of work does she do that she has lost $100 billion in income? More importantly, where do I apply?

Best New Release of the Month: The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo
I’m not sure which is more surprising, the amount of quality music released in January (The Decemberists, Iron & Wine as mentioned above, Braids, Anna Calvi and Wanda Jackson hey, it’s fun ok to name just a few) or the relative influx of awesome music from New Zealand. Along with The Naked and Famous, The Phoenix Foundation (named after the company in MacGyver instant win) are making some wonderful music right now, and rightly getting plaudits outside their native country.

Buffalo is an exquisite album of dreamy psychedelica, reminiscent in part of XX, but more sumptuous and with more depth to the sound than the sparseness employed by their contemporaries. This six-piece have been honing their craft for over 10 years now, including producing a delightful soundtrack to cult film, Eagle Vs Shark. Title track, “Buffalo” and “Flock of Hearts” are the standouts, but really, there is not a bad track on the album.

Your Most Anticipated New Release of the Month: Cut Copy – Zonoscope
It may be a cheat to anticipate an album you’ve already got but Zonoscope doesn’t technically drop until next week so I’m allowing it. Also, despite already having a digital copy, I will be picking this up on vinyl so I’m doubly allowing it.
Anyway, this album is very reminiscent of last year’s Odd Blood by Yeasayer, which was my #3 album of the year. Gently funky with a heady blend of pop-synths and world-beats, it could well turn out to be the best album of the month.

#nowplaying: Cutback – Patriotism is not a dirty word
I listed to this in anticipation of writing a small piece on this band for my new music blog, Alphabet Bands and was instantly impressed. The indie-rock trio have just released this debut album on dPulse and are looking to tear shit up, in a mainstream rock kind of way, big style in 2011. The ideas expressed may not be new but they are delivered with a quality and confidence befitting seasoned campaigners, you don’t expect it from three relative novices. Patriotism… is extremely easy on the ear and full of catchy, hook-heavy tracks that will no doubt be sung back to the band with joy and enthusiasm by large crowds of very happy rock fans.

Cutback – Audio Suicide EP by dpulse

Random Question of the Month: What is the worst album you have ever owned? Color Me Badd – C.M.B.
At the time, I (wrongly) thought this album was ok. I was a kid and one of the songs had sex’ in the title. Most of what I listened to at that age was mainstream rubbish. It was only as I got older and discovered guitar bands and more diverse and less well known acts that I realized, firstly that music had so much more to offer, and secondly, that Color Me Badd, were just that. Bad, really, really bad.

Any Other Business: 411 Music is Hiring.
As John mentioned above, there has been a mini-influx of new album reviewers over the last few months but this has been balanced against a number of guys stepping down from their long-standing, genre specific columns.

This is your chance; you can step up and take the reins on one of these columns, or even writing about something else. It does take work, it does take effort and commitment but it’s worth it. I’ve been doing this for almost a year now; I started just on the 5&1, but quickly added reviews and then the Roundtable to my portfolio. On top of that, there are all the additional features we all take part in, weekly columns like Top 5, Buy or Sell, Fact or Fiction, annual features like the upcoming Hall of Fame, The Summer Feature and Year In-Review, and that’s just in the Music Zone! Once you’re in, you’ll find a lot of other zones are more than happy to take contributions. I’ve written columns in both the Wrestling and Movie zone as well as regularly appearing in the Movie Top5 and Fact or Fiction. The guys here are all great people and always happy to help out and offer advice if needs be and there is a real sense of community amongst all the writers.

411 is a great place to write either as a hobby or as a way to hone your skills should you have aspirations of making it as a writer. Several 411 alumni have gone on to make writing their full-time job and that could be you in the near future!

Full details of how to apply are in the link above, but these are the established columns where we have vacancies.

  • F*ck Marry Or Kill – A weekly column that chooses three artists each week, digs into their background and decides which one to listen to (F*ck), keep (Marry) or get rid of (Kill).
  • Ask 411 Music – A weekly column with special features whose main objective is to answer music-related questions submitted by users.
  • The Hip-Hop Herald – A weekly news report dealing with news from the Rap/R&B genres.
  • Weekly Rock News Report – A weekly news report dealing with news from the rock world.
  • Weekly Indie News Report – A weekly news report dealing with news from the indie music world.
  • 411 Music Versus – A weekly column that pits two artists or other musical entities against each other and a winner is determined using whatever criteria the author puts forth.

Good luck, and I hope to see you on the staff list soon.

So that’s January done and dusted. Thanks to the guys for taking part this month but now it’s over to you. What albums did you rock out to last month and what are you looking forward to in February? What is the worst album you have ever owned? Do you agree with the selections above or is there something we’ve missed? Let us know in the comment section.

And with that, I’m outta here. See you next month.

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