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What's Next For Tyler Perry? Hopefully Not More Madea!

11/27/2010 5:41pm EST
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Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” has come and gone. Like most of his work, it was a critically panned, melodramatic, over the top and frankly annoying piece of cinema, but hey, it still made a boat load of cash. After a film like “For Colored Girls” which saw Perry (sort of) stepping outside of his safety zone, the idea of him going back to “Madea”, seems like a step backwards. What should Tyler Perry do next?

Stop directing. Why? Because since 2005 Perry has directed ten films, all garnering pretty low marks both artistically and technically. These films have been panned for stereotypica...

Tyler Perry Cleared Of Plagiarism Charges

8/24/2010 2:34pm EDT
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Tyler Perry is breathing a sigh of relief after a U.S. appeals court cleared the filmmaker of accusations he stole the idea for his movie "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman."

Donna West's case against the actor/screenwriter was dismissed two years ago after jurors in a Texas court found she did not have enough evidence to support her claim that Perry lifted material from her play, "Fantasy of a Black Woman," to use in his 2005 blockbuster.

The playwright launched an appeal against the verdict but on Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was no improper conduct in the trial, a...

Tyler Perry Can't Wait To Retire Madea Character

8/23/2010 2:27pm EDT
Tyler Perry can't wait to retire his movie matriarch Madea, insisting he "doesn't get" what audiences love about her.

The actor shot to fame as the sharp-tongued grandmother in movies including "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea Goes To Jail" - but he admits he's ready to quit cross-dressing for the role.

He says, "I resented the fact that she became so famous and so many people loved her, because I just didn't get it, and I did not get her. But these days grandmothers are much younger, and much busier. Back in the day, there were grandmothers who would be there for you, give you cou...

Writer's Viewpoint: The Overwrought, Weighty Melodrama Of Tyler Perry's Movies Is Abysmal

3/31/2009 1:19pm EDT
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Coming across the occasional blind spot is inevitable in the world of popular culture. You may know everything there is to know about "Lost" but when it comes to talking about Twilight, you're completely clueless. Tyler Perry movies are like that for me. His name floated around in my head for years, but I knew next to nothing about his work. I knew that he was a director and a playwright. I knew that his DVD sales were astronomical. And I knew that all of his movies reminded me of Big Momma's House or Honky Grandma Be Trippin'.

I always assumed that Perry was a bit of a DVD phenomenon ...

Denzel Washington Directs And Stars In 'The Great Debaters,' On DVD May 13

4/17/2008 6:00am EDT
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Inspired by a true story and "one of the year's best films" (Chicago Sun-Times), The Great Debaters is a touching and heartfelt drama about the power of words, fighting its way onto DVD May 13 as a two-disc collector's edition from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) directs and leads an ensemble cast with "strong, emotionally grounded performances" (New York Times) including Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland), Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Jurnee Smollett (Gridiron Gang, B...

'Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns,' Starring Tyler Perry And Directed By Tyler Perry, Out March 21

1/20/2008 10:00am EST
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A funny, moving romantic drama about the power of love and family, Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns marks another winning portrayal of life by writer/director/actor Tyler Perry (Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion) and features a return to the big screen by Madea, the indomitable, law-breaking, fun-loving grandma.

A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she's laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time - until a letter arrives ann...

Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married' Hits Theaters October 12

8/13/2007 7:30pm EDT
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Following the success of his previous films Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion and Daddy's Little Girls, Tyler Perry returns with his fourth feature film, Why Did I Get Married? Stepping in front of the camera for the first time since Madea's Family Reunion, Perry stars alongside a talented ensemble cast that includes Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Michael Jai White, Denise Boutte and Lamann Rucker.

A big-screen adaptation of Perry's hit stage play of the same title, Why Did I Get Married? is an intimate story about the difficulty of ma...

Opening February 14: Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

2/13/2007 11:57am EST
Diary of a Mad Black Woman mastermind Tyler Perry turns the familiar Cinderella tale on its head with this story concerning a successful female attorney who falls in love with a financially strapped mechanic. Continue Summary

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Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett & Others To Present Honors At Black Movie Awards

10/10/2006 1:42pm EDT
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Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee will be presenters at Film Life's "2006 Black Movie Awards A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future," airing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), on TNT.

The gala awards show, hosted by Tyler Perry, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.

Winfrey will present the Distinguished Career Achievement Award to acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson, recognizing...

Tyler Perry To Host TNT's 'Black Film Awards'

8/31/2006 3:03pm EDT
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Tyler Perry - who has wowed audiences with such blockbuster movies as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, as well as the popular syndicated series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" - has signed on to host Film Life's 2006 “Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future,” presented by TNT.

The gala awards show, which launched on TNT last year, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.


Brian McKnight, LL Cool J & Chaka Khan Featured On "Medea's Family Reunion" Soundtrack

2/24/2006 2:10pm EST
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Motown Records re-teams with Lionsgate and ground-breaking director/actor/playwright Tyler Perry to release the soundtrack for his new movie, “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which hits theaters today. Brian McKnight's sultry ballad, “Find Myself In You,” is the first single off the soundtrack.

Tyler Perry executive-produced the soundtrack and made certain that every song on the soundtrack appears in the movie. So fans will be pleased to find that, like the movie, Madea’s Family Reunion soundtrack focuses on themes of love and family. The soundtrack contains new songs from talented artist...