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Tyler Perry Expecting First Child With Girlfriend

September 25th, 2014 11:48am EDT
Tyler Perry Expecting First Child With Girlfriend
Tyler Perry is going to be a father for the first time.

Although not confirmed by Perry's camp, the 45-year-old writer, producer, director and actor will welcome his first child with girlfriend of five years Gelila Bekele.

In a true Tyler Perry twist, the baby is due in about a month!

E! Online's Marc Malkin confirmed the news after speaking to a guest of Perry's birthday party in Georgia this weekend. They revealed to Malkin, "He said he had to start getting used to not getting a lot of sleep because his life was about to change in a big way. He said, "Some of you know what I'm talking ...
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Renee Lawless Talks From Theatre To Hit TV Show

May 27th, 2014 3:14pm EDT
Renee Lawless
She has gone from the stage to a popular TV show. Renée Lawless currently stars as Katheryn Cryer on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on the OWN network. The highly anticipated second season is set to premiere tonight, Tuesday, May 27. Renée is also in pre-production of her own video blog series “Renée’s Way or the Highway.”

We recently spoke about the new season and how she got to where she is today.

How did you get to where you are now?

Umm… By the grace of God!! I did my Master’s studies in Voice and was always acting in various productions thru out my school years. Durin...
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Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood

April 23rd, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood
Actors come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the tallest people in the world have made their living in front of the camera. Here is a selection of some of the tallest actors in Hollywood.

Matthew McGrory, 7'6". The late Big Fish actor wasn't comfortable with his stature, something he shared with Andre the Giant (who he played in Andre: Heart of the Giant). "He felt the same way, that he would do anything just to be a person of regular size one day a week, where people don't have to stare at him, where he could go see a regular movie and walk down the street," Andre director Drew Sky sa...
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20 Extremely Religious Celebrities

March 30th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
20 Extremely Religious Celebrities
Candace Cameron Bure of "Full House" fame and her brother Kirk Cameron ("Growing Pains") are very religious. As Kirk became an outspoken Christian evangelist and actor, Cameron also became more public with her faith in the late 1990s, writing for Christian websites, speaking at churches, and endorsing Christian organizations, businesses and charities.

And the actress says her belief in Christianity helped her battle bulimia.

She told Yahoo! in December 2013, "I turned to food for comfort and had to find a different source, 'cause clearly it wasn't a healthy way to deal with things. So tha...
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Patrick Faucette Talks Surprises Of Tyler Perry's 'Haves And The Have Nots'

August 27th, 2013 2:31pm EDT
Patrick Faucette
Imagine playing someone's long lost parent. Then imagine even you didn't know that secret! That's what happened to Patrick Faucette, who appears on OWN's Tyler Perry drama The Haves and Have Nots as Tony Watson, the absent father of Benny Young. Patrick recently chatted with BFTV to tell us how he found out about Tony's big reveal, and what it really means to work on a Tyler Perry project.

When he originally booked his guest stint on the show, Tony wasn't intended to be Benny's father. According to Patrick, that was a change that Tyler Perry himself came up with during filming. "When I got...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Alex Cross'

February 8th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Alex Cross
Can Tyler Perry fill the shoes so amply filled by the great Morgan Freeman?  We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to Blu-ray film "Alex Cross," out now from Summit Home Entertainment.  The review of the hunt lies below!

 

   Title: "Alex Cross"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns

   Director: Rob Cohen

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 101 minutes

   Release Company: Summit Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

 

The Flick: I heard some seriously unflattering things about this title before watching it.  (Plus the fact that Pete “Quote...
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Tyler Perry Begs Fans To See 'Alex Cross' After Bad Reviews

October 19th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry has issued a groveling public appeal to his fans to see his new movie Alex Cross after the film was hit with a slew of bad reviews.

The actor/director is best known for his onscreen drag creation Mabel 'Madea' Simmons, but he has swapped comedy for drama in the dark new thriller, based on the character of James Patterson's best-selling crime novels.

Cross has previously been played by acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman, in thrillers such as Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, and movie critics have been drawing unfavorable comparisons with Perry's new incarnation of the belov...
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Tyler Perry Cancels 'Madea' Tour Due To Phony Promoters

September 17th, 2012 3:24pm EDT
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has cancelled his final stage tour as his popular Madea character after becoming disgusted by unauthorized promoters charging fans extortionate fees for fake meet and greet sessions with him.

The movie star has been performing in drag as Mabel 'Madea' Simmons for years, but he recently announced his Madea Gets a Job trek across the U.S. this autumn would be his last live show as the larger-than-life character.

He was due to begin the final leg of performances in Georgia on Thursday, with dates also booked in California, Las Vegas, New York and Florida, bu...
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Officials To Investigate Tyler Perry's Second Studio Fire

August 28th, 2012 1:22pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Officials in Georgia have launched an investigation into what caused a fire at Tyler Perry's film studio in Atlanta on Monday.

A blaze broke while work was underway on the studio's roof, but was confined to a small area, according to E! Online.

The Atlanta Fire Department state there was no structural damage and no one was injured, and the cause of the fire is now under investigation.

A representative for Perry says, "The Atlanta Fire Dept. responded within minutes and all is fine."

The fire is the second at the complex in the last few months after the studio set ablaze in May, causing ...
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Oprah Winfrey Is The Highest-Paid Celebrity In The World

August 28th, 2012 8:51am EDT
Oprah Winfrey
Move over Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, because Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Despite having some struggles with her OWN network, the media mogul earned a staggering $165 million from May, 2011 to May, 2012, according to Forbes.

The news comes just days after Winfrey was named the 11th most powerful woman in the world in a separate survey released by Forbes.

Director Bay is the second highest-paid celebrity with $160 million, partially due to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," which earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

Spielberg came in a distant third with $130 ...
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Second Fire In Four Months Breaks Out At Tyler Perry's Atlanta Movie Studio

August 27th, 2012 9:35pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Firefighters are working to contain a blaze that broke out at Tyler Perry's film studio in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday.

Responders were called to the sprawling complex on Monday morning following reports the building's roof was ablaze.

Local news agencies on the scene have posted images of the alleged damage online, although no injuries have been reported.

This is the second blaze at the location in four months - on May 1 a large fire broke out and destroyed a large set piece, sending flames and smoke into the sky.

Perry hosted a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the state-of-the-...
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Security Officials Shut Down Sistine Chapel For Tyler Perry

June 27th, 2012 8:41pm EDT
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Italian officials shut down the Sistine Chapel during Tyler Perry's recent trip to Rome so the actor could appreciate artist Michelangelo's famous ceiling artwork in private.

The Madea's Family Reunion star was on holiday visiting the historical capital when he decided to stop at Vatican City to check out the iconic church and its hand-painted ceiling.

And Perry reveals the experience was made even more special when local officials offered to close the attraction to the public and light it up just for him.

Sharing snaps of his vacation during an appearance on Live! With Kelly on Tuesday,...
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Tyler Perry: 'Bobbi Kristina Brown Definitely Has Star Potential'

June 7th, 2012 6:05pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry was so afraid Whitney Houston's daughter couldn't act he only gave he a handful of lines for her appearance on his upcoming TV sitcom For Better or Worse.

The filmmaker believed Bobbi Kristina Brown, 20, had the potential to be a star and wrote a part specifically for her - hoping that her work on set would take her mind off the tragedy surrounding her mother's death in February.

Perry was hesitant about her abilities, but he admits he was blown away with her performance after her first day on set.

He tells ETonline.com, "I'm so proud of her because she said sh...
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Tyler Perry Defends Bobbi Kristina Brown Over Reported Set Walk-Off -- 'Leave Bobbi Kristina Alone'

May 30th, 2012 9:22pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry has spoken out in defense of late pal Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown over reports that she stormed off the set of his new sitcom "For Better Or Worse."

Perry, who wrote a part specifically for Bobbi Kristina after her mother's death, said that the cast had already finished filming the upcoming season and that the rumor has no truth to it.

"NOT TRUE AT ALL PEOPLE!!!" he wrote on his blog Wednesday. "There is no way that she could have walked off the set because we have finshed (sic) taping the season... Were there tough days for her? Yes of course. Not because ...
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Tyler Perry And Other Famous Movie Studio Fires

May 2nd, 2012 4:50pm EDT
Tyler Perry
A fire last night at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta nearly threatened to put Madea out of commission. Luckily, the Atlanta police arrived in time to stop the blaze with only some damage to backlot facades - Perry can get back in his dress as soon he wants. However, this reminds us of other fires that damaged legendary Hollywood studios.

2008 saw Universal Studios' worst fire, taking 12 hours to put out and damaging many of the classic backlots (including Courthouse Square from Back to the Future) and the original King Kong ride. Reconstruction included the new King Kong 360 attraction and ...
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Fire Breaks Out At Tyler Perry's Atlanta Film Studios

May 2nd, 2012 8:11am EDT
Tyler Perry
Firefighters were called to Tyler Perry's movie studio in Atlanta, Georgia after a major blaze broke out there on Tuesday night.

Atlanta's emergency services rushed to tackle the fire at the huge complex, which includes a back lot, a 400-seat theatre, five sound stages and a gym, in the southwest area of the city.

More than 100 firefighters attended the scene and the flames were eventually extinguished, but the studio was left severely damaged, with part of building collapsing.

Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Captain Jolyon Bundrige tells CNN there has been no report of any injuries...
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Atlanta Police To Investigate Tyler Perry's Claims Of Racial Profiling

April 4th, 2012 8:49pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Georgia police have launched an investigation into actor/director Tyler Perry's claims he was racially profiled by two white cops during a recent traffic stop.

The Diary of a Mad Black Woman star took to Facebook.com to recount his recent brush with the law, alleging he was pulled over in Atlanta after making an illegal turn and reprimanded for having tinted windows.

But Perry admits the incident quickly turned hostile.

He wrote, "I know that there are many great officers, patrolmen and security guys out there. I am aware of that. But although we have made significant strides with racial...
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Tyler Perry: 'Racial Profiling Should Be A Hate Crime Investigated By The FBI'

April 3rd, 2012 8:26am EDT
Tyler PErry
Tyler Perry has called for federal agents to take racial profiling seriously as a potential hate crime after a terrifying recent encounter with two white cops.

The star took to Facebook to recount the experience, and stated that more work needs to be done to prevent a repeat of the death of black teen Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Florida in February by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer.

Perry alleges he was pulled over in Los Angeles late one night for making an illegal turn, and reprimanded for having tinted windows - and, as he attempted to explain himself, he realised he was...
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Janet Jackson Says She's Too Busy For 'The X Factor'

March 2nd, 2012 8:21am EST
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has ruled herself out of the next season of The X Factor because she just can't work the show into her schedule.

The Nasty singer was one of the stars rumored to be in the running to take up a seat as a judge on Simon Cowell's hit TV talent contest following the departure of Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul after the first series.

She played coy about the job possibility during an interview with Anderson Cooper last month, but she has now confirmed she definitely won't be on the panel.

She tells E! News, "(I'm) very flattered that X Factor let me know that I was being ...
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Tyler Perry Flys Friends To His Private Bahamas Island

February 22nd, 2012 4:26pm EST
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry has obtained a pilot's license so he can personally fly his pals to his private island in the Bahamas.

The actor purchased his own getaway in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean a few years ago, but getting there proved a problem - he realised he would have to board a single-engine seaplane, because the retreat has no airport.

Perry decided he'd feel more comfortable making the trip if he was at the controls, and started taking flying lessons.

The producer says, "I think that's the way we should be in life, whatever you're afraid of, once you realize it, once you conquer i...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Wanderlust,' 'Good Deeds,' & More

February 20th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Leading into the Academy Awards this upcoming Sunday, I’m trying to catch up on all the Best Picture nominees which I missed in 2011. Last night I watched the Alexander Payne drama “The Descendants” starring George Clooney, which I liked immensely. I found its Best Picture and Best Actor nods much deserved, though I felt it was a bit too heavy on the narration and the Hawaiian music for my taste. My Grade: A-

Dropping in at the box office this week are the David Wain comedy “Wanderlust,” the Tyler Perry inspirational story “Good Deeds,” Amanda Seyfried crime thriller “Gone,” the mili...
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Gabrielle Union Sizzles In A Low-Cut Gown At 'Good Deeds' Premiere

February 15th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union attended Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" Los Angeles premiere yesterday wearing a simple yet sexy dress that teased just a bit of skin.

In the film, a wealthy businessman finds his upcoming wedding thrown into question when his connection with a down-on-her-luck cleaning woman (Thandie Newton) turns unexpectedly romantic. Union plays his fiancee.

Union also stars in "Think Like A Man" about two couples who use a real-life novel to work on their relationship woes.
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Kim Kardashian To Appear On Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing'

January 4th, 2012 9:00am EST
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is to make her sitcom debut on Tim Allen's new show "Last Man Standing."

The socialite will follow in the footsteps of singer Nick Jonas, who played a deadbeat dad in the series over Christmas.

Kardashian, who has previously appeared in "CSI: NY," won't have to stretch her acting talents too much - she'll be playing herself in an episode scheduled to air in February.

Comedy aside, the reality TV star is getting serious about her acting career after landing a lead role in director Tyler Perry's new movie "The Marriage Counselor" last year.
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2011 - The Year In Review, October

January 1st, 2012 6:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
October was a big month for celebrity weddings - funnyman Seth Rogen tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Lauren Miller, Twilight star Nikki Reed married singer/songwriter/American Idol castoff Paul McDonald, and former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Shannen Doherty walked down the aisle for the third time when she exchanged vows with celebrity photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Also hoping to make it third-time lucky was Robin Williams, who wed graphic designer Susan Schneider.

Also taking the plunge was KISS rocker Gene Simmons, who married his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed, and Paul ...
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Jamie Foxx And Tyler Perry Sued By Inmate Over 'Skank Robbers'

December 29th, 2011 8:19am EST
Tyler Perry
Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry have been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a convicted bank robber who claims the pair stole his ideas for their new film.

Foxx, Perry and Martin Lawrence star in new comedy Skank Robbers which tells the story of two female crooks and unites characters from the stars' other projects.

Lawrence revives his female alter-ego Sheneneh from his 1990s TV show Martin, with Foxx's Wanda from sketch show In Living Color and Perry's popular Madea character also appearing in the film.

However, Shamont Lyle Sapp, who is currently behind bars in Oklahoma, has ...
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Tyler Perry Calls Penn State Child Sex Abuse Victim 'A Hero'

November 29th, 2011 8:54am EST
Tyler Perry
Child sex abuse survivor Tyler Perry has penned an open letter to the former 11-year-old who recently came out as an alleged victim of disgraced football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky has been indicted on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys following a three-year investigation sparked by allegations the Penn State coach had had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old boy over the course of four years.

Eight boys have since been identified as victims of sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky.

The scandal has rocked the U.S. sports world and Perry has heaped praise on the ...
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Tyler Perry Defends Casting Kim Kardashian In His Upcoming Film

November 17th, 2011 10:56pm EST
Tyler Perry
Director Tyler Perry has defended his decision to cast socialite Kim Kardashian in his upcoming film The Marriage Counselor after disapproving fans vowed to boycott the movie.

Kardashian signed on for a supporting role in the new comedy last month just before announcing plans to end her marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries after just 72 days.

The casting announcement upset Perry's devotees and he was bombarded with angry letters blasting his decision to hire the reality TV star.

In an open letter to fans online, Perry admits he was shocked to receive so many complaints - especial...
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Kim Kardashian Is Co-Starring In Tyler Perry's New Movie

October 23rd, 2011 2:30pm EDT
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian had an extra reason to celebrate at her 31st birthday party on Friday after landing a role in Tyler Perry's latest film.

The socialite turned 31 on Friday and celebrated with her friends and family in New York at Manhattan hotspot The Derby, where she was treated to a surprise performance by pop star Pink, who sang The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly," according to EOnline.com.

Kardashian was also celebrating a career milestone, after announcing to fans that day that she has been offered a role in Perry's new movie "The Marriage Counselor."

In a post on Twitter page, the realit...
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Director Tyler Perry Honored By Rev. Al Sharpton

October 21st, 2011 11:53am EDT
Tyler Perry
Filmmaker Tyler Perry was the guest of honor at the Triumph Awards on Wednesday as he accepted an award from U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton.

The Madea's Family Reunion director received the Chairman's Award at the New York ceremony, held by Sharpton's National Action Network.

Sharpton thanked Perry for giving a $200,000 donation to the National Action Network and providing work for several African-American actors in Hollywood as he presented him with the trophy.

Sharpton told the crowd, "The ultimate pride is where you don't have to bend and adjust for others to accept you....
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Tyler Perry Tops Forbes List Of Highest Paid Men

September 13th, 2011 9:30pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry has been named the highest paid man in entertainment by the bosses at money magazine Forbes.

Perry raked in $130 million in a year, thanks in part to his popular TV shows House of Payne and Meet the Browns, and he has catapulted to the top of Forbes' annual list of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Men.

Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer came in second place with $113 million and legendary director Steven Spielberg took the third spot with $107 million.

Rounding out the top five were Elton John ($100 million) and former American Idol judge Simon Cow...
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