"Why Did I Get Married?" comes in at No. 5 at the box office this weekend, with an estimated total of $5.7 million, according to Variety.com. The film, which has been in theaters for three weekends now, has grossed $47.3 million to date.
In the interview, Dupri talks about his producing style and tells the reporter why he would not produce a track for Britney Spears.
"I don't like working with people who already have a career because I don't feel that I can add that much to them," he explains. "People I've gotten to work with I got to work with them at an earlier stage."
He adds, "I prefer to be part of projects when you have more to offer for me."
Although Janet stood by his side throughout the whole interview, she did not answer any questions.
Television show Extra interviewed Janet on the red carpet of the Hollywood Awards on Monday night and talked to her about acting, Eartha Kitt, the success of "Why Did I Get Married?," and Jermaine Dupri's new book.
Newscaster Mark S. Allen of CW31's Good Day Sacramento apologized live on the air this morning to Janet and Tyler Perry for his numerous questions that he asked regarding the Super Bowl during their live interview with him last week.
"I'm in front of you now telling you that I was a jerk, and you can see by the thousands and thousands of e-mails right here and throughout the building, Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson fans have spoken. They're calling me on it and I'm glad they did," Allen said while sitting in front of a large box of printed e-mails. "To Tyler, to Janet, and to the fans who had to sit through that interview, I'm sorry for bringing up the question about the Super Bowl. I'm sorry about the relentless pursuit of the topic. It was rude, and in fact I was a jerk."
Allen said he received over 19,000 e-mails about the interview.
In a radio interview last Friday on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, Janet explained her reasons why she did not go on tour this year as she had previously announced.
She stated, "I was supposed to go on tour with the last album and what had happened, which most fans don't know, is that I got with the new label and they asked me if I would be willing to consider not going on tour and going back in the studio and doing a new album and then revisiting going on tour. So I said, 'OK,' and stopped doing the rehearsals, which is what I was doing while I was filming 'Why Did I Get Married?'"
Audio of the full interview, where Janet also discusses "Why Did I Get Married?," can be streamed online at Tom Joyner's official website under the files for October 12, 2007.
Sacramento television station KMAX is sending the following e-mail response to fans who have sent the station complaints regarding certain questions one of their anchors asked Janet during her recent interview on Good Day Sacramento:
Thank you for contacting CW31. We have reviewed the many comments we have received regarding our interview with Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson that aired on October 11. As a result of the numerous comments received, we have carefully reviewed the segment and have reassessed the approach taken by Mr. Allen.
While we certainly did not intend to offend anyone during this interview, we do sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been offended, including Ms. Jackson and Mr. Perry.
We take seriously the feedback we receive from our viewers and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
And speaking of venom, what they did to Janet was unacceptable. Janet, who was under no obligation at all to promote this movie, sat with me while I was doing a round of TV interviews. Half way through the three hours of sitting in the same spot she was attacked by a reporter on a Sacramento morning show who only wanted to talk about the Super Bowl incident.
Now, I made it perfectly clear before we went live on the air that I wasn't talking about the Super Bowl or Janet's family. We had less than 5 minuets so I wanted to keep it positive and focus on the movie. But he didn't want to keep it positive. I had to maintain my composure because we were live on the air. I didn't let her speak. I kept jumping in because it was just so unfair to her. I have not seen Justin Timberlake attacked like that. I wasn't going to let them do that to her. Believe me when I tell you--Janet worked so hard on this film. She deserved more respect from this man than that! We both did.
In the same message, Perry also discusses how he is upset that "Why Did I Get Married?" opened on around 2,000 screens. "Most of the movies of my counterparts open on at least 3,000 screens," he writes.
Perry also mentions that he tried buying tickets online to attend a regular showing of the film on Friday night, but every showing was sold out and he had to call the theater so they could let him in. He sat in the back of the theater and watched the audience's reaction to his film.
Industry forecasters originally predicted an opening in the low- to mid-teen millions for the film, which debuted against other films this weekend starring Oscar winners George Clooney and Cate Blanchett ("Michael Clayton" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," respectively). "Married" ended up earning more than the total of both Clooney and Blanchett's films combined.
"This is the last time that anyone will underestimate Tyler Perry," Tom Ortenberg, president of distribution at the Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, told Reuters.
Ortenberg tells Reuters that the audience was 90 percent African-American and 65 percent female, which are similar numbers to Perry's previous films.
Janet's scheduled appearance tonight on Late Nite with Conan O'Brien has apparently been cancelled. Both NBC.com and TVGuide.com had previously announced that Janet would be a guest on tonight's episode, however both websites are now listing tonight's episode as a repeat and does not list Janet as a guest anymore.
It is unknown of this appearance is being rescheduled.
Jermaine Dupri, while doing an interview to promote his new book, told MTV.com that Janet has recorded a duet with rock band Maroon 5 and it will appear on her new album:
Oct 12 2007 8:02 AM EDT Janet Jackson Has Teamed With Maroon 5 But Duet With Mariah Carey Hasn't Happened Yet, Jermaine Dupri Says 'I wouldn't want to do a song with [Mariah] and Janet and it don't live up to them being as big as they are,' hitmaker says.
By Shaheem Reid, with reporting by Brennan Williams, MTV.com
NEW YORK - Jermaine Dupri just released his autobiography, "Young, Rich, and Dangerous: The Making of a Music Mogul," and his Y'All Know What This Is ... the Hits collection drops October 23, but what has his girlfriend been up to? Well, the hitmaker said fans can expect to hear new Janet Jackson material sometime next year.
"Probably in February or March or the summer," JD said. "It's 45 percent done. [Singer/songwriter] The-Dream has a song on her album, [as does] Rodney Jerkins. It's gonna be a crazy album. It's a Janet record. I'm A&R-ing, and I'm probably going to be the [executive producer]. But I'm getting records she likes [and] pulling records from other people. She has a duet with Maroon 5. Just little things."
One huge thing people have been asking Dupri about is a potential duet between Janet and Mariah Carey, especially since they are now labelmates. (JD went so far as to promise a duet featuring the divas on Janet's last album, but it never materialized.) Nelly, for one, wanted to try and pull off the collaboration on his upcoming Brass Knuckles LP, but he couldn't come up with a good enough idea for the song.
"The thing about that is, I don't force an idea," Dupri explained. "It's a great idea if you can come up with the record. It has to be something that's organic. It can't be something we force just because the voices is together. I believe the last couple of records we saw where there are two big artists that came together and collaborated, they don't live up to be the record we want them to be. I was a little disappointed with the R. Kelly and Usher record ['Same Girl']. I thought the record should have been bigger than what it was. ... I wouldn't want to do a song with [Mariah] and Janet and it don't live up to them being as big as they are. ... But [the collaboration] is gonna surface one day. Something is gonna come up, and we gonna say, 'This is it.'"
JD accompanied Janet to the New York premiere of her new movie, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?," earlier this week, and he says the couple could relate to parts of the film - especially the part where one person in the relationship is working too much.
"There are times she wants to be alone with me, and I have to pay attention to my Blackberry," he said.
He also beamed about her performance in the flick.
"She's got more parts than Tyler Perry [in the movie]," he said. "It's a Tyler Perry film, but she's telling what's happening from the start. It was good. But for me, with her and her acting, I'm not always psyched out because that's how we know her. We knew her from making movies and acting before the music. I know that's her first love, the acting."
When discussing her new album, Janet said that there still may be a chance that Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis could end up on it:
Q: What's your new album like?
Jackson: It's still me. I'm still doing myself, really. The reason why I'm saying this is because as of right now, I'm not working with (longtime collaborators) Jimmy (Jam) and Terry (Lewis). And if we're really going to work together on this album, I don't know. I'm not quite sure. ... Hopefully we can and we'll get together and be able to do at least a couple of things together.
Photos of Janet from last night's New York City premiere of "Why Did I Get Married?" and later at the We Own The Night after-party at The Bowery Hotel, which was sponsored by The Cinema Society of New York: