Philly filmmaker thrilled about 'Push' from Oprah

Sundance Premiere of Push
Carey and Daniels with Mo'Nique and Paula Patton at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "Push" last month. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

"God put Oprah here for a reason. You can't get someone who believes in you the way she does," says Wynnefield native filmmaker Lee Daniels. He's thrilled that both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have agreed to do what they can to promote his new film, "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," which has been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate Films. Daniels swears the film, about a teenage girl in Harlem who is pregnant for the second time with her father's baby, is "not as dark as people might think." He assures it's "OK to laugh along with the situation as our main character [played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe] does." Despite the multiple awards heaped on the film at Sundance, where it premiered, Daniels, who won an Oscar for producing "Monster's Ball," says he "learned early on never to read any of my reviews because if I believe the good ones, I have to believe the bad ones." So he's not too excited. His next film, "Tennessee," stars Mariah Carey and is due for theatrical release next month. Carey also co-stars in "Push," which has no release date yet.