Tyler Perry hit a roadblock in his pursuit of his Dream movie. EURweb reports the filmmaker expressed interest in producing a film with Diana Ross, but apparently, she won’t return his calls.

“She’s been ignoring me for years,” Perry told Essence.com while promoting his latest movie, Madea’s Witness Protection. “She’s the only person that I have dreamed of working with that will not return my phone calls.”

But he does recall a time when they had a short conversation.
“That was it, she never called me again. She said, “No!” And that was it.”

He says not even having a close association with Oprah Winfrey, I can’t get her to call back.

“Not when it comes to Diana Ross,” he jokes. “You can be friends with Obama, Oprah, Trump — that is Diana Ross! So, no.”

Not all is lost, however. Perry has managed to get two other childhood idols, Maria Gibbs and John Amos, into his latest movie.

“To be around Florence from The Jeffersons and James [Amos] from Good Times… to stand in the presence of people that I’ve admired is amazing.”

Aside from his dreams of landing the former Supremes frontwoman in one of his forthcoming flicks, the 42-year-old New Orleans native also recently opened up in an interview with the Huffington Post on the idea of working with Eddie Murphy.

“He’s underrated and very brilliant, but he’s also Eddie Murphy,” Perry said. “I’m totally open to [collaborating], but that would definitely depend on Mr. Murphy.”

Last years my sources said that Whitney Houston was going to return to the big screen with the help of Perry also! According to an inside source, Whitney screened tested for Tyler personally in hopes of landing the lead role of a Jazz singer in Tyler’s next film “A Jazz Man’s Blues.”

Word is the role may have originally been meant for Diana Ross, but once that fell through, Tyler rewrote the role specifically hoping to get Whitney to come on board. Damn what a movie she would have been back on top!!!

The film would have reportedly been set in the 1940s and will feature Ben Kingsley as Whitney’s love interest.As many of you well know, Whitney had an amazing movie career during the 90’s. The Pop diva’s films, “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife” have reportedly grossed over 300 million dollars worldwide and the singer’s soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” is still the largest selling soundtrack in history, thanks in part to Whitney’s amazing rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Just so yall know BET Networks just added more exciting talent to its list of presenters and performers for the BET AWARDS 12. Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry and Laz Alonzo will join previously announced presenters Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good and superstar host, Samuel L. Jackson.

Perry recently talked about Kardashian at the premiere of Madea’s Witness Protection, Perry said, “She’s a good actress. She did a really good job.”
AtlantBlackStar reports Perry also believes people should look past Kardashian’s public divorce and other stumbles. “There was a lot going on with her marriage and all that stuff at the time [of filming],” he said. “All that stuff that’s in the past. The movie’s called ‘The Marriage Counselor.’ Of course it had something to do with that.”

Perry also has high hopes for Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, whom he cast in his TBS series, For Better or Worse. “She did a fantastic job. That kid has such a future,” said Perry, who spoke at Houston’s funeral. “She’s such an actor. I’m so proud of her. I’m telling you. As far as she wants to go in this business, she can.”

Tyler Perry’s, Madea’s Witness Protection releases on June 29, 2012.

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